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  •  I think you are doing a great job with Books Go (3+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, Youffraita, RiveroftheWest

    Boom, and we all need a short break every once in a while for all kinds of reasons.

    The fact that you are missed, and talked about behind your back, should give you some idea of how much you mean to all of us. :-)

    I have been trying to get Youffraita to pen a diary for months, if not a couple of years, I hope you have better luck.

    •  Say what, Susan? (3+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, Susan from 29, RiveroftheWest

      Pen a diary? I do a diary a week.

      Okay, I don't actually write the damn things. I loathe writing.

      Commenting is much easier: there's a topic already & all I have to do is react to it.

      I have great difficulty coming up with something w/o any help, y'know -- and I respect those of you who CAN do it.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 01:46:04 PM PDT

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      •  You contribute so much to the conversation with (3+ / 0-)

        interesting and enthusiastic comments. So I don't believe you "loathe writing", once you're in the flow of self-expression. Perhaps you just hate the painful head-scratching, and trying to line up your inspirations into an organized story?

        I'm not in any way saying you should write R&BLers diaries. I expect you to write exactly what you feel inspired to. But I'm pretty sure there are several diaries about books already swimming around, pretty near fully formed, just under your consciousness. If you sat down and started collecting your thoughts about Terry Pratchett, for example, the hardest part would be stopping.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 02:06:08 PM PDT

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        •  LOL, or Connie Willis (3+ / 0-)
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          Susan from 29, Brecht, RiveroftheWest

          I am even more emphatic about her brilliance than I am about Pratchett's. Perhaps you weren't reading here when I posted those, however. (Ask cfk: she knows.)

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 02:32:13 PM PDT

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          •  Connie Willis is very good, and more people should (1+ / 0-)
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            RiveroftheWest

            know about her work. I have seen you chatting about Willis; and I've spoken with cfk, who's also a big fan.

            I'm a sucker for writers with good, charming style and a sharp, subtle sense of humor. Also, her marvelous handling of the complex logic of time-travel.

            "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

            by Brecht on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 10:47:31 AM PDT

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    •  I do feel right at home here in R&BLers (2+ / 0-)
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      Susan from 29, RiveroftheWest

      my friends are the sinews of my humanity, and the people I share understanding with enlarge and clarify the world I see.

      Youffraita keeps up a pretty good head of steam already. I'm more curious how to get the R&BLers who've written 0 or 1 book diaries to write another couple. Though I'm certain, if Youffraita wrote about some of the authors she most enjoys, those would be some fun rides.

      Thanks for the pat on the back, Susan. I do feel lucky to have found a group with so many writers who I trust and respect. I'm very glad you're here, and so involved. And well done on making it to your mystery conference.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 02:17:28 PM PDT

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