Showing posts from July, 2011


I am unabashedly thrilled because a show I like, Downton Abbey, had their press day yesterday and all kinds of goodies are coming out about the upcoming second season.

The writing on this show is so incredible and I've been reading fanfiction and re-watching episodes and reading speculation on what might happen to whom next season....

Season 1 opened in 1912, with the sinking of the Titanic affecting an English earl and his family--and their small army of servants. It ended, many romantic entanglements, plots, disagreements, and intriguing characters, 7 episodes later, just as Britain entered WWI in 1914.

ITV, the network Downton is shown on in the UK, also released a press pack, with little paragraph-long, minorly spoilery bios for every character. So, squee!! 
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Intro To Creative Writing notes from Spring '05

I was cleaning my desk up the other day and came across a sheaf of looseleaf. They are the notes I cared to keep after Intro to Creative Writing in Spring 2005.

Now, of course, I wish we'd had more intensive writing classes. Intro to Novels. Why Your Character Won't Do As You Say 101. I wish Research Writing was about researching for novels.

But, anyway, because it's always good to remember the basics:

Before AC

An interesting post at another blog:

I've been thinking about weather lately, in terms of my book. We New Yorkers might be in the middle of a heat wave right now, but in the summer of 1800 in England, the problem seemed to be wetness.

Ten dukes-a-dining

I've mentioned the dearth of dukes in Regency romance novels, haven't I? Dukes are the highest level of nobility in England, just under royalty, so for most of the time, they were often the richest aristocrats with many houses, horses, coaches, and lots of land. They also had incredible influence, politically and socially. In a time when voting was limited to men who owned land and the House of Lords actually did something, being a duke was quite a deal.

Because of that, many historical romance heroes are dukes rather than, say, viscounts or barons. There have only been 500 dukes in Britain since the Conquest, so not every romance hero can be a duke. In fact, it's extremely unrealistic.

I was browsing around and came across this: Ten modern day dukes dining together. In total, there are currently 24 dukes in Great Britain, according to the article, so these ten were a small sampling. The range is interesting. The Duke of Leinster (which is ridiculous; Leinster is in Irelan…

This Loud Morning

David Cook's second major label album was released two weeks ago. It's called This Loud Morning (RCA). 
I have written about my exploits (and posted pictures via Facebook) while in thrall with David. I don't, however, consider myself a super fan. As in, I only stalked him in legal ways and I don't think he's God's Gift to the Music Industry. 
 I loved several songs on the first release in 2008 ("Lie" in particular, but also "A Daily Anthem," "Declaration," "Bar-ba-Sol."). 
He took three years to release this record and so far, it's struggling a bit. Early days yet, I realize, but I bought the album and I'm kind of ambivalent about it. This isn't a music review at all, by the way. I'm just ranting. 
Unlike a great many Internet-blog-forum-posting Cooktards, I actually liked the first single. It's called "The Last Goodbye"--it's poppy and hooky and damn catchy. Good for summer, you know? Plus,
I wrote 1,386 words in one hour of Airport-turned-off-therefore-no-Internet-writing session today. Woohoo!

It's not quite the 1,667 words a day for NaNoWriMo, but still...for moi, that's quite a big deal. I tend to write like 50 words here, 50 words there, let's go read a story on the Yahoo homepage here, let's read a blog there, ooh! YouTube video....
One of my favorite blogs is Reasoning With Vampires. Its blogger was interviewed here:—-blogger-takes-on-twilight/
Before I run off to work, I just wanted to note that I'm having a good writing day. Buzzy and I are getting along. I'm nearly done with the first 50 pages of this rewrite (that is, in the first draft, I'm on page 36, but in the rewrite document, I'm up to page 49).

Soon, I can move on. I only have vague ideas for these--a merry widow, a respectable widow, a pony riding accident, the village racist gets her comeuppance and something to do with the French...

An adventure, part 1

I have a friend who is allergic to gluten (wheat, basically) and dairy products. This makes eating complicated. I found a recipe that we might be able to hash out, which was vegan, gluten- and dairy-free. We had half the ingredients.

So another friend and I marched off to Trader Joe's to procure the rest of the ingredients. We needed 5 things.

They only had 1. So a trip to Stop & Shop became necessary. We learned that it was across a bridge. Turns out, said bridge is near a major road overpass or something, by the railroad tracks and there are no people in sight.

If anybody needs a place to dump a body, this might be the best location. Even in a pair, even in broad effin' daylight, just...don't do this. As we were saying as we crossed this bridge, there's a thin line between fearless and reckless. Also, we realized that even in our home borough, there are just places we don't go.

You'll have to wait until tomorrow to see if we bought the necessary items. What…