Which do you enjoy more – the start of a book or the end?

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I always like the end of the book. You’ve fallen in love with the characters a long time ago, you’ve seen what they’ve done and what has been done for them, all you need now is the catharsis, so you can walk away feeling empty or feeling fulfilled. I’ve read so many books where there’s no payoff and it sort of ends and you’re left with more questions than answers. Like “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. It took me three years to finish that book because I could not feel anything for Offred. She downright infuriated me. But the premise of the book was fascinating, and that’s the only reason why I kept reading. I had to know the end, even if it was going to piss me off further.

Conversely, the Gemma Doyle trilogy was perfection to me. I had bought “A Great and Terrible Beauty” ages ago but never got around to reading it. During a particularly bad period of writer’s block, I decided to get out of my funk and read it. I was hooked immediately and bought “Rebel Angels” and “The Sweet Far Thing” before I was even done with half of “Beauty.” That’s how well I believe that they were written. I was emotionally – and monetarily – invested. I HAD to know what happened.

Historical fiction has always appealed to me, particularly the era in which Gemma’s story takes place. I believe there was so much potential in 19th-century life. The divide between classes, the stereotyped image we have of the Wild West that I’ve always had an affinity for, and all that fun stuff we like to idealize. If I had had enough sense to take that final semester of French sooner, I probably would’ve transferred to a school that specialized in 19th-century French literature.

But speaking from a history minor’s point of view, I cannot fantasize that life would be easier because it wouldn’t have been. The technological and medical advances in the 20th and 21st centuries are good enough to keep me grounded in this time. But it’s fun to play around with those idealizations. Which is why steampunk is so much fun for me to marginally participate in.

A number of make-up posts for NaBloPoMo is now officially beyond me, haha. I do apologize for the lack of posting if anyone actually reads this. I’ve been blogging since 2002, and visitors come and go. I blog for ME, as opposed for an audience. I don’t even try to shoot for a niche like most monetized blogs say. That’s just not my thing.

As you know I am an active seller on Amazon and eBay. I don’t make much money, but it’s nice to have some pocket change, after all is said and done. I got my welcome kit from Stamps.com the other day, to help offset the costs for all the mailing I do. I used to use Postnet, but I think I’m going to stop after getting my kit. I know Postnet charges a premium for using their service. But I also liked my local Postnet. It was owned by a mother and her sons, and they were always very efficient.

But when I see what a typical book costs to ship, compared to either Postnet or Stamps.com, I feel like I’m not getting the best bang for my buck. I was always reluctant to use the actual post office because the lines at any time of the day were always insane. If you yourself quite a bit of mailing, sign up for Stamps.com and use my referral code: C-9X7N-XPV. You will get a $100 offer which includes a digital scale and $45 in postage.

Which is a much better than the deal I ended up getting! ūüėÄ

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