The Blood is the Life for 30-05-2017

May. 30th, 2017 11:00 am
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May. 30th, 2017 01:10 am
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I picked up Rachel Aaron's 2k to 10k, a book on increasing wordcount output, after seeing it recommended somewhere. It's $2.99 as a Kindle ebook and a fast, well-organized read. It also, sadly, doesn't help me much. But that's not surprising; Aaron herself says in her introduction that every writer's process is different and that if you don't find her methods useful, scrap 'em.

Aaron's method is based on three cornerstones: knowledge, time, and enthusiasm.

By knowledge, Aaron means you should know what you're going to write before you write it. This doesn't just mean outlining in the usual sense that most writers use, but even something so simple (as she mentions) as sitting down for five minutes before your daily writing session and jotting down notes on how you want your scene to go.

I am an outliner--I outline at the chapter level because I find it almost impossible to finish stories that don't have some level of preexisting structure. (I learned this the hard way, after leaving dead story-corpses all over my hard drive and not being able to finish things for years. There's a reason my short story output per year is not great.) I rarely outline in more depth than that because I have almost never found it helpful to do so. Well, in a spirit of open-mindedness, I tried Aaron's method while working on Dragon Pearl. I spent about five minutes and worked out where I thought the scene was going to go. Within 500 words, I had gone completely off the rails, so that was pretty much a waste of time. I could have tried it again, but I know myself well enough to be pretty convinced that going off the rails would be a regular occurrence. I mean, I'm the person who tossed off Kel formation instinct almost as a throwaway worldbuilding detail only to have to practically take over the trilogy (it's a major theme and plot factor in both Raven Stratagem and Revenant Gun), and a character who had not even existed in the outline for Revenant Gun ended up becoming one of the major secondary characters. So, uh, yeah. Since I'm prone to zig where I was supposed to zag, this bit of advice is not helpful to me. But it might work for you.

By time Aaron means time management--not just making the time to write, but figuring out your own writing output patterns and playing to your strengths. So if you take a couple weeks to record your wordcount output and discover that you write fastest in the evenings, then prioritize writing in the evenings. If you write best when you have several uninterrupted hours, try to arrange your life to make that possible. Things like that. This part I'm pretty comfortable with. I don't work another day job--I'm a stay-at-home parent. I can pretty much arrange my hours however I want. I'm not great at time management, but this is more a function of my terrible willpower than lack of self-knowledge.

The last bit is enthusiasm, by which she means that stuff you're genuinely enthusiastic about writing will go faster--often much faster--than stuff you're not. I have experienced this; I think many of us have. Unfortunately, this doesn't really help me. I am sitting on a weapons-grade mood disorder. My being able to sustain enthusiasm about ANYTHING for longer than a few hours is pretty much never going to happen. When I have writing projects scheduled out a couple years in advance, it's pretty hard to imagine being able to maintain any level of enthusiasm for the work to come. And, I mean, besides bipolar disorder being disruptive, I spend a lot of time depressed, including depressed about my writing. So this is just a wash.

She does have one useful insight that I've observed about my own writing (and which I wish someone had told me rather earlier), which is that when you seem "stuck" in your writing, sometimes it's because your subconscious is trying to tell you that there's a glitch in what you're currently trying to do, and you need to reconsider your approach. I have definitely had that experience--generally once I figure out a solution to the problem in the writing, the "blocked" feeling resolves itself.

Anyway, the Rachel Aarons of the world may well be able to write a decent novel draft in the twelve days that she cites, but I am never going to be able to do that. I can't sustain much more than 2,000-2,500 words per day without burning out, partly because I don't think fast, partly because writing is a painful endeavor for me. I guess I will have to be resigned to being slow and suboptimal. Her observation that you should be as excited about your writing as you want your readers to be particularly dismays me, because I spend most of my time hating my professional writing [1] and by this standard I'm just doomed. :/ But that's not Aaron's problem, it's mine.

[1] In all fairness, my fanfic isn't much better, it's just that in fanficlandia people tend to not actually leave comments if they think your fic sucks, they just leave crickets. :p

So, but, the election!

May. 29th, 2017 08:22 pm
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You may remember that the province I live in had an election two weeks ago, but we didn't know if anyone had actually been elected or not because a) close races and b) massive pile of absentee votes.

