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Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:56 am
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Voting intentions

Apr. 20th, 2017 07:38 pm
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[personal profile] liv
OK, this is UK party politics, please feel free to skip. In short, I am looking for Labour supporters to convince me to vote for your party.

what is the point of Labour? )

I will of course be researching all this stuff for myself, but I really want to be convinced, which is why I'm asking people who are pro Labour to guide me in where I should be looking. And to take the opportunity to counter the media bias against Corbyn. I do kind of like that he doesn't toady to Murdoch, but being willing to insult the Daily Mail isn't enough if he then goes and votes for terrible policies.

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!

Reading Wednesday 19/04

Apr. 19th, 2017 02:39 pm
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[personal profile] liv
Seemingly DW exploded while I was away over Passover. Hi, everybody who suddenly showed up after many years' hiatus. I'd be delighted if this burst of activity lasts, even if the reason for it is a very sad one. Anyway, I'm just about caught up on reading, and have quite a backlog of posting which I'll try to get to in the next couple of weeks.

As for reading, though:

Recently acquired: My family have basically turned Passover into a massive book exchange. So let's see if I can reproduce it. lists of book presents ) Recently read: All the fishes come home to roost by Rachel Manija Brown ([personal profile] rachelmanija). (C) 2005 by Rachel Manija Brown, Pub 2006 Hodder & Stoughton Sceptre, ISBN 0-340-89881-X.

This was a birthday present from [personal profile] rmc28, and I got to it on Good Friday this week, when I was taking a breather from all the Passover stuff, and had a bit of a cold and wasn't feeling up to go out and look for more exciting activities than spending the Bank Holiday sitting at home reading.

All the fishes come home to roost is a memoir of a really horrendous childhood that manages to be uplifting rather than miserable.

detailed review )

Jackpot in a Cemetery

Apr. 18th, 2017 07:27 pm
jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k
On nice days like this Sunday, we visit cemeteries. There are always remarkable gravestones to be found, and yesterday we hit the jackpot.

Literally.

The pictured headstone features a detached engraving of a four-reel slot machine. )

Sent a message to Amazon

Apr. 18th, 2017 04:12 pm
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Re: Bellica being taken off permafree status. Not on all sites, either, just a handful of them. Of course, the handful included US, Canada, and Australia, so that is so completely not useful! (Not the UK, strangely enough.)

Sent message today asking for them to please make it permafree again because I'd attained a pretty good ranking and I'd hate to lose that.

I mean, not a good ranking according to the super successful indies out there, but the best ranking I'd ever gotten, so I was happy with it. And I was having a pretty steady rate of downloads after the first surge.

At this point, it's less about making money on the few books I do have and more about cultivating readers. Even if only a small, small percentage of people who download a free book read it and enjoy it, that's still much better than pricing the book higher than free and selling *maybe* 1 copy a year, *if* I'm lucky, and having no guarantee that's being read either. I'd rather have 200 free downloads in a month and get 2-20 readers out of that than 1 sale a year and possibly no readers.

All the other books in my series won't be free. But the first one needs to be so I can actually get a few readers.
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I decided to set up my Author Pages for the other Amazon sites. The downside to this is the ones in France and Germany are in French and German. So at some point I fucked up and now Amazon has turned my permafree book back into a $0.99 one, and also added a new author page for me named Katje Van Loon, because I couldn't edit that on the German Author Central site.

I have about zero spoons to fix this right now and honestly, don't know where to start.

If my book remains at $0.99 I'll have to email them, I guess. I worked for a long-ass time to make Bellica permafree, ffs.

The Katje Van Loon/Katje van Loon resolution, though? No clue.

Also signed up on a new site called ThirdScribe, which is supposed to have a lot of great tools for authors. Except I can't access 90% of them. I've sent in a support ticket but today is just being very frustrating.

And, ok, obviously I just need to stop doing anything during Mercury Retrograde. Sheesh.

Just FYI if you like free books.

