How am I supposed to catch up on sleep if I can't *fall* asleep?
I thought I’d be all ready to just lie down and let Morpheus claim me. But all that happens when I do is a parade of unpleasant thoughts, of all manners, except many of them have no manners. If they did, they’d leave me alone and let me sleep.
My feelings re: Sucker Punch have been many and varied, and I haven’t even decided if I’m going to see it yet. At first I thought it was a female Super Hero team, possibly a la WWII Marvel Comics, and I was super psyched. Then I found out what it was *actually* about, and my enthusiasm rather fell flat on its face. THEN, I found out about the rather rockin’ version of White Rabbit that’s included in the soundtrack, and I’m back up to enthusiastic, although not as much as I was originally.
Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, George Carlin, Richard Feynman, Lou Gehrig (yeah, that’s right, he was a New Yorker for real), Madeleine L’Engle, Frank McCourt, Al Pacino, Alex Rodriguez, Carl Sagan, Aaron Sorkin, Stephen Sondheim, Mike Tyson, Christopher Walken, and oh yeah, the rest of these people: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_New_York_City
Give me the following about any of your characters: Name, Nickname, What their name means, why they were given that name, age, sex, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, current marital status, what political party they affiliate with.
Do they have a criminal record? Are they poor or wealthy or something else? When were they born? Where do they work? Where are they currently living? What are their hobbies?Do they have any special talents or skills>
Rachel’s only nickname that I’ve come up with is Shutterbug, but only her parents ever call her that. Apparently her name means female sheep, but that has nothing to do with her or why she got the name. I think her parents just liked it, really. I never came up with a reason for it. She was originally a side character I just picked a name for, and she kind of blossomed.
I’ve followed her at a whole bunch of various points through her life, from high school to her mid-thirties.
She’s female and identifies as such, but definitely has a fair number of traits more commonly associated with the male gender, including a strong preference for, when dressing up, wearing a suit as opposed to a dress. As in one would have to cram her into a dress, and be willing to make her wear it even if it ripped in the process.
She’s a natural-born American citizen, as were her parents, but she comes from the union of two fully-Irish families. In various incarnations, she’s wavered between bi and gay, with a Kinsey Scale range of 2-6. In her canon, however, I’d call her about a 4. If you asked her, she’d shrug and say she’s married, so it doesn’t really matter, and she hasn’t thought about it for a while. She’s married, by the way, to Claire (one of a very few characters of mine who existed longer than she has). Their legal marital status is whatever maximum exists in the setting. I personally choose to jump ahead to when New York manages to pass a law allowing gay marriage. She’s a registered Democrat, but politics make her uncomfortable, to the extent that she stopped going to LGBTA meetings in college because they were too political for her.
She has no criminal record. Her parents are very well-off, but I’m not entirely sure what her financial status is exactly, because I don’t really know the income bracket for her…unique sequence of careers. I don’t really have set years for the birth of characters, because I don’t have exact years set for the settings in which I put them. It’s easier for my life, and that way I get to avoid historical commentary, which gets dangerous in fiction that isn’t supposed to be historical fiction.
She went to college on a softball scholarship and studied journalism, with a focus on sports journalism. She was good enough to make the US Olympic softball team during school and after graduation, and was prominent enough to have gotten endorsement deals. She retired when a serious injury (complicated broken hand from a very nasty fastball), or rather later complications to said injury led to a younger player supplanting her on the team. At that point she moved in with Claire, who was living in Anaheim at the time, and got a job as part of the broadcast team for the Angels. When they moved to NYC (which answers the next part), she wasn’t able to break into the team on the YES Network (for the Yankees), but she was able to get a gig as a sports reporter for the local news station, NY1. She and Claire currently live in Queens with a cat, and in not too long, there’ll be a baby on the way. I won’t get any more specific than Queens until I figure out an income bracket for them. Rachel still pursues her baseball and softball interests, volunteering with youth organizations to teach baseball skills. She doesn’t have time to coach little league, but she did try to make it work.
I want it so badly. And I’ve actually had luck using this as such. But…I’m suffering from a severe lack of inspiration. I’ve got a writing project planned, but the rather impressive amount of research that I’m realizing I have to do for it is rather more daunting than it was when I first had the idea. And in the meantime I’m feeling pent up, creatively speaking. So since I know that most of my followers are creative-types, I am putting in an official request for questions about my characters. I know only some of you are even familiar with my characters, and I would like to very much emphasize that if you’re not, I would welcome ANY questions about them. Even basic biographical information and/or short profiles might help. But…I feel less like I’m shouting out at the darkness if people are asking me for information.
Not really, obviously (and no, to those who are familiar with my work stories, I don’t mean my favoritest regular, the elderly German woman who seems to have adopted me as another grandson), but wow. This woman came in with two kids, looking like she had just walked out of my head. Usually, when somebody comes in with two kids, you can bet that there’s gonna be all kinds of noise to follow, but this woman and her kids sat in relative quiet at a table, and had fun hanging out. The little boy was a toddler, and the little girl couldn’t have been older than 6 or 8, and they were just sitting with their Mom in my store and…she was Claire. I’ve seen people who look like they could be my characters before, but…it’s like I formed a person in my head and she came to see me at work. Wow.
No, this isn’t anything dirty. And it doesn’t affect me when I’m already home, and inside, then I just cuddle up in comfy pajamas and a comfy blanket and be cuddly and happy. But when I’m out and about, and walking alone in the rain…I want to do something. Have an adventure. Grab a friend and have them meet me downstairs, and just drive towards Connecticut. Or Pennsylvania. Or Maryland. I have to be up at 4AM tomorrow. I don’t care. I’d go on short rest, it’d be worth it.
“Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us.”—
Seriously. Stop promoting a fucking disease, stop making girls feel insecure about themselves. Every girl is fucking beautiful whether they’re 105 pounds or 205 pounds. Beauty shouldn’t be judged on how much you what size pants you wear. And the fact that there are people out there who promote…
I love you right now. Thank you so much for this, because seriously thinspiration can GTFO.
This is the way of the world now, unfortunately. Everybody has an advocacy group, especially since they can just start their own on the internet and have people who agree with them flock to it. The ones that make me sickest are bigots who claim that anti-discrimination laws discriminate against them because of their beliefs.
Usually, Dannielle and I give advice. Usually, Dannielle responds first.
Today, however, I have decided that we are not giving advice, and that I want to speak first. Let me tell you why.
Yesterday I saw a response to Lady Gaga’s new song, ‘Born This Way,’ that made me, quite…
The first thing this did was give me a lot more respect for Lady Gaga. Second, it made me feel good. I’ve recently (and privately) expressed frustration, because sometimes I feel like a section of the LGBTQ community values my support less because I’m a straight male. This post told me that this phenomenon is known, and that it is not the prevailing feeling. I needed that little shot in the arm. So thank you Kristin and Dannielle, and thank you to all of you who do make me feel like my support is valued.