nineveh_uk: Illustration that looks like Harriet Vane (Harriet)
* It is half-way through November! This means that I need to come up with a Christmas-and-birthday list for the family pronto (it is mostly written), and also that it is halfway through [community profile] picowrimo. Results so far: finished and posted My True Love Has My Heart (AKA the bodyswap fic), and 3100 words on the eternal WIP. The latter was actually done in 4 days, but this proved unsustainable, and indeed contributed to the lack today because I ended up doing paid work on account of my failure to do what I had meant to when working from home on Friday on account of severe knackeredness. Moderation in all things, even Wimseyfic...

But I am determined to push on with the Potterverse crossover Wimseyfic come what may, and not let it drop. It cannot by allowed to slip again and for me to realise, as this time, that eleven months have passed without my really doing anything on it. Not least because I want to do some actually original work.

* For high quality entertainment I recommend informing a friend who enjoys the Vorkosigan books of the plot summary of Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. The facial expression and bemused murmurings of "No? No!" of a friend endeavouring to process yesterday, over afternoon tea, that I was not having her on, will stay with me for some time. As she left determined to write a fic that I liked the sound of a lot, I can even say that something positive came out of it for her as well.

* I found myself walking past, and then going into, this exhibition yesterday, containing a - but not the - Damien Hirst pickled shark. Verdict, interesting but not inspiring, with the Bacon and Couret by far the best.
nineveh_uk: Illustration that looks like Harriet Vane (Harriet)
No one voted for steady Freddie not because he’s corrupt, nor because it's an unimportant comment, but because it's literally true. No-one voted for Steady Freddie because Beta Colony is a dictatorship of the proletariat. The nickname reflects the fact that he is felt to lack revolutionary zeal.

Is it actually stated anywhere in the canon that Beta Colony is a democracy, or is it merely assumed by the reader?

*

On attempting to rescue Duv from being a class traitor...

Holonews interview with Duv Galeni, President of the People's Republic of Barrayar*:

'I admit that when I first turned from the Komarran Resistance and my family history, I was lead by false consciousness. And yet the foundation of that consciousness was a grain of truth, that the future of the Komarran people lay not in the restoration of the oligarchs, but in an interplanetary solution for the benefit of the working population. I believed, then, that the solution lay in working in Barrayar - what I failed to see was which Barrayar I should work with. I studied political history, but it was the history of the Vor. It was only when I met my father, on earth, that I came to examine my roots and my reactions to them. Why did I resist his ideals? Why had I thrown in my lot with the Imperium? Out of hope for personal gain? Surely not - I might have made more money through connections on Komarr, and I knew that the highest echelons of Barrayaran society must remained closed to me. My father accused me of succumbing to 'the glittering tinsel of neo-fascism': those words were my political awakening , not because I believed his accusation, but because they lead me to the history of earth, and to communism.

I came to realise that my father was not a true revolutionary. His goal had been to restore Komarr to what it had been, to the oligarchs. Here lay no true freedom for the proletariat, but only a more benevolent Jackson's Whole, different by degree, but not in essentials. Why did the Komarran Resistance die as a serious political force? Because it was controlled by the capitalist class, who naturally allied themselves with their Barrayaran counterparts.

Moreover, as I learned more about the communist struggle, I felt less and less that it was right for Komarr to be free, if that meant free to work only for Komarr, while the Barrayaran proletariat suffered under the imperial yoke. The workers movement must be interplanetary, and to lead a Komarran revolution, I must begin on Barrayar.'

*strikes up the intergalactic version of the Internationale*

*There is not nearly enough jargon in this, forgive me.
nineveh_uk: Illustration that looks like Harriet Vane (Harriet)
I am suddenly a great deal more sympathetic than heretofore with the people whose response to the publication of Strong Poison was to complain that Sayers was contaminating their perfect light detective reading with yucky love stuff.

In the light of the (authorised) spoilers about the forthcoming Vorkosigan book, my already dim hopes have got dimmer. It’s not Bujold, it’s me. Well, it is her, because she’s the one writing it, but I’m the one reading, and I’m just not that interested these days in reading what she wants to write.

Spoilers )
nineveh_uk: Cover illustration for "Strong Poison" in pulp fiction style with vampish Harriet. (Strong Poison)
I should like to be more enthusiastic about the newly-announced Vorkosigan book - to be published next February - than I am finding myself. I haven't been keen on the last three, and I imagine that I would need a change in what Bujold currently seems interested in doing in order for it to engage me. It's about Cordelia, and while I like early Cordelia, her later incarnation does little for me (though that may partly be fandom osmosis of her All Knowing Wisdom in Personal Relationships interposing itself between me and the text).

The title is Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. I hope that's a working title. Jole, IIRC, is the off-screen v. minor character that parts of fandom think Aral appointed for his good looks. This all sounds rather grudging; I hope that it is good and my kind of thing, I am just not counting on it.

*

On books, but another subject, I must work out how to organise my kindle library while it is still fairly small. Why has the Gutenberg download of John Halifax, Gentleman* emerged with a little square icon that reads simply "Personal"? Is Mrs Craik NSFK compared to Austen? Also need to delete accidental clippings.

*A must read for Mrs Gaskell fans. You can't have too many Midlands self-made men, and their manly friendships.

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