Stacking The Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that shares the books (both physical and virtual) that you recently purchased, borrowed from a fellow reader or the library, won from a giveaway, or received as gifts. Stacking The Shelves will post on Saturdays as new books are added to my shelves.
Round #1 of #WDC15 coverage begins today! In addition to my articles-in-progress for DIY MFA, I knew I was going to do a Stacking The Shelves piece here. I mean, how can a writer go to a literary conference and not come home with more books? That would have been shameful, wouldn’t it? *lol*
So, here’s my haul from the event:
Top row, from left to right:
Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer (Speculative Fiction / Writing / Reference): Directly from the blurb, this reference book “takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object.” It also includes sidebars and essays from (among others) Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, and George R. R. Martin. Let’s just say that there was nooooooooo way I was going home without this baby. 😉
The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose (Historical Paranormal Fantasy): I’d heard about The Witch of Painted Sorrows earlier this year, thanks to its gorgeous cover art, intriguing blurb, and blend of historical fiction and witchcraft. Somehow I overlooked the fact that M.J Rose was going to be at WDC until I double-checked my schedule – and realized I had signed up for her session! That session, “Buzz Your Book in the Ever-Changing (and Crazy) Marketplace,” was great, too. Writers volunteered to pitch their novel project to M.J., who used her expert marketing skills to brainstorm possible promotion plans off the top of her head for each book.
Bottom row, from left to right:
Word Painting: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively by Rebecca McClanahan (Writing / Reference): Another favorite session of mine was Rebecca McClanahan’s, based on the novel featured here. (The Goodreads listing shows an earlier edition, with a slightly different title.) The session was an abbreviated version of said book, and focuses on creating “precise, imaginative, and effective word pictures to engage your reader.” I quickly glanced at the book, and it has a number of examples and writing prompts to help writers develop the skills that Rebecca emphasizes. As a writer whose weakness is overwriting in general, this will be a great resource for improving my skills in this area of the craft, and I can’t wait to use it!
The Inheritance Trilogy Omnibus by N.K. Jemisin (Fantasy): If you’ve been following this blog for the past two months, you already know how PSYCHED I was about attending N.K. Jemisin’s worldbuilding session at WDC. Well, she did not disappoint. 😀 Unfortunately the conference bookstore didn’t have copies of her upcoming book The Fifth Season in stock. But I’d been meaning to read N.K.’s Inheritance Trilogy (or at least the first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, which I’m reading right now), so I treated myself to the whole darn thing. The omnibus includes all three novels as well as the novella The Awakened Kingdom. And yes, it’s a BEHEMOTH. *lol*
Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb (Historical Fiction): Heather Webb is one of my favorite contributors at Writers In The Storm and Writer Unboxed. Her effervescent personality shines through in articles that are both informative and encouraging. Heather was a late addition to the Writer Unboxed Live! panel at WDC; and since I like historical fiction now and then, this was the perfect opportunity to pick up my first book by her. Rodin’s Lover is her newest novel and features 19th century French sculptor Auguste Rodin as one of her major characters.
You know what else is special about the N.K. Jemisin, Rebecca McClanahan, and Rebecca Webb books?
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What books did you recently buy or acquire? Have you read of the books shown / discussed above? Feel free to share your opinions and most recent hauls by commenting below.