janetlin: (Announcement)
Eeeee, omg, I won!


(that's my writing-only journal)

Pic is a link to the results post, which in turn has a link to the voting post which now has author names revealed.

Eeeeeeeee!
janetlin: (So this is love)
Despite an inauspicious beginning, yesterday turned out pretty well overall.

[livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat loves airplanes. Like seriously. "It's the one thing I might give up roleplaying for." So when I got a LivingSocial deal last month for an introductory flight lesson, I jumped on it and told him I would need him on Saturday the 15th (but wouldn't tell him why). I put "Alan's Birthday Adventure" on the wall calendar in the kitchen, and he put "Sierra's Evil Plot" on the calendar on his phone.

It was soooo hard not to tell him, because I knew how excited he would be and I couldn't wait to see that big cheesy grin and know it was because of something I'd done. The problem with having a low-maintenance husband is that it's really really hard to do big awesome things for him, the way he's done for me on two birthdays now. So I've spent the whole past month just absolutely giddy at the idea of returning the favor.

And it was sooo worth it. We drove up to Placerville (in Mom's car) and made it there in time, and the instructors even let me walk around and listen as they taught the other students about all the flaps and lights and I-don't-even-know-what about planes, which was neat because I thought I'd just have to sit in the office for those three hours. In hindsight, I probably should have stayed inside, since I wasn't expecting to be in the sun and thus didn't have any sunblock or hat or umbrella or anything. Oops.

Turns out Alan had, in fact, had lessons before, a long time ago in New Zealand. So much of what the instructors were teaching was jogging his memory, and things came back to him as he was in the simulator. And after lunch when the time came for each student to go up with an instructor and fly for half an hour, since he remembered the basics, his instructor had him do a little more than the other students were able to do. Like LAND THE PLANE BY HIMSELF. omg

So he has an official Pilot's Log Book now and that half hour counts toward the 50 or whatever he needs to get a private pilot's license. Which unfortunately may have to wait a while because it's a damn lot of money. But as I said, the shit-eating grin that hardly left his face all day was worth every penny.
janetlin: (Writing)
Y'know, when I started today I had 12k to go and now I have 10 and for some reason that seems like SO MUCH less. Still, will need 5,000 words each tomorrow and Monday, which is nearly twice my record daily production thus far. So, still kind of terrifying.



Still taking requests for scenes/pairings in my last entry. Thank you to those who have given me ideas and prompts so far, they really are helpful.
janetlin: (Writing)
Y'know, when I started today I had 12k to go and now I have 10 and for some reason that seems like SO MUCH less. Still, will need 5,000 words each tomorrow and Monday, which is nearly twice my record daily production thus far. So, still kind of terrifying.



Still taking requests for scenes/pairings in my last entry. Thank you to those who have given me ideas and prompts so far, they really are helpful.
janetlin: (Dancing)
Okay, can't resist.



Ignore the three dark red boxes and focus on the green one for today! Whee! No, that's not because I'm completely caught up, that's "you hit the words-per-day-in-order-to-finish-on-time," but even that feels amazing. Said words-per-day is now 1953 instead of upwards of 2000, and will continue to shrink if I can keep overshooting that (today's count is 2300).

And, wow, seriously? Is that how close to the end of the month we are? For some reason it looks different on my wall calendar.
janetlin: (Dancing)
Okay, can't resist.



Ignore the three dark red boxes and focus on the green one for today! Whee! No, that's not because I'm completely caught up, that's "you hit the words-per-day-in-order-to-finish-on-time," but even that feels amazing. Said words-per-day is now 1953 instead of upwards of 2000, and will continue to shrink if I can keep overshooting that (today's count is 2300).

And, wow, seriously? Is that how close to the end of the month we are? For some reason it looks different on my wall calendar.

OMG squeeee

Nov. 5th, 2009 01:48 pm
janetlin: (So this is love)
Okay, this is probably cheesy, but any other married couples out there have "Dude, we're married!" moments, like, months after the wedding? Years? Or are Alan and I still considered to be in the honeymoon phase and thus it's to be expected?

OMG squeeee

Nov. 5th, 2009 01:48 pm
janetlin: (So this is love)
Okay, this is probably cheesy, but any other married couples out there have "Dude, we're married!" moments, like, months after the wedding? Years? Or are Alan and I still considered to be in the honeymoon phase and thus it's to be expected?
janetlin: (Writing)
Sitting at 3,463 at the moment, which is above today's goal of 3,334. It's _awesome_ I'm already ahead this early in the day. I think I'll absolutely be able to get to 4k by the end of tonight.

I seem to have discovered the trick. This story, apparently, refuses to be composed at a keyboard (sigh). And trying to write in my notebook _at_ my computer desk results in me transcribing and checking my word count about every three sentences. So I've migrated to the dining table. Wow, no electronic distractions, and it's amazing how quickly the pages fill up. Also of note: my handwriting is getting smaller and neater, which is kind of backwards: you'd think it'd get bigger and sloppier as my speed increases. Maybe I've subconsciously realized how many pieces of paper I'm going to take up, and am thus trying to conserve. I don't know. But it makes transcribing easier because it's easier to read and I turn pages less frequently. So, neato!

