Writerly Ways

Sep. 17th, 2017 04:18 pm
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I guess now would be the time to talk about what I had planned for last week (read: I'm trying to avoid cleaning). I know a few people won't agree with me but given how small the blog is these days, I doubt I'll be unfriended.

Anyhow in the last month the topic of mpreg has come up in two different professional m/m communities (though with a lot of cross over one would imagine). Both ended up either being locked or deleted and apologies offered by the moderators because members of the community felt unsafe and/or marginalized. To me this is appalling. I don't even understand why this is even necessary to discuss. Mpreg belongs in fanfic. Just leave it there (I suppose if you're writing SF and the males carry the baby that's different but that's not most of M/M romance in the professional setting.

I have never liked Mpreg, that's no secret, not even in fandom. To me, it's a way of fetishizing gay men and not really honoring their reality. And basically the giant arguments were to that end, many gay men saying PLEASE don't do this. They shouldn't have had to say it more than once but naturally they did. I see this as the women writing gay men confirming their worst fears, that we have no respect for them, have no idea what it's like to be a gay man and are just profiting from them. There are enough voices decrying women writing gay men without adding fuel to the fire.

Here's the thing: if people within the community you're trying to write about are telling you it's offensive and insulting, IT IS offensive and insulting, end of story. This is just widening the gap between groups. We're expected now to write diversely. (I just read an article and damn I should have bookmarked it that said if you don't have a gay and minority character your story is inherently homophobic and racist. Obviously that's moronic, swinging too far to one side). But we're hit on both sides, told we're prejudice if we aren't diverse and told we're doing it wrong and our writing it is unwanted because we're not in the community. Trying to force Mpreg into mainstream writing just reconfirms how wrong we are.

And oh, yeah, I stayed out of the arguments in both communities because I knew how it would end. Be respectful. If you want a baby in the story, adopt, find a surrogate, something a gay man could feasibly do.

As always have some writing links

From others besides Betty: Flying without a Net

Writing 3-D characters I used to do this ALL the time. I need to get back to it. I find it helpful because I'll be the one who forgets details (like seriously couldn't remember which arm Aaron lost when it came time to talk to my cover artist).

the importance of reviews and how to handle them

And thanks to Betty we have: 6 problems with long series I don't always agree with Mythcreants (often I feel their writers are very young and miss the point half the time) but this one is pretty good.

marketing cheat sheet

what’s a bisac code?

Novel plan

social media vs author website

creating an eclectic magic system This is very good

surviving a confidence crisis I feel that using friends too often thing.

Yearly Word Count -

25768 / 100000 words. 26% done!

Splinters of Silver - editing nothing

Blood Red - waiting for edits

editing 3 novellas - edited 2/3rds of Cassadaga

Behind Blue Eyes - nothing

Haunted Hocking -

10215 / 60000 words. 17% done!

Steampunk Deadwood - planning stages


Sep. 16th, 2017 10:28 pm
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It was my annual trek to the mothman festival. I met my friend, Rain there, a bit on the late side but I made it. And they finally have a shuttle/parking service. 10$ but it was worth it. On the negative, Point Pleasant is even MORE depressing than the last time I went but on the whole we had a blast.

Rain had bought me a TNT tour bus ticket for my 50th. I know the story (the TNT explosive compound IS government) because this is where the first sighting of the mothman was. It was fun. They told the various legends as we drove out there then set us loose in one of the igloos that were used and took us home with more stories. It was neat but a tiny bit pricey for what it was. But they DID give us Mothman back packs as a souvenier. I had fun and I will say outside of the depressing downtown, there were some really nice residential areas.

I got to hear almost NONE of the talks. I had wanted to listen to Cornstalk's descendant but her talk was when we were on the tour. Rosemary Ellen Guilley was there and I heard the last half of her talk but it was SRO. Usually it's not that packed (and the State Theater is mildewy, ancient and hotter than balls) but one of the guys from TAPS (GHost Hunter) was there. I could have stayed but I was also meeting Kati and frankly I couldn't have stood being crushed into those hot assed seats that long.

So after Rain left, Kati and her friends arrived and we hung out for a little while but I'd been there going on five hours by then and I was tired.

