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Mungojerrie and Rumpleteaze


It's hot. But that's okay. It is August. Can't believe, actually, that it's August, but there you go. Out here kids go back to school the second week of August and summer vacation has suffered because of it. What happened to returning after Labor Day? 

Reading rather than writing. I picked up a Carol Goodman at Goodwill - Arcadia Falls. It put me in the mood to read modern fairy tale retellings. I wanted it to be amazing. Such an imagination. But it's silly, of course. Not even enough meat there for it to be a guilty pleasure. I like books of this low caliber because....they act like rich fodder for the Muse. All those "couldabeens" that abound on every single page. Reminded me of Tam Lin, but then all art college novels tend to. 

Another silly find, Cloven Hooves by Megan Lindholm or Robin Hobb. Not silly the way Goodman is so silly, but yeah, um. I will admit to being very impressed at how BRAVE Lindholm is with this. Satyr sex. For reals. And more, but I won't spoil it as there could be some flisters who enjoy this sort of outing and are willing to track down this rare and out of print paperback from '91. 

Re-read the choicest bits from Sunshine because I scored a trade paperback at Goodwill. Thrifting for books! 

Back to the tottering to-be-read small press books and I'm really enjoying The Book of Speculation but the few spoilery things I've read have said don't be disappointed when it amounts to not much. Exactly like the abysmal The Night Circus

Writing is hard.


Alrighty, Ray, if you're gonna objectify woman, rightbackatcha, cuz I have a wicked weakness for a gap and nasty facial hair. YUM!


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murielle
Aug. 3rd, 2019 12:24 am (UTC)
It *is* hot. I have a few more chores to do, but I think they'll wait till Sunday because it's hot.

Your reads sound fascinating. Back in the day, when I was in college and reading was a constant activity, I would read utter trash during breaks and holidays because my eyes needed words but my brain did not.

Even here, kids go back to school earlier. Not quite the second week in August, but maybe the third. Sad.
bleodswean
Aug. 3rd, 2019 03:23 pm (UTC)
Sometimes pap needs to be consumed to allow the truly good stuff to rise to the top. I try not to read too much bad writing but when its a subject matter I enjoy...it's hard to avoid it entirely.

Yeah, I guess the school schedule of olde is a thing of the past, M.

Hope you get to church and get some chores done!
murielle
Aug. 3rd, 2019 06:03 pm (UTC)
Got some chores done, spread out over several hours. Went to sleep around eleven, woke at five-thirty. Fell asleep right after breakfast. Need to rest today.

I wish I was a better writer. I shared three of my smaller Idol offerings with a friend on Wednesday, haven't heard a word. Of course, now I think it's because they're terrible and she doesn't know what to say. I write pap!

Time to eat!

Have a great day, E!

*Hugs*
ashbet
Aug. 3rd, 2019 01:15 am (UTC)
Ooohh, "Cloven Hooves" sounds very much up my alley -- damn, too bad it's out of print and not available as an e-book! Is it $16 worth of fun, for a used copy?

It feels like the right time of year for re-reading Elizabeth Hand's "Waking the Moon" -- buzzing cicadas, drowsy heat, and you get all the trees up on your mountain, whereas I'm in Darkest Suburbia here in Texas. At least my neighborhood is old enough to have mature trees, even though I miss the amount of green to be found in a less-dry climate.

But it's a perfect mythic summer read to really drown in :)

<3
ashbet
Aug. 3rd, 2019 01:16 am (UTC)
Oh! And Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine," and "Something Wicked This Way Comes"!!

:D
bleodswean
Aug. 4th, 2019 03:38 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's worth $16, A. Let's find out how much it would be to mail it back and forth. I should also share a pic of my satyr fic collection, see if there's anything else you haven't read!

I know you love Hand. I struggle with her...ability to finish a story. I do love Mortal Love but that ending!
tsuki_no_bara
Aug. 3rd, 2019 07:18 am (UTC)
the middle of august seems ridiculously early to go back to school.

i read tam lin in college - so, like, a million years ago :D - and i loved it desperately, but now i wonder if i'd like it as much if i read it again. i mean, do i have the patience for pretentious artsy college students? i like the cover on my edition better than the cover you linked to, anyway.

i read sunshine slightly less than a million years ago, and the thing i'll always remember is that the narrator mentioned were-chickens but no were-chickens ever showed up in the story. hmph. i wanted a were-chicken.

it's definitely read-silly-shit weather, that's for sure. too hot to think too hard.
bleodswean
Aug. 3rd, 2019 03:44 pm (UTC)
I liked Tam Lin, too, but yeah, I read it so long ago, who knows now what I would think? I remember the overall feeling of it more than anything else.

