Reading Habits Of the Young and Witchy

The weekend is over and we are into the first week of August, and that for sure means we’re in the last part of summer and it won’t be long before everything is pumpkin spice whatever–otherwise known as “Let Me Tell You Why Fall is My Favorite Color.”  At least I have my Uug boots ready…

Also, today is Lammas, one of the few holidays not celebrated at my school for gifted witches because the school is closed for the summer.  But get out and celebrate that wheat, maybe eat some bread if you can.  Or make a cake.  Lots of cake.  Yummmmm…

I did manage to get back into the current scene last night and wrote enough that I ended up just short of a thousand words.  That’s a good total for the day, though I had to work to get those last few words out, because I started thinking about how they should sound, and how a certain conversation should go.  I get like that a lot these days, because I’m working over scenes constantly trying to get them right.

This new scene starts right up again in Pamporovo, and we’ve starting out in a place almost never seen:  Annie’s bedroom in the main house.  Most of the time she’s in the lake house, but not this time.  This time she’s up stairs and doing something else we haven’t seen her do much–


(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)

Annie sat in her bedroom reading The Tombs of Atuan, the second book of Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle, for the sixth time. She’d begun reading the books not long after her ninth birthday when, during one of their dreams after Kerry arrived in Cardiff, he recommended the books as one of the most unheralded but important fantasy series ever. Give she already knew something of his reading habits she asked her parents to buy her the first book for her ninth birthday, and read it on one single Saturday sitting.

The rest of the books came soon after, and Annie was never disappointed by the stories. She enjoyed The Tombs of Atuan the most, due entirely to the main protagonist, Tenar:  a girl taken from her family and turned into a figurehead, she finds a young man from the outside world, rebels, breaks free of her control, and leaves for a new world. It wasn’t that Annie saw herself in Tenar, but she loved reading about any young girl who was able to take charge of her life and create her own future—

Which was how she interpreted the novel.

Kerry loved the series as well, though he claimed not to have a favorite book. Annie was aware he’d also read the entire Harry Potter series and A Song of Ice and Fire series, as well as some she’d never heard of before encountering him, such as The Wheel Of Time, the Discworld, and the Dragonriders of Pern series, though he’d told her several times that the last set of stores were really science fiction disguised as fantasy.

She’d also read Harry Potter and in a way found it amusing because she couldn’t imagine living in that world for witches. Her interest in A Song of Ice and Fire series was not the same as Kerry’s, for while the stories of political intrigue might make for interesting reading, she didn’t want to deal with the violence and non-consensual sex. She considered asking Kerry for his Dragonriders books, at least the first trilogy, to read in her spare time at school, because she loved dragons and secretly hoped that The Foundation was lying when they said dragons didn’t exist—

At least not in the wild.

She was about to take a break and rest her eyes when her mother’s voice emanated from somewhere behind her head. “Annie?”

Annie looked up even though she knew her mother was only projecting her voice. “Yes?”

“Would you come downstairs, please?”


The Earthsea Cycle and an important and unheralded fantasy series in that it doesn’t have a “history” that looks like it came right out of Europe, and the majority of the characters in the stories are people of color.  When these novels began coming out in the late 1960s and early 1970s they were consider a fresh take on an old genre.  There have been two visual adaptations of these stories, and both sucked hard, with the one shown on the Sci Fi Channel in 2004 being white washed to hell and gone in the process.

It’s a little surprising to see Annie relaxing and reading something other than books full of killing spells, but all work and no play make Annie a dull girl.  It is a bit of a surprise to see her reading a fantasy, and one that isn’t well known to most people today.  This is where Kerry’s influence comes in, ’cause he’s read those books and more.

We also discover that Annie likes dragons.  That’s all she needs:  a dragon to ride.  She probably hasn’t told this to Kerry, ’cause if she had he’d be calling her Khaleesi all the time.  Oh, and there is a spell that makes you impervious to fire, but it’s not that easy to master.

Now we have a look at the reading habits of my young witches, and it’s only a matter of time before we find out what Annie’s mom wants.  And that should be soon–

Maybe if I'm lucky I'll get another thousand tonight.

Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll get another thousand tonight.