October 7th, 2008

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It's My Monday again...

The weekend's over, and I got bought at Sweet Charity by three lovely ladies-- jasmasson and tsuki_no_bara for the fics, and jeyhawk for the beta services. I've got my marching orders from Jas already, and I'm curious to see what Cindy's going to want me to write. :D

Saturday, we watched Christopher's soccer team lose their 6th game, but it was the best they've played this season. There was a small disaster early on (I commented that our assist to the OTHER team was the best we'd had all year), but things picked up. The lack of passing (and being in position) has been killing our offense this year. It's like Kindergarten bunch-ball all over again. Christopher is playing really well, though, and he scored his first goal in years (last year, he played mostly defense). This was a 4-3 loss, which definitely beats the 4-1, 3-0, 5-0 losses.

One thing I dislike about this level of play is the "offsides" rulings. I understand, say, penalizing a team whose backfield players cross the center line. They're out of their zone. But I don't get this thing of "your player got between the last defensive player and the goal." WTF? If the other team's defenders lag behind, well, too bad. That shouldn't be your team's problem. In basketball, they call that a fast-break play and it's beautiful! Grrr...

Christopher discovered a new Pokemon character this weekend. Can you guess what it is? Collapse )

The funny thing is, despite the flower, Christopher assumes this creature is male. Almost all of his stuffed toys are 'male'-- they're Daddies with babies. It's the sign of a new age! Lauren, OTOH, still thinks Piglet is female and probably also Tweety-bird (Hey, if you've ever heard Tweety's cartoon voice, you wouldn't think that for long).

We re-watched Iron Man this weekend. Collapse )

BTW, weeks ago we saw Ghost Town, and loved it. It's almost a 1940s-flavored comedy, and not at all what I expected. For instance, Greg Kinnear is not the male lead. The character who is... let's just say, his incredible lack of social skills is like a train-wreck in progress (on repeat!), and it never stops being gloriously awful. ;)

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And Books To Read Before I Sleep

Back from the gym. Thought #1: I would probably really like "Back In Black" if it had a different lead singer. I cannot stand that high-pitched screechy voice. Thought #2: I SO hate forgetting my towel and washcloth. Thank goodness for lots of extra clean socks.

With a new influx of gym magazines, I've put off the "Continue or Bail" decision on my current gym book a little longer. It's James Lee Burke's The Lost Get-Back boogie (my mother likes his writing). Although the atmosphere is enjoyable, the pace is sometimes painfully slow and the main character is really frustrating. He's likeable enough, but he drinks polluting quantities of alcohol fairly often, and when you've got someone who tends to do stupid things when he's drunk, this tends to grate. Also, the author is using terms like "buttocks" and "urinate" which seem prissy, even if this is set in the 60s (and I'm only guessing-- the era has never been explicitly stated).

I joined the Amazine VINES program, where you can get up to two products at a time, and have to review 3/4 of what you receive. I have two novels to read, and discovered last night that they're both in microfont that I cannot (!) read in bed (the lighting is somewhat dim, because HalfshellHusband goes to bed earlier than I do. I'm out on the couch for awhile most nights, planning to write fanfic and half the time nodding off mid-sentence instead).

The cover of the one I just began is marked up with "Advance copy! Unfinished proofs!" Although the story's atmosphere is good, I hope the Prologue will get a little more work before final publication. Much of it reads like the problems I covered in that "On Writing" post awhile back, regarding the importance of proper punctuation and avoiding overloaded sentences. Seriously, I keep breaking off and re-reading sentences to reparse them, either because the subject has shifted or because the sentence has returned to the subject without warning after a major detour into secondary detail.

Transport me with your writing-- don't make me work to understand you! You can challenge me with your ideas, your characterization, your themes, but for the love of god don't hurt me with your convoluted language!