No, this isn’t going to be a serious post this morning. Or at least it won’t be a long, serious post. I’m still getting back into the swing of things after finishing Light Magic and getting it up for pre-order. (Have you ordered your copy yet? Hmmm?) But that doesn’t mean I don’t have responsibilities to take care of. That means I have to figure out how to kickstart the brain so it halfway functions. In other words, where’s the coffee?
My first goal of the day has been accomplished. I have written and posted over at Victory Girls. Go check it out, please. Basically, I take the Ithaca High School administration to task for missing a great teaching moment. Instead, they caved in to a group of five students who were upset at the casting of Esmerelda in the musical version of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. They had no problem with the girl cast in the role. In fact, they said she was an excellent actress and singer and would be an asset to any play. However, she was also the “epitome of whiteness” so, of course, she couldn’t play Esmerelda because everyone knows she’s a person of color. Except, well, that’s not necessarily true. If the school had take time to teach the source material for the musical — the book by Victor Hugo — they would have seen that Esmerelda was the daughter of a Frenchwoman who had been stolen by the gypsies as a baby. Her father is never mentioned.But noooo, these students, and the adults they got involved, focused only on the Disney movie — and we all know Disney would never ever take liberties with the source material.
The question I ask is where does it stop? When high schools start putting on productions of Hamilton, will there be protests if Hamilton isn’t played by a Hispanic or Burr an African-American? Or will it be all right for them to be played by whites because that’s what they were?
Anyway, check out the post.
In the meantime, don’t forget Light Magic is available for pre-order and will be released on the 27th.
When Meg Sheridan arrived in Mossy Creek, Texas, she had one goal in mind: to fulfill her mother’s dying wish. Now, less than a month after burying her mother, all Meg knows about the town is that it has always been a haven for the Others, even before they made their existence known to the world. As an Other herself, that should reassure Meg. Instead, it raises more questions than it answers. More than that, she has one very large problem. She doesn’t know why her mother wanted her to come to Mossy Creek. Worse, she soon learns not everyone is willing to welcome her with open arms.
Faced with the daunting task of discovering not only why her mother sent her to Mossy Creek but also with uncovering why her mother fled there years before, Meg is determined to find the truth. Along the way, she discovers something else. Even in death, her mother is looking out for her – if Meg will let her.
And if she will accept the friendship and love of those who knew her mother all those years ago.
But danger awaits her as well. Secrets decades old and resentments going back generations seethe just below the surface. Do those secrets have anything to do with why Meg’s mother wanted her to come to town? Will discovering them help her understand why her mother fled Mossy Creek so long ago?
Or will they lead to something much more sinister. . . and deadly?