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Complete P*rnathon 2017: Extended Editions - some are longer versions of what was turned in for the challenge, others are as-is. I got better about writing things that fit in the word count requirements as the weeks went on! It was nice to challenge myself to write something small instead of epic for once and I enjoyed the experience.

After like two weeks of exhaustion I finally realized that I'm probably low on B12, and started taking it again on Friday. I basically just need to remember I don't really eat enough meat to provide what I probably need, and take the supplement. Then after trying to address my tiredness I had a really hard time falling asleep Sunday night and last night. C'mon, body, get with it.

Wrapping up July's writing goals: I need to add 330 words to my TFA story, and 345 and 595 words to two separate Admirals stories that I still haven't completely given up on, to make all of my (very minimal for these projects) word count goals for July.

August goals: I'm giving myself a break for August since we're doing the Once a Thief rewatch and putting only a few things on my to-do list, plus I figure I'll probably end up writing some OaT fic. And speaking of 90's fandoms, yesterday I very desperately wanted to rewrite the first few episodes of The X-Files with either genderswapped Fox and Samantha, or trade their places (which I know has been done as a comic), but I don't have time for those shenanigans right now. (I had to eat my hamburger and take a nap!)

Have yet to finish Daredevil, mostly because I got distracted reading a bunch of Jo Nesbo novels because I wanted to know spoilers for The Snowman, the trailer for which was too scary for me to see the movie without knowing the killer in advance. But it's only the 25th! I still have a few days to finish S1 at least. I remain forever delighted that Elden Henson is even in this show. (Long-time pals will likely remember he was The Beef's co-worker/friend/fellow war reenactor in The Battle of Shaker Heights.)
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Second word-count check in for February! The Texas Killing Fields story dropped majorly in number because I'm re-writing what I have to be from JDM's character's point of view and I'm not caught up yet. But according to, I have written eleven thousand words so far this month (some of those were planning notes, though). Not bad at all.

Yesterday's stats - I think the bit I wrote of the original project influenced things heavily; the characters in one section are talking about death and the characters in another section are unearthing a skeleton.

There's a Gotham prequel tie-in novel that I picked up in the Kindle edition hoping it would have the Alfred backstory I need to write this platonic name-on-wrist story, and it does! However, it apparently got completely jossed by the third season of the show (according to the internet), so all the Pinewood stuff it talks about is no longer correct. The writing is also TERRIBLE. But that's fine, because I only needed to be able to search it to look for Alfred details. Still have to re-watch the first season of the show before I go much further in the story, but there was enough in the book to allow me to write the beginning. \o/

My new 'salem's Lot story has gotten very weird very fast. #onbrand
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The downtime at work has allowed me to get a bunch of reading done, so I'm working through the various unfinished e-books (yay, online Kindle reader!). I don't remember who recommended Ken Liu's The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories but two of them have made me tear up already. Yesterday I finished Ted Chiang's collection that "Story of Your Life" is in (the story Arrival is based on) - I'd started with that story and read to the end from there, and so still had three or four stories in the beginning to read.

Monday I read Vanessa Hua's Deceit and Other Possibilities, clearly my trend so far this year is short stories and non-white authors. I feel good about this trend.

Note: There are stories that directly reference Chinese prisoner torture in Paper Menagerie that are difficult and painful to read, so if you cannot deal with reading those, definitely skip "The Man Who Ended History (A Documentary)".


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