karriezai: ([house] [wilson] win!)
I'm thinking I should rewrite "Unjoined" and try submitting it to WotF again. I believe I've heard of revised entries winning in subsequent years... but it would have to be notably different, I'm sure. Well, of course I can't find anything about it now. But it's worth trying. The worst they can do is reject it, and then I can try it elsewhere.

I'm really excited about Rebel Tales, Holly Lisle's new writing ezine project. It sounds really great--she's building it from the ground up on her own money so it'll be debt-free once it opens for submissions. It'll have six-month "seasons," of which the first issue will be free and subsequent issues will cost money. There will be a regular pass and a Back Stage Pass, the latter allowing access to just about everything you could ever want to know about the process that goes into writing, submitting, and accepting the stories in the zine--great for aspiring writers to see. Seasons stay "in print" until they stop being profitable, and writers keep making money as long as their season is "in print." There's no advance, just a percentage of sales the whole way through. It goes based on the six-month season; there are 60 "credits" in a season, and submitting one story for one issue earns you one point, but that's 1/60th of the total gross profit of the ezine over the six-month season. If you write a six-episode serial for the season, that's 1/10th of the gross profit. Even the editors and publisher (Lisle herself) only make 1/10th of the profit each starting out, although Lisle has admitted that she will increase it if she needs to because her share goes toward funding things like author interviews and cover art, and she has to meet costs.

Anyway, it sounds like a truly worthwhile project, and I'll definitely be subscribing when it opens and spreading it by word of mouth. And if a revised Unjoined doesn't place in WotF, then I'll try it at Rebel Tales once it opens its doors to submissions. Waiting on a response from WotF would give plenty of time for RT to open up and maybe even get some steam behind it before I try submitting.

Umm. Uni classes are annoying as ever. But tomorrow is the internship, so yay. ALSO. Danny got approved for a home loan with zero down. Well, technically closing costs aren't covered, but apparently it's not uncommon practice to make an agreement with the seller that they increase the cost of the home by the amount of the closing costs so that your loan covers the costs over time, but the seller pays the immediate costs knowing that they'll be paid back for it. So. We're looking at a home in Columbia. There was a nice one pretty nearby, but it went into contract very recently, and anyway apparently it turned out as having some sort of mold problem. (Yes, we will check out any house and have it inspected before we buy.) Cousin Justin and his girlfriend are down for moving in and paying rent (which is the only way we'll be able to afford the place this early since I don't have a full-time job yet).

Erm, I guess that's it for now.
karriezai: ([hp] avada kedavra)
So I neglected to mention that I'm applying to be an egg donor! I'm getting some more family info from my mom. I have a lot of stuff I need to print and mail, though. This thing, the contract for that video game developer... Actually, that might be it.

I skipped school today and yesterday. Probably the only time I can get away with it. Two classes weren't scheduled anyway, and of the four remaining, they seemed to make this a light week because we're moving into our first full week at our internship next week.

Not writing though. I am so much fail.

And the cat is putting my foot to sleep.
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karriezai: ([iron man] dual identity)
Oh where, oh where has she gone?

-pokes self-

I feel like... it would be an awful shame to stop writing altogether until November, even if I did get through Homesake during/after the month. But I don't feel motivated right now, even to sit down and put together plot events or character profiles... even though these are things I need to do now that I've changed the story around so much.

Maybe I should write something else. Or maybe the break would be good. It seems so horribly long, a month and a half, but...

At least I've done homework.

I went to a writers' meetup in Silver Spring yesterday morning. It was alright. I'll probably try it again, but I'm not sure if it's quite what I'm looking for. I have next Saturday off again, so it's not as if I have anything better to do.

I went to Brandon Sanderson's book signing at the Bailey's Crossroads Borders in Virginia Wednesday night. I picked up a copy of The Way of Kings. I also got Danny something called The Ninja Handbook but I think I'm going to return it since he hasn't touched it despite me reminding him, so obviously he doesn't care and it'd be better to get my $15 back. And yesterday after my writers' meetup I got this young adult fantasy, Eon, which I'm almost tempted to read before The Way of Kings but probably won't.

