dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (blackadder)
A career counselor told me last week that taking only one class a semester isn't enough. To show that I've got enough get-up-and-go I apparently need to be taking two classes on top of working full-time which didn't make much sense to me until I read an essay in Wayne Muller's Sabbath (text follows my thoughts on the subject).

I was struck by his description of desired human impulses under the gospel of mass consumption: "grasping, consumption, and desire". This is almost a word-for-word description of Mr. Scrooge before is epiphany. The ideal person in a consumer age does not help neighbors, does not reach out to support the community, and does not live gently on this world, but greedily and selfishly claws to the top of the pile shouting "to hell with all of you. I've got mine." 

And perhaps that metaphor took me away from my point. I'm trying to say that under the consumer worldview we're expected to be busy, busy, busy ... so busy that we don't have time to realize we have more than we need. As the economy turns, which it seems to be doing, more and more of us are busy but barely getting by and that's a shame. I wish I knew how to fix it, but I'm busy barely getting by.

The text comes from Wayne Muller's Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives:
Writing in the mid-1920's, during a time of great economic expansion, industrialist Walter Henderson Grimes lamented that it was "perfectly clear that the middle-class American already busy more than he needs." Grimes was sounding an alarm: he foresaw that the American citizen (not yet a "consumer"), with a long, proud history of self-sufficiency and support from family and neighbors, was in danger of becoming satisfied. Soon, men and women, having worked hard and long ... would realize they had just about all they really needed. They would realize that they could now rest together, happy and satisfied with their good and peaceful lives. .Horrified at this prospect, Grimes cautioned that "unless we have a greater outlet for our goods .. as manufacturing efficiency increases, there will be larger groups with too much leisure."

Leisure, of course, does not produce economic expansion. And so economic cheerleaders ... called for ... the "new economic gospel of consumption." But this new "gospel of consumption" met with some resistance, as most workers did not seem to desire new goods and services -- automobiles, appliances, and amusements -- as spontaneously as they did the old ones -- food, clothing, and shelter. And so, it took the dedicated efforts of investors, marketing experts, advertisers, and business leaders -- as well as the conspicuous and widely publicized spending examples set by the rich -- to fuel the drive to increased consumption.

With this strategic shift, the business community broke its historical concentration on increasing production -- whereby great technologies would free men and women from the sweat and toil of their labors -- and replaced it with a completely new and improved vision of progress: the Gospel of Mass Consumption. ...

Thus, intentionally or not, the free marketplace canonized grasping, consumption, and desire as the essential human impulses that would drive the machine of civilization.


Mar. 15th, 2019 11:18 pm
dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (blackadder)
Last week I took off from Wednesday through Friday, five days including the weekend, for my birthday. After four days of work, I was so frustrated, I called off today. For the first time in about half a year, I'm finally writing.

So to destress enough to write, I apparently need six days off from work or maybe that should be eight (to include this weekend) because if I had to go in tomorrow, I wouldn't be writing tonight.

AO3 meme

Mar. 14th, 2019 06:29 pm
dragonyphoenix: (Morticia)
 Rules: Go to your AO3 works page, expand all the filters, & answer the following questions!
I have 242 works on AO3.
Read more... )


Mar. 9th, 2019 11:37 am
dragonyphoenix: (raven)
Saw Captain Marvel last night. Loved it.

But now I want a Ms. Marvel movie (image of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel blowing a bubble-gum bubble below): 
Kamala Khan.jpg


Mar. 4th, 2019 12:13 am
dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (blackadder)
OK, I was dicussing a beta with someone recently. If it was you, let me know.
dragonyphoenix: Francine from Strangers in Paradise (Francine)

Hairyography calendar's image for my birthday month. Isn't it fab? 

dragonyphoenix: Katchoo from Strangers in Paradise (katchoo)
When I was growing up, Christianity was called "the good news". Apparently that's not a thing anymore, but now I'm picturing bunches of little Eeyore-like characters, knocking on doors and asking in a depressed tone, "Can I share this good news with you?" 

