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31 January 2008 @ 07:58 pm
silly things doctors do  
♥ Dr C told Riyang to take a history during bedside teaching, because ‘you look brave – after all, you’re wearing a pink tie.’

♥ Dr C slapped Sin Hong upside the head with a drug chart to make him stop using GORD as a differential for chest pain.

♥ Dr K told me ‘Atta girl’ when I suggested spironolactone as an aldosterone antagonist suitable for use in treating secondary hypertension due to Conn’s syndrome. (The reg and SHO looked like stuffed animals, heehee.) Then he said, ‘Oops, I’m not meant to say ‘Atta girl’ to students.’

♥ Dr C in general when he rants about smoking and pretends to strangle people with his stethoscope. (Although the patients themselves look more on the verge of tears than laughter – being a skinny non-smoking cardiologist, he really has it in for fat smokers with cardiac disease.)

♥ Dr C: Have you learned anything yet? (Why is this question so popular? Why?) Me: (immediately) Yes! Dr C: Well, the most important lesson is – always say ‘yes’ whenever a consultant asks you something. Me: I’ve learned that pretty well already.

♥ Intern: It’s Doughnut Day in Poland today! Me: Er, what? Intern: Do you want a doughnut? I made it myself. It’s not very nice. (Doughnut is half-eaten; by, one presumes, the intern.) Me: No, that’s okay. Honest.

♥ Dr R: Your veins are nice and juicy! Why aren’t they constricted? Is my ‘teaching through humiliation’ method having no effect on you at all? (Me, I just thought he was funny.)

I actually have kind of a crush on Dr R. This rotation has, if nothing else, taught me that my crush-forming habit is terminal. When there are no young, attractive males around, I – apparently – will happily fall for fifty-something, short, greying, probably-used-to-be-attractive males with children the same age as me.

It’s kind of disturbing, really.

I’m in that mood again where I want to write My Book. I know I have My Book in my head somewhere, ready and waiting to be written. It’s usually swamped by either a) fandom commitments or b) life. I realise this doesn’t say much for me as a writer, but I do have one genuine stumbling block: I don’t know what to write. Fantasy or romance?

And then there’s this thing called YA fiction. I don’t know. When I was a teenager I read adult books, because why would I read books written for teenagers when I could read adult books? Now that I’m in my twenties, I seem to be reading YA more often than not. I regard it as a cusp genre. Like most things on the cusp, it’s the most dangerous of all. YA pushes the boat out the way adult fiction usually does not. (I theorise that this is because adult fiction is allowed full-frontal sex scenes and YA kind of isn’t, which makes adult authors lazy.) I’d like to write YA; only, I have no idea who in hell constitutes the readership.

So I have a question, for those of you who read my fanfiction. The rest should just scroll on by. Does my writing lend itself to any genre that you can think of? If you were me, what would you write?

Answers on the back of a postcard.

ps. If you’re wondering why I’m using hearts instead of bullet points, it’s not in an attempt to be cutsey. I actually don’t know the code for bullet points. I’m truly utilitarian at heart, I swearz!
Current Mood: annoyedcross
Current Music: walk on by (diana ross)
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: SGA: explorescoradh on January 31st, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
No ... but apparently, the attitudes of those doctors aren't far from the truth. At least in Dr C's case.
My imaginary friend thinks I'm brilliant.: House-Totally Hotlanitha on January 31st, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
When making a list, just do:

< ul>
< li> Here's a bullet point< li>
< li> And another one< /li>
< li> Just leave out all the spaces in the HTML of course...< /li>
< /ul>

Should work.
My imaginary friend thinks I'm brilliant.: House as a pill with cane and cuplanitha on January 31st, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Looks like this!!!

  • Here's a bullet point

  • And another one

  • Just leave out all the spaces in the HTML of course...

Pretty, no?
Re: Looks like this!!! - scoradh on January 31st, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
uminohikariuminohikari on January 31st, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Your writing reminds me of YA books, actually. The focus is more on the content, than on making things sound pretty? And your style is really straightforward, and doesn't do the circular logic thing that a lot of adult books do.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Hermione: team pink and bluescoradh on January 31st, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Aw, shucks - I don't make things sound pretty? ;D I think my writing's pretty devoid of logic at all (much like me). What is circular logic, anyway?
(no subject) - uminohikari on January 31st, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - scoradh on February 1st, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
spark_of_chaos: book-oldspark_of_chaos on January 31st, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Fantastical romance okay? :cheeky: I like YA better (because of the plot-and-settings department), even though I like the added bonus of sex in adult books. Generally, that's because adult books often focus solely on the sex, and let's face it, there's only so much of it a story can possibly swallow.

If you can pull out a YA-style book with the occasional feel-good scene thrown in for spice, that's be great! And I think you can. :)

My Own Book first needs to decide on a language before beginning to wonder about breed... :furrows brow:
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bellescoradh on February 1st, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Fantastical romance is what everyone wants; fantasy romance is a little different. (Hello, Arwen! Where did you hide all the way through LotR?)

I agree re: adult books. I think that's maybe why I read them as a kid. It was all so new and exciting. Then.

Eh! My stories are all feel-good, ain't they? =D I don't think I've ever written anything truly dark.

Language? Like Spanish? Or Elvish?
(no subject) - spark_of_chaos on February 2nd, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
kestrelsparhawkkestrelsparhawk on January 31st, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
1. Can you teach me how to do hearts, please? I like them.
2. I think you're starting in the wrong place, though that's my bias. What kind of story do you want to tell? I think you could do any you listed. Disraeli said, "When I want to read a book, I go write one." So think about what kind of story you'd like to tell yourself, at least, or the kind of character you really like and don't always get. That will decide the genre somewhat, but your story may end up being "interstitial" and there are support groups for that! Genre is a marketing ploy, and not a writer's job.

