Doris Lee (1905-1983)
oil on canvas.
Delight and Divination:
In spite of miles of shelving and many bookcases, in my house books tend to collect together in shifting, polyamorous piles -- on the stairs, beside the recliner, on the bed, the dining room table...
While waiting impatiently yesterday for the kettle to boil for another desperately needed infusion of caffine, I flipped open the top book from the kitchen pile to a page at random.
All day I had fiddled and fumed over a passage in my MS in a futile attempt to clarify my protagonist's peculiar visual acuity regarding specters and spirits.
And there it was. Da-shealladh.
Not the fore-telling second sight of future events as most translations of the Gaelic apply the phrase, but, literally, two-sighted, the double vision of one who perceives the real world and the paranormal world at the same time.
Different and Diverse:
Lynn Viehl's post (Wednesday, January 2oth) at Paperback Writer discussed the condition known as Blog Block and suggests cures for it.
I have earned a lot about writing and publishing just tooling through Lynn's witty and informative archives.
Danger and Disturbance:
It just got harder to find an agent.
In a couple of posts this week agent Rachelle Gardner discusses potential changes in agenting agreements as a result of the lower advances offered by publishers and the inevitable impact on agent's commissions and agent's aquisition of new clients.
There's Diverting and Then There's Diverticulosis:
Discovered Gordon Jerome's blog. It's...interesting.
He avers, among other things, that polite bloggers are butt-kissers and agent bloggers are assholes.