Wow!

I finally got all the Movable Type CSS-powered templates sorted out. Now to integrate the comments function in the way I want to, and then create a couple of more blogs based on the same format… a Korean-language one (basically the same as my blogspot one, but with comments enabled) and a personal (hidden, secret, inaccessible) one for working on my novel while on the road.
I am pleased.

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Technique and Politics in Hard SF

To say that I felt slightly beseiged when I wrote this
essay would be such a massive understatement that it would border on mockery
of the situation. I was in my first year of studies in the Master’s in Creative
Writing program at Concordia University in Montreal. I was the only science-fiction
writer in my class, taking a prose-writing course in which most of the students
were writing some form of mainstream realistic of magical-realistic fiction.

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Ankles (Not a Frog)

Okay, so, we’ve graduated to learning the scissor kick, and frog kick (which is which and so forth are less than clear to me at this point). Our teacher is bent on having us understand the leg motion necessary. So imagine this: we’re all kneeling on floaterboards by the edge of the kiddie pool, knees slightly apart, and feet turned to the side. This really really hurts, especially for me… I have such inflexible ankles that I’ve actually had to do tendon-stretching exercises in the past to render walking less painful.
And then teacher comes up and reminds us that we must really have our feet to the side, and must really stretch, by pulling our feet out when necessary, and pushing down on our shoulders. Which is all well and good if you’re flexible enough for it, which seems to be everyone in the class but me.
Ah well. So anyway, now, my feet and my hips… well, I’ll just put it this way: right now, even walking hurts a little bit.