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From above, a bicycle

Yesterday a bike fell on my head. It happened like this-- our bedroom is very small. We keep the two dressers stacked, mine on his, so they make one tower of drawers, up to over my head. We keep his bike on top of that with the wheels actually touching the ceiling. Mine is at the end of the bed. I hang my towel over the handlebars.

Yesterday I moved things around. This is partly an attempt to make more space in the apartment, and partly what I have to do to clean. There is very little open floor here. Well I must have destabilized things, because his bike came down and hit me smartly on the head. I was not really hurt, just had that feeling you get when you fall down, that you have done something stupid. After a few minutes I put it back up. Lifting it up over my head when I am balanced on my bed is not easy.

It looks like the shutdown may actually be over. I am so relieved-- I had really been frantic about it. I won't feel really easy until the vote is done in the House and Senate, and the bill is signed. With any luck that should be tomorrow morning. After that they need to work to actually fix things so this never happens again.

I am reading The Charioteer. I should have read it years ago. I tore through the rest of Mary Renault years ago, but for some reason not that one. I may have flipped through it, some of the writing seems as if I might have seen it before long ago. The very beginning, where Laurie is a little boy and his parents are splitting reminds me of the opening of Fire from Heaven. She writes childhood very well. The confusion, the darkness of the lack of power-- she gets that so right. And I am picturing Laurie as looking something like Archie.

I am at sort of a discouraged place in my own writing. I am working every day on the Marlowe thing, I know how I want it to feel, and some of the things I want to have happen, but I am having trouble getting there. My plan is to keep going, and try to fix it later. I can always take things out. That is easy. Putting them in is the work of it.

Lovely weather here, as the year turns to fall. The middle of the day is warm, but nights are cool. The leaves have not changed color yet, but they are looking ratty and worn. Hazel finds it exhilarating. We have had to stop her several times this week from chasing cats. She knows enough to be afraid of indoor cats, but outdoor cats are different somehow, and she wants to tree them


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Oct. 17th, 2013 11:41 am (UTC)
In re Marlowe, have you tried going and writing something else for a few days then coming back to it? See if your subconscious mind can sort it.

The Charioteer is the best book I have ever read. MR can say more in one line than most writers can in two pages. I re-read it several times a year to improve my skills.
Oct. 17th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
I may do that. I can see why you read The Charioteer over and over. I am about to finish it, and I expect I just start again right away. Soaking in her writing can only improve mine.
Oct. 17th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
Oct. 17th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
Better today, although I am bruised from moving the furniture around.
Oct. 18th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
Ouch (bis)
Oct. 17th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
I am now picturing the bicycle crouched ninja style on top of the wardrobe, waiting to leap off and attack unsuspecting passers by.

I have never read anything by Mary Renault, and I am at a loss as to how I managed to pass her by. I adored historical novels when I was younger and I'm sure I would have devoured these, but somehow I never came across her. I really ought to rectify that now.
Oct. 17th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
Oh they are world expanding. She mostly writes from the POV of adult men, although she can write kids better and more real than anyone I know.
Oct. 18th, 2013 07:24 am (UTC)
Renault is am author I've attempted to read a couple of times and just can't get into. Her writing is very literate but I just find it really boring. It doesn't help that I find a lot of it squicky too. I've got the Alexander trilogy at my Mum's, I shall give you it if you like.
Oct. 19th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
Interesting that Renault provokes such strong reactions. I'll have to try reading her now!

What was it about her writing that you found squicky?
Oct. 20th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
The eunuchs. I like my men to have balls. Literally. :P
Oct. 20th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
Fair point ;)
Oct. 17th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
Some vinegar and brown paper? Supposedly worked for Jack when he fell down and broke his crown.... Like anteros_lmc I can picture the bike waiting in ambush.

Took a survey yesterday put out by the Historic Novel Society. Supposedly stories that take place during the author's life-time are not considered to be historical. Since Jane Austen and Charles Dickens wrote what were then contemporary stories, they can't be considered as historical, or at least that'w what I get from it. I'm not familiar with Mary Renault, but maybe I should investigate.
Oct. 17th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
The bike has restrained itself today. Sometimes I get entangled with the other one if I get up at night. I have caught a handlebar to the eye more than once-- this is the glamor of NYC!!

Mary Renault is wonderful. Not to be missed.
Oct. 18th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
You never know... the bike may have injured itself and is recuperating after landing/attacking you!
Dec. 22nd, 2016 05:22 am (UTC)
What you need is Jack and Sophie Aubrey's household staff of former seamen, to take all the furniture out of your rooms every morning in order to swab the floors and flog them dry, and then to put everything back in the room, exactly squared. When you are done with them, I would like them too.
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