This week I was planning to release the King Arthurs and Her Knights drabbles, but sadly that is not going to happen. I’ve been editing Rumpelstiltskin so I can get it sent off to Editor tomorrow night. There’s a deadline because starting Friday morning I’m going on a three-day-weekend holiday/vacation. (Yay!) So I MUST finish it. The edit has been consuming me, which is why I haven’t had a chance to produce the drabbles.
The good news is that next week I will have plenty of time to write the drabbles and the MBRC themed short story, so you can expect a double dose of freebies then.
As long as we’re talking about books, though, I wanted to thank everyone for their book recommendations a few weeks ago. I did get a chance to read two Sherwood Smith books–Crown Duel and Trouble with Kings. They were the most highly/often recommended by you, Champions, so I wanted to try them out. I really enjoyed them! I think the heroine in Crown Duel made that book my favorite of the two. She was a little more spirited, and I sympathized with her initial awkwardness when she was introduced into noble-society. (High school, anyone?) However, I did enjoy the feelings of loyalty the second heroine seemed to inspire in everyone she met, and I thought her relationship with her brother was a nice touch. (Typically siblings are cardboard characters set up so the heroine/hero isn’t an only child. It was remarkable that in both books the siblings played important roles!) Both books did cause me to stay up late to finish them, which is an easy way for me to judge if a book is good or not. (Early to bed? Not a good book. Stay up so late I’m a zombie the following day? It was a very good book!) So, yes, thank you for the recommendations!
The most recent piece of entertainment I consumed, however, was going to see Big Hero 6 in theaters. Omgawsh. It made me laugh, it made me cheer, and it tore my heart out of my chest and made me a snotty mess. I thought Up was an emotional roller coaster? Ladies and Gentlemen, it has been topped.
And yes, I am referring to a kiddy-movie.
I particularly loved the characters in the film (surprise!) and I feel like it was a great example of how stark characters can be created without following typical stereotypes. After all, 4 of the 6 heroes were major geeks, and the movie still made the characters unique and individualistic. I also really enjoyed it because I loved all the references to Japanese culture. I actually speak Japanese–or I used to, I’ve lost a lot of my speaking ability although my listening comprehension is about the same–and I admire and enjoy pieces of the Japanese culture.
If you haven’t seen it, give it a chance! (Just take a wad of tissues, because seriously. So much sadness!) Has anyone already seen it? What did you think? Also, because I am a book-hoarder, do any Champions have any additional recommendations?