Spoilers ahead! I'm not recapping these chapters in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, but I do refer to some things that happen in them. These posts are to give some commentary and behind-the-scenes info for people who want to read along (or re-read) with me or walk down memory lane. If you haven't read the books, you might have some surprises ruined. So maybe go grab a copy and read along as we count down to The Indigo Spell! :)
THESE POSTS ARE NOT ABOUT THE INDIGO SPELL! You're safe if you've read the first two books in the series.
The Golden Lily, Chapter 5
There’s a lot of good stuff in here, starting on page one when Adrian interrogates Sydney about her upcoming date. I especially like that he asks her to clarify that it’s a real date and “not, like, doing homework together.” Here also is where the joking about poor Brayden’s name begins. I feel the need to state here that I don’t think Brayden is a bad name. I like it. In fact, it’s my nephew’s name, and for that reason, I was hesitant to use it. But I really, really wanted to have that recurring gag where people kept getting it wrong, and Brayden offers a million possibilities. I couldn’t think of anything better, so it won. (Those familiar with my other series will recognize this wrong-name thing is a joke I use a lot, from Blake Lazar calling Christian “Kreskin” to Kiyo getting called Kujo in the Dark Swan series).
Two of my favorite lines in this book come from side characters, when Sydney’s girl entourage is helping her dress for the date. First Julia: “This is the kind of shirt that says, ‘You’re never getting in here.’” And then Kristin’s follow-up: “I think it’s more like a shirt that says, ‘I’m going to have to end this date early so I can go prepare my Power Point presentation.’” It’s been a year and a half since I wrote that, and it still cracks me up.
The date speaks for itself, but I’ll close by pointing out how Sydney describes their restaurant as a California place that puts avocado on everything. Seriously. Have you noticed that? That every time a restaurant sticks California in front of a menu item, it has avocado in it? California omelet, California burger, California pizza. If it’s got avocado, the state of California apparently endorses it, so I decided to just create a restaurant that embraces the avocado for everything on their menu. I should've called Avocado My Eye On You.
Tomorrow we go to the two-chapters-a-day weekend system.