Reading and such

Sep. 24th, 2017 08:22 pm
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It isn't Wednesday, but who's counting? ;V

Recently Finished: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. I've read one of her other books, Stiff, which is about the use of cadavers in science; Packing for Mars, on the other hand, deals with the ins and outs of space travel, both in historical and future context. It was interesting, though I didn't like it as much as Stiff, which was more within my typical niche. ...Also, there are some chapters dealing with bodily functions in detail and in the end I just had to skip through that stuff because it was just more than I ever wanted to know about shitting in space.

Also Finished Reading: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I love the film, so it was interesting to read the novel that inspired it. Overall, I feel that I like the film better - it had a more fun and magical atmosphere than the novel, I think. ...I also found almost everybody in the novel unlikeable, with the exception of Grant and Sattler, so that didn't help much. ;p Upside of reading this: I finally have the context I was missing for the Jurassic Park game I had as a kid on Sega Genesis; there was a lot of stuff in the game that wasn't in the film. Turns out, those scenes were inspired by the novel.

Currently Reading: Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton. This one is a historical novel centred around the rivalry between palaeontologists Marsh and Cope, told from the point of view of a student working with them. Overall, I'm liking this one more than Jurassic Park - then again, I do so love reading about the Bone Wars and other bits of early palaeontology. :D

Also Currently Reading: IT by Stephen King. This is one King novel that I've never managed to get around to, and with the film remake and so on, I was curious. So far, I'm enjoying it, but oh man, it's... longer than I expected it to be.

Anyway! Aside from the above, I bought some books in Victoria....

Book Haul )

[YiH] FINALLY :D

Sep. 24th, 2017 05:19 pm
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*_* My package of the Year in Hereafter booklets finally arrived! Yay! There were some mix-ups with the post, so it took much longer to get here than planned, but it's here now. <3

More about that )

Phone back on, for the moment

Sep. 24th, 2017 11:56 am
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We have phone service again, for a little while.  Working out a more permanent solution.

If anyone has an unlocked dumb phone they no longer want, that'd be awesome. (EDIT: we called Freedom Pop up and apparently they only do Smartphones, so it looks like we might get one whether we want to or not.) We will probably be moving to Freedom Pop, but they seem to only offer smartphones, which none of us want.  Obviously, though, a smartphone beats no phone at all.  Still working on it.

Writing: another observation

Sep. 24th, 2017 03:32 pm
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Whenever I forget about going forward...

Whenever I start thinking about what's going on right now in the scene (and what factors led to this point), and quit thinking about where it's going...

That's when I tend to get stuck, and not even realize it. Because it's not stuck like 'oh no, I don't know where to go', it's stuck like 'oops, I was so interested in where I was I forgot to go anywhere'.

This keeps happening...lately, at least...because I'm working on writing better moment by moment stuff, and this is what happens when that gets out of balance.

Luckily, I usually remember at some point that stories need to move forward.
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At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.

It's the book the movie was based on. I really wanted to see the move, but couldn't get past my dislike of movies with George Clooney and/or Matt Damon.
A note about the movie: Among those leaked e-mails from Sony studios was one from Clooney (who directed as well as acted) apologizing for the movie not doing very well. My brother saw it on one of those "entertainment news" shows where they tried to make it seem like it was a bad thing, but my brother said: "If anything, it makes him seem like an even nicer guy than you hear about. that whole "gentleman George" thing,"

The book was interesting, if long & is one of those forgotten stories of World War 2 that more people should know about it. To that end, they have an official site about the real men (& women) behind the story. And there's a monuments men foundation to help preserve art that is in danger from armed conflicts today. they are also looking for info on missing cultural objects from WW2 & other wars.

I've read several books about little known or forgotten people & stories of WW2 & am convinced that if a movie studio just did movies about them, they could put out movies for at least a decade.

September Patreon Poll

Sep. 23rd, 2017 06:17 pm
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Hey everybody, it's that time again: time to vote for which story gets the Patreon money this month!  Sorry for the delay; prepping Alter Boys In Love and the last-minute trip to Texas took a chunk out of me. But now we're back on track, and the con rush will end after October! I have some bigger stories planned and in process, and we'll have some new stuff for sale!

As always, anyone can vote, but patrons get double weight for their votes.  If you'd like to be a patron and get bonus content, please consider joining up on Patreon!  And if you want to see the blurbs for any of these stories, those are here!  If you don't have a DW and so can't do the poll, that's okay; just leave your vote in the comments below; anon comments are turned on.

Which story gets the money?  YOU CHOOSE, readers!

Poll #18857 September Story Poll!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3


Are you a Patreon patron?

View Answers

No
1 (33.3%)

Yes
2 (66.7%)

Which story gets posted this month?

View Answers

Number One and the United Delland Coalition (I
2 (66.7%)

Style over Substance (Durable Medical Equipment)
1 (33.3%)

Starfishing
0 (0.0%)

Death, Will, and the Girl
0 (0.0%)

Alter Boys In Love is almost here!

Sep. 23rd, 2017 12:20 am
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Hey guys, check it out! We got the new proof of Alter Boys in Love, and it's looking awesome!
Image of Mac showing off the book, cut to spare spam. )

My process: an observation

Sep. 22nd, 2017 03:40 pm
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It frequently happens that I end up moving explanations and elaborations back deeper into the story rather than having them near the front, where I generally think of them.

The only time I can think of that it went the other way around was more that I had an explanation and it didn't seem to fit the flow of an earlier scene, so I decided to put it later, but it never fit (and I considered it important), so I came back and fit it where I'd originally had it before editing.

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Sep. 18th, 2017 06:57 pm
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Holy shit, you know you're a lightweight when all it takes to get you flushy is a single can of cider.

OR MAYBE it's just that the fic I'm writing is Really That Hot. Yeah, let's pretend it's that.

(Hey, [personal profile] laufeyknits, I think you'll love this thing. I mean, we figured that, but... seems it'll be up your alley. Probably.)

Apparently writing This Sort Of Thing is easier after a drink or two. I've slapped down five... almost six pages in two days. Who'd have thought. (NOT ME)

Except if everything goes according to plan it'll be Really Fucking Long and oh man, I don't want to think about how much of a pain in the ass it'll be to proof this, ugh....

Oh well. LATER. I will worry about that later. Yes.

The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:37 am
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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2 by Christian Gossett

The continuing story -- to the end of the published issues. Spoilers ahead for the earlier volume.

Read more... )

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