Saturday, March 31, 2012

Out of the blue, you might say

Here's another of those "I had intended to blog about something else until I found this" posts.

Before I (re)discovered the picture at left, I was just going to say a quick thank-you to everyone who comments on my blog and emails me about my writing. I've been online long enough to see the nastiness, intentional misinterpretation, and just general stupidity you find even on the "civilized" sites. It makes me grateful that the people who follow my work genuinely are civil. Aside from a couple of minor flame wars on the forums, I've never been the target of rudeness in the EMC community....Well, okay, there was that one stranger who thought I couldn't resist the offer of a threesome with him and his wife. Needless to say, I could.... But aside from him, you've all been so wonderfully - hah - decent that I have to thank you for it. You're the reason I keep writing this stuff.

But on to today's unexpected delight. Just now I was flipping through my copy of The Last Hero, a Discworld novel written by Terry Pratchett and illustrated by Paul Kidby. I love Kidby's art, period; but when I turned the page to the beauty above, I realized I had to share her picture with you.

Pratchett and Kidby would say this is Sessifet, the goddess of the afternoon. But just for a moment, you might imagine her as a young maiden who was abducted by an Egyptian goddess and transformed into a statue of living lapis....which, incidentally, isn't too far from the theme of my next story. But I've barely started writing it yet, so no need to say more just now!

No, wait, I will say one more thing about it. ;-P The last Discworld novel I selected for rereading, totally at random, turned out to be the perfect one to get my creative juices flowing. Pratchett's subject dovetailed so fully with my own that he might even end up influencing me a little (although I'm not aiming for comedy at all this time and I had the outline in place before I started reading). At the least, he's made me more eager to write.

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