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- context - I am re-reading War and Peace. The first time I read it, I had no idea about naming conventions in Russian. I spent the whole book confused about who was who. In the meantime, one of my friends explained most of the conventions to me, and I'm still having trouble keeping them all straight.

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Mr. Tolstoy, I'm really sorry, but I can't keep up with all the names. For one, you have many many many variants of names (Anna, Anna Pavlovna, Annette, her title, Scherer, or x's wife) . I get that characters X and Y have a different relationship than X and Z, which necessitates all these variants. But you have a novel (huge enormous thing that can be used to fend off an attacking octopus if I ever had the misfortune to meet one) that really does deserve the title of "epic" and the cast of characters reflects this. Plus you introduce them in huge lumps.

So!

I propose a new system for writing character names! How about, after every name that's in a book, we have a little number after it? That way, readers (i.e. me [*wail* surely there must be others!]) can actually keep track of names. Like, since you mention Anna first, she could have a 1 after her name. In thinking about this, I think it would be awesome if there were an option to hide the number (like an electronic screen or just different editions *dreamily*). Imagine the possibilities! You could even twist their names 'round and still not confuse readers.

Impossible, but one can dream.

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Link to misogyny and ignorance. Click with caution.

I made it halfway down the first page of comments and then gave up.


My reaction, helpfully summarized:
DEAR EVERYONE ON THE PLANET (minus those already armed with The Clues):

1. Words have meaning.

2. Words have two types of meanings: one is a dictionary (or scientific, or otherwise defined meaning). There is a second meaning, connotation. These are associations attached to words.

3. Generally connotations are the most important.

4. Pulling dictionary definitions when people are clearly talking about the connotations is neither helpful nor clever.

5. We are not separate from our history. Even if you think there's no misogyny in your world*, by using words that historically** carry misogynistic intent to describe someone you don't like, you are using the term in a way that is misogynistic. Even if you don't mean it. I'm sorry, this is the legacy we've been handed down with.

6. Live with the awareness that yes, while you wish you could totally throw around "whore" and "bitch" and all the rest without worrying about PC POLICE***, don't.

7. For the last time, the history is why words like "dick" do not garner such reactions. No, really. You're not pointing out anything that has not been brought up before in these conversations.

8. Please for the love of all that is holy stop telling anyone they're overreacting or oversensitive.

9. If you know nothing about this issue, I would advise your library or Google or another person who knows you well and this issue.

10. This applies wonderfully to just about any -ism you can think of; just change some of the words! 

Regards,
silverflight8

*OH MY GOD HAHAHAHAHA YOU MUST BE JOKING JUST GO AWAY
**They still do, by the way.
***Someone forgot to send me the uniform, obviously; I still don't have any weapons for these things...



tl;dr: *puts head on desk and thinks of happy thing*

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Went to the supermailbox and discovered it was overflowing; I forgot to check it. I have a postcard from my friend who went to Tokyo! Very exciting. I am envious of both the travelling and her awesome writing. It's really like an elementary teacher's writing: perfectly like the workbook and squared off.
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To: thespiderunion@silverflight8shouse.net
Re: A note on your activities
Cc: insects@silverflight8shouse.net; millipedes.bathroom@silverflight8shouse.net
Priority: Urgent


I know I haven't talked to you all in a long time. (That is, a year). However, it has come to my attention that you're all wandering around again. Everywhere. I mean, I walk into the bathroom, and one of your union members is squatting in my sink. The sink I use everyday. In the spring, all the little babies were tolerable, but now it's becoming ridiculous. You could pass for a big beetle. I'm getting tired to inspecting EVERY DARK SPOT on the carpet to see whether you've decided to amble along my floor.

So I think I'm issuing a decree. I am totally fine with all of you living outside. But the minute your legs set foot in my house, you're all facing immediate death, and then a toilet flush.

With all due respect,
silverflight8


--
This communication is private and is intended for the recipients to which the email is addressed only.
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Dear LJ in general:

I hope you realize that a lot of your site's users are in fandom. A lot. They also do this thing called "shipping", which basically means you pair (or put in groups of two or more) characters together and write romantic stories. These pairings are denoted by slashes: i.e., /. You do realize that by removing those from your acceptable tags, that you've just royally screwed up any community that uses them? As well as the writers, who tag their stories this way? And that many fans stay on LJ because of the fandom?

Well done, LJ. Nicely done.
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Dear blog,

Today at work a lady came in (she was new to the community so I was supposed to talk to her about it? Give tour?) I turned on the overhead light--it was about seven-thirty and rather cloudy--and the lightbulb above her head. Just. Exploded.

