Nearly a Month of Blogging!

We’re coming up on a month since I clicked the “publish” icon for my first blog post

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There is still so much to learn, but here are a few things I’ve observed since joining the blogosphere:

The Community

Maybe I haven’t been in the community for long to know otherwise, but so far, the WordPress.com community has been welcoming and supportive. I’ve also found a lot of good content on here that keeps me on my phone into the wee hours of the night. I’m still working on attracting readers who are interested in what I have to post, but so far, I’m pleased with the welcome and support! I’m not sure if any readers would be interested in knowing more about my background—let me know if this would interest you!

Hardcore Bloggers

Some members are so dedicated to what they do, they post very often. I define these hardcore bloggers as those that post multiple times a day or at least five times a week.

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It’s motivating and, at the same time, shocking that these members are able to consistently dedicate their time to blogging. My mind is boggled how indie authors have the time to write their manuscript, edit it, blog, and keep up with their multiple social media accounts.

I have no idea how these people do it (I suspect worker gnomes in their servitude).

To the Hardcore Bloggers: If you could take your enthusiasm and drive and bottle it into a drink, I would pay. 

Most importantly, I’d like to thank you for your support. If you are reading this now—thank you. Thank you for taking the time to visit my page, read my words, throw down a like, or grace me with a follow.

What was your first month blogging experience like? Do you have any suggestions in attracting readers?

Stay fresh and happy reading!

 

Book Review: The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)

Title: The Name of the Wind (The KingKiller Chronicle #1)

By: Patrick Rothfuss

Genre: Fantasy

“MY NAME IS KVOTHE

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.
So begins the tale of Kvothe—from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name of the Wind is so much more—for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe’s legend.”

– Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind, DAW; Reprint edition (April 7, 2009), back cover.

What usually happens when I catch word of how fantastic a movie is before I’ve seen it is I forget to temper the euphoric reviews with a balanced attitude, and I set myself up for an evening of disappointment. Ninety percent of the time.

The percentage diminishes further for books. Down to Ninety-nine percent.

The Name of the Wind falls in the rare one percent.

Compelling Mysteries

Early in the first few chapters we learn how the name of Kvothe is widespread as a legend and we soon learn that the innkeeper, Kote, is that legend. How Kote ended up an innkeeper from the legendary tale is a mystery that kept me turning the pages. Kvothe’s apprentice, Bast, is also a mystery.

Setting of the World

Though Kvothe hasn’t travelled through all of The Four Corners of civilization in the first book, the readers are exposed to many of the kingdom’s culture through Kvothe meeting people or hearing stories from different regions.

I read the first installment of the Kingkiller Chronicle in early 2016 and, in all honesty, have yet to read another book that has gripped me in the same way since. After reading this book, I inadvertently find myself chasing that same ‘high’ which I’ve yet to achieve. It’s come close. Close, but not quite.

With a word count of more than 250,000 words, it is a hefty read but completely worth it. By the end of the book I wanted more and I couldn’t get my hands on The Wise Man’s Fear fast enough.

The one thing to keep in mind is that the pacing is slower than many books. I was fine with the slower pacing as it allowed me to understand Kvothe’s struggle and appreciate his successes.

For me, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece.

The First Step

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Laozi

“千里之行 始於足下” – 老子

Hello there and welcome to my space on the blogosphere! I have wanted to create a blog for years and, for the sake of fiction, I’ve finally put my foot down, kicked aside excuses, and posted my first blog post. Here, you will find reviews on books and my musings as a fiction writer and avid reader.

I’m excited to begin this journey with you!