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December 1st, 2016

11:18 pm

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November 30th, 2016

08:58 pm

Wanted to get this up tonight, but I am feeling nasty sick, so no run-downs on the squares. Will edit tomorrow, possibly.

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November 20th, 2016

10:03 am - Happy birthday to me!
You guys. I'm twenty-eight today, you guys. How did this happen??

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November 14th, 2016

12:52 pm

(Oop, deleted this post when I went to edit my cut. Lucky thing I still had the page open-- thank goodness for compulsive tab-opening, I guess!)

I started a new personal project over the last week or so and I've come upon a conundrum on top of a few other issues already holding me back. Basically, what I'm doing is, "If I were to reboot this property from my childhood, how would I do it?" with a dash of, "How would I pitch this?" thrown in for flavor.

So far, it's been fun! I can't be quite as in-depth as I'd like because I haven't seen the show I'm "rebooting" in full in so long-- which wouldn't be a big deal except a) Hal's bluescreen issues keep me from sitting down to do a rewatch and b) Hal's bluescreen issues plus my phone's weird memory management problems make researching the wiki tedious-- but I've still enjoyed myself. Coming up with character profiles that stay true to the characters (at least as I understand them at present) while dropping elements I don't like and/or expanding on minor points that I do like has been probably my favorite part, nearly matched by working out the different interpersonal arrangements. Granted, I say that without having gotten very far into the actual story elements yet, never mind into the story details.

And that's where I've stumbled over my biggest problem. No, not the fact that I'm reluctant to do even a first draft before I can do my rewatch (which won't be happening until the end of the month, when I... *closes eyes, grits teeth, sucks in a breath* get... a new... laptop...). Obviously that is a problem, but I'm intending to push ahead with the plotting anyway based on my own memory and what I can glean from the wiki. The biggest problem I'm facing is actually what comes after that-- namely, how I want to write it.

Like I said above, what I'm working on is a personalized reboot. What I didn't specify above is that I decided to undertake this with the base idea that I'd be rebooting a cartoon as a comic. The cartoon in question is part of a larger brand whose comic rights are currently owned (at least in part) by a major publisher currently focusing on a reboot of other branches of said brand. The "How would I pitch this?" part of the project was based largely on what I've seen in those comics and what I know of them as a publisher. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I suppose I was intending to approach any actual writing, if I got that far, as though I was putting together comic scripts.

Only, well. Again, I've had a lot of fun putting these ideas together. I anticipate having more fun once I've got more complete information to work from and I can go on to developing more polished drafts. In that vein, I'd kind of really like to eventually pour this into a fanfiction-- either one big mega-story or a series, I haven't gotten that far. A form of writing (ie prose) that I'm more familiar with and something I can share as a fully realized vision (whereas scripts would be only frameworks, of course). A rather lofty idea for someone who's never finished a multichapter story, I know, but a fun idea nonetheless.

Back over to the hand holding the script idea is where I begin to get quite silly. Because I can't help but imagine-- suppose I did approach this as though I was really putting together scripts for a comic series and suppose I actually did pitch it some day? An even loftier idea for someone who's never finished a multichapter story, I know, but. Still a very fun one, indeed. And it would remain only a lofty but fun idea, except I keep teasing out the nuggets of plausibility. I mean, sure, the company doesn't accept unsolicited submissions and I have no in with the industry nor even any professional writing credits, so they'd be unlikely to accept me even if I was in position to pitch to them currently. But who says I have to be ready currently, or even very soon? Everyone has to start somewhere, right? If this is something I really want and am willing to put effort into, I can polish my product as I work my way in and up and impose myself on their radar. And a transformative work like this does speak to my strengths and experience, which is all the more hope that I can one day present something they're interested in. Plus, hey-- this is a branch of the brand that's often (frankly unfairly) overlooked by the higher-ups. If there's any licensed work I would ever want to be part of that I'm most likely to get my own way about things, this is it.

