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So far, so good. I got on a roll the other day and wrote three, but one every other day. Today was hard, though. I went off and did beaucoups housework just to get away from writing. Finally, before dinner, I forced myself to sit down and scroll through the prompts I had listed. I wanted to write one for Brains -- he's underrepresented in all my drabbles. I did find one for him this evening.

I've noticed that Jeff (of course), Virgil, Gordon, Grandma, and Kyrano all seem to figure prominently among the characters I find easiest. John, Scott, and Alan less so. I don't think I have any Tin-Tin or Penelope ones in this batch like I do in the [livejournal.com profile] 30_beverages drabbles. They are both mentioned, but neither of them are the stars. That's something I'll have to take care of in the future.

I find I have to manually go through and count the words as Open Office just doesn't count them right. Hyphenated words I'm counting as two, except for Tin-Tin. It bothers me because it's obvious that some of my earlier ones just don't have enough words in them. I wish I knew how to get around that.

One of my reviewers (Xenitha) sparked a drabble sequel to an earlier one! That was fun to write! I've tossed them at susanmartha, [livejournal.com profile] lillehafrue and [livejournal.com profile] funkycheese to get feedback on them. I've also invited others to join me in the challenge. So far, no one has taken me up on it.

Written so far:
--Backfired!, sequel to "Salt or Not?"*
--Compulsions, all_unwritten prompt #1457 "trembling hands"*
--Journal's End, all_unwritten prompt #1453 "the last entry in a journal"*
--What's in a Name?, all_unwritten prompt #802 "My name is..."
--Two Worlds, all_unwritten prompt #1197 "water licking the boat"
--Shattered, all_unwritten prompt #374 "It took only a second to change everything."
The ones marked by an asterix are posted.

More updates later!
tikatu: (thunderbirds are go)
Since Camp NaNoWriMo was such a bust for me (August is way busy at my house. Who knew?) I'm going to get myself back into the "writing daily routine" by doing a "drabble-a-day" challenge. If you want to join in, feel free. I'm using the traditional definition of a drabble: a story of exactly 100 words. I'm also trying to write fandom drabbles (mostly Thunderbirds as I know that best) using prompts from various sources -- particuarly [livejournal.com profile] all_unwritten. Not all their prompts are in their prompt list; however, I went through and copied the list to a file, adding the ones that weren't on there. If you want a copy, poke me via email and I'll send it along.

So far, I've written a very depressing drabble and added it to Mosaic. Today I wrote two, one because a bunny bit for a missing scenelet and the other because I'd depressed one of my readers with yesterday's drabble. If anyone could give me some beta/feedback on them, I'd be much obliged. [livejournal.com profile] thatgirlsix is currently swamped by real life (love, hugs, and prayers to you and yours, Six!) and [livejournal.com profile] funkycheese has started back to teaching. (Girlfriend, you really need to update that name!)

Well, the Hubby is on his way home in our cute little 2006 Chevy Aveo (the Girl's daily commute to university really underscored the need for a second car, one with way better gas mileage and fewer repair issues. Credit unions are simply awesome at this loan thing.) I'll post pictures of it when I can pry them out of the Girl's camera.

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Wordle: Wizard fight
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I am of the opinion that we need a corrollary to Godwin's Law, one dealing with calling something the equivalent of 9/11. I just saw an eye-popping, eyebrow-raising example of it on ff.net, which underscored with many thick, dark lines the need for such an amendment.
tikatu: my cat and namesake, Tika (birdbath)
Tomorrow, May 12th, is Stamp Out Hunger day! The USPS, in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers, is collecting non-perishable foods to restock the pantries of food banks all across the nation. Please leave a bag of canned or boxed, non-perishable food beside/in your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up tomorrow! Thanks for participating and working to stamp out hunger in the US!
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We rented four movies and watched them over Saturday night and today. Here are the movies we watched, in order of watching them.

Detective Dee -- a Chinese action/detective movie set in China's past. We've heard recordings of the "Judge Dee" stories, which were based on a historical figure named Di Renjie from the Tang dynasty. So, to some extent, we were familiar with the character, though this took a lot of liberties with him. The sets were fantastic and the fight scenes were choreographed by Sammo Hung, who had an American TV detective show of his own some years back. The funniest part was the disconnect between the English subtitles (which we had on so my husband could understand the dialog) and the English dubbing. The subtitles were probably a more faithful translation of the Chinese, especially since the word "beetles" in the subtitles (referring to "fire beetles") was translated into the English dialog as "turtles"! (Believe me, when you finally saw these things, you knew they weren't turtles at all!) Lots of fun for us.

The Three Musketeers -- This was the most recent one, with airships and martial-arts style fight sequences. The dialog could be terribly corny with the French nobility sounding like a whole lot of modern-day Americans. Even Cardinal Richelieu says something as crass as, "Yep." Hubby was particularly affronted by Richelieu's swordplay in the movie, though he never uses it against the Musketeers. Not a bad romp, but horribly unfaithful to the story. Of interest: D'Artagnan's horse is named Buttercup, and Athos quotes from The Princess Bride.

Kung Fu Panda 2 -- Loved this film. So much I could say about it, but I'll just stick to this one thing: Po finds out about himself and who he is (and may actually be reunited with his father in the next one. There better be a next one.)

