So I think I am going to attempt NaNoWriMo
I haven't been writing regularly for the last...5 years? 6? Sheesh. And about a year ago, for the first time in my life, I came up with an idea for a novel that included a complete plot and several concepts that really interested my husband. However, in all that time, I've only managed to write about 20 pages of it. I always wind up letting myself get distracted by mundane real-life chores ("You shouldn't sit down and write for 2 hours, you have a sink full of dishes and the leaves need raking!"). So I'm not necessarily hopeful that I'll meet the goal of writing 50,000 words during November, but I am hoping that it'll establish a habit of writing a little every damn day
, even if it's only for 20 minutes.
Of course, instead of working on my novel idea, this morning I wrote something based on a weird dream I had recently, where someone finds a little boy who seems happy and healthy but has no idea how he got there or where he lives. They call the authorities to report the lost kid, only to discover that over the last 48 hours, all over the country, hundreds of identical-looking little boys with the same name and same lack of background have been discovered. Two of these Good Samaritans who live close to each other decide to meet up to see if maybe bringing together the two boys they found will trigger memories or other clues as to where they came from. But when the two little boys walk into the same room, they explode. I'm...not really sure what happens after that. Maybe I'll find out...
I don't know how this happened, but apparently the spammers have finally discovered my LiveJournal. I just spent 20 minutes locking comments on the random old entries that they're suddenly leaving daily comments on.
I'm scratching my head over their business model. Does it really pay to put links to a website selling Real Ginuien Louis Vuttion Bags on a journal entry that was posted in 2007? Sure, they have automated programs to do it for them, and probably are stealing someone else's bandwidth to do it, so if even 1 in 250,000 entries from 2007 somehow gives them a clickthrough, I guess they'll consider it worth it. But even setting up the automated programs takes some effort that could be better spent, I don't know, shoplifting or something.
I also renewed my extra userpics. Part of me thinks it's silly because I post here...what...every two months, on average? Why am I paying $30 a year to maintain my layout style and userpics for a mostly-dead journal? But I have a lot of good memories, and I miss everyone, and...well...I just hate to completely abandon it all.
I hope everyone is having a decent fall, and no one on the East Coast has been hurt too badly by the superstorm.
I really miss fandom. I just haven't been able to get into a fandom, and therefore the fic world, since Heroes
collapsed for me. I haven't even logged in at Archive Of Our Own in months. But tonight I decided to go over there just for the heck of it. I discovered that the five fics I've copied over there have several dozen hits each, which make me surprisingly happy. And I discovered something else.
I discovered that someone has written a Doctor Who/'Allo 'Allo crossover fic. And not just any Doctor Who/'Allo 'Allo crossover fic...but a crossover fic containing Sarah Jane and Harry, who are my favorite companions (not to mention, of course, Four).
I should probably be disturbed at how much this 677-word crack!fic amused me, but I don't have time for that, because I need to go re-read Under Arrest
a third time. The only way it could be more perfect would be if the author had worked in a reference to The Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies
So not surprisingly, I have not been Recommending Things like I wanted to. Either I have 4 things I'd like to put up and I'm paralyzed by the choice, or I'm just too busy with real life to sit down and compose something. But after reading this, I had to come here immediately
to recommend it.
If you don't already read Wil Wheaton's blog
, you really ought to check it out. I was never a massive fan of his, though I had several junior high friends who swooned over him (if you didn't know it, he and I are the same age) (yes, we are OLD). I also never had the severe Wesley-hate that a lot of people did. I looked up his blog a couple of years ago from curiosity, and have been a regular reader ever since. His posts range from descriptions of how he and his college-age son brewed homemade beer, to reminiscences about his days on ST:TNG
and Stand By Me
. Sometimes, they're just little slices of real life that any of us might write, like a paragraph about how happy he is to walk in the rain with his wife.
And sometimes, he gets spam in bad Engrish about improving his erection, and he writes a completely insane dialogue between himself and a Burly Man With A Wilford Brimley Moustache At The Entrance To A Place Where Men Run Wild
that illustrates how hard life was back the olden days before Teh Interwebs could help men with things like that. If you click on that link, you will never regret it.Note: if you enjoy Wil's writing style, you may also enjoy his recaps of TNG. They're very much in a snarky TWoP-style: funny without being vicious, calling out stupid things while also giving credit to the good moments. He also mixes in personal commentary: "My god, a lot of the hate mail I used to get suddenly makes a whole lot of sense. I have never been more grateful that there wasn't liveblogging in 1987 as I am right now." Unfortunately, he only did a handful of them in 2007 and 2008, but they make for a really entertaining evening of reading.
I may have to watch American Horror Story when it premieres next week. Apparently Zachary Quinto has a recurring role as the former owner of the haunted house.
Hmmm...where are my So NoTorious DVDs?
I have a Yahoo email account that is 13 years old. It's my "ordering email"; I use it only for ordering things online, so that if a company sells it to spammers, it doesn't affect my personal email that I use for communicating with friends.
I had to get into it today and noticed an email with the subject "YOUR SINCERE RESPONSE IS NEEDED". Ah, yes, I thought, a Nigerian prince needs me to assist him in transferring money. Then I glanced over at the sender's name, and it was Shiro Nakamura.
So now I'm imagining fan fiction in which Hiro travels to a parallel universe (this one?) and discovers that his counterpart here, Shiro, the only son of Taito Nakamura, rejected his father's attempts to involve him in business, used his honest baby face to help him con people, and now makes a living suckering money with online scams. Shiro, of course, is intrigued to learn he may have the capability to travel through time and space, like his inter-universal twin. Hiro is then faced with the dilemma of whether he should show Shiro the methods by which he trained himself to do this: can he influence Shiro to turn away from his life of crime, or will Shiro turn into a complete monster once he has a way to escape any police force?
