Oct. 25th, 2016 13:00
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Posted by Jen

If you're online a lot you've probably run across the word "Spoopy." I kept seeing it on Twitter and Instagram, and finally - because I'm old - decided to google it.

Ladies and ghouls, it is with no small amount of pride that I present Google's official result/definition when you look up the word "spoopy."

Check us out, yo, influencing the virtual zeitgeist.


Anyboo, in that spirit (HEYO), I thought we'd take a look at another frightening Halloween phenomenon: the freaky "EEK!"





And my favorite:

That is one Spoopy Err.

Your move, Tumblr. I await your hashtags.


Thanks to Mary T., Carmen N., & john (the hubby of me), who was ridiculously excited to spot his very own wreck last week. Yep, 8 years of running the wreckage, and we still have to look. Ha!


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Posted by david

Signature recommended international women writers you should be reading.

Pitchfork listed the best shoegaze albums of all time.

Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick
The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle
Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Son by Philipp Meyer
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

Blindness by Jose Saramago
The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss

Granta features new short fiction by Diane Williams.

Stream a new song by Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions.

Literary website HTMLGIANT has awakened from its two year hiatus.

Amber Arcades covered Nick Drake's "Which Will."

R.I.P., poet Lucia Perillo.

Stream "The Greatest Conversation Ever In The History Of The Universe," a new anti-trump song by Jesu and Sun Kil Moon.

Electric Literature interviewed author Larissa Pham.

Whitney visited World Cafe for a live performance and interview.

Literary Hub profiled author Ha Jin.

Stream a new Allison Crutchfield song.

Guernica interviewed author Mauro Javier Cardenas.

Paste interviewed Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes.

The New Statesman interviewed author Deborah Levy.

Drowned in Sound interviewed singer-songwriter Agnes Obel.

Men's Journal interviewed author Stuart Nadler.

The Record reviewed Lil Wayne's prison memoir Gone 'Til November.

Bookworm interviewed author Nicholson Baker.

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Electric Literature interviewed author Jonathan Lethem.

The Drive-By Truckers played a Tiny Desk Concert.

Word Riot interviewed author Lucy K Shaw.

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists

we few, we happy few

Oct. 25th, 2016 09:06
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This is the 601st anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. Why do we remember it? In 45 minutes of battle, a ragtag English army of 10,000 at most, archers and infantry led by a handful of nobility on horseback in light mail armor and the king himself, Henry V, worn down by months of campaigning on the road, took down the well-rested, heavily armored and armed 60,000-man French army -- against all expectation, against all common sense. The English, in theory, should not have won. They were too few, too poorly armed, wearing splint armor (bits of metal reinforcing double-layered boiled leather) or at the best light chainmail, which did not have the defensive strength of full plate armor.

So why the win? Mud. The armor-clad French knights, charged at the front to clear the way, thinking to mow down the English footsoldiers and light cavalry, but were struck by a blizzard of arrows from English longbowmen positioned in the rear and fell from their horses -- and couldn't get back up. This was in part because of the weight of their armor and in part because of the torrential rains of the previous days -- they drowned in a foot or two of mud, churned deeper by their horses' hooves, or, struggling to rise, were killed by the English soldiers.

Kenneth Branagh's brilliant movie did very well by the conditions of that battle, even if he edited Shakespeare to Henry's favor by removing a few morally dubious scenes (one does not kill captives; one holds them for ransom and trades them for one's own people, similarly held.) But Branagh got the mud right. The butcher's bill for that battle was a handful of English -- and the vast majority of the men of French royal and noble families between the ages of 16 and 60, those who owned property and ran the government, for the French king was elderly and mentally disturbed and did not himself do that much. That battle changed French society for generations to come, much as the deaths of a generation of young Englishmen in World War I changed England.

I can't help but compare the French to the current Republican party, which has churned up so much political mud and covered itself deeply in so much corruption and dirt that it is drowning in it. If there is even a party remaining after this election, it may end up looking far different than it does now.

