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 My Friday and Saturday:

- sore throat
- hurt my back
- internet & tv out
- library closed
- cafe intolerably loud
- stressful conversations with landlord about internet
- minor argument with Sparkly

The internet is working, the landlord is placated (and will be out of town next week, which is an extra relief), I had a good conversation with Sparkly, and my back is feeling better. I got almost no work done both Friday and today, but I did do some cleaning and laundry, at least. I'm relieved but tired. 

September Patreon Poll

Sep. 23rd, 2017 06:17 pm
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Hey everybody, it's that time again: time to vote for which story gets the Patreon money this month!  Sorry for the delay; prepping Alter Boys In Love and the last-minute trip to Texas took a chunk out of me. But now we're back on track, and the con rush will end after October! I have some bigger stories planned and in process, and we'll have some new stuff for sale!

As always, anyone can vote, but patrons get double weight for their votes.  If you'd like to be a patron and get bonus content, please consider joining up on Patreon!  And if you want to see the blurbs for any of these stories, those are here!  If you don't have a DW and so can't do the poll, that's okay; just leave your vote in the comments below; anon comments are turned on.

Which story gets the money?  YOU CHOOSE, readers!

Poll #18857 September Story Poll!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2


Are you a Patreon patron?

View Answers

No
1 (50.0%)

Yes
1 (50.0%)

Which story gets posted this month?

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Number One and the United Delland Coalition (I
2 (100.0%)

Style over Substance (Durable Medical Equipment)
0 (0.0%)

Starfishing
0 (0.0%)

Death, Will, and the Girl
0 (0.0%)

Alter Boys In Love is almost here!

Sep. 23rd, 2017 12:20 am
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Hey guys, check it out! We got the new proof of Alter Boys in Love, and it's looking awesome!
Image of Mac showing off the book, cut to spare spam. )

Everyday stuff

Sep. 21st, 2017 10:36 pm
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 Sparkly's team got to their new location safely. Cube Guy is going to be out of town this weekend. He took today and tomorrow off work for something that got cancelled, but he's decided at the last minute to plan a new trip. This weekend I need to remember to go to the library and return A Fisherman of the Inland Sea before it's overdue. I also need to get back to looking at apartments. 

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Sep. 20th, 2017 10:23 pm
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 My throat hurts and I'm Tired, but I had a good day. Work was boring, cats are good. Tomorrow Sparkly's team is relocating from just-south-of-Jacksonville to actually-in-Jacksonville. Ey seems to be getting along well with eir boss, which is wonderful. 

Everyday stuff

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:22 pm
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 I did a lot of work today and my brain is very tired. Oh, I should mention, though- Sparkly got a confirmed ~demobilization date~ for when ey's coming home: October 10th. 

Performance

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:09 pm
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Today I captioned an interview with a woman who runs an after-school theater program and had a lot of feelings about "shyness" and public speaking. Theater is great. Music is great. Being in the pit orchestra for the school musical was hands down the best thing I did in high school. But the way some people talk about kids "coming out of their shells" rubs me the wrong way.

Read more... )
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There is a chestnut of misinformation on tumblr claiming that 'system' is a term made by DID folks, for DID folks, and nobody else is allowed to use it.  This is often wrapped up in the idea that multiplicity is owned by people with DID/DDNOS/OSDD, and anyone else claiming it is appropriating.  This is utter nonsense.  I've written numerous posts on this before, but here is the more thorough breakdown, first focused on the politics of this statement, and then the actual facts of reality.

The Politics: why this argument doesn't make sense, even under its own logic. )

The Facts: twenty-plus years of non-DID multiples using 'system.' )

Changing our Internet Usage

Sep. 17th, 2017 12:33 pm
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Hello!  It's Sneak!  I was thinking about an article that [personal profile] metahacker linked, this one about designing sites addictively.  And it's made me get on board with Mac and Biff's idea about changing how we interact with the Internet!

Namely: we will be deleting our Facebook, and drastically cutting down our tumblr time (if not ending it entirely).

But my reasons for it aren't the same as theirs.  Biff just doesn't like the Internet in general, and Mac noticed that it wasn't making us happy.  Rogan has said he finds internet stuff increasingly overwhelming, and I think I know why: the newer generation of social media sites are designed for constant interaction.

We grew up in an older Internet time, where you weren't expected to be online every day.  You could take a break for a week, and quickly catch up, no problem!  Forums, DeviantArt, Livejournal, all of these sites are (or were) not intended to be used multiple times a day, every day. (Unless you're a HARDCORE user.) The sites were also designed for specific things: to make posts, or put up art.  They weren't expected to be everything for everyone, and while DeviantArt had forums and chatrooms, you could do perfectly fine without them. (And I don't think the chatrooms were there when we first joined.)

However, as time has gone on and more folks are on the Internet more often, these sites have changed their design philosophy.  Instead of being made for folks to interact maybe a few times a week, they're now made to be posted on multiple times a day for long stretches.  They're also more generalized.  For instance, Facebook was originally intended for folks applying for college, or in college; now it's used to organize offline events and work engagements, catch up with people from your past, and have heated political arguments.  It has groups, events, chats, games, individual pages, all with very questionable security and ethics, and they sell the information for profit.

