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2012-09-10 10:03 am

PSA: Nicknames

I have been on the internet for fifteen years. I should really, really have known better than to try to search for Dan Patrick on Tumblr by his initials.

Fortunately, I don't have a job, so there was no chance of my doing this at work where I might have had to answer difficult questions about the sudden explosion of double-penetration porn on my dash.

Oh, internet...
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2012-06-08 10:18 am
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My Brain Is a Bag Full of Fanfic

So. I have seen all the Avengers Universe Movies.

I've also started writing fanfic again.

These two events are not unrelated.

I'm going about the fanfic thing in a...slightly different way, though. I have had such a huge problem the last several years with messing around and fiddling and tweaking stories that I end up never finishing them, or if I finish them I never post them. I have a finished Stargate: Atlantis story that I've never posted anywhere but here, and two finished Lord of the Rings stories I've never posted anywhere because I'm just endlessly fussing with them.

So, I'm trying something new. First, I decided to try my hand at posting anon on the kink memes (okay, so I'm telling everyone *here* that I'm posting anon, which is probably defeating the purpose, but never mind), so I feel a little freer for the story to not have to be absolutely totally 110% perfectly perfect with every word delicately crafted into place. (It only has to be 105% perfect.)

Second, I found a prompt that was really detailed. Like, really, really, really detailed, as in pretty much the entire story outlined down to how it ends. The OP has firm ideas on the shape of things, which is great because it means I don't have to make up everything myself (seriously, the OP is getting co-writing credit when I clean it up and re-post it). But, the OP also isn't dictatorial about the little details. So long as I hit the main plot points (which I wouldn't have picked the prompt if that was a deal-breaker), they're happy.

Cut because I discuss (non-graphically) writing non-con )

Fourth, I'm posting it as a WIP. Yes, I know, I KNOW!!! Vows are made to be broken, etc. But I feel like I need to try it and see if it works, if it kick-starts that ten-year-dormant fanfic-writing part of me and gets me over the fallback of "Well, I can always post it ten years later..."

So, yeah, I'm excited about writing again. Who knew? :)
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2012-02-05 09:30 am

Diagnosis: CFS

I have been to the rheumatologist, and the verdict is 99.99% officially Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. No one was really surprised. They have to test me for stuff they're pretty sure I don't have, just to make sure I don't have it (TB, HIV, Hep B). In the absence of any other indications of disease, deficiency, or imbalance, though, and with me having several of the items on the checklist of CFS, it's a fairly straightforward diagnosis, unfortunately.

I know CFS was in the news a lot a couple of decades ago, but the Center for Disease Control has a pretty good page about CFS as it's being treated and diagnosed now. The most under-reported news, in my opinion, is that every attempt to link CFS to a specific retro-virus (Or, you know, any virus. Or common factor at all.) hasn't yet been borne out in repeated studies. Anyway, if you're at all curious, the CDC page is a good resource.

Prognosis; or, There are Two Kinds of Statistics... )

My exciting exercise therapy )

Onward and upward.
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2011-12-12 06:38 pm

Evil Virus of Doom. Maybe.

About a month ago, I made a Facebook post to explain to the people I see everyday why I had dropped off the face of the planet. I've backdated that post and re-posted it to my journal so I can explain what's going on now. You can read the other post for full details, but the short version is that I've had some kind of (possibly viral) illness that's severely laid me up since mid-September. Time has marched on, and I wanted to touch base and give the LJ world an update as well.

It's still probably an Evil Virus of Doom )

Or it could be my meds )

Or it could be Chronic Fatigue Syndrome )

The good news is that I'm feeling pretty good otherwise. I invested in a light box, and it seems to be helping a lot as the days get shorter. Maybe it's just a placebo effect, but as it seems to be a really effective placebo, I don't much care. So, even if I'm worried, I'm still fairly cheerful and I feel that even if this turns into the worst-case scenario, I can figure out how to cope.
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2011-11-10 06:36 pm

The Evil Virus of Doom

I'm re-posting and backdating this from my Facebook. I made this post because a lot of people I see regularly read my Facebook and I wanted them to know why I fell off the face of the Earth. Now that I'm posting about this on LJ as well, I wanted the background to be here for the record. So:

This is an FYI. I hate to update just for bad news, but I've been putting this off hoping it would go away. (Because that always works.)

So, there's this Evil Virus of Doom... )
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2011-05-30 06:15 pm
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Book Review: Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

I just got finished reading (most of) Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by Jim Miller and Tom Shales. Yes, I bought it because of my not-so-secret crush on Dan Patrick and his voice (he's actually not in the book very much, but I suppose it says a lot about the book that I didn't care), but also because I used to watch a ton of ESPN, especially in the 90s. (I will never forget, Dan and Keith, the footage of the avalanche substituted for every one of the avalanche of goals scored by the Avalanche that one night. Thank you.)

