I just finished watching U.S. Junior Men's short programs and since there's a twenty minute break before senior compulsory dance (which, for those of you who will only watch compulsory dance on TV, Universal Sports will be showing at 9 PM ET), I figured I'd pop in to say hello and ask myself why I intend to watch compulsory dance. I mean, I don't even know how to spell compulsory.
Lest, I feel understimulated, I have the Australian Open on TV now. And earlier today, I had the Europeans Pairs Freeskate on streaming Bulgarian TV while also watching the junior men. At one point, I had the sound on for both of them, but that proved a little much even for me.
Then the Bulgarian feed went away, and I never could get the Turkish feed to work. So it was all junior men for a while.
When I'm not watching inaugurations and skating, I have been working. I'm still wildly resistant to work, but once I get started, I'm enjoying myself. In fact, when I stopped writing today, so I could watch Europeans/US Juniors, I kind of wished I was still working. I'm not by nature a contrary person, but that was pure contrariness.
For those of you keeping score, I'm on page 132. I'm not going to hit my fantasy number of 150 this week, since tomorrow the skating starts in the morning and then never ends, but I do know which two scenes come next, and they're both really good ones, at least in my mind. I'm not quite sure what happens after that, but I'm assuming by the time I'm ready to write it, I'll figure it out.
It absolutely does not count as a spoiler (I have spoken) to say there's a character named Charlie in B3. I needed a last name for him, and I considered naming him Charlie Davis since that's the name of the John Garfield character in Body And Soul. But then I decided I didn't want to picture John Garfield every time I wrote about Charlie, so I searched for other names that worked with Charles/Charlie.
Names for characters are so important to me, and I regret not using more ethnic ones, but once you name a character O'Hara or Budanov, readers will make associations with them which may or may not be what you want to convey. And there are spelling issues to contend with. The same New York Times article which mentions Budanov also refers to Isa Khadzhimuradov.
Isa I could spell.
I ended up giving Charlie the last name of Rutherford, in honor, I thought, of Rutherford B. Hayes (I don't like Charles Hayes, because of the Z/Z sound, and besides, Charlie Hayes used to play for the New York Yankees and caught the final out in the 1996 World Series). Then I realized my Rutherford association is Lumpy Rutherford from Leave It To Beaver.
You know, Wally Cleaver seemed like a socially apt kid. It's remarkable his two best friends were Lumpy Rutherford and Eddie Haskell. Now there's something I didn't worry about in my peak Live It To Beaver years.
I sense compulsory dance is about to begin. Since I can't possibly wait until 9 PM, I'm off to watch in a tiny box on my computer screen.
What can I say? It beats working!