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42176. What I Read in April


April was the best month of the year for many things: weather (sunny and mild for a large portion of the month), family (I was able to spend a week with my brother and his wife and children here and then another week at their home in Indiana), and socially (lots of Dutch Blitz still, plus time with my book club and Mission Community at church.) It was not, however, the best month of the year for my reading.

I always expect my reading to drop off when my niece and nephews are here. And this month my mother and I kept them on our own for a full week. By the time I got back from Indiana, I had an email from Goodreads asking me if I'd forgotten to update my reading. Stay at home moms who read, I salute you. I read maybe 200 pages during the first two weeks of the month. Not that I'm complaining - nothing makes me happier than playing with those precious children.

When I wasn't hanging out with friends, playing frantic games of cards with my siblings and husband, or basking in the glow of my three favorite kids in all the world, I read:

Notes to Boys by Pamela Ribon
Savage Park by Amy Fesselman
Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
Complete Yoga Workbook by Stella Weller
The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Blends by Megan McArdle
Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
I Work At A Public Library by Gina Sheridan
Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
I Don’t Have a Happy Place by Kim Korson
Rejoicing in Lament by J. Todd Billings
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Books Read: 15
Pages Read: 4125

What did you read in April?

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42177. Why Viz Bans Mature Manga On Its Own App

Reading manga on my tablet and phone has been a fun experience. I never thought I would be using it more than the PC, and I pretty much download my manga, and get ready to read it. Well, except anything rated mature. The only possible way I can read an M rated manga is on ... Read more

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42178. Mr. Badger makes a visit to the MacDougall’s in Mythwood

Recently I decided to follow Mr. Badger along as he paid a visit to a friend in Mythwood.

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42179. J.K. Rowling Mourns For Fred Weasley

rowlingThis year marks the 17th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. In honor of this occasion, J.K. Rowling has decided to “apologise for one death per anniversary.”

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know more about Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, you should stop reading now.

Over the weekend, the Harry Potter series author wrote an apologetic tweet for the loss of Fred Weasley. According to Entertainment Weekly, that character’s death “was the worst for” Rowling.

Earlier today, Rowling also shared some inspirational words and images to encourage one fan to not give up on the search for meaning. Below, we’ve collected several messages from Twitter in a Storify post. (via Mashable.com)

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42180. Razor Sharp Takes a Festival Winning Heroine to Comics and Feature Film

By Kevin J. Johnson

“Razor Sharp” is an exciting new project from writer/director Marcus Perry and actress/stuntwoman Amy Johnston (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). The story combines the sleek futuristic trappings of Aeon Flux with a bit of slapstick wit from The Pink Panther and a little bit of Samus Aran from Metroid thrown in for good measure. Forced to take on a corporate criminal syndicate in the distant future of Los Angeles, Veronica “Ronnie” Sharpe, a cat-burglar-gone-good must decide between saving a child genius held captive or saving her own neck.

Imagine J. Scott Campbell’s Danger Girl brought to life sans the male gaze and patronizing cheesecake poses, with a large heaping dose of Ripley-esque badassery and cyberpunk cityscapes. A proof of concept short features the heroine in action turning a squad of goons into rag dolls. The fight choreography and digital backlot betrays its no-budget status, highlighting the team’s “money-on-the-screen” ethos.

 

The crew is made up of dedicated “action movie junkie(s), and we all grew up obsessed with comic books,” says Perry, “so we wanted to create a character that embodies that passion.” Sharpe is definitely cut from the same cloth as female legends that writers such as Chris Claremont, John Bryne and Gail Simone have brought us.

And what’s more, the Razor Sharp team seem just as committed as the aforementioned in bringing a full-fledged heroine to life, where other major motion pictures have stumbled in the past. “Veronica’s not a damsel in distress, or somebody’s girlfriend,” Perry continues, “she’s in command, full of vulnerability and humor that I hope will catch people off guard.”

The creative team are stocked with industry vets who have delivered for audiences in the past, and know how to maximize a budget. And now, they have their opening salvo with “Razor Sharp,” along with a fully-visualized world, a companion comic book, and accolades from several film festivals. Perry and co are looking to expand their short film into a feature-length extravaganza, and count me in.

