31 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:56 Feeling the effects of holiday binge eating. Oh well, time for breakfast. #
  • 09:04 The trouble with loaner (Mac) computers: can't even run my portableapps stuff :(. See, another reason to just pick up a new computer, right? #
  • 12:51 Tweeting from my new netbook. For once in my life, I'm in step with the technology curve :). #
  • 13:13 Netbook setup half done. Now to install my writing stuff and I'll be good to go! #
  • 13:51 Hoping there's an easy way to transfer my OpenOffice settings rather than having to reset everything from scratch. #
  • 15:20 Finally! Let the writing commence. (Field-testing the netbook at a coffee shop.) #
  • 16:09 Oh yes, I could definitely get used to writing on this. I'm not about to give up the AlphaSmart, though. #
  • 16:35 Too ashamed to put up my year-end writing stats like other writers :(. #
  • 16:44 Podcast--Nancy Kress on Writing in Scenes: tinyurl.com/9p7bwc #
  • 17:01 "The hourglass has no more grains of sand." Rushing headlong into 2009! ♫ blip.fm/~1df6k #
  • 18:55 Love TWILIGHT ZONE marathons! My favorite ep is coming up in 2 hours, "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" #
  • 21:24 Mastering the vertical and horizontal scrolling on the netbook while watching THE TWILIGHT ZONE. #
  • 21:25 I have to say, a visit with family is a LOT more relaxing after you've already had a week off work :) #
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30 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:05 You know you're back home when you feel a smidgen of concern about how the Browns did so lousy this year that they fired the head coach. #
  • 08:05 You can take the boy out of Cleveland, etc. etc.... #
  • 09:16 Getting an early start on one of my New Year's resolutions. I've started reading a (*gasp*) novel! #
  • 09:28 Experimenting with using goodreads to store my reading notes: tinyurl.com/878jmw #
  • 19:02 The lack of sleep from two days ago finally caught up with me. Out like a light most of the day today :( #
  • 19:02 Time for a caffeine source and some writing, I think. #
  • 21:17 Almost, almost got that netbook. Gonna take another day to decide. #
  • 21:20 Writing. One page, whatever. So, this netbook...yeah, tomorrow. Maybe. #
  • 21:44 Glad one of my New Year's resolutions isn't "stop procrastinating." My list of 2009 goals isn't done yet :(. #
  • 23:07 If my sleep cycle stays this screwed, I'll either have no trouble staying up for New Year's Eve or I'll be dead asleep by 9 pm. #
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29 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:08 Hardly slept last nite. Not because of travel nerves, but because of all the blind coffee/Red Bull drinking I did to get stuff done. :( #
  • 07:10 Everything's all packed and ready, though. #
  • 07:11 Anyone wants me, "I went back to Ohio." ♫ blip.fm/~1c70u #
  • 16:52 Pleasantly uneventful, if slow, drive. Slow was good, though. #
  • 16:52 Forgot the most important thing--my laptop's power cords :(. #
  • 17:23 Not having laptop cords makes the idea of buying a netbook all the more appealing. #
  • 22:07 WTF...was I really that thirsty that I found Corona tasty?? #
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28 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:30 Life definitely feels different getting 9 hours of sleep a night :). #
  • 08:31 "A Comprehensive and Totally Universal Listing of Every Problem a Story Has Ever Had" andromedaspaceways.com/EveryProblem.htm #
  • 08:52 Bumming myself out by reading writers' blogs and all their year-end posts on their submission stats. #
  • 11:33 Home office is a disaster area, since I'm only half-heartedly rearranging it in between doing other things. #
  • 12:17 Too engrossed in MEGA SNAKE on Sci-Fi to make progress on the office. #
  • 13:16 Time to find something a little more productive to do with my life today, maybe sneak in a taste of the nice weather. #
  • 13:48 Laundry--that's productive. Lame, but productive. #
  • 15:28 Suppose now that the laundry's done, I can pack for tomorrow's trip...eventually. #
  • 16:10 Slowly understanding why some writers like writing in pencil. #
  • 16:11 Yes, trying to write. Anyonw who knows me knows I'm not going to think about packing until 10, maybe 11 tonite :). #
  • 17:24 Gonna go out for some nice local coffee and see if I can eke out one more page. #
  • 19:39 Wrote (w/the Mirado Black Warrior No.2) 3pgs. Will have to cut 2-3 earlier pages. #
  • 19:39 Now I have time to (make a list of things to) pack. :) #
  • 20:46 Packed: current WIP, books, mp3 player, cameras, & associated gear. Not yet packed: clothes, etc. #
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27 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:56 Pondering how to spend my last 2 days of freedom before visiting family. #
  • 07:57 "A Polish man...visited a brothel and spotted his wife among the establishment's employees." tinyurl.com/2u5ljm #
  • 11:11 Completed the annual pilgrimmage to the office supply store to stock up writing supplies for the New Year. #
  • 12:08 Going out for coffee and to take a leisurely, lackadaisical approach to writing today. For once. #
  • 14:56 Not much writing done. Did a lot of brainstorming, conceptualizing, & reinventing for the New Year. Still going, too. #
  • 19:02 Coffee in bed. Not a bad idea. Might substitute Red Bull, tho :). ♫ blip.fm/~1bn04 #
  • 21:56 Today's 1/2 pg of writing done Capote-style, i.e. handwritten w/a Mirado Black Warrior No. 2 pencil. Just 'cos. #
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26 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 13:36 DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special 2008: 4.5 out of 5. Definitely enjoyed more than last year's. #
  • 13:38 Didn't find much in the way of Boxing Day sales this morning. Even got 1/2 pg of writing done! #
  • 13:39 I think I've earned some time in front of the HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES marathon on Sci-Fi. #
  • 18:18 I forgot how craptastic HIGHLANDER: THE SOURCE is. How the hell do you start a movie with 5 straight minutes of expositional monologue? #
  • 19:02 Getting next year's calendar together while LOLing at HIGHLANDER: THE SOURCE. #
  • 19:09 Ahh! Ears bleeding at the sound of HIGHLANDER: THE SOURCE's version of "Princes of the Universe"--make it stop, make it stop!!! #
  • 19:58 Last 5 min. of HIGHLANDER: THE SOURCE are worse than the first. Expositional monologue/montage recap of the movie!!! #
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25 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:49 Merry Christmas!! #
  • 08:05 Getting ready for family to come over and for the DCOTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! #
  • 08:44 Coffee and BookTV on a Thursday morning--it IS Christmas! #
  • 10:15 No Christmas of mine is complete without CHICAGO XXV on the CD player and a showing of BLACKADDER'S CHRISTMAS CAROL. #
  • 20:22 Despite some the difficult logistics, this was one of the least-stressful Xmas family times I've ever, ever had! #
  • 20:41 When we see my folks next week, might be a different story ;). #
  • 20:54 Trying to avoid intarwub spoilers for the 2008 DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special, since I'll be watching it shortly.... #
  • 22:56 The best Christmas gift today...a rejection email! #
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24 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 03:20 "I can't get to sleep. I think about the implications..." ♫ blip.fm/~1ad6d #
  • 07:16 Always thought Band Aid had the better tune than USA for Africa. ♫ blip.fm/~1aemd #
  • 09:25 OSHA retraining. The Xmas gift that keeps on giving! :) #
  • 09:36 Scored 90% on "Violence in the Workplace." So, I'm now fully prepared to be violent in the workplace? #
  • 10:21 Time to get Xmasy: tinyurl.com/7elchp #
  • 10:24 Been playing this at my desk all morning so far; can't get enough. ♫ blip.fm/~1aghg #
  • 11:48 A video I send around every Xmas: tinyurl.com/2d74md #
  • 11:58 Waiting for Chinese food lunch while clearing out a year's worth of Google Notes and Bookmarks. Writing? What writing? #
  • 16:20 "Vacation--all I ever wanted..." ♫ blip.fm/~1akm8 #
  • 16:23 Safely ensconced at home and can finally relax! #
  • 19:55 Hardest decision I face tonite: watch GHOST HUNTERS rerun or the first showing of A CHRISTMAS STORY in their 24-hr marathon. #
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Season's Greetings!

