Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

My final post on Sole Struck Fashions is up. The blog is ending its run at the end of the month — which means I better get busy pulling my clips!

Yesterday was pretty quiet. Lots of percolating, some writing. Ran my errands, checked on my mom, got stuff to storage — I just have the tree to get in this morning, and the hallway is clear. I’ve still got more to pack up as I sort out some more stuff like wrapping paper and ribbons — I’ve hoarded stuff that really can go — and find a box for a rather large piece — but the bulk of it is done.

Finished that dreadful book yesterday. I was so angry when I was done. Yes, I should have probably put it aside, but I wanted to see, structurally, what was going on, and see if I could figure out why an editor, agent, and publisher would think this was a good, marketable commodity. I figured out the villain — I figured it would be the least logical, most two-dimensional, most peripheral person connected to the story, and it was. Hate that. I disliked the small-mindedness of both the author and the characters. I disliked the way the author denigrated or trivialized several religions that weren’t mainstream Christianity in a piece marketed as mainstream. The author had a Wiccan character do a walk-through simply to insult her (and then, in the chapter at the back, I find the character is central to the next book in the series — how much do you want to bet that character is killed off, punished for her religious choices? I won’t be reading it to find out). AND the author got the color correspondences wrong on what the Wiccan walked into a shop to purchase, after making a big deal about the color. Again, lack of research. There was such a lack of respect for so many people and ideas in the book that it made me want, as my grandmother used to say, spit nails.

I’m going to try to get some writing done in the morning and then take my mom to acupuncture. Tomorrow, I probably won’t get to blog until late in the day, if at all (I might just wait until Friday). I have to leave very early to drive Elsa to the vet. The medicine’s helped some of her symptoms, but not all.

Good yoga session both last night and this morning.

Now, back to the page. I’m trying to decide if it makes sense to work on and submit an essay on a topic I know well. I’m getting warier and warier of new publications, which is not necessarily a good thing. I have to see how I think my time will work out. I sort of feel that I should be focusing on the webhost move first.

Devon

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10 Comments

  1. Sorry to see the blog ending. It was enjoyable and you added quite a bit to its success.

    I’m the same way with a book I’ve bought. I’ll press forward even if I hate it because, dammit, I’ve paid for it. But it’s painful, isn’t it? And like you, I get angry – why won’t they buy mine over this drivel?

  2. Sorry to hear about the blog.

    But, yay on the yoga! 🙂 Are you loving it?

    • I do yoga every morning, and usually do it about 5 evenings a week as well. I do love it. I’ve been erratic about the evening workouts lately, but I’m trying to fix that.

  3. I HATE it when that happens. But yes, you keep reading, and it keeps disappointing…UGH.

    My new pet peeve is when the author doesn’t know when to quit. I.E. they’ve wrapped up the story nicely, and they keep going ON and ON….

    Have a great day!

    • I hate false endings, too. One can feel the rhythm, the breath, when a piece should stop. And sometimes it just keeps going and the whole piece deflates.

  4. I get so disappointed when I invest time in books (or movies) and they make no sense in the end.

    Good luck with Elsa.

  5. I hope I haven’t read the book you dislike so much. I’d dislike having supported an author who is so disrespectful.
    Best wishes for a good trip to the Vet! Elsa is in my thoughts, as are you.

  6. I hope you had a good trip with Elsa.

  7. Sorry to hear about your other blog ending. How’s the yoga going?

    I read about a post back that you watch Chuch. Me too. When those guys drank the laced drinks. LOL. Too funny.

    • I was one of several contributors to SOLE STRUCK FASHIONS. It was a great year’s worth of columns, a chance to share some of what I learned working in the wardrobe department on Broadway and in theatre and film, but it was someone else’s blog, not mine. I’m thrilled she gave me the opportunity to write a year’s worth of columns, but totally understand not wanting to move forward with it.


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