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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Some of what I'm reading: Sept. 2013.

I rarely write up lists like this.  My nonfiction reading tends to go in bursts, depending on my free time and what else is happening in life.

Such as ConClave 2013.  It's 11-13 October.  If you were at ConFusion 2013, this is the same Dearborn hotel.

The library books I currently have checked out:
  1. The king of Attolia / Megan Whalen Turner.
  2. A conspiracy of kings / Megan Whalen Turner.
  3. The money book for freelancers, part-time, and the self-employed : the only personal finance system for people with not-so-regular jobs / Joseph D'Agnese and Denise Kiernan.
  4. Tomorrow's crimes / Donald E. Westlake.
  5. Murder on the menu / edited by Peter Haining.
  6. Janet Evanovich's how I write : secrets of a bestselling author / Janet Evanovich.
  7. How to write science fiction and fantasy / Orson Scott Card.
  8. The plot thickens : 8 ways to bring fiction to life / Noah Lukeman.

I own Noah Lukeman's previous writing book, The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile.  It's excellent.  I've read another of OSC's writing books and it is very well worth the time.   

I'm impressed by The Money Book, and I highly recommend it to any freelancer.  I've found a LOT of useful tips in it.  There are so many bookmarks now that the book almost rustles at a slight touch.  I have to take more notes; I just asked the authors if they've created a worksheet book to go with it...
And I've raved about MWT's Thief series.  8)  They're already beloved books.

The two mystery titles are a collection and an anthology, respectively.  I'm enjoying Murder on the Menu; I haven't cracked open Westlake's collection yet.

Do I read writing books often?  Yes.  I read lots of fiction, but books about writing and editing fascinate me because they involve my work.  I'm looking forward to reading the writing books I haven't read yet (and the mysteries too).

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