Friday, February 21, 2014

Because I'm Happy!

I love that Pharrell's song "Happy" has turned into a protest anthem.

While the most-commented-upon version is Tunisia's explosion of happiness - which has been criticized by conservative religious folk there as "moral decay" - there's also one that involves dancing street protests in Iran. My favorite so far is the one from Kiev, embedded below.


Right now I'm jamming out to 24 hours of Happy - which is exactly what it sounds like. It's gorgeous, and it makes me happy!

My steadfast support goes to all those around the globe who yearn for freedom, respect, safety, liberty, and/or basic human rights.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Depression

Today I woke up with depression, which is a fitting term since to me it feels like a cavity just behind my breastbone. It also feels like my limbs have been weighted down, almost like gravity has increased in strength.

It's days like this when it takes a serious energy expenditure to do basic life tasks like eating, showering, getting dressed. It's days like this when I am amazed at my favorite bloggers who somehow have such a bottomless well of energy that they manage to post every day.

It's days like this when I am profoundly grateful for my companion, who I can rely on to do nice things for me when I would otherwise be lying in bed with this hollow feeling eating me up.

I've had a lot of days like this, but it's especially craptastic right now because there's a lot of things I want to do - and I'm doing some of them, but I know that this depression is going to suck my motivation into it and I'm not going to get all of it done.

I'm not going to focus on that, though I could make a long list.
Instead I'm going to focus on what I have done.
I have...

  • Gotten up in the morning (11:30 AM! Woo!)
  • Eaten breakfast
  • Started two loads of laundry
  • Folded the towels and PJs that my roommates had left sitting in the dryer
  • Put away dishes from the dishwasher
  • Brought in the trash cans from the curb
  • Taken an armful of recycling out
  • Eaten lunch
Now I can also say I've written a blog post, though not the one I'd wanted to write. Even putting all that down makes my limbs feel a little more loose, as if the extra gravity is releasing its hold.

I am going to go finish up that laundry now, and perhaps when I come back I will get started on one of the other things.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special video review, n'at


Here's what Moffat said about Rose, which sums up why I'm ok that Rose was absent:
"I thought the story of Rose, which was beautiful, was done. I didn't want to add to it, I didn't feel qualified to add to it. That was always Russell's [T Davies] story. The way Russell ended it in The End of Time was perfect. I didn't want to stick another bit in. It would be wrong. But we did want Billie Piper, one of the absolute heroes of Doctor Who, back in the show without interfering in the story of Rose Tyler. I think I might of spoiled something if I had done that."
What Moffat said about the upcoming Christmas special:
"It's a proper finale to Matt Smith, it's the story we've been telling since he put the bow tie on. A lot of stuff we've left hanging, we tie up there. And it's Trenzalore!"
Soooo basically, take all my predictions and hold onto them for Christmas. Except also add in the hope that they'll place the 50th in there as well, in terms of continuity. Because CONTINUITY, DAMN IT.

More links:
Xmas episode teaser trailer
One reason I have hope for continuity in the Xmas episode (from the 50th)
More reasons I have hope for continuity in the Xmas episode

Monday, December 2, 2013

NaNoWriMo: FOR THE WIN

 I DID IT!!!!!!


The last day was a serious push for me - more words of fiction than I'd ever written in a single day before - and to be completely honest, if it weren't for my Kickstarter backer's support, I don't know if I'd have finished. If it weren't for my roommates' support, I am 100% sure I wouldn't have finished. That last day, Saturday, was a cleaning day. Not just any weekly cleaning day, a post-Thanksgiving cleaning day. Yet they very kindly let me skip out early so I could get to writing.

Another victory, not quite as great but just as important to me:


I wrote every day during the month of November. Even during my bad depression days, even during my super busy days. Every! Day!

I am super proud of myself, y'all.

Thank you for all of your support, and I'll definitely be keeping y'all posted as my novel progresses from fifty thousand hastily-written words into a published book. Stay tuned!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Doctor Who 50th: Prediction Time!

Alright, if you've been following along, you know that I've made some predictions about 11's timeline during the Fall of the Ponds, namely that it's been in the wrong order. 

