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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My Own Private Idaho


Greetings from Idaho! Yeah, I know you’re all wondering just what I am doing here in this normally god-forsaken place but the truth of the matter is that my elderly father lives here. And believe it or not, I kinda like it here because the pace is less hectic than it seems to be at my own home. The picture is of the Snake River that runs through the middle of town...I love it because there's water...and it's green. LOL!

Here I can be lazy if I want. Write all day if I want. Read all day if I want. The best part being my Dad does pester me at all for any reason. At home, it could be anyone who jerks me out of my writing but more than likely it’s the seventeen year old who needs my attention. And while it really doesn’t bother me, being here does tell me exactly what a life of quiet would bring.

Now, that quiet is too much for my father who has aged tremendously in the past six months. But at 75 I guess I would have some new aches and pains. At least the man knows his limitations and lives within those as much as he can. Still, it won’t be long until he’ll need someone with him full time because he’s fallen a couple of times this past six months. Which is why I am determined to help as much as I can.

On to more fun things and away from the mundane things of life.

One of the things I mentioned above is I’ve been reading a lot. And I mean devouring books to the tune of about one a day. That is in between my writing spurts where I’m putting out about 8K a day as well. It all goes back to the quite factor. But yes, I’m a fast writer and reader. Sometimes that can be the bane of my existence because it means I also get bored quicker than most and want to move on to whatever is next on the agenda.

Now this also can be good and bad. For me, it means my writing is always fresh because I have multiple projects going. But it also means that when I’m reading a book, I don’t want the story to end. Sometimes the story doesn’t end but seems to just stop with more questions than it answered.

Such was the case with the books I just recently completed. I love Linnea Sinclair but had never, I know bad me, picked up all of her books. I had Games of Command in my TBR pile forever and finally picked it up last month and devoured it in a day. Wow. I needed more. So I went to pick up her RITA winner, Gabriel’s Ghost, and her current book, Hope’s Folly, to add to my shelves. Good god, the woman had me hot and bothered in no time at all.

So this week, since I’m on vacation, I decided to get the rest of her books, Shades of Dark, An Accidental Goddess and Down Home Zombie Blues. And when Shades of Dark was over I promptly wanted to throw it against the wall and have a tantrum.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the book was excellent BUT it left me hanging. What happens to Chaz and Sully? I mean really happens to them…not just where the book decided to end…but there is no way that it was all over just like that. No, she didn’t rush the climax and if I tell you, I’m sure to be shot, but it brings me to the real point of this week’s blog. Everything was the perfect ending to the story except one thing…I just felt it wasn’t the end of their story…I just knew there had to be more.

How many times have you said to yourself as a reader that the story didn’t or shouldn’t end when it did? How many times have you wanted more of those characters because you just knew there had to be more? How many times have you wanted to know what happened after the final page was crafted?

I know that for me, the answers to those questions can fill pages upon pages of rhetoric for certain stories. So, what I’d like to hear from you all this week is to tell me about a story you thought didn’t end on the last page. It will be interesting to see how many of you feel the same as I do about certain stories.

Hope to hear from you all…see you next week!

Lynn

6 comments:

author said...

I've read so many books that have left me hanging over the years that I've lost count. But I think one that comes to mind is Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series. After reading the first book, "A Kiss of Shadows," I was having fits because I needed a fix in the worst way. I devoured the second book in two hours (like you I read and write fast too).

I continue to be that every time a book comes out in that series. Cliffhangers, gotta love'em. Maybe that's why my first book ends with one. ;)

Lynn Crain said...

Probably...I know that when I was learning more about the craft of writing...one of the things I was taught was to leave each chapter with a cliffhanger.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynn

Erin Sinclair said...

I hated when I finished the Dragonriders of Pern series, I wanted more! As much as I loved Harry Potter series, it was the end of an era when I finished Book 7! Right there with you on certain novels ending. Glad you are enjoying your trip!

Erin

Stephanie said...

Oh I couldn't agree more about Merry's series!! You feel, yes, there's a resolution, but with the loose ends, there's so much more going on that I can't but help sit on my hands waiting for the next book.

SK's Dark Hunters are the same way. The anticipation for another year for another book is enough to drive a person nuts!

Lynn Crain said...

Erin,

I know what you mean. I devour books and even today I realized just how many I've read in the last month.

And it still hasn't whetted my appetite. I want more of certain authors and more of certain characters and more of certain worlds.

Sigh. Yes, I do know that we can't always get what we want.

Lynn

Lynn Crain said...

Stephanie,

Yeah, series are the worst because sometimes you have to wait a long, long time to read the next book.

It makes me wonderful if these authors are just sitting around twiddling their thumbs or something. LMAO!

As if!

Lynn

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