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Yikes! I had a sufficiently complex morning that I completely forgot about posting. Sorry!

Topic of the week
I've been seeing a number of discussions around Dreamwidth about different ways people use social media, different customs (and how sometimes those are formed as ways to deal with a particular site's features or bugs.)

How do you use your Dreamwidth account? Has that changed over time? What's important to you? What do you not care so much about? And while we're at it, do you have a favourite feature you don't think enough people know about?

Not interested in that? As always, whatever other topics people want to talk about very welcome. Start a thread, see who joins in.

What I've been up to
Moving is exhausting! I got most of my kitchen unpacked last weekend, then fell over in a pit of exhaustion other than more or less keeping my head above water at work.

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )
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Welcome to a new calendar year!

I know I said I wasn't likely to manage a salon post today, because moving apartments, but then I woke up extra early, so here! Have a post. I'll be packing up my computer mid-morning, and then, y'know, busily pointing movers in the right directions. So I won't be around much today, but I'm sure we can all manage.

Topic of the week
Do you have traditions or superstitions about moving into a new place, or starting a new project, or basically anything new that happens sometimes?

(As always, whatever other topics people want to talk about very welcome. Start a thread, see who joins in.)

What I've been up to
Packing things. Also moving things and cleaning things. And training a new assistant at work. I am very much looking forward to being in my new place, as unpacking is much more satisfying for me.

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )

Yuletide writing

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 07:39 am
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I wrote The Stars Have Never Fallen, for the movie Agora which has had a small but very appreciative audience, which pleases me a lot.

(It bridges the time between the first half of the movie and the second half, for a prompt of 'how did Hypatia and Orestes get from the first half of the movie to the second half')

I was really hoping to do treats this year, but between the health issues from November, the "Okay, guess I'm moving now", and NaNoWriMo, I did not manage to do that. There's always next year!

(The writing part would have been fine, weirdly, or at least possibly, it was the canon review for the things I was eyeing that was more of a challenge.)
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Hello!

First, a (rather literal) housekeeping note: there will not be a salon post next Friday (January 4th), because I am moving apartments, and I will be doing all the things that need to happen last minute before the movers arrive in the morning. (And may in fact move my computer the night before...)

If all goes well on the moving front, I will try and get one up Friday evening or Saturday morning, but I may just skip a week.

Topic of the week
What's your preferred approach to a big project like moving. Lists? Categories of things you do? Breaking it down into small pieces? Running around with chaos?

What I've been up to
Packing things! I've also been in at work for three days (well, it'll be three days by the end of the day) this week, when basically no one else is, and I love this week because it's quiet, I get a lot done, and I get to go into the new calendar year feeling fairly caught up.

(I was out on vacation last week, and I cleaned my desk off before I left, so things even look organised. I am usually a 'organise by pile' person who tries to keep things looking neat with varying degrees of success.)

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
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I got two gifts, both for the Medieval Manuscript Illustrations fandom such as it is (look, Yuletide periodically brings out delightful things.) where the nominated characters involved barnacle geese, battle snails, and penis trees.

rosy as a flushed red apple skin (never been as sweet)
is an article for a class reading of the course The Medieval World. Part of an academic article on why penis trees disappeared from the European landscape, a selection of items from an exhibit catalog, and three stories from the Venerable Bede. (The names of the authors referenced in the work delight me, too.)

The Marvels of Whitby
is a brief correspondence between Brother John of Whitby and Brother Matthew of Abbotsbury, talking about what they have seen. Brother John wants to talk about, as the summary says, “the absolutely true and wonderous things he finds” and Brother Matthew wants to talk about bees. Multiple places in this one made me crack up laughing. Also, bees! Bees are not battle snails, but bees are pretty awesome!

I'll be sharing more recs down the road (I try to do it before authors are revealed), but y'know much reading to do first.

(This is the one day of the year where "Read" goes on my actual todo list as a task.)
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Hello! I am delighted this Friday, because I just launched a major project. (More in locked posts, I am glad to add basically anyone.)

Topic of the week
What do you enjoy about this time of year? (That could be religious celebrations, or the weather, or particular food, or whatever else it might be.)

Alternately, are you the sort of person to do new year's resolutions? Or make other changes in your life?

What I've been up to
I'm looking forward to my winter solstice celebrations (tonight, when I do the Up All Night vigil with The Cauldron (open to anyone with a free account on the forum)

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )
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This was my first year doing GYWO, and it's been a huge help to me. I committed to the 240 habit pledge, and found myself writing every day except the day I was too sick to sit up for more than 10 minutes.

