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hutch0
Date: 2008-06-17 12:13
Subject: the fifth foot drops
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Breaking news from the Islands Of Lost Feet. A fifth foot
has been found near Vancouver. Unlike the other four, this one is a left foot, which at least means there's a possibility that it matches one of the ones already found and doesn't herald another victim.
The ever-so-slightly-spooky Dr Ebbesmeyer has spoken up on the subject again.
Developing...
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jmward14: BenkeiSake
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-06-18 05:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:BenkeiSake
Well, this puts my newly sprained ankle in its place... not very big in the grand scheme of things. (If it hurts, it's obviously still attached.)
Sorry, recovering reporter's gallows humor strikes again. It is sad. I do hope they can identify the remains and provide some closure for the families.
Hugs,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-18 21:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No! How'd you manage to do that?
Big Healing Hugs.
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jmward14: Duzell3
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-06-18 21:35 (UTC)
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It was work-related. Honest! Massive thunderstorms took out our local power grid Monday night, and I thought it would be a perfect time to see what a truly moonlit street looked like for a story I'm working on. Headed out the front door with my trusty Coleman lantern and managed to not see the final cement step to the sidewalk. :-P
But I got my "shot" for the story.
(Oooh, I can insert a cheerleader's prod here!) How's the novel going?
Hugs and writerly grins,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-18 22:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You know, I can imagine doing that myself. Years ago I decided I needed to know whether the road up to the Royal Castle in Krakow was cobbled or not, so when we went over for a visit I mentioned I'd quite like to check it out and a couple of friends volunteered to drive us over there. It was December, or maybe January, and there was about an inch of snow over about half an inch of ice on the ground, and going up the street I slipped and almost put my knee out. I still have no idea whether it's cobbled or not. In The Villages I think I settled for just calling it `steep.' Or maybe I asked somebody, I can't remember now. The things we do to get things right, eh?
How bad is the sprain? Can you get about okay?
The novel's on pause for a moment while I decide what to do with the last four thousand words or so that I wrote. As they stand, they comprise a really chunky infodump, but it's rather good and quite funny and shorthands what's going on really nicely. I could unpack it and actually write the events it refers to and I'd probably have about ten thousand words, or I can just leave it as it is. Yes, I know, my advice to anyone else with this problem would be to write the unpacked version anyway and decide which one to use when you're finished, but I only get a couple of hours a night to write and work's been insane for the past few weeks and really all I've wanted to do is finish dinner and then stretch out and watch a match from Euro 2008, during which I invariably fall asleep towards the end of the first half. So I'm wracked with indecision about how best to use my time, and of course I wind up not using it at all. It'll work itself out.
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jmward14: Duzell3
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-06-18 22:41 (UTC)
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Yup, it's amazing what us "non-literary" types will do to get things right. :-) Speaking of Krakow, though, did you try using Yahoo or Google image search? It's made this run of research so much easier.
Can't help with the quality of moonlight on roads, though. :-( If you've got enough illumination for a camera, it's probably not a true picture of the night.
The sprain's pretty bad. The doctor wanted six pics from different angles to check for fractures. But it is improving. Helps to have been down this road before. I've got an ankle brace and lots of bags of frozen peas, and I'm not afraid to use them. I'm mobile enough to hobble around the house, but not much else.
BTW, I'm going throw your own advice back at you. Write out the 10K. You know you're going to anyway.
Hugs and smiles,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-18 23:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I used every online resource available to me, and none of them were any help. We were going to Poland anyway, about then, and I decided the only way I was going to find out was by going to look for myself. And as I said, when we got there the bloody street was covered in snow and ice and I couldn't tell what it looked like. And I'll be honest with you, I couldn't tell you now why it was so important. It was a two and a half hour drive on very treacherous roads, and although we had a really nice day in Krakow - a town I will never turn down an opportunity to visit - and I got an incidental look at Krakow police HQ, which was also mentioned in the book (as a big building with lots of police cars parked outside) we could have just stayed at home and it wouldn't have affected the book one iota. I think I may have been getting dangerously obsessive about detail by then.
So you sprained your ankle and didn't get the pics you needed? Did you at least get to see what it was like so you could describe it? (Sorry; dangerously obsessive again) I'm glad it's improving. At least you can claim to have suffered for your art; in my case it's usually everyone else who suffers.
Yeah, you're right, I'm going to unpack the infodump anyway. You know me too well.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-06-18 23:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No need for a pic in my case, fortunately. I had automatically typed in something about the road being a lighter gray than the verge. Then it hit me, was it really? (Yep, it is.)
But your case sounds to me like a serious jones for the city. :-) Greg and I have promised ourselves and Eastern European junket one of these days, and I'm sure Krakow will be on the list. He went to Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary with his dad about eight years ago, and I was (and am) so jealous of everything except his father's company. But our next out-of-country experience will be Thailand. My second-year college roommate is from Bangkok, and for some reason, she and her husband want us to visit. You'd think after living with the sophomore me for a year, she'd know better, but happily, she doesn't.
Hugs and smiles,
Jean Marie

