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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-11-14 16:54
Subject: [poll] The Post-Novel Ennui Contest Poll
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Tags:contests, green, novels, polls
Here's the voting poll for the Post-Novel Ennui Contest. [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] As previously discussed, first prize is a personalized ARC of Green, once I have them. Other prizes at the sole discretion of the judges, who are erratic and only moderately competent. Ties to be settled by the_child.

Poll #1297606 Post-novel ennui

What method of combatting post-novel ennui strikes you as the most innovative, interesting or worthwhile?

Jaws: Go clothes shopping. Really. Having lost that much weight, you need a new suit or three, and even your Hawaiian-print shirts will look needlessly baggy.
0(0.0%)
Jaws: Heckle exit pollsters. Ask if they understand the concept of a "secret ballot," and demand that they produce their KGB/GRU identity cards if they insist on remaining.
0(0.0%)
Jaws: Watch the election returns, and drink a beer each time your selected anchor says "swing state" or "too close to call".
0(0.0%)
tetar: A) stop being a slave to your hormones B) stop being so self-indulgent with moods C) write short fiction D) start another novel or three
0(0.0%)
Mark: Get out and enjoy Oregon a bit. Stay away from ridiculous amounts of cherries.
1(1.2%)
Jeri Merrell: Bungee jumping. (I think my brainstormer is broken.)
0(0.0%)
Mike Brotherton: Go have clown sex while A Clockwork Orange plays, and then enjoy post-coitus ice cream sandwiches while using greasepaint to cover the bruises. Hire Ouchy the Clown if you don't have a suitable indulgent partner.
3(3.7%)
Brad R. Torgersen: That's easy: start your outline for the next novel!
0(0.0%)
Fred Kiesche: Make a good meal…from scratch…with the freshest ingredients you can find.
3(3.7%)
Fred Kiesche: Roast your own green coffee beans.
0(0.0%)
Fred Kiesche: Watch all the old episodes of the "rebooted" Battlestar Galactica and wonder how the frak they will pull their heads out of their posteriors and finish the show.
1(1.2%)
Fred Kiesche: Collect some old watches from yard sales (or tag sales, or garage sales, or whatever your regional name is) and use them to plot the next novel.
0(0.0%)
Fred Kiesche: Read (or re-read) the works of Cordwainer Smith, Clifford D. Simak and the Callahan tales of Spider Robinson. Works for me when I get into a slump.
0(0.0%)
Sean P. Fodera: Take The Child for a walk in nature. Stroll through the changing foliage. Check out scenic vistas. Talk about anything that comes to mind. Be as silly as possible. Then go for an ice cream dinner. Ennui? No way.
0(0.0%)
Andrea: Take a morning walk in a farmer's market with The Child, then make lunch out of whatever fresh things looked tempting in the market - even if that's just a chunk of fresh bread, some fancy cheese, and a bunch of fresh berries.
0(0.0%)
Spencer Ellsworth: Drink enough coffee to revive a dead man and stay up all night giggling nervously.
2(2.5%)
Spencer Ellsworth: Amp up your exercise routine. Get more adrenaline going to keep you excited.
0(0.0%)
Jeri Merrell: Have a bonfire with friends. Burn your last draft. If it's electronic, print a symbolic one out for the purpose. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Drink cider. Tell ghost stories. Consider it a rite of passage.
1(1.2%)
Jeri Merrell: Consider learning something new/creative with your hands. Cross-pollinating the creative wiring helps jump start the brain. Try taking a glass blowing class, or learn to silversmith, or bookbind.
2(2.5%)
kadath: Boozeboozeboozeboozebooze--Oh wait, that's how I deal with things. Never mind.
2(2.5%)
shsilver: Swim upstream to spawn.
3(3.7%)
goulo: Start learning Esperanto so you can use it in some weird historical fiction, as well as expand the way you think about using language generally.
15(18.5%)
dirkcjelli: Go on a reading binge?
2(2.5%)
neutronjockey: Write a short-story for the Child. It'll keep you writing, hopefully through the ennui period.
0(0.0%)
carnwrite: Book a cross-country flight on a zeppelin!
0(0.0%)
scarlettina: Forget booking a flight on a zeppelin--build one yourself. From scratch!
5(6.2%)
saycestsay: Road trip... of course I say that as answer to everything! (Destination? The City Imperishable, of course.)
2(2.5%)
mmuenzler: Plan and execute a media campaign against the evils of post-novel ennui--it's not like it can defend itself! If that fails to eliminate the ennui, your next step should be a troop surge. Troop surges never fail.
3(3.7%)
chris_reynaga: Go back and read one of the books that inspired you to become a writer in the first place.
1(1.2%)
deborahlive: Start watching football!
0(0.0%)
stephenstanley: Blog like you've never blogged before, until you come down with a raging case of post-blog ennui, which is much easier to cope with. bloggui I think they call it. bloggui can be combatted by text messaging...
0(0.0%)
newroticgirl: The best way to combat post-novel ennui is with those giant Q-tips they used on American Gladiators.
3(3.7%)
dionysus1999: Take a trip to the Redwoods and pretend you are a thumb sized Robin Hood.
1(1.2%)
