Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Looking Up The Facts


In An Interview With Annie Proulx in an issue of bookslut dot com published in December of 2005 I read:

Q.  I know you do a lot of research for your stories, and I was wondering at what point the research is finished and it's time to move forward with the story?

A.  First of all, I never feel that it's finished, but you have to stop somewhere. There's no end to the amount of things that one should know about a place...

That question and its answer poked my Huh? What was that? button and I paused for a few hours to think about and dig up some information about the role of research in the art and craft of fiction writing. And after doing that, I now have a greater grasp of the why, you know, the how come I have with problems in writing the body and ending of a story after what seems to be a truly fine beginning of each and every attempted story these days.

Now I think a breakthrough might be in the offing.

A breakthrough in my perspective on fiction writing.

Or not . . .

We'll see.

That piece in bookslut had a great deal of other interesting items regarding one author's views on writing.

An Interview With Annie Proulx


Did You Know . . .?

Drying you hands with paper towels will reduce the bacterial count by 45 to 60 percent on your hands. However, using a hand dryer will increase the bacteria on your hands by up to 255 percent because it blows out bacteria already living in the conveniently warm moist environment.

(Note: I knew towels were more healthy because I watch The Big Bank Theory... wherein Sheldon said it was so.)



On this day in 1994 Byron de la Beckwith was convicted of the assassination of civil rights leader Medger Evers 31 years earlier, ending the lengthiest murder case in American history. Evers was gunned down in the driveway of his Jackson, Mississippi, home while his wife, Myrlie, and the couple's small children were inside waiting for their father.

Justice was finally achieved when Beckwith was convicted and given a life sentence. Beckwith appealed the conviction, claiming that he had not been granted a speedy trial as required by the Constitution. However, the appeals courts rejected his argument.  Beckwith died in 2001.

The story was dramatized in Rob Reiner's movie, Ghosts of Mississippi.



-  A pardon extended by the government to a group or class of persons, usually for a political offense.
-  The act of a sovereign power officially forgiving certain classes of persons who are subject to trial but have not yet been convicted."

The state's magnanimity to those offenders
whom it would be too expensive to punish.
--Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary


(born February 5, 1964)
Laura Linney is an American actress. She is most well known for her performances in films such as The Truman Show, Mystic River and Kinsey, among others.

(Feb 5, 1995 - Feb 26, 2012)
Trayvon Martin was the son of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. He lived with his mother and older brother in Miami Gardens, Florida. On the day he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, he and his father were visiting his father's fiancée at her town home in Sanford, Florida.

(born February 5, 1981)
Sara Foster is an American actress, best known for her role as Jen Clark on 90210.

(born February 5, 1967)
Chris Parnell is an American comic actor best known as a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1998–2006 and for his role as Dr. Leo Spaceman on NBC's comedy series 30 Rock. Parnell is currently doing voicework for the character Cyril Figgis on the FX animated comedy Archer, and as Jerry in the Adult Swim animated sci-fi/comedy Rick and Morty. He is also co-starring as Fred Shay on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory.


"I think that's important, to know how the water's gone over the dam before you start to describe it. It helps to have been over the dam yourself."
--Annie Proulx



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