Well the break is almost over and I hope everyone enjoyed the days and is ready to head back into the writing fray refreshed and invigorated. I was fairly busy over the past ten days or so. Fought off a cold but kept pounding away at the goals and doing a fair amount of reassessment – which is the never-ending process. I finished one of the books I had listed for a Round 1 goal over the past week and will be reviewing it. Following that will be my Round 2 2012 Goals. Enjoy.
Review of An Alien Heat by Michael Moorcock
Imagine time traveling to a distant future on LSD and you’ll have a perfect understanding of this book. Published in 1972, it is clear that Mr. Moorcock spent a good deal of time observing the culture of the ’60’s and translating it into what I consider the most incredible and bizarre mind trip I’ve ever read.
Humanity has progressed to the point where death is no longer a factor. Nor is want or resources. A world where each person controls a vast area that acts as their playground. Want the sky to be orange – twist a power ring and your wish is granted. Want a pile of gold, flex a single nerve in one finger and its yours. Want to keep a time traveler in your personal zoo for your pleasure – done. Yeah, that last one is a bit creepy but the humans of this time are nearly god-like in power and their decadence is without bounds.
Moorcock does a wonderfully brilliant portrayal of this future culture – it’s games to stop the boredom – its weaknesses – its lack of what we would consider morality and the reverberations of love in a world where ultimate power and ultimate loneliness are synonymous. If you’re looking for an enticing mental vacation that will thrill and titillate your imagination, I’d highly recommend An Alien Heat.
And now, my Round 2 2012 ROW80 Goals.
-Write 7k of fiction per week. No changes here from last round. By the way, I am restarting WWBC as of today – but there is no way to define this as a “goal” at the moment so I’m not including it at this point.
-Read and review 4 books by May 20th. I actually changed the titles for this one over the break. I’m finishing Nail Your Novel by Roz Morris today and will be reviewing it next week. I’ll not count this one since it’s basically done already. The four titles will be: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (YA scifi/fantasy), The Eight by Katherine Neville (Adult Historical Thriller), Memo From the Story Dept. by Christopher Vogler & David McKenna (you knew this was coming) and Sharp Writing which is a Kaplan Publishing Building Block course in book form. I’ve been sitting on this last one for over a year and will be doing it alongside the others – I also will not be reviewing this one other than to say I found it useful or not.
– Visit at least 15 ROWers each week. This will include all the “2’s” on Sundays (my sponsor assignment) and as many others as I can get to. New opportunities and obligations have risen over the past month and all of them require time but know that I will endeavor to visit as many of you as possible. Be sure to support each other – it is truly what the journey is all about.
That’s it – simple, focused goals for me this round. Write. Read. Support. And – get to work on those new opportunities that I’ll talk about more once I can.