Once, while I was a US Navy pilot, I left the cockpit for two years for grad school. Getting back into flying was just about as hard as cranking up the blogger again. In the future, I will try to slog away even in times of distraction. There, I made a 2013 New Year's resolution.
I read a couple of interesting books recently. I read them at the same time. Before ebooks, I frequently had a history and a novel going simultaneously. I was reading away on Joy Castro's, Hell or High Water on my iPad when a friend finished James Patterson's Beach Road and gave it to me. I don't think I've really been able to appreciate "plot driven" and "character driven" before simo-reading those two books. I characterize Beach Road as plot driven. This book was also interesting to me because the first two chapters are in third person. Then each of the main characters presents his bit and piece of the story in the first person for 115 additional chapters. Interesting, and it worked, once I got past chapter 8. At chapter 8, I stopped, said what the heck is going on here?, and went back over 3 to 7. But I was hooked and flipped ahead a couple of chapters to see how those were presented. At the end the whole thing worked. That James Patterson, he might sell a book or two, I thought.