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May. 2nd, 2014

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BookCon

At the end of May, the last day of May, there is to be a BookCon at the Jarvits Center in Manhattan.  Good things about this: I love books!  I am writing books!  I no longer have to work Saturdays!  Cary Elwes will be there!  I could "network" with publishers!  Bad things about this: It costs money (but it's only $35, and I'll be making more, so that's not so bad).  It's my dad's birthday.

And that's really the worst of it.  It's my dad's birthday.  I superduper, really really wanna go to this.  Sadly, I have not heard of any of my favorite authors being there (poop) (and I don't care about Cassandra Claire - after the whole incest thing I was kind of done with her books), but it's still a convention about books!  It goes until 6, so I've been trying to see if we can go out for Dad's dinner a little later and maybe have it be a little bit closer to the city.

But then Mom asked my brother about coming up for Dad's birthday, and he's a little hesitant, saying it would be easier if it were earlier and a little farther south.  Aaaarrrggghhhh! *tears out hair* Obviously Mom didn't mention to him about my plans.  Yes, I haven't bought the tickets yet, as Malinda and I are still hemming and hawing over it.  But the panel schedule is up now, and there's a panel called "What I wish someone had told me when I first wrote a book" or something like that, about marketing and selling your first novel.  I thought it would really help us.  Plus, there's a panel about Cary Elwes's new book that he wrote about being in The Princess Bride, so that looks cool.

Currently, my thought is maybe we could just have dessert with Dad.  I'd give him his present then. *sigh* Why did this have to be the same day as Dad's birthday?!  I feel bad at the thought of skipping out on him for this, but then again, this is a BookCon, and I am a writer who writes books so...  It's like a career thing? *sigh* I can never win, can I?
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Apr. 30th, 2014

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OMG PONIES!



Camilla Dynasty's newest little pets.  Holy crap, I want one!  They're just a little bigger than the Wong kitties, which is pretty small, but I wonder if Poppy or any of the PKF could ride it?  You know what, I don't care, and I want the saddle.  This...this is perfection.  It comes in black and white, but I want white.  Damn it, and I was planning on buying either Walter's body or two minifee bodies.  Something to plan for.  The Wong's are still around, so hopefully this little guys won't go anywhere.

Oh, and I obtained a mnf DES head today from Malinda.  She decided to part with it and I'd wanted one for Zevra's little sister, so...  Ah, yet another mnf head sitting around waiting for a body.
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Apr. 28th, 2014

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Weird School Dream

I have been out of school for more than a decade.  No idea what this dream means.  But apparently I was in class.  But wait, first the dream starts with me on some kind of family vacation, I think.  Some place warm and nice and beachy.  I'm just hanging out and having fun.  Can't really remember much of this leg of the dream.  I think at one point I remember I have some kind of assignment I was supposed to do for this class I had.  No idea what the assignment was officially, but I think I ended up filming a goose or something.

I also seem to remember playing around with wigs for Yaazi - putting her in some really dark pink wig - but I'm not sure that this was part of the main dream.  I think Yaazi's head was smaller than usual...

Anyway, I film this goose.  My brother might have been there.  Then again, it might have been just a small child.  Maybe I was younger, too?  I thought I remembered some kid running around.  But I feel pretty pleased with myself about having finished my assignment.

Then I have to go to class.  No idea if it's the next day or what, but obviously after whatever vacation.  It's time to turn in the assignments.  In the class is also Malinda!  I have no idea if this is supposed to be a high school class or a college class.  I think I'm pleasantly surprised to see her, but at the same time, I expect to see her.  Like maybe I'm pleasantly surprised she decided to take a class, but that it's been a while since it started so I expected her to be there.  Anyway, as part of the assignment, there was some kind of drawing aspect - I guess on the paper for the assignment we drew our idea as to what the film should look like or something.  We hand these papers in to the teacher, who I think looks like one of my old floor managers from Target who left around Christmastime.  Very sweet.  Then again, she could have been some kind of mash-up between her and my bell choir instructor from college.  For some reason, my brain was flipping between the two of them.  Probably because they're both blond.

