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Manga wasn’t my thing

Keeping up with my new years promise to read things I wouldn’t usually pick up, I decided to read Manga. I doodle a little myself, and since I like action/adventure I figured it’d be a perfect pick.

And I tried, I really did. I even decided to spend two months on it, and tried out various Manga books but it didn’t matter which one I picked up, it just didn’t work for me. My eyes got stuck on the beauty of some of the drawings, so I lost focus on the story and then I found it annoying to get┬áback into it. When I didn’t like the drawings, I found the format difficult. I tried to blame it on the fact that I’ve left my teenage years somewhat behind, but since my brother-in-law (who has left his teenage years equally far behind) actually enjoys it – I have to conclude that it’s… me.

Sometimes you just have to cut your losses, and move on, so now I’m reading an autobiography instead. And like it a LOT, more on that once I’m done.

Also – I decided to draw some manga and in case you’ve never tried; let me tell you – it is really hard. It might look like simple lines and shadows, but the simplicity is deceptive and I’ll have to practice a lot more before I can stop calling my feeble attempts cartoons and start calling it manga (if ever). Will post some of my stuff later, mostly for your amusement…

Now I’ll return to my next story, the one about Mary :)

New Years resolution – step outside

Wishing a Happy and Prosperous 2017 to everyone!

So, my New Years resolution this year is to step outside my normal reading habits. I know what normally works for me (fantasy, romance, murder-mystery, classics, more fantasy, humor) but maybe it’s time to find something new?

Every month, I’ll read something that I normally wouldn’t have picked up. It could be from a genre I don’t browse for books in, have a cover that doesn’t draw me in, or else it’s something that is just in general totally outside my usual reading habits. I’ll keep my mind wide open, and we’ll see what happens…

Seriously – it’s books so it can’t go wrong, right?

I enthusiastically decided to start with a post-apocalyptic zombie thriller because being a scaredy-cat; that is seriously not my thing!

Or so I thought :)

To my surprise, I rather enjoyed ‘Stage 3’ by Ken Stark. I’ll share my thoughts better when my hands have stopped shaking and I’m not looking over my shoulder for a deranged zombie whose “fresh blood caked her mouth and chin, and stained the front of her garment, dripping in little rivulets down her bare legs”… Yish!

Inbetween tapping away on Sweet Water, I’ll start looking for February’s 2017StepOutside-book. Hm… what shall I choose? Manga? Non-fiction? Political Suspence? A kids book might be good?

If anyone has any good ideas, just let me know!