November 21st, 2007

Let's Experiment

Odin's Day

Reflux issues are such that I really ought to see a doctor.

Wind Tunnel Dreams
Thanks to new sponsor jenstclair!

The total raised so far, for those playing at home = $887.50. This is looking fairly sustainable. I can't do this all the time - would burn out like whoa! - but I could do one a week, maybe, and keep the tip jar out.

And... now I'm wondering if I can hit $1,000. *speculative look* Ten days, ten Dreams. I'm hoping for a burst of sponsorship at the end, when y'all can see that I pulled it off.

Do you know how hard it is to jump into a new universe every day, find a story, give it to you, and (for the most part) not suck? I'm doin' a high-wire act over here. Feels good, but also a bit stressy, because I don't want to drop the ball.

As mentioned to feste_sylvain this morning, one of the things the new format of Shayara allows me to do is to tell the amount of story that wants to be told in one sitting. There's stuff that I could never fit in 22 pages, but that has to be told all in a chunk - the Purges. The battle that closes Act II. With the illuminated-manuscript-on-the-web model, I can do this.

I barely slept last night. So I'm going to try to do that. Other plans today = library, Porter Exchange, and picking up the turkey.
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Random life bits

* Max is doing well. He's being verra snuggly this morning. Both him and Jack, really - typical after me spending a night away. They're used to snuggling with me at night.

* Gwyn is still sleeping - I think Diesel really tested her activity level yesterday. :(

* I'm practicing The Rape Speech at a crisis center meeting on Monday. Which means I have to write and polish it this weekend. Volunteers to listen welcome. The big day, my first speaking engagement, is a Take Back the Night rally a week from tomorrow. I'm nervous. (That is an understatement.) I've done public speaking, but mostly about comics and blogging. I've never stood up and told something so personal to a room or quad full of people.

* Spooky will be here! That was in question til yesterday.

* Thanksgiving - I'm doing turkey, mushroom stuffing, sweet potatoes, steamed green beans, rolls, and cranberry sauce; stuffed mushrooms and molasses cookies; pumpkin pie and chocolate bourbon cake. Other people are bringing a salad, glazed carrots, apple-quince pie and "some kind of vegetable side dish", mashed potatoes, an unspecified mushroom dish, and who knows what else? If anyone is still wondering what to bring, a corn dish would not be amiss; Gwyn likes corn. Either way, we will not go hungry. If you have musical instruments, bring them. :)

* s00j concert - if you RSVPed, you got an e-mail from me this morning. If you intend to come and didn't get an e-mail from me, please let me know!

* I need to start the cleaning and clearing today. If I don't, it'll be a mad last-minute rush and everything will get stuffed in my office again, and then I'll spend the next month sorting crap out again.

* I bought my return-from-Florida ticket. Was tossing around a lot of post-Christmas ideas and destinations, but what it ultimately came down to was that flying back with Adam was $100, and flying back any time from then to December 5 was $300. So. No writing retreat for 'song. *shrug* Can't have it all.

* I would like to remember what it's like to not be sick all the time, and to not react to new physical issues with the deer-in-the-headlights reflex.

* Wind Tunnel Dreams is teaching me a hell of a lot about how I write - my reflexes, my mental defaults. Every day I challenge them, and I'm fascinated by the process and by the variety of directions my writerbrain's spinning in. Lots of analysis. Expect a big post about this at the end of the month. (This may interest no one but me, but hey - my LJ!)

* My cat is being cute. I must snuggle him now.
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