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Coffee Helps in Persuasion  See, this is why men should take women out for coffee instead of caramels.

Ten Things Teenage Writers Should Know  And some okay advise if you’re a not-so-teenage writer too.  I’m thinking about posting this link on a couple of MySpace forums that have a lot of teenagers, but I worry it might be presumptive of me.

About.com knows the Differences between Men and Women  I point this out because it really doesn’t say anything that’s new and it’s like a third of a normal web page big.  I’m just glad it can all be summed up so easily…

Via SportsGeezer (one of my favorite blogs), here’s the New Rules of Stretching  Interesting.  Whether this “rewrite [to] the book on stretching” is accurate and non-harmful, I don’t know.

Speaking of blogs, my LJ is becoming a little more bloggish.  That’s because I’m spending less time on Neopets and more time reading stuff.  Is it a good change?  I don’t know.  Mostly it’s just a means to pass on interesting links to Eric.  But, maybe I should start tagging things.

And ironically, the icon that seems to be the most “bloggish” is the Meepit…a critter from Neopets.

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Want potato chips. Mmm, salt. I guess I’ll settle for some cashews and a banana.

We won all three games Saturday. Yay! Won by very nice margins too. Tom flew back early, unexpectedly. Eric and I were schlepping to the far fields when I looked over my shoulder and there was Tom. I did an honest-to-gawd double take. So we’ve made it to play-offs. Woot! We’re playing White on Rice tomorrow. They beat us in the regular season, but our team has really come together since then. And mean literally ‘since then.’ After that game, we started playing through the entire game. Alex started handling so well and Ryan started to wake up and really play. If we can take care of their women, we got it handled. Ooo, excitement!

Today I’m working on some rewrites, as usual, and doing a touch of housecleaning. I’m also working my way into a MySpace argument or two. One of which involving the dude that contacted me about gaming with us. Well, he asked what we all thought about jumping from writing project to writing project. Can I help it if I think you should finish projects, even if they become difficult? (No need to comment on that, Eric. Despite my resistance and laziness, I’m still here, still working on Model Species. If anything, I want to see this bugger done, through and sold more than any other book ever.)

Blech, that banana was kinda nasty, but I feel better now.

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Book #10:

Ghosting: A Double Life by Jennie Erdal
In Ghosting, Jennie Erdal writes about her twenty year stint as a ghost writer for the owner of a British publishing company.  She includes a very long set up of the events, including much of her background and how she developed her love of words.  When she began work for the man she calls “Tiger” in this memoir, it was a translator of Russian and an editor.  By the end, she had penned two novels in his name as well as many magazine columns and edited many books of interviews. 

I started out not liking this book very much.  It took a while for me to get through the first 75 pages or so.  Erdal’s writing was too heavy with long metaphors.  Her boss struck me very much like a spoiled brat, getting his way in every case.  I found it difficult to summon much sympathy for her plight.  But then, around the time Erdal describes her divorce, it seemed like the writing lost some of its self-consciousness.  Jennie Erdal has some passages about her family that are really lovely, as are her observations on translating and ghosting.  But these area are given little time, nearly pushed into the background by the huge, obnoxious personality of Tiger.  And maybe in that, her art imitates that time in her life.