it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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my god, how the cookies roll in

You might as well hang onto it for blackmail purposes. Or auction. Or possibly you can exhume and finish it after I'm dead. ;-)

You know, I am not picky. I did not at all like Korean food the one time I tried it, but if it had been something other than an enormous lukewarm bowl of stuff all mushed together I might have been happier with it--and I'm not absolutely in love with Mediterranean cuisines (except dolmas. mmm, dolmas) (I know, I'm the only weirdo on earth who doesn't really love Italian food--spaghetti Americano does not count as Italian food--although even there, I can usually content myself pretty well as long as I can find something with ricotta in it. *g* ) but I can usually find something on just about any menu. And the Mexican I like is fake-mex, though as long as I can get refried beans or a black bean tortilla I'm pretty chipper.

I am the opposite of a fussy eater.

I love Japanese food, though. And Indian. And Russian. And Thai. And Ethiopian. And I'm always up for adventure dining. And I also love American regional cuisines, including good old Midwestern staples like meatloaf.

Green chile, though, is a little too much like burned hot pepper soup to really float my boat, though I realize that that's heresy.

Until recently, I was an underpaid media summarist. Now, I am an overpaid spreadsheet hack.

"Hey Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!"
"Aww, Bullwinkle. But that trick never works!"
ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! [as Bullwinkle pulls a lion, a rhino, or some other random giant animal out of the tophat.]

Best. TV. Show. Evar. Just look at the quotes if you don't believe me.

Sadly, not yet available on DVD. Much like my other favorite show. :-P (ETA: Or, apparently, it is. Shows what I know.)

I'd say, quit reading so many goddamned how-to books and write. *g* I think you can keep up on the state of the industry pretty adequately by reading, oh, the award nomination lists. And frankly, I don't even do that, though I try to read books and short stories that are getting a lot of buzz from people I trust.

You're out to develop your own voice, not copy the other guy. It's helpful to know more or less what's going on in the industry (lest you wind up spending six years working on a book that was already published) but the important thing is getting the words on paper.

(There's a running joke that Locus reviews genre fiction so we don't have to read it; this is funny because it's partially true. Who has time? The only time I read more than twenty pages in a row these days is if I'm on an airplane, or if I take a day off on purpose to read. There's a reason for this icon. And the 108 items on my TBR list. :-P)

(the ask-a-question post is here.

*(or something like that, I don't exactly recall)
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