_Although_ the characters who are showing up are not the ones I have created and re-created and profiled in advance and all that jazz. Sure, they start that way, but one of them just introduced me to his dead fiancee. WTF? I never wrote you with a dead fiancee! Who are you and what have you done with my Smith? And, Empress, you're not supposed to be that old. Also who is this suicidal basketcase? The Crone? You're too young! And there are two who have spoken up (though the briefest so far) whom I can't even identify. They refused to tell me any more about themselves but maybe they're the Judge and the Maiden. Maybe?

Oh yes, and since none of them are _quite_ who I thought they would be, I don't know any of their names. My notebook is littered with red "someone" and "she" and "the other man."

Which reminds me of another trick I have discovered, and this one actually works better with hand-writing. I am not allowing myself time to obsess over individual names and words, 'cause historically that's a big problem for me. So when I need a proper noun and one doesn't come instantly to mind, I use a red pen (am writing the main text in black, which is itself unusual because I don't like black) to write a filler word like those above. Other nouns are in dark blue and usually "blah." I've had a few green "adjective"s show up, as well as purple "verbed" and "verbing." It's... interesting, and actually quicker to pick up a different pen than to highlight and change the color in Word. So my transcribed version doesn't have these handy signals. I'll probably go through a printed version with a highlighter (or four) when it's all done. _That's_ going to be interesting to see, with all the editing marks and corrections and margin notes. I'm looking forward to it.

Just checked the word count scoreboard, since the widgets are still down.

Finland is beating us, so far, with an average words-per-writer of 2,553.
Sactown has 2,363.
Pittsburgh only has 2,145.

All really really close, and all in the top 50 (out of 484). Woot! Double-woot that my personal count is above my regional average. :DD
janetlin: (Writing)
Sitting at 3,463 at the moment, which is above today's goal of 3,334. It's _awesome_ I'm already ahead this early in the day. I think I'll absolutely be able to get to 4k by the end of tonight.

I seem to have discovered the trick. This story, apparently, refuses to be composed at a keyboard (sigh). And trying to write in my notebook _at_ my computer desk results in me transcribing and checking my word count about every three sentences. So I've migrated to the dining table. Wow, no electronic distractions, and it's amazing how quickly the pages fill up. Also of note: my handwriting is getting smaller and neater, which is kind of backwards: you'd think it'd get bigger and sloppier as my speed increases. Maybe I've subconsciously realized how many pieces of paper I'm going to take up, and am thus trying to conserve. I don't know. But it makes transcribing easier because it's easier to read and I turn pages less frequently. So, neato!

_Although_ the characters who are showing up are not the ones I have created and re-created and profiled in advance and all that jazz. Sure, they start that way, but one of them just introduced me to his dead fiancee. WTF? I never wrote you with a dead fiancee! Who are you and what have you done with my Smith? And, Empress, you're not supposed to be that old. Also who is this suicidal basketcase? The Crone? You're too young! And there are two who have spoken up (though the briefest so far) whom I can't even identify. They refused to tell me any more about themselves but maybe they're the Judge and the Maiden. Maybe?

Oh yes, and since none of them are _quite_ who I thought they would be, I don't know any of their names. My notebook is littered with red "someone" and "she" and "the other man."

Which reminds me of another trick I have discovered, and this one actually works better with hand-writing. I am not allowing myself time to obsess over individual names and words, 'cause historically that's a big problem for me. So when I need a proper noun and one doesn't come instantly to mind, I use a red pen (am writing the main text in black, which is itself unusual because I don't like black) to write a filler word like those above. Other nouns are in dark blue and usually "blah." I've had a few green "adjective"s show up, as well as purple "verbed" and "verbing." It's... interesting, and actually quicker to pick up a different pen than to highlight and change the color in Word. So my transcribed version doesn't have these handy signals. I'll probably go through a printed version with a highlighter (or four) when it's all done. _That's_ going to be interesting to see, with all the editing marks and corrections and margin notes. I'm looking forward to it.

Just checked the word count scoreboard, since the widgets are still down.

Finland is beating us, so far, with an average words-per-writer of 2,553.
Sactown has 2,363.
Pittsburgh only has 2,145.

All really really close, and all in the top 50 (out of 484). Woot! Double-woot that my personal count is above my regional average. :DD
janetlin: (Smug)
Bam! said the lady, 2k in the can. About 700 of that was in about an hour and a half after Morgan went to bed. Yep, that's roughly equivalent to my wordcount from three hours at the kickoff party last night/this morning. Apparently I really do work better on my own, even if hand-writing is achingly (literally) slow no matter the circumstances.

