Saturday, July 9, 2011


Carousel Horse, Heritage Museum and Gardens

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and humid

Yesterday wound up being a quiet, rainy, reading day. I got my materials out to Confidential Job #1, I did some work for the Mermaid Ball and for the Centerville Beautification Gala, worked with my students, and then took the day off to read. I actually enjoy lying on my bed or on the sofa, listening to the rain.

I read one book which was perfectly pleasant and undemanding. I started a second, a mystery with elements that should fascinate me, but the structure (talking to “you” meaning another character in the book and also the reader) was frustrating, and then the author butchered a pet cat for no good reason and without any realistic emotional resonance for the protagonist or justice to the perpetrator — something which is non-negotiable for me. The book is now in the BookMooch pile, and I will not read anything else by this author. I stared a third novel, where the writing is rather twee and self-congratulatory at times, but the content is interesting enough that I’m willing to go with it.

I got an idea for a couple more stories. Characters yapping at me and all that. I will make some notes today, and then they can take a number.

The neighbor’s green beans were delightfully good. I’m going to write him a thank you note today.

I’ve got to head to a couple of libraries today to return books and take out some more, and spend some time writing. If it dries up enough, I’ll mow the back terraced area and start painting the bureau.

Have a lovely weekend.

Devon


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  1. I’m with you. Harming animals in a story, even if it supports the character or the plot is a no no!

    My one exception so far is KING OF THRONES. I don’t like it when the horses die or when the Lannisters killed Sansa’s direwolf, but I keep reading anyway.

    • I haven’t read G of T — only saw the HBO series. I’m interested to see if it evolves that the Lannisters will get what ‘s coming to them, or that the point is that there is no justice.

      Plus, in G of T, there were emotional consequences when the direwolf was killed. It wasn’t just shrugged off.

  2. I can read murder mysteries, serial killer mysteries, vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, faeries, the list goes on and on. But I cannot read a book where they harm animals. Crazy, huh?

  3. I’m right there with you. And, for me, it’s usually because of the lack of consequences and adequate response on anyone’s part. It’s put in to shock and hurt the reader, but the characters don’t respond in a believable fashion.

  4. I can’t read anything where an animal, especially a pet, is harmed for no reason. And since I’m a reader, not a writer, I don’t know much about plot points or how it’s supposed to move the story along re. character development. I just know that it somehow hurts me to read of an animals death.
    I hope you have a Blessed weekend!

  5. I love to listen to the rain and can gaze at it or walk in it for hours. I even have CDs with showers on.

    I can’t read beyond any kind of animal cruelty, whether it contributes to plot or character or not. If it must be in, I prefer it to be off camera, so to speak.


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