dead trees give no shelter

Mar. 24th, 2017 09:45 pm
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Last year, a couple of weeks before Halloween, I had this idea to write a short, supernatural horror story. At the time, I was deep in the first draft of the short story that became a novella that really wants to be a novel (which has since been titled “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything”), so switching tracks to work on something different was intended to be a quick detour that would give me something to release for Halloween.

Once I got into it, though, Project Ravenswood took on its own life and it went from being a short story that I expected to finish around 3500 words after a week or so, to something I worked on for several months and just finished yesterday, at a little under 14,000 words. I retitled it “Dead Trees Give No Shelter”, and now I have to decide what I’m going to do with it. Part of me wants to hold onto it and put it out as part of the short collection it was originally intended to be part of, another part of me wants to release it right away as an ebook, still another part of me wants to pitch it to a couple of editors I respect, and still another part of me wants to record and release it as an audiobook original.

So I’m not sure what happens next with this story, because I’ve never worked this long on something that’s this (relatively) short, and I’m in unfamiliar territory right now. I do know that I get to do two things:

  1. I get to erase it from the white board.
  2. I get to go back to work on the novel.

Oh, and I get to release a new work of creative fiction for the first time in years. That’s pretty cool, and feels really good. However I get this story from me to you, I think you’ll enjoy it … or, at least, I hope you do.

Doesn't sound very close to me

Mar. 24th, 2017 09:16 pm
[personal profile] oursin

While I have quite oft remarked that, if you want to exercise regularly, it really helps if where you do it is easy to get to, and something that may not be the absolutely ideal thing but close at hand is more likely to actually get done on a relatively regularly basis than something that might be optimum but a faff to get to. (This probably applies to other things as well.)

But while this article more or less substantiates The Wisdom of the Hedjog in principle, I was a bit beswozzled by the travel distance cited - 3.7 miles - which does not strike me as what I would consider a walkable distance, at least if one's combining it (there and back) with a workout.

It's a different world. And I would like to know, are we talking public transport? or driving? to get there.

Reiterates anecdote of walking from where I was staying in Austin TX to Zilker Park, through entirely deserted streets, and found when I got there hordes of people who had driven there to walk, jog, etc.

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Mar. 24th, 2017 05:31 pm
[personal profile] the_rck
I have been exhausted and headachy all day. I lay down from about 9:30 until about 11:30, but I didn’t manage to sleep. Right now, I’m drinking a cherry coke and sitting in bed with the lights very dim and a shoulder throw electric blanket (borrowed from Cordelia) on the back of my neck and across my shoulders. The prolonged, very focused heat is helping a lot. I think that I might actually be able to sleep now, but I would like to manage to stay awake and get things done.

Scott is currently out, taking Cordelia and her best friend off for their weekly gathering of friends. The movie of the week is Ponyo.

I think Scott’s disappointed that I wasn’t awake and doing things with him all day while Cordelia was at school and probably won’t be this evening while she’s out. We almost never get time alone in the house. Of course, from my point of view, Friday is the absolute worst day for anything requiring being able to think or being able to deal with noise or bright lights or… yeah.

I’m kind of terrified that this may be a long term thing and get worse next year due to Cordelia needing to get up before Scott leaves for work. Getting up with Cordelia wouldn’t be such a big deal if it was even occasionally feasible to nap later in the day or to go to bed at 8:00 or 9:00.

This Feeling

Mar. 24th, 2017 05:08 pm
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This Feeling

Mar. 24th, 2017 04:57 pm
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Set after season 2 winter finale - can diverge a little from the series' major events.

He was gone. 'Till then, Chloe never realized how important Lucifer had become to her... Never realized how deeply she was in love with him and how much it hurt, now, his absence.
But she definitely didn't want to surrender to the pain... She wanted to struggle and get her life back.
And yet, something started to happen to her... Get rid of that feeling isn't easy. Especially if someone's in love with the Devil.

Words: 784, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

Fur-bal Abuse

Mar. 24th, 2017 09:00 pm
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Retail | NY, USA

(I work in an outlet of a very high-end retail store. Most customers are looking to save a little money on expensive clothing and shoes, but some people don’t understand the concept of “outlet.” I am working in the coat section.)

Customer: “Excuse me, do you work here?”

