nefhiriel: (team coffee)
Well, my world's continued to be rather white lately, and very pleasantly unhurried and uninteresting (hense the lack of posts). However, last night, my mom, my sister, and I went to a "Coffee Class" at our local coffee shop (the same one we go to for our writers' group). 

It was really neat. The owner (our neighbor) showed us a video all about how coffee is grown, harvested, and roasted--I didn't realize quite how much work it is!  Since good coffee has to be grown at high elevation--which usually equals uneven terrain--they can't even use machines to harvest it. The weather is also hot all year-round in the places where coffee is grown, so, even on the same tree, the berries ripen at different times. That being the case, it has to be done manually in order to differentiate... Oye, but it looks like mundane work (I don't think I'll ever throw the dregs away again :). 



nefhiriel: (Aragorn2)
Well, either today is going to end up being insanely crazy, as most Wednesdays are, or else it's going to be completely void of anything. Snows threatening again--lots of it. We got about 13 inches during the last storm, and they're predicting 9-15 (12-20 in other parts of the state) inches this time. So, we might be snowed in again (like it kept us in long last time, lol), and the people coming to our house might be snowed in at their own homes. If the snow isn't too bad, then we'll be having company over this morning, piano lessons in the afternoon, and a church home group coming to our house this evening.  It'll be interesting to see how things pan out...

Shucks, didn't get those pictures I was hoping to yesterday. Maybe I'll have Eric go out and take some after this storm (it's supposed to last into Friday...). At any rate, we'll certainly have enough snow to go sledding on. :D

I'm probably going to post this (or else Imbecamiel will) on the S.N.W.C.G. recs thread, but I just have to mention this fanfic author for anyone looking for a good Numb3rs fic. Her fanfictioin.net pen name is Serialgal  -- she is terrific, and wonderfully prolific (I would give a small warning for some language, though). Cami and I have both been enjoying her stories tremendously.

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I just have a little excerpt from the "American Eccentrics" book (by Carl Sifakis) that I mentioned earlier...

"There is a joy in being mad that only madmen know." - David Wilbur

*giggles (quite madly)*

This time dad was the one giving pointed looks in my direction. He actually suggested I should post it to my LJ, with a little quote by myself afterward saying: "It's true." - Nefhiriel

*mutters* Well there IS this bizarre kind of joy in being...mad. Erm, of course, I'm only pretending. Honestly. *g*

While I'm being random and mad, here are some Mark Twain quotes:

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know.

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.

My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.

Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.

And an insult, also by Mark Twain....

He is useless on top of the ground; he ought to be under it, inspiring the cabbages.


*snickers*

Anyways... Mom has an appointment at the dentist tomorrow, so we're going to town for most of the day (we get to have lunch with a good friend of ours--YAY!). They got even more snow there, so I think I'll try to get some pictures of the "
Minnesota Mountains" (commonly called parking lot snow banks), and maybe post them on here. :)

nefhiriel: (Captain Sparrow)

Snow, and lots and lots of it... Yay! I've been waiting for a blizzard like this all winter, but the weather's either been too warm (thus making our lovely "snow" rain :P), or freezing and not snowing at all. But now we've got  oodles and oodles, and it doesn't look like it's going to be completely letting up until Wednesday. :D The best of it is that it's the weekend, so dad's home, and we actually get to be snowed in all together. If it gets worse, we might not even get in to church tomorrow, so Cami and I'll have to call and try to find someone to take over Sunday school for  us... Bleck. *hates the phone* (Have I mentioned that I have very odd phobias?)

WoOt! We got to see an episode of Numb3rs last night. I loved it but, but I do think we're going to have to wait until we're somewhat "done" with Stargate before really delving into it...  But it'll be nice to have something to look forward to later, and I'm really, really enjoying Stargate. ;)

Well, I'm off to couch-out completely this afternoon, and hopefully get some writing done... :)


nefhiriel: (Daniel Jackson)

Just some random randomness...

- The allergic reaction seems to be going away.  Hurrah!  Maybe I won't be stuck using an  ice-packs when the next cold front moves in.  I'm VERY excited about the snow they're predicting by next Sunday. :D Yay for cold (as long as I'm not sleeping with an ice-pack anymore).

