When I started updating my blog, my goal was to put new entries on a daily basis. As you can see if you scroll down a bit, I'm not quite making it. I could blame Amazon Prime day for yesterday's distraction, but really I just didn't have anything I needed to say. I did, however, need to get a 5K day in on Sunday and another 2K yesterday, so I don't hate myself.
Today will be another 5K day and possibly three more query letters sent out. 5K first, queries second.
On the same vein (though it won't seem like it at first), I read 10 books over the course of four days. Sadly, it didn't help the book craving I've had as of late. I picked some familiar authors, who I will not mention, but I feel like I picked the books that are not their best works. I found incompletely drawn characters, plot holes, incomplete plots, and a LOT of coincidental story structure. All of those made for unhappy reading for me.
I want to be surprised in a novel, but I also want a character to make their way out of a mess in a logical way instead of a continuous chain of lucky events in their favor. I cannot get behind something like that. It makes me hate the story and think twice about the author.
In some ways, I may be struggling because I have a few books that I've been avidly waiting for their release in series that I know I enjoy. In other ways, I wonder if I just don't want something that challenges me to think or pushes me to learn. I like books like that. I want to read books that grab onto my expectations with sharp teeth and shake them for all they're worth. I want worlds that I don't frown at and think: that doesn't seem like it could be real. Remember that I love reading and writing fantasy, so it isn't the fantastic elements of a setting that make me question but the logical creation of the environment.
Today though, with three books waiting on my Kindle that will be better than some of what I've read lately, I am doing another 5K of writing. That is my goal before I stop to read a book. The book is my carrot; may it be crisp and fresh when I latch my teeth on. In the meantime though...back to work!