Me: “Yes, ma’am, how can I help you?”

(She holds up a $500 coat.)

Customer: “Why is everything here so cheap? Where are your good fur coats?”

Me: *indicating the rack with furs on it* “All our furs are right here, ma’am. Are you looking for a particular designer?”

Customer: *wrinkling her nose* “No, these are too cheap looking. Where are the GOOD furs?”

Me: “All our furs are here, ma’am.”

Customer: “Ugh, why don’t you have any by [High End Designer]. I can get them at [Main Store in NYC]; why don’t you carry them?”

Me: “Well, we are an outlet and we don’t always carry the same brands. People come here expecting to save money so we don’t always have the most expensive things. ”

Customer: “That is ridiculous! I came here to find a specific coat and you don’t even HAVE it. All you have is this cheap s***!”

(She managed to push a rack of $600 coats onto the floor and stomped on them while I frantically radioed for a manager. She screamed about our store being cheap until she was escorted out by security. She damaged nearly $10,000 worth of merchandise.)

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Yes, March is nearly over, but believe it or not there’s plenty of places that are still very cold right now. That shouldn’t keep you off your bike. There’s something ultra-satisfying about the incredulous looks you get from people when you’re out riding your motorcycle in sub-freezing temperatures. They clearly think…

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February booklog

Mar. 24th, 2017 08:47 pm
[personal profile] wychwood
14. Promise of Shadows - Justina Ireland ) Very YA novel - there's some interesting bits, but it's not really the kind of book that works for adults, I don't think. You have to be about fifteen for this one.


15. Hild - Nicola Griffith ) I can see a lot of good things about this book, but ultimately it was just not what I wanted it to be. And I do think she gets religion wrong.


16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and 18. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling ) I was planning a whole series re-read, but I'm not sure I'm going to keep on with it - but there are still a lot of good things about this series.


17. Origin in Death - JD Robb ) Solid, as ever, and proper science fiction too.


19. Fashion in Action - John K Snyder III ) Really strange fashion-and-action-adventure, but this was a lot of fun. The 80s were really weird, sometimes.


20. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen ) Probably not one for readers who aren't already fans, but if you are, this goes from "huh, ok" to fascinating, and it's extremely readable.


21. Better and 22. Being Mortal - Atul Gawande ) Gawande is just great. I'm sorry there aren't more of these to read.


23. Life and Society in the Hittite World - Trevor Bryce ) This was harder work than I expected, and mostly interesting to me as a case study of how little it is possible to know about the past. But it's definitely left me thinking.

The Battle's Done, and We Kinda Won

Mar. 24th, 2017 04:46 pm
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and we sound our victory cheer.
Tell me, where do we go from here?

New Zealand 3: Stranded!

Mar. 25th, 2017 09:40 am
[personal profile] selenak
The last few days were somewhat more cloudy than our first few in New Zealand, but with treats like this one at Te Anau Lake, who cares?

Regenbogen ber Te Anau photo IMG_0883_zps1vczszxb.jpg

Though there was that time when a guy named Ben stranded me on an island in the Tasmanian Sea... )
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Yes, March is nearly over, but believe it or not there’s plenty of places that are still very cold right now. That shouldn’t keep you off your bike. There’s something ultra-satisfying about the incredulous looks you get from people when you’re out riding your motorcycle in sub-freezing temperatures. They clearly think…

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CNN headline right now: GOP PULLS HEALTH CARE BILL AS DEMS CHANT, 'VOTE! VOTE!'

Let the finger-pointing commence!

*glee*

Black Sails 4.08 "XXXVI."

Mar. 24th, 2017 12:51 pm
[personal profile] alethia
Black Sails 4.08 XXXVI. )

Showing Signs Of Change

Mar. 24th, 2017 07:00 pm
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Restaurant | ON, Canada

(A customer walks into the restaurant, past the sign that says “please wait to be seated,” and towards a darkened section. As he walks into the dark, empty section he trips over a 4.5 foot tall sign, and then kicks it to the side.)

Customer: “Why the h*** is there a sign in the god-d*** way? You can’t even get in here without tripping over it!”

(I excuse myself from the customers I am speaking with and walk over to the gentleman.)

