Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Touch of Dragons

It's been a pretty good week for me.  A nice mixture of family, good people, interesting work and the world of Satorium.  I did a bit of writing on Book three of the Scarlet Hopewell series, entered a contest, tweeted, facebooked, ran calls, learned a few paramediky things and even was able to fit in a little xbox with my friends.  And to top it all off, I even sleep really well last night and feel refreshed as the weekend begins instead of grateful that I can finally relax.
So, now that you're caught up...what to talk about in this weeks post?
How about dragons?  Wait a minute, those non fantasy types out there.  Before you click away, I'm not just talking about giant, fire breathing mythical creatures.  Okay actually I am, but not quite the way you think.  The dragon's I'm referring to are really two books which have been on my mind a lot lately.
The first is A Dance With Dragon's by George R. R. Martin.  This book, which is the fifth in his A Song of Ice and Fire series (A Game of Thrones on HBO for those of you who prefer) was a long time coming.  I read, no, devoured the first four books upon my discovery of them and then was left waiting an exceptionally long time for the continuation.  When this book would come out was in fact a much revisited discussion between myself and a fellow firefighter and when the date was released, we waited with Christmas morning like anticipation.  That was months ago and the book remains, just barely touched on my shelf.
I blame paramedic school, but when I think about it, it is really my weird idiosyncrasies that are to blame.  For some reason, when I have text books that I need to be reading, I can't bring myself to read for fun.  Now this might sound rather responsible of me, except, I have no trouble watching TV, playing video games, or writing while procrastinating.  When you think about it, this self imposed guilt regarding novels is rather rediculous.  I mean what is the difference, if I'm going to be doing something else other than studying anyway, between TV and reading a book (except for the fact that reading a book might be a bit more beneficial to my grey matter).  There really isn't one.  And yet my weird behavior persists.
I'll focus on TV because it most easily fits into my theory.  I think that the reason TV doesn't trigger my guilty procrastination instinct is because I, like many of us, no longer see watching television as an activity.  In fact, for so many of us that 30, 40, 60 inch screen is just a constant part of our lives.  When we sit on our sofa to get off our feet, we turn on the TV.  When we're cooking dinner, in the background...the TV.  At night when we're winding down before, and for some during, bed...the television.
Now don't get me wrong, I love Television, but, perhaps we should start looking at it a bit more like an activity.  Watch a show and then turn it off.  Then maybe our perspective on books might change.  If I was to think, "do I want to watch a show or read my book," I might be more inclined to read instead.  As it is now, the choice is more like, "do I want to turn off the TV and get my book."  Might seem like a subtle difference, but sometimes subtle can have a heck of an influence.
The second dragon is of course Scarlet and the Dragon's Burden.  The sequel to Scarlet and the Keepers of the Light releases on the 31st and I have been trying my best to get the word out and I'm more than a little excited to get feedback from fans of the first book. 
The strange thing about writing the Scarlet series, which I did not anticipate, was the split focus it requires.  In my mind I'm concentrating on book three, as that is the one I'm currently writing.  I of course know things and am experiencing the advendure from book three's perspective.  Through the process of publishing, everyone else is still on Keepers of the Light.  A strange disconnect at least for me.  I can only imagine how exacerbated this must be for authors of wildly successful series who have millions of people reading the books and watching the movies, all at different points in the narrative from what the author is actually working on.  The best way I can describe it is...have you ever been reading a series of books a friend of yours has just started, and you want to talk about it, but they don't want you to spoil it.  Kinda like that, only magnified.  After all, those who have read Scarlet and the Keepers of the Light haven't even met a dragon yet...hmmmm.  See, almost said too much.
Enough for now...I write again soon.

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