Mercury is in retrograde through the end of this month, so bear that in mind whenever you get communications that are confusing or messed up. That may be part of the reason that the Huge Cultural Appropriation Dust-Up has been happening across LJ.
Don’t worry–I am taking pains to be sure I can properly portray my Arabic/Lebanese woman character in the new mystery. If I decide I can’t, I’ll just make her Midwestern . . . that’s foreign enough. *GRIN* Or Canadian! Really, I don’t want this character to be a stereotype or whatever, and I certainly don’t know what it’s like to BE Arabic in our society–although I wasn’t trying to portray that, as I’m not writing from her POV at all. I’m showing other characters’ reactions to her and the difficulties she encounters after the murder in chapter three and the “profiling” that goes on that leads to her becoming a suspect. If it doesn’t work out as a good misdirection for the mystery, it goes poof.
Also, I have a cold or something. Sore throat, constant post-nasal drip down the back of the throat, earache. Phooey.
Did I mention the potty in the half-bath (Mama’s neck of the woods, attached to the playroom where she has her bedroom/lair–pretty appropriate, after all) decided to barf the other day and I ended up having to call a plumber who said that when they rebuilt this house after the 1986 fire they didn’t install the proper size of flange under the potty, and therefore there is now a crack/hole in the flange area, and roots are getting into this pipe, and that means water is coming in, and that means moisture is getting under the new Pergo . . . and could cause black mold as well as ruin the Pergo? He quoted $1800 to weld that and “fix” it. I was having to charge his $360 for that day’s work on a credit card, so I told him maybe later. We had the Pergo put in so that Mama would have a nice new floor; the rest of the house has the carpet from Ickland. Now that Pergo is going to be ruined. *sob* I think I caught a germ when that guy had the potty taken apart and rolled that “snake” into the house through my living room in order to run it down the line. (They don’t get on top of your house or use the outdoor cleanouts any more because of liability, he said.) Is it any wonder I wanna go on another trip? A LONG trip to, say, coastal California.
The ice IS melting, but it is supposed to re-freeze tonight as black ice on the roads. Whee!