Things my cat does that I wish I could do:
- fall sound asleep pretty much anywhere
- hide under the bed
- get treated sympathetically for hissing at and scratching annoying people
Yeah, hi, it’s me again.
Look, when I went to bed night before last, I had Tumblr Savior installed. As of mid-afternoon yesterday, it’s gone.
Since I know I didn’t uninstall it, that leaves you.
What. The. Hell.
A miniscule amount of love because Chrome’s the only browser that lets me save pictures directly from my dash as actual image files and not HTML files,
(Edited to add a P.S.:
And when I reinstalled TS… ALL OF MY BLACKLISTED TAGS/TERMS WERE THERE. Again, what the ever-lovin’ HELL?)
I hate this statement. In its ridiculously broad vagueness, it implies that everyone who has ever experienced something horrible in their lives wanted it.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m pretty damn sure that the last time I checked, I did not daydream longingly of the day when I would feel threatened by noisy groups of late high school-age to college-age young men of any ethnic background while I was out in public alone; I am utterly certain that I never sat in grade school, ignoring my teachers while I thought about how much fun it would be to be saddled with Anxiety Issues that cost me the chance at having relationships in high school like 90 percent of the rest of my peers.
Regret is a complicated thing, and it’s not platitude-soluble.
So I was picking through this gigantic list of writing resources and came across Superhero Nation: Red Flags for Female Characters Written By Men.
It’s pretty decent stuff, except for the tiny little quibble I have with a line in point 3. Specifically (boldface mine; their link goes to TV Tropes just FYI):
3. The character is mute. This broadcasts that the author has serious trouble writing dialogue for female characters, which is especially problematic if you have a major character that is a female. Additionally, I can’t think of many situations where a mute character would be more interesting than one that could talk. Finally, depending on the context, it could be creepy. (For example, do you have any females that do talk? Do they sound remotely believable?)
Secondly: it’s kind of sad and surprising that a writer would find themselves unable to imagine “many situations” in which a mute character would be “more interesting”. Because… Talking always makes people more interesting, yes? *Squint* I have some sincere doubts about that.
It’s just… I don’t know, it’s weird to me to think that a writer could dismiss something that makes such a difference in someone’s life as less important or potentially interesting than… something, anything—hair color, maybe?
Or maybe I’m just the odd one out as always. I do have a character who is congenitally mute, after all, so I’ve spent more time thinking about this kind of thing than most people. *Shrug*
Just so I could take it off to all the writers out there who have kids and somehow manage to write not only entire bleeding novels but novels with sex scenes in them. Seriously, you’re all freaking AMAZING. If I could give every last one of you a hug and a cookie and a nice long weekend away from everything that sucks up writing time, I so would.
Me? I’m gonna go to sleep in an attempt to get rid of this headache while being pathetically proud of ekeing out a whole 4 paragraphs.
FIX THIS. It’s ridiculous. I HAVE ONE TAB OPEN! It’d be one thing if I were trying to do five different things at once with fifty tabs, but I’m not. I have one tab, and one Word doc open. That’s it.
If you’ll excuse me, I have to go weep over the draft post I’m about to lose, because I’m not going to sit here and let my drive spin itself into heat-death.
No love at the moment,
This is from the description of Great Expectations on Netflix:
As a young boy, Pip pines for the unattainable Estella, at the behest of Miss Havisham.
So Miss Havisham instructs Pip to pine for the unattainable Estella.
That makes no sense. (Neither do the commas, for that matter.) I’m pretty sure there’s some important information missing from that sentence; adding the rest of the blurb doesn’t add it.
The distinguished David Lean directed this adaptation of Dickens’s novel about an uncultured boy thrust into high society by a mysterious benefactor. As a young boy, Pip (Anthony Wager) pines for the unattainable Estella (Jean Simmons), at the behest of Miss Havisham (Martita Hunt). Grown up Pip (John Mills) gets life lessons from roommate Herbert Pocket (Alec Guinness), but even Herbert can’t prepare Pip for heartache.
