Not Nanoing

Nov. 1st, 2014 09:36 am
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...because I have too much work to do on already committed projects.

That's pretty darn cool, actually.

So my commitment for the month is to do an equivalent amount of work each day on those projects.
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I have figured out how to link to already-existing passages.

It's very simple: just use the title of the already-existing passage as the link and Twine automatically understands you mean that passage. They could have said so somewhere. For people like me who have done minimal html or related work before.

edit: the preliminary work of putting everything already written into passages and creating the links between them actually seems to go pretty fast. What I'll do then is write the unwritten material, putting it into passages and creating links as I go, followed by re-creating the graphical material that was so stupid the first time around and expand on it for the material that hadn't been put in yet, and put it into the right kind of files to be located in the folder and linked to and/or embedded, and then! worry about text styles, special formatting (things like figuring out how to put the personhead by the livejournal names, for example -- oh, and the little twitter bird because chain's entries are being turned into tweets because he's more of a twitter guy I think and now I know how that works and did twitter even exist when I first wrote this? no!)

I don't have much of a plan for how to publish it, though. I think I should make all the files self-contained, as exciting as it would be to have external links, in case I decide to go the e-book route instead of the website route.

this is a between-other-projects project, though, so don't hold your breath. The three of you who remember "Bella and Chain." Even the title might change.
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I have downloaded Twine so I can hypertext Bella and Chain the way I have allways envisioned (and finish it). However, the instructions appear to be--well--missing might be the word for it. There's a wiki, but it is very broad and has no specifics in it, And there is a forum, but the questions people are dealing with are quite advanced,

Right now the questions I'm trying to answer are so basic:

1. How do I make a link to a previous passage (which may be on another branch[honestly, I have made this word up because the terminology list doesn't include this concept], or earlier in the same one)? I want to be able to link back to Nonyomni's threads from anywhere in the story so that if for example a person is following Bella's thread they can find a link to the passage where Nonyomni tells some background information about Harry Smith. But the instructions only tell you how to create a new passage to link to. Also I think maybe the passage has to be linked to from the same words as its title? There appears to be a way to code it so it displays a different title, which might solve that problem if I figure out the way to do this at all. It would seem like a pretty primary thing to do, though, right?

Also, I want people to be able to read the whole thing chronologically, or read each character's thread individually, or to follow other threads I will make for them.

2. How do I fix a broken link? I can't even figure out why these links are broken in the first place. I can find them because Twine kindly colors them red instead of blue. But when I try to fix the link I get a new passage instead. For now I'm copying the material into the new passage, but this is dumb. There has to be a way to just fix what I've got.

Also, this time around I'm going to make a thread of her own for Forager Girl, and highlight the growing friendship between Forager Girl and Bella.

Fake edit:with broken links I'm just deleting them entirely and redoing them. Cut and paste means it's not that time consuming, I wish I could see what's wrong with the links that are broken: I think I'm making them exactly as I do the others, and I can't see anything different about them.

I have now watched what tutorial videos there are and none of them have mentioned, that I could see, "and here is how you create a link to an existing passage."

in other writing work I did today: some few hundred words on the villain story, some tens of words on the gestational specialist story. And some record keeping. I seem to have submitted 132 thousand words this year, and the longest piece was 52 thousand.

on another front, I am in the last stages of making membrillo (quince paste). My quinces were not perfect, but the membrillo looks like it will be heavenly. What did I do? chopped it up fine,  cooked the chopped part till it was gooshy and pink and the cooking water was almost gone, ran it through a mill, cooked it again at low temperature stirring every 3 minutes (with a timer because otherwise it would surely burn) until it was half the size and sticky and would hold a shape more or less, and then made it into a rectangular cake on the silicone sheet  that came with the dehydrator, and now it is running in the dehydrator. I have no idea how long till it is a sturdy, solid coke of quinced paste.

I still have two giant quinces. I believe I will stew one of them with lamb or chicken and candy the other for Chrismas cakes.

on yet another front: I have to confront my neighbors, alas. I have come to the realization that their skunkweed smoking on the balcony isn't just annoying (when I say skunkweed, I am understating how nasty their dope smells), but it's making me ill. I hate to be the nasty old lady next door, but this is out of hand. It penetrates all the way across my house and I believe that the reason I couldn't get out of bed till noon yesterday was the effects of passive dope intake.

