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January 18th, 2009


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10:58 am - sunday, sleepy
For the subtropics, it's cold -- and I am fighting the/a cold. This morning, then, I did what I never do: got up, fed the Dog of the House, puttered a bit, and then took allergy meds and went back to bed.

The Dog of the House, who generally prefers her own space thank you very much, decided to fight the cold as well, and jumped up and curled by my side. This was v. warming, except that when I did eventually make the move to get up, she rested her substantial weight on my abdomen, as if to test me. "Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do you?"

[[Of course "punk" can be a colloquial adjective meaning "ill," too. If only Dirty Harry had said "How do you feel punk?", what a much more caring man-with-a-Magnum he would have appeared...]]

Speaking of 70s heroic figures: in my own recent resurgence of love for all things Jim Rockford, I found writer Jimmy Aquino's recent overview of the series, including an intriguingly odd compare/contrast to Veronica Mars. Then on John Scalzi's blog there's this discussion with writer Charlie Huston, whose book The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death is now on my amazon wishlist for later purchase: The big idea behind The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death (Hey, can I squeeze in a note to any novelists or prospective novelists out there? Sure I can. Just a thought, but if you’re ever, you know, thinking about giving your book a really long title, take into consideration that fact that you will likely have to write out the entirety of that title many, many, many fucking times. No shit, it gets annoying. Just saying.) was “The Rockford Files.”

I've been jotting down in my notebook my own unformed ideas about an L.A. story in the 70s or 80s, a Rockford homage -- except that I am not hardboiled enough to write a proper homage (unlike Huston), and, well, I like magic and mystery and cool strong heroines. ("They get together, and then they fight crime!" are some of the most beautiful words in the language. ;-)) The rub here would be that I'd really want the historical flavor too, which would require research -- or do alternate-history, which would require MORE research. (Am currently reading the collection of Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy alternate-history mysteries. Amazon description: Welcome to an alternate world where Richard the Lion-Hearted did "not" die in the year 1199 and where the great detective Lord Darcy and the sorcerer Sean O'Lochlainn combine occult skills and brilliant deductions to bring criminals to the King's Justice. Fascinating and fun, although not exactly, um, deep.)

Too many stories, too little time.

And so I will fix some tea, pet the Dog of the House, and get back to story-making. May you all be warm, may you all be dreaming of just the right histories!

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From:julia_here
Date:January 18th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Speaking of stories, I know I've missed at least one of yours in the past week; I'm going to try to hunt it out if I get a sane moment today. I've entered the "oh, dear, time to pack" part of the vacation, and gone from rushing around online looking for story background to rushing around in real life looking for a pair of good jeans for Miss Perfect, who is once again covered with paint otherwise (the scenery painting part of technical theater takes a terrible toll).

Julia, Rockford, called Rockfish on The Planet of the Guys, was a big part of my life in the late seventies and all of the eighties.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Good thoughts for real-life rushing around, and I hope for all success!

(And "Rockfish" is what Isaac Hayes' recurring character called Rockford. :-))

Hugs and a good Sunday!
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From:chase820
Date:January 18th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Those Lord Darcy stories sound neat.

Take care of yourself, hon, and feel better.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
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The Lord Darcy stories are interesting: Golden Age mysteries re-envisioned, just a bit slanted. I'd have cut out half the exclamation marks, though. ;-)

[waves] All good thoughts, Chase, and I hope you have Monday off. :-))
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From:paratti
Date:January 18th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
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You do great LA stories:) Go LA Story:)

((hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
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I'll put it in the queue and let the backbrain work on it. ;-)

Hugs, Lesley, and a warm and good Sunday to you! Hope all's well in London.
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From:anne_d
Date:January 18th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
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Take care of yourself, feel better soon. Dog of the House, I know you will make sure that your person gets enough rest.

It's certainly warm enough here; I wish I could share some of our pseudo-summer with the rest of the country.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
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It's chilly but gorgeous here (not quite pseudo-summer) -- and I'm merely doing preventive maintenance so the stirrings of a cold go away. :-)

A cheerful and art-filled Sunday wished for you!
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From:ljrags
Date:January 18th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Feel better! We are sharing the cold with you. Could have been worse as there actual snowflakes at sunset yesterday afternoon :)

Hurray for tea and word-smithing!!

(Small Dog, you rock!)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Snow! Oh my goodness. [shares tea with you]

The Dog of the House thanks you, and agrees. ;-)

Hugs and a happy Sunday!
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From:headrush100
Date:January 18th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
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*waves!* *hugs* *pats*
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Waves, hugs, and pats right back at you! :-)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:January 18th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
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cheers for tea, DotH petting and story-making...

I suspect for once we are warmer here in the Sierra foothills than you are in the subtropics (unseasonably hot all week with temps in the 70s, though small mounds of grubby snow still lurk in the shade)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Cheers and good thoughts sent back to you, there in the warmth! (And yes, it's not *much* warmer in the Sierra foothills, but it is. [nods])

May there be knitting and books in abundance for you this week!
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From:heron_pose
Date:January 18th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
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the Huston sounds terrif! Somehow, I feel the 70s are about to make a huge comeback (not the bellbottoms again, cuz they just slipped out again, right?) but the TV.

No, I'm behind. that's over already, isn't it. Or maybe it's shifting into a new phase.

I think I need to stop writing ... but enjoy the story-making!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
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H_P, H_P! [masses of hugs and greetings]

I think you're right about the 70s, actually -- because after all, they were hard times for a lot of folks. It just seems appropriate to revisit them -- if in a new phase, as you suggest.

You should write more! I love hearing from you.

[more hugs]
From:gwynnega
Date:January 18th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I love the idea of you writing that 70s or 80s LA story. It is true that it would require research, though. ::groans at huge amounts of research I still need to do for my 70s novel::

I'd be happy to help, though, since I grew up in LA! :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
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I'll need your help if I ever attempt this project -- my first exposure to L.A. was in 1989, and although I spent a fair amount of time there between '89 and 92, it wouldn't be quite the same vibe. Thank you for offering!

Also, hugs and good noveling for your Sunday! :-)
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:January 20th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Hope you're feeling better now.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 20th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
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Still fighting -- which is good!

All good thoughts to you, and a wonderful middle of the week! [hugs]

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