will talk for food :-)

Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:28 pm
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Just FYI, I still have several open slots for the December Talking Meme. If there's anything you want to ask me, or get me to blather about, this is your chance!

remind me again why I keep writing?

Nov. 23rd, 2014 07:56 pm
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One of the more frustrating parts of writing is when you know what happens next, but you can't figure out how it happens. I am stuck on this point in three completely different stories right now. It's maddening.

At a certain point in this cycle, I give up and start writing complete inanity -- of the "and then they flew around the hill, and Daphne literally ran into a Longhorn dragon, and the dragon went "Rawr!" and tried to gore her with its horns and Apple bravely distracted it while Daphne was frozen in terror, and then there was a commotion as the staff of the dragon reserve saw what was going on, and then the dragon started to chase them and they flew back around the hill, and it turned out all-consuming terror was a really good way to get through a Confundus spell without losing track of what they were doing, and then they were being chased over the lake by a huge dragon and the three male dragons that wanted to mate with her were also chasing them, and so were the dragon handlers including their cousin Alexandria, and then... actually I have no idea what happens next, bugger, I need to outline that."

...

Okay. So that's what happens near the climax of "The Dragon Debacle," just FYI. It's nice to have that on paper. Except I still have to -- somehow -- turn that mess into a scene.

...

*beats head repeatedly against table*
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Summary: Four days after Shadowfall's parents were executed, her aunt Greenleaf cut her finger while chopping onions. Her blood was silver. (350 words)

Note: And yet more noodling. This is actually a stab at the opening of the story proper, though I'm sure it has many flaws I'm not seeing at the moment. I think Shadowfall is about nine years old at this point.

The Scent of Onions )

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As I'm sure you've noticed, given the excerpts I'm posting, I have a much better handle on Shadowfall than on Sunbright. I should work on that.
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First Charing Cross appointment survived as of Wednesday lunchtime! Barrett did an excellent job of walking the line of the non-actionable; he was determined to tell me lots of incredibly irrelevant anecdotes about his time working with youth offenders, but fundamentally I treated him like an incompetent and irritating supervisor who considered me incompetent and irritating, and this worked well. (Case in point: I successfully rendered him temporarily speechless by telling him very politely that naturally I understood that he had to take a conservative approach...)

Outcomes: I now ~understand~ that ~gender neutrality~ is like ~anarchism~ in that it is inherently unstable and will inevitably collapse into one of democracy or dictatorship (YOU'RE WELCOME); I note that "people find it too difficult to present as gender neutral in ~~~real life~~~" is not in point of fact an argument that gender-neutral identities don't exist, and you position yourself uniquely to believe that in fact they do not; "but what if in a decade's time you don't feel comfortable taking your shirt off on a beach!!!" is not in fact an argument against giving me top surgery now; etc etc. Not dreadful, nothing I couldn't cope with, and next time I possibly get to see Lorimer.


My mental health has improved markedly since starting the vitD, which is extremely pleasant. I am so, so much better; it's a great relief - I'm back down to PHQ-9 score of 8 (from 18 when we tested my bloods). (8 is operating-within-normal-parameters for me -- I am scoring quite highly on the fatigue questions because I've had a long lab stint, and have been in work every day yes-including-weekends since sometime early last week.)


The rest of the ten good things! )

Revised Friday About Town Lives!

Nov. 21st, 2014 09:05 am
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Friday, every Friday, I invite you (yes, you!) to share with me key Dreamwidth posts from the last week. They can be one or more of your own posts, posts of others you'd recommend, interesting discussions, linkspams, tiny delights, whatever stands out to you from the last seven days that you'd like to highlight. Assume that I've been away and pining too true and catch me up on what matters to you.

Newcomers, lurkers and long-time commentators equally welcome. See also [community profile] followfriday.

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