Hi. Not sure when you posted your note below. Sorry but do know when you will be posting again? Thanks.

Hi,

I posted that note early September and though I have actually started writing, the next chapter won’t be posted anytime soon, I’m afraid.

Maybe the next 4 - 6 weeks. Maybe.

But thanks for your interest, I appreciate it.

itinerantpoet:

tagged by: thezenparadox

Rules: Just insert your answers to the questions below. Tag followers

URL: googooplex100

Name: Pass. (No, that’s not my name, I’m just passing on this question)

Nickname: My siblings occasionally call me Rebecca. (No, that’s not my name either. There is an explanation or two. One explanation is that my siblings are arses.)   

Birthday: December

Gender: F

Height: 5’2”

Time Zone: GMT

Current time and date: 23:38 11th Sept 2014

Average hours of sleep: Not enough. 

The last thing I Googled was: ScreenCraft

My most used phrase(s):  At work: “It doesn’t have to be War and Peace.”

At home or with family or friends especially while driving: “Which way. WHICH WAY?? Left or Right?? Oh, I thought you meant the other way.”

First word that comes to mind: Frame

Last thing said to a family member: Bye, love.

“n blanket.  (I apparently deleted the question … something about my bed linen? I sleep under a duvet.

Favorite beverage(s): Coffee. Water.

The last movie I watched in the cinema: Earth to Echo

Three things I can’t live without: (How to answer this question truthfully but without sounding like a supercilious, superior, snotty little shit?) (This is why I don’t do surveys, I give too much thought to a simple, throwaway question…) I wouldn’t want to live without my family, my ability to run stupid distances several times a week, my (limited) ability to reason.

Something I plan on learning: How to swim.

A piece of advice for all my followers: This is advice I need to follow more, so I’ll share it … “Stop walking around looking like a hardarse. Smile more.”

thezenparadox:

I was tagged by drtessarosetorres

In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so…

In no particular order 

  1. Stasiland by Anna Funder
  2. To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. The 50 Years War by Ahron Bregman and Jihan El-Tahri
  4. LA Confidential by … I want to say Elmore Leonard
  5. Bel Canto by Ann Prachett
  6. The Prince and the pauper by Samuel Clemens
  7. Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
  8. Wives and Daughters bu Elizabeth Gaskell
  9. White Tiger by Aravinda Adiga
  10. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  11. A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irvine
  12. The price of salt by Patricia Highsmith
  13. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  14. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
  15. Damnit, I hate doing these things. I know it’s not a top ten but I keep looking over at my bookcase and remember how much I loved or loathed certain books. 
  16. And I have a crap memory and barely remember what I’ve read.
  17. Any human heart by Wiliam Boyd. Also Our man in Africa by William Boyd.
  18. Notes on a scandal by Zoe Heller
  19. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  20. Devil in a blue dress by Walter Mosley 
  21. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  22. Whose bright idea was this??? I’m going to be up all night thinking about books.
  23. Gone girl by Gillian Flynn
  24. The silent wife by ASA Harrison and On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan get an honourable mention because of how utterly infuriating and craptastic I found them.
  25. Also anything by Georgette Heyer. I loved reading her as a teenager. 

Yeah, there’s more than 10 there. Clearly, I can’t follow simple instructions.

Forgive me for not tagging people, other than Zen who tagged me.

Bailero. This is not an update. 

More of an apology really and an acknowledgment that it’s been a couple of months. Again. 

I am sorry if you’ve been waiting for me to post. I really am. 

It’s not that I’ve got writers block or that I’ve lost interest. Nothing like that, I’ve just been insanely busy. 

I will finish this story I promise,  by or before La Sagrada Familia is fully built. (I know that’s unhelpful! )

It was my aim to wrap this story up by the end of the year and there’s still an outside chance that I might hit that deadline. Maybe. 

This just me saying hi and sorry and finally, a thank you for the reviews, comments and encouragement that many of you have been kind and generous enough to offer me. 

I appreciate the interest readers have shown Bailero and I hope to be back soon. 

Have a great week / Bank Holiday. 

goo

Bailero. This is not an update.

More of an apology really and an acknowledgment that it’s been a couple of months. Again.

I am sorry if you’ve been waiting for me to post. I really am.

It’s not that I’ve got writers block or that I’ve lost interest. Nothing like that, I’ve just been insanely busy.

I will finish this story I promise, by or before La Sagrada Familia is fully built. (I know that’s unhelpful! )

It was my aim to wrap this story up by the end of the year and there’s still an outside chance that I might hit that deadline. Maybe.

This just me saying hi and sorry and finally, a thank you for the reviews, comments and encouragement that many of you have been kind and generous enough to offer me.

I appreciate the interest readers have shown Bailero and I hope to be back soon.