--
 I'm still bursting into little giggle fits as I think of this. I honestly didn't know that light bulbs exploded. I mean, I turned on the light, waved my hands to turn on the sensor thing, and then there was a sound and all of a sudden there's glass all over the place. I really thought that only happened in special effects. I woul've thought this was a dream (a very bizarre dream), 'cept I can look up into the light socket and see the jagged edges of glass.

Anyway, I cleaned up the mess (thank God for the vacuum), but not before the lady had to go into the washroom (conveniently about three steps away) to remove all the shattered glass from inside her shirt. I showed her around the lounge and pool and things, but I'm quite sure she now has slight qualms about this facility. I mean, not a very auspicious start...

Also: exploding lightbulbs make BAM sounds. :D
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Because many people plainly don't get it, here's an analogy that hopefully they can grasp. If not, there is a serious problem which is beyond my power to rectify or help in any way.
To borrow it from someone's lovely post (author, unfortunately, forgotten; if you do find them, please pm me):


If someone steps on my foot and it hurts, I am going to say: "OW!" And the harder they step on my foot, the louder I will shout it. OW, OW, OW. I'm not at the moment concerned with the delicate ears of the other person, because OW their stomping hurts and no I will not be quiet.

If that person continues to stay on my foot, I'm going to try to dislodge said person, because it hurts. It's not hurting you. It's hurting me.


When people say: "That's offensive, and x, y, z is why," it's not because they want to hurt you. It's because it's hurting them.

Why people who take my culture and twist it to suit their needs can't understand this, I don't know. OW. Go away. If I've linked you to this post after an argument/discussion/feeble parody of a discusion of racism, I invite you to educate yourself and read through this.

War may be inevitable, oppression may be inevitable, but @$#%^ no I am not going to take it lying down.  *snarl*

'pologies to f-list, who don't need this.


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Dear Mother Nature,

I'm awfully sorry about how we've been treating you. I know that I'd hate it if all my beloved creatures were going extinct, or the terrain and land was being torn up carelessly, or all the beautiful vistas destroyed by people who were much too busy to appreciate it. I'm terribly sorry that we've been littering and wasting and squandering what we have.

But, please, would you let off just a little on the weather? Ma'am, it's almost June, and it snowed all day today; I believe it's still snowing outside. There are tree branches being torn off, the flowers are not only rabbit-bitten but also frost-bitten, and the roads are slick with water--could we please get the same sort of nice weather that they get down south? We've been snowed on since October.

Thanks in advance for reading my request. In closing, I remain

Yr obt servant, &c, &c,
silverflight8
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Dear blog,

I am so very sorry. I really didn't mean to forget to post yesterday; really, I didn't. Please accept this humble human's apologies.

With all due respect and affection,
silverflight


When I kept a physical journal--forced to, actually, by my parents for the longest time--I had to write everyday, with the exceptions of holidays or my birthday. Occasionally, though, I'd forget,go  on a trip to somewhere out of country or something or other and not write; the next entry, I emulated those "Dear Diary" novels and wrote an apology to my journal. Sorry!



*On a totally unrelated note: upcoming post about why The Heir is making me justifiably angry.
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Hey, you! Yeah, you! I have a present for you.

Do you know what I've got in my hand? It's the one of the breakthroughs of modern science. It's a period. A full stop. And look at it! Isn't it cute?

Normally, I'd sell it to you for--oh, maybe a dollar. But you know what? The Punctuation and Inc. are running a promotion. That's right, a promotion, so you can get them for a quarter. That's right, folks, twenty-five cents. Almost free.

No, it's okay, they won't hurt you! Here, I'll put one in your hand--and no, they don't bite. Really.

You know where these little things like to be? In writing. I mean, they simply love being in a writing--especially if it's famous! Or e posted on the Internet, even. Doesn't even need to be a professional author.

Oh, and one more thing, 'cuz I think you deserve to know. Did you know that the period has a whole family? No? Really? Oh, let me introduce them to you. Here's the question mark--isn't he adorable? All squiggly and questioning. And here's the comma--he's like the family dog, keeping the sheep together--that is, if you had sheep. And look here; I've got a rare species. It's called an apostrophe. They used to be quite common, you know. There aren't very many left--they're a pretty limited edition. And here's a set of brackets--very useful, I must say. If you look, you can see one of the dashes trying to run away. Hey, get back here!

So, if you want a sample of a Limited Edition of the Punctuation Marks Kit (R), visit the site www.savepunctuation.com NOW for the special offer! All fanfic writers get a discount!

With great affection,
The Punctuation and Inc. Employees



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