An Abstract Ode To Writing

When I was writing a story, each word had to be carefully selected. I sampled and savored several options in my mind before delicately making my pick and adding it to the page. Afterwards, I would parse my sentence and see if it left the right taste and flavor in my mouth. If it was too edgy, innocent, delicate, or boring, I took it back to the cutting board and tried again.

If writing was an art form, it was the only art I knew. I knew words. Once written, they were finite and meaningful but open to interpretation. They were just the right level of abstract. But they required a story, and that was the part I found hardest. 

They required story in a way that painting did not. They required that you establish enough parameters and character development and input enough transitive clues that your readers could follow you along from beginning to middle to end. With a painting, the accompanying story was written internally, and no two stories were ever the same.

So you can understand that I had a passion for writing from the very beginning. I saw true emotion rise from haunting stories, not melodies. I cried during literary catharsis, but not during an emotional movie. The written and spoken word has always captivated me. Spoken poetry can take root in my heart the way no song or canvas ever has.The strong affection I have for language with all of its idiosyncrasies and intricacies is the reason that I write and will continue to write until I depart. It is my mode of consciousness, and the way I am wired. 

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The Fantasy 100

I found the booklist I mentioned in my earlier post!

Here it is, a compilation of 100 of the best books (that spawned series, mostly) in the fantasy genre as of May 2012!
Rank
Author/Editor
Title
Year

