Today was finals day for our students. You could feel the anxiety crackling in the air like static electricity. All the professors met as a group yesterday to look over the questions and assign a Bloom's Taxonomy rating to each of them. Normally we don't do this, but the board of registered nursing is making a visit next year, and this is one of the hoops they set out for us to jump through. It was an interesting exercise, though, as we debated how difficult each question was.
I had to leave for a few minutes to meet with a student, and when I came back, they had produced an impromptu party to celebrate my recent graduation. Everyone was wearing star-glasses and they had a cake for me. They made me wear "GRAD" glasses and gave me a giant pen. It was pretty awesome.
So the final exam went well, and everyone passed the class. Tomorrow we will have the pinning ceremony and send them on their way as newly minted nurses. I'm glad the semester is over. It seems like it has been going on forever. I am ready for a break.
It seems like I have ended almost every post with some variation on "I am ready for a break".
I came home this afternoon completely exhausted and took a nap. I love being able to take a nap in the afternoon, even if it makes me sound like an old fuddy-duddy. I woke up refreshed and decorated the cookies I mad the other day, then made holiday plates wrapped in cellophane and tied with red ribbon for my co-workers. Malida decorated some for her co-workers too. It was fun. Now we will watch some more Breaking Bad. We are only 6 episodes from finishing the series.
Tomorrow Patch and his 5th grade classmates are meeting in the library to declare independence from their teacher. She’s been being very unfair to them lately. Deliberately so, since she is teaching them a unit on the American Revolution and wants to have a discussion about how it is sometimes important to declare “no more” and stand up for principles. So tomorrow they’re all signing a declaration of independence and refusing to go to class until the teacher accepts it. Then they’ll all have a Christmas party. I’m sure the teacher will be quite relieved, because she’s been sending emails to parents telling us what she’s doing and how she hopes it will play out. When Gleek went through this experience with the same teacher, they had their revolution on Thursday prior to Christmas break. This crew tolerated things a little bit longer, but then the teacher threatened the Christmas party. So tomorrow will be an exciting day. Then after that we’ll get to have a breather from school, which will be lovely for all of us.
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And yes the flaws/problems in the debut novel is in this one as well - stop 'asianising' it with rice dumplings and whatever chinese food - it's just not organic to the plot at all. Really. It doesn't ground the context at all.
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Award-winning writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has been running a great series on promotion for writers (which I highly recommend you read, whether you’re a writer or just someone who’s interested in how writers find readers), and it got me thinking about the best advice I’ve ever gotten about how to find an audience. It was this:
Be so good they can’t ignore you.
It was actually from Steve Martin, a comedian. Well, the truth is, he’s actually a writer, too, as most good comedians are. Martin may have said this before, but I first heard him say it in an interview with Charlie Rose, when he was asked what he tells people when they want advice on how to break into show business.
“Nobody ever takes note of [my advice], because it’s not the answer they wanted to hear,” Martin said. “What they want to hear is ‘Here’s how you get an agent, here’s how you write a script,’ . . . but I always say, ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you … If somebody’s thinking, ‘How can I be really good?’ people are going to come to you.”
Of course, what’s good is somewhat subjective, so in the end only you can be the judge of what’s good. But instead of thinking about how to use Facebook to promote your book, how to reach readers through Twitter, or, God forbid, how to build your “author platform,” bet on being good. Do what Steve Martin did. Ask yourself why others succeed? Study their work. Break it down. Then apply what you learned to your own work and do something new and innovative in your own way.
There’s no secret sauce, no magic bullets. It’s not about who you know. You don’t need anyone’s permission. Yes, luck plays a part, as it does in all things in life, but if you’re really good — and I’m talking about being so good that people can’t help but notice — luck will find you.
Yes, that’s the harder path, but it’s also a lot more fun.
As many of you know by now, Caitlin Moran, the moderator of the Q&A after the sneak preview of Sherlock S3, derailed the entire event into an absolute PR trainwreck, culminating with her asking Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to read "an innocent" fic that she had taken from AO3.
