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clairelight
I'm a writer in San Francisco.
Interests: literature, geography, women's issues, visual art, odonymy, transportation, racism, hybridity, asian american, hapa, multiracial, urbanism, young adult fiction, movies, reading, writing, feminism, walking, surfing, fiction, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy
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Pireeni Sundaralingam: Drink 8 glasses of water (with no additives) each day. So, I'm not really someone who gets dehydrated. I drink about four glasses of water/day and about 3-6 cups of herbal tea. But I'll take this challenge! First of all, the cups depicted, which I have in five colors, contain 19 ounces of water. Not filled entirely to the top I'll call it 16, or two 8 oz. glasses. So one cup is actually two standard glasses of water--"health authorities" commonly state that you should drink 8 8-oz. glasses of water/day or 2 liters. I can drink more.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at 50 Challenges
I'm taking a brief hiatus from starting new challenges while I help set up a COVID 19 mutual aid project. I'm still doing all the ones I've already started, but will stagger the beginnings of other year-long challenges, so that they end up going into next year. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at 50 Challenges
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Angelika Richter: Trage jeden Tag 10 kleine ungekochte Bohnen in Deiner rechten Hosentasche. Hast Du ein positives Erlebnis am Tag, lass eine Bohne in die linke Hosentasche wandern. Am Ende des Tages zähle die „positiven“ Bohnen und erinnere Dich bewusst an diese Augenblicke! (transl.: Every day, carry 10 small uncooked beans in your right pocket. Whenever you have a positive experience during the day, move a bean to your left pocket. At the end of the day, count the "positive" beans and consciously remember these moments!) I love this one! It's a combo mindfulness and gratitude exercise. I did, however,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2020 at 50 Challenges
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Sam Chanse: starting a snail-mail correspondence ... just the idea of regular exchange of cards/letters/paper stuffs through usps feels nice and concrete and connect-y. Just sticking my head in to show the lovely colorful envelopes (50 of 'em!) I ordered for this purpose. I also got some handmade envelopes from Etsy to switch it up. Heh. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2020 at 50 Challenges
Sam Chanse: starting a snail-mail correspondence ... just the idea of regular exchange of cards/letters/paper stuffs through usps feels nice and concrete and connect-y. Begun and underway. I've ordered some fun, colorful envelopes for the purpose. Otherwise: private. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at 50 Challenges
John Lum: Rewrite the lyrics for Paul Simon's “50 ways to lose your lover” into a parody about Donald Trump. I got this challenge from John Lum on Feb. 15 and immediately caught fire, writing the first draft in an hour, with the help of an online rhyming dictionary. I also asked him immediately if he would sing the results at my birthday party and he agreed, so I also looked up the karaoke backing music on YouTube (which is above) so he'd have accompaniment. Sadly John was recovering from a cold last we spoke, so he might not be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2020 at 50 Challenges
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Erika Padilla Morales: I challenge you (and myself) to have the appropriate stash of meds at all times so we never fall behind and can eliminate that factor from spoon stealing life events! These (top shelf, left, and second shelf) are my medications and supplements (except those which live in the fridge.) In total, I take 12 prescriptions, and 12 supplements. All of these except one come in pill form, and I load up on the pill bottles and then fill my two-week pill organizer every two weeks. This is the pill organizer. As you can see, it's actually a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2020 at 50 Challenges
(Explanation Below) Legend: Completed challenges; longer challenges underway; untouched challenges ALL YEAR CHALLENGES: Claire Light: create a new blog to track 50 challenges Praba Pilar: Get together once a month to read Octavia Butler out loud together, and discuss. Amanda Leuck: What about writing an open thank you letter to a different artist/creator/author/musician whose work has touched your life each week? You could post it on your blog before mailing it off. And it could be to anyone for any sort of creation - a great magazine piece, a cartoon, the creator of your favorite toy - anything. Sam Chanse:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2020 at 50 Challenges
How often to shower is not my conundrum, but rather how often to wash my hair.
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2011 on On Cleanliness at GWENDA BOND
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Gwenda, Just a quick, OT note: thank you for this blog as resource. When I don't know what I want to read next, I can always come here and find a reliable recommendation. Thanks!
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2010 on Lames Excuses Post at GWENDA BOND
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Mar 15, 2010
Thanks for the link, Gwenda. I just started year 7 of da nobble, and it's not budging. I really needed to hear that.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2009 on The Lessons of Despair at GWENDA BOND
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dashboard sucks. there's nothing on it but a list of comments from the blogs. i don't go to typepad to see my comments listed together from multiple blogs, i go to each BLOG to see my comments so they're in context with the post and the previous comments. DUH. comments are a conversation. i can't find anything else on my dashboard and there wasn't an obvious button or link to take me to a place where i could add stuff to my dashboard. FAIL. the "weblogs" page on the old layout is what i consider a dashboard. i can see all my blogs there, along with the number of posts and comments, and can click from there to anywhere i want to go in each blog. i do not treat my blogs as all one entity, they are each separate, and need to be treated that way on the dashboard. now, if you want to add MORE info to the old dashboard layout, great. and i'm paying for this, so please don't try to sell me stuff.
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2009 on Tell us why you are switching back at Switching Back
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Gwenda, can you point to some of the criticism of the Grossman article? I know that I hated the article because it was simplistic and wrong, not because the sentiment behind it was something I disagree with. The contemporary "literary" novel isn't boring because it's difficult, it's difficult because it's boring. Lit fic writers aren't really using the modernist arsenal anymore. It's been done. They're just telling the same, boring, urban professional epiphany story (and yes, it's a genre) over and over. These books are very easy to read, they're just hard to finish because they're so deathly dull. And his whole thing about Cormac McCarthy? Hello? Since when wasn't western a genre? McCarthy's whole career has been about literarifying genre; that's why he's both feted and popular. With THE ROAD he just switched genres. Grumble grumble ... sorry to take this out on you, but I would have had to register to comment on the wsj article.
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2009 on Tuesday Hangovers at GWENDA BOND
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ah, late congrats then.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2009 on Masters Ahoy! at GWENDA BOND
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Congratulations, Gwenda! Or should I call you "master?" Quick pet pique patrol: you wrote "peak" instead of "peek."
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2009 on Masters Ahoy! at GWENDA BOND
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i have to say, this isn't good joss whedon. this is generic joss whedon. the first five eps were so bad i couldn't believe it was a joss whedon show. and now that we're getting into more depth ... well, after watching "the wire" and the BSG finale, i can't say that this is depth at all, just backwash backstory. gotta say: anything even slightly more interesting will knock this one off my schedule. oh, and it *barely* passes the bechdel test. i'm not sure doctor's visits and conversations about how much they like applesauce count.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2009 on Dollhouse Discussion at GWENDA BOND
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the lack of a demon-and-monster-infested world and a tongue-in-cheek premise really shows how thin whedon's single-episode-arc ideas are. most of these eps have been silly so far. if next week's ep isn't great, i might give up on it.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2009 on Dollhouse Discussion at GWENDA BOND
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really! i'm surprised. i'm still watching it out of loyalty but i think it's taken a turn for the hokey. and the relationship between danny and the captain? ugh!
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2009 on Dollhouse Discussion at GWENDA BOND
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congratulations, MASTER!
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2009 on The Return at GWENDA BOND
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