My thoughts are on the writing life -- the good, the bad and the terrifying. In case you hadn't heard, Sarah Rees Brennan's blog was hacked a week before the release Tuesday of her debut novel, The Demon's Lexicon, published by Simon & Schuster. The maliciousness is troubling, but we shouldn't be surprised. We know the world isn't a safe place and most of us write about that in one way or another.
Sarah -- pardon my familiarity but her blog is so open and honest that I feel I know her -- certainly does. The Demon's Lexicon is so dark and delicious. You want to like her main character and do, despite his dearth of emotion. He's loyal, lethal and able to question his disconnection. It's a deft drawing of character that we don't understand until a big, satisfying reveal.
What I love most about this book, besides Sarah's style and wit, is no matter what mistakes these characters make or how marginalized they are, there is love without reservation and redemption of sorts.
That brings me back to Sarah, who at 25 has written this and survived a cyber-attack. If you read her web page, including her journal which had to be reconstructed, you will see a remarkable spirit. She laughs through tears, shines in the dark, is hilariously funny, and takes us along, like friends, on her journey through life and publication.
I guess my thought for the day is Sarah isn't a victim even if she was victimized. It's something I can apply in life, as well as writing. If this touches you in any way, please add your thoughts.