Here’s our new Monday feature, Epic List of the Week! I’m sure I’ve missed out some famous characters and some personal favourites of yours, so join in and let everyone know who else should be included in the list! You can leave a comment on this post underneath or you can click ‘Leave a Comment’ just above.
Dobby the House Elf
Gimli, Son of Gloin
High Tinker Gelbin Mekkatorque
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I enjoy reading. I really enjoy it. If I didn’t enjoy it, I would never have started writing fiction. If I find a good book that grips me and I do nothing else but read for a few days, I can blaze through it without much effort. The same goes for writing a good chapter; if it fits together nicely, it goes down on paper/screen very smoothly and quickly. It’s like a well-made flat-pack chest of drawers; it takes some time and effort, but eventually you’ll end up with something good.
At the moment, I’m kind-of reading two novels: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss and Moonrakerby Ian Fleming. I am enjoying both of them a lot, though I will say that Dr. No, in my opinion, is a better Bond novel than Moonraker. However, the problem is arising that I never seem to have time to read them. I have the stories stored up in my head quite nicely, so I can grab either of them and read a few pages when I fancy. The other day, I managed to read about 30 pages of The Wise Man’s Fear in one evening (which is a lot by my standards). A few days later, I managed to read 1 page.
The cause, I think, is that I have too much ‘stuff’ to do. Currently, I’m in the process of preparing for my wedding this year. I also recently purchased Star Wars: The Old Republic for the PC and Alan Wake and Sonic Generations for the Xbox, which now sit atop the stack of uncompleted games left from before Christmas (Skyrim, AC: Brotherhood, Orcs Must Die! etc.) On top of this monumental stack of gaming gold, I’m also trying to write a novel and short story. This is all on weekends and after work. Sometimes, I feel like going for a walk or heading into town for a look around and all of the above gets neglected. Most of the time, I’m enjoying time with my wife-to-be (arguably the best use of my time). It’s a lot of ‘stuff’, I know, but it’s all what makes life interesting and keeps it fresh.
So, my (belated) new year’s resolution is to make more time for reading. There it is. If I don’t finish at least one book this year, then I fear all hope is lost. That’s all for now, thanks for reading.