What the Dickens?!

Hey, join me at the party! The Writer’s Party, that is, where I do my Auntie Mame impression. I talk about inspiration and writing and whatnot. Not quite as crazily as I did at Mr B’s but it’s not possible to maintain that high level of madness all the time.

A decent showing in the Preditors & Editors Poll. I think I made it to #15 last year with “High Plains Lazarus”; this year It’s a Curse made it to #16 and four other Drunk on the Moon titles ended up in the top 20 (imagine if our votes were combined!). Dark Pages: International Noir with my story “Mandrake and Magpies” made it to #13. With some real stiff competition, the fabulous Queen of Everything’s cover art rose to #12. All in all, an excellent showing!

And just under the wire: the Pornokitsch interview with all of us at The Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse is up: check it out!

Those of you in the States may not be getting the same inundation that we are on this side of the pond, but even if you aren’t deluged by Dickens, I stand by these recommendations:

Sick of Dickens? Here are Some Alternatives…

By K.A. Laity
It’s the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. If somehow the news has escaped you, surely you could tell from the deluge of BBC productions assaulting us from every side (even if they don’t always seem to be enjoying it).

It’s only the second week in January and already we’ve had a new version of Great Expectations and fleshed out finish to The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Arena has offered a neat recap of this most-filmed author whose works have filled cinemas since its first stuttering steps.

Meanwhile on the radio you can find adaptations of The Old Curiosity Shop, Hard Times, Little Dorrit and David Copperfield running at present. There are over 200 hits when you search programmes for Dickens (you get almost double that when you search sports, but that’s seldom due to Charles).

Suppose you want costume drama but you’re sick of Dickens? Where to turn? Let’s assume for the sake of argument you’ve likewise had your fill lately of both Austen and Downton Abbey—after all you can’t swing a dead urchin without hitting one or the other. Here are some suggestions that may be less well known to those of you who hunger for  yet more bonnets and waistcoats (I’d say hit the books, but we know that’s not going to happen, is it?)…

Read the rest, as always, over at BBHQ. Despite my grumbling, I think Gwyneth Hughes did an admirable job of wrapping up Dickens’ unsolved enigma and the second half cracked along. If some of the outcomes were predictable, others definitely were not! Nicely done. Spoilers in this recap.
Budapest and Switzerland in May: a distinct possiblity…