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Friday, July 1, 2011

West of Bathurst 899

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Re. the Write-a-Thon: I remember this whole "editing" thing from my Ph.D. thesis. It's all: goodbye, unnecessary adverb! So long, slightly amusing but superfluous character description! Farewell, awkwardly phrased sentence that I used to think I needed! And all the time, you're thinking: what if I actually did need that? What if that adverb added flavour? Am I blandifying my text? Have I removed an essential clue to my protagonist's personality? Can onereally use the word "probably" too many times?

Incidentally, happy birthday, Canada.

Friday, July 1, 2011
Panel 1: Marie and Baldwin walk through a park.

Marie: Okay, so say you found out that, I dunno, Steve had probably only made friends with you because he wanted you to do him a favour eventually.

Panel 2:

Marie: But in the meantime, you'd genuinely come to like him. And the favour would be something that might even save his life, though it could also ruin someone else's life.

Panel 3:

Marie: What would you do?

Panel 4: 

Baldwin: I, uh, I, uh, I'd like to buy a vowel.

Marie: Yeah, that doesn't help.

Alt-Text: I've always hated questions starting with "What would you do if...?" The answer "I wouldn't get myself into that situation to start with" never goes over well.

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