Me: “I’m sorry, sir, but this section is closed. You’re welcome to sit in any of the other sections and a server will be right with you.”

Customer: “Well, why the h*** didn’t you put up a sign? How am I supposed to know?”

(I calmly pick up the sign he had kicked over and turn it so that he can see that it says “this section is closed.” He then looked at me sheepishly.)

Customer: “I’ll just go sit over there then…”

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[personal profile] twistedchick
Die Hard. The original movie, John McClane at Nakatomi Plaza, dealing with terrorists, burglars, cops, the FBI and so on.

When John arrives at the big holiday party on the 30th floor, a small string ensemble is playing classical and seasonal music. They're located in a musicians' gallery, partway up a side wall, a kind of balcony, with a stairway for access from the main room, possibly a doorway to an upper hall behind them. Shots are fired, Hans and his merry men arrive, and the employees of Nakatomi Corp. are harried into the central room with the small fountains, stonework, pools, plants, etc. The musicians are seen once, running down the stairs or away from the situation, with their instruments.

What happens to them?

They can't get out; the building is locked down, the elevators (entrance in the room with the hostages) are stopped. They are not shot, harassed, or anything else onscreen. They are not among the group on the roof, later. Neither they nor their instruments are seen again for the entire movie.

I have a theoretical answer.

They are not human; they are fey musicians, arranged for by someone at Nakatomi who has connections to the Faerie world. When danger arises, they move down, huddle with the crowd and vanish, in such a way that they are not seen doing it -- and so many people are in shock at the terrorists' arrival that their leaving isn't noticed.

They make their way back to their homeland -- there is a gateway nearby, in the green area surrounding the building; the Los Angeles fey community has used it for centuries, and the modern era's takeover of the region with concrete and steel does not affect them; as long as the steel is not exposed and they are not forced into contact with it, it is not an issue. And they report what has happened to their region's queen.

The queen parts the gossamer curtains and scries in a pond in the mortal world. "It will be well. McClane is there." And she forbears to send elven troops to deal with the interlopers.

The magicians huddle and murmur. Who is this McClane? Ahh, *that* McClane, the reincarnation of one of their mightiest warriors, canny and powerful, who goes this time in the guise of a NY city cop, the better to fit into the culture. All will indeed be well.

Kneel, Sit, or Stand with a Fist?

Mar. 24th, 2017 11:39 am
[personal profile] black_pearl
Tonight I will attend the 2018 World Cup Qualifier in San Jose, CA.
It will be the first sporting event I will attend after Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest became known (I will note that friends of mine have been protesting the anthem for years).

Although Kaepernick, as well as U.S. Soccer player Megan Rapinoe, have stated that they will no longer protest the anthem by kneeling, I have decided that I will no longer stand for the anthem without a symbolic display of some sort.

I had planned to stand and raise my fist as a tribute to San Jose State's John Carlos and Tommie Smith. I also prefer it as an active resistance symbol.

However, two things happened that changed my mind. First, a couple of weeks ago U.S. Soccer created a policy requiring their representatives  "stand respectfully during the anthem". Those of you who know me well know that I was well known in soccer circles for my supporters group leadership and organizing. I have worked with the federation in the past in organizing fan sections and gatherings for US games in the Bay Area (both men and women). Thanks to recent changes in their fan membership policy I am now also a voting member for board elections. Needless to say, I am disappointed in this new policy.

Second was Trump taunting Kaepernick for being without a team. Fuck him.

I'm kneeling in response.

I have literal front row sideline seats for this game. We will be visible on camera throughout the game (7:30 pm on FS1). I doubt they'll broadcast my actions during the anthem, but if there are any real problems I will make sure it's visible that my first amendment rights are not being respected (I've got the Mobile Justice app on my phone).

I am nervous. I don't want to be arrested because the kids will be with me, but I also want to visible on my views here.

Wish me luck. 
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At least 11 people killed a sheep, undressed, and chained themselves up at the former Nazi camp.

