December 16th, 2005

breaking bad

hypnotherapy

I have now experienced almost three months of the hypnotherapy training. I missed last Saturday (because of H's sister's wedding), so I am going down to London to catch the course down there. It has been quite a profound and demanding experience. I was just saying in a reply to emeraldsedai that it's not adding a new skill to one's repertoire, but requires you to examine your self and your values. Which is very tiring. I feel that there is a lot of unconscious learning going on, which is good, but wearing and sometimes (temporarily) depressing.
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Bad writing

I was talking about bad writing some time recently. Is it bad writing if people like it? Here's a bad sentence:

Renowned curator Jacques Saunière staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum's Grand Gallery.

Why is it bad? Because it hampers the enjoyment of the reader. An old man is dying in the museum to which he has devoted his life. Some kind of emotional punch, right? The bad sentence wastes the emotional punch. Or so it seems to me.

Turns out all Dan Brown's novels start that way.
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I am googled

I'm still getting comments on my entry 'the problem of Susan' by the way, including several non-livejournal people.

I just found out why: this blog is #3 on the list if you Google the problem of susan (with or without quote marks). Oh yes, I'm ahead of bookslut and Neil Gaiman.
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Susan and Muggles

In the most recent comment I got in the Problem of Susan thread, the person disagrees with me that CS Lewis is critical of women:

Using your reasoning, one can conclude that Rowling wanted us to believe that non-magic people are always backward. Which I don't think Rowling intended

Although I disagree with this person, I think the comparison between Susan and Muggles is a very good one.
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