With films as brutal as The Raid or John Wick adapting a back-to-basics bare-knuckle approach to fight scenes, it’s refreshing to see a project as appealing as Razor Sharp but just as committed to raising the bar in action cinema. Spearheaded by their accomplished lead Johnston, the crew promises to deliver a striking new style to the big screen.

You can visit the official Facebook page and  the team on Twitter to find out more about the film.


 

Out of all the nerds talking about things on the webs, KJ literally ranks among the tallest. Check out his reviews, ramblings, proclamations and declarations on his website.

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42181. CLUMSY DIALOGUE – Your Mission Statement for a Subtle Scene - #writetip #AmWriting

Guest Post by author and editor, Roz Morris

I was editing a manuscript and came across a confrontation scene. It was well set up so that we understood the stakes, the context, and why this encounter would sizzle. We were about to watch a protagonist face a mischief-maker and warn them off.

Except the dialogue was painfully obvious. Realistically, the characters should have been tiptoeing about, laying hints, oblique warnings and making concealed excuses. Instead, they came baldly out and said what was what, in a way that was unrealistic for their situation and personalities. Indeed, one of the characters said things that would have been professional suicide – when they were usually much smarter.

But wait!

Although it was unconvincing, it certainly wasn’t bad work. Indeed it was a very useful way to mark out what must go in a scene where there’s a lot simmering under the characters’ words.

What I advised my writer to do was this. Make a copy of the plain-speaking on-the-nose version, and highlight the dialogue in a colour. This is what the characters really mean. Then rewrite so that they try to get this across without saying it. If one of them originally had the line ‘I know you started that malicious rumor’ or ‘I’m in love with your husband’, make them try to convey it in another way, by steering the conversation, making hints and watching the other person pick up the cue.

It’s not all speech!

Non-verbal reactions are very useful in oblique dialogue. After all, a conversation with a heavily shaded meaning is a highly emotional situation. Characters might panic, develop a visceral sense of wrong or injustice. They might insist more strongly that they were right, or back pedal shamelessly. Even, a character might not know what they’re trying to say and surprise themselves with how much they reveal in an indirect way.

Their spoken lines may sound innocuous to an eavesdropper, but you can demonstrate their inner state with gestures, expressions, pauses, and nervous abuse of the cafe teaspoons.

Clarity first!

Readers love to spot what’s between the lines and a scene that is undershot with subtext can be immensely satisfying. But until you know what your people mustn’t say, it’s hard to write it well. Indeed I see a lot of scenes that suffer from the opposite problem. I’ve seen many a scene drown in opaque, vague fluff because the writer wasn’t clear what was going on...

Read the rest of this post on the NAIL YOUR NOVEL website and you'll find even more amazing tips on editing your fiction novel. 

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42182. First Look: Cartoon Saloon’s ‘Ellie the Ace’ Series

The "Secret of Kells" studio is developing a new action-packed children's series.

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42183. Michael McKenzie Moves to Algonquin

Algonquin Books Logo (GalleyCat)Michael McKenzie has been named executive director of publicity at Algonquin. His start date has been set for May 26th.

McKenzie will be based at the publishing house’s New York office. He will manage publicity projects for both the adult and children’s books list.

Prior to this development, McKenzie serve as the senior of director of publicity of the Ecco and Harper imprints at HarperCollins. In the past, he has worked on campaigns for authors Michael Chabon, Amy Tan, and Joyce Carol Oates.

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42184. Mr. Badger makes a visit to the MacDougall’s in Mythwood


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42185. Saturday Night Live Unveils a Black Widow Spoof

Have you ever envisioned a Black Widow movie? Scarlett Johansson, the actress who has played this character in several Marvel movies, teamed up with the Saturday Night Live cast to explore this project idea.

The video embedded above features the hilarious spoof trailer for a fake film called Black Widow: Age of Me. Marvel Entertainment has many projects in the pipeline, but unfortunately none of them focus solely on the deadly female assassin Natasha Romanova.