Were-chickens!
engarian
Aug. 3rd, 2019 10:24 am (UTC)
I've read and actually liked "The Night Circus".

If you're looking for out-of-the way small publishers, my short story "Dragon Seeks a Wife" was published in Untold Press's book "Dragonology" several years ago. The rights to the story have reverted to me, and I know it wasn't a barn-burner book, but it was fun to write the tale and my efforts seemed well received by the reviewers and those who read the book.

- Erulisse (one L)
bleodswean
Aug. 3rd, 2019 03:26 pm (UTC)
I know alot of folks did enjoy The Night Circus.

How do I find this story??? I didn't realize you are a writer!
engarian
Aug. 5th, 2019 09:16 am (UTC)
Small press, small run, and quite a few years ago for this tale. I did a quick check, but it's no longer available. It was fun to write, fun to get published, and I even got a few royalties off it, but I knew better than to expect a lot from a tiny publisher like that. They're still publishing, though, so that's good for them.

I would have loved to find you a link to the book, but it seems to have died away. Oh well, I tried.

- Erulisse (one L)
ryl
Aug. 3rd, 2019 12:11 pm (UTC)
Sunshine is a dangerous book for me because it makes me crave cinnamon rolls.

When I was in school they changed the schedule so we went back at the beginning of August and got out at the end of May. This was, of course, after the state finally got around to putting AC in all of the school buildings. My elementary school didn't have AC so we got to go home early whenever the temperature got up above 93°. I got to go home to an un-airconditioned house, but at least we had box and oscillating fans.
bleodswean
Aug. 3rd, 2019 03:25 pm (UTC)
I so wish Sunshine was more or different. It's so so so good but it's not a novel, the world-building should be excised. The strungout sexual tension really works and sets this story apart. I think it's her best work.

The AC problem is a problem here, as well. It costs money, doesn't work super well, and kids can't play outside. Bizarre choice.
swirlsofblue
Aug. 4th, 2019 07:02 am (UTC)
That seems so strange, our summer hols for kids here have just started and they always go back some time in September.

I agree, writing is hard.
bleodswean
Aug. 4th, 2019 03:39 pm (UTC)
School holidays seem really random, don't they?

Writing IS hard and finishing seems to be even harder.

Are you writing, J? Will you do Idol again when it returns for a full season?
swirlsofblue
Aug. 4th, 2019 04:26 pm (UTC)


Yeah, though I just posted something and it's got the worst kudos number I've gotten since 2016 on AO3. And I posted it on tumblr and it got fewer notes (like a quarter of) than a random bullet-point post I threw together, it's all very disheartening.
bleodswean
Aug. 5th, 2019 10:54 pm (UTC)
Damn. A03 seems to be fading, to me, J. It's all about Japanese boy bands, Kpop and anime. I'm consistently shocked when I try to find a fic in a new fandom only to find nothing at all.

I'm sorry that your fic is getting low numbers. It IS disheartening. What fandom?

Do you think you'll do Idol? At least there IS commentary there!
swirlsofblue
Aug. 6th, 2019 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's Brooklyn nine-nine fandom.

I think I will do Idol, though I don't know how seriously I'll take it.
morbane
Aug. 5th, 2019 11:24 pm (UTC)
"I like books of this low caliber because....they act like rich fodder for the Muse. All those "couldabeens" that abound on every single page." - Yes! Another reason I love beta reading, too - sometimes I wander away with my own story idea, similar but different, based on seeing what someone else has done with a prompt and thinking about how I'd have tackled it differently.

I think I'm due for another Sunshine read too.
bleodswean
Aug. 5th, 2019 11:46 pm (UTC)
*glomps* How are you???

Yes, my most productive and meaty fandom writing has been done through being inspired from fic that just was not delivering in a satisfying way. It feels weird to have that experience be so inspiring, but it is. This isn't the same inspiration as the fannish desire to continue a story, or hook up some charas, or rewrite an arc or ending...as you're saying, it's a direct response to someone else's writing....

Sunshine!
morbane
Aug. 7th, 2019 09:54 am (UTC)
Yes - I imagine it like two bodies pushing away from each other in space. Because of one going off in one direction the other goes off in the opposite, despite starting from the same place.

I'm well! Cold clear days. Book fair next weekend - I've just been out distributing flyers.
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