Wednesday Whine: Of Books, Blogs, Sisters & April

images (9)Can it truly be Wednesday again? I guess so – at least that is what my calendar says. As I sit here, Starbucks iced vanilla coffee in hand, I am wondering what happenings I might share with you from the past week. Well, let’s see…

Because I’m always interested in what books others are reading, perhaps I’ll tell you what I’ve been reading this week.

I just finished M. C. Dulac’s newest book, Midnight in Dublin.

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Ms. Dulac came to my attention when I started following her blog and began reading her deliciously spooky and atmospheric tales. When she mentioned she had a new book coming out and offered to let me read a copy, I jumped at the chance. I will be reviewing Midnight in Dublin in the next week or so; I hope you’ll look for my review. In the meantime, if you get a chance, please check out Ms. Dulac’s website (here) and enjoy the fine fiction that she’s posted.

I am currently reading – and have just about finished – Philip K. Dick’s DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheepCoverDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The wonderful sci-fi noir film (and one of my top ten favorite movies) Blade Runner was adapted from this terrific novel. I can honestly say that I’ve never read a story by Dick that I haven’t enjoyed. This novel is no exception. I like the sad, somber darkness of the tale. Who says sci-fi can’t move you? This one is very effective, and if you haven’t read any of Dick’s work, I highly recommend it.

Next on my agenda is a book I’ve been meaning to read for some time, Julia 91vTBDj3mmL._SL1500_Lund’s Strong as Death: A Love to Live For. Julia is a fellow blogger (you can find her blog here). As I understand it, Julia’s tale is a young adult romance with a dark twist to it. I look forward to sharing with you more about this book in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you’ll want to check out her blog which is full of good stuff.

Aside from reading, I’ve been enjoying the appearance of spring. Finally! It seemed to take forever to get here.

Spring

The photo above was taken Monday from an office window; since then, only two days later, the buds on many of the trees are in full bloom, the grass needs to be cut, and the world (or at least my world) is full of vivid, emerald green grass and bright yellow forsythia. The weeping cherry trees are cotton candy pink, the birds are singing and Kate Loveton is – once again – in the land of the living.

It is a beautiful thing!

Speaking of beautiful things, how many of you have a sister (or sisters)? I haveimages43IS01H9 one sister. When we were younger, we never really got on very well. We seemed very different in outlook and personality. It wasn’t until we were getting well into our thirties that we began to see each other for pleasure and not for the sake of ‘family.’ I think the death of my dad had a lot to do with that. When he became very ill and, especially, when he was facing the end of his days, my sister and I began to realize that life was precious – and so are relationships with those who share our past history. We began to make time for one another. We’d go to wine festivals together, take the occasional trip to New York, attend concerts – even attend the occasional Star Trek convention. (Go ahead and laugh – I dare ya!) We did fun things – not just the obligatory family gatherings.

We also began to accept one another and embrace each other’s differences. Now the road we travel together is a lot less rocky and a great deal more fun. It is, as I said, a beautiful thing.

We are annual ticket holders to Baltimore’s theater season. This past Sunday, we went to see Wicked at the Hippodrome Theatre. It was a phenomenal show, and we greatly enjoyed it.

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Wicked has a wonderful libretto, but I love the words from the song For Good particularly – the lyrics have always moved me – and I have to admit that both my sister and I had a tear in our eyes as we listened to the Wicked Witch and Glinda the Good sing together:

I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most, to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you…
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes the sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good.

I believe that as I grow to know my sister better – not just as my sister, but as a friend – that she has changed my life for good. I feel that way also about my closest of friends, those friends whose lives I’ve somehow stumbled into and wonder, “How did this come to be?”

Kismet?

Maybe. Whatever it is, it’s a beautiful thing.

On that note, I’ll end my Wednesday Whine, which really isn’t a whine at all. It’s spring and I’m happy. No need to whine when you have good books, lovely friends, a sister to share your life with – and the beauty of April to remind you that once again life is new and fresh and its beauty surrounds you.

It’s good to be a part of it.

