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words, miles and books

Today I finished Stephen King's 'On Writing - A Memoir' and thoroughly enjoyed it. It got me thinking, analysing myself and my writing, and looking at the reasons for my recent dip in commitment and output. Regardless, I appear to be back on the wagon. Even if, bizarrely, I seem to be writing quite well to trance music.

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17 miles tomorrow. The 17 miles I was supposed to do on Sunday, had I not got physically sidetracked by doing this on the preceding Saturday. I have taken tomorrow off to run, write, get my haircut and so on and so forth. I may have a slice of cake. A big one.

If you want to join me I will be running 6 laps of Bristol Harbour (it is roughly 2.54 miles per circuit) tomorrow morning, which, with my run there and back, should take me to the required distance.

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Books I have read over these last few days:

The Crippled God, Steven Erikson - the finale to this ten book series, this had me in tears in far too many places. Epic, breath-taking, resolving so many of the complex strands of plot with elegance and humanity. I am in awe. I may have to read them all again. If I ever write anything as good as this series of books...

Echo City, Tim Lebbon - one of my random let's-try-it-I-quite-like-the-cover-and-blurb choices from the other day. I actually quite enjoyed it. Some great ideas, a wonderful central premise, and complete without having too much explained but enough to fire the imagination. More could have been done with some of the ideas, but I am being critical.

The Fade, Chris Wooding - I like Chris Wooding. He is a varied writer and The Fade is another superb idea that is beautifully realised. Loved the central character, and the world felt rich and real and tangible. Great stuff.

A Fire Forged in Darkness, Chris Evans - I struggled to like this the first time I tried to read it. This time round I romped through it and enjoyed it. It isn't brilliantly written, and the plot is a little clunky in places, but do you know what? I don't care. I want to read the next one, and that is all that matters sometimes.

Secrets of the Fire Sea, Stephen Hunt - this is book four of five (so far) set in SH's Jackalian world. I thoroughly enjoy this steampunkesque series, they are exciting reads, cracking along at a great pace with memorable characters and great twists. Of the four I have read so far this is probably the weakest one but it was still very enjoyable, expanding slightly on the world in quite an interesting direction.

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Just in case you couldn't be bothered to click on the link to what I was doing on Saturday, it was this:

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