1
J R R Tolkien
Lord of the Rings
1954

2
J K Rowling
Harry Potter Series
1997

3
J R R Tolkien
The Hobbit
1937

4
George R R Martin
A Song of Ice & Fire
1996

5
Robert Jordan
Wheel of Time Series
1990

6
C S Lewis
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe [S2]
1950

7
David Eddings
The Belgariad Series
1982

8
Terry Goodkind
Wizard's First Rule [S1]
1994

9
Raymond E Feist
Magician [S1]
1982

10
Christopher Paolini
Eragon [S1]
2002

11
Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials Trilogy
1995

12
Terry Brooks
The Sword of Shannara [S1]
 
1977

13
Robin Hobb
The Farseer Trilogy
1995

14
R A Salvatore
Dark Elf Trilogy
1990

15
Ursula K Le Guin
A Wizard of Earthsea [S1]
1968

16
J R R Tolkien
The Silmarillion
1977

17
Stephen King
The Dark Tower Series
1982

18
Weis & Hickman
Dragonlance Chronicles
1984

19
Roger Zelazny
The Chronicles of Amber
1970

20
Lewis Carroll
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
1865

21
Richard Adams
Watership Down
1972

22
Stephen Donaldson
Thomas Covenant - The Unbeliever
1977

23
Neil Gaiman
American Gods
2001

24
William Goldman
The Princess Bride
1973

25
Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl
2001

26
Stephenie Meyer
Twilight
2005

27
Anne Rice
Interview With the Vampire
1976

28
Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle In Time
1962

29
Terry Pratchett
The Colour of Magic [S1]
1983

30
Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind [S1]
2007

31
Roald Dahl
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
1964

32
David Eddings
The Malloreon
1987

33
George Orwell
Animal Farm
1945

34
Anne McCaffrey
Dragonflight [S1]
1968

35
Bram Stoker
Dracula
1897

36
Tad Williams
Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Series
1988

37
Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Mists Of Avalon
1983

38
Gaiman & Pratchett
Good Omens
1990

39
Steven Erikson
Gardens of the Moon [S1]
1999

40
Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere
1997

41
Garth Nix
Sabriel [S1]
1995

42
William Golding
The Lord Of the Flies
1954

43
Brian Jacques
Redwall [S1]
1986

44
Homer
The Odyssey
-800

45
Terry Pratchett
Mort [S4]
1987

46
Piers Anthony
On a Pale Horse [S1]
1983

47
Cornelia Funke
Inkheart
2003

48
T H White
The Once & Future King
1958

49
Michael Ende
The Neverending Story
1979

50
Lloyd Alexander
The Chronicles of Prydain
1964

51
Tamora Pierce
Alanna: The First Adventure
1983

52
Mary Shelley
Frankenstein
1818

53
Unknown Author
Beowulf
700

54
Gail Carson Levine
Ella Enchanted
1997

55
Weis & Hickman
Death Gate Cycle
1990

56
William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1600

57
Michael Moorcock
Elric of Melnibone Series
1972

58
Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange
1962

59
C S Lewis
The Screwtape Letters
1942

60
Guy Gavriel Kay
Tigana
1990

61
David Eddings
The Elenium
1989

62
David Gemmell
Legend [S1]
1984

63
Jonathan Stroud
The Amulet of Samarkand [S1]
2003

64
Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist
1995

65
Jim Butcher
Storm Front [S1]
2000

66
Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray
1891

67
Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
2004

68
Peter S Beagle
The Last Unicorn
1968

69
Glen Cook
The Black Company [S1]
1984

70
Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife
2003

71
Susan Cooper
The Dark Is Rising [S1]
1973

72
Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Dart [S1]
2001

73
Richard Matheson
I Am Legend
1954

74
Moore & Gibbons
Watchmen
1987

75
Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol
1843

76
Trudi Canavan
The Magician's Guild [S1]
2001

77
Diana Wynne Jones
Howl's Moving Castle
1986

78
Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
2003

79
The Brothers Grimm
Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
1812

80
Dr Seuss
The Cat in the Hat
1957

81
Frank Miller
Batman - The Dark Knight Returns
1986

82
L Frank Baum
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz
1900

83
Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes
1962

84
Norton Juster
The Phantom Tollbooth
1961

85
Laurell K Hamilton
Guilty Pleasures [S1]
1993

86
Diana Gabaldon
Outlander [S1]
1992

87
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Little Prince
1943

88
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude
1967

89
Dante Alighieri
Inferno
1321

90
Mercedes Lackey
Magic's Pawn [S1]
1989

91
Yann Martel
Life of Pi
2001

92
China Mieville
Perdido Street Station
2000

93
Anne Bishop
Daughter of the Blood [S1]
1998

94
Gene Wolfe
Book of the New Sun
1980

95
Patricia C Wrede
Dealing With Dragons [S1]
1990

96
Robert E Howard
[C] Coming Of Conan the Cimmerian
1933

97
Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones
2002

98
Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn Trilogy
2006

99
Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis
1915

100
Orson Scott Card
Seventh Son [S1]
1987

 

THE LIST IS PULLED FROM THE FANTASY100 WEBSITE, FOUND BY CLICKING HERE!

Now I have the list to reference, time to pick a new series to read 🙂

I have tried AND FAILED to read the Song of Ice & Fire series and also the Redwall novels. Never have I hated a series so much that I didn’t finish but those two…those two bored me to death. And I think I’ve read the first half of the first book of the Song of Ice and Fire series like 6 times. Never finished reading. So pathetic, isn’t it?

Books Read – Spring 2012

NOTE: ALL BOOKS WERE DOWNLOADED FOR FREE VIA THE SITE PIXELOFINK.COM, WHICH LISTS DOZENS OF FREE BOOKS FOR YOUR KINDLE DAILY. IT IS MY FAVORITE SITE ❤

This is a list of the books I read over the course of last semester outside of my school curriculum!! There are so many cheesy romances and vampire novels it’s not even funny xD

  1. Three Girls and a Baby by Rachel Schurig
  2. Bridger by Megan Curd
  3. Descended by Blood (Vampire Born Trilogy) by Angelina Kace
  4. Donovan’s Angel by Peggy Webb
  5. The Wishing Hour by J. Adams
  6. Love In a Small Town
  7. Nothing Else Matters by Leslie DuBois
  8. Anathema (Cloud Prophet Trilogy) by Megg Jensen
  9.  Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer
  10. Earth (Elemental Series) by Shauna Granger
  11. Glamour by Penelope Fletcher
  12. Family Magic by Patti Larsen
  13. Marrying Missy by Sarah Elle Emm
  14. Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride by Sandra Bricker
  15. Awaken by Sarah M. Ross
  16. Somewhere over the freaking rainbow by L. L. Muir
  17. Bloody Little Secrets by Karly Kirkpatrick
  18. Sing Me Home by Jerri Corgiat
  19. The Prospect of My Arrival by Michele Drier
  20. Tempted by Rebecca Zanetti
  21. The Replacement Bridesmaid by Laurie Ralston
  22. Awake: A Fairytale by Jessica Grey
  23. The Soul Garden by Cege Smith
  24. Almost a Bride by Patricia McLinn
  25. Promise by Kristie Cook
  26. Drew in Blue by J. M. Kelley
  27. By Leaps and Bounds by Jacqueline Diamond
  28. You Had Me at Halo by Amanda Ashby
  29. Second Honeymoon by Joanna Trollope
  30. The Morning After by Sally Clements
  31. Return of the Rose by Theresa Ragan
  32. The Taste of Magic by Gina Rosavin
  33. Fify Shades of Grey – MATURE CONTENT WARNING
  34. Fifty Shades Darker – MATURE CONTENT WARNING
  35. Fifty Shades Freed – MATURE CONTENT WARNING 

Woah, that’s a lot of books. Time to delete those titles from my Kindle library and keep reading!

I don’t pay for the books I read on my Kindle app btw. I find cool ones on pixelofink.com and discover many amazing authors in the process. They have a great compilation of free E-books every day, and I can usually find a few to download onto my Kindle everyday. I still have a stockpile of books to read through!

I would have written detailed book reviews, as that was my original plan, but I realized that I read through these too fast to provide reviews. Literature is like my water, I drink it in ❤ But if you see a book series or title that intrigues you, please leave a comment and I’ll follow up with some review posts for the books you folk are interested in.

In the meantime, since I’m not sleepy and am a completely nocturnal creature right now, I’m going to go find something to read 🙂