L'Shanah Tovah

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:56 pm
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Happy Rosh Hashanah to all my friends who celebrate Have a sweet year.

I got my schedule for next semester and it's odd. Usually the spring semester I'm all early morning. this year three days a week I'm not there until afternoon but wednesday sucks at 8-4.

I got my income based repayment reassessment for that big student loan. I'm making SO MUCH less than the year before they dropped my payment 100$. God I have no money so much so that the rapacious loan is like fuck this, we can't get blood from a stone.

Trying to get a handle on my characters, I'm doing ALL the b.s. character development stuff now so I don't waste time during nano. Let me know what you think

Meet Joshua )

This Week in Nazi-Punching

Sep. 20th, 2017 04:15 pm
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A video of a Nazi in Seattle getting punched and knocked out has been making the rounds. Responses range from satisfaction and celebration to the predictable cries of “So much for the tolerant left” and the related “Violence makes us as bad as them and plays right into their hands.”

A few things to consider…

1. According to one witness, the punch happened after the Nazi called a man an “ape” and threw a banana at him. With the disclaimer that I’m not a lawyer, that sounds like assault to me. I’m guessing Assault in the Fourth Degree. In other words, the punching was a response to an assault by the Nazi.

The witness who talks about the banana-throwing also says he was high on THC. I haven’t seen anyone disputing his account, but I haven’t seen corroboration, either.

2.Remember when George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin, and people like Geraldo Rivera said it was because Martin was wearing a hoodie, and that made Martin a potentially dangerous “suspicious character”? Utter bullshit, I know. But if our legal system let Zimmerman plead self-defense, saying he was afraid because Martin was wearing a hoodie, doesn’t that same argument apply against someone wearing a fucking swastika?

We’re talking about a symbol that announces, “I support genocide of those who aren’t white, aren’t straight, aren’t able-bodied…”

3. Buzzfeed presents this as anti-fascists tracking a Neo-Nazi to beat him up. While antifa Twitter appears to have been talking about this guy, there’s no evidence that the punch was thrown by someone who’s part of that movement. And even if he was, the guy didn’t throw a punch until after the Nazi committed assault (see point #1).

Those Tweets quoted on Buzzfeed also suggest the Nazi was armed, which could add to the self-defense argument in point #2.

Is Nazi-punching right? Is it legal? As any role-player will tell you, there’s a difference between whether something is lawful and whether it’s good.

The “victim” has every right to press charges. But for some reason, he didn’t want to talk to police about the incident.

Was punching this guy a good thing? I mean, there’s a difference between comic books and real life. The Nazi was standing in front of some sort of tile wall. He could have struck his head on the corner after being punched, or when he fell to the ground. In other words, there’s a chance–albeit probably a slim one–that this could have killed him.

My country and culture glorify violence. I’d much rather avoid violence when possible. I think most rational people would. But there are times it’s necessary to fight, to choose to defend yourself and others. I think it’s important to understand the potential consequences of that choice.

Multiple accounts agree this man was harassing people on the bus, and later on the street. He was a self-proclaimed Nazi. Police say they received calls that he was instigating fights, and it sounds like he escalated from verbal harassment to physical assault … at which point another man put him down, halting any further escalation.

I don’t know exactly what I would have done in that situation, but I see nothing to make me condemn or second-guess this man’s choice in the face of a dangerous Nazi.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


Sep. 19th, 2017 11:13 pm
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It's not just an Arrr for talk like a pirate day, it's an arrr for my students. Yesterday I gave two tests, one went well, the other went okay but at my office hour one of the wanna be allied health students drops in because she can't get online (I only showed them 5 weeks ago) so I help her Then she asks, 'so what did I miss in class today?' Um the EXAM. She proceeds to argue with me about it. I'm like not only did I say it was monday I sent an EMAIL. I can't text you so you HAVE to look at those emails, send them to your fucking phone. I was nice enough to let her make it up (she failed, she also failed the homework and wrote me an email to tell me none of it was in my notes. Um do you want the page numbers?)

