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Liz A. Vogel
12 January 2018 @ 10:44 am
I've done a full wipe and reinstall, and the damned laptop's still locking up. I lost track of how many times I had to pull the battery yesterday.

I think it's Avast. I've turned off everything I reasonably can, but it's still bloatware. It seems to be an inevitable part of the life-cycle of anti-virus software that it eventually "improves" into such a resource hog that it's almost worse than the viruses it's supposed to cure.

Anybody got a recommendation for an anti-virus that hasn't hit that phase yet?


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Liz A. Vogel
10 January 2018 @ 10:22 pm
Laptop is down. Reinstall is in progress, but for now access is limited to the housemate's tablet -- which is better than nothing, but is pretty limited indeed.


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Liz A. Vogel
03 January 2018 @ 04:22 pm
After much struggling with the demons of file incompatibility, I've finally gotten my vet's office to post the "found" flyer for the new guy:

https://www.facebook.com/cedarcreekvet/posts/10159817957730055

He's filled out a bit since then; his face in particular is rounder and fuller. But he's still quite a handsome fellow.

Feel free to spread the word; he wasn't neutered or micro-chipped, but anybody that friendly has got to have had people who cared about him at some point in his life.


Meanwhile, we're working on getting used to him. At first we thought we had this amazingly calm, super-affectionate cat who wanted nothing more than to curl up in a lap and go to sleep, but it turns out he was just exhausted. He basically slept through the first three days, but now that's he's recovered a bit, he's getting more frisky. He's still pretty agreeable and he seems very fond of us, but he'd really like to get out of that bathroom.

We're still working on a name; every time we think we've settled on one, it just seems to slide off. It doesn't help that we have one we both like that seems to suit him well, but we can't use it because it's too close to one of the other cats' names. So if you look at the pictures and a moniker leaps to your mind, feel free to comment!


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Liz A. Vogel
01 January 2018 @ 06:56 pm
I did the math last night to determine that I was only 111 words shy of quota for the month. And I tried, I really did, but it just wasn't happening.

Which, as it turns out, was okay, because I'd looked at the wrong starting number and was in fact already over quota.

Falling From Ground = 4832
Green Ring = 591

Total new words in December = 5423

Much of which is due to one impressive session of 1365 words, and another the next day of 925. Woot! Which makes up for some longer down times than I'd like, but I'll take it.


I did get the new story back, and sent it right back out.

No queries sent, but I researched and crossed off four agents. I don't really take the "don't query around Xmas" meme as gospel truth, but what with everything else going on, I decided to use it as a good excuse. Query-flurrying will commence again in January.

So, writing-wise, 2017 finished out on a pretty good note. Let's see more of the same in 2018!


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Liz A. Vogel
26 December 2017 @ 12:18 pm
There was a stray cat on the doormat this morning.

Now there is a stray cat in the bathroom. We'll see how this goes, but he's an incredibly friendly little cuss, so my fingers are crossed.


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To the tune of "Jingle Bells"....

cut for language....Collapse )


As you may guess, holiday plans have been cancelled because of weather no sane person should be driving in.




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Liz A. Vogel
13 December 2017 @ 01:27 pm
Awake Caffeinated Chocolate, Caramel

Per the label, one bar is equivalent to one cup of coffee.

Where bought: Meijer's

Aroma: Rich, hint of coffee amongst the chocolate

Texture: Firm, breaks easily. Caramel filling is soft, liquid without being drippy. A little grainy, but this one's been sitting around quite a while; might be better if fresher.

Taste: Caramel is stronger than chocolate. Has a little of the bitterness of dark chocolate even though it's milk, but not in a bad way. Chocolate's got a little of that cocoa-butter-waxiness of low-end chocolate, though again that might be due to age.

Overall: Need to try this again with a bar that hasn't been sitting quite so long. Definitely can feel the caffeine, though!


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Liz A. Vogel
08 December 2017 @ 01:18 pm
I went to another presentation through the same local writers group Wednesday night.

And I had a lovely time. The presentation (on promotion, especially via local bookstores) was mostly material I already know from the writer's side of things, but the presenter was a bookseller, so it was interesting to get that different perspective. And I ended up chatting with several people and had quite a good conversation -- several of us stayed well past closing time!

So, win! They're taking January off, but I'm already looking forward to February.


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Liz A. Vogel
01 December 2017 @ 08:55 pm
Green Ring = 465
Falling From Ground = 4637

Total new words in November = 5102

Woohoo! Goal achieved!

It's worth noting that that's with no single session over a thousand words, and only a couple over 500. Proving once again that it's not spectacular single pushes that matter, but rather getting in there and plugging along consistently.


Queries sent: 5

...and 19 agents researched and crossed off, for various reasons. That includes all the remaining ones I had bookmarked, and a couple from the fresh pull of the AAR database. Goal achieved, and with a little extra!


Stories subbed: 1 (the new one)

Dare I say it... goal achieved!


Yep, that's everything on the month's target list, done! That's the way to do it!


For December:

5000 words.

Dig into the AAR database. I don't think getting through it all by the end of the year is realistic -- there's more fresh meat in there than I was anticipating -- but I can make a dent.

If the new story comes back, send it to the next market on the list, which will be open by then.

Onward!


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Liz A. Vogel
23 November 2017 @ 11:59 pm
I have just cleared out the entire collection of possible agent bookmarks I accumulated while I was hiatus-ing.

Oof.

That includes sending out 4 queries today (go, me!) and crossing off something in the neighborhood of a dozen agents who weren't good matches for a variety of reasons. And I have done all this while still having a horrible cold, bad enough that I stayed home from the traditional family turkey-day get-together. So instead I had a nice turkey sandwich and spent the day querying. ;-)

I'm feeling a little cross-eyed and as overstuffed with data as I usually would be with food on this day, but also damned accomplished. This is not the last of my querying plans (there's still the AAR database to hit), but it's a landmark. If I can keep this going, I might just be able to wrap this up by the end of the year after all.

I would treat myself to something nice as a reward, but I'd have to be able to breathe to enjoy it.


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