December 2nd, 2014

Venus

Hamster Vheel...

Back to work today, though the break was really nice. I didn't get as much done around the house as I'd planned, but there was reading, there was a little Xmas shopping but not much (very uninspired this year), and there was 8 bags' worth of stuff sent off to charities with 3 more to follow soon (I'm running out of paper bags!).

I got very little done on my Yuletide story. I have no plot and no real ideas, and may have to default for the first time ever. :( I'll give it one last try, but if nothing solidifies by this weekend, I'll have to give up.

I finished my experiment in Tweetfic, but I don't know what to think about the results. There was a story, I finished it, and I managed to keep discrete and (ideally) interesting chunks in each tweet. That 140-character limit is rough! OTOH, I couldn't tag it (because I needed those extra letters!), and the most-recent-first feed format of Twitter means that people have to read from the bottom up. If you post in reverse order, then you're posting the ending first (which does not work anyway if you're writing dynamically, as I chose to). Also, the random comments/reposting was weird. A tweet with "Lexington Avenue" got hit with "You've been automatically entered into a daily raffle for your city, Lexington!". Another which mentioned cigarettes and smoking (one of the few times I've _ever_ written that) got retweeted by fans of smoking. Erm. And the post-fic wind-up got hit with an ad for writing classes. So, all in all... \o?

I didn't watch a lot of movies/etc. over the break. I thought I would, but mostly I tried to read Idol entries (VERY slow, for some reason) and got sucked into online jigsaw puzzles and the like. The ambition, where does it go?

So, good Thanksgiving for those who celebrated?

Venus

Only Tuesday?

Geez, I'm already looking forward to the weekend! Why am I not retired yet? Apart from being too young and having two kids that still have to go to college?

Today is the last day of voting for LJ Idol (the poll is here). Feeling more nervous about that than usual.

Other things I should have done last week but did not: mammogram (ugh), buying new tennis shoes, getting toys ready to sell on Craigslist, and getting the outside Xmas lights up. It's hard to want to dive into that last one, because it takes about half a day (we put up a lot of lights). We may get a break in the rain next weekend, though. Right now, it's a sogfest through Friday. We badly need the rain, so that part's good, but the rest is a pain.

I finished The Spark And The Drive, which I was afraid would turn into a romance at some point... but fortunately never did. Just general fiction. Got kind of frustrated with the characters (ALL of them) at various times, but sometimes that's a sign that they're very human. \o?

I've been reading a lot of Neal Shusterman. I finished Unwholly and Unsouled, and finally got Unwind (the first in the series) back so I could refresh my memory on how the whole thing started. I have Speeding Bullet by my bed, and another book waiting. Plus, I put a hold on Tesla's Attic, which might be children's fiction instead of YA, but who cares? Tesla! And Shusterman! There is no bad in that combination. :D

I read an article from Wired yesterday, on women in technology, India vs. the U.S., that made some good points. Ironically, when I went to wired.com to look for it, I stumbled across a blurb for "National GeekDad Day" (on Father's Day, no less), with no mention of Geek Moms... and comments for that web article are disabled. *sigh*

All right, back to work. At my tech job. Where I am a firmware programmer. \o?