Put the Cat in the Oven Before You Describe the Kitchen by Jake Vander-Ark

Put the Cat In the Oven Before You Describe the Kitchen: A Concise, No-Bull Guide To Writing FictionPut the Cat In the Oven Before You Describe the Kitchen: A Concise, No-Bull Guide To Writing Fiction by Jake Vander-Ark

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wouldn’t really call this a guide to writing, but I would call it a worthy read. The author puts forth some “rules” to writing, some basic, some more advanced. Most of the rules you’ll find in other writing books. I’ll give an example.

The first “rule” is: Show, don’t tell. Which is a universal tip for writing better. Showing your audience something is always more exciting than just having a character rattle off a monologue about his/her life. It goes on from there, with a few book recommendations and references to the author’s own work.

I also want to say, that it seems almost every author so far writes a book about writing to help promote their work. Just an observation here. It’s a pretty good book though, short and to the point, without a lot of self-promotion (it doesn’t go overboard).

Get it on Amazon

Weekend Readathon for May 2020

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What is a Readathon?

I found a topic on Goodreads that answered this question really well:

A readathon, for those of you that might be confused, is an event, usually with a time limit, where you set a certain goal you would like to reach. The goal of readathons is to help you read more during that time period than you would any other time.

For me it simply worked better to try a readathon on one of weekends off from work. A time to relax and be myself surround by my books. I didn’t have a complete goal in mind, mostly because I’ve never tried to do a readathon before and wasn’t sure what I would be able to accomplish. I guess you could say I had the basic goal of try my best and see where I end up.

SATURDAY:

I finished reading Wonder Woman by Nancy Holder throughout the morning and afternoon. I had started reading it previously, but had only read through the first chapter before setting it aside. It started pouring down rain by the afternoon, so I made myself a cuppa tea and sat by my bay window for the added ambiance.

That evening I picked up Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes and read until it was too dark for me to see anymore. Leviathan is a difficult read and any little bit I can get in is tremendous progress.

SUNDAY:

I was a bit lazy on Sunday, meaning I slept in and watching a bit of YouTube before rousing myself for more activity.  Which means I didn’t get to reading until the afternoon where I read through Put the Cat in the Oven Before You Describe the Kitchen by Jake Vander-Ark, and three ebooks by Tai Sheridan: Buddha in Blue Jeans, Secrets of True Happiness, and Relax, You’re Going to Die. I finished with another round from Leviathan, until is was time for supper.

RESULTS:

I rather enjoyed myself. Usually I just read during my breaks at work, or sometimes in the mornings when I’m not ready to be productive just yet. I never just decide that I’ll go read for an hour.

This weekend showed me that I am capable of making a good size dent in my TBR pile. I read a total of 5 complete books (even though 4 were short ebooks they still count!) and made progress on the monster of a book I’m still trying get through, Leviathan.

I have a feeling that I’ll be doing this again when next I get day or two off from work, and the housework isn’t piling up!

Keep reading little book worms!

 

What about you? Have you tried a readathon before? Do you set aside a specific time to read? Let me know about it in the comments!