Although I don't remember giving the teacher my film, she must have gotten it as she starts playing everyone's short films.  And...I feel like crap.  Everyone's films look pretty damn incredible.  They're all these existential, experimental looking films with deep meanings behind them.  I know at least one of them looked like they had some kind of galaxy/big bang burst of stars as part of their presentation.  Again, I have no idea what the original assignment was!  For all I know it could have been - film something on your summer vacation.  No idea.  A lot of them look like those educational videos they used to show to you when you were in school - the ones that looked like they were forty years old or something.  Like from the 60's and all blipy and skippy and with those weird voice-overs of someone sounding all smug and smart (but inevitably come across as old and racist, lol).  Granted, while those old films were heaping piles of crap and awful (MST3K has made fun of plenty of them), it was still better quality than the goose film I had.  I'm starting to freak out a bit.  Had I not done enough with my film?  (I think, ironically, I might have been in a film class.  But I think this knowledge is only revealed as the films start playing.)  Malinda, too starts getting nervous.  I have no idea what her film is about - I don't think she told me - but I don't think it was up to the same quality of everyone else's, either.

We have to sit through a bunch of these.  One has a pair of guys talking, but I don't remember what they were talking about.  I'm sure it was some kind of big themed issue, some important idea.  All I had was a goose.  Malinda and I continue to get nervous.  Eventually, class ends and I think it was down to just me and Malinda's films that hadn't been watched.  We had been saved, this class, from having to watch our inferior videos alongside everyone else's much more impressive films.  We're still nervous, but at least we have a reprieve for now.
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Feb. 5th, 2014

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Flashback to '96

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So that's what's been going on right now.  I've got a few dolly bits of news - got a new girl, a MNF Lishe on a C-line body.  She's my Gervase and she looks freakin' awesome.  I went out and took a few snow pictures with some of the kids.  It's been really pretty with all the snow, but damn if I'm not getting tired of all the shoveling.  It's like freakin' 1996&1997 out there!  Yes, another '96 reference.  There was a big blizzard on January 7th, 1996, which I already referenced, but I remember there being a lot of snow back in the 90's.  Way more than we've had the last ten years or so.  This is a little more like the winter I grew up in.  Not sayin' that I'm particularly excited about it, shoveling sucks and I don't even get to go sledding anymore, but it's pretty - most of the time.  Today is all gross and icy and slushy, so not quite as pretty as Monday and yesterday when the snow was all fluffy and powdery.  I got a few pictures of the pretty snow before it went away under all this ice.  Haven't had a chance to take a look at it yet, though.  I should have taken some pictures of Xu in the snow - he likes the snow.  And Teddy - my little wolf boy would be adorable in the snow, I'm just worried about his little feet.

I've also been watching really, really old MST3K episodes, all the way back to '87!  Slowly the episodes got funny, as there wasn't as much riffing in the beginning.  Wasn't that funny.  But now I'm on season 2, Kevin Murphy is the voice of Servo and Mike Nelson is one of the head writers.  Joel is still the lead and I have three more seasons before Mike takes over.  Joel's ok, and he's funny enough, but he's a little too easy-going with his predicament and Mike was always much funnier.  But it's been fun watching these old episodes, and even just as interesting watching horrible movies.  It's always interesting watching horrible writing, as it's just as good a teaching device as reading a good book.  I can see what the writer's did wrong and what was cheesy and say "I'm not going to write things like that".

But hopefully I can get things done in time for my hardcover.  If only I could stop playing Warcraft long enough to get some writing done. lol

Nov. 28th, 2013

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SC, Book One: Life's Bazaar, Chapter Thirteen: Forge

Figured it's been long enough for the next chapter.  A little Thanksgiving's Day treat.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

I posted this on Facebook, but I figured it was worth posting it again here.

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Today is the day we give thanks to all that we have in our lives, for our families, for realizing all the good we have. It's a time to spend with loved ones and friends. It's a day to slow down and not worry about all the hustle and bustle or our daily lives and enjoy tome with people we care about and who care about us. It's turkey day, and whether we never get a chance to have a meal with our family the rest of the year, we get the chance to finally sit down together and enjoy each other's company.