I got my [personal profile] spook_me prompts. they're exciting. I just wish I could focus on writing. It's getting worse and worse. I feel like soon I won't be writing at all. I don't know what's happening to me.

Some people are discovering some of my old fanfic which is nice at least.

Today was the Jackson Apple festival. I didn't go because it's raining (maybe later this week) but I did take a bag of books to the library and came home with two bags. I fail at getting rid of my books. :)

I did get to see the H.S. band marching. They were good and I am jealous. They got to march in shorts and t-shirts because it's summer. I asked mom 'remember what I had to march in in spite of the heat?' Mom: the full wool uniform Dad: with the Q Tip hat. Yeah. I had to do it in a woolen oven

Writerly Ways

Sep. 17th, 2017 04:18 pm
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I guess now would be the time to talk about what I had planned for last week (read: I'm trying to avoid cleaning). I know a few people won't agree with me but given how small the blog is these days, I doubt I'll be unfriended.

Anyhow in the last month the topic of mpreg has come up in two different professional m/m communities (though with a lot of cross over one would imagine). Both ended up either being locked or deleted and apologies offered by the moderators because members of the community felt unsafe and/or marginalized. To me this is appalling. I don't even understand why this is even necessary to discuss. Mpreg belongs in fanfic. Just leave it there (I suppose if you're writing SF and the males carry the baby that's different but that's not most of M/M romance in the professional setting.

I have never liked Mpreg, that's no secret, not even in fandom. To me, it's a way of fetishizing gay men and not really honoring their reality. And basically the giant arguments were to that end, many gay men saying PLEASE don't do this. They shouldn't have had to say it more than once but naturally they did. I see this as the women writing gay men confirming their worst fears, that we have no respect for them, have no idea what it's like to be a gay man and are just profiting from them. There are enough voices decrying women writing gay men without adding fuel to the fire.

Here's the thing: if people within the community you're trying to write about are telling you it's offensive and insulting, IT IS offensive and insulting, end of story. This is just widening the gap between groups. We're expected now to write diversely. (I just read an article and damn I should have bookmarked it that said if you don't have a gay and minority character your story is inherently homophobic and racist. Obviously that's moronic, swinging too far to one side). But we're hit on both sides, told we're prejudice if we aren't diverse and told we're doing it wrong and our writing it is unwanted because we're not in the community. Trying to force Mpreg into mainstream writing just reconfirms how wrong we are.

And oh, yeah, I stayed out of the arguments in both communities because I knew how it would end. Be respectful. If you want a baby in the story, adopt, find a surrogate, something a gay man could feasibly do.

As always have some writing links

From others besides Betty: Flying without a Net

Writing 3-D characters I used to do this ALL the time. I need to get back to it. I find it helpful because I'll be the one who forgets details (like seriously couldn't remember which arm Aaron lost when it came time to talk to my cover artist).

the importance of reviews and how to handle them

And thanks to Betty we have: 6 problems with long series I don't always agree with Mythcreants (often I feel their writers are very young and miss the point half the time) but this one is pretty good.

marketing cheat sheet

what’s a bisac code?

Novel plan

social media vs author website

creating an eclectic magic system This is very good

surviving a confidence crisis I feel that using friends too often thing.

Yearly Word Count -

25768 / 100000 words. 26% done!

Splinters of Silver - editing nothing

Blood Red - waiting for edits

editing 3 novellas - edited 2/3rds of Cassadaga

Behind Blue Eyes - nothing

Haunted Hocking -

10215 / 60000 words. 17% done!

Steampunk Deadwood - planning stages


Sep. 16th, 2017 10:28 pm
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It was my annual trek to the mothman festival. I met my friend, Rain there, a bit on the late side but I made it. And they finally have a shuttle/parking service. 10$ but it was worth it. On the negative, Point Pleasant is even MORE depressing than the last time I went but on the whole we had a blast.