Finally, Tintin -- We saved the best for last here. We have a huge selection of these books thanks to my BIL from Hong Kong (who knows what his brother likes). This script merges three different books: The Crab with Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn, and Red Rackham's Treasure. The motion-capture and CGI are really good here and the characterization is spot-on. I love Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock! Lots of action, adventure, flying bullets, and spunky dog sidekicks. I think one of the best scenes occurs near the end when Haddock and Sakharine (the villain) basically duel with dockside loading cranes.
tikatu: my cat and namesake, Tika (cat)
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tikatu: my cat and namesake, Tika (birdbath)
1. How often do you listen to music?
I listen to music every day, but not all day. I like to listen in the car and while working on my computer. I don't listen too many other places in the house because my tastes in music don't necessarily mesh with everyone else's.

2. Do you ever listen to the radio? What is your favorite station?
I only listen to the radio if my kids are listening to it in another room (believe me, they play it loud enough for me to hear!). If I'm going to listen for myself - like in the car - I'll listen to public radio.

3. How do you find new songs, albums, or artists to listen to?
By hearing some of my kids' music, actually. I've borrowed my daughter's latest Nightwish recording -- it has the tracks both with vocals and with just instrumentals and I really like the instrumentals. I've also shown my kids some cool music -- I was the one to introduce them to E Nomine.

4. When was the last time you bought a CD? A digital music file?
Last time I bought a CD and a digital music file were sometime last year. I bought E Nomine's Das Testament on CD, and "Northern Lights" by Renaissance in a music file.

5. Do you think any of the technologies and distribution methods mentioned above will still be around in ten years? Why or why not?
I think digital music will still be around but the player technology (MP3 players and whatnot) will have to grow beyond the iPod. Right now, that's the only platform for which manufacturers are developing docking technology. So, in order to have music in, say, an older car, you have to either have the iPod docking station or you have to have a CD player. There are other venues in which you have to have the iPod. My husband watches old TV shows on the treadmill at the Y and though he has an iPod and could listen to them, too, I don't have that option.

Still, things move so fast in technology these days that in 10 years, no one outside of my children's generation will ever remember what a CD was.
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Lake wind advisory for our area means my windchimes in front and back are dancing while there's a God Almighty draft through the tatterered weather stripping on the side door (thank you very much, Inky and Kami). The kids are playing either Okami (PS2) or Pokémon (DS). I have a crockpot full of chicken corn chowder going in the kitchen. Hubby has the car so I don't have to pick him up. Fortunately for him, his thermal underwear was ready for him to wear today as I'm very sure he needed it.

More later if I'm in the mood.
tikatu: (Moonstrike)
Okay, here's the scoop.

With the awesome betaing help of the amazing [livejournal.com profile] thatgirlsix I've been posting Moonstrike! to ff.net. So far, a whole chapter has disappeared, and other chapters have undergone (and will likely undergo) some big changes. Question is: how do I update it here? Do I start over again with a different tag? Do I gut the old posts and upload the new stuff? I'd rather not lose the comments, if that's possible. It's not a problem at dreamwidth as no one has commented there. I don't think it should be a problem at FanNation, either. I can just create a topic in the forums to explain the situation. But here, it's different. I'd like the old commenters to read it again as well as bring in the fresh and spiffy chapters.

So, what say ye? Start again or gut?
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And the President said he'd veto SOPA/PIPA.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr

tikatu: (coldest night)

Nope. Bright sunshine and a cloudless Carolina blue sky. I'd love our Christmas to look like a traditional snowy New England Christmas, but the recent unseasonably warm weather is good for my heating bill!  

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Yes!! Another 50k on Moonstrike! Posted four days early with room to spare at 50,971!

Now, that doesn't mean I'm done with the story, but I have been writing the big stuff at the end. Definitely more to go! I'm gonna try to get the majority of this done by the 30th, which means lots of word wars with my wrimos, even I'm not counting the words for my total.

This is gonna end up as another corker, word-wise, I think, but far from the 300K that The White Winds clocked in at.

Still... woot!!
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Crisp days, cold nights. Leaves changing colors into a palette of vivid reds, yellows, oranges, and the occasional deep purple. The sky seems bluer, the clouds whiter. Frost withers the green grass, and makes pruning old bushes possible. Pumpkins and apples are in season (and so are the baked goods that come from them). You can get away with a sweater, and there are No. Mosquitoes.

I wish it would hurry up and get here - down in the South we don't usually see it until late October, unless you live in the mountains. I miss autumn in New England, but I sure don't miss winter!
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I got the E Nomine album "Das Testament" today. This was their first, and it's full of Biblical themes, stories, and actual verses. In a lot of ways, it's less gritty and more upbeat than the other two albums. It starts off with Genesis 1:1 as an interlude, which I was able to understand from my admittedly rusty and limited German vocabulary. The first actual song is "Vater Unser" (the Lord's Prayer in German), and the last song is the same one, but translated into English. Truthfully, if any of the albums could be fully translated into English, this would be the one. It's not as dependent of texture as the others are. (Why, yes, music has texture. Ask me about it sometime.)

If there is anything I have against this, it's that the German is harder to tease out - which might be more a matter of my not having listened to it as often as the other albums. Definitely the Latin has more the feel of Gregorian chant in this one, and like the German, is not as crisp, I think. I have the lyric booklet; I think more study of that will help for both languages. There is also a lot of Hebrew motif in the music itself, which I like.

I'm toying with the idea of sending this to my BIL in Michigan - though I'm not sure what he would make of it. He's been brought up with the whole "rock is wrong" mindset, though he might have broken loose of that. I'm not really sure what his tastes are, but I think his wife (who is older than him and German) would be scandalized! (Perhaps all the more reason to send it? *gives shifty look*)

In any case, I'm enjoying this as much as the other two albums so far.

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