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...and the angels wept

Madonna and Guy are divorcing.

It's just so sad. They seemed so perfect for each other; two human beings of great pretention, marginal talent, and superior marketing skills. Two self-absorbed rich people who found each other in a world of self-absorbed rich people. Sigh. It brings a tear to my eye, to think a marriage so clearly based in strike-while-the-iron-is-hot publicity and the ephemeral promise of a certain lazy one-note filmmaker's lazy one-note films love has come to an end.

No, honestly. I do loathe Madonna, and I do think Guy Richie is a talentless one-note filmmaker who only succeeded on Tarantino's coattails. But they did stick it out well beyond the absolute catastrophe that was Swept Away, so I give them credit for trying.

It does kind of make me wonder, though. Is it really even a marriage when you spend less than half a year together? And how bad do things need to get before you split up a marriage when you only see each other for photo ops? I think even if I were in a bad marriage I'd be able to stay in it for the sake of my kids if I never had to see the man involved for more than ten minutes. Really. Kind of like how for centuries widowhood was one of the best stages in a woman's life*? They could do what they liked, but they weren't sluts because they'd been married; they got to live only and solely for themselves.

I have no desire to be a widow, of course. But I do admit there have been times over the last eight years when I've thought rather enviously of women in polygamous marriages. I know that's not something we're supposed to say, but it's true. Think how nice it would be if, say, you have yet another stupid fucking stomach flu, and there's another wife around to feed and dress the children and take them to school (luckily--or not so luckily--Princess has been sick too, so I haven't had to cart her to and from school, but Faerie still has her nursery school three mornings a week.) Or you had insomnia and didn't sleep, and another wife lets you stay in bed while she handles that stuff.

Or if I have a lot of work to do, I could hand over the dinner responsibilities to another wife while I hole up somewhere with the computer. Another wife can keep the hubs busy (when you've been married for eight years I think expediency can sometimes override jealousy) so I can keep working.

It's not a perfect system, of course (and I don't think I need to tell anyone here how far my tongue is in my cheek.) But seriously, I can't be the only woman in the world who's ever thought this? That it would be quite nice to have a couple of other women around to help with the housework and the kids? To roll eyes with when the hubs is grumpy? Like, I'd tell the hubs to look for a wife who likes doing crafty things with the kids, because I'm not good at that (I have really no visual artistic abilities at all; my stuff looks nice enough but there's no real spark, I can never make it look the way it does in my head). And in exchange I'll teach them all to cook. And there could be an outdoorsy wife, who takes them hiking and to the playground and stuff, while I stay home and smoke and drink bourbon. It sounds frankly ideal, I have to say (and I've only seen Big Love once, sigh; is it even still on? They don't show it here.)

Of course, this assumes I get to be First Wife, as with the feudal Chinese. No Third or Fourth Wife positions for me, no way. I want to be Numero Uno, not the drudge.

But really, am I totally strange in thinking, just occasionally, that this might actually be a really good system? That it might actually save some couples from divorcing, even, if there's less fighting over who clears the table and does the dishes and takes the kids to violin lessons and all that stuff? And everyone gets more sleep.

Thoughts?

*Note: When I say this I'm thinking of women throughout history who made loveless marriages simply to be married; I'm not at all implying this was the case for everyone.


In other news: First, I keep forgetting, like a dumbass, to mention this, but did you all see my good friend Caitlin's awesome announcement? I was lucky enough to beta-read the first three chapters of WITCH NUMBERS, and I have to tell you guys, it was fucking awesome. So awesome that this announcement did not surprise me one little bit. You will NOT want to miss these books when they come out, trust me.

Also, Accustomed to his Fangs got its first review! My beloved Mrs. Giggles gave the book an 85:

Accustomed To His Fangs is a most amusing vampire romance with a plot that is different from most of the vampire romances out there...The story here is actually a predictable one, but Ms Quinn manages to make it a most entertaining story nonetheless. Ms Quinn manages to poke a few sly fun at the expense of the more familiar submissive heroines of this kind of stories by having Becky deliberately not wanting to do what those heroines would have done without a second thought...Accustomed To His Fangs on the whole is a cute and most entertaining fresh twist on the whole vampire romance thing.


