Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bee Zombies! They eat books!

Yes, I've been looking at the search terms that led people to my blog. "Bee zombie" is one, which absolutely charmed me. And if you Google "Embarrassing lines," my post of the same title comes up as the second hit currently. But embarrassing lines are not as cool as bee zombies.

I got my Amazon order today. Ten books go into the already overflowing "to be read" stack. Actually, it's a pile now, taking up valuable carpet space behind a chair in my room. It's full of lots of delightful books, absolutely wonderful books that I can't wait to read--but I can't read them now, I'm writing Bell-Men. I don't have time to read!

I've noticed lately that I've turned into an "in one gulp" reader. I've always tended to this, but lately it's just gotten worse: I'll start a book, and if I like it I read straight through and finish it as soon as possible, even if it means staying up half the night and acting like a zombie (or a bee zombie) the next day. I think that's a big part of why I prefer shorter books. But I didn't realize until today that I've also become an "in one gulp" writer. Witness my mad gallop through Bell-Men, where in roughly four weeks I've written almost 65,000 words. Any time spent not writing or thinking about Bell-Men is time wasted as far as I'm concerned, because I want to get it finished.

But after I finish, dammit, I'm going to read and read and read.

16 comments:

Natalie L. Sin said...

Makes me wonder what "Flight of the Zombie Bumble Bee" would sound like ; )

K.C. Shaw said...

It would be a lot slower, that's for sure.

Jameson T. Caine said...

Gulping is good, at least in my book. Gulp away!

Aaron Polson said...

Awesomeness. I'm composing Zombie/Bee music now...lots of "noise" percussion. Stumbles. Moans.

BT said...

Streuth! One gulp sounds good to me - reading or writing.

I wish I had the time to join you. One gulp sounds like good place to be.

Go girl!

Jamie Eyberg said...

I wish I had time to gulp. Hope you finish soon so you don't lose your bed as well.

K.C. Shaw said...

Jameson--If only I had two brains so I could read and write at the same time!

Aaron--Zithers and trombones, hehe.

BT--At the moment I just want to gulp some lemonade. Reading or writing at the same time is a bonus. :)

K.C. Shaw said...

Jamie--Thanks! I'm making myself tired just thinking about it, actually.

Danielle Ferries said...

I love it when an Amazon order is enroute. I'm waiting for an order from The Book Depository.

K.C. Shaw said...

I hope it gets to you soon, and that you can read the books when you get them. :)

Lertulo said...

No, you're not going to read and read and read. November's coming, dearie...

K.C. Shaw said...

Ack, don't remind me! Must write faster so I have time to read before I write again! But then when will I have time to plot Tiger? *runs around in little panicked circles*

Cate Gardner said...

Zombie Bees!!! I think I might throw-up. And with the reports that honey bees are dying out, I'm starting to panic.

K.C. Shaw said...

Zom-bees. They're killing the honeybees!

Anne Spollen said...

Sippers take too long to get anything done. Gulpers are much more fun ;

K.C. Shaw said...

Did you mean that to rhyme? I hope you did, because that makes it sound like one of those quotes people cross-stitch