Obviously my own nominations:
Gwendolyn Courtney - Elizabeth of the Garrett Theatre
H. P. Lovecraft - The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Elizabeth Kostova - The Historian
But then I have to narrow these five down to three:
4. The Mummy Series
5. The Borgias
6. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
7. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
The Mummy series is pretty given as I considered nomming those myself, but the rest will be tricky to decide on. Versailles was nominated, but not the characters I’m interested in, so that one falls away, at least.
There are also plenty of fandoms nominated I have written in; The Mummy, Penny Dreadful, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Peter Pan, even if I don’t know if I want to write in all those this year. There are also a few I haven’t written in, but can imagine doing so for, so I predict no problems in that area.
Apart from that I went down with autumn’s first case of bronchitis on Sunday, and feel very much under the weather. Tomorrow I need to get my act together when it comes to The Darkest Night-fic if I’m to have it done my the 30th. I have felt much too sick to sit in front of a computer up until today. Very annoying.
Title: A Day In The Life…
Characters: Nosy, Ianto, Jack, Owen, Team Torchwood.
Word Count: 922
Summary: Like every other member of the Torchwood Team, Nosy is never off duty.
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge 204: 24 Hours.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
( A Day In The Life... )
I ripped out one of the stories and tossed it in the trash, because it was written by a fandom bully who hounded hesychasm, among many others. hesychasm has written about them here. But genuinely enjoyed the rest, some of them tremendously. (I'm still thinking of Red, and Joash, and the time-travellers.)
Blood of the Earth
Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter is 99c! This urban fantasy novel is the first in the Soulwood series, which seems to be a spin-off of Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series. It was also recommended during our SBTB Reader Recommendation Party at RT 2017. I remember because I immediately added it to be TBR pile.
Set in the same world as the New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, an all-new series starring Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.
When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.
Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.
Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…
Must Love Dukes
Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels is $1.99! This historical romance is the first in the Tricks of the Tonseries and many readers loved the heroine. However, there is a warning that the historical research is a little lax and I know that’s a hot button issue here at the Pink Palace.
The Mad Duke lean in closer, his lips gently brushing her ear, and whispered, “I dare you.”
She Can’t Resist the Dare
Lillian Phillips could not imagine how her quiet, simple life had come to this. Blackmailed by the Mad Duke of Thornwood into accepting one wild dare after another…all because of a pocket watch. Desperate to recover her beloved father’s pawned timepiece, Lily did something reckless and dangerous and delicious—something that led to a night she’d never forget.
He has a Reputation for Scandal
When Devon Grey, Duke of Thornwood, runs into a mesmerizing, intoxicating, thieving woman who literally stole from his bedchamber—with his new pocket watch—Devon plots his revenge. If the daring wench likes to play games, he’s happy to oblige. After all, what’s the ruse of being the Mad Duke if you can’t have some fun? But the last laugh might just be on him…
A Desperate Fortune
A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley is $1.99! Like Kearsley’s other books, it has strong romantic elements and dual timelines. Many readers loved Sara, a woman who’s been diagnosed with Asperger’s and takes a job as a codebreaker, but other readers found the book took a while to get going. And, in case you missed it, check out Susanna Kearsley on our podcast!
The highly anticipated, brand-new timeslip romance from New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley
For nearly 300 years, the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread-its secrets safe from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired by a once-famous historian to crack the journal’s cipher.
But when she arrives in Paris, Sara finds herself besieged by complications from all sides: the journal’s reclusive owner, her charming Parisian neighbor, and Mary, whose journal doesn’t hold the secrets Sara expects. As Mary’s tale grows more and more dire, Sara, too, must carefully choose which turning to take… to find the road that will lead her safely home.
Maybe This Christmas
Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan is $1.99! This is a contemporary holiday romance. The hero is a former champion skier and single dad and the heroine is his best friend. Friends-to-lovers catnip, ahoy! A few readers weren’t too fond of the hero, but many loved how the transition in the couple’s relationship was handled. It has a 4.1-star rating and is the third and final book in the O’Neil Brothers trilogy.
This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O’Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he’s simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he’s never ruined, and he’s not about to start now.
Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she’s been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture…how can she concentrate on being his friend when he’s sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she’s always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?
At the weekend, I went blackberrying with my girlfriend. (She's amazing. Have I mentioned that?) It was an accidental sort of blackberrying: we filled her hat, because there was a patch of dead ground filled with brambles and berries and we just couldn't turn away.
