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"You can't archive on tumblr, can't find anything later, and it takes to serious discussion rather like airplanes take to lakes: Sure, it can be done, but even when it works, it's pretty damned obvious to everyone that it's not how things were intended to happen."


Jo/e's health
12 May 2017 (Friday)

Jo/e had a nasty health scare this week when he ended up in a Baltimore hospital overnight because of chest pains accompanied by a brief blackout. Things are going to be touch-and-go till Jo/e explores with a cardiologist what happened, so I have my cell phone turned on all the time now. (Usually the tiny number of calls I get - from Jo/e or from doctors' offices - go straight to voicemail. If you don't understand the previous sentence, just ask an introvert to explain.)

The good news is that, earlier on the same day, Jo/e saw a migraine specialist who thinks she has identified why he's been having migraines on two days out of three for months now, and she thinks she can clear up the problem. It's a relief living with Jo/e, because he makes me feel so healthy by comparison.

13 May 2017 (Saturday)

I spent much of the week editing. I currently have seventeen stories/novels (somewhere over half a million words) in the editing pipeline. That's a lot more than I'd like, considering how many stories I'm adding to the editing pipeline this year. I can do light editing and proofreading every day when I'm eating, but it's difficult carving out time to do heavy editing - the sort of editing that requires two hands free to do lots of typing.

Writing, editing, and day job
18 May 2017 (Thursday)

My Muse is getting downright stubborn about not releasing new wordage to me, so I've placed the Three Lands novel I'm currently working on ("Death Mask") on the publication schedule for early next year. Giving myself a deadline usually alarms my Muse enough that he chokes up the story.

I'm almost finished editing June's new story, so I think I'm going to have enough time to prepare the multiformat editions of all the Three Lands novels, which has been on my schedule for a while now. After that, I need to get started with the difficult and no doubt time-consuming editing of July's new story . . . plus I need to find the props for my new Life Prison volume covers, which have gone missing in my cluttered apartment.

In other news, I've finally managed to get back on track with my day job preparations. I only have two jobs left before my launch - preparing the client contract and preparing the website - but I've been saying that for weeks now. My hypomania has a lot to answer for.

Social networking, Internet addiction, and Dreamwidth
19 May 2017 (Friday)

I've been giving thought to my total lack of a social life. (Which is not a new problem. I just discovered that this blog, which has been in existence for a decade, has no tag for "friends.") There's not much I can do about the offline problem, given the conjunction of my introversion, my phone phobia, my hypomania (which is heavily triggered by face-to-face conversations with strangers), my likely audible processing disorder, my decision to live in a rural small town, and my lack of more than half an hour a day to devote to socializing. During the decades I lived in Greenbelt as an adult, I made not a single friend in that town despite the fact that I spent my childhood in Greenbelt. I think that's proof enough that offline making of friends is not in my skill set.

However, even with my Internet addiction continuing to rage, there ought to be some way in which I can meet people online. I've done so in the past.

Paradoxically, I made way more friends online during the days of relatively small e-mail lists. This has led me to conclude that my current problem is that I'm spreading myself too thin. I've been trying to meet people at Dreamwidth, at LiveJournal, at Tumblr, at Twitter, at Facebook, at Goodreads . . . I'm spending too little time in any given social network to get to know anyone well, yet when all of those network visits are added together, they're a time sink. Plus, my Internet addiction likes all this network-hopping way too much.

So I've decided to concentrate my efforts on getting to know people at Dreamwidth. This seems like a good moment to do so, since there's a new wave of people arriving here. (*Plots AU where Dreamwidth staffers hack the LiveJournal terms of service to drive everyone away from LJ and onto DW.*) Dreamwidth shouldn't be too much of a time sink if I stick to the posts on my Reading pages. Staying within Dreamwidth will also make it easier for me to control my Internet addiction; I can simply take Dreamwidth off the whitelist of my iPod Touch any time my addiction starts to go out of control.

Now if I could just figure out how to keep control of myself when I go onto my laptop.

Writing and wordage
20 May 2017 (Saturday)

My Muse is back, but instead of working on my current project, "Death Mask," he keeps chasing after other Three Lands novels. This problem, which dates back to when I started writing the Three Lands series in 1995, is why The Three Lands is scheduled to have twelve volumes, not counting the short fiction. (Mind you, when the Lieutenant wants to be written about, it's hard to say no.)

Wordage continues to be wow. My average annual wordage since 2005 has been 111,801. It's late May, and my current wordage for this year is 110,424.

Date: 2017-05-22 05:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
It may just be age, but I don't care for Twitter and cannot for the life of me figure out how to do anything with Tumblr. My social media motto is "Facebook for breadth, Dreamwidth for depth." Plus a couple of other blog sites to give me news-with-analysis, so that I have some idea of what's happening without driving myself into PTSD.

Date: 2017-05-22 09:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] musicman
I tend to hermit way more than I should.

I think there are occasional munches up your way? You don't have to actually spend much money to attend one, just order a beverage.

But that won't break the ice for you. The downside of socializing is rather like the downside of writing, or doing chores, or going to the doctor - you have to work at it.

Date: 2017-05-22 10:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] musicman
I should come visit you and Jo/e!

I understand your wheelchair comparison. I consider my own social attempts similar to walking with a walker. It's a disability I don't like, and I try not to enable the disability, but I keep missing out on sociableness I could maybe enjoy if I'd only attend the things I say I'll attend.

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