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« on: September 04, 2008, 05:42:14 PM »
I am getting rather irritated with these nonsensical polls and threads authors by our friend UtopiaGreen.

Rants and Stuff / Re: Happy Things 2008:Generation X [part deux]
« on: August 28, 2008, 04:41:00 AM »
Thanks! I'm looking forward to it.

Sure wish I had enough money to buy a new skirt suit or even a new blazer, though. Oh, wait!! My paycheck will probably come early since the 30th is a Sat. Woohoo! Sweet. Guess I can get a good outfit for the interview.  :D

Rants and Stuff / Re: Happy Things 2008:Generation X [part deux]
« on: August 27, 2008, 11:18:00 PM »
I've got a job interview at HarperCollins in NY! :D

Yet the answer is below:
It depends.

In my opinion, this question is flawed to begin with and therefore moot. No two people are completely alike in their experiences, physique, talents, emotions, or motives. So why in the world would writers be any different? Each of them is an individual.

Sure, some authors are just in it for the money (and the ego-stroking), yet there are many others who are far more concerned about the quality of their writing and hence about the reception that writing receives from readers. These kind of questions based on impossible generalizations aren't much use to anyone.

Rants and Stuff / Re: These Insects are Driving me MAD!!!!!
« on: August 27, 2008, 05:46:59 PM »
Blimey! Time to call the exterminator. You need to poison the little buggers. Fast.

Books / Re: review: Cry Wolf
« on: August 27, 2008, 05:42:00 PM »
Briggs is one of my favorite authors lately. I'm hopelessly hooked on the Mercy books and the Anna books now. I need to go hunt down (haha, get it?) that short story so I can read it. Anything to help tide me over until Bone Crossed comes out!

Rants and Stuff / Re: Do Mormons tick you off?
« on: August 26, 2008, 04:22:48 PM »
heh. Speaking as one who has seen Skar and SE have a go at each other on the boards, I have to admit they've both been quite well behaved for some time now. Besides, you two are a "special" case, in my opinion--an exception to the status quo, if you will. ;)

Rants and Stuff / Re: Do Mormons tick you off?
« on: August 22, 2008, 10:44:48 PM »
Goodness! Hmm. Pardon me, Utopia, but you sound like the critical one here. All in all, most of us seem to get along very well on these boards, Mormon or not. If you've read the facts (as you may have, given your plea of "don't ban me"), you'll see that we all try to show mutual respect for one another's beliefs and that many of the folks on these boards are Mormon. Moreover, if I'm not mistaken, all of the admins are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So we naturally encourage folks not to throw around negative generalizations about forum members for whatever reason.

Now, that said, if we Mormon TWGers truly were mean spirited, we might feel inclined to point out (quite gleefully) that your question bears some grammatical difficulties. For instance, "is" should be "are" and "generally" would work better after the words "all Mormons." Also, you need to hyphenate "mean spirited" because you're using it as an adjective for "people."

Books / Re: review: Gone by Michael Grant
« on: August 21, 2008, 08:30:12 PM »
heh. Yeah. Thanks for fixing the punctuation. I hope Sprig can get the main page up and running soon.

By the way, I'll totally loan you this book when I'm in town if you'd like to read it. Then I can get that Rothfuss book. ;) Of course, thanks to my car repairs, I won't be going home any time soon. :P

Everything Else / Re: I can has lolcats?
« on: August 21, 2008, 01:45:45 AM »
awww, so cute. rotfl

Rants and Stuff / Re: These Stupid Titles VI
« on: August 20, 2008, 09:14:21 PM »
Indeed. I didn't have Sprigg's email so, when I saw something funky was going on, I emailed EUOL, SE, and Nessa. I'm sure Sprigg willl figure out how to get the main page of the side back online soon.

Oh, and a pox upon those hackers who messed with our inalienable right for time wasting!!

Rants and Stuff / Re: Revenge of Grumpy Bear
« on: August 18, 2008, 09:58:25 PM »
Uh oh. Double trouble. I think you have to get those special combs, too, to get out the little nits. :P Good luck.

As for me, I was so grumpy that I made my own thread about my latest disaster. Car repairs: why can't they ever be cheap??

Rants and Stuff / Re: Revenge of Grumpy Bear
« on: August 18, 2008, 07:42:12 PM »
Ewww! Poor little tike. Do you have to keep him home from school? Is it Carter or Spencer?

Rants and Stuff / My car ate my paycheck
« on: August 18, 2008, 04:26:05 PM »
So... to top off this month's loveliness, my car ate my paycheck. I took it in this weekend for some routine stuff. This weekend here in Massachusetts, we have a special "Tax-Free Holiday." Cool, huh? It doesn't apply to actually buying  a new vehicle, but pretty much everything else is fair game. My 2002 Focus needed a state inspection, oil change, and a new tire. Plus, I was worried about this noise that my car made whenever I turned the steering wheel. Sort of like a groaning. I thought maybe I just needed more fluid.

Or maybe it had something to do with the new sway bar link that had to be put in after I drove over a wicked bad pothole back in June. Lost my hubcap, bent the rim, and broke the sway bar link. I had no idea what that was until it broke. =p Apparently, it connects the front wheels together as part of the suspension and helps prevent the car from rolling. Stupid freakin' potholes. The one I ran afoul of was fixed just a few days *after* I blundered into it. Ah, the irony.

Anyhow, back to the present problem. Unluckily for me, the "groaning" meant I had a problem w/ my car's power steering. But just putting in more fluid wasn't gonna cut it. The power steering pump was fine but the fluid was leaking out because my rack and pinion needed to be replaced. (yeah, I looked that up too so now I know what a rack and pinion are.) Not a cheap thing to fix, let me tell you.  :'( 

So I ended up paying for an inspection, oil change, new tire, alignment, and a new rack and pinion. All told, nearly $800. gak! Thank heavens I didn't have to pay tax on all that. whew. But holy crap this sucks!!

Books / Re: review: The First Betrayal
« on: August 16, 2008, 04:48:41 AM »
Hmmm, yeah. I won't be reading this one.

I'm finishing another ARC I got--this one from Thomas Dunne Books (Macmillan) called Haters by David Moody. And so far... I'm hating it. The POV is 1st person and the guy is so whiney and spineless. His wife and kids are no better. And it's set in London yet I barely feel like I'm in a different city not to mention another country. I love London and this book does a pathetic job of rooting us in the setting. Oh, and a lot of it is so repetitive. So while it *seems* like the story is going further, it really isn't. (sigh) The language is rather bad too, not to mention some other crude stuff and the violence. I figure I ought to be willing to finish/review books I don't like, at least for the practice. If only I can finish it first.

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