This is one of those nights when I've had no idea what I was going to blog about, and therefore hung around late into the night, indulging in the usual distractions (Wikipedia and Doctor Who) and waiting for inspiration to hit. It didn't work.
The only subject I thought of until about two minutes ago was recent casting announcements regarding Doctor Who: Kylie Minogue will be in the Christmas special; Freema Agyeman will star as Martha in three episodes of the spinoff series Torchwood before returning to Doctor Who later in the season; and Catherine Tate's character from the 2006 Christmas special, The Runaway Bride, loud-mouthed Donna Noble, will be the Doctor's full-time companion. Beyond the fact that I did a lot of work on Donna's Wikipedia article tonight, I don't actually have much to say about all that. I still feel funny about writing about the 2007 (and now 2008) series in any depth before it airs here in the U.S., so I get in the position of writing too much about the show for those of you who don't care about it, and not in enough depth for those of you who do. Still, it all starts up on SciFi this Friday, so let's just say I'll be writing about the episodes on Friday nights, when other Americans (the ones with the right cable channels, anyway) have had an opportunity to watch.
And now for that other subject I dragged out of my head. I was going to ask only two people, but since I have nothing better to say, I may as well put it before the house. Hmm, that's an odd expression, isn't it? But what I mean is, I'm going to share with you all a bit of decision-making I need to make regarding the new Jace and Sandy story, "Later This Somewhere." If you'd like to help advise me, you're welcome to do so.
The hit counter and the comments both tell me that some of you have read Part One. Thanks for that. If you have, you probably recall that at the end of her first letter, Sandy asks Jace what the teenage physicist thinks about Sandy's having seen two actors in the same play in 2013 - one of them over 50 years younger than she ought to be, the other over ten years older than he should be. To write the rest of the story I need to know the source of the anomaly, and how it's going to manifest further as the story proceeds, and why it's even a problem. I figure there are three basic options:
1. There's something strange about that particular theater, and it regularly draws actors from its own past and future history.
2. There's something strange with Sandy herself, due to her previous experiences with temporal and spatial anomalies.
3. The time anomaly moves around, and people start to notice as the story continues.
If I go with 1, I need to decide who is responsible and why, whether the actors are aware of what is happening, and whether it's something they agree to do. If the answer is 2, then Sandy is seeing parts of two or more different times from her own, at the very same moment. If we do 3, then the scale of the thing necessarily gets much bigger, which could be a problem.
So, whaddaya think?