Archive for November, 2007

Another Comic…

Yet another NaNo strip from the folks at Dork Tower… Sometimes it’s great to be a geek, just to get how subtle some comedy can be… Especially since we have a twisted sense of humor anyway…

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Dork Tower

A classic for the moment…
And for the record, this is also one of my regular stops on the tubes… Since I have been far from an active gamer for many years, it allows me those moments to reflect and remember the good times…
And the subject matter just couldn’t be more hilarious, considering the fact that I can soooooo relate (last year, a stalled out at about 10 pages, or so, and I have another project that I was working on that stalled at about 12 pages…)
I’m trying very hard to embrace aspects of the NaNo ideal of “forget editing, just write”… and I fully understand (logically & intuitively) the point there… but damn if it’s not the hardest thing – getting the “internal editor” to just sit down and shut up…
Ah, the joys of being a writer…
Oh, I would highly encourage anyone (even the non-gamers) to check out the Dork Tower on a regular basis… A word of warning for non-gamers, though: if you find something you don’t quite get… find a gamer…

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What a Difference…

The old saying is “What a difference a day makes…” Well, here I am thinking something simliar – “What a difference a year makes”. Here I was a year ago, trying (poorly) to entrench myself into a NaNo project, while getting ready for a trip to New York… and the nagging thought through most of today has been that this is the first time since 1998 (before we ever met) that I haven’t had Jenn… and to be honest, it hurts.

Now, let me be perfectly clear: I am in a wonderful relationship now. I am very happy that I the “post-March” events have led down this path, and I’m looking forward to the new future. However, and I’m sure anyone who has lost a spouse before can relate here, I’m sure there is always going to be a “what if…?” type of feeling. Like the feeling one might have about an old friend that has not been heard from in years, wondering what they may be up to – I’ll have that for the rest of my life. There are always going to be moments of wishing March 2007 had never happened. Catch-22… such is life, sometimes.

So I sit here, typing, another year older, and some of the events of the past year are still hard to absorb (for both joy and sorrow)… but I suppose only time can really help with the perspective. I can say this, for certain, though – I wouldn’t mind repeating some of the highs, but I can really do without repeating any of the year’s lows for quite some time…

Now where’s the cake?

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Stupid People…

There really is no other way that I can think to say this: Stupid people piss me off. Let me clarify – people that should know better (read: adults) that just have no business breeding, because they lack certain skills – like courtesy.

I had a call, where I was having difficulty hearing the caller (background noise on their end – it’s amazing how many people don’t think to turn a radio or TV volume down when they are on the phone…). They asked for “Family Practice”.

“Family Medicine, ma’am?” I replied, wanting to make sure I heard them correctly.

“Family Practice,” she replied, and I just felt that arrogant air of, “No… I didn’t say ‘Family Medicine’, I said ‘Family Practice’.” Most callers have simply taken it in stride, and said some form of, “Yes,” but without any form of attitude. The background noise was still blaring through the headset.

“That’s what I said, ma’am. Family Medicine.” Yes, I was being a little bit of a smart-ass, I will grant that, but it was feeding off of what I was getting. And I had a feeling that I was dealing with a stupid person, but I tried to still make things sound as pleasant as I could. “Hold on one moment while I connect you.”

We have a feature where we can connect the call through, but still listen on the line. Thihs is used mostly when there is a call-box or option box set up for a particular location. You know, the friendly sort that always prompt, “For this, press #1, now. For that, press #2, now. For the other, please press #3, stay on the line.”

I patched her through, allowing her the chance to hear the options. While the computer is sqwaking away, she (like so many others) is just having a conversation – and she’s giving me crap. “‘That’s what I said, Family Medicine’. Why don’t you just connect me,” she said, apparantly talking to a friend, the background noise still quite present. “Lord, Jesus, now I din’t hear what she [the voice prompts] said.”

Now, what I really wanted to do, was pop onto the line, and tell her, as politely as I could manage, “Look, bitch, if you would turn down the sound system so I could hear you clearly in the first place, or if you paid enough attention in the second place, you wouldn’t have to show your ignorance on a recorded phone line.”

And it’s a Monday… but the stupid people (as plentiful as they may be – at least, in the distilled population that I get through my call hub) will not win the week… they’ll just piss me off enough throughout the day that I’ll get a good enough laugh at their expense.

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It Has Begun…

NaNo 2007 is underway, and so is the novel. I’m still in the introductory portion (having only written while I was at work yesterday… and not quite sure how I wanted to start until sometime in the afternoon)…

But it is in progress… I’ve started the novel with some basic character introductions and scene dressings, and suggested that Chris hop ahead to the major plot hook event – the point that forces the transition in the novel… It’s a point we’ve talked about (it involves a ship and a storm, and that’s all I’ll say for now… :op )…

But it has begun… and I have to get back to writing, or it will never get finished…

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Take Heed…

“…The tale of Sweeny Todd… The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

And so opens the show. Last night, Melissa R., Mary Catherine and I went to a campus production of Sweeny Todd. I was loosely familiar with the story, but had never seen the show – and for the record, it’s a musical (which I did know). Now, there is a movie version coming out this Christmas season (directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp).

But here is a more accurate telling of the events that led to the show – I heard there was the movie coming out, then go a flyer promoting the campus production (through the music/opera department, not the Theatre department!). So, we went to the campus show to prepare for the movie (and yes, as a pseudo-Theatre geek, I was paying attention to the staging and effects). While the cast was very good, we we also trying to put other faces in the roles – those of the cast in the coming movie.

So here’s my plug… it’s not a “family movie”, but I’ll be going to see it… You can go here to check out the “official” movie site.. and here are a couple of the trailers (courtesy of youtube, again…)

The Original Movie Trailer:

The Second Movie Trailer:

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