dotsandlines: (ATLA: Wave Dance)
Oh yeah, it's past the end of the month! Forgot about this.

Uh, I changed some things again.

June stats )

EDIT: Also just finished one of my "anything interesting under $2.99" purchases, Dawn by Octavia E. Butler, a.k.a. Book 1 of Lilith's Brood / Xenogenesis. Deeply, deeply strange book. My brain hurts. That strange. I can finish the whole trilogy for $9.99, and I am tempted just to get some closure on this WTFery. Which is not to say that it's bad, in any sense. Just...deeply strange.
dotsandlines: (Princess Tutu: Ha...ha.)
Turns out that putting my notes on my Kindle and using it while I work on the computer doesn't work that well, because the note-taking app that I have on the Kindle is really awkward. I can peck in words with the touch keyboard, barely, but you can't copy/paste/move blocks of text around, nor can you erase blocks of text. You just have to sit there leaning on the "delete" button.

Soooo it was a good idea in theory, and if I had a flashier gadget, it would probably work a treat. (I don't want one at the moment - mine is fine - but that's the circumstance under which this idea would have worked.)

So I'm transferring my notes back to the computer. Next experiment: note cards! - Sometime. Not right now.

Stats next week. I realized this past month that over time, I've deep-sixed the entire first year of writing that I did on this project. It's for the best, but that's still an alarming thing to realize.
dotsandlines: (Space Quilt)
Heyyyyy, I've been talking about writing and depression too much. My life is not all made up of those things, I swear.

I'm excited about a sewing project for our own house, so let me rave about that for a bit.

spaaaaaa~ you probably know the rest ~aaaaaaace )
dotsandlines: Applejack is not in her comfort zone. (MLP: Applejack Sewing)
During an overnight trip, I spent a couple of hours copy-editing a story that my husband had written, then did a bunch of editing on the Kindle on my story. It's improving, I think.

We also talked a bit about the value of outside opinions / viewpoints, which made me a little sad that my stuff is still unreadable by humans. Yes, you need a strong idea of what you want and shouldn't be guided solely by others' opinions. But a second opinion can be very valuable. I started outlining the plot as it stands, and realized why I'm having issues: I'm accidentally writing the sequel first.

Breakdown, i.e. stats from now on )
dotsandlines: Lawrence being consoled by his horse. (Spice and Wolf: There there.)
Just a fun quote that seems apropos for my journal. I bought this book when it popped up in the daily Kindle sales. It was adorably batty. Scene: A father haphazardly trying to calm his inconsolable (young?) son.

---

But Ranulph’s sobs redoubled. “I want to get away! to get away!” he moaned.

“Away? Away from where?” and there was a touch of impatience in Master Nathaniel’s voice.

“From … from things happening,” sobbed Ranulph.

Master Nathaniel’s heart suddenly contracted; but he tried not to understand. “Things happening?” he said in a voice that he endeavored to make jocular. “I don’t think anything very much happens in Lud, does it?”

“All the things,” moaned Ranulph, “summer and winter, and days and nights. All the things!”


- from Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees

---

The book overall is a fantasy story about a town on the edge of Faerie which is Very Unimpressed By Such Outlandish Nonsense, and the interactions between the townspeople and the fantastic world right around the bend. It's quasi-Victorian? It was published in 1926, which I thought was kayfabe* at first because it seems strangely parodic and simultaneously un-stagey, in a weirdly modern way. But no, according to Wikipedia and Amazon, it actually was published in 1926. I still feel wary of being tricked.

Anyway, it's a keeper. Lately I have been checking the daily sales... well, daily, buying dang near anything that is under $2.99 and piques my interest. I have a sizeable backlog for the first time in a while.


Writing is going well. Cut about 10K retconned words, then wrote 6K more. By my estimates, there's about 29K more that needs to be either cut or heavily edited - most of the last quarter of the thing, as it stands now. But I believe in my edits! They are drastic, but the end result will be better. There are two more weeks till stats time, so I won't belabor that point too much.


