Blogging on a Friday night, for the first time in a while, with some semi-random thoughts.
1. Writing: I am an undisciplined wretch.
I’ve blown off Meet the Larssons the last few weeks, and recently started writing Project Hometown, which needs a much cooler working title. I did a lot of work outlining it over the winter, and I think I’ve got a good sense of where it’s going, but the actual writing isn’t coming as easily as I remember the first few chapters of Meet the Larssons did. Part of it is that I haven’t taken much concentrated time for writing, just short bursts. Maybe I’ll take a couple of hours over the weekend.
2. Does anyone else smell bacon?
A kid in Unfocused Girl’s class apparently has swine flu (aka “the 0ther wh1te meat”-itis; I refuse to change the name to “novel flu” just because the p0rk council is all twitchy. As an aspiring writer, I’m offended by that, and concerned that people will stop buying books out of blind, unreasoning terror. I’m not worried about Unfocused Girl, because she is, like The Tick, nigh invulnerable, and almost never gets sick.
Have you heard about the crazy people having swine flu parties to get their kids sick now, before the fall when (they think) it’s going to mutate and come back in a more dangerous form? The idea is to get your child sick with the presumably weaker spring strain of the disease, leaving them with some immunity to the fall strain. There’s so much wrong with this it’s hard to know where to start, but for me the issue begins and ends with two questions: how do you know H1N1 is going to mutate into something worse? and if it does, how do you know it won’t mutate so much that your child’s immunity becomes useless? Seriously, just say NO to stupid DIY medical experiments on children too young to give informed consent.
3. Hey, there’s a spider in the bathtub.
4. Another rocking Unfocused Family Friday night around the laptop.
I like hanging around with the kids on Friday and Saturday evenings, but I’d like to get them to bed a little earlier at least once in a while on a weekend so that we might have time to watch a movie. I think it’s been over a year since the Siren and I watched a video together without the kids.
I’m not saying I need a campaign of people telling me to sit down and watch a movie with my wife, like with the “take her out to dinner” comment blitz a few months ago (I hope she finished paying you all off, by the way). I’m just saying, we have a bunch of DVDs we haven’t seen yet, and I could be watching one with my lovely bride instead of talking to you.