Rain had bought me a TNT tour bus ticket for my 50th. I know the story (the TNT explosive compound IS government) because this is where the first sighting of the mothman was. It was fun. They told the various legends as we drove out there then set us loose in one of the igloos that were used and took us home with more stories. It was neat but a tiny bit pricey for what it was. But they DID give us Mothman back packs as a souvenier. I had fun and I will say outside of the depressing downtown, there were some really nice residential areas.

I got to hear almost NONE of the talks. I had wanted to listen to Cornstalk's descendant but her talk was when we were on the tour. Rosemary Ellen Guilley was there and I heard the last half of her talk but it was SRO. Usually it's not that packed (and the State Theater is mildewy, ancient and hotter than balls) but one of the guys from TAPS (GHost Hunter) was there. I could have stayed but I was also meeting Kati and frankly I couldn't have stood being crushed into those hot assed seats that long.

So after Rain left, Kati and her friends arrived and we hung out for a little while but I'd been there going on five hours by then and I was tired.

At one point, I heard gothy music and was familiar. Rain said it's right over there and OMG it was someone selling Nox Arcana CDS. I had two have a couple! (Gothic and Blackthorn Asylum)

I got a birthday gift for a friend and a Christmas gift for another. I got one of Rosemary's books for me and two pieces of wall art even after saying NO WALL ART because I have so much of it. I couldn't resist Mothman as a shinigami and planned to put it in my office (until I noticed after the fact) that there was such a large suggestion off peen.... And I bought the one of a dullahan driving a carriage. I loved it.

I got some roasted candied pecans that had been soaked in blackberry moonshine. So now I must try this for myself because damn they're good (and expensive). I also splurged on a set of glass earrings that look like a full moon in a night sky (gorgeous stuff). I covet her wire tree over a glass bauble necklaces but they're very expensive.

Once Rain gets some pictures up (I forgot my camera and my money. I could fix one with an ATM but not the other) I'll share. I have some on my phone but my phone takes shit pictures in the dark.

I also did get to talk a little with Rosemary and with Sheri Brake (another ghost hunter). TOmorrow my university library is sponsoring a ghost hunter talk but I don't think I'll be going back for that.

WHen I'm not exhausted I'll link to some of the artists as well.

As for yesterday, let's just say the work drama continues

This week is a dumpster fire

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:40 pm
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Even more work drama. I think it's all fixed now but seriously there are people I could have gleefully throttled today.

I feel BAD that the new hires are caught up in this nonsense. Also no one listens. I had to explain things like 6 times before it sank in. Between them and people not listening to instructions on the test I could have sworn i was speaking Klingon.

But they did WELL on the test. THen again this is my senior level class and they usually did.

Today was the RU Okay event for mental healthat the university. I went and not a soul was there. Um what? I even wore the stupid ass yellow shirt (I own ONE. A Star Trek T-shirt because everyone looks like shit in yellow. (my chair's words, not mine) and someone else said they were across campus from where they were meant to be and in turquoise. Head desk.)

Links, Reminders, and Misc

Sep. 14th, 2017 01:51 pm
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Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

This week blows

Sep. 13th, 2017 10:42 pm
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I forgot to mention that I fell yesterday too. Over Kanda who got trampled (and we're all lucky everything didn't get pissed on as I was trying to get to the toilet at the moment.

I aspirated stomach acid again today.

The meeting at work was very frustrating and I'm a bit hurt. For some reason L tried to hand off two of my classes to someone else and I was having none of it. I THINK she thought she was doing me a favor but it didn't come across that way.

Came home to a letter from the IRS. Thank god it was just student loan crap but that didn't negate the stopped heart when I saw it.

Still feeling like persona non grata as Jana.

