Was it really only this past week that I read The Hellbound Heart? It’s been a long week. I talked about the Clive Barker novella in my Spring into Horror post. I also finished Lady Molly of Scotland Yard by Baroness Orczy, which I started back in February. I’ll maybe post about it this week.
Deal Me In: Black suits are for mysteries from Stories Not for the Nervous and today’s 3♣ brought me my first taste of Lord Peter Wimsey with Dorothy L Sayer’s “The Man with the Copper Fingers.” Yeah, I know. My literary milieu is lacking when it comes to anything between roughly 1922 and 1975. The story reminded me of the film A Bucket of Blood (1959), moreso than Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) which is also similar, but obviously, since the story was published in 1928, if there was any influencer, it was this story. Which is kind of funny because “The Man with the Copper Fingers” actually uses more technology than either of the later movies.
This week I’ll be continuing Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why We Don’t Learn Them from Movies Anymore) by Hadley Freeman and starting The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I’ll be reading Monte Cristo along with Nick and his Chapter-a-Day Challenge. If you want to join us, there’s still time. The chapter-a-day, unabridged, starts Thursday! I sprung for the ginormous Penguin edition translated by Robin Buss. After reading the first couple paragraphs of various editions, this translation did seem best. And, in light of a rather positive Deal Me In experience, I think I’ll read Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers.
I haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame. I’m not even sure I want to. I’m pretty happy with ending my version of “canon” at Thor: Ragnarok. But I did rewatch Iron Man over the weekend. And it still really holds up. (And, wow, everything is in this trailer…)
“Writing”: When I decided I wanted to finally release David P. Abbott in The Open Court, I thought all I needed was to re-do was the cover. Instead, I looked at the files and realized I didn’t have it in HTML/OPF format. So, I reformatted. Then I looked at what I had for a draft of the cover and realized that I was pleasingly halfway toward what I wanted. Et voilà, finished product.
Then I set about putting it on the website. Which led to…
Blog: …deciding to have a little more of me as a writer on blog. I changed my theme. I mostly like it. There’s a few more links to Entangled Continua. (Pst: While I’m giving it a “official” release next weekend, David P. Abbott in The Open Court is already available on the website. If you’re interested in early 20th century magic/spiritualism (it’s nonfiction), check it out!)
Writing: In the land of actual fiction writing, I’m throwing back to Wicked Witch Retired, a project last worked on, uh, this time last year. I’ve been reading through my morning pages from when I last wrote about it and I have some excitement for the project. Good idea? I don’t know. Just do the things, folks.