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  • Gay Panda, I just wanted to say that I love this thread very much and you are awesome (or at least you write yourself as if you are, which is pretty much the same thing) and I will buy your e-book because I love sci-fi and I fully agree with you that it has to be character-driven, not gadget- or science-driven. (In the harangue against a Certain Author, did you mean Asimov? Cause I would agree with that too. I feel bad saying it, but it's true, his characters are very dull. Excusable with the robot ones, perhaps.)

    I hope Primal Coach Kitty enjoys her bacon and the rest of the time her kitty motor runs. Give her lots of cuddles (if she likes that sort of thing).

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    • It wasn't Asimov I meant, but he's a good example (and didn't he say it himself during his life?) He wrote characters straight from the writers' stock trunk, there to prop up some interesting science. Lady Friend is more patient with that, but Gay Panda wants to look at the science or magical elements through the eyes of someone to whom I can relate, not a cipher. It's just a personal preference.

      One of my favorite shows growing up was Star Trek: The Next Generation. I loved the gadgets but what brought me back every week were the people. I couldn't get into DS9 because I found the characters flatter, and that got in the way of enjoying the science.
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      • Gay Panda wants to look at the science or magical elements through the eyes of someone to whom I can relate, not a cipher. It's just a personal preference.
        I totally agree, background is background, writing has to be about story, and story comes from characters. As much as I "like" sci-fi, I stopped reading indiscriminately in high school because a lot of the writing is just BAD. My favorites are fantasy, I guess: Lord of the Rings and my current obsession with Song of Ice and Fire. Got another George R. R. Martin book for xmas which is more sci-fi so I'm looking forward to getting into that. And reading your book, I can't wait!
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        • It would be nice if *someone*, one day, might perhaps post a little list of highly recommended SF authors and/or fave recent books.

          Just someone ... anyone ... [hint, hint].


          Oh, and 'scuse my technological ignorance, but I am not a Kindler or a Nooker or a Koboer. Would your e-book only be available for reading on such specialist devices, or could anyone with a 'putey download and read it onscreen?

          Big hugs to Kitty. Hope you still have lots of time and good cuddles together.
          Last edited by Sigi; 01-19-2012, 04:01 AM.
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          • Ottercat, If you're into Lord of the Rings, you might like The Dwarves and it's sequel The Dwarf War by Markus Heitz. I bought them the other day as my Grandad had given me a book token, and it's fantastic! I'm still on the first one as apparently I'm not allowed to hide away for a couple of days and just read, and have been interrupted by baby bunny training and trips to see the boyfriend, but I'm really loving it so far!

            Panda, it's lovely to hear that PC Kitty is on the mend!! And I'm with Sigi on the 'prely download and read it onscreen' question, as I can't afford a kindle or any such device xD
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            • Originally posted by PixieKitten View Post
              Ottercat, If you're into Lord of the Rings, you might like The Dwarves and it's sequel The Dwarf War by Markus Heitz. I bought them the other day as my Grandad had given me a book token, and it's fantastic! I'm still on the first one as apparently I'm not allowed to hide away for a couple of days and just read, and have been interrupted by baby bunny training and trips to see the boyfriend, but I'm really loving it so far!
              Yes yes! I bought The Dwarves in an airport once when I had a looooong wait and I LOVE THAT BOOK. I can totally understand the need to hide away on that one.

              I enjoy Dennis McKiernan's books as well.

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              • OMG i finished reading 127 pages! i truly have enjoyed this journal and hope it keeps going. I'm a lurker, but decided to actually register so i can post on this thread. I've been eating primal for a little over 2 weeks promptly after reading about it for 6 months. Gay Panda, thanks for all of your stories. I can't wait until your eBook release ... that is, if you're willing to share the title.

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                • Has the younger generation forgotten Heinlein?? Loved loved loved his books growing up, and got a completely different perspective on love and marriage than they teach in Ohio

                  Panda, I'll buy your book. I'm a SciFi and fantasy junkie, and I already know that I like your writing

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                  • I am not a SciFi junkie, but I would buy the book anyway..... In fact earlier when someone posted 'SF' I was thinking ..sugar free??????

                    I'm such a dork sometimes
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                    15 pounds down! with more to go!

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                    • PART ONE: Gay Panda used to teach a student who weighed over 100 pounds. He was five years old.

                      If you have a five-year-old or know some five-year-olds, your jaw has likely hit the floor. If you don’t, then the online CDC growth charts for boys show that most will weigh between thirty and fifty pounds. This boy was, according to Gay Panda’s lauded math skills, in the ten zillionth percentile for weight. There was no medical condition to cause this.

                      He was drowning in blubber, which hung off his arms and stomach, bloated his cheeks and puffed his fingers to sausages. During a fire drill he held my hand, and I could feel nothing but sponginess. When he ran at recess, his face flushed a brilliant sunset hue, and he broke out in sweat. I was afraid that he was going to have a heart attack playing chase. He could not even get off the floor when he lay down on his back, and he flopped about like a beached whale on the alphabet rug. I was a human crowbar hefting his side so that he could scrabble at the rug for purchase and roll himself over.

