marcicat: (snowy cat)

I have a somewhat unfortunate tendency to take a guess at what internet abbreviations mean and then never follow up to verify. (see: my ftw fail)

Which is to say, I thought ‘smh’ stood for ‘so much hate.’ (Note: there *does* seem to be some support for this being the case, or at least having been the case at some point.) But when I saw someone using it that I couldn’t quite imagine saying that phrase, I thought ‘one of us is surely wrong about what that means.’

And it turns out that the most widely currently accepted meaning for ‘smh’ is ‘shaking my head,’ which is whatever. The important part of the story is that my brain keeps stalling out before remembering that — I remember there’s something other than ‘so much hate’ but not what it is. And so then I’m staring at the screen thinking ‘so much heckling? so many hipsters? slap my hand?’

It’s a work in progress.

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marcicat: drama llama (drama llama)

At my previous job, we had one of those signs with the letters you move around, and it was high enough that we had one of those suction cup poles to get the letters on and off. I’ve thought of that sign a lot recently, since I drive by a lot of similar signs, and one caught my eye that seemed to be using a modified ‘W’ to stand in for an ‘N.’ (It sort of worked!)

Ah, what memories it brought back! Not only do you have to pick a message that fits within the allotted space (ours could fit 20 characters per line, unless it was one of the big letters, and then slightly less), but you also had to fit the seemingly arbitrary limits of your letter set.

For instance, anytime we had to change the message on our sign, we had to follow these guidelines:

*No punctuation. (We had a dollar sign, but no question mark. Forget about commas and periods.)

*Absolutely no more than 6 of the letter ‘S.’ (Four would be better — we had four that came with the set, and then two more we faked up that looked a little sad but would do in a pinch.)

*If possible, no letter ‘I’s. The ‘I’ was so narrow that it was incredibly difficult to get the suction cup thing to grab it and get it up to the sign. (And once you did, it tended to fall over when you tried to get the suction cup to release. Just trouble in every way.)

So any time you pass one of those signs and think ‘it looks like they just turned a W upside down and used it as an M,’ you are probably right. And to all of the signmakers out there, kudos to you for making it work!

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marcicat: (dreamsheep stargate)

The Weather Channel names winter storms, because that seems like a good idea to them, I suppose. To be honest, I don’t see much of the Weather Channel, so I’m not sure if we’ve had any of these yet? But here’s the list of what could be coming!






(from The Weather Channel, which also provided this caption: “The roster of winter storm names for the 2016-2017 season, compiled by Bryan Norcross of The Weather Channel in collaboration with the Bozeman High School Latin class.”)

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marcicat: (iriomote_cat_warning)

Two days, two thousand words to go. I’ve reached that point of nano where every word seems to take immense effort.

Last sentence written: “You’re joking.”

(No, no I’m not. There really are two thousand words left to write.)

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marcicat: nano mug (nano mug)

That’s right, the time has come. After having zero plot and virtually no coherent storyline for 46,000 words, it’s finally time to admit that nothing is going to change in the last 4,000.

No lightning bolt of inspiration is going to pull everything together into a thrilling plot twist. No last-minute problem is going to occur that requires a dashing eleventh-hour rescue.

No, they’re going to eat breakfast. It will be a beautifully sunny July day, and nothing much will happen. Based on the preceding content, characters will spend that 4,000 words shrugging, nodding, and shaking their heads, all while leaning against things and talking about their feelings.

And so, with that acknowledgement out of the way, let’s get it done!

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Nov. 25th, 2016 07:31 am
marcicat: (dreamsheep uhura)

I’m a big fan of the #optoutside program for Black Friday, but let’s face it — it’s 35F degrees and raining out right now; I’m not going to be doing any kind of outdoor adventure today. Instead, I propose a day to #optnano and WRITE SOME WORDS!

Current word count: 40,060

On-track goal for today: 41,667

Dream goal: 50,000

More realistic dream goal: 42,500

Last sentence written: “This is basically the most suspicious thing we could be doing.”

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marcicat: (tron y/n)

As I was looking back in my nanowrimo novel yesterday, trying to figure out if I’d ever named a couple of characters (I don’t *think* so?), I realized I had inadvertently made two completely separate and unrelated mentions of needing to clean a refrigerator.

This is non uncommon during nano month for me — I will have the same “clever idea” multiple times and write it every time, typically without remembering any of the others. But now that I’ve noticed this one I have OPTIONS:

1. ignore it

2. change one of the mentions to something else

3. add more mentions; make refrigerator cleaning a running joke

4. turn the current two mentions into foreshadowing by having some important plot thing* hinge on a refrigerator

[*Note: it’s possible my story doesn’t have any of these, so it would really be more of a minor plot thing]

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marcicat: (badger book)

Current word count: 30,102

I am past yesterday’s goal! I am working on today! I no longer have any idea what is happening in my story!

Yep, it’s officially the 30,000s.