23 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:03 Not as cold today, true. Also, not as motivated now that my grades are in. I think I'm pretty much gonna phone it in today :). #
  • 07:12 Because I haven't heard this in awhile and I need a good wake-up song: ♫ blip.fm/~19xkk #
  • 09:01 More tribu--presents--from coworkers! Including jazz CDs! Cassandra Wilson, Basie/Vaughn, Eliane Elias, & Return to Forever!!! #
  • 10:12 Could be writing on the d/l, but nope. Socializing between the few tasks I have today. #
  • 11:19 Broke down "mr.wizard" delicious tag into separate sciences. A small step to streamlining my archives for 2009. tinyurl.com/6wcycy #
  • 13:38 1.5 handwritten pages at lunch, thank you Jesus!! #
  • 13:38 Still no idea where the story's going, but it's absolutely going somewhere! #
  • 14:45 Staring at the thin pile of work I just know I'm not gonna touch until tomorrow. #
  • 15:23 Nothing else to do but (some of) that thin pile o' work ;). #
  • 16:44 Wondering if I should take a chance on the usual writing spot tonite, or if I should just let 1.5 pgs be enough. Oh, who am I fooling? #
  • 17:46 Saw a glimpse of traffic and went straight home. I'll write here :). #
  • 18:07 Feels odd holding a stack of brand-new CDs. Been awhile, since I've been getting my tunes, um...elsewhere. #
  • 18:29 Like writing was really gonna happen, listening to a tune called "Beyond the Seventh Galaxy." ♫ blip.fm/~1a7nq #
  • 19:57 Somebody on one of Yahoo's hampster wheels must've keeled over dead if I can't sign on to my email right now. #
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22 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:01 Early morning. The coldest time of the coldest day of the year so far. Of course I have to leave for work soon! #
  • 07:02 I will be wearing the DOCTOR WHO scarf. People can point and laugh all the want--while they're shivering cold :P~ #
  • 07:10 "How can it be so cold in here? It's like Greenland in here. We've got to get some booze. It's the only solution to this intense cold." #
  • 07:19 I want these functional night-vision goggles for kids! tinyurl.com/8eo6ln #
  • 07:19 Here's why: basicinstructions.net/?p=851 #
  • 09:22 I paid the price for not being able to find my longjohns this morning. Other than that, the DOCTOR WHO scarf rules again!! #
  • 10:15 Ack! Left my flash drive with my portableapps at home. Now I'm stuck with MSIE all freakin' day :(. #
  • 10:21 Small-press indie publishers of fantasy, mystery, & horror tinyurl.com/86ql9q #
  • 10:48 RT from @totn - stuff you just couldn't make up if you tried: tinyurl.com/8ahcf2 #
  • 11:59 Saw this on MTV/VH-1 100s of times; never realized Hugh Laurie and John Malkovich were in it: tinyurl.com/2gs2n6 #
  • 12:02 10 tweets before lunch. I fear the karmic payback. Crap, that was 11.... #
  • 13:08 Writing progress at lunch: One. lousy. paragraph. #
  • 15:02 What'd I say about karmic payback? Actually, it hasn't been that bad :). #
  • 15:24 Saw my grade online. Did not get a perfect score on the final. Will have to "settle" for a B+ in the class!!!! :) #
  • 18:05 Came home instead of going to writing spot; can't remember the last time I was home this early on a weekday when I wasn't sick. #
  • 19:56 Forced to cement my holiday travel plans. Woe is me :). #
  • 20:43 Given up on writing for today. Lost in an 80s Chicago binge (Chicago 16, 17, 18 & 19--not desperate enough for Chicago XIV, tho ;)). #
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21 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:11 Last minute edits before group (maybe)!! #
  • 08:28 "Swiss Watch Found in 400-year Old Tomb"??? tinyurl.com/578t4a #
  • 09:15 Editing music. ♫ blip.fm/~19258 #
  • 10:14 What I've got is about as good as it's going to get before group. Bleh. #
  • 17:54 Told myself I was gonna goof off after group. So why do I have the file open, dammit? #
  • 18:00 Why? Because there's only one way I'm going to get this Sword of Damocles out from over my head... :) #
  • 19:38 Just discovered that mp3 links I've saved in del.icio.us now open with a flash player! That's almost as cool as Google's. #
  • 19:39 Unlike Google, can't FF or REW--Fail. #
  • 21:13 Time for relaxing music, tea, and bed w/a book. ♫ blip.fm/~19b10 #
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20 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:36 1,000th post!! What to tweet...okay, how about my favorite band playing live: tinyurl.com/7przyz #
  • 08:42 It's gonna be a slow start this morning. I'm OK with that. But I gotta get writing. Oh yeah, group tomorrow--crap! #
  • 08:42 It's like the day before finals all over again!! ;) #
  • 11:36 So many available writing spots around town, now that the students are gone :)!! #
  • 16:13 Good news: some good writing done. Bad news: not all of it on what I was supposed to be working on. #
  • 16:13 Worse news: spent time playing with our new Flip camera. Videos to follow (maybe). #
  • 17:02 Experiencing one of those rare times when wine doesn't appear to be helping me think past a plot problem. #
  • 17:07 This is real, and I WANT IT! tinyurl.com/9wjebb #
  • 17:55 Writing = marking time for the past hour. Gonna take a break by cleaning up a month's worth of intarweb bookmarks. #
  • 17:58 Have I tweeted this? Bruce Holland Rogers' 3-6-9 flash fiction form: tinyurl.com/9345xb #
  • 20:41 Spaghetti sauce all over my pants. The perfect end to my day. #
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19 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:40 Due to start work right when the 12" of snow is scheduled to drop today. Gonna hang out at home until the last possible second.... ;) #
  • 08:29 Goddammit, I guess I gotta go in. Hopefully, everything will be running for when I (hopefully!!) have to turn around and go back home. #
  • 10:27 Forgot to bring a bag to haul my tribute...I mean, presents, from coworkers in appreciation for my mad admin skillz. #
  • 10:36 Nancy Kress blogs the best piece of writing advice she ever got: tinyurl.com/3q94c9 #
  • 11:33 With nothing to study, I'm not sure what to do with myself at work. Aside from work, that is. #
  • 12:37 I have the sick feeling I'm going to be trapped at work and forced to resort to cannibalism like that soccer team. #
