Excuses and links - two great tastes that blog great together!

My attempt at NaNoWriMo non-glory is very much in danger of ending in failure. 90% chance, I'd say (why be a total pessimist?). All the usual reasons apply: bad weekend or two, previously arranged engagements, a wedding anniversary, a birthday, actually being busy at work for a change, desperate need to catch up on sleep, toddler wrangling, holiday preparations, etc. Who schedules this sort of thing for November, anyway? Is everyone really so busy in March or April? Sheesh. I have had fun with what I've managed to accomplish so far - it's certainly nice to know I'm capable of banging out so many words in so little time - but I don't know, it just doesn't seem to be the sort of thing that makes me want to stick with it. It reminded me that creative writing is something I do enjoy, though, so I figure if I at least got that much out of the experience, than it's a success. And who knows, maybe I could find myself getting back into the swing of it this week. It's not likely, but stranger things have happened.

Anyway, here are some links of note:

Study says TV's youth obsession is starting to backfire. And, you know, that's good and all, but I can't help but think the alternate title was "Baby boomers whine because the attention was focused on people other than them for more than five minutes.

BeaucoupKevin proudly presents The Validus Gallery of Fine Arts.

Joanna finds an interesting story recounting the secret origin of Identity Crisis. Well worth reading.

You know, I love my Red Sox and all, but paying over $50 million just to negotiate with a guy sounds a little ridiculous to me.

Tom the Dog lists the Top 50 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books from 1953-2002 as according to the Science Fiction Book Club. I've only read 7*, which I suppose puts my nerd license in danger of being revoked.

The Artist Challenge threads over on the Comic Geek Speak forums often produce some really great work, and this Magical Characters theme is no exception.

Everyone else is linking to this, too, but it's all sorts of brilliant: the coming of Galactus by Stan Lee and Jack Chick!

This Richie Rich image that Mike found asks questions about reality that I'm not prepared to have answered.

*Dune, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Mists of Avalon, Ender's Game, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Slaughterhouse-5, if you're curious.

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