Apr292009

Religious Relics

Greatly taken with the concept of religious relics particularly the more absurd ones like, for example the foot of the great mystic St. Theresa of Avila. There’s a new book out called Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead by Peter Manseau (talked about over on NPR). The author is, of course, quite serious about the gravitas of these holy objects but it occurred to me, being an irreverent comedic author, how much funny is inherent in such items. Give what we learn about preternaturals in Book the Second (I know it’s a ways away from most of you but stay with me), there might be a very good reason for people in my alternative world to keep bits of “saints” around. And, an equally good reason for the Victorians to perfect their specimen preservation techniques. A note has been made. You are here by warned, Gentle Reader, holy relics very likely to make sneak appearance in Book the Third. The question is, what’s the most ridiculous holy relic I can think up. Ah, the wheels are turning: St. Rufuspickle’s holy belly button lint, perhaps?

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Augusta Auction has some wonderful vintage 1950 & 1960’s pieces I would just love to get my little mitts on – if my closet wasn’t so swollen already, and if I weren’t such a try-on snob. That said I already own some rather similar items, funny that. Photos show mine next the to auction house’s.




If you like this last look, J.C. Penny has some similar dresses on sale right now.

Your Tisane of Smart:
A new approach to cancer therapy uses nanoparticles to deliver a working copy of a tumor suppressor gene to tumor cells, making the tumors more vulnerable to conventional cancer treatments.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
The World’s Foremost Consultant on the Future of Publishing presents A Dire Prediction for the Industry = very droll.

CAKE in Space: Done with the red pen, working Draft 2.
Soulless: Awaiting ARC distribution.
Changeless: Gone poof. Starting to gather corrections.
Steampunk short: Out with Gamma.

Quote of the Day:
The Knight Agency: Will the demand for paranormals continue to hold steady?
Sue Grimshaw (romance book buyer for Borders and Waldenbooks): Most definitely. With Charlene Harris’ “True Blood” HBO series and the “Twilight” saga by Stephenie Meyer, I think we’re influencing a new reader to step out into the romantic dark side. Young Adult readers are already starting to dabble in the world of paranormal romance.
Read full interview.

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