Here is the St. Crispian's Day speech from Branagh's movie.
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I did end up reading the third book, hastily skimming the animal torture sections. Thankfully, they are clustered toward the end. However, the first part contains a tragic unicorn stillbirth.

This book had similar flaws and virtues as the first, and resembled that more than the incredibly depressing second book: 60% heartfelt and charming tale of vets in fantasyland, 40% torture, OTT tragedy, and whisker-twirling villains who kill people because they’re homicidal maniacs.

It introduced a number of new characters (possibly because so many were killed in book two), some of whom seemed potentially interesting but got little screentime, and some of whom were marvelous. I adored the earnest young griffin and his best buds, who decided to model themselves after the ideals of chivalry and so named themselves Roland, Oliver, and Clark Kent. Everything involving the junior and senior griffins was great. The obligatory incursion of a new genocidal bloodthirsty sadistic tortures-for-fun sociopath was not great.

This one has a happier ending, except that… Read more... )

Drabble: Robust Rivalry

Oct. 25th, 2016 07:36
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Title: Robust Rivalry
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Neville Longbottom/Blaise Zabini.
Word Count: 100 x 8
Rating: NC-17
Challenge: Written for [ profile] neville100's prompt #341: False Alarm.
Warning(s)/Genre: Plant!kinkiness.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Robust Rivalry )
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R found a place to live in California.

Sort of.

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The End




My interwebz is down so I figured I’d go ahead and post this up. I’m really proud of this. For my Screen Design class, we had to take a fairytale and retell it in however we wanted in storyboard form. I chose the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Just as a heads-up, I’ve replaced the bears with Ursa Major/Ursa Minor, the constellation based on a bear.

I could always tell the story myself, but I figured I should let the art do the talking and only answer questions if you’re curious about it. The only hint I’ll give is to pay attention to the faces of the characters. ;D

This sucker took me 3 days to work on. I’m dead, man. ;_;

no. you didn’t just… 


No, I’ve just got something in my eye. Shut up…

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Oct. 25th, 2016 12:55
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I realise five posts about the new washer dryer may seem excessive
but it is proper clever
yet weirdly frustrate.
The cupboard dry auto setting seems to be a tiny tiny bit damp, so I pressed extra dry this time. I shall see how that turns out.
One washer load is two weeks of sheets and duvet covers and pillowcases, but one dryer load is only one week. Which will work out better when I don't have so many weeks to do at once.

And the cleaner is here for cleaner day, and the dryer is working, but it so quiet that seems pretty okay.

I'm all chatty about my new machine, even in person. Exciting development in household devices.
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Posted by Charlott

Wie kann es sein, dass beim Verfassungsschutz Menschen arbeiten, die in ihrem Ort „kleiner Adolf“ genannt werden, obwohl sie eigentlich die rechte Szene überwachen und überführen sollen? Welche Rolle spielt der Verfassungsschutz? Wieso wurden Akten geschreddert? Und wieso haben diese ganzen Ermittlungsfehler für niemanden Konsequenzen? (Auszug aus SZ-Magazin Heft 10/2013 Gesellschaft/Leben Interview mit Semiya fiimsek und Gamze Kubaflık)

aktionswoche_programm_vorlAm 4. November jährt sich zum fünften Mal die sogenannte Selbstenttarnung des NSU. Bis heute bleiben viele Fragen offen, oder stellen sich immer wieder neue – auch rund um den immer noch laufendn Prozess. Das Bündniss gegen Rassismus hat aus diesem Anlass vom 29. Oktober bis 6. November eine Aktionswoche mit dem Titel „Gedenken & Widerstand: 5 Jahre nach Aufdecken des NSU“ in Berlin ins Leben gerufen. Geplant sind für diesen Zeitraum Lesungen, Demonstrationen, Filmvorführungen, Diskussionsveranstaltungen, Interventionen im öffentlichen Raum und vieles mehr. Im Aufruf des Bündnisses heißt es:

