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Things which occur to me sometimes

I have a lot of erudite, intelligent, learned, and well-read friends. I am none of these things. I like popcorn romance or "mystery" (largely with animals as the detectives) books and I like Elvis movies (yes, I do!). I garble things when I try to sound intelligent and I often mispronounce things or use them incorrectly. I am occasionally embarrassed by these things I enjoy because I am scoffed at by people I like and I want them to like me, as well, so I pretend I don't like these things. But I do, and I shouldn't care if anyone else likes 'em as long as I enjoy 'em myself. It's taken me this long to figure that out. So there.

I even like Twitter. I really do. It requires little attention, and I've already found that I prefer to follow light humorous entertainment people rather than heavy political "important" people (except for Nick Kristoff and CNN).

But I am not a poet, despite it being National Poetry Month (it makes me think of the Mike Nesmith song I Am Not That, which goes: "I am not a poet, I cannot make a rhyme, I do not know the big words like spritz and paradigm"), so I will not even attempt to write any.

BUT I am writing prose again, which is a good thing (actually, editing; in re-reading the Billy the Kid story, I find I rather like it -- it just needs some expanding here and some cutting there, the product of having been a Nano project). It had been some weeks since I'd last even opened WordPerfect.

I've been doing a fairly intense 30-minute workout but I must have pulled something in my thigh because now it really hurts, dang it. How am I supposed to keep to a regular, consistent workout if my body doesn't cooperate?

What should I make for dinner? Barb is going to stop at the store and pick up some things...

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ljs
Apr. 7th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
Hope your leg feels better (and you and Barb have a lovely supper)!

[hugs]
wildrider
Apr. 7th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
She's got salmon in the oven and is sauteing beet greens! Yum! {hugs!}
framefolly
Apr. 7th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
I consider you to be one of my erudite, intelligent, learned, and well-read friends. I think many of us -- especially women -- feel a little like we have to be "more" than we are in some way to be enough. I'm glad that slowly this is changing...

Yay writing and exercise!

And YAY dinner!
wildrider
Apr. 7th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Well, thank you! But bear in mind, I'm a VERY good actor! *g*

Yay!
cornerofmadness
Apr. 7th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
if it helps, mysteries are my favorite

and yay to writing. I'm struggling to finish a new chapter for the werewolf thing for Link
wildrider
Apr. 7th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Remember, these are mysteries where the CAT is usually the one who helps solve the crime... *grin* (The Mrs. Murphy books are the fluffiest, even if they ARE written by Rita Mae Brown.)

I'm getting the Billy the Kid book ready for Link, since ROF is finally almost finished.


cornerofmadness
Apr. 7th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
but I love Mrs. Murphy. There's a new series were the dog solves it.

sounds like a plan. I never did finish with Billy. i got to about ch 9 I think before i petered out on you
wildrider
Apr. 8th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
So we all have secrets! (I haven't read the most recent two, I'm a little behind, so I haven't seen Tee Tucker make her grand debut as a crime-solver!)

Well, some of your suggestions on the early chapters I've taken into account, along with the comments I got from the SWW competition.
cornerofmadness
Apr. 8th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
i lost track of the series about 5 years ago to be honest.

glad I was of some help. the real Billy is not one of my favorite people but I'm very interested in seeing what you're doing with him here.
wildrider
Apr. 8th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
Ah, I'm a member of the Billy the Kid Regulators and have tons of books about him. I'm in the camp that tends to lean toward him being largely held as a scapegoat for most of what he's blamed for; certainly he was no angel, but going on all the opinions of people who actually KNEW him, he was a pretty decent kid who got a seriously bad rap and then ended badly. I've had that story bubbling in the back of my head since the early 90's. It took Sean Patrick to complete it...

cornerofmadness
Apr. 8th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
yes I figured that might be where you're coming from. MOst of what I've read was skewed to the view point of he was as bad as his rep but it's certainly possible that he got a bad rap and your story takes off an alternative history bent any how
wildrider
Apr. 8th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
A number of the newer books look at all angles pretty well. Everything that came really early (like right after Pat Garrett's heavily shadow-written "novel") makes him out as the blackest evil; and a fantastic book on building the legend shows how Billy's story fluxed and changed as political and cultural currents changed (same with any of the "legendary outlaws," in some ways).

