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Grandpa's Hologram

The world is a fascinating place. I'm watching old episodes of The Crocodile Hunter and watching Steve Irwin swim with - and hand-feed - freaking BULL SHARKS, the most dnagerous sharks in the world, and to think he was killed by something as normally relatively harmless as a stingray... freaky, this old world, innit? (The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet are simulcasting Crickey, What An Adventure! - a tribute to Irwin and his work, later tonight.)

Sometimes I read something and I'm motivated to either kill myself or seek out the author and bow down before him/her... and I'm not sure which it is. When I read popcorn mysteries that I like, or romances, or a lot of your standard, run-of-the-mill genre fiction, I feel secure in myself as a writer and I think, "I can do that... or a whole hell of a lot better." But then I read a book where the writing is SO GOOD I want to bite my own wrists. Mr. Norrell and Jonathan Strange was one of those; I'm finding The Prestige to be another. They re-wrote the story significantly for the movie, so if you've only seen the film, DO read the book. It's fascinating and gripping and written from so many angles it's breathtaking. I wish I could be so amazing, so innovative, so unusual and new and brilliant and all that stuff. Aiee, my work is derivative and boring and of course no one wants to read it... (SLAP!) Okay, anyway, it's a really good book (and I'm not even done with it yet).

New package going out to an agent this week. (crossed fingers)

I'm heading off to Vegas with Mom on Tuesday, and will be gone until Friday; will likely bring along the laptop if only to use the new rolling laptop case Mom bought us for Christmas. I will have to check some baggage, of course, though, because, duh, toothpaste and lotion and such.

Well, back to work. Making some progress on third novel. Just keep writing!

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cornerofmadness
Jan. 22nd, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
good luck wiht the agent. And oo Vegas
wildrider
Jan. 22nd, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
I loves Vegas! My first trip with Mom was when the bulk of the book solidified - much of the action takes place there.
cornerofmadness
Jan. 22nd, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
I was going to go for Spring Break but for some reason it was MUCH more expensive that week than the week before and the girl who's party this was had to go the week before. I can't blame them but i'm so disappointed. I might still go with mom for my 40th this year
wildrider
Jan. 22nd, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
Fortunately, Mom's a bit of a mid-roller (not nearly high enough to be a high roller, but we get by), and gets a lot of comps. We've stayed at the Bellagio, the Mirage, and Treasure Island, as well as the Golden Nugget; this time we're going to be at New York New York since MGM/Mirage bought out that block. So we pay for most things, but since we get the rooms free, it's always a fun stay.

cornerofmadness
Jan. 22nd, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
my aunt was a high roller and mom used to stay with her. Sadly she passed away about three years ago.

I've never been out to Vegas and I'd love to even if i had to pay
wildrider
Jan. 22nd, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Sorry about your aunt!

I do love Vegas. It's all fake and glitz and money and it's just darned fun. It's about the only place I don't mind crowds, for some reason...
cornerofmadness
Jan. 22nd, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
thanks. Actually my Great Aunt lived there for years but i never had enough money at the time to visit and now she's back in PA. sigh.
sillymagpie
Jan. 22nd, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
Good luck with the agent. (crossing fingers)

Good to hear that The Prestige is a better book than movie. The Coworker with Good Book Taste recommended it as well. (She also recommended The Time Traveller's Wife, which is a good book.)

Have fun in Vegas!
wildrider
Jan. 22nd, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
So far it's a fascinating book, one of those I hate to have to set aside and can't wait to get back to.

I did LIKE the movie, but mostly it was because of, you know, pretty men. *g*
nutmeg3
Jan. 22nd, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
The Prestige was already on my wish list, but I think it may have to move up a few notches based on this. And good luck with the agent. ::crosses fingers::
wildrider
Jan. 22nd, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
I bumped it ahead of a few books, myself, just 'cause I picked it up and started the first few segments.

Thanks!
ljs
Jan. 22nd, 2007 11:49 am (UTC)
Good luck with the agent, and with Vegas. :-)
wildrider
Jan. 22nd, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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