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Before I get into a short writerly ways, I wanted to share this link E.S. sent me because it might be helpful to a lot of us. A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA: Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen. I haven't looked at it much yet as today I have the brain capacity of a turnip.

Let me share what I've learned this week: If you have a large thing to edit, try to do a little every day. When I originally handed it to [personal profile] evil_little_dog & [personal profile] kiramaru7 I did it a chapter at a time sometimes with many days, if not weeks, going by. Even now I paused for two months between Nano and the holidays. Don't. I am absolutely humiliated by some of the repetition and outright mistakes in this. No wonder they said no. But you wouldn't have caught them reading it piecemeal other than a vague 'huh, this feels familiar' sense. I'm pretty upset with myself.

I'm upset also because I keep hearing how no one is buying SF/F/UF/Paranormal LGBT fic from one publisher after another. It makes me really not want to continue with this. I will because one way or another Luc and Arrigo's story will be out there.

I'm also writing a contemporary (maybe paranormal depending on how you view the reality of ghosts). It would be nice to get a beta on board for it since it will be more romancey than I usually write. Also what would YOU like to see in a ghost hunting story (It's set here in the Hocking HIlls and if you've never googled them, do. It's beautiful. I live relatively nearby. I've taken [personal profile] evil_little_dog there once and wishes she'd come back so I can show her more.

And now the writing links from Betty.

Using a calendar to storyboard (she said she's had good luck with this, it seems too organized for my brain).

Pacing and momentum

description (because I need it)

ditch the pitch (there's some good here and some irritating. Yeah who wouldn't want to meet an agent in person but the price of writing conferences make it nearly impossible for far too many of us)

subversive surprise

maintaining belief in fantasy

description podcast I need to sit and listen!

Yearly Word Count -


1812 / 100000 words. 2% done!

Splinters of Silver - editing nothing

Blood Red - Edited up to ch 28

Steampunk Holiday - did jack

Behind Blue Eyes - back burnered

Haunted Hocking


1086 / 60000 words. 2% done!
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With the sheer number of women (and men) who turned out for the Women's March. I'm even more impressed that it wasn't just here in America, that women around the world stood up to the threat.

I briefly considered the march but as I was telling [personal profile] evil_little_dog, I'm burned out on protesting. I'm in a place where I can't see that it helps. It's never helped in anything I've actually protested physically. We protest and nothing happens.

Obviously this is not true. There are easy examples of it succeeding. But that's what depression does. It makes everything hopeless and I am just as obviously not any less depressed than I have been, more so than usual actually. Politics have always made me anxious and depressed (even ones I agree with) so this has been a hard six months. And there is no safe refuge from it unless I go offline entirely.

And I wish I thought that today's march made a difference. I doubt those in charge give two damns (I haven't seen if the orange jizztrumpet has been tweeting about it). But that doesn't change anything. The march happened, it NEEDED to happen. Women aren't going to be thrust back to 1940 without a fight and that was made clear today.

So for all of you who marched thank you.
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So we need to rescue ourselves. I've watched for weeks as people have screamed and flailed and otherwise wallowed in their misery about the events of today. They've already made it 1000 times worse inside their own heads. Others have done their screaming and then leapt into action. For me that is the better way. Even small kindnesses mean a lot One of my former students, now a family practice doctor related a story about an 80 something patient who lost her shoes as she was transported around the hospital. My student searched for them and her staff found them and this little old lady had her only pair of shoes returned, happier than anything to have them. It's a little thing but it matters. They add up. Ranting and blaming everyone (even if we feel like it) in the end gets us nowhere. A simple kindness makes a difference.

Today I had to have a mammogram and a pap smear (the latter but someone just learning how to do them) and that was still LESS painful than what happened down in the swamp today. But that's all I want to say about that.

And something I've feared was true. I do have a hernia and it's near the rib cage so yeah, that's probably the next surgery. Fuck you body.

