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Anderson: The Dryad

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Fairy Tales & MythsMy summary isn’t going to do this justice. Anderson writes evocatively of the setting and the people, and I’m just going to focus on the main plot. Here we go. Source: HCA.Gilead.org.il Summary In the countryside of France, a massive tree is felled. The villagers replace it with …

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Grimm 122. Donkey Cabbages

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This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Fairy Tales & MythsDoesn’t “donkey cabbages” sound like a kid’s insult? I’m not quite sure how to even summarize this one, it is that strange. Here we go anyway. Source: The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Knickerbocker Edition) Summary One day, a huntsman is walking around and comes upon an old woman. He’s …

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Princess Time 

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The above screenshot is from the January 2017 issue of National Geographic, which focused on gender. The page pictured asks, Is dressing up as princesses ‘a normal girlie-girl phase’ or does it encourage girls to define themselves based on appearance and passivity? I don’t know about other little girls, but the appeal of ‘Princess’, for me, included power. How quickly …

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Grimm 037. Thumbling

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This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Fairy Tales & MythsNot Thumbelina, but the German answer to the English Tom Thumb. You may well know the gist of this one. Source: The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Knickerbocker Edition) Summary A lonely peasant couple wishes for a child. A boy is born to them, but he’s only as tall as …

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Fairy Tales on deck, starting Feb 28

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This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Fairy Tales & MythsNew project. In order to better familiarize myself with the fairy tale cannon, once a month I’m going to read and examine a fairy story. Preferably not super popular stories, I’m looking for unusual stuff. I want to do this for my own edification, and also to …

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Happy V-DAY 2017

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Today is Valentine’s Day, but it’s also V-DAY. Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues are traditionally performed around this time of year, with the end goals of raising awareness of abuse against women and girls, and raising money for organizations that prevent and heal. In college I performed twice, and loved every minute of it. The first year I was the British …

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Misconceptions About Plotting (vs. Pantsing)

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Right up front I’m going to be honest and disclose that I have a horse in this race and his name is Plotty McPlotface. It took me a long, long time to figure out how much plotting I needed to make a working novel happen, and yes, I started out pantsing. I plot because plot holes bother the crap out …

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The Year in Books, 2016

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Author Laura Brown has a new blog post titled “My Diverse Reads of 2016” where she takes a look at how many books she read in the past year that count as diverse. This seems like a worthy experiment to me, so let’s dig into my data. In 2016 I read 67 books. I had challenged myself to read 55. This …

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Counting Down 2016

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Hello, world. I’m still here. 2016 has been a really, really tough year for me. It’s been downright wretched for the world at large. I’m not sad to see it go. The Move is still in progress. We’ve bought a house that we move into in February, and life should settle into some kind of routine at that point. That …

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Productivity: Co-working and write-ins

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There was a time after college when my friend Vijay and I had a lack of external structure. There was no more school, and work was hard to find. So we would meet at a local library to work on our writing together. We spent our days working in studious silence, jockeying to reserve private study rooms, and then we’d …

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Getting on our way 

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I’m sitting in a rental minivan, having dropped off the last of our cars with its new owner this morning. My apartment is being disassembled by highly competent movers. My bags are packed.  Today is Moving Day 1. My apartment gets packed  up and tonight we drive to the airport hotel for a decent night’s sleep before our 11am flight …

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Dream Diary: Finish the thing!

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I’ve never had any of the ‘classic’ dreams that people like to talk about–teeth falling out, flying, naked in a classroom. (All of that at once? Eesh.) I don’t know why, I just haven’t. In most of the dreams I remember I’m searching for something very important. It was explained to me in the dream what the thing is and …

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Unexpecteds: When $#!& happens

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This is not so much an informational post, because I have little in the way of information. It’s a venting post. Because my mother is sick. A few weeks ago she started feeling nauseas, every day. She got progressively weaker and then went to the doctor, who thought it might be pancreatitis. Her bloodwork had some interesting numbers so then …

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Unexpecteds: Travel Checklists 

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I’m a list maker. I love pulling order out of chaos. And I love my dear friend, Google, for providing me with starter lists. My mother is also a list maker and I got to crib off her lists for the Leaving part of this move. But my Google Fu is failing me. I am failing to find lists, or even …

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The Unexpecteds: Unsubscribing

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My mom is super organized, so she made her moving checklist before I did, and I got to crib off hers. One of the categories was “subscriptions.” She meant magazine subscriptions. Services like AAA and AARP. That sort of thing. I only subscribe to Writer’s Digest these days, and I get that digitally, so I crossed the whole idea off …

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To-Do List Paralysis

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I have a day planner, a physical one, quite a beautiful one, that I have not touched in months. It started well, with lots of good intentions. Then I reached a point where I was just lucky to make it through the day and maintaining the planner fell by the wayside. For The Move I have a rather extensive list …

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Gundam Wing Rewatch: Episodes 13-15

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Gundam Wing Rewatch

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Gundam Wing RewatchEpisode 13: Catherine’s Tears Zechs is conducting a test run of Tallgeese by having his men fire anti-aircraft missiles at him. He shoots them right out of the air. Tallgeese is fast and deadly. Elsewhere, possibly Somalia, a battle is taking place, led by two OZ officers known as …