I’ve seen this odd phenomenon before. Not me personally (as far as I know), but other writers I know.
But Rothfuss may have the best Goodreads post commenting on that situation.
And now I’m following Rothfuss’ reviews on Goodreads, too. Because, y’know, I desperately need to expand my TBR pile.
I may be the only reader of fantasy on the planet who hasn’t yet read THE NAME OF THE WIND, btw. I’m waiting for the third book to come out. God knows there is no shortage of other things to read while I wait.
Incidentally, I do expect my TBR pile to explode over the next couple of months, because I’m now hardly reading fiction, because yes indeed I am writing and no I don’t want to get seriously distracted.
Though I am working at a very easy pace (1300-1500 words per day, more only if I feel like it), so I doubt I’ll have to stop all fiction reading completely. But step it down, oh yes.
However, I did just finish 2312 by KSR and it is really excellent, in case you wondered. I even sort of wound up tolerating, maybe even kinda sorta liking, Swan, even though she is such an emotion-driven histrionic character. Anyway! I am thinking that KSR may be a good choice for reading-while-also-writing, because even though I love them, all the beautiful descriptions about geology and terraforming and stuff are not as distracting as a faster-paced character-driven story would be. I think this may be a good time to re-read the Mars trilogy, finally.
Plus I will be listening to one or two audiobooks while weeding, because hey, no end to the weeding! I can’t even tell you. Look away from the vegetable garden for three or four weeks and WHAM, impenetrable jungle. Crabgrass and this weird vining succulent weed are the hardest to grub out. A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP by David Weber is the first one I’m going to listen to, because (to be frank) I don’t like Weber’s books all that much, so I don’t expect it to be too compelling a story. And if I’m mistaken on this one, great! It’s a win-win.
And thanks to Heidi at Bunbury in the Stacks for the link to that Rothfuss post on Goodreads!