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Old 06-09-2008, 11:37 AM   #29241
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What does "girly-girl" mean, anyway? For me, it means that I like fashion and perfume and bubble baths, and I don't like to get dirty. What's so terrible about that? It doesn't marginalize my intellect, although it does get my tire changed for me when I have a flat.
I never implied there was anything wrong with that per se. It just sometimes feels marginalizing for girls like me who aren't into all that stuff advertised in fashion magazines; although we've come a long way towards accepting what a woman can be, there are many people who still cling to old stereotypes and treat girls like me as though they're invisible. And it's not the fault of girly-girls themselves so much as it's the fault of society as a whole. In other words, it's perfectly fine that you are who you are.

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Squinky, is Vancouver beautiful? Is it easy to live in? I'm trying to get Will to consider it for a holiday.
Vancouver is gorgeous. It constantly comes out on top of worldwide "best city to live in" surveys, right up there with Geneva and Zurich. Lots of trees, water, and mountains all over the place, so you'll get plenty of natural beauty. Think Seattle, but way cleaner. If you come and visit, we should totally go out for coffee and talk about writing (provided that you don't think I'm a creepy internet pervert).
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Guys... Mass Effect doesn't work .
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If you come and visit, we should totally go out for coffee and talk about writing (provided that you don't think I'm a creepy internet pervert).
I would be delighted to drink coffee and talk writing with you. You don't scare me a jot.
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My DVD appears to be faulty. Yay for more delays.
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*glances around and whispers*

That Mr. Lacey is kind of obsessive, isn't he?
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But... it doesn't work!
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I would be delighted to drink coffee and talk writing with you. You don't scare me a jot.
Excellent. Everything is going to plan.

But seriously, let me know how the convincing of the husband goes and stuff. My offer stands indefinitely.

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That Mr. Lacey is kind of obsessive, isn't he?
Yeah. I think we should just keep ignoring him.
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He's not missing out on anything anyway.
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Yeesh. After twelve hours of reinstalling and re-extracting, I finally got into the game.

So tomorrow I might actually be able to play it.
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That Mr. Lacey is kind of obsessive, isn't he?
You just don't understand the male gamers priorities do you Merricat?

Nothing is more important than...

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Fascinating. It's all about the joystick, isn't it, fellas?

Whatev. I'm putting together a short reading list for the summer. Suggestions would be appreciated; I enjoy most everything, with the possible exceptions of hard core sci-fi, run-of-the-mill fantasy (swords and such), and creepy sentimental trash (i.e., The Bridges of Madison County and the like).

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And now it *might* be working. Yay.
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I'm putting together a short reading list for the summer. Suggestions would be appreciated; I enjoy most everything, with the possible exceptions of hard core sci-fi, run-of-the-mill fantasy (swords and such), and creepy sentimental trash (i.e., The Bridges of Madison County and the like).
I'm currently reading The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It's a fascinating love story (no sentimental trash) in the present and the past.
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I suggest Grey Seas Under, by Farley Mowat. Probably not the sort of book you'd usually read, but it's a fun story. And it won't swallow your reading schedule whole. Note that it isn't a novel, if that's what you were going for.

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The Queen's Fool by Phillippa Gregory or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime?
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Those are all great suggestions; thanks very much. Dan, have you read Nathaniel Philbrick? I have enjoyed his work, perhaps in part because I love reading about New England maritime activities. I am as fond of non-fiction as I am of fiction, including criticism, biography, history, and crime--really, I'm pretty wide open in terms of subject matter. My only requirement is that the writing is good. Thanks again, all.
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Do you have an aversion to reading children's fiction at all? A lot of it is very well written and easily stands against adult fare.

In no particular order.

The Alex Rider books by Anthony Horowitz - Teenage boy recruited as a spy. However, the books always make it very clear that being a spy isn't all excitement and gadgets but is all too often misery and fear. Alex is very much the reluctant hero and some of the more recent events are truly horrifying. First in the series is Stormbreaker.

The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell - High fantasy but not swords and sorcery stuff. They have written a world that is outlandish but internally consistent. The lead characters don't always get a properly happy ending either. Also the books are beautifully illustrated without with maps, scenes and characters from the stories. The books come in trilogies. The earliest chronologically is The Curse of the Gloamglozer.

Varjak Paw by S F Said - Story of a young Mesopotamian Blue cat who leaves the only home he has ever known to try to find a way to protect his family. Has some quite tough sections and I'm pretty sure a nasty surprise is coming up (I'm on page 208 of 254 at the moment)

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy - Skulduggery Pleasant is a detective, but a slightly unusual one. He's an undead skeleton solving mysteries in a fantasy world that operates alongside our own more mundane reality. High action adventure but written with a lot of wit and style and some truly classic bits of dialogue. I liked it so much that I got the sequel and read all 300+ pages in less than a day and a half.
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Those are all great suggestions; thanks very much. Dan, have you read Nathaniel Philbrick? I have enjoyed his work, perhaps in part because I love reading about New England maritime activities. I am as fond of non-fiction as I am of fiction, including criticism, biography, history, and crime--really, I'm pretty wide open in terms of subject matter. My only requirement is that the writing is good. Thanks again, all.
Well, if you love North Atlantic maritime accounts, you'll love my suggestion. And the writing is spot-on.

Thanks for the suggestion; I've heard of Nathaniel Philbrick, but I haven't read any of his work. I'll hunt him up on the interweb.
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