Wie geht es nach dem NSU-Prozess weiter? Angehörige und Communities von Opfern rassistischer Gewalt werden nach wie vor verdächtigt und kriminalisiert. Was können wir im Zuge des NSU- Skandals lernen? Der NSU hat sich als ein bundesweites rechtes Netzwerk enthüllt, das bis in staatliche Institutionen hineinreicht. Überall in Europa bekommen rechtsextreme Populist_innen, Nazis und Rassist_innen Zuspruch in den Medien, der Bevölkerung und der Politik. Wie geht es uns dabei? Welche Strategien haben wir gegen den Rechtsruck und Rassismus in Europa?

Am 5. November wird im Rahmen der Aktionswoche eine ganztägige internationale Konferenz stattfinden. Dort diskutieren und berichten auf einem Panel zu „Gedenken als Widerstand“ Rosita Grönfors (Romskakvinnoforum, Schweden), Farid (Urgence Notre Police Assassine, Frankreich), Hanım Tosun (Cumartesi Anneleri Samstagsmütter, Türkei) und Vertreter_in der Lân und Châu Initiative aus Hamburg. Am Nachmittag sprechen dann Osman Taşköprü (Bruder des 2001 vom NSU ermordeten Süleyman Taşköprü), Abbas Doğan (Bündnis „Tag der Solidarität“), Ibrahim Arslan (Überlebender des Brandanschlags in Mölln 1992) und Abdullah Özkan (Betroffener & Initiative Keupstraße ist überall) zu „Fünf Jahre der Vergangenheit, fünf Jahre der Verlogenheit: Gedenken und Kämpfen“. Dazwischen gibt es Workshops, die sich unter anderem mit rassistischer Polizeigewalt, der (Un)Möglichkeit des Trauerns in der politischen Arbeit und der Rolle von Opfern auseinandersetzen.

Das ganze (vorläufige) Programm zur Konferenz und den vielen geplanten Einzelveranstaltungen kann auf der Seite des Bündnisses runtergeladen werden. Dort gibt es auch Flyer in sieben verschiedenen Sprachen.

Zum Weiterlesen:
Interview mit Nebenklagevertreter Alexander Hoffmann: „Dieser Prozess darf kein Abschluss sein„.

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Well, this past week sucked.

There's a weird intersection of "twenty-first century problem" and "actually upsetting thing" when it's 0430 East Coast time and you're sitting in the dark crying because the webcam livestreaming your grandfather's funeral from thousands of kilometres away is only giving you audio, not video.

Also, I don't know if it's because the gossip system isn't as effective here, or because it's awkward, or because they just don't care, exactly one of my new co-workers has expressed condolences to me. I'm not going to assume malice or anything, but it's a reminder of just how new I am to this place.

Elementary, 5.03, Render, and Then Seize Her )

Supergirl, 2.03, Welcome to Earth )

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Oct. 25th, 2016 21:14
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I was reading a post about the illegal demolition of a historic building in Melbourne, The Corkman Hotel and the problem of illegal demolition of historic buildings. The ideas the poster talks about - what buildings mean in a community, that their fabric is not the only valuable thing about them - feel relevant to recent discussions around fandom and reportedly, the wish of some that people 'age out' of fandom. Which, of course, is the most ridiculous idea. Did B-99 not just show us Amy and Rosa and the philosophy of the Babysitters Club? (Melissa Fumero is 34 in case you were wondering, Stephanie Beatriz 35.) At what age do you stop loving what you love? When does your community stop meaning anything to you? What does it say about a community that requires that your time in it is limited?

