@stuffisthings I didn't either, though I HAVE seen Chive gear (and never wondered about it, mostly because I feel like I've seen "Keep Calm and _____ On" stuff for all kinds of weird things). I don't know. I don't love it? But it seems mostly harmless and consensual and all that. They are just not my people.
I am also always suspicious about voluntary groups that identify themselves by their "otherness."
@LooseBaggyMonster Yeah, gonna plop in this Wikipedia'd plot summary, because WHAT THE HELL:
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded is an epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, first published in 1740. It tells the story of a beautiful 15-year old maidservant named Pamela Andrews, whose nobleman master, Mr. B, makes unwanted advances towards her after the death of his mother, whose maid she was since age 12. Mr. B is infatuated with her, first by her looks and then her innocence and intelligence, but his high rank hinders him from proposing marriage. He abducts her, locks her up in one of his estates, and attempts to seduce and rape her. She rejects him continually, but starts to realize that she is falling in love with him. He intercepts her letters to her parents; reading them, he becomes even more enamored by her innocence, intelligence, and continuous escape attempts. Her virtue is eventually rewarded when he sincerely proposes an equitable marriage to her. In the novel's second part, Pamela attempts to build a successful relationship with him and to acclimate to upperclass society."
@melis Thanks for saying this--this is the part that bothers me most. All these seduction techniques seem designed to intimidate and erode.
@Maura Johnston Yuuuuup.
Damn! This time I DID guess "time machine"!
I remember for a brief time they sold "fragrance note" sets for Dream and Heaven. They had little roller ball applicators of each individual scent that supposedly made up the fragrance. I got one of Heaven for my best friend and was super proud of my gift-giving acuity. (You're out there, BFF--DO YOU STILL HAVE THIS).
@Sara Wilkinson@twitter Also the decision to shift it forward in time is just weird, especially when paired with King's preference for dated names. (Franny? Stu? Larry? Not exactly names that scream 1990.)
Ooh, can we also talk short The Stand vs. long The Stand? I'm firmly pro-short version.
@omellet DISAGREE ON SKELETON CREW. I think it's a great primer on his short fiction--it's got a classic novella in The Mist, classic horror/suspense (The Raft), the weirdly terrifying scifi experiment The Jaunt, examples of his retro fixation (The Wedding Gig, Mrs. Todd's Shortcut), SURVIVOR TYPE. Man. I love that collection.
Two additional things that helped me get out of bed regularly (and not immediately fall back asleep on the couch):
1) Instead of hitting snooze, I set two alarms, 20 minutes apart. That way I still get the crucial enjoying-warm-bed time before I haul myself out.
2) First thing every morning, I spend ten minutes in front of a lightbox. After that, I'm totally awake even before my coffee. Position it by your bed if necessary.