Hi everyone! It was an incredible and intensely busy week, one goal completed, another added and one floating in limbo. But first – a review of the third book of my fiction goal.
What do you get when you mix a healthy dose of Indiana Jones with a side order of James Bond and place him on the trail of a mystery wrapped in history, myth, legend and archeology covering a quarter of the globe? You get an intense thrill ride from one of my new favorites, David Gibbins.
“The Tiger Warrior” centers on Jack Howard a world famous marine archeologist and his team as they hunt for the truth behind a cluster of loosely connected historical legends that Gibbins wraps together with precision and his own formidable resume. The lost burial chamber of the First Emperor of China surrounded by its army of Terracotta Warriors, roman legionnaires seeking treasure in the East after serving as prisoners of war, the mysticism and legend of the deep jungles of India, and a series of mysteries from the long history of the Silk Road combined with a brotherhood of killers bent on protecting the secrets of the past twist into a powerful page turner.
Gibbins begins the book with a legend and presents the story from three different time periods, the distant past, the recent past and the present. Each time line is well-placed to give the reader a chance to bring together the entire tale and see where those in each time guessed correctly and where they missed the mark. The truth is often hidden by the perceptions of those seeking it more than by any other force and Gibbins shows how this concept applies in each time line leading to a thought provoking conclusion.
“The Tiger Warrior” is a fun ride, a vicarious adventure of epic proportions, that will keep you guessing to the end. Final thought: Full marks, highly recommended.
And now to this weeks ROW update.
-Write 7k of fiction. I wrote above the goal and now have a second series brewing as a result. I don’t typically do horror, but a discussion at the day job put a “zombie adventure” idea in my head and after exploring it through fiction for a few days I came up with an interesting concept. So, I may be doing a bit of zombiepocolypse writing in the future. I’m working out the lead for the Paranormal Archeologist and generating a list of possible mysteries for him to explore which is great fun (yeah, I’m a geek for history).
-Turn in WWBC material on time. Sigh, this one is still a bit stalled but I am making progress. I used a couple of my fiction sessions this week to explore the characters and world I have in mind. The search was fruitful and it helped me to lock in on precisely what I want to do so hopefully this will be moving to the next stage very soon. Wish me an epiphany *smile*
-30 minutes of Treadmill 5 times a week. First off, total success for the December-January challenge with Marcia A. Richards! And – I had a wonderful dinner and movie outing with my wife last night to celebrate. We went to see “Grey”, wow, what a ride that movie is, we loved it. Continuing forward, Marcia and I decided to press on with a February-March challenge. For me this means 48 walks in 60 days, so my goal is changing to “30 minutes of Treadmill 6 days a week”. For those of you that are interested in group support for your exercise goals, Marcia hosts #Hotwriterbods on Twitter and is a superb cheerleader. Stop in and say hi. Marcia’s Health Challenge.
-Read three fiction books during Round 1. Up above is the review for #3 which means this goal is completed. I’m recycling this one, here is the new goal: Read one craft and three fiction books by March 21st (45 days). Because I am rarely idle, I’m already 90 pages into Syd Field’s “Screenplay”, the craft book. The three fiction titles will be: “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, “Mission of Gravity” by Hal Clement and “The Eight” by Katherine Neville.
-Keep up sponsor duties. I visited 27 ROWers last week and made a couple of new friends as a result. I look forward to visiting at least that many this week and as many more as time allows.
I hope your week was productive. Keep pressing for those goals, the future is waiting just a few steps ahead.