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Bureaucratic reprieve, The Shining, random - The Phantom Librarian
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Bureaucratic reprieve, The Shining, random
Our storyteller needed to cancel today, which I'm sad about as (a) I was looking forward to it and (b) she was sick, and that's a bad. But am I a bad person to also be a little relieved, because I didn't have all my bureaucratic ducks in a row? Now, we can reschedule, I can get the right forms filled out and locked in, and we can actually have time to promote.

But still... no spooky stories this afternoon. Sniff. Maybe I'll con the kids into doing some campfire storytelling. Or bribe them with candy corn or something. ;)

On the subject of spooky stories, I'm re-reading The Shining.

Every time I've read the book, I've just sort of plodded through all the stuff about Horace Derwent. This morning I woke up and slapped myself in the forehead. All of his investments turn to gold. The ghosts recognize him as the main guy. It's his opening party that the hotel relives.

Horace Derwent had the Shine, and he's the one that initially "turned on" the malevolent energy that Danny is meant to lock in.

:headdesk:

Am I the last person on Earth to notice that? Serves me right for not paying attention.

There's a post at fanficrants this morning about little-used fandoms. Law and Order occurred to me as one that's not ficced much, which is surprising since the show deliberately leaves out personal lives, thereby leaving people totally free to speculate on how the Jack/Claire relationship worked, or how Rey and Deborah managed to work through his brief affair, or how Anita explained her lawsuit to her kids, particularly when she lost, and so on. But I'm not compelled to write it, and I have a funny feeling that L&O-lovers enjoy the work focus too much to spoil it.

On the other hand, I do have a timid little bunny nibbling at the hem of my skirt, in which Kingsley Shacklebolt is called to New York to help the Muggle police force... er, hinder them, more likely... in a murder that the Aurors believe to be perpetrated by a dark wizard. '95-96 would be Briscoe, Curtis, McCoy, Kincaid.
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lessthanpie From: lessthanpie Date: October 22nd, 2004 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Is it insane that I want to read the Kingley/L&O story? uninvitedcat did a CSI/HP crossover that worked very well. :)
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: October 22nd, 2004 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)
You've got highschoolers, so haul out "Spiders in the Hairdo" or another urban legend book to get them started. Or do some literary ghost stories. Edgar Allan Poe is always a favorite. Does Copley have a recording of the "Tell Tale Heart?" (Vincent Price did it once. brrrr!) And then there's creepy stuff like "The Lottery" or "The Man from the South" or Ray Bradbury in one of his dark moods.

There's stuff like palm reading and fortunetelling that can be fun too. You can show the girls the trick with the pendulum over the wrist to try to predict how many babies they'll have and of which genders.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2004 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I was thinking about that. Tell-Tale Heart reads great no matter what the age. But fortune telling is good, too--alas, I left my tarot cards at home! (Hey, I know of one library user with an interest in the subject who was talking about dropping by... if you got fortune-telling stuff you want to bring...)
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: October 22nd, 2004 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Not with this earache, alas.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2004 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
(Actually, I was thinking of a YA patron who dropped by yesterday and reads this journal from time to time.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2004 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)
BTW, I don't know the pendulum trick (except with women who are actually pregnant). Most of the divining stuff I know involves flowers (loves me, loves me not), lit matches (say the alphabet while the match burns, and when it either blows out or hits your fingers, the letter you stop on is the first one of your husband's name), or apples (another alphabet one, involving what letter you're on as you count twists to get the stem off the apple... which, when you think about the symbolism, shows a sort of predatory attitude toward marriage...)

rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: October 22nd, 2004 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
With youngsters you hold the pendulum over the wrist and wait. It usually starts to either go in circles or back and forth along the arm. Once it's done one, wait a little and see if it does another.

It can be very creepy to watch, and occasionally uncannily accurate. I've known women for whom it correctly identified every pregnancy, including the ones which never came to full term.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: October 22nd, 2004 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)
P.S. Too bad I'm home sick, or I'd cover you. I love telling ghost stories.
From: magnolia_mama Date: October 22nd, 2004 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I dabbled in L&O fic a few years ago, even investing time and effort into a ST:DS9/L&O crossover (the only crossover I've ever attempted), but backed away after a few months because the majority of fics out there were--believe it or not--Logan/McCoy.

MM
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2004 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay... that's just screwy.
leeflower From: leeflower Date: October 22nd, 2004 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
if you head over to the pit of voles, there's apparantly a L&E slash community (kinda scary, yeah?).

...I think you're right about the work focus though. But contrary to what's suggested in the ad campaign, it really isn't the sound. The sound is cool, but the sound would suck if the plots weren't involving and the characters compelling.
From: peppa_minto Date: October 22nd, 2004 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Excuse me as I go OT but... how do you get your comment page to look like your recent entries page?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2004 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a profile option in the paid users area. I don't remember where.
From: peppa_minto Date: October 22nd, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that explains it. I'm not a paid user.
gehayi From: gehayi Date: October 22nd, 2004 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
On the other hand, I do have a timid little bunny nibbling at the hem of my skirt, in which Kingsley Shacklebolt is called to New York to help the Muggle police force... er, hinder them, more likely... in a murder that the Aurors believe to be perpetrated by a dark wizard. '95-96 would be Briscoe, Curtis, McCoy, Kincaid.

Oh, I would totally read that. If you don't write it, I'll have to. And I already have Regulus Black and Peter Pettigrew demanding to be written about.
likeafox From: likeafox Date: October 22nd, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooooh! Please write! I'd love to read a L&O, HP crossover, especially written by you. *isn't sucking up at all, no sir* :P
arclevel From: arclevel Date: October 22nd, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Joins in poking Fern to write HP/L&O crossover*

I've seen some good L&O fic, but you're right that it's hard to find any. I did read a very good series that was (oddly) McCoy/Green once, but if you aren't into slash, or just can't see *Jack* slashed, that doesn't help much. Otherwise, most of the fic I've found seems to focus on the early cast. I started watching more recently, and TNT tends to play more of the recent cast stuff, so I'm not really interested in the early cast.

I think I can honestly say that I didn't pick up on the Horace Derwent connection, but I've only read the book once.
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