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1827 words, for a total of 11,574.

Taking a break to watch Prometheus, and then the Daily Show's election coverage.

If you haven't voted yet, go do it!

Next Update

Nov. 6th, 2012 12:45 am
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Monday's totals: 958 words, for a total of 9747.

I let myself get distracted by a couple of movies (Brigham Young and Ghost Dog; I am apparently a very eclectic film-watcher). Both are fairly long, nearly 2 hours each, so they ate up a lot of my day. I should get that sort of thing under control, or set aside more time to play catch-up with my writing. It's not that critical, since the total is still ahead of schedule, but I would prefer to be much further along.

Bleah

Nov. 4th, 2012 08:23 pm
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Only, I haven't written a word all day. I just keep mucking about on the internets. I think I do need to take today off, though, as I am feeling pretty run down. Whether that is because of a lack of caffeine, a lot of extra walking yesterday, or working harder (and a bit later) than usual, I'm not sure.
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Yesterday, I went to Seattle to visit with [profile] morthael and [personal profile] icprncs, who are currently living in another state but had come back to visit. I was also able to visit with [personal profile] leenerella and [personal profile] juryrigger, at whose house they are staying and which was where the get-together occurred, [personal profile] balzacq and [personal profile] theda, [personal profile] bork, [personal profile] m_cobweb and [personal profile] darkmane, [profile] domichan, [profile] dporowski, [personal profile] moriae and Gray, [personal profile] ms_vermilion and [profile] splendid_geryon, [personal profile] staxxy, [personal profile] domestinatrix, [personal profile] sistawendy, Amber (who has deleted and purged her LJ), and likely some people whom I've unintentionally forgotten. There were children (who were all reasonably well-behaved, though I apparently terrified one toddler, probably due to my hat; she did seem to get over it as the day went on), cats, and copious amounts of conversation and laughter. Wine and light food punctuated the day.

So, I didn't have access to internet for much of that day. On the ferry trip over and back, I did manage to get 1508 words written, for a total of 8789.

Still Easy

Nov. 2nd, 2012 07:25 pm
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3579 words, for a two-day total of 7281 (I added some more words after I posted that last update, finishing the day with 3702). Seems like a good pace so far.
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…he says, knowing full well that he won't be able to keep up this pace.

3346 words, according to the word counter in LibreOffice. I know that the LibreOffice word counter comes up with slightly different numbers than the official NaNoWriMo word counter, but it should be close enough. That's about twice as many as I need to average per day, but I'm just happy to be banking some against a possible word drought later on.

Plans

Oct. 24th, 2012 01:19 am
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It has been a while, hasn't it? I keep writing that opening line for various blogs, which certainly doesn't make me feel good, but what can you do?

Anyway, I've decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. I'm tying up my normal schedule of reading and film-watching (going to suspend my Netflix account for November), though I think that I'll still be reading a couple of books through the period. Just not on the 3-5 books at a time schedule that I've been (mostly) keeping through the last couple of years. If it goes well, I may keep up the writing schedule, and try to finish a short novel every month or so from now on.

So, that's what's going on with me right now.

Aurora

Jul. 26th, 2012 01:37 am
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I don't have a lot to say about the incident in Aurora recently. It was a tragic event. I do have a couple of comments, though.

First, reinstating the "assault weapons" ban (which did not actually ban assault rifles, which are already banned under Federal law) will not work. It did not do anything to alleviate the somewhat similar incident that occurred not far away in Columbine, after all.

Second, I don't care how many people carrying concealed pistols there "should" have been in the audience. They wouldn't have had any appreciable effect. The shooter was wearing enough body armor to make any such effort fruitless. Sure, there were small areas that were uncovered, but anyone who thinks that they could hit those in a dark room, with tear gas in the air, and the chaotic atmosphere that existed is deeply deluded. That said, if you don't try you can't succeed, so I'd hate to discourage the attempt.

Finally, the local people seem to be handling this much better than people far away. I suspect that this has to do with the focusing of efforts to help the locals deal with the stresses surrounding the incident, while others, who despite their real-world distance are still nearby due to the overwhelming media coverage, are not given the same benefit of support. After all, the people nearby are also experiencing the event through media (though it could be argued that they are also more aware that the places they actually go were affected, I think that discounts the empathy of those further away, who can imagine the events occurring in their more local area). As a result, those further away seem to be more affected because they have no socially sanctioned way of dealing with nearly the same stresses.

Anyway, this is a complex issue, and simple solutions are, as always, simple-minded and ineffective in dealing with such complexities.
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I have a very strange reaction to events that seem to require immediate action. I'll act pretty quickly, making quick decisions and observing the situation while also participating in it. Afterward, though, I tend to break down and feel terribly sad and in very low spirits. This happens even if the situation is not one that includes sadness (though it also happens, as in this case, when sadness seems appropriate).