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42186. Date Your Mate

by Sally Matheny
May is Date Your Mate Month
Are you married? Did you know May is “Date Your Mate” month? It’s essential we put caring for Biblically based marriages at the top of our lists. Christians, our marriages are influential testimonies to the love and power of God.

Perhaps you already date your spouse on a regular basis. Fantastic! Or perhaps you’re like me, and you find date nights just don’t come around often enough.  Let’s put aside all our excuses and brainstorm for some ideas on how to make date nights happen.
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42187. Monday - A Week in the Artist Studio

I am always wondering how other artist moms, especially those with toddlers do it. This is my attempt to document what a week in my studio looks like on a day to day basis (thought I didn't have enough projects going).

MONDAY

I process all of my orders on Monday, it's my main goal. I set a few goals, but this is always #1. Our weekends are usually very full, so this is a recoup day for us, and orders are the easiest to do watching Norah.


Beware the land mines.  >_<


Did I mention we listen to Kidz Bop most of the time? Norah loves to boogey, and so does mom. 

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42188. Could a Robot Do Your Job? Here’s Why You Should Write Like You Freaking Mean It

RobotWhen I started my Write for Magazines e-course around 10 years ago, I had one student who emailed me to ask if I would take a quick look at a query she had written. I did, and told her, “This part is wrong, and I would change this other part, and no way should you leave that phrase in there. Oh, and your formatting — what??”

The writer emailed me shortly after that and said, “Oh, never mind about the critique…I sent out the query because I was feeling impatient, and someone bought it.”

Wait, what? Someone bought her article idea even though her lede was like one I had never seen, and she used a formatting style I would definitely not recommend?

Oh, and guess what…this student pulled the same stunt the following week: Asked what I thought, sent it out before I could tell her it was all wrong, and immediately landed a sale.

That experience taught me a very valuable lesson: There is more than one way to do this thing.

Is your writing “fill in the blanks”?


Carol Tice and I recently finished up a session of our Pitch Clinic class, where we (and three magazine editors) critiqued hundreds of article ideas and dozens of queries and Letters of Introduction.

We showcase a way of creating LOIs that has worked well for us…and I was dismayed to see that many writers used this as a template of sorts to churn out quick and easy LOIs, minimal thought required.

You could almost hear the writers thinking, “This is where I add some flattery of a recent article…I’ll pull a title from their website archives.” And “This is the space where I fill in my benefit to the client.” And “This is where I ask ‘May I send you some clips?'”

Some writers hewed to the structure so closely that they copied some of the tried-and-true phrases that I use in my own LOIs, such as “I’m easy to work with (no diva here!), professional, and fast.”

You are a key ingredient.


Your writing should be a reflection of you.

Not of a writer you admire. Not of your writing teachers. You.

You’re being paid to not only place words on a page — anyone can do that — but also to tinker, think, and brainstorm the best possible way of saying what you want to say — and to do it with style

If there were only one way to do things, with no room for personality and new ideas, a client wouldn’t need to hire you, because they could open up a handy-dandy fill-in-the-blank template of “the right way to write a blog post” (or article, or case study, or white paper) and do it themselves.

Sure, there are some key things that never change: For example, in an LOI, you want to show you know and understand the market. You want to make it clear who you are and why you’re writing. You want to show (not tell) the benefit you’ll offer the client. You want to make sure to get an “ask” in there somewhere.

But there are infinite ways to do this that reflect your thought process, your personality, and your writing style.

One student of ours just sent out a query that made liberal use of the word “dick.” Another was pitching an organization that researches medical cannabis and this writer, who uses medical cannabis herself, told the prospect that marijuana makes her a more creative writer. And at a writers’ conference I spoke at this weekend, one writer in my audience told me he likes to end his pitches with “What’s the deadline for this article?” — a super-ballsy move that I would never try, but it’s worked for him.

Writers like these are not afraid to put themselves into their writing, and to make everything they send their own. What they’re doing is the opposite of using a template.

