Summer Reading and My Next Novel

So... Summer classes are over, and I'm sitting here with the ability to read anything I like. That said, I have only until 8/28/11 to read everything I want, and it's quite a list. Here's the run down:

1. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
2. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
3. The Unwritten (Vols. 2 & 3) by Mike Carey
4. The Boys (50-56) by Garth Ennis
5. Northlanders (Vols. 3 & 4) by Brian Wood
6. DMZ (Vols. 8-10) by Brian Wood
7. The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword by George R.R. Martin
8. Batman: Conspiracy by Paul Dini
9. Batman: The Widening Gyre by Kevin Smith
10. Courtney Crumrin Tales: The League of Ordinary Gentlemen by Ted Naifeh
11. Fables (Vols. 14 & 15) by Bill Willingham
12. Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love by Chris Roberson
13. House of Mystery (Vols. 4-6) by Bill Willingham (et al.)
14. Invisibles (all Vols.) by Grant Morrison

Looking at that, I'm a little intimidated. It's a lot, especially A Dance with Dragons, but I'm hoping I can get some of it read at least. The 28th, classes begin again, and Ive only got three semesters left on my MA. Yikes! This semester is Web Design (VERY helpful, considering the plans I've laid for Dark Days, Summer Nights, my first YA novel), and Novel. Last semester I took YA Novel, but this is going to be a little different. The plan, right now, is to work on an idea called "Horror Show". It's a tentative title, of course, but its something. It's about a couple of cable access shows whose crews, in the face of consolidation, start picking each other off in the style of bad horror film tropes. It's a horror comedy, and I'm having fun plotting it out and developing characters.

Well, if I'm going to get anything read, I need to run. Keep your eyes open for site updates, because as soon as I learn how to transfer the articles from here to Drupal 7, I'll be making some changes.


Michael C. Riedlinger