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OKAY it is time to admit it.

I don't keep up with my flist very well at its current size! So I have not been friending people back. It's nothing personal, my flist is just of sufficient size, and I don't want it to get much bigger. So, pretty much, I am friends-only without a lot of friending-back happening. If I know you from RL or somewhere, leave a comment with who you are/where we've met and I will do my best.

You can get my all my fanfic at longsufferingly.
Hey all, I'm safe. I was at work and nowhere very near the marathon, and now I am at home with my brother and cats, who are also safe.

Feb. 14th, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Thanks for the v-gifts.

well, FINE

So I was going to do this post with a nice shiny NaNo winning image, but I guess you aren't allowed to win until November 25th? FINE, NANO, I SEE HOW IT IS, I WILL NOT USE A GRAPHIC.

Anyway, I owe a great debt of gratitude to Amtrak, whose Boston-to-Pittsfield train does not have WiFi, because I not only won NaNo, I actually finished my novel! I know I thought I would not be able to wrap it up, but it felt natural, and, idk. Obviously it still needs TONS OF WORK to be readable to anyone because this is 101,000 words that was written in a total of under 50 days, so, yeah. WHO KNOWS WHAT I WILL DO WITH IT. The important thing is I'm a winner. But not officially until November 25.

51300 / 50000

(Total novel: 101,439 words.)


Hey guys, I finally read Gunnerkrigg Court last week, and I want to remember to keep up with it! Does anyone know if there's a LJ comm or similar with posts? I guess a tumblr would work too.

Also, I am sick :( It is no fun. Hope everyone else's September involves less snot than mine.
If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.

— Alfred Hitchcock

When I write a story, what do you immediately look for?

Jul. 28th, 2011

Let the record show, in the event that LJ dies, that I am chash on DW and also longsufferingly for fanfic.

Jul. 22nd, 2011

1. I AM DONE WITH GRAD SCHOOL, WOO! Now I just need to pack so I can move back to Boston in a week. Pshaw, whatever, packing. There are fake animals I need to tend to! I have been neglecting them!
2. My dad has been self-publishing novels on Kindle, and he asked me to pimp them on my blog for him. Because he is a supportive father who reads my blog. So! You should take a gander at Nothing Matters: A Philosophical Romance and Revenge. He's a cool dude. He does cool stuff.
3. One of the cool things he's doing is going to pick up my new kitty today! I'm so excited. Nike seems less so, but it's so hot she doesn't want to move, so who knows.
4. I went to get milk at 9 a.m. this morning and the heat index was already at 104. Fuck you, weather.

a few general things

1. I've been following Shakesville's coverage of Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, and public pressure to go on a date with a Marine who asked her out on YouTube, and I find the coverage of it really icky. If Kunis wants to do this, that's great and more power to her, but I find the reporting on it really icky. The most succinct example of UGH NO BAD REPORTERS is over at Salon, where we have Lucky Marine scores date with Mila Kunis followed by Justin Timberlake asked out by YouTube Marine. Even the headlines gross me out a little, because in the second one you've got incredibly awkward passive voice (with no use of the verb "to be," somehow) to keep the (female) Marine from getting to be the subject and active party, and in the first it's all about the lucky (male) Marine who's going on a date.

First article: As sweet as I'm sure Kunis is, I really have to give credit to J.T. for not letting anyone brush off the question and essentially forcing Mila to make a public statement. He is like the world's best wingman. [emphasis mine]

Second article: Justin had better be ready to put his money where his mouth is, because Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, currently the only female serving at the Martial Arts Center for Excellence at Marine Corps Base Quantico, has made a video for J.T.

There's no gracious way for Justin to bow out of going to the ball with De Santis after promising Mila to another Marine.
[emphasis mine]

I really wanted to read these as some kind of criticism of Justin Timberlake's actions (because, honestly, just looking at them they seem like they're calling him out for being a dick), but after reading both articles, I couldn't come away with the sense that the author felt J.T. was acting wrongly. Also, why would he want to "bow out" of going to the ball? Isn't it awesome? Doesn't he have to do this for his country? I thought it was supposed to be something awesome he wanted to do for his country. I like how it's somehow come around to Justin Timberlake being pressured to say yes to something he might not want to do, which is terrible, because he was just trying to help a bro out! By pressuring Mila Kunis to say yes to something she might not want to do.


