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[Amanda]:

Amanda wrote:

Well, today wasn’t too bad. I got stuck on express lane all day long, which sucked of course, but my sick friend was back today, and not sick anymore. 🙂 I missed him. He looks tired but otherwise is all right, which makes me happy. We talked about books a lot and he got to leave work before I did, the little punk. *grin* Got to see a couple of my other friends too, and pass on some of the gifts I won as prizes for raising money for the MDA, (I got 3rd place for raising $447 dollars) which was nice. I like spoiling my friends and giving them things.

I was pretty exhausted when I got home but after some good dinner and time loafing on the couch, I decided to go out for a walk in the rain. (That’s my twisted logic for you. Feel tired? Go for an hour long walk! Uphill!) It was fabulous. Unfortunately I think I must have pulled something in my right leg because it REALLY started hurting about mid-walk, and I had to cut things a little short, but I still had a good time. I probably looked like a crazy person with my hoodie on, splashing through puddles rescuing earthworms, listening to my iPod and not appearing to care that I was getting absolutely soaked, (I looked as though I’d had a nice long shower by the time I got home) but I don’t care. It was perfect, and I felt a lot better/less depressed afterwards.

Sometimes I tell people at work (customers and employees both) that I like to walk in the rain, and they fritter about it and think I’m nuts, but I don’t care about that, either. Sure, it’s unusual, and sometimes a little dangerous, but that’s what makes it worth doing. If you can’t appreciate that, it’s your loss, not mine. I’ll do as I please and get away with it, just like I always have. ^_~ (It’s one of the perks of being made entirely of Awesome.) Besides. Every now and then, you meet someone of a like mind, and that can be a lot of fun.

And with that, I now have to drag my tired, achy self to bed so I can prepare for my massive eight hour shift tomorrow. Let’s all give a quick w00t for money and seeing friends for more than thirty minutes.

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[Amanda]: Yes, I’m still here! (head go asplode-ey now)

Amanda wrote:

I wonder how many times I’ve used that old Baldur’s Gate quote as a title. Hm.

Anyway. I’m in the middle of procrastinating on a story I’m supposed to be writing, so this will be short by necessity. I’m also in somewhat of a tempestuous mood tonight, so that’s not helping much either. Which is funny, since yesterday was absolutely perfect. Seriously. From beginning to end, it was glorious. I’m not entirely sure why, it was just one of those rare days when absolutely everything was just right. And I enjoyed it immensely, I don’t mind telling you. Up until the point where I got the news that a friend of mine is sick again and has been admitted to the hospital once again. That’s the second time in as many months. I’m not happy. In fact, I’m well and truly pissed off about it, if I’m honest. Mostly because I know there’s not a damn thing I can do to fix any of it. I’m going to go see him if I can, but I’m at a loss for action all over again. So yeah. Trying to keep myself distracted and at the same time I can’t seem to think of anything else. Not much I can do but hope for the best, offer my limited abilities where needed…if they’re needed…

Everything else has been pretty good besides that, though. Last Wednesday I got a cute new haircut. I like it a lot. On Saturday I went to Ripley’s Aquarium with the family. It was fun, especially since we made a lot of stops at different places along the way. We even found a Starbucks and mom and I got ourselves some green tea shakers while dad looked confused. 🙂 I’m hopelessly addicted, what can I say. I think I’m probably going to drink those things until Starbucks either stops carrying them, or I keel over dead from old age. Funny how many friends that one drink has made me. It’s always the little things, isn’t it?

Writing isn’t going so great. Yeah, I’m being brutally honest. I haven’t been doing it. Tonight I am, but this is the first time I’ve actually sat down to write and do nothing else for several days. I think it’s OK, though. I’m young, and I can tell that right now I’m in the middle of a portion of my life that’s going to result in a really good story someday. Problem is, I have to experience it first. Everything else that happens in the meantime is just sort of a filler for the time that story is ready to be told. Not saying what I write now will be meaningless crap, but it’s not going to be as good as that future story is going to be. Don’t ask me how I know any of this, because I don’t have any facts. Just sort of an intuitive guess, if you will. What happens between now and then, (whenever “then” is) is just a way to keep my skills honed. Practice. I realized tonight, though, that I do need to wait a little. Experience as much as I can. This is all going somewhere important but I can’t rush it.

While I wait for my Moment of Amazing Inspiration, (capitalized because every bone in my body has a sarcastic chip in it somewhere) I’ve been reading like crazy. I went to the library exactly six days ago and I’ve already finished two full length novels and am nearly halfway done with “Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It’s been truly fun doing so much reading, and I can’t tell you what a relief it was to get some real books back in my life. I’ve realized that my personal library seriously needs to grow the fuck up. It’s full of a bunch of childish, half rate fantasy novels that don’t interest me anymore. Some stuff is good, (Sherlock Holmes is good no matter what age you are) but I’ve changed a lot in the past six months and my books need to reflect that. This probably makes me sound like a seriously disturbed serial killer in the making or something, but I was literally bouncing with glee at the prospect of reading James Patterson’s novel “1st to Die” because it had been entirely too long since I’d read something with gruesome, bloody murders and sex scenes in it. Yeah, I’m weird. I’m dealing with it. Good book, btw.

