Well, we had our first official 100 degree day on Friday, so here we go into the tough part of the year. I cross my fingers and hope I can stay productive.
Finished Love & Mr. Lewisham this week and read the novella Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw. Hammers on Bone is the first in a loose series, the second of which was the first book I read this year. (That makes total sense…) I should have something to say about both later on in the week.
My Deal Me In story this week was “View from the Terrace” by Mike Marmer. I picked (at random, I swear!) 6♠; last week was 5♠. When writing mysteries, an author often has to skirt the line when it comes to being honest with the reader. This is especially the case when the mystery is being related from the point of view of a character who knows the truth. I think the key, really, is gently manipulating the reader into believing one thing by playing into their expectations. Basically, letting the reader pull the wool over their own eyes.
In “View from the Terrace,” Mr. Farnham takes a dive off the terrace of his 12th floor vacation condo. His newly minted widow is surprised when the police immediately refer to it as an accident. Had no one below saw what actually happened? And will the story she tells jive with the story her two children will tell? It’s a twisty little tale and I’m totally fine with being a little manipulated by it.
I plan on finishing up the book of Baroness Orczy’s Lady Molly stories that I’ve been picking at and, yes, try to finish #SpringIntoHorror on a high note with The Hellbound Heart.
One of my favorite podcast lately is David Tennant Does a Podcast With… . The guests are great and sometimes unexpected. Tennant is a good interviewer asking questions that lead to more of a relaxed conversation than rapid-fire gathering of information. Also, I can’t help but think how much my friend Tania would have loved this podcast.
“Classes”: I finished reading and working through Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. I had been doing morning pages for nearly a year before I decided to purchase and read the book. Morning pages are three pages of long-hand free-writing and they are a core practice of Cameron’s system. Since I’m a very evidence-based person, following some of the faith-bound notions of the book wasn’t ever going to work for me, but it did reinforce some things I know about myself: it’s good to spend some time alone outside of the apartment and it’s good for me to noodle with other art.
This week, I’m going to start using the time I had been giving to The Artist’s Way finish the watercolor class I started, like, a year ago.
Writing: Was I not working because I was depressed or was I depressed because I wasn’t working? I don’t know. That’s a whole chicken/egg thing, though I had been thinking about switching projects a couple of weeks ago and just couldn’t quite. But this week, I’ve surfaced from my funk and decided to spiff-up and release David P. Abbott in the Open Court. This is a nonfiction book of articles I collected together: the articles that magician David Abbott wrote for the magazine The Open Court. I thought I only had the cover left to do, but instead I spent last week giving it new ebook formatting. This week, I’ll work on the cover and hope to release it by Friday or Saturday or something.