innerslytherin: (nano - destroyer of sleep)
Oh look, here's my...completely not regular LJ update.

I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year. Wrote 2030 words just after midnight this morning, and I'm going to try to get even more down shortly, because Tuesdays are my designed writing day during the week, and I have all the things going on at work this month, including meetings for a new strategic plan.

Ginny Weasley. OMG. This article on Tor.com just brought back all my Harry Potter fandom feels. It was like being transported back in time 13 years to my early days in the fandom. I just want to dive back into all that. I want my old Walpurgisnight RPG (my first HP RPG, where I played Ginny and Remus) back. I want to finish the Ginny/Remus fic I got stuck in. I want to reread all the fics.

Anyway. Go read the essay, if you're a Ginny fan. :)

Also, I published a new book. I was racing to get it out on Halloween, which was my self-imposed deadline, but I'm proud to say that the beta feedback for this novel has been the best so far, and I'm very pleased with it. Shades of Circle City is the first in a series (at least a trilogy so far) of urban fantasy/paranormal novels set in Indianapolis. The main character is Chloe Cole, an IMPD officer who sees ghosts. There's a werewolf state trooper, lots of alternate sexuality, and some gay subtext just for fun (because I have a couple of ships I sekritly hope people also ship, even though they're not canon). There's also a bisexual werewolf and a gay mechanic who are the stars of the next novel, which is my NaNo novel. :D

Shades of Circle City is the book I asked for feedback on the cover a while back. Here's what the cover ended up being:

Cut to not kill your feed. )

So if you're intrigued, here's the Amazon link. I'm working on other online retailers too. :)
Let's see...I did my part today to avert the coming apocalypse. Early voting FTW. And yes #ImWithHer. I'm not sure it'll change the way Indiana goes, but I know a lot more people voting Dem this year who usually vote Rep, so hopefully the Mike-Pence-hatred (seriously, if you're not from Indiana, we hate Mike Pence. You don't want him as VP, take my word for it) will be enough to sway people. I see way more Trump signs than I would like, though. *sigh*
innerslytherin: (act her age)
Although not yet, really. That's just one of my favorite U2 songs (out of many!). :D

I turn 40 in a little over a week. Honestly I'd been sort of dreading it. I loved turning 30, especially since I'd gotten my quarter-life crisis out of the way at 25 (I was supposed to be published and a famous writer by then, come on!). But for some reason, 40 felt old.

Oddly, someone on Twitter changed my mind on that, simply by sharing a link to a study that proves people are happiest in their 40s.

Okay, then. Bring it on!

I'm ready for 40. I'm publishing another novel this week, and even though self-publishing (or, as I like to call it, indie publishing, because I do hire some people to do the things I can't do myself) is not yet considered quite as...hrm, legitimate... as traditional publishing, it is actually a great deal more lucrative. My novels are starting to pay for things. Not big things, nothing like a car payment or letting me quit my job. But they're paying for my web hosting, for my email newsletter service. This month, for a Wordpress plugin I use on my website (in very good timing).

I'm in pretty good health. I did a Whole 18 last month (it was supposed to be a Whole 30, but 10 days in I got a wretched ketosis rash and on Day 19 I Couldn't Handle It Anymore and started eating bread again. Thank God for carbs, the rash is almost gone again.) so I've done some diet analysis and have learned that dairy definitely triggers IBS, and high fructose corn syrup is another likely culprit. How lucky for me that high fructose corn syrup is in everything! <end sarcastic voice> As a result, I've started really reading labels and rejecting stuff that isn't naturally sweetened, either with sugar or stevia, or stuff that is completely unsweetened, like black and green tea.

I've been using the Bullet Journal system for my tasks and such since March of 2014, but this summer my BuJo system, in combination with a bump of my Zoloft from 50 to 100, has really made me much more productive, calm, and happy.

I decided to try Project 333 (wear only 33 pieces of clothing for 3 months) this fall, which isn't much of a challenge because I'd Konmaried my clothes over the winter anyway, so my closet and dresser are way emptier than they used to be. But almost every piece of clothing I have brings me joy. Some of them are just necessary because I live in Indiana, and you need to layer in the winter, but most of them please me mightily.

I am still deeply in debt, and that isn't getting much better, thanks to my job paying less than $10. But I still love my job almost every day I'm at it, and I feel fulfilled in a way that no job before every allowed me to feel. I definitely consider that worth the trade-off, even if it means I am juggling credit card balances hoping Sallie Mae keeps granting me forbearances on my crippling student loans.

I'm working my way through Your Best Year 2017 in the hopes that it will help me develop an an actual business and marketing plan for my writing. This, in turn, should alleviate the financial situation somewhat, and will hopefully allow me to quit my second job (which doesn't really suck but a. isn't my passion, and b. takes another day away from writing) and write more.

