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Within just a day, I’ve had the pleasure of hauling out my Thunderbirds knowledge (with all the attendant books and other paraphernalia) to help a couple of fellow fanfic writers and personal friends. It was certainly fun, especially all the stuff about Alan Tracy’s educational background. Add to this my posting the first chapter of one of my short stories (Burning Muses) at AO3 and uploading a new post to my RP, and I’m full of Thunderbirds at the moment. It’s given me quite a hunger for fic and for writing or editing what I already have up. I edited the first chapter of Burning Muses, making it tighter. In many respects it was like my edit of the little scene I wrote a few days ago. The changes I made brought forth Brains’s voice and made him less … poetic. (Because if Brains is anything, it is NOT poetic.)

Then, there was the chatter at the dinner table. We went from Gosford Park to Downton Abbey (which we have not seen) to Acorn (which streams Downton Abbey), and then to Netflix – where movies are more plenteous in DVD than in streaming. This led to BBC America (and how we could get it on cable), to other premium cable services, to Game of Thrones and whether or not the TV series matched the novels. That particular thought brought out movies that didn’t match their source material – Boy #2 brought up the Percy Jackson movie (The Lightning Thief). This brought the whole shebang back to … Thunderbirds! The Girl’s comment: “I knew there was another kids movie like that! ” Hubby brought up that Frakes had said in an post-film interview that he directed the movie that the producers wanted, even though he knew the fans would be “annoyed by it” (Hubby’s words, not Frakes’s.) I promptly chimed in. “Annoyed? Annoyed?” Which, of course, is far too mild a term to describe the old guard’s intense hatred of the film.

Maybe if he’d stayed closer to the source material, we’d have had another Thunderbirds movie. After all,  there will be another Percy Jackson film, coming out this year.

Some fandoms get all the luck…

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Been working on coding things for my personal fiction site. I’ve finished and posted Mosaic – though that will be updated when the muse strikes – and I’m working on The White Winds. There’s still lots to do, but I’m almost halfway through the chapter formatting. I’ve managed to get it down to a routine. Open the .txt files, put in the chapter coding snippet for each chapter. Scroll down and add the back and forward buttons snippet. Tweak them to the proper chapter numbers. Remove the “next time, next chapter” stuff and paste it in a .txt file. Scroll up; add new title and cut the teasers and disclaimer. Then save as a .shtml file. Leave them all open, find a scene divider and change it with the short horizontal line snippet. Copy that, and do a global replace on all open files. Do a preview skim to make sure things look right, then save and close all. Really, I just did about 15 chapters and it only took an hour or so.

Seriously, the biggest time eater is finding images for the splash pages and writing the foreword. On Mosaic, it took me beyond forever to figure out which screencaps to use (and I found I’d duplicated some from earlier stories), and then the free photos that spoke to the drabbles. For The White Winds, I’ve asked my daughter to update a piece of cast art that she’d done for me earlier. Her artwork has progressed soooo very far that she was embarrassed by the old stuff. Since I’m working so quickly on coding this, I should poke her about that piece.

I’m also trying to decide if I should add my two non-Thunderbirds one-shots to the One Shots book. I’ve done one for The Incredibles, and one for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. My fanfiction is so heavily Thunderbirds-oriented, but these deserve a home, too. (They are posted on ff.net and on FanNation.) Tell me what you think about that.

In other writing news, I’ve pulled most of my work from Lunaescence Archives. I have several reasons for this. Things that were broken aren’t being fixed is one of them (thinking of forum registration here), but an increasing dissatisfaction with the way the archive is being run, and the ever-stronger skew toward anime and manga (and reader-insert) stories are probably stronger reasons. I’m sad about this, really; so many archives tend to go downhill once their owners are no longer involved in running and upgrading them. And now this has happened (IMHO) to Luna. (Yes, this puts me in mind of Thunderbirds Central, and parts of IR:TNP that need updating, too.)

As far as my personal “cyberstalker” (Lillehafrue’s term) is concerned, I haven’t heard from her again. Hopefully, I never will.

Back to the HTML editor, Batman!

Bad night.

