Saturday, July 25, 2009

Woo hoo! Peach and blackberry season again!

At least it is, here in Maryland. So I went out with the kids last week and came home with a box of peaches and a box of blackberries. The blackberries weren't quite there yet, but still. I think we were the very model of restraint to come home with only one box of peaches. I saw other families with two or three boxes... Well. For some reason the peaches seem to multiply once I bring them inside the house. But peaches are so much better when you get them directly from the tree. I never see really ripe peaches at the store. I remember years ago, on a trip to China, I was amazed at the selection and quality of the peaches at the markets and roadside stands there. There's a lot more variety in types than you get at a US supermarket. Yeah. Love the peaches. No wonder they were the traditional fruit of the gods/immortality.

ObWriting: A few words here, a few words there. I wrote half a scene today, after a week or two of nothing nothing nothing. The ending eludes me, but I guess I'll worry about it when I get there. This story is causing me difficulty, as most of the "guest cast" speak English with non-American accents. I have a terrible memory for how people talk, so even though I've known (and am related to!) plenty of non-American speakers, I still can't reproduce the effect on the page. Bah.

I should go eat a peach. (The blackberries were gone by this morning!)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Story? What story?

Yeah...it's well into July, eh? It's summer, it's hot, the kids are a bit bored, the drives to anywhere interesting are a bit long, and I bought the season 1 DVD set of "Forever Knight". Early 1990s Canadian show about a vampire detective. Vampire! Detective! What's not to like? I feel a "World of Darkness" flashback coming on. Speaking of flashbacks, poor Nick has a real problem with flashbacks, ha! What, his memory's full after 800 years and everything reminds him of something else? I feel like that sometimes, except I don't have a life so it's a Simpsons or Doctor Who episode I'm reminded of. I still think the whole "vampire face" thing looks stupid. It looked dumb in "Buffy", too. And another whitey-white McWhite White show. The core cast, at any rate. (Though Nick's accent is kinda odd...he's what, supposed to be medieval French? Played by...a Welsh-born actor?) That is one thing nuWho has done a little better at sometimes: it doesn't always come off as token-istic. Mickey in Doctor Who, and Clyde and Rani in the Sarah Jane Adventures, great characters all. I remember "Firefly" REALLY pissed me off with its supposedly Chinese-influenced spacefaring society that hardly had ANY Chinese-looking people at all, even the extras. I'd have thought the Tams (I mean, look at the name!) should have been at least.

Yeah. Anyway. No vampires! No time travel! No flashbacks! In this current set of stories I'm working on, anyway. Stupid djinn got in somehow. Hrmph. It seems the time travel is in there, too, in the way that wishes work backwards through time to achieve their effects. And with what the dimensional surgeons do in excising bits of real reality and rewriting history. Gah.

Anyway...story four in the Salt Gang Chronicles...I swear I'm working on the plot even if I'm not getting that much writing done. Something I think about on the long drives to the "scenic" bits of Maryland. Cunningham Falls State Park, Dam Number 4 cave, the beach, the Germantown swimming pool, etc. etc. Riiight...

But I am taking up the vow of media abstinence again *mutter mutter* until I get the story done.