Apr. 17th, 2017 12:16 am
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[personal profile] ofmonstrouswords
I'm holding a giveaway for some e-copies of my book Stranger Skies. It's via InstaFreebie; you won't get signed up for my e-list, though they might start sending you their newsletter (which you can then unsub from after you've received your ebook). I'm holding the giveaway because I'm currently working on the sequel, From the Ashes, for Camp Nanowrimo.

The blurb:

Divinity. Mortality. War.

Silva, Queen of Wolves, Lady of the True Woods, seeks her only friend Etan, who, along with other deities of the Council of Divinity, has gone missing for reasons unknown. Her search traps her on a world where the wolves have lost faith in her; she falls from grace, becoming a mortal woman whose remaining powers could brand her a witch.

Hot on the scent, Silva refuses to give up her hunt, even as mortal life threatens to tear her apart and the smoke of war hangs heavy on the horizon. Should she try to regain her godhood and save her faithless followers? Or should she resign herself to mortality, and find what brief happiness human love can give?

Through the chaos of political upheaval and the turmoil in her own heart, Silva can’t escape a persistent feeling: her fall was not an accident.



It's queer pagan fiction, portal fantasy, pro-wolf, the start of a series that will probably be 7 books long (I don't have a definite number yet) about an overarching, universe-spanning war among the gods. So if that sort of thing is up your alley, you can get your free copy here.

If you know other folks and think it might be up their alley(ies), then please share this around to them.

Winter’s Mara

Apr. 17th, 2017 06:26 am
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[personal profile] finch
who are you without your identity?

lay down, settle in your bones

let your self release above you,

a balloon you are disconnected from.

you are your body, too, what is left

when your soul leaves. feel your body

breathing, digesting, slowing,

churning, falling apart an inch at a time.

she keeps us alive, feeding us,

but in the Winter she will bleed us

and cut us down and leave us

to others who seek sustenance.

she is not concerned with

what comes after aside from

decomposition.

we break down with our

component parts. we go on to become

part of others’ cycles.

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Hijacking of Evidence Based Medicine

Apr. 16th, 2017 04:02 pm
jesse_the_k: Human in professorial suit but with head of Golden Retriever, labeled "Woof" (doctor dog to you)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k
Thanks to [personal profile] shehasathree for linking to this fascinating (if depressing) article about the unfulfilled promise of evidence based medicine.

http://retractionwatch.com/2016/03/16/evidence-based-medicine-has-been-hijacked-a-confession-from-john-ioannidis/ quote and more )

[food] Matar paneer

Apr. 15th, 2017 02:26 pm
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
[personal profile] kaberett
The recipe I use by default, which I am rewriting here so that the tweaks I make are included and it's all in the order I want to do things.

Read more... )
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[personal profile] jenett
Stories are now revealed for the Worldbuilding Exchange 2017, so here is my post talking about what I wrote, a Leverage fic called Pseudonyms Are Expected (You can find my recs over here).

I wanted to make a few more comments about process of writing, so here's that post (which I've also linked to from the comments of the story.)

Should anyone want to write other installments of this list, have fun with it! I did not get to write all the sections I wanted to.

(If there is a background conceit on why these were collected, I think Hardison gave them to Sophie as a present, sometime after the last message.)

Structural notes )

Homestuck Liveblogging: Go

Apr. 14th, 2017 10:55 am
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[personal profile] elf
I've picked up on Homestuck liveblogging again. (I'm partway through Act 4. There are... 6 or 7 acts, so that means I'm more than halfway done, right?) (Stop laughing at me.)

I want NO SPOILERS. Srsly. None. Liveblog tumblr is set to not give me notices of asks; those go to a couple of friends who help screen them and either answer privately or delete ones that reveal info I don't want yet.

Which is... EVERYTHING I don't already know.

I went into Homestuck knowing:
1) There are "trolls" with horns and zodiac symbols on their t-shirts.
2) There is tentabulge fanart. (This was the reason I got into Homestuck.)
3) There is a ton of slash, including pairings that many people consider disturbing.
4) A handful of names - some human, some troll.
5) Hussie is a dick to his readers. (Or, by other interps, "Hussie is a trickster who likes to keep his readers guessing." But I've read enough to know which version I think is more accurate.)

