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My own ignorance frightens me

I have been a little sidetracked lately, and have not really had my head in fiction writing. You know how you can come to love a fictional being, and they walk beside you through your day? 

In my case it usually means that I want to know everything about them, and their world. Leads to a lot of reading, and daydreams, and eventually writing. That is how Archie and Horatio led to books on the real British Navy, and Georgian cities, and long gone but so real politics....

I want to know  to know them, to breathe their air, and eat their food, and know what they worried about, laughed about.  I want to know that so I can write them without looking stupid, but I also want to know what their hands taste like. It feels like obsession, like a high-school crush. Like the early stages of falling in love, where your heart pounds every time you think of them.

Well. I think I have gone and fallen for Christofer Marlowe. I have had to start from a position of total non eduction. I do not know anything about his world, his mindset, or how he thought. Maybe I never will. But I have spent the last two months reading everything on him, his peers, and his world, that I can get crammed onto my Kindle.

Picture my total lack of awareness of the religious tensions of the day. I had to start there, to make sense of anyone's actions. The whole claustrophobic police-state thing was an astonishment to me.  

Anyway, I am at the heart pounding, giggly stage. I want to know everything about him. It may lead to fiction. 

In the meantime...I still don't know how Tom Pullings got those tatoos. And i left Miss C and Mr C in bed. And Archie and Horatio need a prize ship. So there is still that. 

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Aug. 30th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
I confess I know very little about Marlowe, but from what little I do know, I can understand why you have fallen for him! If your crush leads to fic I will be very happy to read it :)

I love your description of falling for a character or person so hard that you want to know everything about them. That strange giddy feeling... I can still vividly remember the improbable astonishment of discovering Archie. It's a rare thing for me :}

PS Did you get my e-mail saying thank you for my wonderful birthday book? It was such a lovely unexpected treat! I am really looking forward to dipping in to it.

Aug. 30th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, I got your email. I am so glad the little book reached you. I would love to Skype sometime soon-- but probably not this weekend.

In a way it was Archie who led me to Marlowe. Archie has a bit of a thing for Dr Faustus, I think. And there is the whole 'boys and tobacco,' thing.

Anyway, in my addled brain they somehow go together.
Aug. 31st, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
I am so glad the little book reached you.
It was such a lovely surprise! I've been dipping into it and it never fails to make me smile :)

I would love to Skype sometime soon-- but probably not this weekend.
This weekend's no good for me either, maybe next weekend sometime?

In a way it was Archie who led me to Marlowe.....in my addled brain they somehow go together.
Of course they do.... ;)

Aug. 31st, 2012 09:48 am (UTC)
I identify with that falling in love with a character sooooooooooo much.

I hated history at school. All dates and facts and general boredom. No sense of a 'feel' for a time. Now I love immersing myself in a period, through as much contemporary stuff as possible.

Ah, Marlowe. A great reckoning in a small room...

Have you read KC Warwick's Prove a Villain?
Aug. 31st, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yes I read it. Liked it a lot. Very evocative. And i liked the way he was shown as a nice guy-- which he seems to have been, despite his getting stabby sometimes.

Oh how I wish I had a Fellow of Tudor Lit to help me swoon over Marlowe...

Edited at 2012-08-31 04:49 pm (UTC)
Aug. 31st, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
LOL Don't we all?
Aug. 31st, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, Marlowe. A great reckoning in a small room...
See above ;)
Aug. 31st, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
Ah yes. Those arms...

Aug. 31st, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Falling in love with Archie is a dizzying thing. But then there was Edrington!

Archie: one 10,000-word fic and a bunch of smaller ones, including two takes on the Death Fix. Edrington? Well, once I changed his name, there's this 78,500-word NOVEL, which has gone off to Samhain Press and eventually I'll hear back...
Aug. 31st, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
And Bush...
Aug. 31st, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, of course. But t wasn't really Horatio's devoted second-in-command I was thinking about when I wrote my lieutenant, though I certainly WAS thinking about Paul McGann, blue eyes, lovely accent, and all.
Aug. 31st, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
Same here. Not that it leads to intensive reading, but also I forget so much afterwards :) Or I remember to have known something, but not so very detailed, you know?

About Pullings and his tatoos *g*: I know that the ordinary sea-men had them - but officers??? Or soon to be leaders??? Hm. See - that needs investigation.
How doesn't seem to be unexplainable. I think on the ship, made by a talented shipmate, or in harbour. What vexes me: Why? And what and why that motive and not another one?

My, I know what you mean :) Being in love :) Isn't it odd that you can fall in love with a fictional character????
Aug. 31st, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
I think officers did too, sometimes. I think Pullings may have a secret under his shirt...

I am so glad to be able to come to LJ and find a place where people don't look at me cross eyed when I admit to belng in love with a fiction-- or a long dead person.
Sep. 1st, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
I know nothing about Christopher Marlowe, but did you know about the Christopher Marlowe Mysteries? I've got one on my harddrive that I could upload if you're interested.

And I totally know what you mean about falling for a fictional (or historical) being so hard. It's a fantastic, dizzying feeling and I love experiencing it so much. I wish it'd happen more often.
Sep. 3rd, 2012 07:21 am (UTC)
No I had not heard of the Marlowe mysteries. If you want to upload I would be very grateful.

As for loving the fictional and historical-- doesn't it feel just like falling for a right-in-front-of-you person? Fantastic and dizzying, yes. So glad I found a place where people understand!
Sep. 3rd, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'll upload it tomorrow and drop you the link.

I've got two major historical crushes: the German poet and satirist Heinrich Heine, with whom I fell in love after I read his letters, and Lucy Maud Montgomery of the Anne of Green Gables fame. I read her journals last year and I loved them. I am now thinking about buying the new edition of the journals as well, as the previous ones were censored. With both of them, I had such a strong sense of the person behind the words, across the centuries, and, as I kept telling people, they both read surprisingly modern. I felt like I could be friends with them in RL.

Oh, and funnily enough, LM Montgomery writes at one point about a book she's been reading, in which a young girl from South Africa experiences the same doubts and fears that she, LMM, does. It seems odd to her that she should feel so close to some individual so far removed from her through time and space. And there's me, reading LMM's journals and feeling the same sort of spiritual kinship with her, through time and space. It's great when historical people can touch you this way.
Sep. 5th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
Here's the link to the Marlowe Mysteries file:


I might be able to find some more, so let me know if you like it.
Sep. 27th, 2016 11:15 am (UTC)
That was amazing! I loved the Renaissance music - is it Renaissance? It made me want to join hands and do a circle dance.

I think this time around I will read the Marlowe stories too. Last time I charged through the Eglantine Epic of Horatio and Archie, I ignored almost everything non-Archie. I didn't even know who Matt Devlin or the Aubreyad boys were, so I skipped them. By this read-through I know just enough to enjoy those stories too. So perhaps it's time to try Marlowe. My fandom education progresses!

Do you have any more episodes? They have expired from the radio.
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