Back to Hogwarts #PotterBinge

The Estella Society are currently hosting #PotterBinge – a Harry Potter readalong between November 1st and 31st January. And I signed up but hadn’t got started rereading yet.  I was definitely going to but frankly I’ve not been reading lately.  I love the Harry Potter books but having reread Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone a few years ago I didn’t enjoy it as much.  I don’t know how many times I’ve read them but it’s a lot.

I could write a post of Harry Potter memories and at some point maybe I will. But that’s not what I wanted to write about today.

I’ve been wanting the audiobooks of Harry Potter for ages – I had the one of Order of the Phoenix when I was at uni but I never got through it all despite trying several times, some of the discs went missing and at least one got damaged.  It wasn’t available on Audible and even the digital downloads (which is what I’d want) were extortionate on Pottermore/Amazon (over £180 for all seven books).  Then  I saw a tweet on Friday I think that the books are now available on Audible for 1 credit each. And I had two credits so now I have the first two books on audiobook.

I’ve been listening to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone yesterday and today.  It’s playing as I write this.

I’m enjoying it – Stephen Fry is the perfect narrator for these.  My perspective as an adult is different to what it was the first time I read them as a late teen.  I’m not far into the book but I think this is the first time the actions of The Dursleys around the letter make me think of anxiety and trying to do their best for Harry in their own possibly misguided way.  I’d like to read more about that in fanfic.

I don’t know if part of the difference is just being older or if the fact it’s the audiobook (unabridged, I only get unabridged audiobooks). I’m a fast reader and audiobooks definitely take substantially longer than reading even though I tend to listen at 1.5x but it seems like I notice more of the details, the colour of books when I listen than when I read.  So some of the nuaunces of the book may be more obvious.

As a writer I love audiobooks too. Hearing the dialogue makes it clearer to me how it works.  I sometimes feel like dialogue is lacking in my writing and when I listen to a book I tend (if it’s the right book and I think Harry Potter is so far) to feel inspired and as though I can do better with it. Tips on how to show not tell (which I can really struggle with) have often come from audiobooks too. They say you can’t be a good writer unless you read a lot and read widely. But over the last few years I’ve begun to think you need to listen to audiobooks to be a good writer too.

Bad Blogger

Once again I’ve been a bad blogger.  In fact, a bad writer, and a procrastinator in general is probably a better way of putting it.

Still I’m not sure there’s any news I’ve not shared with my blog or any subjects I’ve wanted to write about  and I haven’t read any review books lately (I have a couple on my TBR so I really should…) so it probably doesn’t matter.

My general failure to work in NaNoWriMo this year is more of a problem.  When I wrote my list of goals for the year I had two writing ones.  And I accept that it’s not possible for me to meet both of them now but I can still work steadily on writing and achieve one of them (either of them, it’s the amount of time left in the year and both being big projects that prevents both rather than any other factor).

I wrote about 1400 words on the first day on a story I had a very vague idea for.  It was much more about the main character and seeing where she took me rather than a big plot.  And it quickly became clear as I was writing her tale that I hated her with a vengence and I couldn’t write about her.  So ever since I’ve been saying I’ll restart with the second of my ideas that I had.  But as yet I haven’t.  There is still time but I find myself procrastinating instead of writing and then getting really angry with myself when another day ends and I’ve played games online and reread old favourite fanfics rather than write yet again.

And this blog is another example of procrastination.  I came out to write in a coffee shop – and a friend may be joining me to write together – but instead of the novel I’m blogging.

Going to write. Right now.