lol APIs

Oct. 30th, 2014 08:47 pm
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This is possibly a sign I'm a bit sleep-deprived at the moment (I did the waking-up-early-to-go-birdwatching thing this morning), but I found this bit from the Flickr API docs for their "photo search" function immensely charming:
[parameter:] accuracy (Optional)
Recorded accuracy level of the location information. Current range is 1-16 :
    World level is 1
    Country is ~3
    Region is ~6
    City is ~11
    Street is ~16
Does this mean Flickr, at its lowest accuracy level, can distinguish between "photo taken on the moon" and "photo taken on earth"? That is the "world" level, after all... :)

I've been super-quiet on the Hacker School blogging and I hope to resume that soon; I've been so busy hacking and learning that I keep forgetting to blog, oops. Suffice to say I've been doing some rad stuff: yesterday I implemented a bitflipping attack on CBC mode encryption, today I spun up a quick Flask app that lets you search Bing via text message, now I'm working on a birding quiz app I've been planning to work on "someday" since April (eep!), and in between all that I've been learning Rust and RUST IS DELIGHTFUL FUN. I'll blather all about it in a post, for sure!
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I'm not a huge fan of Hacker News[1]. My impression continues to be that it ends up promoting stories that align with the Silicon Valley narrative of meritocracy, technology will fix everything, regulation is the cancer killing agile startups, and discouraging stories that suggest that the world of technology is, broadly speaking, awful and we should all be ashamed of ourselves.

But as a good data-driven person[2], wouldn't it be nice to have numbers rather than just handwaving? In the absence of a good public dataset, I scraped Hacker Slide to get just over two months of data in the form of hourly snapshots of stories, their age, their score and their position. I then applied a trivial test:
  1. If the story is younger than any other story
  2. and the story has a higher score than that other story
  3. and the story has a worse ranking than that other story
  4. and at least one of these two stories is on the front page
then the story is considered to have been penalised.

(note: "penalised" can have several meanings. It may be due to explicit flagging, or it may be due to an automated system deciding that the story is controversial or appears to be supported by a voting ring. There may be other reasons. I haven't attempted to separate them, because for my purposes it doesn't matter. The algorithm is discussed here.)

Now, ideally I'd classify my dataset based on manual analysis and classification of stories, but I'm lazy (see [2]) and so just tried some keyword analysis:

A few things to note:
  1. Lots of stories are penalised. Of the front page stories in my dataset, I count 3240 stories that have some kind of penalty applied, against 2848 that don't. The default seems to be that some kind of detection will kick in.
  2. Stories containing keywords that suggest they refer to issues around social justice appear more likely to be penalised than stories that refer to technical matters
  3. There are other topics that are also disproportionately likely to be penalised. That's interesting, but not really relevant - I'm not necessarily arguing that social issues are penalised out of an active desire to make them go away, merely that the existing ranking system tends to result in it happening anyway.

This clearly isn't an especially rigorous analysis, and in future I hope to do a better job. But for now the evidence appears consistent with my innate prejudice - the Hacker News ranking algorithm tends to penalise stories that address social issues. An interesting next step would be to attempt to infer whether the reasons for the penalties are similar between different categories of penalised stories[3], but I'm not sure how practical that is with the publicly available data.

(Raw data is here, penalised stories are here, unpenalised stories are here)

[1] Moving to San Francisco has resulted in it making more sense, but really that just makes me even more depressed.
[2] Ha ha like fuck my PhD's in biology
[3] Perhaps stories about startups tend to get penalised because of voter ring detection from people trying to promote their startup, while stories about social issues tend to get penalised because of controversy detection?

Thursday, October 30th

Oct. 30th, 2014 09:52 am
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The Daily Report

Okay, I've linked to it a couple times already on Twitter, mostly before it was hooked up to its domain, but I have a new official web presence: It's not 100% done, but it is ready for visitors. The main purpose of this is to give me a location to use for reaching out beyond my existing fan base, so that when a new project drops it can link back to this one central hub.

This has been something I've been meaning to have put together for a long time, but it's never really panned out. It became a lot more important now that I've got more things being submitted for outside publication. In particular, there's something I've been sitting on since the middle of the summer that's set to go live tomorrow. It's a collaboration, so while I'll be putting it in my spaces, it'll also be going up elseweb. I wanted to make sure that people who get it somewhere else have a way of finding out what else I've done.

