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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-04-27 05:40
Subject: [links] Link salad remembers being link cole slaw
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Tags:books, culture, green, links, personal, politics, process, religion, reviews, science, tech, writing
3 Newbie Mistakes I Nixxed — A discussion of writing errors, with Green held up as an example of one.

The science of genius — A much more cogent statement of my theory of psychotic persistence.

Biometric wallet — What could possibly go wrong? (Thanks to my dad.)

The Enigma of ContactCentauri Dreams on Stephen Hawking and First Contact.

Atheistic liberals ARE smarter, but for a funny reasonWhy are intelligent people more likely to be atheistic liberals? I have no idea if this argument holds water, but I find it funny. (Via profbrotherton.)

The Tea Party's Toxic Take on History — Repeat after me. Opinions are not substitutable for facts. Even more so ill-informed opinions.

Antonin Scalia, Affirmative Action Pick. — Ah, good old conservative double standards. Principled consistency 'r them.

Untethered — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the Right's reliance on closed media messaging, political self-awareness, and policy criticism. More dangerously, being “untethered” means that producing actual evidence for an increasingly bizarre view of the world matters less and less. Assertion becomes more important than proof. Got it in one. Shorter Daniel Larison: opinions are not facts.

?otD: What is the craziest thing you've ever done?

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo brain)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 4.0 (very sleepless)
This morning's weigh-in: 231.8
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-04-27 12:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And this Courtney Vail is--who?

I'm not entirely in agreement with her about the need for a story question, or Green's lack of one. Or purple prose, because some stories simply call out for it.
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User: desperance
Date: 2010-04-27 14:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I appear to have published nearly thirty books without a story question (until right now, I'd never come across the concept), so I guess it ain't crucial.

I suspect it of being like an elevator pitch or a three-act structure or all those other aspects-of-process that seem never actually to have been codified until people began to teach creative writing, that then assume the status of immutable law in those who are taught that way...
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-04-28 00:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The "story question" sounds like something concocted by an English teacher who doesn't write themselves. But you never know, maybe I'm overlooking a genius whose pen name is one I don't know.
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User: etcet
Date: 2010-04-27 12:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: What is the craziest thing you've ever done?

Her name was Lisa.

*ba dum pish!*

I'll be here all week. Try the waitress! Tip your veal!
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-04-27 14:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Slate article reminds me of another example of hyperbole-taken-as-fact: those comparing our current economic woes to 1929. Surely today is very tough & long-lasting with ~10% unemployment compared with what we are uded to having - a far cry from 25%+, living on whatever the local church can provide by way of relief and packing up along with the Joads to see if maybe there is something out west, with no end in sight unless FDR's plans actually work. My grandparents, who lived through such times, snort contemptously at today's crtitcs and call them spoiled little boys.

Having no sense of history (let alone irony), even events within living memory, is no way to run a country let alone keep it healthy. The author's sense of outrage at the trivialization of real victims of actual tyranny (and the variuous -isms) is where the true violation occurs. Shame on the TPs...and shame on us for not standing up to them more vigorously.
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User: brownkitty
Date: 2010-04-27 14:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Your post on psychotic persistence is exactly why I am a hobbyist and occasional poet, not a regular-basis short story writer.
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User: jere7my
Date: 2010-04-27 15:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I disagree with the "newbie mistakes" article's premise:

...if you’re trying your hardest to write right, to sell your book to the masses...

"Writing right" and "selling your book to the masses" are two very different things. The masses loved Twilight; the authors I most respect are by no means those who sell the most books. (No slight intended to Ms. Meyer.)

I'll take artsy-fartsy, thank you.
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Twilight: WriterRose
User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-04-27 17:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know I'm gonna regret this (in the way of "damn, why didn't *I* think of that ;>) but exactly how does one have a "story question" for what is, essentially, a detective series? Yea, it's all Urban Fantasy and stuff, but my novels are, at root, much like Kat Richardson's Graywalker series, a detective series.

It might give me better focus - but I'm not sure hot to find it...
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-04-27 23:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, that certainly doesn't explain my father...

I suspect that the GI generation may not follow that mating strategy thing all that well, though.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-04-28 17:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tea Baggers have to rely on opinion. Facts have such a well-known liberal bias so how can they possibly be trusted?
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