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11 August 2012 @ 11:15 pm
Under the rug...  
I requested a hc_bingo card a few months ago, and I'm just now backposting it. Hoping to do a little fanfic writing again, now that I have some time and mental bandwidth.

One of those things will be the nvrleaveharlan Hillbilly Remix Challenge for Justified fanfic. This is only my second Remix ever, and the first didn't go so well, but I'm game to try again!

HalfshellHusband's surgery went well (the metal plate/screw removal and exploratory pass). His surgeon tried out some new tools and techniques to accomodate the stiff muscles, and got good results, so that's promising. The hospital released HSH rather than making him stay overnight, so he'll get some beter sleep despite the pain.

We have a stockpile of library DVDs to watch, though our living room machine has been committing slow suicide for months. Finished Donnie Darko a few nights ago (dark, unusual, and haunting, but you can't not watch). On the reading front, I completed my books-with-due-dates stash and started in on a Read And Return book: An Arsonist's Guide To Writers' Homes In New England. Christopher already borrowed it and read it out from under me in one day. :0

Olympics coverage on NBC is hit or miss, as always. Too.Much.Beach.Volleyball!!! And in general, more actual events and fewer qualifying heats, please. The first week was full of endless flagellation over Michael Phelps' initial disappointment and Jordyn Wieber not making the all-around gymnastics team. NBC relegated both athletes to Loserpants Village, until Phelps dug his way out and the rest of the Women's Gymnastic team shone despite Wieber's absence. I also really dislike the camera closeup harassment of athletes in moments like the aftermath of being tripped and falling out of a medal race, or punishing failure in one of the gymnastics rounds. Have some respect for the athletes as people!

Randomly, I don't know why white-water kayaking or BMX biking are Olympic events now. Anything that requires that much of a specialized, artificial arena is a nogo, in my book. I don't really think Equestrian events belong either, unless we're talking Horse Olympics. And why is Ribbon Rhythm Gymnastics still around? Or Badminton? HSH wants to be on the committee to eliminate sports from the Olympics, and I do understand the temptation!

I've got some more LJ Idol stories to read, so that's it for now. Bis später!

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Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on August 12th, 2012 10:39 am (UTC)
Hahaha, I don't even write fanfic OR h/c and I kind of want one of those cards. What is with me lately?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 12th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
Hee! You don't have to use them for fanfic-- they're intended to inspire writing.

I generally feel that way when I see a prompt table on a friend's journal-- OMG I want to write those! Lots of those! Though the ordering of the prompts and which ones you personally get always wind up being different, somehow. :0
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on August 12th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm, I write a lot of hurt but not so much comfort. Although I'm writing smut at the moment to distract myself from the whole gatekeepers thing. It is my very first smut and it is kinda awkward but I'm managing. So maybe I could do h/c if I wanted? Haha.
theun4givablestheun4givables on August 12th, 2012 11:06 am (UTC)
OMG why do I want to do a h/c bingo card, too?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 12th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Whatever gets you wanting to write! You can use them for original fiction, too.

Though I see you're still working through a what, 500-prompt list? *gulp*

That might be too many prompts. :0
theun4givablestheun4givables on August 12th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
I saw, I went and looked at the community after I read this post, lol.

Yeah, I've been working on that thing for almost two years. Goal is 125 by Nov 1st 2012. And then at least 225 by Nov. 1 2013. I am tackling that thing slowly but steadily, lol.

It seems like it, but when you have 20% if them down you start to feel invincible. I was working on it throughout Idol, too. xD
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on August 12th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
I have an idea for an h/c fic you can write. Just saying.
theun4givablestheun4givables on August 12th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
You can pass the idea on to me.

There's no guarantee that I'm gonna do it. (why do I feel that the idea is smutty, lol)
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 12th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
that justified remix looks hard! i mean, remixing from three sentences of someone else's fic? good luck!

nbc olympics coverage seems to be a lot of extra stuff and a lot of ads and not a lot of actual sporting events. i admit i kinda liked watching some of the qualifying rounds, tho. i mean, men's diving is men's diving, and i'd never turn down a chance to watch those guys doing flips in their teeny tiny suits.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 12th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
You're not remixing the actual story, though-- you're springboarding off of what the excerpt does for you. Two of the prompts I submitted were not even from Justified stories. :0

nbc olympics coverage seems to be a lot of extra stuff and a lot of ads and not a lot of actual sporting events.
It gets so frustrating. The coverage is better than it used to be, in some prior years (where it was AWFUL), but I think this year's worst addition is the Social Network buzz, or whatever they're calling it. You're actually trying to make news out of athlete's Facebook/Twitter followings and trendings? Most useless thing ever!!!
devon99 on August 12th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
Good news about HSH. Hope he's feeling okay.

