writing

Twice in a Lifetime

 
Of course I ended up going to bed shortly after finishing that last journal entry without having posted it anywhere. A lag time of at least a day seems currently endemic. Did end up staying home. Even managed to get docted - got some advice (rest, lots of fluids, don't fill this antibiotic prescription unless certain conditions are met), and a note of incapacity to work for today and tomorrow. Am feeling a bit better. Feeling like resting today and tomorow will give me a good chance of not...

Desperation

 
I need to write something. That's a small determination within my power. I believe it is? Even though I'm putting a lot of my personal-time energy into getting to grips with Pathfinder and making that game happen I should be able to spare at least some time this week to compose words. That doesn't seem like too much to ask of myself. Next weekend, a week from now, I want to be able to say I've written some fiction. Even if it is only a handful of words. Even if they get deleted or replaced the very next...

Journaling and the importance of ritual

 
The last week was uncommonly punishing. In addition to a recent furor in the Drupal community, several server fires erupted at work, and my best friend’s Dad finally lost a year long battle with brain cancer. The funeral was Friday afternoon. Needless to say, I didn’t do much on Saturday. This morning I sat down at my desk, and tried to sort out what to do with my day. As I have for over a decade, one of my first thoughts was to open my paper journal and perform a brain-dump. For someone that is...

Drupalcorn and Humor in Presenting

 
Yesterday I gave a talk at Drupalcorn about my work porting Flag module. All in all, it went pretty well.  I spent about two weeks of evenings and weekends to put together the slides. When I started writing the session, I was expecting it to be very code heavy, but it quickly became apparent that wouldn't work. Code is most expressive when you have it all in front of you. It's least expressive in the constrained setting of a presentation. You really can't expect your audience to absorb much of...

Something like anticipation

 
Put in my last assignment of the semester the night before last. Not best pleased with the job I did, but at least I got it done. Now I have time to devote to other postponed life activities like enrolling in important school stuff before it is too late (hopefully it is not too late), seeking professional development opportunities and being prompt and organised for next semester's classes. Which are not showing up on the student portal yet, so I haven't yet failed on that one. Also, making...

Wistful

 
Feeling lately I would love to devote more of my time to writing. Wanting to put big chunks of days to making stories and delving into them, instead of just sneaking an hour or two before bed. I want to approach writing as a dedicated craft, I suppose. But even if I did not have a job and school to worry about this would likely remain wishful thinking, as I am rather lousy at time management and would not balance it well with sociality and other things I would like to do - to the detriment of all,

Writing and not writing

 
Conversation today had me realising how much longer it has been since I wrote much. If asked I would have said the last time I got much writing done was 2010, which is plenty long ago as-is. But I went back and looked at my old writing logs. 2007: 49,251 words, about half of which went into writing the only (short) novel I've ever actually done. 2008: 19,523 words, mostly going into finishing aforementioned parody novel and an abandoned serial project from the previous year - should try...

Writing-thinky potpourri

 
Making a character black because couldn't think of a good reason* not to, plus was finding excuses to resist the idea**. While we're at it: more characters with non-binary gender identities and more characters with non-binary sexed bodies, not necessarily the same characters. P. S. Seem to be reluctant to write character + setting combinations which render the character unable to align body and presentation with their own ideals. I don't plan on doing anything to resist that tendency, although...

20131107

 
Been feeling tired the past several days, and consequently not written much of anything. Tired and upset sort of thing. Did have two weeks of being called into the library as if I were some kind of 'works every day' type person. Which apparently took a toll on my ability to engage in much mental activity. Also it has been hot, like right now. So that means my NaNoWriMo attempt so far consists of one evening's writing that fell several hundred words short of the target. So on the 'bright' side I am...

20131031

 
Ouran High School Host Club: Episode 4 “Attack of the Lady Manager!” ... this show still confuses me. Very emotionally extravagant. Whole lot of structured around deliberate sexualisation of men, which is unusual. This episode structured around stereotypes of violently romantically aggressive women. Show seems to revel in the presentation and play of stereotypes so maybe I shouldn't hold this against it. Does seem rather silly overall. Doctor Who S06E01 “The Impossible Astronaut”. I will say...