The final counts and recounts happened, and the seat distribution is the same: Liberals 43, NDP 41, Green 3. No majority of seats, no government.

Today, the best possible thing (from my perspective) was announced: the Greens will support the NDP, giving a combined total of 44 seats. (It's not technically a coalition, apparently, but a "Confidence and Supply Agreement".)

Since this better represents the preferences of a majority of the voters, my sense of fairness is satisfied as well as my personal glee.

Various things can happen at this point. I know because I asked my proximate political wonk for a telladonna1.

1. The premier resigns and the Lieutenant Governor asks the NDP (+ Greens) to form the government.
2. The premier doesn't resign, the legislature takes a confidence vote, and she's, I guess, removed. The Lieutenant-Governor asks the NDP (+ Greens) to form the government.
3. The premier doesn't resign, and instead calls for another election.
4. The premier does resign, but the LG for whatever reason decides another election is the better choice.

Obvs. I'd like #1, though I'd take the high drama of the no confidence vote. (Well, you know, high drama in Canadian terms.)

{rf}

1. Awesome @westwingweekly reference

Pentatonix

May. 30th, 2017 11:29 am
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Went to the concert last night and it was amazing! The set was pretty short (less than 90 minutes) but such incredible performances- I'm so, so glad I got to go! My fave was Mitch in No (So good!) but it was nice to see all the love Avi was getting every time he spoke or got a solo bit. I'm bummed he's leaving the group, of course, but I'm glad they all seem to be moving forward on other projects and are just so supportive of his decision. Plus they kept loving on Japan, it was really cute. "This is our favorite country to tour! The food is so good here! Umai! Oishi!" XDDD I do wish they'd performed more songs from Classics (No Bohemian Rhapsody. :((( ) BUT Can't help falling in love was so beautifully done that it made up for it. SUCH FOOD FOR THE SOUL :'D

Pics under the cut, if you're interested. PTX Nagoya 2017 )

WisCon 41 - Day 4

May. 29th, 2017 06:19 pm
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Links to previous days! Arrival Day / Day One / Day Two / Day Three

This was a programming-free day, because I decided to sleep in and take it easy rather than rush to any of the panels. It was the correct decision. Although I feel much better today than I did at the start of the con, being sick the entire time did put a crimp in my con experience; I didn't sleep as well, had much less energy than I wanted, and my voice was pretty thrashed by the end of every day.

So, anyway, after a casual breakfast, packing up, and checking out, [personal profile] renay and I said goodbye to [personal profile] justira, who had an earlier flight direct out of Madison, and went to the sign-out, where Nay added to the autograph collection in her copy of Joanna Russ's How to Suppress Women's Writing. It was delightful to join her for this leg of her quest, and to see the reactions of such women writers as Pat Murphy, Alexandra Erin, and Nisi Shawl. I also got Kelly Sue DeConnick to personalize the copy of Bitch Planet Vol. 2 that I bought on Friday.

Then, after a flurry of goodbyes, Nay and I hit the road to Chicago. The drive to the airport was mostly uneventful -- only a little more traffic than on the way up to Madison -- and we are now safely ensconced at our respective gates, waiting for the planes that will take us away from con space and back to real life. Even if the con experience wasn't exactly the one I would have asked for, I'm still so glad I went, and I absolutely plan to make the pilgrimage again next year. If I met you there, I hope to see you again, and if I didn't meet you, I hope I do.

Pinch-hit 13

May. 30th, 2017 12:55 am
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There is one new pinch-hit.

Pinch-hit 13: The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon, The Iliad - Homer, Deutschland 83, The Wrath and the Dawn Series - Renée Ahdieh CLAIMED


Comments to this entry are screened. If you are claiming a pinch-hit, please tell me which one and give me your Ao3 username.


This pinch-hit is due at the same time as regualr assignments (June 15 2000UTC). Here is a countdown.

ROUGH DRAFT DONE

May. 29th, 2017 04:45 pm
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Dragon Pearl raw rough draft done at about 75,000 words.

*flop*

I think I'm going to have a COOKIE. A really nice woman came up to me in this bookstore café and gave me a coupon for a FREE COOKIE with the purchase of a café drink. (She said she had too many of these coupons and she'd eaten her fill of COOKIES. She also gave another coupon away to another woman in the café area before leaving the store.)