In order for readers to tell them apart, Shiro would have a goatee.
Just doing a quick drive-by post...I know my flist is pretty small, and I don't think any of you live close enough to Madison, Wisconsin to have experienced it, but has anyone gone to Geek.Kon
? I stumbled across it while just randomly looking at cons online. I prefer smaller gatherings like this one seems to be. I went to ComicCon once, and I'm glad I got to experience it, but I don't deal well with giant crowds so I'm automatically tense and weird with everyone around me. I prefer the cons that are somewhere between "local" and "regional": sure, they'll never book the stars of the current mega-hit show/movie as guests, but they have lots of panels that are basically just fans initiating discussions with other fans so you've got automatic ice breakers with the people around you, and you don't have to spend 5 hours standing in line to get into the panel you're interested in.
The website for Geek.Kon needs some updating, but I'm intrigued by the guest list and they have panels like "Why did I agree to do this?: LARP Logistics". And it's affordable even with my current budget crunch: $30 for a weekend pass and a room in the Marriott for 4 people for under $100 a night.
The problem is that this is only the con's 5th year and I don't know anyone who's been. So I just wanted to ask: has anyone been to Geek.Kon, or knows anyone who's been, and can pass along anecdotes/opinions?
Also, if anyone is in the Madison area or might think about going to the con, and would like to meet up, let me know. I'll update here as soon as any decisions are made about going.
Also also, if you have a local con that you enjoy going to, I'd love to hear recommendations. I'm hoping to have enough cash for a vacation next spring/summer, and it would be nice to combine a convention with a couple of days of touristy-stuff in a city I haven't visited before.
Well I am enjoying a delightful bottle of Juan Benegas
(an amazing malbec, if you like wine, you really should try it) so I decided that I should do another MP3 post. If you want to check out these songs, please download and listen, and buy more songs from these artists at Amazon, eMusic, iTunes, or your local music store.Eyedea & Abilities - Spin Cycle
This is another local rap group (but this is white boy rap! and I promise it's a white boy with actual rapping ability like Eminem, not Vanilla Ice!). I shouldn't joke because Eyedea died last fall from an accidental overdose, so he apparently had demons that he needed to face. But he was close to Slug and the other guys in Atmosphere, so if you liked the Atmosphere song I uploaded last week, you'll likely enjoy this song, about a failing relationship. It's really a rock song with rap lyrics. The joy that the music brings is completely at odd with the lyrics, but the song still makes me want to dance around the room.( Lyrics for "Spin Cycle"Collapse )Heiruspecs - If You Like This
OK, this is another entry inspired by jimmiefearsylar
's liking for last week's Atmosphere song. Heiruspecs are...yet another local rap group where I live...but they do awesome things! I repeat: I generally do not like rap, but I enjoy this song! This is a third local group that plays instruments...some of their songs include a trombone...and they write interesting lyrics! Seriously, if you're looking for happy new music, check them out. Unfortunately I could not find lyrics online, but I did find their Wikipedia page, which told me something I didn't know: their name is a deliberate misspelling of 'haruspex', which is a Roman priest trained to divine omens from the entrails of sacrificed sheep. And the album that this song comes from is called 'Antidisestablishmetabolism
', which is a play on one of the longest words in standard English. Yet the song also includes advice about not bending over in a prison shower. WHY AREN'T YOU LISTENING TO THIS SONG AL
READY?!?!Right Said Fred - No One On Earth
OK. So this is the point on Sprockets where we admit that sometimes we listen to music that may be embarrassing. Anyone who paid attention to popular music in the early 90s has heard I'm Too Sexy
. What people may not realize is that Right Said Fred put out an entire album. And I bought it. Yes, I bought it. And I fucking enjoyed it. There is a place in this world for good if silly and cheesy pop music, and Right Said Fred lived there happily. This is a genuinely honestly happy pop song about being in love with the perfect person. Even if you were skeptical about listening to the rap songs, check this one out.TV On The Radio - Wolf Like Me
OK, after the last song, I feel like I need to reclaim my indie cred. If you've never heard of them, let me give you the accurate opening line from their Wikipedia entry: "TV on the Radio is an American indie rock band formed in 2001 in Brooklyn, New York, whose music spans numerous diverse genres, from post-punk to electro and free jazz to soul music
." These are guys who make music that appeals to them at the moment, and then record it, and hope that other people enjoy it. I admit that I am hit-and-miss with liking their music, but every few months, I go through a phase of needing to repeatedly listen to this particular song about being a werewolf. I'll be honest: I hate werewolves who are in any way connected with sparkly vampires. But these werewolves are awesome
.( Lyrics for Wolf Like MeCollapse )
- Hearing:Ani DiFranco - Shy
I hope you are all doing well. I'm doing OK, but having a down day today, so I came online to try to cheer myself, and it worked.The Good Day Meme
Every day for 30 days, people should post one thing about their day that was good. No bad things should be mentioned in the vicinity of the meme. Even if your day was rubbish and all you've got is "I saw a pretty flower on my way home," then you still post about it in all of its pretty flower glory and forget the rest.
I usually read Fan Fiction Friday over at Topless Robot
. This week's entry was not that exciting, but in the comments, someone linked to this gem:Hat Hair, a legend of zelda fanfic
In the author's own words: "Another weird pairing without a cause. Link's hat x Link's hair. In which the world at large discovers the real reason your head's sweaty after you take off a hat
Yes. You read that right. Hat/hair slash. And I highly recommend you go read it, because it is short and sweet and well-written and completely insane. I've never even played a Legend of Zelda game and yet I loved it.
- Tags:meme: good day
- Hearing:Big Country - In A Big Country