Geek La Femme Shout-Out

Hi everyone!  Just a short entry this time, since life has been a little crazy.  I’m currently a little sleep-deprived after going to see Steven Spielberg give a speech at the 149th Dedication Ceremony of the Gettysburg Address.  (My friends and I were within 5 feet of him at one point!  *happy nerd dance*).  So that was very cool.  (And I have the best onii-san EVER!  He gave me a Nintendo DS, so now I can play Okamiden!  ^_^  Hooray!)  So, between that, seeing friends, various life events, and a bad encounter with Pizza Hut food, things have been a little hectic.

The biggest eater of my time has been National Novel Writing Month.  Yep, this is my third year and my second serious attempt at reaching 50,000 words in 30 days.  I was doing well for a while, but hit some snags this week so I’m about 4,000 words behind schedule.  Hopefully I’ll make that up this week.  As a result, most of my attention has been on filling my daily word count rather than thinking of topics for The Cat’s Cradle.

However, I do have some good writing news!  I am now a weekly contributor to the nerd blogsite GEEK LA FEMME!  While my blog is dedicated to writing, Geek La Femme is dedicated to all things nerdy with a mostly-female writing staff.  I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to fangirl squeal on Geek La Femme, something that I don’t get the chance to do as often here on The Cat’s Cradle (since this blog is dedicated to writing.)  Speaking of which, I need to get back to my NaNo entry.  So much to do!

So if you are interested in reading about some awesome, weird nerd topics, like stop-motion animation, fantasy maps, Latin codes, Halo and Skyrim, and weird music videos, please stop on by!  You can also follow us on Twitter at @GeekLaFemme.  Hope you enjoy!

Geek La Femme Shout-Out

How To Gain Power

Election Day.  Anyone else sick of the endless debates, backbiting, and overall nonsense?  I know I am.  However, I do think it is a rather appropriate time to talk about power.

I find the politics of reality range from soul-crushingly boring to enraging to utterly laughable.  However, I do find the cut-throat politics of fantasy worlds fascinating.  (Perhaps that’s because the outcome of fantasy politics won’t have an effect on my own life.)  Alas, I am not particularly good at writing about politics, probably because I’m too honest for my own good.  It’s hard for me to come up with political scenarios on my own, but if you give me a scenario, I can usually see a couple ways the situation could go and who would benefit most from what choice.

When writing about politics, one must remember this:  the goal of any politician is to amass power.  That power can be used for good or ill, for the betterment of the country as a whole or for personal gain or any myriad range of combinations in between.  Politics is rarely painted in black and white.  But in order to change things or have influence, no matter what the intention is, one needs power.



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