I haven’t blogged much in the past couple of weeks, mainly because of various family members being sick or because of work. We are going through alignments for just about everything and have been working to keep everything going while waiting to see where are chips fall.
Writing has been a crawl. It’s just not been a priority and as a result has been sidelined. I have written a few hundred words a few nights this week, but nothing consistent. I want to write more this weekend and really delve into it.
A few shows I watch have become more interesting. The premier of the Walking Dead was really good and Homeland has been fantastic. I was a little lukewarm on it last season, but each episode this season has been great. The Last Resort is something I am trying to get into but not really sure if it’s going to go anywhere. So far, the most successful thing it has done is made me really, really paranoid. It does a good job of making you mad at the government and convincing you this is totally something they would do. The other stuff isn’t so great. The dialogue tends to be kind of cheesy, the characters are cutouts, and there are a few story lines that I just don’t like. I think it will get better if it can survive this period.
I also keep seeing people talk about the Casual Vacancy and how readers aren’t giving it a fair chance. That they keep making references to Harry Potter and how they should rate the book on its merits alone. Yeah, that great and all but when you have a name synonymous with one story and one character, that spawned eight movies and seven books, and that you obviously know will sell millions of books just because that name is attached to it, and has a net worth of 1 billion (billion with a B!!) dollars, can you really make that assertion?
Now, I love J.K. Rowling. She is a fantastic author and I remember thinking that I really hoped her career wouldn’t end with Harry Potter, that she should write something different. And cudos to her for doing so. I have one book in a series that hasn’t been published and I already don’t want to write anything else. If this book is good and she continues along the way, writing good fiction that is separate from the Potterverse, than her career will continue to flourish. But at this point, what else could you have expected?