Because they're going around, pictures of happy NY couples. Now if only we can finally sweep away the caustic remnants of DOMA, we'll all have full rights under the law. This news just in, civilization fails to collapse.
Kristen Lamb on not insulting the reader's intelligence. Some oldie but crunchy writer's tips told with a new emphasis. One should not piss off the reader (unless you've sunk the hook deep and are doing it for effect - I'm looking at you Neil Gaiman). (Grokked from Miranda Suri)
A Clarion interview with Jim Butcher. I'm still going through the audiobooks around Harry Dresden. I'm enjoying them immensely. With reading them, I've been asking myself if I need to redesign the world of New Frisco, but I think I'm going to resist that, for the moment. There are some changes I'm going to make, but not major ones. Some people will tell you that while you're writing you shouldn't be reading, and most definitely you shouldn't read works close to what you're writing. I have to call bullshit on that. Maybe if you haven't developed your own voice yet, you might want to. But once you have a strong voice, you better damn well read books close to your own.
The raconteur viewpoint. For the record, Bladesman was intentionally told in first-person raconteur. It allows me to perform tricks that readers apparently like (such as internal dialog remembrances of his master's sayings, which still confuse him, and naming the unnamed cannon fodder after nursery rhymes).
Just in case you're still laboring under the myth that Obama created this fiscal deficit crisis. A handy chart that compares the debt created by President GW Bush and President Obama (with projections out to 2017 for his programs).
Jim Wright gets cranky again. This time he mirrors some comments I made earlier about how the myth of running government like your household. "You cann't spend more than you make," The People™ like to say. "Government needs to learn how to live within its means, just like all of us do." If that were really the case, our debt would be about 4 times larger than it is now.
In case you need any more ammunition to know that Glenn Beck is a complete ass. (Grokked from Teresa Nielson Hayden)
And in other news, so much for the "post-racial" world we live in. Janiece pretty well sums up my thoughts about that. (Grokked from Janiece)