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Some general thinky thoughts

I have come to the conclusion that they'll probably win, and I'm in for another four years (at least) of them regulating how I think and who I want to sleep with. Thank goodness we're getting married before the election. Even if they take it away, they can't take it away...

Pessimistic? Well, yes. I went into the last two elections filled with hope, after all.

And of course, baby dragons:

Adopt one today!

Adopt one today!

And I just keep breeding 'em:

Adopt one today!

I did not do any of the studying I should have done last weekend. I tried, honest, I did, but it just never seemed to happen. Now I'm somewhat less optimistic than I was. But I need to pass, somehow, 'cause suddenly I need that bonus -- the property taxes arrived today. Ah, the joys of being a homeowner. That money was going to be for the honeymoon! We shall soldier on! Somehow we'll have the cash for everything... (no, I won't take up bank robbery.)

I wish I knew how to write short stories (goes the mantra). I love my universe, I love my characters, I wish I had more readers. I know, I should take up fan fiction, it comes with a fan base already attached...

Okay, this weekend I MUST study, and somehow do a little cleaning up, too. No more goofing around!


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 6th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
I expect the Republicans to lose.

And I wasn't hopeful about the last two Presidential elections.
Sep. 6th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
I hope you're right!

We need to keep up the fine tradition of Arizona politicians losing when they run for president...

Sep. 6th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
writing short stories
Roger Zelazny told at least two newer writers that his best short stories were the last chapters of novels he didn't write.
Sep. 6th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Re: writing short stories

Mine so far seem to be things that just didn't make it into novels...

Sep. 6th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
The only way to learn to write short stories is to write short stories. I still recommend drabbles as a writing exercise.
Sep. 6th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
I haven't even the first idea how to write drabbles...
Sep. 6th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
There's no rules other than it has to be exactly 100 words. Think of a scene, a conversation, anything. Try to pare it down to 100 words exactly. If it doesn't work, so what? It's only a hundred words. Scrap it and start over.

Technically speaking, most drabbles are vignettes, short, impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a trenchant impression of a character, an idea, or a setting. I have seen a few which manage to cram a very abbreviated plot in. Most of mine center around an aspect of a character. To take one I posted recently, it's centered on the idea that even though my Spike is all domesticated and stuff, deep down he's still kind of evil - he thinks a house fire is the best present he's ever gotten. I treat it humorously, but it's a fairly serious character insight. The title refers back to one of Spike's lines from the first episode of season 6, "Bargaining," when he looks at the demons trashing a house and remarks wistfully that it looks like fun. That never happened in my timeline, but I can count on a lot of my readers making the connection and drawing a parallel.

It takes more words to analyze a good drabble than it does to write one, which is why writing them is easier.
Sep. 6th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
I know the THEORY; I can barely put a plot in 5,000 words, much less 100. What I should say is that it's not whether it's short, or long, but whether or not there's a PLOT...

Sep. 6th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Well, like I said, most drabbles don't have plots. The point is, if you really want to learn how to write short, they're a very good way to learn.
Sep. 6th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
Yes, ma'am.

(And send me that invite, m'love. :) )
Sep. 6th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
I have this horrible fear that they'll win, even though I can't quite wrap my brain around anyone being snowed by Palin (however good she is at giving speeches). I mean, this is a woman who said she has no idea what the VP does and hasn't given any thought to the war. Even setting aside her horrifying views on the things she does think about, how can anyone think she belongs in DC, period, much less as the country's #2?
Sep. 6th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
I know - and yet I keep seeing these women who talk about how wonderful she is and how good she'll be for Washington and the country...

And it makes me shriek in terror!!!

Fortunately, I also hear women who think like me, who find her absolutely terrifying; and a number of youngsters in my office who are very supportive of Obama.

But I just can't get my hopes up again. (Albeit Obama is worlds above Kerry in almost every way...)

Sep. 6th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Pessimistic? Well, yes.

I don't want to believe that. I really don't, because, yes... this woman frightens me.
Sep. 6th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
"Scary beyond all reason?"
"Oh, yeah."

I just hope all of Obama's young and wildly crazed followers actually go to the polls and VOTE - because then I think we have more than just a chance.

Sep. 6th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, she terrifies me because she presents everything I fear about the Republican party. :-(

Hugs for the studying, and hugs for everything!
Sep. 7th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Exactly. *shiver*

{hugs back!}
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