July 2015

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

The Wizard of Id

The Wizard of Id

 One of the things I love most about paranormal and urban fantasy is that there isn’t a subject related to human behavior that isn’t covered somewhere in the genre. I’ve written before that reading about supernatural species like vampires, shifters, the Fae and other creatures seems to bring humanity into sharp focus. What does it mean to be human? What separates our human nature from our animal natures? I’ve contemplated the existence of the soul and the reality of mortality as discriminators. One aspect I haven’t touched on is instinct, which will be the subject of another post. Closely related to instinct, however, is compulsion–things we do that we cannot seem to control. When our compulsive behavior crosses a certain line–and I’m not quite sure where that is, just that, like pornography, I know it when I see it, compulsive behavior becomes addiction, the most lethal of all self destructive… READ MORE

BBW WTF

BBW WTF

There is something seriously wrong with us. I thought it was a western world kind of problem, but I’m now convinced the contagion is limited only to the United States. I’ve been traveling in Spain for the past week. Absolutely spectacular country–my new favorite European destination. We’ve gone from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic via the Pyrenees and the land and seascapes are magnificent. I’m in awe. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the beaches, and, more specifically, the women on the beaches. They come in all shapes and sizes, and, almost without exception, they are gloriously, confidently, beautifully comfortable in their own skins. Practically no one wears a one piece, and I’ve yet to see a tankini. All the girls and women sport bikinis, some with tops and some without. I’ve seen bodies of every conceivable age and variety. And no one seems remotely self… READ MORE

Marking Time

Marking Time

As you all know by now, time and its inexorable march is one of my favorite subjects. Today, I’m interested in exploring the myriad of way we note its passage. I went to the dentist today for my semiannual visit. Even though it’s been six months since my last visit, it seems like a lot less. Same goes for the gynecologist, eye doctor, annual physical (I believe in prevention and taking full advantage of my expensive insurance). The time between visits feels faster than normal. But it isn’t. And what’s actually happening is that time is just plodding along, or racing by, and these various medical appointments serve to remind me of the lockstep of life moving forward apace. There are also the quotidian rituals we all observe (hopefully) that also serve to mark the passage of time. We get up and brush our teeth, take a shower, and perform… READ MORE

When Dreams Die

When Dreams Die

I’ve been dreaming lately. Daydreaming, eyes becoming unfocused and the world softening around the edges. It’s a pleasant way to spend some time on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Often, I find myself thinking and dreaming about the characters in my favorite books. Today, though, I’m thinking about the nature of dreams themselves. We talk about daring to dream, and I think that is an accurate depiction of the risks involved in making an emotional investment in desiring a certain outcome. When we admit to wanting something, we also subject ourselves to the possibility of disappointment, which leads inevitably to pain. Because most of us avoid pain and even discomfort at all costs, assuming the necessary burden of vulnerability isn’t the path of least resistance that most of us prefer to travel. The ability to dream is the engine of great achievement and advances. Dreams inspire and motivate us to work… READ MORE

Saving Blue

Saving Blue

I’m still thinking about Lilo Abernathy’s The Light Who Binds. I really love this series and my only complaint is that there aren’t more books to read! Bluebell Kildare is an unlikely savior, at least in her own mind, but she has many characteristics that make her a perfect candidate to wield great power responsibly and effectively. She doesn’t see herself in this light, but her ability to accomplish what destiny has decreed for her is independent of her own self-image. Which is part of her charm and also one of the reasons why she is the right choice to fulfill the prophesy of delivering the vampires of her world from an agonizing afterlife. Who wants a savior so full of herself she can’t she beyond her own fascination with the image in the mirror? No one, that’s for sure. There’s nothing more off-putting than a narcissistic hero. Happily, Blue… READ MORE

Sign up to receive the latest blog posts and my FREE guide to finding truth in fantasy + manifesting your dreams into reality.

You have Successfully Subscribed!