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Here I am, brand new to dreamwidth and hoping that this works out. I'm here mostly to talk about anything that occurs to me or to anyone who decides to stop by and post, within the limits of civility. You are welcome, whoever you are, to discuss whatever is on your mind, with that one rule.

But I suppose that's an amorphous way to start, so I'll lead off with something innocuous. What are you reading? (Oh, yes, no just posting a title and author name and that's it. You have to say something about the book and how you feel about it.)

At the moment I'm re-reading Joyce Carol Oates's BIG MOUTH AND UGLY GIRL on my bedside table. It's about a hard-going, arrogant sports girl and a mouthy, fun-loving guy who makes the wrong joke in school, and people turn him in, saying he's going to shoot the place up. Out of the entire school, including his "friends," she's the only one who defends him, because she knows what she heard. Now he wants to be friends--he has no one else--but she's terrified of friendships. I wish JCO would go back to writing for teenagers. I don't like her adult stuff.

For my downstairs book, I was totally and utterly traumatized yesterday by Mira Grant's "The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell." I've read some of Grant's work as Seanan McGuire--SPARROW HILL ROAD and the first VELVETEEN book being my favorites--and I thought this had all the signs of being a very funny book.

When my assistant came into the room to say goodnight I wailed with terror--I hadn't heard her come in. I was getting cramps from clutching my Nook, because I could not put it down, even though I could see things weren't getting any better. By the end I was like a football sock after the end of a game that had gone into overtime: limp, wrung out, and useless. I had never been so frightened by a writer in my life, not even by Stephen King. The kids were all fourth grade and younger, and if they got the slightest scratch and were over a certain weight . . . Okay, I'm getting flashback. If you want the hideous experience, you can read it. I'm going to read the second Velveteen book. (She's a former teen superhero who's now negotiating adulthood with her new, more super, former cohorts.)

I'll never think of first grade the same. Never.


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September 2016



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