And hugs and dark chocolate to my sister/beta extraordinaire, imbecamiel , who continually slaves away behind the scenes to make my stories presentable. <3
( Story & dragon art 'neath the cut! )
Really, I think credit for its creation belongs as much to Cami as to me, 'cuz she was the one who helped me sort out ideas. And, she's done some illustrations, too! Seriously, I am so spoiled between cirtholien showering me with her beautiful sketches, and imbecamiel always being so willing to draw me whatever weird creatures I come up with (and make them look ten times more awesome and real than I could've imagined them as looking). I was faltering halfway through writing this when Cami's lovely sketches buoyed me up. :D
( Story--and dragon sketches!--beneath the cut. )
And now I have killer headache, from formatting this, on top of nerves. :3 I'll just go make dinner now...
Wot’s this? Egads! It’s a journal entry! O_O
Blogging/journaling is such a wonderful idea. In theory. I really do like doing it, too, but half the time my ideas for entries come to me right around the time mom starts telling Cami and I that we have to start on chores… By the time I’m sitting down to actually write something, I’ve mulled said idea over to the point where it’s unrecognizable. *looks mournfully at ded and mangled remnants of the thought-that-would-have-been*
So what you’re stuck with here is what is left of my mind after a Saturday of cleaning…
Anywho, I’m off to try and write a little more. And make another cup of tea. I’ve really gotten quite addicted to tea lately. *yum* Maybe I can convince Cami to bake some gingerbread with me, too… *veeery yum*
I don’t know if anyone remembers, but a while back I mentioned having a particularly vivid dream—the closest I’ve ever had, I think, to having my subconscious construct a plausible story in chronological order. ^^
I was extremely excited about it, but unsure if it would actually make a good story once written out. So I’ve let it sort itself out for a while, and now, quite out of the blue, I’ve had ideas coming thick and fast. I do believe it wants to be full-blown novel. O_O Though far from writing itself, inspiration has been pretty easy to come by, and I’m having a ton of fun with it.
In other news: I’ve started recording my mom’s book for her to put in her “booth” at an online homeschool conference. I thought I’d hate doing it (the sound of my voice on most recordings = much cringing), but I’ve actually really liked doing it, and Mom seems happy with it. And now I have to create a banner for it before the deadline too…
The ongoing remodel (of super chaos- and disorder-causing powers): Just the hall (leading from our bedroom to the bathroom and the rest of the house) left to tile. Dust continues to fly, and Cami and I continue to be trapped either in or out of our room these days. But we do have a bathroom again, and it is lovely, which has been a cause for much celebration. Still, I can’t wait until the mess moves upstairs to the next bathroom, and we can move back down-stairs… =P
Heh, me and journals... I always lapse into laziness fairly quickly ("No! You don't say?", gasps the general audience. :P).
Yeah, I'm not REALLY busy in RL, but I've had a ton to do online lately with responding to all the loverly reviews I've been getting for my stories. It was really, really stupid of me to post two stories at once, but I'm almost done with my second (non-LOTR) story. So, a little of the pressure will ease off after I put "The End" to that WIP (I am never posting a work in progress EVER AGAIN). Besides admining for the SNWCG, the LOTR RPG site I belong to is finally starting the game back up! YAY! I'm very excited about that. =)
In other news--I got Lymes disease! At least, it seems probable, since the antibiotics appear to be working. For a while there my left arm/wrist hurt too bad to use. Which is another reason for my lack of presence online lately. One mysterious ache down, ten more to go. But I'm going to see my physical therapist today, and I'm optimistically hoping she'll have found some miracle cure for chronic back-pain (and has been keeping it very hush-hush...for some reason). I'm also going to go see the rheumatologist too, some time this year, so if PT doesn't help, maybe he can... Yeah, I'll just be optimistic. =)
Oh good grief, this is going to sound whiney...but, I'm not making all these physical ailments up. Feel free to plug your ears, though.*g* I'm probably going to need glasses soon! I'd really rather have contacts, just 'cause...I would. But I don't need eye infections on top of everything else, and my Mom's already prone to dry-eye problems, so I'm just not going there for the time being. Sometime, though, I think it'd be fun (in a freaky way) to get those cat-eye contacts, maybe in green.... *bg*
Anyways, that's the end of this hypochondriac’s account for now. I'm sure I'll be back with more injuries later. Hehe...
I really should go on the S.N.W.C.G. and have a proper nail-biting session about this, but I thought posting here would do for now at least... IjustrequestedpostingrightsonStoriesofAr
Maybe it's this latest flamer on FF.net that's got me so skittish (actually, I'm more aggravated with that "person" than afraid). The ugliness said person has created is making me rethink my archiving options, since in addition I’ve been seeing such a general downhill trend on FF.net. Basically...I'm just hoping to have posting rights on SOA, so I have a second option. And I really don't feel like waiting three months to re-submit myself, only to possibly still not be accepted. However, I'm just going to expect rejection (*sniiiifle*), but hope for a go-ahead. If I'm not accepted, I'm thinking I'll make HASA my "backup" archive, and/or Naice a Nilme (http://www.naiceanilme.com/). They’ve been comfortable to navigate as a reader, so I think I’d probably like them as an author.
In all honesty, though, I don't know if I'll be able to kick my FF.net-habit. Actually, it's the reviews I'm addicted too. *hangs head* I guess I've really gotten attached to the readers over there, and I think I'd feel rather lonely posting on some of these sites with out the kind of colossal support I’ve been receiving (I can’t believe, sometimes, how many reviews I’ve been sent for different stories!). But, that's a ways off, I think. I'm sticking in there for the time being. We shall see. Maybe FF.net will get new management (i.e. real honest-to-goodness PEOPLE instead of automated-message-sending-computers. GUH.).
Oh, and, by the way, the swelling starting going down yesterday and my ankle is doing just terrific today. *bounces about gingerly* For a while there, my other leg was beginning to hurt from all the extra use, so I've very happy to have my left one more-or-less back in working order. Plus I don't have to sleep with an ice-pack anymore. *cheers* All in all, though, I think this has been a wonderful experience. An author needs to experience injuries before dealing them out the characters, no? *looks sternly at Muse* Nooo, this does not mean I want a concussion next… However, I will be writing this experience down in my little book of “How to Write Realistic Injuries: A Collection of Real Life Experiences” *g*
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 :).
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.
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)
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”.
(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 ;-) )