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Looking forward to reading this next!


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I was just about to go to bed the other night when I noticed a spider spying on me from the place where the wall meets the ceiling.

I am a big spider-releaser, except when I find them in my bedroom at bedtime. Then I am a spider-killer, because they should not have invaded my sanctuary. But I was feeling non-murderous, and besides, this guy was still in the bathroom. He had not crossed the boundary into my insect-intolerant zone.

I grabbed my son’s drinking cup and a clothes hanger, and I knocked him to the floor (the spider, not my son, hee!), then I trapped him under the cup, prior to relocation.

To my horror, I saw that my attempt at saving his life had resulted in a loss of limb! He was now a septopod instead of an octopod. Ack! His poor amputated leg lay pinned under the rim of the cup.

I actually cried out, “Oh no!” I carefully slid an envelope between the floor and the cup, so I could transport him downstairs and outside, but he was scrabbling around madly, and I think I probably injured him some more. When I lifted the cup with its paper cap, a sliver of space opened up and he fell out, fleeing on his remaining legs.

I put the cup over him again, and … well, there were no more tiny body parts as testament to my Brobdingnagian bumbling, but I have a feeling he was wondering how much longer I planned to torture him.

At this point I considered the squashing option.

But we had come so far, and suffered so much together, that I became fired with the determination to SAVE HIM.

And I did.

But I wonder if he got out into the wilds of my front yard and longed for death.


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I’m working on two books at the same time. (Not the SAME same time, you know what I mean. Alternately.)

I’ve never done it before, and in fact, always believed that would be impossible for me. But I have two main characters demanding my attention, so what else could I do? I remembered castellucci’s writing-advice-in-five-words-or-less: “Don’t be precious.” And since I have an abhorrence of preciousness, I have knuckled down to the task.

I thought it would be really difficult to distinguish between the two voices. But it’s not. They are completely distinct. And in fact, when I get stuck on one manuscript, I switch to the other one. One is a rewrite of an old manuscript, so maybe that’s easier than working on two brand new ideas from scratch.


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I haven’t been able to watch all the Olympics, but it was a joy to see Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Frazer run.

And what a tragedy about BOTH the U.S. men’s and women’s 4 x 100 relay teams bobbling the baton!! Wouldn’t you just kick yourself forever?


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I have a MySpace page now and I’m slowly trying to figure it out. There are so veryvery many networking sites I feel quite faint.

Friend a sistah? http://www.myspace.com/lkmadigan.

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robinellen
Aug. 22nd, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I bet you'll like COMPOUND -- very enjoyable read :)

Have a great (spider-free) weekend, Lisa :)
lkmadigan
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Robin. Your review bumped it to the top of the list.
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lkmadigan
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
I feel friended.

Thank you!
tracyworld
Aug. 22nd, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
I catch and release spiders, too. And I feel the same horror when I injure one. I hope he's out there hobbling around as best he can.
lkmadigan
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
If only I could've implanted him with a teeny tiny tracking chip.

:-)
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lkmadigan
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
As I said in my email, I'm happy I had the ladder when you needed it.

"The student is the teacher."

:-)
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lkmadigan
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
I had a co-worker's teen daughter set it up, because I so didn't want to deal with it. She's so cute! She listed my age as 32.

LOL.

Uh, 32 was awhile ago.


lorrainemt
Aug. 23rd, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
I'm a spider saver too, and I sadly had to kill one recently when the plastic container chopped off most of its legs. But at least you tried your best.

And yay for you working on two stories at the same time. Go, Lisa, go!
lkmadigan
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lorraine!

Today I don't feel like working on either one of them.

:-0
sarahcross
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
His poor amputated leg lay pinned under the rim of the cup.

*gasp* I bet that spider is blogging about his lost righty RIGHT NOW. You & that spider now have a connection.

And I just requested your friendship on MySpace~ :D
lkmadigan
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
If only the seven-legged dude could text me that he's okay.

*is friended*
aprilhenry
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Hey, I think my review of The Compound will run on Sunday.
lkmadigan
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Cool!

We don't get the paper anymore, but I'll look for it online.


aprilhenry
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
Oh no! You're one of the reasons I don't get as many reviews assigned - and that they keep having buyout offers at the paper. Pretty soon there won't be anyone left. It's like a whole career path - and a good one for writers - that has vanished.
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