                      Appalled that a five-year-old child could have reached this state, I was horrified thinking of what school was going to be like once he left the special education transitional kindergarten. He was such a nice boy, compassionate and mannerly, with an engaging personality once you got past his initial shyness. Gay Panda is shy, too, and just made Lego spaceships and Play-doh boogers next to him until he figured out that Gay Panda is a dork and safe for conversation. The world was going to be horrid to this sweet and sensitive kid, and his specific problems that landed him in my classroom were not so extreme that he was going to be oblivious to it like some of the other students I taught.

                      I opened his lunchbox expecting to see it packed with Twinkies, but the contents were no viler than what was in the slimmer children’s boxes: a Lunchable, a violently shaded GoGurt, and an apple. Other days he had a sandwich, an orange, and a giant cookie. The portions were often greater than what everyone else had, but he outweighed them by an enormous amount and would naturally need more. He ran around at recess just like they did, his energy level that of any five-year-old, but his weight only climbed.

                      The nurse called home and spoke to his mother to talk about nutrition. She tried to make his lunches healthier after that, but it had no impact on his weight. Healthier was, of course, whole grain bread instead of white, lots and lots of fruit, and skim milk. He lost nothing over the course of the school year, and moved on into the savage world of regular grade school.
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                      • PART TWO: As of this morning, Gay Panda has officially lost 50 pounds. I am astonished. I am angry. I am elated. I never thought that I would reach this and I am disgusted with the healthy eating experts whose advice only served to exacerbate my problem. There was no need for me to be 231 pounds, fighting Mistress GERD and wincing from knee problems and severe tinnitus, running myself into injury after injury. Every doctor’s appointment I had, my blood pressure was noted to be rising. In time, I am sure that I would have been diabetic.

                        As I deflate, somewhere that boy from my class is continuing to inflate. His body is even less equipped than mine when it comes to dealing with sugar and starch, and yet the advice that his (very nice and extremely heavy) mother will continue to receive on his behalf is exactly what will keep him morbidly obese. Gay Panda is so sorry about that. Both of them deserve better, and they are being done a disservice from the mainstream diet and nutrition community. I’m excited for myself and sad for them, and I hope that they are lucky like I was, to stumble over a website and books that explained how almost everything we know is wrong, and what can be done to try to fix it.

                        A diet of 65-73% fat is gross and tedious and a lot of work, the Fairy of Debauchery is still singing hoarsely on my shoulder about sugar, but I weigh 181 pounds flat today and that trumps everything. I’ll keep going as far as this road will take me. Last week an acquaintance was despairing of how Weight Watchers recently failed her, and since Gay Panda is not gifted with the spoken word, I wrote down Mark’s Daily Apple on a piece of paper and told her just to check it out.

                        I hope she does. Maybe one day someone will tell that old student of mine, too.
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                        • Gay Panda, I must ask, do you restrict your calories, or just simply aim for very low carb and high fat? I am seeing alot of people that are having a better success with restricting the calories in addition to the PB guidelines.....this seems to really apply to women and/or people with a substantial amount of weight to drop.

                          I know a calorie is not just a calorie, different food groups have different reactions to the body (and some people are effected differently) But I am just wondering, now that you have hit that important 50 pound mark, do you restrict and then adjust your calorie intake as you plug along, or do you even track it at all?
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                          Started PB Aug 9, 2010 then let 'stuff' get in the way
                          Back to start and make a fantastic 2012
                          Goal of Significant Weight Loss
                          15 pounds down! with more to go!

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                          • As requested, here is a list of science fiction/fantasy books that Gay Panda has enjoyed:

                            Young Adult

                            Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card. (Science fiction)
                            Wise Child, by Monica Furlong. A beautiful yet almost unknown book, I read it as a teenager and adored it. (Fantasy)
                            The Earthsea Quartet, by Ursula Le Guin. (Fantasy)
                            Jackaroo, by Cynthia Voight. (Fantasy)
                            His Dark Materials trilogy, by Phillip Pullman. (Fantasy)
                            A Wrinkle In Time series, by Madeleine L'Engle. (Science fiction)
                            The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau. (Science fiction)
                            Tripods Trilogy, by John Christopher. (Science fiction)
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                            • I <3 Madeleine L'Engle. A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favourites.
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                              • Adult:

                                H. G. Wells (Science fiction)
                                Robert Heinlein (Science fiction)
                                George R. R. Martin (Fantasy)
                                Octavia Butler (Science fiction)
                                The Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan. I must qualify this one, as I enjoyed the first six books of the series and then lost interest when it never seemed to go anywhere. (Fantasy)
                                Margaret Atwood (Science fiction)
                                Contact, by Carl Sagan. (Science Fiction)
                                The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. I didn't care for the characters much, but found the idea fascinating. (Science fiction)
                                Jules Verne (Science fiction)
                                The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson. (Science fiction)
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