The end of June is approaching, and I’m sort of relaxing with this whole “I don’t have anything new to write” thing going on. Though that’s not entirely true: tonight I write my last TV recap, and that will take me most of the night as I go over what I watched last night and fill in the blanks and get some nice pictures. After that I’m done.
Or am I?
With the new computer I’m discovering the wonders of being able to sit down and load up something from my computer so I can watch it on my television. As I have an Amazon Prime account I’ve taken to watching Season 1 of The Americans which I’d missed the first time around. Tonight I’ll restream Orphan Black so I can work up the recap from the episode–and it was a hell of an episode–and I’ll probably do the same thing in the future when I get back to recapping Fear the Walking Dead.
Speaking off and on with Rachel, the true originator of our blog The Snarking Dead, last night, over the last few weeks, I told her that I might want to tackle another show through July and August just so the blog doesn’t go dark once she finishes with Game of Thrones next week. She thought that was a good idea, and I told her what show I wanted to recap–
The only thing was, in order to get to that show I needed to get a Netflix account.
I’ve wanted to do that for some time, and finally, last night, I broke down and put it into place. So when I’m not editing Act One of A For Advanced, I’ll likely be kicked back watching something through my computer–which, given the low number of shows I watch these days, I may start doing next year so I can save myself some money on cable. Yes, I know there are a few people right now who are probably rolling their eyes going, “Why aren’t you working on the next novel?” and the answer is I need this time to relax and recoup.
Oh, and to catch up on the view of a couple of series I’ve wanted to see since they came out on Netflix: Jessica Jones and Sense8. The first because I want to see David Tenant playing an absolute psychotic prick, and the last because I watch to watch that show. It’s also the one I’m going to recap through July and August, maybe putting out a recap every few days because I’ll keep me busy. And maybe during that time I’ll actually start laying out the third novel, too. Until that happens, though, I’ll be relaxing and streaming.
Speaking of novels . . .
Well, over a thousand words were edited last night, and it was a good time. Going back to yesterday’s edit, I walked home from work with a fellow office worker who takes the train back and forth from The Burg to Philly, and who used to live in London. When I described Annie’s and Kerry’s journey from the Park Place Sherlock Homes to the Baker Street Station and down the Jubilee Line to London Bridge Station, she told me it sounded like I’d actually visited the city at one point. No, I said: I just do my research.
These two little parts below first sort of finish up their walking tour. We see where they go and the steps they take before heading off to lunch:
The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book One: A For Advanced, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)
The walking tour next led them through St. James Park and Buckingham Palace. After some picture taking they hailed a cab and proceeded two kilometers to the east to the Lyceum Theater. Kerry didn’t say much about why they were there, beyond a few mentions of having “seen a video” and that being there meant “something to him”, so Annie didn’t ask for details. Upon reaching the location she saw he was in awe of his surroundings, and she figured pressing him for information would spoil any mood they’d developed.
This time Kerry found someone to take their picture in front of the theater. As before Annie stood close to him, and as she’d done on the Westminster Bridge she slide her hand into his. This time Kerry half turned his head and gave her a tiny grin before turning back for the photo. Two were taken and Kerry thanked the woman before showing the pictures to Annie. He snapped three pictures of her, then took one of himself mugging for the camera before allowing Annie to take three nicer pictures of him.
They were both getting hungry, so while at the theater Kerry used his phone to locate various places to eat. Upon finding a nearby restaurant they walked north from the Lyceum towards the Covent Garden station, when their boarded the subway and headed towards their next destination.
Above is the first time Kerry sort of gets goofy, which is while he’s snapping pictures of himself, something many eleven year olds do–and more than a few adults, too. It’s also the first time that Kerry acknowledges that Annie is there sticking her hand in his, though he doesn’t close his fingers around hers. I debated changing that last night, and decided, no, Kerry wouldn’t do that, not yet, not this early in the game. Not until he gets to Witching Manor.
Where do they go for lunch? Kerry tells Erywin and Helena in B For Bewitching: the Pret a Manger located in Russel Square. There here’s doing a few things with his computer and talks about his first trip to London before they get to this point:
She saw no need to delve any further in that part of his life. “But here we are, and you were able to see all those things before the weather turned bad.”
He glanced out the window at the Underground station across the street, but only for a moment. He turned back with a slight smile on his face. “We saw them.”
He said we. “Yes, we were together.”
Kerry nodded. “And we got some great pictures. I’ll send them to you as soon as you give me your email address.”
He may have a problem with this— “I don’t have a computer, Kerry.” She looked down for a second. “My mother has one, but I don’t.”
“Really?” His eyebrows were stopped by his brow from climbing too high.
“Yes, really.” He’s probably never meet anyone for real who didn’t have a computer. “I’ve never had need of one. And I think if you were to send them to my mother’s computer . . .” She rubbed her hands together slowly. “That wouldn’t be wise.”
“Okay, yeah: I can see that.” He nibbled on his sandwich. “Maybe I can get them printed out in Amsterdam—or at the school. Then you can take the hard copies home with you.”
Annie held back her chuckle, because she’d never heard anyone refer to pictures as “hard copy” before. But having a picture in hand—yes, they’ll look fine in my book . . . “I’m sure that’s possible. We’ll look into it when we get there.”
This is the point where we first learn that Annie doesn’t have a computer, but she has a book, and what a book! And could you see Annie’s mother getting pictures of her daughter with the Ginger Hair Boy as they wander around London? I’m certain they’d have words, even though it’d get through to Annie.
Because right now she’s in the best place in the world.