Saturday, March 3, 2012


In preparation for my impending move, I've been doing a little research on Texas. Since it's an election year, it suddenly occurred to me that I might be moving to (gasp) an Early Primary State.

This is a crucial question: As you all undoubtedly know, or at least all of you who are Americans (my stats keep picking up hits from Russia, for some reason), voters who want to have an actual impact in a presidential election need to vote in a primary.Or live in a swing state.

Thing is, I don't really want to have an impact. Who needs that kind of responsibility? I don't like politicians, as rule, so voting early just means choosing the lesser of two (or eight) evils. That means research, and that means paying attention to parts of the news that don't involve a burglar shooting his own foot after the cat knocks over the tropical fish bowl.

As it turns out, there is both good news and bad news: the Texas primary, in April, is not as irrelevant as North Carolina's (May), but neither is it as nearly-competitive as the one in Georgia (March), where I was a registered voter (and odd job reporter covering local political issues!) for five exciting years.

It’s my party and I’ll have dragons if I want to

I don’t care what anyone* says: The flying reptiles are BACK ON.

My whole life, I've wanted to live in a world with pterodactyls, and I edit them out of a schlocky fantasy novel because they're “stupid?” Who exactly are we kidding here?

Of course, this means extra work. Because I have actually  made a lot of progress in cutting the giant lizards out. And some might say my constant waffling makes a highly convenient way to procrastinate on finding some kind of conclusion for the plot. Maybe it is. Maybe I just want to avoid getting deep into that tedious escape sequence again. I don’t care.


*Including me.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Vision vs. work

Brilliant ideas are so much fun when they hit you. How is it that executing them is always so tedious?

Excising the dragons has been—tricky. For such a thin plot device, they are remarkably well-knit into the story. I keep coming across new vicious flying lizard attacks that I had forgotten about, and then I have to drop everything to figure out what should happen instead.

On the plus side, I got a new computer! One with a functioning hyphen key! And a caps lock! Which I had forgotten turns on accidentally at least seven times a day!

Earlier today, I accidentally spelled 'fishing' with two S's. I am convinced that this is an improvement: fisshing, fisshing, fisshing. Doesn't it look ten times less dull that way?