Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Back to job hunting

I'm currently between jobs, and have been for a couple weeks. Most of that time I've spent recovering from an annoyingly persistent bug that kept pouncing on me every time I thought I was better. Don't ask me what it was, because I don't know. All I can say is that it was unpleasant and persistent, and that I was never as nearly recovered as I thought I was.

The temp job I got in June kept getting extended, but that ended when there wasn't the budget to keep me into this year. So now it's on to something new for me.

I don't know what I'll be doing next. Preferably something permanent that will allow me to move into my own place. Ok, so yeah, I did move out with a temp job once. But even though I have no regrets, it's not something that I plan to do again.

In the meantime, I do want to get back into the habit of writing regularly. Either on this blog, or my book blog. Preferably, both. I know, I keep saying that I want to get back to keeping up my blog(s). Hopefully I'll actually stick with it this time.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bisexuality 101

Well, it's come to this. I read an article that was so full of bull manure it sent me scurrying to my blog to write a response. It's about something that seems pretty obvious to me, but which is apparently a difficult concept for some people to grasp.

Facts: Settling down with one person doesn't mean that someone suddenly stops being bisexual. Also, while we're at it, a person cannot be "cured" of their bisexuality by receiving "Gifts for Good Heterosexual Behavior." To say that this is possible is incredibly ignorant.

How about we think this through. Does a gay man stop being gay just because he marries a woman and raises a family with her? No. I think (or hope) that everyone will agree on this one. So why would someone stop being bisexual just because they've decided to be monogamous?

Bisexuality is about attraction, not action. All it means is that someone can be attracted, romantically and/or sexually, to more than one gender. Some individuals act on their attraction to the different genders, while others are happy to settle down with one person. But just because plenty of us are happy with monogamy, that doesn't mean we suddenly become straight or gay. So long as the attraction to more than one gender is there, we're still 100% bisexual. And no, no amount of gift giving will make that attraction disappear.

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Let it be noted that the lesson plan for Bisexuality 101 is now ended. Now, on to what started it.

Since I wrote the draft for this post yesterday, the article that prompted it has been taken down and an apology has been issued. And yes, there was actually a section in the article in question titled "Gifts for Good Heterosexual Behavior." I couldn't even finish reading it through at first, it was so full of BS about how Johnny Depp has cured his fiance of being bi with gifts of diamonds.

In other news, if you want a laugh, you may want to read someone else's hilarious response to the article: Great news, everyone! There's a cure for bisexuality! It is pure gold.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jealous of a redhead?

I started writing a short story that's sort of been in the back of my mind for most of a year now. And it turns out that the heroine has a mind of her own.

She was supposed to look a lot like me. Because, why not? Except her long dark hair would be naturally curly and not restricted in a chignon. Also her eyes would be green, and her boobs would be bigger than mine. Because, why not? Then I was writing a scene where I could see the sunlight dancing through willow leaves to touch her freckled face. A face that is framed by red hair...wait, red hair?

My heroine turned from a brunette into a redhead, and didn't tell me.

After asking if she's allowed to do that, and indulging in a bit of immature pouting, I told her that yes she can be a redhead with cute freckles. But if she's going to do that, then her boobs have to be smaller than mine.

I'm not sure if this is normal behavior for writers, or if I'm nuts. Maybe both.

Well, I guess I do know of one writer whose hero's unfortunate conscious turned a trilogy into four books (the hero couldn't just choose the easy quick way to do something, because that would make things too easy for the author) so I guess I should be glad that my heroine is only changing her looks on me.

Redheaded Woman