Moment of Silence: June Foray

Thursday, 27 July 2017 09:46 pm
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 June Foray has passed away.  She played Rocky the Squirrel and hundreds of other characters.

I guess she wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday at GreatCon.  Because who wouldn't?
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1. A rather funny book review, particularly comments section on Smartbitches -- the reviewer can't remember the names of the characters. I laughed, because this happens to me a lot. It's true of the romance genre, unfortunately, the books sort of blend or blur together. Only a few stand out.

Here's one of the comments that reminded me of conversations I've had with my mother about this:


Everything I’ve read blends together into one big mush. When I pick up my Nook after an hour away, I play a little game where I ask myself, “What title am I reading? Who is the author? Who are the characters and what is going on in the book?” I’m lucky if I can remember any of these even for the most compelling books. I guess my brain is just full.


My mother and I will tell each other about a book we're reading, but when one of us asks the title or the author, the other one has no idea and has to hunt it down. We're lucky if we can remember the characters names.

I've noticed books, movies and television series have this in common...they are only memorable if they really strike a chord in me somewhere. I either have to hate it, find it weirdly different, or adore it to pieces. It does of course help if I've seen it in more than one medium.

Does not help, if the books or series are similar. (ie. all superhero shows, or all romance novels about Dukes).

2. Apparently Star Trek Discovery is doing it's first openly gay romance or gay character romance on a Star Trek ship, portrayed by gay actors, both of which performed in Rent on Broadway. I think the US media has decided to join forces and through counter-programming kick homophobic butt. Fox has chosen to do a live musical version of "Rent". And now, Star Trek Discovery on CBS All Access is doing the first gay couple portrayed by actual gay actors on Star Trek.

3. Sesame Street makes fun of 1980s pop songs. LMAO. Can you guess what songs they are doing?

Sesame Street satirizes 1980s pops songs.. )

4. Remember what I said above about our media and pop culture and artists..as if by mutual agreement standing up to the stick in the mud bigots? Well...here's James Corden's, the new host of Late Night, response to the Doofus's latest. (By the way, I'm not sure if his latest will be upheld by the courts or not.)

5. Hmmm... Smart Bitches Lists Several Virigin Hero Recommendations.. -- What is a Virgin Hero? A romance novel in which the male hero or male romantic lead is the virgin in the story or a virgin in the story.

Smart Bitches also conned me into buying another book on sale for $2.99 -- entitled The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, which was the reality or inspiration behind the Scarlett Pimpernel.
It's a historical, contemporary, mystery, romance novel all in one. Yippe..Kai..Ay?

6. Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah Try to Explain What is Happening with ACA in the US Senate or rather what they are trying to do with the Health Care Bill

What we have is three-four factions.
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The Missing Orderly

Thursday, 27 July 2017 09:41 pm
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Title: The Missing Orderly
Author: [personal profile] capt_facepalm
Rating: PG
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (Gaslight ACD)
Characters: John H. Watson, MD, late of the Army Medical Department
Summary: A little more about Murray
Warning: (none)
Word Count: 100
Author's Notes: July 27th 2017 prompt: Fix a Canon Scene

This way to the drabble...

In which a writing book gives me pause.

Thursday, 27 July 2017 09:29 pm
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I was getting frustrated with my draft, so I impulsively grabbed Shawn Coyne's The Story Grid off the shelf (it was among the books that lived in All The Boxes--I don't remember buying it so it must've been a while back). And I can already hear the groan (a lot of people really hate this thing), but hey, it's working for me right now.

I decided to use it like a workbook and treat it somewhat like the WorldbuildingJune thing. I got through 36 chapters in two days (this is not as crazy as it sounds, it's got 69 chapters, they're not all demanding that you do a thing, and some bits are nicely bite-sized). Then I abandoned it for a few days because the 'unreasonably exhausted' status intensified to 'completely fuckin' miserable' and hasn't budged. I have tried to distract myself a bit; after I did my revamping and resending out of resumes, I painted some trim in the bathroom that needed a second coat. Then I figured I'd try to poke at this again and I'm still okay with my progress thus far.

some stuff abut the story grid. )

The current thing that has got me hung up a bit is lurking at the beginning of this chapter (entitled 'Math,' so it will be fun). It is only two short lines:

...before we dive into it, remember that you are not the problem. The problem is the problem.


I don't have a problem dealing with that when it comes to the story. But all I can think right now is that I wish I could get that thinking to consistently apply to the rest of my life. It might really help.

*especially since I yoinked my prospective story-beats list off of a comment in Quora. It was a movie-based list, which meant it was had exactly the elements I wanted, but it applies to only one of the two major POV/plotlines, as one can easily be nudged into one subgenre and one could actually be a different but complementary/overlapping subgenres--and THAT is exactly the kind of thing that working through this book sparked for me. I see no reason to reinvent the wheel. But I do like to make things interesting. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work, but I think it's worth trying and the results could be neat.

Writing against type

Thursday, 27 July 2017 08:18 pm
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I'm writing a fic right now that's somewhat challenging in its characterization, and it got me thinking: how do you tackle characters dealing with emotions or reacting to situations they've never come close to encountering in canon? Or them consciously choosing to change who they are as a person?

For me, my fic is a Riverdale/Archie Comics fic for the FP Jones/Kevin Keller pairing called "Second Time Around." It has FP Jones, a rough and tough gang leader in canon, now trying to step up in his role as a newly single parent, as well as trying act more like a gentleman in order to convince Kevin Keller to stay with him. It can get difficult, because the situation in itself requires FP to change from how he is in canon into someone who's more gentle and caring, so it can very easily stretch the willing suspension of disbelief.

