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11 July 2013 @ 12:49 pm
That's the sound I make when I dribble the Whale's blubber while he's lying on the sofa. Not that he has much anymore, but hey—that fatness won't just bounce itself. Mostly. My son opts for "Wubba-wubba-wubba" while doing the same thing. Either way, sound effects are clearly necessary!

Speaking of cats, I think I finally finished the plaque for Tigger's grave. Only 4 tries! The kit for the first one apparently had the instructions for their new version, which is about 1/3 larger. Hence the "too much water" problem. The middle two? Plaster of Paris that canNOT be stirred in the mold, despite the instructions (failure #2), and is also far too brittle to actually move even days later (failure #3). Geez. I'm still letting the fourth one cure (4-5 days ought to be safe enough). At least I can use this icon again without wanting to cry.

I'm working on the first of the two Idol stories due this week, but still have no good ideas for the second one. The prompt choices are, When I Was Young, the email that made you feel like a BAMF, The heart of time, and Smells like rubbing alcohol. I love the third one, but still... WHAT. Any ideas for something you might like to see me write, oh mighty f-list? You've been very helpful in the past! :D

Also still waffling over whether to go camping weekend after next. My husband hates tent-camping, my daughter doesn't want to go, and it's a lot of work. And we now need to leave for Oregon just three days after we get back. Do I even have the energy for this? And yes, I hate the packing/unpacking and sleeping on the hard air-mattress in the cold. But the hiking is wonderful. *sigh*

eeyore_grrl on July 11th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
i'm stuck on a 2nd entry too. my first is a decent draft right now, but finding a 2nd topic to speak to me is proving more difficult than I'd prefer.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Stressedhalfshellvenus on July 11th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
Especially the email one (made for porn_this_way, but not so much for other mere mortals!), and the rubbing alcohol one. God, why not just alcohol?

And how many entries about injuries/operating rooms/etc. do I really want to read? o_O

eeyore_grrl on July 11th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
Strangely the email/BAMF one I got right away, not a poem either. which makes me feel like I *should* make sure the 2nd is a poem. but i can't come up with good prose or poetry for it at the moment.

i'll come up with something, hopefully it's enough.

and yeah, on the not wanting to read gore after gore after gore.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 11th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
For some people. I'll bet that prompt tied to something they'd done or wanted to do. But it didn't work for me!

Have you at least picked your second topic, or are you waiting for something to "pop up"?
eeyore_grrl on July 11th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
i'm going through freewrites on the other prompts to see if something works... clearly nothings gonna pop in convenient time so maybe with some pushing i can get it done.

good luck to you, also!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 11th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
The free-writing is one of the things I do too. Sometimes it works, sometimes an entry about children sneaking aboard a ship gets one sentence in and then you're writing a non-fiction piece about music instead... ;)

Edited at 2013-07-11 08:29 pm (UTC)
Pika the Brazen Ninjaporn_this_way on July 11th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
OH MAN. I am riding the fence SO DAMN HARD about the email one. I have an email. Oh dear god do I have an email. It's a big ol flame that I was gonna post on someone's blog, and...lol yeah. It ended up getting emailed to a friend instead :P

Also! Also! Design Flaw is one of your possible prompts too, don't forget that one!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 11th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
After the Eye-makeup entry last year, I thought of you right away with the email prompt. That is SO well-suited to your style. :D

Design Flaw is the one I'm definitely writing, because it was one of the ones I submitted! I actually have an idea for it.

It's the second, dangling prompt that leaves me twiddling my thumbs. :O
favoritebeanfavoritebean on July 11th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
I have chosen the first prompt, but am rather uncertain about the other. I'm mildly considering 'the heart of time,' because that could make for some great fiction.

I honestly can't remember the last time I went tent camping. I'm kind of jealous. My husband doesn't like it, and we have never taken my daughter camping. We were looking at the map a couple of days before, and I was pointing out a lot of places in Northern CA where I've camped. I kind of miss that sense of adventure. Have a good trip, if you go.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 11th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is that because my family only ever did backpacking, tent camping seems fairly low-key to me (other than the cold, because the Sierras are ALWAYS cold at night).

