I Have a Character Issue – Anna Gunn plays Skyler White, the wife of Walter White. In Breaking Bad, Walter White is given a diagnosis of terminal lung cancer. Faced with mounting debt, Walter starts cooking the best methamphetamine to provide for his family. But as Walter’s health gets better, he is drawn deeper into the drug trade much to the dismay of his wife.
For fans of the show, Skyler is apparently the most vile creature ever. She is disgusted by Walter’s actions and refuses to support him. Because of this, there are message boards and forums devoted to hating her, wanting her to die, wanting to hunt down Anna Gunn, the actress, and hurt her. Gunn believes it is because of Skyler’s refusal to “stand by her man” that results in this hatred:
But I finally realized that most people’s hatred of Skyler had little to do with me and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives. Because Skyler didn’t conform to a comfortable ideal of the archetypical female, she had become a kind of Rorschach test for society, a measure of our attitudes toward gender.NYTimes.com
I haven’t seen the show. What do you guys think?
Overstock.com says it will match Amazon’s book prices – from now on – Overstock is pledging to match the prices of Amazon permanently. Initially the goal was to undercut Amazon and sell at 10 % less. Because of their success, Overstock will continue to price match and has hired a company to check Amazon’s prices daily. This is for print books only as far as I know. CSMonitor.com
The University of Iowa Invites Fiction Writers to Join a Free Online Writing Workshop – This is quite the offer. The U of Iowa is inviting 15 fiction writers, regardless of their publishing status, to participate in an online writing workshop for free. The workshop will run from Sept. 16th to Oct. 28th and consists of seven online live sessions with author Nate Brown. His work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Wag’s Revue (and many others). He currently
Interested writers who want to participate must submit a resume, statement of purpose, and a writing sample before Sept. 6, 2013. Writers with no prior publishing credits are eligible.
Erase Yourself From the Internet With JustDelete.me – It might be a good idea to bookmark this site. It contains direct links to the places you may have had maintained an online presence along with information on how to delete your profile. It doesn’t help with the information that others have placed on line about you but it can help minimize your web footprint. Mashable
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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