These reports are so contrary to my experience of fandoms where people of all ages just did shit together. Of course, early this century and late last, many young people lied about their ages because some mailing lists required age statements for participation, but by gosh they did a bloody good job of it. These days you can pick some - not all - of the young fans writing in your fandom. Often it is just an obvious lack of knowledge about stuff you may not regularly do until you're older e.g. how jobs work. Because you can write emotionally maturely and still not know stuff that you pretty much learn by working in a job. And I love that. I love that people today don't have to lie to their fan friends in order to be part of fandom. It has always been a joy to me that fans are truly all ages.

Anyway, the argument presumes that 'fandom' is something that can be corralled and gatekept. Which, yeah, heh. ROFL ROFL ROFL.

It all sounds a bit 1 Corinthians 13:11 to me, which is surprising because I'd come to the conclusion that the majority US!Christians didn't read the gospels.

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Oct. 25th, 2016 11:37
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I have done the laundry, and I have emptied the laundry and sorted it by things that don't want to be tumble dryered, and I have wondered why I even own those things anyway, and I have used the dryer settings on the rest, and now I'm running a second load of laundry.

And I fiddled about with the weighing scales too, to try and figure out if things were the correct weights, and so far they are. You have to take half the washing load out and dry it in half loads, and that takes two hours each, so this is not very practical, compared to faster things, but is very helpful, compared to not having a working dryer.

It is super quiet, and the automatic dryer sensor seems to actually work, since the stuff came out dry. And you never notice how much technology is advancing until you have to replace the big appliances for the first time in a decade or so.

Off-Topic Tuesday!

Oct. 25th, 2016 10:07
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like.

Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

All this time there's been something about Trump's rhetorical style which has seemed familar, something I remembered from somewhere but couldn't put my finger on....and now I know what it was. (Seriously, watch the video, it's not a quick one-off gag, it's approaching the genuinely unsettling)

It's Lara Croft's 20th anniversary today!. (I confess I tried to play one, but died so often on the training level I could never muster the interest to play any further)

2016 continues to give the Grim Reaper some serious overtime, and this weeks death list includes Steve Dillon, Jack Chick, Pete Burns and Bobby Vee.

Special note should e given to the loss, earlier in the month, of Michiyo Yasuda, whose work as a colourist for Studio Ghibli helped shape the look of some of their most important films. If you, as many, can recognise a Ghibli movie just from looking at a single image, chances are it is because of her work.

With the end of it's 6th season, Transformers: Rescue Bots has seemingly aired it's last ever episode.

Doctor Who spin-off "Class", premiered in the UK this weekend past to generally positive reviews. It's not entirely clear what target audience it's aimed at, it's an odd mix of Buffy, Torchwood and Hollyoaks (And not always the best bits of each, though I'd say the Torchwood elements work better when applied to a bunch of schoolkids than they did from a team of apparent expert professionals). A surprising amount of gore, some near swearing and a cast of variable quality (though some are excellent) and Peter Capaldi making an appearance in the first episode.

Lynda Carter made her debut in Supergirl as the President of the USA... Oh, if only....

Pre-Code resources

Oct. 24th, 2016 17:12
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(For personal reference and for anyone else considering diving in.)

Mick LaSalle's two books on the subject:

Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood

Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man

Both are very readable and (IMHO) deeply fannish, in the sense of combining deep analysis with utterly geeky enthusiasm and biased love for the topics being discussed. Full of great recommendations, too -- I've found wonderful films via LaSalle's recs that I've never heard of in any other context. Celebrating Pre-Code Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1934

A website with vast numbers of reviews and useful starting points, e.g. What is Pre-Code Hollywood? and My List of Essential Pre-Code Hollywood Films.

The Toast: Pre-Code Movies Worth Watching (previously linked)

The Nitrate Diva: Pre-Code A to Z: 26 Favorites:

I decided to do a pre-Code A to Z, with a different title for each letter in the alphabet, because I wanted to feature a weird, slightly arbitrary collection of pre-Codes instead of a traditional top ten.

(Great as a sampler of the sheer range, glories and oddities of pre-Code films.)

