i'm not afraid of a little chemical reset

My circadian rhythms responded to Tuesday's punishment by waking me up at 5:29 both yesterday and this morning. Oh, circadian rhythms, this means war, and you're going down. (At least no one has greeted me this morning at work with a horrified expression and the diffident, "Are you OK? Do you need to go home?" which I normally earn after a day or so of interrupted sleep patterns.)

Today I am going to do something I don't often do: link to a review.1 Mainly because that bit down the bottom, all in capitals, is the entire content of the email Karen sent me directly on finishing the book and, well, it's my favourite summary of Shadow Queen ever. And now you can all enjoy it too šŸ™‚

Speaking of Karen, she also has smart things to say about the author's position in the whitewashing fracas, as does Justine.

And Caitlin Kittredge has smart things to say about the "write every day" mantra, and how that works for her. And how you can make it work for you.

  1. That was it. Quick, wasn't it? Didja catch it? []

4 thoughts on “i'm not afraid of a little chemical reset

  1. "Stockholm Syndrome" is a brilliant analogy, and one that I would definitely have come up with, had I been clever enough.

  2. heh – less analogy and more exactly what's happening šŸ˜‰

    i've had varied reactions to that issue, actually. a lot of people miss it (because romance in fantasy genre can often be a little stockholm syndromy), some people noticed it and have accused me of being a closet romantic because of it, while still others have thought it was a flaw, and there's no way Dieter can redeem himself and the relationship given the history.

    it's been interesting to watch!

  3. yup, I recognised "analogy" wasn't the correct word this morning. Never type when your brain is fried and you should be in bed šŸ™‚

    You hit on one of the things I liked most about Shadow-Queen, that Matilde doesn't act like a Hollywood Hero, but frequently muddies herself with the activities of Dieter and often invokes the occasional cry of "why the hell are you doing that" from the reader. That makes her realistic, and makes me very keen to see what happens in the next instalment.

  4. It's what I like about her too šŸ™‚ But it can also be frustrating to witness, and I suspect it's one of those love-or-hate-with-no-middle-ground things. (I can live with that!)

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