Have a great week / Bank Holiday.

goo

WHY DOES NO ONE UPDATE THEIR FANFICTION. I'M ABOUT TO WRITE MY OWN FUCKING FANFICTION BECAUSE NOBODY UPDATES. *cries silently*
Anonymous

darthstitch:

booasaur:

tersaseda:

peaceheather:

starrizlightning:

mildredandbobbin:

snapslikethis:

I am probably the wrong person to ask this, anon, because I don’t have much sympathy for this type of complaint.

I’m going to gently (but not too gently) correct the mistaken assumption you have that authors owe you fanfiction in what you perceive to be a timely manner.

Let me tell you, as a fanfiction author, that I wish I could give you all a new one-shot every other day and a multi-chap update every week.

I know many others who wish the same, but can’t.

Because, you know, we have lives.

Real lives. Like in the real world. With real commitments - school to graduate, jobs to go to, both of which we need our sleep for. We have families and boyfriends who demand (and deserve) our time and attention. We have sports teams we may be committed to, projects we’re involved in, or organizations we ally our time and resources with.

And sometimes, an author may have a free day and just wants to sleep in.

Because fanfiction writing is a hobby.

A cathartic and fun one, yes, but a hobby just the same. 

And as such, that hobby, therapeutic and fun though it may be, doesn’t get first priority. Or second. Or third. Or sometimes fourth.

I’ve known one author who basically left the fandom because of the pressure to update quickly and how aggravating that sense of entitlement, I know another who almost left, but didn’t, aun I see asks for the big fandom authors (Jules and BC) weekly asking when will you update? next chapter? how far along are you? spoilers?

For the most part, authors are all super gracious and kind. Because no fanfiction author is hoarding a completed chapter and deliberately withholding it to be mean. Readers are awesome and bringing happiness to someone else’s day-that’s the best compliment, right?

But to get an anon asking where in the hell the update is….that doesn’t help at all. It actually sucks the joy out of writing. And when there’s no joy, it usually—well, it usually sucks.

I’m not telling you how to feel about the subject, but really?

Please, do go write a fanfic. Come up with a plot or a concept, write a rough draft to flesh it out, edit it, maybe rewrite it, find a beta and send it to them, get it back, look at their suggested changes versus your suggested changes, edit it again, send it back to the beta again, maybe scratch entire scene or plotline,  make sure your characters are in character and saying and doing the things they ought to be doing in a way that makes sense and is also compelling to read. Do all that, and post them and maybe get no reviews, or bad reviews. And do it again anyway, because you enjoy doing it.

But you will very quickly see how long it takes—how involved the process can get—because most of the people I know want to want to post work they are proud of, work that takes effort, and can’t (and shouldn’t) be whipped up overnight.

In terms of word count-a hundred thousand words-which is what most multi-chapter fics are-those take real time authors, who do it for a living as their primary income, months and years to complete. And that’s with a fleshed out concept, dedicated time to complete it, and an editor to help the process along.

Your favorite author may be stressing about finals, or working on the third draft of a chapter that just isn’t coming together right, or god forbid, having a relaxing day in the sun.

Like that’s her choice and she will post it when she can and she probably wants it posted, too.

So patience, dear. Have some patience. And go write a oneshot.

You know what’s more encouraging to an author then ‘when’s the next chapter’ or ‘update quicker!’ - leaving positive feedback about what you liked about the last chapter or the story as a whole (be specific!) - because sometimes the author is having a long dark tea time of the soul and just seeing a reminder of what’s good about their story can help them remember why they were excited about writing the story in the first place, and feel enthused enough to get back into it.

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As a writer, I am an unabashed review whore. I don’t mean that I will blackmail readers and say stupid crap like “I will post the next chapter once I get ten reviews!” because that’s childish and manipulative. But I do mean that a good review can make my whole week and will definitely encourage me to write more and write faster. It’s a reward feedback system, pure and simple. I write, you review, I get a little ting! of pleasure, I want to write more and get more reward. I get insecure when I don’t see a lot of reviews, even though I know it could just be a lack of traffic or a small fandom, or the middle of a holiday when none of the usual readers are around to actually look at my work. I crave those reviews.

As a reader, therefore, I’ve decided it’s only fair to leave the sort of reviews that I personally would love to see on my own fics. I don’t just say, “nice chapter!” although that can certainly be part of it. I try to say things like, “oh MAN, the suspense here is killing me and I can’t wait to see how you resolve it, i love love love the way this character just completely shot down that other character who was being a jerk, it was perfect and way overdue for that jerk,” and so on.

^^^^All of this.

Seriously. I’ve read so much fic but only recently started leaving feedback, partly because I followed so many writers on tumblr and saw how the reviews (or the lack thereof) affected them, and partly because I occasionally post photosets myself and like going through tags, however mild or incoherent, so I somewhat understood that feeling. And that’s not even a fair comparison, photosets usually take not nearly the effort that goes into stories, but tend to get reblogged and shared with such a wide audience so quickly.

