nocowardsoul: Amy and Laurie ([alcott] boat)
Title: Companions in Shipwreck
Fandom: Little Women
Pairing: Emil Hoffmann/Mary Hardy
Rating: PG
Theme Set: Gamma
Word Count: 1332

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In celebration of Louisa May Alcott's birthday tomorrow, here are two stories with a trope in common:

Engimas
An old man convinces a young man to take a secretary job because the old man thinks his neighbors are up to something fishy. Try not to read the note at the beginning.

My Mysterious Mademoiselle
On a train to reunite with his estranged sister, a man meets a young lady on the run from . . . well, you'll find out.

(The vague summaries are because I'm trying to avoid spoilers. Just read them, okay?)
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Feb 1879
Went to dinner at the Revere House of the Papyrus Club. Mrs Burnett & Miss A. were guests of honor. Dr Holmes took me in, & to my surprise I found myself at the Presidents right hand with Mrs B. Holmes Stedman & the great ones of the land. Had a gay time. Dr H. very gallant. "Little Women" often toasted with more praise than was good for me.

Saw Mrs Burnett at a lunch & took her & Mrs. M. M. Dodge to Concord for a lunch. Most agreeable woman.

January 1885
1st Several pleasant Sunday evenings at E. P. Whipples. See Mrs Burnett & like her.

January 16
Snow. Out in a.m. Called on E[lizabeth] W[ells] & R[uth]. In p.m. to see Mrs F. H. Burnett & Mrs Newman. Wrote in eve. Feel better.

February
Home for a day or two. Father walks better & seemed better.

My mind-cure not a success. First I am told to be "passive". So I do, say & think nothing. No effect. Then I am not "positive" enough, must exert my mind. Do so & try to grasp the mystery. Then I am "too positive" & must not try to understand anything. Inconsistency & too much hurry. God & Nature cant be hustled about every ten minutes to cure a doze different ails. Too much money made & too much delusion all around.

Mrs Burnett is trying it. Says it quiets her mind but does n't help her body. Too much to claimed for it.

February 8
Quiet day. Read & rested. To Whipples in the eve. Mrs F. H. Burnett &c. pleasant eve.

1886
Rested in a.m. Took F. H. Burnett to drive in p.m.

October 31
Rain. Read Dr Mitchell's book. Not very good. Call on Mrs Burnett. Fix acts. with J[ohn].
nocowardsoul: young lady in white and gentleman speaking in a hall ([alcott] kiss)
Turns out I still one code each for the Archive of Our Own and Dreamwidth. Does anyone want them?

I haven't started my Yuletide fic yet, but I have finished reviewing canon, and it's an even better canon than I remembered it being.

I like this Tumblr post: Why I hate people who hate Amy March.
nocowardsoul: young lady in white and gentleman speaking in a hall ([alcott] kiss)
On Thursday I found that Susan Cheever's Alcott biography has two pictures by May Alcott's - one of Louisa that isn't online, and this one of Jo. And while looking for those I found a painting of a tree and flowers that was new to me.

Then yesterday I went to the bookstore and bought:
1. Louisa May Alcott: An Intimate Anthology - which does have May's drawing of Jo, but doesn't say that it's by May . . . I think it is, though
2. The 1998 version of Little Men - Oh my gosh, I cannot wait to watch this. Even if it is terrible. I squeed "I can't believe I found this!" to the cashier and he was like, "A long as makes you happy," and I should have replied "It does!" but I didn't. It does sound closer to the book than the 1940 one. When I go home for Christmas I should rewatch and review the 1940 one.
3. Carolyn Meyer's Catherine of Aragon (which I just typed Aragorn) novel so I can finish the quartet
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She's kind of a big deal: Abigail May Alcott Nieriker

A pretty girl in Victorian dress. Her curly hair is down over her shoulders. She's looking to her left.

This is an image-heavy post, containing every picture of May's that I could find online or scan from books on Louisa. Just so you know.

who she is )

what she did )

how to appreciate her )

artspam! )
nocowardsoul: young lady in white and gentleman speaking in a hall ([alcott] portrait)
Everybody everybody, today I read an Alcott story where a crossdressing woman pretended to marry her sister as part of a scheme to get their father out of prison. I'll have to read it again, I was too distracted by the fake incestuous marriage to fully understand the plan. It's called Enigmas. Not to be confused with My Mysterious Mademoiselle, which is the Alcott story where a crossdressing teenage boy spends a train ride flirting with his uncle.
nocowardsoul: young lady in white and gentleman speaking in a hall ([alcott] kiss)
(No, really, I will make a real post tomorrow.)

Little Women, Maurice, The Demon's Lexicon, American Girl (Kit), Ramoma Quimby, Valentine's Day, Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, 101 Dalmatians, Lord of the FliesRead more... )
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My Yuletide nomination:
Avi - Beyond the Western Sea
Ugly Betty
Kate Douglas Wiggin - Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
L A Meyer - Bloody Jack
Philip Pullman - Sally Lockhart
Lauren Willig - Pink Carnation

I read The Demon's Covenant and loved it and Mae. Drunk!Jamie is the best thing ever, and Sin is awesome. I especially like that Mae isn't athletic because the brave and confident girls are usually athletic. Variation is always good.

Then I read Little Men for what was only the third time (I like Jo's Boys better). It turns out that I do ship Jo/Bhaer and I do like Dan, I just like so many other more than him. Also, I don't understand why there isn't fic about the second-gen girls being awesome. Seriously, half of them have careers and one is going to sail around the world!
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I'm in the middle of updating http://delicious.com/alcottfanfiction after not doing so for a year. And what Friends episode starts on the TV? Yeah, the one where Joey reads Little Women and Rachel reads The Shining.

I have 7 Dreamwidth codes for the taking.
nocowardsoul: young lady in white and gentleman speaking in a hall ([alcott] portrait)
Well, I know what's going on my Christmas list.

In an amusing cross-fandom moment, recent research suggests that Alcott may have had lupus.

Found them while looking for pictures of May Alcott Nieriker's art. Wikipedia has Beth and Mr March. This page has Marmee and the girls and a sketch of a house with vines.

Okay, internet, you were right about Pratchett. I'm on Chapter 7 of The Wee Free Men and enjoying the hell out of it. One of the quickest ways to endear me to a person is a thing for words, and Tiffany Aching is thinking about "susurrus" in the first scene.

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