Monday, April 16, 2018

Time to do some writing!

Due to forces beyond my control, I 'm not subbing daily anymore. This leaves my days free, while I still work the second job in late afternoon/evening. So I should be doing lots more writing soon. What's been stopping me lately? Reading! Yes, I was reading the second and third books in a sci-fi trilogy, and it was so good that I couldn't hear the voices in my head talking! When I wasn't reading, I was thinking about the characters, and how the story was going to be resolved. That's the hallmark of a good book.

Mira Grant writes stand-alones, as well as other series' also, but I was reading her trilogy that started with Parasite, then Symbiont, and finally Chimera. Imagine a time in the very near future, when scientists discover how to genetically alter tapeworms, to secrete substances that replace the meds that many of us need to stay healthy. Got diabetes? No more need for insulin injections. Asthma? No more inhaler. High blood pressure? Acid reflux? Over-eater? Cancer? All just taken care of by swallowing a tiny pill that contains a tapeworm egg that will mature in your intestines and naturally secrete the drugs you need. It has a self-limiting growth factor built into it, and at a predesignated date, you swallow an anti-parasitic, kill it, pass it, then swallow another one. Come on, admit it. After the initial "EW!" reaction, you have to admit that human beings are basically lazy, and also that we care about being healthy, but want it at as low a cost as possible. And imagine how much money there would be involved, if the pills were available world-wide!

But what happens if/when the tapeworms being to migrate in the body...and make it to the brain? Would they co-exist, or take over? (Cue the scary music.)

What I like so much about good sci-fi is that it looks at what is around us today, and extrapolates to what might be, in the future. Grant writes great sci-fi, but includes a lot about the human interactions between the characters. That's what interests me the most when I'm writing, so I admire her abilities in the sci-fi genre, which is my favorite to read and watch movies about, but which my muse steadfastly refuses to give me as inspiration for my own books.

So now that I've finally finished the series, after staying up way too late many nights, and ignoring what I had to do, just to finish the last book...now I have time to write. And on cue, the characters in my WIPs are talking to me again, and I can hear them now.

So I'm going to try to finish the 3 books that are about 3/4 done in my laptop, and work on new ideas. Wish me luck!



jean hart stewart said...

It's always fun when a book grabs you and won't let go!!!!

Tina Donahue said...

I don't usually get into books after having written so many. However, the exception was the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.

Honest to God, I couldn't sleep, I wanted to keep reading. Yet, when I got to the last book, I read slower and slower because I knew when I finished, that would be it. No more Lisbeth Salander. What a freaking awesome heroine. I rooted for her, cried for her. When the stories ended, I felt like I'd lost a best friend.

Because Stieg died, there are no more books. I wish he could have written hundreds.

Fiona McGier said...

Let's hope that he didn't leave any unfinished manuscripts lying around. My son was so into the Dune series by Frank Herbert, that he went ahead and bought all of the books that Herbert's son wrote, including the one that Frank had left unfinished. My son said all of them were a huge disappointment. He'd have rather just had the wonderful memories of Frank's books.

BTW, that was a trick question I used to ask the little kids, when I was the Art Mom for the school. I'd ask them what's the best way for an artist to assure that his or her work will be valued greatly? Die! Then there's no possibility of new works, so everything they've done will exponentially increase in value.

I know Mira Grant is still writing, but honestly, I want to do some writing myself, so I'm not going to check any of them out...on purpose!

Tina Donahue said...

I didn't even know Stieg had died until I got through the first book. What made me want to read it was the movie "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Didn't see the Hollywood movie before I read the book. However, once I read all three books in the trilogy, I watched the Dutch(?) film versions of the 3 books (with captions in English). That's how much I loved this series.

I adore books that have mainstream themes. I'm not looking for mindless entertainment when I read. I want substance. Dunno if you read the Millennium Trilogy, but what happened to Lisbeth Salander pissed me off greatly and when she went in for the kill, I was jumping up and down and shouting "YOU GO, GIRL!" God, what a heroine.

I believe Stieg did leave some ms that his father has. Haven't a clue if they'll ever make it to publication. I know what you mean though about being disappointed in something else an author has written. I adored The Handmaid's Tale (best book EVER) and got all of Margret Atwood's other books. Didn't like them at all.

Fiona McGier said...

Atwood tells a good story, but sometimes she really needs a better editor. I loved her Oryx and Crake, then the second book was so boring I skipped whole pages, just to be done with it. But the third in the series? Once I started it, I had to finish it...ASAP! I read almost non-stop for 24 hours or so, until it was done. Some authors are like that. You enjoy their stories, but get bored indulging them while they digress, or describe things you don't care about.

Tina Donahue said...

I read Oryx and Crake and was bored out of my mind. I read one more of hers - can't recall the title. It was slightly better than Oryx and Crake (IMO). Took place in the 1920s (if I'm recalling correctly). It was just okay.

I loved The Handmaid's Tale because of the mainstream theme and social implications. The same reason I liked The Millennium Trilogy. I've yet to read an author where I liked every single book written by that person. Gave up on Stephen King long ago. Read Dean Koontz for awhile. Other than Intensity (god, what a good book) and Odd Thomas (cried like a baby at the end of that one), the others weren't something that would make him an auto buy for me.