Right now I’m reading 2 books that have me hooked in completely different ways.
The first is Dark Dreams, Pale Horses by Rio Youers. There is a real problem with this book. It is so deliciously gorgeous that I only allow myself a few pages at a time so I can make it last for as long as possible. I know it seems silly to mete it out in bits and pieces but it is the kind of book that is totally engrossing for its poetic language and stark stories. It is beautiful in its darkness, language I want to linger and get lost in, and the style of writing I aspire to.
The second book is a Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke. Kin is written as an absolute page-turner. The first chapter has a brutality that drew me in and made me NEED to know what was going to happen next. So did the 2nd chapter. And the 3rd. THAT’S the type of writing we all try to achieve, isn’t it? With this book, I am instantly hooked and unable to (or perhaps not willing to) stop myself from being dragged along for the ride.
2 very different books, 2 reading experiences that I hope my writing, one day, is able to achieve.
I always know when a story is done because I hate the sight of it and cannot stand reading it for another minute.This comes after:
the I'm-so-brilliant stage where I can't believe the amazing idea I concocted
the this-is-the-worst-thing-I've-ever-written stage, which comes when I am ~this~ close to being finished and am trying to avoid the inevitable ending and having to find something else to work on
The good news is I'm now at the it's-really-truly-finally-finished-and-I-kinda-like-it stage. Which means one more read, final polishing, and then I'll submit it.
I've been in a funk since Christmas and have started about a billion stories but haven't finished one so this is extra good news for me.
Thankfully I had a few good beta readers point out some places to improve, so I snipped the dead lines and now it's all shiny & pretty (or at least as pretty as a horror tale can be).
So, after I take my editing cap off, I'll be donning my brainiac cap for some new articles I'm working on. I picked up 3 new columns, and 2 of the articles I've claimed are new territory for me. I hope I don't blow it But it'll be nice to branch out from always writing about writing. And having actual deadlines will help, since with Examiner I can post whenever I feel like it.
Anyway, you can check out my first article in the Books column at Bright Hub (okay, so I'm not in completely foreign territory with that topic. But feel free to comment!). I'll be sure to let you know when my other articles are out.
So, there you have it. Busy, busy as usual but it's all writing so it's also all good.
J.C. Hutchins’ new supernatural thriller, Personal Effects: Dark Art hit bookstores today, and it will change the way you read – and allow you to interact with the characters in the story in exciting – and terrifying ways!
From J.C. Hutchins:
Created by Jordan Weisman and published by St. Martin’s Press, Dark Art combines the experience of a traditional thriller novel with a multimedia-fueled “out of book” narrative. Clues in the novel — and items that come with the novel, such as ID cards and photos — propel readers into an online experience where they become protagonists themselves.
Personal Effects: Dark Art follows the extensive notes of art therapist Zach Taylor’s investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths.
For more buzz on the book and to found out the exciting extras you'll get when you purchase the book, check out the Personal Effects page.
Author Jim Munroe (An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil ) moderates a panel of three up-and-coming local writers – Emily Pohl-Weary (Strange Times at Western High), Paul Hong (Your Love is Murder, or the Case of the Mangled Pie) and Kristyn Dunnion (Big Big Sky) on how and why to get started writing SF, mysteries and other genre fiction. Q&A to follow.
Tuesday, April 29, 7 p.m. Eatonville Branch – Toronto Public Library