November

Oct. 29th, 2009 06:36 pm
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I've figured something out about my history. I've felt like an abject failure for several years. I made no headway in either of the fields I was trying to get somewhere in. I quit trying.

Thde thing was that I came to an impasse in both fields at once, but really I'm such a wuss that whenever I came to a difficult stretch in one of them, I would falter in my efforts in the other.

But now, I've totally tossed one of those -- school teaching -- in favor of another -- infants/patrent ed, in a family literacy program. I intend this to be my last job, if all goes as I hope it will. It's a thing I can do, and it doesn't entail any vicious profiteers telling me how to teach (and telling me the wrong things, things that actually harm students, things that ruin their lives: actually, not potentially), or principals that decide to make an example of me to scare the others, or whatever daned thing they were doing.

So.

I never stopped writing. I slowed down, and I dropped the goal of professional publication, choosing informal venues. (fictionpress is currently down, which frightens me) I've sent out some short stories, which get a better response than my novels, though I think I'm better at writing novels than short stories. But I'm not going to argue with the editors about that. If they prefer my shorts to my novels, that's what they'll get. My current strategy is to write short pieces for publication and novels for fun. Because novels are more fun for me, but short stories are not torture.

That being said, I'm doing November Novel Writing (I tried to call it what it's supposed to be called, but I tripped over all those syllables -- what are they, early Soviet era bureaucrats?). Of course, I'm cheating -- I'm taking up Bella and Chain again. I don't actually expect to finish it in November, since I am going to take some time to work out how to hypertext it the way I want to. I want the reader to be able to follow each of the journals -- Bella's, Chain's, and Anonymous Omniscient Observer's -- or to go through chronologically, or to hop around by keyword and crosslinks. I'm going to redo the artifacts I already made, and make more of them (things like the notes taken by the weird guy who comes to Harry Smith's bullshit talks, the newsletters of the bookstore, and some of the artwork done by Bella and Forager Girl). So naturally this is not really in the spirit of November Novelling. I suppose it's more like Novel in 90, but I don't promise to have it done in 90 days either. I won't start disclosing (advertising?) the locations of the new material until I'm fairly deep into it. The point of dpoing it is that I've wnated to do a hypertext novel for a really long time and I've never lost my affection for the characters of Bella and Chain. If you never saw my first awkward try at this, know this: the characters include a couple of fey found-object artists, a bike messenger who may have a supernatural nature, a dog named Monkey who is much more than he seems, some genial old men -- booksellers, artists -- who know what things mean, and of course,
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Does anybody know how to crosspost an entry in a regular account and a community account? I'm not thinking of spamming, I'm thinking of a literary use (Bella and Chain, again).

And while we're at it, I'd like a way to post entries in mass from the individual accounts to the community, in order to have it all there. I don't want to take down the individual accounts, I want both.
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the library is a long way from finished but we can move the desk thing back in it (two horizontal filing cabinets and a long piece of nice stained plywood). Today I made room for that and put more stuff away. And I made a clothing staging area for the nice fellow that does not involve putting clothes on the floor or on the cat's food.

And I weeded a little and watered. And I took Emma to the grocery stores. And I attempted to write, but instead I read up on Bella and Chain (see my profile for links to bellawheel, dchain, and nonyomni).

I will have a yard sale in two weeks and rent a truck to take the leftovers away. Or maybe borrow one.
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So now I know how financial aid for foreign medical schools works, and that's why we're taking out a loan on the house. Just for this year, so far, because we don't want to be paying on the rest of it for longer than we have to. Also because the interest rates on the Stafford loans are not much worse than we can get on the house.

I want to make a hypertext novel. Of course the best candidate for that is Bella and Chain, which is already hypertext, but I'm not returning to it until I have a first draft of A Suitable Lover and a final draft of The Conduit. (which might make a good hypertext novel too, and also might make a graphic novel if anybody wanted to draw a lot of hoboes and migrant workers, plus a Band of Scary Things from Beyond the Fields We Know)

I am so unfocussed.