I know, I could blah about this forever! *g*
cornerofmadness
Apr. 8th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
ha. i have no doubt. all in all the old west really was never anything I was that interested in. Dad was and I did read his books but I was more fired up by ancient greece and rome
wildrider
Apr. 8th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
My problem as a serious scholar is that I'm interested in EVERYTHING... (including ancient Greece and Rome!)
cornerofmadness
Apr. 8th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
I can appreciate that. (as evidenced by the mounds of books on all sorts of subjects) but military stuff and cowboys are way down on my list for some reason
wildrider
Apr. 8th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
While cowboys are way UP on mine!

But then, I grew up out here and my Dad was a Custer scholar with mounds and mounds of books on the Old West; I was born in Cheyenne and my great-grandfather was a roustabout for the Buffalo Bill show. It's in my blood.
cornerofmadness
Apr. 8th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
yes growing up immersed in the land and culture would have an impact. that's cool about great grand daddy (my family was still in Italy at that time)

I've been to Custer's grave in West Point (people still leave him flowers and notes). wonders where i put those pictures
wildrider
Apr. 9th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
I often wish I knew more about my great-grandfather, but when I was young I wasn't interested in the research my dad was doing, and by the time I GOT interested, Dad was gone and I have some of his notes and stuff, but not a lot, for a number of long detailed reasons that involve the weirdness of family...

I know I've been to the Custer Battlefield in Montana, but I was too young to remember (that picture I posted of me in the coat and pigtails was taken in that area).
cornerofmadness
Apr. 9th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
that's too bad. Unfortunately so much of our history isn't in this country and for some reason my grandparents never knew their grandparent's names.It's like WTF? so it's hard to look for them.

Ah. Didn't make it out there but I lived for a year outside of a Lakota reservation in SD
wildrider
Apr. 9th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
One problem with having a father who was 43 when I was born was that by the time my brain developed fully, most of his relations were long gone; I have all of Aunt Grace's things, but she was from the other side of the family, so I know the Jagger family pretty well, but the Coleman side is a total cipher.

cornerofmadness
Apr. 9th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
that's too bad. I think in my family it was more once they left the old country, knowing they'd never see these people again, they forgot about them
nutmeg3
Apr. 7th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
I much prefer popular fiction to Literature, and we all know about my penchant for the cheesetastic movies on SyFy, so I consider myself as lowbrow as they come and pleased to aspire to your company. *g*
wildrider
Apr. 7th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
See, I just got myself a stack of Elvis movies on DVD (they were being sold at the Cirque show and then I found them cheaper at Amazon, and, well...), and I haven't watched any of them yet because I KNOW how Barb feels!

God, I love that icon!
nutmeg3
Apr. 7th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
OK, prepare to lose all respect for me. I adore - and I do mean adore - the worst Elvis movie ever made: Change of Habit. But come on! Mary Tyler Moore as a novice nun who abandons God for Elvis the guitar-strumming slum dooctor? What could be better?

Isn't the icon great? It's so Mega-Shark vs. Giant Octopus, don't you think? I took both it and this one (and several others) from iconomicon, which is weird and well worth checking out.
wildrider
Apr. 8th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
The worst thing I can say about Change of Habit is that it has no conclusive ENDING. I think The Trouble With Girls is the worst one, and MY favorite is the incomparably silly Girls Girls Girls, which has a) bad songs, b) girl trouble for Elvis (duh), c) derivative story, and d) cute children. It doesn't even have any great actors hiding out in a bad story, like some of his others.

And the worst thing about Mega-Shark vs. Giant Octopus was FAR too much time spent with useless actors and far too little time with the Mega Shark and Giant Octopus!

typographer
Apr. 7th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Gee, I think you're brilliant. And you seem pretty well-read to me...

wildrider
Apr. 7th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Like I told framefolly, I'm a very good actor. *g* Unfortunately, I'm the wrong sex to play Mrs. Malaprop.
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