FF: When I’m Writing

When I am immersed a difficult or complex part of a project, I still read, but very often I re-read, because this lets me moderate the extra voices in my head.  Think of it as a literary soundtrack meant to be enjoyable and even stimulating, but not distracting.

Kel says: Sink into a Good Book!

For those of you just discovering this feature, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.

The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers.  Audiobook.   This book was published in 1934, and still speaks to many issues.  Two that immediately come to mind are writing from the heart, rather than only the brain, and the challenges that face professional women in a way they do not their male peers.

On Bowie by Rob Sheffield.  The author notes at the end that this book was written in a month, and that Bowie’s now-classic album Low was also done in a month.  I must admit, I didn’t see a correlation.

In Progress:

Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich.  Audiobook.  Jim and I often listen to Stephanie Plum novels on road trips.  We were so taken by the scenery, that we didn’t quite finish, but doubtless will – maybe while running errands or doing a puzzle.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett.  I believe this was the first Pratchett I read, a gift from a delighted Roger Zelazny.

Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers.  Audiobook.  Re-read.


I’ve moved on to the most recent issue of Smithsonian.


2 Responses to “FF: When I’m Writing”

  1. Louis Robinson Says:

    In many ways i found The Nine Tailors the best of Sayer’s books. Probably in large part because i finally found out what “ringing all the changes” is about.

    Although it does annoy me that the plot turns on one of those false dichotomies of which Europeans and their kin are so inordinately fond. In this case, that what is right is, completely, right and what is wrong is, absolutely, wrong, and that what people know and intend is of no matter. Although it’s more correct, really, to speak of what they _can_ know – they can indeed be culpable for what they could know and have chosen not to.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Interesting… I really like it for the vivid characters. She has a gift for taking stereotypical characters (ex. kindly parson) and adding a twist that gives a living dimension.

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