For 2019, I'm pledging wordcount (350K which is less than I've done this year, but where I want my baseline average to be for words.)

The GYWO community (locked posts) are active, there's a variety of different things posted, and they do a great mix of information, resources, roundups of posts other places, and more. If you're looking to spend some time focusing on writing (and many kinds of writing count), I recommend it!


[img: notebook and pen on wooden desktop with "GYWO 2019"
printed in large white letters with a black shadow. under that,
"writing decathlon" in handwritten white letters with a black shadow.]
GetYourWordsOut: Year Eleven!
Pledges & Requirements | GYWO.net
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Yay, it's Friday. It's my last day of work for a bit (I'm taking next week off for the solstice, then have a three day work week, then another three day work week. Whee!)

Topic of the week
What do you do when things are up in the air and unsettled? What helps? What doesn't help? (And what do you find yourself doing anyway, and going "Oh, self....")

As always, any other topic welcome.

What I've been up to
I am not in fact moving apartments in my building. I am looking at other options. (This saga, such a saga.) Meanwhile, my life is in boxes, and the lack of information and lack of knowing what my life is going to look like in a month or two are getting to me. This is suboptimal.

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )
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Happy Friday! Welcome to this week's salon post.

I've picked up a few new people on my access lists (and Dreamwidth has seen a lot of people return or check the place out), so here's a quick intro to the salon post idea. (Want to do the same thing in your journal? That'd be awesome, and feel free to drop a note here.)

I started these as a way to get some cross-pollination going in conversations that was more "Hey, I know neat people" rather than a topic-focused community. I put up a post on Friday morning (East Coast time), and people hang out in comments.

There are some tips and house rules under the cut tags below, but basically, it's fine to talk about any topic you'd like (though keeping them Safe For Work is appreciated on my end.)

You don't have to talk about my prompt for the week, and it's definitely encouraged to ask people for ideas or recs or whatever on whatever topic you're poking at.

Topic of the week
Clearly, the topic for the week should be "What brought you to Dreamwidth" and/or "What's a feature or tip you think is nifty" or "What's a thing you're wondering about on the site?" (Support requests are great, but many people among my subscribers have been using the site a long time, and may have useful tips.)

I will also start a quick intros thread - there are a lot of fannish friending memes going around, but if you're looking for people interested in other topics, feel free to add your interests, and maybe find other folks.

What I've been up to
I am moving apartments within my building on short notice (in under two weeks) due to some ongoing heating and other issues. I will be spending my weekend with boxes. Whee?

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )
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Happy Friday!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
There is a comment by Janet's father, in [personal profile] pameladean's Tam Lin that one can be entirely ignorant of three periods in one's field, and still be a perfectly reasonable sort of professor.

I am, in fact, generally a lot more lousy about the period between 1780 and about 1910 than other points in Western history or literature.

Which leads me to a question...

For reasons tangentially related to my work (seriously, my job), I have been invited to a tea party celebrating Jane Austen's birth in mid-December. It has been a long time since I've read any Austen. (I'm pretty sure I went through Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Emma at various points around high school.)

Clearly, I should read or reread at least one book before this party, so as to make appropriate conversation. Tell me, oh, inestimable commenters, if you have a recommendation, or how you'd approach this question if you don't have a rec.

Or, y'know, talk about periods of history you have mostly ignored in favour of others, what you're up to, the amusements of your pets, and/or whatever else intrigues you at the moment.

What I've been up to
I won Nano! Go me. (Go everyone else who's made the attempt!) I still have too-much-heat issues in my apartment (boo).

House rules )
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Hello! For the US folks who do Thanksgiving, I hope you had a good one. For everyone, I hope it's a fabulous Friday.

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
I asked about this under lock about listening to music in research spaces (we had a researcher at work this week who loaded a YouTube playlist on the desktop we have for researchers.)

But now I'm curious about how you listen to stuff. Do you set up specific playlists (that you control?)

Do you listen to material selected by an algorithm (like a Pandora playlist that starts with a particular artist and spreads out from there?) Or something like Spotify's daily lists, that pick things like music you've listened to recently?

Do you listen to other sounds? (Someone on the poll mentioned MyNoise, which I also use periodically, which has a wide range of sounds running from environmental and white noise to some auto generated things with melodies that I find very refreshing when I want background noise but music is too unpredictable for my concentration.)