Anyway. There's a big life dump for you all, since I'm bad at regular posts. I miss LJ the way it used to be. I still read it, but the community isn't what it used to be.
innerslytherin: (100 - awkward bell)
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innerslytherin: (my books: midwinter royal)
I'm the only one in the office at my second job today. Not super exciting, for sure, especially since I have literally nothing to do except check our Facebook page a few times. Not a thrilling way to spend 7 hours. Only... *checks watch* 2.5 hours to go.

Normally on days like this, I can ask my boss for something to work on, but she's not here. The other three people who work in the office get paid holidays, so obviously they're not here on a city holiday. The front desk person is here, but he's across the building. And the cleaning person is here, but she's all over. Aside from that, it's me and my Nox Arcana Christmas albums and my boredom.

I've seen The Force Awakens twice now. The first time at an almost-midnight showing a week ago, the second as my Christmas present to my folks on Saturday. I loved it. Mom and Dad not so much. I wonder if it's a generational thing. Star Wars was my childhood, but they were already adults when they fell in love with it.

We survived the strong storms that came through Indiana yesterday. Everyone was bitching about how it shouldn't be 65 in December, but I was loving it. I'm ready for a few sunny days, though. I love storms, but what we got yesterday was the barest hint of bad weather, along with horrific wind and annoying rain. I want the thunder and lightning and no tornadoes, please. But oh well. At least it's not snow. :D

I'm not much in the Christmas spirit this year. It's hard to feel Christmassy when you can't afford to give much in the way of presents. And I know I just commented to someone that my favorite childhood Christmas was the year my dad's company closed and he scrounged Christmas out of the Dumpster as they were cleaning out the office building and warehouse, but still. It's hard to shake that feeling of inadequacy.

Then again, I'm giving my dad a copy of one of my novels this year. That's a good feeling on so many levels.

So how's everyone here at LJ?

Writing projects update:
I published a holiday-themed fantasy romance on the 21st. The world my fantasy novels take place in doesn't have Christmas, of course, but it celebrates Longnight, which is the Winter Solstice, so I decided to get all seasonally appropriate with winter and solstice fiction.

The Midwinter Royal: A Romance of Tamnen - Amazon | nook | Smashwords

Izbel Cantara of the Fifth Family needs a husband if she wants to keep her family's estate. She travels to the king's midwinter celebrations, the traditional time for the nobility to arrange marriage contracts, in hopes of finding an alternate to marrying her conniving cousin Willat. She knows she needs to negotiate a marriage.

She doesn't expect to fall in love.

Against a backdrop of court intrigue and international alliances, Izbel is forced to make a decision between fulfilling her duty to her family or pursuing her own happiness.



Other things I'm working on include planning my writing projects for 2016 and plotting out The Weather War, which is the next in my fantasy series. I'm hoping next year to begin publishing my Regent's series of urban fantasy, but that'll be contingent in finding the funds for cover art.

Kitty Updates

The kitties aren't sure about Christmas.

Click for kitty pics )

Meowy Christmas!
innerslytherin: (nano - destroyer of sleep)
Drat. I keep forgetting that I want to post here more often.

Let's see, what have I been up to?

This paycheck I actually had quite a bit left over after paying bills, so I ordered another box of contacts. That should get me through at least another six months, because I never follow the guidelines for how long to wear them. This is good because as much as I love my Obamacare plan, there's no vision or dental included in it, so I have a hard time scraping up the money for those visits. I haven't been to the dentist since 2011 because it's just too expensive. >.>

Speaking of Obamacare, I found out this week that my monthly premium is actually going down by quite a significant amount. An amount that will probably make the difference between going to the eye doctor next year or not going. So there's that.

I made my first ever campaign donation this year, to Bernie Sanders. It was only $10, but it's what I could manage. Right now, most of the "extra" income I have gets poured into my writing career, such as it is, so I'm trying not to do as much extraneous spending.

I'm doing NaNoWriMo, as usual. This year I'm using it to get a jumpstart on an epic fantasy story that I'm going to serialize on Patreon. It's called The Ghostwolf Cadets, and it centers on a group of teenagers who are drafted to a special academy where they'll be trained to become the emperor's black ops team. Of course, they all have their secrets, and some of those secrets could tear the team apart. I'm planning to fill it with lots of UST, including some slashy goodness, and in general I'm having a lot of fun with it. I've got it part-way plotted, and I've written 10k on it since November started. Haven't done tonight's writing yet, but I'm hoping to hit 20k by the end of my "weekend", which actually runs Sunday-Tuesday.

