After the usual Saturday yesterday of shopping and housework I had planned to split my time between wxPython in Action and writing. Well I did open the book at about eight PM and after getting wx running again and working through a few other bits and pieces it got shut. I do think that with a book to help I’ll make more in roads into learning wx though.
On the flip side of that failure I did make another big dent in my Noir Fairy Story. The hero has tracked down the bad guys and is watching them. He’s got some unusual help with that which I had some fun writing. I also broke one of my rules of writing by going back to work on an earlier section. I wanted to include a card game between two of the characters. I couldn’t make up what game they should be playing. I’d considered poker and some others, even snap. I was watching an episode of Mission Impossible that came in the same Amazon order as the wx book. A game of Baccarat was at the stories heart. Very much as it would have been in a 1960s Bond. There is something about baccarat that just fits the kind of scene I wanted to write in a way that poker wouldn’t. It was also a lot easier to work out the mechanics of the game which I’m not going to object to. There’s enough dialogue, flirtation, structural engineering (and I mean that in a construction industry sense) and political science going on in the scene without the card game taking over.