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Monday, March 24, 2014
3:51 pm edt
Peculiar I'm peculiar
A number of years ago, while writing the libretto for Peter, the Wolf, and Red Riding Hood (...'cause she's not so little anymore), I penned a poem for a quirky (like me!) friend of mine entitled "I'm Peculiar" (the poem's name, not my friend's).
I had so much fun with it that I decided to include it in the musical as a duet sung by the characters (Peter's) Grandpa and
(Red's) Mother. My talented collaborator composed the most intriguing music for it, which we published along with the play’s
other songs and its full script on amazon.com. The lyrics of “I’m Peculiar” go something like this:
But what is most peculiar
Is that I do
But what is most compatible
Is that friends who
Are amazingly compatible, too!
It could not have been by chance
It had to be planned, this crazy romance
I don't think I will ever forget
How through circumstance we’ve met.
Or how peculiarly compatible
We'd quickly get
And that I would
But what is most peculiar
that I do find you
Too! ©2000-2014 L.F. Uzelac and J.J. McInerney
So, coincidentally enough,
years later, here I am wrapped up in reading the really weird Peculiar Children series of novels by a quirky but all so very
talented author named Ransom Riggs. And I thought, "Hey! this should be his theme song!" Because his characters
are children with odd, strange, and intriguing talents that make them different than other humans. He calls them "peculiars"
and, along with their ymbrymes, they have the most amazing – and frightening –adventures and tales to tell.
I just finished Hollow City , the second in the series and was just as enthralled with it as I was with the first, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children , which I reviewed here and for www.authorexposure.com last June. My latest Riggs review is posted there now.
If you're looking for a different, um, peculiarly interesting
read, then this is this novel and its prequel are for you!
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure:
A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville
during the Roarin' 20s
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during
World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her sixth novel.