Some of my favorite grouchy people were born in early January, it seems. First we have Mary Russell on January 2nd, on no lesser word than that of her author editor Laurie R. King; then Sherlock Holmes on January 6th, a date not explicitly given in canon but nonetheless widely accepted among Holmesians as correct due to Holmes's penchant for quoting Twelfth Night.

We know also that Dr. Gregory House was born in early-to-mid January, and seeing that he shares a house number with Holmes, it doesn't seem much of a stretch to propose January 6th as his birthday as well. And then, of course, J.K. Rowling has informed us that Severus Snape was born on January 9th.

Is it an astrological thing to have brilliant, misanthropic, sarcastic, obsessively driven characters born in January, or is there some other logic behind it?
Found in the comments to this post (which is hilarious in its own right) on Laurie King's blog:

The early spell-check programs were prone to fits of madness. When I wrote my senior paper for my B.A. (on Romeo and Juliet) my computer kept trying to disrupt their romance with a feud between the Mortgages and the Capsules.


*wipes away tears of mirth*

Oh, man, I needed that.
I can't believe I forgot to gloat over mention this before, but --

Thanks to [ profile] lrk_mutterings's kindness I have read the new Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes novel, Locked Rooms and you haven't, ha ha ha.

It's really excellent -- not to mention ground-breaking, as King has taken some definite departures from the series norm in terms of the narrative structure, but in the context of the story it makes perfect sense. I can see lots of good meaty RUSS-L discussions coming out of this one...

Also, Laurie, like, totally writes RPF*. Hee!

*Real Person Fic.


Feb. 17th, 2005 09:52 am
rj_anderson: (Mary Russell - art by Voxbellin)
For those interested in keeping up with mystery/suspense author Laurie R. King's new blog via LJ, I've just created a new feed, [ profile] lrk_mutterings.

Hopefully it works.
I haven't seen this week's episode of "Lost" yet, so please nobody on my flist spoil it for me. This is the first show I've ever watched that I really don't want spoilers for. I think I'll have much more fun that way. And, on a related note, will someone please hit me over the head before I start actually liking Sawyer? I mean, what is up with that? He's exactly the kind of character I usually loathe. And Josh Holloway isn't even my type (though I'll grant that he has nice hair), so it can't be that I'm beguiled by his looks. *is confused*

Secondly, Keane make the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous music I've heard in a long time. I love, love, love, love, love their album. If I had a band of my own, this is the kind of music I'd want to be making -- melodic, piano-based, lyrical, sweet and wistful without being saccharine. Amazing stuff.

Thirdly, I had a wonderful time at Bouchercon, attended a lot of interesting and useful panels on writing/editing/publishing, made some very interesting contacts, and hope--really, earnestly hope--to have some special good news to post here soon. *chews nails*

Also had a rollicking good dinner with Laurie and got some nifty tidbits about the upcoming Russell book, such as:
  • Russell spent more time in San Francisco as a child than she thinks she did. (This explains a lot, actually.)
  • Her father's name was Charles; her brother's, Levi.
  • We will see a flashback to the Accident.
  • As the book goes on Russell becomes increasingly unreliable as a narrator, thus necessitating -- get this -- a section of the book written from Holmes's POV (in third person). Whee!
  • There will be a cameo from Dashiell Hammett.
  • Oh, and it's called Locked Rooms, for anyone who didn't know that already.

    And finally, I have at last crossed the line into complete fangirl idiocy and am driving to Toronto today to see Kalan Porter performing at a local shopping centre (along with Matt Dusk, Shaye, and Jann Arden -- it's a free concert to support breast cancer research). But don't worry too much about my sanity yet: in all honesty, I am almost as excited about meeting Shoebox and some of my other co-snarkers from the TWoP Canadian Idol discussion forum as I am about seeing Kalan live.

    I did, however, turn the icon on this post into a full-sized t-shirt design so I could wear it to the concert and, hopefully, make Kalan crack up (if it happens while he's on stage, so much the better). After the concert I'm going to give the shirt to Shoebox if she wants it... if not, I'll pass it on to one of the other TWoPpers.

    Anyway, I'll only do this once, but it has to be done: EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

    As you were.


    Oct. 6th, 2004 10:46 am
    rj_anderson: (Kalan Sneer)
    Well, wouldn't you know it, our DSL is down for at least 48 hours thanks to a line problem, and that means I have very limited access to the net, since I'm reduced to using dial-up on our downstairs tenant's computer (it's a good thing he's a friend, and generous about letting us use his stuff!).

    Also, I'll be gone for two days to BoucherCon to hang out with some of the Bees and have dinner with Laurie King, so even if it does get fixed within the next 48 hours as hoped, I won't be here to enjoy it.

    All of which means that you won't be seeing much of me here or anywhere else online until Saturday night. On the other hand, that means I have no more excuse to procrastinate on editing my novel. It's an ill wind, etc.
    I just got an e-mail from Laurie R. King telling me she's paid the entire registration fee for me to go to Bouchercon 2004 in October. She said it was a thank-you gift for running RUSS-L all these years.

