Steampunk Reads

Now, enough with the lighthearted posts about the dreaded query/submission process.  That will move forward with or without me, and perhaps you will hear back from me in a few (or several) months on that.

Meanwhile, the sequel to Project Muffin Man, lovingly codenamed Project Lemon Cake (mmm...) is moving along very well.  I decided to use NaNoWriMo to jump start it and, like Muffin Man, was thrilled at how easily the story flowed out of me.

I am one of those writers who gets it all out at once and then returns to elaborate on the story.  The same went for Lemon Cake.  It was a completed rough draft at the 40,000-word mark.  Now I have returned to it and added nearly 10,000 words thus far in the second draft revision process (42 words away from being done with NaNo, but certainly not the story).

Many writers do the reverse and write a long, long, long story, only to have to return and cut content.  I'm not sure which way is "correct".  Odds are, your way is and mine is not.

Then again, my ex-mother-in-law always told me that it was screwed up that I write and throw a ball left-handed, but do everything else right-handed.

Oh, but I did not want to talk about writing styles or, really, writing at all.  I wanted to share what I am currently reading.

First of all, I love it when I can describe a book's narrative tone in one word.  "Cheeky" is the most apt description for The Girl in the Steel Corset.  I am greatly enjoying this young adult, Steampunkified "Jekyll & Hyde" story about Finley Jayne.  No, I'm not about to post a full review of it, because I'm in the middle of the book.  However, it is what I grab when I need some quiet time.  If this book doesn't somehow turn into a huge disappointment now that I'm past the midway point, it has a 5-star Amazon/GoodReads/Shelfari rating in its future.  Not that Kady Cross needs yet another good review, but she's going to get it anyway.

Second, I was one of those people eagerly anticipating Dearly, Departed prior to its release.  I pre-ordered it.  When it arrived, I let it sit on the nightstand and taunt me.  Then, this weekend, I finally opened it.  One-word description: "lush".  It is a gorgeous fusion of history and the future, of steampunk and cyberpunk, of horror and romance.  I wish...  I wish that I could give it infinite stars, to be quite honest with you.

Now, zombies are not normally my thing.  In fact, when I told my friends, "Hey, check out this book.  It's a zombie love story" before its release, they looked at me and said, "Ewww."

Yes, I agree that the idea is "ewww".

And it's bloody romantic as well.

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

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