2. I find myself also grossed out by how Google is talking about the Google+ Psuedonym policy, mostly because they seem to be couching it entirely in terms of "this is for your own good!" Like they are there to teach me how I want to use the internet. If I am indeed using Google+ for making contact with real life people I know in the real world, then I want to associate it with my real name. Given the e-mail I am using for Google+ right now is my dedicated personal e-mail, which I use to contact people I would not mind finding out about my fannish activities, that is not what I am looking for! I am signed up using the name I go by in these circles (and, in fact, the name my parents and brother call me), and am completely recognizable to the people I want to recognize me (and some I don't, but whatever, internet!).

I know how I want to use your service, Google+ (in as much as I want to use it, which is not that much! I'm mostly just always curious about these things). You do not actually know what is best for me, so stop couching things in terms of what I will benefit from most. It's what you want. Own it.
One of the Sporcle quizzes today is Name every episode of Supernatural! Last time I played this quiz, it was in the user-made section, it only went halfway through season four and I got all of them. This time, I only got 98/126, although there are some I can't believe I missed. But I'm really shitty on seasons five and six, so I'm not surprised.

Jun. 24th, 2011

I'm always a little confused when I hear people talking about being taught that marriage is between a man and a woman--it's something so far outside of my childhood experience I almost can't understand it.

The truth is, I don't think anyone ever taught me anything about marriage. I knew that my parents were married; I knew that my friends' parents were married. I knew that when people were unmarried, it was called getting a divorce.

But as far as I know, no one in my life ever sat me down and defined marriage for me. I learned everything by osmosis. I never heard that it was between a man and a woman.

What I learned was this:

I was eight, and in summer camp, and the other kids were making fun of a boy I didn't like. They were calling him gay, and I was too.My dad picked me up, and I was babbling, like kids do, saying the kid was gay and stupid and sucked.

My dad stopped the car. He turned to me and said, "Chash, do you know what gay means?"

I didn't.

He said, "If you're gay, it means you like people of the same sex. There's nothing wrong with it, and it's nothing to be ashamed of, and I never want to hear you using that word like that again."

That's what I remember my parents teaching me, and I am glad every day that they did.

Thanks, New York ♥

Livejournal does creepy shit; news at 11.

If you haven't looked at this post, check it out! LJ is now adding IP-based city and country information if you have IP logging enabled. Which basically means that if you have IP logging on, instead of just seeing ([IP address]) after someone's user name, you see ([Country], [City] / [IP address]). It's super duper creepy! Also, if you turn it off, it doesn't go away retroactively--that is, anywhere you have ever commented that logged IPs now has this information, and even if the user turns off the IP logging address, it remains. I do know this for certain! Because I turned off IP logging at longsufferingly, and I still see all the old IPs I logged. Which makes me feel like a huge fucking creeper. THANKS, LJ.

Anyway, just a head's up. I'm all for LOTS OF COMPLAINTS in the hope that this will go away. Ugh.
I made a terrible comm for ironic and unironic squee about Chad Michael Murray's new graphic novel, guys. I can't promise it will ever have anything like content, but I can promise my unrelenting enthusiasm for whatever the fuck will happen in that graphic novel.

omgeverlastomg :Dd
Hey guys, if you feel like doing something nice for me for my birthday, you can go over here, register, and vote for my friend juice817 in this contest! You can vote every day! It takes like two seconds to register, and it would be super awesome if she made the top twenty, because then she would get a chance to play a part in the American Gods anniversary audio book.

Anyway, yes! Vote! For my birthday.

sure, why not!

Leave the name of a character/person from a fandom you know I'm in, and I will tell you--

* How I FEEEEEL about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon
Hey guys, just a heads up--I rarely get anon comments on this account, but I've been getting some anonymous spam comments about enlarging my penis on old public entries, so anon commenting is turned off for the moment!
[Yuletide letter will go here.]

A WEEK LATER AND I REALIZED THERE IS STILL NOTHING HERE check back on Tuesday if you are looking ♥ But in general hi and I am excited and I don't even know what I will put that is not in the details. I like cute and fluffy things.