”We are all of us in the gutter. But some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde
Novella for Avon is off and away. Must rest fingers for a good twenty-four hours. And eat. Eating is good. And doing dishes. Cleaning. Laundry. Brushing hair. Bathing.
I saw this on PBW’s blog, and it reminded me that I should say something. Peter Watts is a fantastic writer. I bought his most recent book, Blindsight, because it sounded fascinating. And it is. Better yet, it’s beautifully written. Even better, the plot is really good. So imagine my surprise—and delight—when I learned that he was offering the book FREE on his website, in its entirety! Go here to read Blindsight. And if you like it, please buy the novel, or at least spread the word.
I saw an interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov the other night, which inspired me to look for yet more interviews. I found a transcript from a 2002 Larry King show, and a people profile from Cigar Aficionado, which isn’t quite as much as I wanted, though I don’t know why it matters—except for the fact that I love dancers. I love the ballet. When I lived in Madison, I had the great fortune of seeing the Royal Winnipeg Ballet perform Dracula, which was, indeed, magic on stage. The first musical I ever saw was The Phantom of the Opera, and that was a revelation. I had no idea men and women could sing and dance like that. No clue. And here’s something—my favorite television show when I was little was called Today’s Special, about a mannequin who comes alive at night when the store is closed. The lead character was played by Jeff Hyslop—who, years later, unbeknownst to me, performed as the Phantom in that very first musical I ever saw. It was so good. I still get shivers thinking about it.
Dorchester has posted some holiday gift ideas from its authors. Mine is there, though it’s not much of an idea. More like all the different ways to have fun and make a mess.
Congratulations to Opal!