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You don't have to be embarrassed about leaving the Christmas decorations up for a while. I had a good friend who ALWAYS left them up till Chinese New Year because she enjoyed them so much. And I says, "Why not?" The little things we do to unwind and to catch up on the everyday business of life and to find peace and comfort ... these are important. Yes. We should find time for these. Schedule them. Vacation on them.
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It's lovely to be at the end of a project. I do hope you enjoy Beauty Like the Night. They've given me a cover (I'll put it up on my blog next week and on FaceBook.) It's very nice. A woman in evening clothes in the night. Lots of red and black. Mysterious stuff. *g*
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I had not seen that the threat of sorting through boxes (or some similar dreadful project) as what keeps writers writing. You may well be right. How many fine chapters have been written because the alternative was cleaning the oven ... Hmm? Perhaps entire novels owe their existence to some tricky household renovation project.
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I gotta say that finishing a book is very much like recovering from the flu. You st in your chair and think ... "Does anything hurt?" And, wonderfully, nothing does. Yes. Find yourself some fun stuff to do. Absolutely. Sometimes it.s throwing a pot. Sometimes it's baking an apple pie. Sometimes it's taking a cup of hot tea and standing in the window looking out at the sunrise. It's what delights you. You deserve it after the hard time being sick. It's a present to give yourself.
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I do like handwork. I never have the time because, frankly, typing on a computer is one of those things that just does not work well with knitting. I should do some knitting now while I'm between writing projects. You've got the right of it.
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Thank you for the kind words. I cannot hear too much praise for the writing, especially when I've just turned in a work and can see ALL the mistakes. *sigh* I don't pay much attention to the Joanne/Joanna riff because I'm 'Jo' everywhere else in the world. I didn't use 'Jo Bourne' on the books because I was shelved so close to 'Jo Beverley' and I didn't want to be picked up by mistake. (This was years before I ever met her, of course.)
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I'm enjoying him immensely. I've only read Rivers of London and the start of Moon Over Soho, but I can already see I'll have to track down the rest
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There can never be enough exclamation marks added to closet cleaning. I almost feel like doing it myself ... Except that I should try on clothes and make some stern assessments, and I really hate doing that.
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I hope I haven't answered your message twice. I changed the operating system on my computer (that's the big dealie that makes the whole thing work) and everything is so weird now. CONGRATULATIONS on finishing the novellette. That's a difficult length to write at. You're right about the blinky bit. It's like moving from one world to another, isn't it?
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I do so hope you like it, Janga. I never seem to have my kindle with me when I want to read something. It's heavy with good books TBR. The kindle is still a strange and marvelous object for me. Not an everyday sorta thing.
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Now I'm all hungry to get in touch with the grandkids. You remind me. I have to do this before I get taken up in a new work. (jo looks at her calendar and makes plans.)
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I'm putting together an extensive set of future fun. For instance, tomorrow I'll wash the dog. I'll go eat Mexican. And ... do the taxes. Arrrgh. The cleaning of the closets is an intriguing idea. I haven't done that for a while. Maybe I should.
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Living in the moment in Greece sounds perfectly lovely. I'd love to go walking round taking pictures. A much more active and exciting life than my own. I, too, have been so busy that I had no time to read at all. I suffer when that happens.
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Next week. Next week. *g*
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I’ve just finished the copyedits of Beauty Like the Night, which will be out August 1 and is available for pre-order. I sent in the copyedits on Tuesday morning very, very early. Oh Dark Hundred as we call it. What this means in the Great Journey of Publishing is that I have let BLTN go. I’ve pried my fingers off the story. I will try not to think about how it fails and succeeds and what readers are going to say about it. I have, metaphorically, handed BLTN its lunchbox and waved goodbye and I watch it catch the schoolbus. Continue reading
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What a small world. I'm reminded of Solvang California. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solvang,_California (You may have to copy that out and recopy it to make the link live.) I know all about putting off a visit to the local famous sights. I grew up not far from Washington DC and I saw none of the famous 'biggies' till I was a teen and old enough to take out-of-town friends on tours of the city and FINALLY went to the top of the Washington Monument, into the Lincoln Memorial, along the row of blooming cherry trees in the spring ...
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I feel that way about so much of history. How poor they were. How little they had. How hard life was. I live up in the hills of Appalachia. Not so far from me is an exhibit farm with buildings of the early Eighteenth Century. One of the Park Service interpreters there gives a lovely, thoughtful talk about the poverty of this life. He says -- more of less -- that, looking at history, we have to see it as the people themselves did. We see the cold morning and the hard work of mucking out the cow shed and milking the cow. For them this is 'Thank God we're still getting milk this late in the year'. It's a victory to carry a pail into the house for the sisters and brothers. We see -- the Park Ranger goes on -- the few bare possessions left after a couple centuries. But the cabin in 1730 would have been full of people and talk and laughter and, in this part of the country, singing and musical instruments. Reading from the bible or the farmer's almanac or the newspaper. Sewing a dress. Making a rag rug. Cooking a pie from the early apples. Shooing a hen off the stoop. All the gossip. They were dirt poor, he points out, but there's no reason to believe they 'felt poor' when they had enough to get by on and everyone they knew was in more or less the same situation.
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I cannot count the cities I prefer in fiction to real life. (jo thinks it over) In fact, that may be ALL cities. I do rather prefer to see the great urban centers in books where they are full of magic and adventure. Real life is somehow full of figuring out underground/subway/bus maps and never having the right change. Do we get stick-in-the-mud as we get older? I'll have to do some travel and get over that, won't I? I agree with you about Los Angeles. I guess I mostly know the beach part of it -- those little towns (and they are almost separate little towns) up and down the coast. It's been many years, but I did enjoy them when I was there.
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Lovely, evocative description. The best cities are created in their contrasts. One long hard look below the surface and we see another city. And another. Every one of them real and true. That's part of the writer's job, I feel. To look not just at the simple appearance but at the truth underneath. Nowhere more needed than when we create our setting. Our city.
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Chekhov said, “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” The city is kinda the "broken glass" in that metaphor. We illuminate emotional truth on the face of the city, run our action through the streets, let the city speak for our characters. When Batman stands on the roof looking out over Gotham there's communion between the two.
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St. Mary Mead, murder capital of Europe. I love that little town but have no intention of moving there.
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*g*
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I don't know about St. Louis, but I've been blown away by Jim Butcher's Chicago. Who would have thought the city had so many magical creatures in it?
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Oh. I agree with you on all three. New Orleans is everything a city should be -- beautiful, complex, full of art, dangerous. I have done no more than visit, but I could see loving the place. CS Harris (of course) is one of my favorite authors. I hadn't thought about her London, but now that you bring it up, I see it. I see it. I also want to revisit Oxford, now that I'm more than adult and have had time to read so many stories set there. They do a Sayer's tour, I understand, and show you the bridge where Harriet and Peter kissed. Sayers' love of Oxford just vibrates through that story.
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Starting this morning I am doing the very copyedits of Beauty Like the Night. From my point of view this is swinging into the home stretch. From the publisher's point of view this is about halfway along what has to be done by them. And from the readers' point of view this is (jo counts on her fingers) six months before release. There are a couple ways an author's view of the book is different from the reader's. I get asked about some detail in a book and I have to go excavating deep in the memory. It might be eight or nine years since I've read it. If I could go back and change anything in the last years, it would be my record keeping. I should have taken book notes. I'm feeling that right now as I try to remember what color William Doyle's eyes are. *g*
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