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Dept. of This and That

Things I Need To Do
  1. Clean the keyboard. There's ... jam? on the semi-colon key. Eww. Gotta watch my breakfast surfing, obviously.
  2. Head on over to elisi's salon and read her last two or three DW metas. They're always toothsome, thought-provoking and generally rewarding. My head just hasn't been warmed up enough.
  3. Then drop in over at promethia_tenk's place. Because one can never get enough of top quality commentary. Then be on the lookout for more good commentary, because I've got a very perspicacious friend's list when it comes to DW.
  4. Finish a story for work, even though I'm on vacation, because time just got away from me, and it's really just a 20 minute job, and my boss needs it, even though he doesn't know that just yet, and writing the thing should get my poor, weak brain up and running a bit. Right?
  5. Feel good about my hair cut (yeeessssss!) Then wonder just who it is looking back at me in the mirror, because I never, ever thought I'd say something like "my hair's getting too long." Me of the near-waist-length hair used to look at women with my current length of hair and wonder why they ever felt they had to cut it shorter.
  6. Bake the chocolate cake that's been tapping me on the shoulder, conceptually speaking, for about a week. Then make the pasta salad. And then make the mashed potatoes and fish sticks that my beloved has had a faunch for.
  7. Write my own reaction post to The Girl Who Waited, of which I think a great deal. Possibly the best constructed and acted episode in the latter half of the season, for one thing.
  8. Tackle The God Complex and try to control my irritation while doing so. I suspect I'm irritated at it in much the same way I used to get irritated at my First Born when he didn't live up to my expectations. Which speaks less of him/it than it does of me, I suppose.
  9. Drink my tea before it gets cold.
  10. Try to get a few more paragraphs done on a fic I've been working on for a couple of months now.
  11. Get back to Hearts and Moons, fer chrissake!



Comments

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yamx
Sep. 18th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Might I suggest that item number 9 will work out better if you move it further up the list?

Oh, also, I believe number 11 is sort of a precondition to accomplishing any of the others. *nods*
kaffyr
Sep. 18th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
I did indeed finish up the tea, so No. 9 is done and dusted.

Regarding No. 11 ... I have lately found myself fearing that I might have inadvertently become one of those fic writers who starts a long story and then doesn't finish it. That is not going to happen. This story does have an ending, and I just need to look a little more determinedly through the thicket to see it.
yamx
Sep. 18th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
*meeps worriedly* I'm so sorry!!! This is totally my fault! :(

Every time I read a WIP, the writer immediately gets writers block. EVERY TIME! *sniffles sadly* Just as .

I should never have started reading Stars & Moons. :( *slinks of guiltily*
kaffyr
Sep. 18th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
Nononononono NO!

It's folks like you who keep me going!!!!! You, personally, have been responsible for getting me off my tintype and producing the last two chapters.

So, yeah, keep nudging!!!

yamx
Sep. 18th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Oh! *gets a broom and starts nudging*
kaffyr
Sep. 19th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
*salutes*

*returns to report*

I got the first two paragraphs of the chapter out! It's been eluding me for *mumble* months! Thanks!
yamx
Sep. 19th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Yay!

*prods more*
hawkmoth
Sep. 18th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
I timey-wimey thoughts about last night and the next episode (SPOILERS!) here:

http://hawkmoth.livejournal.com/304887.html#cutid1
kaffyr
Sep. 18th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
See? My f'list never disappoints!
cathica
Sep. 19th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
Um, faunch? To have a craving, yes, I understand, but...where did this oh-so-nifty word come from? Is it a combination of two other words? 8)
kaffyr
Sep. 19th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
Many thanks for sending me on a journey with your question.

I realized that I had used the word for years without understanding its provenance in the least. So off I went to teh Intarwebz and discovered, a bit to my horror, that the few places I could find meanings for "faunch" such as here, and here, gave it a much more negative connotation.

So where on earth had I picked up the far more benign connotation?

I did a little more Googling and discovered just what I'd begun to suspect. I'd picked it up after having become involved in organized old-school science fiction fandom (skiffy fandom for short, at least in my head.) Here is the best explanation of the way "faunch" is used within fandom (just scroll down to the "F" category) — and I obviously used it without realizing that it was specific to that one social subgroup.

This provides a fascinating glimpse at one way in which words transmute and transform within languages. For one small group at least, a word that once meant "to rage at" had become "to long for," with the connective concept being, perhaps, the intensity of emotion. (Actually, I just noticed that you get a hint of that in my second link, where a sentence using faunch (about wanting to drive one's uncle's car) suggests the seed of the change.)

I don't know whether it will ever bridge the gap between subgroup jargon and mainstream long-term meaning evolution; perhaps if fans like me use it as I have, it may make headway. Not that there's any reason to hope that, but I do like the word.

Edited at 2011-09-19 07:52 pm (UTC)
robling_t
Sep. 19th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Clean the keyboard. There's ... jam? on the semi-colon key. Eww

Do not try to lick it off. I made that mistake once with (freshly dropped) cream cheese. Talk about eeeeww... {shudder}
kaffyr
Sep. 19th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
*snort*

I'm glad to learn that someone other than me has to battle that instinct; even gladder to know that someone other than me has occasionally fallen prey to it.
promethia_tenk
Sep. 20th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
I have been there too. /chagrin
promethia_tenk
Sep. 20th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
Feeling very flattered right now--thank you! Although regretfully I don't have anything much new up myself--my thoughts just wind up in elisi's posts : ) "Salon"! Ha! Very true--I'm using that from now on.

Shall definitely look forward to your thoughts on TGWW/TGC!
kaffyr
Sep. 20th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
I've found some pretty amazing proof of your DW meta thoughts at her journal, that's true. As for my description, that's really what some of the great comment threads on the best lj commentaries remind me of; the age of salons.
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