Fear in Writing: Wishfully on this Wednesday

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wishfully on this Wednesday

Amidst sickness and mess, cold mornings and warm afternoons, exuberant pillow fights and weeping tantrums I find myself longing for other worlds. So I sit in one of two faded leather chairs in my master sitting area and stare out the window. The white blinds slash across the view, cutting the branches and the sunlight into shards. The teal drapes fall darkly from ceiling to floor. They guard half of each window from my sight. I'm missing half of something, I know it.

And that's the way I feel, like I'm missing something. It's just beyond my grasp, but where? Beyond the curtains? Beyond the window? Beyond the walls of another house? Or just beyond the pages of a book?

I wish for...
A book that can transport me to another time, but in a romantic way...

A book that can make me feel...

Something joyless...

Something classic, macabre and masterful...


  1. Books are wonderful. If you want to be transported away, I recommend Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander"; an epic tale set in 18th century Scotland.
    I envy your master seating area.


  2. You're not the first to mention that one this week...Might just make it onto my Friday Finds! Thank you, Elspeth.


  3. I know what you mean! Tough this week, is going to fast for my taste... to much to do, not enough time. I liked the book covers you posted, but if you want a journey to a different land and time, you must check out Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One hundred years of solitude". It's a thing of beauty.

    Oh, and I LOVED your comment on my post :) and you are right, it MUST be about the women. Surely this will find it's way into one of my future books. There is no place for it in current MS.

  4. I'd be curious to know more about your current MS. If you don't want to post on here, email me at micheleemrath@ymail.com. I was fascinated by that post and see so much potential in it! And for those of you wondering what we're talking about, here's the link: http://jmdiazfiction.blogspot.com/2009/10/veteran-bosoms-galore.html. You can, of course, scroll down for my comment on the post.

    On Garcia Marquez, I thank you for the recommendation. I don't know why I forget about him! I cherished 'Love in the Time of Cholera.'

    Thank you!


  5. GREAT selections here!

    Of course, you can't beat Poe. Not in October! I may have to pull my ratty-looking collection of his out from the bookshelf. Thanks!

    And...I hope your daughter is getting better. We know 2 kids with bronchitis right now...lovely. It's especially awful when they cough all night and can't sleep, isn't it?

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  6. Oh that Edgar Allan Poe certainly looks inviting. Have you read Ian McEwan's Atonement? That novel sure took me to another time and it's one of my favorites.

    I hope all is well now with you and your family :)

  7. I would love to have that edition of Poe's stories. My poor paperback copy is all battered and worn.

  8. Thank you for all your well wishes. We are all getting better all the time - and I don't mean that philisophically! Seriously, my daughter is doing much better.

    As for Poe, I have a story in one anthology, a paperback of a couple somewhere else, maybe a poem in an old college textbook...But what I REALLY want is this big leatherbound book that screams, "This writer is worth the muscle mass used to lift this volume!"

    As for Atonement, please don't shoot me (and I DO know the offense of what I'm about to say), but I loved the movie so I can't bring myself to dive into the book. If I'd known how beautiful it was I would have read the book first, and not seen the movie at all.