- I'm really starting to like the TV show Numb3rs. Now, that could be exciting, but you see, I'm still formally in denial. It's a phase I tend to go through with every fandom. Right now,  our whole family is really enjoying Stargate SG-1 (a fandom I also went through a phase of denial with), so it's probably not a good idea to "get into" another series at the moment. But--oh!--it looks so chock-full of brotherly  goodness I can hardly wait to see an episode! Yup, I haven't seen an episode yet. These days, when I'm in this particular state of denial, I prefer to surreptitiously go in the back door by casually reading fanfiction, and watching the occasional clip of it on YouTube... I mean, that way it's not like I'm really into it or anything, since it's not like I'm spending any money on it or anything--right? *g*

- We (my siblings and I) watch three kids every Wednesday, while their mom and ours have an afternoon together to talk. Today we're having a birthday party for Keegan, their 6 (now 7) year old. *bg* I haven't been to a kids' birthday party in so long, this could be kinda fun.... :)

So, I'm off to put the candles on the cake! *bouncy*

nefhiriel: (Bruce - Come in Black?)

I've had mysterious problems for several years with pain in my neck (no, not my little brother, he's a sweetheart :)). As a result, I usually bring an ice-pack to bed to put on my neck and numb it all up, so its easier to sleep.

Newsflash: Ice-packs and below-freezing temperatures do NOT mix well.

I really, really do enjoy cold weather as a rule, but the last thing I've wanted to do lately is snuggle up under the covers with my nice, cold block of ice. *shivers* So, naturally, as any (relatively) sane person would, I've only been using the ice-pack when my neck is really bothering me.

Then, of course, I have to break out in this lovely allergic-reaction type rash. (A rash, which I might add, neither my doctor-father, nor a podiatrist, have a clue as to the cause of...) And guess what? The only thing that keeps it from itching like crazy and keeping me up all night is--yup, you guessed it--an ice-pack. :P

And, of course, the rash can't be somewhere like my hand, which I could stick out of the covers without too much trouble. It has to be on both my heels. So now I am sleeping, in the middle of the winter,  with an ice-pack under my feet... Forget those nifty old bed warmers--the ones you fill up with nice, HOT embers from the fireplace? I'm a TRUE lover of the cold. *smiles wanly through chattering teeth* Oye, I don't think I'll ever quite thaw until spring...

*hunches off to find some hot coffee*

Ever After

Feb. 15th, 2007 07:32 pm
nefhiriel: (Danielle)

Ever After has got to be one of the best feel-good movies. EVAR.  I just love that movie...

 Last night, our guys (i.e. my brother Eric and dad) couldn't  stay home for a fancy candle-lit dinner, since they had firearms safety classes to go to. They did, however, leave us girls home all alone, in the nice quiet house, to eat chocolate and watch Ever After... *sighs contentedly* How's that for a present? :D

That movie seems to leave me grinning no matter how many times I watch it.  I think they did such an excellent job of making Danielle spunky, but not too spunky. *suffers from accute Mary-Sue paranoia*  The only thing that really bugs me, is the part where she rescues herself. I think it would have felt "right", and overall more satisfactory, if they'd allowed Henry to actually rescue her... But the general wonderfulness of the movie more than makes up. :) Some of Danielle and Henry's witty repartee reminds me so much of conversations between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. I think the brilliance of the dialogue is one of the things that sets it aside as one a really good romance. (Not to mention that it's a clean romance--a rare find.)

What a perfect end, though: "Yes, they did live happily ever after--but the important thing, gentlemen, is that they lived..." 

nefhiriel: (Insane Mind)

My last rant bout punctuation reminded me of a ridiculous (but, in my opinion, hilarious) song. I heard it a number of years ago, but every once in a while when I’m struggling with punctuation, the chorus to this song will come popping into my head. To get its true effect, you really have to hear this one sung, but I thought I’d post the lyrics anyways. ;D Runs as follows:

Well, come along boys and have a glass of cider,
I’ll tell you what it’s like to be a freelance writer.

Comma tie yie yippy
yippy yay yippy yay
comma tie yie yippy semi-colon.

Well, writing is easy and the money is great,
But it’s hard to know how to punctuate.

Comma tie yie comma
yippy quote yippy quote
comma tie yie parenthesis yippy parenthesis.

Well, I’ve written great stuff, editors reject,
Brilliant work, but it wasn’t correct.

Comma tie yie comma
dash yippie yippy dash
yippie tie yie comma yippy period.