  • 14:26 At least the buses are still running. May not turn into ALIVE yet, after all. ♫ blip.fm/~18bma #
  • 16:46 Looks like I'll be leaving early today, after all :D. #
  • 16:51 Hm, maybe I'll do some writing tonight, if I can remember how. #
  • 18:46 Can't believe this week is finally OVER! (Well, except for writing, rearranging my writing space, and group.) #
  • 18:50 Can't believe the buses were more or less running on time, either. #
  • 18:52 Need tomorrow to relearn how to write. I forsee pain. #
  • 19:55 LEVERAGE is my favorite new show (like I need more TV in my life). Co-creator/co-exec producer blogs about it: tinyurl.com/6b92gj #
  • 21:32 Oh God, GHOST ADVENTURES never ceases to be entertaining. (N.B. didn't say "good," I said "entertaining." #
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18 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 23:17 Tired brain was distracted by new LAW & ORDER. #
  • 07:55 Let myself sleep in a little bit today. Realized that I have not one, but two exams today. No jokes about how I'm going to get it both ways! #
  • 07:55 (i.e. because one's a physical) #
  • 08:33 Last minute prep, followed by physical, then more prep, then the final! Then I'm (sorta) free for the semester!! #
  • 08:33 "Stand up and fight/ This is it" ♫ blip.fm/~17kgd #
  • 11:35 One exam done. This one involved a heart monitor. Everything seems good, tho. More tests to follow. Now, where's my coffee? #
  • 16:58 Might've missed one damn point! But the only way I blow it is by missing 10, and I'm damn sure that didn't happen :D!! #
  • 16:59 MORE importantly, I've secured (as much as you can w/out having something in writing) a place in the class I want to take next semester! #
  • 17:00 I'm quite content with a B, tho ;). #
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17 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:26 T-minus 30 hours to the first final I've taken in a decade. #
  • 11:44 I am so not happy. #
  • 11:53 How can I kiss ass if the ass in question isn't where it's scheduled to be?? #
  • 12:40 Reviewing on the d/l at the desk, making out my (approved) cheat-sheats. #
  • 12:46 Back to a state of relative calm, now. #
  • 14:48 Today's distraction: Fembots! (More or less SFW.) tinyurl.com/6fkaeu #
  • 14:51 What an almost-finished novel (not mine) looks like: tinyurl.com/3guby2 #
  • 17:37 Home stretch. Just gotta put all the pieces together, and I'll be as prepared as I'll ever be. #
  • 18:05 Most everyone's left early. No reason for me to stay, then, is there? =D #
  • 20:57 Oh noes! Tired brain is being distracted by GHOST HUNTERS! #
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16 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:27 Did I say 10-hour day? I meant a 12-hour day, from the look of it. And that's before I hit the books. Do I really need CPR that bad? #
  • 12:15 Bored during CPR training videos - until they inspired me to write 1st drafts of 3 flash pieces. #
  • 12:18 And, just when I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn't written one in awhile, too! #
  • 12:19 Probably the only writing I'll get done before Thursday. Might edit them, though - we'll see. #
  • 14:41 Did more pleasure-reading than studying at lunch. Not too bothered. #
  • 17:31 Clinging to life, barely. Nothing more coffee can't fix. Just got a little bit more to brush up on before the final. #
  • 17:32 I will not edit the flashes I started. I will not edit the flashes I started. I will not edit the flashes I started. No, no, no. #
  • 18:11 Now to brave the cold and hopefully find some place in this town that isn't overrun by all these damn students studying for...wait.... #
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15 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 06:58 As if I wasn't going to lose sleep already because of my caffeine overdose, I set my alarm an hour too early and couldn't get back to sleep. #
  • 07:35 Blowing off the morning routine for today. #
  • 11:04 Studying for final at my desk. Still feeling yesterday's caffeine in my system. Yesterday's productivity, not so much. #
  • 11:15 Brain wants to crash.... #
  • 14:23 From here 'til the final, it's just review of old concepts. T-minus 3 days!! #
  • 14:25 Nice and warm today. Betcha I get bronchitis by this time next week. #
  • 14:31 Oh look, it's Mr. Caffeine Withdrawal c-c-come to pay me a v-v-v-visit... #
  • 16:27 Found a detox tea bag in my desk, thank God. #
  • 16:31 Who needs fine motor skills, anyway? All I need is the ability to write numbers semi-clearly. And even then, only through Thursday. #
  • 19:19 Just remembered I've got a 10-hour day tomorrow. That's *before* I start studying. #
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14 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:33 Promised myself some time to be outside in the (eventual) nice weather, despite the studying. #
  • 08:33 God, I'm just not feeling the studying, though. #
  • 08:41 "I want to be violated by insight." -Aimee Bender. This is my new reading credo. #
  • 10:41 Skoolbooks all laid out. Will get to them as soon as my breakfast sandwich gets here! Now, where's that MS...? #
  • 10:43 Stared down the head of a family of five who probably doesn't like that I'm taking up a whole booth. Screw him. #
  • 11:59 Well of *course* when you try to study, you get fucking rewrite ideas. My own fault for not leaving the WIP behind. #
  • 13:05 Studying going smoothly so far. Brain not bleeding yet. Just have to keep it all straight, is all. #
  • 14:03 Okay, now my ears are bleeding. Probably the red-eye/Red Bull combination in my system, moreso than the studying. #
  • 14:19 Breaktime's over. Back to hitting the books like Chow Yun-Fat with glocks in both hands. tinyurl.com/55ourk #
  • 15:39 I can has break, now? #
  • 17:00 Back home. Visitors on their way; place is going to be a temporary refuge for weary final preppers. #
  • 18:55 Chinese food for dinner! Company ate and ran. Back to work, for me. #
  • 18:57 "I feel like Im falling flat to the floor. No one can catch me from falling" ♫ blip.fm/~15of3 #
  • 19:24 Didn't get right back to work. Printed out some MS edits. No more writing until the final, I've decided (maybe)!! #
  • 21:15 I surrender. For now. #
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2008 Lessons, Part I

