LJ vs. DW - the battle wages; plus, happy holidays!

Dec. 24th, 2011 | 01:10 pm

Hi y'all,

As I'm sure many of you have seen, there's been a lot going on recently in the state of LJ, and a large percentage of my flist has been making noise about migrating to Dreamwidth. This isn't the first time this has happened, as there was another such exodus a few months ago when LJ was facing the first of the recent serious DDoS attacks. From what I can see, it didn't really take, though I myself set up a DW account then as a backup.

That said, I think the recent changes to LJ's commenting system and general air of animosity, exasperation and neglect from the LJ staff towards its users will truly be the thing that decides people on whether or not to make the switch. My own journal hasn't been affected much, as far as I can tell, and personally I don't have any issues with the new commenting system, despite knowing how and why it's problematic for other users; however, I personally don't care to continue giving my money to a service that doesn't respect its customers, and obviously it makes no sense to continue using a dying service if the majority of fandom decides to saunter off in the direction of DW. The rise in popularity of Twitter and Tumblr has already greatly affected activity on LJ, as I myself have used those other platforms for the majority of my recent updates about RL and otherwise. My paid account is good until mid-next year, at which point I will likely not renew my LJ subscription. Perhaps I won't delete my account outright, but for various reasons LJ might become the backup instead.

So, for those of you who are on DW and wish to add me, my page can be found at nanoochka.dreamwidth.org, and I also invite you to add me on Twitter or Tumblr, which in both cases my username is the same. For DW, I did have a different username before, and many of you added me then; but having thought about it, I decided it made the most sense to keep things consistent, rather than risk confusion. Please friend me again under the new account if it's not too much trouble.

With that out of the way, I'd like to wish each and every one of you a great holiday season and a fantastic new year. See you all in 2012! I'll save you all a piece of birthday cake next week, too. :P

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Welp, there goes the rest of my 2011.

Sep. 5th, 2011 | 02:27 pm

I don't even think there's any point denying this is the only reason I look forward to the DVD release.

"Touch it?"

"Touch it."

"Touch it?"

"Touch it."

"Touch it?"

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Gotta get down on... Sunday.

Sep. 4th, 2011 | 09:59 pm

Two memes, one stolen from [livejournal.com profile] blue_fjords and the other because it caught my eye with its appropriateness:

you are aqua

Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.

Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.

Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

Nan's Dewey Decimal Section:

414 Phonology & phonetics

Nan = 414 = 414 = 414

400 Language

Linguistics and language books.

What it says about you:
You value communication, even with people who are different from you. You like trying new things don't mind being exposed to unfamiliar territory. You get bored with routines that never change.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

I'm satisfied with both!

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Crunch time, chickens.

Jul. 22nd, 2011 | 10:10 pm

Barely more than a month left to go. Shit just got real. (Or will it get really real in 3000 more words?)

97,000 / 20,000 (485.00%)

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I need to work on my optimism.

Jul. 9th, 2011 | 10:38 am

So this is where we are now with [info]spn_j2_bigbang - 325% over the original minimum wordcount and still going full steam ahead. I know it doesn't look like there's been much progress since the last time I whinged, but the last week has mostly been spent cleaning things up and working on [info]deancasbigbang with [info]fossarian; yes, I realize this qualifies me as insane. It's actually coming along quite well, though, and it'll be interesting to see where we're at with it when the draft deadline rolls around in August. We're excited to share it with you.

But instead of talking about how fucked I am, let's pretend that everything is beautiful and nothing hurts and this will be posted in all its 100k+ glory on August 24, yes?

85000 / 20000 (425.00%)

In the meantime, you should really go read
[info]prettify 's own entry to J2BB, All Your Yellow Brick Roads, because it is truly a piece of art and puts mine to shame. Seriously, I cried like a wee babby, so be prepared.

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Jun. 24th, 2011 | 08:46 am
mood: intimidated intimidated

Yep, J2BB update. That is all.

77000 / 20000 (385.00%)

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Shut up, Sera.

