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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Odin's Day 
26th-Aug-2009 01:06 pm
I persist in being just a little overtired. But. It has been a very active few weeks.

I have been tempted by a certain lovely mermaid-haired poetess. Hmm. Hmm, I say.

Not sure what I'd write for it, though. I'd want more time to work on Places You Haunt. Cicatrix is a great big no because no one wants to deal with a Thanksgiving nervous breakdown. Maybe Apostate (dying space station) or Cascade/Disconnect (hard to describe without giving overmuch away, but deals with neurology and social networking).

Next Big Thing
s00j/Bekah/Ginger/dustyskinandall fans, the Next Big Thing is Rebecca Loebe. And she's doing a house concert at my place on October 12. Make a note of it.

(Thanks for the intro, thryn!)

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It is Very Easy to Get Pretty Girls to Kiss You
Just say "I kissed a pretty girl today! Want to make it two?"

Adjust for actual number of girls kissed.

This works wonderfully at cons, with "I've only kissed $X girls at the con so far."

EDIT: Yes, yes, shkeevy menfolk should not try this. This works for me because I am generally bouncy and friendly and clearly adore everyone. YMMV.

Kissing girls, discovering new music, driving around telling life stories through non-new music, dinner with good friends, butternut squash ravioli, and a teddy bear with a bunny hat.

Breakfast out, construction of "songs on 'song's mind this month" mix CD, and going to jump back into "Maxfield Parrish Blue(s)" at request of devilishly handsome man.

Daily Science
One amphibian has evolved a bizarre and gruesome defence mechanism to protect itself against predators. When attacked, the Spanish ribbed newt pushes out its ribs until they pierce through its body, exposing a row of bones that act like poisonous barbs. The newt has to force its bones through its skin every time it is attacked, say scientists who have described the form and function of the barbs in detail.


"Maxfield Parrish Blue(s)", which is my sightly bent Singularity story. Then more extremely tedious clothes shopping, this time for Elayna. I actually seem to have daytime writing time tomorrow and Friday, too, so I could potentially have a functional draft of this story by Friday night if I manage to keep butt in chair, which I classically have not excelled at.
26th-Aug-2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I shall definitely have to try that flirting technique!
26th-Aug-2009 05:16 pm (UTC) - I don't know...
I'm extremely wary of such a pick-up line. It is, in the end, a line, and whereas it's always nice to be told one is pretty and one is desired to be kissed, it would still read like a line to me. Then again, I'm not into kissing random happy people at a con. My mileage varied.
26th-Aug-2009 05:28 pm (UTC) - Re: I don't know...
My mileage varied too. :-( I'm imagining this line coming from some skeevy guy who read on the internet that it would be a good technique, and shuddering.
26th-Aug-2009 06:04 pm (UTC) - Re: I don't know...
Really... It's a line that would leave me thinking just about whichever guy said it was skeevy. Maybe if he were really, really obviously gay.
26th-Aug-2009 06:13 pm (UTC) - Re: I don't know...
I'm (generally) willing to hug random happy people at a con, but kissing? I'd like to know them first. (I also feel like there's a lot of gender power-balance asymmetry involved, which is why I wouldn't feel comfortable using that line even if I wasn't hesitant about the kissing itself.)
26th-Aug-2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
"I have been tempted by a certain lovely mermaid-haired poetess. Hmm. Hmm, I say."

Hot diggity! MOI? Oui? DOOOOO IT!!!
26th-Aug-2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
I case you missed it, this happened while I was carding the fiber for the Valentines yarn. :)
26th-Aug-2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
26th-Aug-2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
It is Very Easy to Get Pretty Girls to Kiss You

This sounds like it'd work better for/coming from women than men, perhaps. :)
26th-Aug-2009 05:22 pm (UTC)

I would also say that it helps to be a pretty girl yourself when delivering this line! :-D
26th-Aug-2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes. :)
26th-Aug-2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
> It is Very Easy to Get Pretty Girls to Kiss You

A friend of mine, at MarCon this year, attempted to use the following lead-in on various women while navigating the Barfleet Party Floor on Saturday night: "Excuse me, I would like your assistance. I'm conducting an experiment in the name of science. May I kiss you?"

To his credit, if the lady in question said "No," he gracefully thanked her for her time and moved on, but in all honesty he got better than a 50% rate of people -- not all of them drunk! -- who said yes. :-)

Regardless, by the end of the night, we had the triumphant cry of "FOR SCIENCE!!" when it was successful.
26th-Aug-2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
And how did he respond if they questioned his methodology?
26th-Aug-2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
He usually stammered a bit, kind of looked down at his feet, and admitted that it was a line to try to get women to kiss him. Half the time that worked at least as well! :-)
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26th-Aug-2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
+1 to blackpaladin's friend for initiative.

+MOAR to feste_sylvain for implementation.

I think need to get a clipboard for Dragon*Con :D
26th-Aug-2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Erm. I like the sound of "Apostate."
26th-Aug-2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
The newt does the same thing logan (wolverine) does! :) ok, well it snot Logan;s ribs...

So, would that kissing thing work for un-skevy men? lol.
26th-Aug-2009 06:39 pm (UTC) - Off topic, but still pretty important...
I don't know how familiar you are with waywardradish's crusade against the form of child torture called attachment therapy, but one of its most out spoken survivors and opponents is being rather openly persecuted by Wordpress because she's got the temerity to not shut up and play politely in the crazy person's corner -- and worse yet, she's trying to contact other survivors to document their experiences, and of course we all know how threatening THAT can be.

So wordpress has begun to try and shut her down. There's a letter campaign to protest this, and it seems to me that one with a flist the size of the one you've got could possibly do a lot of good by boosting this signal, and raising awareness of this whole issue.

Here's the link to the most recent blog it's appeared on in my flist: http://glockgal.livejournal.com/420959.html?mode=reply

If, upon a bit of investigation, you feel all right with it, would you consider posting a pointer to this issue please?

Edited at 2009-08-26 06:40 pm (UTC)
28th-Aug-2009 08:17 am (UTC) - Re: Off topic, but still pretty important...
Ooooh man, this is a good and worthy issue to spread the word about. I used to know Dr. Dan Hughes, who I think is fairly well known for being an attachment therapy practitioner, and I'd love to get the word out about how insane this so-called "therapy" is.
27th-Aug-2009 04:56 pm (UTC) - In general
shkeevy menfolk should not try this

Menfolk should not try this, skeevy or not. It's one of those universal rules that women can come on to other women in a sexual or suggestive way that if any man tried it he'd be likely to get slapped.

There are doubtless overtones here that reach back into rape culture discussion (men = sexual offenders, so any even vaguely sexual advance by any man plays into that pattern) and there are definite het-male-fantasy overtones as well (girls kissing = teh hot; boys kissing = teh gay).

Which is really a shame because in general it ought to be possible to flirt around in these spaces but it's hard to flirt when laden down by cultural baggage.

(All IMO, of course.)
28th-Aug-2009 08:18 am (UTC) - Re: In general
girls kissing = teh hot gay

boys kissing = teh hot gay

28th-Aug-2009 08:19 am (UTC)
You know, regarding kissing, I think I've only made the first move on a first kiss ONCE in my life. For some reason I find that step particularly terrifying.
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