February 23rd, 2013

Maiden's Blush rose

Saturday so far

K. texted me at 1:00 a.m. to see if I was still awake.  I was, but getting tired.  We talked for a little while.  She'd gotten news of the death of a relative of hers.  We spoke on other topics, too.  I finally went to bed around 2:00 a.m., and probably fell asleep at 2:30.  I woke a little after noon.  That pretty much shot the day as far as doing much in the way of museum or garden activities, but it's raining a little anyway, and very gray out.  It's relatively warm, though, in the forties.

I have editing work to do, and I'll work on that.  I got the previous book in a series to read, then I have editing to do on the second in the series.

I sat under the sunlight-effect lamp and finished up J.L. Merrow's Trick of Time, which is a time-traveling story.  The narrator, Ted, is transported back into Victorian London.  He meets a male prostitute there.  (*spoilers*)  When they're separated for a few months, Jem doesn't seem to have given up prostitution in the interim.  They do fall in love pretty quickly, but it was a novella, and like I said in a recent post, there's not a lot of time for falling in love in a novella.  I enjoyed the historical parts.  J.L. seemed to have done a fair amount of research.  I'm not terribly familiar with what Victorian London would look like, but I've never been to London at all, so I don't really know what it looks like in the modern day, either.

Ted is relatively pretty privileged financially.  He says there's no more people starving in the modern day, or something very much along those lines.  It was as if he thought the modern world didn't have any more poverty.  There might be a lot more in the way of societal support systems in Britain than there were in the nineteenth century, but there's certainly still poverty in the U.S. and many other places in the world.

I enjoyed the story as a whole.  I've liked most of those of J.L. Merrow's books that I've read.  I would have been okay with the gothic, Wight Mischief, if Marcus hadn't used the r-word.  I loved Dulce et Decorum Est.

Later: I read the previous story in the series for my current line editing job, and worked on the line edit.

Later still: I read Iron Eyes.  It was set in 1922 in an alternate world.  There apparently had been a World War I, though.  The novella was by Vivien Dean.  I've read a book or two by her, and more by Jamie Craig, which was her writing in collaboration with Pepper Espinoza.  It had one protagonist kidnapping the other.  It also had one protagonist hitting the other.  Those are things I couldn't accept in a contemporary.  I suspend disbelief more for an alternate world and a different time, but I still felt critical about those things happening in a story in the romance genre.  I read plenty of straight historical romances with one character kidnapping another back in the late eighties and in the nineties.  Now I worry more about the message that sends.  I felt the book was well-written in the sense of writing technique.

I have gotten a fair amount of reading done, at least of novellas.  Dear Author had the Cherry Ames series listed in their deals today, and I tried to get the sale that was the first four books, but ended up getting just the first book.  It was still pretty cheap for an e-book.  I'd read several books in the series.  Aunt P.T. had them in her room at Grandma S. and Papa C.'s house, and left them there after she moved out.  Or perhaps I read them while she was still living there.  She's a lot younger than Dad.