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02 June 2013 @ 11:00 pm
tonight's thoughts  
- they set an episode of Lewis in my college! They had a murder practically outside my bedroom door and they interviewed a suspect in the room directly above mine in my third year. I enjoyed the episode even thought it did sort of fall into the Gaudy Night trap, but the combination of constant 'oh, God, that's where I--' memories along with 'you can't get there from there' messing with college geography did cause a lot of distraction. And the locked-gate stuff is completely ridiculous: they certainly did lock the front entrance of the college at night, but the thing is, they also issued everyone with a key, and if you wanted to wander in at 3.30am, or go out at 4am, that was your own affair and there'd be no need to go climbing in from University Parks (especially since that only raises the question of how you got into Parks in the first place, since they really do lock that at sunset, though I suppose it's not especially secure). Watching Lewis is sometimes a bit weird if you know Oxford (does anyone have to wear gowns to tutes or lectures? I never saw anyone do that, only for Formal Hall and stuff like that, and subfusc for exams), but this was even more so, rather like watching an episode of something that had been filmed in your old house.

- I'd heard good things of Call the Midwife for some time, but didn't want to watch it while I was pregnant. But now I am watching it and it is very good indeed. I'm not sure whether it's a little surreal or very right to be watching it while holding Cub and sitting on the sofa where he was born, but I'm enjoying it anyway. I hear it's remarkably accurate as to how midwifery was practiced then, except not enough bodily fluids and implausibly large and healthy-looking babies, but certain aspects of giving birth are the same in all times and it does bring it back rather. Anyhow, it's a very good series, lovely characters and stories and I love Chummy and Sister Monica Joan. Very tearjerkery, though, and I don't think it's just my new-mother hormones because it makes Mr P cry too.

- the other thing we've been watching for entertainment is Castle. It's pretty light, but good fun: Castle himself is rather endearing, and Beckett is fantastic. I'm getting pretty good at spotting the murderers in the first ten minutes, but I don't mind that because it's definitely switch-brain-off watching. But good at it. I'm not entirely sure how long they can keep the Beckett/Castle relationship in the light UST end of things, but I hope it's a good long while because I'm enjoying it that way.

- my writing impulse is definitely back, and my main problem is what to write first. So I'll ask you all: the one about Alys, Simon and Ivan the Secret Agent; one of the various plotbunnies about Count Vorhalas and the soltoxin attack and Evon; the one about Aral and Simon and Gregor's disappearance which is really an excuse for gratuitous h/c; or Re-Open Nominations? (And I will mention that 'all of them' is not a helpful answer to the question 'which one should I work on tonight?' and tends to lead to me adding six words to each of them and then giving up in mental confusion... I don't think there's a cure for Too Many WIPitis, but I've got a really bad case of it.)

Crossposted at http://philomytha.dreamwidth.org/100891.html. There are comment count unavailable comments there.
Trobadora: wordstrobadora on June 2nd, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
Hmmm - how about "the one that's closest to being finished"? I realise that's cheating ... but I do miss your writing. *g*
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on June 3rd, 2013 09:43 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks. I suspect it's going to be Ivan ;-)
avanti_90: pic#118558189avanti_90 on June 3rd, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
And I vote either Gregor's disappearance or Count Vorhalas. Will be glad to help with any of them if you want - I really miss your writing and can't wait to read fic by you again.
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on June 3rd, 2013 09:44 am (UTC)
I might have something to send over to you in due course
avanti_90: pic#118558189avanti_90 on June 3rd, 2013 09:53 am (UTC)
shimotsuki: cordeliashimotsuki on June 3rd, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
the combination of constant 'oh, God, that's where I--' memories along with 'you can't get there from there' messing with college geography did cause a lot of distraction

Hee! That does sound like fun.

And as always, the programs you talk about sound tantalizing. Another friend was recently telling me about Bletchley Circle; is that something you've seen, and would you recommend it?

(And I will mention that 'all of them' is not a helpful answer

Oops. :) But I would enjoy any one... I guess my top votes would go to Alys, Simon, and Secret Agent Ivan, or else the one with Gregor's disappearance. Or -- whichever one sounds to you like the most fun to work on?
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on June 3rd, 2013 09:45 am (UTC)
Bletchley Circle is fabulous! It's another post-war Britain show, and the characters are outstanding, the mystery is gripping and the whole thing is well worth watching. Very highly recommended. The whole issue of secrets people are keeping about themselves, too ... Susan the code-breaking genius trying to become a dull suburban housewife is both brilliant and a bit heartbreaking.

And I'm certainly having fun writing :-)
spiffikins: alienspiffikins on June 3rd, 2013 05:46 am (UTC)
I'm always up for gratuitous h/c :)
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on June 3rd, 2013 09:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, me too :-)