BTW, your comments on YA fit in with the current professionals in the field, who say YA fantasy in particular is wide open since HP, because publishers have realized they have no sense whatever what sells and are desperately scrambling to figure it out.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue haired boy w/ phonescoradh on February 1st, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)

I love 'em too. Just not more than bullet points.

Well, I've started (and stopped) a dozen 'books' over the years. In most cases it was a bloody good thing I stopped before finishing. But the lack of finishing has put a stumbling block in my path. I have hundreds of ideas, but I get disheartened because I 'know' (from previous experience) that they will never go anywhere. I started thinking about aiming my writing at YA simply because it requires a lower wordcount.
(no subject) - kestrelsparhawk on February 2nd, 2008 03:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - scoradh on February 2nd, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - kestrelsparhawk on February 2nd, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
pir8fancier on January 31st, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
Agree with poster above. What do you want to write? Writing is exceptionally personal. The day it becomes mandatory (which pidgeon-holing yourself into a genre would be), then you might as well be emptying bedpans. IMO. Write what you love.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: SGA: pretty cityscoradh on February 1st, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Not bedpans - rectal exams. That's where my future lies. :]

Maybe it's just a sign that this is supposed to be my hobby, nothing more, but I'm buffeted by the breezes of other people's opinions. I usually write the pairings I think other people will read. And, while some people say the actual writing is original, nothing original happens in those stories. (They don't go off to Arizona and open chip shops, for eg.)

I suppose it's not so much that I don't know what to write about - I do - but I need encouragement to actually finish some goddamn thing. There's no such thing as a book 30,000 words long.
(no subject) - pir8fancier on February 1st, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - scoradh on February 2nd, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
mcmuffins_js: Happy_JDoxmcmuffins_js on February 1st, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
I love your anecdotes! And write, write, write away! I actually don't know your fandom writing, so this is a great opportunity for me to get acquainted! But offhand, I would say to collect your stories like these, and write a book about being a med student/new doc.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Attention bunnyscoradh on February 1st, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
So you stick around for my fascinating RL posts? That's original, at least. I didn't think they were remotely interesting.

There's already one out on the market here. It's mainly one huge whine about the 36 hours doctors work over 2 days and how horrible it is to be an intern.

Actually, I did try to write a SF doctor story once, but it's quite hard to advance medical technology 200 years into the future - even in your imagination.

Edited at 2008-02-01 08:55 pm (UTC)
daybreaqdaybreaq on February 1st, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
YA fiction rocks! I think that's because lots of stuff gets labeled and marketed as YA because it: 1) is considered too short for a general fiction novel 2) features a younger protagonist and/or 3) has unique plot developments or a non-traditional style. I get this general feeling that if ... say ... you want to write about a person who has their brain transplanted into a chimpanzee near the ending of the human species you *have* to make that person be a thirteen year old girl or your book will not be considered marketable.

Write the story you want to tell when it comes to you. Don't worry about genre. I think they decide that after it's written.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Candy lipsscoradh on February 1st, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Write the story you want to tell when it comes to you. Don't worry about genre. I think they decide that after it's written.

This is true; but as you said in just the paragraph before, if I wrote my chimpanzee lobotomy story with a 31-year old protagonist I'd have a hard time selling it.
(no subject) - daybreaq on February 2nd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - scoradh on February 2nd, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
winkinganniewinkingannie on February 1st, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Hm... I would say that you could easily write in the YA genre. I have read quite a bit of YA in my time. :)
I think there are several key things for YA genre:
Age of the protagonists -- generally 10-30.
Adventure/mystery happens
Love stuff -- can easily be big friendship (with another human or animal or creature).
The Road Less Traveled easily fits. Best of all, you don't write down to your readers, which many children's writers do. I've seen you handle pretty serious stuff in a way that is complex, but a 13 year old would be able to understand.

Also, hi! I read and love your stuff.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Kitties: in ur quantum box... maybescoradh on February 1st, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
I haven't! *wails* Although I can tell your icon is from Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle - go me. (And very nice it is, too.)

TRLT is actually what got me thinking about the genre. I am far more fascinated by the intricacies of friendship than I am about romantic relationships. You can hand-wave a lot in the latter by saying 'but they were madly attracted to each other!' There's no such get-out-of-jail-free card in friendship.

Thank you! Good to know I don't write down to people (at least in fanfic).
fat girl rules the worldfatgirlrules on February 3rd, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Your writing is very YA to me--and take that as a compliment, it's my favorite genre. I was the same way--I'd refuse to read books targeted at my age bracket when I was a teenager, and now I can't get enough.

I wish you'd write more original fiction, actually. I like it better than most anybody's fan-fiction.

My advice is to write a book. Don't worry about the genre, just write a story that you need to tell. The marketing guys can figure out genre later.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: SGA: waste of makeupscoradh on February 4th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Same for Stephanie Meyer, apparently. What is with that? It really throws publishers' ticky-boxes out the window.

I haven't tried in ages because I'd made up my mind to keep it a hobby. Then ... things happened, and I realised I really wanted to write My Book. Sigh. We'll see how far I get with it, this time...

(Anonymous) on February 4th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
mmm, I'd say that you would definitely be excellent at YA.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue haired boy w/ phonescoradh on February 4th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
The people have spoken! YA it is.