I’ve been away on holiday the past week. No laptop. Limited internet access. No blogs to write and not much chance to promote Wolf’s Head (although I tried my best!).
Instead, I spent the week relaxing with my family and, when I got the chance I had some quality time with a couple of books. For the first time in a while, I was able to sit down and completely lose myself in someone else’s creation with no distractions.
I still don’t really think of myself as a “writer” – Wolf’s Head has only been available for three weeks after all – but it was nice to become a simple reader again, with nothing to worry about other than my enjoyment of the books I’d chosen for the week.
Douglas Jackson’s hardback Avenger of Rome, the third in a truly fantastic series from a fellow Scotsman was my first pick, while new young author Jeremy Han’s The Emperor’s Prey was the second, on my Kindle app. I would read Doug’s until the wife and daughter said it was time to put the lights out, then I’d fire up the Kindle and read Jeremy’s in the dark until I fell asleep.
I said earlier it was nice to just be a reader again, rather than a writer, but even as I lost myself – first on Doug’s endangered Roman ship, and then in Jeremy’s 15th century China – my mind was working out how to write reviews for these two cracking books…
So much for being purely a reader. Maybe I can’t escape the writer’s mindset after all, but it’ll be nice to write about someone else’s world for a change!
Jeremy Han’s The Emperor’s Prey: http://www.amazon.com/The-Emperors-Prey-ebook/dp/B009HJBR3Y
Douglas Jackson’s Avenger of Rome: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Avenger-Gaius-Valerius-Verrens-ebook/dp/B0088474QS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374960750&sr=1-1&keywords=avenger+of+rome
i know exactly what you mean, Steven. You and I must have published at almost the same time and like you, I chose to take time out and read fiction for a while. I’ve managed three tremendous books so far, the TBR list is reducing (Wolfs Head is approaching) and so far I’ve been in Gaul with Caesar (Hade’s Gates by SJA Turney), in 21st century Wales (Wild Water by Jan Ruth) and medieval England (Tristan and Iseult) by J. Dixon Smith. Bubbling alongside in hard copy is an umpteenth read of Niccolo Rising because D.Dunnett is my icon. It’s nice to read other fictional works for a change, isn’t it? Especially when they’re so good.
It’s just hard finding time to read it all, Prue! I’ll have to add that one of Simon Turney’s to my list.
Hope you enjoyed your holiday…now back to work on the sequel .. 🙂
Been playing guitar (and a bit of sitar!) today with my pal – back to work, and the sequel, next week! 😉
I had a month long break and find it hard to get back to writing. Its nice to be a reader and forget about writing once in a while yeah? But dont take too long because i cant wait for the sequel to Wolf’s Head!