Now, should I keep going until I crash, or call it good for tonight and save some creative juice as a starter for tomorrow? Like sourdough bread. I don't know why I always make that association; I hate sourdough.

In any case, the next few minutes will be spent flailing happy-dancing in the living room.

Rock on, wrimos!
janetlin: (Smug)
Bam! said the lady, 2k in the can. About 700 of that was in about an hour and a half after Morgan went to bed. Yep, that's roughly equivalent to my wordcount from three hours at the kickoff party last night/this morning. Apparently I really do work better on my own, even if hand-writing is achingly (literally) slow no matter the circumstances.

Now, should I keep going until I crash, or call it good for tonight and save some creative juice as a starter for tomorrow? Like sourdough bread. I don't know why I always make that association; I hate sourdough.

In any case, the next few minutes will be spent flailing happy-dancing in the living room.

Rock on, wrimos!
janetlin: (Dancing)
Not a full diet report; I'll wait 'til the end of the week for that, but I just had to share that when I stepped on my scale this morning I have finally dropped below 150!!! May I never see that side of it again (unless I'm pregnant).
janetlin: (Dancing)
Not a full diet report; I'll wait 'til the end of the week for that, but I just had to share that when I stepped on my scale this morning I have finally dropped below 150!!! May I never see that side of it again (unless I'm pregnant).
janetlin: (Yes)
Weight: -5 lbs. (-3 since last week)
upper arm: -1 in. (-.25 since last week)
chest: -.75 in. (-.5)
waist: -1.75 in. (-1.5)
hip: -.5 in. (-.37)
thigh: -2.5 in (-1)

I can't see it yet when I look in the mirror, so I had to check my measuring tape wasn't broken this morning. Eeeeeeeee!

This last week was a bit of a weird one; we couldn't follow the menu exactly because we couldn't afford a grocery run, so we just paid attention to the food exchanges and made do with what we already had in the house. Nice to know that works, and very encouraging for the future. The system is set up for four weeks, and looking at the numbers, I'm not going to lose the 15-20 pounds I want to in that time. But by the end of it I should have much healthier eating habits that will carry through, weight loss or otherwise.
janetlin: (Yes)
Weight: -5 lbs. (-3 since last week)
upper arm: -1 in. (-.25 since last week)
chest: -.75 in. (-.5)
waist: -1.75 in. (-1.5)
hip: -.5 in. (-.37)
thigh: -2.5 in (-1)

I can't see it yet when I look in the mirror, so I had to check my measuring tape wasn't broken this morning. Eeeeeeeee!

This last week was a bit of a weird one; we couldn't follow the menu exactly because we couldn't afford a grocery run, so we just paid attention to the food exchanges and made do with what we already had in the house. Nice to know that works, and very encouraging for the future. The system is set up for four weeks, and looking at the numbers, I'm not going to lose the 15-20 pounds I want to in that time. But by the end of it I should have much healthier eating habits that will carry through, weight loss or otherwise.
janetlin: (Gonna be awesome)
The most awesome thunderstorm is going on right now. I've been seeing lightning for about the past five hours but the rain has only just started coming down. My morning glories and daisies and parsley should be happy. Not hard enough that it isn't enjoyable to stand outside to watch the show. I've never seen so many strikes so frequently before. This is so fucking rad. It's so not fair that you can't shouldn't sit on the roof to watch lightning. Stupid buildings and trees in the way of the view. It's hard to count how far away they are because they keep on coming so you don't know which strike pertains to which peal of thunder. Anyway it's awesome.

One particularly good rumble just set off a car alarm in the parking lot.

God I wish I had chairs on my patio.

I've never been into rainstorms (I hate being wet) - aside from that one time at Cottey we ran outside to watch the storm and Karen yelled at us to get the hell back inside - but for some reason I just want to be out _in_ this one.
janetlin: (Gonna be awesome)
The most awesome thunderstorm is going on right now. I've been seeing lightning for about the past five hours but the rain has only just started coming down. My morning glories and daisies and parsley should be happy. Not hard enough that it isn't enjoyable to stand outside to watch the show. I've never seen so many strikes so frequently before. This is so fucking rad. It's so not fair that you can't shouldn't sit on the roof to watch lightning. Stupid buildings and trees in the way of the view. It's hard to count how far away they are because they keep on coming so you don't know which strike pertains to which peal of thunder. Anyway it's awesome.

One particularly good rumble just set off a car alarm in the parking lot.

God I wish I had chairs on my patio.

I've never been into rainstorms (I hate being wet) - aside from that one time at Cottey we ran outside to watch the storm and Karen yelled at us to get the hell back inside - but for some reason I just want to be out _in_ this one.
janetlin: (Body)
weight: -2 pounds
upper arm: -0.75 inches
chest: -0.25 inches
waist: -0.25 inches
hip: -0.12 inches
thigh: -1.5 inches

That's with two days of "oops" while visiting Mom, so it could have been even better. Still, wow!

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