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Liz A. Vogel
21 January 2019 @ 10:11 am
What's worse than psyching yourself up and getting up early to call a government department about an esoteric point of paperwork?

Psyching yourself up and getting up early only to realize it's a government holiday and you're going to have to do it all over again tomorrow. *headdesk*




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Liz A. Vogel
17 January 2019 @ 12:27 pm
I am drinking tea out of my Marvin the Martian mug.

For those who don't know me well enough to know what that means: It is never a good thing when I am sick enough to consume large quantities of tea and also in a mood where I greatly sympathize with the desire for "an Earth-shattering kaboom!"


(Awaiting emails on Thing. Contemplating emails on Thing related to Thing. Need to be working on other Thing.

...May need more tea.)




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Liz A. Vogel
15 January 2019 @ 02:34 pm
Horrible head cold. My nose spent yesterday training for the Boston Marathon. Dinner was hot-and-sour soup and ice cream, and since the soup was from a new place and was basically red pepper flakes with a little soup tucked in around the edges, this was pretty much the nuclear option for cold management.

And it still barely touched it. I've tried everything in my repertoire of cold-treating tricks, and nothing's helping for more than a few minutes. (Eating ice cream non-stop is working fairly well, but there are limits.) I've been trying to work up the energy to go to the store for a cold medicine recommended by a co-worker, but at this point it's probably going to be a phone call to the housemate to pick it up on her way home.

The worst thing about this sort of thing is that what you need most to be able to breathe again is a decent night's sleep, and it's hard to sleep decently when you can't breathe. Dozing in one- and two-hour blocks is not the same thing, though at least there were a lot of blocks.

Today's to-do list is mostly sit-down tasks at the computer, so in theory I still ought to be able to get a decent amount done. Counter to that is the fact that just typing this up has exhausted me.




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Liz A. Vogel
13 January 2019 @ 12:06 am
Somebody had recommended f.lux to me as a way to deal with the screen on Skippy, which can be very hard on my eyes. Well, it turns out Win10 and/or the Streambook has a "Nightlight" setting (under System - Display), which does much the same thing. I've got it set to about half-way down the spectrum right now, and the screen's gone from messing up my eyes in a very few minutes to remarkably comfortable for fairly long-term viewing.

This is a delightful thing! The screen is not perfect, but it's sooooo much better. I'll have to see if the Nightlight setting stays on; if not, I may have to program it to start/stop 23 hours and 59 minutes every day.




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Liz A. Vogel
08 January 2019 @ 04:54 pm
Okay, this marks me as a raving egotist, because this is the first day of the Snowflake Challenge that I've actually done, and it's the one where I get to rec my own stuff. Then again, if I can't be egotistical on my own journal, where can I?

(Actually, I think I did Day 4. Someone wrote a story, it was fun, I said so. I don't think I've commented to that person before, though I've seen the name around. Come to think of it, I think I did a couple of that one.)


A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Preserve, Stargate: Atlantis, 5670 words

This story retains a special place in my heart because it was the beginning of this new phase in my writing where I, you know, actually finish stuff. Stuff longer than a page, stuff with plots even! I don't know why this one in particular triggered that all-the-way-to-the-end setting, or why SGA in general was such a productive playground for me. But I kind of date my self-definition as a serious writer from this story. Also, I still think it's pretty funny.


Windy Van Hooten's Was Never Like This (scroll down to page 15), original fiction, ~7200 words

This was the first time I sat down to deliberately craft a story to certain specs, and on a deadline, too. I freely admit that I played to the judges, and, well, it worked. This was the first time since third grade that any original fiction of mine garnered public validation. I still think it's one of the best things I've ever written.

(Sorry about the link to the program book PDF; it's the only place this story is available. I'd love to see it published somewhere else, but 7200-word reprints by an unknown author are not the easiest of sales.)

(Also, yes, I know, it's not a "fan" work. But I'm really proud of this one. And science fiction fandom's a fandom too, even if it's not quite what the Snowflake mods meant.)


Stress Fractures, Doctor Who (new), ~700 words

This is arguably not one of the best things I've written, but it may be one of the weirdest. I still don't know if it works for anyone who isn't me, but I'd be very interested to find out.


(Okay, I am egotistical enough to put up the links, but too strongly in introvert mode right now to link back to here from the Snowflake comm. I suspect this defeats the purpose of the exercise, but we work with what we have. Extroversion roll made. Going back under my rock now.)




