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Friday, December 19th, 2014 10:53 pm
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Use this onscreen program to create beautiful designs.  It's nice for stress relief when you just need to look at something pretty.

Poem: "Math by Hand"

Friday, December 19th, 2014 10:31 pm
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This poem is from the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "enlightenment" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Poem: "The Lair of Tomes"

Friday, December 19th, 2014 09:59 pm
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This poem is from the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] jjhunter, [personal profile] redsixwing, and [personal profile] rosieknight. It also fills the "teaching or learning" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Poem: "Deceitful Looks"

Friday, December 19th, 2014 09:02 pm
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This poem came out of the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Poem: "Dangerous Knowledge"

Friday, December 19th, 2014 08:47 pm
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This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by LJ user Wyld_dandelyon. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Monster House.

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Two peeks at Doug, a ficlet of Addergoole Years 1/14

Friday, December 19th, 2014 10:49 am
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Year One:

Doug watched the new students coming in to the brand new school. They were fresh-faced, some of them, while others were already bitter and untrusting. They were so young, all of them, and so human-seeming.

His son was among them, Donegal, who he hadn't gotten to raise. He watched the boy moving through the crowd, and found himself fading into the background. Now was not the time to try to raise the kid; now was the time to do his job.

Two tall, dark boys - brothers, Doug thought, but not twins - moved their way through the crowd as if they were pushing aside brush. Doug watched the way they moved, the shorter one aping the taller one's movements. They were going to be trouble.

"First day of school." The woman standing next to him finally spoke up. Laurel, Doug thought her name was. "This'll be interesting."

Doug cleared his throat, and found he had nothing to say. He settled for "yeah."

Year Fourteen:

Ana was pregnant, and Doug was doing everything in his power not to glower, hover, growl, and in general act like (as more than one woman had called him) a royal pain in the ass.

He was fairly certain that he would have been a hovering, miserable, overprotective dinosaur (as Ana gently teased him) even if she hadn't been carrying his child, his child, as well as the boy Teal's, but he couldn't guarantee it. Doug was in love, and it messed everything up.

He watched the fresh-faced new Cohort, just a month into the year and still looking so very young, so very human. A short, stocky irish boy - notable in that he was shorter than either Doug or his father - met Doug's eyes and grinned, arrogant and insouciant.

"They're shaping up to be interesting." Laurel Valerian laid fingers on Doug's arm in a way that would have, from another woman, seemed possessive. "I think this is going to be a good year."

Doug shifted his weight onto his heels. The Irish kid was looking at Ana. Looking was fine. Looking was fine. He cleared his throat and made himself look at Laurel. "Yeah."




I'm not really sure what to put in for context here...

December Meme - Day Nineteen - Knitting

Friday, December 19th, 2014 09:38 am
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The Meme

Today's prompt is from [personal profile] kelkyag: Knitting


Oh, man, I haven't knitted in so long. Children are walking and talking who I had Big Plans to knit baby clothes for.

And it's a pity, and something I ought to rectify, because knitting is very soothing. It calms me down, gives me something to do with my hands, and takes some of my attention so that I can spend the rest of it focusing.

On my list of things I really want to knit:

Shahin's wristwarmers, in large part because I want to use them in the Kickstarter.

A girl-stuff pouch for my purse, because, well, girl stuff. <.<

Something for a friend's kid before said kid heads off to college.

The two hats I have planned for other friends, before they're 80.

And, in the dream-big realm, I really want to knit myself a Douglas Adams/Dr. Who homage towel shawl blanket.

Maybe start small? I think I have a dishcloth on the needles, or there's always the 13-foot scarf I was knitting for a friend. I got through 6 feet of it...

*flexes fingers* I'm allergic to wool, so knitting for me is almost always cotton or linen. I'm just beginning to get a feel for bamboo, but it is so different from cotton...

Maybe I'll knit myself a set of pulse warmers first.

:-)

Call for Prompts

Friday, December 19th, 2014 01:59 am
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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters is holding a gift-giving prompt session where you can leave a prompt and get fic or art as a present.

Oh, almost forgot...

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 12:40 pm
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...I had a nice conversation with Michael of ILYS.com yesterday.

For those who have missed me talking about it before, ILYS is a web-based writing tool that helps promote word flow. They let you set a word count goal and do not let you edit your work until you reach it. The psychology behind this is that editor-mode in your brain is more critical than writer-mode. Self-doubt, analysis paralysis, impostor syndrome... all of these things can force writer-brain into hiding. Editing can require you to be ruthless that is toxic to the actual act of creativity, so ILYS helps you build a firewall between them.

