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12 April 2011 @ 11:47 am
God, the LJ outage thing is really pissing me off. I've missed my wordcount updates 2 weeks in a row, and had to post the Thursday crack_impala edition late. Plus, nobody can read fic, comment on fic, or reply to comments (depending how far you've made it through the process). We've had almost two weeks of this now!

I finished off the taxes this weekend (final review—they were actually done 2 weeks ago), so that's one headache gone. Next week we'll be at Disneyland, so I'm crossing my fingers against rain. *hopes*

I cleaned up about half of the garden this weekend (not the yard—just the garden area). Pruned stuff back, removed the dead parts of the strawberry plants (which are sprouting some freaky-furry berries already), and planted my cherry tomatoes. Bought more Easter candy to replace what I keep eating (kill me now). We also finished S2 of Dexter (no more live-streamed Netflix episodes—now we have to order the disks. *sob*), and watched about 4 episodes of Zeroman (an animated series featuring Leslie Nielsen as a somewhat dim superhero). You can see why I'd have rented that last one, which sounds kind of like Leslie Nielsen as The Tick. It has a LOT more bathroom humor than I'd like, which crowds out the other humor. But still—Leslie Nielsen! His animated hero looks just like him.

I have utterly failed at posting poetry this last week. I thought I was going to put up "Who Is Setting These Priorities?" by Ntozake Shange, but I'm not sure anyone would like it but me. It's more prose than poem, and it's political and wry, and I suspect most people just wouldn't "get it." Then I read through "Being There" (a book of poems by Robert Penn Warren) and wondered why I'd ever bought it. I also seem to have lost my T.S. Eliot book... :(

I'm behind on silverbullets entries, and need to get caught up. Some of the ones I read before LJ went absentee weren't terribly schmoopy, which was too bad. There were some that were porn but not schmoop, and some that were Gen but kind of dry. Someone even posted a threesome, which is ANTI-schmoop for me, so I have no idea whether it worked as schmoop for other people or not. But since I live in hope of more schmoopy joy, it's sure nice to have a potential repository for it (not to mention a comm that basically instigates it. Whoo!)

And on an entirely different note, I'll link you to what Rolling Stone has to say about Charlie Sheen. I swear this will be my last Charlie Sheen reference! Probably.

sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: PB: ZOMGbadboy_fangirl on April 12th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
OMG, that Rolling Stone piece is BRILLIANT AND EPICALLY RIGHT!. I agree with every word of it (including the dis to Tom Cruise who is just as crazy, just not strung out on drugs because of his religion). Wow. What an honest rendition of a situation. Thanks for the link.

If you find more stuff like that, I hope you renege on your promise! :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on April 12th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
Wasn't that hilarious? (especially the sideways dig at Tom Cruise, and the respectively similar mediocre talents of Sheen and Cruise, which Cruise has marketed better).

I also can't disagree with the main premise, which is that staring failure in the face and calling it "Success" is what America is all about!

Not necessarily in a good way, but definitely in an American way. ;)
Sianne: Dean Hand/Ringsi_star_x on April 12th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
I think people view schmoop differently, y'know? I haven't liked all of the silverbullets fics, but it's a great way to pretty much get a new fic every day with the potential of something amazing come out of it. \o/
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on April 12th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
I think people view schmoop differently, y'know?

Oh, definitely. My worst fear, rather than that something 'misses' on being schmoopy, is that the story might be goopy instead. Because some people's idea of schmoop is my idea of "too much," and my idea of schmoop might be too much (or not enough) for others!

I love the new-fic-a-day, though I can't tell how well that's going. We've had a lot of "passes," and sometimes the turnaround time on those goes on for awhile. LJ's issues have made that hopelessly hard: "I can't read my f-list. Nobody can. I wonder if I got tagged? I wonder how long until I know whether I got tagged?" o_O

I hope I'll be able to get back in there to do some more reading before LJ goes out again. I sure wish they'd beef up their security and fix this. Yark.
Sianne: Cas Halosi_star_x on April 12th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there were a couple of passes in a row which did take a couple of days out of it, and then somebody got tagged and didn't reply so the mods had to re-tag somebody else, so that was another day. Luckily I was tagged on a day when LJ was mostly-functional and one of my IM friends poked me to let me know. I was so tight on time but I didn't want to pass. It was Friday night and I had a party on the evening and work all Saturday, but I did it, and it was generally well-received so I didn't mind.

