Long Tuesday is over without too much pain, and I started writing the new, improved version of the time travel story today. I'm not too far in--maybe 1,000 words (longhand; I'll type it up tomorrow night)--but it's going well. I will finish it by Friday. Then I can go back to Little Sparrow, which I haven't been allowing myself to work on until I finish the time travel rewrite, which means I basically haven't done any writing at all.
I am further heartened by the realization that no book, however awful, will ever be as awful as Return to Quag Keep. Sure, there will be badly written books I have to suffer through, and there will be books that I actively dislike for various reasons, and there will even, alas, be books that take a cherished old friend of a book and destroy it utterly with sequelitis--but no other book will ever be all of these at once in such a huge way. It's sort of freeing.
(I really hope I don't come across as full of bile on this blog. I'm really not like that. I just feel betrayed when I read a badly written book published by a big publisher. I mean, I'm not even a snooty reader--I read lots of junk and enjoy it, so when I say a book is badly written, I swear to you I'm not just being hateful. It's by gum badly written.)
You have every right to spew bile if a major publisher sells crap. They're a major publisher...because of the readers. By gum.
Thanks! I admit, I was starting to worry if maybe I'm just getting super-cranky in my old age (as opposed to just plain old garden variety cranky).
You didn't sound over the top to me. I've had similar reactions to books, films or TV shows.
Good luck with the time travel story.
I didn't think you were cranky at all - I thought you were quite funny.
Didn't come across as cranky to me either. It makes me wonder what the editing process is at that particular pub house is that allowed this one to slip through the cracks.
Jameson--Thanks, and thanks. :)
Cate--Good, that was what I was aiming at.
Jamie--I have no idea. Tor usually publishes great stuff (although not always to my taste; they publish a lot of really long books, seems like, and I dislike long books).
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