The good? a) I got a color graphic of my DNA breakdown that I'm rather in love with. I have like this one sub-saharan gene and it's on chromosome 6. So I looked it up because back when I took genetics the Human Chromosome Project didn't exist. Turns out that stupid gene is responsible for half my medical issues. Have to say I'm not a fan and b) my 50th birthday gift for my BFF came from the UK and it's wonderful. It's a haypenny from 1967. I'm betting it's from the same person my friend bought MY gift from (which were irish penny earrings also from then). I'm really in love with the pendant.

I'm also annoyed that Midnight Texas has some 'for the blind' thing going on with someone narrating every action (and ahead of them). I have no idea why this is happening. It's not on any other channel so it's nothing I've done. whimpers.

The Tick, Season One

Sep. 13th, 2017 11:43 am
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My introduction to The Tick came in the late 90s, with the animated series. A few of my grad school friends and I would get together each week, eat Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, and watch The Tick (and a few other shows.)

I loved it. I loved the humor, the silliness, the undermining of superhero tropes, and the overall sense of fun.

This was my background as I logged onto Amazon Prime to watch their live-action take on The Tick.

It felt like the entire show was filmed using the same Gritty Angst Filter they used on Batman v Superman. They managed to make The Tick almost entirely joyless.

Spoilers follow…

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Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

I think it's still Monday

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:17 pm
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So Tuesday started out badly at 130 when I took a fall...okay so I had updated my computer and nearly 2 hours later it was STILL updating so I came to check on it sans glasses and missed the couch when I sat down (well I can't see....) Banged up my left arm, pulled the muscles in my right and either that's a bruise or a clot in my left leg. Sigh.

Then today I had to go in and sit in my office because my lab was canceled for a school function but i still had to be there. Then I forgot when my office hours ended and was there an hour over. WTF is wrong my brain.

I did go to the faculty/staff picnic. There were hundreds of dollars of gift giveaways. I won nothing but our two new hires both won so that was very cool.

I've kind of worked out the particulars of my MG story but it still might be too dark. Wonders what I should do.

ETA -That faulty valve between stomach and esophagus just gave me a lung-full of acid and caprese salad.

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
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First it started with a weird dream. I was at my apartment complex which is shaped like a U and everyone was in their windows (which looked more like a public high school set up). Instead of being the rednecks I live with, they were all Asians. We all had penis water pistols and were shooting each other. Yep, my subconscious is on crack.

I woke up feeling like butt either from my allergies or fibro fog. I got half way to work and realized I forgot my purse which has my office keys and my slide advancer/laser pointer. Turned around to get it. Sleep walked through the entire day. Realized I hadn't put up a homework I needed to, wasn't ready for a test this week so I just moved it. I came home without my folder and my flashdrive so I couldn't work on my lectures.

Whimpers. But I DID get more done on grading and test making from 5-9:30 (taking out time for both cooking dinner and talking to mom for 45 minutes) than I did all weekend.

As for Florida, most of my friends are okay. No word from my family.

Writerly Ways

Sep. 10th, 2017 10:11 pm
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I had one planned but it's a touchy topic and frankly I am too worn out this week to deal with it. I'm trying to decompress a bit (not helped by the fact that my cousin's uber-right husband is on FB pretending to pray for the Floridians in spite of the fact they were 'told to get out.' Obviously he has no idea the realities of evacuation (and I'm glad some people on his FB are calling his ass out. For a nuclear engineer he can be very 'dumb' about things.)

Anyhow instead of that post (which I'll still make it) let me give us something fun. Check out Dreaming Robot's Young Explorer’s anthology! I love the idea of this. I think several of us might enjoy trying to write a middle grade short story. I'm thinking steampunk with another amputee MC (this time a young lady). I wanted to have two male characters but I'm being hesitant. Hear me out:

I can make things more diverse (and far less racist 1890s) by doing a bit of alt history where the Native Americans and European settlers have more of an uneasy if more equal relationship. There would still be some division but not drowning a MG book in racism. It would take place over Deadwood (mostly because I know the place and won't have time for extensive research). I figured the other MC would be a young Lakota boy, maybe orphaned in the Deadwood fire of 76. (as opposed to the ugly slaughter at Wounded Knee).I was thinking of a young Chinese boy as well as there were plenty of Chinese in Deadwood. But in a very subservient role that would be inappropriate for this anthology (I should think). So I might leave him out but more so because this is TRULY a short story only 3-6K.