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dragonyphoenix: (Evil!Binky)
Ate a 14" pizza and cake for dinner. I really need a less crappy job.
dragonyphoenix: (Evil!Binky)
I woke up to find my roommate's car gone. I thought she was out running errands until I heard her step out of her room. She's reported it to the police.

edited 2/12: Police found the car. Mostly likely kids took it joyriding. She'll have it back soon. In the meantime, the couple she nannies for lent her their third car, the one she drives the kids aroundin.
dragonyphoenix: (Evil!Binky)
That's it. One more thing goes badly at work this week and I'm looking for a new job.

On the plus side, an appropriate topic for my Evil!Binky icon. ;-)
dragonyphoenix: Francine from Strangers in Paradise (Francine bliss)

As I was listening to the book Quiet, which discusses introverts, making the point that we live in a society that favors extroverts, I flashed on the most famous literary example of an extrovert society: Brave New World.

Shallow. Stagnant, by choice but still. Way too busy. Ugh!

dragonyphoenix: (xmas)

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
  1. I want to have at least one original fic published. I'm looking at Daily Science Fiction as a good place to start.
  2. Livable wage! I need a livable wage. I have a Computer Science degree and an will be taking Python 2 next semester so that's looking possible.
  3. I'd like to take a week off to relax and dive deeply into my stories. Ideally I'd take a vacation elsewhere but with my credit card debt I'd probably stay at home.
  4. Volunteer to help abandoned pets. I'm not sure about doing this one though because between work and school I became fairly well exhausted last semester. I don't want to bite off more than I can chew.
dragonyphoenix: (raven)

In your own space, talk about your creative process(es) — anything from the initial inspiration to how you feel after something’s done. Do you struggle with motivation or is it a smooth process? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to pull out when a fanwork isn’t cooperating? What is your level of planning to pantsing/winging it? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm definitely a panster. I get an idea and write without thinking about where the story is going. I then edit a number of times before posting. For the current story I'm writing / posting, In a Corner of My Soul, I wrote and edited the full story but am editing chapters before I post them. As I've been editing, I've been modifying the plot slightly so I'm not only editing for readability for adjusting for the plot changes as well.

One of my favorite techniques is to rewrite a sentence or small set of sentences multiple times. The exercise, as I first read it, is to rewrite an opening sentence, changing it in each iteration, 100 times. I generally find a sentence I'm happy with about 25 iterations in. This is a creativity technique. The more different ideas (or in this case writing variations) you come with, the more creative you are being. I've found it to be a very helpful technique. I first used it on the opening of On This Side of Goodbye. Of the openings I've writing, it's one of my favorites.

I also like to think about my story and work through plot issues while I'm walking.

dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (Default)

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

It's taken me a while to decide what I'd want. I'm not used to asking for things.
  1. I'm totally cool with anyone creating off of my fanfic. In fact, I'm pretty sure my Transformative Works Policy says something like "You want to play with my story? Do you need me to encourage you? I can totally encourage you!" It's part of the creative process, being inspired by each other, and I also feel that it's an incredible compliment. I know some people don't want others creating fanworks based on their fanfic, but I don't understand it. I'd like an explanation of the other point of view. Why would someone not want others to play with their stories? 
  2. Comments on my fanfic are always appreciated.
  3. I'd love to see a fanfic about Kitty Fantastico. But no killing the cat. I want a happy story. I'm so less than thrilled with the idiot who decided that Dawn had accidentally shot him (her?) with a crossbow. You didn't have to fill that hole. The mystery of what had happened to Kitty Fantastico would have been perfectly OK with me.

dragonyphoenix: (Frida and God)

Create a fanwork. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Apparently rec lists count and as I'm too tired to bang out a fic, rec list it is. I'm going with vids because it's been a while since I've rec'd videos.

