Cherry Saturday, March 7, 2020

This is Women’s History Month. Just in time for the revolutionary news that a guy will be our next President again. Not that I’m bitter. I didn’t even have a woman candidate I preferred (I prefer somebody who will beat Trump, after that I’m open). I just thought that by now . . .

Happy Women’s History Month!

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The Power of Rewriting

I will be the first to agree that taking over four years to write 100,000 coherent words of fiction seems excessive. Actually I wrote 145,000 words of fiction and only some of it was coherent, which is one of the many reasons why the rewrite is taking so long. But one good thing about taking that long is that I can really gain insight into my characters and my story. The bad thing is that after awhile, the story’s dead and I’m not rewriting, I’m just washing garbage, and I’m about three days away from washing garbage here, but another good thing is that I really love this book. When I finally let it go, it’s going to be the best I can do, which may not be good, but I’ll be proud of it anyway. Continue reading

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Happiness is Hints of Spring

Welp, we’ve got a snow squall coming in for the first day of March, and then in the fifties (F) for the rest of the week which I am interpreting as Winter’s last blast followed by Spring sticking her toe into the calendar to test the breezes. We can still get slammed with snow in March but we’ve had a for-the-most-part very mild winter (THANK YOU, WEATHER GODS) and I’m looking forward to the previews-of-coming-attractions warmer week ahead. Spring is my favorite season (in a close tie with Fall, I’m a change junkie) so this makes me very, very happy.

What good stuff blew your way this week?

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Pulling My Train of Thought

I’ve been reading your comments on the Lily opening, and I’ve realized that you’ve put a lot more thought into this story than I have, probably because I’m not going to write it. But it made me think about how I got to that scene, because the last thing I needed to do was start a new book. Of course, part of it was just a way to avoid cleaning the house and working on Nita, there’s always that. But after that, it pretty much went like this:

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This is a Good Book Thursday, February 27, 2020

Ben Aaronovitch’s new book in the Rivers of London series is out now: False Value. I am 37% of the way through it and enjoying it a lot, but the writer part of me wonders how people who haven’t read the first seven (?) books will like it. It’s lovely seeing all these people from Peter’s past, but ye gods there are a lot of them, and if you didn’t know who they were to start, I’d think it would be confusing as hell. I’ve read them all at least twice, and I still stick every now and then. (Who’s Foxglove? Oh, right the artist kind of vampire. Got it.)

You know how when you really love an author, you hold him or her to a higher standard? Yeah, that sucks, but there it is. I’m expecting brilliance but enjoying extreme competence in a literary world I love. Also Bev’s going to give birth to twins, and I’m looking forward to that. (A magician and a river goddess have twins . . . .)

What are you reading this week?

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