The horror! THE HORROR!!
You all know what I’m talking about. The dreaded four letter d-word.
Most women, and I’m sure some men, cringe when they think, say, or read this word. I know I do. And wrapping it up in nice verbiage by calling it “a lifestyle change” doesn’t make me accept it any easier.
Well, besides already being on the dreaded d-word, I’ve decided to go on a book diet. Maybe call it a book cleanse.
I’ve been immersing myself in RomComs for the past few months as research and inspiration for the RomCom I’m writing, but it’s getting a little old. How many ways can you say “I love you” cheesily? A surprising amount, I’m here to tell you. It’s getting to the point where I’m rolling my eyes when the main characters profess their undying love. And literally LOLing at the scenes that, I’m sure, the author meant to be heart wrenching and tear-evoking.
So I’m going back to a strict “diet” of middle grade fantasy, since that’s what I’m primarily gearing towards publication. I have a TBR list as tall as I am (5’10” btw), which is nothing shy of insanity, but I welcome all fresh ideas for great middle grade fantasy books.
So go on, tell me what you recommend. I’m open to suggestions. I am a very eclectic reader and have read everything from the Bible to a book on Hitler’s charisma (as research for my villain), to Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, to J.R.R Tolkien, to Christopher Hitchens (THAT was interesting since I’m a devout Christian. But also a good learning experience), to epic and modern poetry, to ancient mythology, to futuristic dystopias… The one area I’m not as well-read in is horror/thrillers/suspense/mystery, but I’m open to new avenues there, as well.
Come on… GIVE! I want to know what my fellows out there in the blogosphere recommend for middle grade fantasy. Hopefully you’ll see my name in print in that genre someday, but for now, I need suggestions. Got any?
“I don’t want to wake up dead tommorrow and realize I didn’t even try.
Luck my ass! Luck is just another word for hard work and an open mind.”
― Ryan E. Day
“There’s no diet list I’ll follow that would rule out cherry pie.”
― Edgar A. Guest