Kanda is slightly better today. He did barf up his antibiotics and dinner all over my pants. Sigh.

i lost my friend last week. Today my brother lost one of his. 2017 is off to a lousy start.
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My vet couldn't work Kanda in until next week and since he was lying on his chair and crying last night I didn't want to wait. Hell I wasn't sure he'd even be around this morning he looked so bad. I managed to get an appt with a new vet and I did want a second opinion (okay third).

So the vet said it is a middle ear infection at the best (the ear drum is all bulged out) and probably an inner infection as well. He basically nuked it from orbit. Kanda got some meds that remain in the ear and oral antibotics and if looks could kill you'd have found my wrecked car off of I-35. He's already perking up.

Back home our next door neighbor for over 50 years died (It was expected). About an hour later, we got a call that my aunt died as well which was a bit more shocking. My dad's side of the family isn't what you'd call close (no anger involved just very insular, not good at communicating). She was my grandmother's sister in law (20 years younger than her husband). I haven't seen her in nearly 20 years so I'm not exactly heartbroken but still it's rather sad.
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So I'll be calling the vet tomorrow. One of the vets I know (who sadly isn't near me) said some cats are allergic to fish and I have noticed his ear troubles started soon after I put him on the wet food. Well fuck.

As for me, this morning started with me not remembering breakfast so I rolled into the coffee shop on the edge of campus and one of the other biology profs (and a student was there too) was there and the barista told us they now have 20 oz cups. We squeed in unison (the student laughed at us).

I went to the endocrinologist. Good news is the coritsol test is normal, my blood sugar is neither improved nor worsened. He has no idea why I suddenly gained 15 pounds nor why I'm constantly hot (I plan to ask the ob/gyn on friday). He had a student with him and he actually did a thyroid exam (im like really? You NEVER do this). The bad news is he was just promoted to administration and will only be seeing patients once a week and there aren't plans to hire another endo. That sucks it.
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Title – Bryn Celli Ddu
Author-- [personal profile] cornerofmadness
Disclaimer – Russel T. Davies owns all
Rating – PG 13
Characters/Pairing – Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones
Word Count – 410
Warning – none
Summary –Jack and Ianto have aliens to fight.
Author’s Note – Written for [personal profile] auroracloud, for [community profile] fandom_stocking 2016 and for the prompt ‘twilight’ for [community profile] allbingo.

XXX

Bryn )
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I'm beginning to wonder if he has an inner ear issue. On Saturday he was fine then in the afternoon he was head down and on the floor for much of the night. He was fine Sun/Mon and today I came home and he was by the door, head down on the floor. A stink bug flew on him and he flinched. He didn't move when I threw the bug out. He didn't follow me to the bedroom so I could change. He ALWAYS follows me. He started crying by the food still head down. On the chance he has hair balls and is under the weather from that, I gave him hairball medicine and some food. He perked up just barely and has been on the chair, not really interacting much. I feel bad because I don't know what to do. He's seen two vets four times costing over 300$ but no one knows what's wrong with his ear which clears up then gets better then worse again.

I'm beginning to think some things are better with a bit of censorship. What is it with cable shows that don't have the same obscenity rules as 'regular' TV jamming as many fucks in as they can? I'm watching Taboo which so far is a bunch of men in period clothing mumbling their way thru except for the fucks. It's rather ridiculous. (okay no I'm not really suggesting censorship so much as common sense, where good writers know how to use curses to good advantage for fuck's sake)

They drained 5 tubes of blood out of me today. I'll be in the hospital clinics every day this week. Ah fun.

I got some manga in the mail, two brand new to me (well I had seen Bungo Stray Dog's anime). Looking forward to reading them.

And here is all the cool stuff I received in [community profile] fandom_stocking
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Title – The Taste of Jealousy
Author-- [personal profile] cornerofmadness
Disclaimer – DC/Vertigo Comics
Rating – PG 13
Characters/Pairing – Amenadial, Mazikeen & Lucifer
Word Count – 414
Warning – none
Summary –Amendial learns what jealousy is like.
Author’s Note – written for [personal profile] evil_little_dog for the holidays 2016 for [community profile] fandom_stocking and for [community profile] allbingo for the song title ‘tainted love.’