I'm stepping outside my comfort zone and going to a lecture in downtown Indy Monday night. Some of the activists who broke into the FBI offices in 1971 are going to be speaking on the FBI's COINTELPRO program, which was used against Martin Luther King, Jr., Black Panther activists, AIM activists, and more. I just finished an excellent (and infuriating) book called The Unquiet Grave: The FBI and the Struggle for the Soul of Indian Country by Steve Hendricks. I've had a heart for the Native American situation since seeing the miniseries of James Michener's Centennial as a young child, and the breathtaking amount of injustice and oppression that took place (and still takes place) on the Indian reservations really pisses me off. As it happens, COINTELPRO played a large part in the downward spiral of the American Indian Movement. So the lecture in Indy came along at just the right time to capture me.

Let's see, what else is going on... I'm going to be up in Fort Wayne next weekend for the Allen County Public Library Author Fair. I'm speaking on a panel called "DIY: Successful Self-Publishing" with a few other indie authors.

The kitties are all doing well. Eustace weighed in at 15.1 pounds a couple weeks ago, so he is on a diet and Not Happy About It. But he's also lost over half a pound since starting the diet, so at least it's going well in that regard. Eowyn and Eustace still aren't getting along, but for the most part they just leave each other alone. Strider's fine with them both and likes to play tag with them.

How's everyone here?
innerslytherin: (lotr - eowyn in armor)
Because I am just lousy at LJ these days years...

I've got a self-hosted occasional blog at my personal website. I've also got a Facebook page for my original fiction. I decided to copy my wifey [livejournal.com profile] severity_softly's idea and post here about them, especially since my second piece of fiction is releasing in ten days! :D

If you like pirates, thunderstorms, weather magic, assassins, sword-wielding princesses, gay princes, sailing ships, whales, intrigue, diplomacy, and stuff like that, you might like my writing. Stormsinger is a short (about 8500 words) that released last August. Stormshadow, releasing in ten days, is about 40,000 words. A third work, Stormseer is currently being written when I'm not flailing about doing stuff like final revisions, etc.

Here, check out the cover:

Stormshadow by Stephanie A. Cain

Isn't it gorgeous?! :D



P.S. [livejournal.com profile] severity_softly, I think my novel would more properly be called lgbt-friendly, as opposed to your lgbt-centric novel in progress. ;)


innerslytherin: (college socialists)
Wow, hi LJ! *dusts off blog* How is everyone doing? I have been focused so much on work and novel and SWC blog that I have been almost entirely absent here.

I love my job. Every single day I go to work and feel like I have made a difference to my coworkers and employer, and that I have given an excellent experience to our visitors. I don't think there's any way I wouldn't like a job where the mission statement was to "celebrate and renew belief in the power of the individual spirit to affect American history and culture." And one of these days, I'll even finish reading Ben-Hur.

About three weeks ago I swore off Facebook until the election was over. Too much vitriol from either side of the aisle, and frankly I was tired of losing respect for people I had always liked. Tonight I took a cool quiz at www.isidewith.com and, to no great surprise, learned that I side 76% with Barack Obama. (What surprised me more was that I actually agreed with Mitt Romney about...well, um, anything.) The website had sharing links, so I took a deep breath, bit the bullet and outed myself on Facebook as someone who's voting Democrat this year.

Of course, now I'm too cowardly to go read my friends feed, with its three lonely liberals. Ah, the loneliness of being a moderate. You may get to poke fun at both ends of the political spectrum, but you also have twice the number of people pissed off at you. *G*

Because of a request one of my beta-readers made, I've been spending my writing time this week working on an episode in the backstory of five characters. It's not something that will appear in the novel, except as each of those five people remember it from their various POVs. But the more I work on it, the more I love it, and I'm gaining all sorts of new understanding of these characters I've been living with for...um...over 22 years now. Well, most of them. Poor Ranulf, he didn't show up until draft 3, I think. *G* Anyway, it's fun.

I'm not doing NaNoWriMo this year. I made a miserable attempt at Camp NaNo this summer, which consisted of me signing up for it and promptly refusing to write for nearly two weeks straight. That led to some consideration of my novel-writing process, and I decided that, while NaNoWriMo is awesomely fun, I have learned all that it has to teach me at the present, and I really want to concentrate on finishing my current novel revision. So I'm setting NaNo aside for 2012. I may go back to it in future years, but not this year. NaNo taught me how to plot a novel, and NaNo gave me characters like Zeva and Edmund and Fithian, and I will forever be grateful that I discovered NaNoWriMo. But this year, it isn't in the cards.