* something which is fictional, but which you're supposed to pretend is real in real life in order to play along with fandom properly. Like pro wrestling, or those fans who insist(ed) that Sherlock Holmes is factual. To me it seemed like a book which was written more recently but pretended to be vintage.
dotsandlines: Lawrence being consoled by his horse. (Spice and Wolf: There there.)
Here's how this evening went:

"Meh. I was enormously boring yesterday, I still don't know how to inform those friends-of-acquaintances that I am not as cool as they thought I was when they sent me friend requests on FB, my writing sucks, I have too much stuff to do this week, I'm stuck on this commission and I think it's going to turn out terribly, I'm getting old and there are so many things in life that I'm never going to do because it's too late, and I don't know how to feel better."

*drags self to basement to exercise*

"...oh.

...Well then."

Not 100%, but appreciably better. "I realize that each problem can be handled separately and that I can handle at least some of them" better.

---

I've been slowly watching through the original Star Trek on Netflix. I'm only about five episodes in, so I can't comment much yet. Except that the episode with the transporter-malfunction-evil-Kirk thing was nearly ruined for me by that adorable and very patient puppy dog with the rubber horn and antennae stuck on its forehead. (Sadly, there seem to be more photos online of the eeeeevil version.) More specifically, what cracked me up was that a bunch of characters repeatedly carried it around throughout various scenes, not always for a particularly obvious reason. It was all RAR! ACTING! - PUPPY! SQUEE! SCENERY, NOM NOM!

Ahhhh, good times.
dotsandlines: From the Comedy Central Rally to Restore Sanity (Mythbusters: Laugh Like a Mad Scientist)
Apparently my new hobby is overdoing things. Attacking the Aerith and Bob problem with a bazooka today, I renamed three of the five narrators and several of the side characters. I (finally?) made a list of every named character, noted the ones that annoyed me, and then brainstormed and tried things out until I had workable(?) replacements.

I knocked out all of the Bobs, and made an attempt to align characters from each country with reasonably similar-sounding names. It was an alarming hour or two with Search & Replace. Still have to go through to look for unintentional rhyming/awkwardness/alliteration and toss in nicknames when they would flow better.

Also cut off the last ~4,000 [edit] 10,000 words, which had been completely retconned by earlier plot points and would be easier to rewrite from scratch. The next stat check is going to be...interesting.

Gotta admit: it's been a strange, slow reversal. At the start I would pretty much rather die than let anyone read this story, and now I'm having more fun imagining how it would work as a published piece. IMAGINING, mind you. It's just fun to think about. My first loyalty is still to the integrity of the story (loony though it may be) and to having fun.

(As a side note, I make a lot of backups. Still.)
dotsandlines: Applejack is not in her comfort zone. (MLP: Applejack Sewing)
It's early, but I'm about to start trying to make major plot changes, so I wanted to get a before & after (or at least before & later) snapshot.

Early stats )
dotsandlines: (Princess Tutu: Ha...ha.)
I still exist. So what's going on?

What's going on with me, leaving aside some real-life stuff:

Trying to get through a cute commission project, a pair of bears from Sword Art Online and Fairy Tail. And after that I'm freeeeeeee, and will mess around with whatever I want to sew.

Doing fairly well at keeping my exercise schedule together - four days a week, mostly alternating between Dance Central 3 and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012. The latter has some really annoying quirks, like an unhelpful and insincere-sounding voiceover "trainer" and a habit of docking points without telling you what you're doing wrong. Apart from that, though, it has some fun minigames and a lot of variety.

Planted a TON of things in the front yard. We are out of space. It doesn't look like it now, with the big spaces between the plants, but they will grow and I'll replace the ones that don't and in three or four years, it will be freaking fantastic. I was able to do that only after accepting that we can't handle the back yard yet. That this will be a multi-year project, year as in YEAR. That I don't have to do everything now.

Haven't been working on AMVs much lately. I will eventually. Just not right now. Actually, I just realized that I haven't seen this year's VCAs yet. I always try to at least catch those so that I'm not entirely out of touch. Eh, eventually.

