I am in desperate need of some motivation to work on projects, instead of playing Dominion all the time.  Current project list follows.

  • Shadowwood
  • Teddy Lupin
  • Dragon/elemental magic fusion, still majorly in the works, perhaps to be combined with the Shadowwood.
  • NaNo outline, unless I get far enough on the Shadowwood/dragony thing
  • Netmagic, 2.0v3 (backburner)
  • Quakewatch (backburner, maybe to become NaNo project IF I CAN MAKE HER NAME NOT VICTORIA)
  • Birthday and Christmas presents—mostly amigurumi
  • The Big Blanket—on hold until I return to North Carolina
  • The House cake
  • Horsetail cake?
  • Once and Future King
  • The Temeraire series
  • Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrel
  • Wind-up Girl
  • Lord of the Rings (because I haven't read it properly, yet)
  • 7 Wonders
  • Race for the Galaxy
  • Research "perception filters"
Oh yeah, and I need to actually apply for things to do after I graduate, because that's, like, COMING UP SOON.  I already have my presents to myself for finishing some of these—well, I have them picked out:  "The Angels have the Phone Box" T-shirt and xkcd's "Stand Back, I'm going to try science!" shirt.  Or perhaps the switch & button stickers from xkcd, because MORE MAGIC IS ALWAYS BETTER.

Edit:  ... And, I am now in charge of the TARDIS.  First:  YAY!!!!!!!  Second:  Yet another project.

Chapter 5

Aug. 29th, 2011 01:05 pm
Posted Chapter 5!  I should contemplate doing what other people around here seem to do, namely post both on the AO3 and here.  But I'm not really sure I want people actually reading anything I write.

Irene turned out to be a dud where we were.  A bit of rain, for a while, and a little bit of wind, but the lights only flickered once or twice (though while I was playing Dominion, which was a bit scary—I hate being forced to resign from bad internet!).  We were really, really lucky, though.  There were towns half an hour away that were completely flooded, and the parking lot of the malls was apparently under several feet of water at one point; I saw pictures of the JC Penny's, it was pretty spectacular in the sort of oh-my-God-is-that-real? type of way.  But at least for Penny's, it looked like they had removed their wares, so hopefully not much was damaged ... except the building obviously was, so that's not much of a comfort.

A friend of mine (the Hanged Man ... kind of an unfortunate title, I suppose; perhaps I will go with Hanged (Wo)man?  Except it's a little weird to refer to people my age who I know as women.  I'M NOT THAT OLD YET!!!! ... Right, and "Hanged" is probably not terribly good, either.) had an incident with a tree branch that put a dent in her car and cracked on of her mirrors, but other than that no one I know (except, perhaps, the High Priestess, who I still have not heard back from) had any serious damage from Irene.  The Hermit lost power, and the Moon's road was closed, but that's about it.  The Hanged Man was freaking out about her car, though; understandably, as technically it isn't her car (it's still owned by her parents), but insurance will cover the damage.  It's a pain, sure, but it's not like she's going to be set back by $1000 because of a natural disaster.  Of course, she still doesn't have power, so it's still a major pain. :P

I had a tiny scare about the High Priestess ... she is farming in Brattleboro, which was basically under water from Irene.  There was a story about a 21-year old woman who went to look at the water and fell in near Brattleboro, and I very momentarily feared it might be the High Priestess.  But it wasn't, which was a huge relief (though still terrible).

Chapter 4

Aug. 26th, 2011 09:51 am
I had a bit of a hiccup yesterday when I posted Chapter 4, as I ... may have accidentally forgotten to edit the last chunk. There was a bit of Ginny Is a Superhero!!! in there, in that Ginny kind of scored six goals with the Quaffle and then caught the Snitch (even though she's a Chaser) ...

It was not my shining moment. But I realized I had done that while walking to lunch, and managed to fix it before too many people read it. (Well, my hit number went up 1 during the intervening time, so I'm going to assume that I lost that particular reader; and hopefully no one else read it, either.) I have no idea how the AO3 counts hits, but I'm hoping it doesn't mean I just lost my very small readership. :P

But! I have continued working on my brother's girlfriend's (let's call her the Hierophant) story, and ... well, I am not a vampire person, and I generally find vampires disgusting; but she writes fairly well. She just needs to cut out a lot of the excess fluff. I think she wants to publish it, but while it is definitely good, in my personal opinion it is sort of far from being of publishable quality.

I attempted to watch Burn Notice and Suits, but the internet has failed me. :P I guess that means I should just get started on Chapter 5 ... at this rate, I will be done by the time I get to school. One chapter a day? Maybe I should start editing them ...

Also: 1.5 MORE DAYS!!!!!!

Chapter 3

Aug. 23rd, 2011 12:26 pm
Yay I posted Chapter 3!!!!!! It needs some serious editing, but I went back and reread Chapters 1 & 2 this morning and they weren't nearly as bad as I thought, so. I guess that's a good sign. I wrote the last chunk of it rather late at night, so I should probably reread that and make sure it has complete sentences.

It's going a little slowly, in that there isn't quite as much mystery at the beginning as in Harry Potter—obviously, since Teddy knows perfectly well that he is a wizard, even if he suffers a bit of doubt from time to time—but all in all, going quite well. I've done fairly well so far (read: only 3 chapters, so who do I think I'm kidding?) at making my chapter summaries turn into actually reasonable chapter lengths, so that's good too. And I've only dropped one hint so far, and I thought it was fairly subtle. So—all in all, yay!

Off to work on chapter 4 ...

I seriously need to do some ACTUAL work, but my summer of freedom is about to come to an end. ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS!!!! I am doing my very best to get bored of my usual time-wasters (i.e., Dominion) so that when I get back to school, maybe I will actually do some work for a change.

Post #2

Aug. 18th, 2011 05:14 pm
The weather today was wonderful. It was a bit hot, but under the trees and the shade it was cool and breezy and not even too buggy. I went for a walk around the hospital again, in the BlairWitchWoods, and since I wasn't thinking about werewolves this time, it wasn't even remotely creepy. (Last time I managed to freak myself out a tiny little bit because I was working on Teddy while I was walking, which meant that I was contemplating Fenrir Greyback.)

Otherwise, mostly played Dominion; I didn't feel much inspired to work on Teddy, today, as I am still stuck on the first scene in Chapter 3 and can't get out of it. :P Oh well ... Probably another walk or two through around the hospital will fix it all up. ^^

I had a nice Navigator—Stash combo going at one point, which was pretty awesome. Worked great—I think I went 6/2 on the Provinces.

Ha, see?! I posted twice!

... Does it count that they were right after each other?



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