* Tremendous thanks to everyone who responded to my request for recommendations of Sherlock Holmes pastiches! Your suggestions were most helpful.
* Via ankh_hpl: Poe and Hawthorne fans might want to check out "A Murder in Salem" on Smithsonian.com, which discusses the brutal killing of one Captain Joseph White of Salem in 1830, and the inspiration it provided for the works of Edgar Allen Poe ( "The Tell-Tale Heart") and Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables).
* Speaking of brutal murders, I recent caught The Discovery Channel's documentary Jack the Ripper in America, which I found to be quite well done--and quite different from the other (albeit limited) documentaries I've seen on "Ripperology." There's a good summary of it here.
* Less than two days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I! Who's going? *raises hand*
* Happy early birthday to crazywritergirl! May you have a most excellent day and a wonderful year to come.
I'll leave you with a parting shot from Someecards.com:
“There is nothing more to be said or to be done to-night, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellow-men.”
- Sherlock Holmes, "The Five Orange Pips," by Arthur Conan Doyle