Overdose of Profanity and other stories

Highlight of this week: A double-date to see The King's Speech, with my parents. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Things I loved about it:
  • Exquisite performances from both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush
  • Bellatrix Lestrange Lucy Honeychurch Helena Bonham Carter. Is there a role that girl can't play?
  • Well-told story
  • Quiet, beautiful cinematography
  • Cleanliness, other than about fifteen seconds packed with as many curse words as possible
  • The presence of Mom and Dad and Lou, three of my favorite people in the world, in the theater with me

I recommend it. Just be aware of the F-bombs.

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Other highlight from this week: at my request, Mom took a few inches off my hair. The tips are above my waist instead of below, now, and they don't get involved in everything I'm doing anymore. It's incredibly freeing. The day I buckled a few strands into a seat belt was the day I knew it was time.

My best friend wanted a picture. Here it is, MissPhotographerB!

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Music of the week: A new (old?) piece I've loved learning.

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This is how I felt about Catcher in the Rye too. Minus the use of the F-word again (seriously, I can go a whole week or better without even thinking about that particular curse, and here I have occasion to reference it twice in my blog?) After all, Holden's continual swearing was another reason I couldn't bear the book. I read Catcher in my early twenties, and had never in my life seen so many swear words per sentence. It was like being screamed at for two hundred pages.

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Writers' link of the week: Storyfix on the eight moments you need to deliver to your reader. It makes me want to look at not just my own manuscript, but my favorite books, and see how they compare.

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Funny of the week: Dave Barry's Tips for Writers. Favorite line:

"The apostrophe is used mainly in hand-lettered small-business signs to alert the reader that an "S" is coming up at the end of a word, as in: WE DO NOT EXCEPT PERSONAL CHECK'S..."

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I have a cold. I'm going to go read the last half of The Eye of the World and drink tea.

Happy weekend, everybody!


  1. Are you reading The Wheel of Time series for the first time??? I read it as a teen, though I petered out toward the end of the series (2 books from the just-released penultimate). I plan to catch up again sometime soon-ish... Can't wait to hear what you think of it :)

    And, I liked The King's Speech as well. It was warm, lovely film and story.

  2. Didn't you have a cold last week, & the week before that too? Get better soon!

  3. I cannot stand The Catcher and the Rye! I also read it twice in High School after a teacher suggested I missed something the first time around. It gave me an icky feeling. I thought something was wrong with me until I was older and knew better.

    You probably got your cold from us. We have been home for over a week and it won't go away - sorry!

  4. Donna, yes! and I'm absolutely loving it, although The Eye of the World is enormous and I'm a little intimidated by the number of (presumably equally) massive books remaining. That's a lot of reading to find out if Rand and Egwene get married. :P

    George, thanks! And Sara, I don't know--this whole thing got started about a week before Christmas, and has been off and on ever since. Maybe I gave it to you! If so, I am very sorry.

  5. I've managed to get through life so far without ever having read the Catcher & the Rye. I don't feel I've missed anything. :)

  6. Oh, Jenna! Your hair is soooo beautiful!!!! I love it!

  7. I can hardly wait to talk to you about "Eye of the World."

  8. I have different feelings on the Rand/Egwene situation.

    Don't you hate it when you keep remembering things that you want to say after you have already posted on your friend's blog and then you end up with three posts in a row...maybe it's just me. ;)

  9. George, people disagree on that, but Holden's perspective was so foreign to me (and so base in expression) that I can't recommend it. At least, not to anyone who thinks much like I do. :)

    MissPhotographerB, thank you! And I'm excited to talk to you about The Eye of the World too. Soon as I can talk without coughing... And I definitely want to hear your feelings on the Rand/Egwene situation. You might be able to help me think it through. That'll be a fun conversation. :D


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