Germanwings pilot 'wasn't depressed'

Mar. 24th, 2017 06:16 pm
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Guenter Lubitz said his son was not responsible for the Germanwings crash, which killed 150 people.
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adventures in--oh, that wasn't so bad

Mar. 24th, 2017 01:38 pm
[personal profile] chanter_greenie
Took today off, because I was offered it and pounced; I badly, badly needed it, what with K the awesome coworker's family tragedy throwing everything at work for an understandable loop. That poor woman and kiddos... For explanation, K's husband died unexpectedly on Valentine's Day, of a lightning fast and almost always lethal illness. :( :( I do not in the slightest resent K being out, because what kind of class A prime example of a jerk would I be if I did? But wow do I ever need the vacation day! So, had last Friday off and did absolutely zilch. Have today off as well, and have already done considerably more.

Cut for minor, non-graphic medical detail of the dentist-type variety. )

Now, there shall be more coffee, rare daytime weekday DX, and later on, cheering on the Badgers as they beat Florida! One can hope... Well, if you're me, one can hope her bracket isn't busted by the end of the night!

At least this tooth isn't busted. I know, that's a reach for wordplay. :) Still.

Invoking Good Witches

Mar. 24th, 2017 05:17 pm
[personal profile] steepholm
When did good witches start to appear in British children's literature? I don't mean wise women, good fairies, or anything of that kind, but outright, named-as-such witches.

In America there are the Oz books, of course, though they in any case seem something of an outlier: did Oz spawn other good Stateside witches in the decades immediately following? In the UK, though, mid-twentieth-century witches (e.g. in John Masefield's The Midnight Folk [1927], T. H. White's The Sword in the Stone [1938], Ursula Moray Williams' Gobbolino the Witch's Cat [1942] and Barbara Sleigh's Carbonel, Prince of Cats [1955]) are generally malignant, as per tradition, and that tends to be the case into the 1970s, too: see for example the witches in Mary Stewart's The Little Broomstick (1971) (soon to be an anime feature, by the way, under the title, Mary and the Witch's Flower) or Diana Wynne Jones's Wilkins' Tooth/Witch's Business (1973). The first good British witch I can think of is in Nina Beachcroft's Well Met by Witchlight (1972), and even she is paired off against a bad one.

In a slightly different category are the good comedy witches. Oddly, there doesn't seem to have been much influence in Britain from the magic-in-a-modern-suburban-setting style of American sitcom, as in Bewitched, The Addams Family or The Munsters (all 1964), where the comedy comes from the incongruity of the modern - unless the boarding-school setting of Jill Murphy's Worst Witch series (from 1974) counts as such. In Britain, naturally, we're all about the comic incompetence, as with Murphy's Mildred Hubble and (though to a far lesser extent) Helen Nicoll and Jan Pieńkowski's Meg and Mog (from 1972). Both Mildred and Meg count as good, I suppose?

As for New Age/Wicca-inspired good witches, I'm not really aware of anything in Britain until 1990, when we get Monica Furlong's Wise Child (if indeed Juniper really is a witch - I'm not sure she identifies as such) - although in New Zealand Margaret Mahy had begun as early as 1984, with the Carlisle witches in The Changeover.

This is pretty much a top-of-the-head list. I don't want a baptismal curse, so tell me - whom have I neglected? Can you beat Nina Beachcroft in 1971? I'm sure you can.
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Posted by Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Claire Lower to Lifehacker

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Video recommendation of the day

Mar. 24th, 2017 02:16 pm
[personal profile] ladyofleithian
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQHqzhgVTRI&t=207s

I don't know if it's going to be in the movie or just a theory, but dang. If they actually include this in The Last Jedi, it'll be incredibly cathartic. Especially considering all the bullcrap that the Jedi taught in the prequels. (I apologize to any Jedi/prequels fans on my f-list at any rate, but I couldn't stand the Jedi in the prequels. They were just...insufferable) Not to mention KOTOR and KOTOR II, as much as I adore both games. And the LOTF series. And that scene in Crucible where Faux Skywalker (can't take credit for that; arkan2 came up with that nickname) is a complete self-righteous jerk to a Padawan. (Not gonna lie, when the opening title crawl of TFA was "Luke Skywalker has vanished", I think I might have been kind of relieved. Sort of like, "Oh, good. Some breathing space. I can have some time to breathe.") So, who knows? Maybe Disney's version of the Jedi (that being Rey and Luke) will actually learn from the old Order's mistakes. 