With a cooking apple cooked down with chopped dates for sweetness, we made a blackberry pie:
I knew the budget was very low, but was impressed by how much the filmmaker did with it, using repeated imagery and sparse effects, like the force-shield dome over Toronto. The actors were terrific, and I liked the costuming and minimal but effective set-dressing (bright feathers appeared a lot).
The story focused more on the mystical aspects of the obeah than on the science fictional elements, I felt. The script seemed to be aiming for a coming-of-age story, about growing into and accepting power from without and within. But overall, I thought the same ideas were repeated too often, like the movie wasn't sure I-the-viewer could figure it out.
As usual with films made from novels, I was disappointed in how little of the book's story made it into the film, even though it was billed as only part of the novel. I think if you hadn't read the book, you wouldn't get much of an idea of it beyond the baseline, 'this is a futuristic dystopia in which there are people of color and obeah in Toronto'. On the other hand, for some viewers that would be enough to get them to watch. I want people to watch! And discuss!
For those who've read the book, it focuses on the beginning of Ti-Jeanne's relationship with Tony, and introduces the viewers to some of the book's basic issues (addiction to Buff and Rudy's gang, primarily). The organ-stealing plotline was not referenced, and Ti-Jeanne doesn't yet have Baby.
I noticed the dialect from the book had been toned down quite a bit, possibly to demonstrate the generational differences between Mami/Gros-Jeanne and Ti-Jeanne. Crack had been cast as a woman, which was interesting (Rudy didn't appear).
My friend and I stayed for the panel afterwards, and the director, Sharon Lewis, mentioned she was developing the book for a television series, aiming for something along the lines of Netflix or Amazon. I think that would work a lot better than the movie did - there is way too much plot for one feature. Here's hoping all goes well and it takes off and Nalo gets money!
These are all the ones that I have a particular interest in after looking—including the ones I nominated, somewhere among them:
The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter (Mostly going to read this soon)
Carmilla - J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles - Kim Newman
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
The Real Ghostbusters
The Company of Wolves (1984)
Count Dracula (1977)
Crimson Peak (2015)
The Haunting (1963)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
The Innocents (1961)
The Mummy Series
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
Sherlock Holmes (Rathbone films)
The Shadow (1994)
Van Helsing (2004)
Dark Shadows (Big Finish Audio)
Dark Shadows (1966)
Dark Shadows (1991)
Dracula (TV 1968)
Dracula: The Series (This is the 1990 version)
She-Wolf of London (TV)
I need to read Nine Coaches Waiting, by Mary Stewart. Tanz der Vampire - Steinman/Kunze is one that Youtube keeps recommending I watch, due to my interest in Dracula musicals. I spotted My Two Dads, which currently airs in reruns on Sunday nights on Antenna TV. Poltergeist: The Legacy is on daily on Comet TV.
I have She-Wolf of London, and the 1991 version of Dark Shadows on DVD, along with Dracula: The Series when it comes to the tv shows section.
This HaBO is from Julie, who is hoping to find this older romance:
Looking for a book I read possibly about 20 – 25 years ago.
It started with the hero and heroine on a train in England. She is headed to marry an old man who is still trying to get his heir. I do not remember what his royal rank is, and he is headed to the home of a distant relation who he is heir to. They met and have one incredible night on the train together. She marries the old man, but he is unable to bed her and dies a few dies later. No one knows the marriage was never consummated.
The hero shows up a few days after this; turns out he is the heir to the same man the heroine married. After about a month or so she faints and falls off a horse and the doc comes. Turns out she is pregnant from the night on the train, but of course, everyone else thinks the marriage is consummated and the old man will have an heir after all. The rest of the story is about how the hero and heroine handle all of this. If anyone can help that would be great.
Sound familiar to anyone?
I've talked to the L'Anse township zoning guy, who talked to the township supervisor, and they both think that there'd be no problem with a year-round home.
So what do I need to *insure* that there's no problem with a year-round home? A letter from the township? Do I need to spend a chunk of money to hire a lawyer to get some kind of zoning forbearance? Suggestions?
We're talking about a township with of population of under 2000, and the zoning guy is saying, "Well, gee, I dunno. I didn't even think that this section had any kind of overlay on the zoning map. I talked to the supervisor and he said that he thought it was all agricultural."
