lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
(Crossposting from my dA journal since Dreamwidth allows for anyone to reply)

One of the things I'd like to do this year is commission a picture of one of my characters. Probably either Tonya or Nyalla, and while I have text descriptions for both the place I always get stuck is visual references. Anyone have suggestions for more than just plugging keywords into Google Images? Or any magic sauce for doing that better? I'll probably grab pencil and paper try sketching out stuff, I could use the practice anyway, but yeah my skills haven't improved there since the last time I posted a drawing.

Likewise if there are publicly posted character profiles that you think are good models to follow, I'd be interested in those too.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)

What's that? Oh, hey, a new year has started!

Welcome to 2017

  • Looking back at 2016
    • Very few posts. I don't even have to click on a "Previous 20 entries" link to see posts from 2015.
    • I never even entered anything into my 2016 word count tracking spreadsheet. Oops. I did post a few short pieces so the word count is over zero.
    • Oh look, among everything else about 2016 it included my first car accident. Which thankfully included my insurance agreeing the other person was 100% at fault (speeding, ran a red light, ran on foot from the scene almost instantly; a good list of things not to do and also a list of things the other person did).
    • I continued the guitar lessons. I'm by no means ready to go out on stage or busk on a street corner but I am enjoying the lessons quite a bit.
  • Looking ahead at 2017
    • Definitely continuing with guitar. In fact I'm hoping to get to the point I'm comfortable recording something and posting it somewhere.
      • Towards this I've made a list of songs I'm going to concentrate on this year. They won't be all I work on but I am going to keep them in the forefront.
      • More deliberate practice. Or in other words looking for specific things to practice. For my list of songs there are particular sections I'm working on. I'm also working on improving the use of basic strumming patterns with my right hand and switching more smoothly between chords with my left hand.
    • Writing, so many things I want to write, in 2017 I'm going to knock the cobwebs off my writing and get back to it.
      • I'm pondering some sort of serial flash thing. Something which I aim at regularly adding small amounts to even if just as pump-priming and only for myself.
      • Complete a row or column on one of my writing bingo cards :)
      • I should consider doing some more "X Days of _" those can be both challenging and fun.
    • Languages: I want to do more learning languages and playing with them this year.
      • I've completed the Esperanto skill tree on DuoLingo this week. This by no means fluent now but it's further than I've made it in previous attempts at a language. I intend to spend January reviewing, reading, and working on that some more and then starting back up on Spanish or German come February.
    • Lose more weight. This is going to be a goal for a while and probably into 2018 but I'm going to make an effort to have progress on this goal again.
      • More physical activity! Calories burned > Calories consumed = weight loss
      • Eat better! I'm a picky eater. A very picky eater. That said I need to get more fiber into my diet, more vegetable matter in general.
    • Conventions: This is a big maybe for 2017. If I do go to any they'll be local and most likely without getting a hotel room since that would put a strain on my efforts towards the next bit below
    • Paying down debts: I've zeroed out one and might be able to zero out another by my birthday (hey kid version of me, look at how exciting being an adult is, paying off a debt as a present). I'm not feeling all that excited for the economy which makes getting rid of debt rather a good idea. I want to be in the position to have everything (other than the new*er* car, thank you again person who hit my car) paid off by the end of 2018. The nice thing is you can snowball this. When you get a debt paid off the money in the monthly budget that would have gone towards it can be shifted to increasing the payments on another.
      • But as mentioned on the conventions line above, this also requires keeping an eye on spending. Conventions can be expensive if you aren't careful.
    • Giving: That said, when I get the next debt paid off I think I'm going to increase my Patreon budget. Either increase a few of my existing pledges or add a few more.
    • Non-writing-or-guitar-arty-stuff:
      • Pondering picking up pencil again and doing some more sketching.
      • Likewise I want to fire up Inkscape again and do more vector stuff.
        • One thought is sketching ideas for possible pins and then taking the ideas I like best to Inkscape for cleaning up and coloring.
      • Also looking at the beading supplies I have and pondering...
      • I want to get back into worldbuilding. Worldbuilding is fun.
    • I also wanting to get back into RPing. Either in person or more likely online.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Copying this from elsewhere because typing with 1.75 hands is so much fun (I get to wear a so fashionable thumb & wrist splint until told otherwise)...
car accident inclosed under the cut... )
lilfluff: A fennec fox boy pencil and paper in hand, showing off what he has written. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Writing)
Title: Retired
Fandom/'verse: Random science fiction setting, follows Coup Warning & Reasons
Summary: Lind's coup hasn't gone totally unnoticed by the outside world
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 16 January 2015; Dark Horse
Triggers/Warnings: None that I see
Note: Trying something new, going to see if I can link all five of January's prompts
Words: 355 (of a target 270-330 words, so a tad over goal)

