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30 March 2019 @ 12:10 am
 
Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the LJ Idol polls last week! We are actually down to the final 8 now, and I wouldn't have made it without your support. \o/

My story for this week is here, with a link to the poll and all entries at the bottom. Please read and vote if you can!

What else has happened since last weekend? Well, we dived back into the rain and out again, and now we're headed there again on Tuesday. I'm SO sick of it, partly because of the effect on outdoor bicycling but also because this is late in the year for repeated rain. We've had a ton of it, and things are in really good shape now, drought-wise. But if it doesn't stop... warm spring rains will melt the snow pack, and that would be bad in SO many ways. Ugh.

I finished a free Amazon-Prime mystery recently that was pretty gripping... but at the end, it turned out that the author had essentially lied about one of the characters. As in, "Mwah-ha-ha-ha-haaaa!! These two people are the same!"

And, no. It's one thing to misdirect (which is the right way to handle this). But when you've been inside a character's head, and his internal POV treats one of his coworkers like it's someone he hardly knows... that's cheating. It's why I finally gave up reading Agatha Christie. If the murderer's identity relies on significantly withholding information from the reader, that's just annoying. :(

After finishing that book, I started another free offering that immediately triggered side-eyeing when it opened with a character named Thayne. He had a sister named Cheyenne, his dad was Carson, and a coworker was named Quinn. And Thayne (which theems like a lithp or thomething) was pining after a woman named Riley. /o\ It's usually a bad sign when character names give off the "trying too hard" vibe of a crappy romance novel. When it became clear that Riley was extra special—an FBI profiler like no other, the best to graduate from Quantico in the last ten or however-many years... *thud*

So much for that! Now I'm reading Amped, by Daniel H. Wilson. I have previously enjoyed his Robopocalypse and Robogenesis, and Amped is looking good so far. I do have a pile of physical books I should get to, but our daughter is home this week and I don't want her to discover that Devil In The White City is missing from her room because I have borrowed it...

Yes, the kids are here for Spring Break, though they're leaving early Sunday morning. Too soon! I could use several more weeks of having them home! I will probably compound the evil of losing them with starting our taxes. :(

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