So...thoughts? Comments? Defenses of the old Jedi Order? I'm interested. :) 

Bin There, Done That

Mar. 24th, 2017 05:00 pm
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Government | Wales, UK

(One of many things we do is help with the management of refuse and recycling facilities for local residents. The county is a popular retirement destination and most of our callers are elderly. Unfortunately this means we get a high volume of calls where we just can’t help people because no matter how hard we try, we cannot coax their requests out of them:)

Me: “Bore da, good morning, [Local Government].”

Elderly Caller: “BINS!”

Me: “You’ve got a query about your refuse or recycling?”

Elderly Caller: “BINS!”

Me: “Have you missed a collection? Would you like me to send some staff over to come and help empty your bins?”

Elderly Caller: “BINS!”

Me: “Was it that you needed a replacement bin? Did one of your bins get broken?”

Elderly Caller: “NUHHH. BINS. MY BINS!”

Me: “I’d like to know how I can help you with your bins, sir. Do you know your address? Or is there somebody in the room who can help you with your call? I really want to help you if I can.”

Elderly Caller: “BIIIIIINNNSSSSS! BINS! MY BINS! BIII-I-I-I-I-NNNNSSSSS!”

(I heard the phone clatter to the table or floor and the line went dead shortly thereafter. I have set up regular direct debits to dementia charities since I started working here. We get several calls like that every day and I always wish I could do more! I especially wish we had 999-style call location technology so we could trace calls and call people back who’ve hung up on us by mistake. Maybe one day…)

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Clothing Store | Scotland, UK

Me: “You’re eligible for a discount if you have a store card with us.”

Customer: “I do, but I don’t have it with me. Sorry.”

Me: “That’s fine. I’ll just need your phone number.”

Customer: “No.”

Me: “Sorry, do you not want the discount?”

Customer: “I do.”

Me: “Then I’ll need your phone number to get your details.”

Customer: “No.” *to her friend* “What a creep!”

(Her friend gives me a sympathetic look, but does nothing.)

Me: “I can’t get your account details any other way. The system only allows me to use a phone number. If you aren’t willing to give me it, then I can’t give you the discount.”

Customer: “Well, the answer’s still no.” *to her friend again* “Persistent!”

Me: “Okay, that’s £177.99, please.”

Customer: “Sorry, but I want the discount.”

Me: “I can’t give it to you without your phone number.”

Customer: “No. Can I speak to a manager, please?”

(I call one down.)

Manager: “How can I help you?”

Me: “Yes, your worker has been making advances on me and refuses to give me a discount until I accept.”

Manager: *shocked* “I’m very sorry about that. I’ll be sure to straighten it out. I can offer you the discount, though, to get you out of here.”

Customer: *looking smug* “Thank you. I don’t have my card with me, sorry.”

Manager: “That’s no problem. I’ll just need your phone number.”

Customer: “No.”

(She never did get the discount. The manager and I had a good laugh about it afterwards.)

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Mar. 24th, 2017 01:01 pm
[personal profile] beatrice_otter
Ever since I got my new (to me) laptop, Firefox has been really buggy.  Crashing regularly freezing up SO OFTEN, really slow.  It was the only program experiencing problems, so it had to be Firefox and not the laptop.  So I refreshed Firefox last night (that thing you can do where it keeps your bookmarks, passwords, add-ons, and history, but sets everything else back to factory settings.  So far, it seems to be good.  Here's hoping it fixed the problem.
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I don't even have time to be posting, but I am, because. I'm halfway through Iron Fist and suddenly a Daughters of the Dragon team-up series for Colleen Wing and Misty Knight is now all I ever want in a new MCU show. Oh, please. Please, Marvel? I think you could actually do this and have it not suck?

(Because I know Jessica Jones is going to keep going and be amazing, so I'm not worried there. Jess and Trish will have their friendship day.)

I would also not say no to a Heroes for Hire series featuring some combination of Misty, Jessica, Trish, Colleen, and with a side order of Karen and Claire and maybe Marci and Jeri Hogarth every now and again. I mean, it could be episodic instead of arc-based with different team-ups based on the stories you're telling! (If only they had the rights to Black Cat too.)

I just. So many women! So many strengths and flaws and well-rounded characters who could have these great shows. Maybe? Jessica Jones did so well and Supergirl is too, so maybe?