At one point, I heard gothy music and was familiar. Rain said it's right over there and OMG it was someone selling Nox Arcana CDS. I had two have a couple! (Gothic and Blackthorn Asylum)

I got a birthday gift for a friend and a Christmas gift for another. I got one of Rosemary's books for me and two pieces of wall art even after saying NO WALL ART because I have so much of it. I couldn't resist Mothman as a shinigami and planned to put it in my office (until I noticed after the fact) that there was such a large suggestion off peen.... And I bought the one of a dullahan driving a carriage. I loved it.

I got some roasted candied pecans that had been soaked in blackberry moonshine. So now I must try this for myself because damn they're good (and expensive). I also splurged on a set of glass earrings that look like a full moon in a night sky (gorgeous stuff). I covet her wire tree over a glass bauble necklaces but they're very expensive.

Once Rain gets some pictures up (I forgot my camera and my money. I could fix one with an ATM but not the other) I'll share. I have some on my phone but my phone takes shit pictures in the dark.

I also did get to talk a little with Rosemary and with Sheri Brake (another ghost hunter). TOmorrow my university library is sponsoring a ghost hunter talk but I don't think I'll be going back for that.

WHen I'm not exhausted I'll link to some of the artists as well.

As for yesterday, let's just say the work drama continues

This week is a dumpster fire

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:40 pm
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Even more work drama. I think it's all fixed now but seriously there are people I could have gleefully throttled today.

I feel BAD that the new hires are caught up in this nonsense. Also no one listens. I had to explain things like 6 times before it sank in. Between them and people not listening to instructions on the test I could have sworn i was speaking Klingon.

But they did WELL on the test. THen again this is my senior level class and they usually did.

Today was the RU Okay event for mental healthat the university. I went and not a soul was there. Um what? I even wore the stupid ass yellow shirt (I own ONE. A Star Trek T-shirt because everyone looks like shit in yellow. (my chair's words, not mine) and someone else said they were across campus from where they were meant to be and in turquoise. Head desk.)

This week blows

Sep. 13th, 2017 10:42 pm
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I forgot to mention that I fell yesterday too. Over Kanda who got trampled (and we're all lucky everything didn't get pissed on as I was trying to get to the toilet at the moment.

I aspirated stomach acid again today.

The meeting at work was very frustrating and I'm a bit hurt. For some reason L tried to hand off two of my classes to someone else and I was having none of it. I THINK she thought she was doing me a favor but it didn't come across that way.

Came home to a letter from the IRS. Thank god it was just student loan crap but that didn't negate the stopped heart when I saw it.

Still feeling like persona non grata as Jana.

The good? a) I got a color graphic of my DNA breakdown that I'm rather in love with. I have like this one sub-saharan gene and it's on chromosome 6. So I looked it up because back when I took genetics the Human Chromosome Project didn't exist. Turns out that stupid gene is responsible for half my medical issues. Have to say I'm not a fan and b) my 50th birthday gift for my BFF came from the UK and it's wonderful. It's a haypenny from 1967. I'm betting it's from the same person my friend bought MY gift from (which were irish penny earrings also from then). I'm really in love with the pendant.

I'm also annoyed that Midnight Texas has some 'for the blind' thing going on with someone narrating every action (and ahead of them). I have no idea why this is happening. It's not on any other channel so it's nothing I've done. whimpers.

I think it's still Monday

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:17 pm
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So Tuesday started out badly at 130 when I took a fall...okay so I had updated my computer and nearly 2 hours later it was STILL updating so I came to check on it sans glasses and missed the couch when I sat down (well I can't see....) Banged up my left arm, pulled the muscles in my right and either that's a bruise or a clot in my left leg. Sigh.

Then today I had to go in and sit in my office because my lab was canceled for a school function but i still had to be there. Then I forgot when my office hours ended and was there an hour over. WTF is wrong my brain.

I did go to the faculty/staff picnic. There were hundreds of dollars of gift giveaways. I won nothing but our two new hires both won so that was very cool.

I've kind of worked out the particulars of my MG story but it still might be too dark. Wonders what I should do.

ETA -That faulty valve between stomach and esophagus just gave me a lung-full of acid and caprese salad.