My husband grew up with tent-camping, so backpacking is unthinkable and even now tent-camping just horrifies him. :(

Now that my office has thrown a weeklong training course onto the week leading up to the camping (including the final day, where so much packing is involved), I feel less motivated. :(
alien_writings: Glowing Brainalien_writings on July 11th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
The rubbing alcohol one could be about...some kind of fantasy world where magical poison mere smells like rubbing alcohol? Like an urban fantasy noir murder mystery sort of thing? Or possibly a regular non-fantasy murder mystery involving rubbing alcohol as a clue/murder weapon/what-have-you?

The Heart of Time made me think of your SATED universe, since the people there are trying to go backward in time (metaphorically).

I would AVOID for When I Was Young any nonfiction stories of your past, because that seems like just such an obvious take on the topic. It could work for fiction, though, with a character who regrets either who they are now or who they used to be. Possibly some kind of story about someone's past catching up to them? Maybe they were some kind of demon in the past and only recent became human or are merely pretending to be human?

The email one could be about a bitter employee who sends an "I quit" email, which initially makes him feel like a BAMF but ends up ruining his life?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
These are great suggestions-- I think you have two people's level of imagination, honestly!

I was completely thinking about writing non-fiction for "When I Was Young," too, so I'm glad you made the point that you did.

Now I'm going to ponder these and see what comes of them. Thanks so much for offering them!
alien_writings: Glowing Brainalien_writings on July 12th, 2013 01:19 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks. ♥

I'm glad I might have been helpful -- I'm curious to see what you come up with, too! :)
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alien_writings: Glowing Brainalien_writings on July 12th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
My weird brain wants to take your idea and add time travel to it! I do wonder if time travel will be overused for The Heart of Time, though.

But now I'm imagining some villain wants to destroy the universe by messing with the flow of time and the heroes have to stop her by travelling to "the heart of time," which is some other dimension or anomaly in outer space. Possibly in steampunk-ish Victorian-looking space-sailboats. (You could have robots and impossible love and inevitable death in there, too!) Or else "the heart of time" is the villain's doomsday device?

Excuse me, my idea-brain is running a bit wild right now...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2013 06:16 am (UTC)
Boy, if only I really knew anything about Steampunk! I can see why this prompt would work so well for your idea. I'd suggest Home-Gaming, if your eyestrain improves soon enough. Wow.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
I believe you can still Home Game! At any time. The worst that can happen is that Gary deletes your comment, and you have to post it on a GR entry. But he'd let you know. :D
lriG rorriMlrig_rorrim on July 12th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
AAAARGH lj just ate a giant comment filled with ideas. Sigh.

I'll sum up, because I'm too lazy and frustrated to type it all up again.

Me? I've got nothin'. But maybe helping you will help me have something (I hope). "heart of time" brings to mind lots of relationshippy things, not just time travel but other wacky physics hijinks, and such. "When I was young" makes me think of things like Monty Python's 4 Yorkshiremen, only even more over the top and ridiculous. Or perhaps a take-down of nostalgia and how "things were better back then" - like this. The rubbing alcohol one doesn't do much for me beyond the usual "weird smells" ideas, like that's the smell left behind by teleportation or the first symptom of an infestation of brain weasels or something. The email one has me mostly shrugging, but it might be fun to play with format and do an email exchange. Perhaps between a peon and someone super important, a galactic overlord or something.

Also, it's awfully hot for camping. Maybe day hikes would be less trouble. And now I shall grump about LJ elsewhere. Sigh.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
I see that you don't like the bulk of the promts any more than I do!

I'll bet you're in a "flat" state. :D I grew up in Oregon and now live in California, and we like to camp in the mountains-- so you HAVE to camp July-September pretty much, or the snow and runoff spoil the hiking.

The days are a little less hot at those elevations, and amazingly, the nights are always cold. As in, a warm night might approach 40-degrees, but your chances of 32-34 even in July are still pretty good. I love the daytime parts of camping, but the nights are cold and the ground is uncomfortable (my husband has always said I was the Princess and Pea type, and it's true).

I'd love to day hike at this place, but it's a lot of work to get there. 3 1/2 hours at best, which is why we tend to camp. Argh. It's happening less and less as the kids get older (though my husband's arthritis is gone now, thanks to a new hip).

If we ever knew our plans farther in advance (as in, my daughter would stop randomly scheduling girl scout camp/volunteer counseling stuff in the summer), I could make reservations at a cabin!