I'll keep dreaming. But in the meantime, back to overwhelming deadlines. But later, I need to find me some Marvel Netflix icons. I'm sadly lacking in them.
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The whole credit industry is so complicated and, often, counterintuitive to good financial habits. It’s frustrating, and even more frustrating is the fact that you don’t just have one credit score. You have quite a few of them, and this latest news about Experian goes to show that this isn’t common knowledge.

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“Essential benefits” disappeared last night from the health care bill that aims to replace the Affordable Care Act. If it passes, health insurance plans would no longer be required to cover maternity care. Or hospitalization. Or emergency care. Or prescription drugs. That means these circa-2010 terrible health plans…

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Intrepid Investigator Starbuck

Mar. 24th, 2017 04:49 pm
[personal profile] copperbadge
I love it when I’m researching a potential new donor and it turns out that not only do they have past felony convictions for financial crimes, they may have defrauded my own organization already. 

That’s what I call getting out ahead of the curve.

(Actually it’s kind of cool to be the one to uncover potential criminal malfeasance until I have to figure out who to report it to and probably give some kind of statement if it turns out to be true.) 

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After I answered a question last year about how one of Twilight vampires could keep his true nature hidden at work, I received a bunch of other questions from literature and TV. Here are four of them.

1. Fired for accepting a kickback (Friends)

In a Season 2 episode of Friends, Monica is promoted to buyer for her restaurant. It’s the first time she’s held the position. She makes a deal with an account, and they personally give her five steaks and an eggplant as a thanks. Being so new to the position, Monica accepts them, not realizing that it’s considered a kickback.

When her boss informs her that it is, Monica apologizes, explaining she didn’t understand, and offers to pay for them. Her boss informs her that they have a corporate policy she didn’t know about, and is immediately fired.

I’ve always thought that it was unfair, and at most she should have been written up or suspended. What do you think should have happened?

I agree — it’s overly harsh. They should have explained the policy, reiterated its seriousness, and warned her that it couldn’t happen again. Firing an otherwise conscientious employee who simply didn’t know about the policy (and who is inexperienced enough that it’s really feasible that she genuinely didn’t know this would be a problem) is overkill.

2. Who would be the best management hire? (Jane Austen)

I was thinking about a literary-themed question last night, which I wondered if you would enjoy: If you had to, which Jane Austen man would you hire for a middle-management position? I think Mr. Darcy would be too rude, Bingley would be a pushover, Wickham and Henry Crawford would cause drama, Mr. Knightley would be very preachy, Edmund is an absolute drip, and so on. I settled for Colonel Brandon because he is patient, thoughtful, and experienced.

I also think on the whole Jane Austen’s women would be a lot easier to work with. I would LOVE to have Emma as a colleague.

P.S. To tell the truth, when I say “I was thinking about a literary-themed question last night,” I was actually wondering who I would pick romance-wise, not work-wise. I am essentially Kitty Bennet.

I love your choice of Colonel Brandon. I think Frederick Wentworth would also be good — assertive but not pushy, driven, and straightforward, with a good work ethic. I’m not convinced Mr. Knightley would be so bad, but then I have a soft spot for him and his bossy ways.

3. Getting severance when you quit to start your own business (tropes)

The recent post on literature got me thinking about a fictional scenario you sometimes see on series finales of TV shows or the endings of movies (fake names used to prevent spoilers). Our beloved protagonist Vivi is leaving to chase his dream/start his own business, after a long stint at Lindblum Corporation. He walks into his boss Garnet’s room to announce his resignation and the scene begins:

Vivi: Miss Garnet, I’m quitting to start my own firm.
Garnet: Don’t quit, let me fire you instead.
Vivi: Huh?
Garnet: If I fire you, then Lindblum Corp will pay you severance! (winks)

So Vivi end up with a big check to chase his dream because he was “fired” and the viewing audience loves Garnet for supporting her friend/employee.

My question: How would this sort of scenario play out in real life? Any legal ramifications? Would Vivi have any long-term issues to worry about?

Unless Garnet is the owner of the company, he’s doing something that his employer presumably wouldn’t be thrilled about if they found out — he’s being generous with money that isn’t his.