XXX

The Taste of Jealousy )
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Only light can do that
Hate can not drive out hate
Only love can do that
- Martin Luther King Jr

Sitting down and reading even the sound bites quotes that float around in memes this day you realize what a special man Martin Luther King Jr was, what an enlightened soul. It's a shame we haven't followed his philosophies 50 odd years later. This past year has proven that But he is right, no amount of hate and anger will solve these problems. The anger needs to be channeled into just actions which is far easier said than done. It's still worth the effort.

I can't believe the Snowflake challenge is over already. That means we're already 2 weeks into this year. You can't tell it because it's so flipping warm. The creek nearly flooded over the weekend because of the heat and rain.

I got more work done on the kitchen today, not as much as I wanted but at least it was headway. I finished another round of notes and another two chapters on Blood Red Roulette.

My Steampunk Christmas is not quite 2K long and it has...I don't know hit a wall. I'm glad it wants to be short as my short stories are often very long. I can see this one coming in at 5K. But I'm wondering if there should be an airship pirate interlude before Jacob manages to get home with Al's CHristmas gift? Anyone want to read 1800 words of steampunk goofiness and see what you think?

I got a lot of fun things at fandom_stocking but I'm feeling lazy so I'll link you up tomorrow. I'll start sharing what I wrote once I know the recipients have seen theirs first. (and hopefully no one minds).
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Day 15: In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so

Dear Fandom,

It'll be forty years this summer when I first dipped my toe into your waters and it's been four wonderful decades. I remember fondly your paper zine days and sometimes I miss them still. They brought me to a community of like-minded individuals which I so needed as a complete outsider in high school. In college you and I found other groups of people who enjoyed Dungeons and Dragons, and Robotech and Star Trek and Elfquest and so many others.

You introduced me to people who would become lifelong friends and to those who would encourage me to write my own stories. I would not be a published author today without fandom. It was, at least back then, a safe place, to learn to write, to learn how and how not to form a story. Fandom was as helpful as any writing class I've ever taken. Some of those I met in fandom followed me to my professional writing and that is a wonderful thing.

I followed you online to FFN, to email rings and boards back in the early days, to livejournal where I've stayed for a decade or so. I should probably branch out a little more but these days we're in more of a long distance relationship until I find my next big love.

Oh sure, we fight some times. I will never understand shipper wars. You can like your ship without bashing mine, I swear it's possible.

So here's to forty wonderful years. I'm raising a glass to the next forty because I plan on being 90 attending comicons, just so you know. I'm almost old enough to cosplay Laxwanna Troi and I'm looking forward to it. So here's to forty more.


Speaking of fandom, check out the Star Trek story [personal profile] evil_little_dog wrote for me here !

ETA - Just after I posted, [community profile] fandom_stocking went live. You can see all the great fan stuff I got this year, Lucifer, TBBT & Dr Who icons and X-Files, Black Butler and Attack on Titan stories! See them here
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Honestly I'm so up to my eye balls in start of the semester crap, revising Blood Red Roulette and cleaning up after a leak in the kitchen, I don't have much to say here or time to say it in so I'm going to share the jillion cool links Betty sent this week.

I will say this, as my advice for the week. DO NOT let too much time pass between chapters if you're editing a novel so you can get it out there because it'll lead to confusion, you rereading chapters twice then thinking it's repetitive because you're sure you've seen it before and otherwise will bugger you up good. This has been my mistake with BRR.

Speaking of which I DO have thank yous to many of you and you can read all about it here.

symposium on feminist science fiction

VERY timely for me - 12 authors on how to revise

Perception and pov leaps

What a first draft should look like

The perfect book blurb

Social Media marketing

two hour rule to writing

Another one I really need to sit and ponder plotting the emotional map

Something for the next 4 years How bad times affect our writing


I need to make time to listen to this one Character description podcast

ANother one for me to plumb How to craft a character driven story

Yearly Word Count -


1362 / 50000 words. 3% done!

