Merry Wednesday, Argh


I know you all don’t celebrate Christmas, so I’m trying to be inclusive. Hope your holidays have been and will continue fabulous and your gifts are outrageously wonderful. My best one: a six inch clear plastic Christmas tree filled with eye-searing fuchsia and chartreuse LEDS that burned out about an hour after I got it home, I think because the people who gave it to me kept checking to make sure it worked. When you’re two, three, and five, you worry things will stop working when you stop looking at them. Also the lights were so pretty (direct quote from oldest gift-giver who picked it out with approval from siblings). It’s going to be on my mantel every Christmas from now on. Thank god the LEDs went out.

And now that Christmas is done, I can get back to work. I still have a kitchen and some bookcases to build and a ton of papers to grade and six books to write, but I’m starting to get a grip on everything which means I can make better plans. I’m going to be throwing a lot of thinking-about-writing in here in the future, and I think we should watch Sherlock in January and February and look at the writing there (no, really, I’m going to get organized this time, plus two months won’t be the never-ending slog that Doctor Who was, although I enjoyed the hell out of that) and I’m also currently fascinated with TV series like Arrow and Person of Interest and Blacklist, so you can expect me to be ruminating on those stories. Also, I had a break-through on offices and workspaces, so I want to talk about that. And dogs. There should be more posts about dogs on here. I’m moving Arts and Crafts to ReFab along with all the remodeling stuff, but we were always more about story here anyway. And even though I am achieving a Zen-like calm as I age, assume there will be rants. For me “Zen-like calm” equals “fewer rants,” not “no rants.” “No rants” means I’m dead.

Where was I? Right, Merry Wednesday. As I said back on Thanksgiving, I’m very grateful there are Argh People, and I’m well aware that as I staggered through this year (better than last year, although as I told Mollie, that’s like saying a sharp kick to the knee is better than a sharp stick in the eye), I neglected Argh. Which means I neglected Argh People. Which is bad. So I feel I should be giving Merry Wednesday gifts. So here’s my question: What would you like to see on Argh this year? I can’t promise you’ll get everything, children, but I’ll try.

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50 Comments to 'Merry Wednesday, Argh'

On December 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm robena grant said...

A merry, merry Wednesday to you too. : ) I always enjoy your discussions on writing, because I learn something I never knew or remember something I’d forgotten. And Sherlock is wonderful (I’m not a Who fan so couldn’t participate in that, although I did read the posts.) And definitely, more rants, more dogs!

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On December 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm Lola said...

Definitely more dog posts. And pics, of course. And I never felt you were neglecting Argh, or the people who visit. Not once.

2013 shall be the year we left behind. Onward and allons-y.

Merry Wednesday and Happy Holidays.

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On December 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm Sharon S. said...

I’m at work. I work in a hospital and we collect gifts from staff for the patients who are here on Christmas and we have staff volunteer to come in to give them out. Unfortunately, this year we didn’t get enough gifts. We have 165 patients and only 109 gifts. Its very disappointing. But personally, I had a wonderful holiday with my family and friends. Once I get back home it will be great again.
Happy Wednesday and holidays to all. I love checking in with you all.

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On December 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm Sharon S. said...

We were able to scrounge up enough gifts for everyone in the hospital on Christmas Day. Life is Good!

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On December 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm Briana said...

A Merry Christmas to you and a Happy Wednesday to all the Argh People. (Merry Christmas if you celebrate, have a good day no matter whether you do or not!)

Honestly, I just love that Argh is here and this community is here and that you’re always teaching us so much about story and writing and everything else too. It’s all good!

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On December 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm Lorna said...

Merry Christmas! Yes, please, let’s discuss Sherlock and now you mention it I think I’ll rewatch at some point while I have time. And also, thank you for the recommendation for Life on Mars (UK), I’m a few episodes into it and it’s fabulous. It’s the discussions on story are what really get me thinking, so I’m looking forward to more of that in the coming year. And I hate to admit it, I have been sporadic in my blog watching, is ReFab a companion site or an Etsy shop?

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On December 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm Jenny said...

