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The Secret of a Train

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As I crossed the country everything was ghostly and colourless. The fields that should have been green were as grey as the skies; the tree-tops that should have been green were as grey as the clouds and as cloudy.Read more...Collapse )

tidbits cross time

Architect's Dream
Conductors on early trolleys worked such long shifts that they would court by having the young woman in question take the trip with them.

At times, the lower classes in England were forbidden to own sight hounds for coursing. That they worked very well for poachers helped induce evasion of the law.

Once during the Russian Revolution a gang of men broke into a Countess's dinner party. She and the guests fled. The men proceeded to sit down and demand the servants feed them the feast.
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dichotomies

Reading Desk
There are only two types of people in the world: Those who believe in false dichotomies, and penguins

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East of the Sun
The prince arrives at the inn with his bride. . .

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sprouting inspiration

A Birthday
Not every time.  But often enough.  You throw in a concept as a throw-away, and it starts to sprout in the story.
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memory

A Birthday
One of the things I find hardest to deal with in a story  is memory loss.
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The Curse of Chalion

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The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

A venture into fantasy for her.  Starting with Cazaril, a worn man all but creeping along the road to a place where he thought he might find refuge.  After a disatrous campaign, he had been sold as a galley slave, and freed only by a chance capture by another navy.
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awkward uncle

A Birthday
So I throw in an uncle into the story.

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Celestial Matters

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Celestial Matters by Richard Garfinkle

This is an odd one.  One could call it hard science fiction and space opera except for the little fact it's another universe.  A very different universe.  A Ptolemaic solar planetary system.  Aristotelian physics.
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