March 4th, 2007

intense

head feel funny

Well, WFC was one set of this, and Gritter family Christmas another, and now both sides of this most recent California trip: I get vertigo about two days after flying. This is not the end of the world, because it goes away rather promptly. It's just something to think through when I'm planning other trips, if at all possible. (And of course we can hope it'll go away, and maybe it will. But better not to be caught without contingency plans away from home for this sort of thing, especially for trips like WFC when I'm likely to be traveling by myself or mostly so.)

Under the topic "things that make my head feel funny," I started having the urge to read a particular kind of novel yesterday afternoon and finally figured out which author I was trying to get at: um, me. How weird. I really wanted The Worldbuilders for some reason, but I decided to turn this impulse to the Thermionic Night reread I've been meaning to do for just short of forever. I am piiiiick pick picking at it with a green pen, but mostly it's going all rightish. I have not burned the draft copy and asked everyone who read it for me to excise it from their hard drives forever, for example. So that's something. Still, it really does make my head feel funny to read something I've written without any particular need to do major revisions at the moment (unless something jumps out at me).

Also I'm not sure this sort of activity is within the spirit of the Day Off, so I may avoid doing this in the future. But a week from now I fully expect to be finished with this particular reread, so I don't think it'll make much immediate difference.
question

Help me, Lj-wan Kenobi.

Ah! I remember what I was going to ask you lot now.

Can you think of Athos- or D'Artagnan-like characters elsewhere in literature? (The Phoenix Guards and further volumes do not count because I've already thought of them.) Gender is no object if the author doesn't make it one. Half-credit for Porthos- or Aramis-like characters. Quarter-credit for a) other characters that remind you of specific Dumas characters; b) other characters that seem like they belong in Dumas, even though you can't quite say where; or c) comparisons that make me giggle madly.

ETA: It occurs to me that my internal automatic mappings of this question onto Margaret Cho's proclamation about "The Sweet One, The Smart One, and then there's The Ho" may say very disturbing things about what I consider sweet.