Dr. Doyle on symbolism, the collective unconsciousness, and cultural relativism. Who, by the way, offers he own editorial services. She also talks about plot and development here. Dr. Doyle was one of my instructors at Viable Paradise and is highly knowledgable editor and author in her own right as well as in collaboration with her husband.
Mary Robinette Kowal explains bad writing advice. Well, actually, she explains what some common writing advice actually means.
"This stunning ancient Greek floor mosaic was just excavated in southern Turkey, near the Syrian border." Wow. And four centuries from now archeologist will be uncovering photos of Kim Kardashian's butt. (Grokked from Cat Rambo)
"The National Bar Association is questioning how the Grand Jury, considering the evidence before them, could reach the conclusion that Darren Wilson should not be indicted and tried for the shooting death of Michael Brown." Well, that's interesting. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)
Still think it's not about race? Okay, how's this. In July a St. Louis County officer was charged with felony assault (actually assault is the threat of violence, battery is the actual violent act) after striking someone with his baton on their hand. The officer is black. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)
It's a staring match! "Over the next decade, the Pentagon plans to launch satellites that offer a revolutionary leap in surveillance technology by persistently staring at targets from space for long periods of time, an official said." I know this is a major leap forward in surveillance technology (most spy satellites orbit circumpolar instead of geosynchronous), but the inner child in me imagines two satellites staring at each other until one blinks, at which point it blows up in a Monty Python fashion. "African or European? I don't know… AAAARRRGGHHH!"
"Richard Scarry's Busy Town in the 21st Century." Hahahahaha, oh wait. (Grokked from John Scalzi)
Ted Cruze "said: 'I don’t think I’m all that conservative… Reagan never once beat his chest and said "I’m the most conservative guy who ever lived."'" Spit take. So, Ronald "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican" Reagan didn't revel in his midlife conversion to conservatism? Did Teddy take a trip to Colorado and smoke a little something before doing that interview?
Dear Rep. Peter King, shut the fuck up you ignorant, racist, piece of IRA apologist trash. Seriously, how does that pea of a brain generate enough electricity for you to walk upright when you hardly use it for anything? (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)