TV Tropes: The Pre-Code Era (warning for the rabbit hole that is TV Tropes) (includes films from 1928 and '29, whereas a lot of guides count "pre-Code" as starting properly in 1930, when the Code was officially adopted but roundly ignored)

TV Tropes: The Hays Code

Cinematically Insane: Screening Report: The 1933 Pre-Code Festival

Not pre-Code-specific, but relevant to film history interests:

You Must Remember This

Podcast, available on iTunes or your podcatcher of choice, about "the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century" (and skewing fairly heavily towards the first half of that century).

Generally thoughtful and well-researched, with a deliberate focus on telling the stories of women, LGBT people, POC, and others dis-privileged within the Hollywood system -- but that makes it sound dry; instead, as the Guardian puts it, it "sounds like a dreamy mix of film noir voiceover, 1940s gossip column and Pathe news broadcast." Writer/performer Karina Longworth says: "I wanted the show to feel like something spooky that you would hear late at night on a drive through the middle of nowhere."

Assorted articles about it:

The Guardian: You Must Remember This: the woman spilling Hollywood's long-held secrets
Jezebel: A Chat With the Creator of Can't-Miss Classic Hollywood Podcast You Must Remember This
KQED: Karina Longworth Talks ‘You Must Remember This’ Before Going on Hiatus

If you've got links (or recommendations of your own) to add, please add 'em!

FlashBoot 2.3

Oct. 25th, 2016 04:00
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Posted by GOTD_Editor

Imagine being able to install an entire operating system onto a USB thumbdrive, so you can boot Windows basically everywhere: at your home, at friend's home, at work, at public library or internet-cafe. You can carry your entire digital world in the pocket: applications, documents, browser, games and many more.

With FlashBoot, these dreams come true. FlashBoot can install fully-functional Windows 10/8.1/8 to USB thumbdrive, also FlashBoot can convert bootable CD/DVD to bootable USB thumbdrive to facilitate installation of Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP to the notebooks and tablets without CD/DVD drive. FlashBoot has many other features.

Daily Happiness

Oct. 25th, 2016 01:49
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1. I got a lot of translating done today, including finishing up two chapters. And I posted manga and have more to post tomorrow!

2. I got my ballot filled out and ready to put in the mail tomorrow. (So glad California has a permanent vote by mail option.)

3. I made chocolate chip pumpkin muffins and they're sooooo good.

4. I've got sweet kitties.

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As some of you may know, we very sadly had to say goodbye to little Alfie on Friday after a short and thankfully painless battle with kidney failure. Words cannot describe the grief we are experiencing. 

Alfie and Oscar were best friends and lovers. They did absolutely everything together. When we came back from the vet on Friday evening without Alfie, Oscar knew something was wrong. He hid under the bed all night and refused to come out to eat. We were getting really worried.

Pets tend to have a favourite ‘spot’ or place in the house; for Alfie, it was the arm of the sofa. He’d sit there each evening and look out of the window at the sunset, just basking in the warmth. A year or so ago, someone sent two Alfie and Oscar beanie babies to our PO Box. Yesterday, I propped up the ‘Alfie’ toy right where he used to sit. And that’s when this happened.

We’d like to thank whoever sent us those beanie babies – because Oscar and the ‘Alfie’ toy are now inseparable. He sleeps next to it at night and plays with it all day. He’s like his old self again, playing and running about as usual. Whoever sent us those beanie babies – thank you. Because of you, Oscar will always have Alfie by his side.

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Word from the antipodes

Oct. 25th, 2016 09:17
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I can hear most agreeable sounds of rehearsal that come from the reception room, where Mr G- D- is foregather’d with Miss L-, Meg, and Titus.

But still more agreeable is the fine fat letter I hold in my hand, that comes from my dearest Abby and reports 'em all safe land’d in New South Wales and all quite flourishing. 'Tis exceeding pretty to see Ellie’s N-'s wondering delight at the beauties of the place – sure she has become a deal less stiff and proper now she comes to know 'em, and the benign climate quite works magick upon her.