In other news, still looking for a second part-time job. Retail and waitressing are out, unfortunately, because as much as I love my job, it requires a lot of energy for someone who is an introvert. I think adding a second job that requires too much interaction with the general public would make me a wreck. And in the meantime, I'm squeaking by financially. I had to borrow $10 from my dad until payday on Friday, but since that $10 is going to keep his and mom's cell phones working along with my own, I think that's okay. And one of these days I'll get around to selling my Gaiam balance ball chair and that Boonton ware I inherited from Gedna and have no use for.

A while ago Eowyn brought me a present, in the form of a not-quite-dead mouse. I'm not afraid of mice, but I don't particularly want them in my bed, so I carried her back downstairs (mouse firmly in her jaws) and put her in a large box. She proceeded to kill the mouse and jump out of the box, leaving the mouse behind to feed me, I guess. I think she's getting the hang of this hunting thing. :)
innerslytherin: (cup and rain)
I have changed my LJ layout. I'd love to apply that to DW as well, but I can't be arsed to work out if it's possible. :P ETA: Not only is it possible, it isn't as difficult as I'd feared. And actually I decided the layout I made for Innerslytherin was more appropriate for my writing LJ, so that's where I put it. This layout is by [livejournal.com profile] scholarslayouts.

So far it has rained more in August in Indiana than it did in May, June, and July all put together. This is nice for our yard and garden, but I fear it's too late for the corn crops. Soybeans might yet be all right. The resurgence of my allergies has proven that there is, in fact, a connection between how much rain we have and how allergic I am. This reinforces my goal to move to the desert at some point in my life.

I have written a whopping 1583 words in August. >.<

I would really love to put some of my old writing together in a document to sell for a couple bucks on Smashwords. The dilemma is that I don't want to self-publish the things for which I would like to pursue traditional publishing. So I want to self-publish old old writing. So the writing is quite possible (probably) sub-par. But I don't want to take the time (away from my fantasy novel rewrite) necessary to even read it and decide if it's shite. Anyone feel like doing that for me? LOL

My sciatica is acting up again. I'm taking Advil intermittently for it, and I've explored yoga, but I honestly don't have the patience/discipline/whatever to make myself do the yoga every day, so I have yet to see benefits for that. But at the moment my right leg is tingly and my right butt cheek hurts like a bitch, which means I've been sitting at the computer too long and need to do some stretching. I'll walk out to the mailbox as soon as I hit post.

This is Mom's first day back at work. I intended to use the empty house to my advantage, but instead I am sitting here not being productive. Argh.

I got a Starbucks card yesterday. Damn those green coffee lime refreshers!
innerslytherin: (cup and rain)
I have changed my LJ layout. I'd love to apply that to DW as well, but I can't be arsed to work out if it's possible. :P ETA: Not only is it possible, it isn't as difficult as I'd feared. And actually I decided the layout I made for Innerslytherin was more appropriate for my writing LJ, so that's where I put it. This layout is by [profile] scholarslayouts.

So far it has rained more in August in Indiana than it did in May, June, and July all put together. This is nice for our yard and garden, but I fear it's too late for the corn crops. Soybeans might yet be all right. The resurgence of my allergies has proven that there is, in fact, a connection between how much rain we have and how allergic I am. This reinforces my goal to move to the desert at some point in my life.

I have written a whopping 1583 words in August. >.<

I would really love to put some of my old writing together in a document to sell for a couple bucks on Smashwords. The dilemma is that I don't want to self-publish the things for which I would like to pursue traditional publishing. So I want to self-publish old old writing. So the writing is quite possible (probably) sub-par. But I don't want to take the time (away from my fantasy novel rewrite) necessary to even read it and decide if it's shite. Anyone feel like doing that for me? LOL

My sciatica is acting up again. I'm taking Advil intermittently for it, and I've explored yoga, but I honestly don't have the patience/discipline/whatever to make myself do the yoga every day, so I have yet to see benefits for that. But at the moment my right leg is tingly and my right butt cheek hurts like a bitch, which means I've been sitting at the computer too long and need to do some stretching. I'll walk out to the mailbox as soon as I hit post.

This is Mom's first day back at work. I intended to use the empty house to my advantage, but instead I am sitting here not being productive. Argh.

I got a Starbucks card yesterday. Damn those green coffee lime refreshers!
innerslytherin: (lotr - daughter of kings)
So I love my job. Seriously love it. I GET to go to work every Friday and Saturday, and it is awesome. The more I learn about Lew Wallace, the more I adore the man. And it's so much fun to share that love with people who come to the Study.

I am, however, not making a lot of money. As in, hardly any. So I am still hoping that another historic location in town will get in touch with me regarding some part time work.

