May 12th, 2008


Stevenson, THE BRASS BED

Jennifer Stevenson, The Brass Bed: Oh, this was fun as well as funny and involving. The paranormal plot involves a Regency lord whose magician mistress punished him for being a crappy lover by turning him into a sex demon and imprisoning him within a brass bed until he'd satisfied one hundred women. His name is Randall; his nickname is of course Randy. [I adored the little meta-digs at Regency romances as his character is revealed.] By our time, the bed has fallen into the possession of Clay, who's a second-generation con man, and believes his persuasive powers make women see sleeping in the bed as sex therapy. Cue Jewel, who works for the city of Chicago, and is trying to bust Clay for fraud. Oh, and there are a lot of magical things happening, seemingly at random, in Chicago, which official policy says aren't really happening, but which Jewel keeps getting stuck with. As part of her investigation, she tries sleeping in the brass bed. And we're off! The next two in this series are due out this summer, following the adventures of the same characters.

Jewel is great fun: sarcastic, a softy, and with giant intimacy issues. Her friend Nina is a trip, too.

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I completely recommend this.

progress report: revision letter

I have a revision letter! I have a lot of writing for this one section (of which I only did one draft, so I am not surprised)! I haven't written any of it yet!

Friday night, I read over the letter to make sure the eunuchs were safe [they were], and then saw Iron Man and drooled over Robert Downey, even when his character was obnoxious, because I have a Thing for him which apparently nothing can dampen.

Saturday, I read over the letter again and deliberately did things like wrap some books to mail and put away laundry. Then I made many notes. Then I went to lawbabeak's bday party all afternoon and into the evening. Sunday, I made more notes, then had lunch with feklar and some shopping, then went home and made more notes.

I guess I have to start writing soon.

Editing/revising is much easier than zero drafting. It's so much easier to make something better than to have it spring, fully-formed, from your head.