In which I share my reflections on how Covid-19 lockdown did not live up to expectations and my reading list of books by black authors.
On 23 March 2020, New Zealand went into level 3 lockdown in preparation for going into level 4 lockdown two days later.
I went home.
Yesterday, on 8 June 2020, we finally made it down to zero active cases of Covid-19 in the country and the alert level dropped to level 1.
Between those times, I left the house twice–both times to drive to the shop around the block and not get out of the car. Today for the first time I went into the shop.
Other were people were there and I’m still not sure how I feel about that.
I guess lockdown is over (for now and hopefully permanently), so this seems like a good time to reflect on it.
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Prolific author and A+ human being Kim M. Watt shares her secrets on dragons, cats, writing, tea, and magic cake.
It turns out I have friends. (Yay, me!) And sometimes I interview them. This is one of those interviews.
Kim M. Watt used to be like me, i.e. unpublished. Now she has a magnificent tower of published books and, even better, they all have cats and/or dragons in them.
I can’t describe how hard I approve.
Here’s my interview with her, including all her own unedited words, and just a few extra paragraph breaks.
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I usually try to read books written by my friends, but I often fail. Here are the main reasons why.
If you make friends with enough unpublished writers and stick around a few years, you find yourself friends with a lot of published writers. And because you’re a supportive friend, that means a lot of books you want to buy and read.
I always start with good intentions.
I like you. I want to buy your book, read it, love it, and leave a helpful, honest review on Amazon for your future fans to find.
Usually I manage the first step quite well.
The second step is harder. The third even harder.
Please allow me to offer some possible explanations why I haven’t read or reviewed your book.
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This is not a review of The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams, because there are rules on how to review and this doesn’t follow any of them.
Sebastian, my writer half, and Rain, my reader half, recently read The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams, which is the first book in The Winnowing Flame Trilogy. They finished it, which was quite an accomplishment given the pandemic wrecked their concentration.
Rain: We finally finished reading a book. We should do something to celebrate.
Sebastian: We can’t go out – we’re still in lock-down.
Rain: We could drink.
Sebastian raises his eyebrows and his half-empty glass of wine.
Rain: Fine. Let’s talk about The Ninth Rain.
Sebastian: Given our state of mind, this isn’t going to be a fair review.
Rain: This isn’t a review. It’s a not-review. I thought we’d done this enough that you got the idea.
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I describe my ideal book–a high fantasy novel that takes me on an emotional journey–and offer to beta read for you if you wrote it. Or if you’re nice.
When friends in real life ask me what kind of books I write, I tell them “fantasy with dragons”. This has the benefit of being a) true and b) uninformative.
What? Not all books have dragons?
The short answer is that I write the kinds of books I most like to read. (Doesn’t everyone?)
Here’s the long answer about what I love to read and try to write.
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