April 8th, 2003

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Kool like dat

I abandoned another of my writing projects this weekend. Why? Several reasons:

1. I need to bust my ass on this stupid novel if I'm going to get it into fighting shape by winter 2004.

2. I am getting frustrated with it, and time is too tight to waste on projects that I'm not going to do anything with in the long run. It's fine to test the waters of different types of writing, but in the end it adds up to a lot of wasted effort.

3. It sucked.

Anyway, strangely, I'm quite comfortable with having done it. I know a lot of creative types agonize over abandoning a project, but I've never been one of them. It's a drag to dump something after putting a lot of work in it, but it's better to me than carrying on to the bitter end when I could be doing something I like more. Eventually the dead project just becomes an excuse not to work on your real stuff.

Dumping that project frees me up from pretty much any obligations, writing-wise, other than my log and my novel. (I'm still keeping the comic alive, hoping against hope that someone with a real enthusiasm for superhero books and the ability to draw will just show up on my doorstep, but I'm not working on it too hard, because that's probably not gonna happen.) It frees up a little time, too, to maybe stumble across a freelance gig or do a collaborative project, so if anyone has anything in the works, please do shoot me a line.

In other news, El-P's "Fantastic Damage" is a goddamn great record.
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Darling little ironies of history

President Bush and Prime Minister Blair held a meeting yesterday to discuss the middle east situation. After the meeting, Bush gave a big speech in which he painted a gold-toned portrait of the "free Iraq" that's just around the corner.

The meeting was held in Belfast.
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E-Z opinions for seniors

The great thing about the neo-conservative drones of Town Hall is that you don't really even have to read their columns. You can just read the introductory paragraph, and there's your RDA of bullshit right there.

For example --

Phyllis Schlafly: "The simultaneous news coverage of the war in Iraq and the rape scandal at the U.S. Air Force Academy exposes again the feminist double standards and hypocrisies."

Debra Saunders: "San Francisco ought to be known as the city that surrendered -- surrendered to the homeless, surrendered to panhandlers and then gave up on taking on the slow but steady spread of blight across this otherwise stunningly beautiful city."

Daniel Pipes: "Today’s furies can be ignored. Now is a time not for fretting over future bin Ladens but for finishing the job against Saddam Hussein."

Cal Thomas: "The demise of Saddam Hussein's killing regime offers the West an opportunity to open a window of freedom and prosperity in Iraq."

Kathleen Parker: "About that Arab street. For most TV-viewing Americans, the Arab street looks like a vicious anti-American mob in need of a bath, a shave and a job."

See? It's writing for people who don't have time to read.