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First it started with a weird dream. I was at my apartment complex which is shaped like a U and everyone was in their windows (which looked more like a public high school set up). Instead of being the rednecks I live with, they were all Asians. We all had penis water pistols and were shooting each other. Yep, my subconscious is on crack.

I woke up feeling like butt either from my allergies or fibro fog. I got half way to work and realized I forgot my purse which has my office keys and my slide advancer/laser pointer. Turned around to get it. Sleep walked through the entire day. Realized I hadn't put up a homework I needed to, wasn't ready for a test this week so I just moved it. I came home without my folder and my flashdrive so I couldn't work on my lectures.

Whimpers. But I DID get more done on grading and test making from 5-9:30 (taking out time for both cooking dinner and talking to mom for 45 minutes) than I did all weekend.

As for Florida, most of my friends are okay. No word from my family.

Writerly Ways

Sep. 10th, 2017 10:11 pm
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I had one planned but it's a touchy topic and frankly I am too worn out this week to deal with it. I'm trying to decompress a bit (not helped by the fact that my cousin's uber-right husband is on FB pretending to pray for the Floridians in spite of the fact they were 'told to get out.' Obviously he has no idea the realities of evacuation (and I'm glad some people on his FB are calling his ass out. For a nuclear engineer he can be very 'dumb' about things.)

Anyhow instead of that post (which I'll still make it) let me give us something fun. Check out Dreaming Robot's Young Explorer’s anthology! I love the idea of this. I think several of us might enjoy trying to write a middle grade short story. I'm thinking steampunk with another amputee MC (this time a young lady). I wanted to have two male characters but I'm being hesitant. Hear me out:

I can make things more diverse (and far less racist 1890s) by doing a bit of alt history where the Native Americans and European settlers have more of an uneasy if more equal relationship. There would still be some division but not drowning a MG book in racism. It would take place over Deadwood (mostly because I know the place and won't have time for extensive research). I figured the other MC would be a young Lakota boy, maybe orphaned in the Deadwood fire of 76. (as opposed to the ugly slaughter at Wounded Knee).I was thinking of a young Chinese boy as well as there were plenty of Chinese in Deadwood. But in a very subservient role that would be inappropriate for this anthology (I should think). So I might leave him out but more so because this is TRULY a short story only 3-6K.

Now to come up with a plot. I figure in the end, the boy joins the girl's airship (Her mom is the captain) But what that plot could be that's not too dark for younger readers (well Voldemort was fairly dark...) but more importantly short.

Then decide do I want my pen name to be D.M. and my surname or Dana.

I do have a few lings for you. From Chuck Wendig Self Promoting (including having to do it when the news is a total shit show like it is right now)

how to write when the world is burning Another timely one. Granted we ALL have to deal with this and in different ways, this one resonated a bit with me.

silencing your inner critic I need to buy mine a ball gag.

Your book’s engine

Narrative Structure: It’s okay to stray

Let's all write something!!

Angry with myself

Sep. 10th, 2017 12:43 am
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I can't seem to motivate on anything. Didn't make an exam. Barely edited anything. Didn't write. Barely cleaned. Basically I got all the loot crate boxes out of here and pictures taken of the crap I don't want. SO MUCH. I seriously need to decide if I keep this subscription at all. I've skipped almost four straight months as is.

I feel too overwhelmed by this mess. I'm breaking it into doable chunks but it doesn't seem to help much. I did remove another chunk of books.

I'm barely able to look at my social media, a mix of depressing and fury-inducing (and god help you if you disagree with any of them about anything). I DID see one person say what I've been saying. WAY too many authors acting like we're back in high school. You want to have authors on your feed, we should help each other but damned if most days it doesn't seem like they're all arrested at age 15.

Almost all my friends and relatives did NOT evacuate Florida. Most of them are hopefully in areas where the hurricane's force will have died out some but not my 97 year old aunt. STILL no one knows where she is. My Dad's side of the family does a shit job of keeping in touch. Sigh.

Maybe I'd be less bitchy if I could sleep. Or if I could have gone out to hike today because it's so damn beautiful but I felt weak and I had so much to do. Most of which didn't get done.