Splinters of Silver - editing nothing

Blood Red - Edited up to ch 16

Steampunk Holiday - did jack

Haunted Hocking -


1068 / 60000 words. 2% done!

Behind Blue Eyes - back burnered
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Day 14 : Go forth and commit an act of kindness. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it, tell us about it if you’re comfortable doing so.

This was a challenge since I didn't leave the house today and have no real plans of doing so for the next two but I did manage some kindnesses.

1. On livejournal I had a challenge to pay it forward (to which very few responded, heck no one has spoken to me on LJ in a week which is very unusual) so I packed up three items to mail out. That seems like a kindness

2. Under my nom de plume, I participate weekly in Rainbow Snippets where in you post 6 sentences of one of your LGBT works of fiction and comment to others. I almost always comment to everyone (unless I'm having an unusually busy week). I don't know if that's technically a kindness. However, in spite of the rules being you're supposed to comment to everyone (and let's be honest, everyone just stops in and says a few nice words (and on rare occasion a gentle critique) and that's all it is. It's more of an ego boost but face it, writing can be a very lonely venture and this stuff DOES help fuel the muse), not everyone comments. There are people who stop in weekly who have never once said a word to me about my snippets. It's tempting to do the same, maybe just punch the 'like' button on facebook (this is a facebook community) and move on but no, I DO try to say something to everyone because it's the nice, right thing to do.

3. I was kind to ME for a change. I started cleaning out a kitchen cabinet so I can impose some form of order on this apartment because I end up on hoarders. Just looking at the mess gives me anxiety over the thought of cleaning it but depression at seeing such a wreck. I don't even have people over any more because I need to get a handle on it. This was the first step.

4. FB had an option to attach charity donation links to your posts today and I put one up for PCOS awareness (as I have it).


So, speaking of that cleaning, I'm cleaning one kitchen cabinet for the first time....ever I must assume given how much crap is in it (3 opened and half used packages of napkins, a full picnic worth of plastic cups, spoons and plates that I have no memory of buying) and these two items. One is some designer mug (complete with artist history) with my initial on it that I don't remember ever seeing before and I have no idea who bought it for me (my cousin thinks it was her) or why I was keeping it for 'good.' (it's going into the rotation as soon as I clean it). And two of these french onion go in the oven soup pots that I've been begging for and apparently I have. (Again I assume these came from Mom, either hers or grandma's).

Also under that cabinet was an insert for a fryer (which I thought was on the other side of the cabinet more on that later) TWO blenders without a motor (probably on the other side of the cabinet), a little food processor that maybe I'll keep to grind up cat food for fat boy and then there's this. It's not quite a panini maker. What it does is seal the sandwich into a "hot pocket" and toast it. It worked pretty well but I'm not really supposed to eat a lot of bread so I might give it up.

The cabinet clean out and plans of donating stuff ended abruptly I had an older Foreman grill in there and the fryer I planned to donate and...a) the sink leaked into the back and b) there must have been a mouse. The fryer/grill are SO moldy and rusted they're now in the Dumpster. Even after multiple clean outs with clorox, I'm STILL not happy because this is the thing that makes my anxiety go nuts so everything will remain on the kitchen floor until tomorrow when I go to Wal-Mart to get those cabinet liners and THEN I'll put stuff in there again. Note to self: you need more Bleach. Also I found a THIRD George Foreman grill under there still in the box.

I've been trying to be upbeat and not complain but I've had serious tendonitis in my right ankle all week forcing me to take my stupid anti inflammatories that upset my stomach but that's okay I've been nauseated for weeks. Time to get that gallbladder checked again. I think it might be ready to come out. There is definitely something going on in my abdomen.

