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    Sadie Watson’s Extraneous Thought #805 a.k.a. Chapter 14
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Sometimes I wish I could wake up and it would be “after a while…”Sometimes I wish I could wake up and it would be “eventually…”Sometimes I wish I could wake up and it would be “it came to pass…” These are all phrases that begin the first sentence of the first paragraph of Chapter 14. But to begin Chapter 14 we must first finish Chapter 13. Of course we all know how Chapter 13 ends; with a damsel in distress. With the heroine being dumped by her beloved. With the plain looking, but deeply sensitive, compassionate and wise leading lady, with the soul of an angel, loosing the use of both her legs. Or the red haired, willful, courageous, and brave young girl with spitfire in her soul loosing the fortune her family spent generations of back breaking work to build. Or even the 5’8” raven haired lawyer, who is working her way up to the Supreme Court, accompanied by her 6’2” intelligent, wealthy and witty boyfriend, who also happens to be a great and romantic lover, being put in jail on phony drug charges.

Chapter 13 always ends with the world crashing down. I don’t just mean a few little untidy upsets, I mean leveling the lives of these brave beauties. Everything seems hopeless. All is lost. Life no longer has any meaning. All the things our valiant, strong, worthy, smart, caring, inquisitive, forceful, energetic, brilliant and gorgeous leading ladies have worked for is destroyed – no not destroyed – decimated. But! Their confusion, loneliness, dismay, anger, ill-will and daunting dis-ease lasts for but a page and a half of blank space. You see, after a page and a half of blank pace Chapter 14 begins. Ah, thank goodness for Chapter 14. Chapter 14 starts with the worlds “after a while…”, or “eventually…”, or “it came to pass…”. Or one of my favorites “a new day dawned…”.

After a while… becomes a specific amount of time. It becomes the time it takes your eyes to get from the end of Chapter 13 to the first sentence of Chapter 14 – perhaps 145 spaces, half a page, certainly no more than two. You know for certain that in only a turn of the page all trouble will pass. You know without a doubt a brighter day will dawn. You know as sure as you are standing there that the light will once again shine gently on our heroine’s face and lead her on the path of renewed hope, healing, and of course, success in any endeavor she chooses. “After a while…” encompasses the myriad of tasks, adventures, conflicts and struggles our heroine needed to experience in order to either walk again, find the missing evidence, come to her senses, discover a new planet or just find the partner she’s been looking for. Sometimes I wish I could be a 5’8” raven haired beauty with the soul of an angel, the courage of ten thousand and my beloved by my side. Perhaps then I would have only a page and half until I reached the safety of “after a while…”.

Looking back at 2007 what book affected you the most?

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  1. Marisa
    on Dec 30th, 2007
    @ 7:26 am

    Sadie, I’m not sure there was any ONE book that affected me most. However I’ll list some of the books I was really excited about this year, you know the kind of book that stays with you days after you’ve read it and you don’t want to read another for a few days- you just want to savor the one you just read. In no particular order they are:

    Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
    Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas
    Naughty By Nature Barbara Pierce
    Innocent in Death J.D. Robb
    Bedding The Heiress Cathy Maxwell
    The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever Julia Quinn
    Texas Princess Jodi Thomas
    Just Wicked Enough Lorraine Heath
    Dangerous Beauty Sophia Nash
    Claiming the Courtesan Anna Campbell
    Driven Eve Kenin
    Caressed by Ice Nalini Singh
    Master of Dragons Angela Knight
    Lover Unbound J.R. Ward
    Taken by the Night Kathryn Smith
    Die For Me Karen Rose
    Her Outlaw Gerralyn Dawson

    Ok -so there were a lot of books that affected me this year, I’m know I’m leaving some out – but I’ll post them later.


  2. Kim
    on Jan 1st, 2008
    @ 1:34 pm

    Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas for me. It really touched home and it taught me that you can heal. That you can overcome. That you can make your life what you want it to be.