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marcicat: (snowy cat)

Current word count: 25,354


Actual word count goal for day 10: 28,334

Personal word count goal for day 10: 27,300

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marcicat: (stripey cat)

I have caught up to yesterday’s word count goal for nanowrimo, the mystical 20,000. (Current word count 20,012!)

Historically speaking, this is the point where I start to tell myself things like, ‘Don’t worry, it gets easier after the 20,000s.’

And then in turn, ‘Don’t worry, it gets easier after the 30,000s,’ and so on.

(I mean, I suppose it’s at least true for 50,000!)

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marcicat: (cat says hi)

Current nanowrimo word count: 15,907

On track goal of the day: 20,000

Personal goal of the day: 18,334

Last Saturday I managed 2000 words before 6 pm, so I can totally do that today too, right? I mean, sure, most of that day was lazing around a hotel room, but I must have done other things too. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t. Unless eating candy counts as something.)

[Note: Last sentence written: “You’re doing fine.” That’s right, I’m using my own novel to give myself a pep talk!]

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marcicat: (sky circles)

“In times like these we must reaffirm the values we cherish and have fought for: equality, justice, the care of our planet. We must stand up defiantly to any dark or divisive acts, and look out for the most vulnerable among us. It is more important than ever.

Within our hearts we know the society we wish to live in. No one can take that vision from us. We are each of us keepers of that promise. This country has seen wars and grave injustices, slavery and even civil war in its past. Yet we found our way through.

Hold your loved ones close. Tell them that it is in times of sadness and in the toughest of days where we often find our true mettle.”

-George Takei

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marcicat: (upside down cat)

At long last, the story I started last December is finished. Once they pass the point of ‘but I could make it better!’ to ‘I never want to see this again,’ I figure that’s a sign. A sign of what, I’m not entirely sure. Anyway, it’s done.

Title: This Family Just Keeps On Getting Bigger
Author: marcicat

Fandom: Star Wars, Star Wars TFA

Summary: Han shows up as a ghost, and starts to realize he missed a lot more than he thought in those fifteen years he was rattling around the galaxy.

Note: Title is from ‘Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas,’ which shows how long ago I started writing it (Christmas, not 1977). Snoke is still the bad guy, Leia’s still the best at everything, and everyone else is somewhere in the middle. In a much nicer AU, a lot more things turned out to be not quite what they seemed.

Warning: Past Force-based mental manipulation is a key plot point in this story. (more details in the linked versions)



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marcicat: (agh a monster)

PSA for anyone giving a pep talk! (A Real Life Example!)

When comparing something to a rocket ship, if the sentence begins like this:

“This [product/service/plan] is like a rocket ship, ready to _____”

Things that would be a good choice to end the sentence would include:

1. take off
2. launch

If you’re feeling particularly fanciful, I might recommend “take flight” as a potential option.

The ending you are Definitely Not Looking For (and yet the one we actually got) would be: “explode”

That’s right. For our post-quarter 2 pep talk, we got “this [thing we’re supposed to be excited about] is like a rocket ship, ready to explode.”

I am feeling decidedly un-pepped. And vaguely unsettled.

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marcicat: (badger moon)

My workplace would like everyone to sign a social media contract. I can tell it’s important because they used ALL CAPS in the subject line. (Even more important than the survey, which received Only Some Caps. And definitely more important than the exercise challenge, which received no-caps-but-a-jaunty-exclamation-point!)

Which really got me thinking:

1. We really didn’t sign one of those already?

2. Also, what a neat set of email style codes we’ve developed without any guidelines at all. I know the exclamation point is jaunty and not pointed because of the all-lowercase text of the subject line. How cool is that? I think that’s pretty amazing.

3. Things like this always remind me that I accidentally linked up my home Chrome and my work Chrome and can’t get them to separate. Not my best day.

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marcicat: (duckling)

You know when you’ve been working on the same fic for five months, but you haven’t actually done anything that could be called “writing” or “progress” for at least three weeks, and you’re wondering whether you should just chuck the lot of it, except that you feel kind of guilty that you left those characters just flying around out there in their spaceship, and maybe you should at least send them home first?

Yeah. This is that moment.

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marcicat: (kitteh hug)

Aw yeah, crossing the finish line on day 30! While this year’s novel failed to live up to it’s file name (fastestnovelever2015), I am happy to report a purple winner bar as of this morning.

Thanks for another great year, nanowrimo! (Story will go up once I figure out how many italics tags I missed.)

First line: She woke up.

Last line: “Let’s go home.”

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Nov. 29th, 2015 09:02 am
marcicat: dreamsheep nano2010 (nano dreamsheep)

Current wordcount: 47,504

Current mindset: blargh

Current plan for the last 2500 words: I HAVE NO IDEA SEND HELP

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marcicat: (pretty songbird)

Means a good writing day? ::crosses fingers::

Current wordcount: 44,561

Goal for today: write some stuff

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marcicat: purple (Default)

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