Top Ten Tuesday-The 10 Longest Books I’ve Read

Ah, the joys of being behind, she muttered sarcastically. I’ll blame it on the Columbus Day Holiday, which also happened to be Canadian Thanksgiving–Happy Belated to my friends north of the border!

Thanks to Jana for hosting. I like the fact that she says in her introduction that “you” choose to measure length. While I’m going to list the longest books I’ve read by page number, I just have to say that Justin Cronin’s The Passage (which is on the list) is the longest book I’ve ever spent time with. I chose to go audio on that and during my work commutes. I love the book, but that was a long, long, long time!

Observations: Two books with “Passage” as their titles! Only two of the novels don’t fall into sci fi/paranormal/fantasy category! Fun stuff.

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Self-Discovery, A True Story

 

Today I discovered that I am short. I’m a little above 5’4″ and thought of myself as average, always average. However, I did my first load of clothes in a new washing machine. It played its little song (a very cute melody; such a happy washer!) when the cycle ended so I went to put the clothes in the dryer and couldn’t reach the bottom of the washer to retrieve socks. Leaning over, I thought that perhaps I might end up inside of the washing machine, which might possess (pun) a few Stephen King ideas of its own. Continue reading

Writing Reader Observation #1

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. ” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Stephen King’s or not, his advice regarding reading is spot on. How can you be a good writer if you don’t read? It’s kind of like a writer’s apprenticeship. Reading shows you what to do and sometimes what NOT to do.

Today marks the start of what will be a semi-regular feature on the Microcosm. I’m going to share with you some observations, unfortunately mostly what-not-to-do’s, from the books that I’ve read while blogging.

 


The following is paraphrased from the novel I’m currently reading:

The character is on the phone. The British man says to her:

“We want to use the telly.”

My reaction when reading: what does their wanting to watch the tv have to do with her being on the phone?

Reading on I realize that the author thinks the British use “telly” to mean phone. They don’t. “Telly” refers to television.

Lesson Learned: Don’t use slang unless you are positive of the meaning; if nothing else, google. If you don’t want to do that, just use the term common to your own language.

As a writer you always want to maintain the “fictional dream,” which is interrupted when you use the wrong word.