So this is a photoshopped (not every well) image of my little long haired tabby cat.
Her name is Gemini and she lives up (or down as the case my be) to the name, hissing at the door when someone comes near as if she were an attack cat, while simultaneously running for cover to hide.
Currently, I am sort of starting to feel out the possibility of adopting another cat. I have two since I lost Chey in late May. Gemini would be fine without another cat and would probably prefer to be an only, but my other cat, Ichiro a Siamese mix really is very social and he sort of drives Gemini nuts with wanting to play.
I have to admit it, it wasn’t quite what I expected but all the same it was a fun read, if you can have fun reading a story that also makes you want to cry. I admire an author who can take a really tragic story and add a light touch so that it never becomes maudlin. And this story could have. There are tough issues in this book. It’s not Bill Bryson discussing hiking the Appalachian trail. This book really is a tragedy but you won’t feel depressed after reading it, or at least I didn’t. There was enough lightness to keep it from becoming dark.
I’m not surprised that Alexie won awards for this book. It’s not something I would have picked up otherwise but it was definitely worth the time to read and offers much food for thought. He’s someone to watch and I’ll be looking for more of his books.
I just got back from traveling and it occurs to me that there are places I’d like to visit but I’d never get to because they aren’t real. They feel real. Part of the reason I love the books is the setting, so here goes my list of four:
Colleton County, North Carolina. Margaret Maron’s Judge Deborah Knott series takes place in the fictional county of North Carolina where families are big, people are interesting and everyone still helps everyone else out. You can almost hear the slight Appalachian accent as Deborah talks. And honestly, although I’m not a hot weather fan, it’s a big reason I was willing to relocate to North Carolina!
Ordinary Oregon. Devon Monk’s series of books set in Ordinary Oregon is a lot of fun. Ordinary is where gods go to vacation. The town is filled with supernatural creatures and the main character has her hands full solving mysteries. There is also a romance going on but don’t expect things to be resolved in one book. I’m sure I’m partial to Ordinary having been to the real cities that Monk used to creature her world.
Wayward Pines. No list of places would be complete without Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines series. It’s a cozy little town with a few quirks. This one is darker than the other two but it’s a great read for those who love setting.
Whisper Washington. I couldn’t resist tossing in this self-promotion of places. However, one of my best reviews said that the reader wanted to go visit Whisper next time she was in the Northwest. That was music to my writer ears as that was what I was hoping for when people read the series. The series starts with Whisper Bound. You can find it on all your favorite ebook retailers.
So this month I just have a short story coming out about the same time as a bundle. This should be interesting. I’m excited about the story, The Man in Shades of Beige, as well as the bundle, Crimes, Capers, and Rule-Breakers.
Now, after a week of vacation in the middle of writing the novel that seemed to go with the short story, I have to get back into things. I need to re-read where I was and hopefully finish the story that goes with the short story. Notice the hopefully. I was excited before leaving and now, less excited. I’m not sure why.
I have a couple of new ideas noodling around in my brain. One I wrote a short story about, which is another short in a secondary fantasy world I want to explore at some point. It has a rather Appalachian flair which I hope to put to good use. Originally the idea seemed like a middle grade story but I’ve bumped that up to adult as that’s the readership I have in most cases. Still, I’m kind of thinking of another Teenage Fairy Godmother book too.
For Whisper fans, I’m sorry. I’m feeling like I’m in a place in-between when it comes to writing Whisper. My writing is better than when I wrote most of the stories but not so good that I can make that cross when I start a new story. Meg’s sections seem to lose her voice and Rain’s voice gets stronger. I’m also struggling with what I want to have happen next. I do have an overall arch and some issues I want to deal with but I’m stuck on good mysteries so I’ve set them aside at least for the time being, although I do think about what might be going on there a lot.
So, if I’m good and things go well, I should have another mystery finished and perhaps even another teenage fairy godmother story well on its way to finishing. August brings another vacation, so perhaps that will be all that gets done until after that vacation. We’ll see!
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