Sunday Notes

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Okay, THAT’s a great book cover. I found it on the Comically Vintage Tumbler.

Along with this:

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And this:

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And I have an Island Name question. I was going to call the island Elyse/Elise Island after (a) the Elysian Fields and (b) Ellis Island. Then I thought it would be simpler to just call it Demon Island because there’s a rocky outcrop that looks like a demon’s head. But given where the story goes, that may be too obvious. Suggestions?

And then there’s Monday Street, which happens six years after Paradise Park. There’s an explanation at the link below, but the short version is: This is really long. Huge time sink. It also moves too fast, I think, and there are about a zillion loose plot threads in there. You know, discovery draft: although this one has been revised a lot there’s stuff missing. You have been warned.

52 thoughts on “Sunday Notes

    1. This is great. And it gives me another piece of the back story, too, which clears up a problem I had, so thank you very much!

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  1. I like Elyse/Elise better than Demon Island.

    I *LOVE* getting these drafts. It feels like Christmas! Of course, that may be partly because we have snow on the ground…. in Michigan…. in APRIL!!??!?!?

    And a time sink? Really? Compared to doing something productive like playing solitaire on my computer?

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  2. I’d go with Deamon Island as the spelling if you choose that. A little less obvious and quite funny if you’re a computer person.

    Elyse makes me think of the reviewer over at Smart Bitches, Elise is fine.

    Also, thank you for sharing the works in progress! I’m in the same snow covered land of Michigan as JenniferNennifer. Which is annoyingly not melting. Unfortunately we have a cold week ahead of us and the trees have started budding. This is the 3rd year I’ve been here where the plants get tricked and then harmed by a week long cold snap. Michigan is a great place to visit but wouldn’t recommend living here.

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    1. Deamon or Daemon? I think people tend to pronounce that “DAY-mon” which isn’t going to work even if that’s not the way it’s supposed to be pronounced.

      And I think you’re right. Demon Island stays.

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      1. I like Demon Island, but I don’t have a subtle bone in my body.

        Satan has no genitals. No wonder she’s not impressed.

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        1. Just a random thought, but isn’t Australia’s Van Diemen’s Land (ie: Tasmania) pronounced “Demon”?

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  3. I prefer subtle (Elyse/Elise) over the Demon Island, unless the story needs the obvious.

    Thank you so much for sharing these WIPs! I love reading them. And long just means more time to enjoy.

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  4. Isle of Hades? An ongoing joke could be that guests to the island don’t get the Hades reference.

    I like Elise Island. But only cause it makes me think of Jane Seymour in Somewhere in Time, which was set at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

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      1. Which she did herself. I loved the book too, and you can find my review on Amazon. She also was on my blog recently with an amazing story about where the idea for the book came from.

        I liked her early humorous books, but this one–while not easy to read–was a real knockout.

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  5. Really like what you’ve done with the opening of Monday Street. It’s much less confusing than it was last time I read it. The rest of it’s fun and terrific, too (thank you for not leaving us hanging on what he bought at Mr. Alice’s, too).

    I really love that you’re sharing these! They’re great stories, and lots of fun to read. I’d buy any of them in hardcover if you get around to finishing them (and I’m kind of cheap). Please don’t give up on them.

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    1. Oh, I’m not. I’m just all caught up in probably unpublishable demons right now. Thank you!

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  6. Is this the book where you couldn’t clarify what Cat wants? The world building, community, and her role in life (save everyone) were bright and real for me. I love the characters! The magic made sense and added to the story. Maybe I just missed her motive?

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    1. I honestly can’t remember. We’re still trying to figure out the central conflict for the story as a whole, the Big Bad behind Phil. That is, we know who it is, we just haven’t got it worked out yet. And without a clear antagonist with a goal, it’s almost impossible to plot coherently. Thus the convenience of Phil as a minion.

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  7. I just read all 6 parts. I love that Harry in Ecks nephew from Paradise Park. It was lovely to see how he and Zo got on. Although, for some reason I was thinking Harry was Eck’s partner’s nephew. I must have read it wrong.

