February 29th, 2008

Dear Buddha

Friday!

Administration
Happy birthday to fmh!

Happy early birthday to ivymcallister and my birthday buddies ladyseaand shugenja, who advance a year over the weekend!

*moves her token to 34*

Medical
The bulk of the snot goblins' occupation has shifted to my head. There are some holdouts clogging and rattling around and harrumphing in my lungs, still. But I am functional.

Party!
One amendment: As felisdemenswon't be doing the scavenger hunt, Elayna and I will split up and each join one of the other teams. I'll let her choose.

Shayara
Wrote what could be a decent intro and am getting feedback. Artists, please get me stuff as soon as you can - I want to launch on Sunday, and my weekend will be busy as hell, so I'd love to put up as much as I can in advance!

WisCon
I will be attending my first WisCon this year! Who here's going?

More on Rape Culture
Just have to draw your attention to one more thing - David & Goliath t-shirt that says "NO MEANS NO (well maybe if I'm drunk)". Bloody hell, y'all.Check it out here,and I urge you to write to David & Goliath telling that this is not freakin' funny.

Link Soup
* Oooh.More Evangelion?
* Strange phenomena.
* Elegant skyscrapers.

Daily Science
NIDCD researchers believe that they have identified the cognitive neural substrate of jazz improvisation...It was found that the improvised condition was characterized by reduced activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain thought to be involved in the planning, organization and execution of behaviours. The implication is that deactivation activity in this area underlies the spontaneity required for the musicians' improvisation.

Friday memage!
Wearing: Am half asleep in Tigger pajamas.
Reading: Metrophage, by Richard Kadrey; Overdo$ed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine by John Abramson
Elayna is Reading:Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Writing: essay, "Flying Lessons" (the March WTD - outlining it), Shayara. February has been mega crunch time so far as writing goes. March will be significantly less crazymaking.
Plans
Oh, crap, dude. Writing stuff. Finishing the tidying. Getting whoever shows up here first to take me food shopping. Bacchanalia, scavenger hunt, et cetera

Note: If you want custom Wyrding Studios work, e-mail kythryne AT wyrdingstudios.com so she'll bring the right stuff! She's not bringing the whole inventory.

ZOMG birthday.
Body Count - by sforzie

'song and writing

I started writing as therapy in fifth grade; I submitted something for the first time in late November 2007.

Yeah, there's a big gap there. :)

When I was but a wee traumatized thing, writing wasn't "what I want to do when I grew" up - that came later. (I was going to be a ballerina, dammit.) At first,it was something I had to do do get my therapist off my back. I wouldn't talk to her - so she made me write. Oh, about anything. So I wrote about spaceships piloted through black holes by telepaths, wrote horror stories about girls with the names of flowers, postapocalyptic dystopias and fucked-up fairytales. And yes,I still have all of this. And yes,it all sucks. I was a kid, okay?

I started to write Shayara after a suicide attempt when I was 16. I was in the ICU, and they would allow me nothing but a legal pad and pen. No TV, no books. Pad and pen.

I continued it for years...

Then the rape. Then seven years of post-traumatic writers' block.

And then I was jolted out of the block by the possibility of writing Shayara as a comic - and chased that dream for another six years, with an artist who was ultimately just not committed to it. I have a few nice character portraits out of that partnership, and an eight-page story that appeared in Shooting Star Comics Anthology #6. And...I'd been waiting around for six years, just idly tossing out scenes to entertain the LJ audience.

Losing my artist threw me for a loop. I had to completely change the way I approached my story. You can't come to grips with that in a weekend, dude. So to get myself out of the "I'm writing a comic. No, really I am!" mindset, I decided to write a piece of short fiction every day of November, based on reader prompts.

Well.

That worked. :)

So, rather than being a writer waiting for an artist, as I was for years, I am a writer rediscovering myself. New worlds almost daily.

Someone asked in response to a Wind Tunnel Dreams post why I haven't Been Published. Well, it's because I just started trying. Can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket! That first thing I submitted was accepted, and will be published by Electric Velocipede in November. I'm submitting more stuff. I am no longer waiting.
  • Current Music
    Carbon Leaf - The War Was In Color
Knowing is half the battle

eek. eek. eek.

So I just set off the smoke alarm - candle burning clear through its holder.

But the thing is, with my sensory issues - I couldn't parse it.

The sound was sudden and completely overwhelming, and it paralyzed me. Which does not speak well for my ability to respond in the event of an actual fire. A wall of sonic shrieking pinned me to my seat, and I could not map it to anything in my experience. Is that coming from my computer? Illogically, I unplugged the printer and closed my laptop. Still shrieking. Turned around, shaking, and noticed the little plume of smoke coming from the candle. Blew it out. Looked up at the shrieking alarm. Completely unable to figure out what to do. Turn it off? No non-wheeled chairs nearby. I ran around the house. Open a window? No windows near there. Spotted a chair, carried it over - and the shrieking stopped.

What I find worrisome here is the amount of time it took for me to connect the sound with its fairly obvious source, being so completely overwhelmed that I could not move at first, and the inability to push through the klaxon to reason out a way to make it stop. I do not like my sensory issues. I do not like them, Sam I Am.

I guess this helps with the continual mapping of the brain damage.
  • Current Mood
    distressed distressed
Hearth

Quick Shayara thing

Hey, kids! Want to be an artist?

Check out the various Shayara storybits scattered around here. See something you like? Draw it! Make it! Art will be featured on Shayara.com...

More details soon - just wanted to catch y'all's attention before you leave the office for the weekend!
  • Current Music
    Flogging Molly - Another Bag of Bricks