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Jenn Thorson
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Found this clock today at Marshalls for $12... With its style and curly Tim Burton type font, it just had to be in my Wonderland kitchen. It supplanted a platter from my dish set I had hung on the wall. It's like it was there, always.
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Crazy-wonderful!
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I was trying to write the word "nicknamed" and for some reason wrote "nicknapped."

It had me burst into a fit of giggles. Now I'm imagining nicknapped is either someone stealing your collection of Precious Moments figurines or other tchotchkes, or being held against your will by the lead character in Grimm. 
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+John Hughes Ha, yes! Those few times I've come to work sick because I had stuff to do, but was struggling at that 3pm sleepytime.
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I tried to give my cats a taste of one of the steamed shrimp I had left from my book party. Let's just say both of them don't know how to Cat sometimes. They looked at this thing in their bowls like I really did put down some alien before them. (Which is funny because sometimes there are tiny shrimp in their wet food and they love seafood.) And then Harry decided that what I'd given him was A Toy, and began batting it around my kitchen.

I decided it was better to just remove the item, or I was going to be stepping on dead shrimp at 2am sometime when this "toy" would get resurrected on the bathroom floor. (This happened with a stolen stem of broccoli once.)
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Mine would eat them frozen. No problem! 
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Guardians of the Galaxy is on while I'm having tea and I keep asking myself why I don't just love this movie. It's a good tone, it's well-overdue to have humorous scifi out there. I appreciate that the characters grow to care about each other. I like that they each have their own characteristics. But I really do think my issue is because half the team isn't very bright and it's used as an easy shortcut to humor-- which happens way too often in this genre. The "he's dumb, haha, isn't he funny?"

Gamora and Rocket Raccoon are the only two who are pretty sharp (I quite love Rocket, actually, Gamora doesn't seem to have much personality beyond being serious and efficient.)

There's something about giving your characters enough credit for intelligence that lets them do more things, adds logic and strength to the plot, and just elevates things a little.

That said, I have one character-- poor Wilbree. He's not going to be leading anything anytime soon. :)
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+Tosca Johnson Oh, I'm guilty of my own kooky plots, so I can't say anything about that. :) 

All the best musings happen over tea. The brain doesn't work without the caffeine jolt. 
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There are so many times I wish I could revise in-person conversations the way I can revise scenes. Oh, the ability to get the words out in a timely fashion and that are JUST RIGHT. No missed opportunities, no wrong responses, no dead silences while I ponder. It would be AWESOME.

AWESOME.
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Wow-- what an absolutely supernova review for the first two There Goes the Galaxy books! Just had to share with you guys. I'm always so excited when people enjoy the characters. They were what spurred on the idea for the series in the first place and it's been enormous fun seeing them evolve over the course of the trilogy.

http://www.amazon.com/review/R2CL36LRCMMLU2/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B005M2RRRA
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It's always fun when you reread a section of writing you did that had been a particular hot mess and find that it reads well, and no one would ever know the hot-messiness it had been.

In this case, the drafting process went something like:

-- Just get the ideas out. Put blanks for stuff you don't know. Figure those out later, it doesn't matter much. No big deal,

And:
--Fill in what you can, but you have so many other things to do. So be quick and move on. What you decide won't affect the end.

But then:

--Oh my gawd, you know nothing about this topic! And everyone will know you don't know because it's obvious and you can't fake it! See if you can find this information! Research! Research! Learn all the things related to this topic! Be a font of information! A font, dammit!

And:

--Rewrite with all the knowledge in the world on this topic! Detail! Detail! Only then will it be believable and people won't know you're a fraud!

But soon:

--What is all this detail doing in there? We don't need to know every little thing you learned about this! Edit! Edit! Imply! Be sparing.

And that's pretty much where it lands up. When you see it read cleanly after all that, it's almost hard to wrap the brain around.
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+Brad Leclerc Oh, it will. Because you're already aware you have too much detail. You're in control.