 -         Garrison Keillor

 As much as I love that song, I really don’t quite get the middle section: “…writing is easy and the money is great…” Am I missing out on some widely known writer’s trade-secret? For me, writing is a love-hate relationship. I love it too much to give it up, but spend most of my time wondering WHY ON EARTH I keep doing this to myself—voluntarily, no less! Maybe Mr. Keillor never truly experienced the agony of being a Starving Artist, eh? Being the renowned comedian he is, I can see how he’d be under the impression that “the money is great”… I’m have yet to get there, myself. *grumble grumble* :)    

nefhiriel: (Coffee World Ruler)
Ah, the sad tale of a dyslexic blond...Meh.  I'm taking this HTML/Web design class online, and I'm really enjoying it. But I keep leaving something in that's not supposed to be in, or leaving out something that  is supposed to be in. *headdesk* Every time I send in my homework, I  check and re-check it to make sure everything's right...but it never is! *crosses fingers* I just sent my latest homework in--only this time I used an HTML validator on the program I downloaded. So, yay! Three cheers for the blond who's (hopefully) got it right this time :D

Oh...did I spell dyslexic wrong? :-P

- Nef teh ditz :)
nefhiriel: (Aragorn2)

I'm so excited! *bouncy*

This morning I went to the "Creative Circle" I go to every second Monday, that meets at a cozy little local coffee shop not five minutes away from our house. Although the conversations are always interesting, and often inspiring, I run into the same brick wall I always run into while talking with other writers in "RL": they haven't a clue what fanfiction is. Usually, in addition to not knowing or caring much what fanfiction is, other writers I meet usually aren't much interested in fantasy, either--which happens to be my other, and inter-related, writing love. Needless to say, it's always disappointing to be unable to find a kindred spirit with which to chatter.  *sniffle*

BUT... At this latest meeting, I actually met someone who introduced herself to the group as... *drum roll* ...a FANFICTION author! *faints from the shock of it* I've never met anyone in RL who actually writes fanfiction :D Imbecamiel and could scarcely contain ourselves until the meeting was over. Once it was, we got to chatter with our fellow fanfiction writer to our hearts' content...

In addition, I recently heard that one of the guys at our church is writing a fantasy novel of his own (he's a Tolkien and C.S. Lewis fan, so I can only imagine where he got his inspiration *g*).  I have yet to interrogate him, but....one of these days I may actually have someone to chatter with over fantasy writing as well. *squee*

- Nef (who's had waaay to much coffee and sleep this morning :D)

 

 

nefhiriel: (Default)

Punctuation never ceases to confuse me. Colons and semi-colons, ellipses... And then, of course, there are dashes--as apposed to captions (sometimes  I  just can't make my mind up). And don't even get me started on exclamation point abuse!!!

My ever-patient sister/editor has explained all these concepts to me on more than one occasion, and I think I've made some progress with commas--and even begun to get my dashes sorted out--but the concept of the semi-colon still eludes me. 

However, I think I may have found the solution to end all my punctuation problems once and for all. I'm tempted to use this solution on this very post, and thus avoid any embarrassing fumbles. Hmm...maybe an explanation first, would be better.

Our family loves to read together at night. We pick out a good book, start a fire in the fireplace (now that we have one), and dad reads aloud while we work on various art projects. The other night, we started reading a book called "American Eccentrics" by Carl Sifakis. It’s really quite fascinating, though my brother and sister do tend to smirk and cast side-long glances at me every time we start reading it. It’s like they think I belong in there somewhere with all those odd-balls. Go figure.

Anyways, on with my solution… In a recent chapter, we were introduced to a man named Timothy Dexter, who lived from 1747 to 1806. I won’t go over most of his very bizarre and eccentric life, but there was a section at the end that caught my interest. Everyone else laughed, but actually…I think he might there might be something to his idea. You see he wrote a book, but his punctuation (among other things) was atrocious—practically non-existent. His solution? Let me quote it for you from the book: “Dexter answered complaints about his lack of punctuation by appending to the second edition a full page of commas, periods, question marks, and exclamation point for his critics so ‘they may peper and solt it as they plese.’”

Ingenious, don’t you think? I wonder what my readers would think if I tried that out on my next fanfic post. I’m guessing either they’ll agree that Dexter’s idea was brilliant…or maybe they’ll just agree that I do belong in that book along with the other “eccentrics”.

- Nef

(Note: For anyone interested in reading “American Eccentrics”, I would add a note that there are some sections that we’ve skipped due to content ;-) )

Hey :-)

Feb. 9th, 2007 01:17 pm
nefhiriel: (Default)
Well, first post here... And I don't know what I'm doing at all. *g* Good thing no one knows me on here yet--maybe I'll actually have things figured out by the time someone comes stumbling across one of my posts, LOL

Today I'm going on lots of coffee, and very little sleep (not that is shows), so I think I'll go work on something that requires a little less intelligence, for the time being...

But yay! Now that I've formaly finished my first post, the randomness can ensue next time. *eg*

- Nef

P.S. On the (very) rare chance that one of my readers should see this in time, I do plan on updating The Weight of Power either later today, or tomorrow morning ;-)

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