November 2nd, 2008

mice-spiders

Writing

One of the reasons I haven't been posting much recently is because I was crunching hard on writing fiction, and apparently I only have so many words to go around.

Kind of taking a break now. We'll see whether I manage to crunch some more during November, since it's NaNoWriMo -- not that I'm participating, but it'd be a good excuse to Wri more No. Writing is fun. I'm really enjoying it.

Anyway, some of what I've been writing is fanfic. (Mostly Hot Fuzz at this point.) If you'd be interested in seeing pointers to it, comment here and I'll add you to my filter. (Comments screened.)

ETA: If you can see this post, you have been added to / were already on the filter.
Beem-Ur the Destructor

Suffrage

I voted on Friday. Woo-hoo! I'm now officially excused from more politics!

I'll spare you my thoughts on particular elements of the ballot (not that you probably couldn't guess with ease), but I will note that dang, Colorado's was long this year.

As always, the larger the race, the easier it was to figure out which candidate I preferred. I actually had to poke around for general media coverage on my two state reps, because just looking at their statements and their websites, they were pretty evenly matched. I worked out a tiebreaker based on general principles, but then the extra information made it easier.

I'm annoyed at the blue book coverage of all the various referenda. I don't know why it changed, but there used to be this great rule of thumb you could use to get a first-order approximation on how to vote: just read through the "support" and "oppose" statements submitted, and whichever side used the most WORDS in ALL CAPITALS was ALMOST CERTAINLY a bunch of TOTAL NUTJOBS and who you want to side against. Well, they don't have that anymore. Bother! It was almost work to figure out some of the issues this year.

As an added bonus, I was able to wear my "I voted!" sticker as my Halloween costume: if anyone asked, I was "the guy who voted exactly the opposite of you!" Dunh-dunh-duhhhhhh!