From behind the graphic content barricade.
This has led to a fair amount of fuckwittery, from slandering the fic's author as someone who should have known she had it coming because she dared write fic much less post it to a fic archive, to decreeing all derivative works as de facto public domain because "it's someone else's characters" -- which would be a bit of a surprise to Moffat, Vertu, and Gatiss, considering.
The Baker Street Babes are launching Project Fandom
, asking people to send them audio or video explaining what fandom in general and Sherlock fandom in specific has meant to them.
I don't know if I'm going to actually send them anything, but I will put on the public record that fandom IS a way of life for me. I have met 100% of my friends from one enthusiasm or another (I'm counting the rennfaires and the historical cooking as branches of fandom, which they arguably are.) Yes, I've written fanfic. That is what has led to both my being asked to write professionally and my being good enough to be asked. Fandom is where I've learned everything from marbellized dying to video editing, and fandom gave me the reasons to show off what I've learned.
I have yet to meet a fan who's ashamed of being one.
No matter how often the mundanes tell us we ought to be.
... to Santa Fe, and the Jean Cocteau Cinema.
The fourth season of GAME OF THRONES is only a few months away. Tyrion, Jon, Arya, Sansa, the Hound, Joffrey, Cersei, Jaime, Brienne, Bronn, Sam, Daenerys, and all the rest of the characters you love or hate will be returning to your TV screens... oh, along about late March or early April, I'd say. So what time could be better to refresh yourselves on the first three seasons of the show?
So, by special arrangement with HBO, the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe will be presenting a GAME OF THRONES retrospective. New Mexicans -- and lucky tourists passing through at the right time -- will have a chance to see the show the way only VIPs and cast members and critics have ever seen it before, at private screenings and premieres -- on the big screen at a movie theatre.
Starting on Monday, January 6, and continuing through late March, the Cocteau will be presenting weekly screenings of GAME OF THRONES, in order. Some weeks we'll show two episodes, some weeks three. I expect to be on hand personally for many of the screenings (though, PLEASE NOTE, probably not all), to introduce the episodes beforehand, answer questions afterward, and sign a few books as well. And it may be we will have some other special guests as well, either in person or via Skype. Can't promise anything as of yet, but we're working on it.
Our official screening schedule looks like this:
Monday, January 6 season one, episodes 1-3,
Monday, January 13 season one, episodes 4-5,
Monday, January 20 season one, episodes 6-8,
Monday, January 27 season one, episodes 9-10,
Monday, February 3 season two, episodes 1-3,
Wednesday, February 12 season two, episodes 4-5,
Wednesday, February 19 season two, episodes 6-8,
Friday, February 28 season two, episodes 9-10,
Monday, March 3 season three, episodes 1-3,
Monday, March 10 season three, episodes 4-5,
Monday, March 17 season three, episodes 6-8,
Monday, March 24 season three, episodes 9-10
And I have saved the best part for last.
Admission to all GAME OF THRONES screenings will be ABSOLUTELY FREE.
No tickets, no passes, no payment required. First come, first served. Come to the Cocteau and come on in... so long as we have seats. But we only have 125 of those, so best come early if you want to be sure of a place.
We'll have door prizes as well. Not to mention the best popcorn in town.
See you at the cinema, for GAME OF THRONES as you've never seen it before.
Rose: i'm going to be SUCH a helicopter parent
Rose: i pity our child in advance
Rose: "i broke my shoelace" GET ANOTHER ONE BEFORE YOU TRIP AND FALL AND CRACK YOUR HEAD OPEN
Xtina: oh boy
Rose: NO WAIT VELCRO FOR EVERYONE
Rose: IT'S THE ONLY WAY
Xtina: gigantic bubbles for all!
