In which progress is made


Mostly on non-writerly things, alas–including tables, mass booklets and tracking down of those last few guests who hadn’t yet answered us. Deluge continues. Hoping to have a quieter weekend with Juliette Wade, who is visiting Paris, and with my grandmother.

Books read: The Golden Key by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson and Kate Elliott, which was awesome. A trans-generational tale of a Renaissance world where spells can be set in paintings, and where paintings are used to document everything from treaties to victories. An over-ambitious painter, Sario, discovers forbidden magic and sets about to remake the world, with disastrous results. Reminded me of all the stuff I loved in art history; I also loved the focus on women and how the kind of power they wielded evolved with time, as the world moved towards a more equal system.
Currently reading Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy, which is mindless fun, but pretty well done.


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