Limitations (My Answer)

Here are the ten books I’d choose if I was limited to only ten for a whole year. Note, they must be ones I’ve already read:

  1. Declare, Tim Powers
  2. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  3. Songs of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin (yes, the whole series so far. I don’t care if you think this is cheating, this is my hypothetical and I’ll do as I please).
  4. Tin Roof Blowdown, James Lee Burke
  5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
  6. American Psycho, Brett Easton Ellis
  7. Choke, Chuck Palaniuk
  8. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
  9. The Black Company Series, Glenn Cook (yes, the whole series so far. I still don’t care if you think I’m cheating).
  10. The Pastwatch Series, Orson Scott Card (see above)

I could go on and on about why I’d take these books to a virtual desert island, but I won’t. What I will say is:

  • they are on this list because they are long-time favourites that I can read over and over again without getting bored
  • or, because as a writer, I beleive I stand to gain something from close study of these texts
  • or, both.

What would you choose?

Iceland in 2016

The raven, hrafn, is an important bird in Icelandic folklore. It is said that the Norse god Oðinn had two ravens that counselled him, Huginn (“Thought”) and Muninn (“Memory”).

Ok, I made a decision: I am going to go to the:

2016 Iceland Writers Retreat

(link to the 2015 page as 2016 is not up yet).

The man-panion may even come with me because he digs volcanos and hot springs and such (not literally). I wonder if I can talk my friend and fellow writer Ray into coming with me, too. ‘Cause Ray and I like to get into trouble together, it’s one of our best things. 😉