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Tuesday, May 17, 2005


I have been searching my mind for something interesting to write about, but have come up with nothing. I hate when that happens. Now I know how a writer feels when they have writer's block.

I have never been a writer except for school assignments, which I completely loathed unless they were to be of a creative nature. I always had a pretty good imagination and could finish a work of fiction in a very short time. Non-fiction on the other hand was always a chore and I would imagine still would be, if I went back to school. I always had this terrible habit of waiting until the last minute to do the assignment. Then I would be completely stressed, because I had done so. In that way, I am my own worst enemy.

I admire people who can write. Even works of literature that I hate (most anything by Hawthore (sorry Amanda) or Dickens), I can appreciate the hard work the person must gone through to write it. I am usually a very picky reader. In general, I like works that are considered classic, but I do have the occasional Harry Potter book in the mix. That can not be helped, because that whole series is so much fun to read.

I would be interested to know what people are currently reading and what is their most favorite book ever.

Right now, I am not reading a book. I am reading the most recent copy of Popular Science. My favorite book of all time is probably Pride and Prejudice. I love how people converse in that book. It is so fun to imagine how the people looked and felt during the story. I have to say that I also enjoyed the book Moll Flanders. It must have been quite a book for it's time. I also like the All Creatures Great and Small Series by James Herriot. Even though they might not be considered classic literature, I love the way he describes things and because I am an animal lover, his stories hit close to home at times. He is so easy to read and that makes him a great author to read right before bed. When I first met Bob, he had me read some F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is a wonderful writer, but he can be very depressing and sometimes this makes him a hard read for me. He also tries to get me to read Kurt Vonnegut, but for some reason, I can never finish his books. My not finishing books frustrates Bob immensely.

So with nothing really said, I hope that you all have a splendid evening.

Don't forget to answer my questions. If your book looks good, I might just read it.


Blogger Rev. Brandy said...

My friend, Jonathan, says that you have to read "The Time Traveler's Wife." He claims it's the best book he's read in a long time. Personally, I really enjoyed Pam Anderson(and ghostwriter)'s novel, "Star." It's a quick read but very entertaining. I have also heard that Jenna Jameson's autobiography is a great read. Come to think of it, who would have ever thought that popular culture would intersect with pornography on the NY Times bestseller list like it has?

7:40 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

I usually like fiction that have more to offer than just a story. Fitzgerald is a bit of an exception, because I like him primarily for his ability to completely suck me into the story to the point that it easily affects my mood. I also like Vonnegut a lot, because he presents a lot of interesting, rather skewed ideas that make me look at the world differently. But my favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mocking Bird. It illustrates so much about the goodness of children and what it means to be good as an adult. Mostly I read non-fiction though.

3:35 PM  
Blogger The Management said...

I'm a big reader of "escapist" fiction, but I also like the classics, especially the American classics. I agree with you that Fitzgerald has a dismal outlook on life, but he did write at least two great books. I'm rambling a bit here, but I also recommend the Time Traveler's Wife (you can borrow my copy). I also loved to Kill a Mockingbird (just got the movie with Gregory Peck because the accents are so genuine). But the real reason I'm commenting is so that I can bring up Herriot's tale about Fergus, which is the most memorable and humorous (if not the best of his stories).

Kid H

7:36 PM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

First off, as a writer, I thank you for those comments, Linda. I've been doing this seriously since I was 15 and I still feel like I am less of a writer than I can and should be. I think truly outstanding writing is writing that is given the opportunity to be nurtured with undivided attention and without exterior factors that interrupt.

I frequently have agonized leaving for work while in the middle of something good I'm working on, or that I feel is particularly good. It's a very tough thing to hash out a living and find the time to write and write well. I've sacrificed MUCH sleep over the years to keep writing. It feels weird this week, knowing I've had all the time in the world to write and all I've done is write up the new Lamb of God DVD and a paragraph on a new side project I'm working on called "The Metal Guy," a fiction piece based on the past couple of years of my life with some of my attitudes and some fictitious scenarios to boot.

I've been so concentrated on finding work, my writing is next to nil this week. I'm particularly gabby on everyone's blogs this morning because I've breathed job hunting all week. I can't wait to find work, just so I can feel it's okay to slip into my normal writing patterns again.

I'm not at a loss for material or thoughts, just the proper time to process it all.

As for books, I'm currently reading a book on people's visions of Mary.

I too am fond of Vonnegut, as I am Ray Bradbury or Stephen King or even John Grisham, whose books are so easy to read it's why I read them; they're flash fiction pieces you can use to escape. As for more serious literature, I can't say anything about Fitzgerald no one else has. "This Side of Paradise" isn't often cited, but I like it a lot. I also like E.L. Doctorow's "Ragtime" and Joseph Heller's "Catch-22." So many books...

My all-time favorite is Sir Thomas Mallory's "Le Morte d'Arthur."

10:05 AM  

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