It’s always exciting to get packages in the mail, and the best way to ensure this is to buy yourself presents.
Recently I bought myself a present that (I fondly imagine) is currently winging its way across the ocean. I’m not sure I could have waited for it to get here, so fortunately I arranged a sneak preview.
Dragon and castle
Now please excuse me for just a minute while I squee with excitement. Because dragon! And cat! And castle! And that’s me!
I stumbled across Carolina’s blog quite by accident, and kept going back to look at her gorgeous watercolours. Then one day she posted about a painting she’d done for a writer, and I had to have one.
She asked me what defined me as a person. (Not in those words, but in words that were equally mind-emptying.) Omg, I write fantasy–why can’t I think of anything interesting about myself?
I toyed with the fear I’m actually a dull person. Then I started thinking about dragons.
That’s His Royal Fluffiness patting at the dragon. Don’t worry, it’s not going to eat him. And that’s my castle, all pennoned-up. You can come and visit me there if you promise to wipe your boots.
My month of reading fantasy
You might recall I had four fantasy books lined up to read in February. I didn’t quite make it. I read The Star-Touched Queen, The Obelisk Gate, Wake of Vultures, and I’m about 70% of the way through The Wise Man’s Fear. (It’s really long!)
I finished the first of the two beta reads I had planned, and I’m nearly done with the second. I also read a couple of non-fiction books.
All in all, I’m pretty pleased. Next step is to finish The Wise Man’s Fear, and then I’ll have Sebastian and Rain report back on what they thought of it.
I drew a winner for my fantasy book prize draw and emailed them, but I haven’t heard back yet, so check your spam folder. (It’s really hard to say “you won a book!” without looking like spam.)
My new plan
I also have a plan for this month. Audiobooks! I don’t think I’ve ever listened to an audiobook (in English, at least), but I’ve heard so much about them recently and they seem like a great way to read more books while getting useful things like housework done.
I have a few doubts.
Doubt 1: American accents
There’s a good chance an audiobook I buy will be narrated with an American accent, and I’m sorry, but American accents can be quite grating when you’re used to Kiwi accents.
If the book is set in New York, an American accent is understandable. But people in non-Earth fantasy worlds DO NOT speak with American accents. At least, not when I read them.
We’ll see if I can get over this one.
Doubt 2: This is my world, what are you doing here?
Reading a good novel is an almost magical experience, and it’s an experience I prefer to have alone. Taking another person with you creates an additional shackle to the physical world and makes it that much harder to get immersed in the world of the book.
If I try to cram the narrator into the world of the book with me, will it be too crowded?
On the other hand, as a child I loved being read to. Maybe I can overcome my hangups about sharing and just enjoy the story.
I’ll give it a try and report back when I have a verdict.
Have you tried audiobooks, and are you a fan? Do the accents bother you? Anything I should watch out for?
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