It's a book about a business! And sports! And a sports business! Told in first person by 500 people! Try to contain your excitement. )

This can't really be an unqualified recommendation, because I'm not going to say "Oh, you will all obviously love to read 700 pages of interviews about sports and business and people who run a sports business!" but I did want to praise Jim Miller and Tom Shales for their work. This book is the culmination of years of effort, and I was truly impressed both with the skill that they showed in putting all the pieces of interviews together, and in their philosophy of what to put in and what to leave out. I'm also impressed with their skills as interviewers. I know that Dan, for one, didn't really want to talk to them (Miller said, possibly joking, that Dan was one of the hardest people to get an interview with). They also managed to get access to ESPN, and for that alone they deserve a ton of credit for sheer perseverance. Good job, Mr. Miller, Mr. Shales.
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2011-05-16 07:43 pm
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Signal Boost--Pod-together

Pod-together promotional banner
Open for sign ups May 16 to May 27 on Livejournal and Dreamwidth

Full disclosure: I'm not signing up because I suck at deadlines of any sort, but I love podfic. I think this is an awesome idea that deserves whatever promotion I can give it.
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2011-04-11 07:33 am

Alternate Story Link(s)

Not that I'm paranoid or anything, but I sort of accidentally, spontaneously formatted all my stories as text-only, zipped them, and uploaded them to Megaupload. You know. Because that's what ordinary people do:

I will also, in the spirit of being perfectly un-worried about story access, mention that I continue to be on Archive of Our Own as favicondmarley.

And, of course, everything is still on Dreamwidth and (for this five minutes anyway) Livejournal:

Dorothy Marley's Fanfiction Index on Dreamwidth

Dorothy Marley's Fanfiction Index on Livejournal

In all seriousness, I do expect Livejournal to continue to be around, and I'm rooting for them in their fight against the various DDoS attacks they've sustained the last couple of weeks. It's just that when a service where one has hosted one's fiction for several years goes in and out because of forces outside one's own control, one begins to think about backups. And about zipping stories as text files and uploading them Megaupload, just because.
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2011-04-06 11:11 am
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Signal Boost--Calling Blood Donors

I got a call from the Red Cross yesterday because I had just become eligible to donate blood again, and the gist of the call was essentially "OMG O-neg person please come in PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE." Apparently the Red Cross has used up a lot of whole blood reserves because of the various storms across the US, and the system a couple of days ago has only made it worse.

So, if you feel you can donate and you would like to, now would be a good time.
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2011-02-25 08:35 am
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Reporting In

Just wanted to report in and say that, despite the tornadoes in Nashville, me and mine are fine. This church with its roof torn off is about half a mile away from our house, but all we got were high winds and rain. We feel pretty darn lucky. We're supposed to get more rain today, but hopefully it will only make us soggier, and not bring more wind and floods and tornadoes. Here's hoping.

Anyway, I just wanted to check in, and I hope that everyone else is doing well. Take care!
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2011-02-18 02:36 pm

LibraryThing: Common Knowledge

Since I last did any extensive updating at LibraryThing (over three years ago!), they've switched things up a bit. Now there are these "Common Knowledge" fields for the works which contain things like the publication dates, editors, characters in the books, alternate titles, and other tidbits of useful information. It's all nifty, and I'd like to add some information to the Common Knowledge pool.

There are two problems with this ambition.

First, I have about 4,500 books in my catalog. That's a lot of entries to go through. Clearly, some of them will already be up-to-date on their Common Knowledge (I suspect, for instance, that some of the other 50,000+ people who have copies of the Harry Potter books will have taken care of them), but when I've got the only copy of Suffering and Evil in the Plays of Christopher Marlowe, that'll be on me to fill in the fields. This is, of course, the point of the exercise--to add my unique information--but it brings me to my second problem:

LibraryThing no longer allows me to sort by the number of copies. In the Olden Days, you could sort your catalog by the relative popularity of your books. This would be a really useful feature to have right now, since it would allow me to bump all my unique works right to the top and work through them first, instead of having to scan through all 4,587 entries to find the ones where mine is the only copy.

(Okay, there's sort of a workaround, in that I can put Common Knowledge fields into my catalog viewing and then sort by the fields, so at least I won't be constantly clicking on works that already have stuff filled in. But it would really, really be a lot easier to go to works that I can be almost sure no-one has filled in because I know no one else has the book.)

On a completely different topic, if you look at the cover I scanned for the aforemenioned Suffering and Evil as an example, you will note that all the book covers I scanned in and uploaded three years ago suck. A lot. I think there was some miniscule size limit, and boy does it show. I just uploaded a cover for The Mad Scientist Affair that doesn't even qualify as "high quality," but it's about a billion times better. I may have to go back and re-scan some of those covers (another task that that "sort by popularity" thing would be useful for).