First up, Laura Shapiro's
Transparent, an excellent Willow character study showing what excesses Willow, being the ignored little geeky girl, was driven to.

Brave New World. This summary is from Kaydeefalls' description: the Wishverse is pretty horrifying to begin with, but the really scary part to me is that question asked: "How do you know the other world is any better than this?" And is it really? Is Giles's leap of faith justified?

Polyesther's The Odd Couple takes the opening for old sitcom and made it about Giles and Spike. Delightful.

Only Restfield would come up with a love triangle between Angel, Buffy, and Mr. Gordo. I give you I Belong To You. ;-)

A Slayer in the TARDIS' Junkie: A Willow Rosenberg Character Study 'cause it's awesome.

Deird1's Robot Girlfriends looks at the BuffyBot and April. It's sort of funny but sad at the end. And I can't believe I'd never heard of the song "Barbie Girl' before this vid!

Opening titles to a Ripper spin-off. I'd have watched the hell out of that show.

Another fantastic Restfield vid, Saturday Night explores the events and regrets of Band Candy.

And something that's not Buffy, Thousand Eyes, a Nirvana in Fire fanvid.

Deck Us All With Boston Charlie, a fanvid of my Dad's favorite comic strip, Pogo!

And now we're in the Christmas zone! Dr. Who I Want an Alien for Christmas.

The song that sent me looking through my Christmas vids, a Parker / Hardison Leverage fanfic, The Only Thing I Get For Christmas.

Fringe Running Back to You.

Leaving the Christmas zone, last but most certainly not least is a Harry Potter parody of "Uptown Funk", Dark Lord Funk.

dragonyphoenix: (Morticia)

Commit an Act of Kindness. In your own space, share what you’ve done, talk about what you’ve done, or simply leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Since our assignments came out the on the 9th, I decided that my act of kindness would be that I'm a judge for the Headline Awards. However, while driving home this evening I was really excited to start reading in the categories I'll be judging and so now I'm thinking that GilesCandy is being truly kind by giving me something to look forward to in January and February (the coldest and most blah months of the year ... unless there's snow. I totally adore snow. So long as I don't have to drive in it.) 

dragonyphoenix: (i must squee!)

Day 8: In your own space, post self-recs for at least three fanworks that you created. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Apparently I'm supposed to be embarrassed about rec'cing my own fics? Not really, although picking through all my stories does make me wish I'd taken more time with a good number of them. And, all worksafe here.

Oh, But You're a Pretty Thing. BtVS Drabble. Angelus will follow Darla anywhere.

The Letters (the 84, Charing Cross Road Remix), a Snape/Anya story I wrote for the Circle of Friends remix, depicts a relationship in letters, e-mails, and wedding invitations.

One Zombie Two Zombie Red Zombie Dead Zombie. The BtVS episode "The Zeppo" if written by Dr. Seuss.

Marzipan, a Leverage fanfic, shows us Parkers first friend.

Sailing Towards the Dawn. Babylon 5. Dr. Franklin's hitchhiking days. He's running towards something, even if he doesnt' know it yet.

On This Side of Goodbye. BtVS. A Giles and Faith friendship fic.
This is the first time I tried a writing exercise: take your first sentence and rewrite it again and again and again. It did greatly improve the beginning of my story: 
The room, red and gold everywhere, looked like someone’s virgin kid was about to be debauched. For all that Big Al had ranted on about intentions being a heavy-duty deal for the ritual, the room he’d dumped them in wasn’t raising anything pure in Faith’s thoughts. Taking one look at the overly-stuffed velvet chairs, she decided to stand. Angel was sitting. Of course Angel was sitting. He’d been practically shitting guilt ever since he, or Twilight using his body, had killed Giles. Faith was sort of surprised he hadn’t found a bed of nails to lie on. “What is it with magic users and furniture?” She kicked at one of the chairs. “I’d rather be strung up on a rack than sit on this thing. Is it some sort of prereq for the job, never being comfortable again?”


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