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Thor's Day 
15th-Jul-2010 07:14 am
Happy birthday to cafenowhere!

State of the 'Song
Somewhat better rested and functional.

State of Getting Elayna Ready
I did not manage to do the shopping I needed to do yesterday. She needs to be as packed as she can be tonight; Adam's mom will be here tomorrow through Sunday, so time is limited after tonight. *rests head on desk* You guys. This week.

If anyone's randomly available this afternoon and can give us a ride to Target, awesome! (Still only about a month and a half since my last seizure, so me driving isn't an option.) If not, we'll go with Adam tonight. But anything that gains us a few hours is good.

I do not want my daughter to be gone. Also, Adam will be gone most of next week. I shall have a very quiet, empty house. More writing time, but I'll miss them.

Backend stuff is still undone, and it's not in my skillset, so I can't evaluate if it can be done. Let's just call it a solo Blogathon this year. I will do a bigger Blogathon post tomorrow.

Link Soup
* Writing advice.
* Local chocolatier needs our help! Their stuff is gluten-free. In case you are inclined to gift me with chocolate. I am just saying.
* Firespinning videos from the Beginning of Summer party.

Daily Science
To Yoel Fink, an Associate professor of Materials Science and principal investigator at MIT's Research Lab of Electronics, the threads used in textiles and even optical fibers are much too passive. For the past decade, his lab has been working to develop fibers with ever more sophisticated properties, to enable fabrics that can interact with their environment. In the August issue of Nature Materials, Fink and his collaborators announce a new milestone on the path to functional fibers: fibers that can detect and produce sound.

Dear MIT folks: please may I come over to play? I will bring cookies.

Work, which will include blogging about Roman Polanski aargh. This afternoon, it's all about getting Miss Kid ready; hopefully she'll finish putting her clean clothes away and will start setting out the stuff she wants to pack before I get home. At this point, I'm figuring one suitcase for clothes and toiletries and one for all the miscellaneous crap they insist on. I'd also like to do con recaps of Saturday and Sunday today if I've time, so I can then focus just on Blogathon tomorrow and, next week, Blogathon and actual writing.
15th-Jul-2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
I'm beginning to feel the 'torture the protagonist' writing truism is actually wrong.
15th-Jul-2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
Do tell!
15th-Jul-2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Because, in brief (I may think this out and write it more completely later), it's artificial. To make a character and then consciously choose to inflict unusual hardship on them reeks of Mary Sueisms. If you can't write a character whose life and personality and circumstances naturally create a conflict they need to resolve, then it's going to feel fake.

I don't know about you, but I can tell now when writers are doing the "Wow, I'm going to throw the kitchen sink at my protagonist, and it turns me on to make them suffer and I bet you're enjoying watching! mwahahaha" crap. I'm over it.
15th-Jul-2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
This would make a great full-length post!

And yes, everything should rise organically from the character; Jessa's problems will not be Fenris's problems will not be the Telenias's problems.
15th-Jul-2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Is tonight still a good time to drop off the blogathon item? Please let me know if there are times you will/won't be around -- I was planning on dropping it off sometime probably around 7 pm.
15th-Jul-2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
We can be there then. At least one of us.
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16th-Jul-2010 03:18 am (UTC)
You should totally come sometime! :)
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