September 28, 2014
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.
January 12, 2012
The title of this entry comes from one of my favorite cartoons. If you don’t want to click, it’s a drawing of a man lying in a hammock holding a flyswatter and smacking away at books flying up at him like pesky insects. The caption is this entry’s title.
When I was a kid, I remember finishing our Air Force base library’s stock of Nancy Drew books and wanting more. A year later I whipped through outer space with all the Robert Heinlein books our school library owned and mourned being earthbound again when I’d read them all. Dad snapped this picture when I discovered Judge Dee. Later I passed the hours overseas with the collections of Agatha Christie from various Army libraries. I was always on a search for new titles and would read slowly to make the books last longer because once I finished a collection at the library, that was it.
Nowadays, I can’t keep up. Goodreads notifies me about good reads by email, as does Bas Bleu. The DorothyL list is a virtual avalanche of titles. I Love A Mystery just called to say that Jo Nesbø’s latest book is in the store, and the library emailed me that my online requests have arrived and are waiting to be picked up. I haven’t yet clicked “buy” on my latest cartful at Amazon. Then there are the books on the shelves here at home that cry at me about how they are neglected.
I have to wonder if Johnnie Gutenberg had any idea about what he was unleashing.
November 1, 2011
Hat tip to K.d. McCrite:
As for the ‘writing,’ (I’m supposing that’s what you’d call it, although Researcher Who Won’t Stop is more like it), I discovered I put my people in the wrong place by about five kilometers (for me, the 5K make a difference). Since I first settled on the location, I thought I’d got the borderline-in-question correct, but in looking at Google maps, I see I was off. If I wasn’t writing slowly enough already (1/4 of the first story and 2 short stories), finding out the people were on the wrong side of the ‘tracks’ was like a tree in the road — I could get around it, but it would take work. Luckily, the Google map exercise reminded me of Google Earth, and I’m pretty sure my people are now in an appropriate place.
So, now to be like a brick, and stay on task, not get discouraged*, not be perfect but be OK with it, and stop wasting time.
* In Duchess of Death, I learned that Agatha Christie wrote a play in 6 weeks.