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Liz A. Vogel
01 January 2017 @ 10:11 pm
November:

original short fiction: 800
Falling From Ground: 2649
Total new words in November: 3449

Decent, especially with alpha-feedback to incorporate. The 800 words was a complete short story, begun as prompt fic and completed in one sitting.


December:

original short fiction: 43
Falling From Ground: 4265
Total new words in December: 4308

Not bad for what I was kind of treating as a relax-a-month, and which is always a bit crowded with the holidays and whatnot. I'm still waffling about a plot, but I've finally got a next-bit that will lead to more next-bits, and will let me introduce several elements I've been looking forward to.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I'm not much of one for New Year's resolutions, but I do have two writing-related ones. It's time to bring back my 5000-words-a-month quota; if the novel gets stuck, I need to remember that I've got plenty of short stories to play with. And, by the end of January I should have at least one new email account set up and tested.

And that's enough to be going on with.


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Liz A. Vogel
21 December 2016 @ 01:07 pm
Last night I went to bed with the laptop with the intention of working on the Mars book, decided I'd rather play with an early old-mission story instead, and ended up writing a couple of lines that set up another bakery story.

Mono-focus is not exactly my problem. ;-)


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Liz A. Vogel
Nutty Steph's Pink Peppercorn Ecuadorian Chocolate (71%)

Grown wild in the woods, according to the shiny silver & pink packaging.

Where bought: Marshall's, I think?

Aroma is sharp, slightly tart, not deep.

Texture has a brittle snap when I bite in. Melts nicely after a few chomps.

Quite a cornucopia of flavors here. Harsh bite from the peppercorns, little bursts of tartness from the lemon, something else that I'm attributing to the rosemary. The chocolate itself is a pleasantly bitter dry dark.

Overall: Interesting. Definitely not something I'd want on a regular basis, but quite enjoyable as a change of pace.


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Liz A. Vogel
28 November 2016 @ 02:12 pm
I have come up with a "what the hell's going on" for the Mars novel that is just evil, evil, eeeevil. I probably won't use it -- it's not quite the kind of story I thought I was writing, and it's got its own "what's going on" that would need to be solved -- but it is so far the only idea I've come up with that connects all the dots.

There are things I want to do with this novel that I can't do if I do that (probably... hmm.), but it does put a happy evil writer grin on my face. My main character is staring at me in appalled disbelief.


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Liz A. Vogel
26 November 2016 @ 10:37 pm
I finally managed to make cookies for the family Turkey Day gathering: turkeys, pumpkins, maple leaves, oak leaves, and cornucopias. I feel like I spent the five days leading up to Thanksgiving immersed in cookies, and that's because I did. They went over very well; much oohing and ahhing, and even people dragging other people into the kitchen to see them. (And several comments that they tasted good, too, which is important.) Very gratifying. The kids broke into one of the trays before dinner (which is high praise if anything is). The cornucopias were particularly popular with the little kids, doubtless because of all the glitter and shiny candy bits.

Fancy baking doesn't really go with my image with that side of the family; I rather enjoyed spraining their expectations that way. ;-)

Notes to self:

I made two batches of dough, because I also wanted to make some one-year-anniversary hardware cookies to take to work. One batch would have been enough, even with that. (Well, also extra dough to cover breakages and screw-ups, but I only broke one cookie and didn't botch any.)

I started out being good and making a set number (a dozen plus cover for breakage, so ~15-18) of each shape, so that I wouldn't be decorating forever. But then I had dough left over, so I finished it up with more of the same shapes. And then I decorated them all, because they were there. Better than usual -- I only did one all-nighter -- but still way too much time squinting over sugar. Next time, if there's dough left after whatever number of cookies you said you'd do for the specific event, cut it in some other shape entirely so you know when to stop!

I arranged the cookies on two of the rectangular trays, 8 or 9 of each shape in a column, 5 shapes per tray. This looked great! Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the presentation, but it was very professional-bakery looking.

One tray would have been sufficient, however; even with the very positive response, I still ended up bringing an almost full tray home. 8-9 each of 5 shapes for approx. 18 people is plenty, especially with the huge amount of other food that's always there.