In have changed my mind about Camp NaNoWriMo and dropped out. As soon as I signed up, I think I got this mental block. As soon as I deleted my profile, I got unblocked. I think I may have come to the end of NaNo's usefulness to me. It's fun, but honestly, I have to find the motivation to write within myself, and I have been, and I no longer seem to need the camaraderie of NaNo to keep my word count up.

Except that I have backslid a great deal this month. Of course, Mom goes back to school this Wednesday, so I am trying to enjoy all the hanging out time and all the accomplishing projects time that we have left. Today we hiked a little over four miles at our local state park. It was awesome.

We saw a yellow-billed cuckoo today. First one we've seen there in years. We saw a cuckoo in Trinidad (a squirrel cuckoo, I think), but it's neat to see the local one. :) Our cuckoos don't really say "cuckoo" though. There's a little "coo coo coo" noise, but the awesome one is the "c-c-c-c-couwl couwl!" It's a fun bird to listen to.

Eowyn has caught five mice in the past four days. Friday night she caught one and we threw it way out in the yard. Saturday night she caught one and brought it upstairs to me. I was at the computer when she jumped on the bed and I realized what she had in her mouth. I carried her back downstairs, mouse still in her mouth, and ended up taking the mouse outside. Then Sunday she wasn't downstairs for two minutes before she had her first mouse. I felt bad for taking them away from her, so I put her and the mouse in a big box and let her play with it for a while. Then Strider jumped in the box, took the mouse, jumped out, and ran for the upstairs. I had to chase him and take the mouse away. These wretched, adorable creatures. They must really want to feed me mice. >.< Eowyn caught another mouse 15 minutes later, but it got away down a hole to the crawlspace. Then about an hour later, we heard growling from the area of the stairs. Eown had caught a mouse, was holding it in her mouth, and was growling around it at her brother to keep him from stealing her mouse!

She doesn't seem to know what to do with them once she catches them though. I let her play with that one until she seemed bored, but the mouse wasn't badly hurt when she was through with it. I carried it well out into the field and dropped it in the beans. Hopefully now that Mom and I sealed up the hole to the crawlspace, the mice won't get back into the house. :P
innerslytherin: (college socialists)
1. I got a new desk chair today. Huzzah! It seems impossible to find cheap rolling task chairs with no arms. The ones I could find were either available only online (I want to sit in it first, TYVM) or $70, and no way am I going to pay that much for a chair at this point in my financials. But the Gaiam ball chair just wasn't doing it for me. I think if I could make myself sit in it properly, it would be okay, but I tend to straddle it more than actually sitting, and it was putting my sciatica-ridden hip even further out of whack. But I stopped at the local Staples on a whim today and found a task chair on clearance for $27! Woohoo!

2. If anyone is interested in buying said Gaiam ball chair, I'm taking offers. *G* I can keep using it as an exercise ball, but it's just taking up space, and if someone is hankering to try it, I have one for cheap.

3. Have been working on the novel rewrite. Open submissions at a small press that interests me starts on April 16, so I'm doing what amounts to a double-NaNo from March 13 - April 15 or so. Double, because the novel is going to be at least 100,000 words. If I'm lucky. The last draft clocked in somewhere around 200K, which is just too damn long for a debut novel. Fortunately it also featured much Pointless Walking (TM) and since I don't want people to call this "the next Belgariad!!!" I need to cut some of the walking out anyway.

4. Working on the novel was difficult to make myself do, when sitting at the desk wasn't very comfortable. Hence a great deal of my excitement at finding a cheap and appropriate chair.

5. I also bought Mom lots of seeds for her garden today. Can't believe it's been in the 80s all week. In MARCH. Geez, if this is how the spring starts, I am worried about how hot the summer will be. Last year the summer was insufferable and we broke a record for days over 100 or something like that. I would really prefer to stay in the low 90s if possible.

6. I got a coupon off a case of Dr Pepper 10, so I went ahead and bought it. Now I am torn, because their commercials offend me, but it really does taste good. I bought a case of Diet Dr Pepper to see if it tastes as good as I remember.

7. I read a novel recently published by a casual friend of mine. As in, a real publisher, a real novel, with advances and royalties and everything. And...I hate to say it, but the novel mostly sucked. I reeeeally wanted to like it. Fortunately she's a casual friend, really just on Facebook terms. So maybe if I don't mention having read it, she won't ask what I thought? :/