Xtina: imagine coming out to the other children's parents
Rose: okay, so, no lie
Rose: i IMMEDIATELY wanted to stock up on extra oxygen canisters for the bubbles
Rose: my brain is a special place
Xtina: i figure we'll just keep you on taurine for the first fifty years of the kid's life
Rose: that seems like a good idea
Xtina: here i thought i was gonna be the anxious one, all "just sit in a corner for the rest of your life, you don't NEED to learn how to cross the street"
Rose: meanwhile i'm shoring up the ceiling over the corner
Rose: just in caseYou're welcome to comment on LJ, but I'd rather you leave a comment on the Dreamwidth version of this entry. The current comment count is .
There are a couple of items in the 3 Woman Show that do not currently have working links to their photos, because I need to put up photos on our server now that my Squarespace account has gone away. (They're a few pieces of mine; you can still see all of Charlotte's work and all of Delia's work, and much of mine.)
Thanks for your patience; I'm trying to get that done tonight, in between two other things on deadline and getting the rest of the sale groupings up. Whee!
Shares in Sweden's Saab surge almost 30% after the company edges out rivals Boeing and Dassault to win a $4.5bn (£2.7bn) contract to supply Brazil's air force with new fighter jets.
Three Indian peacekeepers have been killed in an attack on a United Nations compound in South Sudan's Jonglei state, India's UN envoy says.
As promised.as adapted from an Alton Brown recipe.
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup milk
A handful dried currants and candied lemon (Whatever you add-in, make sure it's chopped small, and not wet)
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix well. Cut in butter and shortening with your fingers. In a separate bowl, combine milk with beaten egg then make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients gently until mixed. Stir in fruit.
At this point you will have a wet, sticky dough. You can either add more flour to shape rounds, or tip the dough into a scone pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until brown.
What you'll get is a slightly dry, light, not-at-all-sweet scone that will work with everything from cheddar to honey, or brilliantly on its own, and is actually better the next day. :-)
No, Ken Ham, it’s not. It’s sad to see a “public figure” like yourself preaching hate and homophobia, in response to this story.
It’s not just Ham. Here’s a sampling of the comments on that post:
Wow. These folks should actually be offended. They were selected not for merit, but as props. How nice for the Administration to reduce their identity to their sexuality.
Not just sexual preferences, but to their sins.
America is sending a message “we are a ungodly place” that mocks God
We are not so much a diverse place as we are a sinful place continually rejecting God’s word. Pray for repentance before it is too late for this country.
Just hope the Russians arrest these athletes. If it is illegal and they are there, then they are breaking the law – simple as that
Diversity happens in the sewer. You can’t stop it. Unity in the Truth is the high calling.
We have become a place of tolerance, tolerant to everything but the Truth. GOD is not mocked!
Sickness of soul. Pawns of Satan himself.
Seriously? What does being gay have to do with their athletic prowess? Go as athletes, not athletes with an agenda! And WHY does the FORMER DHS Secretary warrant tagging along? She does in NO WAY represent our country, in any facet, anymore. Send someone that does!
So the homosexuals are going to represent me? Even the communist’s deep in Russia reject homosex. I’d never thought that an atheist like Putin would be standing up for American values!
Obama has to be a closet homosexual. My mother has always said that she believed he was, and now I too have become convinced. I think that the wife and kids was just a cover up to get him elected in politics. Onama is a homosexual.
Now all that is sad.
I don’t think they bothered to read the article. The Obama administration is snubbing the Russian Olympics by not sending any high ranking members of the administration as part of the delegation — the most prominent politican in the group is the former head of Homeland Security — but they are including openly gay athletes, Billie Jean King, Brian Boitano, and Caitlin Cahow as representatives, not competing athletes.
German prosecutors are calling for a life sentence for 92-year-old Siert Bruins who is on trial over the murder of a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.
EU leaders meeting in Brussels are to sign off a long-awaited pact on closing failing banks, seen as the biggest centralisation of power in the bloc since the euro's launch.
So far today, the funeral home meeting ran an hour overtime, one full blown crisis developed while I was in there, and another crisis is in the making right now. More blogging tomorrow, if I can get out from under all the falling rocks.
