By Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) on Friday Open Thread

@muggles tell him it's a flat character and, despite his best interests as a writer, the reader won't be able to fully connect to her, and thus she has no value.

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm 2

By Clara Morena on Friday Open Thread

@muggles what Blushingflwr wrote.
or maybe linking this article

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm 1

By adorable-eggplant on Friday Open Thread

@muggles Make him read "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell because that is actually one of the plot lines, and I will not spoiler it (but basically, you will want to read it because you will empathize SO Hard).

Short version: "This characterization is trite and cliched and limp. Try harder to describe a person rather than a male fantasy." (said as a lady who loves whiskey, because it really is the drink of the gods)

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm 4

By Blushingflwr on Friday Open Thread

@muggles Explain that girls like that are a) often putting on an act to please men b) buying into patriachal, misogynistic ideas about what women are like c) lazy writing

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm 4

By OxfordComma on Friday Open Thread

@honey cowl : Watch the gender-bend version instead:

Mod Carousel's Parody of "Blurred Lines"

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm 6

By lucy snowe on Current and Proposed DVR Recording Options for 'Law and Order: SVU'

@muggles Yes! And also, warn me when bland redhead is on instead of Eames. I think bland redhead may have been shooting for a Dana Scully vibe, but instead she is awful.

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm 3

By allofthewine on Friday Open Thread

@parallel-lines I like Cost Plus World Market (http://www.worldmarket.com/)

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm 1

By frigwiggin on What Is the Color of Sudden Death?

"Did you guys ever WATCH the show?"

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm 3

By Nicole Cliffe on What a Difference 34 Years Makes

Only if "Pony" is no longer on YouTube!

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm 8

By SarahP on Friday Open Thread

@miss buenos aires I don't have advice for you, but I suspect some of my friends probably feel the same way about me, so I'm offering the other side of this. Over the past couple years, my life has ramped up with more volunteer stuff, longer commute time, more demanding work, etc, and I'm the kind of person who needs downtime to function. Carving out downtime in my week means foregoing phone calls, emails, and plans. Sometimes when I get really stressed, the idea of booking a friend hangout a couple weeks in advance stresses me out even more ("I'm booked up till NEXT MONTH?! And now I'm booking up next month too?!"). When I do have free time and see my friends, it's awesome, and I too am the same person as ever... but I can see how a person can be too busy/stressed to initiate hangouts.

I don't think there's much you can do to make it better... but I would try talking to her about it. The sentence you gave as an example make it sound like you were sort of riding her case a little, which may make the prospect of hanging out seem a little stressful? So maybe word it more about yourself than her. "I really miss how much we used to hang out! Is there anything I can do to make it easier for us to make plans?"

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm 5