Friday, September 22, 2006

Links and a report

I haven't really written all that much lately. While I have the major elements of Freelancer plotted and planned out, getting the next chapter going has been something I haven't had the mind for lately - either due to a lack of time or a lack of ideas, I'm not sure.

I have been keeping myself busy, though.

I've found some new blogs to entertain myself with:

Red Stapler, similar to this blog, and is written by my fantastically creative friend Jill.

Media Bistro's Galleycat, a blog devoted to all things publishing. It's not as clever or sharp as it thinks it is (this whole arch nemesis thing is stupid, at best), but they do an excellent job reporting on a number of topics related to publishing, and it's a compelling read.

And last, but not least, my new absolute favorite: Grumpy Old Bookman, blog of publishing veteran Michael Allen, is both hilarious and informative. I adore the way he writes, and I've found his advice to be at least considering, so far. I need to read his long-form essay on getting published one of these days. I just have it bookmarked at the moment.

I have also just recently gotten my hands on a lovely little book by Francine Prose called Reading Like a Writer. It's been well-reviewed so far, but after my decision to wait on taking a formal class at the moment, I'm at least trying to learn whatever I can, either by doing or by reading. It's what Jess has been doing in her class so far, in addition to reading and critiquing the writing of others. I've gotten to do a little bit of that through fanfiction, though, which is nice.

That's another post for another time, sadly. Lunchtime is almost up, and I have to get back to the salt mine.