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September 4th, 2010

Sep. 4th, 2010

I've been offline for most of the last few days and haven't seen the news since yesterday, so I just found out about the earthquake in New Zealand -- is everybody okay down there? How bad is the damage?
I keep leaving myself logged in on Emily's laptop, and then she gets confused when she goes to LJ and it thinks she's a man... and then she posts crap to my LJ to make me look silly. :D

Writer's Block: Teacher of the year

Have you ever had a teacher who made a profound difference in your life? How did they influence and/or inspire you?

My junior English teacher, Mrs. Trestrail, was the daughter of famous science fiction author E.E. (Doc) Smith. Here's what wikipedia says about her on Smith's page:

Verna Jean (later Verna Smith Trestrail), born August 25, 1920 in Michigan, his (Smith's) literary executor until her death in 1994. (Her son Kim Trestrail is now the executor.[13]) Robert A. Heinlein in part dedicated his 1982 novel Friday to Verna.[14]

Mrs. T not only taught Science Fiction short story and British short story classes in addition to English, she also brought in the galley pages for some of Smith's books when a publisher was preparing to reissue them. I'm not sure she ever realized what an effect that small look into the publishing world had on me, an aspiring fiction writer.

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