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30 June 2007 @ 19:02
 
I don't know what's wrong with me today. I don't want to do anything. Part of that probably has something to do with a cold that I appear to be developing. But I don't want to read, write, walk or anything. Although I do have a strange compulsion to play sudoku...

I'd really like to go somewhere too, but the trains are all being switched to the elevated track today.

I finished reading "The Memory Game" the other day. kuroe hated it ("although not as much as the others," he added charitably). I really liked it. It's about the passage of time and the way our childhood slips away from us. This is held together by murder-mystery that relies on our changing memory of the past. kuroe hated the fact that the main element of suspense was a red herring (an idea that I thought quite clever, particularly since it lead to the discovery of another clue that was relevent). I liked it despite a very confusing opening chapter.

However, I've developed a new theory about drinking in books. An author can imagine anthropomorphic creatures living on another planet, trolls in waiting in dark caves, fantastic kingdoms... but they can't imagine their main characters drinking anything too different from themselves. And all the characters in the books I've been reading lately have drunk gallons and gallons of wine over the course of the book. Once you start to notice it, you can't un-notice it.

Poll #1012901 Drinks

What do characters drink in your fics?

Tea.
1(2.8%)
Coffee.
0(0.0%)
Beer.
2(5.6%)
Mead.
0(0.0%)
Cocktails.
0(0.0%)
Wine.
0(0.0%)
Sake.
0(0.0%)
Green tea.
0(0.0%)
Something I made up.
0(0.0%)
Something else.
1(2.8%)
Ticky box!
1(2.8%)

Are people who use green ink suspicious?

Yes, very. I don't trust them.
4(11.4%)
Maybe. Are they drawing smiley faces or scary faces?
16(45.7%)
Nope. It's the sign of a carefree spirit!
3(8.6%)
Nope, I use green ink myself.
12(34.3%)


I have to confess, I haven't read any more of the Bokura no manga for quite some time. This is because I've got to the chapter titled "Moji". Presumably he dies in it and I really, really like him for no apparent reason. I'm not sure I can read any more.




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    strawberryjoy on 30th June 2007 11:31 (UTC)
    It's possible that my answer may disprove your theory because my characters drink beer (well, Ken does, Crawford does occasionally, and the kids do when they can get away with it) but I have yet to write anyone with an addiction to diet coke, diet ribena or that low calory pina colada-type drink from tesco!
    mjj: jiip happyflemmings on 30th June 2007 12:02 (UTC)
    You forgot the ticky box for blood. It has to go in 'something else' along with diet Pepsi, kumiss and scotch on the rocks, but I bet far more people's characters drink blood than diet Pepsi, kumiss and scotch on the rocks.
    strawberryjoy on 30th June 2007 12:32 (UTC)
    would be a bit disturbing if that's what their authors mainly drank too...
    百加☆nitaspitas on 30th June 2007 13:38 (UTC)
    I think mine drink orange juice, but I haven't written very much, and the only times I've written anything substantial were the last two Nanowirimos where I wrote YA. But I do in fact drink lots of orange juice and apple qoo (and lately vegetable juice and water/pocari sweat/dakara...) I was addicted to apple qoo for a while, but I think I've gotten over that... Although now that you bring it up, I feel the need to write something where someone drinks vegetable juice. That doesn't involve Inui or PoT...

    And sadly, I had to look up the seiyuu for Moji in order to figure out who you were talking about because even after the ten or so episodes I've watched, I still really only know the names of the people who have died (and Koemushi and Ushiro). But yeah, of what I've seen of him so far, I wouldn't want Moji to die, either.
    nekojitanekojita on 30th June 2007 16:22 (UTC)
    Hmm, I must admit that I do have my characters drink a lot of things that I don't drink (coffee, beer, etc). I try to decide on the situation and the background and go w/ that.
    Unseelie: Ticky tapunsee1ie on 30th June 2007 18:34 (UTC)
    good grief there's a lot of drinking in my stuff...
    beverage depends on the character, and what the character wants at the moment. but yowza, there's a lot of drinking.. and very rarely any peeing! odd, that.

    ah, and green ink.. i buy it for my guys at work because they do a lot of document mark-up and.... red is so oppressive, and the purple pens are miiiiine!
    Viridian5: Dougan (happy insane)viridian5 on 30th June 2007 23:34 (UTC)
    At one of my editing jobs editing corrections to text were made in green ink and proofreading corrections in red, so I'm nostalgic about green ink.
    菖蒲eye_ame on 1st July 2007 06:36 (UTC)
    :)
    Kat Mastersevil_kat on 3rd July 2007 02:38 (UTC)
    I actually don't drink alcohol much at all, but the Saiyuki guys seem to. ;)

    I hate that some fantasy writers figure mead is the end all of alcoholic drinks.