8. Had Little Caesar's for supper. Mmm. Happiness for $5.

9. Okay, there is no #9. I just wanted to keep listing.
innerslytherin: (lotr - daughter of kings)
Well, I'm home, and I'm finally starting to feel recovered from my trip. LOL We had a lot more relaxing time while we were on Tobago, but then we had a 20-hour day of traveling home, flying from Piarco (Port of Spain) to Miami-Dade, seven hour layover at Miami with a last-minute gate change, Miami-Dade to Chicago-O'Hare, then to Indy. We got up around 4:30 to get Piarco in time for check-in and some duty-free shopping (hurrah, two bottles of rum for less than the price of a single bottle in the US). At Miami we had plenty of time to go through a painless passport processing and customs, though it was fun trying to repack one of our checked bags to hold two bottles of rum and one bottle of rum punch. LOL But we did it, and then had plenty of time to kill at Miami. We arrived early in Chicago, so we had about two hours to kill there before our flight to Indy. Thank God Dad was waiting at the gate for us when we got home. I think I would have cried if I'd had to drive home at the end of that day of traveling!

The day after we got home, we were hit with about 3 inches of snow. Bleh. Then over the weekend we had thunderstorms and yesterday it was almost 50. Today we had sleet and snow and then sleet again. No kidding. Seriously, I miss the Caribbean. I've got to find a way to vacation in Tobago more often. In the meantime I've been listening to a lot of soca music and trying to make myself believe it's not bloody cold outside.

By the way, anyone know how to repair a piece of bamboo? I brought home a bamboo pencil holder with a hummingbird and the word Tobago carved on it. Gorgeous little thing, but it spontaneously cracked all the way from top to bottom. I imagine because it's ridiculously humid in Tobago and ridiculously dry in Indiana. :( I just wish it had split down the empty portion, instead of right through the middle of the hummingbird. :(

I haven't heard back from the university. Since they wanted to do second interviews during the two days after I returned from Tobago, and start the new hire this week, I am assuming that means I didn't get picked. I'm not heart-broken over it. Secretary III isn't the best-paying position in the world there, and I've applied for a lot of other clerical positions there. I've also applied repeatedly for Writer-Editor positions, and it's annoying me that I am consistently being passed over for those. How many technical writers can there be in north central Indiana who want to work at the university? And why won't the university give the creative writer a shot? *pouts*

The kitties were pleased to see me return home. Eowyn is, if possible, snugglier than ever. She is also, if possible, fatter than ever. It's not that I object to her being a bit plump, but she is positively obese. That can't be healthy. I'm thinking about scheduling her to see Dr. Jon and get his opinion. She gets quite a bit of exercise when I play with her, and she has never even tasted canned cat food, let alone people food. But I do believe Strider is the dominant cat, and I've seen Eowyn defer to him if he wants to eat at one of the food dishes first. I wonder if that makes her overeat when she does eat. I just hate to have to go to feeding times, since I've always just given my cats free access to the dry food dishes so they can eat when they are hungry. It's the most convenient thing for someone who (when employed) is usually away from the house 8-10 hours at a stretch. I suspect Strider has stayed so lean because he never sits still except when he's asleep. When awake, he's incredibly fidgety, and he's better at entertaining himself than Eowyn is. Anything sparkly and he will chase it, whereas she pretty much restricts herself to strings, which require a human at the other end. She makes an occasional foray into feathered toys, but more often than not, that means chewing on feathered hair clips or dream catchers, which displeases Mommy, for some reason. :P

Mom and I are still posting stuff from our trip over at our Tumblr. She is typing up her journal of the trip. I only wrote a journal for two bloody days, proving once again that I am a crap diarist. *sigh* I also haven't written a thing since we got back. I have a short story idea niggling in the back of my mind, but I haven't put anything down on paper but a couple of concepts.

I can't seem to find any recipes for roti that look like the roti we ate at Asa Wright. It makes me incredibly sad, because I thought it was delicious, especially with the split pea soup over it. I wanted to make some of that for the TNT party we're going to have to show our pictures and whatnot to the family. :/

In other news, since coming home, I've decided I adore the new Sherlock, which shocks me. I've also become addicted to Hart of Dixie, though I can't decide what couple to root for. So many love triangles! And I think I am caught up on Criminal Minds, but my computer's DVR crapped out on me while we were on vacation, so I am not sure. There was "Bittersweet Science", then "True Genius" while I was on vacation, and then tonight's "Unknown Subject", right?

Anyway, I think that's about it for now. Anything exciting happen in your world while I was gone?
innerslytherin: (demily looking)
Russian Roulette - PG-13 - WC: 635 - Gen - Emily, in DC, after Louisiana

Drabble - Rossi/Prentiss

First Love and Second Chances - PG - WC: 1100 - Prentiss, Rossi - Emily wonders about second chances.

Where Wolves Fear to Prey (2/?) - R - WC: 2,578 - Rossi/Prentiss - AU. A wolf pack doesn't gain members painlessly. The BAU team is no exception...but David Rossi isn't quite what Emily Prentiss expected.


