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Musing Mondays (July 13): What I’m currently reading

Letters from a Murderer, A Jameson & Argenti Case, by John Matthews, is my current read. Some reasoned that Jack the Ripper’s killing spree in London ended because he moved to America.  Based on that premise, this book continues his story in New York, in 1891. Finley Jameson, an aristocratic English pathologist, and Joseph Argenti, a streetwise New York cop form an unlikely team, tasked to solve a case with similarities to those of Jack the Ripper.

As the case evolves, another prostitute is murdered, and another.

letters from a murdererA good “Sherlockian” read, despite different approaches and differing directives from employers in two countries, the detectives manage to work together. Agenti follows the evidence; Jameson takes a circuitous route, more like Sherlock Holmes might have. He also shares Holmes’ penchant for opium dens.

The “letters” of the title are a series of letters the killer addresses to Jameson after each murder, taunting him with his mistakes and promising to keep killing until he is captured.

It’s a good read. The Victorian setting is well presented and the sleuths are much like Holmes and Watson. Their partnership, while tetchy, shows the best of each man to the other’s dismay.

Best of all? I like how Matthews writes and he’s written six other books. I always love to discover a new writer and find they’ve written more books!

Prompt from A Daily Rhythm, Monday Musings, July 13.

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Chasing Oscar … Best Picture: Imitation Game

The-Imitation-Game“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.” ~ The Imitation Game

My husband and I like to see movies – especially in the latter part of December and early in January when studios fill theaters with great movies in order to make the required screening date of December 31, and be eligible for an academy award.

We especially love to do movie marathons, seeing three films a day sometimes, in order to get them all in before the Academy Awards. We focus on potential movie, actor, and director nominees.

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My fantasy bedroom has a worm.

Yup. And, that worm would be ME! I never really thought about sleeping in a room full of books, but when I saw this picture, I knew I could sleep here, and eat here and live here. Send in the food and shove me out the door once in a while for a shower and other bathroom duties, and I could be one very happy worm. Image

I imagine myself here, surrounded by faded old bindings and the smell of all those books, my favorite characters and some I haven’t met yet, and an endless supply of contentment. *sigh*

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What to write? The clock is ticking.

Every November I take part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which most of you who write know is an insane and fun way to kick your writing mojo into gear by writing a 50,000 word “novel” in just 30 days.

It’s always been a really fun part of my writing and I look forward to it every year. I’ve met great writers from all over the world, played goofy games with other writers on the NaNo boards and even managed to finish seven or eight of the annual challenges. I’m a big fan of it, can you tell? Many writers aren’t, thinking it a waste of time or something. But, for me, it’s perfect — by November of every year my writing desire is sagging. NaNo gives me that boost I need to move on.

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Last year the great folks at Office of Letters and Light (NaNo’s parent) decided to initiate Camp NaNoWriMo, offering the same contest to “summer campers” who were just itching to make their fingers bleed and their brains go zombie. I got through the challenge last year, barely. My novel was, as is true with most of them I’ve produced through NaNo, trash. I couldn’t even make something of it after the month was finished. At least some of the others I’ve gone on to edit and rewrite and rewrite some more. They have, or had, potential.

This year Camp NaNoWriMo was offered in June and will offer a second session in August. Since I’m off in August and likely to be slammed with work in November, I’m going to give it my best effort this summer. Which always prompts the question as to what to write.

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I think I’ve said here before that I’m seriously plot-deprived. I struggle, seriously struggle, to find a plot every year. The challenge is fiction and that’s just not my forte, which is probably one of the reasons the whole process is really good for me.

So, I’m open to suggestions. Help, the clock is ticking and I don’t have a story. What do you think I should try to write about this time around? (No zombies, please.) And, I’m curious to know if anyone else is packing up their gear for the August session of Camp NaNoWriMo.

PS, Lots of related articles posted here, because, well, lots of people have been writing about Camp NaNo.

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Shakespeare and sword fights

I’m a regular reader of Cul de Sac, the wonderful cartoon work of Richard Thompson. And, I love to read his blog which today mentioned his wife’s work with a group of 5th graders who are presenting Macbeth, complete with sword fights. What a great way to teach kids something like Shakespeare and have them really enjoy it! She blogs about it at The Scottish Play with Wee Ones.