March 2008

Victory!

I finally got the bugs worked out of the Alien Blue plot. At least, in theory. I have: a two-sentence description, a four-page full summary, and a timeline. I had been using the sticky-note layout to try to work out the timeline, but there were too many things to keep track of, so I put …

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Word of the Day.

anamnesis: a recalling to mind Platonism. recollection of the Ideas, which the soul had known in a previous existence, esp. by means of reasoning. –You know, I’d completely and ironically (or appropriately) forgotten about this word.

Brain Rules

John Medina, a geek on brains, gives 12 rules for using your brain (for example, “exercise”). Some snippets: “Millions of years ago, if we sat on our behinds for even a few minutes, we could be somebody’s lunch.” “Active people have half the risk of Alzheimer’s of sedentary people.” “Any experience you have creates new …

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Kid Stuff

via ***Dave. List 5 things you still do, that you did when you were a baby/little kid. 1. I read. A lot.2. I like to fall asleep next to cats. Too bad our cat has been such a jerk this winter.3. I sing/whistle/tell myself stories when I don’t think anybody’s listening.4. I’m shy around new …

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Writerly Event in Colorado Springs

The Pikes Peak Library District sponsors the Mountain of Authors event on April 12th. Local authors include Kevin Anderson, Beth Groundwater, and Katherine Pebley O’Neal. It’s at East Library from 10-3:30. It’s free, includes free lunch, & no registration required.

Sea-change.

One of my favorite language shifts of the last few years is the construction “yeah, no.” I remember back in the day (high school) when people would ask you a negatively-phrased question–“You don’t like sauerkraut, do you?”–and wait for you to answer. Answer “yes,” and they’d say, “Oh, so you do like sauerkraut?” Answer “no,” …

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