Today was a writing day and therefore a good one.

I share with you writer's notes to self from the story I worked on all day today.

[[ "To forgive is an act of compassion, Buffy. It's, it's not done because people deserve it. It's done because they need it." ]]
[[ containing his impulse toward the sardonic-- Giles has to pick up on this and understand it ]]
[[ needs connector ]]
[[ transition ]]
[[ Giles vomits into the kitchen sink.]]
[[ Keep them touching. Echo physical actions by Giles in earlier story. ]]
[[ Giles has visible emotional reaction of some kind ]]
[[ This is all wrong, both tone and content. Conversation needs to stay personal and not wander into expository nonsense. Who the fuck cares? Not me. ]]

Sooper genius in action! Especially in that "visible emotional reaction" comment, oh yeah. I usually write notes like this when I'm skipping over something that needs to be edited or written but I'm not ready to work on that bit just yet. I rarely write a story start to finish. I will try to outline then write whatever is most on my mind at any time. The seed of a story for me will often be something in the middle, or a final image. Though in this one, it was the last line of the first graf that got me going. (I wonder if that means I should cut it. Hmm.)

This story is not:
- the late ficathon story
- the ficathon story due this week
- either of the other stories mentioned in yesterday's post

I hate my fickle brain. Anyway. Here's a hint. Story files that are newer than the birthday ficspam file:

List of Rock Band 2 songs that if I never hear them again it will be too soon:
"A Jagged Gorgeous Winter" -- jagged, dissonant, and fucking annoying
"Rob the Prez-O-Dent" -- sounded promising for about 10 seconds
anything by Bang Camaro -- christ on a crutch, lame
that Ratt-t-t-t-t-t song that keeps turning up in mystery setlists -- inoffensive but moronic 80s hair metal
"Shackler's Revenge" -- Guns-n-Roses? really? It's utter shit and that is so not Slash playing so how can it possibly be GNR?

On the other hand, it turns out that I will play Journey and the Grateful Dead until I fall over with exhaustion. My hipster cred is in shreds. But I really wish I could five-star a song and then mark it as "never force me to play this again". Like thumbs down on Pandora.

Pro tip from my boss: The way to move up to hard on guitar is to play hard on bass first. This is working out for me.

In other news, I have acquired a minor head cold.
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Rockband 2
I agree with all of those songs, but would like to add anything by Metallica to that list.

I will play Journey and Kansas until I can sing no more.

Can't wait for The Beatles game next year. Truly Awesome.

I hope to crank it up later this week. I am finished with my winter mini Jan 2 and plan to RB2 unil Jan 19.
Re: Rockband 2
Oh, man, I'm dying for the Beatles game. I will play until my fingers fall off. One of my very favorite things is my copy of The Beatles Complete score, with transcriptions of all their songs, instrument by instrument. It's mostly how I learned to play guitar. (Obligatory disclaimer: to the limited extent that I can. Which is to say, "really badly".)