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05 September 2007 @ 12:32 pm
What Is And What Was Supposed To Be  
So the 4-day weekend is over, and the matchup between plans vs. actual was vague, as usual.

We DID go to Marineworld (now "Discovery Kingdom") on Saturday, and I was dreading it for all kinds of reasons (we mainly go for the kids). In fact, it went well-- the crowds were very low, it was tolerably hot (Sacramento was 102, Vallejo about 92), and there were some new things the kids enjoyed. Plus, no harassment on bringing our own lunch in (they changed their policy to disallow that, which I REALLY HATE, and I hate even more the battle over why their overpriced deep-fried/fatty whatever does not constitute food that my family will eat).

Sunday and Monday were eaten up with little things, including bicycling (gah-- being on the bike path on a federal holiday is SO frustrating. The cluelessness abounds). BUT, the rug that needed trimming down to fit the dining room came back Friday, so we did get our dining room put back together and I can get into the sunroom again! Our photos have been held hostage in there since January (can't even remember where I am in printing off and putting in the photo books), and getting at movies/books has been a hassle. Eight. Months. :0

I didn't get to painting the back bathroom until about 5pm yesterday-- whipped through the prep for "spatter proofing," and then set to work on the bulk painting. By nearly 7pm, I had virtually all of the first coat on (other than the tricky area around the toilet, which will require removing the tank) thanks to the handy-dandy paint tool that is probably some K-Tel/Ronco product but really works. It's a rectangular plastic-mounted pad, and it really does get good coverage fairly quickly. Wow!

In other news... I'm hoping to do Sweet Charity again. I'll definitely open up the Beta skills, and perhaps separate out Supernatural and Prison Break as different fic options. But I'm going to wait on the latter until I've finished last round's fic, which is now gaining momentum! Whoo! This is attempt #4 on a story, and I've got one I can carry to the end with decent length. The others will probably become shorter stories that I post at some point. As luck would have it, my winner from last round is not picky and didn't have any specific prompts to request. However, that unfortunately worked against me-- that and the problem of writing longer stories. The Healing, Body and Soul I wrote in the Spring would probably have been a worthy candidate for her, but I just couldn't be sure (it was instead a birthday story for a lovely LJ friend). The story is deep and emotional, but is under 2000 words. *sigh* Those of you who knock out the 20K-30K stories boggle and impress me, truly.

Not biking today because... stupid rassa-frassa forest fire somewhere has blanketed the Valley with absolute crap. Now the smell is leaking into the building. Headache in the future, I'll bet. :(


 
 
 
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 5th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Hey, big long epics are easy when the Gods run with you.

If they don't, drabbles are nigh well impossible
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 5th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
None of them are easy for me! I have a few stories in the 5-6K range, and those took an enormous amount of effort to write.

I struggle to keep the context/mood when the story gets too long. Now why isn't it like that for everyone? *shakes head*
elanurelelanurel on September 5th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
I have a lot of respect for anyone who writes shorter stories than I do. It's easier for me to write something on the long side because I'm not so deliberate in word choice if I'm writing to a word count.

I'm not sure if that makes sense. I'm kinda sick and prone to babbling today. ;-P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 5th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
It's easier for me to write something on the long side because I'm not so deliberate in word choice if I'm writing to a word count.
I've heard other authors say that, but I don't know if it's that or just the ability to write a lot of detail behind a larger idea and still make the larger idea progess accordingly.

I'm kinda sick and prone to babbling today. ;-P
Shrooms of Doom! You should make an icon. :0
Jas Masson: Oopsjasmasson on September 5th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Hee! *saves pennies for PB story*

Also, you should definitely put a word limit on your beta, because, you know, some people might take advantage and ask you to beta epics *g*.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on September 6th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Also, you should definitely put a word limit on your beta, because, you know, some people might take advantage and ask you to beta epics *g*.

Oh, that would NEVER happen.

:0

:D
B: Oops - SGAstrifechaos on September 6th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Wow, it sounds like you accomplished a lot. Especially for a holiday weekend. Amusement park food is an oxymoron. Huzzah for mostly finishing off painting the back bathroom! Forest fires are not of the good. :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 6th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
I'll have to take another crack at that bathroom tomorrow night, since my daughter's having a birthday slumber party Saturday night (horrors) and I want the bulk of the drop-cloth/tape out of that room. The detailed edging along the ceiling/tile/wood still needs to be done, but the rectangular pad lets you get pretty close, and the bathroom is really small.

Forest fires... we have a big one at least every year, and this is in Plumas National Forest which worries me. The place we love to go camping/hiking is in that forest. I seriously hope that area isn't affected, and that they get containment soon. *sigh* The fire starts (human carelessness on this one, I'll bet) and then the wind immediately kicks up and it spreads. :(