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bear by san

March 2017



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writing genocide

Fiction is like music. Either a particular writer hits your groove and you can dance to it, or she doesn't. And if she doesn't, there's nothing you can do about it.

That said, this is really an infelicitous turn of phrase, and I am glad I found it before Ansible did:

...and when the elephants went off...


... exploding elephants?
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I had an elephant go off once. I had to scrub out the entire fridge with baking soda to get rid of the smell.
You can get that out with a rubber duck.

For, you know, rubbing with.
With the caveat that, with the possible exception of some of the most formulaic 6-12 book a year pulp writers, she isn't the same writer each time she sits down to write a book.
Sure. And sometimes a band you can't stand will have that one irresistible song.
*never admits to catching himself hum Sk8er Boi*
Actually, that's not really a fair assessment. I'm not part of the punk/skater subculture she is supposed to appeal to, so accessible commercialized artists who are supposed to capitalize on it don't annoy me overly much.
I hate when that happens.

They just have a way of placing their tails in candle flames, and then that's it. So it's never wise to leave a lit candle out when you have elephants.
I don't know what it is, I can't keep an elephant fresh for two days around here. Something about the climate. I'm thinking of giving up and just getting warthogs from now on.
And you know, they stink like old feet when they start to turn.

And that kind of cobwebby gray mold. ew.

I do apologize for the infelicity of this, er, thing.

Completely off topic, which I never do, but I finally stopped laughing and coughing and thought, "If Bear hasn't seen this already, she might quite like to."

It's a 28 minute one-man-show (written and performed by Michael Anderson, if that means anything to you) about what happened when his 12-year-old son and two friends went to Shakespeare camp, and as their camp-finale performance got Act I, scene 4 of Richard III: the murder of the Duke of Clarence.

Good lines include, "This is a great scene, because Richard III was Shakespeare's first great comedy." Also, when the boy asked the counselors for a bag of fake blood to put under his shirt for when he got stabbed, they were shocked. "They said, 'Oh, no! This is method acting. You will show his death by your intention. We do not use cheap special effects.' This--is a gross insult to Shakespeare. He had hurricanes...ghosts walking in and out of scenes...This was not a man who scorned cheap special effects."

I only watched it once so all quotes approximate, but still. A little slow getting started, but he pulls it all together.

Re: I do apologize for the infelicity of this, er, thing.

Thank you!
Exploding whales I know about - especially the Tainan one, which has clearly gone off in two different ways at once. I 'spect elephants are much the same. Only less likely to be muffled by the effects of ocean. They ought to be more common than they are. There doesn't seem to be a wiki page, but here is a site to enhance your ability to be infelicitous in Many Different Languages.