Did I post already that Mockingjay made me bawl? I think so. Suzanne Collins will be in the Arundel Mills Books-A-Million on Thursday, September 23rd, and I am so going. Shane is reading The Hunger Games. If he likes it and his parents let him come, I'll take him. If they won't let him come, I'll get him his own signed copy. I would think it'd be a good, educational-type field trip, but it's also his Back to School Night, so that might take precedence.

Erm. Yeah.
karriezai: ([hp] [puff] equality except for idiots)
Posted at SynTru:

OKAYSO. Two major events on Kher's writing front today.

The YAY, as several of you already heard me gush about in the chatbox, is that I met Brandon Sanderson today. He signed my hardcovers of his Mistborn trilogy and also my Writers of the Future certificate. It's the same exact award he won the year immediately before his first novel was published.

I've developed a new goal to publish my own novel within a year and send him a copy with a huge THANK YOU.

On that note, in my rush to get to my appointment to have my computer looked at this morning, I was an idiot and accidentally erased 2,000 words of my book instead of backing it up D: I'm just that much of a moron. Fortunately, that's not a huge deal. I'm hoping to rewrite it and use it as a slingshot to get me through the slow part I was struggling with anyway.




Yes. Brandon Sanderson is basically amazing.

Danny is away for the weekend on a motorcycle trip with his dad. I kinda miss him but I could really use this time for writing. (I should do that now.)

Also, went to see Sex and the City 2 with Sue and Peggy. We had drinks beforehand, it was a fun outing. But there was one point in the movie when the audience reaction made me despair for the state of the modern relationship D: I won't say what in case anyone cares about spoilers, but yes.

gah

5/6/10 14:49
karriezai: ([hp] avada kedavra)
I had the most vivid dream last night. [I also slept until almost two. Think the dream makes up for it?]

Crazy dream )

Unfortunately, I haven't been writing like I should for my Completion Challenge. I keep feeling like I want to make myself a webpage for my portfolio and make these detailed world and character scraps for the elements of Blood and Heat before I actually continue. But I don't need to. I should just write. -pokes self- Fortunately since I dropped my goal to 80,000 in three months because of the change to a trilogy, it won't be TOO difficult to make up.

Also I have the worst luck on RPG-D. I swear there will be days when no one posts anything new in the Non-RPG ad directory, but the moment I post my monthly update, someone ALWAYS posts something new which removes my post as the Latest Post link. I swear, I bet a week spent as the Latest Post link really helps attract members...

bleargh

10/5/10 13:01
karriezai: ([avatar] katara icicle up the ass)
Mmkay.

Birthday was good. Danny got me an iPad; well, his family paid for half, and we're still hoping my mom will contribute a hundred or so. I need to talk to her about it. We also went to see Iron Man 2, which was amazing. I loved it just as much as the first, though not more than. It's definitely Robert Downey Jr. that contributes most of the love. I was a little disappointed that they switched Rhodey's actor. I mean, I like both actors, I just hate when an actor is changed up in the middle of a series. I was mad about Rachel Dawes in Batman, too--nevermind that Katie Holmes was having a baby and being scientologified at the time.

Mother's Day weekend was fun. I missed the Titman half of the celebration, but Sunday was the one for Sue's side of the family, and there was lots of good food and awesome dessert. Yum.

I'm tired, so I could go on about the yay and the awesomeness of the iPad, but instead I will do a brief discussion of grades and then take a nap.

I've salvaged my PSYC grade. All I have left is the last online assignment (which is a practice test for the final) and the final itself. I have, at the moment, an 87. I aced the third exam and the second paper. So I'm doing good. Might even scrape an A if I ace the exam and that last online assignment.

MATH214 is ... ew. At the moment, it looks like I missed a quiz. I got a 63 on the second exam (...I think that's my first failing exam grade...). If my calculating is correct, I have about a 20 point margin (out of 150 points) on the final exam if I want to get a B in the class, and an A is impossible at this point. That was just estimating on the two projects that I don't know the grades for. I estimated an 18/20 since that's what I got on the first one. (Just checked; got an 18/20 on the group one as well, so looks like a decent estimate.)

