Today I link to The Horrid Glory of Its Wings by Elizabeth Bear, posted at tor.com. This story works for me on many levels. The artwork for the story initially drew me (John Jude Palencar). Then, Bear opens with a Beagle quote, and if you know me, you know how highly I think of Peter Beagle. A beautiful print and a quote from your favorite author make it very easy to click the link.
Here’s the thing: Bear echoes Beagle’s style in this story. She writes a slightly self-aware internal narrative that looks at the fantastic element of the story in a quirky, yet every day, commentary, which is a vital part of a Beagle story. Bear’s doing it. At the same time Bear makes the story her own, with relevant social commentary and drama.
My. Blending your own style with that of one of your favorite authors while still keeping your own identity. That’s not easy to do. I’m impressed. I wanted to share.
We are currently getting ready to do the blizzard. I’m not at work, and snow removal will probably not commence until it is relevant, tomorrow after the blowing. That means that from here on out, I’ll be working on the book today. The gift of time. Can’t say no to that.
Lots of talk on the internet about money, writing, and doing it for the love. There is one more point that hasn’t been made about doing something for the love.
Hello. I’m Catherine. I’m a teacher. Let’s talk salary.