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Nov. 20th, 2014 03:32 pm
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 So I watched the adaptations of Strong Poison, Have his Carcase and Gaudy Night. Loved them.

... and then I went to watch Unpleasantness at Bellona Club, and oh god, why such casting, it makes no sense. Especially in this story: I can't see Carmichael's Lord Peter as a peer of George Fentiman, which he ought to be - he looks a benevolent and slightly patronizing uncle.

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May. 5th, 2012 02:25 am
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Suddenly I rather want a Parasol Protectorate fic set a hundred years in the future. I mean, with so many immortal-type characters being so fashion-conscious, how would they deal with swinging London? Must ask for Yuletide if I don't forget and if it is still eligible.

Also, watched the first episode of Miss Fisher Mysteries, and it's excellent and fabulous. Only, what's that about her sister or whatever? Was it in the books and I forgot, or is it the scriptwriters' random attempt at character motivation?

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Oct. 10th, 2011 03:36 am
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So, an impromptu holiday was a good idea: I swear I did more today than on Friday, and in less time. Self, when will you learn?

And the autumn is truly golden and beautiful - and I took photos of some pretty cabbage-type things on a street flowerbed; they're unexpected but look good. Now I hope I'll find time to deal with photos - I think the mushroom-picking ones are still in my camera. Of course I might be delaying the process because I am still afraid of Photoshop (I can distinguish bad photos in need of work - now, choosing the processes for making them good is more complicated).

I think I'm pausing on Tolstoy because I was reading him too thoughtfully and got tired or frightened that I can't keep up with myself. I do tend to do that - one of the reasons I work myself into a writing block. BTW, haven't written today - but started planning and thinking about untangling that half-written LBB story. Like, almost literally untangling. Go me. Though some training-writing still needs to be happening.

Meanwhile I am reading about George Eliot - and also listening to Patrick Allitt's lectures on Victorian Britain. Fascinating, even though the lectures are a bit too surface stuff in places - then again, my knowledge on Victorian Britain is too unsystematic. But it's such an interesting time in terms of social change. Seeing the seeds of the present in the past (though the history of medicine keeps being scary despite being interesting). And with George Eliot bio I love most of all seeing the network of people working at intellectual pursuit, overlapping circles of friends and acquaintances involved in literature and science and stuff (that's why I also like Camden and the rest of the antiquarian gang - that sense of interconnectedness).

And in the kitchen my mother keeps watching Columbo. I come and go and see bits of it and it creates a curious impression of the continuing world in which Columbo moves with that simplicity of his, both artificial and real, but even his artifice looks more real than everyone else.

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Apr. 21st, 2010 02:52 am
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Feeling really, really down. As in, nothing seems to give me pleasure, and I feel myself unnecessary, directionless and generally a waste of space.

So I spent the day cross-stitching: that's always good for seeing that you did do something. Empty space on fabric is no longer empty. I'd stitch some more but my arms are tired. Also, watched an episode from TV series about Ruth Rendell's Chief Inspector Wexford, tried to watch Doctor Who 5.03, but I saw the WWII eps from season 1 too recently to enjoy this. Also, read books - I keep hoping a really engrossing book would lift me out of this mood, but while I have some good books, none seem to be really gripping.

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Jan. 21st, 2010 06:39 am
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Caught up with Criminal Minds. 5-09: very good (and I'm glad that arc is finished. I don't like Monster-of-the-Year arcs), liked the structure. And Strauss. 5-10 - decent, 5-11 - not very, 5-12 - good and scary (and yes, I'm too lazy to write it up properly).

Am watching the pilot of The Forgotten. It's boring.
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Joined a reading community here (with a goal to read 175 books this year. Since almost half of the year has passed and I've read only 60, I have a good chance of failing. Still. I have to try. At night when I sleep the unread books in the room gather round, and their circle is getting smaller. Tighter. They may just eat me, I think).

Still haven't watched CM season 4 finale. Also, I have some unwatched series from season 2. And a fic to plan.

Watched pilot episode of The Closer. Planning to watch ep 2.

I have things to do, and I want to do them, but I seem to be in a winter state of being: wanting to sleep and eat and having no energy.

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