The feature that makes ILYS into a real killer app in my mind, though, is the one I see less talk about from the psychological side, and that is: it doesn't let you see what you're writing. The classic version gave you one letter at a time, which I think was important for sort of building trust? The new and improved version has a "ninja style" where all you can see is your word count, which ticks upward like a high score every time you get another word out.

It sounds kind of scary, it sounds kind of ridiculous... but man, few things are more daunting than a blank white page. You can sneak a peek at what you've been writing (useful if you get interrupted and lose your place), but while you're typing, you're not looking at what you've written, which means you're not judging it, either.

Anyway, while I was working yesterday, I noticed there was a feedback form on the dashboard that was just a box saying "Talk to us!" So I did. I explained that the multi-story saving feature wasn't what I'd hoped it would be and without the ability to re-open saved stories/previous sessions and edit them, it wasn't very useful for how I use the site.

The thing is, I've been using ILYS, but I haven't bothered with the saving feature for much of the writing I've done on the site, because I've found it easier to transfer it to an editor while it's unsaved.

Anyway, I got a reply within minutes suggesting that more robust save features were in the works but asking me if I could describe in more detail what I was looking for, so I did. Michael thanked me for my feedback and for the clear context I provided for it, and outlined some improvements he'll be making to meet my needs, which he said he would be implementing shortly.

Now, since ILYS launched their pro version after NaNo ended, I have noticed what I would call a steady commitment to improvement. Little things here and there show that people are paying attention and tightening the bolts. The one that stands out to me is that at launch, I couldn't type HTML tags (because it would automatically encode the angle brackets as their own HTML macros), but that was fixed pretty quickly.

This was phenomenal, though. The level of responsiveness and attentiveness was outstanding. It sounds like something like what I was looking for would have been on its way anyway, which I had kind of expected? But he took the time to listen to what I was looking for and then tell me what he was thinking for addressing it, and then assured me it was a priority. That is some top-notch customer service right there.

Thursday, December 18th

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 11:38 am
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The Daily Report

So I got the podcast recorded last night, but then encountered significant hurdles getting it off my phone and onto my desktop for editing. First, the USB connection wasn't recognized. Then it kept stalling out when I tried to upload it to Dropbox. I ended up staying up later than I'd expected trying to even get the dang thing onto my computer, by which point I was well into the second wind of insomnia.

I finally did get it into Dropbox when I had the bright idea to turn off my phone's WiFi and and use the data connection. By the time this happened, though, I was too wiped to even listen to the thing, much less cut it together.

So, I'll be doing that today and tomorrow with an eye towards putting it up tomorrow.

The State of the Me

Kind of frazzled, kind of tired.

Plans For Today

Despite coming into the day a little flagged, I'm in good shape for wrapping up the update I started yesterday, which will leave us at a good break point for the holidays.

More thoughts on Mellama's IconDay6

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 08:49 am
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http://itsamellama.dreamwidth.org/96968.html

Okay, so I was thinking - the last giraffe call (http://aldersprig.dreamwidth.org/819607.html) made enough for an art!

And Mel has art options in her tipping thresholds.

Sooo... there's a lot of "more please" stories that came out of this Call. Ideas? I was thinking either the young princeling/his older Mentor; the ace prince & his ace rescuer, or the princess with her Very Very Angry Captive


http://aldersprig.dreamwidth.org/tag/giraffecall

Hub Languages

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 03:42 am
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Some languages connect to others through translation.  English is by the far the strongest in this regard.  Russian, French, Spanish, German, and Chinese also make good hubs.  That gives these languages more global influence.

Cinderella's Slippers

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 12:49 am
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 Consider the physics of Cinderella's slippers.  Note that they could be made much safer by lowering the heel.  "Slippers" are usually flats or shoes with low, wide heels.  High-heeled shoes are different.  Also they were worn by men, not women, until more recent times.

Moment of Silence: Norman Bridwell

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 10:05 pm
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 Norman Bridwell died recently.  He is known as the writer/illustrator of Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Solstice, 50 words, @dahob

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 09:21 pm
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The longest night of the year. They stood, outside their prefab barracks, and stared at an alien sky.

The world was different, the stars, even the weather. But they lit candles made from alien fat and held them up to the dark night, to the black skies. And they sang.
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“Agree. Or don’t. You have to be agreeing to it, Taslin, you know that. They can’t force you to take a Patronage.”

“But they can make my life very difficult if I do not. They can make everything unpleasant. They can lean on the owners of the pit. They can Patronize someone else and encourage them to hurt me, or just hire people to attack me.”

“That’s illegal.”

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Poem: "Women's Inventions"

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 04:30 pm
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This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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