Pot Luck II: Net Access; Endings And Beginnings

Net Access: I have some! Finally. Long story short: always write down your ridiculously complex/utterly random network password in your best handwriting, and make sure your numbers do not look like letters. Your guests will thank you from the bottom of their hearts.

Endings And Beginnings: I’m not going to make DSP’s Higher Learning anthology’s deadline. On the one hand, that’s fine — I’m not entirely sure that they’d take my story (not enough college-y content) and I’ve been waiting for an ending to present itself to me, which it hasn’t. On the other, I’m disappointed, because it’s a sort of failure. I could present an itemized list, complete with graphic examples, of the factors that brought me to this point, but in the end it all boils down to the fact that I didn’t do the work.

I’m not entirely sure if I’m going to make the deadline for Mr. Plakcy’s Sexy Sailor call, either; again, it’s the ending that’s tripping me up. The characters and the story are just kind of standing around, being mopey, and I can’t figure out how to poke them with a stick to make them get a move on. Again, part of that’s my fault–the story presented itself to me with the twin themes of the quick and the dead–but it’s not easy to write a character who, when nudged, says “Look, I’m not interested in much of anything right now. Talk to me later, okay?”

On the other hand, I’ve started a couple of things–a seriously random thing involving dragons, and a couple of less-random things for a couple of different sub calls. Also, I am considering starting something new (yes, yes, I know) involving naga. I don’t have anything more concrete than that, at the moment. I’ver already written about a humanoid squid, how much weirder can it be to write about half-human/half-snakes? (Yeah, I know about the reproductive systems of (certain) snakes. I have to admit that that’s part of why I’ve only got a gauzy sort of impulse hanging around in the back of my head, at the moment.)

And now I should go away to write. That would be good…

Pot Luck: Comment Policy; Other People’s Stories; WIPs

Comment Policy: I have WordPress set up so that each new commenter has to register and then have their first comment approved — but once that happens, you can comment all you like. While I may get a bit cross about certain topics (punctuation, people making assumptions about why I do certain things, etc.), I have committed to a policy of allowing pretty much any and all comments unless they are A) laden with vile language/insults or B) revealing personal info about myself or others (phone number, address, shoe size). That means that yes, your first comment can be about how I’m an idiot for feeling possessive about my ellipses, and I will approve it.

Other People’s Stories: Reesa and Michelle will be releasing a new Slipstream short sometime in the near future. Huzzah!

Works In Progress: I may miss the deadline for at least one of the sub calls I’ve been working on. (I did just double-check, however, and discovered that it’s later than I thought it was.) For reasons that don’t need exploring at this juncture, I’m not getting much work done on anything — and it drives me crazy. On the other hand, I do finally have an appointment to get my hair cut, so there is that.

Free Samples For Everyone! Eventually.

A request for another story like my Hot Summer Days Story, though with “real boys” and a Happily Ever After, got me to thinking that I should really put up samples/excerpts of my stuff so that people can see what they’re likely to get. So, I’ll be doing that, soonishly.

In the meantime, the in-between time, here’s a completely random snippet of Ezekiel and Justinian, inspired by and using words from The Word Museum: Some Of The Most Unusual Words Ever Forgotten. This is all the context I have, other than “set some time after the first thing I wrote featuring them”, so it’s all I can give you.

Ezekiel raised his brows at Justinian’s state of undress. “Looking to go a-clicketing, my handsome dog-fox?”

“Dog-fox?” Justinian made a face at him, then lifted his chin in the direction of the window, through which an expanse of hayfield could be seen. “It is bunting time, isn’t it?”

He laughed, delightedly, closing the distance between them. “What happened to my easily-scandalized scribe?”

“You can still scandalize me,” Justinian said, sounding puzzled.

“But you’re the one suggesting we go out and make love in the grass,” Ezekiel said, slipping an arm around Justinian’s waist so he could pinch the younger man.

“I said no such thing.” Justinian did his best to sound both wounded and diginified, though he looked askance at the pinch. “I simply pointed out that it is the traditional time of year to go courting.”

“You’d rather be courted? Ah! I don’t know if I can remember how.” Ezekiel gave him a squeeze, only half joking. Justinian hadn’t needed courting, at least not that he could tell.

“Or at least asked politely if I’d like to go out for a stroll,” Justinian said, raising his brows and gently slipping away from the other man.

“Well, all right, I can manage that.” Ezekiel took a half-step back, dropped to one knee, and held his hands out. “Dearest Justinian, would you grace me with the honor of your presence whilst I stroll along the lanes and byways of the county?”

Justinian shook his head and took Ezekiel’s hands, pulling at him. “As if I’d refuse. Get up, will you?”

Firefox Vs. Tumblr

Does anyone else have this issue? I go to save an image file from Tumblr in Firefox, and instead of saving it as whatever the extension in the URL is (.gif, .png, .jpg), it wants me to save it as an HTML document. It doesn’t seem to happen anywhere else (LiveJournal, for example), and it drives me crazy.

Also not keen on the whole Tumblrize-plugin-not-working thing, either. *Pokes things*