    I LOVED the dialog between Harry and Rafe in the nave with Moore and Fort nearby.

    The whole story is delightful! I am so eager for both you and Tony to finish these. Because I want to read Rafe and Keely’s side of things.

    Btw, the link to argh from your website appears to be broken. Might want to mention it to Molly.

    LOVE the story and the characters! Will stop squeeing (here) now.

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  8. Cat lives in a belltower and doesn’t suffer acute narcolepsy. That’s all I’m coming up with. 🙂

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  9. Okay, this is not good. I started reading Monday Street and got sucked in to reading it all. It’s now 12:30 am and I have to get up at 6 am to go into work for a very early meeting… But it was worth it. Now I want the rest of the story!

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  10. I think since she’s Cat, thief and a cat-burglar, with a new swish hat, she’s Puss in Boots.

    I adore these Jenny. I really do. I devoured them in a very short time. We’ll leave the rest unsaid.

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  11. Rapunzel.

    It used to be more obvious that she was stuck in the bar in the Ear (raised off the ground, she can see the whole world/restaurant from there), plus the bell tower and Harry climbing up to her, but the blatant clue is that her middle name is Persinette, which is the French version of Rapunzel. I know: obscure. And although I am anti-baby, she may end up pregnant with twins because Rapunzel does and because that’s about the worst thing that could happen to her. But I’m still thinking that one through. Or I will later. My brain is infested with demons at the moment.

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    1. Ha! There was something about that name that nagged me! Now I know. Still stink at fairy tales but my French is en pointe.

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  12. It’s currently way past my bedtime, and I’m blaming you, Ms Crusie. But I regret nothing! It was worth it!! I especially love the air fish.

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  13. This has nothing to do with the post, it’s about your website: do the tags get bigger depending on how many there are? Like, if you’ve used the tag “Arrow” fifty times and “Flash” only thirty, is Arrow in bigger font?

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    1. In theory, except I still have to put tags in. I think Mollie went through and tagged some posts, but that is in no way indicative of what actually on the blog. It would probably be something about writing

      I have to fix that some day. Along with everything else.

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      1. I love that. I love that visual aid of “this topic has been tagged/discussed lots and so it’s in big font.” What a great detail.

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  14. I enjoyed this more and more as I went on (all those characters to take in at the beginning were a bit challenging). Definitely my favourite so far: thanks.

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    1. It’s the most polished so far, I think because I was writing it with constant input from Toni.
      The first scene is a mess, but it’s there. I’ll fix it if I ever have a full book.

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  15. I found this map of Hades and was surprised that I had forgotten the Fields of Asphodel which is where most mortals go – land of the River Lethe (of forgetfulness).

    http://hubpages.com/education/The-Greek-Underworld

    also that map of Devil inspired names is lovely but someone should have critiqued his font choices.

    I’m off to read Monday Street, because it is Monday. Also a snow day. Happy April, Massachusetts!

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    1. Hi, Lee! Happy April Monday in Massachusetts Day. It’s hot in Salt Lake City but sunny and currently cloudless. Trade ya.

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    2. Yeah, that font made it almost unreadable.
      I see a lot of searching for Underworlds in my future. I used Elysian Fields because I think that’s more common? Well, it was more common for me.

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      1. Yes: I’ve never heard of the Fields of Asphodel. But Elysian Fields, definitely; or Champs Elysées, of course.

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  16. I vote Elyse. Now I have David Gray’s ‘The One I Love’ in my head, not his best work.

    Thank you for Monday Street.

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  17. Monday Street is delicious.

    I’m passing this along under protest and only because two grown women were laughing at it hysterically: Monic Island.

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  18. Can we still read the paradise park draft? I can’t seem to find it. The WIP links mostly to POI posts.

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    1. Nope. The WiPs go down on the Saturday after I post them.
      Monday Street expires in two days.
      As my daughter has pointed out, once posted on the net, it’s there forever somewhere, but I have no link to it. It’s back in draft form on the website.

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