Writing Meme: December 2nd and 3rd

Dec. 3rd, 2016 08:41 am
phoenixchilde: Peggy Carter from "Captain America" examining a map (mcu: stay the course)
[personal profile] phoenixchilde
Hahahahahaaaaa, I'm already off to a great start with this, aren't I. (I didn't mention this in my last post, but in addition to all the other terrible things that happened in November, I was hellaciously ill with bronchitis for the entire month. My sleep schedule still hasn't quite recovered; I fell asleep at 10:30 last night, about ten minutes after I said, "Right, let's tackle today's writing meme prompt!"

Anyway. On with the show.)

For December 2nd, [personal profile] gramarye1971 asked: Any forthcoming travel plans to fun and exotic destinations? Or if you don't have an immediate plan, where would you like to go if you had a free week and an interested friend to travel with? ^^;;

Near present and distant future travel things! )

And for December 3rd, [personal profile] agonistes asked: dragonssssssss (more specifically: what non-alistair character has your favorite arc, and why?)


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Dec. 2nd, 2016 08:24 am
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Apparently, ace bandages are now much thinner and stretchier and stick to themselves. I bought a couple last night, and wrapped my sore thigh. I did have to take it off about halfway through the night, but put it back this morning, and it seems to be helping some.

Last night, I was pondering just lowering my lifting goals. Maybe I am reaching the end of my capacity, and should set some sort of upper limit. It feels like a failure, but I am a middle-aged woman who was never hugely athletic and has osteoarthritis and tendonitis. Is that depression talking? I'm not sure.

The only goal I really had was the 150 bench press. I'd gotten back up to 135, which is my top lift ever. A few years ago, I did 200 pound squats, but then cut back because it was rough on my feet. 175 is better as a top weight for me (I've been 10-20 pounds under that most of the time).

What is a reasonable goal?

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Dec. 1st, 2016 12:14 pm
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Dec. 1st, 2016 09:17 am
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Nov. 30th, 2016 10:06 pm
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Nov. 29th, 2016 09:56 am
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When I get upset, these days, I get quiet.

I didn't used to be like that. I'm trying to reverse it a little, because I know I will need to be loud, and brave -- as loud and brave as I am capable of being -- for the next four years. But I still can't really talk about November 8th; I can't do much on Twitter except retweet political commentary, instead of writing my own tweets about what's been going on in November.

I don't know. It's all a mess. I'm trying to turn my focus to offline things as far as my activism goes, which also contributes to the quiet. I have to keep up the insistence that this is not normal on a macro scale while, for the sake of being able to keep moving forward, I work as hard as I can to return to normality on a micro scale. Still gotta get up and go to work. The cat ain't gonna feed herself.

(And work -- hah. Well. I'm writing this on a government computer on a coffee break, so talking about my feelings re: being a federal employee in what could end up being America's first kleptocracy doesn't seem wise, does it. The fact that I'm erecting those precautions already should say enough.)

Anyway. I have been quiet. I'd like to try to be a little less quiet in December, even if it's just about silly things. Maybe finding my voice again there will help me get loud again elsewhere.

So, here: have that meme where you ask me to write stuff on a certain day in December. )

Love you all. Take care of yourselves.

Maintenance window - Thursday Dec 1

Nov. 28th, 2016 03:48 pm
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Nov. 27th, 2016 09:59 pm
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New chapters uploaded for Halcyon Days and Rose Thorn & Sword

Dark Claw is 99c.


A poem of mine has been accepted/sold to Uncanny Magazine!

procrastination is an art.

Nov. 26th, 2016 11:12 pm
klgaffney: very finely detailed carving of a Scandinavian lion in gold. (4th: the lucky one; son of the sun)
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I was supposed to be packing stuff to go over to War Drobe, but instead I went through my backlog of writing and slapped four five new posts up at S&F.

Other than the sequence I just posted, I can think of only 3 major plot points that would have to be hit before the Collapse and the official end of old school original flavor S&F as we know it; one of them being Stone and V's wedding and whatever stuff happens then, and the other two which have things written for them but aren't really connected enough to anything to be able to post. That's weird to think about, that I was SO close to hitting the end of that before life kept intruding.

Hopefully I can push through eventually, and I still intend to, even if the readership was just about entirely lost (this is not a whine, nor a request for new readers, I'm deeply dissatisfied with the story as it is, anyhow. The reboot fixes a LOT of the problems with the original and more so with every round of edits and drafts and world-building details that find their way in).


I've just about hit the goal for mini-wrimo too, though i did it more by long bursts of widely spaced writing rather than small daily writings like was intended. All in all, I still wrote more with it than without, and wrote things I probably wouldn't have without being pushed, so ultimately I will count it as a success once I get the last of my words down.


There was something else too, but I've completely forgotten. Oh well.

A Sort of To Do List

Nov. 21st, 2016 08:25 am
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[personal profile] oracne
Do laundry tonight and write up packing list for Thanksgiving; pack for Thanksgiving trip; sew up rip in brand new shirt I've only worn once before I wash it and it rips more; tidy up detritus of October traveling and whatever else is all over the couch; buy toilet paper and tissues and SEPTA tokens; get cash for Thanksgiving trip. Try stretching my sore thigh muscle again.

Fix the pump bottle for my new bottle of hand lotion instead of unscrewing the top every time I want some.

Tidy up sock drawers.

Get rid of six bags of giveaway clothing, etc..

Drop off books at Little Free Library.

Do political shit.

Write up packing list for December travel. Pack. Buy presents and pack or mail those.
klgaffney: A long-haired, black-clothed figure holding a skull in gloved hands. (1st: ilum mušītim)
[personal profile] klgaffney
Once upon a time I got stuck while not!working on the Z-Corp reboot and wrote a Barbara Walters Interview Special for Mark. It went surprisingly well. Usual warnings for references to child abuse, genocide, etc without going into any particular detail. Also the definitive answers for the eternal questions re: a) murder, sex, and drugs. b) if there's really demons in Z-Corp computers.


[long series of opening clips with Barbara Walters' voice-over describing the nature of the personality she is interviewing, some of the hoops they had to jump through in order to even film this, etc. Voice-over ends in Mark's 150 East 57th St. high-rise crash pad with the following:]

"......Thanks to the inventiveness of Ms. Sidney Fadell, and the generosity of her Foundation, we are able to have this unprecedented interview, a provocative look into the life of one of the most controversial celebrity entrepreneurs in the world today, Mark Sartain, founder of the ground-breaking computer company, Z-Corp."

**********Opening theme********* )

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