I picked up Stephen Pressfield‘s The War of Art yesterday. It’s a short book, but I’ve not had any extended time to dedicate to reading, so it may take me a few days. The book has been on my radar for some time. When I saw it come up again over at 43 Folders I decided to buy it. I mean, I had been meaning to check out The Merlin Show after hearing Merlin Mann on TWiT, and I’d recently been introduced to the music of Jonathan Coulton, so seeing them together with a mention of the book seemed like some sort of sign. Adding extra weight to this, my wife had also recently discovered Jonathan Coulton’s music independently of me. That guy gets great word of mouth.
Anyhow, I grabbed the book at lunch Friday. I’m not sure if that qualifies it as an impulse buy or not, but who cares?
I finished the first of the books three parts this morning. While there are a few parts I don’t agree with, it really seems to hit the nail on the head 97% of the time. I’ll hold back on giving my final recommendation until I finish it, but so far, real good.
You may have noticed that I got really quiet after posting
almost every day. Well, I was participating in the “March Madness”
writing marathon over at Forward Motion. If you’ve been
keeping an eye on my progress bar at the top of the site, you may
have noticed it moving quite a bit. My goal was to write 1000 words
a day for 7 days, and I pulled it off! That means I pretty much
doubled my daily output, and didn’t miss a single day for seven
days. That’s including working about 50 hours this week, and
spending 2+ hours a day cleaning the house. Phew! I hope to keep it
up, but I’m giving myself a lower goal for this weekend as it’s a
I hope to have more detailed reviews, but in case I don’t get to
it I finished a few books since my last post. First, I finished
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Wow. It was an amazing book filled with surprises of
More recently I finished listening to
Ender’s Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition by Orson Scott Card. I’ve always wanted to read this,
and my friend Matt had
recommended it. When I realized that Audible had the majority of
the series available unabridged I decided to give it a try. I
really enjoyed it. I’ve read some of Card’s books on writing, but
this is the first novel of his that I’ve read. It’s the story of a
young boy being schooled in the art of warfare to fight a war
against an alien race he has only seen on propaganda films. Ender’s
story is filled with interesting and fully realized characters. I
thought I saw the ending coming, and while the events I suspected
did happen, it was not the ending at all. Great stuff!
Half way through
Ender’s Game I knew I’d want more, so I already had
Speaker for the Dead on my iPod and started it after taking some time to
digest the ending of Game.
More soon, unless I’m busy, then more later.