October 30th, 2006

prestige

Just a little bit

Against my better judgment, I'm going to try to do NaNoWriMo this year, but I promise nothing, and don't expect to finish. I'm trying to think which story I want to try to do--since I tend to write (but not finish, fnarr) a lot of historical fiction, I'm stuck with the problem of what have I researched enough to get going. A story set on, let's say, a farm in the countryside is a bit easier because you only need to research agriculture in general; you can make up the lay of the land. A story set in London or Paris in a particular year presents huge problems because there are certain things you need to get right--a lot of scenes can't proceed if you don't know the physical details of your setting; a lot of scenes or even entire plot points suggest themselves once you've done some kind of location research, even if it's just looking at a map or reading a guidebook contemporary to the period. (Now you know why Black Ribbon drags on and on with the not getting finished.) So what I'm saying is... the story with the farm is starting to look really appealing right now.

Caffeine-stoked energy drinks worry Docs. There may be a reason why "Docs" is capitalized, but I'm not sure what it is. Maybe Doc Martens are extremely concerned.

British Titanic survivor condemns black market relics trade.

Jordan Catalano choked Frodo!

St. Louis named most dangerous U.S. city. " 'It's just sad the way this city is,' resident Sam Dawson said. 'On the news you hear killings, someone's been shot.' Mayor Francis Slay did not return calls to his office seeking comment Sunday." Wait...


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