Friday, January 17, 2014

Melanie's Brain on Writing

I am reading two of the most awesome books right now. I'm about two thirds of the way finished with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and I'm about one third of the way done with The Dream Thieves. Both the books have main characters that I adore, a very interesting story line, and hints of humor and romance that make me smile. And yet, I keep forgetting I'm reading them.

I forced myself to watch my first television show in over a month yesterday while I folded my laundry. It was Chuck, which, if you've been around for a long time, you might remember is my favorite show ever. And yet finishing it felt like a chore.

If you were to ask my friends what it was like to be my friend these days, they would probably say, "Melanie Crouse? Does she still consider me her friend? I haven't seen her in ages." L And my family treats me like an amnesiac victim who wasn't too bright to begin with.

But I am writing a lot.

I'm wearing my poor cowriters out, I think, although lately Sheena's had to bear the brunt of my obsession. 

I need to know how Pyromancy ends.

It's like a huge cliffhanger every night when I go to bed, and the only thing I think about when I wake up.

I know my obsession is fueled by terror. Hidden Magic is coming out NEXT WEEK and I can't even think about that. When Alchemy came out the success or failure was very much a shared thing. With Hidden Magic I'm standing all by myself. While that thought might have been exhilarating a few weeks ago, lately all I feel is scared. So, instead of living in reality, each morning when I wake up I dive head first into Pyromancy, and each night I make a feeble attempt to come back to my real life, but frankly, I prefer Pyromancy at the moment. It's probably not the healthiest state to be in, but I can't possibly have been the only writer to get here. Someone else tell me they know what I'm talking about.

My brain is tired. I know Sheena already took that line, but I'm stealing it. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? My brain is tired. I need to read a book whose ending has already been decided. I need to watch a movie. I need to play a game with my kids...

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  1. Hahahaha! I'm sorry. I know what you mean, but how funny is this that we keep blogging about Pyromancy. You'll want to read it, people. The obsession is spreading...

    1. You mean there are other topics I could have chosen?

    2. Seriously. Tell me about these "other topics." I think I have forgotten how to think about anything but Pyromancy.

  2. LOL, I'm glad you are being so productive. That is awesome. I can't wait to see the cover for Hidden Magic. That is so exciting.

    And I'm really jealous you are reading The Dream Thieves. I've got it on hold at the library, and it may take another weak or so before I get my hands on it. Should've asked for it for Christmas.

    1. It is very good. I am listening to it on audio, and I don't love the reader, and yet the last chapter was so well written I wanted to stay it over and listen to it again. Nothing very important happened, it was mostly witty banter between characters, but I LOVE witty banter between characters.


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