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Finished! Again! Plus: reader’s paralysis

I’m sure I’m not *completely* finished with THE WHITE ROAD OF THE MOON, but for a reasonable interpretation of the term, I am indeed finished! Took just about the entire month, which was longer than I’d hoped but not too far over what I actually expected.

I removed one very important secondary character, one fairly important secondary character, and all the pov scenes of another secondary character. Of course a good deal of shuffling had to happen to hand the important role(s) played by these characters to other people. And I did wind up killing one important character that I didn’t expect to die. Not sure that character will stay dead in the final draft, but after quite a bit of waffling on the question, yep, dead.

So! I hardly know what to do with myself. I mean, yes, I need to revise an Ezekiel short story — got some great feedback from Laura Florand on that story, just shuffled my notes about that to the top of the To Do pile. And Joy Ward asked me to write a story for her second Dogs and Dragons anthology, which I would kind of like to do and actually have a couple of ideas for.

And of course I someday need to actually start work on the third Black Dog novel. And the space opera thing.

But! First, a break. Thus raising the question: What shall I READ? So many CHOICES. I want to pick something REALLY GOOD that I absolutely could not read while working on my own stuff. Because so many potentially-great books have stacked up on my TBR pile, I am suffering indecision amounting to paralysis. Top ten choices as of this moment:

1. Hild by Nicola Griffith

2. Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman

3. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

4. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

5. Updraft by Fran Wilde

6. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

7. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

8. Warchild by Karen Lowachee

9. A Face Like Glass by Francis Hardinge

10. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

ARGH. So many books! How can I possibly choose?

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9 Comments Finished! Again! Plus: reader’s paralysis

  1. Robert+Massey

    I haven’t read all of them, but I have read A Face Like Glass. As is typical with Hardinge, it is an absolutely wonderful book. Highly recommended.

  2. charlotte

    I’d say not Updraft–it’s certainly worth reading, and a fascinating world, but I didn’t find the story as brilliant as I hoped it would be. And so I am not sure it would be the utter mindblowing Treat you are looking for…..A Face Like Glass is also a good book, but not a relaxing one; lots of twisty stress happening…..

  3. Kim Aippersbach

    — I someday need to actually start work on the third Black Dog novel. —

    Yes, please?

    — I need to revise an Ezekiel short story —

    Really, really please, soon?

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