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13th December, 2013. 11:25 am. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e December 13th, 2013|
Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:
The Old Ways (Discoverability Part 4) (Kristine Katherine Rusch)
Words, Words, Words (Shonell Bacon)
You Should Be Improving (MaryBeth Mulhall)
Why sidekicks are so useful! (Juliette Wade)
Launch Etiquette: MUST You Buy the Book? (Kerry Gans)
Five More New Year’s Resolutions for Writers (Keith Cronin)
7 Common Fears and Advice for Writers (Sylvia Ney)
Criticism and praise (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)
Another Take on The Most Critical Thing You Need to Know about Writing a Novel (Larry Brooks)
If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2012, and last week’s list.
If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time). Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.
13th December, 2013. 10:21 am. Community of the Dead |
Book now on the Anglia Ruskin Online Store.
An interdisciplinary conference exploring the contested claims to human remains
Date: Thursday 30 January 2014
Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge campus
Fees: Standard £60+VAT; Students £20+VAT (Refreshments are included in the conference fee)
This one-day conference sponsored by the Anglia Law School of Anglia Ruskin University is an interdisciplinary engagement with the contested claims to human remains and our relationship both individually and as a community with the remains of the dead. This conference engages both with this relationship and the practical difficulties of the ever-increasing challenge of full cemeteries and the exhumation of remains in the course of construction and archaeological excavations.
This is an increasingly controversial and emotive issue that tests the ability of the law, researchers and diverse communities to find an agreed resolution.
The conference will include the following speakers:
Mr John Doyle, Crossrail Construction
Dr Joost Fontein, Edinburgh University
Dr John Harries, Edinburgh University
Ms Jane Martin, Anglia Ruskin University
Dr Nicola Rees, Kingston University
Dr Julie Rugg, York University
Dr Duncan Sayer, University of Central Lancashire
Dr Hilary Soderland, University of Washington
For more information please contact Jane Martin.
13th December, 2013. 2:26 am. December Meme Day 12: Cartoon Character Crushes|
"We all had crushes on cartoon characters growing up. I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours~." requested by SWL
Oh man, I hate to disappoint but I honestly don't remember having crushes on cartoon characters. I mostly watched Redwall, Justice League, and Batman: the Animated Series, and I didn't have a crush on anyone involved (although I do remember wanting to be Wonder Woman and being distinctly impressed by Talia's boob window outfit) (also is it me or does Batman look really silly in that screenshot?).
Buuuuuuut if we're going to loosely define "growing up," I have a ridiculous crush on Pepper from Earth's Mightiest Heroes (although, let's be fair, who doesn't). And I thought Linka from Captain Planet was hot (but not as hot as Gaia). Oh, and I've seen exactly one and a half episodes of Teen Titans but both Starfire and Raven are gorgeous.
Unrelated to crushes but related to cartoon characters, has anyone here heard of a children's show called "Papa Beaver's Storytime?" I swear I used to watch it as a kid but no one I've ever met knows what I'm talking about, and I'm starting to wonder if I hallucinated the whole thing. Help me!
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13th December, 2013. 2:09 am. December Meme Day 11: OCs|
"So what's this about Emily Stark? And your thoughts on OCs in general, maybe." I would call Finch a terrible person for requesting this, but let's face it, I should know better than to taunt y'all like that.
Okay so. Long story short, I have a dreadful tendency to give random canon characters daughters. Emily Stark is (obviously) Tony Stark's daughter. Most of her character is embarrassing wish-fulfillment, and really she wasn't meant to leave my head, so just have a few random tidbits and don't judge me.
1) Emily is a ballerina. Like, a for real, dedicated, 6-8 hours of practice a day ballerina. She does other styles of dance for fun, but she's really serious about ballet. She's not at all into anything her dad does, but that's okay, they love each other anyway.
2) She has never gone to boarding school because her dad feels Very Negatively about boarding schools. She's also never gone to public school. She's pretty much been in private arts schools since she was like eight.
3) The middle name she was given at birth is Elizabeth, but as soon as she could she had that changed to Antonia, because Emily Elizabeth is a character from a Clifford book and changing her middle name to Antonia annoyed her dad in a very flattered way. Her nickname/internet handle is Emdash.
4) She's very self-sufficient. You would kind of have to be, with her father.
5) She has bipolar I. She's medicated and used to it. She's pretty sure her father has it too but he flatly refuses to go to a psychiatrist, and if Pepper can't make him Emily certainly can't.
Okay, and about OCs in general. They're fun! They're so much fun. Wish-fulfillment OCs, OCs that fill in holes in the canon, OCs that humanize the canonical villains. OCs that hate the heroes, OCs that shag the heroes, OCs that have nothing to do with the heroes. OCs that are in the thick of canon, OCs that are on the other side of the world, OCs that hear vague stories. OCs that are completely original, OCs that are thinly-veiled imports of characters from other canons, OCs that are actually canon characters who never got any characterizations. I love them.
