Saturday, February 26, 2011

Still Slacking!

I'm TIRED. Here's some humor.

Launch funny Darth Vader Video Because I Said So.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Oh, What a Slacker

I guess I haven't posted in awhile. That's what working to the exclusion of all other activity (except ice skating) will do to you.

Here's some humor from Annie:
1. Go to Google Maps and click on Get Directions.
2. Write USA as your start point.
3. Write Japan as your destination.
4. Go to the 31st point on your route and laugh.

What I found more perplexing is why, if you do it in reverse, it assumes that you want to go to Wichita?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Draft Out The Door

Some of you may have a message waiting. The prompts are courtesy Toasted Cheese.

Dear Readers --

Thank you once again for volunteering to read my work, which I hope is improving as a result of your input.

As always, any level of feedback you want to provide is great, from line editing to the succinct, one sentence, "This sucks."
I implore you, please DO NOT REPLY TO ALL with your feedback, as I'd like to keep the opinions relatively untainted (except those relatives who live together in the house on Bates Road).

There's a handy checklist below for those new to providing feedback. Feel free to ignore it. Above all, do not worry about sparing my feelings. If something is broken, I need to know about it in order to fix it. All feedback that's going into this draft should be back by January 15th.

Thanks for your time =)

Jen


* ACCESSIBILITY: Was it easy to follow the action, what was going on and why?
* APPEARANCE: Were there too many errors? Typos? Grammar? Punctuation?
* CHARACTERS: Were they human, fascinating, unique, flawed?
* CONFLICT: Was it confusing? Did it exist?
* DIALOGUE: Did everybody have their own rhythm, tone and style?
* ENDING: Was it clear and satisfying? Do you know what the characters will do in the future?
* LEAD: Did the opening have passion? Style? Pace? Depth? Energy? Does each chapter have a lead and an ending?
* MOTIVATION: Why did the characters do what they did?
* ORIGINALITY: How fresh was the story? Was it a new take on an old theme?
* PACING: Did the story flow smoothly? Were there too many high points and low points?
* PLOTTING: Were you surprised by the choices the characters made?
* SETTING: Were the mood and tone good?
* STRUCTURE: Does everything happen in order? ie. What if *that* scene were *there*, for example?
* STYLE: Does it sound like the author or her sister, Denise?
* SUBTLETY: Was the message too preachy?
* TONE: Did the theme stay consistent throughout?

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Black Swan

With the exception of those awful Star Wars prequels, I don't think there's anything that I've ever seen Natalie Portman do that I didn't like her in (even Closer, which I disliked -- but she was fantastic).

Black Swan looks awesome (and very much Marcia-unapproved). It also has Winona Ryder, Mila Kunis, and Vincent Cassel (Monsieur Hood from Shrek!).

Clickity for the trailer

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ah. Myers-Briggs, it's been too long

Every time I take this test, I skate closer to the extroverted side. When I first took it, I was something like INTP. Now I'm ENFJ. My favorite is still the DISC analysis, which came back with a result of "DO NOT TOUCH EVILSTEPMONSTER. STAY AT LEAST THREE FEET FROM EVILSTEPMONSTER WHEN TALKING TO HER."

Dying to try it for yourself?
What the hell are you?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Books!

In answer to your question, Easter Island, I am not working on NaNo. It took me one day to realize I wasn't interested this year. Also, I've spent all of November completely distracted by other projects.

But new books! Thanks to the power of the pre-order, I forgot that these were coming: DM Cornish's Factotum and Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars. Forget that I still haven't read Under the Dome, although it's been hanging out on my bookshelf for months. I was considering going back to The Stand...nothing like a little apocalypse fiction for the holidays.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Good News, Bad News

Bad: So I've turned into the ultimate NaNo slacker this year. I'm distracted with a side project.

Good: I'm most of the way through a "final" revision of last year's NaNo project, and it's reading a lot better than I'd dared hope.

Bad: Last year's project requires at least one rewrite chapter and a bridge chapter that I clearly have little energy to write. Also, I'm pretty sure that I'm suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Worse: I lack the energy to find out if I have Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Better: Someone in my family, I can't remember who, calls it Seasonal Defective Disorder, which makes me laugh.

Good: My review of Radio Freq is up on LRB.