Saturday, March 23, 2013

Writing, Reading, and Losses

I'm considering this the first day of our Easter vacation. I'm off next week from school. We have a few plans. I'm going up to see my son be honored at his school's honors convocation on Tuesday. Not sure yet if Lana will go with me. I'm sure we'll get out to some local parks quite a bit while I'm off, too.

But mostly I'm hoping to get some writing done. I mentioned Micro Weird and I believe I'll be able to get that finished and published by the end of the week. I'm also rolling pretty well in an exciting section of Wraith of Talera so I hope to keep that momentum up. I have a few school quizzes to grade but they won't take long.

And, hey, I might even get some reading done. I want to read some stuff from Rick Hautala, James Herbert, and David Silva, all excellent horror writers who died just recently. I did not know any of them on a personal level but had corresponded with Rick and David. I have read their work before and have great respect for all three. There is a Kindle collection of Rick Hautala's short stories available for free right now if you'd like to sample his work. It's called Glimpses:


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20 comments:

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

All good stuff, my friend. Ride the wave. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Do a little bit of all of it. Sad those authors all died recently. Their words are immortal though.

sage said...

Enjoy your break--another 8 days and I'll be heading south for 9 days!

Cloudia said...

Enjoy your productive break, dear C



Aloha

The Wasp said...

I hadn't seen James Herbert died. Looking at his books I can't believe I've read so many of his books. The first one I read was "The Dark" and was one wild ride.

Good luck with the work.

Merisi said...

Wishing you and Lana a great Easter vacation, filled with what you plan and dream of doing!

Charles Gramlich said...

Bernard, will do.

Alex, yes.

Sage, good to get a break.

Cloudia, thankee.

The Wasp, The Dark was my first Herbert as well and was really good.

Merisi, thanks! We appreciate it.

Deka Black said...

Congrats to your son! ;D

Keith said...

I hope your break is exceedingly productive.

I hadn't heard those writers had died. The only one I've read is Hautala, and I quite enjoyed his work.

Charles Gramlich said...

Deka, thanks.

Keith, all three pretty suddenly in just the last 10 days or so.

Riot Kitty said...

That is weird as those things happen in threes in fantasy/superstition. That always makes me wonder if superstition and fantasy are based on what people once assumed to be natural. Or maybe I am just up too late. Enjoy the break.

the walking man said...

Remember they don't cal breaks "breathers" for nothing. Just breathe and enjoy your week away from work.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I need to read more in that area (horror). Where to begin, I don't know.

Charles Gramlich said...

Riot Kitty, one thing that I'm pretty sure is statistically accurate is that deaths increase in older individuals after the new year. this is kind of late for that but perhaps it's along those lines.

Mark, oh I will definitely do some of that!

Patti, I'd suggest a couple of early ones by Dean Koontz, Midnight, Watchers, and Lightning!

Erik Donald France said...

Hope you have a great and groovy time off. RIP to all these writers, and also Chinua Achebe.
Cheers ~ and a salute to your son ~!

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Charles, I like the word "vacation" and I am up for a short one soon. I hope you have a very good time.

Charles Gramlich said...

Erik, thanks, man.

Prashant, yes, the word has immense promise!

laughingwolf said...

seems google et me post! GRRRRR

sad to lose yet more creators, no matter their age... always tragic :(

have fun, get tons of ZZZZzzzs, you know what's ahead....

Vesper said...

Here's hoping that you'll have a wonderful and productive week. I'm looking forward to Micro Weird!

Congratulations to your son!

I've read about James Herbert's death... They will live on in their stories.

Charles Gramlich said...

Laughingwolf, indeed. Finals coming up.

Vesper, thanks!