Blogs by Pamela C Labud
My guilty little secret
10/13/2005 12:49:17 AM
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What has kept me from writing this week.
It's nearly five a.m. and I'm about ready to start my day, my little dog, Bunny, is at my feet. There is no music like that of a peke-a-poo when she's snoring.
I should have posted my blog before today. It's already Thursday and I tonight I have to go back to work. There is a reason for my tardiness, and for once it doesn't involve extra activities with my kids, mom, husband, work, or struggling to meet my writing deadline.
I know it looks like I've been goofing off. To those that know me well, like my kids and husband who have been practically eating take out the last four days, this is just means a new novel is out by my most favorite author in the whole world.
Like the first showing of Lord Of The Rings, or a new Sting album, when Diana Gabaldon comes out with a new book, my reading and writing life virtually stop and I can think of nothing else.
The first time I read Diana's work, the longing for creating fiction awoke in me and has held on to my brain and heart ever since. She is the reason I began seriously writing novels again.
My all time favorite line of any book is from her first one, OUTLANDER,--"...never a maiden sighed like Jamie..." It still gives me chill bumps to recall the very first time I read about Claire and Jamie Frasier. That, gentle reader, goes beyond just great fiction. For me, these two are romantic heroes that transend all time.
Her latest work, "A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES" is as well written and spellbinding as her the other five books in the Claire and Jamie saga. I started it on Monday and I've barely been able to do anything else.
I have learned over the years to take my time with reading, though there are days when I still zoom through a story I really like. Not so with Diana's books. I savor them, take spare bits of time and devote all of my attention to them. Believe me, it's well worth the effort.
When I'm finished, I'm going to go back and read all the books again, just for the heck of it. Let me tell you, these books are just that good.
Every person I have urged to read Diana's books, if they liked long historical romance, have totally fallen in love with her work. One friend of mine even drug her husband to Scotland for an extended vacation so she could "go searching for Jamie Frasier." No kidding.
And, as if pure simple enjoyment weren't enough, my best reward for reading is that it really charges my creative energy. With every story I finish it's like being plugged into a wall socket.
Reading a book by Diana Gabaldon for me is like tapping into the solar energy from an exploding star. I can't absorb it fast enough.
Anyway, I hope you'll forgive my guilty little secret. I have begun working up story boards for what I hope to be my third and fourth books, although nothing is yet written in stone.
I'm waiting for edits, copy edits, and so forth from "If You Could Read My Mind," too. Ah, the work of a writer is never really done.
Until next time, happy reading! Pam.
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