Tuesday, December 2, 2008


First, a confession: I've never been a big fan of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Book or movie. Until now.

See, my novel ESCAPE FROM FIRE MOUNTAIN is set in 1902 Martinique, and my main character is a reader. Which means I've had to figure out what exactly she'd be reading. Enter Alice, published in 1865.

It's a bizarre little book, full of truths and wit and serious word-loving genius. I still prefer the poem "Jabberwocky," but I gotta tell, Alice has really grown on me. I especially like her conversation with the caterpillar. Haven't we all had conversations like that, that go round and round but accomplish nothing?

I leave you with a quote from the book, that totally applies to writing:

"'Begin at the beginning,' the King said gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop.'"

- Lewis Carroll


  1. I do love Alice. It is the only childhood story rife with existentialism and that to me is a great thing.

    My favorite Alice quote:"I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?' Ah, that's the great puzzle!"

  2. Yes! Love that one! I use that quote in my book. :)

  3. I loved that book as a girl, so much, that the cover was worn out. You know, I've forgotten a great deal, and I think I need to go back myself. A great plan for a snowy day, don't you think?
    I am really excited to read your novel. It is going to be wonderful!


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