I didn't sleep most of the night. I tried to go to bed at two (after being up 20 hours), wasn't sleepy, faded in and out of sleep, woke up at 730 when the radio came on, flashing a code I've never even seen (and oddly the alarm had kicked off a couple days ago. I'd hate to try and replace this given everyone uses cell phones as alarms now but I prefer to not have something that leaks EMFs right near my head especially looking at suggestive reports it can cause gliomas) then fell asleep deeply right after that...and slept till 11:30. OOPS.
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Day 13: In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I've been active in fandom since 1977 so I've had quite a few moments.

Like meeting Gene Roddenberry, Majal Barret, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, George Takei, & Amber Benson.

Meeting Maggie Stiefvater last year in Cincinatti.

that moment when Leonard Nimoy friended me on twitter.

Or that one yesterday when someone read and gave kudos to over a dozen stories of mine on A03. And hey the enthusiastic response I got to some of my [profile] celebrate_fma stories this holiday.

But some of the best moments are all the friendships I've made over the years. I've known some of my fandom friends for 30 years (including Paulle who passed away last week). We've been together through multiple fandoms (Elfquest, Star Trek, Buffy and more). two of them have opened their homes to me when I had nowhere to go. I've been able to crash in so many places with friends or hang out with them at any rate (and that includes a few fun days in London).

I've found people willing to beta read my original fiction and can there be better fandom moments than that? That someone loves you fan fiction so much they'll follow you into new territory?

One of the best fandom moments for me happened last year at Animazement where I was the author selling books and someone knew me and was so excited to meet me. It's things like that which helps to keep me writing.


And in real life news...okay I have none other than I forgot my purse AGAIN and lab was 10 minutes late as I waited for my secretary to arrive with keys. I also went out drinking at 3 pm because well, this week seemed like it was a month long. I found out the local brewpub in Athens has something called a frambozen, a brown ale with raspberry and it was fantastic. (the rest of the beers were not good. two were grapefruity and the 11% Imort Ale had a bizarre finish I still can't place. I need to work on a beer journal because seriously I drink so much. But having the bartender know you helps because there was DEFINITELY more firecracker shrimp in my order than normal.

I broke a promise to myself and got 2 more books out of the library (since I have a storage unit to house my books, I made a promise to get less library and read more of my own TBR pile so I can get these books out of here!) But to be fair, I have a weird challenge that said read a book with a read spine an the only one I can see on any of my shelves is one I've read before and AM keeping and a dictionary.... And the other is the latest Flavia de Luce novel and my usual source did not carry it this time. Sigh.
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Day 12 : In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Most of mine will be on livejournal so let me start with the ones that aren't (and most of them I've already given props to in other Snowflake posts)

[community profile] fandom_stocking here on DW is always fun (though holiday oriented, so it's one time a year). And there's [profile] all_bingo which is fun...and I forgot to go check in with I think last round...

And Queer Sci Fi which I'm active in under my author pseudonym.

In fact, in a way this post makes me sad since nearly ALL my favorite fan comms are dead as a doornail except those that only run once a year. [profile] fma_fic_contest just closed up after a nice long run.

So the other places I hang out at are [profile] 12_daysofficmas, [profile] celebrate_fma (which is new to me), [profile] picfor1000 and [personal profile] spook_me.

Locally I like to hang out with airship athena, my steampunk group. I know that doesn't help most of you but hey maybe some of you are in the Athens OH area and like steampunk.

I never really made the transition to Tumblr as I didn't like the format much and most of my fandoms are old. I could use some new ones I guess. It's a shame because I could use a refuge now that my twitter and FB feeds are one long continuous political feed.


