Strictly, Knee, Harry, GOFFY!

*snort*

1. I think the right person got voted off on Strictly Come Dancing this week. Lisa has been an inspiration to those of us with more curves than are strictly necessary and I’m so proud of her for NOT being the “comedy one” this year—the role that people like Ann Widdecome and Jon Sargeant got thrown into. I think everyone was expecting her to be so—the fat girl who can’t do armography, and certainly can’t kick and can’t dance.

Well she proved ‘em all wrong by making the semi-final.

But I’m also glad she didn’t go through on “the popular vote” like Chris Hollins and Julian Clary. Now the strongest four (and WHAT A FOUR) are in the final and the dancing is going to be spectacular. There’s obviously going to be a measure of popular voting—I believe that the winners are decided by the viewers—but there will be less of the underdog being supported, which generally happens.  Good on, you, Lisa – my vote will go to James and Denise, but I truly think that James’s attitude in the past has made him less popular than he really really needs to be right now.

SO LOOKING FORWARD TO SATURDAY!

2. I have water on the knee. Or bustitis, or gout. or something. it’s red, hot and painful. No point yelling at me to see the doctor. There’s very little he can do and he’ll automatically blame my weight (which will be right) – but he has no intention of helping me with that, so what’s the point of just going for more pills to placate? If I was a drug addict or a smoker or an alcoholic, he’d HAVE to put me in a programme to help me, but fat people are still treated like pariahs. (see the “I still haven’t had an MRI despite this heart problem” issue…)

3. Just finished COLD DAYS by Jim Butcher and wow wow wow!  Enjoyed it hugely. I was worried, because the first 10percent of it was frigging DULL when he was in Faerie. I mean how many times can you be told that yeah yeah every woman is as beautiful as beautiful can be (strangely the men are not all) and Maeve’s mad ranting bored me rigid, but when he got out of faerie, started hooking up with everyone and coping with those re-introductions and then getting on with Saving The World (again) it got very exciting and I for once didn’t see the ending until it happened.  I’m confused about how the New Winter Lady got opted in though – can someone help there? The person involved isn’t Fae, isn’t a Changeling so wtf? Anyway, much recommended!

4. Decided to put “Gentleman of Fortune” away for the moment and get on with the gardening thingy because GOFortune needs mapping out. It’s not a mystery as in “whodunnit” so much, but more of a “follow the trail” and if I need to scatter red herrings and chekov guns in, it’s going to need more than “make it up as you go along.” So I’m aiming for 1000 words on The Gardening One today. or bust.

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3 Responses to Strictly, Knee, Harry, GOFFY!

  1. Gehayi says:

    I’m confused about how the New Winter Lady got opted in though – can someone help there?

    Well, according to folklore, humans and fae are supposed to change each other through proximity. Humans seem to affect faes more in the realm of emotion–you hear stories about fae and humans falling in love, for example. Fae seem to affect humans magically and creatively…often at the cost of sanity, because human minds really aren’t built to see things the way that fae do. You hear stories about mad poets and artists, or wizards who were taught spells by the fae. Heck, recall Harry’s own background; he was taught to fight Outsiders by his godmother, which has been making the Council VERY nervous for some time, as it’s not the kind of knowledge or power someone his age would normally have.

    So the new Winter Lady was already being affected by nearly two years of training with an extremely powerful faerie–the First Vassal of Mab’s Court, in fact. But then you have to remember the relationships between the Winter Lady, the First Vassal, Mab and Harry.

    Consider–Harry was in a mentorly, quasi-parental role with the Winter Lady. Lea, as his godmother, was also in a quasi-parental role with him. When she was no longer available to act as his godmother because of poisoning/madness, Mab took over as Harry’s godparent; she had to, as a liege lord is responsible for her vassals. Since Lea wasn’t available, Mab had to act in that capacity.

