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Sep. 18th, 2017 08:22 pm
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Thought for the evening:

I know that Luke Cage won't really be behind the bar at Vazac's when I walk by, but I can't help looking, anyway.
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It pretty much kills any real social media time, especially longer-form stuff like DW. I could probably do more if I turned the computer on at night but I really try never to do that when I'm on a project. There's no reason to.

Maybe things will even out a little. I'd made a commitment to myself to write here regularly, and I haven't quite been able to do it for the past few weeks.

On the bright side, Baltimore is a nice town so far. I'm sure there are parts that aren't nice, but that's true of every city, isn't it?
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I was bid on to write a Lord Peter Wimsey/Agent Carter crossover for Love Trumps Hate and have been struggling with it for months. I had a number of false starts and then started to write it through Dum Dum Duggan's voice, which I was really enjoying, until I realized that a) the problem with writing a WWII story is that I can only write the homefront; behind the lines is not something I can envision well enough to write. And also that b) my original plan -- Lord Peter, Peggy, and Dum Dum go behind the lines to rescue Lord St. George (who, according to Sayers' notes, was to have been an RAF pilot in the war) and Howard Stark -- had a fatal flaw in that Lord Peter's shellshock/PTSD meant he really is better off doing the Foreign Office/diplomacy thing. Harriet and Bunter literally told me that in dialogue!

So as to not entirely let down the bidder, who's been so cooperative and understanding, I wrote a little squib, where Peter and Peggy meet up after the war. You can read it here, should you like: https://archiveofourown.org/works/12023484

I wonder if I'm witty enough to write Wimseyfic. I keep parading Peter and Harriet into crossover stories (okay, well, twice), because they are awesome, but I'm not certain whether I'm confident enough to write them on their own. I thought I was, but now I wonder.

Yuletide nominations -- first time I've actually done this:
Strange Empire - feminist Canadian western that's on Netflix in the US, and only lasted one season (2015). Focuses on women and shows an old West, that reflects the actual diversity of the time and place instead of whitewashing, on the Montana/Alberta border, and has lots of interesting flawed women characters, a wonderful trans man, and Tahmoh Penikett being all handsome and stuff. The dialogue sounds a bit stylized, which I think is a post-Deadwood thing, but I was riveted.

and
The Bletchley Circle, perennial favorite (of mine, anyway).

I've got prospects

Sep. 6th, 2017 12:00 pm
filkerdave: (h2g2)
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This is kind of cool. I decided that it's high time I read some of John Le Carré's books. I've been meaing too for several years, since the film of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" came out a few years back. I started with "Call for the Dead" and then "A Murder of Quality" and now I'm reading through "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold"

About a quarter of the way into the book is this bit: "He was as ready to drink tea at Fortnum’s as beer at the Prospect of Whitby"

This made me smile because The Prospect of Whitby is a real pub in London, and I was there a few times when I was living in London. It's right along the Thames in Wapping (maybe a mile and half east of the Tower of London for those who want a better landmark). There's a long pewter-covered bar inside and really tasty food and beer inside. Since you're right on the river there are great views.

Just a little unexpected moment that brightened my day.

Dreambits

Sep. 6th, 2017 09:16 am
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Well, not really dreambits other than I had someone invade my dreams last night that I haven't spoken to in *years*, just out of the blue. There's no reason I can think of for this to have happened. Usually I can find some trigger to drams in what's going on during the day or in my life. But this? Nope.

Color me confused.

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