Saturday Feature: If We Were Having Coffee…

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Image from Death to the Stock Photo

I’d tell you that I’m busy puzzling over who killed Jenny Schecter. Last night,  I finished the sixth season of The L Word, and as series endings go, I was annoyed. It was anticlimactic; it felt like we were mid-season when the producers and writers decided to wrap everything up with the death that started the season but without the mystery being solved. I’d tell you that I do like room for ambiguity in stories (and the lack of ambiguity is what bothers me about Life of Pi‘s final chapter as well as the second half of Atonement), but I’d also tell you that I think this works very differently when we’ve spent hours upon hours with these characters (which equate to years if you’re not on a Netflix/Amazon binge).


I’d tell you that it’s stormy here, which makes me completely unmotivated to do anything except listen to the rain and relax. I’d admit that I didn’t get out of bed until almost noon today because the rain and wind sounded since nice. I’d tell you that I don’t like going places in the rain, even though I love the rain, and I’d likely ask you to have coffee here instead of out somewhere else. I’d even say to come over in your pajamas, as that’ll be my attire for the day.


I’d tell you that tomorrow Little Jedi comes back from his first full week at his dad’s house this summer and that I’m quite excited to have him coming home. It’s been a nice week for getting things done and for relaxing around here, just hanging out with Tank and working on blogging, reading, and teaching my online course. But I’ll be happy to have my Little Jedi running about, making noise and playing.


I’d tell you that I’m thrilled at how well yesterday’s feminist Friday discussion went, and I’d tell you how glad I am to have you guys reading and commenting on what we’re dong here.


I’d tell you that this has been perhaps the blog’s greatest month, and I’d thank you for being part of it. 🙂



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  1. As I am hopelessly behind in reading blog posts, I’m so glad I got to have this conversation with you before tomorrow rolled around 🙂

    If we were having coffee, I’d say I’m glad the month of May was a good one for your blog and I hope June is even better in all parts of your life! Happy Friday 🙂


    1. Well, I’m glad you made it here, and thank you for the kind well-wishes! Here’s hoping you have one as well, and hope we’ll chat over coffee again soon. 🙂


  2. My day was spent in a very similar fashion, dressed in pj’s, drinking sweet tea and listening to a very intense, but not too dangerous, storm. Also attempting to catch up on rest, after my first week of summer break having the grandson with us, no small feat considering the weather and our limited space to contain a rambunctious six year old.


    1. 😉

      I think it’s just too obvious that the second story is “true” (trying not to do spoilers) in the sense of having happened. And the first story was “true” in the sense of perception. I feel like I’m being beaten over the head with the “fiction is powerful” and “we make up stories to make ourselves feel better” stick in those last few chapters.

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      1. Heh, well, I tend to agree with you about what “really” happened, but at the same time, my pet theory is the opposite. The first story was true, but he had to explain it in human terms for everyone else to understand. ie he felt like Orange Juice was his mother.

        I read it for a literature class 2-3 years ago and everyone in the class had a different take on it, and I myself have several conflicting interpretations, so that’s probably why I think of it as so ambiguous.


        1. Ah, I see.

          I wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief anymore once the “real” story was told, and I think that was the goal, something that I’m not overly fond of. It also didn’t help for me that I’d been enjoying it so well as a super-fictional, almost magical realism sort of story when reality punched me in the face.


        2. Yeah, I certainly agree part of the point was to raise a mirror to the audience and say “What kind of world is this when this horrible story sounds totally plausible?” I don’t think anyone in class WANTED that story to be the “real” one, almost everyone said “I’d rather think it was the first story…” but some pragmatists took a hard line on how it must be the second one.


        3. And perhaps that’s it—I’m so much of a pragmatist that I know without a shadow of a doubt that if either were “true” that it would have to be the latter scenario. I’m sure that’s part of what Martel is getting at–truthiness versus true—but it just didn’t quite work for me. It really is a lovely book though, and if I can say that it’s lovely even while hating the ending, I think it’s probably good writing. 😉


  3. I had the same issue with Life of Pi, and I’m always struggling to balance my enjoyment of having some room for ambiguity in a story and my readers’ desire for closure. I think I tend more on the “ambiguous” side, personally.

    Hm. I’d probably tell you about this dream I had. Aliens were taking over the earth, and there was some general was supposed to be in charge of the defense but he couldn’t get his head out of his ass because he was too busy freaking out about what he thought were two female officers having an affair. It might make a good short story, but I can’t figure out how to get rid of the aliens yet.

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    1. I like ambiguity rather than a neatly tied up story, but there’s a point at which I think there’s *too* much ambiguity. A story ending needs to feel like a door closing; it’s a tricky, delicate thing.

      And neat! I have such strange dreams, too. Maybe write it with the aliens and then try to excise them?


  4. Our posts are eerily similar today, and mine was well-received.

    Definitely your blog’s greatest month – good you mentioned it.

    Just over here grabbing links, because I’m breaking out the evaluation of the LOTR as a historical source and the history of the late Third Age and lightly revising them into explainers so I can link to them going forward without linking people to 1200-word posts for the info.

    Will post them at the Writing Catalog and link them to the page before we publish the next Gollum.

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  5. This is a cool idea! If we were having coffee, I would tell you about how I should really be working on revisions, but I am having a hard time getting motivated. So I would probably just keep talking and talking to avoid work. 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Thanks! I found it on some other blogs and decided to turn it into a regular feature here. It’s a fun, low-key Saturday blog.

      And I’d definitely sympathize at avoiding work. I’ve been doing the same most of the day!

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  6. So nice to chat like this.
    I’d tell you that my Asiatic lilies have survived the good nibbling the neighborhood rabbits gave them and are blooming fast and furious all of a sudden today… and that it must be almost summer because ants are colonizing my back steps again. My 8 year old has a plan to lure them away with honey, then trap them in air-dry clay. I’m going to need more coffee before we try that one.

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    1. It is! Thanks for stopping in.

      Oh, I hate ants! That *does* sound like a project that can only be handled after massive amounts of coffee. But it does sound like one that might work.

      Your entire comment reminds me of summer—flowers blooming, rabbits hopping abound, and 8 year olds with too much time on their hands. 😀

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