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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.

Comments

lkmadigan
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
If only I could've implanted him with a teeny tiny tracking chip.

:-)