October 8th, 2007

Anxiety dreams

I've been awake for about five minutes. I just had the mother of all anxiety dreams. Exactly one week from today, I'll be in Texas, where I will give 16 presentations over the course of four days.

In my dream, everything went wrong. I'm staying in a bed and breakfast, but in my dream, it was someone's crowded house and I was sleeping on the couch. I woke in the morning, and couldn't find my luggage, so I was going to have to go to the school in my pajamas. With effort, I managed to control the dream to the point where I found my luggage, but things kept happening. I had no shoes, and after I managed to find them, no bra. I had no makeup, no sleep, no coffee, and no idea of the schedule. I had a cold (that part might be true). As we were going to the school, a helicopter cartwheeled down the street in front of us and smashed against someone's garage. Inside were two small children (miraculously unhurt). We put them in the car with us and drove to school. I was late. I had no access to email. I had no notes and no computer and no ...

But you know what? I still had a shred of confidence. In my dream, I was telling the class about what happened to the helicopter. And I said they could retell it and make it their story. It didn't have to be what really happened. And they were interested.



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If it’s too bad to be true – it probably isn’t

This online international newsletter for children's writers reported that there was a group in England that was planning to burn books that lack happy endings, and was urging librarians to pull them from their shelves. Parents were supposedly being encouraged to burn novels with negative endings at a series of Bad Book Ending Bonfires, scheduled sometime this October. The campaign was supposedly spearheaded by something called The Happy Ending Foundation.

Read more here. They weren’t the only news organization that fell for this.

Sounds a little too bad to be true, right? Well, I goggled around and found that someone else had discovered that Godaddy.com showed that the Web site was registered in July and belongs to artscience.net. And ArtScience is an advertising firm that has A Series Of Unfortunate Events as one of its clients.

If t sounds too bad to be true, maybe it isn’t.



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Know a woman? Have a daughter? You should watch this

Dove had that great viral video called Evolution. Now they are back with an even better one, called Onslaught, about how society pressures women to be thin.

As Advertising Age says, "The video opens with a close-up of a sweet-faced, redheaded little girl. She could grow up to be Nicole Kidman or Peppermint Patty. The rest of the spot documents which way she'll be pressured to go. It's a fusillade of images shooting right in your face, of ultra-skinny, ultra-curvaceous, ultra-sexualized women."



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