As noted in many previous posts, I am still plinking away at the original story. I'd like to ramble a bit about writing itself, and why I (have to) keep doing it. )
dotsandlines: (Futurama: Shasta & Rush)
Stats time:
I've been outlining more than writing this month )
dotsandlines: Applejack is not in her comfort zone. (MLP: Applejack Sewing)
Every time I roam through the cheap-and/or-free ebook selection on my Kindle, I become more convinced that I should finish writing something. ANYTHING. Ever.

I should download and read some of this stuff, so as to have more things to read AND get a better idea of where the bar is set. However, I am a little paranoid about Amazon's recommendation stats. The next time a relative tries to buy me a birthday gift, I don't need them to be chirpily informed that I would "probably" enjoy schmoopy sword & sorcery or romance novels about goat herders or something.

In particular, romance novels are potentially entertaining (I love characterization and character dynamics, and even bad writing is fun), but the genre is so subdivided that I wouldn't even know where to start. I might now know what non-anime fans feel like upon being exposed to a corner of our fandom. Why is everyone 14 years old? Do the robots go with the girls in miniskirts? Sometimes.* What's with all the cat ears? I don't knooooooooow!

So for now, I am just reading Midnight Blue-Light Special and writing a lot of plot outlines - but I've never written plot outlines before, so that in itself is something. I still feel like this project is unreadable by humans. But if it is, maybe it will be epically, transcendently unreadable by humans. I suspect not, given my personality, but who knows.


* Speaking of which, I binge-watched Escaflowne last weekend for no particular reason. I'd borrowed it from a friend, and it was high time I gave it back. I watched the subtitled version while doing a jigsaw puzzle that I'd gotten as a Christmas gift, so I apparently missed some things. I didn't realize that Millerna and Dryden were married, for one thing. Uh, I did notice some giant robots.
dotsandlines: (Futurama: Shasta & Rush)
Finished Bioshock Infinite.

I don't think anyone here plays games, but I want to ramble, dangit. Spoilers, of course. )
dotsandlines: Rarity at her sewing machine, from MLP: FIM. Don't think too hard about how she's holding that fabric. (MLP: Rarity Sewing)
This will probably not be too peppy, because I have some sort of con plague. My eyeballs are on fire and I'm too tired for 9 p.m. Anyhow:

Good things )
dotsandlines: Applejack is not in her comfort zone. (MLP: Applejack Sewing)
I would be working out right now if I hadn't sprayed clearcoat in my workroom and fumigated the entire area. D'oh. Should have waited till tomorrow and done it outside. Spray in haste, repent at leisure.

---

I almost forgot the stats in all of the con preparation chaos. (It's going well now.)

Words without notes: 143,881 (+4,896)
With notes: 151,306 (7,425 of notes, +182 since last time)
Pages: 287 (+9)

As noted last time, most of this is in the same scene. But that's OK. New scenes are great, and we want more of them. I did tone it down from the first off-the-rails draft, and saved the loopy draft in case any good lines could be mined from it later.

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The local convention is this coming weekend (April 5-7), and that's where my month has gone. It's been sometimes stressful, sometimes fun. I've finished the at-con-pickup commissions, so now it's all gravy. Still no word on the AMVs, though. I guess we'll see.
dotsandlines: (ATLA: Wave Dance)
Haaaa, got a positive YouTube comment from the band that I used in my Spice & Wolf AMV. So happy to not be sued.

I had sent it to our friendly neighborhood con, but they haven't announced the finalists yet. I would love to pay back the not-suedness by having the song earwormed into the brains of several hundred nerds at once.


...so where was I. Con preparation is going all right. Trying to make things for the Alley. Generally doing OK.

Personal life is pretty meh; I got the distinct feeling that the gaming group we'd been sporadically attending was a bad match for me. (When an entire roomful of people drops a lively conversation to stare at their shoes the second you arrive... it's a bad match.) It's a bummer, because I did enjoy the games, but life is too short to be around people that make you censor yourself. I never asked anyone to censor themselves, but they seem to think that my presence demands it. And so that's the end of that.

