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Liz A. Vogel
11 August 2018 @ 12:31 am
I'm at BistoCon, which is a blast. (Even if, like me, you're not a slasher. They're friendly about it, and I don't mind playing along for the sake of the game.) It's a fun bunch of people, and a good model for a micro-con. Episode viewings, high-quality discussion, games, food -- pretty much what I want in a relaxa-weekend. Also, the fan-made Pros Against Humanity is possibly even more twisted than the original version.

I'm currently luxuriating in my air-conditioned hotel room, with actual working internet access. These are two things I don't have at home. Should probably get some sleep now, though, as the festivities start early tomorrow morning.


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Liz A. Vogel
11 August 2018 @ 12:17 am
"Done" !!!



I finished it on Tuesday, and handed the final chapter off to the housemate. She read it in record time, and liked it just fine. Including the very end. I've been saying all along that if she didn't throw something at me when she read it, I haven't done my job properly. Unfortunately, no projectiles resulted.

So Wednesday I rewrote the ending. The new version conveyed what I was going for much more clearly, but we both agreed it lacked the emotional impact the previous version would have had for readers who got it.

So Thursday I changed it back. I'm still not happy with it, but for the reader who's open to the kind of ending I'm going for, it's the better of the two. (Housemate did not want that ending, so she may have been more inclined to find an alternate interpretation.) I'm quite sure there has to be a better way, but I'm equally sure I'm not going to get there right now.


It's been a bit over four years that I've been working on this thing. It's fought me more than anything else I've written, literally from the first paragraph. I should be more excited, or at least satisfied with the accomplishment, but mostly I'm just glad to see the end of it. I still have to do a full read-through, and work in a couple of remaining revision notes, but it is a complete novel as it stands. At ~90,000 words, it's the longest thing I've yet done. And I do have to admit, it's a satisfying whump in hard-copy form.


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Liz A. Vogel
09 August 2018 @ 03:32 pm
Home internet's down, and so's the land line. Apologies to anyone I owe comments, emails, or calls to. I'll be doing what I can from public connections as available; ETA for repair is Tuesday!!! -- hopefully the phone company will prove to have been padding their estimates.

And I still haven't replaced my cell phone, of course. Bugger.


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Liz A. Vogel
07 August 2018 @ 01:42 pm
Writing on the desktop machine isn't going to work out. It is just too prone to catastrophic crashes. I know better than to tax it too much or do too many things in quick succession, but it turns out that saving can be too much for it. Granted it was upwards of 80 degrees on Saturday, which I knew full well was rolling the dice. But the last thing I need is yet another excuse not to write.

Luckily it was only the backup copy, and also Textra makes a backup before saving anyway. So all was readily recovered. But it could just as easily have been the primary file, and the uncertainty would only distract me and make me save more often, which would tax the machine more.... Yeah. So I'm reduced to writing on the work/internet laptop, which has issues of its own and which I don't like for writing even when it is all working according to spec.


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Liz A. Vogel
01 August 2018 @ 10:44 pm
I was supposed to be done before May. Then before MediaWest, then before the end of May. Then before the end of June. Then before the end of July.

I'm still not done with the book.

All new words were on Falling From Ground.

May = 4524
June = 4213
July = 2231

Which actually isn't bad, and much better than I expected. At least it took me a while to total it all up. The words per session weren't high, especially the last two months, but there were a lot of sessions. Less so for July, but, well, clusterfuck.


I need to finish the book.


One short story submission, in May.

Queries sent: 2 in May (and one agent crossed off), 3 in July.


For August: Finish. The. Book.




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Liz A. Vogel
27 July 2018 @ 10:47 pm
I swear, driving around while listening to a play-list is second only to the shower for idea generation.

Spoilerific musings on unpublished novelCollapse )

I'm really rather proud of myself for (a) figuring out what the hold-up was, (b) applying methods that have worked before, and (c) getting enough of a solution to be going on with in a day, rather than weeks or months. I know better than to tempt Murphy by saying I'm getting this writing thing figured out (ha!), but it is nice to demonstrate learning from experience once in a while.


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Liz A. Vogel
23 July 2018 @ 02:42 pm
I have cleaned up the area around the old desktop machine a bit, to make it more congenial for writing and increase the odds that when I sit down to write, I will not get distracted by some other task before I finish getting my butt into the chair. This involved less completing of tasks than I would have liked, and more finding somewhere else to stack things, but we work with what we have.

A particularly aggravating aspect of the writing-laptop situation is that if I had access to a spare ThinkPad 2647 system board, I think I could talk myself into trying to franken-puter this one -- something that I've become largely allergic to doing, as a general rule. The screen is good (which is usually what goes first on these old machines, IME), the keyboard is usable, the floppy drive's good, the hard drive's good if this nonsense hasn't corrupted it -- the motherboard is actually one of the more approachable undertakings, if only I had the parts.

Part of me is tempted to build my own portable system from scratch, with a lovely hand-crafted wooden case. The rest of me looks at the fact that I haven't even gotten around to fixing the leg on my desk chair, and tells the first part of me to STFU.


(Spell-check suggestions for "ThinkPad" include Kneecapped and Unequipped. Let it never be said that technology doesn't have a sense of humor.)




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Liz A. Vogel
20 July 2018 @ 12:51 pm
Got to bed early (by my standards) last night, and because it was raining this morning, the small furry alarm clocks did not go off, so slept late as well. I may have gotten as much as ten hours of shut-eye. It was glorious.

One night's sleep is not enough to show this horrible flu-like thing the door, but it has perhaps nudged it in the general direction of the foyer.


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Liz A. Vogel
12 July 2018 @ 03:59 pm
The situation with the writing laptop is stressing me out.

There are folks who use writing as a coping mechanism in times of stress. I'm not one of them. But I do feel better when I'm writing, and worse when I'm not. And having the impulse to get something accomplished (or even just to noodle around in an old story) repeatedly crushed like the slugs trying to high-five in Flushed Away is getting very old, very fast.

I do have other computers: There's the "work" laptop that I'm typing this on, though I don't like the keyboard for extended writing, and there's the old desktop machine that's functional if I don't ask too much of it and the weather's not too hot. Hell, I could write with paper and pencil if it came to that; I firmly believe a writer should be able to write anywhere, with any tools. But the fact remains that I'm a lot happier, and more productive, with my preferred dedicated writing laptop and a suitably non-ergonomic place to curl up with it.

I've found a place online where I can buy something very close to what I was last using. I have some qualms about shelling out $250 for a twenty-year-old computer, but it may come to that.

Which, yes, brings me to another call for hardware: If anyone out there has an old, working laptop with a 3.5" floppy drive (any M$ operating system, Win98 or below actually preferred) that they'd like to see go to a home where it would be welcomed with cries of delight, do let me know.


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Liz A. Vogel
10 July 2018 @ 11:58 am
RBC kept dropping despite no-holds-barred treatment, fluid was building up under the skin (so kidneys not working?), and he still wasn't eating. Our vet said it was time, and I can't say it came as a surprise. So this morning, we said goodbye.

He was a sweet, friendly, amazingly chill cat, and for all the difficulties, we're glad we had him in our lives.

He went out cradled in my arms and being petted by both of us, and knowing he was loved. And that's what matters.

Goodbye, little CarLion. We loved you, and you were still our kitty.


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