November 8th, 2008

Agatha Christie to her friends

Mid-1930s, England. Lady Peter Wimsey is writing to her mother-in-law about a very interesting conversation* she once had with her friend Agatha Christie from the Detection Club.

A) How would she have addressed Christie, as a friend, in conversation? (Specifically, did she have a nickname or anything?)

B) How would she have named her to her mother-in-law? (Who doesn't know Christie personally but has heard a lot about their friendship.)

I've done some googling around Christie, correspondance, nicknames, friends, address, Detection Club, etc, but I didn't get anything specific enough to be confident, especially for that particular period of her life. And this is for like two lines, so I don't want to go read a whole biography. And I have no idea how the levels of formality would have worked out, especially given that these are women who respect but do not necessarily obey traditional rules. So I'm hoping there's some Christie expert on here who knows.


*involving an extremely odd wasp, if you must know.
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drug rehab centers, turn-of-the-millennium USA

So. I have a sixteen-year-old boy in Boston, Massachusetts, late 1990s or early 2000s (time frame isn't completely pinned down, but it's right at the turn of the millennium), a cocaine addict who's been using for about two years. He overdoses accidentally and his older siblings put him in a residential rehab center.

What I'm looking for is information about what life in the center would be like for him. Not the drying-out itself, but more along the lines of what the routine would be.

Googled "rehab centers", "drug rehab", "cocaine rehab", "life in rehab centers", and related terms but mostly got links to how to put your loved ones into a center. Was able to find out that he'd likely not be able to have visitors for a while, and then only select family members, and that depending on the center his stay could range from two months to a year.

What I couldn't find, and what I really need to know, is what a typical day would be like for him (in terms of structured activites/free time/etc.); whether he'd be able to bring any possessions with him to the center (clothes, books, his guitar, that sort of thing); what kind of interaction he might have with other patients; and whether he'd be able to have limited communication with (non-drug-use-related) friends on the outside. Any other little details would also be greatly appreciated.

water-free living?

Hi all,
I am working on a screenplay, and I am stuck with this one.
My character's mother fell off a cruise ship and drowned a few years previous to the beginning of the story. My protag, Rita, believes it was her fault, and her guilt prompts her to start saving up to run away to...... blank.

This place has to be somewhere that doesn't remind her of her mother, and drowning, and guilt. where is it impossible to drown? The desert! I did some google-fu on desert resorts- most were luxury places in Dubai, but they seem to be pretty near the Persian Gulf. I woudl just ilke the place she chooses to be as stress-free ( and therefore, ocean free!) as possible.

What do you guys think?
Cheers!!