Archive for February 8th, 2012


If I were an action hero with money and means and freedom, I’d go so far away right now.

I’d just take off. Disappear to a tropical island. Fly to an archeological dig in the Middle East.

It’s not like I had a terrible day. It was actually a kinda good day. But then at the end of it someone in a position of power was an asshole to me. I’m talking a real out loud asshole. And there wasn’t a damn thing I could do about it without getting myself in deep trouble..

See, I’ve known for a long time that this is one reason why I created a character like Layla Daltry. Because she has the kind of bank account and independence that allows her to do as she damn well pleases. If someone is nasty to her, watch out! You do not cross Daltry the Defiant.

This is where writing novels can be both a cheap escapism and a solace to the spirit. At least it is for me. Creating other worlds, other people, living lives we don’t have but wish we did – it’s one sure way to shed our skins for a little while and have fun and excitement and adventure and romance somewhere far, far away.

Unless, of course, you write serious literary novels that plunge soul-deep into the tragedies of real-world lives. Years ago when I read Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, I wanted to slit my wrists. I pretty much avoid Russian novels now.

What I find myself reading more and more these days are paranormal stories and some science fiction. The characters in them can have strange powers and supernatural abilities or really cool gadgets and weapons. They live in a world you want to visit. Unless it’s a dystopian one like in Hunger Games. But then the heroine Katniss is so strong and such a survivor that at the end of the book I felt uplifted and kinda happy.  And I felt some hope, which I sure don’t get from reading nineteenth century Russian literature.

Anyway, it’s time I called a halt to this rather pointless rambling dirge of mine. I feel better now. Tomorrow I’ll get out of bed yet again and live my life and everything will be okay.

Have a good day, y’all.