No idea on MATH315. I've been getting As on all the work handed back to me? But there weren't class quizzes, which is strange for McLaren's classes, so I don't know if it's just based on exams and projects or what. Probably an A?

EDCI461: I'm still thinking my participation won't be amazing, but I've gotten As on all the graded assignments (aced all but one of them), and we just took the final, which was easy... so probably an A, unless she hamstrings us with our participation grades. And even there, I've done better since mid-semester, so maybe not.

EDMS410: I don't really know. I think an A as long as I don't screw up on the final. It's hard to tell if I'm calculating my grades right from her gradebook, but I got a 93... all I have left is two class assignments, the final piece of the class project, a quiz, an ECR, and the final. Which is a lot for only one more class meeting, but that is the nature of that ridiculous class, I guess because it only meets once a week. Anyway, we'll see.

EDCI391: Definitely an A. I've only missed two points in the class. Only have two grades left for posting, but I'm pretty certain they'll be 100%.

So that's that.
karriezai: ([house] cameron's hitting that)
So Dennis, Heather, Danny and I went to Ocean City this weekend. Danny and I drove separate; we left Friday night at 7 or so, and followed Dennis and Heather. We all made it there around 11 and had time to go down to the Boardwalk before everything closed down at midnight. Heather and I rode the Zipper, but Danny refused. He might not have fit anyway. When we got back to the beach house we drank some, played Sorry, hung out on the beach, and Heather and I saved a horseshoe crab from a pool he'd gotten stuck in (much to the boys' annoyance).

Just in fairly brief summary... )

So that was the weekend. Today I had my first day at my new job, little mom&pop-type grocery store called Country Boy. I'm just ringing... it's pretty simple, although it's an old timey machine where you enter each price rather than scanning items, and you have to memorize what a lot of the produce is and how much it costs. It'll be boring but easy, and everyone's nice. The boss is willing to work with my school hours. We haven't talked pay yet, but the woman who trained me today said she started three months ago at $9.50/hr, which would be perfectly fine with me.

Uh yeah. I guess that's mostly it for now. I want to write some today. There are some new challenges at RCR, so I think I'll enter. Still not much in the way of response to my stuff, but my entries to two of the challenges have gotten a vote or two since they were posted, so that's something.
karriezai: ([house] cameron's hitting that)
Sooo Danny and I got iPhones Tuesday morning. I paid for both with my awesome Hooters money so that he can pay his cancellation fee with T-Mobile... I wanted him to keep the same number for convenience's sake, so I wouldn't let him drop his T-Mobile phone down to the minimum monthly payment until his contract ran out. Thanks to my mom's thoughtful use of my credit card to give me a credit history, I was approved with no deposit, meaning I got the phones at the smallest price possible. Awesome deal. I spent less than $500 that day on the two phones, cases, and screen protectors. The bill will be $65 a month each, not too shabby.

I've been late to so many classes. Once due to traffic, a couple times due to getting lost... I already missed one. Tuesday I got wrapped up in playing with the new phone and didn't realize how late it had gotten. I would have gone late, but I'd already been worried about making it to work on time, so I decided it was fate telling me to just get my ass to work on time since starting next week I won't be scheduled so early on Tuesdays. Not that it will matter soon, hopefully; I went to that class today and I think I won't like it, so I found one with a waitlist of 0 so far that's also an Honors/CORE science credit, and hopefully I'll get into that one soon. It'll be earlier on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It's called something like Plants and Empires... yada yada. I have no idea what it'll be about but plants can't be that bad. Photosynthesis wasn't even that horrible. (Yeah, I hate science.)

Ummm. I decided to leave my BMGT class alone (the section on Fridays, that is). I'm hoping one of the two closer 11am COMM sections will open up. The commute from the armory to Cole in ten minutes will be a huge pain in the ass if not, not to mention who wants to go all the way down to the armory before it's even 9 in the morning? Hell, I brought my bike tonight to make it easier on myself tomorrow. (I say my bike; it's Sue's.) Anyway, one of the 11ams is in Key, not so bad a hike, and the other is in HJ Patterson, which is probably even a little closer.