Today I got my flu shot then got an email saying Scrappy, my brother's cat was put to sleep. I was expecting it but man it went fast. Two weeks ago another of the cats played a bit rough with her (she was 15) and she went into congestive heart failure. She had surgery and rallied but within days stopped eating and vomited what little she did eat. They stopped her antibiotics/steroids hoping that was the cause but it was not. Scrappy had long blue gray hair, soft as a cloud and tons of personality. We'll all miss her.
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Day 11: In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Honestly for creators you have to look no further here, all my friends I gave props to in the fanfic love part of this challenge. ALl of them do original fiction and art in conjunction with fan stuff. So go check them out.

But if I had to pick a creator, it would be Gene Roddenberry. Now I've already said I'm a huge Star Trek fan. It is by no means a perfect creation. It still has its fair share of misogynism and racism. I think that might have much more to do with producers and censors of the time, if you dig into Roddenberry's life. He wanted to show women and all races working together but that didn't fly with the money men of that era.

With all the dystopias of this era, it's nice to have a prettier version of a future to look forward. Instead of wallowing in what is wrong (and think about the 60s and how turbulent it was.), Roddenberry's creation shone a bright light. Be the change you want to see, that is what Roddenberry tried to do and to me, that's worth 100 dystopian creations.

I wonder what he could have done if he had been around in the 90s with Joss Whedon or today. At least he got closer to his vision with The Next Generation. Much of the racism was gone and sexism a bit better. His creation inspired scientists the world over. You can see the footprints of things we have now (tablets, cell phones, google glasses etc). So he will always be an important creator to me.

It was raining badly inside my office today. Whee.

I'm trying hard not to be in L's play. I'm sorry but it's a 30 mile drive down to where we'd reherease and I don't want that much time taken out of my writing. Sigh. If it was at the school maybe.
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Day 10: In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


It would be easier for me to name the ones I don't like than it is for me to think of ones I do. Somewhere, for reasons I'm not entirely sure of, I started liking the abused/beaten down boy trope, watching him fight back and pull himself out of the horror of his past. There's that and for some reason insane women keep appearing in my stuff.No clue. I try not to think too much about it. As far as kinks go, light bondage is probably mine, nothing too heavy or painful.

I keep forgetting to telling [personal profile] seta_suzume thank you for her delightful New Year's card. I got it before I left PA a week ago but I'm an ass and keep forgetting to say I got it.

I'm just starting the semester and I'm already looking forward to its end. I think I've been here too long. I turned 40 here and now I'll turn 50 and I do not like it one bit. I know life never goes as planned but mine feels so off the rails it doesn't feel like its mine any more, nor is it a life that makes me happy. My world is hollow.

It doesn't help that today I was forcibly reminded I'm so definitely second or third tier in my publishing house it's not funny. Someone wrote our private group saying her editor left the publishing house and who should she choose to replace her. No one has ever given me an option. My stuff has been passed thru 3 people every time. I never know their names (except one) And I'm like wow...I see how very little I count for.

I had a weird dream (been having several but this one is the one that stuck). I was giving myself my insulin (in a room I've never been in before). But instead of in my belly I was putting it in the underside of my left breast but I didn't want to. The needle was much bigger than normal and somehow I messed it up, tearing my skin. the needle came out with tons of blood and pulling fat tissue with it. I tried to get the people with me to help me but no one did.
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Day 09 : Send feedback to two fannish people — they can be anyone you want: a writer who’s made you happy, a moderator of your favorite exchange, a fanartist you avidly follow… There are so many possibilities. Just let someone know you appreciate their work

I did this one better and read and gave feedback to everything offered up this year at [profile] 12_daysofficmas and I still need to do comment to at least a few people at [profile] celebrate_fma

And for the fannish people looking at this [profile] picfor1000 is still signing people up. It's a fun challenge. LJ not required.

I survived Day 1 with only minor hiccups which isn't saying much as I only have one class in the afternoon. Let's see if I survive Wed with back to back labs starting at o'dark hundred.

I was excited however on the way to work. I almost couldn't get out of my apartment and I thought it was the electric company which made me nervous but instead it was actually Frontier cable. Maybe I can get cable internet!!

