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21 March 2013 @ 12:10 pm
Vacationish times are looming...  
Voting closes today on the current round of LJ Idol. My entry is here. Hope you like it!

I finished and sent off the taxes over the weekend, and finalized our Spring Break plans. Which are being tweaked again, because my daughter wants to visit UC Irvine and UCLA while we're in Southern California (Disneyland) and wants to come home a day earlier than I'd planned. She not only has homework projects over the break, she has to practice a group "play" that her English teacher assigned (during a week when people leave town. Thanks a lot!) :(

I signed up for the Never Leave Harlan fic exchange, possibly because I am insane. But I used to do the Prison Break fic exchanges, and Justified has a similarly rich breadth of regular secondary characters. It's the 1000-word minimum that I always find daunting. It likely will be no problem, but I hate word minimums. It's one of the aspects of Yuletide that makes me nervous, too. Stories, for me, are as long as they want to be. A couple that I offered as random Yuletide gifts are ones where I don't know HOW I'd fulfill the prompt/fandom if I were given those as assignments. The Harvard/MIT Hate-Sex story is under 700 words, and I think it's perfect as is. The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock fanfic is a poem and it's under 800 words. I would hate to have to randomly add 230+ extra words to it just because! But... others apparently do not share my issues quite so much. Or at all. ;)

Books: I'm reading The Woman Who Died A Lot, Fat Vampire, and The Vanished Man. That last is a Lincoln Rhyme novel, and I actually groaned out loud when the B-plot improbably converged with the A-plot. Again. (Just finished The Cold Moon, where that was a lot to swallow the first time). So speaking of length... authors, it's okay to tie off an A and B plot separately! Converging them just to make your book fatass-long instead of "typically" long is ridiculous. Especially if the premise doesn't really work. :(

So, I'm hearing of snow threats in places that are NOT the Midwest. How is this happening so late in March?

ETA: New LJ Profile page with the ghostly font hurts. So much hate! Ow.

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we're all mad here: guilty pleasurerelativity1953 on March 21st, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
The Woman Who Died A Lot
That's in the sequel series, correct? I've got books 1-3 in the original series and 5- First Among Sequels (which I haven't begun reading because I can't read my books out of order). I haven't found any of the others in my local stores. I may just have to break down and order them.

Have you read the Nursery Crime series? I can't wait for the third to come out. I'm currently reading Shades of Grey - I find it fun to read it in public and see how many women ask me about it (and I have to explain that there's no "50 Shades" in the title).

Darn you Jasper Fforde! You have taken over my library!

Edited at 2013-03-21 09:39 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on March 21st, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
I suppose it IS in the sequel series-- I just think of them as a continuous line of Thursday Nextness! I think it's #6? It's after "One Of Our Thursday Is Missing." Didn't come out that long ago-- we had to buy it in hardcover.

I love the Nursery Crimes series, and because my son had read the whole "Next" series more recently than I, he realized that the dreadful B-novel featured in "The Well Of Lost Plots" is one of the Jack Spratt mysteries! Though it's intended to be one before Fforde "got the hang" of writing it decently. ;)

I've been hoping he'd write another Nursery Crimes story, but it's been so long! Yay!

I also have a lot of Fforde in my home library. Usually, I read things via the library and only buy if I expect I'll reread it several times. Fforde definitely made the cutoff!

People keep telling me to try out Shades of Grey, and I've been remiss because the person who first hooked me on the Thursday Next books hated it. BUT... he and I don't always see eye-to-eye on those things, and you're the second person to mention it.

That's it-- I'm putting a library "Hold" request on it. :D
we're all mad hererelativity1953 on March 22nd, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
I read "The Eyre Affair", "Lost in a Good Book", and "The Well of Lost Plots" one after the other. I only switched serieses because I had "Thursday Next- First Among Sequels" but not "Something Rotten."
I already had "The Big Over Easy" and "The Fourth Bear" and so began on those and loved that the plots intertwined a bit.
"Dark Reading Matter (Thursday Next)" and "The Last Great Toroise Race" are still TBA according to Amazon.

"Shades of Grey" is very interesting but it is not quite as easy a read as the others (at least for me). Still, what I have read is very good and very interesting. I would definitely recommend it thus far.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 22nd, 2013 06:07 am (UTC)
Oh, god-- Something Rotten is really worthy getting ahold of, even if you have to borrow it from the library temporarily. The whole subplot involving Hamlet alone is worth it I'm trying to remember if the Mrs. Danvers clones come into that one, or if it's the First Among Sequels.

Funny, I enjoyed "The Eyre Affair" and it pulled me into the whole fantastic series, but for me that one was the hardest going of the whole Thursday Next series. So I'll try to keep that in mind for "Shades of Grey" (which is now on hold for me. Yay!)
happy is as happy does: Raylan Givens - Justifiedhappywriter06 on March 24th, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
Oh, I hope I remember to check that exchange out.

Word mins freak me out, too. Since I feel like my writing can be kinda spare, it forces me to feel in the blanks, set the stage. I have a hard time putting to page what's in my head. Part of it is I have an aversion to stories that revel in a lot of detail. I suppose that's why The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden are two of my least favorite books. Pages upon pages of stuff that bored me. Like get to it already. Lol. Some English teacher is rolling over his/her grave now.

All that to say, you're not alone.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 19th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
Like get to it already. Lol. Some English teacher is rolling over his/her grave now.

That's actually one of the issues I have with Tolkien's writing. Detail that creates atmosphere is one thing ("To Kill A Mockingbird"!). But tedious detail about unimportant things (hobbits and their meals, every freakin' time)... I just can't maintain interest in the story when there's too much of that. I feel as if I'm slogging through the prose, and that's work rather than enjoyment. Argh.