The State of the Me

Doing okay.

Plans For Today

I've been picking at that 10,000 word story I wrote last Wednesday since I wrote it, but today it's going to get its final substantial edits before being formatted for submission and sent off.

So that was a day.

Oct. 29th, 2014 10:12 pm
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In which the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, and Anita Sarkeesian appeared on the Colbert Report. (Icon chosen very specifically.)

A good day for the Bay Area, I would say.

On joining the FSF board

Oct. 29th, 2014 05:01 pm
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I joined the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation a couple of weeks ago. I've been travelling a bunch since then, so haven't really had time to write about it. But since I'm currently waiting for a test job to finish, why not?

It's impossible to overstate how important free software is. A movement that began with a quest to work around a faulty printer is now our greatest defence against a world full of hostile actors. Without the ability to examine software, we can have no real faith that we haven't been put at risk by backdoors introduced through incompetence or malice. Without the freedom to modify software, we have no chance of updating it to deal with the new challenges that we face on a daily basis. Without the freedom to pass that modified software on to others, we are unable to help people who don't have the technical skills to protect themselves.

Free software isn't sufficient for building a trustworthy computing environment, one that not merely protects the user but respects the user. But it is necessary for that, and that's why I continue to evangelise on its behalf at every opportunity.


Free software has a problem. It's natural to write software to satisfy our own needs, but in doing so we write software that doesn't provide as much benefit to people who have different needs. We need to listen to others, improve our knowledge of their requirements and ensure that they are in a position to benefit from the freedoms we espouse. And that means building diverse communities, communities that are inclusive regardless of people's race, gender, sexuality or economic background. Free software that ends up designed primarily to meet the needs of well-off white men is a failure. We do not improve the world by ignoring the majority of people in it. To do that, we need to listen to others. And to do that, we need to ensure that our community is accessible to everybody.

That's not the case right now. We are a community that is disproportionately male, disproportionately white, disproportionately rich. This is made strikingly obvious by looking at the composition of the FSF board, a body made up entirely of white men. In joining the board, I have perpetuated this. I do not bring new experiences. I do not bring an understanding of an entirely different set of problems. I do not serve as an inspiration to groups currently under-represented in our communities. I am, in short, a hypocrite.

So why did I do it? Why have I joined an organisation whose founder I publicly criticised for making sexist jokes in a conference presentation? I'm afraid that my answer may not seem convincing, but in the end it boils down to feeling that I can make more of a difference from within than from outside. I am now in a position to ensure that the board never forgets to consider diversity when making decisions. I am in a position to advocate for programs that build us stronger, more representative communities. I am in a position to take responsibility for our failings and try to do better in future.

People can justifiably conclude that I'm making excuses, and I can make no argument against that other than to be asked to be judged by my actions. I hope to be able to look back at my time with the FSF and believe that I helped make a positive difference. But maybe this is hubris. Maybe I am just perpetuating the status quo. If so, I absolutely deserve criticism for my choices. We'll find out in a few years.

Wednesday, October 29th

Oct. 29th, 2014 10:42 am
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The Daily Report

I'm in an odd state for me, which is being terribly excited about things that will be happening days, weeks, and months away. I think that very soon I'm going to have to a spate of things for more immediate release, just to keep myself engaged. I've been having a high-energy period, but I doubt I can sustain it all the way through January, which is when some of the things I have in the works will come to fruition.

I do have a few little things planned for Friday, to ring in Halloween. One is a newsletter that will contain some monstrously short pieces of microfiction. The other is a collaboration with one of my favorite poets that has been quietly in the works since July. Again, it's a small thing, but one I'm proud of.

The State of the Me

Today I slept in a bit, which made up for the previous night's interrupted sleep insofar as such things can be made up. It's a slow-start day all around, though.

Plans For Today

Due to the general lethargy and the fact that I have some errands to run, I'm keeping it light. I will primarily be focusing on writing Tales of MU. I think next week is going to be the last week of the fixed T-Th schedule, leading back into "every other week day", but that's going to depend on me going into next week a week a head.

