It’s been awfully quiet round here. Which means I’m working, shaving off those words. And it means some life issues have intruded, as they do, to fill up my free time and thoughts. I expect those to smooth out over the next few weeks… just in time for me to fly east for my little brother’s wedding.

I’m still editing, and keeping the word count current over in the side bar. Still reading The Moral Premise (and wishing I’d read this book, like, ten years ago. Maybe twenty). Any writer interested in the underlying internal bones of a story that give purpose and drive to the top layer–the action and dialogue–really ought to read this book. It’s deep, and technical, and I’m taking it in small bites. Speaking of bites….

I’ve also discovered the Twilight series, by Stephenie Meyer. Behind the curve as usual. I’d heard so much negativity about the quality of writing in these books–from Stephen King to my own friends and writing acquaintances–and, well, vampires have never been a draw for me. I’d decided that (unlike with Harry Potter), I’d sit this wave out. Then… I found myself in the company of three women who were in a movie-watching mind, and one of those movies they picked to watch was Twilight.

By the time the movie ended I was hooked on Bella and Edward. I had to know how their story continued (since I knew… how could I miss knowing, being such a book lover and reading so many book blogs?… that there were four books in the series), and I wasn’t going to wait until the second movie came out in November. Patience, young Jedi…. NOT!

So I ordered the first book, thinking, how bad can it be? I already love the characters. I want more of their story. I’ll get through it.

Was I ever surprised by Meyer’s writing. It. Is. Not. Bad. In fact, in the second book, which I’m halfway through, there are passages I wish I’d written. Not every book or every writer does that for me, fair to say.

I can’t compare these books to other vampire books. These are the first I’ve ever read. But they are clean. They talk of God… in a positive light. These particular vampires strike me as a clear picture of the choice I as child of God and in relationship with Christ must make day by day, moment by moment, whether to walk in the flesh, or the Spirit. It’s just the stakes implicit in that choice for these dudes are MUCH higher. Literally life and death.

Other themes explored in the first two books:
Abstinence
Self-control
The importance of family
The strength of family
Sacrifice for the good of another
True friendship vs. false
Unconditional love

In a vampire book. Who knew?

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