Miscellaneous Chatter from Dawn Ross

Busy Busy Busy!
I have been awfully busy lately so I haven’t had time to do much writing. Although I quit my full time job at the end of July this year, they called me back a couple weeks ago and asked if I would be willing to work for them again if they let me do it from home and for part time only. Since we are in need of additional money for IVF treatment, I said yes. We have also have a few car repairs to make before winter. And I have spent time cleaning house and promoting my new website, www.InformationWolves.com.

Where Does the Time Go?
I did manage to finally get my book, “The Third Dragon” published as an e-book on Amazon (see previous post). I should be working on getting that promoted but I think I will wait until the review is complete. Perhaps I should work on getting the website done in the meantime, but where will I find the time!?

A Dance with Dragons
In the evenings, I have been reading George R. R. Martin’s latest book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” Series, titled “A Dance with Dragons”. I just finished the book last week and although I enjoyed it immensely, I hate the fact that the sequel will not be available for some time. The story is complex and there is too much to remember in between books, so I took a lot of notes. I hate the fact that it seems like Jon died for I really don’t like it when the good guys lose. But it seems like he may live in some form, perhaps in his direwolf, Ghost. Will Jaime be back even though it seems like he is walking into a trap with Brienne? Cersei is getting her comeuppance and I hope it stays that way. And where the heck is Arya going with all this? She deserves retribution too but it seems like she is going the wrong way to get there.

The Half-Known World
Now that I am done reading “A Dance with Dragons” I am reading a non-fiction book titled, “The Half-Known World” by Robert Boswell. I am only in the first chapter, but it is very helpful so far. He says that rather than knowing your characters, you want to start out with just the basic ‘stereotype’ and evolve from there. Don’t start out with your character already figured out as it may ruin the mystery. As I go further along in the book, I believe he will expand on the “half-known” truths in regards to the storyline itself. By only telling part of the story, you are keeping the reader engaged and wanting to read more. Makes sense, right? Since I have trouble generating mystery and intrigue in my book’s story and characters, I think this will help.

Learning Chinese
Rather than reading in the evenings, I should be spending time learning Chinese. My husband is Chinese so I have learned a little bit. But if I get pregnant and my husband’s parents come to help me when the baby is born, then I really need to get a grip on the language. Boy, is it tough! I have the Rosetta Stone program and it is very good and very helpful, but I have been procrastinating on using it. (I do know how to say that my dog is not wearing any pants in Chinese.)

Well, nothing else at the moment. Hopefully I will have a better blog post next Saturday.  :0)

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