And, sure, maybe other people don't want to read your OCs. Who cares? I'm pretty sure nobody here would be in any way interested in a story about Emily. That's okay, I tell stories about her to myself! I have just as much fun.
I do think that fandom is unreasonably prejudiced about OCs, mostly because, well, some of them are wish-fulfillment OCs and people don't want to read them. And there's nothing stopping people from backspacing out of those! But really, I feel like we should give more OCs a chance. My buddy Dark Puck writes absolutely fabulous ones for like, every fandom, but especially ATLA and the various Kingdom Hearts/Final Fantasy games. Shadowsong has a great Avengers Starkdaughter who I definitely recommend. Have a look! See what's out there. You never know what you might find.
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13th December, 2013. 1:52 am. December Meme Day 10: Poetry|
Usakeh asked "What is your favorite poem and why?" and this is actually really difficult, the entry that has taken me the longest, because I love so many poems! I love poetry in general, although I have to be in a very specific mental place to read it. Fortunately I'm there rather a lot.
So I couldn't choose and decided to pick my top five instead. Hope you don't mind, bb!
( The Symbolic Poem, Fred Bremmer and Steve KroeseCollapse )
( The Tyger, William BlakeCollapse )
( Pied Beauty, Gerald Manly HopkinsCollapse )
( Wild Geese, Mary OliverCollapse )
( Love Sonnet XVII, Pablo NerudaCollapse )
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13th December, 2013. 1:44 am. December Meme Day 9: Media That Makes Me Laugh|
Okay here I go, catching up like a boss!
"What are the Media of Choice (i.e., books, films, television shows, or any combination thereof) that make you laugh the most?" requested by gamesiplay, whose username I have misspelled three times trying to type it. Sorry, gamesiplay. I got it right eventually!
Media that makes me laugh, hmm. This tends to be different from media that makes me feel good, for some reason. Mostly because some of them (like American Dad, oh wow) make me feel shameful for laughing at them. But, yes, an incomplete list of media that amuse me:
Stephen Lynch's music. Most of the time, anyway, sometimes he's just gross and weirdly transphobic.
American Dad! I am ashamed. Might be my one guilty pleasure.
Futurama. This one I'm not ashamed of.
Sir Terry Pratchett, although not (weirdly) his children's books, just the grown-up Discworld books, and more the middle ones than the early or late ones. I enjoy everything he's written, it's just that these are the ones that amuse me.
Gerald Morris's Squire's Tales series. Except for the last one. But if you laugh at The Legend of the King you have no soul.
M*A*S*H, about seventy-five percent of the time. The rest of the time it's ripping my heart out, chewing it up, spitting it out, and stomping on the remains.
Monty Python's Flying Circus! My beloved father gave me the entire series on DVD and when I'm having a wretched day, there is nothing better. Especially because now that I have a kitty again I can play along with "Confuse A Cat."
Anything and everything that Dr. Demento puts out.
Oh! And Altar Boyz!, which is this amazing affectionate parody of Catholic boy bands that I just adore. It's wonderful and funny and sweet and kind of my favorite musical ever, I think? Also once my friend scored me press passes to a viewing and I got to meet the cast. :D They all hugged me! Which was awesome, if slightly sweaty.
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12th December, 2013. 5:36 pm.|
Tuesday December 10, 2013 General Mills was dumping nasty stuff in my neighborhood for several decades. Minneapolis city government found out about it in 1981. Now, a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Southeast Como property owners, to get General Mills to clean the stuff up.
This evening, there was a meeting at Van Cleve Park with the lawyers handling the suit.
The stuff is called TCE. It gets into water; it also vaporizes and gets into indoor air. It's known to cause medical problems, and suspected of causing others.
Repeat: the city government learned of the problem in 1981.
***"Paul Walsh of the Strib says: 'A Twin Cities gymnastics coach has been put on leave after a Cottage Grove father accused him of tattooing his 15-year-old daughter without her parents’ knowledge. Along with being put on leave as the girls gymnastics coach at Park of Cottage Grove, Terry Hardy, 37, of Hastings, has been fired as coordinator of gymnastics for the South Washington County School District’s community education program. He is not a teacher in the district.… Rasmussen, who is not a gymnast, showed KMSP-TV, Channel 9, her tattoos and told the station that Hardy tattooed a cross on the back of her neck, the word "strength" on her wrist and her favorite song lyrics across one shoulder. She also told the station that Hardy pierced her tongue, but she removed the stud.' So it was kind of a religious thing …?"
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venacava, 12/09: "I have that flavour of synesthesia (and a couple others). What a headache. Good for writing fiction though."
I didn't realize I had any kind of synesthesia till I was 17. Didn't notice most of my synesthesias till I started taking meds for ADHD.
CynInHerts @CynInHerts There was once a US politician called Azariah Cutting Flagg.
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Charles M. Blow @CharlesMBlow Ann Coulter tweets: "When asked why he shook a dictator’s hand, Raul Castro said it seemed like the polite thing to do.” I can't. I give up.