ReFab is a chatty health/crafts/food/mental health/house remodeling and decorating site that belongs to Krissie (Anne Stuart) but that Toni Causey and Barb O’Neal and I post on regularly. It’s kind of like having lunch with friends, if your friends were a little odd and obsessed with paint colors and crochet patterns and telling each other their plans for the week and what made them happy the previous week.

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On December 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm JaneB said...

Happy Wednesday everyone.

I’d love to discuss the new Sherlock (don’t watch Dr Who, except this evening when the new Doctor is born), and workspace insights would also be timely, since I’m creating a new one at the moment.

I always get a lot from your discussions about storytelling, and haven’t felt at all neglected this year. Very glad to hear you’re feeling more on track, though.

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On December 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm Office Wench Cherry said...

Presents from the grandbabies are the best, especially when they are in that age range. It sounds perfectly, hideously, beautiful. May you treasure it’s burned out bulbs for many years to come.

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On December 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm Cherry Harpy said...

What Robena said. All of it, especially the merry, merry Wednesday. And thank you for Argh.

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On December 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm Muria said...

Merry Wednesday! I’m hoping to be able to watch the new Sherlock (watched all the other seasons on pbs website after they aired, but the cable company got my hopes up in November by saying they were shipping me a cable box. Unfortunately, it’s been a month and a half since the letter, and still no box, but theoretically, I could watch the new season…

More of the Frog Principle posts would be fabulous. Actually, anything you want to write about would be fabulous. As we’ve told you many times, you make grocery lists interesting!

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On December 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm Jenny said...

I’ve still got the rewrite on that scene to do. I really got hit by a truck the past couple of months. Back to work next week.

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On December 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm Glorious Cherry Sue D said...

Yes, yes and again yes, to more craft talk.

And observations about life. Rants, especially.

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On December 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm nightsmusic said...

Well, I celebrate Christmas so I’m saying Merry Christmas to one and all and to heck with being PC because there was a time when I just couldn’t say those words at all. And please, with everything you’ve had going on this year, I don’t think you were neglectful at all! Life works its way through things and this too will pass…

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On December 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm Deborah Blake said...

Merry Wednesday! I never felt neglected either. I mostly just want you to be happy and healthy (or as healthy as possible) and writing. Whatever is left over, we’re happy to take here.
I second the “talking about writing” and dog pictures. Because you can’t get enough cute pets. And just what’s going on with you. because nosy…er…inquiring minds want to know.
Happy Everything, Argh People!

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On December 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm Thea said...

Hmm, bit of sag time there, but just a bit, and I *would* feel that unless I had Virtual Crusie or Crusie on Demand, and that would burn both of us out, so I’m happy, I’m content. More rants, of course, on just about anything. And writing about writing. And dogs. Just about anything that crosses your mind, really.

Best gift I’ve actually seen: One sister’s gift to another of a patchwork lap robe made from the nightclothes of the parents they’d both nursed through to the elders’ ends. Beautiful with the vintage print patterns and tiny unifying ruffles. Joyce said Joan will recognize from where the flannels came down through decades. Sweet just to look at, and I know the handmade gift will be overwhelmingly meaningful for my friend.

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On December 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm hilly said...

Wishing everyone a Merry Wednesday, un Feliz Miércoles and a Happy New Who!

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On December 25, 2013 at 8:09 pm Jinx said...

I love the crafty talk, and the rants, and the just-out-of-the-blue commentary on current events, but my favorite thing is always to hear from either Jenny or an Arghizen about something they’ve just discovered or that they love and want to turn on everybody in the world about. I love that sort of discovery process, and it somehow feels that something you’ve heard raved about by someone who likes something YOU like — well, it just resonates more.

So basically any post or comment that begins “This is excellent. You’ve gotta try it” makes me happy.

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On December 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm AnnG said...