I may also buy a book on writing that I've been eyeing.

And also I have to read this book on Korean feng shui for worldbuilding/magic system purposes. (Tantalizingly, [personal profile] swan_tower, it references the practice of feng shui-derived geomancy in Japan as well as Vietnam, etc., but the focus is on Korea. The book is Hong-Key Yoon's The Culture of Fengshui in Korea: An Exploration of East Asian Geomancy and Ch. 12 is The Use of Geomatic Ideas in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Cities, so maybe useful to you? I'm not very far in yet. The author is apparently trained in "cultural geography" (UC Berkeley), which I'm not even sure what that is because this is the first I've heard of it, but it might be worth seeing if he has academic articles on Japanese feng shui (fusui) specifically.

Fic: Always A Wolf (Press Gang)

May. 29th, 2017 09:25 pm
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I was nearly there with my [community profile] trope_bingo before mini-summer hit, so I'm trying to actually tidy up and post the things I wrote. Here is the first:


Always a Wolf (1301 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Press Gang
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lynda Day/Spike Thomson
Characters: Lynda Day, Spike Thomson, Kenny Phillips, Colin Mathews, Bill Sullivan (Press Gang)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fairy Tale, 5 Times
Summary: Lynda was never a fairy tale heroine...

Look, can I barge in and say hi?

May. 29th, 2017 11:20 am
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I tried to find Who fandom on DW a year ago and... well, let's just say it was a less than successful experiment.

A brief self-introduction… )
Oh, and the MAIN WHO NEWS THING I WANTED TO SAY.

Britbox.com now has all classic Who LEGALLY AVAILABLE via streaming service, $7/mo in the US. About flipping time; I've emailed the Beeb and Doctor Who about a streaming service for years. They should've done it during the hiatus, but better late than never. Caveat: they're missing a few Dalek serials— I suspect licensing issues— as well as The Five Doctors and the 1996 movie, but they've got all other complete serials from Hartnell through McCoy plus the unaired pilot version of Unearthly Child, Adventure in Time and Space, and a few other features. Also a fair amount of other good classic British TV including lots of mysteries (Campion with Peter Davison and the Jeremy Brett Holmes recommended), Eastenders, Red Dwarf, Upstairs, Downstairs, and a bunch of other good stuff (but not Blake's 7, the Avengers, or Python. Hopefully soon.) 

I think we need to support Britbox so they'll keep it up and, hopefully, expand it for Whovians in other countries to enjoy. Because fans deserve inexpensive ways to sample ALL of Who, past and present. (Speaking of which, I've also posted a linked index of all the free Big Finish Doctor Who audios on Spotify, uploaded by Big Finish, so they, too, are legal.) 
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A princess wants to be more practical than her parents allow, so she runs away to be a dragon's princess. Which involves swords, magic, latin, and cooking, just like she'd wanted to study, and also quite a lot of politics. But not marrying a prince, especially one she's only just met, so that works out well for her.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was it starts with the kind of fairytale where princesses are basically ornamental. Etiquette, protocol, dancing. Not so much about diplomacy or logistics or castle defence. But there were plenty of times later that the traditional princessing turned out to be useful, so I think on balance it didn't do the Not Like Other Girls or make anyone out to be useless.

I'll happily buy more like this.



Today is a theoretical holiday but Monday jobs are laundry and dishwashering because by Monday it needs doing. So I did one load dishwasher and two loads laundry same as usual. But that was a perfectly pleasant day.

I also put away the duvet and switched to blankets for the summer. More layers can cope with more variable weather, hopefully.


I feel like I need more things to do with my days. But basic maintenance functions would still need done, so.

Fic: Dalek Free Spirit

May. 29th, 2017 09:34 am
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Title: Dalek Free Spirit (Chapter 2/8)
Author:[personal profile] circular_time
Rating: T
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Fifth Doctor & Nyssa (Platonic)
Warnings: Character Death
Spoilers: Prisoners of Fate, Entropy Plague, Dalek Soul
Summary: Nyssa is lost, probably dead. Yet the tangled skein of their timeline has one more wrinkle. When the Doctor learns that the Daleks cloned her during a previous encounter, he faces an impossible choice: save her twin, who may be just as twisted as Nyssa's father after the Master possessed him, or... exterminate all that's left of a dear friend.

