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    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011
    @oda Same to you, lady!
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011
    The odyssey of finding the person behind a nickname:

    So I've been reading a bit of fan fiction (try not to judge, or do, whatever, I'm on vacation }:P) and for the most part skimming past utter crap, tolerating interesting stories with clunky writing, and giving positive to reviews to the ones worth my time. That's a tiny handful, let me tell you. I can't figure out why I would put in this kind of time, it's been a pretty big sink for such modest return.

    However, there's a writer who's put up a few Ghost in the Shell stories that are simply breathtaking. They capture the world detail-perfect, the characterization is spot on, and the narrative is mouth-wateringly fluid. It's strange, I very rarely get envious of a writer's talent. Those that are better than me... *shrug* They're almost all pros and/or writing things that I'm not ever going to write. But for some reason these stories are solid, hell she wrote a couple in the Major's voice and first person perspective and in my humble opinion it's as good as anything professional I've ever read. Fuck she's good.

    So I get possessed of trying to find out more about this writer. Her profile says zilch but has a link to a DeviantArt page. The art is pretty decent but doesn't grab me - don't take any stock in that, I'm not at all versed in visuals arts past "I know what I like". I skim it for any details about the artist but nothing much turns up and I almost give up before noticing a blogspot link. Aahhh. Now I've found you my pretty.

    I learned she's almost 15 years younger than me, living in suburbia, Ohio, attending college for visual arts (oh that poor dear), and has some pretty strident opinions against universal health care and feminism. And what appears to be no formal training in creative writing.

    And that's how I found my new writing idol was not a scribe's god on vacation but a Regular Human Chick with some funny ideas. We would probably fight like cats in a sack if we ever met. It's refreshing. At the same time it's frustrating to remind myself how far I still have to go, you know, before the reminder not to compare myself kicks in.

    Ok now back to trying to convince myself I have some game and don't need to give up writing altogether. I could use hug, vile or otherwise.
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    Getting this in while still December:

    I met the lovely Ms. Fox (who came out to see me despite her illness) while in New York. :)

    Also Bankara and Glukkake a couple days earlier:
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011
    Gorgeous people all!
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    @ fauxhammer - Fabulous! Oh, I'm so pleased. There really is no better compliment that someone liking your work, y'know? Hooray!!!!

    @DavidLeJeune - Gosh, my face really does look like the :D emoticon!

    Oh, and @Flecky, yes yes yes, I did have a birthday, Christmas Eve. I meant to thank you for that, and thank you for noticing, but my first draft of a post got eaten and I seem to have forgotten to mention it again.

    EDITED TO ADD: Oh, and also, my favorite quote of recent history from my best friend: "By the way, your sister looks like a ho." Ho ho ho.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011 edited
    @ Rachael: Your more than welcome and that's a good shot of you having a cuppa :)

    EDIT:That cover of Wish You A Merry Christmas tune-thing did my head in last week when i listened to it.Trust MAXIM...
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011
    Yay David! It was good to meet you (AGAIN). Gosh, my memory likes to erase itself every few months of any fucking body I meet.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011
    I found out earlier last night that the manager for the Starbucks job I applied for lost the application and wants me to come in tomorrow, probably to fix it. I'm not sure if that's necessarily a GOOD thing yet or makes it a sure thing, but the fact that she was looking for my application and wants me to come in sounds promising. Hoping it'll work out--it'll be nice to have a decent, regular job and a steady paycheck.
    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2011
    @David, those are great man! Sorry I spaced on sending you my digits, I was! overcome with holiday spirit? In any event it was awesome to meet you!
  3.  (10374.130)
    Last night my girlfriend celebrated her graduation from outpatient alcohol treatment last night, and also 90 days sobriety last week. I'm being more involved in my own recovery, and it's looking good. I know they call this "honeymoon" because of all the good feelings, but it still feels right to enjoy it a little.

    I had my own little epiphany regarding my relationships with addicts, and my codependency.

    On the plus side, I've been learning to cook like a bastard.

    Two nights ago: Chicken Francese
    On the menu for this week:
    Tonight : Mexican Kabobs
    Saturday: Butternut Squash Ravioli
    Monday: Shrimp Stir-Fry
    Tuesday: Tortellini in Broyo (di Pollo)

    Oh, and last night, while the lady was graduating, we all went around the circle and said nice things about her and wished her well. So this guy, across the room, was trying to say how healthy she looked, and that she was glowing.

    Instead, he just says, "you're pregnant."

    I'm in this room with like 30 strangers, and apparently, I reacted like a guy who doesn't want any more kids would react, while surrounded by strangers. My face turned a deep red color under my beard, and I guess my jaw dropped. Once it was explained to me, I was fine, and it was actually kind of funny. I later told the guy he owed me a new pair of pants.
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    Hello all. I've redesigned my web site ( shockingly enough) to be a little less 2001. It doesn't look drastically different, but now supports large posts much better and you can go back and read any of my brain-vomit since I started my fancy php/database posts. If I get ambitious, I may even make it so people can comment, but that would require much more hacking than I feel I'm going to be up for. I also cleaned up some of the JavaScript. The only person who appreciates that is likely me, but my code-monkey brain was horrified at how I solved something with a dozen functions 10 years ago that could have been done with one.

    I've managed to survive Christmas and took the last two days off of work and got to hang out with my daughter. We had lots of fun and very little bouts of attitude, which for a not quite four year old is pretty good. Now, one day back at work to try and get caught up a bit before another three day weekend. I have a second date tonight and then no plans, but a couple of options. I may just get a bottle of something and have a quite new years at home. Perhaps in my recording studio.

    Happy new years all!
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    Little things...

    I have a coffee table in the lounge. Has taken two years for partner to find one that is acceptable to her. But I now have a coffee table. This pleases me greatly.

    My father has gifted me his old printer, an Epson R800. I have two defunct photo printers that I can't get to work anymore, so haven't been able to print my work out myself for years, so this is great.

    I spent this afternoon merrily breaking the swear filter on a new corporate website, for 'testing purposes'. And I got to edit the somewhat hilarious swear list, and I've banned 'slutmonkeys' and 'macroherpetophilia' because I don't want people talking about Godzilla Bukkake when they're meant to be working, no no no...
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    @JP Carpenter - You win!
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    I can quit smoking, and quit drinking, without barely any sense of temptation.

    But Dr. Pepper?


    I wish I knew how to quit you.
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
    @Bob - my sincere condolences on your loss. We've got your back.

    @Flecky - Don't give up. I know they say something about one day at a time. Keep at it.
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012 edited
    d'oh. Wrong thread!

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