Watching the first Royals post-season game since my dad was around.

1982, Maryland Dad with (almost all) the grandkids, plus me and my sister

1982, Maryland
Dad with (almost all) the grandkids, plus me and my sister

Hoping, naturally, that the Royals win.

………………………………

Edit:  And that would be — a WIN!!!!!!!!!

Dad would have enjoyed that game so much.

The latest Miss Marple in the PBS series Masterpiece Mystery is Endless Night, a bit of an oddity because Miss Marple isn’t a character in the book.<-  [highlight to see spoiler]   Continued spoilers, and a good review, are at the blog, The Agatha Christie Reader.

I’m happy that the stories continue to be made for new audiences as well as for those of us who apparently can’t get enough of Mrs. Christie’s books (the blue volumes in the near-top left and right shelves).

In addition to being happy to see the remake of the story, I liked seeing Tamzin Outhwaite’s name in websites about the episode. I last saw her in Redcap.

I was also tickled to see Janet Henfrey in the cast.  I so enjoyed her as Mrs. Bale in As Time Goes By with Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer.  Her attention to the shipping forecasts reminded me of my dad talking about the persistence of “gale-force winds” in the Scottish isles, an apparent feature of the radio weather reports in England in the early 1950s.

It makes it hard for younger people in the acting profession to get work when so many of their older colleagues continue to work well in the craft, but I do enjoy seeing familiar faces in familiar stories.  Aspiring novelists may also have a tough time breaking into the ranks of well-known stories and characters because of the devotion of readers to their favorite writers.  I know that if I’m reading another one of the Christie books, I’m not reading the stories of newer authors.  I try to balance it by reading contemporary authors during the day when it’s easier to concentrate and saving Mrs. Christie for my soothing nighttime reads.

So, I’m sitting here, allegedly multitasking by checking a Sisters In Crime email list, emailing a thank-you, cribbing information on formatting ebooks, and watching the movie Scoop on Netflix.  I’ve read that multitasking doesn’t actually work, but it seems that I’m doing it anyhow.

While I’m multitasking, a little voice in the back of my head keeps telling me I’m missing something. It’s a nagging little feeling, nothing momentous (thank goodness), but just something.

Through my haze of reading, typing, muting the story when suspenseful things are happening (I’m fine with mysteries, but I don’t [gracefully] do suspense), I think, “Lovejoy.”  It finally dawns on me that one of the primary characters in the movie is Ian McShane, an actor I haven’t seen onscreen in years. That little voice isn’t in the back of my head, it’s coming from the television.

Now I’m going to have to waste time looking on Netflix for Lovejoy. I don’t have much hope, but you never know.  In the meantime, back to Scoop.

This time, we were out playing with the older grandkids.

03 Truman farm home

 

With luck, September won’t evaporate without some new, actual, writing.

Still playing with babies.

The two littlest cousins at Ruby Tuesday.

The two littlest cousins at Ruby Tuesday.

I’ve been working on a story structure course and am 75% of the way through it.  The stories that I’d been writing just weren’t satisfactory.  I’m hoping that starting over from the beginning of ‘learning about stories’ will help me produce work that I find to be more satisfactory.  With luck I’ll be writing again soon.

Playing with another new baby!

Here are the new cousins together.

09 Martin and Bijou better

 

The diaper ‘toga’ was necessary because someone yakked on her outfit.

(what I said in the title)

 

Now I remember.  New baby in the family.

 

09 Bijou dressed up for Damon's mom blog

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