So, right now I've got the sorts of depressed thoughts that I have to ignore (this entry is part of ignoring them) which I had mostly gotten over during the last few years. It's still hard to motivate myself to do anything while these sorts of self-attacking thoughts are running through my head. Even writing this, I've been pausing for a minute or more in between each sentence. When I make mistakes while typing, I can't help but thinking that I am useless, even as I correct the error.

Anyway, the central point is that I am terribly worried right now, because I can't help but think of worst-case scenarios. I hate worrying, because it serves (in situations like this) no purpose at all. Events will happen whether I worry about them or not, and worry just keeps my mind actively gouging itself.

I hope that this finds you, my friends, well.

Stubborn

Jun. 22nd, 2012 10:07 pm
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My dad is stubborn, and refused to stay for observation.

Stroke

Jun. 22nd, 2012 07:21 pm
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Apparently, my dad has just had a stroke. He's stable, but they want to keep him in the hospital for a couple of days for observation.
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I really haven't posted here in a while, have I?

OK, since I'm in the mood to share something, here's a list of the vinyl albums I still own, all of which I acquired before about 1990 or so. There's a lot that is gone now (notably Art of Noise), and this does not include the cassettes I still have (which include most of Siouxsie/Creatures prior to 1995, for instance, or Fields of the Nephilim) but this is what I still have, and should provide an interesting snapshot of who I am:

Bauhaus - "1979-1983"
Berlin - "Pleasure Victim"
Bow Wow Wow - "See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah! City All Over, Go Ape Crazy"
Bow Wow Wow - "When the Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going"
Butthole Surfers - "Rembrandt Pussyhorse"
The Creatures - "Standing There" (12")
DEVO - "Duty Now for the Future"
DEVO - "Live"
DEVO - "Oh, No! It's DEVO"
DEVO - "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are DEVO!"
DEVO - "Shout"
Thomas Dolby - "The Flat Earth"
45 Grave - "School's Out/Partytime (The Story of Sabine)" (12")
The Lords of the New Church - "The Method to Our Madness"
Missing Persons - "Spring Session M"
Sex Pistols - "The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle"
Siouxsie and the Banshees - "The Killing Jar" (12")
Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Spellbound" (12")
Clint Ruin/Lydia Lunch - "Stinkfist"
Talking Heads - "Little Creatures"
V/A - "Here Ain't the Sonics!!!"

Whee!
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I'm very excited because I'll be leaving tomorrow for Canada for the first time since about 2003. I'll be visiting a friend of mine up there and spending a few days, then coming right back.

Despite my being excited, I am also filled with anxiety. I'm having anxiety nightmares about making social faux pas and being thrown out onto the winter streets until my return ticket comes up. My back is tense with stress as I keep remembering One More Thing that needs to be done, and my worry that I will forget the Most Important Thing until it is too late. My stomach feels a little tied up in knots, though not nearly as bad as it has been at the worst points of my life. It doesn't help that this is the least well planned trip I've ever taken (excepting the Great California Trip, which was so ludicrous that the lack of planning was the subject of laughter even as we were doing it, but that's a story for another time, perhaps). I hate that I don't fully understand what it is that the border guards think of the people crossing the border. Will they demand to take away my vitamin supplements? Will they despise the fact that I listed my occupation as "writer" and turn me back? These questions (unanswerable, really, until the actual event) bother my subconscious mind more than I had hoped they would.

Still, I think that it will be worth it. I've never been to the city I am going to, which is always a fun thing. I'll have a native guide, so I won't be completely at loose ends, and I enjoy her company a great deal.

"Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the show?"
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Yule, mainly, because axial tilt is the reason for the season.

Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, for the same reason.

I'd like to celebrate Krampuslauf and Perchtenlauf, and I think that we might be doing so starting next year. Why? Because Krampuslauf and Perchtenlauf are awesome.
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I don't have reliable internet access for the moment. I'll mostly be out of touch for the next week or so.

Just letting people know.
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This is possibly the beginning of the greatest media invention since painting.
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Does anyone recognize the women in this short clip of some martial arts sword practice? The images are too small for me to tell.

Lost Fans

Aug. 5th, 2011 01:29 am
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If you were a fan of Lost, apparently J.J. Abrams wants to know what you thought he could have done better with that ending. Well, maybe he's just doing a "you think you could do better?" statement, but why not take him up on the invitation?
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Now I can read LJ just fine. I can't, however, post new entries or edit them. FUN!
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LJ is hating me at the moment, so I can't read anything that you're writing over there. This is a test to see which of you are still on there. If you see this on LJ, please reply so that I can get the reply email.
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