I’ve read some really good fiction lately, and I want to write a blog post about that, but I think I still need some time to get my thoughts in order… Some of what I read made me so angry that I had to take frequent breaks (I’m not blaming the authors — they cannot be expected to have known that any of their readers would be… statistical anomalies) before going back to read more. The stories are good enough, and written well enough, that I continue to read them even though some things in them continue to piss me off.
(They’re indie published, too. Take that, foolish people who think all indie books are crap!)
The clone is recovering from non-infectious pneumonia and has not been able to get any work on his latest novel done recently. (Having difficulty breathing does that to a person.) On the other hand, we talked a bit on Monday about subplots for The Madness Engine, and one that had been deleted in an early outline is now back in. This subplot will tie the series even more strongly to some of the other stories we’re writing. (Remember Anglin? Of course you don’t… but anyway, readers of The Madness Engine will get a few glimpses of that place at a time about a hundred years before the events in “that novel.” Also, the aftermath of the Six-Day War. Dark things stalking in the ruins… and something even scarier hunting them. 🙂 )
The weather here is ridiculously cold. Probably is wherever you are, too, if you live in the US. The high today in Portales, NM was 18 F (about -8 Celsius). This house has no central heat, and the electrical wiring cannot support more than a three medium-sized space heaters going at once — and even that only as long as we don’t also have the television on. (This is not why my clone has pneumonia, by the way; that was brought on by a severe allergy attack last weekend. I can’t say it’s helping, though.) About the only good thing I can say about the weather is that I’ve been waking up in the morning with at least three cats curled up on me or burrowed under the blankets.