Archive | March 30, 2015

Unusual work habits of great writers

Nicholas C. Rossis

John Green has written such celebrated works as The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns, but not without sacrificing copious keyboards along the way. In a Huffington Post Live conversation on Thursday, the young adult novelist revealed his “weirdest” writing ritual: He develops working relationships with the keyboards at his desktop computer.

“I switch keyboards every draft and then if — here’s my problem — if something isn’t going well, I throw out the keyboard,” he confessed to host Nancy Redd.

“Keyboards are only like five bucks,” he added, but if a piece of writing is going well, he’ll “keep the keyboard.”

Strange habits

Last week, I mentioned the writing tools great authors use. Writers, though, are a notoriously strange and -often- superstitious bunch, as seen from Green’s example. For some more unusual work habits, you may refer to the excellent infographic below, also prepared by the talented Robert Morris

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Much as I’m hating on Indiana and the other 18 states, this could be fun

The Indiana law and the 18 other states who have passed similar legislation are allegedly trying to prevent wedding providers from having to provide service to gays and lesbians and as far as that goes it would be fine, but that isn’t the only way it will be applied. Humans being humans can be evil to one another and if it was just about weddings it would be as simple as getting on Yelp and saying this person doesn’t’ want to serve gays, be aware and let the business rise or fall on its own bigotry.

The only problem is that isn’t the way it will be applied. It will become the Jim Crow laws of the gay community. Don’t think so? How about the neurosurgeon who when my brother was brought into the ER when he had his first seizure, who refused to treat him because it was AIDS and he wouldn’t treat him and walked out? He didn’t have AIDS he had a multiform gliomablastoma but that didn’t stop the doctor from saying, he’s gay so it must be AIDS. What happens when the two gay parents bring their child to the ER with a broken arm and someone says it must be child abuse because their gay?

What happens when someone says I can’t serve a Hindu or a Muslim? When a white supremacist says they can’t serve anyone of mixed race or colour? If they can, they will because bigots are bigots. Generally if you hate one group you hate others too.

The only good thing is that gay people and other minorities don’t operate in a vacuum. They have straight friends and family members that support their gay family members and friends. Example? Once my mother got over the shock of having gay kids which took a few years, she started voting Democratic for the first time in her 70 years and did until the day she died. Why? She may not have liked having gay kids but she was damned if someone would pass legislation that would hurt her kids.

Now multiply that, one gay kid has two or more parents. They have at least 4 grandparents who love their grandkids. They have aunts and uncles like I did that supported me even when my parents didn’t. They have family friends and they have the families of their own friends and research has shown once most people are exposed to a gay person they know and love, they become more open minded. Sooner or later bigots fall and this is already backfiring big time on Indiana.

Wait until a lesbian or feminist refuses service to someone prolife? They can if they are, say Unitarian and they don’t like Prolifers. Or the Druid who refuses to serve someone who destroys the environment or mishandles it. Personally there are certain tree trimming companies I’d refuse to serve. Why not? It’s within my religious right to do so?

The problem is surviving the new legalized bigotry because I guarantee the first time it gets used on straight people there is going to be some yelling about that’s not what it was meant to prevent and then it will be the law of unintended consequences taking over.

Today’s reading


  Breath of Life
Ace of Arrows

The Uffington chalk hill figure breathing the vitality of life – a renewal of vitality combined with knowledge of where you wish to be and how to get there.

Tender and gentle love that revives one with the ‘kiss’ of life. Renewal of inspiration, a reconnection to life, truth and wisdom, spoken from the horse’s mouth.