I don't think it's paranoid to say that a site like Facebook designs itself to be as omnipresent as possible so they can get as much information (and therefore as much profit) as they can from their users!  But I can say that it makes the site not a lot of fun to be on, for us anyway.  Even the nicest site in the world would get overwhelming and tiresome when you're encouraged to be there all the time!  And by trying to be everything for everyone, their designs tend to fall apart, because they're trying to do so many things at the same time.  So it becomes awfully byzantine (in the case of Facebook) or just plain incoherent and broken (like tumblr)!

Arguments and conflict happen on every website.  But when a site is designed to be used all the time, the rate of interaction as high as possible, then it means that instead of seeing conflict maybe once a month, you see it all the time, and that's its own kind of draining!  On the whole, I think that we are just not able to keep up with sites like that, and that it's bad for our health to try.

In other words, it's time to refocus our online energy to websites that are designed for fewer, more specific interactions!  Therefore, I personally vote in agreement for deleting our Facebook, continuing our low/no tumblr usage, and refocusing our attention on sites like Dreamwidth.

--Sneak

Well

Sep. 17th, 2017 10:24 pm
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I walk out for awhile and this goes to sile ce. Funny, thought Cory would be all about this one. Will try to catch up bit by bit! - Journey

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Sep. 16th, 2017 10:40 pm
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 All is well and I'm very tired even though I didn't really do anything today. I went grocery shopping and played computer games, that's it. Maybe I'll kick the cats out of the bedroom and actually sleep in tomorrow morning.

Queer Crip Pride shirts!

Sep. 16th, 2017 02:16 pm
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Hey guys, did you love the gorgeous textures and typography for our covers of the Homeless Year and Alter Boys In Love?  Awesome news, the designer friend who did those is now selling awesome queer disability pride shirts!  We're planning on buying the purple one with the pink 'disability pride' letters.

Also there's a sale going for about nine more hours, so snatch one on the cheap!

Woo, T-shirts!

--Sneak and Mori

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Sep. 15th, 2017 10:04 pm
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 I have a purring cat in my lap and a lot of good fiction in my life. I finished A Fisherman of the Inland Sea and really enjoyed it. It's cool to learn a little more about the "Hainish" setting. The titular story was amazing, and so was "Dancing to Ganam". 

Also Sparkly is sending me fic recommendations, and this updated so of course I'm having all the feelings in the world. Sparkly is still in Jacksonville and still doing well.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 02:25 pm
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fyi: if you had access but have not granted access back to me, i have removed your access to my dreamwidth. if you want to be added back, just add me and pm me and i'll readd you. i think i also added back everyone who i hadn't added back yet (SORRY!!!!!)

Everyday stuff

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:05 pm
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 Sparkly is busy but doing well. The only news I got from em today is that part of eir group got split off and sent to Miami instead. 

I've started looking at apartments again. There are plenty of good prospects, but I need to talk to Sparkly in detail about exactly how much we can afford, because I don't know exactly what some of eir expenses are.

Tomorrow's to-dos include taking out the trash and actually getting more toilet paper.

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Sep. 13th, 2017 10:05 pm
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 Sparkly is well. Today I went to the grocery store mainly for toilet paper, and ended up getting everything on the list except the toilet paper. But I did get some work-work and some housework done, and now Zinfandel-cat is sitting on me and purring, so things are pretty good. 

Back from Texas!

Sep. 13th, 2017 02:29 pm
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Hello all!  As you can see, we've returned from our trip, and it wasn't as bad as Mori feared.  We're rather tired, but I'll give the quick sum-up!
  • The con went very well.  The entire trip cost us less than thirty dollars, thanks to Rogan selling well.  Huzzah!
  • We took all the photographs we needed of our childhood neighborhood, and I daresay we are now prepared for future comics set there.  Well done, dears! (However, we did not get to visit Candle Cave.  That's all right, Biff got a good hike, and regardless, we went in presuming it would be a bonus, not a given.)
  • We got to see some people of our past, including a couple high school friends, and Dr. Drag. (Dr. Drag was our first therapist, though we have not had that sort of relationship in years.  She has mentions on this blog, probably buried under the 'therapy' tag.) Their generosity allowed us to make this trip, and we are very grateful.
  • Rogan finished Alter Boys In Love, but due to the printer's website being broken on Mozilla and some truly peculiar requests regarding our formatting, we have not managed to finish the order.  We hope to complete that today.
  • Due to the intense work schedule, and the emotional challenge of returning to our hometown, Rogan has been worn out.  He will not be fronting for a bit, and Mori, Biff, Sneak, and I will manage things until he has rested up.

Thank you for your patience!
--Miranda

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Sep. 12th, 2017 10:45 pm
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Sparkly is in a hotel near Jacksonville, after a day of complicated logistics, getting eir group of 50-ish people and all their luggage, equipment and vehicles across the state. Ey is very pleased to have an actual room and an actual bed tonight.

I had a very calming day of captioning Bob Ross-esque how-to videos about watercolor painting.

I'm tired but all is well

Sep. 11th, 2017 11:34 pm
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Sparkly had an uneventful day in a big empty building that FEMA is using as a headquarters. Eir group might be sent somewhere else tomorrow, maybe to Jacksonville, ey doesn't know for sure yet. I did a decent amount of work and mostly cleaned up the kitchen.
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