But she is still very dutyfull about giving little C- and Tommie lessons in the form of play, and already goes teach the convicts their letters and numbers.

There were a few of their little flock that sadly had somewhat of a relapse during their absence, but the most of 'em have been most diligent, and several made the most usefull observations on various phaenomena.

Sure she is entire delight’d to be back where she may dress for her comfort and for practicality, tho’ she and dear Mr T- have had a deal of invitations in what constitutes Port Jackson society, that quite longs to hear how matters go Back Home. And, she confides, to see her dresst in the crack of Town fashion, that leads the ladies to suppose she must be a great authority in the matter of styles - she can quite hear dearest C- laugh quite immoderate as she reads this.

(As indeed I do.)

They take a little concern that there has been no news from the scientifick expedition, but indeed, when one considers the extreme chancyness of communications once they are quite got into the wilderness, one should not fret overmuch.

The dear twins are now wean’d, the pretty darlings, and she is in some supposition that she may be increasing again: sure, my dearest C-, I can see your troubl’d frown, and I daresay you go wonder are there no spunges in the antipodes, but 'tis entire a delight to me.

She hopes that all those that are dear to dearest C- are flourishing, in particular that most beauteous of infants, and also confides that dearest C- has a deal of contrivances upon hand, for 'twould not be her did she not.

I look up from the letter somewhat tearfull. What a deal of matter I have to tell dear Abby when I reply. I put it into the drawer of my desk where I keep letters that must be reply’d to at length, and go be dutyfull about my other correspondence.

Hector shows in Sandy, that is follow’d in very short order by Celeste with coffee and parkin.

How now, dear sibyl, I apprehend that there are letters arriv’d from the antipodes? Miss N- gave out quite a shriek this morn that I was inform’d came from that good news.

Indeed, says I, they all arriv’d safe and are about the business of their days once more. O, but 'tis such a long way, and who know what may have come since they writ?

Why, do not borrow trouble, dearest C-.

Sure I am a foolish creature, says I.

Sandy looks at me very affectionate and says, he doubts not that the matter troubles the silly creature so because there is nothing that she may have her hands upon to contrive, she must be oblig’d to wait upon events.

You quite find me out, o bello scozzese! Action at a distance is not answerable when the distance is so great. But do you have any news the morn?

Why, says he, we are successful in getting Mr D- K-'s heir elect’d to the club of his desire: sure it helpt that he is such an obscure fellow that none knew him well enough to get up a blackballing, so all went off exceeding smooth. So we gradually come round to providing for the widow, tho’ sure she will not be able to live very high, once all the debts are paid off.

I have not, says I, had any recent intelligence from her: but sure had she gone murder the dreadfull crocodile at Tunbridge Wells I daresay we should have heard.

I confide 'twould have been report’d upon.

I pour him some more coffee and ask does he go to this antiquarian conversazione where the Marquess of O- will talk upon the Incas?

Indeed so. Of course one has read of ‘em and what a very remarkable civilisation they had before the Spanish came, but 'twill be exceeding delightfull to see some of the objects they made -

- dearest C-, I see you anticipate that I shall go expatiate upon the Incas. Be assur’d, I have sufficient matters to be about that I may not linger in order to do so.

La, says I, so I shall remain an ignorant silly creature.

Sandy looks about the room and observes that there is a fine book about the Incas, that the Marquess of O- has very kindly lent me, lyes upon a low table. Dear C-, keep your protestations of ignorance for Mr W- Y-.

Have you, he goes on, heard about his latest freak? Goes take the laughing gas, that is given out to produce visions.

Sure, says I, he would do better to go lesson himself with Aristarchus, that has made so many stringent criticisms upon his work, and I do not think giggling visions will correct the matter.

Let us hope, says Sandy, endeavouring to keep a straight face, that he does not have visions of swans.

That would be amuzing, says I, sure I am a bad wick’d C-.

