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The cat is asleep on the bed. He doesn't know that it's Tuesday, nor does he especially care. But we do! What have you been doing?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Today's question: Do you maintain multiple posting names (i.e. pseudonyms or "pseuds") for your work, or do you lump all your works together under one name?
lacerta: (Klimt)
I'm so ridiculously behind on this.

The Belkin Tales, by Alexander Pushkin
I started reading these after a recommendation from Boy; he said that The Shot was possibly his favourite short story ever. I don't quite share that sentiment lol. The Tales consist of 5 different short stories ranging from gothic to romantic to tragic. As I understand very little of the literary conventions of early 19th century Russia, which Pushkin apparently influenced quite a lot, I'm probably not appreciating these stories as much as they deserve to be. For me, it was an okay read ~for a male. 3/5

Cat's Eye, by Margaret Atwood
GREAT GREAT GREAT. GREAT!!!!!!!! Maybe the first book ever that's made me dream about it. It's the story of a painter who returns to the city of her childhood/adolescence and reflects on the bullying she experienced as a child. There's a fantastically gothic quality to some of the narration, and I absolutely love how it handles the complexity of gender and sexism. It feels like this is the kind of fat, intense book that's omnipresent from male writers and it's kind of blowing me away to see a woman's experience dissected and laid out from her pov. 10/10
(tw self harm!)

The Price of Salt (Carol), by Patricia Highsmith
ALSO GREAT. It's about a lesbian couple in 1950s New York. I don't know if "sweet" is the right way to describe this - the narrator can get quite melancholic (and a little dramatic at times lol; understandable considering the circumstances), but Highsmith's prose has something so tender and affectionate to it, and a somehow very comforting attention to details. I'm not sure how to describe this best, except by saying that I enjoyed it a lot and I enjoyed how it made me feel. Bonus spoiler: there's a happy ending! 5/5
sulien: Made from my favorite photo of Big Lagoon, Humboldt, CA (Default)
My brain is dangerous.  Well, at least for my weight.  :-p  I was enjoying a bit of feta cheese with some crackers earlier and the thought occurred to me that a red onion, egg and feta cheese tart would be very tasty.  Especially if I added just a smidge of nutmeg to the red onions while I was caramelizing them before putting them into the tart shell and pouring the eggs over them.  The crumbled feta cheese with chopped walnuts would go on top before baking, and then a balsamic vinegar and honey glazed would be dribbled over the top before serving with a nice glass of Malbec or Beuajolais and a side salad of field greens and arugula with a light oil and red wine vinegar dressing.  

Yeah, like I said, my brain is a dangerous thing.

Edited to add: or maybe I should make the crust with whole wheat flour and walnut meal?  That actually sounds better.


*adds ingredients to grocery list*
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Monday, Monday, so good to me. That's what the song says, anyway. What have you been doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Today's question: Do you post any of your writing anonymously? (Goodness knows I do.)
jazzfish: "Do you know the women's movement has no sense of humor?" "No, but hum a few bars and I'll fake it!" (the radical notion that women are people)
from The Creation of Éa, by Ursula K. Le Guin
(from A Wizard of Earthsea)

Only in silence the word,
only in dark the light,
only in dying life:
bright the hawk's flight
on the empty sky.
sulien: My silly catkin, Rocky. (WTF Rocky)
Like most folks these days, I periodically go through and delete all of the cookies, browser history and cached temporary internet crap on my computer.  I have done so for decades, just to keep all of the crap from bogging down my processor.  Now, imagine my surprise when the cookies and tracking databases kept cropping back up after deleting them using the commands in the browser's preferences, even when I haven't visited the sites they're from in days.  Okay, not a problem, I quit the browser, went to the specific location folders on my hard drive and deleted all of the crap manually, then restarted my computer.

Nope, that didn't work either, the cookies and database trackers kept showing up in the browser, no matter how many times I deleted them using the commands in the browser preferences, but they're not showing up in the computer's system folders.  What the ever loving...?!?!  So, I did a search and found out that this is now a common problem and it doesn't matter if you're using a Microsoft OS or an Apple OS.  I don't know if the problem extends back to older web browsers, or if it's just the newly updated ones, but I'd really like to know.  

So, I did another web search and researched specifically how to get rid of cookies and trackers on an Apple running the most recent updates, just in case.  Okay, I had already done most of that, but figured I'd do it again with the thing I didn't think of.  I did everything as directed then shut down my computer (again) and even completely unplugged my modem/router for a half hour to make sure that the IP address would reset (my ISP uses dynamic IPs).  I reconnected the modem and let it do its thing, fired up the computer, brought up the browser...and the cookies/database trackers are still there.  They're not showing up in the system folders from which I deleted them, but they're still in the browser.  Seriously, what the ever loving, bloody blue blazing FUCK is going on?!

Lastly, I put a call in to Apple's tech support and the supervisor I spoke with doesn't have a clue either (the regular tech sure as hells didn't), so he's sending a ticket to the software engineers to see what they can do to fix the problem.  He's supposed to call me back Wednesday and I'll make a post then to update.

*is a seriously unhappy camper* 

UPDATE: I wound up uninstalling and deleting Adobe Flash Player and going through and manually deleting every file associated with it in Library/Preferences/Macromedia, including the Flash folder.  I also went into Library and deleted everything in the Cookies folder, then went into Library/Safari and deleted everything in the Database and Local Storage folders.  I left all of the main folders, except for the above stated Flash folder.  That seems to have worked and my laptop hasn't blown up yet, so I'll see if this works.  

