Less than two hours

til the cab comes. I’ll spend two weeks in the usual undisclosed location, writing a comics script, among other things.

So sleepy. More Alcatraz photos:

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  • nevikmoore
    May 20, 2006 at 9:59 am

    Say hi to Dick Cheney for me.

    But seriously, hope all goes well. Get some good writing done. Tell your hubby I have been reading his idiot’s guide to graphic novels and really enjoying it. Got it at the new B&N in the Crackamyass Town Center.

  • fire_tears
    May 20, 2006 at 3:21 pm
    Hi, I hope I’m not intruding—I just wanted to say that I finished your novel Empress of the World no less than ten minutes ago, and I was extremely pleased to see that you have a LiveJournal so I could tell you how much I enjoyed it.

    I lost count of how many times the book both made my heart clench or laugh out loud. It was truly wonderful reading it, and I especially enjoyed the happy ending. The part where Nic writes,

    “[N]o soap operas would have a love affair between girls as a storyline, unless one of us died tragically in a car crash, and then the other one was comforted in her grief by some charming young man.”

    made me laugh wryly, as it’s so depressingly true. The fact that Empress of the World ended happily was such a nice change from all the other books and movies I’ve seen where the poor lesbians either end up dead or break up and the book ends with them never speaking to each other again. It’s almost as if there’s an unspoken rule for fiction: god forbid the gays have a happy ending. Sometimes I wonder if it’s a sort of subconscious act on the writer’s part; karmic payback for the characters being a lesbians.

    Your book is wonderful, though. I loved your style of writing, I loved your characters (even the ones who were meant to be antagonists, as I recognized them from my experiences and I loved them for ringing true), and I loved the way you played everything out. Nothing struck me as unrealistic or awkward.

    I realize that I’m rambling; to sum it all up, I loved Empress of the World, and it brought a smile to my face when I read that you were working on a sequel.

    Thank you so very, very much for writing.


    P.S. The pictures are lovely. If you don’t mind me asking, what sort of flowers are the red ones?

  • thisisnotanlj
    May 21, 2006 at 1:45 pm

    thank YOU so much, alena!!! your letter makes my day.

    i hope you like the next book, too — The Rules for Hearts, coming spring 2007. :)

    oh, and as for the red flowers…eek, i am so bad with botany, i do not know.

    other readers, can you help??

  • anonymous
    May 21, 2006 at 10:07 pm

    Believe it or not, there is a web site on the plants found on Alcatraz island. I think the ones in the photos might be the “red hot poker” mentioned on the site. Yay for the national parks service. –Susan