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I couldn't stand not posting it, though I suspect I'll want to tweak it some more. But we're leaving for Pennsic on Friday morning, so I'm gonna be pretty much offline for the next week. Tweaking would have to be done after work tomorrow night (unlikely, since I mostly HAVEN'T PACKED YET) or when I get back. No computers in the Middle Ages, yo. We are staying in a hotel in Kentucky Friday night (we're driving this time) so if some horrible mistake suddenly registers as we drive through Middle America, I have a last chance to fix it before I land in another fandom. (SCA is a fandom, yes? It's certainly geeky enough.) Will take lots of pictures, promise.

Hope the chapter satisfies in the short run. Next chapter should be fun to write, so hopefully will go swiftly once I'm back to the current century.
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I'm actually kind of bummed about the rumor that Inuyasha is going to end in just two chapters. That's not near enough time to wrap everything up, WTH Takahashi? Dozens of story arcs about Tessaiga that took hundreds of chapters to get through, and TWO CHAPTERS to wrap up the whole series??? *is grumpy*

Well, obviously if it's true I won't be finishing up my derivative work before the canon story is over. Though I did make progress today! About 2,000-2,500 words that I'm pretty happy with on the next chapter--I rewrote a good portion of what I had before and added quite a lot. I'm contemplating whether I should make one really long chapter (since I've been such a sluggard on this) or simultaneously release two chapters of the length I'm comfortable with. This would necessitate holding on to the first chap until I'm done with the second. Usually when I'm done with one I want to shove it out the nest right away and be done with it, so maybe doing it that way would force me into more diligence with the second. Certainly, winning a Fanguild award (Best A/A yay!!!!) has lit a fire under my butt, since obviously people are still interested in reading it! Sorry sorry sorry. I just couldn't get into writing for a while. At this stage in the story it's pretty dark (not darkfic dark, just dark for me), and I don't know, I can write that if I'm in a good mood, but am completely turned off by it when I'm already down. I must be doing better. :) Earlier this year I was unhappy about other stuff going on in my life, and then getting doped up after finally having foot surgery did nothing, nothing I tell you, for my creative process. Kids, don't take Vicodin unless you have to, it's really boring. I spent a week at home sleeping, alternated with watching election coverage. That should tell you something.

By the way, while the foot still hurts a bit, I think it's going to be much better. I'm still limping but it beats having that freaking heel spur. I just wish I could have taken more than a week to stay out of work. I struggled with crutches for a couple of weeks and limped around when my hands and arms hurt worse than the foot, but my job still involves way too much standing and walking for comfort. The doc said I should be recovered in about 4 weeks if I stay off the foot, 6-7 weeks if I'm on it. Surgery will be 5 weeks ago on Tuesday...not completely recovered yet. :(

There are no SCA events between now and Pennsic, which means the weekends will be good for writing and won't be hijacked for trips to the 16th century. I mean it's fun and all, but my husband has completely immersed himself in it and will, like, DIE if he misses a tournament. All his hard work has really paid off, though--he came in FOURTH in a Kingdom rapier tournament the other week. This was in a field of 30-35 competitors from all over the state, some of whom are very experienced, and he's only been playing with swords for less than a year. O_O We're going to have an awesome time in August at Pennsic!

Not bad

Apr. 13th, 2008 09:52 am
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I got about a thousand words written yesterday. The RL issue I've been dealing with is sort of semi-resolved at this point, so I can think of other things, like the next chapter of Okaeri. I'm going to work on it some more today, hopefully, in between doing the two tons of laundry and other assorted housework. The words aren't flowing very easily...I know where it needs to go, but the getting there is the thing. So what I did was about a thousand words of very rough draft. At least it's there, so I have something to go back and edit.

Saw two movies recently, Leatherheads this past Friday and The Other Boleyn Girl last week. That's the most movies I've seen in the last few months! They were both pretty good but rather lightweight, the Leatherheads movie particularly. George Clooney is cute as always, and the subject is of interest to me--not so much football as period pieces set in the 1920's and 1930's. I have no idea if the depiction was accurate, but if it was, pro football has certainly come a long way.

The Boleyn movie had more heft to it, if only because the subject matter involved people getting their heads cut off, but still dealt heavily in sex and relationships as opposed to politics and outer-world ramifications...I enjoyed all the court intrigue. (One can tell if something is a chick flick when all the previews are for movies you could never drag a guy to. You would have to pay me to go see "Mamma Mia"--wtf is that.) I enticed  my hubby into going to this on the premise that we could check out how historically accurate the costuming was. (Pretty accurate, actually.) The movie gets a thumbs up from both of us. The story of Mary Boleyn was so interesting, in fact, that when we got home I did a lot of Wikipedia hopping to find out some background material. Alas, it seems that while the costumes were accurate, the script took some liberties. That's entertainment, I suppose.

ETA: Just heard of Young@Heart. Nothing like hearing a bunch of 70-80 year olds singing Ramones & David Bowie--cute!

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Posted to MMorg and FFnet. We're definitely in Act III from now on.

I'm going to spend some time on Chapter 23 this weekend, probably later tonight. We're going out to dinner with some friends in a little bit, and perhaps some sort of entertainment after...apparently they don't want to go to the movies. I haven't seen anything in a couple of months, and was dying to see Sweeney Todd or Cloverfield, guess it's not to be. I had been considering going to vote early at the courthouse, but it's too late now, I'll have to just go vote on Tuesday. Another Saturday shot. :/ It's ugly and raining outside, so whatever we do will have to be some sort of indoor diversion. Not here. Among the things I didn't do today was any housecleaning!
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Okaeri 22: finished the first draft a couple of hours ago. It requires more polishing before I send it to SoutasSister for beta, but at least it has flesh on the bones. I had only about a third of it done before the holidays sent me off in a dozen different directions. So maybe if all goes well I can have it up by this weekend. Yay!