Talked to the law student today. His anxiety levels are not going down. Nor is his intense feeling that he must beat out the competition or be doomed to perpetual failure (which is defined as making less than $100K a year. This boy grew up poor, by the way).

Yesterday was the Arboretum plant sale (and the Native Plants Society, in one spot). I bought:

salvia sinaloensis
salvia pink thing
another salvia
two ginormous salvias
leonotis
mimulus selection (deepish speckled orange)
australian thing kind of like a mimulus but different
piggyback plant (California streamside native. I must be crazy. I never water in August! but I'm going to put in a drip system, I swear)
2 iris douglasiana natural hybrids, essentially for the nice fellow

I have planted five of these in my front yard. The others go in the back over the next couple of days. Have to take advantage of the planting season (that is, the rainy season).

Yesterday was also the farmer's market, and I spent a whole heck of a lot of money getting everything I could imagine except chard, celery and turnips, which I think I will get anyway at the grocery store. food TMI, but nothing really gross )

Also, am I the last person in the world to discover Crystal Waters? Nice voice.

Goob

Sep. 17th, 2006 08:53 pm
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Rosemary had a brunch today. Her birthday is this week, her dog's birthday was last week, and she never had a housewarming party. I was so unorganized that I only brought some potato salad Frank made and a bottle of plum wine.

the horrible story behind the potato salad )

Rosemary's house is very close to McLaren Park in San Francisco, that is, it's in that area where the streets tend to be named after foreign capitals and so on. (why won't livejournal let me select text for cutting and pasting? What's up with that?)

I had a wonderful time, of course. It was for me like a family gathering is for other people. Most of the people were connected through my father and the old Suburban Palace collective, though others were connected in other similar ways. I got to see my baby great-niece and other youngster's I've known since they were but a wish and a promise. And Rosemary has a darling roommate, a kid who looks much younger than her 21 and has the cutest girly posters on the wall, you know, a little punk, a little Justin Timberlake, a little politics. The roommate has a sweet brindle miniature dachshund and adorable friends. They all wear those pants that sag off the but, with decorative underwear and three-inch belts, piercings, tattoos, cute little hairstyles, like a United Colors of Benetton ad -- they're even all somewhat dfferent colors, all alert, pleasant, vibrant.

And of course there was too much food.

long bit about Rosemary's neighbor )

I have a lot to say, here, which is why these cuts all over the place. You know what I wish? I wish that you could make it so that when you clicked on an lj-cut link you'd only see the extra text that pertains to that link, not the whole long version of the post. So that people could better choose how to read the post. Anyway, I seem to have discovered an allergy I did not have last week: one with potentially serious implications. I resent. I resent with both hands. I just spent over thirty dollars on various gourmet nut things to have for company and I don't think I can eat them.

