Am having a fit over the opening scene of Black Ribbon ch. 4, which just will. not. work. The random bit character I had working at this "hotel" was just written all wrong for a Ministry employee, and that screwed it up pretty bad in the first place, and now I'm going nuts trying to work out what West is actually going to find when he gets there, and how it has anything to do with anything. I've made some progress sorting all that out by freewriting, but... freewriting ain't gonna pay the bills.
(P.S. I beat the Flowering Nose game. Was I supposed to "mulch" something? Because I won before I'd even realized I'd finished.)
Went out to lunch with Typo, Valerie, and The Lovely Emily (yesterday was Valerie's birthday) at Moe's. Gave Valerie Eats, Shoots and Leaves on y'all's recommendation, so if she hates it, IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT. Afterwards, while the Typos went home to pack it up for the trip back to Providence, Em and I went malling, and I ended up coming home with Perfume: The Story of a Murderer on sale for $8. I still have The Crimson Petal and the White from the library, but... it's sort of fearsome-looking, yo.
Just for fun, read my favorite Tudor bios--I really like Alison Weir's stuff, as previously mentioned, although I'll read anything with a good narrative voice. I saw her Wives of Henry VIII at Books and Company today, and was sorely tempted. I started off on the Tudors because I was interested in Elizabeth--still am--but I'm getting more and more interested in the wives (I'm really interested in the Katherines, for some reason) and the other kids--I'd really like to get a book on young (Bloody) Mary, and of course there's Mary, Queen of Scots. I don't know--I'm just really interested in royals when they were young--like, in their twenties young, not necessarily their early childhoods--because you get to see their personalities really develop, but they haven't turned into total caricatures of themselves yet. Young Henry VIII, for example, is a totally different person.
Random bits: Princess of Thieves is on ABC early tonight. I've never seen it, but I will always remember standing in a Blockbuster and shouting, "Hey, it's that girl who isn't Natalie Portman!" Besides, I've always been a sucker for anything having to do with Robin Hood, and I like Keira Knightley, even though the movie has that slightly-lame made-for-TV sheen to it. Unfortunately, it's up against the season premiere of "The Amazing Race," and I promised myself that I'd watch it this time--I read all four seasons of recaps on TWOP so faithfully (I always had night classes the days it would be on).
(My horoscope for today: "You feel like a kid again. Spend the afternoon making a fort out of couch cushions.")