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actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, July 22-23: It's halfway over before we've quite begun talking about it
2017-07-22 13:55 MDT

The blockade schedule is very slim this week. One on each English-speaking ocean starting at noon today, and then a last little tussle on Emerald at a quarter to four. (And when I say "English-speaking ocean" I am not including Obsidian. I think there are . . . .

actually writing blog: no crashy-burny for THIS fictionette; also, how the sausage gets made
2017-07-21 23:47 MDT

The bad news is, yes I got sick again. Or discovered I'm still sick, and that Thursday was just a day off from being sick because the universe is merciful or because it likes a good joke or maybe just because I took a 12-hour Sudafed at exactly the right t . . . .

actually writing blog: that's it, no more crashy-burny for you (you don't even LIKE crashy-burny, what the hell is wrong with you)
2017-07-20 23:34 MDT

So it turned out to be just 24-hour sinus drama. Went to bed sniffly and feeling crappy, woke up before seven o'clock still sniffly but with boundless energy and well-being. It's confusing as hell, but I'll take it. I submitted three things to paying mark . . . .

actually writing blog: what is this fresh nonsense cut it out
2017-07-19 22:32 MDT

Well, I wasn't to know my sinuses were going to attack me today, was I? *sigh* Had to call in sick today, more or less. Got about a half day's work in, brain moving at half-speed the whole time. Got the daily stuff done--and congratulated myself for that a . . . .

actually writing blog: back to your regularly scheduled reality
2017-07-18 23:55 MDT

All right! I'm back. I'm back for reals. I took tonight off from practice so I could have time both to have a good, solid, full work day and take care of random errands and crap waiting for me after a weekend away. SUCCESS. For the most part, anyway. I was . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, July 15-16: Simon says it's time to place your starting bids
2017-07-15 10:37 MDT

Notable in today's blockade schedule is a triple attack by new(ish) flag Symonds Says on islands owned by Spoon Republic. This would be on the Emerald Ocean. Also on Emerald, Knockout invites all comers to invade their islands "in a friendly setting": W . . . .

actually writing blog: middle ground is where you make it
2017-07-14 00:03 MDT

Me, yesterday, re: Habitica: There is probably a middle ground between gaming the system and sabotaging one's own chances of success, but I haven't found it yet. Maybe I found it today. I went looking, anyway. To be more explicit: There is a small lis . . . .

actually writing blog: a brief note on the gamification of gamifications
2017-07-13 00:50 MDT

So here's my minor epiphany for the day: It is possible to check off all my Habitica Daily items, thus technically accomplishing "a perfect day," and still feel like I didn't really get anything done. This probably means I need to add more items to my Dail . . . .

actually writing blog: minor optimism at tired o'clock
2017-07-11 23:51 MDT

So I did spend a little time the other day looking at the notes from last year's novel brainstorming session. Got kind of excited about it all over again, like, yes, this is going to be a novel worth writing, and spending time with these characters will be . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, July 8-9: The (attempted) resurrection of Jade
2017-07-08 13:08 MDT

STOP THE PRESSES. There will be a blockade on the Jade Ocean this weekend! When? Sunday, July 9, 12 PM Pirate Time Where? Arco Ascalón Against whom? ˇVARGAS EL LOCO! Why? In another attempt to wake up Jade Ocean and encourage others to do the same They . . . .

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