overheard in the Castiron household

Reruns of The Great British Bake Off are showing on our local PBS station, and Spouse was watching it this afternoon. At one point, ominous music accompanied the failure of a cake.

SPOUSE: Wow, is someone about to get killed? This sounds more like a murder mystery. Is there poison in one of the cakes?

CASTIRON: Midsomer Bake Off?

SPOUSE: I'd watch that.

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Yuletide Fics

My original assignment fic for Yuletide is Missing Persians, a 101 Dalmatians (book) fic. The recipient wanted a Perdita-centric story, and one of her suggestions, that Perdita might form a bond with the white cat over past uncaring owners and loss of children (though temporary in Perdita's case), sparked my interest.

Then when I'd submitted it and was ready to relax, I saw a pinch hit request for Ghostbusters 2016 that included the suggestion "the team appears on Family Feud". I agreed with the recipient that this was a thing that should exist in the world, and now it does: I Ain't 'Fraid of No Feud.

Cabin Pressure fans will recognize the names of the members of the opposing team. I was tempted to write it as a true crossover fic, but besides the fact that I have no idea whether the recipient likes or is even familiar with CP, I quickly realized that I'd have trouble keeping the CP side from taking over; I also couldn't come up with a scenario I'd actually buy where a British team would be playing an American team on Family Feud. So, the allusions are there, but it's not a proper crossover. (That said, it is now my headcanon that Kevin Beckman is the son of Gordon Shappey's sister, and I may yet write a real Ghostbusters/CP crossover fic.)

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I got Wimsey fics!

I got *two* Peter Wimsey fics for Yuletide, both lovely.

A Brief History of the Patronage of Beatie Wilson. What happens to Beatie after Gaudy Night. This is now my headcanon. The voices and the moral struggles ring true.

Prelude and Fugue on the name of B.A.C.H. (spurious?) Miss Murchison does an investigation for the Cattery and in the process becomes friends with a church organist. The courtship works for me, and there's also some nice tidbits of Lady Mary and Charles Parker at home.

Thank you, fic authors!

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In This House of Brede ebook!

Open Road Media gave me an early Christmas surprise -- Rumer Godden's In This House of Brede is finally available as an ebook. It seems to be at a sale price today (Friday the 16th), at least in the U.S. -- Amazon and Barnes and Noble have it for $2.99, and Google Play for $1.99. (Regular ebook price is apparently going to be $14.99 -- ouch!)

I've loved this book ever since I first read it. The characters fascinate me, and it's an excellent example of omniscient viewpoint done very well indeed.

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A Year in the Life: 2003

Year in the Life Meme: [personal profile] oursin gave me 2003.

Age then: thirties

Age now: forties.

Relationship then: Recently divorced and not dating.

Relationship now: Married to Spouse.

Where I lived then: house in the unpopular neighborhood.

Where I live now: same house, but the neighborhood's now very popular. Would be great if I wanted to sell, but since I want to stay here for the forseeable, the higher property taxes are a drag.

Was I happy then: Overall, yes. As difficult as it was to be the single parent of a mentally disabled child while working full-time, my life was still so much easier than it had been while I was living with my ex. I had just discovered international folk dance and was enjoying the music and the exercise, as well as meeting new people (one of whom was Spouse).

Am I happy now: Reasonably. My income isn't keeping up with rising expenses, and the prospects for my finding a better-paying job aren't great, but I make enough to keep us fed and housed, and I have sufficient sick leave to deal with the routine ills of young children. I'm still physically functional; I have some in-person friends; my family life is decent. I'm frustrated that my writing has dried up again, and I'm concerned about my family's longer-term future, but right now things are okay.

Ask for a year in comments if you'd like one. If I happen to pick one you're not comfortable writing about, please let me know and I'll choose a different one.

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