May. 16th, 2009 05:23 am
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I got to bed at a relatively decent hour, but the muggy warmth of the room, my feet buzzing in pain, and worries about finances all conspired to keep me from sleeping any solid length of time today. So, I finally got up, took the dog out, and made sure my stories were all available on the family jumpdrive.

Plan for the day, for as long as I can stand it: write between bouts of baking and cooking, this morning; brainstorm in a similar way this afternoon; collapse this evening. Dinner will be ready when Hubby gets home, and I'm moving the laptop to the kitchen so I can keep going as much as possible. Won't be easy; but I think I can do it.

Overall, I'm convinced that I need to prioritize things so I can do the things that really NEED to be done, and do the things - especially in fandom - that I want to do/feel I should be doing.

For example: 
I need to be taking better care of our finances.
I need to be bringing in some money, somehow.
I need to take better care of the house.
I need to take better care of the Hubby.
I need to take better care of myself.
I need to spend more time listening to/correcting/playing with the kids.

Fandom stuff:
I want to finish my WIPs.
I want to continue my RP site.
I want to finish my Thunderbirds website.
I want to make my own personal site, and post my fan fiction there.
I have at least three stories that I want to write, new stories that are fandom-specific.
I want to finish my NaNo novel from last year.

This may mean dropping back/out of a few things. It definitely means spending less time online just putzing around.

So, you may find me online today, but marked as busy. That means I am busy. Whether it's with brainstorming, washing clothes, baking breads, making dinner... I will be busy.  I apologize if this puts you out in any way. But I need to do what's best for me and my family.
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[livejournal.com profile] partly_bouncy sent me a link last evening, saying that it might affect me directly. Boy, was she right! The link is here, and the gist of it is that Microsoft will be shedding their MSN Groups as of February, 2009. They'll be launching a new "social networking" service called Windows Live Groups in November, but existing MSN Groups won't be segued over to the shiny new service, they'll be sent to this other one, called Multiply.

Now, I've seen this happen before. Back in 2005, they sent all their groups that were listed as "adult" or "18+" off to World Groups - a situation that both pleased me and displeased me. Pleased me because it meant that the groups started by Loony Lucie the plagiarist were sent off to the gulag, and displeased me because I had to go to World Groups to keep an eye on her from time to time. (I did not like them!)

Now they want to send everyone else off.

I'm of two minds about the situation. I haven't been happy with MSN Groups for a while now. The storage space they allot you (unless you are an MSN subscriber) is abysmal; I paid $20-$30 last year to have enough for the two groups I run. The HTML coding allowed is limited, and though I was able to work with it, there was always more I wanted to do. The upshot of it is that I've been seriously thinking about getting my own domain and webspace and creating my own site. It would be a stiff learning curve, but I think I'd like the challenge.

And truthfully, I haven't been too impressed with what Multiply (or Google Groups, or Yahoo Groups, or some of the other services I've looked at) have to offer. I've seen a screenshot for the new Windows Live Groups and haven't been impressed with that, either. So, I might find myself with a lot of HTML coded pages and nowhere to put them.

Well, I still have time to see what's what-- the utility for moving the site over isn't ready yet. I'll probably have a better idea of where to go once I do some more exploring.

This would have to happen at the roughest time of the year, financially... sigh.

But it all makes me very, very glad that we moved IR:TNP off to its own site, even with all the problems we had with the forum.
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I've been in a baking for a couple of days now. Yesterday, it was banana bread, just to use up the very overripe bananas that were sitting on the counter. Two loaves, one a bit too heavy on the walnuts. Then I made chocolate chip cookie dough, which I baked up today (I'm of the opinion that cookie dough like this needs to congeal in the fridge in order to keep from melting all over the pan). Night before last I made batter for pumpkin pancakes (delicious!). I have molasses cookies planned, too, as long as we don't run out of sugar.

We finished up chapter 12 in the RP last night. Now we've started chapter 13, and I have three posts waiting to be beta'd, with two to write. Things look like they're going to pick up quickly, which I'm excited about. The Girl drew a very nice picture of one of the characters and his son. Very cute and I think she really caught the adult character's face and attitude.

