Saturday, January 16, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Okay, I’m getting a little tired of people saying how women in their forties are “invisible” as in not only are they not noticed or acknowledged as attractive, but not noticed at all, as though they’re wallpaper or scenery. Uh, no. I’m in my forties, and I’ve never been more visible — when I choose. Yesterday, I chose — I was casually but WELL dressed in grays and navys with red shoes and a red jasper necklace, and I had people falling all over themselves being “helpful” and complimentary. I definitely know how to be invisible when I choose, but it’s a choice. It has NOTHING to do with age!

Red shoes definitely help. Maybe that’s why I have several pairs in various styles.

It takes the same amount of time to put together a look with a bit of panache as it does to throw on sweats and a stained t-shirt, so you might as well go out looking good!

Appropriate attire got me what I wanted faster and with less hassle on my errands, so hoorah for that. AND I hauled the Christmas tree to storage. AND I took my mother shoe shopping. She got a beautiful pair of blue-grey loafers, and I got a fantastic pair of Elie Tahari black stacked heels with gold chains that will go with absolutely everything. Plus, they’re astonishingly comfortable.

Went to the bookstore-which -was-supposed-to-close-but-didn’t to look for the other Deanna Raybourn books. Of course, they didn’t have them, the store is useless (and yet I’m glad it didn’t close), so I’ve ordered them via Amazon. I hardly ever use Amazon anymore — they’ve grown into a behemoth that advocates and kowtows to censorship, in my opinion — but, occasionally, they’re useful, when I need something in a a hurry. I only do 1% of my book shopping through them now. This may well have been it for the year.

Really loved SILENT IN THE GRAVE. I did figure out the villain before the protag did, but not so far ahead that I got frustrated, and the story still managed to have some surprises in it at the end. The writing’s gorgeous, and, again, it’s a case where the author doesn’t allow the genre to confine her, but uses a mixture of genre protocols to her advantage. So I’ve ordered SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY AND SILENT ON THE MOOR. I plan to gobble them up just as soon as they arrive, and then I’ll be ready for the book she’s got coming out at the end of February, THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST.

Got some of my own writing done, always a good thing, and plan to work on the first act of the new play today. The steampunk’s going well, and I hope to keep up a steady pace in the coming week. Elsa and my mom’s improving health makes that easier. I have a couple of article queries to work on this weekend, too. And I’ve got two short stories to edit next week, in addition to everything else I’m juggling, because they need to get out the door. And there’s another idea just starting to buzz right behind my third eye, but I haven’t gotten enough of a grasp on it yet to write down any notes.

I had strange dreams last night. Trying to grasp enough to get down — they mean something, but whether it’s relevant to life or fiction, I haven’t quite figured out yet.

Great morning’s work on the steampunk. Finished Chapter 5, started Chapter 6.

I’m off to spend the day at my friend’s in CT, doing laundry, reading, writing, hanging out and cooking. I’m ready!


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  1. I wouldn’t have said YOU were invisible… you’re a shining light! 🙂

  2. I don’t know how to respond except, yes, great minds and all.

    Ok… I will say something else. We may try not to be invisible, but as women the older we get the more invisible we are in looks and in worth to others. As a society (I believe) we are encouraged to believe that the shiny penny is better than the not so shiny penny even though their worth is more than likely the same (excluding antique coins). I’m just saying. I absolutely use to turn heads. I don’t turn heads now that’s just the way it is. And I know that the young are replacing the old in business (for various reasons) and pushing people to retirement. That’s just circle of life. Been going on a long time.

    Hey great post.

    How the house hunting going?

    • I was never a head turner when I was younger, but I get a lot more attention now — unless I decide I don’t want to be noticed. Part of it, I think, is I finally grew into myself, and I always had more substance than looks — and then, finally, the looks started to catch up to the substance!

  3. Red shoes indeed. I have a pair of red heels and I have to admit that the world seems a little more fun and manageable when I wear them. Nothing a bit of sass can’t handle. 😉

    Just looked up Deanna Raybourn. Will be adding her to my reading list.

    Have a lovely weekend!

  4. I can’t imagine anyone thinking you were invisible. And you also make me want a pair of red shoes.
    Glad you enjoyed your book. I don’t think I’ve read any of that author’s work.
    I hope you had a pleasing day!

  5. I am also in my forties and although I do feel it sometimes, one thing I’ve noticed that helps is a hat. It has to be one with a brim, though. Not one of those knit cap things. For some reason I seem to get more respect when I wear one. In combination with red shoes….Look out!!

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