See also 'Dammit'. Just done a crowd scene for the Cabinet, in which I was able to sneak in a description of an old man whose left arm is a swans wing. A tiny reference to the Brothers Grimm story 'The Six Swans', and very pleased with it I was too. I could even see a picture in my mind's eye of what he'd look like... and then I realised that's because he's a background character in one of Neil Gaiman's Sandman books (he seems to hang around Dream's castle with a mop). So I had to rewrite that bit.
I'm slightly behind schedule on the Cabinet, partly because I spent all of last week GWing, but also because my thousand words a day, which I calculated should by now have me at the two thirds point, has instead left me at the 'just over halfway through' point. Still, the pace is picking up now anyway, and a thousand words a day isn't that much if you're making stuff up as opposed to say, writing a report, or an essay. My end of September deadline is still doable - I just have to be a bit more focused. So a break for toy-fu for the moment (Matt is putting together an updated site for me, I'll link when it's ready), but it'll be just as cutting edge and politically relevant when it returns.*
Also watched Fanny and Alexander on cello's recommendation, and spookily marvellous it was too. Any film which in the first twenty minutes can make me say 'well, it's a bit slow so far-OHMYGODTHATSTATUEJUSTMOVED!' and fall off my hotel bed has to be good. And an excellent jumpy bit at the end, as well. Brrrr. Also just as I was starting to wonder how the library in the Bishop's house looks so like the one I've imagined for the Cabinet, we move to Isak Jacobi's emporium, stuffed with statues, mirrors, pictures, marrionettes, an androgynous telepath and a puppet of God, and realised exactly how I'm going to do my spare room if I ever get my own place.
*as in 'not very'.