    *takes deep breath*


    Oh why oh why oh why do I not have Case of the Winning Woman finished? Or my modern mystery novel? There will be agents and editors there and aaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggh.

    Except that aside from Laurie, there is not a single author on the (very long) list of attending mystery authors whose books I have actually read. I've heard of Val McDermid, Sara Paretsky, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson, but haven't actually read any of their stuff. I think my brother might be a Rankin reader though, come to think of it...

    *clicks randomly around Bouchercon site, in a state of dizzy excitement*

    Woo! JKR is up for "Best Young Adult Mystery" in the Anthony Awards, for OotP! (Er... how weird is that, really?)

    Oh, man, I cannot believe this. I'm already thinking -- I could stay with my brother, who has an apartment in downtown Toronto, and I could take the subway (I love the subway), and if I sign up in time I could go to the Sisters in Crime high tea and...

    Did I say EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! yet?

    And now I feel extra guilty that I have done such a crap job of updating The Beekeeper's Holmes Page and associated documents over the past couple of years.

    Laurie OWNS.

    ETA: The guilt is assuaged -- I have updated the web page, the FAQ and the group's list of acronyms. Phew. *feels better*
    I got an unexpected package in the mail from Laurie King today! And inside was a gorgeous white t-shirt with the cover of The Game on it! Plus, a nifty stand-up promotional card for the book, with the same artwork and a blurb that reads, "This game's too good for the world's greatest detective to take on alone. Fortunately, she'll have some help from her husband." (Hee.)

    There's only one sad thing in all of this.

    The T-shirt is extra large. Which means that, much as I love it, I'll never be able to wear it. It's not long enough for a nightshirt, and much too baggy on me to wear otherwise. It's also too big for my tall skinny husband -- not to mention that it would be wasted on him, as he's not an LRK fan...

    So, I am going to take bids on this one. Not for money or anything material, but for anything else you might have to offer and think I might like: fics, fan art, vids, icons, layouts, feedback, whatever. It doesn't have to be Russell-related: in fact on the whole I'd prefer it wasn't (unless you're a web design whiz offering to do a new layout for The Beekeeper's Holmes Page, in which case I would definitely be interested).

    Leave a comment outlining your idea for a bid, and once the bidding's over I'll look through the ideas and pick the one I like best. Once the winning bidder's delivered the goods, I'll mail them the t-shirt.

    Let the bidding begin!


    Hm. Maybe I should crosspost this to RUSS-L as well...
    Oh, I feel so guilty now. But you jealous types are all so funny.

    Seriously, listen. Next time you read a book you really really like by an author you've never heard of before, write that author a long enthusiastic letter telling them how much you liked the book, and why. Then tell them that you've just set up your first website and part of it is a page dedicated entirely to this book by your New Favourite Author. And that you've also started a mailing list to discuss this book. Free publicity! Authors love free publicity! And if they're a Really Nice Author, like Laurie R. King, they will give you perks to show their appreciation and make your job go more smoothly. Like Advance Reading Copies of their books.

    See? Easy-peasy. Except you can't do that with Laurie, because I got there first. Mwah ha ha ha ha.

    *coughs* Anyway, to answer all of you who wanted to know whether you ought to read Rudyard Kipling's Kim before you read Laurie's latest, the answer is that you don't absolutely have to be familiar with Kim in order to understand The Game, but I would still highly recommend reading the Kipling book anyway. Because it's a fun story in its own right, beautifully characterized and rich in atmosphere and full of cleverness and wit. And then you will get an even bigger kick out of Laurie's quasi-sequel, plus you'll have something to tide you over until March 2, 2004 when GAME is officially released...

    There. Don't say I don't do you no favours. :)
    I have just read the ARC of Laurie R. King's latest Russell/Holmes adventure, The Game. The one that's a follow-up to Rudyard Kipling's Kim. The one that won't be published until March 2, 2004. That one.

    And it absolutely rocks. I ate up every syllable. I laughed out loud, I gasped in shock, I grinned like an idiot when I realized my leg had been pulled in several different directions. I wrote Laurie a totally incoherent letter burbling over how much I enjoyed it.

    But now I want to discuss it with somebody and I can't! Wah!
    ...because I just got an e-mail from Laurie King telling me she's mailed me an ARC for her new Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes book The Game! ***SQUEE!!!*** So if some time in the next couple of weeks I mysteriously (ha) disappear for a while, you'll know what happened...

    And speaking of Russell, The Beekeeper's Holmes Page has finally been updated (after eight months of neglect -- oh, the shame!) with new info about the books, upcoming tour dates and appearances for Laurie, revitalized links, and other such cool stuff. And there's an absolutely delicious teaser for the aforementioned GAME, which made me giggle like an idiot when I read it. Oh, this is going to be fun...


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