May. 14th, 2011 | 10:25 am

Can we make a list of all the things that are already annoying me about 6.21, based on the preview video? Here, let's have a spoiler cut and jump right to it.

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I just finished my J2BB draft. What?

Apr. 18th, 2011 | 10:44 pm
mood: ecstatic ecstatic

Aaaahhh you guys, I just finished my freaking [info]spn_j2_bigbang draft! I want to run around flailing and screaming my head off, except that I still have a good 30 000 words to write between now and the final deadline, since the second half is very much a DRAFT and mostly description.

But that doesn't matter, because I'm not out of the game yet! Whoohoo! I'm so excited to get back to writing the meat of the story, I can't even tell you. I think Bombora is going to end up being my favourite thing I've ever written.

43000 / 20000 (215.00%)

To the deadline, I say: BOOYAH, MOTHERFUCKER.

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Seems like a good day for a love meme. SO LOVE ME.

Apr. 7th, 2011 | 10:43 am
mood: hopeful hopeful

Why not, right? I'm sure this is a totally acceptable thing off which to base self-esteem and personal validation. Yeah. *deer-eyes*

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A non-spoilery observation.

Mar. 5th, 2011 | 10:04 am
music: Justice - Cross
mood: awake awake

Did Dean just learn how to tie Windsor knots recently or sommat? He looks like Dean Smith every week and it is KILLING ME. Hnnng.

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Where'd you get that bowler, the 80s?

Mar. 5th, 2011 | 01:14 am
mood: grateful grateful

I wanna write a SPN/Adjustment Bureau AU so bad. Dean and Cas would make the cutest lil' David/Elise, and it'd be a great excuse to slash Silver Fox with anyone. Namely Anthony Mackie, because... hot damn. I'm pretty sure he made Matt Damon's character question his sexuality.

The whole time I kept thinking how much like SPN it was, though. Great movie!

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Insane thought #8, 965, 838

Mar. 3rd, 2011 | 02:27 pm
mood: curious curious

For a little while now I've been pestering [livejournal.com profile] fossarian about the idea of adapting When Play Turns Bitter into an actual novel, and thought I'd consult with my lovely flisties about the relative insanity of this latest brainwave.

Those interested in my idea, carry on. )

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J2BB Status Update

Mar. 2nd, 2011 | 11:03 am
mood: cheerful cheerful

Whee, I hit the 15, 000 word mark! I'm in the middle of a porn scene, so that'll probably go up a bit by the time I'm done (or by the time someone's done, at any rate), but nevertheless I felt like this was a landmark worth sharing. :)

15000 / 20000 (75.00%)

However, since it's unlikely that I'll be finished at 20, 000 words, the counter should probably look more like this:

15000 / 40000 (37.50%)
So, durr. Back to work.

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Twit, Part Deux

Mar. 1st, 2011 | 08:17 am
mood: busy busy

Hello again,

Just to make things even more confusing, I've decided to create a second Twitter account,
@nanoochka, to keep my fandom/personal tweets separate from the posts I made to @infohead_desk. Since I've got a fair number of RL friends on there, I'd like the two not to cross-pollinate (they don't know about my slashy ways lol). Hopefully this one is a lot more recognizable to you, so please add me back! I'm doing my best to add everyone who followed me on the other account.


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What in the what

Feb. 24th, 2011 | 07:14 pm
mood: exhausted exhausted

So... Just finished Chapter Twelve of When Play Turns Bitter. With the beta now, post soon hopefully.

11, 078 words, WHAT THE HELL.

I am truly all written-out for the day, so I'll leave you with some Daniel Faraday to describe my current state.

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Feb. 20th, 2011 | 07:06 pm

Spoilers for 6.14, kinda. I just need to get this off my chest. )

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Feb. 18th, 2011 | 02:28 pm
mood: impressed impressed

Somehow managed to finish Chapter Two of my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang entry last night. I don't know how this happened, but I sort of expect it to backfire on me really quickly, either through my inability to finish, or by exploding the total wordcount (I doubt it'll end at 20k).

