Friday, February 25, 2011

Research Reading...What Fun!

I'm trying to read (and write) as much as I can while the snow flies, as I will be in the gardens before too long. I'm a johnny-come-lately to Stieg Larsson, but am enjoying his books nonetheless--wish I'd found him while he was still living. I love it that his plot twists continue to surprise my Broca; I hate wading through all the Swedish names of people and places. I love the intricacy of the mystery; I hate the background chapters for the network of characters. I just finished The Girl Who Played With Fire and realized that it was the second of the trilogy. So, now, I decided to finish the series by reading The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, then go back to the first, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I am invested in the characters and wanted to stay in the stream of the plot. I love that they are smart, smart, smart but could the numbers theme have been just as effective without ALL the verbiage on, well, math? I mean Fermat's theorem, Pythagoras equation AND Euclid's discovery? I enjoyed it to a point; but I consider myself innumerate so I could have survived on less. Since my book Domus is a series, I try to read different kinds of series to broaden my horizons, so to speak. So, I'm off to charge my Kindle. Life is Good.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dragon Tales

It's always fun to find new like-minded folks. Since I'm waist-deep in Domus revision, I loved this quote: "Never interfere in the business of dragon, for you are crunchy and taste good with Ketchup." Claudi

Thursday, February 17, 2011

For All Intents and Purposes

I get so frustrated with politicians. Has common sense evaporated or otherwise some way left the scene? What is so hard about running a country "within our means"? I say let housewives and homeowners, the bakers, the bikers and candlestick makers of America write and administrate the national budget. We know better than to spend money you don't have...it always comes back to bite you. America's budget, for all intents and purposes, is a work of fiction.

It's curious that that phrase--for all intents and purposes--was first coined by none other than the infamous King Henry VIII. Now, there's a politician. Disagree with him and you were apt to be baked, boiled or beheaded; acts he performed regularly. Fortunately, I think my head remains intact. So, I will continue to roll my eyes at wasteful government spending and, for all intents and purposes, it will be done in vain.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Way We Wish We Were

Well, the snow is piled high and the chicken water is frozen so as promised I am deep in what I hope is the final revision of Domus - A Faery Tale it struck me. Don't you wish you could "revise" your life like we do our writing? Boy, I do. Beginning with that fake I don't know the answer when I stood at the 3rd grade black board doing a math problem. Why did I ever think I had to do that? And when I decided blondes have more fun. Thanks for nothing Clairol. Not that I didn't have fun, just that I look better with my natural dark hair. Ok, so there are still a few blonde streaks along with the gray. And, how about that Dodge K car? What was I thinking? And a calamity begging to be revised is my decision to open a freezer full of food that had been unplugged for two weeks. We live and learn.
On second thought, perhaps I'm glad we can't revise our lives. Just think of the experience we would be missing. The events that have shaped us and given us keen judgment and insightful discernment. So, back to the world of fiction where I can change things at will. But, I'm leaving Lichen with his rakish ebony hair and brilliant green eyes. Or, is it jet hair? Or ace-of-spades hair? Outer-space black? Dark-of-the-moon? Coal-pit....crude oil...cast iron...