3 Good Things

Oct. 29th, 2014 08:09 am
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It's my birthday today, so I'm opening my field of view wider than usual.

1. This time last year, inviting someone over for a night of romantic intimacy felt unimaginable. Now it's something to look forward to.

2. This time three years ago, my academic ambitions were crumbling around my ears, depression held fast my feet, and I could not see my way to wholeness. Since then I have wrought harder things and tasted of richer dreams, and am now full circle back to finishing my degree with reserves of resilience and perspective that are carrying me through where I used to falter.

3. Now and then I feel a little overwhelmed in a good way with the people in my life these days I count among my friends and family, my mentors and my students, my colleagues, partners and peers. Circles upon circles of richness; I'm so glad to be here, and glad I overlap with each of you. To those I know well already: thank you. To those I'm getting to know, or haven't met yet: I look forward to it.

Here's to the year to come!

It's not about being worthy, no--
it's about growing
and refining
and passing it on

....oops, I forgot this

Oct. 29th, 2014 01:22 am
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Big News Day in Fandom!

Oct. 28th, 2014 07:48 pm
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So today was a big news day in MCU fandom! Not sure if it all counts as spoilers, but my thoughts are behind the cut anyway.

MCU Phase 2-3 )

Short stories I think you should read

Oct. 28th, 2014 08:32 pm
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This Chance Planet, by Elizabeth Bear
What it means to have a fairy dog mother.

The Cambist and Lord Iron, by Daniel Abraham
What is a thing worth, when it comes down to it?

The Glass Bottle Trick, by Nalo Hopkinson
It's a fairy-tale retelling that surprised me and tasted new.

Coins for Their Eyes, by Kris Millering
A story about the jobs we are called to do. Creepy.

The Dryad's Shoe, by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon)
What do you want, out of this fairy-tale life?

each thing i show you is a piece of my death, by Stephen J. Barringer and Gemma Files
Experimental, twisty, but ultimately sort of spine-tingly.

What You Pawn I Will Redeem, by Sheman Alexie
Alexie said this was one of his favorite stories that he'd written.
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Okay, everyone, here's the deal!

I'm doing NaNoWriMo next month -- yes, yes, I've said this before. In fact, I've attempted NaNoWriMo almost every year since 2001, and haven't completed since 2001. (In 2001 I successfully wrote a 50k word novel in 30 days! No, you may not read it. No, seriously, it's abysmal.)

I'd like this November to be different. I've got some pre-writing in place, a plan for a totally new story (rather than trying to work off old story ideas), and I'm looking to provide one more layer of pressure & accountability. AND SO: I am issuing a walk-a-thon style challenge.

You can see more on sponsoring me during NaNoWriMo here. Funds go to NaNoWriMo to support all the work they do nationwide (and globally, via the web) to encourage creative writing and writing education for all ages.

At this link, you can make a pledge and see a tiny peek at my project for the month. (I will say this for now: Teen Girl Detectives with maybe a side of Why Isn't There a Movie Like GOONIES But With Just Girls Adventuring??) I'll also do my best to provide status updates as November progresses. When I finish the thing, I pledge to edit/revise it & find some way to share it with you all.

Thanks in advance for any -- and ALL, even non-pledge-related -- support.

(Cross posted, actually, from FB. But hey.)
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Earlier on Twitter, I was talking about the idea of "niceness" in literary circles. The thing that catalyzed this was a blogpost of breathtaking ignorance made by someone responding to a two-year-old discussion she just found out about, which was itself inspired by an article on Slate about whether there's too much kindness and enthusiasm in online literary circles.

The best summation of the idea under discussion is possibly contained within this excerpt from the original article:

...but if you spend time in the literary Twitter- or blogospheres, you'll be positively besieged by amiability, by a relentless enthusiasm that might have you believing that all new books are wonderful and that every writer is every other writer's biggest fan. It's not only shallow, it's untrue, and it's having a chilling effect on literary culture, creating an environment where writers are vaunted for their personal biographies or their online followings rather than for their work on the page.

Now, I spoke about this on Twitter, as I said. As you might have guessed, I have a different take on what's happening in the online world.

