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  1. A Writer's Prayer by Neil Gaiman "...let me say true things, in a voice that is true, and with the truth in mind, let me write lies." From an interview with Neil Gaiman: "...I always felt like I was real and changing things and doing something sensible when I was writing..." I quote Neil Gaiman because his work is kind of out there. If one can point to any author's body of work and ask what's the point other than to be fun (and often dark) and certainly entertaining, it's this author. He is all over the place in terms of genre and format. Yet, by his own words, the importance of his work to him is quite evident.
  2. That episode gave me nightmares. (But that series was amazing! Is another "season" coming?) A 72-hour hold is the most anyone is going to get in any state in the US. There is no good solution to mental health issues that require involuntary commitment. From experience, I know how difficult and expensive it is to get real help for someone who needs it but is not capable of getting it for himself. An entire family can be prepared to invest hours and hours of their lives and tens of thousands of dollars to ensure that a diagnosed bipolar, borderline, schizophrenic doesn't injure himself or others, and yet... injure himself and many others he will because those hours and dollars will have been wasted when the 72 hours is up. And the next 72 hours. And the next 72 hours. Still, when the front page is filled with his crimes, everyone will be asking why didn't someone get him help before this happened. The answer? Those someones dropped all ties and didn't tell him where we moved to after his last attempt to cut our throats and the best we could get was a 72 fucking hour hold. So yeah, there's some kind of way to find a balance here, but we in the US have not figured it out yet.
  3. My favorite moment from that season of Big Brother... “I’m wearing that bitch’s shoes.” I’ll go back to lurking now.
  4. Did you catch Omarosa on Celebrity Big Brother? She was entertaining.
  5. I would expect so as well, but I wonder if she would have admitted as much.
  6. Things like this make me appreciate that my son’s current interests allow him endless respawns.
  7. I think you summed it up nicely. Rand had some quirky ideas about sex, but I believe she would have felt about MeToo just as you described. However, I’m not following MSK on the priestess bit. It’s not him. I’ve had a string of blonde moments today. ?
  8. What is it With Boys and Reading? That article is an interesting read, pun intended. On YA readership being more heavily populated by girls, as MSK pointed out that shouldn't come as a surprise as adult readership is more heavily populated by women. On average, women read more than men. Some real life experience with my son and his friends (and supported by the research in the article above): It's harder for them to find YA books they relate to. Perhaps because authors are doing the same research Wolf and Korben have done and decided that boys don't read. It's harder for them to find books that fit their reading skills. Yeah, I'm being a sexist generalist here. Boys don't read as well as girls. It's probably less interesting for authors to dumb it down. It's harder for them to find books that fit their reading styles. Again, sexist generalist. Boys read differently than girls. My son won't sit for long hours at a time with a book. He might read 2 hours in a day, but it's in 10-15 minutes sittings. What to do? As a parent of a young male dyslexic: Give him the girl-focused YA books to read anyway. As long as the mushy stuff is not in your face, he's all good with it. Hunger Games and Divergent series are some of his favorites, both with prominent female leads and obviously geared towards girls. Go to the classics. Catcher in the Rye, Red Badge of Courage, The Outsiders. Seek out new classics. Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series, the Hatchet series, - kickass boys, those. Let him read what others may deem age inappropriate. I consider Dan Brown, James Patterson, and Clive Cussler mediocre writers, but they tend to write in simple terms and have very short chapters, perfect for reading in small bites. Don't underestimate what will fascinate him. Clancy bores me to tears, and honestly I don't know how he slogs through it, but it's interesting enough to my boy that he will stick with it. Also, he thinks it makes him better at the video game. :-)
  9. You're the only person I allow to call me Didi. I've missed you.
  10. Comments like this on this forum really baffle me. I have to wonder what, if any, young people you folks are hanging out with. My 13-year-old and his cohort are voracious readers. And they read actual books, with real paper pages which even I rarely do anymore. It isn't a rare phenomenon, either. My son's friends read The Outsiders this school year and were practically obsessed by it. I bought my son a t-shirt with the slogan Stay Gold Ponyboy. He wears it everywhere, and kids from all over react to it. Kids read. They even like it.
  11. It has recently been brought to my attention that lurking and drive by posting might be considered rude. Also, I have been requested to spread around a little estrogen. Given that I have about 2.4 minutes of downtime during my average day and that wading into posts with hundreds or even thousands of replies is both intimidating and daunting… here’s something new from me on a topic that I occasionally feel almost but not quite confident about. Last summer, as my son approached his 13th birthday, I braced myself for him to become what everyone told me was going to be a stranger who rages at me and at the world. That stranger hasn’t shown up yet, and we’re ~1 month from age 14. So, I don’t know what’s happening. My kid is independent and self-sufficient, an introverted deep thinker who gets in trouble for talking about Schrodinger’s Cat at school (some kid reported him for killing cats). Everyone says I must be doing something wrong because my child doesn’t hate me. Honestly, I’m just wondering what the hell do I do now that I’m apparently almost done raising him. I expected the teenage years to be filled with angst. I didn’t realize that the angst would be mine.
  12. Not to beat a dead horse, but you could have had at least one young male reader had you not insulted his mother, the buyer of his books and the enforcer of daily reading time. He enjoys at least 75% of his reading list. Who knows. You might have been part of the 75%. Either way, at least one of your books would have ended up being read by a dude and then donated to a library. Avoiding alienation of potential readers really doesn't require all that much schmoozing or marketing.
  13. Thanks for the review, doc. I've been trying to decide if I'll skip this installment. I was beyond over Hunter and Annie in the last book. I don't know if I can stomach the engagement.
  14. "Come back, little DiDi" !


    Your friend, 

    William Inge

    1. dldelancey


      I lurk from time to time.  :-)

    2. caroljane


      one thing I notice after looong absence, this site needs more estrogen, and I am now 214! Consider your duty to the yinyang balance girl- the planet needs you.

    3. dldelancey


      HAHAHA.  Oh, I've missed you.