Well, actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint it's been in the right order, but what I mean to say is that I believe the Doctor experienced S7 in a different order than Amy and Rory, as well as the viewer. I made some specific predictions about the order, but I'm not really confident about most of them. Though I will bet my bottom dollar that The Power of Three came before A Town Called Mercy.

This is from The Power of Three (S7E4)

This is from A Town Called Mercy (S7E3)

This hasn't been explicitly referred to in canon, only in hints like the above (which to be honest were pRETTY STRONG HINTS i mean HE SAID IT OUT LOUD WITH WORDS that is NOT A COINCIDENCE), and that means I don't get to officially gloat about it.

Yet.

But, do you remember how The Name of the Doctor ended? Do you?


That's right. The Doctor (SPOILER ALERT, DON'T SAY I DIDN'T WARN YOU) jumps into his own time-stream.

Which means (and I'm going to call it here and now) that the 50th anniversary episode will take place within the Doctor's own timestream, and it will finally be revealed that he hasn't always visited his companions in a linear order.

Moffat, you terrible, gorgeous genius. Don't let me down.

*crosses fingers*

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

It is 1:36 AM

... which means technically, it's Day 13.


I fell behind again over the weekend, and haven't really caught up. Part of this is because of the ridiculous sleep/insomnia issues that my jerkbrain has been throwing at me over the past few days. However, please do notice the upward progress!

FYI, most of that is due to this:


DAT'S RIGHT I KEPT UP MY STREAK
BOOYEAH!

New plan: Instead of fighting my body, I'm going to start using its powers to provide me with words. Sleep during the day, spend time with household in the evening, write my face off by night. I've already put that plan into action somewhat. Notice the significant bump that Day 13 already has. And it's only... 1:43 AM!

Now it's back to the writing! Let's see how big a jump I can really get on Day 13.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

NaNoWriMo: Crossing the line!

I caught up! Check it out:


That is totally crossing the grey line!! MINOR VICTORY!

Another minor victory: I have over 10,000 words!

And another:


IT LOOKS LIKE I MIGHT ACTUALLY MAKE IT THE WHOLE MONTH
HOLY CANNOLI, BATMAN

Hold onto yer butts, because my next goal is to actually get AHEAD of the grey line. Let's see how that goes! I will keep you posted!

Monday, November 4, 2013

NaNoWriMo: Beginnings

Good news everyone! My Kickstarter got funded! Which means I get to do NaNoWriMo without job-hunting for the duration. This is awesome. I sent out some surveys, and then sent an update to direct folks here. So if you're here from Kickstarter: Hello! And also: Thank you! You have good things coming to you. This update is one of them! (So is this youtube video that I made.)

The first writing day was a Friday, and I didn't meet the "average daily goal" of 1667:


Screenshot taken from 750words.com , which I highly recommend. I signed up for the November monthly challenge, which gives me an extra incentive to actually sit down and write every day. Not tomorrow. Not later. Today. Now.

My weekends are generally busier than my weekdays, which is one of the joys of being the marginally employed partner of a full-time worker, but not so great for writing. And this weekend was the weekend after Halloween! That's prime party time, y'all. The only time I had to spare was my Tumblr time, so my Activity dropped off precipitously.

Worth it.

But at the end of today, my word count looked more like this:


YES MUCH BETTER.

Another reason that I got off to such a slow start is, well... I'm a slow starter. It takes me a while to rev up. But I feel pretty good, and I'm super confident that by the end of the week I'm going to cross that grey line...


Stay tuned for more updates.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Proud Atheist and the RDF disappoint...

So I was on Facebook, and as I 'like' the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, I saw the following on my feed:


The T-Shirt at the link?  Obviously features a caricature of a fat guy stuffing an entire feast into his face.

GJ GUISE
WAY TO BE ASSHOLES
YOU'RE MAKING ATHEISTS LOOK REAL GREAT THERE

AND RDF GJ PROMOTING THAT
YEAH YOU'RE LOOKING MORE AND MORE PROGRESSIVE EVERY DAY

WE COULD PROMOTE REASON AND SCIENCE
OR LET'S JUST MAKE FUN OF FAT CHRISTIANS
THAT IS BOTH REASONABLE AND SCIENTIFIC RIGHT?
HA HA FAT PEOPLE ARE FAT
HA