But it is funny how it evolves.
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A little excerpt from Tryfling Matters I like (that doesn't give away anything spoilery)...
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Bertram noticed that unlike his last time on Tryfe (er, Earth), Rollie wasn't wearing sunglasses and the man's normally orange eyes had transformed to a strange, inhuman blue. "So what are they, colored contacts? Or did you steal a spice shipment from Arrakis?" Bertram and Rozz both laughed.

Rollie blinked. "Arrakis. What Quadrant's that?"

Bertram shook his head; he didn't know why he even bothered.

"Anyway, it's iris dye," Rollie continued. "It's temporary. Since you was worried about us blending in." He grinned. "What do you think? I did research on Tryfe-human genetic phenotypes."

Bertram looked at him from the freshly-dyed eyeballs to the erratic white-blond hair, prominent bone structure and overall sense of bad-news-ishness. "Well, I tell ya, Rollie, it makes all the difference."

"Does it?" The grin widened.

"Nope. Not remotely. Dumpling?" Bertram offered the plate.
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Every time I post drawings of the characters, I usually have at least one person tell me my character Rollie looks like Sting from Dune (although I've heard Rutger Hauer and Billy Idol, too). So I just HAD to do this.
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You know, it's been five days and I'm STILL finding laser guns around my house left over from my book launch party. #scifiwriterproblems
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I see Teefury has a Wonderland shirt today I may need (and some of my fellow Wonderlandians might want to check it out,, too). Like my Sleepy Hollow shirt, I will have to test out its glow-in-the-dark properties by stepping into our one janitor closet at work, where there's no light. :)

http://www.teefury.com/wonderland-moon?utm_source=TeeFury+Updates&utm_campaign=90b8e36241-Wonderland_VS_Nightmare_Moon_DAILY_2_10_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f7c5c5a42a-90b8e36241-197407437&mc_cid=90b8e36241&mc_eid=ebe8093b7f
In Wonderland nothing is what it seems, turn the lights off and see how the design change! @teefury
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I have so many shirts with the Cheshire cat on it, but none that glow in the dark, so it's a real temptation.
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+Lexidh Solstad I thought you would enjoy seeing the brightly colored snails and slugs on this site: http://filtrends.com/2014/10/animals-with-unique-colors-and-apperance-this-is-unexpected-gift-by-nature/
If you think these pictures edited by Photoshop? LOL you are all wrong! These are all made by nature, but they have a differences in other animals. Sometimes the cause of their difference in other animals are their genetic disease like albinism and lot more. Despite of that, they can survive in ecosystem freely like …
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These are some fancy ones, for sure. Love the purple. 
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Guess now that the book party's over, I should resume cleaning out the cluttered spaces in my house and actually start my next book project. I had begun some research for that but lost momentum in the party-planning hubbub.
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+Peter Schmidt Since this is the third book in the trilogy, pretty much people come to it through the first two books. I've done promotion to let people know it's out now, but it's not like starting fresh with a new standalone book.
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Author by night, marketing writer by day. So like Batgirl but with less crime fighting and more carpal tunnel.
Introduction
Greetings, good people of G+! I talk about a variety of things on here, including pop culture (movies, quirky television, sci-fi), and writing and the writing process. I also really like olives and Cheez-Its (though not at the same time) and I suffer from mayo-phobia, the rare fear of white slimy condiments touching my sandwich. I currently have two books of a planned humorous sci-fi trilogy out called There Goes the Galaxy. (The books are called There Goes the Galaxy (book 1) and The Purloined Number (book 2).) If you're curious about that, I hope you'll pop by my website at: www.jennthorson.com

My own favorite writers include: Terry Pratchett, Jean Shepherd, TH White, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, Lewis Carroll, Martha Grimes, Charlotte Bronte, PG Wodehouse, Stephen King, Jim Butcher, Harper Lee, Edgar Allen Poe, and I'm sure a hundred others I will remember once I'm not at a computer to list them.
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Was one of the only kids in first grade who had to go to remedial gym class. I know all the words to Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky, and refrain from trotting this out at parties.
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  • Carnegie Mellon University
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