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January 28th, 2010


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08:16 am - Viva!
It is a very lowering thing to be brushing one's teeth of a morning, pondering a six-month-stalled novel-project, and realize that one's worries about (the lack of) a narrative drive can be fixed with the addition of one key element from the source of your inspiration -- not easily fixed, perhaps, but fixed. Because one is an idiot not to have seen it.

But it is also invigorating even on a day filled with work and work and work, and so, quickly,
nine things of joy, nine things to make me say Viva!:

*the Dog of the House rolling herself up in a throw as creamy-soft as she is
*the neighborhood hawk soaring low over my backyard
*the pop of azaleas just a day or two away from bloom, hints of fuchsia and pink amidst cold-dampened green
*my neighbor's grey cat, lounging on a tree stump in my backyard, his fur lit silver by the sun
*wearing a blue choker of my mother's today, all costume sparkle on a sunny day
*the Victorian-to-Edwardian daywear John Galliano showed in his Christian Dior show (as seen in this Hilary Alexander piece for The Daily Telegraph)
*this dashing gentleman in a hat, as seen on The Sartorialist, and imagining a story for him
*in fact, thinking about spies and smiles, about a streetside cafe and a week-old copy of the Times of London with the word "incommunicado" written in a flowing ink just above the masthead
*in fact, thinking about someone dropping her glove and then picking up the paper with a casual air, seen only by the dashing man in the hat

What is making you say Viva! today?

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From:freixenet
Date:January 28th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
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YOU are making me say Viva!! today, L. Thank you.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Viva for YOU, F. :-)

Hurrah in waltz time!
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From:anne_d
Date:January 28th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
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¡Viva usted!

You aren't an idiot, you just needed time for your subconscious mind to work on the problem. I find that some of my best ideas come when I'm doing something else - going for a walk, taking a shower, or, yes, brushing my teeth. Of course, I still have to remember the thing long enough to write it down...

No Vivas for me so far, but the day is young and there's still time.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
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[sends good cheer and good thoughts]

May the first Viva be past, may more be on the way. :-)
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From:paratti
Date:January 28th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Yay for the breakthrough on the story:)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
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It should ultimately be a good thing. ;-)

Hugs and good cheer, L, and Viva!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah hurrah for shows with which you can escape, and hurrah for your accomplishments, C! [hugs]
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 28th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
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OK, now I'm moving to Paris for real.

And yay for moving along with the novel!!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
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It does seem to be a Paris moment, doesn't it. :-)

Thanks, and good cheer and Viva!</> to you today!
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From:stateless82
Date:January 28th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah! for key elements revealing themselves!!

I love the Galliano collection, I pretty much always love Galliano's designs and shows. Did you see his men's collection? All Sherlock Holmes and sharp cuts. Though I was disconcerted by the corsets.

I think the man in the hat knows how to dance. Knows how to use movement.

I can't think of a Viva! for the day right yet, but I will be on the lookout for at least one. :-)

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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
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The key element has been sitting RIGHT THERE, and... [sighs] Will email you later. ;-)

I didn't see Galliano's menswear collection, but I'll go look. For his woman's collection -- I just adore the small sharp jacket and the flowing skirt combination. :-)

You are totally right about the man in the hat. [dreams more in the story]

[sends hugs and Viva!]
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
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I hope your list is long today, L! :-)

[hugs]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:January 28th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful images there. I keep thinking of art concepts for the Stately Home Mystery that I'm really not supposed to be writing just yet.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Well, I understand the Lure of the Next Project (exhibit: my notebook with world-building notes for mine), but we must carry on. ;-)

Good cheer and a good day to you -- Viva!
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From:janus_74
Date:January 28th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
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Love your list!

My Viva! list so far is: Finally got some direction on big project at work. Today is my Friday (big huge Viva!) and it's cake day. Really, it can't get much better.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
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What a wonderful list for you! [gives you more cake] [cheers you on]
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From:gwynnega
Date:January 28th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
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I say Viva! because today is my virtual Friday.

It is awesome you figured out how to fix the narrative. Sometimes it takes time to figure out this stuff!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Applying the fix is now my worry. ;-)

But hurrah for virtual Fridays, and hurrah for you, Gwynne. Viva!
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From:headrush100
Date:January 28th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Viva! A very lovely person sent me some Ten(nant) happiness which arrived today, and it is even in PAL format! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Viva! My hair has been pruned and shaped and spiked up again!

Viva! Hello dentist, no cavities!

Viva! A sky blue mohair scarf, bought in Henley!

Viva! Tanglewreck, by Jeanette Winterson, also purchased in Henley!

**hugs!!**
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From:headrush100
Date:January 28th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
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And an extra Viva, that gets its own comment, is for you, for the flash of inspiration on your OP! Brilliant!
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:January 28th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Loved the fashion vid! Some of the hairstyles sported streaks that would make the Bride of Frankenstein jealous.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 28th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Apparently grey streaks are in. (But only artificial grey streaks!)

Happy end of week to you! :-)

Edited at 2010-01-28 10:26 pm (UTC)

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