This is where we go back to the other hand, the one pawing at the fanfiction idea. Because if I'm holding onto this idea for years-- and I will be, if I decide I'm going to try to pitch it professionally-- I'm going to be getting attached to it. And that means getting attached to elements that possibly, even probably, will not be allowed on the table even if I do get a green light. Which is something I'd hope I would be used to by that time, but which is very unappealing in the here and now, when I could write it as a fanfiction and tell it however I want. With whatever elements I want to keep or leave. You know what I mean?

To top all this off, whatever I pick is gonna have to be what I have to stick with, more or less, or I'll burn myself out. Once I start imagining things in words or images, that's about it. My brain is very difficult to flip from one to the other.

So, yeah, there's my personal problem for the day. How are you guys doing? Any big decisions you've been struggling with?

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10:43 am
Hal is going through a cycle of bluescreens and automatic repair attempts unusually long even by the current standard... I really hope he can hold out for Black Friday.

Update: The automatic repair has frozen.

Further Update: He's working pretty steadily now, no idea how long it'll last...

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November 12th, 2016

11:39 am
There's no longer any avoiding it. Hal is going to have to be replaced :(

He's put up a good fight, but his current run of issues appear to be physical in nature and taking him in for repairs in his current state would be problematic at best. Plus he's old enough that he's already difficult to get any but the most basic functionality out of.

So, he's going to remain with me as my primary laptop until I can take advantage of some Black Friday or maybe Cyber Monday deal. I've not done much digging yet into the currently available ads. Largely because it feels insensitive to shop for a new laptop on my dying laptop. Partly also because he can hardly go five minutes without bluescreening most of the time anymore.

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November 9th, 2016

10:52 am
I've never been so ashamed of my country. Even if Clinton had managed to pull ahead in the end-- I kept telling myself even as my despair was eating itself that the Cubs squeaked it out in the tenth inning-- I'd still have been more ashamed than I've ever been of my country. Trump should never have made it this far. He certainly never should've made it this far against Clinton, whatever else you might think of her. And, no, I'm not soothed one iota by knowing that Mike "funerals for fetuses, shock treatment for queer kids" Pence is going to be the power behind the throne.

These are going to be bad times. Republican-controlled White House, House and Senate, soon to be a Republican-controlled Supreme Court. A lot of progress is going to be rolled back. A lot of people are going to be in danger. It's not the end, though, I know that. There were victories won last night and they shouldn't be overlooked even if they are overshadowed by losses. This has rightly exhausted a lot of people, but it's rightly encouraged a lot of people to fight too. There are people already coming together and offering each other support. I feel... bent. But not broken.

Send some positivity my way if you can spare it, please, guys. I'd appreciate it. I hope everyone is okay and taking care of themselves today.

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November 6th, 2016

12:13 pm
I hate the moment of realizing something is lost. You know what I mean? Going to dig something out of wherever it is you know you put it away, only it's not there. It's not where you've blissfully believed all this time that it was, it's not even around there. And you don't know where else it would be, because you've Known With Absolute Certainty, perhaps for months, that it was right there whenever you needed it again. Except... it's not.

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November 3rd, 2016

10:31 pm - Magikarp Bag
Hey, guys! I didn't forget about this post, I've just been basking in Cubs feelings all day, haha. On that note, who wants to buy me some overpriced World Champion Cubs merch? Eh? Ehhh?

... Yeah, I figured. Anyway! On to the real reason why you're here. I mentioned before that I misplaced the materials I originally intended to use as the drawstring-- either a length of yellow yarn or yellow ribbon. The loss of my yarn is especially worrisome as we're talking about almost an entire seven-ounce skein. My intention was to purchase new material at work, but I decided against the ribbon and also decided I didn't want to buy a whole new skein of yarn for the use of about a forearm's length. So, I took a gamble that paid off-- my skein of yarn is still missing, but I clipped a long enough length of yellow yarn off the bag pieces to use as the drawstring.

AT LAST, MY CREATION IS COMPLETED! The pattern I used is this one, if anyone is so inclined. Now, without further ado: Behold:

[Image: Handmade crochet drawstring bag shaped like the Pokémon Magikarp. It's pretty stinking cute.]

I was going to include process photos also, but forgot to take any. I had several paragraphs written about putting it together, but Hal crashed and the autosave feature is a dirty lie apparently :,D

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