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They fight crime!
marie antoinette
cleolinda

Still on 75 mg of Lamictal, and no return of the itching so far, but I'm getting dull, persistent headaches. I've gotten these before when starting or adjusting medications, so it doesn't seem like a reason to stop--but I do think it's a reason to stay at this dosage for a few more weeks, if I can convince my doctor. (I don't see why I couldn't.) It was just really hard to try to write last night with my head splitting in two.

I did, however, hash out some of my POV issues and I think I'm going to give one character a reprieve--I'd been going back and forth over whether to kill him or not, and then I realized that it would make more sense if someone else (someone who would be a far more satisfying death anyway) was there instead. I'm to the point where I'm viewing NaNo as a way to force myself to work on a single project for a month instead of four or five and finishing nothing, and even if I don't finish even the roughest kind of draft, or even cross 50,000 words, it'll have been worth it for the story problems I solved and the new ideas I came up with and the work I put into it.

I was, however, explaining NaNo to my mother last night thusly: "It's like training for a marathon. If you get yourself into good enough shape that you can run a marathon, even part of it, you've accomplished a lot and it was worth it. But technically, you didn't run the whole thing unless you cross the finish line. And almost no one expects to cross it first--just crossing it is the point. And some people don't even cross the line, and that's okay too. But crossing the line is what you're aiming for. That's what 50,000 words is." I think she's kind of interested in it, if not actually excited, because I'm so infamous for never actually finishing things, so anything that results in "something publishable" is A-OK with her.

The Snowflake Method of Novel Writing. After reading over it, I think I use a lot of these techniques already, albeit in a far more casual and less sale-based way. In fact, the one thing that put me off the Method was how proposal-based it was: "You may or may not take a hiatus here, waiting for the book to sell. At some point, you've got to actually write the manuscript." If you're writing for a living--i.e., you have already published one or more novels, and you are able to crank projects out with some regularity--this might be a good mindset for you. Those of us who aren't/haven't should probably skip this step, because there's a point when you need to be focusing your energy on the writing rather than the sales, particularly if you're the kind of writer who tends to get freaked out by deadlines and follow-through and actually finishing things (cough). So if what I'm saying resonates with you, and you'd rather not try to sell sell sell!, keep that in mind when you read through the Method. These character sketches and plot outlines are things you can tuck away in your writer's notebook/Word notes folder/PB Wiki for later.

Second-grader fights mom's deportation.

'Homeless dumping' charges for hospital. "Kaiser Permanente is among 10 hospitals under investigation by city prosecutors for allegedly discharging homeless patients to the streets of Skid Row rather than to a relative or shelter. The case against it stems from a March surveillance video showing a 63-year-old patient from Kaiser Permanente's Bellflower hospital wandering Skid Row in a hospital gown and slippers."

Victims' families lash out at Simpson.

From caitlen: Next summer, Ralphdemort is coming to EAT YOUR SOUUUUUL.

New gay 'outings' sign of gossip culture. Meanwhile, VH1 dumps Perez Hilton's proposed TV show and photo agencies plan to sue him for stealing their pictures ahead of publication time.

Guests arrive for Cruise-Holmes wedding. Attending: a whole bunch of people I had no idea knew each other, including Jim Carrey, Jennifer Lopez, and... Brooke Shields? Forgiveness is one thing--don't drink the Kool-Aid, Brooke!

Scuffle at Jolie school film shoot. Okay, Brangelina has (have?) got to get a new security detail, because they keep cracking heads and making news wherever they go.

He's an ungodly misogynist firefighter who knows the secret of the alien invasion. She's a time-travelling gold-digging mercenary fleeing from a Satanic cult. They fight crime!

Girls Are Pretty has a book! Eeeee!

I'm not sure what this Quiverfull thing is, but it kind of scares me. (Clarification: If you can support 'em and educate 'em, you can have a million billion children for all I care. It's the "submissive wife" and "army for God" stuff that disturbs me.)

mustang_bex1126: "Oedipus Rex performed at Sing-Sing Maximum Security Prison in New York."


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Thanks for the They Fight Crime! love; I know alasdair and wheeler appreciate it to. It is made of awesome.

And when UCLA cops ask for ID, you might want to have it ready lest you feel the amps.

"to" = "too", dammit. Gawd, it's been that kind of day.

Despite knowing about the book and all, I still thought the Simpson link was going to be about Jessica rather than OJ.

Clearly, I need to bleach my brain as penance.

Speaking as someone who was forced to watch a couple episodes of Newlyweds, I can assure you that Jessica too has left behind victims. *shakes fist at sky*

You never know; maybe Tom and Brooke are trading Endless Love anecdotes!

I would love to see Perez Hilton get stomped. By someone, anyone. just.... stomp him.

