It’s been a bit of a slow week. I haven’t made much progress on The Green and the Gathering Tide or on any of my projects for the simple reason that I’ve been writing Lord of the Rings fanfiction. Hopefully it’s at least good fanfiction.
However, a little progress is still progress. I’ve also been rejected by the last few magazines I submitted short stories to, so I’ll most likely be submitting next week.
In other news, I’m now almost at the end of The Two Towers in my re-read and I’m at a part which has full-time hobbits so I’m happy again. Theoretically I’m also reading The Blind Assassin but I haven’t picked it up all week.
And I’m twelve episodes into the thirteen-part radio series. I plan to finish it at work tomorrow afternoon and I’m looking forward to it – I assume the final episode has the Scouring of the Shire, which I haven’t seen/heard dramatised before.
I also listened to Turn of the Screw from Big Finish, a short that I’ve been very much looking forward to – though I confess, not quite as much as I’m looking forward to this month’s Erasure which I’ll be listening to next weekend!
I’m also in the process of applying for some very exciting job vacancies, so I shall optimistically say ‘watch this space’.
I’ve not have the most eventful week. I’ve done a fair amount of writing, but to be honest, I’ve mostly just consumed various forms of Lord of the Rings related media!
I’m still really enjoying the 1981 radio series, though since I’ve started listening to work I’m finding it a little harder to follow. I’m now into The Return of the King and finding it a bit rushed, but they have a lot to cram in to thirteen episodes. Very close in tone to the books and with some outstanding voice acting.
I also watched the Rankin Bass adaption of Return of the King, because I’m a completist, and I honestly think it’s a little underated. Though that might be because I watched it on the heels of the Ralph Bakshi version so I was just pleased that it had a consistant animation style!
Anyway, it’s entertaining and if nothing else very compact for a take on Lord of the Rings (about an hour and a half long). We had a good time watching it.
Otherwise, I’m still re-reading and am now a fair way into The Two Towers and, as ever, missing Frodo and Sam.
In non-Lord of the Rings news, The Green and the Gathering Tide is 224,240 words long as of right now and my new short story is coming along nicely. I’m also about done with my next review for Shoreline and in the process of applying for a job with Canongate – I’ve applied to them before but never made the interview stage. This time around I have more experience so fingers crossed.
I took a bit of a hiatus there and now it’s April. Whoops!
I’ve been having a busy and somewhat stressful time so I haven’t got as much writing done as I’d hope. The Green and the Gathering Tide just hit 220k (mere moments ago!) and I recently typed the words end of part one. This is going to be a monster novel!
And I’ve started a new short story, presently untitled. Broadly speaking high fantasy, and a concept I’ve been sitting on for a while. It doesn’t have an ending but I’m hoping one will arrive before I finish.
I reviewed The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, A Time Lord for Change and The Lathe of Heaven on Goodreads. I’m now reading The Blind Assassin but not as often as I’d like as this past couple of days I’ve been vorariously re-reading Lord of the Rings.
I’ve also been pressing on with the 1981 BBC radio series (highly recommended) and watching Ralph Bakshi’s animated adaptation (don’t bother). I will probably be making some Lord of the Rings themed posts in the near future so watch this space.