So…yeah. I raelly seemed to suck at this writing twice a week thing the past month. I could offer excuses, like how Battery Pack made it to Round Two of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, or that it’s in actual book form on my shelf now (more like my floor for this picture, but it exists!)
I can also say that I’ve been doing a lot of reading in the last month. For example, I plowed through American Gods by Neil Gaiman for the first time. Reading the book form of Howl’s Moving Castle (so different from the movie!), and a few books from the local Little Free Libraries. Add in a Darkover novel or two as I try to make myself like them–so far, it’s not happening–and my weird hour job… There’s been some planning of a new writing project with my friend E.M. Verhalen (also in the second round of ABNA) and going to acupuncture for stress and health and having it work (whoo!). And some good old fashioned D&D with friends on the weekends, it’s little wonder that I’ve been busy.
But in reality? I’m just lazy. And the longer it got between times that I wrote, the more guilty I felt, and the more I didn’t want to write because of guilt. It was a vicious cycle that I kicked in the ass today, and bit the bullet in an attempt get back into this thing.
Update on Mists of Avalon: Finished Second Two, the High Queen. Like Lady of Magic, it focused on the character the section title named, in this case, Gwen. It’s mainly regarding her impact with Arthur now that Morgaine and Avalon is out of Camelot and off who knows where (we discover later she is with the elves on accident). Here is where we first see Christianity having a big impact on the life of Arthur rather than the “pagan ways” of Avalon, and him casting aside the banner of the Pendragon to carry the Cross into battle that Gwen made for him. She thinks that because Arthur isn’t Christian, that is why she can’t have kids. At the end, she and Lance get together with Arthur’s knowledge and blessing… Nothing good can come of this. As soon as I finish one of the books I’m currently reading, I’ll dive back into this one.
The biggest thing I have noted about Mist of Avalon is how hard it can be to slough through at some points. I mean, we’re dealing with some pretty heavy stuff. Religious type of heavy, and the “killing” of old ways to make room for the “new” (at least in the eyes of Avalon). But some of the thoughts are beat upside the head so many times that the hose is beyond dead. It is a paste along the side of the road that one one can identify. Yes, the amount of research shows through, but at the same time, I got the point when you mentioned it for the 4th time three pages ago.
Gwen is, sadly, very one dimensional, at least in her section. Which is a shame, as it is “hers”. She is so very focused on the Christianity aspect of life, that she seems to become little more than a representation of what she is believing in rather than a person. It is only towards the end when she and Arthur have their conversation about Lancelot and Gwen is given the go ahead to be with the Knight of her Dreams that she begins to develop a personality aside from a Fundie (if you’ll excuse the phrase).
So…yeah. expect me to try to kick my ass into gear more on posting here. Maybe on Wednesday I’ll do something with this new game that has consumed me. I suck at it, but I enjoy the story. Which is the best part of any game, in my opinion.