Now to come up with a plot. I figure in the end, the boy joins the girl's airship (Her mom is the captain) But what that plot could be that's not too dark for younger readers (well Voldemort was fairly dark...) but more importantly short.

Then decide do I want my pen name to be D.M. and my surname or Dana.

I do have a few lings for you. From Chuck Wendig Self Promoting (including having to do it when the news is a total shit show like it is right now)

how to write when the world is burning Another timely one. Granted we ALL have to deal with this and in different ways, this one resonated a bit with me.

silencing your inner critic I need to buy mine a ball gag.

Your book’s engine

Narrative Structure: It’s okay to stray

Let's all write something!!

Angry with myself

Sep. 10th, 2017 12:43 am
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I can't seem to motivate on anything. Didn't make an exam. Barely edited anything. Didn't write. Barely cleaned. Basically I got all the loot crate boxes out of here and pictures taken of the crap I don't want. SO MUCH. I seriously need to decide if I keep this subscription at all. I've skipped almost four straight months as is.

I feel too overwhelmed by this mess. I'm breaking it into doable chunks but it doesn't seem to help much. I did remove another chunk of books.

I'm barely able to look at my social media, a mix of depressing and fury-inducing (and god help you if you disagree with any of them about anything). I DID see one person say what I've been saying. WAY too many authors acting like we're back in high school. You want to have authors on your feed, we should help each other but damned if most days it doesn't seem like they're all arrested at age 15.

Almost all my friends and relatives did NOT evacuate Florida. Most of them are hopefully in areas where the hurricane's force will have died out some but not my 97 year old aunt. STILL no one knows where she is. My Dad's side of the family does a shit job of keeping in touch. Sigh.

Maybe I'd be less bitchy if I could sleep. Or if I could have gone out to hike today because it's so damn beautiful but I felt weak and I had so much to do. Most of which didn't get done.

And once again I've forgotten those dragon sites. Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

Short week long days

Sep. 8th, 2017 10:17 pm
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This week was short and work wise it felt short but at home, the days seemed long, like I was accomplishing nothing. But the only thing I did manage to do was to write my flash fic for Chuck Wendig's challenge that hopefully someone somewhere will read it. It's lesbian, sort of (it's girl meets girl but leaves off with the promise of a relationship). You can find it here When They Called Her Home and even if you don't read it, can you try to open it to see if it WILL open?

Because today I met with a friend and he put me in charge of my own website (as he's now working for wordpress and can't profit from doing web design on their site or something along those lines). He had to migrate everything over to me and after 2 hours of diddling around with all of this, I'm not sure it's entirely right so if you can, let me know if it at least opens. THANKS.

Yesterday I saw my endocrinologist or at least his nurse practitioner who at least listens better than he ever did. She answered my question about those Inovakana 'bad drug' commercials. I couldn't figure out why it would cause increased amputations as the action is strictly kidney based (I mean I KNOW why it's probably damaging the fuck out of my kidneys). It's because it's dehydrating and people don't listen to doctor's orders and DRINK so they pass out, break bones in the fall and diabetics don't heal well, especially the elderly so they end up with amputations.

Anyhow she wants me to try trulicity which is a once a week injectible and to stop the invokana. I've had problems with other drugs in this class. On the other hand, it's been SO successful in lowering sugars that medicaid put it on its formulary which is highly unusual due it's high cost but it's so good at it, that it lowers sugar so well, other meds can be dropped AND other issues don't happen so fast (like retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy) that it's considered worth the cost.

So my choices are kidney damage from the invokana or thyroid cancer from trulicity. Whee.

And once again I've forgotten those dragon sites. Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!


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