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26 August 2013 @ 12:37 pm
Last day for voting in the LJ Idol polls. This thing is making me so nervous-- we're losing the bottom two, and the pack is neck and neck. The poll is here, and your support is always appreciated!

I'll be cycling soon, and I just don't know what to do about the unusable gears. Post-tune-up, they reverted right back to the two most-used ones slipping out, and it's because they're just worn out. But the next threat-level is replacing the gear wheels AND the handlebar shifters (grrr—SO much less stable than the spectrum levers they used to put on frames), and possibly the rear wheel altogether. I.e., a rework involving big expense AND probably having the bike hijacked for awhile. If only my denial would just make this go away... :(

I stumbled upon a funny BBC Sherlock John/Sherlock will-they-or-won't-they fanfic last week, called Re: Inter-Office Gossip. It features a wager between Lestrade and Donovan that soon has half of Scotland Yard in on the action. Great minor characters, and a few surprises, PG-rated and well worth reading. :)

Speaking of which, I finished The Fellowship For Alien Detection last week and started Imaginary Enemy (both YA, both fun). I may be about to bail on Vampires In The Lemon Grove—this third story will decide it. The first did not "end," the second was unsettling but did. So many novelists really struggle with short stories, in getting the pacing correct and having the conclusion feel solid and organic (Ursula K. LeGuin, for instance, is really 'iffy' in this format). Plus, I have more grown-up books in the reading pile AND I keep acquiring new things from whatever I bring home from the library for my son. I used to never 'quit' books, but I've relaxed into doing it once in awhile.

So, it's Monday and I am of course already thinking about Labor Day Weekend! What are your plans for it?

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 26th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
They've filmed or are filming now, so S3 is on the way. No idea how far off, though.

I liked "Swamplandia" quite a bit, though it got very dark for one character near the end (and I'm not sure what purpose that served in the context of the story). This book of short stories... well, at least it's in large print (readable at bedtime without glasses). But other than that, my incentive to continue is waning. ;)
bleodswean: sherlockbleodswean on August 26th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Where did you hear that they are finished filming S3????? It seems to have been so "on hold" for such a long time now.

Ah! Gotcha. I found Swamplandia to be....well, best keep my thoughts to myself since you dug it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 26th, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
I know filming has begun, but don't know if it's ended or when that might be.

Someone on the previous post thought the show might be back around the end of October, but someone upthread is thinking January. SOOON, that's when I want it. ;)

There was a lot of Swamplandia I liked, though the weirdness is not for everyone. My favorite part, honestly, was the teen brother's going "undercover" to work at the competing amusement park. The description of his perceptions of that place and then some of the actual doings there were just fabulous. Very snarky. :)

Edited at 2013-08-26 11:22 pm (UTC)
bleodswean: i drink your bookshelfbleodswean on August 26th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I found it unreadable. Her prose is just....so outrageously bad, imo. Icicle fang? It made no metaphorical sense.

Well, it was originally supposed to be last Winter, then this Fall...and now...I haven't heard Jan of next year. I'll have to do some googling.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 26th, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
It's the main actors' darn movie careers! They're making it hard to get the two leads together for filming!