Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Dark Valley

The Windflower by Laura London (Tom and Sharon Curtis) was recently re-released after a twenty year hiatus. The Curtis duo retired way back when, at the top of their game after winning a Rita. Since The Windflower was originally released, I've owned eight copies. Every time I loaned it out, it never returned. Finally, I refused to loan it anymore.

As I re-read The Windflower on my Kindle, I pondered the consequences of the authors' retirement. If they had continued to write, turning out another twenty books would their fans have been as excited when The Windflower was re-released? Or would we stifle a yawn and move on?

The current conventional wisdom is write, write, write. Otherwise, your readers will lose interest and move on. Harper Lee, Margaret Mitchell, and a host of other authors produced one or two books and yet, we haven't forgotten them. So wouldn't it make more sense to write fewer books with more impact? Instead of churning them out at an impossible pace, shouldn't we be writing something of worth and interest?

For the last year, I've written nothing of consequence. Oh, I keep my hand in by producing a blog, but my novels are moldering under the metaphorical bed, gathering dust. At first, I told myself it was because I had writer's block. Or I was dealing with too much stress due to poor health. Or... Then, this last week I finally faced the truth.

I'm not terribly interested in writing at the moment.

Will that change in the future? I have no idea. Simply put, I have nothing to say. I used to wonder how the Laura London duo could simply walk away. What about all those other wonderful stories they could write? Now, I begin to understand, maybe. There might not have been anymore stories to write.

Is 'more' really more?

Again, I don't know. But I've decided I'm not going to feel guilty anymore because I'm not writing. Until I can feel excited again about writing, I'm going to set it aside and enjoy other parts of my life. When or if I have a story that grabs my soul and clamors to be written, then I'll sit down and write. If I don't like the stories I work on, why should anyone else? In the meantime, I'm going to return to my first love--reading.

Anyone have something special to recommend?


  1. I am absolutely hooked on the Kay Scarpetta series of books by Patricia Cornwell. Also - have you read Steig Larsson trilogy (starts with the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

    1. I have all the Scarpetta books. I'll check out the Larsson trilogy. You might like Jonathan Kellerman/Faye Kellerman's series.

  2. I really enjoyed the Kay Scarpetta books and also Kellerman's Alex Delaware series. Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher books (the early ones, the last few aren't so good), Sue Grafton (gotta love a woman who murders her ex in fiction over and over again). Sara Paretsky.

  3. Interesting. Maybe the authors wrote what they wanted to write and then they were done. Read Winter Woman. Good old fashioned romance.

  4. I've been wondering some of the same. Though I still think you could package some of your beautiful blogs into a memoir--for your grandkids, even if you didn't want to sell it. :)

  5. I forgot about that idea, Cindy! Thanks for reminding me!