The only thing left to decide is how much the interest I'll be paying, so we can figure the monthly payment. It'll be a land contract with a 5 year balloon, and I want to have at least $20K saved for the refinance, so I'll need to save about $335/mo for the refinance. Budget-wise, that leaves me looking at about 7% interest, max. And I'll need cash for the closing costs, too.
*Big breath* This is it!
12. A song from your pre-teen years
Girls Aloud - Something Kinda Ooh
Admittedly, I'm not sure if this is pre-teen per se – might be early teens as well – but I don't recall having an independent taste in music before getting into Girls Aloud. (I also don't recall how I got into them.) I liked the active, bouncy rhythms. Like most music popular with the preteens, it's ... kinda adult, actually. Partying at clubs until 3 am and one-night stands and such are more popular with the 18+ segment than the under-13 one, in my experience. Perhaps some sort of lure of adulthood thing goin on – the real marker of the child/adult transition is going from lusting for adulthood to wistfulness towards childhood.
In other news, Yuletide has a tag set! I went through with the bookmarklet, and now have a list of things I should look at again. I know 5 requests, and might add a 6th one, depending on what I feel. I have some clue about offers, but shall have to read one more book, look at the letters for one fandom, and ponder characters.
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Didn't end up feeling well enough to write at all yesterday, woe, but I've made up for it today by turning my femslashex zero draft into a full first draft in one go. It's rough, and will need a bit more shaping before it's ready for a proper going over and edit, but I think I have a good handle on it and I quite like the direction it took. So yay for that.
( Days 1-20 )
Day 21: alexseanchai, auroracloud, cornerofmadness, esteliel, miss_morland, navaan, sylvanwitch, trobadora, ysilme (9/18)
Day 22: alexseanchai, auroracloud, cornerofmadness, esteliel, fangirlishness, miss_morland, navaan, shopfront, sylvanwitch, trobadora, ysilme (10/18)
Day 23: alexseanchai, auroracloud, cornerofmadness, esteliel, fangirlishness, navaan, shopfront, sylvanwitch, trobadora, ysilme (10/18)
Day 24: alexseanchai, auroracloud, cornerofmadness, esteliel, fangirlishness, navaan, shopfront, sylvanwitch, trobadora (9/18)
Day 25: alexseanchai, auroracloud, cornerofmadness, esteliel, fangirlishness, navaan, sylvanwitch, trobadora (8/18)
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This is the culmination of the trilogy that started with Updraft. If you're the sort of person who needs to know that something has a definite-and-for-sure ending before you buy that thing: here you are, here is the ending, it is a really-truly ending that ends. (I really want to encourage people not to do that, because it's a good way to make sure people don't get to have their endings published--especially people like Fran who have given you nice volume endings in addition to the larger series ending. But I know that such people exist, so! Here is the information you were looking for: ending!)
I don't recommend starting with Horizon. This is clearly a culmination, and there are only two books before it to give you the plot and character arcs Fran is weaving together here; it's not like you have to read twelve bugcrushers to get to what she's doing here. Kirit and Nat and their friends and relations--and grudging allies, and adversaries--are back and struggling for survival--trying to figure out, from page one, what shape their survival can even take.
For that reason, it's hard to review Horizon in very concrete terms, because there's so much that it's doing that depends on the previous books. It's exciting from the first page, it's all engineering and all social and all heart, all at once. Fran's weaving threads and perspectives together in ways that she didn't in previous books--rather than resting on previous successes, she's doing this book in a new way, and it works. It's the way this book would have to work, but I love to see that in a first series, rather than copying the structure of a first book that's had as much success as Updraft has, I love to see an author following the story and doing what it needs even if the structure isn't the same. The previous volumes didn't pull punches, and neither does Horizon, but it does that in its own way.
The ending is satisfying without being overly tidy, without being one-size-fits-all for characters who have spent this whole trilogy coming in different sizes. And...I really appreciate the way people with common goals don't always trust each other, don't always like each other--and are sometimes very grumpy at the compromises they have to make with each other. The world is like that; the world of fiction too often finds it difficult to be both satisfying and realistic, but I think Horizon manages both. With lots of astonishing creatures and feats of derring-do in between.
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Cyclists and coffee-lovers! it's nearly coffeeneuring time:
Knitters! yarn RPGs:
(plus the same person has some very gorgeous jumpers and shawls that almost make me wish I knitted and wore jumpers or shawls)
Writers! Yuletide tagset available, sign-ups open soon: