Hey, join me at the party! The Writer's Party
, that is, where I do my Auntie Mame impression. I talk about inspiration and writing and whatnot. Not quite as crazily as I did at Mr B's but it's not possible to maintain that high level of madness all
A decent showing in the Preditors & Editors Poll
. I think I made it to #15 last year with "High Plains Lazarus"
; this year It's a Curse
made it to #16 and four other Drunk on the Moon
titles ended up in the top 20 (imagine if our votes were combined!). Dark Pages: International Noir
with my story "Mandrake and Magpies" made it to #13. With some real stiff competition, the fabulous Queen of Everything's cover art rose to #12. All in all, an excellent showing!
And just under the wire: the Pornokitsch interview with all of us at The Girl's Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse
is up: check it out!
Those of you in the States may not be getting the same inundation that we are on this side of the pond, but even if you aren't
deluged by Dickens, I stand by these recommendations:
Sick of Dickens? Here are Some Alternatives...
By K.A. Laity
It's the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. If somehow the news has escaped you, surely you could tell from the deluge of BBC productions
assaulting us from every side (even if they don't always seem to be enjoying it
It's only the second week in January and already we've had a new version of Great Expectations
and fleshed out finish to The Mystery of Edwin Drood
, and Arena
has offered a neat recap of this most-filmed author whose works have filled cinemas since its first stuttering steps.
Meanwhile on the radio you can find adaptations of The Old Curiosity Shop, Hard Times, Little Dorrit
and David Copperfield
at present. There are over 200 hits when you search programmes for
Dickens (you get almost double that when you search sports, but that's seldom due to Charles
you want costume drama but you're sick of Dickens? Where to turn? Let's
assume for the sake of argument you've likewise had your fill lately of
both Austen and Downton Abbey
—after all you can't swing a dead
urchin without hitting one or the other. Here are some suggestions that
may be less well known to those of you who hunger for yet more bonnets
and waistcoats (I'd say hit the books, but we know that's not going to
happen, is it?)...
Read the rest, as always, over at BBHQ
. Despite my grumbling, I think Gwyneth Hughes did an admirable job of wrapping up Dickens' unsolved enigma and the second half cracked along. If some of the outcomes were predictable, others definitely were not!
Nicely done. Spoilers in this recap
Budapest and Switzerland in May: a distinct possiblity...
No chance at this hour of singling out anything for an FFB, I suspect...shall have to read the articles here when my own Rapid Fire life runs lower on ammo...
Clearly not, eh? Trying to get things done (and jettisoning things I don't want to do which leaves me feeling very good).
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