December 7th, 2005


Walking With Fire: An Eastern Indo-European Conference (Part III)

"Reading Departure Signs in Some Big Airport, Wondering Why We Ever Go Home"

This review only really covers the important things, so not everything covered in other entries will be covered in this one, because some things are a) for those who were there and b) simply unimportant.

Entries from this trip:
Entry 1 | Entry 2 | Entry 3 | Entry 4 | Entry 5 | Entry 6
A quick overview of the entire trip

11/24/05: Third Day: Salzberg

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Next update:

11/25/05: Fourth Day: Vienna

Entries from this trip:
Entry 1 | Entry 2 | Entry 3 | Entry 4 | Entry 5 | Entry 6
A quick overview of the entire trip

Sicko, that's me.

Being sick, yet again, will not do much for me trying to gain some of that weight I keep being told I need to gain.

I imagine I'll be losing another five lbs. over the next week.

I'm somewhat amazed that I managed to make it through Austria with my health intact.

At the moment, I have a strong suspicion that I drank something more than water that last day in France. . . That's about the timing of this, and the feeling. It's certainly not a cold or the flu, that's for damn sure.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, and hope to make it through the day.

After all, I have to post tomorrow. It's important. It's Vienna. There are dead people to talk about, and I know you're all on the edge of your seat waiting for Falco!

Mary Sue?

Oh, my, there's a quote:

"'You know, when you stop and think about it… Cthulhu is a bit a Mary Sue isn’t he?'"

second definition of Mary Sue

I found that quote on Errant Story, one of my favourite webcomics. I laughed so damn hard I hurt. I'm still hurting. Oh, the pain!

I know a lot of fan-fic writers, and found this "Mary Sue Litmus Test", as well as this similar one, to be amusingly useful, and probably a good wakeup call. . . Because I know a lot of my favourite characters from various fantasy novels would score high on this thing.

But really, the idea that authors need to take a good, hard look at their characters and think about the character a lot more would make a lot of writing a hell of a lot more interesting.

On a personal note, I realized that there are some places, some things where I simply need to start over. I'm not quite sure how to do that quite yet, but I'd like to try that. I was just thinking that it might be a good bet to simply start at the beginning with everybody, and everything.

There's so much I love in this life, and I need it to be shiny and new again.