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Current Mood: pleasedpleased
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Liz A. Vogel
16 November 2016 @ 08:46 am
The problem with giving myself permission to goof off writing that DW fanfic for a while is that I haven't been in the mood for gothic-y horror. Which is not surprising, after Mars; not enough of a change of pace. I needed something light and fluffy, maybe even silly, to work on.

Luckily the housemate gave me a prompt last night, which turned into an 800-word completed story. (Tentatively titled "First Contact", unless I can come up with something less generic.) It makes me chuckle. And it's done, in one sitting no less, and that makes me very happy indeed.


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Liz A. Vogel
10 November 2016 @ 09:22 am
I wasn't going to say anything about the election, but I feel the need to put something above Tuesday's then-humorous post.

So, a few calming reflections.

- We can probably trust to bureaucratic inertia to scotch the more wacked-out ideas. Recreating the Great Wall of China is not really feasible for a country that can't even keep its existing roads and bridges properly paved, for example.

- Regardless of who won, I still would have been at the mechanic's yesterday getting the car seen to. Regardless of who won, I still would have needed to clean the toilet. And the cats would still be cute. Whose butt is in the Oval Office does not really affect most people's day-to-day lives.

- We don't actually know what the election-winner's going to do. We know what he thought would get him publicity (and he was right). Those may not be the same thing; we're talking about a reality TV show star here, remember. I'm not suggesting he's some kind of undercover saint, but let's see what actually happens before cranking up the hysteria, eh?

- This too shall pass. Although I am somewhat a subscriber to the Great (or Awful) Man theory of history, the truth is that one person generally can't shift the destiny of an entire country. Eight years ago, there were plenty of people proclaiming the end of the world, but the world's still here. I suspect it'll still be here four years from now, too.

- Finally, we can't control what the guy in the White House does. We can control what we do. This was one of the most acrimonious campaigns on record, and that stems directly from the acrimonious, sound-bite-driven, over-reaction-as-a-tool-of-silencing society we now live in. But we don't have to. If you're talking to someone you disagree with and your immediate response is to take what they say to the most egregious extreme and then vilify them for it, you're part of the problem. If you immediately assume anyone not jumping on your bandwagon is on the other side and attack them for it, you're part of the problem. But if you read or listen to what they're actually saying, and take the time to engage with it with civility and the assumption of good faith, you might just be part of the solution.




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Current Mood: annoyedstill disgusted, but coping
Current Music: Offspring, "It'll Be A Long Time"
 
 
Liz A. Vogel
08 November 2016 @ 04:48 pm
And now, I can't resist this.

Cthulhu / Voldemort 2016

Are you sure it's the greater evil?





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Current Music: Styx, "High Crimes & Misdemeanors" (HipHop-Cracy)
 
 
Liz A. Vogel
03 November 2016 @ 04:00 pm
Falling From Ground: 4717
Total new words in October: 4717

Hey, not bad! I was worried it was going to be lower (did I really not work on anything else all month?), but possibly-too-much coffee seems to have paid off.

More importantly, the first five-and-some chapters are with the alpha reader. (It was my unspoken goal to make that happen by the end of the month: check, with most of a week to spare.) She's given it a first read-through, and reports that it's not boring! So my worries about the pacing are soothed.

November will be going over the alpha's detailed feedback, fixing anything that needs it, and brainstorming where the heck to go next.

In the meantime, I've given myself permission to mess around with some fanfic if that's what's taking my fancy, which it is. (Might actually have figured out a fix for an old DW story I stalled out on, which pleases me.) It's really quite nice to just play with something for a change, no wordcount quotas or considerations of publishability.


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Liz A. Vogel
15 October 2016 @ 10:07 am
Hagensborg Wild Boar Madagascar Single Origin 64%

Where Bought: Marshall's

Like the last Hagensborg, amusingly-shaped bar and cute packaging. (Love the boar going wild.)

Aroma is sharp and bitter.

Texture is smooth and soft, chews easily and melts well.

Flavor is sharp, almost tart, but surprisingly pleasant. (I think this is what the Green & Black 85% was going for but missed.) There's an underlying sweetness that makes it very appealing, more so the more I eat.

Overall: Not something I'd want every day, but definitely wouldn't mind having again.


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