About Kate Loveton

Aspiring novelist. Avid reader of fiction. Reviewer of books. By day, my undercover identity is that of meek, mild-mannered legal assistant, Kate Loveton, working in the confines of a stuffy corporate law office; by night, however, I'm a super hero: Kate Loveton, Aspiring Novelist and Spinner of Tales. My favorite words are 'Once upon a time... ' Won't you join me on my journey as I attempt to turn a hobby into something more?
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46 Responses to Wednesday Whine: Of Books, Blogs, Sisters & April

  1. W. K. Tucker says:

    Have you read the book, Wicked? Or Son of a Witch, which is about Elphaba’s son? ( may have spelled it wrong…has been years since I read them) very entertaining.

    • Kate Loveton says:

      I did read the book! Several years before I was able to see the show. Quite different from the show, much darker. I read two of his other fairy tales as well… one was based on Cinderella. I like how he approaches things from ‘the other side’ of the tale.

      • W. K. Tucker says:

        Have you read any books by Christopher Moore? If you haven’t, I suggest you give him a try. A Dirty Job and Practical Demonkeeping are two of my favorites. He is “out there”.

  2. Pity me. No spring here in San Francisco. Just the same boring climate 🙂

    • Kate Loveton says:

      You devil! Rubbing in your moderate climate. 😉 We were close to eighty degrees last Saturday; this weekend our overnight temperature was close to freezing. No moderation for us!

  3. macjam47 says:

    Spring is popping out all over here, too. I have two sisters. One 4 years younger and one 13 years younger. My youngest sister is absolutely the best. She is warm-hearted and outgoing, and supportive of everyone. We are very close. My other sister walks to the beat of a different drum. Though she is also a very good person, she doesn’t see the world as we know it. No matter what a person does to prove otherwise, she takes the negative point of view. In this beautiful world we live in, that is a terribly sad way to be.

    • Kate Loveton says:

      It’s hard for the people around her, too, if she always takes the negative view. Even good people can weigh on you when they are perpetually negative. It makes them a lot of work!

  4. markbialczak says:

    Life is good, Kate, when there’s no whine. I’m happy to hear of your good reads, your good play, and your great sister. Happy spring, my friend.

  5. sknicholls says:

    How delightful, the coming of spring and your relationship with your sister. I have five of them. Two aren’t speaking to anyone in the family or each other. Two are living in the same town but different as night and day and constantly talk about each other and my step-mother. It makes me uncomfortable. One is speaking to one of these two sisters, but not the other one. I’m just glad I live in Florida, far removed from the drama with a valid excuse for not being much involved.

  6. Happy spring, Kate. I love having sisters. I miss them so much. And women in my life that feel like sisters.

    • Kate Loveton says:

      Happy spring, friend Audrey! You’ve written of your sisters on your blog. You sound like a happy, rollicking group. I bet there’s lots of laughter when all of you get together!

  7. jan says:

    It’s cold and windy out here in Northern California – perhaps windy enough to blow us to Oz, who knows! ; ) Someone else I know is reading the Dick novel. I really do have to check it out. Continue enjoying your lovely spring weather!

    • Kate Loveton says:

      The weather has taken an abrupt, sudden turn back toward winter today, Jan. Temperatures over night (either tonight or tomorrow night) are supposed to be near freezing. Spring is like a flirtatious lady: you can never be sure whether she’ll stay or not. 🙂

      If you like science fiction, do check out Dick. Another of his novels was adapted into a movie starring Tom Cruise, “Minority Report.”

  8. Julia Lund says:

    I saw Wicked a few years ago with my husband and children – wonderful! I will look that song up on youtube.

    Our April is glorious at the moment – thank you for the reminder that the earth springing to life is a herald of hope. I needed that. And thank you for the mention – I feel encouraged.

    I’m off to contact my sister now …

  9. Spring has indeed sprung and what a lift it gives us to see the sun shining, the grass lush and green, and buds on trees.

    What a lovely post to celebrate the most energising and invigorating of seasons! ❤

  10. I have two sisters. One sister I fight with all the time and the other I’ve never once disagreed with. I love them both dearly but handle them very differently.
    I know spring is here because I’m nervous about baby goats!
    Happy spring!