Hello everyone, and Happy Whatever you celebrate, and also Happy/merry day if you don’t celebrate. I love everything about this site, and all the people on it. And since Jenny mentioned it, I have a small dog story to share. My favorite present this day is a framed photo of my husband and first rescue senior yorkie. The frame is basic and at the to says “who rescued who” (ignore the grammar, I’m having a happy moment) and the photo shows Sammy (my rehabbed yorkie) and my husband sitting on the sidewalk in a ray of sunshine, and they are looking right at each other. My husband had NO pets growing up and had the opinion that small dogs were for snooty people. Well, we met Sammy at 12 years of age, toothless, and indifferent to the world, at a dog rescue in California, and we already had 2 medium sized dogs. The minute Sammy and Andrew met, it was all over, we took him home and over the course of the last 2 years have showed him that love doesn’t hurt, car rides are fun, and he is worthy of love. We also adopted a second senior yorkie from the same rescue, at my husbands insistence! (We were only supposed to foster Buddha) I lost my train of thought there, and I’m so sorry. But that moment of those boys really understanding each other really makes me tear up. And I. Have. A picture.
That is all. Much love!

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On December 26, 2013 at 10:13 am Office Wench Cherry said...

Good on ya, Ann. So many people allow their small dogs to run wild (I’m looking at you, my in-laws!) that they get a reputation for being nothing but purse pets when really they are just short dogs.

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On December 26, 2013 at 12:23 pm Jenny said...

Bless you for adopting seniors, too. Extra candy in your stocking for this.

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On December 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm aunt snack said...

The best present I saw was my uninsured sister and brother-in-law finding a health insurance plan that would cover them and all their ailments and drugs for an almost affordable price. It would have been nice if they had had it when the BIL had 2 emergency hospitalizations and almost died, but Boy, do we appreciate it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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On December 26, 2013 at 2:44 am Julie H. said...

You know they make this nifty looking glue-gun thing called a “Light Keeper Pro” that actually fixes strands of lights. They have one for LED lights as well. I hear they work wonders. So if you ever miss that wild glow… it can be yours again for about 20 bucks.

Christmas here is always low key. I love it. Nothing but relaxation and cookies. ;) I think the best part is just spending it with my mom. She’s a pill.

Looking forward to your ruminations on Dr. Who (which I watched) and Arrow (which I’m loving) and definitely looking forward to the writing talk. I’ve been so blah about my own writing it’s actually getting a bit alarming. Ah heck, to be honest I think “alarming” is in the rear view mirror at this point. :/ I’m telling myself it’s a new year with new possibilities. Go boldly and all that jazz. With spirit fingers.

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On December 26, 2013 at 4:51 am Jenny said...

No, no, the lights are inside the plastic. So, tragically, I cannot fix them.
Thank you for the suggestion, though.

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On December 26, 2013 at 3:07 am Mel said...

Well, it’s already Thursday here in Oz but Happy Wednesday Argh People. I’m always happy to read about whatever you want to talk about Jenny. Writing, dogs, cool things, rants or anything else that comes along! 2013 has been a um, interesting year, onwards to 2014!

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On December 26, 2013 at 3:58 am Micki said...

Merry, merry Wednesday! (And Thursday, and Friday, too!) Just keep doing what you are doing, in the amounts that are do-able. You have excellent taste, and it’s always interesting (even if I have been avoiding Dr. Who so that when I finally watch it, I won’t be too spoilered . . . silly distinction — the entire pop culture contains major spoilers for Dr. Who these days!).

I loved Life on Mars . . . not quite sure how I feel about the ending yet, but even that I loved (and try not to think too hard about). Does anyone recommend the follow-up, Ashes to Ashes?

And Sherlock!! Yay! I can’t wait until it comes out on DVD.

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On December 26, 2013 at 4:55 am Jenny said...

I can’t get Ashes to Ashes; the only DVD isn’t my region. Yes, I know you can get DVD players that play all regions. I don’t need another DVD player, even for Gene Hunt. I recommend watching Life on Mars again. And again. It’s just that damn good.
I loved the ending. It’s consistently voted one of the best all time endings of any TV show, and it’s definitely in my top five, maybe my favorite, right up there with Life and Angel. Okay, it’s tied with Life.
Both seasons of Sherlock are out on DVD, but I’m pretty sure they’re streaming free on Amazon Prime. (Does Japan get the same Amazon Prime as the US?)

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On December 27, 2013 at 1:48 am Skye said...

The first two seasons are also streaming on Netflix, I think. I am not a Dr. Who fan (*ducks*), but am looking forward to your posts about Sherlock.

