May 2005

Beginnings. I’m having problems coming up with a good beginning. I’m going to have to think it out for a while. Note that beginnings are often a combination of things. Opening Stasis: Shows things as they are before something significant changes. (As common as boy-meets-girl. LOTR. The Hobbit. Star Wars. If the characters are happy …

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Song. I don’t know the name of the song. I have no idea what any of the lyrics are. The part that got stuck in my head was the piano in the beginning, a mountain-stream waterfall of piano. There’s a backbeat in there somewhere. The singer sounds like someone I should know, but not really. …

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David Sedaris: “My father has always placed a great deal of importance on his daughters’ physical beauty. It is, to him, their greatest asset, and he monitors their appearance with the intensity of a pimp. What can I say? He was born a long time ago and is convinced that marriage is a woman’s only …

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The Dark Tower. I finished reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series on the way back from South Dakota. He’s said he’s going to retire, at least from writing fiction, and now I understand. Maybe he won’t be able to do it this time, but I can hope for him. I love talking to Lee about …

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Trip. We drove back to South Dakota last week to see my brother Matt graduate from college. We stopped in Vermillion on the way to Sioux Falls and tried to eat lunch at Marge’s, but she’s dead. It sounds like she must have died just after the last time we ate there. The world’s best …

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Serenety. I saw the screening on Thursday in Denver. Doyce got ten tickets and included Lee and myself on his guest list. Again, thank you. No spoilers will follow. I’m going to assume you’ve seen the series. With a cool eye, this is the best thing Joss Whedon has written. Don’t worry about being disappointed …

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