Osian and Dannel have an epic setup. They live in a building owned by Danny’s family–so no rent. They do have to keep an eye on their neighbour’s and help clean up. All things considered, they’ve got the best of everything.
So what do I love about it?
There is an eclectic group of people who live in the apartment building. Ian is probably my favourite secondary character. He’s a riot.
They live in Covent Garden and have a colourful and eclectic view out the window.
The apartment building was built in the 40s…and looks like it. It’s lovely. Check out my Pinterest for the visual reference I used.
In my post on executive dysfunction a few months ago, I believe I mentioned having a cleaning routine. I might’ve also talked about my daily routine that helps me cope on hard days. If I didn’t, I meant to.
I have both a morning and evening routine. Truthfully, I follow the former more frequently than the later. Evenings just don’t always go to plan.
The key thing to me following a routine at all?
Keep it simple.
Complexity doesn’t work for me when I’m stumbling around in the morning without coffee.
I wake up, a key part of any morning routine.
Splash my face with water, brush my teeth (and hair…separate process lol), and stretch.
Make the bed.
And that’s it.
That is literally my early morning routine.
Everything else that comes next is part of my to-do list for the day and may or may not get done.
“I love this series. Motts and her friends are wonderful characters. Dahlia does a wonderful job building this world and these characters. I can’t get enough of them. I am eager for the next book already. Great job Dahlia.”
I won’t spoil anything but writing the villain in Pierced Peony gave me nightmares. Mostly because as always, I worried about making the villain a caricature. I prefer even the not so good characters to feel like real people.
For better or worse, I want my characters to feel like people you could meet in real life.
The scariest villains, in my opinion, are ones who seem like real people. Someone who could live next door to you—but hopefully doesn’t because, you know. My neighbour the murderer wouldn’t be the best surprise, would it?
I mean, in a book in might, not necessarily in my day to day life.
As with any good mystery, Motts’s journey to finding the villain in Pierced Peony isn’t straightforward. There were surprises for her (and for myself.) Overall though, I’m pleased with the result.