Wow. I know I said I was going on fandom hiatus, but this list of fics really kind of sucks. So let's throw in my original writing too.

I revised about 35,000 words of one novel, and I wrote about 50,000 words of a new novel for NaNoWriMo.

Also, I read 77 books this year, which is not as many as last year, but 10 of those were non-fiction, which is better than last year.

Fandom

Aug. 20th, 2011 05:26 pm
innerslytherin: (writing - shut up and write)

I think it's pretty obvious I've been on a deep fandom hiatus this summer. It hasn't really been intentional. This summer seems to have been full of stuff, from Merlin getting sick and having to be put to sleep forward. Merlin, then vacation, then a migraine that wouldn't quit, then our long streak of days over 90 and without rain (we broke the 1936 record for Indiana), then... Of course, I know life is always that way. We have to decide what's most important to us and what's less important. And this summer, I've realized that I actually enjoy not spending every waking moment at the computer. I miss the friends I used to spend a huge amount of time with online, but I've also gained richness from spending time with family and kittens and face-to-face friends. And I've enjoyed spending time working on my original fiction, which is something that has both been enhanced by and been detracted from by my fandom involvements. Writing fanfic has made me a better writer. Working with beta-readers online has been better for me than four years in a Creative Writing program at university. But at the same time, I've written hundreds of thousands of words of fan fiction, and probably more of that, at this point, than my recent original fiction.

So this week I've really been thinking it over, and I have finally just come to a decision. As of right now, I'm pretty much done with my active participation in fandom.

This doesn't mean I want any of my friendships within fandoms to go away. I love all of you, and I want to keep you. But it does mean I'm not going to take on any new fanfic obligations. I'm going to be resigning from most of the stuff I've done. I'd still like to make sure the CM Exchange happens this year, and I should probably be talking to last year's people and trying to recruit someone who can continue in my place for next year's exchange. I will also be filling some obligations that I have been regrettably slow in filling (yes, charity auction winners, I'm looking at all of you). I'll still read and appreciate other people's fanfic on a smaller scale. But I don't plan at this time to create any more of my own.

The thing is, I'm turning 35 soon, and ten years ago I had a minor birthday meltdown because I hadn't sold any of my fiction. And now here it is a decade later and I STILL haven't sold any of my fiction. And you know what? It's been my own fault. I haven't tried hard enough. I haven't polished enough. I haven't submitted enough. And I'm tired of that. I'm tired of the feelings of self-doubt and self-criticism that go along with not having done what I always meant to do. I'm tired of not doing what I know in my heart I'm supposed to be doing.

So my fiction has to be made into a serious priority at this point. And I've been doing a much better job of that this summer, thanks in large part to having [livejournal.com profile] slightlyjillian as a writing/revising buddy. But I need to take ownership of my writing career (or lack thereof) and decide to make it what I want it to be.

This probably won't surprise anyone. I've been largely absent all summer, and while I've been gratified to hear from people reading older fic, I obviously haven't been contributing anything for months.

So anyway, I'm not saying goodbye to you all. After all, I left the Harry Potter fandom years ago and I still have lots of HP people around. But if anyone was just sticking around for the fanfic, I won't take defriendings personally.

I love you all.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPad.

Fandom

Aug. 20th, 2011 05:26 pm
innerslytherin: (writing - shut up and write)

I think it's pretty obvious I've been on a deep fandom hiatus this summer. It hasn't really been intentional. This summer seems to have been full of stuff, from Merlin getting sick and having to be put to sleep forward. Merlin, then vacation, then a migraine that wouldn't quit, then our long streak of days over 90 and without rain (we broke the 1936 record for Indiana), then... Of course, I know life is always that way. We have to decide what's most important to us and what's less important. And this summer, I've realized that I actually enjoy not spending every waking moment at the computer. I miss the friends I used to spend a huge amount of time with online, but I've also gained richness from spending time with family and kittens and face-to-face friends. And I've enjoyed spending time working on my original fiction, which is something that has both been enhanced by and been detracted from by my fandom involvements. Writing fanfic has made me a better writer. Working with beta-readers online has been better for me than four years in a Creative Writing program at university. But at the same time, I've written hundreds of thousands of words of fan fiction, and probably more of that, at this point, than my recent original fiction.

So this week I've really been thinking it over, and I have finally just come to a decision. As of right now, I'm pretty much done with my active participation in fandom.