I have, at this point in reading, met 3 trolls. (I think. Been on hiatus for a while; details are blurry.) I have seen names of a few more in Pesterchum logs.

I don't want to know more. Staying spoiler-free is difficult in a mega-fandom; part of this was an exercise to see if that's possible. It's kinda not. Well-meaning fans keep mentioning small details that they don't even realize are spoilers.

My favorite spoiler so far has been: "At one point, John eats lasagne." And they nicely told me that obviously the whole story is now ruined so I can just quit.
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Hey, all you wonderful folks who just arrived from the sinking ship of Livejournal (or anywhere else, really). The latest [site community profile] dw_news post has a lot if helpful information to help you get oriented and understand what this place is, how it's different from LJ, why it's different in those ways, and so on.

It's well worth the 5-10 minutes it takes to read. Here's the link; go take a look!

(And also: welcome to Dreamwidth, everyone!)

Fallen Off the Earth?

Apr. 13th, 2017 07:49 am
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Not quite, though I’ve been trying to be more mindful about my social media and computer usage in general. April is for poetry, so I’ve been poeming.

Most of my poetry so far has been related to one of my fiction projects and posted on Dreamwidth as a collection and a second, longer piece. I also wrote a sonnet about lunch.

I also published A Home Made of Bells over at October Country.

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Well I just went on an icon binge

Apr. 12th, 2017 07:09 pm
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So there might be a lot of posts out of me in the near future just so I can show off my pretty new icons. I now have 100. Out of 100. I bought myself a paid account again and immediately maxed out my icon storage.

I might have a problem. But there's no such thing as too much Kara Thrace, right? Right.

Anyway, some good news: I'm recovered enough to be off the painkillers and back on my regular meds. I'm also going through some minor opiate withdrawal. Opiates: they suck while you're taking them AND after! But the point here is that my back is basically back to normal. I'm still taking it exceedingly easy because I do not want to undo my progress, and I'm still super weak from the ordeal. My physical limits have been drawn much closer to me than they were before.

I'm also pretty depressed, likely because been off my meds for a week and a bit. And tomorrow we get to go to the doctor's so I can get my depo shot, which will then kick off the customary "first month of Depo makes me horrendously depressed" month. On the plus side, once I figured out that was happening and made myself remember it, I got a lot better at handling it. The boy scouts are right; being prepared can be really helpful.

Re, Camp Nano progress: still horrendously behind, but optimistic I can catch up! Once Ogre leaves for rehearsal in a little bit (he has a show w/ the burlesque folks this weekend) I'm going to spend some time typing up what I handwrote over the past couple of days. I handwrote 10 pages yesterday! That's the best I've done for handwriting in a while.

I'm determined to make my deadline, come hell or high water broken backs.

Let's have a salon

Apr. 12th, 2017 08:00 am
jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
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Several years ago, I ran a series of weekly salon posts, where I'd post a topic to get us started, people would show up in the comments, and conversation would ensue. Now seems a good time to try them again!

(You should not feel restrained to keep on this topic! Start other topics! Encourage topic drift! That's part of the point. Feel free to ask random questions, there's a chance someone might know about the thing.)

This week's question


What are you learning right now that you're really interested by? (That might be a project for work, for personal stuff, a gaming geekery thing, a book you're reading, a podcast you're listening to, the fact you're learning a lot about Dreamwidth and how it works this week, or anything else.)

What do you like about it? What are you finding more challenging?

Things currently contemplating


I'm currently reading Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, which is well-researched and has a really interesting structure where he's looking at different pieces of it through small slices (individual people, towns, situations) and tracing back to the origins as much as possible. I really like books where the information part is well done, but the structure creates connections between pieces of information in helpful and new ways.

Notes:


* Consider this a conversation in my living room, only with a lot more seating. I reserve the right to redirect, screen, and otherwise moderate stuff, but would vastly prefer not to have to.
* If this works this week, I'll do an updated FAQ and continue.
* If you don't have a DW account or want to post anonymously, please include a name we can call you in this particular post. (You can say AnonymousOne or your favourite colour or whatever. Just something to help keep conversations clear.)
* If you've got a question or concern, feel free to PM me.

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