Sure, if you get creative with your pitching and writing you may not appeal to every client — but that’s okay. You don’t want to appeal to every client, because by trying to be everything, you become nothing. A commodity. You want clients who want to work with you, not clients who want a robot that stings together words into sentences.

The next time you go to write a pitch, an article, or anything else, stop and think. What’s the very best way to do this? How can you show who you are as a writer? How can you make that personal connection with an editor or a potential client? This sentence you just wrote — could it be even better?

How can you make this writing your own?

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42189. Asuka Watanabe

Asuka Watanabe

Asuka Watanabe is a multidisciplinary designer, illustrator and occasional cookie artist.  A graduate of Tama Art University, she now splits her time between Tokyo and Los Angeles.

 

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42190. 13 Authors to Write Short Stories For a Summer Reading Program

Scholastic SRC15 authors (GalleyCat)Scholastic has enlisted 13 children’s books authors to help with the Summer Reading Challenge program.

The participants include R.L. Stine, Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pierce, Gordon Korman, Michael Northtrop, Varian Johnson, Jude Watson, Blue Balliet, Patrik Henry Bass, Roland Smith, Tui T. Sutherland, Lauren Tarshis, and Wendy Wan-Long Shang. These writers will create original short stories; kids will be able to access these “rewards” by tracking the minutes they spend reading.

According to the press release, “each of the authors has written a unique short story using the same opening sentence which is, ‘I glanced over my shoulder to make sure that no one had followed me into the shadowy library, then took a deep breath and opened the glowing book…'” The organizers behind this venture hope to break the record of 304,749,681 minutes (spent reading) that was set last summer.

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42191. Leah Reena Goren

Leah Reena Goren

Leah Goren is a NYC-based illustrator and surface designer. Her patterns feature soft representations of people, florals and geometrics. Her color palettes are unexpected, making her portfolio a treat to sift through – you never know what you’ll find next! In additional to her own product range, Goren’s patterns have translated into numerous partnerships with brands including Anthropologie, Land of Nod, Evian and Frankie Magazine. Her work maintains a consistent and unique voice across all the products she touches, from scarves to editorial illustrations to dresses to paper products and soap packaging. Her portfolio is a shining example of how one artist’s voice can successfully span across a variety of media and applications. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!

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78_pattern49You can connect with Leah via her blog, on twitter and in her shop.

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42193. Blog Tour: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

 

The YABC tour is thrilled to be revealing a quote from Courtney Summers' newest YA novel, All the Rage, as part of the book's blog tour!


 
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About the Book

 

The sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything-friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy's only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn't speak up. Nobody believed her the first time-and they certainly won't now-but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.

 

 

About the Author

 

 

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Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most

of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program. She is also the author of What   Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Please Remain Calm.

 

 Book Links:

 

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/125002191X 

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-the-rage-courtney-summers/1119182775?ean=9781250021915 

Books-A-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/All-Rage/Courtney-Summers/9781250021915?id=6229825482952 

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250021915 

Indigo: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/all-the-rage/9781250021915-item.html 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-the-rage/id921442373 

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Courtney_Summers_All_the_Rage?id=UyudBAAAQBAJ

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/all-the-rage-12 

 

 

Author Links:

 

Website: http://courtneysummers.ca/ 

Tumblr: http://summerscourtney.tumblr.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CourtneySummersAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/courtney_s 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/summerscourtney/ 

 


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42194. David McCullough Takes on the Wright Brothers

Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough has a new book out this week in which he tells the dramatic story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

“The Wright Brothers” lands on book store shelves tomorrow and is already the No. 7 book on Amazon’s Top 100 Books list, and is No. 1 in various categories including History and Engineering & Transportation. Here is more about the book from Simon & Schuster:

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.

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42195. Iconic Feminist Bookstore Changes Hands

Kathryn Livelli, the woman who ran Provincetown feminist bookstore Womencrafts for the past 16 years, is passing the torch.

Livelli has sold the institution to a former employee named Michelle Axelson. Livelli plans to help guide Axelson and to stay present in the shop as it changes hands. Axelson plans to expand the store’s product lines and to produce more events at the store in order to expand its audience.

