Sunday, August 22, 2004
Sunny, cool, gorgeous
Today would have been my father’s 83rd birthday, were he still alive.
The morning was taken up with the newspapers, writing three episodes of The Widow’s Chamber, roughing out the first Playland article, working on the Olympics piece, and wanting to work on the business plan. Of course, since everything is in chaos with the re-organization of the space, I can’t find the original plan.
Widow’s Chamber is taking some interesting twists and turns. I like having them all aboard the packet and the interpersonal dynamics that forces. Aspasia Sundine is turning into quite the villainness. She’s growing from a silly, ambitious, conniving girl into a truly scheming woman only out for herself. It’s an interesting journey. And Aeneas Cabriolet is every bit the malevolent force I hoped he’d be.
Tensions I didn’t expect sprung between Nora’s brothers Frank and Luther. Daisy Montagu will play a part in that escalation.
Some of the plot points may end up sounding a bit melodramatic, but, hopefully, I have the skill with which to pull them off. Once they hit New Orleans, the tone will be much, much darker, until I wrap up the story arc of James’s troubles. If the serial continues to inspire interest, I already have the next couple of arcs determined.
It also means I have to order the book on the history of the Ursulines in New Orleans this week.
I spent most of the afternoon re-organizing my space. There’s still a long way to go – how could I possibly accumulate so much paperwork? But at least I feel as though I am finally making some progress. It’ll take awhile to get everything sorted out. But sorted it will be. And then I’ll be able to get my hands on everything.
So often, “professional” organizers tell you not to keep papers. That it’s stored on the Internet or on microfiche or whatever and you can always re-access it. But much of my research is highly specialized. For instance, I have ten years’ worth of research on Hotspur Percy in storage. Most of that is not readily available on microfilm. It was researched by digging and searching and many wild goose chases. Many of the sources are out of print and no longer available in libraries – now that libraries cry that they have no room and actually pulp books they don’t feel are useful. Well, if a book is useful to anyone, even if it’s only once in every thirty five years, it should be kept. I’m not going to toss out years of research materials that would take me years to re-research – even if I could re-research them – when all I have to do is walk over to the appropriate file box and pull the folder.
I’m salivating over my new potential printers. Although the Canon MP390 has everything I need, the MP730 has everything of which I ever dreamed. It’s a tough decision.
And I keep daydreaming about plot twists and turns for Widow’s Chamber. I need to write four more episodes and then switch back to Angel Hunt.
Is it wise to try to add a fourth serial to the mix? I guess that’s why I want to write 200 pages of the pirate story first – to make sure I have enough material and that there’s enough potential to go with it. Nora, her six brothers and her sister offer plenty of material for The Widow’s Chamber; Nina’s adventures in theatre and art make Tapestry ongoing; Angel Hunt has to be finite, but I don’t know when or where that end could be – I very well might be able to run it until the end of next year.
I also need to get those bookmarks run off at Kinko’s and sent to FenCon. They received my ad copy – I’m looking forward to seeing what the program book looks like.
And, maybe I’ll get to spend some time playing in the kitchen today.
Over the past few days, I’ve read two of Margaret Frazer’s novels. One is one of her Dame Frevisse mysteries, The Bastard’s Tale, and the other one is A Play Of Isaac, where she’s spun off a peripheral character who appears in both The Servant’s Tale and The Bastard’s Tale, Joliffe. These books are the best of historical mysteries – wonderful period detail, strong characters, tight plots, surprises that don’t cheat the reader. Now I want to read everything of hers.
And I don’t miss the show at all.