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Apr. 30th, 2013

"No woman in my time will be Prime Minister or Chancellor or Foreign Secretary--not the top jobs. Anyway, I wouldn't want to be Prime Minister; you have to give yourself 100 per cent." Margaret Thatcher, 1969. p. 90; Christopher Cerg & Victor Navasky, The Experts Speak.
Sunday April 21, 2013 I ran a discussion for Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers (MinnSpec): "At what age are cows housebroken? What urban and suburban writers should know about rural life before writing about it."

I started with a reference to the Cheers theme song: "A place where everyone knows your name" isn't something country people need to search out. Where I grew up (Ulster County NY; between Kerhonkson and Accord, which at the time had populations of a couple hundred people each), people would be more likely to want a bar where everyone didn't know your name. And your grandfather's name. And your great-grandfather's prison record.

Several other people were from other rural parts of the US. I learned some things I hadn't known before.

And a couple of people had moved to the country; they had a different slant.

Other topics brought up: Some urban neighborhoods are rather like very small towns in some ways.

Fantasy writers can get horses very, very wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kUcR4Kn0h24