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08 June 2010 @ 10:10 pm
wtf, skin?  
I swear I'm breaking out worse than when I was a teenager. Even my zits have zits. It's DRIVING ME CRAZY. Argh.

ANYWAY. Moving on.

Tagged by sleepygoof8784, the book meme.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
6. Tag five people.

So I've got my laptop and I'm in bed right now. Ahh, comfycozy. The book on my nightstand ATM is Stephen King's On Writing, which was loaned to me by the ever-generous ennui_blue_lite. However, despite my best intentions, I haven't done much more than skim the introduction. /o\

So hey, now I get a sneak preview:


The timid fellow writes The meeting will be held at seven o'clock because that somehow says to him, "Put it this way and people will believe you really know." Purge this quisling thought! Don't be a muggle! Throw back your shoulders, stick out your chin, and put that meeting in charge! Write The meeting's at seven. There, by God! Don't you feel better?


Mr. King apparently has a bugaboo about passive voice. I don't. I think it's fine for beginning writers to avoid it, but I think that stylistically, the passive voice is just as powerful a tool as the active voice. I find a lot of writing advice is geared toward novices - a set of "rules" to follow to "make your writing better." Maybe for beginning writers, those kind of guidelines are helpful, but I think when you get to a certain point (e.g. every decent fanfic writer), they just become a crutch and hold you back.

IDK. What do you all think? Also, any recs on books about writing?

Let's see. Tagging: rivers_bend, ennui_blue_lite, silsbee329, jouissant, and geeky_ramblings. And anyone else who wants to do it!

In other news, I'm apparently insane because I'm contemplating doing kink_bingo and/or hc_bingo. Anyone want to be insane along with me? Come on, the world needs more kinky and h/c-y fic!
How do I feel?: aggravatedstupid zits
ivorysilkivorysilk on June 9th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
I just signed up for h/c bingo. Because I am apparently insane--which, I could maybe use in a fic ...
Sky: [other] cocoaskyblue_reverie on June 9th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
Ha, you know, I actually think there is a square for insanity on some of the h/c bingo cards. :D Can't wait to see what you write for it!
victory's sweet, even deep in the cheap seatsjouissant on June 9th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Oh my god, the skin woes. I has them. Going off hormonal birth control has been hell on my skin. UGH. Now my skin has suddenly decided it's combination, too. Joy.

Thanks for tagging me for the meme! My answer is totally boring. There was an interesting and intellectual book sitting right underneath it, too, but I resisted the urge to cheat.

Regarding passive voice, I do try to avoid it in most situations since avoiding it has been DRILLED into me over the years. But really, in the hands of a competent writer, I think almost any writerly no-no can be used to good effect. Interestingly, I tend to lapse into passive voice like crazy when I write Spock.

Edited at 2010-06-09 05:54 am (UTC)
Sky: [star trek aos] and always shall beskyblue_reverie on June 9th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
Argh skin woes. They SUCK. I need to contact my doctor and get back ON the hormonal birth control. Maybe that'll calm down my raging hormones. I'm a year post-partum! WTF, hormones? Chill already!

You're very welcome! I didn't think it was boring. I shall comment over there momentarily.

But really, in the hands of a competent writer, I think almost any writerly no-no can be used to good effect.

Yes, this! Exactly. Which is why I tend to get irritated by books that offer one-size-fits-all "rules" for good writing. It doesn't work that way - there are as many different types of good writing as there are snowflakes, and there's no one right path to good writing. IMHO, of course. ;)

And Spock totes cries out for passive voice. :D
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Sky: [star trek aos] bones damaged calmskyblue_reverie on June 9th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
I had the occasional breakout as a teenager, but yeah, my skin was always pretty good. NOT ANYMORE. Man, this is really annoying. I'm sorry you've got it too! Apparently we're suffering from some kind of complexion karma. D:
janice_lesterjanice_lester on June 9th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
I did the previous version of this meme, and happened to have a writing book to hand. It's the one I'd recommend to (slash-friendly) fanfiction writers.

I've signed up for [community profile] kink-bingo, but don't get any kind of charge from the prospect of an h/c version. *shrugs* [community profile] kink-bingo plus startrekbigbang ought to be enough to keep me busy over winter.
Sky: [star trek tos] jim bones pornskyblue_reverie on June 9th, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
Sounds like you'll be a busy writer indeed! I'm looking forward to reading your forthcoming fic. :D

Oooh, how do you do the html coding so a dreamwidth comm shows up with its little logo like you did?

