New Week, New Plans

Ah, Monday. For some, it’s the beginning of the work week. For others–like me–it’s just another day to keep pounding away at the keyboard. Even though I did take some time off to do other things over the weekend, there was still time to keep working on getting books ready to go wide. And let me tell you, there is more to the process than I first thought. But before I get to that, I saw a story this morning that caught my eye–and had me rolling my eyes in response.

Somewhere out there on the interwebs, someone decided to ask their followers what books should no longer to considered classics. I swear, almost every book I had to read back in the dark ages of my public school education was listed. Only one or two were books I hadn’t read. I knew about them. Hell, I could probably go to the bookshelves here in the house and find copies that my dad bought years ago and I kept after his death because they are first editions.

But what struck me with so many of the comments about why the books should no longer be classics was the feelz. To Kill A Mockingbird should be kicked off the list because of the racism in the book. Others because they were boring–in fact, that seemed to be the overriding reason why a book should be dropped. A few because they were hard to read (think Shakespeare and some of the older classics). And it all came down to: don’t make me think while I read and don’t you dare expose me to a way of life I don’t want to know about.

I get not liking a book. But that isn’t what makes it a classic or not. As for not liking a book because it illustrates what life was like with–gasp–racists in it or what life was like (and language) several centuries ago, grow up. If we were to purge the shelves of books that are boring or uncomfortable, there would be much less to read. We would also not learn about parts of life we don’t want to find ourselves repeating. Besides, who decides if a book is too boring to be a classic or too “upsetting” or “uncomfortable”? What if my opinion of it is different from someone else’s?

So maybe instead of whining about why a book shouldn’t be a classic, you should look at it and figure out why it is. Or, you know, offer an alternative. But you’d best be ready to defend you choice because there will be someone ready to challenge your offering.

Back to working on going wide.

I didn’t do any real writing this weekend. Instead, I worked on updating blurbs, figuring out schedules going forward and started working on all new covers for the Nocturnal Lives novels. I have four of the six novels recovered. Well, to be honest, I have working drafts for the covers for the first four novels done. I like where they are going, but there are still tweaks to be done. That leaves two more covers to be figured out.

If everything goes as planned, I’ll be putting those novels out wide this week. Once that happens, the free short story will go out to those already signed up for the newsletter–btw, have you signed up yet? You can find a link on the sidebar of this page. Those who buy the books from the new storefronts or who update their books bought from Amazon will find a link for the download in the books’ front and back matter.

I’ll be sure to announce here and on social media when the short story is available.

For now, I need to get my butt in gear if I’m going to get any work done before Mom’s doctor’s appointment this morning.

Until later!

(Oh, check back later today or tomorrow for the cover reveals.)

2 Comments

  1. When it comes to classic books, I can proudly boast that I actually read of my own free will both ‘Eric, Or Little By Little’ (Frederic Farrar) and ‘The Mighty Atom’ (Marie Corelli). This was about 70 years ago whlile I was still at school, and no, they weren’t assigned as holiday reading. I found them in the school library hidden away on a back shelf, and was curious to read what had been described somewhere else as ‘improving literature for children’s minds’. I was just curious, but neither was as awful as you might think from that description though I did feel (and still do) sorry for youngsters who had little better to read when those were written. I won’t say that they improved my mind, but I did get a lot of hints about the use of English in writing.

  2. Not enough coffee to deal with “why a book should be removed from the classic list”. 🙁

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