Edited at 2008-06-18 11:28 pm (UTC)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-18 23:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And now you're thinking to yourself, "I sprained my ankle for that?"
I'm going to bed now because it's really late, but tomorrow I'll tell you a story about me and Stephen King's Polish translator and historical accuracy. It's a good story, too. Which makes a change.
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jmward14: Duzell3
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-06-18 23:33 (UTC)
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Can't wait to hear the story! *user grins in anticipation* Meanwhile, hope you have a great night's sleep
I'm afraid I got the sprained ankle, not because of my ill-advised desire for research but because the universe decided I shouldn't go to California this week. I've been hearing the warning bells for months, but it was something I was honor-bound to do. Nuh uh, said the universe. It does that to you sometimes.
The frustrating part is I may never know why California was such a bad idea in the grand scheme of things. I just have the proof that it was.
Hugs and headshakes,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-19 21:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's not a wildly entertaining story, but a few years ago I published a couple of stories in a Polish magazine called Fenix and the editor who bought them was (and may still be, for all I know) Stephen King's Polish translator. This was around the time I was starting to write The Villages and we were chatting one evening about research and getting stuff right, and I told him one thing that had annoyed me was a sequence in The Dead Zone which is a flashback to the German invasion of Poland. Now, the German invasion took place in early Autumn in Poland, which is a lovely, warm, golden time, but King has it happening in a dreadful thunderstorm and rain and mud. I said I thought that was sloppy research (Alan Furst gets it dead right in Dark Star) but the editor said he thought it was okay because the rain and the thunderstorm suited the setting and the tone of the scene. We argued around that point for quite a few years. Which just goes to show how dull the rest of my life really is.
I do hope the universe isn't stopping you going to California for any apocalyptic reasons. The OJM's in California.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-06-19 23:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I like that story. Reminds me of an article I read a couple years ago which suggested writers enjoy hanging and arguing with other writers a lot more than they enjoyed the writing itself. Seems the whole "open vein refill cartridge" gig can get kind of old. :D
No need to worry about California or the other JM yet. It could be simply the universe wanted me in northern Virginia for some reason. It might even be a good reason. We won't know for a couple of days.
Hugs and smiles,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-20 22:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Right now, I'd enjoy cutting my toenails with a potato peeler more than I enjoy writing. But that's another story.
At the moment the other Jean Marie's in South America and Mike's probably off somewhere saving the world, so in retrospect if something awful were to happen to California, now would be the time.
Oh God, I said that out loud, didn't I...
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-06-20 23:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Appropo of which, I'm working on my first Viv story. At the moment, the opening reads:

“Don’t cross the old stone bridge after dark,” the bartender warned. “It’s haunted by a deadly siren. No man who’s heard her song or seen her face has ever lived to tell the tale.”
Vivienne Deconner lipped beer suds from the fringe of her fake moustache. “Then how do you know it’s a siren?”
“Oh, lots of people heard her before they closed the toll house,” the bartender’s wife, the tavern cook, replied. “But they were all safe inside, and some of them went mad from it just the same. You listen to me, mister—you stay away from that bridge or they’ll be sending you home to your momma in a box. That siren’s got teeth as big as carving knives and claws as sharp as razors.”
“Get out,” Viv said.
“She do,” piped one of the codgers sitting next to the cold hearth. “We all seen the bodies. They got nothing but big red holes where their guts used to be.”
Great. Irresistible monster in front of her and immovable bounty hunter less than four hours behind her. Viv slapped twice the asking price of her meal on the table. “Thanks for the warning. I think I will make an early night of it. You got a spare room?”

Hugs and smiles,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-18 23:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sorry, I only read your post in my inbox and I didn't see the rest of it. Yes, I have a serious jones for Krakow. It's a marvellous town. I didn't like Warsaw at all. If you and Greg do Eastern Europe, please put Krakow on your itinerary.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-06-19 23:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Will remember that. Hugs and smiles, Jean Marie
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