I’ve also discovered the beauty of the evening walk. Not only are my nightly sojourns around the neighborhood helping my muscle tone, (I may have lost weight since starting my new job, but that doesn’t mean I’m actually in shape) but they’ve sort of become like therapy for me. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed them, and now I look forward to them all day long. I even take them after work. Decided I was tired of sitting on the couch complaining about how tired I was. To deal with this, I got off my ass and went for a walk. I know my logic is kind of twisted but it actually worked out well. I have more energy and it helps me work out all those little kinks that make me so cranky in a day, which is doing a lot for familial harmony. Huzzah.

Yeah. So much for a short entry. =P I’m going to go back to trying not to think about my friend writing now.

Funny, isn’t it, how when I get sad, I get angry too. Yeah. Hilarious.

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[Graham]: More photography than writing

Graham wrote:

I’ve just noticed that the photography category on this blog has 105 entries and the writing category has 130 (including this post). For a blog that’s supposed to be primarily about writing that’s not so good. I’ll have to do more writing to make sure that photography doesn’t take over.

That means that I can’t use photography as a means of procrastination. Hmm… 

Categories: blogging i should be writing photography procrastination writing

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[Amanda]: Back again

Amanda wrote:

Well, if any of you have been wondering where I am, I got sick. Yes, AGAIN. Gah. Though I think this time it might have been more allergy than germ related, since I contracted my “illness” on Wednesday and I’m already feeling pretty much back to normal. (Though my voice still sounds like crap) Regardless, I’ve been out of the online world since about Wednesday. My evil 37 hour week is finally over and I’ll be working a mere six and a half hours on this likely-to-be-insane Easter Sunday. Yay. I’ve got a lot of days off this week so maybe that will help me catch up with all the things I’ve been putting off (*coughwriting&voiceworkforJustincoughhack;*) and also give me some time to relax and hopefully keep from burning out on my job completely. Dunno what I’m going to do about next week, though. We’ll see…one crazy part of me is half considering throwing open the floodgates on my schedule and going full time just to have something different to do, but I doubt with my “limited availability” they’ll like that suggestion. Something to think about, though. I would like more money, especially since I’ve been saving up for a laptop for almost a month now and I’ve still only got about $750…(I really am excited to get a laptop, though, because I think it will vastly improve my writing productivity, not to mention my online presence. In fact, I’m sure it will be a good thing for me all the way around.)

Anyway. I’d better get upstairs before mom finishes making pancakes, and also I should probably make some attempt at getting ready for work this morning. =P

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[Graham]: Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Rest in Peace

Graham wrote:

From BBC News:

British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90…

Sir Arthur’s vivid – and detailed – descriptions of space shuttles, super-computers and rapid communications systems were enjoyed by millions of readers around the world.

He was the author of more than 100 fiction and non-fiction books, and his writings are credited by many observers with giving science fiction – a genre often accused of veering towards the fantastical – a human and practical face.

I think there are few writers that I could name who have been more influential on my own worldview than Arthur C. Clarke. Although his writing has never really influenced mine – I tend to write in a different strand of his genre if at all – it did instil into me some basic rigours of the rule of writing: Be truthful, within your own universe; once you’ve set the rules for yourself, don’t break them and, most importantly of all, Science Fiction is about the people, not the science. The science is incidental.

I remember a line from his book of essays, Greetings, Carbon-based Bipeds!, specifically from his epitaph to Isaac Asimov. It went something like this:

I once introduced Isaac to a dinner by saying “Ladies and gentlemen, there is only one Isaac Asimov.” Well now there is no Isaac Asimov and the world is a poorer place for it.

I think that you could pretty much use his own words to describe how a lot of science fiction readers and writers feel right now.

And so one of the greats of our age passes into history. But, as always, his legacy remains.

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[Amanda]:

Amanda wrote:

Episode #27 of DRS has been successfully recorded and by recorded I mean we now have even more material for that bloopers reel we’re eventually going to do. 🙂 In all seriousness, though, it was a good show, despite any bullshitting that may have occurred beforehand…

As for me, I’m dreading this week. I’m working 37 hours and a good majority of those are probably going to be on the express lane from hell. Today was an absolutely glorious day off, but that doesn’t change the fact that I now have to go to bed and try and sleep with the knowledge that I’m going to be up at 7am tomorrow bleary-eyed and cranky just so I can go stand around in an empty grocery store on sore knees and twiddle my thumbs for eight hours. Yeah. Maybe I can convince them to let me go outside and push carts or something, so I’ll be too exhausted to care that I’m wasting valuable hours of my young life doing absolutely nothing amazing. XP

Anyway. I’ve still go laundry to fold and it’s cold down here. Good night, world.

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