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On December 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm Micki said...

I don’t think we do get the same Amazon Prime — there are a lot of region problems, and I think Japan isn’t in the same region as the UK — I know it’s not the same as in the US, and I can’t get a lot of stuff like “free” Hulu.

(-: I do agree that rewatching Life on Mars is going to keep me happy for years.


I’m not sure about the goodness of choosing a good death over a so-so life. That’s the part that I have a great deal of trouble with. If I don’t go on to Ashes to Ashes (which sounds like it has a twisty philosophy to get out of this conundrum), then I’m left with this bleak conclusion that Sam chose to die. Sounds like depression talking, to me. Things do get better. (But, what other good ending options were open? I kind of hoped to see a 34-year-old Sam finding and still loving a 54-year-old Annie, The End. But that wasn’t an option after the penultimate episode, and maybe wouldn’t have had the same impact. Because their ending was a huge impact, even if I feel a certain squickiness when I think too much about it.)

I’m linking it in my mind to an article about Narnia I read recently about how Susan should have grown up to kick ass in the real world. She should have had lipstick and boys and phenomenal power. The Narnia problem is, how do you end a story in an alternative universe? Do your characters stay there forever? Do they come back? Can they move between worlds easily or with difficulty? What does it mean for a character to sacrifice one world for a new life in the other one? Really, really, interesting stuff . . . .

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On December 28, 2013 at 9:50 am Jenny said...

He couldn’t have found Annie; she’d died back at the wedding.
I didn’t see it as a suicide at all; I saw it as a leap of faith that paid off. It was exhilarating. And it paid off.
The ending of Ashes to Ashes explains the whole thing, but even without that, I loved the look on his face, that sense that he’d finally let go of the rules and just went after the life where he was most alive.

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On December 26, 2013 at 9:55 am Carol said...

Post whatever you want, whenever you want, we will be here to read it.

Although I love Dr Who, did not participate. Sherlock – yes. Have watched Person of Interest from the start, love it.

Best gift I gave myself this year; reworking the home offices. Second office is now a music/audio books listening room, computer work space, and research library. All the books relating to crafts, decorating, gardening, home repairs, health, writing, text books, and my mom’s big old Webster’s Dictionary are in bookcases. One wall is for family photos and the sons’ childhood art projects. It feels warm and inviting. Really like how it is coming together. The work office is next. My hope is for a calm work space.

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On December 26, 2013 at 10:41 am Kelly S said...

I’m a day late, but hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

I never felt neglected here and truth be told was occasionally happy there were no new posts because while I wasn’t quite as busy as you, there were times I shouldn’t have even been checking blogs let alone take the time to read them

Best present this year was a tie between my mom offering to let us bring the cats with us for Christmas (Mom’s allergic to cats but we weren’t going to travel 7 hours each way with them. Cats do not typically appreciate car rides.) and the power coming back on. (It was out for us for 35 hours. Sadly, still over 40k near me without power since Sunday. I feel bad for them and the crews who are out there working hard to restore power.)

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On December 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm Sure Thing said...

How’d I miss this?

I don’t celebrate Christmas. But I have no trouble with wishing Merry Christmas. And if I’m corrected then I’ll wish with whatever the person celebrates.

I need any office organisation help that you have. Any.

Yay for more Argh posts. But no pressure. Do what you need to. We’ll be here.

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On December 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm Diane L. said...

Doc pictures!!

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On December 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm Diane L. said...

Argh–I meant DOG pictures!

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On December 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm AnnG said...

I really want to see everyone’s dog pics, and of course I want to show off my senior babies, but I’m a techno loser an don’t know how to post them here. 😔

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On December 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm Maryanne said...

I’m more of a lurker, but I’d love to read more story & craft, see lots of doggie (and other pet) pix, and your rants are always so enlightening.

I didn’t participate in the Dr. Who discussions, but I did start watching episodes here and there and enjoyed them very much. I even managed to get hubby and the kids to watch parts of the marathon with me on Christmas Day.

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On December 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm Glee said...

Indeed, I hope all who celebrated had a wonder-filled day.