If I've learned nothing else in 2008, it's the first line of that lyric.

Studying for the first final exam that I've taken in well over a decade. It's not a writing-related class, either. I've done harder things, but this stuff isn't a cakewalk by a damn sight. Dunno how I've survived this semester, but after this final's over, I gotta figure out a way to do it all over again after the New Year.

13 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:54 Plan for the day: edit my WIP to see what I can salvage, and maybe start studying for my final. At least 1 of those will be done w/beer. #
  • 07:55 Or do I feel like browsing an artists market? #
  • 07:56 The way J.M. McDermott uses Excel to outline and brainstorm: tinyurl.com/69j6qd #
  • 08:08 Plotting basics from J.A. Konrath: tinyurl.com/6x6spe #
  • 10:40 New jacket holding up very, very well in today's cold. #
  • 10:44 Forgot this was gonna be another Home Alone weekend. It's okay--always have a hard time writing at home anyway. ♫ blip.fm/~151pu #
  • 10:50 Staring at 8 pgs of transcribed WIP. Stomach's churning at the thought of reading past pg 1. #
  • 12:46 WIP review not as brutal as I expected. Will allow myself to eat, now. Maybe wander the town like Caine in KUNG FU. #
  • 16:36 Back from torturing myself at an Artists Market. Might've come home with a good piece if I hadn't bought my new jacket. #
  • 16:37 Taking a time-out for wine and STAR TREK. Then out for another drink. Don't know yet if it's gonna be with my writing or with my skoolbooks. #
  • 16:57 Feeling lazy now. "My get up and go must've got up and went." ♫ blip.fm/~156zd #
  • 19:52 Edits haven't gone too badly. WIP still not close to finished, though. Not by a long shot. #
  • 20:20 Now, I'm staring at my skoolbooks.... #
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12 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:15 Has it really been that long? ♫ blip.fm/~14f6a #
  • 07:16 And now, the trek into work begins. #
  • 10:13 No clue what to write this morning. Spent it typing 5 handwritten pgs into the AlphaSmart. #
  • 10:14 You know the snow is bad when you see someone on freakin' CROSS-COUNTRY SKIS making their way across the quad. #
  • 13:43 Weak from hunger and caffeine crash. Too crazy for lunch just this second.... #
  • 15:11 Had lunch and time to finish typing out my WIP. Now to print and edit this weekend while studying for my final. Priorities, you know. #
  • 16:14 NnnnNNGGGG! #
  • 17:25 I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar. I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.... #
  • 17:25 Quiet, at last. Now, to bat cleanup and maybe sneak out early. #
  • 17:48 Because I needed a Friday song that wasn't "Friday I'm in Love." ♫ blip.fm/~14rq9 #
  • 17:52 Oh, what the hell.... ♫ blip.fm/~14rsk #
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11 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:05 "Runnin out of self-control/ Gettin' close to an overload/ Up against a no win situation." Namely, day 3 of bei... ♫ blip.fm/~13u4q #
  • 07:06 Namely, day 3 of being 2 people down at work. #
  • 10:53 Hinting I might've screwed up, when it would've taken 2 seconds to find out I hadn't, will not endear you to me. #
  • 10:53 I am *not* the one, today. #
  • 10:56 Only wrote 1/2 pg this morning, but I have a much better sense of my protag's headspace! #
  • 10:57 Figured out how to improve the story's tone--which will require a rewrite, of course. #
  • 16:25 I picked the wrong day not to have a red-eye first thing. #
  • 17:08 Got permission to go home early to escape the blizzard "if things aren't crazy." Unfortunately.... #
  • 19:10 Survived work, and the trip home. Barely. ♫ blip.fm/~147m6 #
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10 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:25 The temp's gonna drop 20 degrees in the next 10 hours? #
  • 07:25 I really gotta work in some problem sets this week. Maybe tomorrow.... #
  • 10:40 Walked in to a zoo this morning. A zoo with the cages open. #
  • 10:40 At least I got another scene down (more or less). #
  • 11:27 Good news, though: bigger monitor at work. The better to see the neverending pile. #
  • 11:48 How do I use my one moment of dead time this morning? tweetstats.com/graphs/DonP #
  • 12:19 In the eye of the hurricane, reading the most succinct primer on writing comics I've found yet. tinyurl.com/66cadx #
  • 16:02 Truth stranger than fic: "The cartoonishly corrupt governor of Illinois might as well be writing dialogue for us." tinyurl.com/6n4tpo #
  • 17:00 Writers' daily routines, taken from interviews and such: Kafka, T.C. Boyle, Toni Morrison, among others. tinyurl.com/642rmz #
  • 20:34 In the 90 min. before work: 1.5 pgs written. In the 60 min. after work: 1.5 sentences :(. #
  • 20:58 Why, oh why can't I log into my email? #
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09 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:26 Overslept this morning for no good reason :(. #
  • 07:29 "Maybe tomorrow, the next letter, Or when the weather gets better, I gotta wait here for your moon to turn blue" ♫ blip.fm/~12o6m #
  • 10:42 Reinserted a previously discarded scene into the WIP; much better fit this time. That counts as writing, right? #
  • 10:43 Second scene's still a little weak. Will try not to worry about it until the 1st draft is done. #
  • 12:02 Have to temporarily put away the book I'm currently reading. Was screwing with my writing head. www.lcrw.net/rosenbaum/ #
  • 12:14 Swapped that book for this one, which might not have been a smart move. tinyurl.com/572btp #
  • 17:10 First second I've had to breathe all afternoon. And, oh look, there it goes... #
  • 19:17 Why do they even bother showing movies like PULP FICTION on basic cable? #
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07 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:20 In a very chill mood. ♫ blip.fm/~11nzc #
  • 08:27 Still chill, but I need a beat. ♫ blip.fm/~11o1d #
  • 09:11 Feeling ambivalent this morning. Must be the cold. #
  • 09:35 Soothing ♫ blip.fm/~11osn #
  • 18:10 Was actually glad I didn't read what I brought to crit group today, which was a good scene but not worth reading on its own. #
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06 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:37 "Shootin' at the walls of heartache" that my writing's giving me :). ♫ blip.fm/~1184t #
  • 08:43 Think I'm going to take my writing show out on the road today. First though, coffee! #
  • 08:45 Story o' my writing life: "This could lead to excellence, Or serious injury, Only one way to know, Go, go, go." ♫ blip.fm/~11882 #
  • 09:08 Sidetracked by 30 ROCK on Hulu. tinyurl.com/62ucod #
  • 10:03 Sidetracked by BUCK ROGERS on Hulu. tinyurl.com/5o9h9n #
  • 10:04 With this ep's all-star lineup of Jack Palance, Roddy McDowell, and Buster Crabbe, how could I resist? #
  • 11:22 2 hours of schlocky, pulpy sci-fi goodness! I gotta get outside, now. #
  • 12:05 Victim of an inconveniently-placed outlet. As long as I can type, tho. :) #
  • 13:42 Making WIP progress! Unreadable progress, but progress nonetheless! #
  • 13:59 Horrible realization that a secondary character in my WIP is *too* fleshed out. That's it, I quit. #
  • 13:59 Well, not really, but still... #
  • 14:01 The cure, obviously, is more coffee. Maybe a new book...? #
  • 14:35 Back to pulling my hair out about the WIP. Need a break. Or whiskey. Probably both :). #
  • 14:48 Part of the problem: Inner Critic, usually my friend, won't STFU today. #
  • 17:42 Just remembered a dream about a coworker teaching me a silat lankha. Of course, this person knows nothing about S.E.Asian martial arts irl. #
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"Reunited, and it feels so good"

I personally would rather show up to a high school reunion and find out that I was remembered like this...