Gavreel woke up before the sun as every morning. He saw the flashing light on his communications console and rejected the call before fixing a breakfast of filtered water and reheated vegetable stew. The farm had its own needs and he didn't have time to waste on his old life.

After a morning breaking ground for a new patch of beans he came inside for more water and fried oat cakes. A few key presses got rid of the blinking light once more.Click here to continue reading... )

Fic: Awake

May. 11th, 2016 12:58 am
lilfluff: Pithani the student-librarian mouse from Mars Academy as a mad scientist. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Mad Science Pithani)
Fandom/'verse: Original
Prompter: [ profile] kunama_wolf
Triggers/Warnings: MC stuck in isolated space
Note: Response to [ profile] kunama_wolf's prompt and not where I originally thought I'd be going with this prompt. I think I'll want to return to this one later...
Words: 554

click here to continue... )
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Librarian Pithani)
It's been too long since the last prompt call so here is...

the Late April Early May Prompt Call

The theme: Alternatives

This prompt call's theme comes from [personal profile] rix_scaedu's suggestion, "If you have X, why do you need Y?" Feel free to interpret the theme as you wish, it should inspire you as well as inspiring me.

Prompts may be independent or draw on either of my uncompleted bingo cards:

The inevitable rules and guidelines:
  • I will pick a prompt from each prompter and write at least 100 words (seriously, I rarely write less than that, tiny flash is hard!). No guarantee of a full scene or story but prompts that catch my interest and inspire are likely to go further.

  • Fanfic prompts will likely be skipped in favor of others unless I'm familiar with the original.

  • Yes, prompts based on prior work of mine are quite welcome.

  • No porn requests please. A: I don't want to need to age-lock posts. B: You won't get much porn-with-plot in a few hundred words.

  • Each prompt should consist of:
    • A short sentence or phrase (and pointer to bingo card if drawing from one), and/or

    • A story or scene you'd like to see more of, and/or

    • A character you'd like to see more of

  • Prompts are free. (But I am open to paypal/word-count-bartering if you'd like to see more beyond the initial prompt response)

  • My out of date writing landing page

  • My writing tag to see previously posted work

  • (There is no ninth bullet point)

  • Bonus: I will add an extra hundred minimum words for prompters who haven't left prompts on previous prompt calls (minimum 200 words).

  • And I will do a second prompt for sharing a link to the prompt call.

  • There is no closing date at this time. When I pick a date to close the prompt call I will revise this page to list it here.

  • When the prompt call is closed I will add a note to that effect to the top of this entry.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
So I just looked and saw it's been quite a while since I did a prompt call. Pondering it for the last several minutes I decided I would first open up for prompt call themes. So far I have a few but I'm interested to see what all of you would be interested in.

* Ambition
* Delusions
* Family
* Hubris
* Playing Roles

And given that I'm requesting themes expect a new prompt call soon.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)

Day ten, on which I had visited Wikipedia again and ponder the realms of Tense, Aspect, and Mood&Modality. Also (probably) second to last of the posts involving already prepared material, which would make it the second to last where the numbering is even vaguely connected to the date. Next post hopefully cleaned up and posted later today.

