As you have probably noticed, I decided to turn off the comment field (and likes section) on the blog posts. If there’s something urgent – contact me via email. I don’t check it daily but once/twice a week.
The second part of the title for this post, Making Windows, has been stolen from Michel Foucault, who said: “I am no prophet. My job is making windows where once were walls.” I believe this is precise, what we, writers, do. And one day, when too many windows will infiltrate the walls, they’ll crack and fall. Until then, continue writing…
My focus this summer is on my thriller Almost Faithful. I sent it to the first proofreader. Previously, during revising, I deleted almost 10k, mostly backstories of the heroes or their memories from the past. Still, I’m going to add some episodes again to round the word count to 60k. Almost Faithful is a commercial fiction (thriller), in 2 parts, with a serpentine (winding) plotline and a happy ending.
The symbol of summer 2021 (at least in Ray’s calendar) is a crocodile, which reminds us to collect energy, cool off, or turn inward. I know you are tired from ‘inward’ because you were sitting in lockdowns, quarantines, sealed in the rooms far from the external world. But what I mean is gathering your awareness, observing the world with the knowledge you got for the past two years and building up energy. Summer 2021 is the perfect time to fill up the vital reserves of your soul, so your next move comes from a place of wisdom, experience, and power.
My two current WIPs are 60-70% ready. Plus, The Story of Harmless Bullet is progressing in its own tact on the blog. I’ll see what speaks to me this summer, and I’ll choose accordingly with my mood. There’s a strong possibility that the next book I’ll be working on is The Secrets of A-Ria (young adult).
I won’t recommend any reading or new authors during the summer period. Choose anything! I think watching the birds can do more to your well-being than a movie or book. Let’s chill, let’s look at the sky, let’s get ready – rest, recreate, create!
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. John Lubbock
Share the books with me! I’m willing to pick up some new titles. As you know, I’m interested in 2021:
- Australian fiction (set in remote locations, small towns, or countryside)
- Authentic fiction or novels about nature, wildlife
- Non-fiction books about social injustice or gender/race
- Fiction novels, written between 1965-1985 (or maybe set during that time!)
- Adventure books similar to Walter Scott’s novels, Rafael Sabatini, Boris Akunin (never heard about Akunin? Check HERE and Wikipedia )
If you have any book-suggestion, send them via contact email. OBS! It’s OK to send only the title or an author.
This month – June – Ray is reading:
- The Enchanted April, Elizabeth von Arnim; advised by Librepaley.com
- The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity, Douglas Murray (nonfiction)
- Extraordinary insects, Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson (nonfiction)
- The Long Call, Ann Cleeves
Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me, those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
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