Friday of vacation always feels a little bit like an end, even though there's still the weekend before I'm back to work. Add in that back-and-forth to Toronto yesterday, and the feeling of "aww" grows a bit more. Still, two more days, and a short story to finish and polish, and more stuff to get accomplished for the next five to seven weeks leading up to the launch(es) of Light. I got the bookmarks today - or rather, the second set, since I managed to have a typo on the first set. Yep. A typo. But hey! They're here, and they look great. I had them made double-sided, with Detours by Jeffrey Ricker on the opposite side. This is perhaps a bit of my day-job sneaking through, but I've always felt there was a bit of a loss with bookmarks if you handed them out to advertise one book. They have two sides. Now, if I tuck one into a copy of my novel, the bookmark is there to suggest Jeffrey's wonderful book thereafter (and, if he does the same, vice-versa).
Two sides. Two stories.
"Light and Dark," by Damon Shaw
Speaking of two sides...
Having shared a table of contents with the wonderful Shaw before in The Touch of the Sea, I knew when I saw him listed in The Lavender Menace that I was in for a treat. I knew he had a way of making the unnatural feel plausible, and this verisimilitude is present in "Light and Dark."
Here, two opposing and powerful forces are clashing it out in the skies of nearly ruined London, and one other creature - Mirror - is present. It's through Mirror that we see the ultimate clash between these two forces, and it's in Mirror's mind (and heart) that we see his yearning to be more than a mere tool (as he is quickly referred to in the story) that the darker force uses to attempt to feel his position in the hierarchy.
Obviously, there's an overt tip-of-the-hat to the whole "mirror, mirror" trope here, but Shaw refreshes it and ties it into the dark, gritty world he's crafted so well that it doesn't feel remotely strained. It's a great story, with an end I didn't see coming.