October 31st, 2004

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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.
Take kadyg out to dinner.
Run with that guilt trip and try to force it on Mom to offset her losses.
Dump that blood money on a charity that aids gambling addicts.
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.

(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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