I'd like to direct your attention to the bottom of the third which went like this.
Flyout, flyout, home run, home run, home run, home run, strikeout.
Chase Wright was never again seen in Fenway Park. He ended his career with ten innings pitched and five home runs allowed.
Sometimes you like to ask writers where we get our ideas. This is irksome even to complete nobodies like myself because ideas are the easy part. If I really wanted to, I could probably come up with ten ideas a day even on days I don't leave my house--which, to be honest, is most of them.
They aren't always going to be good ideas. Often they'll just be ideas for a character or a scene or a premise or a line of dialogue and it will take a lot of work to turn that into something that's worth the time to read.
But damnit, ideas are easy.
Case in point. The attached post, brought to my attention by The Passive Voice includes the line "And no author, no matter how wealthy, can sue the whole world."
The idea is frightfully obvious.
An incredibly wealthy author--Stephen King, James Patterson, whoever, I don't care--sues the whole world.
Right off the bat, it's got two things going for it. There's conflict because the author is suing over something he doesn't like. What that might be, I dunno, but the first thing my brain spit out was that his child comitted suicide. Also, the protagonist is someone who is both incredibly rich and the underdog and really, how often does that happen?
So, yeah, ideas are easy, execution is hard.
This was, in fact, the album that made me go out and get a CD player.
Listening to Tomorrow Never Knows on an endless loop was quite entertaining in my high school days.
"Got to be a joker, he just do what he please."
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Who's the bigger douche, Carlos Gomez or Brian McCann?
Note, they are different kinds of douche so the answer may well be "Both of them," as, frankly, there's a lot of douche in the world.
Amal El-Mohtar wrote one that challenged my utterly irrelevant opinion on the matter.
It's good stuff, and you should read it if you give a damn about awards.
You cannot with one breath say that you wish more women were recognized for their work, and then say in the next that you think less of people who make others aware of their work. You cannot trust that somehow, magically, the systems that suppress the voices of women, people of colour, disabled people, queer people, trans people, will of their own accord stop doing that when award season rolls around in order to suddenly make you aware of their work. You MUST recognize the fact that the only way to counter silence is to encourage speech and make room for it to be heard.
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