Naps

Jun. 25th, 2017 02:40 pm
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“Taking a nap was a good idea,” she defended herself. “It’s just that afterward I feel a little like someone crunched me into a vaguely spherical shape and used me for a frame or two of bowling.”

She gulped down more water. “I’ll be okay in another hour or two.”

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So because I rode my bike yesterday I forgot to do literally everything else on my to-do list.

Oops.

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A week or so ago I, like an adult, finally got my bike fixed and ready to ride. (I paid nice people to do it.) And I had taken it out for a couple of rides since and just… reveled in the feeling of riding a bike. It’s so much fun!

Ideally, I’d like to start riding my bike to work, but one of my rides was a test run, and I think I got halfway there before I realized that time-wise, it wasn’t going to work that day and also I need a lot more practice.

Today, however, I rode my bike just over a mile to the library. IS THERE ANYTHING BETTER THAN RIDING A BIKE TO THE LIBRARY AND COMING AWAY WITH A HEAVY BACKPACK OF BOOKS?

I THINK NOT.

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I went for a bike ride this morning and @ussjellyfish I apologize because in one direction the trail by my house is flat and on the other side it’s all uphill.

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A year and a half after accepting myself as queer and I still have moments thinking about the past where I’m just dumbstruck by how gay I was.

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Here’s the thing about writing advice: you don’t have to take any of it. It’s all optional.

If you want to use adverbs like they’re (still) going out of style, use them. If you want to substitute epithets for every proper name or pronoun, do it. If you want to write everything in first person, go for it.

Sometimes your choices will cost you readers. But maybe you weren’t writing for the person who hates first person. Maybe you were writing for the person who loves it because it gives a sense of immediacy and intimacy.

People post writing advice for many reasons, and personal preference is often top of the list.

That’s not to say that if you really want to improve your writing, you should dismiss all the advice. Knowing that epithets throw a lot of people out of a story is useful. You can adjust for the effect that you want. Maybe you use a common phrase without thinking about what it actually means and see a rant about how people are using it incorrectly. Good! Now you get to decide if you agree and if you’re going to adjust in the future.

But don’t beat yourself up. Keep writing. Keep reading. Make the choices you want. If you want to improve, you will. If you don’t care and just want to share fun stories, do that. There’s room for everyone.

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Had the best time with @ussjellyfish and @liberalmasochist at Chicago OUAT con. Couldn’t ask for better roommates. They teased me appropriately for going to the wrong hotel when I first got into Chicago (look, it has the same name as the one we stayed at and the website doesn’t mention it at ALL so I think it’s an understandable mistake). They also totally got me drunk on Saturday night before the concert and then laughed at me, which was nice of them, don’t you think???

They mostly made me be the adult the rest of the time and I managed to get us to panels more or less on time and everyone got their photo ops and autographs so I think I did okay.

more con details ahead! )

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