Five Short Notes on the Passing of Terry Pratchett

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LiveJournal post: 12/11/2008 22:11:00  

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Random Additional Thoughts on “Nation”/”Graveyard Book”   

Neil Gaiman makes me happy I speak and have access to the English language.

Terry Pratchett makes me happy to be a human being, among human beings.

 

This is still true.

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I met him once, in the winter-to-spring bit of 1998.  I told him, very incoherently, that I had written my senior undergrad English thesis on “Small Gods.”  He said (very kindly, and as if I had not been a babbling mess): “Well I hope you got a good mark.”  I was deeply embarrassed and deeply happy that this interaction happened.

This is still true.

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I once told a friend of mine that in retrospect, the bulk of my teen-to-adult sense of morality and ethics were shaped by Xena and Granny Weatherwax. I was not entirely sure what that said about me. But I was okay with it.

This is still true.

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4.

I want more.

I’m afraid my tears are and have been incredibly, incredibly selfish.  I don’t know how to stop having them, though.

I want so much more.

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5.

LiveJournal post: 12/12/2007 17:50:00

Tags: authors

Aw, no.

NO, no no no no no NO.

Terry Pratchett diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 

Fuck.

 

This is  still true.

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(We are poorer for the loss of you.)

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I don’t understand.

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And so she said to me…

…”You don’t have stage fright.  You have Imposter’s Sydrome.  EVERYBODY has Imposter’s Syndrome.”

And suddenly I felt a frillion times better.

(However, presenting at a conference is still my idea of Hell, eighth circle.  I’ve had such a happy life without PowerPoint up ’til now…)


Oh, I surrender

This blog isn’t going to go anywhere if I continue sitting around waiting until I finish all my Grand Important Philosophical Statements on art and the meaning of literature and justice and What Writing Means to Me… I may as well start with the little things and see what evolves.

Little things like BIG DRAGONS.

To wit:
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12 Mistakes Nearly Everyone Who Writes About Grammar Mistakes Makes

This. Most verily.  Sometimes I see even industry professionals getting sucked down into the Rule vs. Style thing.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4312009

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Snowflakes!

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Sometimes my dear little phone-that-could does all right.

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More testing…

…on this shamefully neglected blog, which I WILL do something with soon, promise…

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