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June 5th, 2010


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02:36 pm - Five Things on the Fifth
In no particular order:

5) Last night I watched (only ten years late) the 1999/2000 Britcom film Maybe Baby, starring Hugh Laurie, Joely Richardson, Teh MacFadyen (as a shouty, pompous BBC controller), Adrian Lester, Tom Hollander et al, including cameos by Emma Thompson as a crazy New Age friend and Rowan Atkinson as a gynecologist. With that cast, how could it go wrong? Well....

Let me put it this way. Ben Elton wrote and directed this film in what seemed like an attempt to match his old Blackadder writing partner Richard Curtis, and when I ejected the DVD, I went to my copy of Henry James' The Sacred Fount and read again the last two lines:
I *should* certainly never again, on the spot, quite hang together, even though it wasn't really that I hadn't three times her method. What I too fatally lacked was her tone.

That was the problem, right there.

4) Lemon slices in ice water, lots and lots of both.

3) As I was struggling with the current writing project yestereve, I stumbled on what I think is actually the Right Theme to guide me in my rewrite. (This is, I believe, the hundred-and-eighth Right Theme I've tried. [kicks self])

2) I have so many books in my To Be Read pile that I'm building myself a castle with them. The crenellations are especially nice.

1) Isn't 'crenellation' a cool word? Also, 'savant.' Also, 'permafrost.'

May your weekend be full of cool words and pitched at just the right tone!

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From:paratti
Date:June 5th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Eeh on wrong tone. Never good.

I have a dual towered castle of pending pile.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:June 5th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
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The film was lamentably dire -- and yet there were flashes of goodness! Alas!

Castles of books. It's the new thing. ;-)

[hugs]
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From:wildrider
Date:June 5th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
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I have a castle of "to-be-read" books, too.

I''m fond of "crenallation." Also "euphoria." Also "quirk."

And, of course, "Saturday!" *hugs!*
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From:laurawise
Date:June 5th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Castles of books! Now I want an artist to draw that for me. ;-)

'Quirk' is just a perfect word. [nods]

As is 'Saturday'! :-)) [hugs]
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From:gwynnega
Date:June 5th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Rowan Atkinson as a gynecologist?! Wow.

"Crenellation" IS a cool word!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:June 5th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Yes, Rowan Atkinson as a gynecologist. Funny, true enough, but WRONG. [shudders]

Happy Saturday, Gwynne! :-) [hugs]
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From:kathyh
Date:June 5th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
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My castle has crenellations, then towers with more crenellations on top of them. If that sounds dangerously unstable, that's because it is! 'Crenellation" is such a cool word that I used it twice. Keeping with the castle theme I'm rather fond of 'portcullis' and 'barbican'.

A cool weekend to you too :)
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From:laurawise
Date:June 5th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
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You have an EPIC castle! Perhaps with Merlin and Arthur inside? ;-)

Oh, 'portcullis', yes! ('Barbican' makes me think of the London edifice of the same name, and then I'm sad because the RSC isn't there any more, and that way lies tears. [grin])

Happy happy weekend!

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From:headrush100
Date:June 5th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Yay for crenellations - I have many in my own castle of to-be-reads. Also a portcullis that threatens to topple over and kill me as I sleep (too many books piled on the headboard). *sigh* Am enjoying Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm as current book at bedtime. Why have I never read it before? So good, and nicely observed.

Iced lemon water sounds like a plan. Must get me some of that too!

Hurrah for the Right Theme! :-)

**hugs**
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From:laurawise
Date:June 5th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Build your castle on different ground, Head Rush, lest the books fall!!

[pours you ice-water and puts in three slices of lemon]

[hugs]
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From:anne_d
Date:June 6th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
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"Crenelation" is a very cool word indeed. Do you get drunk on words? I know I have...

My Saturday was lovely, and I hope your weekend is most excellent. I shall imagine you in your Castle of Books, with comfy cushions and your favorite refreshments.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 6th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
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Like Lord Peter Wimsey, I find it very easy to get drunk on words, yes indeed.

Hurrah for your lovely Saturday, and may your Sunday be good too! Happy day to you. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:June 6th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Hi hi! I was just thinking about you, and here you are! :-)

I love your bunker of knitting WIPs. That's brilliant.

Safety, joy, and hugs, Rainkatt!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:June 6th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Loving the Castle of Books...I have more of a dilapidated heap next to the bed.Having just completed The God of the Hive and The Anubis Gates, I'm taking a break with a random Rex Stout. No pressure, just a pleasant visit with Wolfe and Archie.

Our sun is here at last!
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From:laurawise
Date:June 7th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
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Hi, ALH!

What a lovely heap to have, though. :-) Did you like the Laurie R King and the Powers?

[hugs and sun]
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From:mobile_alh
Date:June 7th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
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i enjoyed them both very much. Now I want to reread the Homes/Russell oeuvre from the beginning and I may even try some more Powers (this was the first I've attempted).

As for sun, we seem to skipped right over spring and headed directly into summer.

hugs and lashings of iced tea all round!
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From:stateless82
Date:June 7th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
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My To Be Read has mutated past pile. If I buy any more books I think it'll jump me to the head of the list to star in my very own episode of Hoarders.

Permafrost is good. Also tundra and glacier. And yes, it it hotter than blazes here, why do you ask? ;-D

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From:laurawise
Date:June 7th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)
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yes, it is hotter than blazes here, why do you ask? ;-D

Here too, believe me! Hence my 'permafrost,' and hence my fervent embrace of 'tundra' and 'glacier.' :-)

Hugs, organization for your books, time to read them. I'm sending good thoughts for your week, at work and elsewhere! [hugs]
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From:heron_pose
Date:June 7th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Hey! Stop kicking yourself!!!

::Loves you; loves words::
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From:laurawise
Date:June 7th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
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But I am at the moment eminently kickable. [sigh]

Hugs, love, a metric ton of words!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:June 7th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
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'crenelation' is a most excellent word indeed.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 7th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
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It is!

Happy wordsmithing to you on this Monday, too! :-)

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