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I’m reading “The Children’s Book” by A.S. Byatt.

What a treasure!

This is how I felt when I read certain books as a kid. Enchanted. 

I’ve entered a shimmery world, a world I wish I could read into existence. While not a fairytale, characters seem to exist in glamour, there are dark sinister fairytales within a more tangible story yet it’s full of ambiguity.The adult characters are trying to create a model society (Fabians), some believe in nature, animism, vegetarianism, the old fairy world, artistic expression and maybe free love. Secrets are just beginning to be revealed. The children are encouraged to run free and wild in nature--after their lessons. They're each distinctive, unique and real. There are masses of literary, historical, political and social references. Byatt is brilliant, obviously.

I’m not half-way through yet, but I had to make note of it here and recommend it to anyone remotely interested in these subjects.

I’m about to sink in the couch with it for the next few hours. Bliss.

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After about a gallon of tears, some practical bill paying, card sending,  reading, some meditation, yoga and a chat with mom, both in my heart and in reality, the day passed and the angst dissipated somewhat.

I finished reading 'The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao' by Junot Diaz. Believe the hype if you haven't read it yet. It's an amazing read written very energetically and paints vivid pictures of the Dominican Republic and all it's cruelty, mysticism and beauty.  Some of the violence was a bit much for me. When you've been beaten, to read about a character getting the same, isn't just imagination. But at the same time, I understand states of mind during and after and he writes about it all, the whole unique poignant bittersweet story beautifully.  Diaz is a phenomenol writer. Have any of you read it?

I just started "Cat's Eye" by Margaret Atwood. When I read the first page, I realized I've read it before, probably 10 years ago and I remember being disturbed but I can't remember the details. I thought about returning it, not read, but literally after one page, the writing just drew me in and I'm going for it again. It will be different. I'm now the same age as Elaine. So I'm looking forward to the story, the brilliant writing and my reactions to the story now.


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Tomorrow morning I'm registering with a temp agency downtown.  I had to preregister online.  I've emailed my rep a resume, I have to bring a hard copy resume, I had to upload one in text format on their website and then fill in my work experience on their template.  They'll evaluate my skills on excel, word and outlook after I take the tests.  I've done it before.  It. all. seems. lame.  I'm walking but have to dress business casual. 

I'll have to fake my enthusiasm.  I hope I can.

I've been offered a few bucks for my next article.  That's a good step forward.

I'm reading Just Kids by Patti Smith and Julie and Julie by Julie Powell.  I have a writing project I'm just getting started.  I've been walking, running and doing yoga.  Meeting with friends.  Never ever ever bored.

My score on wordwarp is 4380, but I had to move up to 3 minutes.  I couldn't get anywhere past 2900 on 2 minutes.  Immediatly after I went to 3 minutes, my score shot up. 

Two bite chocolate macaroons from Whole Foods.  Worth the splurge. 


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