Yup. Danny leaves for Vegas Sunday. I'll miss him, but I mean, we'll be apart almost as long pretty regularly this semester, I imagine. It'll give me more time to do stuff on campus.

Mmkay, gotta shower/shave etc. Gotta be up early in the morning, after all. Blah.
karriezai: ([avatar] sweetheart/bitterheart)
Worked 6am to 10:30am today. Well, more accurately 5:50am... I opened with Chris, who is always early, and as I'm always early too it works out. Marden didn't want to spend 8 1/2 hours working with the guy but I don't think he's bad to work with at all. Just maybe not as fun as some of the other shifts... but still cool.

Went to the reading/signing at Barnes & Noble in Tysons, too. Philip Pullman. Didn't stay long... I didn't know there was going to be a reading first, and there was a long wait for the signing anyway. But I saw him talk some, and I flipped through his new book. I decided it wasn't too disappointing. If I really was a huge fan I would have bought the new book but I decided against it. Now, if it had been George RR Martin or Orson Scott Card I would have stayed. The only reason I don't have The Hedge Knight yet is because I haven't run across it. I haven't looked particularly hard but if I saw it I'd buy it. And then there's Rowling, who I probably wouldn't wait for because the line would wind through the whole store and out into the mall... she's just so famous.

I need to exercise. I wanted to bike with Danny or something when we got home but "his stomach's been bothering him". I should just run myself but I'm still kind of full... and disappointed. I might, anyway, after I finish this, I don't know. If not, then tomorrow. His mom told him he needed to exercise because he was gaining weight. He didn't seem to mind but I don't know if he just wasn't reacting on purpose.

Meh.

ETA Picspam! Lots new pictures, mostly from Danny and Shane playing basketball today but also some Photography and two new Around the House pictures. I think that's it.


They're action shots in dimming light; the sun was sinking. So they're not that good, but I like them anyway.

I called Danny's mom and asked her if she needed an exercise partner. I figured it'd be easier for both of us if we exercised together... motivation wise, at least. She liked the idea and said she'd call me on her way home from work so we could meet to exercise. Yay!
karriezai: ([misc] [scar] omgwtf?)
Good night at work. I took Amy's hours because I was only scheduled ten this week. I'm also taking the first half of Marden's opening shift Sunday, meaning I'll only have to work 6am to 10am (and if he's more than fifteen minutes late so help me I'm leaving anyway). Anyway, that'll give me about 21 hours this week. And I only have about 19 scheduled next week but I'm gonna try to pick up a day Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday if possible (preferably Monday or Tuesday). This week's paycheck was only $291. It was for 40 hours (spread over two weeks, of course), and it was only as high as it was because I got five some-odd holiday hours on Memorial Day.

I have to pay Dennis my rent. Apparently he isn't coming home tonight so the cash is just sitting in my purse.

Oh! Oh! Sunday at 2pm Philip Pullman is going to be at the Barnes & Noble at Tysons mall! I'm so going. Danny insists that we aren't staying if it'll be more than a ten minute wait to see him but... still so cool.

So this crazy lady came into Starbucks today carrying half a melted venti iced drink and asking for a refill. She explained that she got it at the College Park Starbucks and left it in her car to get her nails done, which took forty-five minutes, and when she got back it was melted so she wanted a refill. Why should she pay for a whole new one when the old one wasn't even finished? It was just melted. I tried to explain to her that we only do refills on coffee and tea (never mind that it's supposed to be a cup from the same Starbucks the same day), but she kept insisting, so I looked to Leslie. She tried to explain, too, but the lady wouldn't give up so she finally said to go ahead and do it. We gave her the drink for free. By the end of it she was trying to get me to give her my free pound of coffee every week. I don't think she understood exactly what I meant when I said we get a free pound of coffee every week but it was still presumptuous of her... and I'm kind of glad she didn't get it because it means she probably won't pester every barista she comes across for a free pound of coffee.
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