It is not a placeholder for the Christmas season. It is not only here to remind us of Black Friday specials. On this Thanksgiving, I ask you to stay with your families and continue to enjoy their company. Too many stores this year are opening on Thanksgiving day, taking their employees away from their families only to have them work. Masked as a "convenience" for their customers, these stores don't care enough about their employees to give them the day to spend with their loved ones. For those of you who see this, for those of you who care about your own families, I ask that you please not shop at these stores today. It's not worth leaving your families and it only encourages these companies to continue denying their employees their time with their families in future years. Don't let Thanksgiving become a day of sales and the holiday as we know it to die. Keep Thanksgiving the way it's always been. We shop enough as a culture the rest of the year. For one day, we can take time away from all that and just have a day with loved ones. Don't let commercialism take away this time from us.

Know that I love you all, and I am thankful for you all being in my life and touching my life in profound ways. Have a great day and eat until you explode!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Nov. 21st, 2013

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Restringing Woes

I really miss my string puller.  Makes doing tightening and sueding so much easier.  Gotta figure out where else I can buy one as I don't think I'll be buying from Soom anytime soon.

On the upside, Malinda's Mei is nicely tightened and sueding and may be going to a new home with a young girl who will love her.

That, and my Soomlings will be less kicky.  If all goes well.  I'm going to wait until they're all done before I do a group photoshoot.  Hopefully less toppling that way.
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Nov. 20th, 2013

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Ten Days to Spare?

Holy crap!  I've done it!  I've actually finished and won Nano!  50k today!  I had hoped that by how well I'd been doing at the beginning of the month I'd have gotten here a few days ago.  Life got in the way, as usual, and of course there were moments of slackage and brain not functioning.  But I'm there.  I did it.  With ten days to spare and to spend continuing the story until I reach the end - or to do a little sewing, maybe watch a few tv shows I've neglected (I do have season 5 of NCIS on loan from the library at the moment).

In any case, I think I'm going to give myself a much needed break to get some lunch and watch an episode of something before I dive back in, see how much else I can accomplish.

I have no idea how I did this, except to say that as this was a story I've had extensive notes on, that has certainly helped.  I think that means I'm really not a pantser.  Next year, I'm going to do my second Konnel novel.  I'm going to do it.  I'll spend the year contemplating the storyline and determining all the details (I've already started thinking about it for the past two years anyway) and then next year I'll write it.  It'll be awesome. (And hopefully I won't have retail hours kicking my ass every step of the way and stealing my will to live. *crosses fingers*)

For now, food.  Then more writing.  Yay!

Nov. 18th, 2013

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SC Book One: Life's Bazaar; Chapter Twelve: Secrets in the Hold, Part Two

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SC Book One: Life's Bazaar; Chapter Twelve: Secrets in the Hold

I fully expect to reach 50k this week.  I'm at over 42k and have the day off.  Not doing so well at the moment, but I'm about to write the climax, so...good stuff coming.  Plus I've been super stressed and depressed because of work being all a*holes about me taking time off and scheduling me to work on Thanksgiving which is complete bullshit and now my brother wants a get-together at their place the Saturday after Thanksgiving because it's too far to travel for them on Thanksgiving, but my job are a*holes and I can't request time off because of the weekend being blacked out or some shit like that and my thought is just like, do you not realize the crappy job I have?  You can't spring this shit on me TWO FUCKING WEEKS BEFORE THANKSGIVING, when I work every fucking weekend and barely get the time to get off work for stuff and now I'm not going to get to see my brother for Thanksgiving and it almost seems like he doesn't care that I can't take off and I'm worried that I won't get to see him for Christmas because of the stupid changes that they're coming up with for the holidays and I haven't seen him since September and I had to call in to work for that one, because they'd scheduled me then, too and seriously if I don't get to see him for my birthday I'm going to fucking flip a shit and I need to get the hell out of this job where it's sucking my soul and my will to live.

And now that I got that out of my system...

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