And now I'm curious! How do you, as a writer, believably keep a character as themselves while writing about them acting differently than how they are in canon, or willingly choosing to act unlike themselves?


Iddy Talk Time #2!

Thursday, 27 July 2017 10:18 pm
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Full speed ahead to week two! \o/

What's your favorite thing about the canon you're writing for? For origfic writers, what's your favorite thing about the world you're creating?

Join us over at the chat post!

Yet another stupid UAP question

Friday, 28 July 2017 01:59 am
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Posted by /u/IzakRL

Is there any chance I can get any sort of fine/cease and desist from downloading UAP. I rather stupidly downloaded it at my soon to be inlaws, as I wasn't really thinking.

They just got a C/D from their ISP (bell), but it was from a while ago for their son torrenting a movie. And I'm worried...

Thanks folks :p

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Breath of the Wild Update!

Friday, 28 July 2017 01:35 am
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Posted by /u/raphazerb

Hi guys, What do you use to update the game? I'm trying to update via Maple Seed to get it working with CEMU, but I keep getting "Update required" when loading the game... Thanks!

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Im trying to activate my windows but cant.

Friday, 28 July 2017 01:17 am
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Posted by /u/lordayusha

I,ve tried many softwares kmspicio i have this windows torrrent on my computer which is v1511 i just cant activate it whwn i go turn on kmspicio it doesent showthe windows sign it only shows the office sign i need help please someone

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FitGirl

Friday, 28 July 2017 01:12 am
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Posted by /u/PvtBrasilball

I just started to install Fitgirl's fallout 4 repack. Last time i did this i couldnt finish it because it wouldnt finish, i gave it 24 hours and it just said "do not panick". Is this going to take even more time and should i be patient or is something wrong with my computer (Lenovo Y50 laptop)

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Posted by /u/FreshMicks

Using Adobe Audition CC 2017 to record and want to be able to use autotune, to my knowledge the only autotune versions that it supports is 64-bit versions which is either auto tune 7 or 8. Has anybody successfully cracked it?

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Demon Souls isn't working on RPCS3

Friday, 28 July 2017 12:41 am
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Posted by /u/SpectrumPulse

I pirated Demon Souls for RPCS3 and I can run it, but it gives me a black screen with some FPS count. Enabling "write color buffers" does not help. What do I do?

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five(ish) good things

Thursday, 27 July 2017 06:13 pm
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I recycled some papers I needed to get rid of.

I will see some people I like tonight... and... I saw two(ish) new friends yesterday.

I got new books yesterday.

The sun shining.

Water.

hatred

Thursday, 27 July 2017 06:07 pm
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Re U.S. politics:

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Ysabetwordsmith on a Certain Cinematic Universe

Thursday, 27 July 2017 08:57 pm
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The characters I liked best? The bad guys. They were hard-working citizens who got screwed out of jobs that were legally contracted as theirs. So they decided to do something else, by selling alien equipment.

Context contains spoilers for a movie currently in theatres.

More Nature Sounds

Thursday, 27 July 2017 05:49 pm
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House sparrows twittering away; water sounds in background. (audio with still picture in video format) Rather loud. 13 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgtSvpLiLDM

Two videos for this topic… Basket of mewing kittens in yard: (audio with low-quality video and voiceover description). Content Warning: In the first video, the person gets a good deep scratch for moving them out of the basket. The kitties are not thrilled to be transported outside. 5 minutes per video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvXHbJzWMqI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F8oSjriDp0

Happy bunny hopping and honking. (video and audio). Bunny hops on person’s bed and snuffles happily at person. Less than 1 minute.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d8JViSZ9vY

Goldfinch song. (audio in video format, with still picture) One nearby and several background goldfinches. Less than 1 minute.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QqAhz2-vcc

Stellar jay calls. (video complication with title cards, brief muzak) Okay, technically it’s Steller’s jay, but the former is a better description.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0S3NhhV1js

Allen’s hummingbird. (audio in video format, with still picture) Background indistinct human voices and machinery.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Era1OjcAtxg

Coyote yips and howls. (video and audio) Background bird and animal noises and faint mechanical humming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA6RBioito4

Sigh.

Friday, 28 July 2017 12:46 pm
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Today is a firefighting sort of day.

[Check-In] & Deadlines

Thursday, 27 July 2017 08:15 pm
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Since we're at the last post for the month, it's time for list revision. You are free to look over your list and remove anything that you've realized isn't working for you. There is nothing wrong with keeping all your bunnies, of course, but it is also okay to let go. We all grow and change and moving on is a thing that happens.


This is also a weekly check-in! You do not have to check in, of course, but if you would like to comment on the last week, feel free!


Deadlines! I always offer to give deadlines and I mean it! The few times I've given deadlines to people, I've put a sticky note up on the wall by my desk and done a couple PMs as reminders. Other options include a sticky 'deadlines!' post on the community if members would be comfortable with that. (Or any combination of things...)

Do you have something you think you'd be more motivated to work on if you had a deadline for it?

If so, mention it in your comment, when you'd like your deadline to be (or I can pick something), and how you'd prefer it to be administered (community sticky, private PMs/sticky note, other, all of the above?), etc. There would, of course, be no penalty or guilt if the deadline doesn't happen. It's a hectic time of year for a lot of people and I only want to offer gentle nudges in the rear, not stress.

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