I hope that does he read your tale of a daemonick swan, he does not go speculate upon authorship.

Sure 'twould be a wonder, says I, that such a pretty featherwit could string a sentence together.

Why, we may hope that the masquerade continues to deceive him – but I must be about my business, and must not be detain’d by the agreeableness of our converse.

Indeed, says I, sure I must be about mine, I have been so distract’d the morn.

We part with excellent feeling between us.

I am extreme dutyfull and write a deal of letters in which I act the diplomat among the orphanage ladies. I must also contrive some manner of warning Lady D-, that shows some inclination to taking up the orphanage, which is indeed a most deserving cause, but she would be an entire Babe in the Woods among 'em.

But at length I look up, and stretch myself, and take out from its secret drawer my miniature of my precious Flora and kiss it.

And I mind me that I have the most excellent excuse to go visit R- House, for sure all will be pleas’d to hear that the T-s are arriv’d in New South Wales and are well, and I daresay Miss N- would be extreme delight’d to hear of the very fine things Abby has to say about her sister and how well she gets on.

Sure I quite long to see my darlings even if we may not be in triangle.

So I desire Docket to array me for this visit – Docket sniffs, for she apprehends that this means a gown in which I may go be a tiger am I thus desir’d without I damage it too desperate – and take my carriage, into which Hector has very thoughtfull plac’d a box of coals, to R- House.

The footman that opens the door says that the mistress and the master are in the study, and have company.

O, says I, I shall not disturb 'em, I shall go to the schoolroom.

So I make my way to the schoolroom, where Miss N- cannot stop smiling, even tho’ she endeavours to explain certain matters in arithmetick to Quintus, that it seems is having some difficulty over 'em. The girls are busy about compositions. (Josh, I confide, is somewhere with Mr McN- studying the classicks.)

How now, says I, how do you all?

O, Lady B-, cries Miss N-, I have had such a fine letter from Ellie, that is arriv’d safe at Port Jackson and likes it extremely.

And I, says I, have had a good long letter from Mrs T-, that has very fine things to say about your sister and how she goes get a grip on the work that is need’d out there.

O, cries Bess, how are the twins? (sure she was greatly taken with the twins.)

I sit down and Miss N- and I go almost antiphonal to recount the news we have receiv’d – sure, indeed this is entire educational - the exceeding good feeling that there is 'twixt the T-s and Ellie N- - the very great desire of the convicts of the congregation for learning - the flourishing of the children – the invitations into society among the officers and officials and the free settlers that trade and farm &C – the extreme fine climate - the very curious flora and fauna –

She sounds so exceeding happy, says Miss N- with a little joyfull tearfullness.

I take my leave of em and go peep into the nursery, where my darling jewel shows touchingly affectionate, as well as desiring her tiger.

Sure, thinks I, by now any company must have left, I will go look in upon my darlings.

So I go to the family room, and find that Eliza and Josiah are engag’d in a lively conversation about the polish factory with Sebastian K-.

He rises and makes me a most exceeding polisht leg.

Eliza goes ring for tea.

I say to Sebastian K- that I am glad to see him return’d well from his travels and hope they were agreeable.

Indeed, says Josiah, twould be a great pleasure to hear of 'em – Mr K- came on his father’s behalf about some matters to do with the factory – but I think we are all conclud’d by now and ready to hear of his adventures.

Twould be a pleasure, says Sebastian K-.

We sit looking at him like children that hope for a story.

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My new washer dryer is magic. It makes such little noise most of the time that the sploosh splat noises of the clothes falling around in the drum are the loudest things.

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n. the point in the orbit of a planet, asteroid, or comet at which it is furthest from the sun.


“It’s me,” Sarah says weakly, stepping forward. “I’m sorry it took me so long to find you, but—”

“Who are you,” says Sarah’s sister, eyes wide with fear. “I don’t know you, who are you.”

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Series: Part 117 of The Sestre Daily Drabble Project

October 2016

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