January 17th, 2007

Let me sleep

How would the nobility look at acting?

Hi! *waves* I hope you can help. The NaNoWriMo board just argued over this, and Google is being uncharacteristaclly unhelpful.

Okay, my world is set in extremely late medieval, early Rennaissance. My character (Tom) is a noble who was disowned because he dared to become an actor, and then employed as valet by another noble (Cormac) that nobody likes because he's a bastard. Cormac is so bad, in fact, that rather than laugh at the insult to Tom, most people privately sympathize. Well, Cormac is allegedly dead, now, and Tom has forged a will that gives him the whole fortune and merchant business. The only people who know Cormac well enough to be suspicious don't really care, and the rest just assume it was yet another naive quirk from the unpleasant idiot. My questions, now:

Does this sound reasonable in a realistic sense?

Is it possible that people might decide to allow Tom his love for acting if he's a responsible and successful member of society? Or should he just resign himself to being a wealthy abberation? (He's very hardheaded, and mostly got into acting because his society forbids it.)

EDIT to fix some errors and add that if you can think of any way I can twist the details to make it more realistic, please let me know. Your advice and insight are most appreciated.
stupid hat tricks

Name of a 1980s Two Part Song, English Recording of a Song

ETA: I'd combined memories of the two songs, which were "Hazard" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Now that I know what the songs are, I can purchase them and stop being bothered by half remembered lyrics.

Two questions, related only in that they apply to music.

Back in the late 80s or mid 1990s I remember seeing a video for a song whose subject dealt with the story of a young man who was the last to see a girl alive before she was murdered. The video and story were in two parts, shown separately, but unfortunately all I can remember of it were something in the words about a river and how he ran from town because he was scared. I remember only one scene from that video and that was of a small fifth wheel or possibly a single wide trailer in woods in late autumn. It may have been a country song but it seems to me that I saw the video on MTV at the time so maybe that's not correct either.

I am hoping someone could tell me possible names for the song so I can look it and the video up.

Secondarily, a translation: does anyone know of an English sung recording of Gino Vanelli's "Una Rosa Diciembre"? I've searched iTunes, Amazon, and various other music sites but the CDs I find have only the variant in which he's singing in Italian.

Diabetes and drinking

My character is a 17 year old diabetic girl. Her diabetes are fairly severe, she's had some problems in the past, including a hospital stay this past summer. What I'm wondering is how much she would be able to drink before seeing some problems. I don't see her as a beer drinker. She'll end up at a college party, and she'd probably go more for the Bacardi Silvers, Mike's Hard Lemonade, maybe a Corona or mixed drink or something, things like that. She's never really drank before, she has a mother who is overprotective of her health. She's had one margarita at most just from hanging out with friends.

So how much would she probably be able to drink, based on the drinks I listed above, in the course of one party? What kind of problems would she start to have if she went too far? I'm not looking to kill her or give her anything severe, but I'm willing for passing out and a small hospital stay.