“There's some good info here, but I worry that the overall tone of the article implies that there's some "secret" to getting published that will allow you to bypass all the hard work of writing and reading for years and years. For the average person, that's just not the case. Sure, connections and insider information are useful. But they'll mean diddly squat if your writing isn't good enough.”
“The GOP can't continue to fight this without eventually admitting that they just plain don't think that women should have rights. All this BS about government "meddling" is really just talk. They don't want government meddling in their affairs, but it's okay for them and private, conservative-run companies to tell us what to do with our bodies.”
Nov 2, 2011 at 18:03:53
“The best art comes from fear, and I consider acting to be an art. I know a lot of people are crying poor little rich girl on her for feeling conflicted about being famous, but she is taking on a lot of difficult roles that any actor with a lick of sense would be scared of. Kudos to her for doing it anyway. The mere fact that the role of Katniss frightens her probably means that she'll do great in it.”
“I love "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." "Who Censored Roger Rabbit" is probably one of the worst books I ever read. Especially the ending. If you're unlucky enough to have read this book, you know what I'm talking about.”
“I have heard wonderful things about both books, so I'll chalk this up to a happy accident. Little brag: both authors are connected to the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts (which I have the pleasure of attending right now). Billingsly is a faculty member and Myracle is an alumna.”
“These are great points. I'm in an MFA program (for children's and YA writing), so even though I don't yet have a book of my own, I do have a decent amount of author friends and have noticed what they've been doing to promote their books. Quite a few have Facebook profiles and they will literally accept friend requests from anybody, so the ones whose books are really selling have walls bombarded with comments from readers. I'm not sure I could handle that, personally.
But I have noticed something I think is successful. Often authors will interview each other. This seems to really work out when one or both of the authors are well known, either through their blog or through their books. Cross-author promotion seems to be a really great way for authors to spread the word about their books.”
Aug 2, 2011 at 16:14:37
“I believe it. I watched a LOT of TV as a kid and eventually fell into a long term relationship with a man who constantly reminded me that I was really only worth his time if I appeared or acted sexy. When my life got busier and I had less time to sit in front of the tube, I gradually began to realize how destructive he was to my self esteem. Not to say there weren't a bunch of other factors, but I recall the appeal of the relationship started to dissolve around that time.”
“After my parents' divorce, my mother entered a stable, long-term relationship much quicker than my father, who tended to rely on me for a lot of household things, especially after I moved back home when I finished college. I worked for him and was expected to prepare dinner and keep the house clean. He consulted with me whenever he made a big decision (like buying a new television), and generally assumed that my free time would be spent with him. Whenever I would stay at my mom's (usually a few nights a week), he'd often call to ask where things were or to confirm plans for the weekend. I don't really consider it a coincidence that after I moved out of the area last year, his girlfriend moved in almost right away, and they went from "in a relationship" to "engaged" to "married" very quickly. Some parents, after going 20 years being a spouse, even if they were unhappy, find that they relied on having another person more than they realized. I feel that the author's mother was one of these people, as was my dad. He doesn't really know how to run his life without SOMEONE else around, be it a daughter or significant other.”
Jul 28, 2011 at 17:47:04
“"The ban's sponsor, anti-circumcision activist Lloyd Schofield, said that he disagreed with the judge's interpretation and deliberately crafted a local ordinance 'because for 10 years, no one on a statewide or national level would even consider this.'"
That still gives you zero rights to pass that through a city court, bub.”
jwcmass on Jul 28, 2011 at 21:50:25
“Actually, Lloyd was trying to use a voter initiative petition to get the practice banned. It was the opponents who have gone to court, and while it has already been thrown out on legal grounds (only the state of California can regulate medical practice, not municipalities).
It sounds as though the "free exercise" clause will be heard shortly, and I think this will also be thrown out on those grounds, as a violation of the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.”
“Interesting article. This is why my mother and her partner (living in NY), said they would not get officially married even if it became legal in NY. My mom has already been through one divorce, and as much as she loves her partner, she doesn't want to risk another one. They'll have a nice little ceremony instead.”
“Charlie Sheen living with prostitutes and politicians sleeping with and sending naked pictures to whoever will wink at them seem to be weakening the marriage culture far more than gay people getting married.”
“What already existed? That makes no sense. Families are important, yes, but marriage laws do nothing to "protect" them. They were doing just fine on their own.”
JeremiahA on Jun 25, 2011 at 15:01:53
“"...marriage laws do nothing to "protect" them."
Well, same-sex marriage activists argue (thought I do not concede that this is true) that same sex couples are not receiving the same entitlements as opposite couples, so entitlements protecting must exist if they are demanding them.”
“Also, since when has biology been the "core feature" of marriage. Last I checked, marriage was mostly a business transaction, as evidenced by the concept of dowries (still going on in some parts of the world). You married as many kids off to wealthy families as you could, ensuring both your financial future and (provided your daughter or daughter-in-law could actually produce male offspring) your bloodline as well. If you didn't have enough families to connect yourself with, you sent your remaining daughters off to a nunnery, rather than allowing them to choose their groom.
“You'll have to clarify what you mean by "biology." Do you mean two people who are attracted to each other? Because two gay men or gay women can be just as attracted to each other as a straight couple. Or do you mean two people who can make babies together? Many people don't get married to have babies (I know several couples who did it because, simply put, they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together), and many gay couples who have raised happy, healthy families. Additionally, if you're saying that only two people who are biologically capable of having children should be married, well that leaves out the infertile and the elderly.”
“I don't think that "Absolutely True Diary" is a cry for kids to go to war, and I think you're misinterpreting what Mr. Alexie was saying. As so many others here have pointed out, kids in specific situations may want to read about people in similar situations. Or they might want to read escapism. Or they might want to read about kids with different problems from theirs. Or they might want to read a combination of all three. "Absolutely True Diary" is NOT going to turn kids into "killing machines." The weapons he refers to are the weapons to get through the terrible lives that they might lead. And if you don't find those weapons useful, that's fine, but the fact that he and other authors of similarly controversial books receive letters EVERY DAY from teenagers thanking them for writing a book that spoke to them means that you have no right to say these books don't help teenagers.”