The creative writing prof at Humboldt State U, where I got my master's, told me he'd gotten a really good piece of advice from (I wanna say) Ursula LeGuin (not sure that's the right name).

The advice was: Sell whole novels. That is, don't sell proposals or outlines or what have you. Write the book and then sell it. Works for some, not for others, but might (?) fit you better than the Snowflake method.

Just sayin'.

Yeah. I just know that I'm so... something... that I can't sell something I haven't finished. I nearly had a nervous breakdown trying to finish the 15M book on deadline. I do think the Snowflake Method sounds helpful enough when you're in the brainstorming stage, if you keep the results under your hat rather than trying to shop them around immediately.

Quiver Full is a family planning philosophy. Essentially the idea is that God will send you children according to His plan and you choose to neither help nor hinder the process. No attempt to either prevent or encourage pregnancy. It's not about having as many as you can, it's about accepting children according to someone else's plan. Needless to say, this is not a lifestyle for everyone.

I knew a couple who lived this way. They had way more patience than I do. Also three kids in seven years.

BigBro and SIL are proponents of (some of) the Quiverfull tenents. They have 5 children, so far; the oldest is 7 1/2 and the youngest turns 1 on the 27th. She's not pregnant again yet, which is something of a record. They are homeschooling the two oldest and plan to homeschool the rest when they reach school age. The topic of whether or not they were "done" came up on Tuesday while we were attending the birth of LilBro's first child (yay, I am an auntie again!); BigBro replied that they wanted as many children as God wants to give them.

Now, my mom homeschooled my brothers and I for 6 years (4th-9th grades for me) and it worked well for us. We ended up going back into public school after our parents split; I was validictorian of my high school class and have two B.A'.s and an M.A. (so far) which I attribute to having that love of learning instilled into me by my mom and her homeschooling technique. Also, I adore my nieces and nephews and can't imagine not having them in my life. They are mine on Wednesday nights and I steal one or two on random Saturdays as well.

However.

I have no children. I'm 31 and have yet to feel any urge to procreate. It's all I can do to keep up with my nieces and nephews, plus try to help out around the house now and then since SIL apparently lacks the organization gene. Now I can't remember why I started typing all of this, but rereading what I've written, I guess my point is that it's not a terrible movement but I feel conflicted about it being The Right Way To Be. I look at my now 6 nieces and nephews and think, well, even if I don't have any children, that's +1 over me, my two brothers and my two sisters-in-law. Does the planet really need any more people?

Anyway. Not opposed, just conflicted.

Honestly, as far as kids go, I figure that if you can support 'em and educate 'em, it's none of my business. The "submissive wife" stuff was more what disturbed me.

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A relatively new story, sort of a historical mystery (1789ish, sort of Sleepy Hollow-era Hudson Valley), that I'm being intentionally vague about. So you didn't really miss anything. Number one, it's generally not smart to give away your ideas (I was originally writing Black Ribbon as an online serial anyway, which is why I talk about it--I mean, it's out there, so I might as well), and number two, it's a mystery, so I don't want to give away the plot. : )

Is "You Will Lose Everything" really going to be the official OotP movie tagline? AHHHHHHHHHH!! It's kind of making me afraid to see it.

Oh, Quiverfull. Those loonies have been on my shitlist for YEARS.

How is it that he can have that tagline, be so overtly noseless and evil-looking and STILL be Hotdemort? I guess the power of Ralph compells you!

pepsi sponsors pakistan prison

(sounds a bit tongue-twistery that!)

So, I was sitting there, innocently eating my dinner, and watching the news when up comes this report about a British guy in a Pakistan jail. Right at the end the reporter casually throws in the fact that Pepsi sponsor said jail. Both me & my mother sat there with forks halted in mid-air, jaws hanging open... "you saw that too, right?!"

The video report is available on the page, it's only a few minutes long. Thought you might get a kick (for want of a much better word!) out of it.

Quiverfull sounds like pretty standard Dominionist rhetoric, particularly the army of God stuff.

Why are all my female crimefighters prone to fits of savage, blood-crazed rage? Ah, here we go: "He's a leather-clad umbrella-wielding messiah who must take medication to keep him sane. She's a violent streetsmart mercenary who can talk to animals. They fight crime!"

On a different note, my English class recently finished reading 1984 and we have been assigned a final project on it. Since I hate the book with the undying passion of a thousand suns, the idea of a parody came to me. Would you mind if I used the general format of Movies in 15 Minutes? Not the title or anything, of course, and it's a rural high school so there's no chance of the thing going beyond my class. If you'd really rather I didn't, just say so. I can still do the children's book. Twenty pages of CENSORED bars, whoo!



No problem--I didn't invent the general format by any means (script form with asterisk actions), and as long as you're not using the actual "brand name," as it were, it's fine with me.

I came across this story, and thought about your daily LinkSpam.