I have a 1500 word long blog saved in my drafts folder that I’m debating if I’m going to post or not. It’s a review of Bullet, Laurell K. Hamilton’s latest novel in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. It contains spoilers, which I clearly label, and is perhaps a bit ranty, because I am so disappointed in the book. So if you want to read my long review, say so in the comments and I’ll post it on Friday.
In short, everything I have learned about writing and editing, everything aspiring writers are told not to do – at least the stuff that makes sense to me – litters the pages of Bullet. There is very little plot, but extreme amounts of what seems to be gross self-indulgence. As with many of the recent books in the series, there are massive amounts of sex that don’t seem to lend much to the overall progression of the story. But there is woefully little plot, even less police work and mystery, and absolutely no zombie raising. It lacks everything that made me fall in love with the Anita Blake series 10 years ago. It seems that Ms. Hamilton’s writing has degraded since Guilty Pleasure was release in 1993. I’m going to read that book again to see if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty certain that, even though I’ve learned a lot of writing since then, the books have, in fact, gotten worse (in my opinion. Others still love the books.) My disappointment can’t be solely because of what I have learned. I’m not that good a writer yet. I learn something new about writing almost every day.
In other news, I only have 36 pages left to edit in Divided Heart. I’m going to do one more pass through and add some more internal dialogue, emotion, and conflict, but that won’t take as long as this round of editing. Savvy Authors June Bootcamp has really given me the kick in the rear I needed to get back on track with my writing. There are 17 teams total. At the end of week one, 7 teams have more points than mine, 7 have less, and 2 are tied with us. It will be tough for us to catch up to the leaders, but even if we don’t win a free workshop, we still wrote and edited a LOT. And I’ve met some great new people through the challenge.