9152 / 20000 45.76% Done!

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Jan. 28th, 2011 | 07:41 pm
mood: sore sore

For anyone has ever wondered what getting a tattoo feels like, let me just say that it can hurt a hell of a lot less than getting a massage.

Also, what the fuck?

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Jan. 22nd, 2011 | 08:59 pm
mood: crushed crushed

Was anyone else completely fucking destroyed by Never Let Me Go? Jesus H. I just devastated a whole box of tissue.

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This shit is bananas. But what do the bananas signify?

Jan. 20th, 2011 | 02:10 pm
mood: mischievous mischievous

I have a funny story to share with y'all.

I run a writing group at my library for a small number of people from the community, and I have to say that so far it's been a really positive thing. I've tried to draw upon my own experiences with writing groups from when I was doing my degree in Creative Writing - although it was a bit different and we were obviously graded and guided by a professional writer, I still got a sense of what worked well as part of the group dynamic, and what to try and avoid in the future. Everyone in my group seems to get along and have really warmed up to one another; what started off as a group of fairly apprehensive people has turned into a positive, fun environment.

That is, except for Betty.

Betty is a woman in her late sixties who is known, by name, to all of the library staff here, as she can be extremely demanding and difficult to please as a customer. My stomach definitely sank when I saw her name on the sign-up sheet for the group, but I figured, Whatevs, maybe it won't be so bad, or she'll turn out to be an amazing writer. Yeah, right.

Not only does she snap and get defensive about every line of concrit provided to her at our meetings, she simply refuses to give feedback to the other group members, and makes it pretty obvious that she hates discussing anyone else's work but her own. We all know the type from fandom. Last month she said, "I have no interest in reading anyone else's work because I find it boring. Can I just skip reading it, or should i write, 'BORING' in my comments?" I politely told her that if she was unable to address herself more politely to the other group members, or fulfill group expectations, that I would have to replace her with someone else from the waiting list.

At this stage, I should also add that I regularly hand out samples of poetry and short stories from various well-known authors such as W. H. Auden, Hemingway, Shakespeare or T. S. Eliot so that the group members can think about different styles of writing, especially since some of them are still getting used to different poetic forms, etc.

Today I get a package in my mailbox from her, containing not only this month's writing sample, but all of Betty's comments on the other members' work, and the handouts I prepared. At first I couldn't figure out why she would have returned the handouts to me, but then I had a closer look and realized that she had not just discarded them, but gone and written her critiques on everything - even the Auden and the Eliot and the Hemingway. I guess Shakespeare passed muster for her.

All over the Auden poems were notes like, "This is unclear - explain what you mean," or, "Why would we stumble when the musicians are playing? This makes no sense," or, my favourite, "What are the clowns supposed to signify?" Regarding the lines from The More Loving One, "Admirer as I think I am/ Of stars that do not give a damn," she responded, "This is an undesirable emotion - your whole poem is unclear. Please clarify."

Her notes to Hemingway were definitely my favourite, though. She wrote a bunch of stuff in the margins about the title of Hemingway's A Very Short Story demanding to know what it was about, or if it indicated sexual abuse, or who the hell he was talking about (not even paraphrasing there). She accused him of using 'unnecessarily long sentences', and, regarding the deaf old man in the story A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, "What does it matter what time of day it is, or if the night is more quiet? It would be quiet any time of the day since he's deaf."

I just... in between wanting to piss myself laughing, I have no idea how I'm supposed to look this woman in the eye tonight. This is either the most blatant show of passive aggressiveness I've ever seen, or the most blatant display of utter stupidity. All I can think to say is that her notes were well-taken, but that Hemingway and Auden might have a few problems addressing her concerns due to a severe case of being dead.

Day: Consider yourself officially made.

ETA: Tonight she asked, "Who's Ernest? I don't remember meeting him at one of our sessions."

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