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Liz A. Vogel
I'm not querying any faster for the purring cat who keeps demanding attention, but I sure am querying happier.




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Liz A. Vogel
01 January 2019 @ 11:04 pm
Happy New Year! (How on earth did that happen?)

I ended up with a surprise week off from the Day Job, I think because my manager forgot to put me on the schedule. So I decided I would spend it querying Highway of Mirrors. Good plan. I also told myself, way back at the end of November, that I could take a month off from Lightning Strikes Twice, and dive back into it starting in January. Also a good plan.

I somehow failed to notice that these two chunks of calendar overlapped significantly.

I've decided to roll ahead with the querying. I'm making good progress, and it is something that I have so much difficulty getting myself to do, it would be silly to put a halt on it. So I can have at least one week of January for that, and at least three weeks for LST. (We'll see what happens to those few unassigned days in between.)


In other news, I reclaimed the old laptop that I had lent to the housemate, who never got around to using it. I'd frankly forgotten all about that machine. The floppy drive in it does not work, but the USB ports do -- and I've got a USB floppy drive. It's awkward and inconvenient using the external drive, but it does technically function as a designated writing laptop that I can keep by my bedside and haul around the house. I very definitely still need to acquire a new-to-me old laptop and/or get one of the dead ones repaired; the friend I got this machine from is not known for taking good care of his stuff, and the poor thing has really been through the wars. It's missing a couple of keys, and I had to wrap electrical tape around the exposed wires on the power cord; it's also had a couple of glitches that make me suspect a hard drive failure is in its future. But, for a temporary emergency stand-in, it's a darned sight better than nothing.

Of course, now that I finally have a writing laptop again, the urge to mess around with stories at night, which has been nagging at me like a junkie craving a fix, has almost entirely subsided. *headdesk* But I am at least sleeping better knowing I can have my late-night writing dose.


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27 December 2018 @ 02:17 pm
What the hell happened to ThinkGeek? It used to be a good source for tech toys of a practical nature along with the silly stuff, with decent write-ups about actual usability; now it seems to be entirely media tie-in tchotchke. I'll admit the Hogwarts tableware is seductive, but I'm just trying to buy a good low-profile USB drive.

This is after a frustrating trip to Staples yesterday, which no longer has anything like the USB drives I bought for keychain-use a couple years ago. Or much of anything else I went there for. (They did manage the single color copy I needed -- eventually, after walking me over to the self-serve kiosks, making me authorize my credit card -- for one copy! -- because they apparently have no capacity to take cash, printing a blank page on the first try because even their employees can't figure out the interface, and oh yes, charging me for the blank page, which I didn't discover until I got home and looked at the receipt. Note to self: Next time, just go to Kinko's.)

No luck with CDW or NewEgg, either. Though at least they try, especially NewEgg.

Amazon has all the usual issues with having to wade through way too much stuff, unhelpful product descriptions, and reviews that aren't linked to the specific item, but it's looking like they're going to get my money anyway. Not my first, second, or third choice, but they're the best of a bad lot.


ETA: And then I started shopping for laptop security cables. Oh, my god. *headdesk*




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Liz A. Vogel
24 December 2018 @ 11:58 am

Hark, the herald kitties sing
Food for us, it's time to bring
Fish on plates, and treats galore
That's good, human, give us more

Come on, human, time to rise
What's that mean, "quarter to five"?
With our tails erect we stop
in your path to speed you up

Hark, the herald kitties sing
Food for us, it's time to bring



You're welcome. ;-P




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Lindt Hello My Name Is Caramel Brownie

I've never been overly excited about Lindt, mostly knowing it from those little truffle-balls you get at check-out counters, which are a nice fix after a lot of standing in line but nothing too special. But I was getting this to go in a gift basket, so obviously I had to taste-test it first.

Oh, my.

Where bought: Meijer, I think

Aroma: Nice warm chocolate with just a hint of bitter.

Texture: Soft, breaks easily under the teeth. Center is very soft, almost but not quite liquid, with just a hint of crunch.

Taste: Oh, my. Very good milk chocolate surrounding intense caramel, soft brownie, and tiny crunches of hazelnut. Decadently rich and delicious. Almost too much to eat an entire bar in one sitting.

Overall: Yum. Definitely would buy again, though perhaps save for special indulgences.


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