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Remember to vote, yo! I am cautiously optimistic this election, but I have had my hopes dashed before, so I'm waiting to do any clapping or cheering until/if the ballot tallies come back favorably.

I'll be doing my civic duty after work, although I'm underwhelmed by my choices, especially the ones for the new John's Creek council. They all seem like right-wing nut jobs, but then, what sane person would want to be on a city council? Meh. Oftentimes, doing my civic duty comes down to selecting the least of many evils.

terracinque seduced me with shiny comic books. She introduced me to the Fables series put out by Vertigo. Fairy tales in modern day and pretty pictures, ooo. So yah, I've been reading them when I should've been writing . . . or editing . . . or reviewing. (I need another whole brain just to do all the reading I want to, dammit.) But I've read all the issues from years one through four now, so I'm hoping to get caught up on the work I've let slide.


Writing Stuff

New Words:
- 2300 on "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast." Good progress, but it could've been better. The muse is willing, but the writer is weak. Bad writer, no cookie.
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,135 / 5,000

- My November Writing for Young Readers column is now up: "An Interview with Gisele LeBlanc of Dragonfly Spirit".

Although there's one inaccuracy. It says that Dragonfly Spirit is closed to poetry submission until 2008. That's supposed to be 2007. Oops. I've got a note in with the editor to have that rectified.

I'm feeling:
embarrassed embarrassed
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On November 7th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC), faerie_writer commented:
Enjoyed the interview! Gisele sounds like a neat lady. :D
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On November 8th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, Maggie! Glad you enjoyed it. And most definitely, Gisele is fabu.
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On November 7th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC), nmsunbear commented:
I was so thoroughly crushed two years ago that I am woeking hard to quash even cautious optimism... but I hope, nonetheless.
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On November 7th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC), nmsunbear commented:
...but then, what sane person would want to be on a city council?

Ah, there I am lucky. I can point to one electoral victory: I voted for Martin Heinrich for City Council, Martin was elected, Martin has done a fabulous job. And he's a super-nice guy, too.
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On November 8th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Well, according to j_hotlanta, there's a chance that our new city council might actually have a clue. I'm in wait-and-see mode, but it'd sure be nice.
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On November 7th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC), j_hotlanta commented:
I have to disagree with your assessment on the council candidates. I had the chance to meet a lot of them at Oktoberfest a couple of weeks ago and they all seemed to be pretty sharp and well focused on the job ahead. I'm particulary impressed by Bev Miller: her command of the tax issues for the new city (especially the implications of the split homestead exemption) was way above my head.

The big problem I have is that they all seem to have the same platform (fix the traffic problems and keep taxes low). There really aren't a lot of differences between the positions they share. I voted for the ones that were most involved in the Committee since they were willing to put in the work needed to get the city passed.

THe poll worker this morning said that they expected a 55% turnout in my precinct. No matter who wins - a turnout like that for a midterm election I consider a big win for the spirit of our new community!
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On November 7th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
See, I haven't met them, so I'm only going on what their publicity stuff says. And I definitely noticed they all seem to be running on the same platforms: taxes, traffic, and moral values. Frankly, I don't want any politician dictating to me what constitutes moral values, just on principle--the fact that I usually don't agree with what they profess as a "moral value" that requires defending notwithstanding.

"they expected a 55% turnout in my precinct. No matter who wins - a turnout like that for a midterm election I consider a big win for the spirit of our new community!"

Hurray for less apathy, at least.
On November 7th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Hmmm - wonder if "moral values" translates to "We're willing to spend $400,000 fighting the Love Shack next to the ballet school"?
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On November 7th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC), mtfay commented:
I didn't get registered early enough to vote this time in Illinois. And can't vote in CA:(...

In 21 years, I have had someone I wanted to vote for for national office exactly 1 time. Paul Simon.
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On November 8th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
That sucks that you weren't able to vote. You couldn't do absentee or provisional or anything? Stupid red tape.
On November 8th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC), mtfay replied:
California has arcane absentee rules, and Illinois did a rule change that I was caught in the middle of. I think they actually conspired to keep me from voting. The week after I registered, which I was told was 3 days too late to vote, they mad ea rule change to allow people who registered up to 5 days before the election to vote early. But I was excluded on both sides:P. They didn't want Rick Whitley getting any more votes for governor, I guess. (he was the green candidate and the only one who wasn't suspected of being a criminal on some level:)).
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