What I've been up to
Hired an assistant at work (she's not starting until January), had a short week due to Thanksgiving, spent a pleasant time having food with friends.

(My parents are British and raised in the UK respectively, so Thanksgiving is a holiday I do not have particular traditions for, and basically I go where people invite me to have nice food if they do, and stay home and enjoy a day off if they don't.)

House rules )
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Hello!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
People who live in the United States: US Thanksgiving is coming up. Do you have plans? Traditions you like? Things that are traditional you wish would stop? Need a place to vent about complicated family expectations?

People not in the US and people for whom US Thanksgiving is not a thing: I'd love to know about your favourite food-centered traditions. What's tasty? What's worth the effort? What isn't?

What I've been up to
Writing words for NaNo, and dealing with heating issues (too much heat, not too little) in my apartment, that mean I am severely underslept this week.

House rules )
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Hello!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
It's been a week! (besides the US politics, it has been a week of mildly tedious not at all dire medical appointments.)

What's going well for you? What are you looking forward to in the near future?

What I've been up to
Since last week, I had a great Samhain ritual with my witchy students, two medical appointments, the first conversation with other staff on a project I'm now sub-contracted to, and we're starting to interview for a part-time position we've been able to create because of that sub-contract. (All of which is very busy, but also good.)

I am continuing to NaNo, and while I'm not as far ahead on wordcount as I want to be (but not, y'know, behind!)

I'm planning on going to my first writein tomorrow, so that's exciting! And will, I hope, improve my wordcount.

House rules )
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Hello!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
Many many people are currently hard at work in the first days of Nanowrimo. Are you doing Nano? How's it going? Do you have any particular goals for this time around, other than "make more words happen"?

If you don't do Nano, do you do other projects like it - fanfic exchanges, Inktober, etc? What do you enjoy about them?

What I've been up to
This week is always wonky for me it - it's Samhain, it's the anniversary of my father's death just after midnight tonight, I'm doing Samhain ritual with my students tomorrow, I have prep to do for that and a (very routine) doctor's appointment this afternoon.

(Pause to return a call from my doctor's office. No, not doctor, she's out sick. Ok, that simplifies the afternoon, yay.)

I did words on Nano yesterday, I am pleased with where it's going, so that's good. (More in a comment.)

House rules )
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Here is a post. Feel free to make comments.

(I am low on spoons today, and not up for the set-up along with other stuff that needs doing.)
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Hello!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
It has started to be "everyone talking about planners" season, so - how do you keep track of stuff you need to do? Or plan ahead? Do you have a planner or app you really like? Tell us about it!

(As always, any topic welcome, if this is not one that you're into.)

What I've been up to
October is a week of presentations for me - brief one yesterday at a work meeting, one on Saturday in the Pagan community, one on the 23rd on campus history at a local library...

(I both like doing them and don't find them too tricky to prepare for, but they do take time. And three in a month is high for me.)

House rules )
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Yay! Hello, dear Yuletide author (and whoever else might be reading this.)

I love Yuletide, it’s one of the highlights of the year for me, seeing all the amazing stories and snippets and scenes and explorations people come up with. I’ve loved all my gifts so far, and I bet I’ll love yours, too.

Background and general notes )
Agatha Christie's Marple )
Rivers of London )
Sparrow Hill Road )
Society of Gentlemen - K.J. Charles )
Medieval manuscript illustrations )
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Happy October!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
Books! Do you have more than one going at a time? If so, how does that work for you? (Open to all formats: if it's a book, it counts for this question: print, audio, ebook, novel-length fanfic...)

What I've been up to
I got a CPAP machine this week, so there's been adjustment! (I'm actually doing pretty well with it after three nights, but "There is this thing on my face" is non-trivial to get used to.)

So on one hand, my sleep is probably better because more breathing, and on the other hand not as good because I'm still learning to deal with rolling over and the mask moving a little in the night, and my body is just sort of at "Um, not sure how I feel yet, try again later."

House rules )
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Hello!

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )

Topic of the week
Things are gearing up for the annual Yuletide small fandom fanfic exchange (they're processing nominations now, and requests will open the 10th of October).

Do you read fanfic? Write fanfic? Do Yuletide or other exchanges? (You can see past recs I've liked in this tag of mine.)

What I've been up to
This week has been a bit of a trudge - I had migraine issues until Wednesday night, my coworkers have been out sick (and I might be coming down with The Dire Plague, I can't tell yet.) So.

House rules )
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