And once again I've forgotten those dragon sites. Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

How I love thee.

Sep. 9th, 2017 08:10 pm
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 Maybe I don't talk much about Derrick. But I love him for a lot of reasons. 

Today we saw a hawk in our neighborhood. Upon further inspection, D noticed that the hawk had a broken foot. He spent hours on and off the phone with the raptor center, talking about getting assistance out to nurse the hawk and detailing how to catch the hawk if it was accessible and tracking the hawk. It flew to an inaccessible place, but he continues to worry about it. 

This is a metaphor for How He Is and how we are. If there is a thing with a broken part, we want to try. We worry about it. I love him for it. 

There are so many beautiful things in this world. If one lands on your fence with a broken part, you help. You fuss. 

Short week long days

Sep. 8th, 2017 10:17 pm
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This week was short and work wise it felt short but at home, the days seemed long, like I was accomplishing nothing. But the only thing I did manage to do was to write my flash fic for Chuck Wendig's challenge that hopefully someone somewhere will read it. It's lesbian, sort of (it's girl meets girl but leaves off with the promise of a relationship). You can find it here When They Called Her Home and even if you don't read it, can you try to open it to see if it WILL open?

Because today I met with a friend and he put me in charge of my own website (as he's now working for wordpress and can't profit from doing web design on their site or something along those lines). He had to migrate everything over to me and after 2 hours of diddling around with all of this, I'm not sure it's entirely right so if you can, let me know if it at least opens. THANKS.

Yesterday I saw my endocrinologist or at least his nurse practitioner who at least listens better than he ever did. She answered my question about those Inovakana 'bad drug' commercials. I couldn't figure out why it would cause increased amputations as the action is strictly kidney based (I mean I KNOW why it's probably damaging the fuck out of my kidneys). It's because it's dehydrating and people don't listen to doctor's orders and DRINK so they pass out, break bones in the fall and diabetics don't heal well, especially the elderly so they end up with amputations.

Anyhow she wants me to try trulicity which is a once a week injectible and to stop the invokana. I've had problems with other drugs in this class. On the other hand, it's been SO successful in lowering sugars that medicaid put it on its formulary which is highly unusual due it's high cost but it's so good at it, that it lowers sugar so well, other meds can be dropped AND other issues don't happen so fast (like retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy) that it's considered worth the cost.

So my choices are kidney damage from the invokana or thyroid cancer from trulicity. Whee.

And once again I've forgotten those dragon sites. Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

Tattoos, Hair, and Books

Sep. 8th, 2017 04:47 pm
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So since we've chatted, I've been a blonde (below) and am now a redhead (above). In the span of a week, no less. I got inspired while watching Game of Thrones (I'm on Season 4 so no spoilers, please) by all the beautiful reds, particularly my favorite, Melisandre. I'm also growing my pixie cut back out so that's fun (insert sarcasm). I thought trying to grow a pixie out was bad but growing out a buzzcut is pretty awful, too.

Side note, my new favorite treat is Orange Sherbet and Sierra Mist

I had a wonderful 36th birthday last week. It was wonderful as in the best birthday I've ever had. I was showered with sugar treats, pumpkin everything, two cakes, a massage, concert tickets, and a new tattoo. Speaking of, I went back to Shannon at Black Arrow, and she blew me away again. I had her do the Woodruff-Fontaine House in Memphis which is where Kelly and I were married. It's so beautiful, special, and itchy right now. Hah. I want to go back and see Shannon again in October.
I can't stop, and she does the best work.

Embracing my fat girl arms and planning on having them eventually partially covered with half sleeves if that's a thing? I just want both upper arms covered.

Kelly and I are getting ready to spend a night at the
Lemp Mansion in St. Louis next week (we've got a doctor's appointment). I'm really excited. We're staying in the Lavender Suite which looks beautiful. It's supposedly haunted, but I don't believe in that kind of thing unless I have an experience. I'm more excited about the history and how beautiful it is. I was talking to my Grandma recently, and when I mentioned the hotel, she said every Sunday after church, her and my Grandfather would go to the restaurant in the basement for their fried chicken dinner. They still serve it there family style, but it won't be a Sunday so we won't get to try that.