    Then Harry sort of died. He’d signed on with Mab before that, but he hadn’t made any provisions for his friends. Most would have been outside the Winter Court’s purview, but Mab and Lea were already in a quasi-parental, quasi-authority relationship with Harry…

    …which meant that, by half the fairy tales I’ve read, they were, by oath and promise, part of Harry’s line. (Which is why Winter helped Harry during Changes. Mab and Lea pretty much HAD to help Harry to save their own lives.) And the not-yet Winter Lady was the one human wizard in that extended “family” of his…and the one who was his student, as Harry had briefly been Lea’s. By fae thinking, therefore, when Harry was no longer available, she became Mab’s and Lea’s responsibility. They offered her help when she needed it; she accepted the power and the responsibility that went with it.

    In effect, they were taking care of and training their granddaughter by adoption. She was not a fae or a changeling, but she was of their line, nevertheless. And now, of course, it’s less a matter of honor and promise and more…well, literal.

    It’s complex, but I think that’s how it breaks down.

  2. Erastes says:

    Oh – ok that’s brilliant – thank you! I am guessing that’s part of the reason that Harry said that she needs to tell Michael and Charity herself, because she was responsible for her own choices – e.g. accepting help from Mab/Lea after Harry “died” which she may not have told them about, in fact I’m pretty sure she hadn’t.

    now they’ve pretty much drawn a veil between any chance of Harry and Molly getting together – or at least I hope so – I hope that the whole foreshadowing “all the Ladies become the same” doesn’t really happen, because Molly’s already damaged and could quite easily turn into Mad Winter Lady.

  3. Gehayi says:

    I am guessing that’s part of the reason that Harry said that she needs to tell Michael and Charity herself, because she was responsible for her own choices – e.g. accepting help from Mab/Lea after Harry “died” which she may not have told them about, in fact I’m pretty sure she hadn’t.

    I’m sure she hadn’t. I don’t see either Michael or Charity going along with it. Charity is far too damaged from her own experiences with dark magic to trust a supernatural entity being ostensibly benevolent, and her general response to anything fae is to pick up the closest piece of steel and start swinging or shooting. Michael certainly would have said something. Recall how adamant he was in the early books about Harry not making or breaking the smallest promises with supernatural creatures; he even told Harry to give up his magic rather than give Lasciel an edge. I suspect he’ll be deeply disappointed that Molly accepted such a deal without realizing the implications. (Then again, Harry only grasped the implications about two seconds before Molly was transformed).

    now they’ve pretty much drawn a veil between any chance of Harry and Molly getting together – or at least I hope so – I hope that the whole foreshadowing “all the Ladies become the same” doesn’t really happen, because Molly’s already damaged and could quite easily turn into Mad Winter Lady.

    Mmm. I don’t think that it’s destined to happen, just that it’s a probability. Uriel described it pretty well in “The Warrior” –water doesn’t HAVE to run in a riverbed, but it takes considerable effort to dig an irrigation ditch diverting the water to a farm. Molly is going to have to work at controlling herself and at not doing everything that she wants to do to people’s minds, even though self-discipline and accepting rules isn’t easy for her; otherwise, she’s going to do even more damage and will drive herself insane.

    And that’s a possibility that Harry already foresaw when he soulgazed Molly in Proven Guilty, as he foresaw the Raggedy Lady:

    One was an emaciated version of Molly, as though she’d been starved or strung out on hard drugs, her eyes aglow with an unpleasant, fey light…

    But the last…

    The last reflection of Molly wasn’t the girl. Oh, it looked like Molly, externally. But the eyes gave it away. They were flat as a reptile’s, empty. She wore all black, including a black collar, and her hair had been dyed to match. Though she looked like Molly, like a human being, she was neither. She had become something else entirely, something very, very bad.

    As Harry says, he’s seeing possibilities, good and bad. Molly doesn’t HAVE to go bad as the Winter Lady…or (the possibility that I consider more appalling) overestimate her power and end up as an insane host of an Outsider. It depends on her choices–just as his own choices could make or break him. He says that “she had the potential to go astray on an epic scale,” but then adds wryly, “Don’t we all.”

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