June 13th, 2005

Pern Fan

Pern Healer Geekiness

Okay. this is scary.

It's weird how, when I write a character, I truly do begin to think like that person. So there I was on the bus this morning, and what was on my mind?

I was working out how a Pernese Weyr infirmary would realistically be run. I was designing chart forms! I realized that there needs to be very close communication between the Weyrdragonhealer and the Weyrhealer and that someone from each profession needs to be present for at least some part of the other discipline's staff meetings, just so both groups can know what is going on in each infirmary--changes in procedures, updates on critical patients, coordinated planning of Threadfall management and triage, etc.

I also worked out that there needs to be a reliable system for immediate patient updates throughout the day, so that healers in both infirmaries can know immediately if a dragon or rider is crashing and take action to deal with the other of the pair. I started working out how this immediate update system would function.

I can't wait to do something with these ideas.
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Annoying Mr. Graves

Me: *singing* "The Healer's back, and the Death-Eater's jealous. Heyla, heyla, the Healer's back..."

Paul: "You have been singing that ridiculous song in your head for the last 24 hours, young lady. Do stop."

Me: "What is this 'young lady' nonsense? I'm almost as old as you are."

Paul: "When you bounce around like a hyperactive kitten and sing sixties songs, you are 'young lady,' not 'Madame.'

Me: "Oh. Okay." *continues to sing*

Paul: *grumbles under his breath* "I wonder if I could feed that healer of hers to the thestrals?"

Me, delighted: "You're even more fun to annoy than Aerden is!"
  • Current Music
    "My Boyfriend's Back"

Celebrities in the News

Michael Jackson: I see Michael Jackson is a free bird, now. It remains to be seen whether children are in fact safe from him. If I were his mother, I'd take him aside, sit him down, and tell him, "Son, you just dodged a very big bullet today. You had better shape up, act normal, and fly right. Get some counseling, if you know what's good for you. And make sure there's not a third time that you're brought up on charges like these, because it'll be pretty hard to believe that you're innocent, the more often this happens."

To my mind, it is not at all to his credit that he is celebrating with his fans at Neverland right now. I would be a lot more circumspect and respectful of the accusation, even if he was found not guilty.

Tom Cruise: I was interested to see that the author of an article in the Entertainment section of the Houston Chronicle is very Not Impressed with the recent antics of Mr. Cruise. Usually, the Chronicle treats celebrity things like the fluff they are, but this writer was extremely disapproving and thinks Cruise is damaging his own career by behaving as he is--flaunting his relationship with Katie Holmes, being a publicity hound, etc. I have to admit, I wonder what's going on with him. You don't see John Travolta doing some of the stuff Cruise is doing. Interesting also is that Katie Holmes, like Cruise's previous wife Nicole Kidman, is Catholic--or was before she got sucked into Scientology.

I don't get the appeal of Scientology, myself. I read Dianetics and wasn't impressed. Besides, knowing that this so-called 'religion' was crafted by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who bet he could do it while at a science fiction convention, tells me there's no deep spirituality in it--though one could validly argue that depth of spirituality in a religion is dependent on how much faith the believer invests.

Me, I'll take Catholicism and Wicca. I trust them more. I feel more reverence for them and in them.
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