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March 2017



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can't sleep books will eat me

When I said that writers lead lives of unparalleled glamour, I wasn't kidding. (3)

Right. And our goal for today is to get some necessary reading done, so I will be immersed in the letters of John and Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson until it's time to go over to netcurmudgeon-and-ashacat's place for dinner and gaming and things. (I almost typed RPG, but it could be rocket-propelled grenades, you never know, and we don't want people getting the wrong impression.)

I did successfully get the laundry done and the dishes washed yesterday, though, so I'm ahead of the game in terms of not having too much cleaning up after myself to do today.

First things first, though. Which means I need to apply warm water and detergent to my external integument, and then find some trousers in the (clean, folded, not yet put away) laundry, make some coffee, and find something with calories in it to stave off incipient collapse.

And then pack my head with enough historical information that a story I've been blocked on for twelve months comes dribbling out my nose.(2)


That was probably unecessarily graphic, Bear.

I keep my nose clean
I keep my speech plain
I keep my promises
She twists the knife again.

--Richard Thompson

You ever notice that lj has like seventy mood choices for tired, stressed, cranky and out of sorts, but very few for things like "making myself helpful to others?"

Which is at least as much a "mood" as "high," because we are obviously using "mood" to mean "state of being."

I think I sense an editorial bias. Not so much a moss-troll (1)  issue as a hundred-words-for-snow issue.

(1) before you ask, the moss-troll problem:



(2) you knew this was a blog about the unparalleled glamour of life as a free-lance fiction writer when you signed on... *g*

(3) I was, however, unbelievable sarcastic.



I am always amazed at the role playing games that the military seems to keep using in combat.

Sure, the books are heavy, but wouldn't guns be more effective at killing people?

Re: the Moss-Troll opportunity

Yeah, absolutely. Actually, Sarah talks about that length, I think.

On the other hand, when the day is done, you know a lot about the moss-trolls, and not so much about what color the dragon's eyes are. *g* Like everything else, it's a tradeoff.

And I don't think of it as a problem with the genre. I tend to think of it as a problem for the writer. Which is a subtle but fine distinction....
You ever notice that lj has like seventy mood choices for tired, stressed, cranky and out of sorts, but very few for things like "making myself helpful to others?"

That's because LJ is an outgrowth of our selfish, 'me me me!' culture :-D
It's much easier to be angry or upset than to be happy. I realized that during voice lessons-- all my favorite songs were about how much I hated someone, or anguish, or straight-out Shakespearean Indignant Wrath (that one was fun), or German, where it sort of doesn't matter. If you're singing in German, odds are good the lyrics run, "Oh, the flowers, how beautiful they are, all around my tomb, for I am dead BECAUSE I LOVE YOU SO," only with a dozen umlauts in. Umlauts are how you know it's emotional.
Happy songs? Not a lot. They were mostly English and... actually, nope, those all ended sadly because of the damned lords, and so they were cautionary tales. Happy songs, happy songs-- I am failing to remember any, because if I had them they were boring. It was the anger that was interesting, or the SIW, or the German; I don't think I ever needed to sing happily unless I was also singing about my impending death.

Anyway. People analyze sadness. They write songs about revenge and anger. When you're happy, you're not usually thinking about it-- it's the default state, we're told, so it's only when you depart from it that you have anything to look at. If you make a list of emotional words, most of them are angry or upset, even without putting in the Livejournal icons.

I wanna go sing German now.
Oh, yes: I sing British and occasionally American or Canuckian Ballads, and oh, with the people getting kileld and the Doleful Ghosts.

But I have to say I was deeelighted when I realised there was a space to type a new description in for "mood", because even when I had an easy one word description, it was usually not on the list.
Ooh, are you writing something set in the early US? Care to share the books you're reading? I've got an idea for a romance set in that time period and I'm in the gathering information phase.
Just a short story, so I'm afraid I'm no use to you. Sorry!