On the plus side, I now have a cremation contract.
Your Thursday moment of zen.
Other stuff, the Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen, WA.
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|books, cars, christianists, climate, culture, economy, funny, gender, links, movies, personal, politics, process, race, religion, reviews, science, sex, space, videos, weird, writing|The Hobbit: The Desolation of Tolkien
— Daniel Larison is very unhappy with Peter Jackson. I pretty much agree with his points, though I am perhaps less vociferous in my articulation thereof.Literary self-loathing: How Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert and more keep it at bay
— Really? Yeah, maybe for them, but I’m with Scalzi on this one
. Doubts are one thing, we all have those, but if you do
struggle with genuine self-loathing, see a doctor, get that fixed, and write more. If you don’t
struggle with genuine self-loathing, quit posing and write more.Just in time for Santa!Taxidermy mouse chess set
— For all your gift giving needs. (Via lillypond
, a/k/a my sister.)Repent now. Geographers map 7 deadly sins.
— Mmm, lust. (Via lillypond
, a/k/a my sister.)New attack steals e-mail decryption keys by capturing computer sounds
— Scientists use smartphone to extract secret key of nearby PC running PGP app.
(Via David Goldman.)Full-size car made of 500,000 Legos really drives
— Whee!Video shows stunning penguin ‘traveling wave’
— Simulating penguins? (Via David Goldman.)DNA from Neanderthal toe links ancestors to inbreeding
— Headline of the week.Possible Planet in Nearby Brown Dwarf SystemThe Big Squeeze
— What happens if you crush an organic substance between diamond anvils? Researchers are finding out, with ramifications for our knowledge of Earth's core.
(Via my Dad.)A quantum revolution against Feynman diagrams
— We all love Richard Feynman, but his diagrams may have to go.Did Rock Weathering Trigger 'Snowball Earth'?The Gangs of Chicago
— Ta-Nehisi Coates about being black on the street. Sigh,Tolerating Christians
— There’s a persistent, pernicious sentiment from certain Christian conservatives that they’re being persecuted or oppressed for their religious beliefs.
It’s a very comforting and self-valorizing perspective that doesn’t need to be rooted in reality to feel real to the people who hold. Rather like pretty much every conservative position I could name. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark
.)Pope Francis and the Naked ChristGood Grief and Great Tits” Sitting Down to Read Sarah Palin's Christmas Book While I Bake Christmas Cookies for My Family
— Modern conservatives have made "merry Christmas" toxic by associating it with Christian fundamentalism, religious intolerance, and the politics of imagined persecution
. Yep. This exactly. I never say it any more, because I don’t want someone to accidentally think I’m a Christianist asshole. Unlike so many Bible-believing Christian conservatives, I actually think it’s important to love my neighbor rather than hate them. (Thanks to Lisa Costello
.)Hobby Lobby is fine with forced abortions and mandatory contraception in China, but balks at voluntary contraception for American women
— To which I say, which part of “religious conservative” do you not understand? The term is literally and irretrievably synonymous with sanctimonious hypocrisy. Smug Republican Jesus wouldn’t have it any other way, after all.My abstinence-only education
— I was 17 before I found an adult who told me the simple truth about sex. Until then, I heard some crazy things.
But abstinence education makes smug Republican Jesus smile! And that's way more important than protecting and enabling our kids to live in the reality-based world. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark
.)Is Edward Snowden a modern Martin Luther?
— There’s an angle I never thought of.GOP Rep Hartzler has flag moved so that it blocks Obama portrait
— Now imagine if you will for a moment the reaction if some moderate Democrat had done such a thing during the Bush administration. I mean, I know hypocrisy is more natural to conservatives than breathing, but just think about the firestorm in Your Liberal Media. Versus this chuckling little story.The death of the American Dream in a single image
— Burgeoning income inequality, shrinking social mobility. All a very logical outcome of decades of Republican economy policy. We’re living in conservative paradise.
?otD: Got MRI?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)