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Dec. 19th, 2009


Who got a Tardis cake? and Doctor Who themed t-shirt transfers?

Yes that was me, just seeing if you were paying attention. Photo's under the cut tag.

Allons-y, it's ON inside!Collapse )

I Had a great time with my family on my birthday!
<3 you guys

Dec. 12th, 2009


I have nightmares about commas

There is no way that I can describe it to you, dear readers. Commas are the boogie-men in grammar's closet. I get cold sweats; bald patches appear. You would not think that someone who loves (and I do mean loves) to read as much as I do would have such a hard time understanding the basic rules of the language. Nevertheless, I struggle.

My eleventh grade English literature teacher was very into creative drive, interpretation, and content over form. Meanwhile, the woman who taught twelfth grade English lit was a hard, very rule and direction orientated woman. She woke up each morning, with her ruler in hand, ready to measure the margins of incoming thesis papers.

Mr. H (I'll call him) told me that if I was in doubt about whether a sentence needed a comma, I should leave it out. Mrs. B (we'll refer to her) said if I even suspected a comma should be present, I better put it in. Because we were meant to have learned them already, the upper level English courses never bothered teaching the grammar rules. On top of that, they were really a bit ham-fisted in directing me where I was so obviously lacking. So that now, I am so filled with anxiety, when I stop to consider comma usage, I actually feel a little ill.

Here are the rules for using commas:(To which neither teacher referred)

-Separate independent clauses in combination with a conjunction.
-Separate series of items.
-Separate coordinate adjectives.
-Set off introductory phrases.
-Set off parenthetical elements.
-And in dialogue (when appropriate).

I can take each of these elements alone. I can write a sentence using each of them and often place the comma where it need be. I can't, however, force myself to combine them into a working order in an actual paragraph that mimics my narrative voice. I am peppering them in like Mrs. B likes and then going back and removing them all as I consider Mr. H's disapproval.

Oscar Wilde said, "I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again." That is a very apt description of how editing my novel is going.

It is slow, tedious, and excruciating. Imagine if I were attempting to do more than make it readable!

[[Also, Passive voice is not illegal; it is simply annoying. So, why does the grammar checker insist on telling me how often I have used it? How often is Passive voice being used by me? Quite a fucking lot, thanks!]]


Dec. 9th, 2009

Sit the kids

Thanks Busaikko

I received a wonderful virtual snowflake cookie from busaikko! Thanks for thinking of me Busaikko! I made you something in return:
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I hope it makes you smile,

Dec. 8th, 2009


A question about invented characters:

I have been slowly editing my NaNoWriMo novel, which I really never did before. I don't want to make it publishable or anything, just (you know) readable. Of course, written the way that it was, it is sort of a mess, which is fine. The rereading process, filling out the skeleton of the story, is actually kind of enjoyable.

Anyway, I have really been thinking about my main character. I am torn between the concept of 'write what you know' and the fear that my character's thoughts and feelings will be miss construed as my own if too much of my own history and personality bleed into her. The character and her situation are certainly not me, but all characters an author writes are a part of that author, in a way, aren't they?

The dilemma I am having is this: Mental health issues play kind of a supporting role in this novel, and much of what I know of mental health, like all great stories, are based sort of loosely on my own life. So I guess the real question I am asking, is whether or not it is a faux pas to give my main character my diagnosis?

If she is an insomniac with an anxiety disorder, which makes for a great neurotic narrative (by the way), is that too much like my own neurotic inner monologue. Is that a cheap imitation of fiction?

I wonder. Any thoughts?

Dec. 1st, 2009



Guess what...


... that is all.


Nov. 15th, 2009


The Waters of Mars

I have been waiting ever so patiently. It is Supposed to air tonight on BBC One, so I hear. It is not supposed to be released until December 19th in America. All eyes on the interwebZ.

it is slowly showing up on youtube piece by piece. hee!


Nov. 14th, 2009

Kelli Ali

NaNoWriMo Update

I am on schedule! By the end of the weekend, I should have hit the half-way point!

Nov. 8th, 2009

Kelli Ali

The Bunny: My 2006 Nanowrimo inspired poem

I just remembered I wrote this, thought I would repost it for everyone's NanoWriMo delight.

Quoth the Bunny,Collapse )

22 more days
I don't want to talk about how many more words.

Nov. 4th, 2009

Kelli Ali

Fourth day of NanoWriMo

I decided this year to give up on the planning angle and to completely wing it. so...I don't really have an answer when people say: "So what is your novel about?" But I am enjoying myself, fiddling around with my writing and doing things I don't usually do stylistically (some of which for good reasons). I am writing in the first person. I am writing in various tenses. I am throwing in tons of characters. I am forcing them to be extremely dysfunctional. I'm having a good time.

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Happy writing,

Aug. 26th, 2009

Kelli Ali

Pennsylvania Budget Bill 850

I attended a rally in the park today. What I think of when I hear the word rally is anger. I think of people so moved by emotion they have no choice but to respond loudly. What I saw was people so hopeless and resigned that they barely had a voice. I saw tears, I saw real fear and anxiety, but no ideas, no plans, and no hope.

I think the real possibility that I may not have a job in a few months is starting to sink in.


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