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Life is sweet on the edge of a razor

Daffodyl Jones, superspy, calls for a moratorium on hair-tucking. Oddly enough, there's hair-tucking (or bald spot petting, at least) in the page proofs I went over this morning. However, it's not m/f romantic affection, so I give myself a pass on it. This time.

*checks neurotically for hair-tucking*

*Adds it to the list of things she checks neurotically for*

via twistedchick

The problem is that Disney — as one must expect from a global business enterprise — tends to think of its intellectual properties in terms of merchandising opportunities, rather than the opportunity for some great chicken-gags.


Coleridge, arguably Shakespeare's greatest critic, came closest to defining the distinctive quality of his vision, when he observed that Shakespeare is as unlike his contemporaries as he is unlike us.

Progress notes for 6 May 2005:

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 1,163
Total Words: 65,589
Pages: 297

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
65,589 / 160,000

Reason for stopping: end of scene, starving to death
Mammalian Assistance: Marlowe came by to help. And Mebd slept on my head while I was doing page proofs in bed last night. And Paladin crammed himself under the desk for a while, which is always fun.
Stimulants: Prince Charles Tea
Exercise: none yet.
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: n/a
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Ed Sanders, Tales of Beatnik Glory; Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver; Lillian Jackson Braun, The Cat Who Talked Turkey (speaking of guilty pleasures, there's one right there); Elizabeth Bear, Worldwired
Interesting research tidbits of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: 100 more pages of Worldwired proofs went under the green pencil last night and this morning. This weekend is going to be The Land Of Overbooked. (Hah. I made a funny.)


Um... what the hell is hair tucking? Am I doing it? Is it bad in stories? Should I stop reading the hair tuckers? Is there a hair tucking black list yet?
tucking hair behind ears....


It is, without question, an abomination in the sight of God and all right-thinking men.

Wait, stop.

I do it. Does this make me bad? Only if I'm in a story.

"Skeetermonkey tucked his hair back behind his ear. `I used to be in a motorcycle gang,' he said, rambling, 'but then I learned how milquetoast that was. Besides, they wouldn't let me stay for using `milquetoast' in a sentence, but I knew I had to go for the outlaw way of hair tucking when I found out how gauche it was.' He smiled wanly, then looked down at his food, and made a smiley face out of leftover refried beans. `I don't like rice, either, just the refried beans, but you won't like me in 14 hours, either.'"
it's a big desk *g*
I am completely perplexed as to what "hair tucking" might possibly be....
when you reach out and tuck somebody's hair off their face.
Pbbt, I say!

To be sure, anything can be done to extreme, but when used sparingly, I think that gently tucking someone's hair out of the way can be a very tender, intimate gesture that shows so much so quickly.

The one time I ever used it, I had two people independently mention that they liked it. I think that neurotically checking for and eliminating "cliches" can be overdone too.
Is it bad if one of my characters keeps playing with her own hair? (It's always falling in her eyes and needing to be pushed back.)

I'm saddened by the Muppets. But I'm still too numb from Sin City to get worked up over anything.


not that dafodyl is ever wrong or anything, but the hair-tucking thing is, as Christiana said, something that does give alot away in one movement. It's also, from my experience in reading my work, my friend's work, books and slush, that -alot- of writers do to get a specific intimate Point across and I just think that if something becomes that obvious, across-board, it might be time to take a peek and figure out if we are doing our character's a disservice because there might be another gesture more in tune with the people that we are writing about that offers that same level of intimated-intimacy.
that's all. :)
I don't think I've ever committed hair-tucking -- just hair-mussing.