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Gwenda Bond
A writer on the high wire of life.
Interests: champagne, screwball comedies, circus freaks, dinosaurs, ya, rosamond purcell, excellent fiction
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Looks like the site is back up! Knock wood it stays that way--I feel terrible for the typepad staff and hope they have vanquished the evil DDoS villains once and for all. ANYWAY, just dropping by for a quick note to say that I'll be at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest this Saturday, and if you're there you should come say hello and I'll also happily sign books for you. Here's the details: April 26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Southern Ky. Book Fest at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green, Ky. - Panel at noon in the auditorium: YA... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Gwenda Bond
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I'm so so SO excited to be able to show you guys the cover for GIRL ON A WIRE (aka the circus book). Please feel free to grab, share, and spread at will. I love it beyond (I am officially a ghost, because I died of happiness when I saw it). And I hope you love it too. A giant shoutout and my thanks to the designer Neil Swaab (go look at his other amazing work) and to the fabulous team at Skyscape, especially editorial director extraordinaire Courtney Miller. Without further ado... About the book: A ballerina, twirling on a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Gwenda Bond
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This is just a quick note to say that posts here will be scarce for the next month. With edit letter in hand and mind, I'll be busy revising Secret Project, employing some of my favorite techniques... ...and occasionally muttering "We all go a little mad sometimes." The best. I'll drop by here if there's news, and I'm sure I'll still be on twitter and occasionally on the tumblr machine. And back with more regular stuff after deadline. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Gwenda Bond
I love the term era-centricity; perfectly put. And I agree with everything you say here.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2014 on Call The Reading Police at Gwenda Bond
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As long-time readers of this blog know, I've been a fan of John Green's work since Looking for Alaska, which was one of the first novels I read that featured hyper-smart, sarcastic southern teenagers like the ones I grew up around. (And they even drank the same syrupy sweet Boone's Farm we sometimes snuck -- don't tell my parents. Kidding! I think they caught us and there was an epic grounding.) Anyway, John and I have known each other online for years, share a whole bunch of friends in common, but had never actually gotten a chance to chat. So... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Gwenda Bond
Sorry to poof out of existence again. There were page proofs for the circus book to do (lovelove the little design elements!) and then a flurry of other work and tax stuff and various deadlines large and small. And I seem to be working on a new book that came out of nowhere, but is accumulating actual words and an outline in the form of emails to myself...so I guess I'll start a file for it and hope that doesn't spook it out of existence. But I've collected quite a few links, so in the interest of closing ye olde... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Gwenda Bond
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How is it already Thursday? How is it already mid-March? Been trying to get back into my 6 a.m. drafting/revising groove, and have done so successfully... But I had forgotten how sleepy I get during the day at first. So I'm probably yawning right now as you're reading this, no matter when it is. And if I'm not, it's because I resorted to extra coffee. I also have an exciting afternoon on the way which involves getting a filling replaced at the dentist (ready to hum my favorite dentist song as always--thoughts of Steve Martin are the only pleasant thing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Gwenda Bond
Some very interesting discussion -- and comments from Rob Thomas too -- in this Washington Post piece about the movie, justice and inequality, the intersection of stand-your-ground and stop-and-frisk, and Neptune: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2014/03/17/veronica-mars-takes-on-police-misconduct-income-inequality/
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Yes, yes to all of that, Bill -- even Celeste Kane and on that perfect first season being the ultimate downer pick-me-up. :-) It makes me incredibly happy that you came to Veronica Mars via the old threads. I still miss Gilmore Girls too; my kingdom for Amy Sherman-Palladino to finally tell us what the last lines of GG were supposed to be.
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Oh, sure, I can see it, but the only way I can think of it is this: without the Hellmouth, Buffy is an entirely different show (Angel--kidding! though he did end up in charge of a law firm!)*. It feels like the same with Neptune and VM, somehow. *I loved Piz's Hellmouth joke.
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Interesting -- I will have to think more about this. I'm not sure I can agree; it's a smart take, it's just not the same as mine. Which is what makes this kind of discussion so fun. :-) I think Veronica Mars on the whole was darker than the movie *feels* (if that makes sense). I think about the election hanging over the final episode, the noir sense that justice is a fool's game you have to play anyway if you want to make a difference, but which you'll play continually because you can never fully win. I like the idea of Veronica making her peace with that, and with her own nature, but I don't believe that this is her only path to power and that there aren't many others available. And that includes being a lawyer--it's not that she couldn't make a difference there or be powerful, it's that she couldn't do it in the way she's most suited to or sees as most important (her respect for her dad absolutely comes through there). To me, this is still a YA story, even with the time jump...it's her accepting who she is and owning it. The power is her being who she is without feeling the need to change it. I would need more info to make the same call on Weevil, and in fact, I think his choice is noir as well. We get so little of him. I would want to know how his wife feels about it, or his child. He sure seems happy at the reunion, not faking happy. It's bittersweet for me, even if I as a fan of the show might like seeing him return to being "old" Weevil. I agree it feels triumphal, but a noir version of triumphal for me. (And while I don't think Piz is right for Veronica, I take a minority opinion and really like that character and always have. I enjoyed how he was deployed here, and felt bad for him without having to worry about him too much. I like Veronica being shown as dating vastly different people over the course of the show; it underscores that the romance isn't her primary storyline. Though I know, I know, LoVe. But I really appreciated that the last shot is not her as part of a couple, but her in her new/old life.)
