October 31st, 2004

distributed postmodern agitprop

Great writing link

I'm picking up all sorts of awesome ideas from this thread in the NaNoWriMo forums -- it's a 30-step plan for world-building for writers of speculative fiction.

It also turns out that I was mistaken in my belief that NaNoWriMo planning could not start before Nov. 1. The Site FAQ says: "Outlines and plot notes are very much encouraged, and can be started months ahead of the actual novel-writing adventure." This is good. It means that I can put in a little extra effort on Halloween building up the main character so I'm not stumbling straight out of the gate.
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    Richard Shindell, "Wisteria"
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Vegas, Part II: Money (and a poll)

... But enough about the city. How was the gambling?

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So mom went down $50 with my capable assistance. Still, I walked out of Vegas up a modest $19.01:
  • Cumulative $14 in roulette winnings.
  • Plus $5 from a decent payout off $2 at a quarter slot machine.
  • $0.01 up from a penny found on the ground on the casino floor.

Poll #376224 Help spend Vegas' money!

So ... what should I do with Las Vegas' $19.01?

Buy a Playstation game so Las Vegas can entertain me in absentia.
7(30.4%)
Take kadyg out to dinner.
13(56.5%)
Run with that guilt trip and try to force it on Mom to offset her losses.
1(4.3%)
Dump that blood money on a charity that aids gambling addicts.
1(4.3%)
Cable it to Attorney At Law Edward T. Ngoya of Mbeku, Nigeria to cover wire transfer fees for the THIRTY SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS ($37.000.000,00) he's trying to get out of his country, since he is prepared to reward my assistance with a 15 percent cut.
1(4.3%)


(For the record, I'm not counting lodging, food, transportation, souvenirs, etc., in the up/down total, because I came to Vegas for my sister's 21st birthday -- trip expenses were for her party, not for the purpose of gambling.)
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    "Somebody Has To Pay," Run Lola Run soundtrack
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Vegas, Part I: The city streets

(I wrote this on Tuesday when I returned from my trip. It took me a few days to polish it, and I'm posting it now because if I don't get it done before NaNoWriMo, it will never be posted ever. So ... a travelogue in two parts. Enjoy. -B)

I'm now sitting in the Las Vegas airport, waiting to go home after 48 hours on "the Strip." Said stretch of road -- technically Las Vegas Boulevard -- is, quite arguably, the epicenter of Vegas; if nothing else, it's what everyone associates with the city. It's about three miles of some of the world's largest and most ostentatious casinos. It's a miscrocosm of famous world landmarks -- a faux New York skyline, a replica Eiffel Tower, an imposing Egyptian pyramid. It's a place where dreams are made and hopes are crushed.

It's also the world's biggest infomercial, advertising itself at full volume 24 hours a day.

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