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Too Humid To Write - Yet Write I Do

In case you don't already know, we have this season's second cyclone in the neighbourhood. Tropical Cyclone Hamish has been lurking north-north-east of us since Thursday, but after heading toward land it's taken a course roughly parallel to the coast. It picked up intensity, becoming a Category 4 this morning, but thankfully passed Cairns by (dumping a load of rain as it did so, though). Unfortunately, it's still out there; the most recent tracking map puts it east of Cardwell and it looks set to ground somewhere around Bundaberg maybe mid-week. The Bureau of Meteorology expects it to intensify to a Category 5 early tomorrow but believe it'll drop back down to a 3 by Monday night.

With rain comes humidity, and for most of the afternoon it's been weather for not doing much. Frustrating, as I made myself a list of things I wanted to get done by Sunday night, but when I checked it this evening I found I'd done half of them; I've done the weekend shop, fixed some loose palings on both the fence and the front verandah and figured out how I'm handling the council rates. That leases me with washing and polishing the car (not to mention cleaning the interior and putting the seat covers back on), writing 2,000 words of a project I've set myself and developing a plan for the reformat and rebuild of my PC. And oddly enough, given the brain-melting humidity, I'm feeling in the mood to write, thus this posting.

On the genral topic of writing, I'd like to hip you to a series of books I've discovered recently; the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn. They slot into the “urban fantasy”genre popularised by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files) and Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter), but (and you can certainly call my next statement odd considering the lead character is a werewolf) they seem a little more grounded than the first two. The lead isn't an investigator or an action hero; she's a regular girl trying to deal with the very nasty hand of cards fate has dealt her. I've read the first two novels, Kitty and the Midnight Hour and Kitty Goes to Washington, and although they're rather short – I read them in a twenty-four hour period each – they make up for the paucity of page count with a lot of quality. The next couple are in my reservation queue, and I'm getting seriously tempted to buy one or two so the author sees a few quid out of me.

Oh, and if you've ever listened to a talk radio program for any longer than three minutes, you'll get a good laugh at some of the callers to Kitty's show, the titular “Midnight Hour” - even the lycanthrope and vampire communities are filled with airheaded twerps. In fact, I think that's the most grounding thing in the whole series!

If any of the above has got your interest, I highly suggest you go and read the start of it all, a short story called “Dr. Kitty Solves All Your Love Problems”.

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