Last night, I took Lacey out for her very last potty-break before putting her into her crate for the night. She wandered over to the neighbor's yard, just close enough to turn on the motion-sensitive light over their carport. And there, sitting on the top step, looking up as if waiting for someone to open the front door, was their beagle, Bo. Bo has the run of their fenced-in yard, but once in a while he manages to get out. I went down to the gate to see if I could figure out what happened. Seems there's a low spot between their driveway and the gate that he can wriggle out through. There's a cinderblock on the inside of the fence, and I know I heard him working away at it when we went to the back yard. There were a lot of leaves there, and he was rustling those around and making little noises as if he'd caught something to play with. Yeah. He was playing with that cinderblock!

So, I woke the neighbors by ringing the doorbell. I felt bad about it; it was late. But I figured they didn't want Bo out and about on his own. The husband came to the door and took Bo inside, and as I went back in, I saw the lights in their back yard go on and heard the cinderblock being slid back into place.

The kids have Friday and next Monday off, and the Hubby's non-scheduled days are Friday and Saturday. So, he should get a long weekend (unless he gets called in to work) and so should they.

I just can't get "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" out of my head...
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(I drafted this entry before the events of September 8. See the relevant post for more details on that. Didn't want people connecting the two... which shows my state of mind since, I think.)

"That's the main thing I've found with fan-created sites; as real life closes in, the site suffers because, let's face it, real life trumps fan-stuff every time." Me, August 23, 2008.

I wrote this when I recounted the revival of an archive that I'd thought had been dead/dying, but that has been resurrected in a new form. My question was - and still is - will the owner's commitment to his archive endure? I hope so, but knowing his past history, I'm skeptical.

However, during the past couple of weeks, I've come to realize something else that affects fan-created sites of all stripes: the "bright, shiny, new". This happens when a new, cool show/movie/book/what-have-you catches someone's attention and they basically drop the fandom(s) they're currently involved in like a lead weight to reach after the new thing. This isn't always a bad thing; people do mature in fandom and moving out of a fandom isn't always precipitated by a new one coming along. Sometimes it's not a dropping of one fandom, but an adding of another, with a fan giving both equal attention. But, in my own experience, it's often the first case that leaves archives, websites or messageboards abandoned by their owners - unless they turn the sites/boards over to someone who is responsible and enthusiastic about carrying it on.

Why is this particular observation coming to me now? Because I think I've got the "bright, shiny, new" myself. Not for another fandom. But more for other websites, other opportunities on sites where concentrated participation is de rigeur. Sites where, if you want to be read, reviewed, whatever, you must reciprocate - and reciprocate a lot. Sites that require focused daily attention.

Now, this isn't always a bad thing, either. For any one site to have a lively, panfandom atmosphere is rare, I think, and can be an interesting place. FanLib was like this; a lot of writers bravely read outside their fandoms, outside their comfort zones, and not only read but reviewed and gave good constructive criticism. I enjoyed that immensely, both from the giving and the receiving ends.

It's just that, for me to participate to the level that was expected, I found I had less and less time to devote to those fandom-specific ventures that I myself have started, or that have been entrusted to me by others. My own sites, in particular my MSN Groups, have languished, with only the occasional news item and the monthly caption contests keeping the sites from looking like they've been abandoned. My C2 community has been comatose for the past couple of years; I keep wanting to revive it, but never seem to have the time. I have seen so many things happen to other sites - their owners don't want to destroy them, but they don't have the time or inclination to keep up with them, or add to them. It makes me sad and irritated when the only posts I find on an otherwise interesting site are from "lonely singles" spammers that a somewhat interested group owner could remove with a couple of clicks.

And it's not just sites, it's fanworks, too. How many WIPs have fallen by the wayside due to this? I've been moving like molasses on my own three, and I get angry at myself about it. I'm determined not to abandon them, but it gets harder and harder to make the time to write each day. There are other storylines clamoring for my attention, not just in fanfiction, but in my role play as well. The role play comes first, the WIP second. When will the new ideas get their time if I'm determined to finish what I've begun before I start something new? (Not to mention that NaNoWriMo is just around the corner!)

So, which way do I go? Do I reach out to the newer sites, give them my time and energy? Do I go back and concentrate my efforts on my older sites? Do I shrink my fannish circle or do I expand it?

It's time to reprioritize and decide what is most important to the fan in me.