First, we must consider that there isn't just one "online literary world", but many. Communities on modern social networks are ad hoc, always changing, and overlapping by nature. While I'm sure there's some amount of "networking" for its own sake, mostly people are just reaching out and finding connections with people they have a connection with.

The author of the article--one Jacob Silverman--allowed for the possibility that the compliments people pay each other and the kind reviews they give each other are genuine, but he's still sure that they have a chilling effect. Won't new people who enter these circles feel the pressure to conform?

Well, again, the key distinction here is that there are circles. Plural. Multiple. More than one.

People wind up in a circle of people saying nice things about each other mostly because they have nice things to say about each other. Authors and artists end up forming mutual appreciation societies mostly due to mutual appreciation. We are not just creators, we are also consumers, and thus fans.

Criticism still happens. The institution of criticism will not be ended or even significantly eroded by authors enthusiastically welcoming and supporting other authors. I think if Silverman paid a little more attention, he'd notice that not only do writers tend to be the most supportive fans of other writers, we are also among the most critical consumers of creative content. He sees the barriers between critics and writers eroding and thinks this will take the teeth out of criticism, but that's a loss of barrier between people. The two different forms of discourse--writers talking shop among ourselves, and criticism--are still wholly separate, except where they always overlapped (constructive criticism, workshopping, et cetera).

Silverman also decries this culture of enthusiastic support as being "clubby", as in, there's an in-crowd and an-out crowd. This is the point on which I disagree most vociferously. The writing world has always been insular and clubby; what we are saying now is how social media makes it less so, not by ending the clubs but by making more of them, by creating a more level playing field between them. Yes, this is the "multiple overlapping circles" thing again.

When you see a group of authors, editors, and assorted creators who seem really tight and really enthusiastically into what they are all doing... well, that's exactly what you're seeing. And the last thing you should think is, "What strategy should I employ in order to get in with this group of people?" Because it's either your scene or it isn't. And I don't mean that in an exclusionary "you don't get to sit with us" sort of way. I mean that the world is full of scenes, it's made of scenes, and some of those scenes are made for you. If you're sitting there figuring out who you think the Queen Bee of THE hive is so you can get inside without getting stung, then this is not your scene. Those people didn't politic their way together. They didn't plot and maneuver and manipulate their way into a tight little circle. They found their scene. They made their scene.

Or to put it in less dramatic terms: they're a bunch of people who like each other and like each other's stuff. Nothing more, nothing less.

If you want in on that, all you have to do is find the people whose work you can be equally enthusiastic about, and then be do so. Find the people who appreciate you. And this isn't always easy, but the way we make it easier for everyone is by encouraging this culture of enthusiasm, of welcome, of support.

And no, I don't mean suck it up and pretend you love everything. I don't even mean if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all. You can critique. You can pan. You can dislike.

But the way you find your place in the sun is by going to where it's bright and warm, not where it's cold and dark. Find your positive place. Find the people you can be positive with, and who will be positive with you.

And believe me, we all need places we can go and be met with enthusiasm and support.

Because the thing is--and other people have written about this in response to the original article--but the thing is that no matter how enthusiastically welcoming and positive the online circles you're looking at seem, that doesn't mean that this is all the internet has for the people in them. The idea that any public-facing person on the internet is actually living in a protected bubble with nothing but positivity coming their way can only come from someone living in such a bubble themselves, but that is not true for most people, and won't be true for most writers.

street harrassment

Oct. 28th, 2014 08:28 pm
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[In a discussion on street harassment elsewhere, some dude said: "Hi [name of OP]. There, I did it. I harassed you. Oh the humanity. Do you NOT get how absurd this looks to us guys? The creeper 5 minute guy, yeah I get that. But just saying hi? Get over yourselves ladies. We have a right to say hi on public streets." This is my reply to him]

Here as everywhere else, context makes a big difference. Here's an example from my own life.

I'm male-bodied; people generally read me as a man. Earlier this year I went to a party in drag (and hey, I thought I looked rather fetching). I was walking down a busy street after dark, when someone in the shadows I couldn't quite see called out "Hello darling."

