I just can’t read while I’m writing the first draft.  Not for pleasure, anyways.  And since there’s no other type of reading for me to do, I haven’t read in ages.

A couple of months ago, I cracked open a beloved book in hopes of learning something about craft from the words within.  I ended up just getting lost in the author’s world and reading the whole book right then and there.  Forget trying to pay attention to piddly details like craft.

My goal is to finish the draft of Oracles Promise before my birthday.  December 19.   That gives me roughly 16 days to finish the draft from here.  (Is it December already?  Crud.)  I only have 29,361 words left to write.  No big deal, right?

After that, I’m taking a month or so off.  (Could be more thanks to school starting in January.)  No writing.  During this time I’m going to read for pure pleasure and joy.  My TBR list is ever-increasing.  (So is my book wishlist.)

The List:

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
The Naming by Alison Croggon
Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Sturgeon
Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Wake by Lisa McMann
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

My wishlist: (Thanks to Natalie at Between Fact and Fiction and Moonrat at Editorial Ass)

Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon
 Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

OK, so I realize that this post may have been a virtual repeat of one from September.  But it’s nearing the end of the year and I’m getting stressed out that I’ve yet to tackle my TBR list.  So I wanted to post it as additional motivator.

My theory is, the more carrots I dangle, the faster I’ll write.

It’s not working so far.