Have a little something for Professor Snape's birthday

and here 60 some animated movies for 2017
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And I literally have almost nothing to talk about. The weekend has been consumed by school prep and depression.

I'm rather out of topics so if you have something you'd like to see me talk about, suggest it.

The one thing I'll say is this I get depressed that this career is peppered with so many petty people. There's a huge stink going on about bloggers monetizing their blogs (ie. renting out ad space) or authors using patreon and other cloud funding to write books.

I can't believe this is the thing blowing up right now. Bloggers have been selling ad space since before I left Florida and that is like 12 years ago. And who gives a rat's ass if an artist uses crowd funding? Getting a patron goes back centuries, that's where patreon gets its name. If you don't want to crowd fund a piece of art, music or novel then don't. WHy in the world are people melting down about people who do? Half of Jana's facebook feed is posts about this (mostly denouncing the people who are melting down about it). I'm not sure I'm cut out for the drama.

I have [personal profile] evil_little_dog & [personal profile] silvrethorn helping me out with Cassadaga Nights, thank you ladies! I have had to do SO MUCH revising on Blood red that I KNOW I'll need someone new to look it over.

So how about some writing posts.

9 tips for starting a story

the sweet spot for starting a story

choosing a story’s perspective


This is one I really need describing emotions


sounds like an interesting book I might look to see if the library has it to determine if it's worth owning

Power of Negative thinking


Yearly word count. I did par it down a little from last year because I want to concentrate on editing older things and finding them agents etc.


545 / 110000 words. 0% done!

Splinters of Silver - editing nothing

Blood Red - Edited up to ch 10

Steampunk Holiday -


1896 / 8000 words. 24% done!

Haunted Hocking -


427 / 60000 words. 1% done!

Behind Blue Eyes - back burnered
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Day 8 : In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Let's see, this is something I said I'd do more of in 2017, give myself credit, be more positive so it can start here.

1. I'm very intelligent. I used to be able to remember a whole host of details about the littlest things (age and med school have burned out some of those memory neurons). I have four degrees in science alone.

2. I'm creative. I write and have done for decades. I'm now a published author. I made jewelry, less of it now since my hand injury but still. I play sax, clarinet and flute,not nearly as much as I would like to but I can do it. I wish, however, I could draw/paint better than I can.

3.I have a wide range of interest. I can sit down and talk to people about a lot of things beyond science. History, nature, pets, myths and legends, GEEKY crap to the nth degree.

4. I like helping both people and pets. I'm big on helping out children and veterans. SO I guess in that sense I'm kind as well.

How's that?
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Day 7: In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Since I'm prepping for the start of the semester, because I just did 12 straight days of fanficcing and because I've yet to share a single Christmas picture, I went with 'take some pictures.' I promise, they're fannish. (speaking of fannish and pictures, [profile] picfor1000 is signing people up on LJ right now, not sure if they're mirrored on DW for their yearly challenge. I love it).

But if you DO want to read some of my fan fic that I just created, head here. Blinks....99 uses of my user tag in this comm? WHOA!

Mom specifically bought this new tree at Big Lots so we can have our Star Trek Tree. TOO CLOSE -  photo 100_6146_zpsyxduuaii.jpg

Kanda being disturbed by the Santa keeping him from the Star Trek Tree  photo 100_6156_zpsamsmsrbv.jpg

Me & Mom being very meta wearing our 50 anniversary Star Trek T-shirts, with our communicator pins on while holding the Galileo 7 Trivial pursuit ST game while watching Star Trek  photo 100_6159_zpsesctblh5.jpg

And two gifts I bought myself the 50th anniversary ST pins  photo 100_6165_zpspmbivmuf.jpg

And finally something NOT ST  photo 100_6166_zpsgx7ifpii.jpg


And now back to trying to make sense of my edits on Blood Red Roulette. I'm about where I should rearrange it.

And oh the plastic on the computer room window is billowed out almost 7 inches. THAT'S how much it leaks. I probably lose half my a/c out it too.

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