I recently installed a bracket-less—about three foot—shelf above my writing chair. I think there’s a fancier name for them, maybe a shadow self?
Anyway, here are the books I have for reference and casual reading.
Dragon Wing has beautiful prose.
Consider This is a wonderful, no nonsense, look into prose and structure of a story with “postcards from tour” where the author relates story telling to personal experiences while on book signing tours.
Winter’s King is a quick story that spans generations. Super fun and mind-blowing. Beautiful.
Prey is a good one. Simple prose that works. It’s all about the story. The author is invisible.
Fight Club is Fight Club–a force of its own.
Dune is a masterpiece.
Shadow of the Giant is a great read. The author has wonderful prose and is a master, of course.
The Way of Kings is an epic fantasy. Super popular and it’s obvious why.
Ender’s Game is great. Masterpiece in my opinion.
So that’s it. There’s the quick rundown.
Hopefully, I’ll be receiving the outcome of the latest Writers of the Future contest. The submission, To Azra, was written a few months back before I had enrolled in Dave Farland’s 318R class. Since then, I’ve learned a lot about the proper structure of a story. And looking back at that story, I’d be surprised if it got anything above an honorable mention (which is the lowest mention on the tier of mentions). Winner>Finalist>Semi-Finalist>Silver Honorable Mention>Honorable Mention>Rejection.
The next story that I’ll be submitting is titled: Albert the Robot’s Ice Cream Dream.
It was written in a very methodical, know the ending, type of way. Three try-fail cycles with a reversal in the end.
It’s a story of hope, of life, of what it means to be “living” or human.