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Where the hell have I been?

[personal profile] lycomingst pinged me yesterday to inquire after my continued existence--very kind!--and caused me to face the ridiculously wide gap in my posting history around here.

I continue to exist. My long absence is the result of a constellation of non-catastrophic things: diligent, daily writing on Novel A and Novel B; guilt over the unfaceable backlog of friendslist reading; and that ever more encroaching bugaboo of multiple social platforms (Twitter, mostly--it's quick).

Also: a dying computer and a comedy of errors in getting it replaced, and some obsessively self-soothing SPN rewatching.

Novel A is Restraint 2.0: The Non-Fanfic Version. My first comprehensive revision didn't meet with pro-editor favor, and the computer-replacement fiasco ate up the funds for further paid editorial help. But both paid-for and free comments I've solicited agree that significant restructuring is necessary if Baby is to be marketable. It's emotionally and intellectually hard work. But I'm doing it.

Novel B is nothing but research (I'm reading a fascinating new biography of Aleister Crowley) and character sketches so far.

The setting is roughly 1910; maybe Glasgow, maybe Southern California, probably both. It's about a Golden-Dawn-like secret society, belief in magic, actual magic, lost-wax casting, mind-rape, actual asexuality, steamship travel, hypnotism, the Arts and Crafts movement, architecture...

...well, as you can see, it's still pretty loosely defined. The central working idea is to take one character's statement, "I no longer believe that the magic ever happened," and let the story change that character's mind. The main character is a silversmith called Eleanora Burne, and she's making me cry. Mostly because she's me. You know. Kind of a Eusyram. (Eventually I'll file that off, too.)

So, yes. Still existing. Chipping away at this thing called life. How's everyone doing?

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


Jul. 30th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
I just thought of you a minute ago! Because the Lucky magazine online newsletter includes a pair of black patent flat-heeled oxfords that I thought you'd like.

Jersey City has marked off its first official bike paths and is thinking about doing bike rentals.
Jul. 30th, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
Well, go, Jersey City! That's fantastic news.

The shoes sound perfect. I miss having reasons to wear nice things--though I don't miss the aggro that comes with the reasons).

I want you to know that I'm typing this on my new computer with the non-functioning key between the a and the d. And I'm copy-pasting every s. I'd be on the former and much-loved Dell laptop, but moments ago it began advising me to replace the compression coil or die. Not-uite perfect timing (the key between Tab and W is also dead).

Flexing muscles, rolling up sleeves, brandishing the Torx screwdriver. Goin' in...
Jul. 30th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds like Your Number One Fan is lurking nearby with a sledgehammer (book version) or axe (movie).

Err, do you have a port you can plug a separate keyboard into? I'm a desktop kinda gal, and really need to use ergonomic keyboards, and have connected an ergo keyboard to a laptop.
Jul. 30th, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Heh. My only Annie Wilkes is this on-the-verge-of-death computer (which has restarted, but its demise is very imminent--like, probably minutes away). Thank goodness for this modern miracle of the Cloud, where all my stuff is.

Your external keyboard idea is GENIUS. I've got a couple of portables that might at least get me through. I prefer to work in actual laptop mode, but I could be persuaded to use my standing workstation. Thank you! Great suggestion.
Jul. 30th, 2014 09:57 pm (UTC)
Followup: so far so good. Old computer still not dead, have managed to shop for and order a full sized USB keyboard and mouse for about $20 total. Even if I can easily fix the wibbly-wobbly keyboard connection in my new laptop, I think I might really enjoy getting back to a desktop configuration, at least some of the time.

Again, fantastic suggestion! Thank you. It honestly had not crossed my mind.
Jul. 30th, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
I hardly ever carry a computer anywhere, but at various times I've just plugged a keyboard (and sometimes a monitor) into something that would be a laptop if I ever moved it off the desk.

My Win7 computer is obviously a bit spavined, and I hate the mere though of Win8, Win8.whatzis etc, so I bought a reconditioned Win7 laptop for $80 (from a neighbor, so I can drop over and make him feel very, very unhappy if necessary) which I am keeping on deck. Sort of like a movie studio hiring a starlet with a conspicuous resemblance to a star whose contract was close to renewal.
Jul. 30th, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
Super deal! It's good to have some cheap redundancy in this system upon which we increasingly depend.

I've had good luck with used/refurbished computers, and this new one is no exception. It was "open box" (floor model? quick return?) and therefore about 30% off the new price while really not having been used at all.

The only advantage I can see in any Windows version over the Linux I've been running for five years is that all the streaming video services limit or exclude Linux users. Apart from bootlegging, that's how I get all my fannish entertainment. I found a five-dollar app that will let you put a Windows 7-like interface on top of 8.1. I'll probably try it.
Jul. 31st, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
It's the cyber-equivalent of the touring show's rehearsal to take out the improvements.
Jul. 31st, 2014 12:45 am (UTC)



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