Cool asks for fic writers

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1. Describe yourself how you would describe a character you’re introducing
2. Is there any specific ritual you go through while/before/after your writing?
3. What is your absolute favorite kind of fic to write?
4. Are there any other fic writers you admire? If so, who and why?
5. How many words can you write if you sit down and concentrate intensely for an hour?
6. First fic/pairing you wrote for? (If no pairing, describe the plot)
7. Inspiration, time, or motivation. Choose two.
8. Why do you choose to write?
9. Do you ever have plans to write anything other than fic?
10. What inspires you the most?
11. Weirdest thing you’ve ever written/thought about writing/etc.?
12. A fic you wish you had written better, and why?
13. Favorite fic from another author?

14. Your favorite side pairings to put in?
15. Your guilty writing pleasure?
16. Do you have structured ideas of how your story is supposed to go, or make it up as you write?
17. Would you describe yourself as a fast writer?
18. How old were you when you started writing?
19. Why did you start writing?
20. 4 sentences from your work that you’re proud of

Review: Steps in the Dark; Crooked House (2017)

So, I'm a Georgette Heyer fan, as you may have figured out by now. And while she's best known for her regency romances (though some of them really ought to be desginated as 'adventure' stories as the romance is a most a side note), she also wrote a whole bunch of mysteries. Steps in the Dark falls under the category of adventure-mystery rather than puzzle-mystery, and it's just as delightful as her regency works. The main characters are a married couple and the wife's siblings, which right off the bat is tailor-written for me, as I'm a sucker for familial relationships where everyone actually likes everyone else--there's something about long-existing relationships that's just more interesting. There's a down-played side romance, but it's really focused on the siblings.

The mystery itself is all "haunted" mansions and secret passages and smuggling gangs--nothing groundbreaking, but the character interactions are strong and the dialog is witty and the whole thing is just fun, even if the adventure takes a little while to kick properly into gear. A good book to read while on vacation and feeling frivolous.

The 2017 movie version of Crooked House, on the other hand, is very much not frivlous. The Agatha Christie novel is her usual bend of puzzle and character study, though a bit darker in tone than many of her works. The movie adaptation, on the other hand, was clearly taking its cue from the noir film genre, complete with the femme fatale and a private eye with a complicated relationship with the police. It's beautifully shot, and there are some very strong performances, and the ending is a bit like a gut-shot. Given the subject matter it's not exactly an easy watch, but it's definitelly engaging, and well-paced. It's definitely not the book, but stands well enough on its own that I don't begrudge it the changes to characters and plot.

Poem: The Windhover

- Gerard Manley Hopkins

To Christ our Lord

I caught this morning morning's minion, king-
dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!
No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.

First Sunday after Easter

(Prayer requests?)

O sons and daughters, let us sing!
The King of heaven, the glorious King,
Over death and Hell rose triumphing.

That Easter morn, at break of day,
The faithful women went their way
To seek the tomb where Jesus lay.

An angel clad in white they see,
Who sat, and spake unto the three,
“Your Lord doth go to Galilee.”

That night th’apostles met in fear;
Amidst them came their Lord most dear,
And said, “My peace be on all here.”

On this most holy day of days
Our hearts and voices, Lord, we raise
In laud and jubilee and praise.

Poll: Car sickness

Since I still have upset stomachs on my mind (it's going to be a while before I can look happily upon a Hawaiian pizza, I'm afraid), a simple question for you all:

Do you get car sick?

I used to, but now I don't
I didn't used to, but now I do
I bet Robin's thrown up in the Batmobile at least once

Stepping off the information superhighway for a bit

Not bored with the miracles of technology, just ... a bit wiped out still from the stomach flu. Anyhow, I thought this was an interesting conversation, and fits with how I'm finding myself spending less time online when I'm at home--though deleting the Wifi password from my laptop definitely helps with that. :P

I'm finding that I like the slight awkwardness that comes with having to use an Ethernet cable to hook in--means I have to do it deliberately, and if I don't bring my power cord along, I have a hard limit set on how much mindless/accidental surfing I can do.

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Inspector Bodyguard to the rescue/Scoobynatural

So, I'm currently laid out with a pretty unpleasant stomach bug, although it seems to finally be settling down a bit (I'm reaching the bored stage, whereas this morning I just slept on and off between ... incidents), and this whole thing reminds of a book I loved as a kid--Inspector Bodyguard Patrols the Land of U. It turned various ailments (both injuries and illnesses) into battles between the relevant systems of the body and the intruders, showing how everything works together to perform various needed tasks.

(I think my personal Inspector Bodyguard needs to rally the troops right now.)

Did anyone else have favorite science books as a kid? I remember loving The Magic Schoolbus, but that series tended to parse things out a little more, I think, instead of focusing on how things work together as a whole.

Regarding Scoobynatural: it felt short, in the very best way, leaving me going, "oh! it's over already?" I'm too tired to go through and ennumerate the various scenes and lines that I loved, but there were a lot of them. What were yours?