Mom in town, Carolyn AWOL
I've been a bit AWOL as my mother was in town visiting. We had a very nice time - took a few walks, shopped, ate our weight in bread, cheese and crackers in different forms. On Saturday we saw a play called Circle Mirror Transformation that I really liked. Usually I'm not all that into plays. Too much emoting! But between this and A Klingon Christmas Carol this past winter, plays are batting 100% with me.
Your yard looks fine!! Stop the madness!
The people across the street are bigger perfectionists than I am. Last week, they had these lovely concrete steps made, then a crew came and jack-hammered them up, then new steps were made that looked the same as the old ones. I was glad when they were done, and hoping they wouldn't hate those steps, too.
Then, yesterday this whole crew with land moving equipment came and dug up their lawn, which was perfectly lovely with perfect green grass, and threw all the grass into a truck, and laid down new grass. I was like, WTF? Mystified, and also annoyed, because finally I had time to work on book 3, and I wanted peace and quiet, not more stupid machines. And there was NOTHING WRONG WITH THE OLD GRASS.
Though, perhaps the ever-lovely Penny Watson, who, in addition to having single-handedly sexed up the North Pole in the most delightful of ways, is also an expert in the field of turf science, will have something to say about that. I can only imagine how much they must hate it when we park our duct-taped Intrepid in front of their home.
Hell Fire continues to rock
I finished Ann Aguirre's Hell Fire last night, which continued to be super cool and interesting. (see earlier post here.) I loved how this book had elements of horror and mystery, and the inventiveness of this world (like this one radio - Aguirre is really one of the most inventive writers around). I'm especially enjoying the evolution of Chance (the character, not the concept) and the various aspects of his luck--I love the continually unfolding realities and consequences of his special powers. Highly recommended! (but, read Blue Diablo first!)
Dorky confession and related questions
This is going to sound dorky, but Mr. Crane and I have this weights set in our apartment that we work out with, and we sometimes work out to the soundtrack of Jesus Christ Superstar. Okay, that doesn't just sound dorky, it is dorky. LOL. But Mr. Crane grew up with his parents playing that record constantly, so he has this special fondness for it, even though he didn't set foot in a church until my sister got married, so basically, the soundtrack constitutes the entirety of his Bible education. I don't know much more than him, but I've been getting kind of obsessed with it, because it is so sad and dramatic!
Anyway, we are always wondering how much of it came from the Bible. Any Bible experts out there?
1. Is Judas portrayed in the Bible as conflicted, well-intentioned yet sort of misguided fellow, and worried about the fate of people at the hands of the Romans? Does he hang himself?
2. Does Pilate dream about killing Jesus and it makes him feel sad?
3. Do Caiaphus and the Apostles have extensive deliberations about what to do about Jesus vis a vis their fate as an occupied people?
Edward and Bella in therapy
This is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal that my father-in-law, player of above soundtrack, forwarded to me this morning. About how students in the mental health disciplines can learn as much about what it means to be human from the study of fictional characters in books and movies as they can from real people, and that, in many courses, they actually study and diagnose fictional characters, and it goes into a bit of the history of that. (Poor Piglet and his generalized anxiety disorder!) I thought that was interesting. And it makes me think of that old saying that there's often more truth in fiction than in non-fiction. That's not actually the saying, but it's something like that.
Reviews and mentions!
I haven't been linking to Mind Games stuff lately. But I'm so grateful for people continuing to read and discuss my book. I don't always click over - sometimes I like to let reviewers have their own space to do their thing and I do mine. But other times, I must go see! LOL. A few recent ones here:
- Mind Games was #1 on 'Buckeye Girl''s totally amusing Books I didn't think I'd love post here. Or, check her official review here.
- Heather of 'Darkly Reading's review "I loved every word of it" !!
- Michelle at 'See Michelle Read's review: "an impressive twisty, turny psychological storyline (complete with some truly nasty villains) which stunned me with each new revelation and left me clamoring for more!
- Upcoming Debut author Jenn Bennet's review: "When an author comes along with a can of lighter fluid and a gleam in her eye, and throws a lit match on the whole genre, I’m starstruck."
- Magdelen of Promantica wrote a super interesting essay on Mind Games and related items, discussing her personal reactions and intersections with the book, the resulting shift in her construction of me as an author, the reader/writer relationship, and more. Okay, I'm explaining it poorly. Go read it!
- Okay, I know I'm missing somebody...