March 30th, 2008

bender angry

in which I am taunted by a videotape

E and A went to the grandparents' house and retrieved the tape of the Stanford-Pitt NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament game that was made for me (I don't get ESPN2).

The tape now sits on the table and taunts me because I told myself I don't get to watch it until Lina is flying back home on the sparrow (reference is to writing "When Lina Went On The Lam"). Because after she gets back home, it's just wallop the cat, reunite the mice, and rescue the young man and the story is done.

I'm playing hardball with the writer mind. But it's for a good cause.

Back to it.
homer d'oh

i have mixed feelings about this one

Well, I did indeed finish the story I was thinking about writing for the CatsCurious anthology today. That's a 6800-word short story in four days, which is a pretty gigantic pace for me. It was fun to write, and it's not half-bad. (Not half-good either, of course.)

Then I re-read the anthology guidelines, and I realized that writing the story was a really stupid thing to do. Because they're going to pick one story to include in the anthology, from all the entries. That's *one* story. From *all* the entries. It's not going to be my story.

Thus, the time and energy I spent writing "When Lina Went On The Lam" would have been better spent making my WOTF story and/or my submission to the "Taking Flight" anthology as good as they could be. Cause in those two, there's more of a chance for me.

As a result, I've submarined my chances in other things to pursue something where I have almost no chance. Smooth move there, Ex-Lax.

So after I returned a video, I went to Whole Foods and bought a cinnamon roll. It's tasty, and slightly eases the "duh" pain. Slightly.
stanford logo

Sports Comment: Stanford women win, men lose

As mentioned a couple days ago, the Stanford women's and men's basketball teams played in the Sweet Sixteen this weekend.

The women's game, versus Pitt, was a close, tough game until about 10 minutes were left. Stanford's inside game was doing well, but Pitt's guards were hitting jumpers like crazy. All of a sudden, Candice Wiggins decided to start playing, the Pitt guards (Winn and the excellent Zellous) stopped, and it was all over. The next game against Maryland should also be super-tough as they are a rock-solid team both inside and outside.

The men's game, against Texas, was also close for the first thirty minutes but the writing was on the wall from the beginning. All Stanford had going was the Lopez brothers down low (especially Brook), but Texas had both low-post people and some slashing, shooting guards. Stanford got within one point in the second half, but then Texas poured it on.

So I'll have to tape the Stanford-Maryland game tomorrow night as I'll be at rock climbing club. Go Stanford!!