And even if I wasn't, I'd certainly love to tell everyone this...

Everyone should have a dream, right?

05 December 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:22 Friday! (Thank Christ...) ♫ blip.fm/~10noc #
  • 10:58 Wrote for 90 minutes this morning, and still don't have a clear idea of scene #2 of the WIP. #
  • 10:58 And so far, the only good thing about The Diamond Mines today is the Bryan Adams on the CD player. #
  • 17:05 Abandoned at work! Gah! #
  • 17:16 Friday attitude-adjustment theme: ♫ blip.fm/~10ytt #
  • 20:03 Finally catching an episode of THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD on Cartoon Network. #
  • 22:37 These GHOST ADVENTURES guys are such...I just don't have the words! #
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Tweets for Today

  • 18:20 Going to attempt writing tonight. I'm sure it'll be in vain. #
  • 20:40 Managed to get a whole scene done! (Only took 5 fucking rewrites and 10+ pages to have soemthing to distill into 2 pgs of something useful.) #
  • 21:28 Hey, looks like, typed out, I got three pages out of it! Now, WTF's the next scene...? #
  • 07:22 Friday! (Thank Christ...) ♫ blip.fm/~10noc #
  • 10:58 Wrote for 90 minutes this morning, and still don't have a clear idea of scene #2 of the WIP. #
  • 10:58 And so far, the only good thing about The Diamond Mines today is the Bryan Adams on the CD player. #
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04 December 2008

Bat Out of Hell: Urban Fantasy Soundtrack?

Something to pass the time, since LoudTwitter is apparently FUBARed.

It occurred to me that the romance subplots of the urban fantasy/paranormal romance fiction I've ever heard discussed seem to have already been summarized back in 1977, at the beginning of Meat Loaf's classic "You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)."
BOY: On a hot summer night would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?

GIRL: Will he offer me his mouth?

BOY: Yes

GIRL: Will he offer me his teeth?

BOY: Yes

GIRL: Will he offer me his jaws?

BOY: Yes

GIRL: Will he offer me his hunger?

BOY: Yes

GIRL: Again, will he offer me his hunger?

BOY: Yes!

GIRL: And will he starve without me?

BOY: Yes!

GIRL: And does he love me?

BOY: Yes


BOY: On a hot summer night would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?


BOY: I bet you to say that to all the boys.
I've always said Meat Loaf was a sage, ever since I first heard the truism, "There ain't no Coupe de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box."

02 December 2008

November Scorecard

The subs period for a few of the mags I like to try closed last month. Now, I need to figure out a whole new set of shells to play the submission shell-game for the stories I'm (not) writing. Luckily, I got a couple of rejections in time to sneak them in on the last day of the month.


I gotta get these numbers up.

30 November 2008

When You're Just Dying to Know

Went to see my folks during the Thanksgiving holiday, went tooling around my old haunts, and came across this.

Slack-jawed, I snapped this pic on my phone. I figured, "Just like this town to have come up with this sort of wrong." But, this wasn't some local yokel creation. Oh, no.

In fact, you can run one--"No medical experience required." (???)

28 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:38 Today's one of the few times this year I'll allow myself not to stress about what I'm not getting done. #
  • 07:38 I await the bird... #
  • 07:47 Guess which one of the "10 Kinkiest SciFi Books" I've read tinyurl.com/5mx3fe #
  • 15:00 I've tried, but now I'm starting to feel guilty for being this much of a lump :). #
  • 16:43 The brrrd is almost ready! #
  • 17:51 And now, the food coma... #
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24 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:42 No trace of whatever ailed me yesterday. That doesn't mean I feel good this morning :). #
  • 07:51 Yesterday was Doctor Who's birthday! www.bbc.co.uk/archive/doctorwho/ #
  • 07:57 Another rejection. "Well-written" and "moving," but not enough story arc. Well...out to the next, soon as I figure out where. #
  • 11:31 Equilibrium's getting fuzzy again. Not a good sign. #
  • 17:43 Not the only one suffering from dizzy spells, it seems. So have some coworkers. Hmm... #
  • 20:22 "Don't get excited, just get your head right and we'll stick together if it takes all night..." ♫ blip.fm/~vg4l #
  • 20:25 My body refuses to cooperate with my mind, despite the caffeine. Bastard! #
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23 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:11 You know what? I'm going back to bed. #
  • 10:13 Feeling dizzy and nauseuous for no good reason I can think of... #
  • 15:35 Have been on the couch in and out of consciousness all day. Think the world's finally stopped spinning, now. #
  • 17:54 Can't seem to remain upright for more than 10 minutes at a time. Might--MIGHT--just have to accept that nothing'll get done today... :( #
  • 20:22 Thoroughly disgusted with having been on my back all day. Won't go to bed until I accomplish one thing, if it kills me. #
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22 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:44 Something to get the blood flowing this morning. God knows I need it. ♫ blip.fm/~ube1 #
  • 07:47 Suddenly in the mood for more UK R&B. ♫ blip.fm/~ubeq #
  • 07:59 Surprisingly not that hungover. Almost feels like I've done something wrong :). #
  • 08:00 I think I'm going to spend the morning trimming down my reading queue. Then I'll write. Later. Promise. Depending on how things go. #
  • 08:42 I defy you not to find a character you can relate to in this story: tinyurl.com/6po2lg #
  • 09:07 The First Amendment is just way too much freedom for some people. tinyurl.com/5pruc8 #
  • 13:06 BeTwittered's failed once too often for me today. #
  • 13:06 So much for getting things done this afternoon: OSU vs. Michigan's on!! #
  • 14:25 81 yd. punt return!! Bwah-hahaha! #
  • 14:25 And now, the TD!! #
  • 14:28 What can I say? You can take the boy out of Ohio, but alas (tho at times I wish you could)... #
  • 15:15 "Our honor defend we will fight to the end for OHIO!" ♫ blip.fm/~ugch #
  • 16:26 Have to root for Michigan State, now. If they beat Penn St., then OSU goes to the Bowl! #
  • 18:01 95% done with last (easy peasy) homework assignment for skool--almost a MONTH ahead of schedule! A total first for me!! #
  • 18:09 OSU's prospects don't look too good right now :(. #
  • 18:42 Well, at least OSU beat Michigan... #
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Saturday Brain Dump

Basically because I'm procrastinating, plus I couldn't believe I came here today to find nothing on my site but reposted tweets, I needed some constructive filler.

