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Writing update

OK, having discovered that a time when I'm too busy to write is definitely a time when I'm too busy to properly research what I plan to write...  I'm moving the writing of the mystery novel to March.  Thus far I've learned a lot of amusing things about the history of Los Angeles some of which may even turn up in the story, but I've still got a lot of investigation into the present, museum crawling, house touring, library searching etc. to go.  I can also recommend Remi Nadeau's witty and informative "Los Angeles From Mission to Modern City", which contains the best description of the 1845 Second Battle of Cahuenga Pass I've seen yet (leave us just say that the fact that it took place fairly near the region where Warner Brothers would have its studio years later was kinda appropriate.)   I'm going to find some way to wedge this into the plot - just watch me! 

Meanwhile, I've got jury duty Monday.  Life is what happens when you're making other plans. :)

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murasaki99
Jan. 4th, 2007 08:34 am (UTC)
Good luck with research and jury duty! I got tapped for February and I *hope* it's at the local justice center and not at the county courthouse, which is a 30 minute drive.
kayshapero
Jan. 4th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
In my case it's downtown Los Angeles, which I hope is a thirty minute drive but knowing the I-10 I'm going to leave an hour early. It could be worse - we get free parking under the Disney Hall (ah, guaranteed shade!) and hour and a half lunch breaks which means, thanks to the DASH busses I have my choice of Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Olvera Street and the like for lunch. I'll probably go to Olvera Street the first day; not only do I like the place, I can do a bit of research into things like what the first pueblo church (which is still there)looks like. That and find out whatever it was they were constructing across the street in the parking lot in front of Union Station last time I was there.
fara_shimbo
Jan. 4th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Jury duty, AUGH. Mention you understand statistics and they'll send you home.
kayshapero
Jan. 4th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
This really isn't a problem. I'm an engineer, thinly disguised as a housewife. Too thinly I suspect - I have a tendancy to get turfed out of the jury box about as fast as I'm admitted to it. Though which side does so may give a bit of an indication as to who thinks their case is weakest. :^ I actually have gotten to serve on a jury twice - once when all the lawyers wanted to do was get through it already and accepted the first empanelled jury en masse, once as an alternate, meaning I didn't get to vote but at least I got to watch the whole case (which had its moments - the courtroom was sedate enough, but much of the crime was pure Mack Sennet.) I actually did get some feedback once (from a surreptitious source), when I was eliminated because I answered a question "too fast" and so couldn't possibly have been thinking about it: after all I'd only had an hour or so to do so while he asked the same exact question of everybody else. (Of course if you really want to get off a case, memorize all the questions the lawyer asks the others and repeat them back in order with your answers. Nicolai did that once, and was eliminated as a wiseass. :))

Last time I was called, I went in that morning, they sent off half the group to one case, most of the remainder got sent off to the Compton court house, and then the five or six of us who were left were dismissed, service ended at noon. So I got to spend the afternoon hanging out in Little Tokyo.
kayshapero
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Well, I just called the jury number and was told NOT to report tomorrow, but call tomorrow evening and see if I should show up the next day. First time I've not been required to report for orientation the first day. I'm half tempted to locate the nearest park and ride and take our current excuse for rail transit downtown tomorrow and go to Olvera Street anyway, just for the heck of it. :)
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