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Dept. of While I Wasn't Paying Attention

I've Been Doing Stuff. No, Really.

  • I actually put up my own stocking over at fandom_stocking. I'd filled a couple of stockings (hey, it's fun!) and then figured I could put my own up without feeling guilty. (Yes, I know it's not supposed to be a quid quo pro thing, but I can't help it; I'm hardwired that way.) Soooo, if y'all are interested, you have the links.
  • I've been putting on my Condo Association President hat, and trying to get used to its weight before I have to keep it on, come January.
  • I've been very happy at the DADT repeal. As rm  noted here, it's not enough. Still, I'm absolutely croggled that it actually passed. (And having an even harder time accepting the fact that I have to thank Joe Lieberman at least in part for this. The man makes me break out in hives, but I'll grant him his very rare due.) So much has been written about it that I'll keep my comment to About Damned Time.
  • I finished Chapter 14 of "Hearts and Moons" and will get cracking on Chapter 15. Hey, fellow fic writers; do you ever run into the problem of having initially titled a story something, because you thought the story was going to be one thing - only to find it has turned into something else, and you realize the title you gave it has become less and less relevant, and is now only useful as a label for "that fic I'm writing now"? Do you ever consider changing the title, at least after the entire thing has been completed?
  • I took the plunge and joined the "Nine Verse" project, in which a group of fans of the Ninth Doctor are attempting to create a virtual second season with Nine, rather than Ten, and which is not a re-telling of the existing S2. I am in awe of the organizers of this effort, and want to do my best. That includes making deadlines (ohgodohgodohgodohgod), so the 15th chapter of "Hearts and Moons" may take a temporary back seat, since the next Nine Verse deadline is next month.
  • I've been trying to become enterprising at work. (kaffyr, girl reporter, FTW!!!) With two competing news outlets in my tiny beat area, I'd better do that. Galactic Headquarters recently eliminated more titles, and I don't know what the new year holds for us, so I had best make myself as close to indispensable as possible. That also means I've determined that I need to learn more saleable skills: at the very least I need to learn to take non-crappy pictures, master some very, very basic html stuff, and become less than uncomfortable with spreadsheets. I'm counting on people to nag me about this "learn new skills" by the way.
  • I haven't decorated, or sent out a single holiday card.* We are going to have Christmas dinner with our best friends, and I hope to have little gifts for them and for Bob, but that's about it. Money's really tight, and I lack the energy to do home made gifts, unless it's home-baked bread for folks. Or maybe something with chocolate. Hmmmmm ... all of which is to say that I'm enjoying the holidays on my own very, very small terms and working successfully to avoid both stress and "I'm not celebrating or giving gifts" guilt.
  • I'm also trying to learn a voice-activated writing and computer use program that BB installed on my computer. My hands are going through enough forms of variegated hell that I can foresee days when being able to speak, rather than type, cold come in handy.
And there you have it, and me, for now.

*I got one from time converges, which was a particularly lovely surprise, and I hope to send you a return card from the Windy City.


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Dec. 20th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
Do you ever consider changing the title, at least after the entire thing has been completed? Oh yeah, but then my working title tends to be fairly basic (even crappy... or "the one where" type nontitles :)
Dec. 20th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'm beginning to think that's what I should do, at least for long fics. Titles have always come relatively easy for me, but I reckoned without the factor of literary evolution when something took so long to be born that it mutated on the way out, which is the situation with "Hearts and Moons."
Dec. 21st, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
I find them hard, I can finish something and them spend days fretting about a title...
Dec. 21st, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Whereas I spend days fretting about single sentences in stories - and not getting beyond them.
Dec. 20th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
I tend not to name my fics until I'm very far into the writing of them, and sometimes not until I'm done with them altogether. But that's mainly because I have too much difficulty coming up with titles, so I just ignore them!
Dec. 20th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
If it's a short piece, the full title usually comes as I look at it, newly-completed. That's still the case and it doesn't seem to be a problem. It's just the longer pieces where occasionally, the story seems to have outgrown its original title, like a pair of old clothes. And, in this case, I think it's an object lesson to me in not giving in and naming something early on, just because I think the phraseology into which I've stumbled is cool. Sigh.
Dec. 20th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
I saw your stocking! I didn't know you liked BSG. I'm a big Athena/Helo fan, too. :)
Dec. 20th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I adored BSG, still do. I even loved the ending, for various values of heartbroken love. Sharon and Helo, Caprica Six and Gaius — all of the characters, regardless of 'ship — they were marvelous. And the story itself is mythic. Not sure I could watch it again, because, hey, who wants their heart turned into confetti at every turn, but I treasure it, for everything from the concept to the writing, to the acting and the music (Bear McCreary, FTW!)
Dec. 20th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's reassuring. I'm still on S3, and I keep hearing that the ending is a letdown.
Dec. 20th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Without spoiling you, I'll say that opinion is very divided on the ending. I think folks who liked it to the great extent that I do probably aren't in the majority.
Dec. 20th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yay for enjoying the holidays on your terms and working successfully to avoid holiday-related stress and guilt!

Lovely to read this update, and I also wish you the best on that whole learning new skills thing. We could team up to encourage each other on the html front if you'd like.

You brave, brave Kaffyr, taking on the presidency of your condo association. I am in awe.
Dec. 20th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Heh. I'm not brave, I'm insane. Actually, I only took it because no one else would.

Glad to hear you're doing well, too (and you've put up a tree! Hurrah!)

the jury's still out on whether I can get my considerably disorganized act together enough to learn those new skills, but maybe we can nudge each other along a bit.

A very merry Yuletide to you!
Dec. 21st, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
DADT is such a weird contrast to the rest of the asshat platform that I think the tide of that battle may really have turned. I was dumbfounded when American Express signed Ellen DeGeneres. Their target demographic is pretty literally “Main Street” (if there still were one, but I digress), and here's one of the most famous lesbians in America . . . and they asked her.

As for the webby computery stuff, you have human resources convenient to hand. hint
Dec. 21st, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
You, my friend are going to be asked to check your social calendar post January 1. Depend upon it, especially since Bob has said he thinks I already know more html than he does. Which is pure insanity, of course, but there you go.

When it comes to American Express, perhaps it's a case of their target demographic being people willing to have American Express accounts, with money to use them. The corporate received wisdom appears to be that teh gais have more disposable income than Main Street.

Edited at 2010-12-21 12:51 am (UTC)
Dec. 21st, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
upon further surfing . . .
Popularity of ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal May Have Drawn Republican Votes

There are, in the lame duck session, 11 Republican senators from states that President Obama carried in 2008. Of these, 7 voted with the Democrats to repeal the policy, while 3 voted against it. (One other — the retiring Republican Judd Gregg of New Hampshire — did not vote at all.)

By contrast, right there are now 31 Republican senators from states that Senator John McCain won in 2008. Just one of these — Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — voted to repeal the ban on gay servicemembers. Another 28 voted against it, and two did not vote.

Ms. Murkowski just won re-election as a write-in candidate, running against a conservative Republican. She is the only Republican to have voted both to repeal the ban on openly gay soldiers and to break a filibuster on the Dream Act, which would have provided a pathway to citizenship for some illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Ms. Murkowski clearly seems to feel as though she has license to legislate as a moderate.

Dec. 21st, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Re: upon further surfing . . .
It makes interesting reading, particularly the information about Murkowski, and the point about Democrats being too busy defending their own votes to publicize the unpopular voting stance GOP types made on lower-profile votes. The latter makes me roll my eyes hard enough to throw me out of my chair.
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