\"My journey as a woman and as a lesbian has been made easier by institutions like Womencrafts and women like Kathryn Livelli,” stated Axelson. “I am inspired by the shop’s history and excited to keep it dynamic and relevant for generations to come.”

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42196. Dead Wake (2015)

Dead Wake. Erik Larson. 2015. Crown. 448 pages. [Source: Library]

Did I enjoy reading Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson? I'm not sure "enjoy" is the right word. But I certainly found it absorbing and compelling. It reads quite quickly despite the large cast of narrators and various perspectives. (I didn't miss a central narrator.)

It is abounding in detail: details about the ship, the captain and crew, the passengers, the cargo, about U-boats (submarines), about the war in Europe, about England, about Germany, about the United States.

One thing in particular that I found fascinating was "Room 40" the oh-so-secret British code-breakers that were decoding German transmissions and such. They were able to keep track of so much and make predictions about where the Germans might strike next. (But no warnings were sent to the Lusitania about all the recent activity by German submarines in their path just hours before.)

Another interesting aspect of the book is the focus on President Wilson--his personal private life and his public life. (Though it would be a huge stretch to say it is the most interesting aspect of the book.) Why was America so reluctant to enter the war? Why were they so sure they could avoid it no matter what? Did the loss of American lives really help change the general perception of the war and make the average American ready to enter the war? If it was, why wait almost two years to declare war?

The book definitely provides readers with a rich perspective of the times. It was suspenseful and full of tension in part because of all the questions that have no easy answers.

I would definitely recommend this one.

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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42198. A New Frontier

It’s been about 4 months since I’d last posted anything on this ‘ere blog. With back to back deadlines and prepping for the arrival of our first newborn, the end of 2014 throughout the beginning of 2015 has been at the least to say chaotic and life changing..

If you follow me in any of my social media accounts you’ll notice an exorbitant amount of pictures {I apologize by the way..new mom syndrome you know..} of this little peapod,

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Meet the new little addition to our growing family, Aria {yes we’re Game of Thrones fans} Rose. Born March 25th 2015 at 3:15 in the morning. It’s been a whole month since her arrival and aside from being sleep deprived, the late night feedings, milk vomits and spit ups, and her constant need to shriek at the top of her lungs..like ALL THE TIME…she hasn’t stopped putting a smile on our face since then.

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she finds this all too amusing..

Now to top all that off I’m officially back to work! Hopefully the transition from old schedule to new schedule won’t be too bad

who am I kidding!?..

..Ah well..wish me luck!

In the meantime here’s the artwork I did for Highlights this past month!

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Happy Monday!

 

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42199. Stop shushing the funny girls

Elizabeth Bird (librarian, author, blogger) asked me to contribute to her upcoming anthology FUNNY GIRL. For the announcement, she wanted me to write a sentence or two about being funny and being a girl and a writer or whatever, and yeah, I got carried away. Here’s the stuff I sent her that was obv too long for her announcement article.

While there are moments of humor in my first two books (Goose Girl & Enna Burning), no one would rightly call these comedies. When I was writing Princess Academy, I remember going to NYC for something and having a meeting with my editor and publicist. They'd read an early draft of Princess Academy. They both said, "We've been talking about how funny you are in person but how that doesn't come out in your books. Is there room for humor in this book? Is Miri funny?" And I thought, well, yeah, she is. She would totally use humor to defuse tension. So why hadn't I written that? The truth is I think I'd bought into the idea that "girls aren't funny." I heard that hundreds of times growing up. And again as adults, with regards to movies especially: "women aren't funny." I'd swallowed the party line without realizing it. But I was beginning to question it. Are we really not funny? Not as funny as the guys? Or do people assume we're not so don't notice when we are? The answer is clearly yes since I’m hysterical.

