December 5th, 2010

Stargate in Distance

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Topless Robot: The 13 Best Mystery Science Theater 3000 Songs
There are awesome TV shows. And then there was Mystery Science Theater 3000, a show so awesome that it can't even be mentioned in the same breath as other shows. And while it re-emerges in the form of Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic, the original series will always have a legion of loyal fans, ready to defend this little Minnesota puppet show with their lives.

I miss MST3K a lot, especially the Turkey Day marathons. I met TV's Frank at a convention one time and got to hang out with him during the autograph sessions, and we talked about our cats, and yes, it was awesome.

Watching those marathons used to be a highlight of the holidays, to the point where I sort of mentally associate MST3K with Christmas. I think the only thing that ever matched it was when The Lord of the Rings movies were coming out, and the highlight of the holiday became the group outing to the new movie, the celebratory lunch afterward, and then the later viewing of the extended DVD release of the previous movie, plus the extras.

Writer Tamago: Expertise and Habit: Outliers Analysis by Catherine Schaff-Stump
The idea that "How to you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice" works for writers, too; the more time you spend doing it, the better you get.

The books I wrote in my childhood? They count, even though they are hardly expert. Let's give that time of writing about 500 hours (three books of terribly stinky quality from the ages of 12-18).

No writing time as an undergraduate. As an MA candidate, a lot for one year. I'd say we came close to 1000 during that experience.

After I started my teaching job, I wrote two books. I'm going to give myself another 500 hours for those books.

And then, after the PhD, there was the fan fiction period from 2002-2004. I'll easily give myself 1000 for that, as well as the ideas for the Klarion series.

In 2007, I began to pursue writing more seriously. For these 3 years, I'll keep the estimate to another 1000.

ETA: meant to link to this, too: World's 10 Weirdest Hotels I think I like the cave one best.