Rereading.

A while ago, probably on a Monday, I wrote that I was rereading Anne Rice’s The Vampire Lestat. I have it in hardcover. It’s big and heavy. I had to use a reading light to read in bed and whenever I would finish for the night, I would have to stretch and gently lay the book on our tile floor so that it wouldn’t “thunk” and wake my husband.

But, dear readers, I did finish. It took a little longer than anticipated, but doesn’t everything? I’ll say, I’m glad I reread it. My brain forgot so much in the two decades since I’d read it the first time.

It’s Lestat’s autobiography. And as expected, he is loquacious in his telling. Understandable, he’s been around a very long time and many things have happened. The only parts I remembered before reopening the book were the beginning and the end. So, actually, it was sort of like reading a new book because even though I had a vague recollection of the outcome, I couldn’t remember how we got there. And now that I’ve read it again, I realize that I remembered Nicolas. And Gabrielle. And Marius. And of course, Those Who Must Be Kept. I always felt bad for Nicolas.

I won’t give too much away if you haven’t read it. But, I think that if you read it years ago and enjoyed it but forgot it like I did, read it again. You’ll remember why you hated Lestat from Interview with the Vampire, but you’ll also remember why he is so charming. I don’t think I’m his biggest fan, I always found him petulant and demanding, but I would say I have a better understanding of him now. And rereading, especially as an adult who’s had a little bit of experience with life (but a fraction of a second in Lestat’s world), I feel differently about him and the way he sees his world. I see his anguish and his desire to bring things to light, which is admirable. He fights for what he believes is right and fair, damn the consequences. [I’m being intentionally vague: no spoilers.] Also, I can’t remember what happens in later books. So, I’ve got some more reading to do! I expect my thoughts on Lestat will change again.

What have you reread that you were glad you did, or that you got something new out of?

A Case of the Mondays.

Do they call it a case of the Mondays because it feels like you’re experiencing twelve Mondays all at once? No. Hmm. Maybe they should.

This week, dear readers, your second favorite author (hey, a girl can dream) is still writing the fun new story from last week. Some phrases you might see in this new work are: dripping with southern charm, Julia Sugarbaker lambasting, and coolness personified. So that’s fun.

I get to meet with my writers’ group this week. And, I hope I’ll have some more progress on the print version of Turning Point. Watch this space for a launch date!

That’s all I’ve got friends.

Take care of yourselves and each other. And wash your hands.

It’s the Day After Sunday…

Monday. It’s Monday. Call it any clever name you like, it’s still Monday.

This week, I am working on new material. So that’s fun. Like actual FUN!

I am a little stuck with writing Unnamed Book 2, but I have the story line planned. I’m just waiting for the characters to tell me how to get there. Maybe they don’t want to get there and that’s part of the problem. Nah.

But, I did start writing something entirely new. Similar genre, but likely shorter and maybe funnier. I don’t know yet. But I’m a couple pages in and it’s feeling good. It’s an idea I’ve been toying with in my mind for a couple years now, but never had any direction, so I never spit it out. Then, suddenly this weekend, these characters started talking my head off. So, they’re finding their way onto paper now.

I hope Alice and her new beau don’t get jealous. I’ll get back to their story soon.

Enjoy your week, dear readers. Stay well and wash your hands.

Another Monday

Hello friends. It’s Monday. It happens every week, and every week we keep doing our best to keep going with our chins up.

This Monday is a work day. I’m doing a lot of administrative work for home in addition to Author work. You know, the kind of work you don’t want to do but that makes you feel accomplished once you do it. The dreaded phone calls and updating things. Blah.

But hey, even vampires have to have their affairs in order.

In addition to the boring stuff, I have had several more glimpses of the muse. She’s speaking to me and I’m speaking back, through Alice. I think you’ll like where book two takes our unwitting heroine, and her tagalongs. Where Alice goes, Leo and Jake are never far behind.

Also, I am preparing for a couple FREE BOOK days for Turning Point this weekend. Keep your eyes out for those. (Check it out here, now, if you’re feeling fancy.)

Stay safe out there, friends. Wash your hands.

Monday, Monday.

Hello friends. It is indeed Monday. Again. It’s been a while, how are you?

Time for, “It’s Monday, What am I Doing?”

This week, I am rereading The Vampire Lestat. I’m about a third of the way through. It’s slow going because I read at night, and I don’t know about all of you, but I’ve been so tired by the end of the day lately that I can’t read more than a few pages before my eyes just close. I’m enjoying getting reacquainted with The Wolfkiller. And in fact I had forgotten that Lestat was known as the Wolfkiller. There’s so much about The Vampire Chronicles that I have forgotten, which means it’s fun to read these stories again!

I am also working on Book 2. The muse is lingering, mostly just out of reach, but I can see her so I am hopeful she’ll return in full form and ready to inspire very soon.

That’s my Monday. What are you doin’?

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