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See John work.
Work, John, work.

What a great cake! And I never even realized what day it was. I’m at a company conference in Orlando, Fl with 1,400 of our health coach/distributors, working my fanny off. According to my watch, I did 16,967 steps or 7.96 miles of walking around the hotel yesterday. My feet ache, and there’s two more days to go.

So, here’s to Friday the 13th being a great day.

And to coffee.
The siren call of Starbucks.......

I've been feeling a bit crap :-\
I must stop trying to discover why, and just ride the wave, hoping things improve soon.......

Exactly. You’ll be okay at the other side of whatever this is.

There’s a line from Moby Dick that says something like: when the eagle high in the mountains flies down into a valley, it is still closer to the sun than the sparrows down on the plain.

[MAR 2018] Letters / Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Voting Thread
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:14:25 PM »
I’m also a fan of @D_Bates mini-reviews, even when (maybe especially when) they don’t declare my utter and undiscovered brilliance, but do highlight positives he found in my writing.

Fantasy Art / Fan Art / Re: Best Dragon Art?
« on: April 10, 2018, 12:03:15 PM »
But is the dragon her bling, or does she decorate the dragon?

1,900 words and counting.

Oh! How funny. I actually own this book, but haven’t read it. I did start it. Something came up.

I am happy to loan it, for anyone willing to pay shipping.  :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 09, 2018, 02:30:58 PM »
I decided to shuffle things around and have started The Princess Bride by William Goldman, which is one of the reddit book club books this month. This is another book I've been meaning to read for a while.

PB is on my short list of perfect books. Though there are certainly more, at the moment it’s a list of three I can think of:

Princess Bride
True Grit
The Memory of Old Jack

In an interesting (to me) side note, these are all short books as these things go. Longer books, while they can be wonderful, spectacular, etc., have so much more room for imperfection to creep in.  ;)

Writers' Corner / Re: Main character without agency
« on: April 09, 2018, 10:18:10 AM »
Going to the OP, I think the character needs agency up to a limit last which he cannot go. For example, he can investigate, choose paths of inquiry, etc. but cannot do anything that would go against the overlords. And perhaps some of the time, he is just a passenger in his own body. But, for me, just being the passenger, just commenting on what his body does, seems too limiting for a novel.

I think the biggest objection I would have to what I understand to be modern correctness is the idea that a black lesbian can’t write about a straight white male, and the SWM can’t write about the bisexual Thai, and the bisexual Thai can’t write about the black lesbian, and ad nauseum. Plus the underlying division of everyone by sexual orientation and ethnicity.

Language about ally-ship and micro-aggressions and cultural appropriation is very off-putting to me. (That said, there are good reasons for me to work to understand the underlying points.)

It’s piling on to say that good writing is good writing. N.K. Jemison writes great stuff. She chooses to delve into themes about oppression of classes of people by other classes. For me, it makes her books powerful. And guess what, Charles Dickens did the same.

So, if the article writer believes that publishers are over-emphasizing a current trend, then she needs to write or champion works she thinks are being passed over. And make them fantastic reads.

General Discussion / Re: Friday Night Music Thread
« on: April 07, 2018, 01:08:39 PM »
Here's my entry for today - the inspiration for my Clockwork knight

Listening to his whole album now. Wonderful voice, cool music. Thanks TGC.

He reminds me, in a way, of a favorite band, Carbon Leaf. (Maybe a bit tenuous style connection, but somehow it connected.)

I’ve decided that your Linux driver manual writing guy developed that entire page as an elaborate joke. Because the alternative is too frightening to contemplate.  :o

I’m now terrified of Speak ‘n Spell toys.

My wonderful “wicked step-mother” had a coffee mug that read:

I am about to have a nervous breakdown.
I worked for it. I deserve it.
And no one is going to take it away from me.

Writers' Corner / Re: To name or not to name like a pornstar...
« on: April 06, 2018, 11:36:57 PM »
I just think Bradley isn’t such a great name.  :P
“Brad”, maybe.
It works for Mr. Pitt.

But maybe something a little more... hmmm... classy?
Forrest Darewood
James Darewood
Mason Darewood (on second thought)
Fell Darewood (that’ll confuse the gender Nazis)
Big Darewood (oh, darn, that’s the porn thing, isn’t it?)
Flynn Darewood.

Yeah, that’s the one. Flynn Darewood.
Or, Flint Darewood.



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