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Boggie, my Boggie

When I grow up, I want to write like bogwitch64 .  I finished FINDER earlier today.  I couldn't help it.  I just had too.  All I can say is, hurry up and finish the second one!  Needless to say, I got non of my writing done today.

Everyone must read this book.

And this would be why I don't read AND write

Things have been going well with my story.  I was diligent and worked on it this morning and as a reward, when I had to take the baby-boy to the doctor's office, I took FINDER to read instead of the lap top to work on my story.

B*&9(&97n$% !!!  (shakes fist in bogwitch64 's direction)  Now I can't put it down!

Breathe, breathe, I'll give myself permission to read tonight and hit the grind stone again tomorrow.  I wish I could take the rest of the week off of work (I'm on vacation) to write.  I really like being able to write and not feel guilty about it as opposed to writing and pretending to work at, well, work.

Okay, off to read some more.

10 Authors Who Have Influenced You

The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Ten authors who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first ten you can recall in no more than ten minutes.  




Edmund Spencer

Thomas Malory


Glen Cook

Jim Butcher

Laural K. Hamilton

CS Lewis

And I could have listed so many more.

Snoopy Dance

Book Nerdgasm

My papa loves me.  He got me Thomas Wright's Dictionary Of Obsolete And Provincial English Containing Words From The English Writers Previous To The Nineteenth Century Which Are No Longer In Use, ... Used Only In The Provincial Dialects Vol. I

It goes from A - F and is a copy of a publication from 1873.

Here is an on-line copy that is much easier to read as the paper version is a photocopy of the 1873 edition.

But, it's still pretty cool.

There is a vol. 2, G - Z, published in 1886.

Woot! I'll be reviewing DARK FAITH


Cover art by Alina Pete
by Jason Sizemore

Naturally, Apex has sent out review copies to a large number of review sites and magazines for both books. But I’d like to give our readers an opportunity to get a copy of these books for just offering a review.

I have three ARCs remaining of DARK FAITH. If you’re interested in reviewing DARK FAITH, send me an email (jason@apexbookcompany.com) with an example of one book review you have written and an estimate on the type of reach your review will have.

Likewise, I have three review copies of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE URBAN KIND to hand out for review. Send me an email like one outlined in the previous paragraph.

If you’re interested, let me know!

Book Meme

Because I like books...

Bold the ones you've read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you've read part of. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn't count. Abridged versions don't count either. BTW, according to the BBC if you've read 7 of these, you are above the average.

Some of them seem redundant, ask if you've read the series then ask about a particular book.  So, 'Ive read 41 out of 100.  Cool, I must be spectacular.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings-JRR Tolkein
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter Series- J.K. Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations-Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Ubervilles-Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy- Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland-Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner-Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi-Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale of Two Cities-Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (High school, blabblahblah.)
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madam Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down -Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Author's Manual

I love old books.  I think the oldest I have to date is from 1902.  I used to have a huge collection of ACE Doublebacks.

Today, I picked up Author's Manual: Notes on Planning the Book, Manuscript Preparations, and Book Production by Richard D. Irwin.  Written in 1950, revised 1960.  I have the revised edition.  It was just laying in the hall in a box of give-away books.  I can't even imagine how much has changed from 1960 to 2010.

I can't wait to read it.