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L'ange protecteur by Niki de Sant Phalle. Photo credit Karen Kao

Shanghai Noir

The Dancing Girl and the Turtle: publication date 01.04.2017

Last weekend, this lovely lady greeted me inside the Zurich main train station. L'ange protecteur, the Guardian Angel, is a work by the wonderful Niki de Saint Phalle. This was but one of the many angels I saw that weekend in Zurich among friends and objects of beauty. If you're in the area, check out the Museum Rietberg with its collection of folk art from around the world and, when you're done with that, stroll through the grounds for some of the more spectacular views of Lake Zurich and the Alps.

This weekend, my husband and I are headed for Antwerp. He's been invited to speak about the American presidency as an introduction to the John Adams opera, Nixon in China. And in case you were wondering what my husband's political bent is, here's a clue. He's entitled his speech The Good, the Bad and the Incompetent.

He and I anxiously await the outcome of counting and recounting the ballots cast in the US midterm elections. I am both buoyed by the news that the vote from abroad has had such a significant impact in close elections. And I despair when I read reports of mailed-in ballots returned addressee unknown. So far, the outcome from my home state of California is good but not yet great. I feel caught in mid-air with neither wings to keep me afloat nor magic powers to cushion the fall.

This state of limbo extends to my writing as well. Instead of overhauling the manuscript of Peace Court, I'm trying to make good on last week's pledge to collect 100 rejections before the year is out. Today, I sent out five submissions. Tomorrow, I'll submit another round.

Meanwhile, I mull. I want a new project and I want it to be big. It's horribly inefficient but I've done it anyway. I've started work on novel number three. You can read all about that in this week's blog post: Chain Reaction.


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