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Not very creative, perhaps, but seasonally appropriate, and anyway it’s freezing in here. It may be mid-sixties autumn outside, warm light and drifting golden leaves, but I keep waking up expecting snow and red-brick towers and black lamp-posts.

Also I’ve finally begun reading A Game of Thrones and am enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I’m impressed with the HBS team’s ability to recommend things: I must say we chose better than we knew when we featured the re-jacketed Young Miles in Other Games, Other Thrones. (Better than we knew because none of us had actually read GoT. Nobody told me about Tyrion Lannister! And Arya Stark would be right at home in a Tamora Pierce novel.)

Speaking of books I’m enjoying a lot more than I thought I would, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (pub 1/28/14) is excellent! Beauty and the Beast meets Greco-Roman mythology meets Tam Lin with unexpected shades of Diana Wynne Jones! I was only disappointed that *spoiler* wasn’t an anagram for *spoiler* because that would have been awesome, though possibly too much. And then, hilariously, I saw [livejournal.com profile] idiosyncreant listed as a beta-reader in the acknowledgements. YAY!

Things have been crazy at work and I’ve been super grumpy and had to give myself the “these people interrupting your frantic shelving are the people who keep you in business, so SMILE AND BE NICE TO THEM” talk. In between going up to full time at the store and running all the social media, though, I’ve finally been making progress on my re-read of The Daisy Chain, so that’s immensely satisfying.

I went to a friend’s Thanksgiving dinner and brought molasses spice cookies from the Flour recipe book. They were universally praised—supremely gratifying! I hope you all had an excellent Thanksgiving and happy Hanukkah and are staying sane going into the Christmas season. I am myself, against all probability, warming to the holiday spirit. And I am endlessly thankful: for health, employment, a roof over my head and good food and books and music, for family and most of all for my friends. You are precious to me.

Date: 2013-12-05 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idiosyncreant.livejournal.com
Rose is my bestest writing friend (also [livejournal.com profile] rhinemouse once upon a time) and she wrote a novella/ette? set in the same world that is fantastic and will be out as a digital book thingie. So. I am now super curious what the anagram was!

Date: 2013-12-07 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timeripple.livejournal.com
Eeeeee, I really enjoyed the book so much! I was hoping Shade would turn out to be a narratively significant anagram for Hades, as well as being an underworldly reference, but really I suppose it would have been too much. I loved all the mythological references and trope-playing! And the whole world, really. And especially, especially, especially that fact that it was funny.

Date: 2013-12-07 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idiosyncreant.livejournal.com
THERE IS A REASON I LOVE HER WRITING

(we exchange shojo manga recommendations and manuscripts)

is it okay if I pass on that thought, because she would probably LOVE that idea?

Date: 2013-12-08 06:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timeripple.livejournal.com
Of course! I plan to review the book at some length over on my day-job blog as soon as we all recover from the holidays.

Date: 2013-12-08 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idiosyncreant.livejournal.com
I mean...I also would not be surprised if she realized it was an anagram, and then didn't bring it up because of being Too Much. XD I actually just tried to search my e-mails with her to see if she ever mentioned it, but that...did not go well. Haha. This Evolution mail client does not work very well for searching.

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