And NaNo begins!

A short, SHORT post before NaNo officially begins in one hour. What’s NaNo, you ask? National Novel Writing Month. 50,000 words in 30 days! Yay! Updates here! Snippets! Cookies! Rants and raves! Come on over to the NaNo forums and talk about it all. I’m RealAnise there, so feel free to put me on your buddy list. 🙂 More updates as events warrant!

And am I ready to go, you ask? Spongebob, take it away!

Top 10 Reasons Why ANTM 19 Is A Massive Writing Fail: Reason 2

Feed Me!!!

Last night’s episode was really a grab bag of problems, so many that it’s hard to even put them in order. They do relate to each other, and we’ll see why in the next post.

Where to start…

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Slouching Past Depravity: Season 4 of Jersey Shore, Part 1

Doing Their Bit to Make America Dumber, One Season At a Time
Doing Their Bit to Make America Dumber, One Season At a Time

And now it’s time for yet another round of “Just How Far Has Our IQ Dropped From Watching Reality TV?” Yay! Is everybody ready? Do you have your wetsuit and chemical goggles on? Then let’s go.
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The Portland Mercury Article is UP!!

Read this paper! 🙂

There are times when justice prevails, and when the sheer goodness of humanity shines through. One of those beautiful moments occurred when someone was giving out free chocolate at the Tuesday night writers’ meetup, of course. But another one came today, and it was sweet, sweet victory. The Portland Mercury published the article about our writers’ group.

There’s something about these glowing moments of honesty and righteousness that makes us proud to be human– it’s very similar to when you save a baby sparrow, or work in a soup kitchen, or find the perfect death-by-chocolate recipe. (Hint: I have it.;) And that’s how we all felt today. So rejoice with me now by reading Ben Coleman’s fabulous, wonderful, amazing article about our group!!!

Why D/G Still Matters

Okay, EVERY single post around here is NOT going to be a rant about ANTM 19, the evil that is BryanBoy, the tragedy of Jael, the utter annoyingness of adding social media as a factor this season, the sad way that Tyra really is turning out to be a bitch, and so on, and so on, and so on. (Although I will be posting an analysis of why all writers can learn from how reality TV works. Yes, really!)

This post will be greatly expanded upon in much more coherent fashion in Part 2 of
Fun Facts About Copyright Law for Fanfic Authors
. But I’m just going to say a few things here.

Does D/G still matter? Kind of a strange question, to most people’s ears (and that’s assuming that you’ve already explained enough about fandoms, shipping, and everything else that would cause that question to even make any sense.) After all, the canon closed years ago, both in print and in film. We certainly know that Draco and Ginny didn’t end up together as a romantic couple, although none of us really thought they would in the first place. They never interacted much in canon, and when they did, they were pretty nasty to each other (although Ginny did give Draco that compassionate look during Slughorn’s Christmas party in the HBP film, and he deliberately turned his head away from her. Remember?)

So why would this pairing matter?

My argument is that it does, very much. Clearly this can’t be from the POV of spinning theories based on what’s going to happen in canon. But there are characteristics that only these two people share. There are things which only the two of them have experienced. There is suffering and darkness that only they can know, and a healing which only they could build together. That’s why out of every conceivable pairing that has ever been cooked up from HP canon, only Draco/Ginny remains fascinating. Like Romeo and Juliet, they are iconic.

I’ve been writing in this fandom for a long time, and I’ve never really been all that interested in writing anything else. (And I have a very wide range of original writing, from romance to civil rights journalism to editing Cisco manuals!)But only D/G continues to compel. That’s why my fanfics involving this pairing inspired Death Train. Who knows what Draco and Ginny may inspire in you?

Anyway… more soon on FIA! 🙂

Telling Jael’s Story

The Truth Is Out There

An extremely quick post.

I’m working on a video about Jael called “The Fall of Beauty: The Tragedy of Jael Strauss.” It’ll be a summary of her earlier modeling work, her appearance on ANTM, the addictions, and the stunning lack of response from Tyra. I’m using After Effects CS 5.5 again, and if y’all have ever used that program, you know all of the exceptionally cool stuff that can be done in it. 🙂 Updates soon, and eventually links to Youtube!

Jael Strauss and The Absolute Failure of ANTM 19: Part 3

Sadly, Janice Was Right About Tyra: She Really Is a Bitch.

Apparently, this particular massive fail on the part of Tyra Banks and ANTM 19 is NEVER going to end. Here’s the latest:
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