I'm a big believer in Brian K. Vaughn's view on writer's block ("Writer's block" is just another word for video games. If you want to be a writer, get writing, you lazy bastards.), but as a corollary, I believe that sometimes writer's block is a way of telling you that there's too much on your mind and that you need a core dump.

I'm not making excuses, but this has been a busy fall, between getting my academic feet wet again for the first time in a decade, family issues, and the physical/emotional perils of the writing life. I'm getting by, but at this point I feel like all I'm good for is waiting for the clock to run out on the rest of the year. It's not necessarily a bad feeling, either.

I've been spending time deleting things, starting with crap I'm accumulating online, and finally perusing the crap taking up space on my hard drive. I freed up a few GB of space just this morning by deleting whole albums I don't listen to anymore. There was just no reason for Neko Case's entire catalog to be sitting on my hard drive for a year.

Still waiting to hear re: a bunch of October story submissions. Got one rejection back the other day and just haven't had the time to figure out where to re-submit it.

Most of my reposted tweets lately have to do with this bastard of a story I'm writing. The story before it came out so easily, and with this one, I'm pulling teeth. Lesson learned: sometimes (some folks will say most times), you just have to construct a story.

I'm a long ways off from my goal of drafting a story a week. But my writing/editing output has never been more regular. I'd like to see more finished product for 2009.

That's all for now, I think. Time to find something else to procrastinate over write.

21 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:32 Trying to go the distance, but I just wanna crawl back into bed and blow off the morning. Can't. ♫ blip.fm/~ttyh #
  • 10:33 Rewrote the intro to the latest story for the 3rd fucking time. Almost junked the whole thing. #
  • 10:34 Did make some minor breakthroughs. Finally accepted that this story's going to take some actual construction. #
  • 10:49 Wondering how accurate this "Slang of the 30s" is: tinyurl.com/33z7rc #
  • 11:07 Can't believe I'm going to take the time tonite to watch these idiots: tinyurl.com/5oexrl #
  • 11:07 Have we figured out that I'm in no mood to do any work whatsoever? #
  • 12:42 Need a core dump. What if I just junked all my Google Bookmarks, del.icio.us links, etc. and just started over...? #
  • 14:23 Gave the piece another (better?) title and did a scene breakdown. Better sense now of what I have and where I need to go. #
  • 14:25 Y'know, I write decent scenes. The story blows because there's no coherent thread...yet. #
  • 16:44 Autopilot has set in... #
  • 17:57 Planning to get comfortably numb tonite...before GHOST ADVENTURES. #
  • 19:46 Can I muster the energy for pizza and beer that isn't delivered straight to my mouth? #
  • 22:17 Back from an evening with a fellow Ohio transplant. Full of microbrew. Will top it off with a little wine, now. #
  • 22:23 These fools are so much more entertaining when you've had a few: tinyurl.com/5oexrl #
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Tweets for Today

  • 07:24 This'll wake me up. It'd better, 'cos I feel like going right back to bed and hibernating. ♫ blip.fm/~tcls #
  • 12:08 Walk to skool was less treacherous today. Still uphill, though. #
  • 12:09 Is it wrong to bump a story collection down on my reading queue because there are 2 interlinked novellas in a row? Oh well... #
  • 12:27 This just might save me from my next writer meltdown (which I'm sure is coming very soon). "On Writing and Sanity" tinyurl.com/67awyj #
  • 15:27 "I'm on a ride and I wanna get off, but they won't slow down the roundabout." (The ride's called "Work.") ♫ blip.fm/~tk3l #
  • 16:37 So. Burned. Out. #
  • 17:26 "I demand to have some booze!" #
  • 17:57 @CoyoteWild About as well as it worked for Withnail. I'm almost at this point: tinyurl.com/5buvqr #
  • 19:52 Got the kettle on, my favorite mug, the teabag ready, and more importantly, the Tullamore Dew. #
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19 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:01 Wine buzz helped me clean up my draft. Didn't help me with new words, though. #
  • 07:02 If I can get some new words in today, then maybe I'll do some problem sets for skool. Maybe. #
  • 10:52 Loving the campus "walk up and down these icy stairs at your own risk" policy they've got going. Maybe it's to thin out the herd? :) #
  • 11:08 Have the perfect writing/skool compromise: sneak in some problem sets at *work*--duh! #
  • 11:56 Live Piracy Map 2008: tinyurl.com/5jfncp #
  • 12:35 Plan to do skoolwork during work work hasn't worked out so well so far :(. #
  • 14:34 I had the problem sets out, the book open, pencil in hand...and I just zoned. It was a 1000-yard stare kinda lunch hour. #
  • 18:24 Feeling the pull of an indie bookstore sale... #
  • 20:35 Didn't buy anything...on sale...at the bookstore. Guess my new-book-guilt must be assuaged a bit. #
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18 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:04 Okay, I finally admit it...it's cold. #
  • 07:06 Build your own antho with some decent SFF authors-Tobias S. Buckell, Cat Rambo, Jay Lake to name a few: tinyurl.com/5td7z3 #
  • 09:05 I have to walk uphill in the snow to get to skool! Both ways (not really)! #
  • 12:43 Class was too productive to get any writing done :( #
  • 12:47 Updated my rejec...I mean, submission log. Sad, sad sight. :( #
  • 13:29 OMG! A r.l. version of a John Kessel alt.history story I read just last night: tinyurl.com/69d7pf #
  • 13:37 The aforementioned alt.history story "The Invisible Empire" by John Kessel: tinyurl.com/5tt5dq #
  • 18:02 Blowing off skoolwork tonite for writing. Gonna straighten out my new intro, and then take today's frustrations out on my protagonist :). #
  • 20:24 Might've had a little too much wine to write much... #
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Tweets for Today

