Sunday, July 24, 2005
Sunny and warm
So all of the issues I re-sent on Friday night bounced back. Every darned last one of them. I haven’t heard from my editor, so I don’t know what’s going on – hopefully, she hasn’t had a computer crash.
I tried re-sending some of them through the account I opened on Myway.com (which, so far, I really like); we’ll see what happens.
I worked on Cutthroat Charlotte for awhile, and on the round table interview questions.
But the bulk of the day was spent on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. There were things I liked and things I didn’t. I thought she dropped some of the storylines she worked to build up in the previous books without explanation – they felt ignored here – and pushed into the background one character in particular who she’s positioned as important to the overall meaning in the previous books. Some of the peripheral characters, which are usually so well-defined, were ciphers instead of characters. It felt like an overly long exposition to set up the final book, without enough of its own rhythm and punch for itself. I was glad to see Harry interact more directly with Dumbledore, and I think some of the grand climax was a set-up. The final chapters also reminded me, somewhat, of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. I’m sure people will wonder why, but until the book’s been out longer and read even more widely than it is now, I don’t want to go into detail about that. The potion book reminded me too much of Tom Riddle’s diary. Are they mirror images, or are these books part of a leitmotif within the series? The answer, if there is one in book seven, will affect how I feel about the use of yet another book from someone in the past influencing Harry. I’m glad I read it, I’m very curious to see how she wraps it all up, but it was one of the lesser-engaging books of the series for me. It’s still miles beyond what many books achieve, but in terms of the high bar that the series has set, for itself, it’s not one of my favorites within the series.
I’m going to work on Charlotte, Widow’s Chamber, Lighthouse Lady, the interview, and one of the Llewellyn articles today.
I also have to put together some photos for the article the CT newspaper wants to run on 13 Traveling Journals.
The New York Attorney General’s office has communicated with the Corporate office of the company with whom I had a problem a couple of weeks ago, and it seems to be all straightened out. I must write the AG’s office a thank you note.
I also received a phone call from someone in my representative’s office who is handling my complaint about my birth date posted publicly when I bought beer a few weeks ago.
When a company mistreats you, it is vitally important to not only let the company know, but let the appropriate consumer agencies know. The fifteen minutes it took to write the letter have saved me a couple of hundred dollars in fees that were clapped on punishing me for the company’s mistakes, but have now been credited back.
So, consumers, TAKE A STAND. Don’t roll over, stick your butt in the air and invite them to f--- you again. Because doing nothing is sending out that invitation, and the more people with whom they get away with it, the more it becomes “company policy.” Remember, they have no company without the consumer.
Now, to work.
The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project
The Place and Space Journal Project
The Widow’s Chamber
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