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23 September 2010 @ 11:55 pm
They will never suspect anything, until the arrows fly!  
This morning I left the house roughly on time, and immediately ran into an old friend from 20 years ago right outside my gate. After a 10 minute chat, I left him and continued on.

The very next person I saw was wearing a traditional tin-foil hat.

I knew it was going to be one of those days, and it was.

My friends at work have a book running on how many days I can restrain myself before I bring my archery equipment in. Next Thursday is popular. This is, of course, nonsense. I will poison the teacups of those who exhaust my patience with carefully chosen botanicals that could easily be mistaken for perfectly safe herbs.

Also, for anyone who has ever held fic writers to account saying 'well, if you were a published writer ...', know that if they were published writers there is every chance under the sun they could not spell, count, be in touch with reality, stick to a style guide or commission brief. Fandom people have no idea how lucky they are!
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FEELS TERRORIST!: Doctor Who Eleven worse than everybody'smomebie on September 23rd, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
I just keep reminding myself that someone at Little Brown is responsible for the editing on Twilight. It makes me feel better about life in general, because it's not me.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 23rd, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm going to adopt that as my mantra for the next fortnight: I think it will get me through. Thank you!
Kieranfilmatleven on September 23rd, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Fandom people have no idea how lucky they are!

Amen.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 23rd, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
I found myself unable to explain to one of the women in the office today where she was going wrong, as it would have taken far less time to sum up the few things she was getting right. I ended up just holding up the style guide and saying 'Style good. Leaving for me to fix, bad.'

When my usually warm and educational management style ends up sounding like Buffy, it's time to move on, or move the rest of them on. Either will be fine.
Kieranfilmatleven on September 23rd, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Person above me has a very good point - at least it's not Twilight?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 23rd, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
True, though I feel sure that Stephenie Meyer and I could possibly bond in a weird weird way as I shook my head at her and said 'Oh honey ... feminism.' a lot and she stared at me wide-eyed and said 'Theoretically, you should have burst into flame by now, but let's have another slice of cake before you do!'

Amusingly, I was meant to be interviewing Charlaine Harris of Sookie Stackhouse fame tomorrow, but tragic circumstances in her family intervened. All-round poo, really.
Kieranfilmatleven on September 23rd, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
I've not read the stackhouse novels. Are they good? =D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 23rd, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Extremely enjoyable, with enough good bits to make the less good ones fly by.
Kieranfilmatleven on September 23rd, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
I shall add it to the reading list. Which if life ever calms the f* down, next up is the Black Dagger Brotherhood novels... or.. I think that's what they're called. whatever. those.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 23rd, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
The ones by whastisname Cook? They're good.
Kieranfilmatleven on September 23rd, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
uh, no, the ones by JR Ward
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 23rd, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
SO MANY BLACK BROTHERHOODS!!!

If I ever write a classic fantasy series, it will be the Brotherhood of the Liberty Print.
wemyss: CofETorywemyss on September 23rd, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Sisterhood, surely?
Boden for the podgy brethren from the Shires.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 23rd, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Sisterhood, surely?
I'm visualising a male dominated force of assassins who fade into nothingness by dint of running into Foale and Tuffin exhibitions.
ladyjanevaladyjaneva on September 24th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
ohohoh, if that (interview) does happen at a later time, you MUST tell us(me) what you think of her, what impression you got, etc etc.

I love quite a few of her books, but always get the giggles when I see her picture...
Libbylibby_drew on September 23rd, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
You had me at tin-foil hat.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 23rd, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
I cannot tell you how much I wanted to just look that woman in the eye, say, 'Yes, I see', turn around and go back home. Where I could have finally had a good read of your wonderful story. This month is poo!
Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on September 23rd, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
Fandom totally would not accept the shit some published authors get away with. And that's a fact. I'd rather (much rather) edit Twilight than the book doc I have open in the other window right now. "Breathe" has been my mantra for those kind of situations.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 23rd, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
I started off with 'Breathe', but I have to confess it's been 'Kill' for about a fortnight.

(I'm happily imagining the two of us editing Book 4 of Twilight with the self-cesaeraening baby.)
Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on September 23rd, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
(I'm happily imagining the two of us editing Book 4 of Twilight with the self-cesaeraening baby.)

OMG that would be such a blast!!!! :D :D

(In other news, I just got a call from the publisher that I am on for the third het porn Ann Summers translation next spring. :S)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 23rd, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
I am cackling madly WITH you, not AT you :-)

prone to mischief: Macaroonstreacle_tartlet on September 23rd, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, go with the archery equipment. You can borrow SG, whose Uncle G has been teaching her the rudiments of firing an arrow, and claim that it was all a tragic mishap.

*ponders*

Is there something deeply flawed about my maternal instinct, that I let a drunk welshman hold the tiny baby and a mentally unstable (possibly recovering) drug addict teach the five year old archery, do you think?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 23rd, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Darling, it's quite a bit saner than my own parents, and look how well I turned out!
Meredythmeredyth_13 on September 23rd, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
*sends sympathy, scotch and tea*

blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 23rd, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
*Gratefully accepts all*
*Sends Big Hugs in return. Also, OOH, Bradley ...*
kayoko: Little Red Ridinghoodkayoko on September 24th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
What an interesting day! Now I'm curious what that person was doing with a tin foil hat. Doesn't it get hot under there?
Welcome to Ant Country: Academiaant_queen on September 24th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Oh dear, one of *those* days.

Today I would like the ban the use of the word "media" in any university or vocational education course. I'm doing a project on interactive media, that includes a nation-wide curriculum review. I am so sick of having to filter out all the bloody communications degrees from the computer science and creative industries courses.

Though on an amusing note, I reminds me of a Creative Arts academic who wrote on a draft of a subject outline "The appropriate plural form of medium in this context is media. Mediums is a group of psychics."
AMY 凛☆ラブ☆アタックtomatoe18 on September 24th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
If I were in your situation, I'd go back home, bury myself under a blanket and scream at the world at large from under it. I had one such day yesterday. Unfortunately, my car had already left the building and I couldn't go back home. So I avenged myself by not doing any work whatsoever for the whole day. It's only fair.