Well, it’s been some time since I’ve posted here. Sorry about that. I’d love to say that it’s because I’ve been busy doing wonderful things, but I really can’t. I’ve come yet another step closer to losing my job, which, I can assure you, is making me unhappy. OTOH, I’d like to just send a cheery FUCK YOU to my company.
I could go on for a long time about why they suck, but honestly, the more I see and hear about corporate America, the more I despair for this country. These feelings aren’t new, however, but they certainly weren’t mitigated by my current circumstance.
Anyway, enough of that shit.
Someone emailed me and asked what sort of stories I read. So, I thought I’d mention some authors and stories that I’m really enjoying. One author is named rache. I don’t love all her stuff, but I’m really enjoying (to my rather great surprise) a story she’s writing called Girl Fag. It’s a hot story in a lot of ways, but there were some things that put me off about it, in the beginning of the story. But those things have to do with my own preferences rather than there being something wrong with the story. Another one she wrote that I’m just wild about is called the Ming Prophecy. However, she’s only a few chapters into it, and I have no idea if she’ll continue it. If she does, it’ll certainly be worthy of a read.
Another writer I really like is Joe J. I sort of stopped reading his Twice Lucky series, but I really enjoyed his story Johnny Pulaski. Twice Lucky was quite good as well, but sometimes I fall out of the mood to read something and I stop following the story.
A Strange Geek has a really cool story called “The House at the End of the Street.” It’s very nicely done, and he just started a follow up. Nice hot story, good plot, good writing. I mean, what else do you need?
Another good writer is Volentrin He doesn’t write sex stories, he tends to write just SciFi/Fantasy. He’s not too bad, actually, and I like reading his stories. Certainly, he’s better than Travis S. Taylor — a commercial author.
Now, I read a book called Von Neumann’s war, which Taylor co-wrote with John Ringo, who is one of my favorite authors. That book was really good, and after reading more of Taylor’s stuff, I can tell who actually wrote the thing. Taylor’s first book was called Warp Speed. It was… not too bad. A little too pat, I think. But the follow up to that was called The Quantum Connection. Pure crap. If it were put on Storiesonline as a fiction novel, it’d rate about a six. Really. I couldn’t even get through the whole thing, because it turned into some adolescent fantasy — completely unrealistically presented — with some hard core science thrown in for effect. Read it if you don’t believe me, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Speaking of commercial authors, how about that Laurell K. Hamilton, eh? C’mon, I write better porn than she does, and lets face it, porn is what she’s writing. Oh… excuse me… um this is commercial, so it must be erotica. And here’s the really sad, pathetic part: I still buy and read her books! ARG!
If you like that type of book though, I gotta tell ya, Kim Harrison is really writing some Kick Ass stuff! Wow, I’ve loved every page of her books. So too with Carrie Vaughn’s books: Kitty and the Midnight Hour and Kitty Goes to Washington. Great stories, excellent characters and a nice, fast paced writing style.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of what I read, but since at least one person was interested, and I had nothing else to write about without bitching, I thought I’d put this down.
So, about Avatar. It’s not abandoned (I just posted chapter 26 tonight) and I haven’t stopped work on it. It’s just glacially slow (as in I’m just finishing up chapter 28. Sheesh!). Time, and more importantly, inclination to write such a complex story has been slim. I’ve been working on other stuff though — some of it I hope to put in the commercial arena. Where, no doubt, some blogger will rip it to shreds. Oh well.
Finally, I could use some good vibes. I’m waiting to hear back about an interview I went on. The job wouldn’t be paradise, but it would be a job that I could do, and one that I think I would like. Good wishes would be appreciated.
And that’s all for now.