We can make the assumption that Pip is the “uncultured boy thrust into high society” from the preceding sentence, but we don’t have any idea. We still have no idea why Miss Havisham would instruct Pip to long for Estella.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I personally don’t find this particular blurb to be effective. I want to know more about who made the decision to approve it and why than I do about the movie, to be honest. Not really what you want out of your blurbs.
You know, THAT one. The one that has some women swooning and others swearing.
Full Disclosure: I have not read That Book. I’ve tried reading the free sample on Amazon, but I gave up before page 3. Instead, I’ve read Jennifer Armintrout’s Jen Reads That Book, which offers enough samples to reinforce the fact that I would never make it through without damaging something — my Nook, my teeth, a wall.
If you want to read the most telling, most relevant post from Jen; if you want one post to point people when they want to know what’s so wrong with the stupid thing, read this one: That Book and Abusive Relationships.
Some people, however, have a somewhat different point of view. Steven Savage of Fan To Pro thinks that we should count That Book as “a fannish success”. I argued in the comments (as BirdyB, so no one calls me out as a sock-puppet; Birdy’s my first and unsucessful psuedonym) that it shouldn’t be.
It has taken me until now to figure out how to respond to the “repurposing” argument: no, no, it has nothing to do with the repurposing of the story.
Anyone who has wandered around the writing world long enough has encountered the idea that there are no new stories. Humans are always recycling, repurposing, reusing things, whether made by themselves (see: Handel) or their neighbors.
I’m not unhappy that she wrote the fanfic in the first place — I’m a great one for fanfic; fanfic is where a massive number of current M/M authors got, and a huge number of future authors of all genres will get, their starts. I came from slash fandom, myself. I started with the X-Files and dueSouth, then moved on to Yu Yu Hakusho. It has been quite a while since I wrote my last fanfic, and now I’m thinking about dipping my toes into the Avengers (recent-movie-canon) pool.
As I said before, and as I will say again and again, it’s not the fanfic that’s the problem. It’s the fact that there are so many many authors out there who follow the rules—explicit, written down, repeated on site after site after site rules—who work out things like the virology of a psychic disease, who build worlds and empires and characters out of the fertile compost of their imaginations got rejected for That Book.
The problem is that the publisher, despite the fact that their own site likely says “no fanfic, not even with the names changed.”, published it. The problem is that James didn’t do very much of her own work, and now SHE has the temerity to complain when other people use That Book in an attempt to get even a fraction of her windfall.
The problem is that this now creates a mess for content-creators (primarily writers, but also the actors/members of bands), fans, and “fans”.
Before That Book, I would have been absolutely astonished, touched, honored, if someone drew fan art or wrote fic or a song or a poem or made a collage or something based on anything I’d written.
Now… Now I would still be amazed, still honored. But. But there is that tiniest sliver of doubt — is this A True Fan, doing it for the love and the fellowship of fandom, or is this a “fan”, who is hoping to be the lucky recipient of the next lightning-strike? It most assuredly wouldn’t be the first thing I thought, but it certainly would cross my mind at some point.
And you know what? That’s a vile, horrible, unfair, and just plain wrong thing to think about someone who has not only spent their time and money on something I made, but then spent more time to make something themselves.
I’m in favor of fanfiction. I’m even in favor of professional fanfiction (and anyone who thinks there’s no such thing has obviously missed the shelves of Star Wars/Star Trek/MechWarrior/RavenLoft/D&D/World of Warcraft novels at the bookstore). One thing I am not in favor of is the selective enforcement of rules. If someone wouldn’t break a rule for me, then they damned well better not be breaking it for anyone else, either. If a publisher is going to break a rule for James, then they’d damned well better break it for me — and for anyone else who wants to jump on the bandwagon.
I’ve come down with what is reportedly a variant of the swine flu, which means my head is full of lint and goop. Earlier, I had some annoying sinus pain which involved my teeth (which makes it about ten times worse)… But looking back through 50 pages of posts helped distract me from my misery. So thanks to everyone for posting all kinds of pictures of all kinds of people, places, and things. *Kiss*