The BBC coverage here has been fabulous. Every single sport, at any stage has been available by clicking 'the red button' - which probably means nothing to you - but its fab!! Everything I wanted to see, I have.

I have no problem at all with things like BMX being an Olympic discipline. These are the modern games after all, and if the inclusion of events like this can make sport seem more accessible to youngsters then that's fab! The Olympics should be for everyone:)

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the bbl final. The atmosphere in London was amazing and in the arena itself, it was awesome. I am very sad to see it end, but will be tuning into the Paralympic coverage.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 12th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the game-- and the setting! That must have been a wonderful experience. :)
Danmuchtooarrogant on August 12th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the husband's operation went well! I know that was a major stresser for you both.

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 12th, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks you! He's really sore now, which isn't surprising since they yanked on his muscles a lot to get that metal plate out and to see how to work with them for the real surgery, later. Plus, cutting through muscle. That ALWAYS hurts. :(
Danmuchtooarrogant on August 12th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
"Plus, cutting through muscle. That ALWAYS hurts."

Uh, yeah! *shudder*

Dan
Danmuchtooarrogant on August 13th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Was skimming through some of the writing comments above, and a question occurred to me. Probably a bit pie in the sky, but you appear to do a lot of writing for different communities, so I decided to ask. In your experience, is there any group out there which gives close to the same level of feedback as LJI? I enjoyed writing under a deadline, but the comments I got from fellow writers were also cool. The polls were fun, and as my friend Jem told me more than once, I could be a bit obsessed with my ongoing standing, but with Idol coming to an end... I loved the challenge, but even more the connection with my audience. This worked, but this didn't. Have you found that anywhere else?

Sorry for the novel, and I hope my question makes sense! *grin*

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 13th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Your question makes perfect sense to me!

Unfortunately, even in writing fanfic, I've never gotten anything like the quantity of Idol comments except when writing stories in a popular fandom, for a popular pairing. The emotions/smut really hit home more for readers. Most of the time, you're lucky to get between 2-8 comments on a lot of stories, which is not as satisfying.

I was expecting less feedback while doing Idol, so the amount was a wonderful surprise.

I'm a feedback junkie, so I know why you ask. And if you find the answer to this question elsewhere, please let me know!
Danmuchtooarrogant on August 13th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
Ah, too bad, although I suspected that would be your answer. When I first started on LJ, I trolled a few writing communities, but never once encountered the high level of comments characterizing LJI. Naively, I even started my own community, A World of Scribbles, and although that worked for a time, it has since died.

I confess, I was disappointed to read Gary's Green Room post about not wanting to hand off the LJI torch to someone else. It's obviously his community and his call, but I had half expected him to designate a successor. Ah well... Thanks for responding so quickly!

Dan
Sallyi_smell_apples on August 14th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
OMG I loved watching the BMX! But at the same time I was all, why is this an Olympic sport? Same with rhythmic gymnastics... which was also awesome to watch. But as another friend of mine was saying, if you have that then why not ballroom dancing or jazz ballet?

Man, I think we had about five seconds of beach volleyball aired here :/ The overall coverage, quite frankly, sucked. They kindly aired everything live... so from about 8pm until 8am... but then during the day there was just two hours of "overnight catch-up". And man, when the Olympics are on, I want to watch EVERYTHING! Week 1 was full of me grousing about the swimming finals being at 4am... week 2 was full of me staying up until 4am to watch the basketball.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 14th, 2012 05:32 am (UTC)
But as another friend of mine was saying, if you have that then why not ballroom dancing or jazz ballet?
Yes-- they're more dance than sport, really. And again, if you have to create a bizarrely artificial setting (such as the fake river with fake rapids), then your sport does not belong in the Olympics.

They kindly aired everything live... so from about 8pm until 8am...
Ouch! You're in Australia, aren't you? Sometimes live is less useful than trying for timely. Though, go you for staying up until 4am for the awesome finales!
Sallyi_smell_apples on August 14th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
Yep, Australia - so Beijing was really convenient, and Sydney was the epitome of convenient, and Athens had me getting up at 3am to watch the swimming ;) But this time, I wasn't a slack uni student who could do that, so I very sadly missed all my swimming. And then I accidentally all the basketball because when I've accidentally stayed up until 1 watching the diving/sailing/etc, and the game starts at 2:30, and I'm not working until 4:30pm... why not? OH MY GOODNESS ALSO THE CYCLING. My housemate actually dragged herself out of bed to watch Anna Meares win gold. I'd also set my alarm. Then I accidentally stayed up in any case XD