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Oh, and p.s. Don't know if you watch The Good Wife (fab show), but I did have a moment when she was in the lawyer interview where I had a beautiful vision of Veronica as an investigator ala Kalinda and the two of them working together. Someone please do a version of that show, thank yew.
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Interesting, very interesting. And it is fascinating, isn't it, to think about the difference between this vision and that? I was very interested in the FBI storyline when it was presented initially, but in many ways it feels like that was actually an attempt at transformation I don't know if I'd ultimately have been convinced by or not (though I heartily appreciate that Thomas did everything he could to try and save the show by reinventing it). In noir, the hero can never escape the shadows, and certainly not entirely, and there is the feeling that if they could, it wouldn't suit them. And so this idea of investigating as an addiction returned the show to its roots for me. (FBI stories feel like a different kind of crime subgenre, mostly, than noir, to me, more about an innate code of justice triumphing, instead of justice triumphing momentarily over chaos, but never fully and always with some loss.) And Neptune has always been a great city for a modern noir. That sense of loss, I guess, here is Weevil's return to the gang. And also, as you so rightly point out, Veronica's return to Mars Investigations--both a triumph and a loss. (But one we cheer.) And it's easier for us not to truly regret the 10 years she worked to get out because we didn't see it... But you're right, I think, to point to the poignancy there, the twist in it. I wish there'd been a little more time to process the murder that injured Papa Mars. All I can really think is make another one. Now please! (In his way, Piz working at This American Life makes him the ultimate nerd love interest. Hubba NPR hubba! But still not right for Veronica.)
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Hee! (Also, hi!)
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Thanks!
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2014 on Pictorial Hijinks at Gwenda Bond
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Yes! The thing I missed after the first season was that the class warfare elements faded into the background. Here they were back and I would be so in to watch that for a long time to come. There are so many threads you could pull on there, starting, as you say, with Kane Software. (Also, we'd get a lot more Mac in a story like that--which I would love.)
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I like this -- I think you're right. Part of what makes these characters work so well is the extremes they will visit, and the unpredictability of when it will happen. And so much agreed on V taking care of the bad guy! I also appreciated and thought it was very smart that we knew Papa Mars wasn't showing up either.
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You're not even a tiny bit ridiculous, and I think you articulate very well the talking past each other quality of the internet of late. We need more engagement, less engaging in battle, IMO.
Just remembered: James Franco.
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Is it wrong that I mostly want the lazy-for-me on-screen kind? But all of these are very good things. I hope the swell of attention and more other stuff means more Official movie or TV special-shaped things. (I am very interested to see what happens with the Kindle Worlds!) (True story, once upon a time I was approached to write a novelization of the TV show that would then be translated into Japanese. I didn't have time to do it. :-)
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Also, this is my favorite kind of ending -- the kind that opens a story up to more stories. Shivers.
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Dude, you have to set your bad-boy prejudice aside. First, he's a soldier who doesn't shrug off duty to hang with his reunited love of his life at the end. Second, HE SAVED HER DAD'S life. I'm curious whether anyone else felt he was too smoothed out--maybe it's a taste thing. Poor Piz. He never had a chance. I was still happy with this reunion, especially if this is the last we see of these characters. Blergh on Duncan! (p.s. I like that you would prefer a wholehearted 'good guy'. But storywise, Veronica needs a little bit of a challenge... If we do get future movies, I hope that is explored between them. But this had to make this feel right as an ending, in case.)
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I bet! And I envy seeing in a theater. Though I must admit there was something MAGICAL about watching it in the living room, where we fell in love with the show in the first place, with the requisite pausing for snacks and wine refreshing. (That said, I'd have loved to see it in a crowd.) It so exceeded my expectations. I wanted it to be good, but it absolutely hit the sweet spot and made me long for more of everyone. Ideal, right? And Veronica's arc--I didn't mention that before, but it was just perfect. The acceptance of who she is; it still felt like a YA show, like YA. In fact, I was so impressed at how they used the reunion and callbacks to mirror the show's formula, rather than trying to completely reinvent (the way the FBI version might have). SO HAPPY.
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Cheryl, you just described my favorite kind of reader, and the kind I aspire to be too -- I'll read anything that's good, if someone recommends it to me who I trust or even makes it sound interesting. Like you, when I started to read romance, it was such an opening up and really was the moment when I realized that a lot of the preconceptions people sell about different genres aren't based in fact at all.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2014 on Call The Reading Police at Gwenda Bond
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But I also like kinder, more settled, caretaker Logan. It's sort of the arc he was on, right?
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