Another

Jun. 25th, 2017 06:52 pm
apollymi: Black cat sitting on pumpkins, no text (Proud mom of a black cat) (Kitten: Black cat)
[personal profile] apollymi
Another good writing day. I've topped 3,000 words so far, and I'm pretty much going to write up until I go to sleep tonight, I'm thinking.

I doubt I'll top my best writing day so far (just under 5300 words), but I'm going to see what I can do. If I do manage to top that, I'll be stupidly impressed with myself.

That said, it's not long until bedtime, and I'm going to try to cram in as much writing as possible between now and then.

Good night, all.

Vacation Time!

Jun. 25th, 2017 10:23 pm
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[personal profile] bookchan
Having a lovely vacation and looking at top quality artworks is going to help me clear some junk out of my apartment I think when I get back. Yesterday the places I ended up eating at were only okay, but today they were fantastic. I also had some wonderful ice cream for dessert. Peach, Brandy and fresh ginger. crisp and perfect for the walk back to my hotel.

Japan day 1. except not

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:48 am
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[personal profile] neekabe
So due to weather we didn't get to Toronto and thus didn't get in the plane to Tokyo. To say I'm disappointed is an understatement. We're on flights for tomorrow, but they're all calling for thunderstorms so we'll see. If we're also cancelled tomorrow I'm going to cry.

Harry Potter trends on AO3

Jun. 25th, 2017 06:05 pm
beatrice_otter: Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, Cho Chang (Girls of Potter)
[personal profile] beatrice_otter
I read Harry Potter fic, even though I'm pretty sure I've never managed to read any of the novels all the way through, or watch any of the movies start to finish.  Whatever, that's fandom.

Anyway, I periodically go through looking for new fic on AO3, and the best way (imo) to do this is to click on the Harry Potter works tag, sort by date, and then put "kudos>100" (or whatever other kudos threshhold you choose, today I picked 1000 because it's such a huge fandom) so you only get stuff a lot of people have liked.  (If you just go "sort by hits" or "sort by kudos" in a fandom as old as Harry Potter, you only get the oldy-goldies, which I've mostly read already or know I won't like.)

I also have AO3 Savior, a greasmonkey script added on to my browser that allows me to blacklist tags and such.  Items tagged with stuff I don't want to see show up in Works lists as blocked, with reason for blocking.

I went looking for Harry Potter fic today.  Apparently, a VERY high percentage of popular fic right now has either character bashing or Voldemort sexytimes.  Also!  I have "*/Tom Riddle" and "Tom Riddle/* both blacklisted (the asterisk tells it to block anything there, so I don't have to go through and list alllll the possible Tom Riddle pairings).  But apparently, if I want to block threesomes with Riddle, I have to ALSO blacklist "*/Tom Riddle/*"

Why do so many people want to write and read about Voldie sexytimes?!?  I do not get it!  I'm not judging, you do you, but gah.

(The bashing is, alas, a Harry Potter trend of longstanding.  Thank you to everyone who a) realizes that that is what you are doing and b) tags it properly.)

Receiving criticism

Jun. 25th, 2017 12:57 pm
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[personal profile] darkemeralds
What's the best and worst criticism you've ever received? And how did you assimilate it?

I'm thinking mostly of feedback on writing, but I'm interested in experiences of any kind of critique you may have received on any kind of activity.

Here's why: In September I'll become a certified Story Grid Editor. There's a big discussion among Story Grid course-mates about how to make sure the client is ready for the editorial work.

Well, receiving feedback is a skill, and I want to write a little book or cheat-sheet for prospective clients to help them build that skill. I've managed to acquire it, but I don't know how I did it.
  • Do you have the skill?
  • How did you get it?
  • Was there a particular turning point?
  • Or do you avoid critique altogether? If so, why? And is there any ideal situation under which you'd be open to it?

Progress

Jun. 24th, 2017 11:00 pm
apollymi: White background with a black flashing cursor, text reads "It mocks me", animated (My Writing: Cursor mocks me)
[personal profile] apollymi
I've actually made some writing progress today. I'm not sure how much of it I'm actually proud of, but I've made words happen. I'm choosing to be proud of this. I'm also choosing to be proud of the plotting and planning [personal profile] katsuko and I have done in this dark version of one of the verses we've got going. (In fact, we call the dark verse "Worst Case Scenario" for a reason.)

I can't say I've done much today, but I've managed to get a goodly number of words done. [personal profile] katsuko and I also went to see Wonder Woman. I feel like we spent a lot of time making D&D references (Wondie is so the tank in this situation) and a near equal amount of time comparing it to Captain America: The First Avenger. But it was really, really good. We both enjoyed it. [personal profile] katsuko only ended up crying once, so that's a step in the right.

And now I think I'm going to work a bit more on [community profile] 15kinks... and maybe a bit on 15k:WCS. Because apparently we're fucking sadistic. This is a verse that will never be shared. It's purely for [personal profile] katsuko and me. It's that level of dark and wrong.
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[personal profile] neotoma
Sweet Cherry Ketchup/BBQ Sauce -- from Saveur, 28 August 2013

Ingredients )


Instructions )

Yield 3 to 4 half-pint jars; I got 3 half-pint jars and 1 quarter-pint jar today. [personal profile] ellen_fremedon informs me that this is excellent on tofu as well as meat.
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[personal profile] neotoma
Spanakopita, roasted olive bun, mixed herb bread, beet confit, pita, fresh fettuccine, spinach & cheese ravioli, eggplant ragu, quart of Mocha Moo, pint of cheese curds, spinach empanada, bluefish empanada, 2 bottles of hickory vinegar (made from shagbark hickory, the same source for hickory syrup).

I'm going to make Sweet Cherry ketchup this afternoon; I've got a six-at-a-time cherry pitter to help with that. Hopefully, the hickory vinegar will give is a nice finish that will make it into an interesting barbecue sauce.

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Jun. 24th, 2017 10:39 am
nestra: David Hewlett, resting his face on his hand. (sleepy Rodney)
[personal profile] nestra
I have had my main Yahoo account for almost 20 years, I think, and Yahoo is making themselves so irritating that I'm considering dumping it. Switching between multiple accounts has become complicated. They really want me to log in via my phone rather than in a browser (which I tried for two days, and no). I can't log in unless I turn off my ad blocker for that page.

I know it will be a pain to find some variation of "myname" at Gmail, and Google already owns a lot of my life, which I don't love. And oh my god, the maintenance I'd have to do to change everything to a new address. But I use my Yahoo email way too much to curse every time I use it.

Maybe I just need to get rid of my alternate accounts, and then I'd never need to worry about the login page. Hmm.

Anyway, yeah, that's my life. Except I did just get back from Europe (summary: fun time, also exhausting post-back surgery, no more southern Europe in summer). Now I have the mental room to get excited about my next trip to the UK in October! I've never been to Scotland, or to many other places in England except London, so I can't wait. Which means I should buy a plane ticket or something.

I'm about five weeks post-surgery, and everything is mostly fine. The scar tissue is tight and a little tender, which causes vague twinges of pain occasionally. The more irritating thing is the hamstring in my right leg, which has decided to tighten the hell up. I can't stand or walk for long periods, though if I sit down for just a minute or two, it kind of resets and I'm fine until it happens again.

I'm trying to be diligent with exercise, and if it doesn't get better, I see the surgeon again next month, and maybe it will be time for more physical therapy. But the surgery definitely fixed the problem it was meant to fix, and walking for short periods of time is certainly better than not walking at all.
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