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Links of Possible Relevance, Part 21

I get super irritated below.

F*ck you, Periscope. I’m not creating a Twitter account just to access you.

A shameless scalzification
No one who Tweets out the phrase entirely unsubtly should be anywhere near G.K. Chesterton.

Goodreads Blog Post: If Belle Were on Goodreads, She’d Probably Act a Lot Like Emma Watson
No. Please, no, she wouldn’t. What is it about activists and their need to retrofit unrelated narratives into their fold?

A statue of a defiant girl now faces the Wall Street bull
Eventually, some people are just going to have to admit they worship females qua females.

The Action Girl Mandate, or Why All the Princesses Know Kung Fu
This is everywhere. Everywhere. I had to consciously, deliberately cut back on Elisabeth’s character when I wrote PBS. Also, LOL.

British University Bans All “Politically Incorrect” Words: Here’s The List…
Via Jill. Good thing “Go f*ck yourselves” isn’t on there, because I can imagine the more sane students at Cardiff Metro using that as a response.

Revocation is Going to Be in the New Power Rangers Movie
It still weirds me out when metal bands make it into mainstream news/media.

Android challenges Windows as world’s most popular operating system in terms of internet usage

Coffee with Scott Adams #2
Not bad, but he just describing what people do during life. Life is a “thing,” and things just are, with no meaning. What’s the “meaning” of a ham sandwich? There’s no objective “meaning” of life, since “meaning” depends on perspective. It’s more likely that life has a “purpose,” but even that differs from person to person.

Why I Despise ‘Science Says’ Articles
Also here.

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Book Review: The Aeneid

I was going to write a review of The Aeneid for Goodreads, but it would get rejected eventually since it’s not about the book itself but just a few lines about my copy’s previous owners. Reviews are highly patrolled there, more so than on Amazon, so it’s bringing owls to Athens to post this there.

Whole chapters, with perhaps one or two lines excepted, are entirely highlighted. It took some time and concentration for me to not be distracted, not necessarily from the yellow highlighting ink, but from trying to figure out what kind of frame of mind one would have to be in to bother doing something like that.

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Goodreads Giveaway for Pale Blue Scratch

The Goodreads giveaway for Pale Blue Scratch is now a go. Look to the right, or down below if you’re on mobile, so read about it and enter, or just click here to enter. Go for it!

Giveaway is over, and the winners have been selected. Thanks for checking it out.

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Kickstarter – Post Game Analysis

The Kickstater campaign for the new book was rather successful. I didn’t know how it would turn out, honestly, but I had expectations that it wouldn’t make it. The bulk of the contributions came from family and friends who wanted to help out, especially the first half of the pledges. Near the end, after it was already fully-funded, did I get a handful of strangers helping out.

I really thought the cards were stacked against me:

1. I am a new writer with almost no blog followers.

2. My first book has poor Amazon and Goodreads ratings. 

3. The new novel is not romance, not erotica, not urban fantasy, not YA, not Christian (enough, probably), and not mystery (enough). It’s probably closer to spec-fic, but I don’t know enough about the genre to be sure. 

4. The protag is not a strong female badass (c’mon), and her teenaged male co-protag is not a brooding sex god in training (c’mon, again). 

5. I’m an average writer most of the time, with brief flashes of insight mixed with brief flashes of dullness. 

6. Dolphins. 

Not throwing a pity party nor fishing for compliments…just stating the facts of the situation. However, ultimately, I have no complaints.

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“Pale Blue Scratch” Kickstarter is Now a Go

If the obnoxious image at the top of the front page here didn’t punch you in the eye, you can click here to donate.

I’ll be posting a Goodreads giveaway for my older book soon, too. I probably won’t be cross-posting things I put up on the Kickstarter page here, for your mental health.

Thanks in advance for all the thousands of dollars you will give me.

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I Still Live

Progress on Retardo Montalbán is going well. I should have a editable draft finished very soon.

I don’t like being silent here for too long but I also despise meaningless posts, so here’s some things to mitigate that.

  1. You are currently viewing WordPress’ 2015 default theme with very little modifications on my part. I have no problems with it except that there’s no CSS for the Goodreads logo on the social media icon strip on the left (if you’re on a desktop).
  2. We now have only very basic cable, which is fine by me, but we lose some of the channels that broadcast the ol’ Christmas movie standbys. We haven’t seen Christmas Vacation or A Christmas Story, which seems like barely a minor tragedy in the grand scheme of things but if you see them at every beat in the circadian rhythm you feel their absence.
  3. We did see It’s A Wonderful Life. Random film crit bit: the compare/contrast between George Bailey and Mary Hatch (*swoon*) and their fall into the gymnasium pool, and George’s faux-suicide at the bridge, and the subsequent “dry off” scenes. I don’t have much to say but it’s something worth looking into.
  4. Pools underneath gymnasium floors? I had always thought that scene was cockamamie because I can only imagine a pool’s worth of water underneath a retractable floor would wreak some hydro-havok on the wood, but it’s a real thing.
  5. Predictable Christmas fare: Newsweek’s Tirade against the Bible – Excellent article, but “scholarship” doesn’t matter because the traditions of B.C. Israel and the early church are very well-known. No tilting of the head to misread half of a verse that isn’t going to change anything.
  6. I had very minor and successful surgery over Christmas break. While waiting to check out there was a long discussion—not an argument—between a patient, two of her family members, and one of the nurses. It had much to do with paperwork and insurance. A ridiculous amount of discussion. All I could think about was the solution to the health care crisis I offered some time ago.
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G.K. Chesterton on Fairy Tales

A panda, possibly post-coitus.

A panda, possibly post-coitus.

From Tremendous Trifles (Kindle version is free).

I thought I would have a dingdong of a time finding this excerpt, because all of those quote sites (or sites with quote collections on them…looking at you, Goodreads) only have two or three sentences at the most. That’s fine if you’re one of those people who put inspirational quotes on photos of pandas having sex time or whatever. But to experience more complex thoughts you have to dig, and thankfully I didn’t need to slap Google too hard to get this.

I lost the link to where I found this, but I didn’t steal this from another blog so no one will care (but go here and here and here for that).

I find that there really are human beings who think fairy tales bad for children. I do not speak of the man in the green tie, for him I can never count truly human. But a lady has written me an earnest letter saying that fairy tales ought not to be taught to children even if they are true. She says that it is cruel to tell children fairy tales, because it frightens them. You might just as well say that it is cruel to give girls sentimental novels because it makes them cry. All this kind of talk is based on that complete forgetting of what a child is like which has been the firm foundation of so many educational schemes. If you keep bogies and goblins away from children they would make them up for themselves. One small child in the dark can invent more hells than Swedenborg. One small child can imagine monsters too big and black to get into any picture, and give them names too unearthly and cacophonous to have occurred in the cries of any lunatic. The child, to begin with, commonly likes horrors, and he continues to indulge in them even when he does not like them. There is just as much difficulty in saying exactly where pure pain begins in his case, as there is in ours when we walk of our own free will into the torture-chamber of a great tragedy. The fear does not come from fairy tales; the fear comes from the universe of the soul.

The timidity of the child or the savage is entirely reasonable; they are alarmed at this world, because this world is a very alarming place. They dislike being alone because it is verily and indeed an awful idea to be alone. Barbarians fear the unknown for the same reason that Agnostics worship it– because it is a fact. Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.

Panda photo by vpickering.

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