Working on reading.
I haven’t done a lot of comic work this weekend. There is a good reason for that, one of the best actually. Issue 3 is all done. It is lettered, resized and mostly uploaded. It starts today for Supporters and everyone else gets to sink their teeth in, in three months. I’m really happy with it but was feeling a bit burned out. So I took it easy this weekend and did something I need to do more often if I actually want to make it as a writer. I read a book. And let me tell you, I had a wonderful time. It’s not that I dislike reading, my problem is the opposite, I’m a obsessive reader. If a book is even half decent, once I start reading it takes an extreme act of will (or the jaws of life) to get me to put it down again.
This was particularly troublesome while I was in college, as many an assignment suffered from neglect in favor of a pulpy scifi or fantasy novel. So much so that I generally stopped reading novels for the sake of my grades and fell out of the habit. Novel reading generally became rare except on vacations. A holy beegezus Batman type of mistake, but at the time I was going to change the world through science, not via the force of my fiction. This is when I fell in love with webcomics and their daily bites of stories.
Now I finally have a steady job that doesn’t usually follow me home, I’ve beaten off a WoW addiction and plunged myself totally into writing Walking the Lethe. Since I’ve decided that writing, and hopefully writing comics specifically will be my ultimate career, its high time I really dug into reading fiction again.
I’m going to try to read and review a novel a month. Maybe every two weeks if I can manage it. That is was I was originally going to do with this space but I fell into this little mediation on the subject instead.
Feel free to suggest books or series in the comments. I always find it so hard to pick a book out based on the cover and the blurb on the back.