Next post will also have more sentences and vocabulary. Yay sentences and vocabulary. Yay for up too late silliness. Er, right, insert the cut and past in text...

Langifying under the cut... )

lilfluff: Pithani the student-librarian mouse from Mars Academy as a mad scientist. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Mad Science Pithani)

Continuing my backlog of unposted days (which is rapidly running low)... As was pointed out in my prior post, Language + February also condenses to Languary, so word formation says I'm not late finishing Languary. (technically correct, the best kind of correct) Clicky here for conlangy goodness )

lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)

Here's day seven, which has been sitting on my laptop unposted. I have some more to post and then ack, Languary will slide into Langufeb. clicky here to continue reading )

lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)

(Or yikes I need to get stuff typed up and posted)

In Which I Add Some Diphthongs

Diphthongs, or as wikipedia tells us also called gliding vowels, were something I left for later on day three. Here are the put off decisions on dipthongs:

  • A full dipthong should be pronounced with the length of a long vowel.
  • A list of diphthongs (The "̯ " symbol says that the second vowel is not syllabic):
    • au /aʊ̯/ as in loud or lout
    • ai /aɪ̯/ as in high
    • ou /oʊ/ as in goat or code
    • ei /eɪ̯/ as in face or vein
    • ? /ʌɪ̯/ as in light
  • That ? is that I'm now trying to decide how to represent the ʌ, preferably with something that can be easily typed.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)

(Note: Hey, it turns out you can use markdown to format posts on Dreamwidth by simply making the very first line "!markdown". Now we'll find out how that shows up when crossposting...)

Languary 2016

Languary Day One

What's Languary?

click here to read more conlanging stuff )

lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Manually crossposting from my deviantart journal

Looking back at 2015 there were lows and highs:
  • I got a health wakeup call. Early in the year my doctor shared blood test results in which my numbers had generally improved in various categories. Then at my next visit my weight was up to a record high and my numbers were the worst I've had. Not good, especially considering family medical history. Since then I have been making an effort to reverse this. I have my weight back down to where it was in 2014 and I'm going to work to get it lower still. 
  • I enjoyed what may be my last conventions for a bit. In retrospect they really weren't good for my budget, even considering that I didn't get a hotel room for Phoenix ComiCon, just going to a convention means temptations to spend money at nearly every turn. Looking forward I just can't afford that in 2016.
  • Which brings up money in general. 2015 was not a good year economically. I have made essentially zero economic progress this past year. While I have reduced spending in some areas that's been matched by the car payments that started in 2014 (thank you once again for dying before I was ready Malibu, it will be some time before I even consider a GM car again) and the cost of guitar lessons. At least both of those have their perks. The new(er) car is nicer than the Malibu and I'm enjoying learning guitar.
  • One of my primary job tasks at work has pretty much evaporated. The good news is that work is seeing this as an opportunity for me to grow into new things rather than an opportunity to reduce their payroll expenses.
  • I got rid of a great deal of clutter at the tail end of 2014 and early this year. I opened up boxes that hadn't been touched since moving out of my parents home and got rid of a great many things. Old computers that hadn't been booted up for years, several disk boxes of 5 1/4 inch floppies as I haven't even seen a drive for those in years, and a great many books (I now have substantial store credit at the local used books and stuff store).
  • We changed the arrangement of the furniture in the apartment and the new layout *works*. Combined with decluttering the apartment feels much more spacious than before.
  • I poked at some setting creation but did less writing than in 2014. That said some of that poking may bare fruit in 2016.
  • I dropped Flight Rising for various reasons. For a bit that was taken up with the Marvel Puzzle Quest app, but I haven't been doing as much of that either. I didn't do any forum RPs that I can recall in 2015.
  • Had encounters with mortality, coworkers lost family and just this month saw the aftermath of a fatal car/pedestrian accident. Once more I am reminded that you should tell your friends and family that you care for them because you never know when they will be taken away.
  • Flubbed Trope Bingo. But... I haven't yet actually closed any of my bingo cards, anyone wants to leave a prompt for one feel free to do so.
  • Speaking of prompts, one of them put an interesting turn of evens into the Jayce & Izzy stories. Thanks Lyn! And thank you to everyone who left a writing prompt at a call.