Vivi probably won’t have anything to worry about, although it would be better for him if Garnet agreed to call it a layoff rather than a firing. But they’re both doing something fairly unethical, particularly Garnet.

4. Gumptioning your way into a job (Gilmore Girls)

I was recently re-watching Gilmore Girls and an episode stood out to me as relevant to job advice. For background, in case you’re not familiar with the show: the main character, Rory Gilmore, got an internship at a small-ish newspaper, the Stamford Eagle Gazette, thanks to her boyfriend’s father, whose company bought the paper. She worked there for the summer but ended up not going back to school afterwards (due to said boyfriend’s father crushing her dreams, but that’s not really relevant here).

In the episode in question (“The Prodigal Daughter Returns”) she decides to go back to Yale and she wants to get a job as well. She calls the editor of the paper to ask him to be a reference, and he tells her he’s happy to give her a great reference because she performed so well. He wishes he could hire her, but they don’t have any openings available. However, Rory proceeds to go to the paper’s office and speaks to the editor, giving him her resume and two encyclopedia-size binders of her work samples, and asks for a job (she says that he sounded so enthusiastic about her on the phone that she felt like he would want to hire her, and contends she will be very cheap to hire). He insists he has no openings, but she says she can figure that out if they talk for a few minutes. He says no again, so she says she’ll wait. She continues to show up in the office for multiple days, inserting herself into conversations to give ideas (good ones, but still) and even going into the editor’s office to put her resume on his desk so that he’ll read it. This last step apparently convinces the editor that she has good work, so he agrees to meet with her and this leads to her getting hired (for very low pay).

As a regular reader of your blog, this scenario appalled me. I’m curious what advice you would give to A) a manager who has a persistent applicant or B) an applicant who wants to be re-hired at a former employer who likes you, but doesn’t have any open positions.

Gumption!

Yeah, bad moves all around, from the encyclopedia-size binders to the repeated refusals to take no for an answer to showing up at his office for multiple days. In real life, that last move is likely to get you banned from the premises and to cancel out your previously good reference. It’s rarely likely to get you hired.

If you want to be re-hired at a former employer who likes you but doesn’t have any open position, your options are to (a) accept that or (b) in some cases, propose a position that you think they could be open to, if that makes sense — but then take no for an answer if they say no to that too.

Generally speaking, people who refuse to take no for an answer and think they can gumption their way into a yes are bad news — at work, in romance, and in life in general.

work questions from Friends, Gilmore Girls, Jane Austen, and more was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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I knew that what the Filter Theatre was putting on was not going to be your conventional Twelfth Night, but I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to get.

It didn't begin well. On an undecorated stage with equipment sitting around, a jazz combo played boring jazz music for too long, and then Orsino, who'd been conducting them for a while (I kept hoping his gestures were going to mean "stop"), speaking into a microphone, began his first line like this:

"If ...

If music ...

If music be ...

If music be the ..."

And so on, and on, and on. It's going to be a long night, I thought.

But it got better. As Viola comes on stage, a transistor radio is emitting a weather report. When she asks, "What country is this?" it's the voice on the radio that replies, "This is Illyria, lady." That was funny. Then she borrows a man's coat and hat from the audience to disguise herself. (Yes, really: I saw her give them back after the show was over.)

Toby, Andrew, and Maria's night-time carousing took the form of a musically-accompanied carnival, including audience participation in nerf-ball fights and a conga line. This went on very long, but it made Malvolio's furious shutting down of the party all the funnier.

On the other hand, there was nothing in the least bit imaginative or clever about the duel or the reunion scene.

Finished up the play in 90 minutes without intermission. Parts were tedious - too many and too much for such a short show - but parts were pretty good.
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Seeking beta: Witcher 3 f/f

Mar. 24th, 2017 10:02 am
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Fandom: The Witcher 3 (the video game)
Characters/Pairings: Ciri/Astrid
Rating & Warnings: M, no warnings
Notes: This is 3.7k of post-canon f/f set after the ending in which Ciri becomes a witcher. It is based on these events in the game: )

I am confident of my SPAG but need someone to catch typos, thinkos, places where I accidentally a word out or use the same phrase multiple times. I also want general impressions of how it works as a story, and how it fits with canon. I would really prefer someone familiar with the game, and it would be amazing if you've also read the books (I haven't).

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