alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Mascot)
Hi, I have not vanished--I am 130 pages into a book that is not going as I planned, but I am having fun. With luck this means my readers will also have fun with it. I was going to go into "don't look back" and "just keep going" and "Are we having fun?" but Jennifer Crusie just wrote a similar blog entry.

So I am going to link to it, and then get back to the craziness.

Basically, I’m playing around with a ridiculous story that’s fun to write and probably not publishable. That means that all the tension, all the pressure, is gone with this story because it’s not the one I’m officially writing, it’s really almost a conversation with you all, definitely a conversation with myself.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Feels like Autumn; USA color (WA))
Only one? Is always my cry.

Here twenty-two authors offer up first lines that were and are important to them.

Do you have a favorite?
alfreda89: (Books and lovers)
“No one else in the wide world, since the dawn of time, has ever seen the world as you do, or can explain it as you can. This is what you have to offer that no one else can. Nobody can know how good you are unless you risk letting them know how bad you might be.”

– Edith Layton

Thanks to Deborah J. Ross, who posted this over at www.blog.bookviewcafe.com
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai)
I bopped over the the friend's page to see if my post went through (See, I really don't trust the computer--the keyboard is wonking out, too) but spotted this old Finnish ceremony revived by folks in north Minnesota:
ice candles

Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] pegkerr, who also shares a lot of my favorite movies!

This is also the time of year for grave blankets. I discovered them in some research years ago--small communities in northern Michigan made them for family graves, and I assume took them down once they deteriorated--but now apparently they've become big business.

I started the laundry. Really, I did...

Research!

Dec. 18th, 2005 05:01 pm
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Default)
This is just too cool--

Mythbusters was on while we dined today, and they tested whether skin-headed drums (about 4' tall and 18-24" wide, they looked like--we came in late) buried 15' in the ground could be used as listening posts and detect underground digging. Apparently there is a very old Chinese writing that talked about ancient Chinese cities protecting themselves from an army underground via this technique. Well, if there's any quartz in the areas being mined, someone with good hearing *could* hear the digging sounds from 50' or more away from the drum hole!

There's no record of it being used, but it's probable--it worked in two of three digging situations. (Maybe the writer was doing fantasy, but if so, great fantasy--and since it was a quartz deposit, it sounds completely possible to me.)
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai)
I haven't had time to watch the shows in years, but for those with children, or who need some nostalgia, here's the news.

Holiday Specials

Good grief, network executives said when they first saw Charles Schulz's "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

"They thought it was too slow," executive producer Lee Mendelson recalls being told by the powers-that-were at CBS in 1965.

But the special was an instant hit with critics and audiences. Forty years later, its ruminations on the spirit of Christmas, backed by a lilting jazz score by Vince Guaraldi, remain fresh and affecting.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas," directed by animator Bill Melendez, airs 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, on ABC.
[snip!]
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, CBS.


So where is the Claymation Christmas and the animated Grinch? I also loved some of the music in Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carole Lite. I mention these because I realized once that I could watch the growth of my emotional maturity by gauging how I responded to how Rudolph was mistreated by the others and Santa. I went from the awe of a small child soaking it up like a fairy tale, to a teen who had no use for it because Santa was prejudiced, to a young adult who was willing to cut Santa some slack for a bad call, to now, where I return to Story....

Do you have anything that you've used as a marker like that? Book, movie, animation? Even a play or a song might do it--
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Default)
http://my.ev1.net/english/news/newsarticle.asp?articleID=50034410&type=headline&subject=headlines

I always thought Pat Morita would have made a splendid Master Li from BRIDGE OF BIRDS, but now the chance is lost. I enjoyed him in the first KARATE KID--never saw the others. But I almost mailed him the BoB paperback once. He knew how to do comedy and to convey compassion. All we needed was a Number Ten Ox.

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