Thanks for the book rec. That looks very helpful!
janice_lesterjanice_lester on June 9th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
For a comm, this is the dummy code:

<a href='http://COMMNAME.dreamwidth.org/profile'><img src='http://penguinz.nfshost.com/community.png' alt='[community profile] ' width='17' height='17' style='vertical-align: text-bottom; border: 0; padding-right: 1px;' /></a><a href='http://COMM.dreamwidth.org/'><b>COMM</b></a>

For a user:

<a href='http://USER.dreamwidth.org/profile'><img src='http://penguinz.nfshost.com/user.png' alt='[community profile] ' width='17' height='17' style='vertical-align: text-bottom; border: 0; padding-right: 1px;' /></a><a href='http://USER.dreamwidth.org/'><b>USER</b></a>

I have those set up using macro software (TextExpander for OS X; there are other options, for Mac and Windows) so that all I need to type is 'dwcomm' or 'dwuser' and it expands out into the dummy code for me to tailor to the specific comm or user. The little images are hosted on my webspace, so if you wanted to use them regularly you should either use the ones on DW (http://s.dreamwidth.org/img/silk/identity/user.png and http://s.dreamwidth.org/img/silk/identity/community.png) or else upload 'em to your own space. Either way, for a lot of people that's going to seem like an awful lot of trouble. I think just a link is fine, so long as it works--it bugs me when it's an LJ user tag thing for a user who only exists on DW. :-)
Sky: [star trek tos] bones cheezburgerskyblue_reverie on June 9th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
Yowza! That is very involved indeed. I can see that once you have it set up, it wouldn't be that hard, but setting it up would take some time.

Thank you for the info - maybe someday I'll do all that, but for now, I'll just stick with my boring old links. ;)
sleepygoof8784sleepygoof8784 on June 9th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
Yay you did it!

I would sign up, but I'm currently doing stbigbang and the mirrorverse remix challenge, and I'm finishing up/defending my thesis this month. Eep!

And the skin thing must be going around, my chin looks like a volcano, it disgusts even me. Lol. I blame it on something in the fandom water. Lol.
Sky: [star trek aos] pike ruefulskyblue_reverie on June 9th, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
I did it! \o/ Sorry it took me so long.

Oooh, you'll definitely be very very busy. Good luck with all of that! Can't wait to read your fics.

I am sad that you are having the skin thing too! Fannish people are awesome, we deserve nice skin. :P
Desrosedesrose on June 9th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
"The Writer's Book of Wisdom-- 101 ways to master your craft" has been my bible. It's amazing! I definitely recommend it wholeheartedly.

This book that Steven King wrote on writing sounds intriguing... we are talking about the same Steven King the horror novel writer right?

Sky: [other] fieldskyblue_reverie on June 10th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Ooooh, I will check that out. Thanks for the rec!

Yup, Stephen King the horror novel writer wrote a book on writing called On Writing. :D Wow, that was an awkward sentence.
hobbotok: water_melonhobbotok on June 9th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
It dawned on me that i need to imrove my English urgently, so i took Bridget Jones in order to see what modern language is:))) Was disappointed a bit, as the most common words were fat, smoke and drink, plus grammar mistakes, which is really bad for a non-native or how to say)
And now i've got "Carry on, Jeeves" in my bag, does it requires quotation?:))
very little of my lj-friends play these "tag-games", that's a pity, i also want to be tagged))
Sky: [j&w] bertie smile animatedskyblue_reverie on June 10th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
Ha, yes, I could see that Bridget Jones wouldn't be the best way to improve English skills. :D

Book titles in English are italicized, so it would be Carry On, Jeeves. Hope you're enjoying it! Of course, that probably isn't the best source for modern language either. ;)

You should start up a tag-game among your friends! Start with this one - I hereby tag you! :)
hobbotok: water_melonhobbotok on June 10th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
Oh, so one does not use inverted commas in such case at all??

Yes, you're right:) But that was a sure-fire way for me to cheer up. I think i will read Arthur Hailey afterwards.

thank you very much:))