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Sherwood Smith

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I am a writer, but I'm here on Goodreads to talk about books, as I've been a passionate reader as long as I've been a writer--since early childhood.

I'm not going to rate books--there are too many variables. I'd rather talk about the reading experience. My 'reviews' of my books are confined to the writing process.

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Sherwood Smith If the project blocks, take out another project. Sometimes they need to simmer, and when I return to it, I can look at it fresh.

If writing blocks,…more
If the project blocks, take out another project. Sometimes they need to simmer, and when I return to it, I can look at it fresh.

If writing blocks, then that means it's time to refill the well. Get out and do things, see people, listen, smell, touch, watch. Read for pleasure or information, see a play, walk in a park. Listen to music. Ideas will come!(less)
Sherwood Smith Heh--I can't help but think that unasked-for advice is the easiest thing to dispense, and the last thing anyone else wants. But why not offer these…moreHeh--I can't help but think that unasked-for advice is the easiest thing to dispense, and the last thing anyone else wants. But why not offer these two things:

First, write what excites you. Really, don't worry about what "the market" wants because that changes every day. If you are not excited, it's just about 100% guaranteed your readers won't be.

And second, get fresh eyes as a beta, if you can. Not a friend, a spouse, a student, because they are already invested, just like you. Only fresh eyes can really gauge how much of your excitement actually made it to the page.(less)
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Sherwood Smith is on page 164 of 304 of Jane's Fame: Continues to be sometimes frustrating but mainly interesting:

Long after their own time, both Shakespeare and Jane Austen had managed to find a popular audience and appeal to them over the heads of an interpretive elite.

Probably the best sentence in the book so far.
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"It's pretty good overall, though vexatious when I think she misread tone, and judges falsely, or puts false thoughts inside people's heads. "
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Who in the universe ever halts when the enemy tells them to?”
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“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

“The Aristocrat

The Devil is a gentleman, and asks you down to stay
At his little place at What'sitsname (it isn't far away).
They say the sport is splendid; there is always something new,
And fairy scenes, and fearful feats that none but he can do;
He can shoot the feathered cherubs if they fly on the estate,
Or fish for Father Neptune with the mermaids for a bait;
He scaled amid the staggering stars that precipice, the sky,
And blew his trumpet above heaven, and got by mastery
The starry crown of God Himself, and shoved it on the shelf;
But the Devil is a gentleman, and doesn't brag himself.

O blind your eyes and break your heart and hack your hand away,
And lose your love and shave your head; but do not go to stay
At the little place in What'sitsname where folks are rich and clever;
The golden and the goodly house, where things grow worse for ever;
There are things you need not know of, though you live and die in vain,
There are souls more sick of pleasure than you are sick of pain;
There is a game of April Fool that's played behind its door,
Where the fool remains for ever and the April comes no more,
Where the splendour of the daylight grows drearier than the dark,
And life droops like a vulture that once was such a lark:
And that is the Blue Devil that once was the Blue Bird;
For the Devil is a gentleman, and doesn't keep his word.”
G.K. Chesterton, Collected Works Volume 10

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Sherwood Smith Steve wrote: "Thanks Sherwood, for accepting my friend request.


Looking forward to your reviews!

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Steve Thanks Sherwood, for accepting my friend request.


Sherwood Smith Thanks!

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Tadiana So sorry to hear (belatedly) about your stroke. I hope the recovery is going well.

Sherwood Smith Feed free to drop me if my tastes turn out to be undigestible for you!

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Ariana Thanks for adding me back! :)

Sherwood Smith Thank you! (I don't know if you know this, or would care, but there are several scenes from Vidanric's point of view at the end of the e-book edition.)

Sherwood Smith That's sort of complicated--the YA ones or the adult ones? In publication order or in time, if you mean the ones set on Sartorias deles? For the latter, there is a chart on my webpage showing where the SD ones fit together:

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Maria Freeman Hi, I am attempting to read all of your books and I was wondering if you had a suggested order in which I should try to read them. Thanks.

Sherwood Smith Looking forward to yours as well!

Sweetie Sherwood, thanks for accepting request :D
Looking forward to enjoying your books, have seen good reviews.

Sherwood Smith Well, I was 27 when that was taken--but it scrunched down well for the icon, so I thought, why not!

Michael And good to see you. Your author photo looks positively badass; but then, you are, so fair enough.

I am always here in NYC! (Well, Brooklyn, but close enough.)

Sherwood Smith Maisoon wrote: "Thank you for accepting my request! Crown Duel is next on my Kindle To-Read list, a friend of mine recommended it to me.
I was wondering, do you read Terry Pratchett, author of the Diskworld series?"

I love Terry Pratchett!

Maisoon Al-mahrouqi Thank you for accepting my request! Crown Duel is next on my Kindle To-Read list, a friend of mine recommended it to me.
I was wondering, do you read Terry Pratchett, author of the Diskworld series?

Sherwood Smith Hey, thank YOU! :-)

lilly bear ♡ I just wanted you to know that Crown Duel is my absolute favourite book. It's always the first suggestion on my lips when someone asks for a recommendation. Thank you so much for writing something that is so dear to me :)

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