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Last night, while trying out 5e for the first time, our gaming group once again proved that we will distort any names that we're expected to remember.

The town of Phandalin became Finland. The Redbrands became the Rembrandts, and "Sildar Hallwinter" became "Coughdrop."


Jun. 12th, 2014 08:31 am
lapis_lazuli022: (boots)
Me: (looking at my sister-in-law's wine glass of orange juice) What are you drinking? Is that a mimosa?

Jamie: Just orange juice. It's a virgin mimosa AND a virgin screwdriver! It's like a 'driver,' instead of a screwdriver.

Me:'s a 'designated driver'?
lapis_lazuli022: (boots)
In a way, everyone assumes that first person is the most authentic and gripping. But sometimes you want to give a reader the sheer pleasure of getting to know a character who is a bit enigmatic and tricky and plays games and doesn’t reveal themselves. But to do that you’re better off doing that through the point of view of somebody else. There’s a reason that The Great Gatsby is not narrated by Gatsby, y’know? Could you imagine? “Here I am, this enigmatic lover and figure, let me tell you my story!” It’s not the same thing; you want to triangulate through the quiet and watchful narrator.

- Emma Donoghue, interviewed for Lambda Literary
lapis_lazuli022: (boots)
I write a novel and it takes me years and it's one line on my c.v. Where is the justice in that? I feel as though I should be permitted to use a really big font.

-Kij Johnson, via Facebook
lapis_lazuli022: (sword)

Qotd --

"Kill me once: shame on me. Kill me twice: fuck you."

lapis_lazuli022: (read)
"[T]he wound can be the gift, the thing that marks you as other can be the place that you actually want to claim as your own, not the place you want to leave. A lot of people in queer studies have a critique of gay marriage politics precisely because it only sees the wound as a wound: the wound of exclusion, we’re not allowed to get married, becomes, “We need to heal this wound by being allowed to get married.” In a lot of queer studies people don’t want to go that route theoretically. What we want to say is, our exclusion from the institution of marriage actually provides us a possibility rather than being a liability. The fact that we’re excluded from marriage culture—-particularly women, people who have been socialized in female bodies—-being excluded from marriage culture is not a bad thing. Feminists for two, three hundred years have been saying that marriage is the coercion of young women into dependence and subsidiary roles in relationship to men. Suddenly, when gays and lesbians decide that they’ve been excluded from a constitutional right, we forget our feminist critiques of marriage, and we forget that the wound can be the gift, and the exclusion can actually provide us with knowledge with how to do intimacy separately from these state-sponsored regulatory institutions."

-Judith "Jack" Halberstam, interviewed about The Queer Art of Failure for Lambda Literary.
lapis_lazuli022: (write)
I was looking back through old correspondence for something tonight, and I ran across this, which is worth keeping:

The short story is coming along. Well, no...honestly, it's plodding along like a turtle glued to a snail, nailed to a board.

This can serve as inspiration for future writing -- the story did get finished and did sell, despite the turtle, the snail, and the board. :)
lapis_lazuli022: (dots)
Took a night off and watched Iron Man 2 tonight.

[ profile] hbergeronx: So, wait. Lithium beats palladium?
...Me: Sure -- you know, "Lithium, Palladium, Scissors." You've played that game, right?
lapis_lazuli022: (Default)
"What the times demand, and in an unprecedented fashion, is that one be--not seem--outrageous, independent, anarchical. That one be thoroughly disciplined--as a means of being spontaneous. That one resist at whatever cost the fearful pressures placed on one to lie about one’s own experience. For in the same way that the writer scarcely ever had a more uneasy time, he has never been needed more."

-James Baldwin (1924-1987)
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"A book lures you into a state of bodily comfort and then, once your limbs are placed just right, finger-fucks your insides."

-Daniel Allen Cox, "Krakow Melt"
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me: the ideas are the hard part. i can't get my own ideas, some opportunity has to seed them. the curse of collaborative roleplay, maybe?
[ profile] xannish: There is no magical idea bucket.
me: there is!
[ profile] xannish: I haven't found it. :(
me: I saw it on LOLcats!
me: The walrus always wants it.
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"What these guys have failed to understand about rejection is that it isn’t personal. If you’re a writer, you’re more or less constitutionally incapable of understanding that last sentence, if you think there’s any chance that it applies to you and your book; so please just imagine that I’m talking about rejections that happen to all those other writers who aren’t you."