Ordinarily, I wouldn't hear that a threat. But I can tell you that in *that* context it was a moment of raw terror. All the recent newspaper stories of street assaults ran through my head. If he thinks I'm a woman, maybe he's going to assault me (hell, if he thinks I'm a man in drag, maybe he's going to assault me). By appearing female in public I had effectively painted a huge target on my back.

Now of course men get attacked in the street too. But you don't expect that sort of attack to begin with the attacker saying "hello". If someone had come up to me with a knife I'd have been terrified whether I was dressed as a woman or not. But "hello, darling" is often the start of a very different script, and I was someone who might plausibly be cast in that script in a very unpleasant role.

So I can attest to the terror it can cause when a stranger tries to greet you in the street.

Tuesday, October 28th

Oct. 28th, 2014 10:07 am
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The Daily Report

I can't remember if I've explicitly mentioned it, but I've been working on a few more poems since I wrote the one that I've sold. The story behind the first one is kind of interesting, in that I started writing something as a short story and realized it would be kind of convoluted and unnecessarily didactic to get it to the desired point, so I started thinking about shorter forms. I wrote of lot of poetry as a teenager and new adult, but somewhere along the line I lost confidence in it, though as some have noted, a lot of my microfiction is pretty poetic. Anyway, it was the desire to bring about this particular piece in a form that had the desired power without being weighed down that got me to actually write and polish a poem, and once I'd done that, it was like a logjam broke up.

Since I wrote that, I've pretty much written a microfiction or poem every single day, except for the one day where I wrote a 10,000 short story. I've said before that a lot of writer's block amounts to inhibition, for me: either a lack of nerve in general, or because I'm holding back and not writing what I need to write. I think my inhibitions around poetry have probably been a major contributor to inhibitions around writing generally. It takes a lot of confidence to write, or at least it does for me. An inferiority complex even about something in particular isn't going to help. And there are thoughts I have that don't really lend themselves to expression through prose.

Over the past week, I've had a lot of talks with some of my poet friends. I worried a bit about the possibility that I was clumsily crashing into their turf with my unflattering imitation of their art, but... they set me straight pretty quickly, and gave me some great advice about navigating markets and polishing my work. Thank you, everyone. You know who you are. I'm forever in fear of forgetting to mention people, and for safety's sake I'm not going to name anyone in particular, but if you think this is about you, it's about you.

Anyway, I've just made a post over on my Patreon page about the goings-on with my newly enhanced creative output. Creating things so much faster than I publish them is kind of a new experience for me, and so it's going to take some re-organizing of things to get the proper behind-the-scenes view that sponsors deserve, but I'm working on it.

The State of the Me

Doing okay. Was awake a bit late and did wake up once in the night, but sleep was mostly okay.

Plans For Today

Today my writing efforts are going to be more MU focused. I'm at a point of high momentum for the story.

(no subject)

Oct. 28th, 2014 07:31 am
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So, I'm getting ready to have surgery next week, and as a result they are running all the blood tests on me, to make sure I don't have aliens living in my abdominal cavity or anything.

The University of Chicago Medical Center, where most of my treatment is done, has a new system called MyChart which allows you to email doctors who will never email you back and also to receive the results of any test they run on you -- all tests are filed in a special section you can browse if you ever want to know what your selenium level is, for example (172).

I just found out today, while I was looking at the results from the surgical tests, that the full report on my Mystery Lymphoma from back in February was filed on MyChart. It's amusing reading the progression -- you can watch my doctor getting increasingly annoyed as they test me for every single STD known to man and then, when I come back negative, progress to the really esoteric stuff, like Sweet's Syndrome, before landing on atypical mycosis fungoides lymphoma. ("The good lymphoma.")

I think my favourite part, however, is her initial speculative diagnosis, which reads HSV Zoster vs Arthropod Assault. Arthropod Assault is just doctor speak for bug bite, but it sounds like a bangin' name for a teen garage band.

Dear Shadow

Oct. 27th, 2014 06:00 pm
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Author's Note: This story is inspired by Murrquan's Sonic the Hedgehog fanfiction. You can still find it on if you know where to look. If you don't, she's not going to tell you.

The character named Shadow, in this story, is a black cat who had no relation to this Shadow when Murrquan created him in 2000.

