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04 November 2009 @ 09:57 am
Happy Birthday to pamalax!  
I hope you have a great day, with as little work as possible, and get to enjoy celebrating with your family!

~*~

Thanks to a brain-parsing problem with the post for the opening-day status of mini_wrimo, I've already screwed myself up for the month. My first day's total will not be counted for the first day, which defeats the whole purpose of a "daily writing challenge." I'll know, but it's not the same-- and this is after 3 years of successfully meeting the challenge. Whee.

I'm not after the monthly word-count, because I've been writing toward a yearly total (with weekly goals) for findyourwords since January. By contrast, the weekly "status" posts haven't been put up in 5 weeks at that comm, so I'm hoarding my numbers and itching to enter them, along with everybody else over there. I used to have a complete week-by-week log of my total, but that died with the other PC. I hope something hasn't happened to the moderator who handles that function-- when someone "disappears" on the Internet, you always worry that it's a literal RL disappearance. :(

The kids enjoyed Halloween, though the nature of it has changed in our neighborhood the last couple of years. There are a few people about a mile down our street who go all out-- blocking the street off and running a Pirates Of The Carribean theme between several houses. It's fantastic! But it's had an unexpected side-effect: so few kids bother trick-or-treating on their own streets that it's stolen the fun from the grownups in our immediate area. About half the houses were "dark", as compared to perhaps 10% last year and maybe 3% the year before. Meanwhile, the "party streets" were swarmed by out-of-the-neighborhood kids, and ran out of candy early. It's odd to see what an unbalancing effect this has all had.

AFTER the trick-or-treating, the grownups watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on DVD. I now see what all the flailing was about last summer, when this was running in installments on the Internet! God help me, I'm also fangirling over Neil Patrick Harris to a ridiculous degree. What a wonderfully bizarre idea, and so fantastically executed. We re-watched it as soon as we finished it, and then worked our way through the ELE application videos and Commentary! The Musical! I really enjoyed the music (I'm going to have to download "On The Rise") and the story, with the bizarreness of the Evil League of Evil and its leader, Bad Horse. This combines some of my favorite aspects of Buffy and The Tick, which was a wonderful surprise. After Firefly and The Dollhouse (and S7 of Buffy to be honest), my faith in Joss Whedon was pretty much dead. It's back!

I also enjoyed Nathan Fillion being pompous and cheesy, which is kind of what he's up to on Castle these days. Mainly, I just find him ridiculously attractive, even when his characters aren't. ;)

ETA: Now with 15% more flailing^^.

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elanurelelanurel on November 4th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

I missed posting my words on the second day and ended up posting them yesterday... And I can say in all fairness that you've had a rough couple of months, too. The fact that you're still writing and working towards goal is something that shouldn't be discounted. A mix-up doesn't equate to a loss of discipline in my book.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 4th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Aww-- I'm sorry you've had the same problem!

I understand not wanting to get a "status dump" of a whole month at once, but I'm finding the new system too rigid for "real people." I pretty much posted daily over the last 3 years, but there'd be those occasional snafus where my Internet access died when it was time to post the status, and so I wound up having to do it later. And what of people who go out-of-town for Thanksgiving and lose Internet access? They may still be writing daily, but it won't be "counted" if they don't post on the exact day. :(

I probably should have skipped the mini_nanowrimo this year, what with all the other stress (and the tendency to get the munchies when I'm up late writing, since ALL my writing happens late at night now). But having done it three years running, I didn't want to back out.

One thing I've noticed in the last couple of years is that, because the time change moved to November 1st (which I'm all in favor of-- I love Daylight Savings Time!), I always struggle to stay away the first week or so of the challenge. :0
elanurelelanurel on November 5th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
It's the vagaries of life. Some days my life is more complicated than others. ;)

I didn't realize that the system was new. This is my second year participating and I pretty much did the same thing then that I am doing now - if I miss a day (which I've only done once this year, but that still makes my success ratio in posting daily at 75%... ;-P ), I just add it to the next day's word count when I post.

I probably should have skipped it, too, but I really wanted to try and get back into the practice of writing every day - I used to write a lot more back in the day. I know part of that was the bipolar thing but it would be nice to feel more productive on the writing front. I figured that mini_nano was for less stressful for me than nanowrimo (though I do have a couple of novels outlined that I could write). I am working from home these days, so I have the luxury of taking a break when I need it. I'm also only working "part-time," which can be up to 40 hours if I am feeling up to it.

I also figured that I could be more forgiving of myself if I didn't quite make my word count for mini_nano, which is weird. I mean, a goal is a goal. Maybe I'm just approaching it from the notion that my body is fighting a war right now and any writing I do is a bonus.

But I blather... ;)

Edited at 2009-11-05 06:29 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 5th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
I skimmed the "update" post, and thought that only the formatting for the word count was new. It made sense (so easy for the person doing the spreadsheets!), and since I put the entry up every night... I didn't count on the first day's post format confounding me to the point that I couldn't figure out where to enter the comment. :0

mean, a goal is a goal. Maybe I'm just approaching it from the notion that my body is fighting a war right now and any writing I do is a bonus.
That's a good approach, though, considering how many life changes you're coping with right now. Sometimes you need "new magic" to deal with juggling new situations.

I am SO tempted to sign up for Yuletide again, but the rational part of me keeps trying to remind me what a mistake that would be (because of the timing- having a writing deadline while getting Christmas ready for the whole family is just stress overload).
elanurelelanurel on November 5th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Well, I can say that I finished a chapter in one of my WIPs thanks to mini_nano - so that, in itself, is a happy accomplishment. ;)

I've been tempted to sign up for Yuletide as well, though I've never done it before. I'm horrible with deadlines. Just awful. And I've already signed up for the fic exchange at spn_het_love because I am one of the moderators and felt that I should set a good example. I'm also fortunate in the prompt that I received because I know the recipient, so I can write something within my comfort zone and be reasonably assured of the fact that she will be happy to receive it. Hopefully, I won't have a repeat of last year...where I ended up finishing my story an hour before I was scheduled to post stories on the last day of the exchange.

If you do decide to sign up for Yuletide, I will have my pom-poms at the ready!

Edited at 2009-11-05 06:52 pm (UTC)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on November 5th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
But are you sure it's three years running? After all, you can't remember how old you are...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on November 5th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Cruel! But not out of line. ;)

It might be four years-- I've done it since it started, and I've made the goal every day each year.

My memory was so much better before I had kids. Coincidence? I think not!