"Most days, the slush will divide up into books you reject immediately, and books you feel guilty about rejecting immediately, so you read further in them, and perhaps assign them to an intern to read, and then you reject them."

"I frequently see denunciations from writers who say an editor can’t possibly judge their novel from three chapters and an outline. Sure we can, even if the chapters are short and the first one’s atypical. In many cases, three pages are enough. You don’t have to drink the entire carton of milk in order to tell that it’s gone bad."

lapis_lazuli022: (write)
“We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we being to see images—a dog hunting through garbage cans, a plan circling above Alaskan mountains, an old lady furtively licking her napkin at a party. We slip into a dream, forgetting the room we’re sitting in, forgetting it’s lunchtime or time to go to work. We recreate, with minor and for the most part unimportant changes, the vivid and continuous dream the writer worked out in his mind (revising and revising until he got it right) and captured in language so that other human beings, whenever they feel like it, may open his book and dream that dream again. If the dream is to be vivid the writer’s ‘language signals’—his words, rhythms, metaphors, and so on—must be sharp and sufficient: if they’re vague, careless, blurry, or if there aren’t enough of them to let us see clearly what is being presented, then the dream as we dream it will be cloudy, confusing, ultimately annoying and boring. And if the dream is to be continuous, we must not be roughly jerked from the dream back to the words on the page by language that’s distracting. Thus, for example, if the writer makes some grammatical mistake, the reader stops thinking about the old lady at the party and looks, instead, at the words on the page, seeing if the sentence really is, as it seems, ungrammatical. If it is, the reader thinks about the writer, or possibly about the editor—’How come they let him get away with a thing like that?’—not about the lady whose story has been interrupted.” John Gardner


Nov. 5th, 2009 08:36 pm
lapis_lazuli022: (write)
"Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers." - TS Eliot
lapis_lazuli022: (Default)
"Let me talk a bit about how I view the difference between science fiction and fantasy, and more specifically, the difference between science and magic. John Crowley gave a talk in which he talked about the Romanian scholar Ioan Couliano, a scholar of Renaissance history. Couliano said that real magic is inter-subjective, meaning that real magic is the influence of one consciousness on another. For example, when one person casts a spell on another person, to make that person do their bidding. This was at the heart of a lot of Renaissance magic. What this clarified for me was the role of consciousness in magic, as opposed to science and technology. Because in the scientific method, the experimenter's consciousness has no place. It doesn't depend on the scientist having the right intentions, or being pure of heart, or concentrating hard enough, which are very common aspects of magic. And one of the criteria of a scientific result is reproducibility, that it should work no matter who does it, whereas magic is almost exactly the opposite. Magic is highly dependent on the practitioner. Now, in "Seventy-Two Letters" and "Tower of Babylon," the universe behaves in mechanistic manner, so the consciousness of the practitioner -- of the scientist -- is not involved. No one's moral worth has any effect."

-Ted Chiang, author of Story of Your Life And Others
lapis_lazuli022: (magicbook)
Me: There's very little fantasy in this book at all, except that yetis are real.

[ profile] hbergeronx: What's the plural of yeti? Is it yeti? Or yetis?

Me: I think it's "....Run!!!!!"


Jan. 28th, 2009 09:04 pm
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"You don't get a glossary in the beginning of your book unless your first name starts with 'J.R.R.'" -Matt
lapis_lazuli022: (windowcat)
Crocheting: the art of turning kitty bait into kitty beds.

This kitty bed will be a black and variegated purple homespun throw blanket, to match the black and variegated blue one I made a few years ago.


Aug. 3rd, 2007 10:05 am
lapis_lazuli022: (fire)
"Polyamory is not pokemon! It's not a contest to see how many people you can collect."


May. 3rd, 2007 03:25 am
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"Telling people that they will just get things by wishing for them is only moral if you happen to inhabit a Disney movie, and not one of those ones where the parent of the protagonist dies. The idea does work in some circumstances; if you happen to be standing in the middle of the road on a misty day and wish to be hit by a car, you might get your wish, and then Rod Sterling might step out of the bushes and talk to the camera about how stupid you were."

-[ profile] rejecter,


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