Another former LJer :-)

May. 29th, 2017 10:26 pm
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Name: Parn

Age: Just entered my mid 30s

Location: Thailand

Gender: Male

Languages: English and Thai

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I moved to the US when I was 3 and moved back back when I was 9, so my English is good. I'm a computer engineering graduate working in software programming. I've been an avid fan of Winx Club since 2005. I'm also great at geography and editing videos :-)

Top 5 fandoms:
The only fandom I've remained active for all these years is Winx Club (it's a major part of why I got an LJ to begin with), though I've also been a fan of The Amazing Race since the beginning. Currently I'm also into post-2010 animated Disney features (plus Inside Out), Equestria Girls, and whatever my eclectic tastes happen to fancy :-)

I mostly post about: Reactions to The Amazing Race (both US and Asia editions) dominated my LJ for the past couple of years, but 1) once upon a time, I made plenty of posts about Winx and the very occasional post on my life, and 2) I used to post plenty of icons at a now-defunct LJ community (had a good knack for it too :-)) I do hope to diversify, though...

I rarely post about: Personal life, except for really big events

My last three posts were about: Reactions to TAR... You'd have to go back to early 2016 to find my last non-TAR post :-\

How often do you post?: About once a month during TAR seasons (I try to gather several eps' worth of thoughts at a time) plus occasions I'm inspired to write about other things

How about commenting?: I've never been big on commenting for commenting's sake, usually only if I have something substantial to say. I prefer my comments to be more than simply "I like it! It's pretty!"
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We're back to the sort of rainy weather that May usually brings to this part of the world. And of course I'd failed to do the gardening chores earlier this weekend so I had to put on my anorak and venture out into the rain to hack back the vine again.

I could tell that the weather wasn't going to be getting any drier for some hours because Kheldar was firmly asleep on the end of the bed. I just wasn't expecting the rain to get torrential halfway through hacking off another branch of the birch before next door complain about it. I am a very soggy [personal profile] lurkingcat now. Kheldar woke up just long enough to give me his best "Stupid, stupid human" look and then went back to sleep. It's one of those days...

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May. 29th, 2017 08:56 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] firesidoni linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] osunism, who has just lost one of their jobs and the car they need to get to the other job. They're also offering commissions as well as fundraising; you can read more and help them out here.

[tumblr.com profile] riverofwhispers is struggling to cover their bills after being laid off, and is raising funds to move to a new city where there's a better job market and a bigger community for them. You can read more and help them afford the move here.

[livejournal.com profile] digitalwave is raising funds to cover family medical bills, including some CT scans and an echocardiogram. You can read more about the situation here; they've listed items for sale on eBay, and are accepting paypal donations at bstaton@iglou.com.

[personal profile] sotto_voce's friend Heather is moving to Canada to get a degree and begin her new career in physical therapy. New US policy has made it very expensive to move, so they have a fundraiser here to help with moving costs.

[tumblr.com profile] capeandcowl linked to a fundraiser to found a scholarship for at-risk youth in honor of Tony Crisafi, a professor at UCF and Valencia, who recently passed away. You can read more about this extraordinary teacher and support the scholarship here.

[personal profile] localfreak linked to a fundraiser for the victims and families of victims of the bombing in Manchester; the Evening News has partnered with the Red Cross to raise two million pounds to support them. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] vanathema's friend Valen and his girlfriend need help covering this month's rent, due this coming week; Valen is recovering from surgery, and his paycheck may not arrive on time, plus his insurance is not covering essential medication, which is why they're short on cash. As far as I'm aware they don't have a post up, but their paypal address is heroknight@gmail.com.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

News To Know:

Carter linked to information about the upcoming Leverage Big (And Mini) Bang, which will be opening for signups in August. You can read more at their tumblr, [tumblr.com profile] leveragebigbang and they're trying to generate as much interest and awareness as possible!

[tumblr.com profile] iamshadow21 linked to a kickstarter for Short Order Crooks, "a comic about crime, cooking, and bad decisions" which I'm putting in News To Know mainly because while they look super cool and I think you guys would enjoy it, they've reached their fundraising goal, so the comic at least is funded. You can read more and buy in here!


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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