June 6th, 2003

A Pocket Full of Murder

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I am posting here out of sheer guilt that I never seem to post here nowadays. Except I can't think of anything to post about. I don't know what it is, but these last couple of weeks or so my mind has been very... blank. Even when I have time for writing, I can't muster the will to do it. All my WiPs and plot bunnies are languishing in the mental hutch. So I've been reading, instead.

First, I finally got my hands on Keeping Watch, Laurie R. King's sort-of sequel to her suspense novel Folly. And I couldn't put it down, so I went around the house all day with it glued to my nose, and two frustrated children agitating around my ankles. Since a good part of it deals with the hero's reminiscences of the Vietnam War, it's pretty rough and grim, and not ordinarily the kind of thing I would pick up voluntarily. But it's a cracking good story and LRK shows her usual insight into human character and relationship dynamics. The ending felt a bit rushed, but I often find that with King's books. I'm not sure exactly why. Not enough denouement, perhaps? She's nowhere near as bad as Anne Perry is on that score, though. As soon as Perry's finished one of her big climactic trial/discovery scenes she screeches the narrative to a halt and tosses the reader out into the cold. LRK at least slows down and gives you a minute to prepare first.

I'm also re-reading Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles, which I haven't picked up in ten years, and noticing all kinds of things that escaped me the first time around (some of which I could wish had escaped me this time around, but oh well). I remember finding The Game of Kings hard going the first time, and in the end just skimming about 75% of it. This time, however, knowing more about the series and Dunnett's writing in general, I found it absorbing. I am having to brace myself for the fourth book, though. I very much fear the effect that a certain scene will have on me -- it was hard enough the first time, but now that I am the mother of two little blond-haired boys I'm afraid I won't be able to get through it at all. If you find me blubbing incoherently into my AIM window you'll know what happened. Erica, at least, will be sure to understand.

Really, though, I'm just killing time until Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix comes out, because yes, I am that sad. I'm not looking forward to all the hype, but too much hype does not automatically negate the value of the over-hyped item. Or at least, it hasn't yet. There is the possiblity that at 800+ pages this will turn out to be a great bloated monstrosity crying out for need of an editor (and indeed some people seemed to think that was true of Book IV), but I'll reserve judgment on that until I've read it...
A Pocket Full of Murder

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More proof of my weirdness -- as if it were needed:

Your Brain Usage Profile
from MindMedia

Auditory : 47%
Visual : 52%
Left : 50%
Right : 50%

Rebecca, you are one of those rare individuals who are perfectly "balanced" in both your hemispheric tendencies and your sensory learning preferences. However, there is both good news and bad news.

A problem with hemispheric balance is that you will tend to feel more conflict than someone who has a clearly established dominance. At times the conflict will be between what you feel and what you think but will also involve how you attack problems and how you perceive information. Details which will seem important to the right hemisphere will be discounted by the left and vice versa, which can present a hindrance to learning efficiently.

In the same vein, you may have a problem with organization. You might organize your time and/or space only to feel the need to reorganize five to ten weeks later.

On the positive side, you bring resources to problem-solving that others may not have. You can perceive the "big picture" and the essential details simultaneously and maintain the cognitive perspective required. You possess sufficient verbal skills to translate your intuition into a form which can be understood by others while still being able to access ideas and concepts which do not lend themselves to language.

Your balanced nature might lead you to second-guess yourself in artistic endeavors, losing some of the fluidity, spontaneity and creativity that otherwise would be yours.

With your balanced sensory styles, you process data alternately, at times visually and other times auditorially. This usage of separate memories may cause you to require more time to integrate information or re-access it. When presented with situations which force purely visual or purely auditory learning, increased anxiety is likely and your learning efficiency will decrease.

Your greatest benefit is that you can succeed in multiple fields due to the great plasticity and flexibility you possess.

Interesting. I don't really feel particularly conflicted between thought and feeling, myself; but there is some truth to the organizing and re-organizing thing. Sometimes it takes several attempts before I find an organizational system that really works for me, and I'm continually shuffling things around in an effort to organize them better. I don't think anybody would be likely to call me disorganized, though.
A Pocket Full of Murder

You know why I never seem to get any writing done?

Because it takes me forever, that's why. You know that "40 Things About My Character" meme that was going around a few weeks ago? Well, I decided to do it for D&L Snape and maybe Maud as well, but I know my limitations so I cut it down to 20 before I even started...

And after approximately three hours of working at the thing, I am still not past #5. And you would never know, from what little is there at the moment, that I had spent anything like that much time on it.

All I can say is that my Inner Editor is severely anal-retentive.