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- Heat in new house has been brutal. 94 degrees inside at 10 PM. Brain melted.
- Watched 6 episodes of Outlander on Saturday. They are doing such a good job!!!! All the actors are clearly having fun -- "Black" Jack Randall in particular, but the actor playing Jamie continues to completely GET his character and is gallant, silly, frighteningly intelligent, and stubborn in proper measure.

Starz Outlander Series

First thoughts:

Good Lord, I heart their casting for Jamie

Why Samhain rather than Beltaine? Probably because Samhain / Halloween is easier to understand (and possible because it has the potential to clear up Gabaldon's historical bobble that 2 months (less?) after VE day Britian wouldn't be quite so already normal again.

Did I mention I heart their Jamie? Nice job, guys.

Actually not bad...

Just got an email from Spring Hill Suites regarding my upcoming visit, noting that I would be there over a Monday night and did I need reservations at any restaurants? It would be extremely useful if I hadn't visited this hotel... 11 times before?

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So <lj user=kirbyfest> reminded me of this series -- I'd read the first one and had kind of gone "eh" (it's problematic to have stories where major major characters are actual historical people and other major characters would have completely left marks on the historical record if they had existed -- it's a particularly weird kind of fail-of-suspension-of-disbelief for me).

The premise is... Anne Boleyn miscarried (far enough into her pregnancy that the child was clearly a boy) in January of 1536 and was executed in May of 1536. In our reality.

In another reality, she didn't miscarry, didn't get executed, and gave birth to a boy in June of 1536. Henry VIII never had more than two (punitive) wives and never became known for beheading excess ones, and when he died in January 1547, he left an 11 year old heir with two older sisters and a jumped-up uncle as regent (rather than in our reality, where he left a 9 year old heir with two older sisters and a jumped-up uncle as regent).

The first novel picks up just before said son's 17th birthday (May/June 1553, where in our reality Edward VI was slowly dying and trying to figure out how to keep England Protestant after his death). It last novel ends January 15, 1558.

In an entirely different way, those years were dramatic and traumatic and owie in this reality.

So... interesting, I have problems of both nit-pick variety and deeper with all three books, but I think the trilogy is worth a read.

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Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.

Stay with me... Dudley's father and brother were Earls of Warwick, whose traditional badge was the bear and the ragged staff (shake-spear). He spent much of his life in the Midlands -- his father controlled Warwick Castle, 9 miles from a small town on Avon called Stratford (so any minor non-London dialect that comes through in the plays would be consistant).

Leicester had an outstanding education -- Elizabeth would have laughed him off otherwise. Shakespeare's plays are remarkably free of taking sides on the Reformation, although they are slavishly loyal to the Tudors.

Okay, so Leicester died in 1588, at the bleeding beginning of what we guess is Shakespeare's literary career.  Maybe better is his "illegitimate" son, "Sir" Robert Dudley. Born 1574, grew up at his father's houses (again, largely centering in the Midlands). Had an outstanding education and was very close to his father. It looks like he left England for good about 1605, but I'm sure conspiracy theorists can work something out there.


EDIT:  CROWNING PROOF EARL OF LEICESTER = SHAKESPEARE - was played by the same actor in two movies within a year of each other!!! (Wait, that means the same guy was also Martin Luther...?)
And after all the work I did to try to accustom myself to Chrome.
I've been semi-avoiding LJ because it annoys the heck out of me that it never stops loading.  It just spins and spins (currently stuck on "read l-stat.livejournal.net") but blocking various URLs have not helped.

I searched LJ for answers and found that someone reported this end of May.

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Worked from new home today

First day working from home in new home.  Still getting used to no air conditioning, but the breeze is niiiice.

I had SO MUCH FUN

Not a proper con report, but just a squee that I had SO MUCH FUN at Escapade this last weekend. I really got to connect with people who I either didn't know or only knew in passing, and just... generally got to be my insane, silly, fannish self.

So very much going every year from now on.
Also, after... 8? 9? years of a paid account, a basic LJ account feels weird.

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