Looking ahead to 2016:
  • I managed a bit over 62K words of fiction in 2015, down from a touch over 100K words in 2014. My word count goal for 2016 will be to beat 2015's word count.
  • Speaking of writing goals, in addition to word count I want at least one completed novella or some linked short stories. I have a few ideas percolating away...
  • Do some more prompt calls. I'm looking back at prior results and really like some of the results that came out of them.
  • I mentioned I'm taking guitar lessons, right? I've reached the point where the sounds I make are almost musical. :) I've also reached the point where if my budget forces me to drop my lessons I should still be able to make progress on my own. That said I think the guy I'm going to for lessons is worth the money. I plan to keep going this year.
  • I think I really need to find a supplemental source of income. Even a modest bit would do a lot to improve my budget. Lottery tickets don't count.
  • Slowly making changes to my diet. For instance I'm snacking on air popped pop corn while I write this instead of chocolate. Over 2016 I need to add in some other improvements.
  • I want to add in some more art, both sketching and digital. On the digital end Inkscape and Scribus for art and design and learning more HTML/CSS.
  • I think I might do another Seven Days of RPG Characters again. I did that in 2013 and it was fun. Created seven characters and a setting at the same time.
  • Speaking of RPs, get into a play-by-post or email RP again. I miss doing that.
  • I'm going to aim to also finish the Aldersprig & KC 30 Days of Flash Fic prompts (only 14 left).
  • Also I want to get back to Unquiet Past and finish it as well.
  • Run a 5K before the year is out. An official 5K race or simply going out and doing 5K. I think my one knee will probably be happier about this goal if I knock some more pounds off first.
  • And speaking of exercise, build up my arm strength enough to do a chin up again. Hey, another spot where taking some pounds off will help. :)
lilfluff: This is a foxish creature known as a vedrig from Tod Wills' (Djinni) webcomic Ekwara. (Vedrig with Butterfly)
I figure I've got two weight loss methods I can use:

1) Get kidnapped by evil aliens who put me to work in the microchip slave mines of Tau Ceti IV. Exposure there to the mysterious Chemical X will perfect my body as well as give me superpowers with which to defeat the evil aliens and return home. So far the aliens have declined to kidnap me. :(

2) Exercise more and eat less. Until I get the chance to implement method one I am giving this one a try. I'm down 14 pounds since September, so I guess it's an acceptable substitute until superpowers. :} I'm using a combination of Google Fit for step tracking & app linking, Runkeeper for outdoor activity tracking, a Withings scale for automated weight tracking and charts, and MyFitnessPal for tracking what I eat and calorie budgeting. Note, if you want to do the same I started one app at a time and made it a habit before adding the next. I am now predicted to reach goal weight in November 2016 if I maintain my current progress. So again, I suppose it's an acceptable standby until superpowers.

So why post this? A long way of saying, "Feel free to poke me from time to time and ask how I'm doing fitness-wise."
lilfluff: A fennec fox boy pencil and paper in hand, showing off what he has written. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Writing)
From [personal profile] aldersprig's post, who got it from [ profile] scribble_myname:

What it says on the tin: When you see this, post three lines from three wips you have

Click here to see my snippets )
lilfluff: A fennec fox boy pencil and paper in hand, showing off what he has written. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Writing)
Unexpected Baby
Fandom/'verse: Unnamed Colony, Pre-Western Civil War
Summary: Jayce from Family Politics and a few other short pieces, a few months later (ack! Old writing! Must resist urge to shred and rewrite!)
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig
Triggers/Warnings: MC has a slave, mention of spanking and implications worse has happened to others
Note: Overdue entry for Trope Bingo 2015 trope Accidental Baby Acquisition (Considering they're now taking entries for the next round of Trope Bingo it's way overdue). Came out longer than I expected.
Words: Thousandish words

Jayce closed his eyes and sighed. When he opened his eyes nothing had changed. It never worked even if he'd really hoped wishing would work this time. Giving up he called his Aunt Gladys's extension and watched the little candy striped disc spin while he waited for an answer.