Busy busy....:)
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2010-12-09 11:47 pm
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First Line iPod Shuffle Meme

I was going to make a meaningful update, but then [ profile] coreopsis and [ profile] instrumentality posted this meme and I remembered that months ago I had carefully shuffled my music and written it up but never posted it. So, here it is, the first lines iPod meme:

First Line Meme

Instructions (which have been different for every person I've seen post it, which is as it should be): Put your iPod on shuffle. Take the first 20 songs. Post only the first lines of the lyrics of those songs and see if anyone can guess what songs the lyrics belong to. No Googling allowed!

First Line Meme )
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2010-09-02 08:46 am

Dreamwidth Codes

Forgive my spam, but I have a metric ton of Dreamwidth codes from my various accounts. I know a lot of people are very unhappy with Livejournal's latest fiasco, so if you're thinking of checking out Dreamwidth, here's an opportunity to do so. Please feel free to pass the codes along to friends and so on.

For me, I was actually going to opt to use the Facebook thing to crosspost entries from my real-life nickname account because many of my real-life friends and family use Facebook and they like to know that I'm alive and well and see pictures of my cats and stuff, but then stupid LJ put my stupid real-life legal last name on my LJ profile page, so that killed that idea. (This is a good post from Cleolinda, who tested what the crossposting does and how it looks.)

Here are the codes. Share and enjoy! )
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2010-09-02 08:33 am

Kindle Owners, Help!

I am looking at e-readers, and am intrigued by the new Kindle, both for its smallness and its (relative) cheapness. My main purpose in buying an e-reader is to read fanfic without having to lug my laptop around, so my main concern is the ability to transfer TXT, PDF and HTML files to the device and be able to read them.

As I looked more deeply into the nuts and bolts of the Kindle tranfser process, though, I saw a big snag, and want to ask Kindle users if I'm reading the help files correctly about PDF and HTML files. Here is what the Amazon help files say about the types of files Kindle recognizes when connected by USB:

Here's a list of the directories and the file types recognized by Kindle:

* Documents: Kindle (.AZW, .AZW1). Text (.TXT), Unprotected Mobipocket (.MOBI, .PRC)
* Audible: Audible (.AA, .AAX)
* Music: MP3 (.MP3)

[Blah blah DRM blah]

Personal Documents

Kindle's Personal Document Service allows you to e-mail the following approved file types to your Kindle's e-mail address:

* Microsoft Word (.DOC)
* RTF (.RTF)
* GIF (.GIF)
* PNG (.PNG)
* BMP (.BMP)
* PDF (.PDF): See below for details.
* Microsoft Word (.DOCX) is supported in our experimental category.

Okay. If I am reading this and the section on transferring files by e-mail correctly, I will not be able to transfer PDF or HTML files directly to my Kindle via USB. Instead, I will have to e-mail PDF and HTML files to a special e-mail address, and they will then be sent via wireless to my Kindle.

So, my question for current Kindle users is this: Am I reading this right? Do I have to jump through e-mail hoops and wireless just to send a PDF or HTML file I've saved on my own computer to the Kindle? Really?

This is close to being a serious deal-breaker for me. Nearly all of what I read is saved in TXT format, but more and more authors are offering longer stories in single-file PDFs. If anyone reads PDFs on their Kindle, I'd be interested in your experiences and advice. Including if the wireless process is actually very easy and painless. :)
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2010-08-26 10:32 am

The Purse Meme

The Purse Meme, most recently seen from [ profile] 51stcenturyfox.

The Purse, fully contained:

Photograph of my red purse, full and zipped up

I bought this purse primarily as a receptacle for my crossword puzzles. Of course, I had make sure that my crossword stash would fit. The natural solution was to take my ratty ziploc bag full of dog-eared newspapers into Dillard's and Macy's and try to fit it into various purses. For the record, I was not thrown out of either store.

The Purse, open to show that, yes, all the crap actually fits into it:

The Purse, open to show that, yes, all that crap actually fits into it

And now, under the cut, the actual crap I carry around:

What I carry in my purse )
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2010-07-31 03:12 pm

I R Smart/Dumb

I am a genius! And also, amazingly stupid!

One of the problems I was having with my old computer was that all kinds of image files were getting mysteriously corrupted while in my New Fic folder. This did not happen to them while they were in any other folder, just the New Fic folder, and it only happened to files that had some kind of images with them, like .pdfs or picture files. Since there were Other Issues with my computer, I figured that this was probably just some thing with the hard drive going wonky.

I've had my new computer for a few weeks now, and so far all has been well with images and such in the New Fic folder. Until today. I opened a .pdf to read it, and lo! It was wonky. So was every other image and .pdf in the folder.

If you're going to screw yourself over, at least be able to figure out how you're doing it. Eventually. )
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2010-07-28 07:31 pm

In Good News

Since I peppered you with all the bad stuff in the winter and spring, I thought it would only be fair to share at least three awesome things that have happened to me lately:

Three Good Things: My Vacation, Weight Watchers, and Parenting Validation )

So, three good things and counting. :)