Uh anyway, making things, reading a really melodramatic book that is taking forever (curse you, Kindle $2.99 sales), catching up on Archer on Netflix, and writing a very little bit. That's March so far.
dotsandlines: Lawrence being consoled by his horse. (Spice and Wolf: There there.)
- Intend to spend the evening crafting
- Realize that the bit I wrote on Saturday kind of sucked, return to give it a look
- Start to fix it
[3 or 4 hours and 2,400 words later...]
- Wind up somewhere else entirely, with two characters that didn't even trade two words in the first draft having an adorable Moment on the way to the Scene-That-Sucks, which hasn't even come up yet
- Regret nothing

I will get on track tomorrow. And Scene-That-Sucks isn't nagging the back of my mind anymore. I've got a looong digression of a lead-in, at least.

I do not write like a well-oiled machine. Tangents are fun, and editing is fun, and both of those are why I've only gotten to 2.8 NaNoWriMos worth of material in 2+ years. Regret nothing.
dotsandlines: (ATLA: OBJECTION!)
Unstuck in the story. Kind of. Sometimes I convince myself to just TRY a new scene, even if it starts out sucking - and it does start out sucking, but it improves later. And then I get to edit. I do love editing. Passed the 140,000 word mark, which means I get another bit of money in the "totally gratuitous entertainment" fund.

Mostly unstuck with crafting. I squandered most of the week, and seem to have mislaid the reference photos I've already printed. But I'm mostly unstuck.

Skipped two workouts in a row, however - not good. I will, WILL!! do one tomorrow morning.

Still reading and reading and reading the Vorkosigan books. I will be sad when I run out of them. But there are still several to go.

Real life/family drama happening tomorrow, most likely. Come at me, life.
dotsandlines: The constellation Orion (Default)
I am pretty sure I haven't touched this file all month. Had ideas, made notes on paper, have not written anything. January was huge, and I have been trying to sew like a demon because of the upcoming con.

February stats )

Success?

Feb. 16th, 2013 01:37 pm
dotsandlines: (Doctor Who: Master thumbs-up)
OK, the Gathering of Many People went well. I think one key is picking a seat toward the end of a group rather than in the middle. I always assume that being in the middle = being included, but what it generally means to me is that I will be surrounded by 2-3 conversations that I can't follow. So.

Off to work on a LOT of Hellsing bears. We got a request for two sets of Alucard & Seras, to be picked up at the convention (as well as a Kyoya from OHSHC). This is the first time we've done more than one pre-con order, so I am curious to see how this will pan out. If it works out, we'll have to start canvassing for pre-orders a few months before the next con.

Eureka.

Feb. 14th, 2013 10:33 pm
dotsandlines: (Princess Tutu: Ha...ha.)
I have to admit this year that I enjoy Platonic Valentine's Day. Normally-way-too-bright red and pink color combinations, cheap candy, cupcakes, cheerfulness. All good. It's the overpriced roses, packed restaurants, girls-are-supposed-to-all-want-diamond-jewelry, consumerist, "once again, let us remind you that you fail at performing your own gender" version of VDay that irks me.

(Just cut most of my hair off again, so I feel this particularly keenly at the moment. I prefer it this way and think it suits me, but I also feel that expressing my tomboyishness is one of the things I tacitly agreed to give up in order to marry the person I married. I feel as though I'm going back on the deal, having my cake and eating it too.)

Anyway.

Big dinner out tomorrow with a bunch of friends-of-acquaintances. I go nearly every year because This Is Supposed To Be Fun, even though it stresses me out. I've decided to focus on the fact that the restaurant - a Brazilian churrascaria, a.k.a. All of the Roasted Meats* - is freaking awesome. I strive to ignore the social awkwardness of being the random neighbor/stranger in a group of unbelievably tight lifelong friends. Even if I don't say a word, I want to not care because of The Gourmet Experience.

In summation...cake... barbecue. Uh...I'm not even hungry. Thank you, goodnight.


* They do this on the first Friday of Lent every year just to be contrary. There's a fair number of ex-Catholics in my orbit. Sorry.

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