the alarming story of the cashews )
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Bella and Chain is almost but not quite updated. I've update Bella through Dec. 8, and Chain too, and will be updating Nonyomni in a few moments. I have solved the technical difficulty of updating The Donor: Rosemary found my notebook with the chapter in it under an afghan here at my father's house, where I've been the last two days and will be until Tuesday. However, I have no FTP access in this house so no Terry and Jack and Eurick until probably after Christmas.
I saw my stepmother on Saturday. She's been moved to the rehabilitation center at Kaiser Hospital Vallejo, which is apparently the best rehab center in the country, and all because of unions and litigation. When the UMW (mineworkers) got their big black lung settlement, they shopped around for an institution to give money to to build a rehab center and they decided on Kaiser because it was the best deal they could get and Kaiser has good relations with unions anyway. So Moher's supposed to be there until abotu Jan.6, working six to eight hours a day every day on rehab stuff. Apparently she is doing very well for three weeks after a severe stroke. She can't do anythign with her right hand yet but she can move that shoulder, and similar with the right leg, but best of all she can talk quite a bit though her words will give out on her at the most frustrating times. Most characteristically, she laughs a lot.
also liked what I saw of Vallejo town, which is the first time I've driven around in it for probably forty years. It's a grimy industrial city, but it has a warm and inclusive atmosphere, meaning the signs of ethnicity are mixed up and people seemed friendly.
Because of all these things -- my father's pain and disability, Moher's stroke, Emma's problem, etc. etc., Christmas is starting to seem like a minor but persistent irritation. People on the nice fellow's side of the family are being really sweet and wanting to get together and maybe band together to do some volunteering as a family and I'm just overwhelmed because it's all this scheduling and negotiation and I can't think straight. Even though a large part of my time is spent sitting and waiting to be needed.
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Bella and Chain is almost but not quite updated. I've update Bella through Dec. 8, and Chain too, and will be updating Nonyomni in a few moments. I have solved the technical difficulty of updating The Donor: Rosemary found my notebook with the chapter in it under an afghan here at my father's house, where I've been the last two days and will be until Tuesday. However, I have no FTP access in this house so no Terry and Jack and Eurick until probably after Christmas.
I saw my stepmother on Saturday. She's been moved to the rehabilitation center at Kaiser Hospital Vallejo, which is apparently the best rehab center in the country, and all because of unions and litigation. When the UMW (mineworkers) got their big black lung settlement, they shopped around for an institution to give money to to build a rehab center and they decided on Kaiser because it was the best deal they could get and Kaiser has good relations with unions anyway. So Moher's supposed to be there until abotu Jan.6, working six to eight hours a day every day on rehab stuff. Apparently she is doing very well for three weeks after a severe stroke. She can't do anythign with her right hand yet but she can move that shoulder, and similar with the right leg, but best of all she can talk quite a bit though her words will give out on her at the most frustrating times. Most characteristically, she laughs a lot.
also liked what I saw of Vallejo town, which is the first time I've driven around in it for probably forty years. It's a grimy industrial city, but it has a warm and inclusive atmosphere, meaning the signs of ethnicity are mixed up and people seemed friendly.
Because of all these things -- my father's pain and disability, Moher's stroke, Emma's problem, etc. etc., Christmas is starting to seem like a minor but persistent irritation. People on the nice fellow's side of the family are being really sweet and wanting to get together and maybe band together to do some volunteering as a family and I'm just overwhelmed because it's all this scheduling and negotiation and I can't think straight. Even though a large part of my time is spent sitting and waiting to be needed.
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Livejournal doesn't like my links today but I can't find what's wrong with them. So to hell with it, read it as it is, or don't. If you can see what's wrong, tell me!

Okay, I've caught up the chapter view of Bella and Chain and also the livejournal pages for Chain,Nonyomni, and Bella to November 18. Now I'm back to being only a month behind.

This took hours. There's not just the six thousand words -- there's getting all the entries properly dated, and logging in and logging out repeatedly to get the comments in. Tagging. Coding the chapter view.

On other fronts, I don't know how, but my scale thinks I lost three pounds this weekend. I had expected to maybe lose one.

It's almost two and I'm not dressed. I did get up a little late, but mostly I've been working pretty hard on this. But I must admit, I did notice that Virtual Insanity updated a couple of his serials and I did go and read them. Warning: don't follow the link if you don't like gay romance with explicitness in it. But his work is really good on the story-telling front. I mean David Leavitt quality, but maybe even better because there's nothing academic about it.

For some reason, I can't enter Virtual Insanity's address as a link. Livejournal will not accept it no matter what I do to it. So here's his address -- sorry that it's a yahoo group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/storiesvi/
So anyway, updated, hungry, and tired of sitting.
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So here it is. There are four more chapters and I'm moving like molasses. I'm in a sort of slump in general, so slow updates on Bella and Chain. Probably because I've been coughing like crazy. It's reflux coughing, not asthma couching (lung capacity is fine) or infection coughing. I went out and bought a scale because I need some kind of feedback besides my erratic notetaking to let me know that I really am eating the whole lot less I think is essential for dealing with the reflux. In addition, I'm going to see the doctor and ask if it makes sense to switch medications again -- could the one I'm on have stopped working? It's really demoralizing, because TMI )

So my tree kept having more and more and more apples on it and I finally went and got some expensive English cider yeast and that very night we discovered we were finally just about out of apples. So I made more apple butter and I think I will make pie. And I will have to do something with the yeast so I'm going to buy several gallons of nice apple juice.