Earlier at mid-day...

Great Aunt Gladys called him into her office then left him standing by her desk while she continued to sift through paper and computerized reports. When she finally waved towards the chair in front of her desk and invited him to sit the clock his augments kept in the corner of his vision said more than a quarter hour had passed.Continues under the cut... )
lilfluff: A fennec fox boy pencil and paper in hand, showing off what he has written. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Writing)
Way back in January I picked up a Trope Bingo card with high hopes of going on a flash writing spree... Then promptly wrote to anything but those bingo prompts. Oops. I'm pretty sure I'm past the entry period now but I'm not going to let that card go to waste... So it's the Unused Trope Bingo Card Revival Prompt Call!

The process is simple, below is a bingo card. Look over the squares and for a trope that catches your interest. Reply to the original post here on Dreamwidth or the crosspost on LiveJournal with a prompt involving that trope. Prompts can be fanfic for things I've shown an interest in, go with settings or stories I've previously posted, or stand on their own. I will then write at least 100 words towards the prompt. If I complete a row or column we all get to share a cheer. If the whole card is completed we get to share a bonus cheer.

Key for card indications: When I receive a prompt I will put the used trope in brackets (you can still prompt on it, but unprompted squares will get the writing time priority). If a square gets more than one prompt I will italicize that square's text. If for some reason I decide to stop taking prompts to a square I will set the text to be crossed out. When I write a response to a prompt I will put a link to the response in the square. I reserve the right to reject a prompt if I find that it is something that bothers me (never needed to do this so far -- that is not a challenge).

New: I haven't done this before but unexpected car expenses are unexpected and annoying... If you would like to see a response to a prompt continued I may be willing to trade words of your own writing or $5/300 words. That said, if you want to help out with car expenses do check out Lucy Weaver's July Prompt Call, as I highly suspect wheel baring repairs cost more than a new set of cheap tires. If you do paid prompt for Weaver I will offer an additional 100 words towards a prompt you give me.

mistletoe kiss slavefic au: historical [accidental baby acquisition] au: apocalypse
amnesia au: cop/detective au: were/vamp/supernatural snowed in road trip
au: all-human day at the beach WILD CARD au: college/highschool wingfic
de-aged food porn huddle for warmth secret twin/doppelganger fake relationship
au: space mind control animal transformation handcuffed/bound together au: steampunk
lilfluff: A fennec fox boy pencil and paper in hand, showing off what he has written. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Writing)
I've pretty much determined that this part is getting cut as I'll probably start the next piece a bit later in the events. But I like this bit so I'm going to share it here...

A short bit in which Tonya is dismayed to discover the empty mountain cabin is not as empty as she'd hoped.

Click here to see how schoolgirls can still scare our mutant electromancer. )
lilfluff: A fennec fox boy pencil and paper in hand, showing off what he has written. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Writing)
In my ___ Days of Worldbuilding post Aldersprig asks:

|Pre-Western Civil War:
|How does slavery work?
|What's the style of government, if anything?
|What's the tech level?

This setting shows up in four pieces from back in 2011 (content warnings: slavery, some violence, and serious-need-of-rewritingness):
* Family Politics, in which a young man wakes to find himself a prisoner.
* Izzy, a follow up to the previous piece from the viewpoint of the slave of the previous viewpoint character.
* The Talk, wherein Jayce decides Izzy needs The Talk.
* The Next Morning, which sees Jayce and Izzy having to deal with another change.

Content note: Involves question about both government and slavery within a setting and answers to said questions.

Political note: Yes, the founders of the colony claimed to be pushing for a conservative libertarian structure. Please note the word claimed in that sentence.

Nearly 2000 words, click here to see the rest... )


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