  • 07:02 "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow"...christ... ♫ blip.fm/~rxms #
  • 07:04 Duh! The aforementioned story "where two queer psychic cops infiltrate an occult BDSM nightclub" is online: tinyurl.com/5dxpww #
  • 11:03 Funny what you can do when you sit your ass down & force yourself: like 1 pg of new words, a rewritten intro, and a tentative working title! #
  • 11:12 Wondering if I've done enough writing to get a jump on skoolwork tonite. Nah. #
  • 12:33 Paid The Man his parking ticket money--damn vultures :) #
  • 14:15 Lunch hour totally unproductive, thanks to faulty electronics. Music electronics, that is :( #
  • 15:19 Sun was shining at lunch; looks like nuclear winter out there now :( #
  • 16:41 ...and the rejections start to stream back in, coming home to roost, as it were. #
  • 16:42 New life dilemma: take a workout class 2x/week on skool nites? Worth the 14 hr. days? #
  • 18:06 Looks like the class is only 1x/week. Still might not be the smartest thing to do right now, even tho I'm pretty flabby anymore. #
  • 21:27 Once again, learned the lesson "don't skimp on electronics." #
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16 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 09:01 This is the second cool writing quote I've gotten from a Carol Emshwiller story: tinyurl.com/596zfm #
  • 09:13 My protagonist's theme song. Still trying to figure out how to make it play out, though. ♫ blip.fm/~rmac #
  • 09:14 Actually I've had a couple of protagonists with that theme song. Wonder if it means anything? Naaaah... #
  • 09:25 Props to Randy Coutre, but wtf was he thinking? tinyurl.com/5vlghh #
  • 18:29 I NEED the antho w/a story "where two queer psychic cops infiltrate an occult BDSM nightclub." tinyurl.com/6qmmla #
  • 20:44 Major procrastination mode. Van Damme's BLOODSPORT on TV. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS on in 15 min. #
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15 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 08:13 If my current piece had a soundtrack, this song would be on it: ♫ blip.fm/~r9p0 #
  • 08:14 Been 2 or 3 stories since I thought up a soundtrack for a piece...hm. #
  • 08:18 Flickr pool devoted to my favorite fast food place. More to binge on over Thanksgiving: www.flickr.com/groups/chipotle/pool/ #
  • 08:48 Enuff screwing around. Let the editing begin (with BookTV in the background)!! #
  • 09:44 *sigh* Yes, I've got a stronger narrative. But still, no "hook" and no title...unless I worm it back in somehow...? #
  • 09:47 DOCTOR WHO X-mas special 2008 trailer: tinyurl.com/64uap8 #
  • 09:51 Agenda for the rest of the morning: Breakfast, more coffee, haircut, & more editing. #
  • 09:59 Yeah yeah, and more draft, too. #
  • 10:52 Weighing my weekend agenda against this decision tree: tinyurl.com/6z6w67 #
  • 15:05 You know the guilt about your reading backlog is bad when you can't even bring yourself to check books out of the library. #
  • 15:07 All my favorite writing spots about town were either crowded or uncomfortable. Only have 1 pg of line-edits to show for my trouble thus far. #
  • 15:19 Podcast interview with Benjamin Rosenbaum (aka the next author in my reading queue): tinyurl.com/6es4rk #
  • 18:48 I think I actually got more writing done last week while I had the Andromeda Strain. *sigh* #
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14 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:20 "Don't you know by now no one gives you anything? Don't you wonder how you keep on moving one more day, your way?" ♫ blip.fm/~qtac #
  • 07:23 What else was I gonna post on my 666th tweet? ♫ blip.fm/~qtbe #
  • 07:31 Why can't I delete my last tweet???? #
  • 10:19 Because I can't delete my last tweet, my awesome joke about my 666th post is now ruined! :( Oh well. #
  • 10:20 Wrote a whole page this morning. Funny what can happen when you decide to just *make* something--anything--happen. #
  • 10:24 Still probably won't have it ready by group time this weekend...:( #
  • 12:17 "...I can't even imagine a writing process that didn't include the constant criticism of my peers." tinyurl.com/6bgzr5 #
  • 12:22 Not to mention self-flagellation that would make Martin Luther blush. #
  • 12:30 Like so: tinyurl.com/49ulbq #
  • 14:21 Walked in the sunshine at lunch, thought about my story, and came to a horrible realization... #
  • 14:24 Realized the probs in my story might be solved by *removing* the hook that got me started writing it in the first place! Of all the...%#$*! #
  • 20:39 Typed out most of my handwritten draft, painfully excising all references to my original hook. So far, it looks like I was right. #
  • 22:01 "Burning up on midnight oil / And it's come right back on you." ♫ blip.fm/~r6f7 #
  • 22:29 X-ferred the story from the AlphaSmart to an .rtf file. Only now realized that since I don't have the original hook, I don't have a title! #
  • 22:57 Watching GHOST ADVENTURES on the Travel Channel. I...I just don't have the words. #
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13 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:09 The music in my head this morning: ♫ blip.fm/~qeas #
  • 07:10 Wondering if I have time to slip in the new Bond film this weekend...? #
  • 07:12 Still not sure how to hit my protagonist where it hurts. But, I've figured out where it hurts! #
  • 08:59 Wondering how much writing I can get done in class today. #
  • 12:16 Very very very happy with my midterm performance, despite having coughed out 1/2 a brain during the exam. ♫ blip.fm/~qibo #
  • 12:33 Didn't get to write during class. Still working out my immediate next plot point. #
  • 13:36 BeTwittered is down. Almost forgot what Twitter looked like :). #
  • 13:36 Cassandra Wilson interview in the local rag (*swoon*) tinyurl.com/5gx75z #
  • 17:46 So tired and so far out of a writing groove. Gonna get it back, one paragraph at a time, if need be! #
  • 17:46 Hell, when was the last time I even *read* anything? #
  • 18:09 Screw it. Gonna read tonight, then spit out some draft tomorrow before work. With a nice, large red-eye. #
  • 20:35 Have you, or someone you know, been permanently injured by a Jedi? tinyurl.com/6juyrx #
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12 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:19 Woke up and still had this song in my head: ♫ blip.fm/~pwck #
  • 07:21 Thinking about my latest story is stressing me out. Am >this close< to just scrapping the whole thing. #
  • 10:38 Didn't write during Section this morning. Just jotted down a few character and plot ideas that came to mind. About a page worth ;). #
  • 10:44 Brought the AlphaSmart on a skool day--screw it. Gonna xscribe what I have so far to see exactly what I have. #
  • 10:45 @sixsentences Amen to that! I hate the process. My joy's in the finished product ;). #
  • 12:38 New photo/art blog; something that gets the juices stirring: bldgblog.blogspot.com/ #
  • 14:24 Ah, the fall. The leaves. The colours. The throng of crises and walk-ins... #
  • 14:57 Writing progress this afternoon: -250 words! 1 pg just needed to be cut because it was going nowhere. #
  • 18:01 Today was a bad day for one of the CPUs I use at work to get swapped out. A bad day. #
  • 18:02 Will sublimate my anger into writing. I remember when I made progress on my last story by taking out my frustrations on the protagonist! #
  • 18:14 Advice I should follow: "...don't indulge in rejectomancy." tinyurl.com/5etz3e #
  • 20:36 Redrafted the pg I eliminated today. Much improved. Still planning exactly how I'm going to crucify my protagonist. #
  • 20:41 ...while I watch GHOST HUNTERS. #
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11 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:07 "I do believe I'm feeling stronger everyday." ♫ blip.fm/~plmh #
  • 07:12 This brings back (recent) memories. Gets me all tingly... tinyurl.com/5g929a #
  • 07:15 Doing skoolwork on a writing nite demands payback! Heck, if today's lecture is boring enough, I might even write in class :). #
  • 11:56 Scribbled out 120+ words during class and still took decent notes--Hah! #
  • 12:00 Now the choice is: forge ahead with the draft, or type and edit what I have for group this week...? #
  • 12:08 Jesus H. Christ, when exactly did my Google Reader & Bookmark backlog reach such ridiculous proportions?? #
  • 12:27 Obviously distracted by the global internets. Will keep chipping away at the story longhand today. #
  • 13:41 Feeling very disorganized right now. Keep finding things that slipped thru the cracks while I was sick with the black death. #
  • 17:56 Wouldn't really say all "Hell" broke loose at work. All "Purgatory,"maybe? #
  • 20:39 Wrote my character into an emotional corner that I've been in myself. Thus, I haven't the foggiest clue how to get him out of it :(. #
  • 20:40 Spent more time trying to journal my way out of it than drafting. Smart move in the long run; doesn't do crap for this weekend. #
  • 20:48 Cannot get this song out of my head, not that I'm complaining. ♫ blip.fm/~pwck #
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10 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:32 Heart still pounding from the Cassandra Wilson show. Now if Bill Champlin would just play here, I could die a happy man. #
  • 07:33 Bill Champlin says stuff about songwriting that I could probably translate over into my writing: tinyurl.com/5ewdb8 #
  • 07:36 And yes, I'm still here. Didn't get a chance to run away with her :(. #
  • 11:16 Survived my first hour back at work. Barely. #
  • 11:17 Wrote 1 pg of notes before 1/3 pg of draft. Good thing; would've just been marking time, otherwise. #
  • 12:49 Thinking I can wring out at least one paragraph of dreck at lunch. I hope. #
  • 14:19 Total of one brand-spanking-new page of draft so far today! Might have to rewrite the beginning, though :(. We'll see. #
  • 14:28 Gah! Almost forgot about a skoolwork assignment for tomorrow! Not a biggie--just means less writing time (motherf...) #
  • 14:28 Oh, I'll be writing on skool days this week, that's for damn sure :) #
  • 17:52 Wow. A whole day of work and I haven't died--Woohoo!! Now we'll see if skoolwork will do the job. #
  • 20:04 Gonna put off skoolwork for at least another hour. Gotta ease back into things, right? :) #
  • 20:41 At the risk of jinxing myself, I just noticed that a market w/a crazy fast turnaround has held my story for almost a month, now. #
  • 20:41 I've guaranteed a rejection, haven't I? *headdesk* #
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09 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 00:03 Saw Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS. Got to relive last week's concert high!! #
  • 07:49 Cassandra Wilson TONIGHT! I think I'm sufficiently over the Andromeda Strain enough to go. ♫ blip.fm/~owfs #
  • 07:52 Saw Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS last nite. Got to relive last week's concert high!! Gonna have another tonight! #
  • 07:53 I know some romance writers who might hate me for posting this, but I just gotta: tinyurl.com/6xloxg #
  • 08:10 Agenda: breakfast, MEET THE PRESS, go to coffee shop, write, browse for books, write, lunch, write, go home, prep for week, go to concert! #
  • 08:18 Agenda will likely be interspersed with "screwing around on the interwebs." Having barely survived the plague, I'm easing back into it. #
  • 08:33 Emotional expression in fiction: tinyurl.com/5amjjo #
  • 09:14 Last month's submissions scorecard, for those keeping track: tinyurl.com/6owodw #
  • 12:21 Ah, sunlight! Stood out in it a bit before sitting down to write at cafe. Now...what to write... #
  • 12:59 Being November and seeing X-Mas stuff already out at the mall(!!!), I'm giving some thought to next year's writing goals. #
  • 15:15 Wrote1/2 pg of draft and 1 pg of notes so far. Figured out the problem I've been having: I don't know if my protag is capable of change...? #
  • 15:51 I need to quit for today before I fry myself trying to beat my way past this barrier. Sometimes, a lil' progress just has to be good enough. #
  • 15:53 Trying hard to fight the idea that I've caved. #
  • 17:58 Ready to hear the voice of an absolute goddess! Would totally run away with her if she'd have me :) www.cassandrawilson.com/ #
  • 18:05 Aaaaand, of course, problems...*sigh* #
  • 18:20 Ok, snag solved (I hope). #
  • 22:36 Never understood how people could cry at the sight of their favorite singer on stage...before tonight. #
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October Scorecard