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And I suppose there's proof of that from time to time. Example:

~Friday, one of my IR:TNP managers was dumped by her boyfriend of 2.5 years, just as they were about to move into an apartment together.

Then:

~Saturday, another of my IR:TNP managers crashed her van. No one hurt, but van needs repairs in the same spot it needed them before.

And, to cap it all off:

~Power went out here at 1 a.m., Sunday, and wasn't restored until 3:30 p.m. The day has been sweltering, and so have we. Waiting for the fridges and freezers to cool down to assess the damage. So, if you've been wondering where I am, now you know.

Only one more manager... I hope she dodged the bullet this time out.

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The Girl got her beginner's permit today. She needed it by tomorrow for Driver's Ed, so when she got home from school, we boogied on up to the Dept. of Motor Vehicles so she could take the "Knowledge Test". I'd already printed out the necessary forms and had filled in (with typing where possible) the information. Before we left, we double-checked all the identification she had to bring with her: Social Security card, birth certificate, and proof of residency (in this case, her school ID card).

She had 22 minutes to take the test; she did it in 16. Missed 5 questions, which was good enough to pass. So now she has another picture ID (which looks pretty good) in her wallet. It's good for a year.

And, oddly enough, everybody at the DMV pronounced her name properly. The lady at the counter that we dealt with did mention she had to be careful to get the "unusual spellings" right, but that was all. (Her name was Ianthe.)

In other spheres, the RP is going great guns for a change. People are excited about it again, and we've even got a new player. We zipped through five days or so of game in the corresponding amount of real time, and are now working on the long-awaited Halloween party. Rain has done some art for various people (including a wonderful scene of my character dancing with her SO!) and I think is working on more. She also put up a really heartwrenching series of posts with her character visiting his mother's grave. Wonderful stuff!

The White Winds is calling me, and I worked on Overtures a little as well. Need to keep it up and get these stories finished!

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The forum is down again, and this time, so is the gallery. Server 500 and 404 errors, just like before. It started yesterday with a short downtime, and it seemed to do the same today at first... but now it's been down most of the day. I had started moving some of the suggestions over to the mirror site before it went down solid, and I know Liz was moving chapter 11 over. I did get chapter 12 up to date, so we can still play. But it's very, very frustrating, and Rain will NOT be happy. 

At least we have the archives to put up in the interim. 

ETA: Both gallery and forum were up this evening, and we rushed to post the things that needed to be copied (like updating the timeline and suggestion boxes). Liz has finished posting a few of the archive chapters, and I copied all the sprites to the forum's smiley listing. So things got done - and Shirley posted the next bit of the current story, which is more to the point.

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Has anyone else had this happen to them?

I did some Google-fu on IR:TNP because a friend said she had, and couldn't find anything. The first things that came up were my last two lj posts on the subject, along with some links about the RP, and lots of info on the DNA material called IR tnp. I cruised through the various mentions, and came on an lj that had IR:TNP in it... somewhere. It was found by LJ Seek, but as I accessed the journal, I found that this person had nothing to do with our RP. I couldn't even find the RP's name on her journal. Then I recognized that the IR:TNP was followed by some of my other tags... for some reason my tags had gotten mixed up with this person's account. Don't know why or how, but I think it was something odd from LJ Seek, not Google.

But that's not the really bizarre part. One of the last Google matches was a blog on Blogspot, one that was for a guy. Yeah, a guy. He - if it was a he - had a few entries for 2005. And one of them was mine. A blog entry about my writing spree on Masquerade, then doing housework. I knew it was mine when I read it, and I had to wonder: why? Why me? Who does something like that? This guy even had an entry written in Spanish (it looked like Spanish, and certainly wasn't French - though it could just as easily been Portuguese or Italian). All these very disparate blog entries and I'll bet dollars to donuts that not one of them was his. 

Again, who does something like this? I've heard about someone who posted the journal of a popular, well-respected writer who had passed away, plagiarizing her fanfiction and her thoughts, claiming them as his own. When pressed about it, he gave some song and dance about having known the deceased, yadda, yadda. No one believed him. Is this a prevalent thing, this copying of someone's life? Stitching together bits and pieces of others' experiences to create a sham one of your own? It almost feels like dealing with "Lucie" all over again, especially when she was doing all that copy/pasting bits and pieces of fics, and adding some of her own illegible and incoherent sentences to make it "new". Had it been a more personal entry (or he'd continued doing it), I might have had the same sucker-punch-to-the-gut feeling I had when I was plagiarized. As it is, I feel more of a blink-blink-blink-I-can't-believe-it confusion.

