Free Excerpt from The Glass Town Game

Sep. 25th, 2017 09:03 am
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If you’re in or around Seattle tomorrow, Cat would love to say hello! She’s doing a reading of The Glass Town Game on 9/26 at Secret Garden Books: the event begins at 7 PM, and the store closes at 8 PM. Bring your books, bring your kids, and bring your smiles!

Haven’t gotten The Glass Town Game yet? You’re missing out on the Brontës and their secret world! To tempt you, here’s an exclusive excerpt from the book over at YA Interrogbang. Enjoy!

Mirrored from cmv.com. Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.

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 Tonight, after lifting weights and climbing the wall on campus, Matt and I went to Utica to see the American premier of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Love Never Dies. It's a sequel to Phantom of the Opera

https://www.loveneverdies.com/ustour/

Yep, it opened in Utica. Of all places.

There were distinctive highs and lows.

Highs:
  • Fantastic spectacular. Creepy turn-of-the-century carnival vibe -- I love it!  Light and music and dancing!
  • And the carnival theme music was perfect... very evocative of the music played by turn-of-the-century carousels (like the ones in Binghamton). But with lovely strings.
  • The singers were amazing. Christine and the Phantom, of course, had great voices. Everyone cheered.
  • Suprise amazing soloist: the little son. Holy cow that kid could hit some gorgeous high notes. Love it. (Jump to 1:21 in the video embedded below. Amazing!)
  • Rotating stage! Characters dancing inside transparent pillars! The production was intense and amazing.
  • The Phantom suddenly popping in from everywhere and no-where any time he likes -- so characteristic! Love it. 

Lows:
  • The... plot? What happened to the plot? Especially at the end there. Who are these people and what is motivating them again?
  • Matt described the show as fanfiction. 
  • I had to basically pretend that this musical exists in a different canon than the story about a horrible man who randomly kills people by dropping a chandelier on them. (Maybe in the musical it's not clear that anyone dies? I don't see how a opera house chandelier could fall on an audience without dreadful consequences. There is a horror movie version of Phantom that really gets pretty gruesome for this scene.) Unlike Phantom of the Opera, The Phantom is not murderous in Love Never Dies and no one talks about him being a known murderer. Listen, just because a man is a brilliant avant-garde composer, beautiful singer, and has a knack for architecture, that does not excuse random slaughter. Gosh, the novel is even better, where the Phantom has a torture chamber built of mirrors and a heat lamp -- and a noose. And what about the time when the Phantom almost blows up the entire opera house! Can we talk about how he is a mass murderer? Erik is not a nice guy, unless you put some serious scare quotes on there.  "This haunted face holds no horror for me now / It's in your soul that the true distortion lies." But again, this was fanfiction, and apparently the Phantom is not so bad anymore.
  • The title song was beautifully delivered, but it was kind of blah. It's supposed to be a composition by the Phantom, who was awfully avant garde, last I recall. The melody of "Love Never Dies" was hardly comparable to the so-crazy-it-works Don Juan from the original Phantom. (Don Juan -- "Poor young maiden, for the thrill on your tongue of stolen sweets, You will have to pay the price... tangled in the winding sheets!" Please don't tell me I'm the only one who can sing all this from memory.)
Overall-- I liked it! But it can never replace the original Phantom of the Opera in my heart. Great show, with some reservations about the plot.



[personal profile] archangelbeth on cats

Sep. 23rd, 2017 01:19 am
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Cats can reproduce by budding. Make sure to dispose of all brushed fur properly.

Context needs to comb her cat more often.
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[personal profile] sasha_honeypalm's musical tribute to Barbara G. Walker's (professionally published!) novel
Amazon:


Don't know much about history
Don't know much about theology
Don't know much 'bout how to write a book
Don't know how to cite the quotes I took
But I know all that I say must be true
And I know if you believed it, too
What a wonderful world this would be

Don't know much about geography
Don't know much sociology
Don't know how to understand folklore
Don't know what a reference book is for
But I do know that one god is bad
And if we'd kept the goddess we once had
What a wonderful world this would be

Now, I don't claim to be a goddess
But I'm tryin' to be
For maybe if I'm a goddess, people
You'll all worship me.

Don't know much about history
Don't know much about technology
Don't know much...


[personal profile] rosepsyche's paean to the Power of Story is also quoteworthy:

I have to call "bull" on Antiope's reasoning that art and music are inferior because they are "not alive" for another reason. No, such creations aren't living, breathing things. However (and I apologize if this gets a bit corny), the best of them can seem as if they are alive, get us invested in their characters, have us cheering about their triumphs and crying over their tragedies. They are just as valuable in their own way for their ability to entertain, to inspire, to teach, to help us grow and develop by seeing the world from a new point of view, and I don't think anyone involved in creating them would appreciate being told that their work can never compare to something that was squeezed out of a vagina.


Context sporks the world's worst Wonder Woman fanfic.

2016-2017

Sep. 12th, 2017 09:33 am
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From September 4, 2016 to September 4, 2017 I...
...bought a mill
...made a railbike
...started making deep dives into philosophy (consciousness and math/science)
...did a kinetic sculpture installation, landed a large public art contract, started to get responses to RFQ submissions
...found out I might not need cardiac surgery within the next decade after all
...saw a total solar eclipse
...started the adjustment to living in a post-democratic world

I dunno. It's been a year. Not a good one for getting a lot done, or for feeling hopeful about the future. Not a good one for dealing with an anxiety disorder, either. I feel like I'm coasting. I'm more scared than excited to see what my 40s are going to be like, and not from standard fear of mortality reasons. Though those are certainly there too.

Writing these annual review posts is usually a lot more fun.

[personal profile] pink_halen on eggs and cages

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:01 am
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It seems that Starbucks is offering sandwiches with Cage Free Egg Whites. Personally, I never keep my egg whites in cages. Usually keeping them in their shells works just fine.

Context is free-range.

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