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Cephalopod Coffee House

Welcome to the Cephalopod Coffee House. The purpose of this meet up is to discuss the best book you read in the past month. Click the pic to meet the Armchair Squid, or use the list at the bottom of this post to meet other members of the coffee house. month I read Horns by Joe Hill.

Ignatius Perrish is innocent, but nobody believes it. Despite there being no evidence to try him, in the court of public opinion he is guilty of the murder of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams. A year after her death, he spends the night drinking and thinking of her. When he awakes the next morning, he discovers a pair of horns growing from his forehead. The horns force people to admit their darkest, thoughts, and desires. Before the morning is through he knows who killed Merrin, and he begins to plot his vengeance.

Ig is slowly turning into a devil in every sense of the word, and while the ending is to be expected, the road the novel travels to get there is deliciously weird and entertaining.


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The insecurity of the month is Volume.

By volume, I mean the amount of work I put out. Or rather the amount of work I imagine putting out, compared to how much is actually getting done.

I feel like I'm failing as a writer because over the past 3 months I've written about 20,000 words in my latest novel attempt. It's not a matter of the idea being bad - in fact I'm very much enjoying playing with the idea. It's just that I'm finding less and less time to devote to the act of writing. I've gone back to school, and classwork is taking up more time than I thought possible. That, on top of  the rest of life, fills up my days, and I'm often just tired at the end of the day.

You might say: "Why don't you try waking up early to write?" To which I say: "No." I've tried it, and all it does it make my day even longer.

I know it's going to take forever to write this novel because of my process, which involves handwriting the first draft, typing it up with some basic edits along the way; then fleshing out of the story, and finally edit, edit, edit until I'm sick to death of it. Wait two months. Edit some more.

I know that's generally the process most writers go through (minus the handwriting), but since I'm not magically pounding out 50,000 words a month I must just be doing something wrong. I know I'm not doing anything wrong, but it feels like I am.

Inspiration Monday

Great characters inspire me. I love to read a story that involves well rounded, intriguing and complex characters. If I can empathize with the character - and not in a Mary Sue sort of way - it's even better. Plot is secondary to me. I enjoy seeing a character dropped into the middle of a situation, then seeing how they react to events. I can accept almost any crap plot if I'm invested in the people on the page. In my opinion, the worst thing you can do is hand me an intriguing plot and a flat character who will behave exactly as expected. I'll stick around until the end to see what happens, but I won't be happy about it.

(Why would you read a book that you don't like? you ask. I'm just one of those people. You know those people; the ones who bitch and moan about how terrible the book is the entire time they're reading it, and then continue to bitch and moan about it months later. If it's a library book I might quit once I realize what I'm in for, but if I paid for the book, I'm in it to the bitter end.)

Great characters are something I want to excel at in my own writing. I find myself getting lost in the back stories, personalities and emotions of the people who live in my head (not in the creepy sort of way). Nothing is more satisfying to me than to write about a character observing, interacting with, and responding to his or her world.

How do you feel about characters?