The blog only encompassed a few months in 2005, and seems to be abandoned, for which I'm grateful. I don't think I'm going to pursue it any further. If it was an active blog, yeah. I'd scream bloody murder. But at this point it seems to be moot. I doubt I could find the owner at this date, and if I did, I doubt he'd do anything. This one isn't worth fighting about, and I've learned to choose my battles.

Speaking of battles, there's a self-proclaimed flamer on ff.net who has written a foul-mouthed "review" on JulesDPM's latest fic. I've read the story, and it doesn't deserve what this troll is dishing out. She's doing it for kicks, and for the response. So any of you Thunderbirds fans out there, please go by and report the flame as abuse, which is exactly what it is. Just report, don't respond. Thanks much!
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The forum at IR:TNP was pretty much trashed by the server. Rain went in and tried to salvage it, but to no avail. Everything got corrupted, and we lost almost all the suggestion box stuff and the feedback boards. Fortunately, I'd copied the timelines over - they're more important than you'd think and almost impossible to reconstruct without a lot of hassle. Basically, if I had transferred it to Yuku, we still had it. Makes me sad that I didn't copy over all the suggestion box stuff while I had the chance.

She set up a new version of the FUD boards (we do like the script and it was a server problem, after all). We're slowly getting the archives back online - chapter 11 was missing quite a bit at the end, but between Liz, Lauren and me, we were able to put it all back together. We did lose two of the sprites - John and Scott in their plain clothes. But Rain had all the rest and even had a couple that we hadn't expected. Then she went and created a few more! The Hood is especially exquisite - she put a lot of detail into something that's just a few pixels wide and long. Marvelous work!

I'm up next to post, I believe, so I'll spend a little bit of time writing my next bit. But I have so much more I want to do: finish the chapter of TWW that got interrupted by all this forum drama, clean the house (which is always with me but is bugging me more than usual), finish printing off my longer fics to paper for future editing, just a lot of things clamoring for my attention... like the dog. Something funny, though. Boy #1 was working on his Physical Science "virtual classroom" course, and while she waited for her turn to get on my computer, the Girl started reading Masquerade (which I'd taken down so I could dust the shelf and put it up again with book ends). She said she was sucked right into it, even though she was coming in after the first volume, and really liked it! So much so that she warned me not to lose her place! It was cool to hear her laughing over some of the funnier stuff I put into the story.  Really makes me want to print off everything! Going to have to get a couple more black ink cartridges, and maybe some more paper, too!

Well, onward and upward!

 
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The forum at IR:TNP's been down for a few days now, at least, to those of us on this side of the pond. I've told Rain, and she's gotten back to me, but the error message I sent her gives her the idea that we may have been hacked. She said that she could access it, and she has an email in to her hosting service to see what they have to say on the matter. For now, it's a matter of patience - Rain has a lot of work to do in these last weeks of uni, and she'll get to it when she can. I understand completely, and I'm trying to keep the others up-to-date on the problem.  So far the rest of of the players have been really good about it.

Boy #2 has come back from the field trip that concluded his special history-intensive Saturday school. It's based on a curriculum developed right here in this county, using the new DVDs of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (which have been renamed "The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones"). There's lots of supplemental material included with the episodes; documentary pieces, professorial lectures, and interactive timeline, and games. The field trip was to the Roper Mountain Science Center, where there was an interactive program called, "Walking Through Time With Indiana Jones". I find it really exciting that this is all coming together here, in our school system.

Still working on TWW - chapter 61 now. It's actually moving along and I know what I want to show here. It may sound a bit repetitious, but I figure that - in real life - it would take time for a rumor to die, especially if it has to do with someone's sexual orientation. As I have one of the characters tell the others, "It's hard to prove a negative". 