    • Kate Loveton says:

      I’m guessing you play the diplomat with the one sister! 😀

      I’m a city girl; why are you nervous about baby goats? Are babies due?

      • I grew up just outside of NYC and went to school in the city, but moved up to the Saratoga region of NY to be with my husband. Always wanted farm animals and now I have them. Our goat Pixie is due NOW. She’s always late and usually hates her babies so I have to be around to make sure she doesn’t kill them. Last year I had to play doctor and “go inside” to get one of the stuck babies out! So I’m nervous. 🙂 Ignorance WAS bliss.

        • Kate Loveton says:

          I admire your courage in playing doctor! It reminds me of the scene in ‘City Slickers’ where Billy Crystal helped deliver a calf! 😀 Adrienne, you rock!

  11. noelleg44 says:

    Kate, you’re about a week behind us in the greenery category! I love, love Wicked – have seen it twice and could easily see it again. My husband calls it a chick musical, but I don’t care. It must have been incredible with Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth in the original. You also managed to pick a favorite movie – Blade Runner – along with my favorite coffee. Somehow I think we are moving on the same astral plane this week!

    • Kate Loveton says:

      I want to move to the south! 😀 Actually, I would love to live in the south. Enjoy the weather and pretty landscape, Noelle.

      I think your husband’s comment about “Wicked” being a chick movie is probably spot on, but it’s great fun!

      Another “Blade Runner” fan! Yes, we are definitely moving on the same astral plane this week.

  12. After a week of rain, I was outside yesterday enjoying the sunshine and taking photographs. Everything is so green. I feel as though I’m living in Ireland. 🙂
    I have one sister too, Kate…and she is the best!

    • Kate Loveton says:

      The color of the grass really is vivid, isn’t it? The bright yellow forsythia against the backdrop of emerald green is really something. What a colorful world we live in!

      I bet your sister says the same of you, Jill… 🙂

  13. Our grass continues to green up, but doesn’t need cutting yet, and we watch for bud on trees to burst. They are anxious but not ready. ❤ ❤

    No whine but wonderful book poke.

  14. Tidalwavelet says:

    Have you ever read PKD’s speech/essay “How to build a universe that that doesn’t fall apart two days later”?
    http://deoxy.org/pkd_how2build.htm
    It has some real insights into his thinking about the writing process and the fabric of the universe, even.

    • Kate Loveton says:

      Thank you so much for the link! I’ve printed off the speech / essay to read this evening. I shall read it with interest, and I’m grateful you took the time to share the link!

  15. gpeynon says:

    I’m also a fan of M.C. Dulac’s blog. I shall look forward to your book review.

    • Kate Loveton says:

      She writes some wonderfully moody stuff!

      By the way, congratulations on getting a story published in the magazine, “The New Accelerator.” Great news!

      ****

      Gareth Eynon’s story of a “lad pressed into service onboard a starship” is set in the same “swashbuckling universe” as the novel he is currently working on. The story is scheduled to appear in Issue #3 of “The New Accelerator.” For more details, check out Gareth’s blog: http://gpeynon.com/

  16. I’m in a very dark place at the moment, all I heard was ‘the grass needs cutting’.
    Hang on a sec.
    [swish]
    That’s better, I’ve opened the curtains.
    Oh look; the trees are in blossom, the sun is up and the birds are singing.
    La vie est encore belle !

    • Kate Loveton says:

      Your reply made me laugh! Oh, the horrors of weekly grass cutting! Get ready for it, Keith: it’s on its way!

      The silver lining is the pretty season – and the ability to walk outside without wearing layers of heavy and bulking clothing. Enjoy!

      • It’s here. Today will be the third cut of the season – two hours’ white-knuckle ride, wrestling my Snapper (as used by Forrest Gump) mower over 3500 sq m of undulating field, the profile of which changes constantly thanks to the efforts of moles and terriers!

  17. Definitely not a whine. I like the distinction between pleasure and ‘family’

  18. I’m watching the tree coming into blossom out of my window, spring is a very special time of year. I don’t have a sister, but I do have a brother and like you despite not being close when we were younger we are now.

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