criada: Hiking, preferably somewhere unexpected, like a trek on foot across Portland or a completely unknown city. Walk three times widdershins around the town of LaGrande! Blog as you go.
1(1.2%)
etcet: Reveal that you are, in fact, Sarah Palin, and come clean about playing yourself in _Nailin' Palin_, to rapturous accolades. Or take up Kettlebells as a form of personal fitness.
1(1.2%)
gyrlcentric: take up knitting or tatting or have a contest where your fans do conceptual drawings of the horofix [or] anything else from these novels and you can pick some for a book on the concepts behind your clockwork worlds
0(0.0%)
jenntheamazon: Indulge yourself in the wonders of new types of cheeses and write up an play by play about them, or have a "what kind of drink is this?" party. The Japanese are always coming out with something new and wierd.
0(0.0%)
snippy: Do something that disengages your brain. For me, that's large-muscle physical stuff: housecleaning, going for a walk, gardening.
0(0.0%)
snippy: Or some non-textual problem-solving. Move the furniture around (also fits in the large-muscle physical stuff), work on a jigsaw puzzle, hand-build a clay pot (or paint one at one of those shops).
0(0.0%)
gaaneden: Spent it in the hospital with your visiting best friend who had emergency throat surgery. That will distract you. I speak from personal experience.
1(1.2%)
jeffsoesbe: Write another book. You know you can do it!
0(0.0%)
manmela: Well it's not too late to take part in NaNoWriMo!
0(0.0%)
nolly: Tahiti. This can be combined with learning a new hobby/craft/language, going on a reading binge, booze, or any number of other suggestions, though I'm not sure what the cheese selection is like there.
1(1.2%)
shaolingrrl: Three words for ya--kung fu movies!
2(2.5%)
sheelangig: Date boys.
1(1.2%)
biomekanic: There is something rather cathartic about taking a rifle to the range and blasting the bejesus out of some targets.
1(1.2%)
kzmiller: Do art stuff! Go places to view art, talk to artists, play with paper mache' or clay or paint or get a sketch book and sketch cups of coffee in various places you go.
1(1.2%)
sheelangig: Go see a psychic or tarot reader or some such.
2(2.5%)
controuble: Come to WindyCon - you know you miss me.
0(0.0%)
aliettedb: Try to open a portal into another dimension (required: pentacles, blood from various animals, a capacity for ad-libbing verse strongly recommended in case something goes wrong--which it always does).
3(3.7%)
blogtiderising: Take a private, no commitment, hike. Just you. No camera. No blogging after. Give yourself permission to just sit and stare at nature's beauty. Let the breeze or sun or shade wash over your face.
2(2.5%)
janellelohr: Dye your hair, or if you're feeling really crazy--dread locks!
3(3.7%)
quixhobbit: Build really large sandcastle(s). Then STOMP STOMP STOMP STOMP STOMP! Repeat as necessary. Life is impermanent.
3(3.7%)
summers_place: Start a new novel, only this one ought to be a metafictional story about a novelist attempting to combat post-novel ennui, only to find himself pulled inside one of his own fictional worlds and sent adventuring.
0(0.0%)
saveswhat: Google long-lost friends until you find one. Send your rediscovered friend an e-mail and find out what he/she has been doing for the past ten/twenty/thirty years. You might find a new "informant" for your writing.
0(0.0%)
saveswhat: Head downtown to the Park Blocks and visit the farmer's market where you will acquire your lunch. ... you'll feel as though you've been a tourist for a day and the visual part of your brain will be warmed up.
0(0.0%)
saveswhat: Write a graphic novel in collaboration with the child. You will supply the words. She will supply the illustrations. Post it here for all to enjoy.
9(11.1%)
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2008-11-15 15:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think Spencer just wants everyone to join him in his own suffering.
>Goes off to join Spencer is his suffering
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-11-16 18:01 (UTC)
Subject: Voting?
Does one have to be an LJ user to vote? All I see is results and no way to actually select a favorite.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-11-16 18:03 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Voting?
Unfortunately, until I figure out a way to do voting polls in WordPress, my polls are in LJ, which requires an LJ handle...
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prof_brotherton
User: prof_brotherton
Date: 2008-11-18 02:09 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Voting?
Jeremy set it up for me, and it's easy.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-11-19 14:38 (UTC)
Subject: Voting polls in WordPress
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Best ideas:
"exercise routine",
learn something new (Esperanto!),
visiting best friend,
buid your own zeppelin (I wish I could do that!),
write a graphic novel in collaboration with the child.
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russ: esperanto-flago
User: goulo
Date: 2014-02-14 22:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:esperanto-flago
Hej, vi neniam lernis Esperanton!
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