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Ten Ways

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Mother Ginevra
A meme I got (I believe that the technical LJ term is "gacked") from minisinoo.

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Ten Ways to Tell You're Reading a Story by Rhetoretician:

  1. It's probably short, less than 12,000 words altogether.
  2. Despite being short, there's a fair chance it's divided into three parts.
  3. There are lots of concrete descriptions of sights, sounds, smells, textures.
  4. If it's an HP story, Hermione is probably in it somewhere.
  5. Even if it's an HP story, it's devoid of teenage stupidity.
  6. One part of the story takes place decades, if not centuries, if not millenia, after another part of the story.
  7. Somebody dies.
  8. Somebody else is heartbroken.
  9. You're reaching for a tissue by the last page.
  10. You feel really good about the fact that you're crying.

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  • Thanks, Berte. Some cry sooner, some cry later.

    Thanks too for the good health wishes. I don't feel too bad, but I can't speak a word aloud. It is one of the ironies in which the gods delight that I, a professional talker, only ever get one kind of upper respiratory complaint: laryngitis.
    • You've probably heard loads of advice for laryngitis, but I'll share my two - gargle with hot, salty water. One heaped dessert spoon to a cup, gargle as long as you manage, with as hot water as possible. After a while down a cup of boiled water with loads of lemon (juice of 1/2 - 1 lemon per cup) and honey. Alternate throughout the day. Finish the day with a gargle before going to bed. You might also add a strong infusion of sage to the salt gargle.

      The gods certainly have their own sense of humour... :) Take this forced respite from talking as an opportunity to go within and see what you find... It might just be something - or nothing. :)
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