Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
Cleolinda Jones

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Today: 2500 words--a total of 19,710 (I finally caught on that since the NaNo graphic updates itself, I have no idea what my then-current total was, which makes estimating today's word count a little difficult). Mostly worked on character notes, because sometimes I feel the pressing need to suss out what exactly I think a character's deal is. It makes writing scenes with that character a lot easier, because I have a better idea of how s/he would react to anything new I come up with.

More Lloyd Cole to download--something of a relief, as I have finally settled on something I can put on endless repeat. The reasoning for this, you see, is that if I'm listening to the same thing over and over, I stop "hearing" it and can focus on writing, but it fills up the silence in my head so I don't go stark raving mad.

Trent Lott wins back leadership slot.

South African parliament OKs gay marriage. Parliamentary motto: "Well, they can't do any worse than Britney."

Sudanese Lost Girl becomes U.S. citizen.

2 plead guilty in Seton Hall dorm fire that killed three.

Report: Scarlet fever spreads in N.Korea.

Snail venom may hold possible pain cure. Snails have venom?

Publisher calls book O.J.'s 'confession.' "O.J. Simpson created an uproar Wednesday with plans for a TV interview and book titled If I Did It — an account the publisher pronounced 'his confession' and media executives condemned as revolting and exploitive." Okay, when media executives think something's revolting and exploitive, you've hit a new low.

Jackson has 1st performance since trial, alienates fans completely: "Singer Michael Jackson was booed after failing to meet fans as he arrived at this year's World Music Awards at London's Earls Court. Hundreds of fans had waited outside for hours to greet the 48-year-old pop star, who turned up wearing all black and his trademark sunglasses. He had been expected to perform ["Thriller"] at the event, but spoke briefly to reporters and told them he would not be singing. Jackson said it had been a 'misunderstanding' that he would be." So apparently he saved the day with a little "We Are the World," but FYI, pal: the crazy fans are all you've got left.

"Scientologist Cruise to pledge loyalty, maybe a cat." I don't make the news up, y'all; I just report it. "In the old-fashioned language that marks the Traditional version [of the ceremony, of which there are several options], the groom is reminded that 'girls' need 'clothes and food and tender happiness and frills, a pan, a comb, perhaps a cat' -- and is asked to provide them all. The bride, in turn, is told that 'young men are free and may forget' their promises." Surprisingly, Scientology was founded in the middle of the twentieth century.

From la_sonnambula: Eva Longoria confirms that the Tipping the Velvet story was bullshit.

On se niin väärin! Now you, too, can sing along with the Helsinkin Complaint Choir.

George Clooney named 'sexiest man alive.' Again. "'This one's going to be hard for Brad since he's been Sexiest Man Alive twice,' Clooney, 45, said in an interview with People. 'He's enjoyed that mantle. I'd say "Sexiest Man Alive" to him and he'd go, "Two-time." So that's been taken away. We used to call him Two Time. So Brad's going to be upset.'"

Emmitt Smith wins Dancing with the Stars. THIS IS BULLSHIT! MARIO WAS ROBBED! ATTICA! ATTICA!!

British comic Cohen defends his alter ego Borat. Yeah, I don't know that it's your stage persona you need to defend so much as you and your production's shady methods. Nevertheless: "'The joke is not on Kazakhstan,' he said. 'I think the joke is on people who can believe that the Kazakhstan that I describe can exist -- who believe that there's a country where homosexuals wear blue hats and the women live in cages and they drink fermented horse urine.'" Also: "Cambridge-educated Baron Cohen said his parents 'love' the Jewish humor in Borat and his 91-year-old maternal grandmother even went to a midnight screening in Israel then phoned to compliment him." Good God, that poor woman. Nobody should ever have to watch their hairy, naked grandson being smothered by an ever hairier, nakeder man. Nobody.

From the Lemony Snicket newsletter: "While you may never recover from what happened to Beatrice, Count Olaf, Kit Snicket, and the Baudelaire orphans, you might try distracting yourself from your grief with a pleasant diversion, such as bobbing for eggs, knuckle painting, or entering a contest by completing your own Beatrice Letter. The winning Letters will be read and recorded live by Lemony Snicket himself, possibly while weeping."

katieupsidedown: "Next time you get around to linkspam/pimpage, could you direct any gamer-type folks to this poll in my journal? It's for a presentation I'm doing on gender discrimination in the gaming community, and I'd like to get as many responses as possible."

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