I finally gave up trying to read "The Golden Compass." In my youth I used to devour anything I could get my hands on. I'd read cereal boxes if I was bored. However I've been trying to read Pullman's book at the behest of a lot of friends, but I finally raised the white flag. The story is imaginative, the writing is good, but there's just something about it that irks me. I feel absolutely zero for the main character Lyra, nor for any of the characters in the book. I keep reading and asking myself why I should care. As a character she just feels soulless to me.
So in trying to find something to read while my hand uncramped I trotted on up to B&N and picked up Stephen King's "On Writing." Never a huge fan of King's writing (I read King's book in elementary school and found them thin even then), I wasn't sure what I'd get out of it, but some wonderful people had only positive things to say about it so I gave it a shot.
I pretty much think that it should be required reading in all creative writing classes. There's so much stuff in there that I wish I'd had when I was younger. I probably wouldn't have taken so long to get off my butt. I highly suggest anyone serious about writing pick it up.
On a sad note, I cleaned my pens last night and this morning after I refilled it, my Cross isn't working so well. I may have to send it back. So sad.
I also did a rework of my Valentine's day story. I just about doubled the length because I felt the middle section was rather rushed (which it was since I was trying to finish it before I left work). I'm going to give it a good once over tonight and see how I like it. I might change it from first to third person but I doubt it. I like my main character too much. He's got a good point of view.