My senior year of college, once winter was officially gone, one of my housemates or neighbors bought a backyard games set from Walmart on a whim. And that’s how I spent half my senior year playing badminton. I’d played occasionally before, like you do as a kid because—let’s face it—badminton has a certain amount of [...]
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We wanted to sing karaoke tonight, but since coming to Finland our ability to stay up past eight in the evening has been severely compromised. Strategically, we opted to not walk a billion miles in the morning, wrapped ourselves in hotel towels, and tried out the Finnish sauna instead. You guys, saunas are hot hot [...]
Another week, another RITA Award-winner to analyze. Today’s book is Mary Jo Putney’s The Rake and the Reformer, the winner of Best Regency Romance in 1990. I hadn’t read this one before, which means it’s harder to pick out the details of technique. One thing, however, leapt right out at me: these characters felt like [...]
One of the most surreal aspects of the Practical is its long passages of sample sentences. After a time, they begi to read like the finest surrealist literature. Take this paragraph, from the section on verbs: Our pastoral scene in the beginning (horse, stable, corn) gives way to an apparent family drama in the vein [...]
Ladies and gentlemen, I am sorry to say that my hard drive burned itself out today like a disco queen on laced cocaine. The love of my life was kind enough to loan me his computer until I can get mine resurrected or reincarnated, so at least I can keep writing and playing games on [...]
Preschool me wanted to be an archaeologist because it was the longest word I could spell and dinosaurs were awesome. They had long necks! Feathers! Sharp teeth! Scaly skin! These were huge real-life monsters, totally unlike the tame dogs, cats, birds, and insects that were the only animals I saw on a daily basis in [...]
. . . et facta est blog. Which is to say: And Alicia said let a blog come forth, and indeed a blog came forth. And so now you know the unsounded depths and vertiginous heights of my egotism. But really I just cannot resist any excuse for a good Latin quotation.