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More writing about writing.

I read something the other day that suggested that Mercutio bore some resemblance to Kit. Do you think so? Is this a thing that everyone knows but me?

I am rewatching the 1996 movie That is the one with a very young Leo DeCaprio, with the brilliant Mercutio, played by Harold Perrineau. That whole moody, aggressive, brittle thing is very much of that time, early modern roaring boys. They were perfectly ready to die by violence. But WS was a phlegmatic plodder in daily life. He tended more to lawsuits than fistfights or knife fights. Just as well, he was a late bloomer. If he had died young like the university wits we would have been left with nothing. (There is a lesson there somewhere about thinking writers have a particular way of being . You don't have to be showy, or angsty, or damaged to be be a 'real' writer. You just have to write.)

Also-- as I think I have said before, if miserable childhoods made writers of people, we would be hip deep in Eugene O Neils.

It is doing spring rain here today. Hazel does not approve-- but I like it. The grass is green and the flowers are out. We have crocus and daffs. About time, sez I.

In the grocery store today I was listening to Tam Lin. (The Sandy Denny version.) Realized that Janet is a total badass. She was not going to let anyone push her around. Not the fairies, not her father, not Tam Lin himself. She is brave, and self-assured, and dammit, she is going flower picking!

I am working away on some Horatio and Archie smut. Slow going. I write slow, and I find sex scenes hard to write. So easy to do them poorly. I am always afraid they will be funny in the wrong way. Or that someone will end up with three arms. So, a few more days I would say.

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esmerelda_t
Apr. 11th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
I didn't know Mercutio was based on Kit but now it's been pointed out I can absolutely see it!
eglantine_br
Apr. 11th, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
I see it too.
ba1126
Apr. 11th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
We don't have flowers yet, just bright green 'spears'. A few more nice days like today might see flowers by Monday!!
anteros_lmc
Apr. 12th, 2014 12:48 am (UTC)
I had never thought about Mercutio as Kit, but yes I can see it now. I do like Baz Luhrmann's version of R&J. It's one of the few versions were the cast look authentically young and Harold Perrineau and John Leguizamo are outstanding.

I absolutely adore Sandy Denny's version of Tam Lin, it's one of my favourite songs. And yes, Janet is a complete badass. My second favourite version of Tam Lin is this one by Benjamin Zephaniah from The Imagined Village project. Have a listen and let me know what you think: Tam Lyn (retold).

Knowing that you are writing Horatio and Archie doing smutty things makes me very happy indeed. I find sex scenes really hard to write too, and I totally know what you mean about about three arms. Mind you, you could have a lot of fun with three arms ;)

I had better go to bed now, seeing as how I have to go to sea in a storm tomorrow.

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