First thing on that list tangenitally done; I have green tea to finish before getting on to Item B, because I do not mix tea and math, for they are bitter enemies, and have been so since the time I got so angry at the glitches in the online course that I spilt a mug of it in my keyboard. I’m tentatively considering ressurecting my old standby, the daily roundup post, since I now seem to be...
Guild Wars 2: Final Beta Thoughts
Quickly, my thoughts on the Guild Wars 2 beta I was so lucky to have recieved a code for. I played for about five hours total, and half of that was either wandering about cluelessly (sylvari) or dicking around with K (asura). On the whole, I enjoyed the game and the inventive ways it breaks the MMO cliches, but I did have some complaints. The voice actors weren’t my favorite, and to hear...
Okay, Alamaris. Yesterday you didn’t have breakfast until noon and lunch until six, so let’s start today off slightly better, shall we? Thus, the list: For the love of batman, make food. Homework (*balrog*). At some point before 8pm, mail three decks. Finish that crit chapter on The Taming of the Shrew. Drop some words on Working Name Pending that aren’t completely rubbish...
keepcalmandwearafez replied to your post: keepcalmandwearafez replied to your post: In the… omg omg omg omg omg omg…….. will you let me read it please please please. i am the first fan girl of your novels :P So far Draft #5 (holy crap, have I rewritten this thing that many times??) only has a few scattered scenes, but when it starts gaining legs, you are my number one beta reader! ...
Speaking of music, ye gods and little fishies, WHY do I have a Backstreet Boys cover of a Disney song on my iPod in SPANISH? I mean, yes, it’s one of my favorite movies, and the original song was by Phil Collins so it isn’t as irredeemable as you might assume, but…Spanish? What the wafflehouse was I thinking? This iPod needs a mouse traps.
Mom: You must be writing.
Me: How did you know?
Mom: Because your iPod just went from Adam Lambert, to some American folk song, to Florence and the Machine, to David Bowie, to something creepy I hesitate to call music, and now it's on Lady Gaga.
Mom: And you didn't press skip ONCE.
Me: Okay, maybe I'm writing.
Mom: You have absolutely terrible taste in music.
Me: Might I remind you that I downloaded all that Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga for YOU?
Now that I’ve changed a major plot detail (for, I ultimately feel, the better), this novel needs a new title what does not suck. I’ve been considering changing the title for a while, but this was a good shove toward that end. Time to ponder.
keepcalmandwearafez replied to your post: In the past two days I have collectively written… dang its not Eliseo is it?..that would make me giddy *says nothing* *just grins*
*bashes out another 2000 words* *forgets to eat lunch* *sheepishly makes a sauteed-mushroom stir fry at 5pm* Dad: Oh shit, she’s down in the word mines again, everyone duck. Mom: Shall we sacrifice some virgins? Dad: The way things are going, maybe some virgin olive oil… Me: Step away from the green onions and no one gets hurt.
In the past two days I have collectively written approximately 6000 words on a novel I’ve been trying to finish since two-thousand-mumble-mumble, all of which was just me trying to resolidify my prose style after nine months away from the fiction machine. The scansion ranges from informal modern to high Elizabethan, and my indecision about contractions makes me want to cry, but it’s...
Thoughts On Narrative (click!) →
Also relevant to the things my brain is currently ruminating on is this old post of Sarah Monette’s, in which she talks about the ending of King Lear and the philosophy of blogging as a narrative (just where does one STOP, anyway?). Worth a read.
Haters Gotta Hate
Thoughts on Shakespeare before bed: Now, granted, I wasn’t taught much Shakespeare in school. With the exception of Macbeth in ninth grade, which I remember exactly nothing of, and Twelfth Night incompletely somewhat later, I didn’t take enough high school classes to be educated in his works, and learned to fall completely in love with him only much later. So at the end of the day,...
Liber, Libri: A Contemplation
I have next to me a book. It was published by Harper Perennial, is six years old, and is a standard trade paperback with 360 pages. It happens to be about books itself, and is titled Every Book Its Reader, by the esteemed Nicholas A. Basbanes. I’ve read this book the way most people read books: I opened it to the first page and began. I took it with me from my studio to my bedroom at the...
Thursday, Or The Further Adventures Of Alamaris...
So those 800 bales I helped move yesterday? I sort of lied and sort of didn’t. See, I did help move 800 bales — off the trucks. About 400 went into the enormous stack beside the upper barn. Today involved moving the remaining 400 bales into a new stack, into the loft, and into the barn proper. Did I mention I have no muscles and also I didn’t sleep at all last night, and...
By the by, I finished China Mieville’s new novel Railsea today, and I have to say, after the last few novels I was disappointed in, the man is back on his game, and y’all need to read it. It’s basically Moby Dick except with trains, and if you don’t think that sounds COMPLETELY ROCKING AWESOME then I’m afraid we can’t speak anymore. I had only minor technical...
keepcalmandwearafez replied to your post: This is for posterity, so be honest: Today I… sorry i did not come and help. It’s okay, love! Honestly, it was a HUGE job and I don’t know much you would have enjoyed it — I barely managed to keep up with all the strong people, and I’ve been hauling enormous mammals around for weeks. :P
This is for posterity, so be honest: Today I mailed decks, sorted out business gubbins, did homework, made a library run, did yoga, and biked ten kilometers to help move over 800 bales of hay. I iz dead. However, comma, despite undergoing the most grueling manual labor of my life, I had a wonderful time, and I’m looking forward to being on the baleing team next year. What a day!
pony210 replied to your post: keepcalmandwearafez replied to your post: So I… Be careful doing hurdler stretches. You can really easily stress your sciatic nerve and stress ligaments running across the front of your knee. Picking a better (or two different) stretches for your Quadriceps and Hamstrings is something I would highly recommend. Hurdler stretches can place stress on your sciatic...
going-going-gawne replied to your photo: So while I’m selling the Lazy Afternoon and just… This AND you’re doing push-ups during Yoga (which is the only thing to have defeated me)? I’M SO SO SO PROUD OF YOU. My little Karmonster, all grown up! You can show me your gun show when I get home at Christmas, AND ALL YOUR NEW TAROTS! Don’t get too excited — I’ve never had muscle...