Atlas Obscura has a fun post on the manicule, that pointing hand that has been showing up in infinite variety in manuscripts for centuries. And of course I want a stamp of that because I can put it on manuscripts that I’m editing and . . .
Okay, I just want a stamp of a woman’s finger pointing. Which is when I made an annoying discovery:
There’s a reason they call them MANicules. Continue reading
Some of you may have noticed that the blog is REALLY SLOW to load. No? Well, I have, and we’re in the midst of trying to fix it. Okay, not we exactly, Mollie’s in the midst. I’m dealing with other things, many things. I have multiple fine messes on my hands, as Ollie might have said to Stan. Continue reading
Remember Sense8, the Netflix show about eight people born on the same day at the same hour who are psychically linked so that share everything including fist fights, sex, and karaoke? I bitched about it because it was such a chaotic mess last year and raved about it because the characterization was so phenomenal, the romances so well crafted, and the emotional payoff so overwhelmingly satisfying. I’ve only watched the first two episodes of season two, and once again it moves like molasses on ice, but I’m in. Which is odd because I’m such a structure wonk. Where are the turning points? Where’s the escalation? Who cares? These characters are back. Turns out character really is everything.
Still a thing in America.
If you know a lawyer who rushed to an airport near you to help those Steve Bannon decided did not belong in a country they had a legal right to enter, give him or her a big kiss from me. This is insanely wrong.
And please, give to the ACLU, please. They were always important but now they’re crucial.
Now would also be a good time to contact your reps in Congress and suggest that you’d like a government that’s not unAmerican. Find your House rep here. Find your senator here. E-mails are evidently being ignored, so it’s back to snail mail. Bury them in it.
I had a much longer post here, but it was angry and not helpful. Action is helpful. Participation is essential. And supporting the organizations that defend our constitution and everything it means to be America is crucial. If our government won’t defend the ideals that make us who we are, we must.
Edited to Add Monday, Janurary 30, from 538.com:
While public officials were sorting out their reactions to the executive order, the ACLU sent attorneys to people who were being detained in U.S. airports as a result. The ACLU said it raised more than $24 million in online donations over the weekend, compared with its annual average of about $3 million to $4 million. [Dustin Volz, ACLU]
In the wilds of Vermont . . .
Merry Christmas, Argh People, and much love and peace in the new year.
I bought a canister of tea yesterday even though I have plenty because I wanted the pink tin to remind me that even though there is real and present danger on the horizon, every day life is important, too. And in that spirit, I’ve been working on pulling the basics of Nita’s book together. I’ve looked at the cast and tried to figure out how to make them a team, so next week, there’ll be a post on defining and building a story team. I think I’ve solved my antagonist problem and I’ll probably be talking about that, too, because this is a new approach for me. And I’ve been talking with Krissie about the importance of touchstone images while pulling a story together, and I have a lot of those. So starting Monday, it’s gonna be a lot of posts about writing and Nita again.
Add a hot cuppa for attitude readjustment and I’m good to go.
I somehow missed these this week. Google for more; they’re all over the net. Come back, Joe. We need you.