Hubby will probably be home a little late today; it's the food drive, and it takes more time to pick up the food from each stop. We put out two bags full of canned goods and extra boxes of pasta and rice I'd found. I know it's going to a good cause.
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I've been fiddling around with the Thunderbirds page at FanHistory, trying to set up a timeline of when various sites came and went. I figured it'd be difficult in the case of Thunderbirds World, seeing as the place has been defunct for two years and more. But I was hoping to find some info from The Wayback Machine to help out. I've been able to access various spots in the site's snapshots that at least have some dates on them. Seems that there aren't as many of those pages left as I figured. At least I have dates for when the owner pulled the plug!

Then there's the issue of Tracy Island IR. It was started as a replacement for Tracy Island when that site was accidently deleted. But on questioning Phoenix Sparrow, I couldn't get the date when the first site was started - it might have been six months to the day before the new one was, but she doesn't remember.

And even my own site IR:TNP has some date issues. Since I've basically killed all the boards except the General one I can't find out what day we actually opened at the new site. The issues we had with the first forum script sort of killed all the evidence of when the first post was written there. I've got a letter in my files dated June 28, and something else dated July 6... but nothing that definitively gives that magical day when we moved over. 

How detailed do we have to get here? I feel like I should have realized this problem a long while ago, and tried to save what evidence I could of the fandom's history - but who'd a thunk there'd be an actual place to put it all! Not only that, but there are over forty years to consider and I've only been in the fandom for five. How much of that lost - and it is lost - history should be dug up? Or is just the history of what's been going on here, on the internet, be considered? 

A difficult question, and one I have no answers for. 

One other fronts, the Hubby is home and digging fence posts. And the Girl and I will go in further search of a strapless bra for Saturday - then make brownies for the art show tomorrow evening.

Edited August, 2008: Slightly edited as the former owner of Thunderbirds World wanted this flocked, and I won't do that since it was quoted in

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We're supposed to have a brainstorming session this weekend for IR:TNP.

I know Lille and Hobbeth will see this, and part of me wants to leave it as private. But it's how I feel, and they should know. So here it is, gals, how I feel about the RP. I want to go on, but not by myself.

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The other day I was bemoaning the fact that I couldn't get writing; there were too many ideas and they were all crowding around, demanding release.

Well, I released some of them yesterday and today.

Yesterday I:
wrote a post for The Magician
wrote a post for CIR
wrote two posts for


Thunderfan

wrote a post for
IR:TNP

posted the first chapter of Serendipity to fanfics.org

Today I:
finished chapter 15 of
Turnabout

posted said chapter to both fanfiction.net and fanfics.org

Now, on to chapter 16 of Turnabout and finishing chapter 4 of Serendipity. Plus trying to do a collaboration with Frankie for IR:TNP. I could probably come up with something for Daria's TB RPG, but I feel no compulsion to bail it out again. And I still have the novel to write on as well. I get butterflies in my stomach when I think of that undertaking. But it's got to come out.

On top of all this writing, I've actually managed to get a head start on supper. A pork roast is in the crock pot and all I have to do is a veggie and company rice. Hey, I might even do plain rice so that Hubby can enjoy the gravy. That's even easier.

Now, if I can only get the kids to stop picking on each other.... sigh.

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It has gotten downright cold here! Freeze warnings for last night and tonight. Gotta get the hubby to put down all the storm windows; the boys' room is freezing and we don't need a higher gas bill than the one we're going to get next cycle! I am so tempted to put some money into a few electric heaters; electricity is cheaper than gas right now and if last winter's bill is like this winter's bill, we'd probably save in the long run. I wish we had better insulation, but the people who built this old house were made of sturdier stuff than we are, apparently.

I feel the compelling need to write, but I have so many ideas in my head that I don't know which fic or which RP to start with! At least in IR:TNP, there are a couple of people with posts ready; I've given a nudge to the one who's supposed to start the ball rolling there. At CIR, I suppose it's my turn to post but trying to put something coherent together is eluding me. I posted last at Thunderfan, and a good one it was, too. One of my best lately at that site, in fact. I've got an idea for The Magician, but there are small details to work out there as well. Daria's Thunderbirds RPG is floudering again, but this time I feel no compulsion to jump in and save it.

