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20 September 2012 @ 03:24 pm
International Book Week!  
It's international book week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your post.

Going under the assumption it means a real book and not the one I am writing since technically that is closest to me since it is on the machine upon which I write?
"Closing her eyes against the pain she was about to inflict, she pulled at a corner of the gauze."

Going under the assumption it means any book, thus including my own of which there are several?
"'The cold is somewhat opposite.'"
"'Another kiss should do it.'"
"Somehow she'd been the only one killed."

Quotes taken from books one, two, and three of the series. The others projects I have going on have not yet reached the required length. Oh well.

So I recently finished "How To Raise Your Teenage Dragon" and decided it's really nice to have a Kindle book to read via my phone for all the time I spend in waiting rooms. It's so much better than lugging a purse with a book in it around, though I am still very much a fan and an advocate of real and tangible books. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, Kindle books! Having recently finished Luke's book I poked around on Amazon for another one that was either free or cheap because I am cheap. If I don't have to pay for something I won't, not gonna lie. I decided to look in the YA section because adult books are too adult if you know what I mean. Some of the YA ones are too, for that matter. But I found one entitled "Drake" that was free and had pretty good reviews. Some vampire-esque novel that sounded like pure Twilight style fluff that would be good to read in ten minute bursts. Unless I'm waiting to see my cardiologist. Then it's more like an hour.

This book is terrible, you guys. Don't read it. I'm only in chapter two and I want to find the author and cut off his hands because writing is not a thing he should be doing. It's fan fiction, and bad fan fiction at that. His grammar is terrible (it has to be bad if I notice it. I mean, come on.) He head hops so quickly I get confused about whose point of view we're in, his plot is as satisfying as decaf coffee, and did I mention it's a guy writing this Twilight fanfiction? Yeah, that happened.

But I was stuck there in the basement of the building waiting my allotted twenty minutes before I could leave after being shot and, with nothing better to do, I read. Here's where I feel like a terrible human being. The whole time I'm reading I keep thinking to myself, "If this dribble can get published and have such good reviews, I don't know what I was ever worried about with my own stuff." Listen, I know I'm no Tolkien, Rowling, Zimmerman, insert favorite author's name here, but I know I can write well. I do write well. This book I am reading? It is not written well. So as soon as I find something better to read, I will. Suggestions are helpful, btw.

On an unrelated note, "The Mob Doctor" was not terrible. I will tune in again next week.
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