Read the full review here

Also, we have some new reviews for a couple of older titles! Bitten by Books has been working its way through my entire catalog, it seems, and they have some lovely things to say:

About Blood Will Tell:

...this is a well-written story by Quinn. She definitely knows how to tell a darned good story. 3.5 tombstones from the cranky Southern Belle.


About Day of the Dead:

Day of the Dead is an interesting story, a classic template with a few nice twists and an pleasant ending. Quinn spins a good yarn about vampires, revenge and love.


And last but not least, Personal Demons:

Personal Demons is fast-paced, well written, and downright scary in places. The action doesn’t let up, although it does slow down enough at times so you can catch your breath, and the love scenes between Greyson and Megan are hot enough to steam up your glasses.


So there you go! It's Thursday, and I finally don't feel like I'm going to throw up at any second!

Comments

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stacia_kane
Oct. 16th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Lol. I probably wouldn't actually want to do it, but it is tempting sometimes, isn't it? Just the thought of having more freedom like that, more time for yourself? :-)
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stacia_kane
Oct. 16th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, YES. I have been in terrible shape all week. I never threw up, I just constantly felt like I was about to. Ugh.

Princess had it as well, poor baby. But yes, we are both up and about today, and feeling much better. I will even eat something other than toast for dinner (I managed toast yesterday, but had nothing but Sprite for two days before that.)

Hope you feel better soon!
alchemuse
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Okay. I *almost* had a gigantic freak out because I saw my own words about Personal Demons flashing in my face...until I noticed the link to Bitten By Books and remembered that I let them put up a few of my reviews before things at UFL got straightened out.

Good lordy, I'm awake now.....*twitch*
stacia_kane
Oct. 16th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Lol, dammit! I thought when I read it that it sounded familiar, and then I googled it and saw it was yours, and remembered you'd done some reviews for them, but I forgot to mention it in the post! Sorry!

Hmm...that's an interesting blog topic actually. I always keep an eye out for plagiarism in my reviews, I wonder if others do the same?
alchemuse
Oct. 16th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
Up until the very instant when it clicked I was looking at my own words, it never dawned on me to think someone would plagiarize from any of my reviews.

It was more effective at waking me up than coffee. :D
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stacia_kane
Oct. 16th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, that's an even better idea, isn't it? Doh.

But then I have to service them all sexually, and frankly I don't have that kind of time. :-)
selestial_owg
Oct. 16th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
I've thought of polygamy as not such a bad deal either. But as Sadie wrote, I tend to make friends much more easily with men. Now, if I were allowed a say in the other wives? That might be okay LOL.

It is a sad state of affairs though that when famous people get married, most of us wonder how long it will really last. Too many of those unions are a joke and it tends to make people look at all celebrity relationships through that lens. I feel bad for the ones that are genuine, because they have to deal with the same public scrutiny as the publicity hounds.
stacia_kane
Oct. 16th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
It is sad, and like I said, much as I loathe both Madonna and Guy I do appreciate that they genuinely seemed to try and make a go of it, and tried to hold back on some of my meaner thoughts.

Oh, I assume I get some say in the picking of the other wives. I wouldn't even consider it otherwise. :-)
irysangel
Oct. 16th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Hope you feel better soon! I've been giving you the stink eye every time I check my inbox. ;) (Kidding!)
stacia_kane
Oct. 16th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Next stop my AW inbox! I'm sorry, looking at the screen has literally been dizzy-making for the past three days!
psynde
Oct. 16th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
feel bettah...I am just getting over a cold myself. yes look at your inbox..hint hint.. when you feel beter of course..hugs
stacia_kane
Oct. 16th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Did you send me an email? If so I didn't get it. :-)
tom_gallier
Oct. 16th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Okay, and the lone guy commenting (so far), here's my two cents. Poly good. Hee hee.

2nd Wife? Kate Beckinsale...for...um...inspiration writing.
3rd wife? Megan Fox. 'Nough said.
4th wife? I'm exhausted by the 1st three, leave me ALONE!

My dream, to be able to disappoint as many women as possible.

Now I'm scared.
stacia_kane
Oct. 16th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Rofl, Tom. Very good.

I'd be all up for having Beckinsale as second wife. She's beautiful, I love looking at her!
p_sunshine
Oct. 16th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
LOL! This cracked me up! No, I don't think I'd really want to do it either, but you make a very good case!
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