I feel reluctant to provide requests for particular topics on Argh. They seem to me to be a wee bit selfish. It’s not “my” blog. Yes, I read it, learn from it, enjoy the material and the comments and the community interaction, but it’s not mine. We are lucky you are the spark for the community. Not everyone can provide that spark and I’m sure I’m not alone in being grateful. I am happy to read about the house, your creative process, your thinking on writing, etc. I am not a Dr Who fan or a fan of much in video entertainment but learn things from your (and the community’s) reaction to them. I’d probably be happy if you wrote about the proverbial telephone book that great actors can read with audience interest. Few people are as generous with their sincere thinking as you. Thank you.

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On December 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm Liz H. said...

My haoy holidays to the Argh crew- the mini Sherlock episode to kick off the upcoming (waaaaay too short- 3 episodes? really?) spree.
And the news that none other than Sherlock himself was on my London-Newark flight home for the holidays on the 18th. So discovered when I literally collided with Mr. Cumberbatch right before the final customs exit. Entertaining end to a horrible flight.

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On December 27, 2013 at 1:52 am Skye said...

Oh, you actually touched him? Did you faint? :D On Pinterest, I saw that someone had posted a picture of him that was decidedly NOT Sherlock and was, well, toe-curlingly rough and tumble looking. Mmm.

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On December 27, 2013 at 1:54 am Skye said...

Jenny, I love whatever you write here, from the short Cherry Saturday posts to the long craft posts to posts about you and how you are doing. It’s all great and, as we care about you, it’s wonderful to know how you are doing. I’m here for the long haul.

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On December 27, 2013 at 9:19 am Lola said...

Am I the only one who just found out that PBS is showing season 1 & 2 of Sherlock for free online? It ends 1/19/14. And there’s a mini episode too.

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On December 27, 2013 at 9:49 am SkiffyCherry said...

Here’s a Christmas present from the BBC: – a mini episode of Sherlock – Merry Christmas to all

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On December 27, 2013 at 11:39 am cleo said...

I like that the blog content is quirky. I most enjoy posts relating to the creative process, in all of its forms.

Best present I witnessed this year was my SIL getting a book from my mother – she started reading it in the morning, while the rest of us finished opening our presents, got that dreamy, good book look, kept reading, and finished it after putting her kids to bed. (It was The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman (sp?)).

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On December 27, 2013 at 4:54 pm katyL said...

The thing I like best about this blog is that it’s smart. And it breeds more smart.

I vote for more rants, writing posts, and dogs.

As for fave gift–that would have to be time. Time with my son and time with my family.

Sometimes when I’m preparing for the holidays–and especially when I’m wrapping what feels like an endless pile of gifts–I am struck by how lucky I am to have so many people to care about and see at the holidays. So fab:)

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On December 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm robena grant said...

A Christmas present to me was going to see the movie, Saving Mr. Banks. Has anyone else seen it? It’s quiet, thoughtful, a lovely look at creativity, where thoughts and ideas come from and how to protect them, and to learn to let them go when necessary. It also looks at the self-imprisonment from childhood memories and taking responsibility for things we were not responsible for. I loved it so much, I’m going back a second time to catch it again on the big screen.

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On December 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm Danyelle said...

I really want to see that movie. Mary Poppins is one of my favorites.

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On December 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm Danyelle said...

Merry Wednesday and Happy ___day to everyone!

I am grateful for the blog and all of the members. You’re all smart and fun to read.

More of anything, or the same amount. I enjoy all the posts, including the ones about the TV shows that I don’t have time to watch (The Blacklist, Dr. Who, etc.).

Yes, please discuss the new Sherlock. I have actually watched a couple of those, and had to re-read some of the books. Benedict Cumberpatch is no Basil Rathbone, but he’s cuter.

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On December 27, 2013 at 9:12 pm Mandy said...

It seems I’ve missed something in Jenny’s life so can someone please clue me in? All I know is one day the new Lavender book was posted on amazon and then it wasn’t and I really need a new Jenny book.

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On December 28, 2013 at 9:50 am Jenny said...

Lavender is still in progress; some publishers (I think the audio in the case) jump the gun.

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