So after realizing what I appreciated about the tags, and why they seemed so much easier for people to add, and putting that together with what the various authors I followed said, I realized that a review wasn’t nearly the Big Deal that I was making it out to be.

Not leaving comments had nothing to do with laziness and everything to do with my own fear of making a bad impression, of bothering the writer somehow (I know!), of not leaving as thoughtful a comment as the fic/writer deserved, of being unoriginal. Yeah, forget all that.

There are authors who love interacting with their regular readers and who get into analytical discussions with them, and maybe you’re intimidated by that, but I SWEAR, there is not a single one out there who won’t appreciate just a “EASODIFADNAD I LOVE THIS”. But you can just say what you liked, what stayed with you after you finished. A quote, a character trait, if the characters were in voice, how you’d always wanted to see that particular plot. I know I’m terrible with this, I just can’t think of the words, but it’s not a checklist of compliments you need to go through, just think of how you’d describe it to a friend if you were recommending it.

It really, really makes a difference.

All of this.

crossfitters:

Krystal Cantu: Sunday Funday. C&J’s at 75lbs and over the bar burpees

There’s an old writer’s adage: keep your hero in trouble.
portraitsofboston:

“Just the other day a gentleman stopped me and asked me why I wear the hijab. He thought I was forced to wear it, or it was because of the way I was raised and—for lack of a better word—brainwashed. I explained to him that we are raised with certain values, but other than that, parents encourage their children to do their own research and find what works for them. This is my choice. My parents actually weren’t very happy with it. On the other hand, my grandmother doesn’t wear the hijab. Her daughters and granddaughters wear it.Still, I understand why people notice it. We are very visual beings. It’s the first thing people see. But if you look at the origin of why women wear it, it’s because they’re very beautiful women. And they try to be muted and understated, and not draw attention to themselves. It’s human nature: When you have something very precious, you want to protect it. You want to cover it.I also think it’s a shame that we tend to focus on the differences between us. There are more similarities than differences. If you look at Christianity, for instance, in every single visual representation of the Virgin Mary she is covering her head. By the way, as Muslims, we do believe in the Virgin Mary. We have a whole chapter in the Quran devoted to her and what a strong woman she was. My grandmother’s name is Mariam, which comes from Mary, and she was named after the Virgin Mary because she was born on Christmas Day.  She is Muslim, and her parents were Muslim, but that’s how much respect we have for Mary as a woman. She is actually one of my favorite historical figures. No one had to deal with more hardships than she did. I come from a long line of strong women. I look at the Virgin Mary, and she looks like me and dresses like me. I feel very inspired by her.”

portraitsofboston:

“Just the other day a gentleman stopped me and asked me why I wear the hijab. He thought I was forced to wear it, or it was because of the way I was raised and—for lack of a better word—brainwashed. I explained to him that we are raised with certain values, but other than that, parents encourage their children to do their own research and find what works for them. This is my choice. My parents actually weren’t very happy with it. On the other hand, my grandmother doesn’t wear the hijab. Her daughters and granddaughters wear it.
Still, I understand why people notice it. We are very visual beings. It’s the first thing people see. But if you look at the origin of why women wear it, it’s because they’re very beautiful women. And they try to be muted and understated, and not draw attention to themselves. It’s human nature: When you have something very precious, you want to protect it. You want to cover it.
I also think it’s a shame that we tend to focus on the differences between us. There are more similarities than differences. If you look at Christianity, for instance, in every single visual representation of the Virgin Mary she is covering her head. By the way, as Muslims, we do believe in the Virgin Mary. We have a whole chapter in the Quran devoted to her and what a strong woman she was. My grandmother’s name is Mariam, which comes from Mary, and she was named after the Virgin Mary because she was born on Christmas Day.  She is Muslim, and her parents were Muslim, but that’s how much respect we have for Mary as a woman. She is actually one of my favorite historical figures. No one had to deal with more hardships than she did. I come from a long line of strong women. I look at the Virgin Mary, and she looks like me and dresses like me. I feel very inspired by her.”

I’m toying with the idea …

of taking up CrossFit, so I’m following a couple of women’s cross fit blogs.

Some of it is impressive, inspirational stuff. Some of it makes me say, ‘whoa, how the sam hill did she do that?’

And some of it, straight up, looks like faintly veiled porn.

Why is that?

thefinalimage:

Thelma & Louise | 1991 | dir. Ridley Scott

Watching a movie for the first time while already knowing the ending can sometimes create for a taxing experience, but in this case, knowing the ending helps you feel the descent of Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) more strongly, and because Davis and Sarandon are so good in their roles and because the hardships their characters go through are so terrible, you continuously root for them, and even applaud them during this final tragic scene. 

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thefinalimage:

The Last of the Mohicans | 1992 | dir. Michael Mann

thefinalimage:

The Last of the Mohicans | 1992 | dir. Michael Mann

Portobello Road Market.