Other stuff: I haven't even started on the giant pile o' books I got for Xmas. I did read Barack Obama's memoir about a week and a half's only been in my house for a couple of years, now, since my mom lent it to me. Good book. I get a real idea of the guy from it. I guess next I should read that Pratchett book I borrowed. Haven't done any gaming lately, though now I'm thinking it would be nice to try a different character class than what I usually run:

Your Score: Ranger Lord

You scored 2 Combat, 6 Social, 5 Strategy and 5 Magic!

Indirect combat, Leader, Subtle, No Magic.

You're the Ranger Lord. A master of long distance warfare, traps, and camouflage, you're quite like the Archer, but with one major difference: you can lead. Probably in the command of a squadron of Rangers and Archers, you're a tactician that can get it done with bows and people and without any magic.

Link: The Actually Good D&D Class Test written by PuebloZ on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
View My Profile(PuebloZ)

Could be fun! I usually play rogues or clerics, or sometimes paladins.

Off to start on the giant mounds of laundry. I can work on that and tweak the chapter.
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SS gave it her stamp of approval, so up it went. ^_^  Hope you all like it.

I have to work tomorrow, which annoys me. Good thing is that I get to take off Monday. Maybe I'll read one of those books on my list that I keep intending to start. Or maybe I'll work on chapter 22. Or maybe I'll go through some of the fics on [profile] jrmaxwell's mega project page so I can remember which ones I've read. Can't wait for the weekend to start!
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 I was an idiot last night and stayed up until 1:30. That means I'm fighting to maintain consciousness while working on compiling a policy statement, not exactly the most thrilling thing to be thinking about at 10am Monday morning. Thank god my husband dropped off a cafe con leche for me from the new coffee shop down the street. Yay Cuban coffee!!

The upside is that I finished the draft of Chapter 21 last night. Yay!!!  
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I just got the beta of Okaeri - Chapter 20 back from SoutasSister tonight, and I'm done tweaking it. At least for now, I'm slow enough as it is. We're using GoogleDocs, which I think is working out very well--you can use it to collaborate on documents without having to email attachments back and forth, it's very convenient.

The next chapter is outlined and very clear in my head--too bad I won't have time to work on it until sometime next week. Going out of town to see my brother and his family this weekend. Hope I don't go nuts and/or strangle them all before the weekend's out. (You know how it is. I love them but they make me crazy. Good thing it's only a weekend.)

Enjoy the chapter. ^_^
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So, I was quite surprised to find in my inbox an email informing me that I had won 2nd place for Best Romance Inu/Kag in the first quarter. And there was a link to a banner, too:

That was pretty cool. I had completely forgotten about the 1st quarter already. So I stick it up here, because what else am I going to do with a banner? (And I don't mean to denigrate banners. I think mine is quite shiny! I really appreciate the work that goes into making them.)

Unfortunately, the next chapter is stuck. I wrote a big chunk of it, but I'm unhappy with the way it's turning out, and I was trying to tweak it into compliance without rewriting the whole thing. I've taken stabs at it here and there, but I've been distracted by personal problems, this trip I'm getting ready for, and the demands of my job. I think it's going to take a rewrite, and hopefully I can get my mind into that space. I have hopes for this weekend, even though it's Potterdammerung.

(Speaking of which, my library is getting 75 copies, and I'm number 12 on the reserve queue. Guess what I'm picking up Saturday!)

Maybe I can restrain myself long enough to read HP after the weekend. I could just read the ending; at this point I just want to see if the book somebody posted online is the real deal, or a red herring. ^_^ I'm sure if I go on the internet I'll find out what happened anyway.
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I got three hours of sleep last night, which I really can't totally blame on the time change but I'm going to anyway. It makes a better story than 'I stared at the ceiling for hours and fell asleep right before the alarm went off.' So now I'm tired and have a headache, but I've got all this crap I have to do, but I'm going to bed anyway. My husband and I are going out of town Wednesday and I still haven't packed. I'll have to do it tomorrow after work. He's taking the day off tomorrow to pack the car with all our other stuff, I just have to remember my clothes and incidentals. And that it will be fun! I just have to get through the day. We're going on our annual pilgrimage to Sebring for the 12-hour sportscar race, the one he's gone to every year since he was a kid so God forbid he ever miss one. At least we're renting a camper and not sleeping in a tent like we did the first few years I went.

The IYFG banners came out today and they're all pretty.
See mine? )

Anyway, it'll be good to get out of town and be on the road. Helps with inspiration sometimes, and there are some crow people who require my attention in the next chapter.
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I got a bit of work done on Okaeri this weekend, which was nice. (Winning a fanguild award didn't hurt either!) I wasn't feeling well this morning and stayed home and slept, and felt better this afternoon. So I finished up what I had and it's up. Enjoy!

ETA: Sorry to everybody who just got slammed with a million MediaMiner alerts. I was trying to fix a problem that was invisible in Word, but strangely enough very visible in MM. I'm off to reupload in


Jan. 20th, 2007 04:49 pm
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I got a bunch of writing done today! *beams*

In other news, I read the new Lois McMaster Bujold book this week. It's fantasy, unrelated to her other series, and is indeed part one of a new series. The title is The Sharing Knife: Part One, The Beguilement. I got through it in a few hours.
Guess I'd better get away from this computer for a while, and do some housework or something. *wanders off.*

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