A New Year

I just wanted to post something here to clear the clock for 2007. I threw the I Ching on New Year’s Eve and got a very positive reading, best I’ve ever had. I will therefore assume that this is going to be a very good year. Why not? Self-fullfilling prophecies can be good, can’t they? Visualization is powerful, isn’t it?
I am reading The Golden Bough, and continuing the Gothic theme begun with Octavian Nothing and continued in The Thirteenth Tale, I am now re-reading My Cousin Rachel. I have to try to find Frenchman’s Creek. It’s the only DDM I haven’t read. And curiously, the My Cousin Rachel MC Philip’s older cousin who raised him is named Ambrose, a name from The Thirteenth Tale, which has so many Gothic novel quotes and references it really gets in the way.
I am plugging away at my two novels-in-progress and the romantic comedy collaboration with great enjoyment. I don’t think at any point in my life I have enjoyed the entire writing process as much as I do now. My goal for the year is to get a traditional publishing contract, which I suspect will mean first getting an agent. But I feel pretty good about my actual work and that’s really all that’s within my control.

2 thoughts on “A New Year

  1. How did you like Thirteenth Tale? I liked all those gothic references since it was so clearly a homage, but I can see where they could be distracting.

    I adore DDM and only read My Cousin Rachel this past year, because it’s so hard to get a hold of. Now I’m also down to just Frenchman’s Creek. House on the Strand is my second favorite behind Rebecca which may be a cliche but it’s just so. freaking. brilliant.


  2. I liked Thirteenth Tale, but it was distracting to go, oh this is Jane Eyre, oh, this is Rebecca, oh, that’s Wilkie Collins … and I thought it was … something … just a bit lame.

    I haven’t read House on the Strand since high school. I can’t remember it at all. I’ll have to see if I can find it.

    I have a fat “Mists of Cornwall” with Rebecca, Rachel and Jamaica. How’s that for a nice book?


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