I've got a bit of Turnabout chapter 15 done, but am still puzzling over how this bit of plot should go. And Washed Up (which I believe I will rename to Serendipity, since someone else on ff.net has a fic entitled, Wash Up) is buzzing around in my brain as well; problem is that it's later chapters that keep flying around. I suppose I should write them down so that I lose nothing. Then there's the novel, which I really feel bad about. But part of me just doesn't want to actually put fingers to keyboard! (Ironic, I know, seeing as that's just what I'm doing now.)

I guess that it's a matter of picking one and sitting down and writing it until I reach the chapter's end. And Turnabout is probably the one that needs my attention the most. So I guess I'll work on that first. Hopefully I can focus in on it and get this next chapter done.

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Went to the Harvest Happening at church last night. The kids love this; it gives them a chance to run around and visit with their friends while riding the hayrides, eating hot dogs, and drinking hot cocoa. I wasn't sure if they were going to have it; the weather was damp and overcast all day. And boy, did I feel it! Hubby dropped us off and went back to the house to get a couple of folding chairs. Found out that some small creature had made a nest in the red one; there were bits of fluff in there and a couple of holes chewed through the nylon. Once he got back, we ate and then I sat down and didn't move for the rest of the evening. My feet were hurting so much! Dorothy and Sandra came over to chat with me, and I touched base with Debbie and Linda P. Said "Hi" to a lot of people and spoke with Sarajean at length. Have to make sure I get Valerie's wedding gift all wrapped and ready to go.

The kids had a good time. The Girl hung out with her good friend Anneliese, and Boy #1 hung out with Matthias and put odds and ends on the fire. Boy #2 dared Emmy to put something on the fire, and, knowing Emmy, she took him up on his dare. The boys ran around on the playground and I had to specifically tell Boy #1 to stay out of the creek. He told us later that there was a snapping turtle in the creek now.

We bought pumpkins for the kids to "carve" which means that they design a jack o' lantern and Daddy carves it (but they have to clean it out). He got two done the day before and did the last one last night. They are out on the steps now. The Girl's is at the top as usual, with Boy #1's just below it, and Boy #2's at the bottom. Here are some pics:

We'll put candles in them tonight.

The Hubby should be home soon and I'll either go out and get milk and candy to send him out to run the errand. I'm very tired; I didn't get to sleep until 4:30 a.m. with my feet the way they were and didn't get up until 11:00 a.m. Hubby always tells me to wake him so he can massage my feet with Aspercreme, but he needs his sleep, too, and always seems so groggy and grouchy when I ask him to do it. Tonight I'll take my anti-depressant around 9 and see if that helps me get to bed sooner.

[livejournal.com profile] funky_cheeseArtisiticRainey finished the pics of my character's kids for IR:TNP and sent me a picture of herself in her beautiful dress. She looked so very lovely! And she did a great job on the portraits, too. I have one more character to develop a description for: my character's mother.

I keep looking for the van, and I'm very much afraid that Hubby has stopped at the library. Well, it closes at 6 tonight so he won't be there very long. Now to get some housework done.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

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... but I've got one of my IR:TNP authors working on her next post and she wants my input.

Sigh.

Ran around like a chicken with my head cut off this afternoon, shopping for groceries and such. The kids had the day off for teacher's work day. Nice not to have to get up and make lunches but Hubby missed his bus and I had to get up and take him to work. They'll have next Tuesday off for voting, too.

Worked a bit on Chapter 14 of Turnabout over the weekend, and fleshed out some of my novel as well. Noticed today that someone put up a TB fic on fanfiction.net called WashUp. I guess maybe the "babe washing up on Tracy Island" fics have either been pulled or been ignored by the newer writers. I hope she didn't get any ideas from the bits I posted on Live Journal. Though I will admit that the plot has been done to death, I planned a twist on the traditional scenario. I should finish that fic, I really should.

[livejournal.com profile] funky_cheese sent me a picture to post on IR:TNP; the one of my character's daughter. So cute! I can hardly wait to see what she makes of my character's sons. Took a quiz that [livejournal.com profile] rockchick86  posted on "What Kind of Lunatic Are You?" I was "normal"! Yeah, right. Just ask my kids if I am.....

Well, the author has left the chat, and so has our companion in crime, so I'm going to put my husband's uniforms in the dryer and go to bed!!! Yeah!

Never thought I'd see the day that I'd welcome sleep so much.

Sigh.

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