Content Note: Contains lots of graphic physical and emotional violence, including some that's inflicted on children. Also discussion of suicide and self-injury, mild profanity, and disturbing imagery, including torture.

* * *

Dear Shadow,

It's Tachyon, your former peregrine "pet." I was a tiercel, but now I'm an actual falcon. And speaking of changes, I'm pretty sure that you're dead, but maybe that will make it more likely that you get to see this. It's not like I knew your mailing address, or anything.

Anyway, do you remember the Eighth? The emerald I can't use the full name of, since it's a memetic trigger for you? Well, it is for me too, now. Because it got to me, the same as it did to you.

It wasn't anything like I thought it would be.

Read more... )

(no subject)

Oct. 27th, 2014 08:25 am
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Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to [ profile] remindmeofthe, who has been out of work for a while, and is struggling to find a job and make ends meet. She has a donation button up at her tumblr; you can find the button and a post about her situation here, and read more details at her Dreamwidth here.

Sanura, who is probably best known to the Cafe as the voice behind Meg Boudoun's "Star Spangled Man" cover, is raising funds to attend a singing course in the UK. She has opened an Etsy shop and a Zibbet shop with gorgeous jewelery and adornments and some cool chainmail.

Jennifer linked to Recycled Reptiles in Ontario, a reptile rescue and education service which has run into some financial difficulties. They're rehoming many of the animals right now but hope to reopen in the future with help from donations. You can read more at their website here and find donation information at their facebook here.

Help for Free:

[ profile] sibylle is a researcher in literary studies and will be spending eight months at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC next year. She's coming from Germany and is looking for people who would be willing to share local knowledge, offer advice on housing, or hang out with "a SciFi/Fantasy geek girl" in 2015. Her LJ is friends-only but she's happy to make contact with folks, and you can read more about her at her website here.

News to Know:

[ profile] athena_crikey let me know about, which is copying fanfics from LJ en masse and reposting them without notifying or crediting authors. If you find your fic there you can request your fics not be imported on the "complain here" page, and supposedly that will get your fics that are there taken down, though apparently nobody knows if it works. You can find more information here as well.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).

Monday, October 27th

Oct. 27th, 2014 09:06 am
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The Daily Report

So, I've been working on a new author website using Wix to lay things out. You can see a rough version of it at technically it's live (though incomplete), but I can't connect it to a domain until I buy an upgrade package. As I've mentioned before recently, I really want to get off of paying for necessary services at an inflated monthly cost just because it's easier to do so than swing big (yet ultimately cheaper) payments all at once, so I'm not planning on going live with this until I've got the annual payment to spare. I'm hoping that will be this week, because something will be going live on Friday that will be publicizing it. If I can't swing it, I can set up a redirect/alias of my domain for free, but that's a little less professional looking.

I am hopeful about my prospects, for two reasons. One is that for the next three days (i.e., through Wednesday), they're doing a 50% off sale. The other is the bonus story bank on Tales of MU. The story I put up yesterday has garnered 32 comments in about half a day. I don't read the comments on the site but the speed at which they accumulate is usually a good indication of how interesting people have them. So I'm hopeful that I'll get some contributions in this week soon enough to take advantage of the sale.

The vaguely good news about my initial poetic endeavor continues to be vague and good. It will probably be published in January.

The State of the Me

Slept pretty well last night. I actually fell asleep sometime within half an hour of when I went to lay down, which is impressive.

Plans For Today

Today's pretty much going to be a ducks-in-a-row day for the rest of the week.

2014 - Dear Yuletide Author

Oct. 26th, 2014 12:25 pm
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aka [ profile] Idhren

WARNING: This Ode To Chosen Fandoms Yuletide Letter may contain Bad Puns, Footnotes and/or Passionate Enthusiasm About SCIENCE. Author is writing Under The Influence of Tea and chocolate chip pumpkin bread.


Thank you for signing up to write me something! As in previous years, I'm very open to wherever the muse might take you--prose, poetry, lyrics, letters, whatever delights or inspires or snags you and won't let go.

19th Century Scientists RPF (Mary Somerville) )

@WorstMuse )

Snowpiercer (Namgung Minsu, Namgung Yona, or Tanya) )

Spiders Georg )

totally optional references )
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