The apple butter is good. It was easy to do. And I've made notations in the relevant cookbook as to the changes I made -- less sugar, less ground spices, some orange juice and brandy. I don't understand this phenomenon. Other people use cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg in much higher quantities than I do and I don't get bland results. And I'm not supersensitive. I* just wonder what other factors there are?

So my keeping Nicky company in NAnoWriNoMo, only doing shorts, was a failure. I contracted for eight short stories and I produced one and most of one.

I'm still contemplating the end of the rain one.
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At last. Between being sick, working on other things, and charging up to the City a bunch, it's taken me forever. It has as close as I get to sexy in it, I think.

Later, some more Bella and Chain and then I have to do housework. When do I do shorts? I don't know.

Edited to add:
[livejournal.com profile] bellawheel and [livejournal.com profile] nonyomni have updated a little bit too.

No shorts.
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You know what? I think I didn't choose the best method of representing Hugo's bookstore newsletter. I laboriously made the newsletter and then copied it as an image and pout it up like that.

It would probably have been better all around if I'd done it as HTML in the first place.

Anyway I think it looks pretty good.
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I'm not doing nano, right? But I'm trying to keep Nicky Browne company with her month of shorts. Unfortunately I'm sick as a dog.

So far this month I have fallen behind on my Bella and Chain updates (five days behind! but I've written some of what hasn't been posted) and on my months of two shorts a week.

I wrote the first one, starting last Thursday and ending last Saturday. (my schedule is Monday and Thursday) The second one, which was not, as I thought, the cheating thing of going back to a half-finished one and finishing it, but a brand new one, needs a couple hundred words to finish. The third one I should start today but I won't. I promised to take Gloria to the IMAX in San Jose and I'm going to try not to break my promise though I'm sick as a dog. Yesterday I had a nightmare time in San Francisco, lost my car keys, drove home in my dad's car and thank dog! Frank is living with us and unemployed because he's taking my dad's car back to the City today and bringing back my car while I drive the nice fellow's car to Watsonville and San Jose and stuff. And I've committed to spending Mondays in the City helping Rosemary with my father.

So I think I'll finish that story tomorrow, and I'll do my Thursday story on the weekend.

But, Emma? I did get some reeds. The Scottish ones were $15.50, and they seemed hard though the desk clerks didn't know for sure, and I only got two. The Pakistani reeds seemed softer and were only $3.00 but they were twisted looking and not symmetrical and there were only five to choose from so I got only the very best looking one. So you have three reeds to choose from. And I know why Jay wants to use only the ones from his friend in LA. I could really see the difference. Your old reed was much nicer, more symmetrical, with a more gradual taper and a neater wrapping thread. So if none of those reeds work I'll talk to Jay.
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And I'm sick as a dog!

I was going to go see my father today. His cortisone shot didn't work and he's still largely immobilized and it's a drag for him. But I got him a good boirthday present and I think I'll take it to him early even though I'm going to see him on the very day (next Sunday).


I've sort of gotten myself into deep waters by agreeing to do two shorts a week for the rest of the month. But by dog I'll do it.

Tomorrow I'm cheating. I'm going to finish the vine tying story.
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I finished transcribing chapter sixteen of The Donor-- it will go up tomorrow.
I finished the story "Seven Little Men." I'll polish it down below 4.5K probably. I need to do an orgy of sending stories out.
I wrote today's, yesterday's, and tomorrow's bits for Bella and Chain. Besides the fact that it's almost midnight, the reason I'm not doing any posting until the morning is that I need to drastically fix bits in Bella and Chain and I want to be fresh for that.

We went to visit the animal shelter, I don't know why, and had an immense lunch at La Bruschetta in Felton. They don't call it La Bruschetta for nothing. They have a separate menu for bruschetta. They make a big deal of being Sicilian but the food was mostly not really unfamiliar. Though the nice fellow's sandwich had "ammogliu" sauce on it. That appears to be a typo for something that ends with an o but I am no wiser for googling other than that. Last week we went to a restaurant with cuisine from Puglia, where they seem to live on eggs and parsley.