This past October will be the month I'll always remember as having my first bonafide "I'm no good at this writing shit, so why the fuck do I even bother?" meltdown. Of course, when you send out a bunch of stories at the same time, the rejections tend to come back at the same time. I'd learned to handle the rejection that comes in once a month. But 4 in as many days?

Still, I've learned to keep a Nietschian attitude toward it.


Now, on to write some more...

08 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:18 (Provided this Andromeda Strain I have doesn't kill me off) 2 days 'til Cassandra Wilson!!! ♫ blip.fm/~omjc #
  • 07:22 Saw the twist of last nite's GHOST WHISPERER coming a mile away. Always knew it was gonna happen eventually, too. #
  • 08:08 Too rainy for the Farmer's Market, too spent for the Diner. Having breakfast in with WITHNAIL & I. #
  • 08:11 "We have indeed drifted into the arena of the unwell." #
  • 09:15 Journaling advice from Robert Olen Butler tinyurl.com/5oyyr9 #
  • 10:00 Wil Wheaton collects his writing resources: tinyurl.com/5qpvue #
  • 13:11 How come I never thought to use my mp3 player as a separate drive to play my music on any computer I ever wanted to play them on?? Duh!! #
  • 13:14 Of course all my USB ports are being used, now. No room for the drive with the NaNo on it. Guess I could work on my latest story instead :). #
  • 13:48 Almost didn't notice that I just about feel like a human being again :). #
  • 17:03 Almost feel fully regenerated! tinyurl.com/5lt3av #
  • 19:26 Making plans for tomorrow. Writing plans! Finally!! #
  • 20:30 Tonight's plan: Bruce Weber's LET'S GET LOST, the Chet Baker biopic. ♫ blip.fm/~ot4u #
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07 November 2008

Tweets for Today

  • 07:17 I miscounted. Today is 3 days 'til Cassandra Wilson!! ♫ blip.fm/~o93n #
  • 07:20 Called in again. I'd be fine if not for the incessant cough. Will spend some of today relearning how to write. #
  • 07:31 Teh Interweb has me in its grip: Bill Champlin interview/performance tinyurl.com/5kwx28 #
  • 10:13 Jackpot! DOCTOR WHO marathon on the Sci-Fi Channel! #
  • 11:44 Chilling out with coffee and ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL...and medication. Sweet, blessed medication. #
  • 13:22 Enjoyed ASC. On to a Carol Emshwiller novella, I think. And, more drugs, of course. #
  • 16:21 Had my favorite kind of nap where you wake up and can't remember for a second what day it is. #
  • 16:26 Feel like a total slacker, though. I've got a whole writing agenda planned for the weekend! (Let's see if I can pull it off...) #
  • 20:11 Watching my first ep. of GHOST WHISPERER in ages. Jay Mohr's gone?? #
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