I downloaded a romance by a writer I’d never heard of (not surprising, I am completely out of the loop on romance at this point), and while the leads were charming and the setting excellent, everything kept happening as expected. It was fun to read–who doesn’t want to read about people falling in love with a happy ending–I felt no interest in buying more of the books in the series or even rereading that one again, even though I’d enjoyed it. It was the first time I’d read something and realized I didn’t want to read it again, ever, even though it had been fun to read. I think it might be the predictability of it–knowing there’s a happy ending is a romance staple does not mean knowing everything that’s going to happen is okay, too–or possibly that so much of the conflict was of the if-they’d-just-talked variety. It is also possible that I’m just a jaded bitch.
I’m still working on the book, which is due Dec. 3, and which will be a mess but with any luck, finished and ready for editing. As always happens at the end of a project–any project–it’s not turning out the way I expected, but I like it. This phenomenon happens whether I’m booting up a laptop, picking up a paintbrush, hooking yarn, or planning a garden. I’ve decided to embrace the surprise ending. It’s pretty much the only one I’m going to get anyway.
What did you make that surprised you (or possibly came out exactly as planned, :P) this week?
So I wrote a dog (Stripe) and cat (Joyce) into the first act of the Nita book and then lost them. They never appear again. Well, Stripe dies, but then there was supposed to be a puppy. So I’m torn. Do I write the animals into the later acts or cut them in Act One?
I read two supernatural books this week that were/are bestsellers, and I found them both curiously flawed. One was Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, which was a kind of grittier Harry Potter with weirdly cold sex, and the other Ben Aaronovitch’s Lies Sleeping. Spoilers ahead.
It’s the day before Thanksgiving in America, which means that many of us are looking at a turkey that is refusing to defrost and thinking grumpy thoughts about cranberry molds. Not me; I’m thawing out turkey wings in preparation for making insanely good gravy to go with insanely good dressing and turkey. There will also be pumpkin custard and possibly garlic smashed potatoes. Then I’ll go back to making hats and scarves for Christmas presents and finishing Nita. It’s just that kind of day.
So this should have been up weeks ago, but as we all know, I’m forgetful, and I lost Deb’s book in the chaos. This is particularly bad because Deb has been an Argher forever, and I could never forget her in general. Argh.
Deb’s book is The Little Book of Cat Magic:
Deepen the bond between you and your cats as you practice magic together. This wonderful and witchy book is filled with a wide variety of spells, enchantments, and recipes that will improve the life you share with them. From finding and naming a new cat to working with a feline as a familiar, The Little Book of Cat Magic has something for everyone who loves cats and magic. Learn about cats throughout history as well as the myths, folklore, and deities associated with them. Explore spells for living with cats, improving their health, and saying goodbye when their nine lives have run their course. You’ll also enjoy crafts and divination techniques involving cats as well as paw-some advice from Deborah Blake’s extraordinary familiar, Magic the Cat.
Deborah Blake is the award-winning author of The Goddess is in the Details, Everyday Witchcraft, and numerous other books from Llewellyn, along with her Everyday Witch tarot deck. She has published articles in Llewellyn annuals, and her ongoing column, “Everyday Witchcraft,” is featured in Witches & Pagans. When not writing, Deborah runs the Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 130-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with various cats who supervise all her activities, magickal and mundane. She can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, and www.deborahblakeauthor.com.
Remember when I asked you all to brainstorm names for Demon Island businesses? You were brilliant. I need more, a real estate firm, probably the only one on the island, and a bowling alley. And of course, anything else you can think of.