Ten of my twenty published books could be considered comedies, and yet I've never heard myself referred to as a comedic writer. TEN BOOKS. Never been invited on a humor book panel (those are for man writers). And the books that I co-write with my husband (Rapunzel's Revenge, Princess in Black) people always assume the funny parts are his. Hundreds of times people have pointed out parts that made them laugh and then asked, "Did Dean write that?" And most of the time, I had. Make no mistake, he is very funny and witty and clever. Too.

Here's a little story. Fifteen years ago when Dean and I were getting married, we made a wedding website. One night at a get together with our old group of friends:

Mike: "Dean, I loved your wedding website. It was really funny. I kept laughing out loud."
Me: "Well, you know, he built the site but I wrote the content."
Mike: nods "You typed it?"
Me: "I wrote it."
Mike: "You typed it up for him?"
Me: "No. I wrote it."
Mike: "You helped him write it?"
Me: "No, I came up with the words and put them together in sentences and wrote them down."
He was still so stumped. It took several more exchanges for him to get it. Later he returned.
Mike: "I guess I've just always thought of Dean as the writer."
Me: "I just received my MFA in Creative Writing."
He returned later yet again.
Mike: "I guess with couples, we're used to just thinking that one of them is the funny one."
Me: "You and I were in an improv comedy troupe together."

Mike is a wonderful human being and open-minded and a feminist and we're still very close. And believe me, he's been teased about this mercilessly by all of us for over a decade. But this is how deep the "girls aren't funny" idea runs. Even when presented with direct evidence, so many people can't see it! They keep seeing what they've been taught to believe.

So why does it matter? Why do kids need to see/hear/read women being funny? And hear adults acknowledging that they are funny? Because stereotypes shut down possibilities. The "class clown" is a boy. The actually truly funny girls in class are just "obnoxious" or "attention-seekers." Boys who are funny are encouraged, laughed, cheered. Girls who are funny are told to behave, shush, sit down. Comedy is a gift to humanity. How sad and pointless life would be without good laughs. We need to see girls being funny, encourage them to develop their sense of humor, reward them for the cleverness and intelligence it takes to make jokes. They'll be happier, more fulfilled human beings. And so will we. The more comedy the better!

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42200. Fantastic Four Director Josh Trank criticized for erratic behavior

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Ouch. 30-year-old director Josh Trank gets the full studio backs away treatment , including firing him from the second standalone Star Wars movie, after Fox execs became alarmed by his erratic behavior while making the Fantastic Four Reboot:

A Fox spokesman says the studio is “very happy with the movie and we can’t wait for audiences to see it” but acknowledges, “There were definitely some bumps in the road.”

Among those bumps: Trank has several small dogs who were left in a rented house in New Orleans while the film was shooting there. According to sources, as much as $100,000 worth of damage was done to the property. A source says the production considers any destruction of the property to be Trank’s responsibility.

Citing Trank’s work on the 2012 found-footage superhero movie Chronicle, an insider says: “No question there’s talent there. You can’t do Chronicle by accident.” But Trank seemed “like one of these kids who comes to the NBA with all the talent and none of the character-based skills to handle it. There’s equipment he doesn’t yet have.”


The report by THR’s Kim Masters and Borys Kit says that Trank became incommunicative while making FF, and producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker took on some of the heavy lifting of putting the pieces of the movie together. They also had to oversee some reshoots just last month. Kinberg is produced the first Gareth Edwards directed Star Wars movie, and blabbed about Trank’s problems to Kathleen Kennedy and the rest is history.

This is a pretty thorough burying of Trank’s career by studio execs, a stunning shunning reserved for only the most severe cases. The dogs trashing the house story confirms rumors that were going around back at the beginning of the year that Trank had some property problems with the locals.

Fantastic Four opens on August 7th and stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm and Toby Kebbel as “Victor Domashev,” an angry blogger who writers online as Doctor Doom.
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The film has already engendered a lot of bad buzz, maybe because the first two Fox FF movies were so lame, and this rebot is preventing MArvel Studios from using the FF in the MCU. It does seem to be a different take on the FF. I admit, I was a bit surprised by the scene where J. Jonah Jameson comes in and berates Reed Richards, repeatedly asking him if the tachyons are “ahead or behind.”

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