I didn't even really know what schmoop was until I joined the tag list. It's a fun community though, and like you, I wish LJ would buckle up. I know a lot of people are heading over to DW and such, but it's not bugging me to that extent just yet. I'm relatively new to LJ in the wider scheme of things so I'll stick by it this time.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 12th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
I think the IM thing works best. A friend emailed me to let me know, and thank goodness-- I might not have checked LJ for hours and realized I was "it" for the day! But the comm is oriented around the "passive notification," so most people don't really know unless by chance. I did PM the person I tagged, though. :)

I have an account on Dreamwidth too, but I'm not really active over there. I post stuff up, but I don't crosspost fic to any comms and my f-list is fairly tiny, so there's very little interaction over there at all. Which does not motivate me to spend more time over there, really. So I'm hoping LJ beefs up their security soon, and we can crawl out of this mess. Sheesh.
Siannesi_star_x on April 12th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
I just checked back at the comm, I'd forgotten you were first! That was such a huge responsibility to be thrust upon your shoulders. I decided to tag one of my friends, so I just sneakily told them to read the fic and they discovered their fate. *Grin*

If LJ went down for days (touch wood) then I'd consider pulling up an account somewhere else, but otherwise... I'll stick to LJ for a while. I'm still getting occassional error messages today, which although annoying isn't having too much impact on my LJ experience.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 12th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
I tell you, after struggling to write any form of SPN fic for over a year (one longer Wincest story in S5-- one!), it was an utter shock to be called up first.

As in, I was hoping the comm would help me get my mojo back via reading. I didn't expect to be called on to produce out of that year-plus funk. o_O

I'm glad you alerted your friend-- that totally helps! I kind of wonder what people think who don't get notified in time. I'll bet *FLAIL* is the overwhelming reaction. ;)
Siannesi_star_x on April 12th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
That's the beauty of these challenges; they poke and prod and force you into writing. You signed up which was the first step, and then the community had its way with you. When I have a fic that's just "in-progress", I tend to amble along, write a couple of words each day. When challenges/comms happen it's all systems go and something has to come out.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 12th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
It's true! It definitely worked for me, and nothing else did. :D
I'm beginning to dislike the man with the whipesorlehcar on April 12th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
That was a great article, wasn't it? I spent a week or so following the Sheen thing a lot more closely than I'd like to admit, and this was by far the best summation of the situation I came across.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on April 12th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
It was really concise and well-written, and snarky to boot (yay, snark!)

Just in case you might have missed it during your detour into the madess of Charlie Sheen, I can also recommend the Cakewrecks entry on him.
dragontattdragontatt on April 12th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
The LJ thing is really bugging the hell out of me...it seems so random whether it's gonna work even when it's "up."
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diana Judges Youhalfshellvenus on April 12th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Me too, and "random" is the word for it. It seems to go south in the evenings a lot, at least in my time zone, and that's one of the few times I'm normally able to cruise through my f-list!

Stupid Denial-of-Service. I guess you can take the "Union" out of the Soviet Union, but it's harder to take out the "Soviet" part. :(
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: Leverage - OT3embroiderama on April 12th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
I can see threesomes as being schmoopy only in certain circumstances, such as two people working together to comfort the third, where it's more about emotional stuff than sex. But OMGPORNYYAY threesomes don't tend to be schmoopy. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 12th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
As soon as the sex comes into it, it all becomes depressing and 'wrong' for me. Threesomes are definitely about the sex for most people.

But if you thought threesome schmoop was really possible, then I could see that working if it was written well.

Why can't I figure out who's in your icon? Is it for Leverage or something? Because it looks like some not!AnnaTorv and Chris Kane and, well... Mr. X (Rufus) from here. :0
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: Leverage - OT3embroiderama on April 13th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's Elliot, Parker and Hardison from Leverage.

Anyway, I've read a few (and written one, I think) stories that have that schmoopy threesome vibe. Like, in J3, maybe Jeff's exhausted/stressed/whatever so Jared and Jensen take him home and tag-team comfort him with bonus sexing up. Which is pretty much what I wrote, but I stole the idea from stories past.