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I liked this story more than I actually did

Boi from Troy is a gay Republican blogger who covered the Democratic Convention for Wonkette, the political gossip blogger. He reports that he "sought constructive criticism," and got this:

Brackets not parenthesis! Be very gay! Be very Republican! Be shallow! Don't try to be Wonkette! More pictures! Less Penis! More ass-f*cking! Link to me! Stop cruising for guys! Fewer ellipsis! Less sex! More cattiness! More substance! Don't ruin Wonkette by making it gay! More bitterness! Eeek! Keep linking to me! Toby's gay! Make headlines googlable! Bravo IS hot! More Barack! Obama's HOT! More outside the Beltway! Less California!

Uh.

I've been revising my Clarion-written stories, taking my Clarion fellow students' and instructors' advice into account, and I'm getting the same feeling as Boi. Cut this! Cut that! This sucks! This is great! More this! No, more that!

Not everyone is on my wavelength; some people are just 'not my audience', and I can fearlessly discount their complaints if they conflict with others'. But what do I do when one Big Name Author instructor loves a passage, and another Big Name Author instructor tells me to delete it?

Yeah, I know. Use my own judgment. Which I am doing, nervously.

Favorite comment so far, from Trent (he's quoting someone else, I don't know who): "I liked this story more than I actually did." Should have made it onto the t-shirt.


KAN
ho(su), hi(ru)
meaning: dry, defense

干潮 == kanchou == ebb tide, low tide
干魚 == kangyo, hiuo, and hoshiuo == dried fish


Originally a pictograph of a primitive forked thrusting weapon. This led to meanings related to 'defense'. Its meaning as 'dry' is a phonetic borrowing. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Flattened forked pole for drying washing.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Info from Taka Kanji Database
Gahoh kanji movie

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