Okay, here's a question for Anna or Anna -- in restaurants in Italy, do they try to grate cheese and crack pepper on every single plate anybody orders? With immense graters and grinders?

Or is that a USian Italian restaurant thing?

So I promised Nicky Browne or is it Matthews that I'd keep her month of short stories project company with two a week. Thursday and Monday. I am cheating this coming Monday with a piece that's half finished. Then I need six more ideas and while ideas are easy to come by not many of them are manageable as shorts.

And I ordered the soundtrack of "Everything is Il;luminated" for Gloria, who wanted to see the movie twice (we did), and whose taste in music appears to be as wide ranging as mine: but when I hit on KPIG she asks me to turn it up loud.
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The index page of Bella and Chain seriously needs to be fixed. And it will be. But I spent all day on it trying to get everything on it, and also have it look good and be functional, and finally I just put it up like that.

Here's how it's going to work. I'm only going to update the chapter view a little more often than once a month, but the journals will have something new in them every day -- maybe something small, maybe something large. Documents that are not in the jounrals -- such as the Open Book newsletters or Harry's things -- will appear at the website but they'll be linked to from nonyomni's journal. I'm going just now to check that the comments are enabled in the journals, so if you want to argue with somebody about something, it will be possible.

The other thing that's going to happen in a couple of minutes is I'm going to upload a few pictures. Some Halloween pictures and I'm not sure what else. Probably the plastic wrapped berry fields pictures. I was taking pictures all summer but I haven't loaded them. I will catch up, gradually.

I will still be transcribing and posting The Donor. It's all written, so that's not a distraction. And I haven't really given up on Afterwar.
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Well, there's been precipitation. The ground is wet every morning. But for it to be rain, there has to be .2 inch of measurable rain in a single event.

I have cleaned off my utterly embarrasing porch and I have begun to decorate it for the Big Event. I have also finally assembled this funny little workbench-vise thing that was given to Ted a long time ago. And I have washed the furnace intake filter (it's the kind you wash). I have discovered ripe compost in the newcompost heap. I ahve figured out why Chain's dog is called Monkey, and what the consequence of that is, and I think that makes Bella and Chain into a more fun story, though harder for me to write, because I have to figure out what happens to allow that consequence to happen.

It has been eleven months since I sent out The Conduit and I have still not heard a single word. I have followed up three times without any response and every time I decide to yank it and send it somewhere else somebody talks me out of it.

I'm going to make the nice fellow a nice breakfast now. He deserves it: he works and works and works.

I'm seeing behind the curtain again, and I don't like it, and I know some of the things I should do, but I don't like those things either.

Mostly, I should clean the mess behind the curtain. And pay the bills.
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Chapter sixteen is long, also.

I have figured out two things about Bella and Chain that I did not know before: the more or less true identity of the anonymous omniscient narrator, and the significance of the dog named Monkey (I know it's a dumb name, and I tried to get rid of it, but niw I'm glad I didn't, because as it turns out there's even an excuse for the dumb name).

I have alkso been bitten by another story -- of which I will only say this: why are Snow White's seven little men living in a secret house in the forest, and working in a mine nobody else knows about? I know. I know everything about them, I think. I also know that that deer heart the forester brought to Snow White's stepmother was not a deer heart. You know, "tier" in German means "animal." But that heart was only an animal heart if you think that people outside of your own tribe are not people but animals.

It's not a happy story, I don't think, but it might be fun in that way that (excuse me, James) Buffy stories can be fun.

All this, but I still don't know what's what with Afterwar. I had an idea the other day but I misplaced it.

on entirely other fronts, it did precipitate yesterday but not enough and the current storm at sea is not coming close enough either. So no First Flush for a while yet.

And another thing -- everybody go read Ruth Ozeki's All Over Creation. I may change my opinion after I finish it. But it sure does do culture clash, agricultural policy, and mother love pretty well.

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