Archive for February, 2003

Friday, February 14th, 2003
Yeah! I’m done…

Had a great day today. I finished the Egyptian time-travel story I started last Sunday. It’s such a relief to have it off my plate. I still have editing to do, but I’m happy to finally be at that stage.

Today is Valentine’s Day, received a great card from my best friend and her son. I had no idea they made singing valentines. Very funny.

Thursday, February 13th, 2003
What I’m watching and listening to…

I have really gotten into the CSI shows, particularly Miami. I think they’re very well done and like the character development of the pathologist in particular. The woman who plays the part really humanized the profession for me.

Today I was listening to the Dixie Chicks, Home CD. The harmonies are amazing and those chicks can truly play.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2003
Valentine’s Day and other greeting card holidays…

Why is it that one day of the year is hailed as sweethearts day? I always find that to be the strangest thing. As if by going out and buying cards and flowers, they can make up for a years worth of apathy.

My dh and I actually discuss this often. We look at Valentine’s Day as a greeting card holiday, you know, invented by the greeting card companies for the greeting card companies. We’re just amazed so many people buy into it.

We shake our heads at those poor guys who race through the grocery store in hopes of finding something to give, their wife, sweetheart, girlfriend, whatever. They’re always left with the remnants of what everyone else passed by. Does that really say honey you’re special and I love you?

The sad thing is these same people do this year after year, like Pavlov’s dog when the bell has been rung. You’d think after a while they’d learn.

Oh well, there’s always next year.

Tuesday, February 11th, 2003
Personal Best…

Wow today I reached a personal best in my writing. I surpassed 4700 words. It may not sound like much, but I’ve been really happy with reaching 2-3k per day. I find now that I’ve written so much I have the sudden urge to go for 5K. It’s greed on my part, plain and simple. I know this, which is why I’m making myself shut down the computer. The manuscript I’m working on will be there for me to finish tomorrow.

Monday, February 10th, 2003
Freedom of Speech and other fantasies…

Lately I’ve been giving a lot of thought to freedom of speech. What a lovely concept that is…but unfortunately not completely true. See freedom of speech exists only as long as the powers that be allow it. Make no mistake if a group wants to shut you up, if it’s large enough, powerful enough, it will.

Freedom of speech only exists as a concept. Like for example what I write here. It certainly is my expression of freedom of speech. But what happens when you’re part of something ‘group specific’. Does freedom of speech still apply?

The reason I bring this up is because I belong to a lot of online groups that all have their specific purpose or interest. Lately some of these groups have come under fire for trying to stay group specific, which I believe they have a right to do, since that was how they were set up.

What happens when some people try to change the purpose of the group? Is it simply a case of freedom of speech or does it cross the line? Should a group be able to determine what should and should not be allowed on a specific site, if the site was originally intended for specific discussions?

These are the questions I find myself asking today. I’m not sure I’ve come to any conclusion. My knee jerk reaction is to say if a group has been established to discuss beenie babies and some one comes in touting GI Joe, then that group has every right to say, “Hey go to the GI Joe group if you want to talk about that stuff. We only discuss beenie babies here.”

Sunday, February 9th, 2003
The Weekend Just Flew By

Man, I’ve had one of those weekends where you blink and it’s gone. I can’t believe how fast the days buzzed by. The weird thing is it was filled with things like running to various stores without really buying much, a couple of meals, and then hours in front of the computer. I’m pretty sure my dh was in the same room.

An hour that should have been spent watching Cops, okay I admit I’m a closet Cops junkie, was rudely cancelled by car races. So back into the computer room I went.

On the upside, my best friend’s son is turning one year old on Tuesday. And we’ve managed to exist one more day without a war, hopefully I’ll still be able to say the latter by next weekend.

Saturday, February 8th, 2003
Research and other ways to kill six hours…

I’ve just spent the last six or so hours poring over Egyptian history. I have to tell you it was fascinating. I never realized how much was going on. Although I was disappointed to hear that they were fighting with the Palestinians way back when.

I guess some things never change.

I think research is one of the many perks of being a writer. You get to work on cool stories and study things that may have been covered while you were in school, but not in near the detail. I’m actually starting to get excited about all this research. I had heard other writers state that the research was their favorite part of working on a new project. I really never believed it until now.

I can almost hear my teaching saying, “I told you so.”