Alternate History

Sometimes, history sucks. Or it's not interesting. Or it's enormously interesting, but Writer Brain is like, "But what if it happened this way instead?"

According to Wikipedia, alternate history is basically speculative fiction, because the writer is speculating on a "what if?" idea and changing real, documented history into something else. Also, sometimes, time slip and time travel is involved.

The FrankenIdea has strong alternate history elements and while I'm barely into writing this thing--hello, unfinished Chapter One!--I'm working out how the alternate history parts work. It's different from making up fictional historical people (hi, definitely doing that, too) or a fictional country (possibly) because in this instance, at least, I am keeping some people who are definitely dead alive, so I've been thinking about what their lives would have been like had they lived longer. What their being alive means for political situations or for rea…

Bodyguard + When They See Us

As usual, I was late to these Netflix series--I watched Bodyguard first, because Richard Madden.

I saw him play a total bastard in Rocketman, remembered that he'd won a Golden Globe for Bodyguard, and my friend had already watched it and told me it was good, so I watched it.

Hooked from the first scene, guys. It's a tense thriller sort of thing, where David Budd, an ex-British Army solider who served in Afghanistan, is suffering from PTSD. He works for the Metropolitan police force in their Royalty and Special Protection branch and he is assigned to be the personal protection officer for the war-hawk Home Secretary. So good. There are a lot of twists and turns and episode six had me on the edge of my seat, mouth wide open, and I literally forgot that I was watching Richard Madden in a TV show--it was just crying David Budd and I was freaking out along with him.

When They See Us, written and directed by Ava DuVernay, was released in May and I watched it last weekend. I can't…

Classification Systems

This June, I've been taking an online course for my library science degree--Introduction to Classification, which covers the tedious world of library classification systems aka how they keep track of all the books.

I'm most familiar with Dewey--it's the most widely used system. It's numbers based. So first, you have to figure out which class the discipline of the book best corresponds to.

000 Computer science, information, library science
100 Philosophy and psychology
200 Religion
300 Social sciences
400 Language
500 Science
600 Technology
700 Arts and recreation
800 Literature
900 History and geography

Once you've figured out the class your book belongs to, say the 800s, then you move to the second digit. 810 is American literature in English. 813 is American fiction in English. Then you can add a decimal point after 813 and continue on to the Tables, which have Standard Subdivisions, divisions for geography, divisions for works by individual authors, languages, e…

Queen Victoria's Last Three Kids

Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert was born on May 1, 1850, the seventh of Victoria and Albert's large family. He was named after the Duke of Wellington. At age sixteen, Arthur entered the Royal Military College at Woolwich, graduating two years later, and becoming a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers Corps. From there, he moved around in the army a bit and served in places like Canada, India, Ireland, Egypt, and South Africa.

During service in Canada, Prince Arthur became very popular there. The Iroquois even gave him the title Chief of the Six Nations.

In 1874, his mother gave him the title Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. In 1879, Arthur married Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia. They had three children.

In 1911, Arthur became the Governor General of Canada. He stayed in Canada during the beginning of World War One, his time as Governor General ending in 1916. The Duke of Connaught died on January 19, 1942, aged 91. Arthur's descendants include members of the current Sw…

Queen Victoria's Middle Three Kids

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's fourth child was born on August 6, 1844. He was their second son and so, second in line to the throne after his older brother. His parents named him Prince Alfred Ernest Albert. Alfred was known as "Affie" in the family. He wanted to enter the Navy and was allowed to at a young age. Victoria granted him the title Duke of Edinburgh in 1866 and in 1867, Alfred took a journey around the world. He was the first royal to visit Australia, where he was shot (but recovered). He also became the first royal to visit New Zealand, went to Hawaii and met their royals, and was the first European prince to visit Japan in 1869. He also traveled to India, Sri Lanka, and Hong Kong.

Alfred married Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, the only daughter of the Russian tsar Alexander II, in St. Petersburg. They had five surviving children together.

Alfred was stationed on Malta for a few years--their third child, Victoria Melita, was born there. He rose to be …