The weather has been ridiculously amazing lately here. It's been fall like, and I'm loving it. I got to wear these Hush Puppies for the first time that I found super cheap at the thrift last year. I love them. They make me feel ass kicking and feminine. They also remind me of the 90's. I found the same style in red that were on sale s
o I will soon own them in red! I want them in every color and pattern. Hmph. I'm going to have to eventually invest in some more. Does anyone have any sworn by suede protector that I should use?

In other recent, consumer news, I finally found a Halloween banner and ordered it! I really have wanted one for my kitchen to leave up year round because, hello, it's always Halloween in my heart. I thought this one was perfect from
Bedlam Supply Co., and they had a sale going on, too. 


  • I just recently remembered when that when I was a kid in St. Louis, I would get crazy excited eating on the floating McDonald's boat down by the Arch so I googled it and found this article reminiscing.  I then started thinking of how excited I would get to go to Famous Barr for Breakfast with Santa.  I have to get this book , this one about lost St. Louis treasures (which features the McDonald's boat), and maybe this one too that looks like a Roadside America book on St. Louis. I consider the south my home now, but I do still have a lot of deep memories of the city I was born/have spent so much time in.
  • I have a massage scheduled for tonight for the first time in forever, and I can't tell you how excited I am about it!  
  • Hair Chronicles:  I always have hair chronicles, you all.  I want to keep the top longer/grow out my pixie, but I'm about to shave up the sides. I'm stewing on it and staring at pictures of bad ass women with short hair to inspire me, as always.  Stay tuned.  If someone doesn't like my hair, I always say, "Wait a week."  
  • I finished Twin Peaks.  Overall, I loved it, but the last episode I had feelings about.  I wasn't really a fan of that last episode (last five minutes especially), but I'm sad Twin Peaks is done forever.  It will always be one of my favorite shows.  

Fic- Candy from Strangers

Sep. 6th, 2017 10:14 pm
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Title Candy from Strangers
Author- [personal profile] cornerofmadness
Disclaimerall rights belong to Sensei Minekura
Rating R for descriptions of violent crime
Characters/Pairing Goku, Sanzo, Hakkai, Gojyo with implied Hakkai/Gojyo
Timeline/Spoilers set just a few weeks after Hakkai and Gojyo start working for Sanzo, before the journey to the West (i.e. when Goku still has the long hair and still looks pretty much like a little kid)
Word Count 17,612
Warning implied pedophilia, murder
Summary Someone is killing children around the temple.
Author’s NoteForensics keep blending into my Saiyuki stories for some reason and I’m really fascinated by the time period before the journey begins. This was written for the Saiyuki Big Bang challenge. Thanks to Quiet or Die for the beta reading which really helped to tighten up this tale and thanks to all those moderating/running this big bang. It’s a lot of work and I appreciate what you’ve done. Another big thanks to Thooluu who did a great piece of Sanzo & Goku art that goes with the end of the story (If you want to wait until it appears in the story I’ve also linked it there.) Drop by Thooluu’s tumblr at the link to see it! And you can see all of the works created for the Saiyuki Big Bang here and thanks to all those worked to bring this challenge together.


Candy from Strangers

(Link goes to AO3)

Rough Night

Sep. 5th, 2017 10:03 pm
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I tried to go to bed early because I was tired from running around all day. Could not fall asleep. By 2 AM I was having the mind racing that precedes the anxiety attacks which ended u p in full body shakes and me getting out of bed. Though this time it was for a good reason, I somehow in the craziness of the start up of school forgot to put in the info for my student loan income based repayment plan. I put the irs info in the bathroom so I wouldn't forget to do it today (I didn't). FInally fell asleep only to be awoken very early (as in 4 AM) by a huge lightning ridden storm. So tired today.

There was some good today, the free butternut squashes at the library (because that's how we roll here).


My brother called about coming here for Bob Evans Farm fest (which btw was the first wave of anxiety, the idea my parents will also be here for that and I have NO idea how to clean this place up by then). One of the local hotels jumped their prices that day from 95$ to 260$. Jackasses.

I started to edit the Cassadaga novella. I'm hopeful someone will want it.


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