The browser is supposed to be able to clear all of that crap, but it fails miserably and the add blocking and virus software seem to ignore database tracking and cookies.  I guess going in and doing all of this manually is going to have to be a regular thing if I want to keep that crap off of my computer.  >:-(  I also will definitely be letting the tech support supervisor know what I think of their software browser not clearing that crap like it is supposed to do.

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*puts on sunglasses* All right, it's – *gets a paper fan, fans self* – it's, ugh, the dead of summer where I am. Hopefully, the writing life isn't quite so dead. What have you been doing?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

And what's your plan of attack for this final week of the month?
dirty_diana: old-fashioned typewriter (typewriter)
It's check-in time. Log your progress:

-writing
-planning or outlining
-research
-editing
-sending to beta
-posting
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about

It's Saturday! Feel free to post a snippet, ask for help, brag about how well you're doing, or anything else.
semyaza: (Japanese toy)
Two random videos from my playlist.

Read more... )
dirty_diana: old-fashioned typewriter (typewriter)
Happy Friday! You made it! What did you accomplish with your day?

-writing
-planning or outlining
-research
-editing
-sending to beta
-posting
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about

I'll be honest, I have been embarrassingly distracted today. Which distractions do you have the most trouble staying away from?
nonesane: (Plymouth?)
I think I've gotten the most "urgent" broken photo links fixed. The ones over on Livejournal are still broken - might fix them eventually, but I really can't be bothered right now (fixing them over here and on my Holts was enough of a time sink).

My dad's gone with his oldest brother to help out his older brother, so it's just me, my sis and mom up here in the north right now. Things are a little rough due to Health Things, but I think we'll pull through.

Slowly but surely getting back the energy to do fun things. We'll see what I get done first...
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dirty_diana: old-fashioned typewriter (typewriter)
Hello! Time to share what you've accomplished today:

-writing
-planning or outlining
-research
-editing
-sending to beta
-posting
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about

I hope you had a good writing day!
nightdog_barks: (Sun)
Ugh, so tired and cranky. Have not been sleeping well at all and every day now it is hot and still outside. :-P

Reading Jack Cheng's See You in the Cosmos. It's a YA/middle school/middle grade book, a class I read very occasionally (I loved Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me, but hated Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity.)

Watching Grantchester and The Great British Baking Show on PBS, and Forged in Fire on the Hitler History Channel. Also watched The Accountant on one of the movie channels -- thought it was very silly but fairly fun.

President Potatohead is still an utter moron.
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dirty_diana: old-fashioned typewriter (typewriter)
Hello party people, it's Wednesday! How's it going?

-writing
-planning or outlining
-research
-editing
-sending to beta
-posting
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about

picture of Pixar's Dory with the text: just keep writing, just keep writing

Keep writing! Dory's not sure what's happening, but she's sure it's gonna be great.
semyaza: (Japanese toy)
It was smooth sailing once they'd got past the smallpox.

dirty_diana: old-fashioned typewriter (typewriter)
Happy Tuesday! Log your progress:

-writing
-planning or outlining
-research
-editing
-sending to beta
-posting
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about

There was a "describe your creative process in a gif" meme going around twitter last month -- what would your entry be? (Credit and/or describe the gifs if you can, but I'm not actually the gif police. If you can't use gifs, feel free to use text to describe Cher and Dee freaking out on the highway or quote a Kardashian or whatever.)
semyaza: (Gay Johnny)
A female Doctor. So yesterday. *yawns* *is bored*

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dirty_diana: old-fashioned typewriter (typewriter)
Sorry about flaking yesterday! How is the writing going?

-writing
-planning or outlining
-research
-editing
-sending to beta
-posting
-taking the day off
-something else, which I will tell you all about

Today I'm just gonna be nosey: what are you working on? How are you feeling about it?
lilly_c: (Ash)
It's time to sign up for the August WIP challenge!

Some people join the challenge midmonth, or comment on check-in posts without signing up, which is fine -- I'm glad there's a way for the challenge to be useful in a variety of ways.

But for those of you who find the commitment of signing up useful, please leave a comment with the below information.

Signups will be open until the end of July.



  • Level of challenge: 1 chapter, 1000 words, 1 fic finished, whatever you like
  • Fandom(s) involved: if you know at this point
  • What you're looking for from the challenge: this could be as vague or specific as you like: someone to be accountable to, someone to remind you to write, someone to bounce ideas off, etc.
  • What you could offer other participants yourself: ditto!
  • How people should contact you: DW message, e-mail, IM etc.
  • Time zone: useful for seeing who might be up for a writing session at a time convenient to you


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I couldn't continue to run this challenge without assistance with the daily check-in posts. Many thanks to everyone who's helped with the check-ins before!

Please let me know if you'd be interested in helping out. A week per person would be ideal (I usually assign weeks running Sunday-Saturday just for consistency). I'm happy to help come up with suggestions for discussion topics (& Friday or Saturday is usually the general chat/snippet/beta-seeking etc. post).

(& if you've completed a fic through the challenge, don't forget our collection on AO3! If you need AO3 invites, let me know.)

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