And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Linkee-poo twist and shout

Seven things that will doom your novel. Collect all of them! I have most of those, working on correcting them. The time problem is still my doom. I don't have much time (my fitbit already tells me I'm only sleeping 5-6 hours a night most nights) and when I do I'm so mind-blasted from sleep deprivation that I'm barely able to accomplish basic chores before running out of spoons. With several people going on FMLA at the night thing, that doesn't look to change much anytime soon (although we are hiring more people in, supposedly, which I have to be careful doesn't cut my hours entirely).

Building a solid writing practice one goal at a time.

Building a career as an indie-author. We'll see if this turns out to be a good introduction, or another alter to worship the Amazon Kindle store. The main site is hosted by a company that sells indie authors services. There are two people I know who are a part of it (including the person whom this is grokked from), so I'm inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. (Grokked from Christine Daigle)

While it's more accurate to day "Florida Man", I really like the "Jupiter Man". "Joshua James, the Jupiter man who threw a live alligator through a Wendy’s drive-thru window last year, has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges in his case." Dear idiots, life is not an episode of Punked.

Noted without comment. What PTSD and the disassociation that comes with it (sometimes) is like. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley among others)

Chuck Grassley needs to learn how to do a better Barbosa. They're not so much "rules" as guidelines.

"Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won’t be casting a vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton come November." Don't fool yourself, he'll pull the level (can we even use that phrase anymore) for the Trumpster because he knows the Donald will protect his interests are a rich, white man. Also note the obligatory compromise phrase of "both sides are just as bad." No. No they're not.

Sen. Lindsey Graham joins the "won't support Trump" camp. You may remember Sen. Graham from his previous stint as "GOP Presidential Hopeful" who signed a pledge to support the eventual nominee and even chided the Trumpster when it appeared he may have been signaling a third-party run.

"There were various arguments why Trump wouldn't win. His popularity would fade. He could only dominated a divided, overcrowded field. He had a natural ceiling at 25%, then 30%, then 40%. He'd finally saying something too outrageous. None of these arguments made much sense but they carried most punditry for months." There is no mystery here. I also believed the Trumpster would fade as we got to actual vote casting because I underestimated just how unsavvy and ill-informed the GOP base had become. I was sure they would think, "This guy will kill us by not being subtle." But, nope, as it went on it became clearer that the base was tired of dog-whistling and wanted someone they could manipulate (and yes, the Trumpster has his own problems, but he's fed on the feedback he received from his supporters). (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

"Today, Colorado Springs, Colo., and the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado announced a settlement that will end the practice of jailing people too poor to pay their court fines. The city will even give payouts to people who were incorrectly sent to jail." Because debtor's prison is illegal.

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