Thursday, July 05, 2007


Okay. So, today I spent the first day of my 5-day vacation doing almost nothing productive. I worked a little on Stormy Weather, took a nap, had lunch with Ken, and spent a few hours at the pool. While lounging by the deep end, I read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I got through the first eighty pages or so before I started skimming. Why did I skim, you ask? I found myself line-editing the damn book. This is nothing new--ever since I've started writing seriously, I tend to read books as a writer and not as a reader. (You know, that whole "can't enjoy the scenery while reading the map" business.) However, I've not had that experience yet while reading HP. I have to tell you, the fifth time I changed a passive sentence to an active one in my head, J.K. Rowling became human for me. I'm not saying her writing is bad or anything--her world-building is cool, the long story-arc is nicely intertwined and well-executed, and the characters are awesome--I'm just saying, I don't feel as inadequate as I once did. I feel like I've taken one big step forward with my confidence level. Having said all that, I think I'll skip rereading most of the other books. Oh, don't get me wrong, I'll still watch the 5th movie in the first few days it comes out, re-read the sixth book, and wait in line like a schmuck and buy the 7th book at midnight. But I think I can skip most of the obsessive-compulsive business this time around.


Kelly McCullough said...

Reading as writer is a bummer for a few years, but it does eventually wear off if you work at it.

Kelly Swails said...

Thanks, Y. I've gotta think it'll get better. Hopefully, soon.

Innuendo said...

yesterday i cracked and bought the box set of HP paperbacks 1-6.

i've seen all the movies but have only read the 1st book, which I believe you forced me to borrow from yourself...long long ago.

i think it was part of this thing i do every midsummer when i look forward to autumn and halloween and end up buying things that remind me of that time of year.

hey- at least i don't shop at "christmas" stores year round.

Kelly Swails said...

Good for you! The first one is definitely that--a first book. The others pick up from there. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll hate Snape! You'll love the Weasleys! Let me know how it goes.