This doesn't mean I want any of my friendships within fandoms to go away. I love all of you, and I want to keep you. But it does mean I'm not going to take on any new fanfic obligations. I'm going to be resigning from most of the stuff I've done. I'd still like to make sure the CM Exchange happens this year, and I should probably be talking to last year's people and trying to recruit someone who can continue in my place for next year's exchange. I will also be filling some obligations that I have been regrettably slow in filling (yes, charity auction winners, I'm looking at all of you). I'll still read and appreciate other people's fanfic on a smaller scale. But I don't plan at this time to create any more of my own.

The thing is, I'm turning 35 soon, and ten years ago I had a minor birthday meltdown because I hadn't sold any of my fiction. And now here it is a decade later and I STILL haven't sold any of my fiction. And you know what? It's been my own fault. I haven't tried hard enough. I haven't polished enough. I haven't submitted enough. And I'm tired of that. I'm tired of the feelings of self-doubt and self-criticism that go along with not having done what I always meant to do. I'm tired of not doing what I know in my heart I'm supposed to be doing.

So my fiction has to be made into a serious priority at this point. And I've been doing a much better job of that this summer, thanks in large part to having [livejournal.com profile] slightlyjillian as a writing/revising buddy. But I need to take ownership of my writing career (or lack thereof) and decide to make it what I want it to be.

This probably won't surprise anyone. I've been largely absent all summer, and while I've been gratified to hear from people reading older fic, I obviously haven't been contributing anything for months.

So anyway, I'm not saying goodbye to you all. After all, I left the Harry Potter fandom years ago and I still have lots of HP people around. But if anyone was just sticking around for the fanfic, I won't take defriendings personally.

I love you all.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPad.

innerslytherin: (3cm - emily and dave)
Because he is being a desperate ass about the woman he loves, and she is being far too analytical and resistant to being persuaded to stay, and pretty soon I'm going to be in tears over this damn fic.

[livejournal.com profile] severity_softly, why did you let me talk you into writing this one? *sigh*

This was SUPPOSED to be FUNNY, not a huge bucket of ANGST!

*tears hair and glares at Rossi!muse*
innerslytherin: (3cm - emily and dave)
Because he is being a desperate ass about the woman he loves, and she is being far too analytical and resistant to being persuaded to stay, and pretty soon I'm going to be in tears over this damn fic.

[livejournal.com profile] severity_softly, why did you let me talk you into writing this one? *sigh*

This was SUPPOSED to be FUNNY, not a huge bucket of ANGST!

*tears hair and glares at Rossi!muse*

*sigh*

Nov. 13th, 2008 08:59 pm
innerslytherin: (1cm - spencer thinking)
So I need to ask questions of a police detective. I happen to know of a former police detective who is now a public defender (he was going to law school when he talked to my high school class, lo, these many years ago). I left him a voice mail explaining that I'm writing a novel that includes police procedure as well as FBI characters, and that I would love to pick his brain, if he has the time. I mentioned that he'd come to my high school class years ago, and that I'd remembered that visit. I gave him my cell phone number and my email address, and said I would completely understand if he was too busy, but that I would appreciate it if he could let me know.

Two days later and I have heard nothing.

Now...I am only 99% I have the right guy. I'm sure, given what I knew about him and knowing that his wife is in politics in my county (I just voted for her last week!), that he's still in the area. I know he's not a Detective in my county seat any more, and it makes sense that after being in law school he would be a lawyer.

But still, I am 99% certain I have the right guy. Furthermore, my last name is one that he should recognize, having gone to school with my dad, uncle, and a few second cousins, and just the fact that my cousins are very well known and active in this county.

So now I'm sitting here wondering if I should give it up as a bad job and try to find some random police detective who will let me do a job shadow and ask questions or something...or what.

It's sort of discouraging. I was working up to calling the FBI next if I got a good interview experience with him. (Of course, I'm thinking about calling the FBI anyway because I want to look into their civilian academy, but still.)
innerslytherin: (sleepy)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] red_day_dawning, First line of last 25 fics you wrote and try to find a pattern. And since the last, like, ten posts have been from the same co-written fic, I'm only counting my first line of that fic. Also some of these aren't posted yet, because frankly I'm just lazy enough to look in Google Docs instead of poking backwards twenty-five whole fics.

Last twenty-five fics...will there be a pattern? )

Um...Seriously, I have no idea what pattern might be emerging here. If there is one. I do try to begin in media res as often as possible, though...
innerslytherin: (sleepy)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] red_day_dawning, First line of last 25 fics you wrote and try to find a pattern. And since the last, like, ten posts have been from the same co-written fic, I'm only counting my first line of that fic. Also some of these aren't posted yet, because frankly I'm just lazy enough to look in Google Docs instead of poking backwards twenty-five whole fics.

Last twenty-five fics...will there be a pattern? )

Um...Seriously, I have no idea what pattern might be emerging here. If there is one. I do try to begin in media res as often as possible, though...

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