June 2014

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

On the Road Again

On the Road Again

I’m reading the third book in Molly Harper’s Naked Werewolf series. The theme of this one is a bit darker than the others, and involves a woman on the run from her abusive husband. The idea of constantly running, moving from one place to the next, never knowing what time zone you’re in is one that speaks loudly to me right now. I’ve found that it’s one thing to travel and enjoy it, but quite another to move from place to place feeling like something is chasing you. As I’m noticing a lot these days, once a theme asserts itself on my radar, I start to see it everywhere– just like when you buy a new car you start to notice that kind of car on every road you drive. So as I’ve been contemplating the life of the itinerant traveler, I’m seeing others living that life as well and thinking… READ MORE

Life in the Fun House

Life in the Fun House

I’m reading the Naked Werewolf series by Molly Harper. Fun stuff. The books are light and cheerful and funny and they are soothing the tight and unhappy places in my psyche. I’ve enjoyed reading about Mo and her quest to find and express herself and to do things that reflect what she’s found and what she needs to do. That is a subject for another post, however. Today I want to talk about Mo’s struggle to offer a soft landing to one of her more persistent suitors, a nice man who is offering a nice, safe life. And even though I’ve been happily married for almost 20 years, I can relate to Mo’s dilemma. In her case, the particulars include whether to get involved with a surly, psychologically damaged werewolf or the nice guy next door, so to speak, but I think that’s a metaphor for a lot of my… READ MORE

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

In one of the early Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, Sookie talks about storing up memories to go over in her mind later. Before she starts hooking up with vampires, who have recently revealed their existence to an unsuspecting world, she lived a pretty uninteresting life as a bar maid in Northern Louisiana. Mind you, she’s a telepathic bar maid, but that’s why they call this genre “paranormal.” So, Sookie hoards her little treats, the anomalies in her life to ponder and pick apart and re-live. And I have to say, I really couldn’t relate at all. I’m a future projector, not a past re-hasher. This is analogous to the vanilla dogs concept—the idea that some people (like me) prefer vanilla to chocolate and dogs to cats. In the same way, I think people break down into two groups—those who enjoy reliving the past, and those who prefer to… READ MORE

Excruciating Vulnerability

Excruciating Vulnerability

I’ve been previewing some of my blog posts with a few of my friends. It’s been an interesting experience in vulnerability, intimacy and pain.  When we put ourselves out there, we’re going to get hurt.  There’s no way around it.  The question is what are we going to do about it?  Retreat and lick our wounds and never try again, or tolerate the pain because it brings true rewards? My experience has reflected one of the themes in the Guild Hunter series by the inimitable Nalini Singh, Archangel’s Consort.  This book focuses on the Archangel Raphael and his now-consort, Elena, who was human (with a bit of a supernatural edge) but was made immortal through Raphael’s love. Great stuff.  Because Elena is, for all intents and purposes, a baby immortal, she is still extremely vulnerable physically.  She needs time to grow in strength, and she needs to be kept safe… READ MORE

And It’s No Sacrifice

And It’s No Sacrifice

Just a simple word, as Sir Elton so eloquently tells us. I’ve been inspired to think about the nature of sacrifice and what it means for us in modern society as I am reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. I’ve only just finished the first book in the series. There are a number of very interesting themes in the book that I anticipate Ms. Kenyon will continue to explore in later works (as an aside, I’m LOVING the new edition that has all the books in order all in one place– what a fabulous idea–I’m hoping others will do the same!). Among these ideas is the concept of being loved for who we are, rather than what we represent or what we are (beautiful, famous, accomplished, rich, powerful, etc.). But that is a thought for another post. Stay tuned. Back to sacrifice. And no, we’re not talking about virgins to… READ MORE

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