Sound Beyond Time

It’s an unusual evening for me. I’m sitting in bed with the laptop, perusing the internets, looking up high school friends and freaking out when I find old-school pictures of myself and my friends on Facebook. All the while listening to classical piano music. Husband beside me with his own laptop. At one point, just to compete with the classical music-ness, he played a song from the heavy metal band, Devildriver.

Why the classical mood? I saw an article on The Mary Sue about this futuristic piano, and the site includes an online CD, so I’ve been enjoying the sound while marveling at the spacepod-ness of the piano. There’s quite a few Debussy selections, and I remember my music theory professor playing these my freshman year of college during a recital.

I guess this evening is meant for nostalgia. There’s a lot my brain is processing as it’s making plans and working out ways to make those plans happen. I’ve got favors to do for friends and a weekend to survive, but for now, nostalgia.

And Debussy.

Ending an Era

Today, author Carrie Vaughn announced the end of her Kitty Norville Series. I’ve actually known about this for a few weeks: over at All Things Urban Fantasy, they featured the latest cover in the series in their Cover Art Coverage series, and my first reaction was, “Oooh, I love the cover!” and then my second reaction was, “Wait, Carrie said that was going to be the title of the last book in the series. Oh shit!”

kitty-saves-the-world-mmThis was before Low Midnight came out, and I didn’t want to prematurely spoil anything by freaking out online, so I private messaged Carrie on Facebook and she confirmed that yes, it was the last book in the series but that she was going to hold off on the announcement until Low Midnight was released and had a chance to shine. So I held off talking about the series until her announcement, which ended up being today.

Urban fantasy is a genre that’s had quite the boom since I started reading SF/F in 2002. Lots of series have come and go, some never got their start, but the genre is always seeking to improve itself, and it’s a genre I very much enjoy, though if I’m not careful, I can read too much and give myself a metaphorical tummy-ache.

Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty and the Midnight Hour was the very first urban fantasy book I read. And I do mean very first. And for a while, it was my favorite UF series out there, but because the genre is so addictive and so fast paced, and always seeking to better itself, other series have taken the mantle of favorite (I don’t want to name them, for fear I will jinx their awesomeness by naming them). That being said, I’ve followed Kitty Norville since her novel debut, I pick up every book and devour it the moment it’s released. So while it’s no longer my favoritest UF series, it is the longest-running UF series that I’ve stayed on top of, and I’ll be reading the last installment with relish. I love getting the endings to things, I love seeing how stories wrap up. Carrie’s announcement is exciting because she’s done with the series as is, but she’s not done with the world, which means I’ll likely get my wish for more Cormac novels, but I’ll get stories about other characters too.

Some readers are upset when series end. I usually get excited, and in this case, it’s no different, if only because I want to see what else Carrie Vaughn writes, because I want to see her stretch her muscles beyond the urban fantasy world of Kitty Norville. I read somewhere that she’s got a YA space opera she’s working on, and that excites me to no freaking end.

The book, Kitty Saves the World, won’t be out until August this year, so who knows how the series will end. But I’ll be there. I’ve been there through the ups and downs, and I can’t wait to see how it all wraps up.

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Currently Writing: Codename: Magic Twins
Last night’s word count: 392 words
Total word count: 8,622 words
I didn’t churn out a lot last night. My evil-genius idea means that I have to be careful with the narrative before I commit to whatever I’m going to do, and I Skyped with one of my daily readers tonight and talked about the premise and the evil-genius idea and realized, pretty quickly, there are a lot of holes I need to fill in this idea. The main this is to figure out the magic system, get the guidelines and follow the rules, the rest will follow. So we’ll see.

Currently Reading: Jeff VanderMeer’s Acceptance
No time to read today, unless I manage a page or two before bed. Sadness.

Next up: Tuesday looks to be a normal day. Got a few shows to catch up on thanks to tonight’s National Championship, and I’ve got errands to run. Yay, errands?

Becoming Janus

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s the time of year to sit down, reflect on what’s gone by, to look forward to the future, and to attempt to mold that future through a resolution or two. It sounds daunting because we’re talking about, yanno, a year, and it sounds daunting because we usually have BIG IDEAS and BIG PLANS for that year, and often, it’s easy to fall off the saddle before January has even wrapped up.

I have some friends who don’t do resolutions. Not just the ones who don’t do resolutions at all, but those who simply have a different approach. My friend Nu Yang names her years: she gives herself a theme and focuses each year to make sure everything she does is supporting that theme. I love that idea. It’s not one I can embrace for myself, because I need more direction, but I love it. However one approaches a new year, if it works, hats off to you!

As for me, it’s time to reflect: what happened, where I am now, and what I hope to maybe accomplish in 2015. If you’re interested, just click the cut. If you’re not, Happy New Year! May your 2015 be better than 2014.

I sure as hell hope mine is.

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