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Second Life Demon/Dragon Kitty avatar

Because people keep asking “what are you?”.
No, I’m not a fucking demon/dragon kitty.  I just like how it looks.  And yeah, I’m not a furry.  Just happen to have a few anthro avatars on SL.

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Ubuntu 9.10 & yWriter5

So I basically upgraded to 9.10 in my sleep last night :-p

I found out there’s a “linux version” of yWriter5 and decided to try to out.  I had 9.04 installed but was having problems with text in the program and menus not showing up, despite a few hours of wrestling, installing, reinstalling according to the directions on Spacejock’s website.

I read that people with 9.10 were having the same problem… there was more people with the problem than -not- with the problem.  But I figured I’d upgrade anyway.  Lo and behold, I can use yWriter again! It’s the best writing program I’ve seen by far.  It used to be really buggy but here’s to hoping it won’t be any longer.

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Ok, I give up

February 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I have scrambled around for months trying to make sure I’ll be able to pay my webhosting.  My due date is coming up and I’ve got $20 to put towards it, which is from my dad.  His contribution for me hosting him.  I’ll be sad that I won’t be able to host him but… eh.  Oh, and Dale has yet to give me the money he said he would give me, but even with that in hand, I won’t have enough.

Even knowing that DreamHost couldn’t give two shits about expiration dates, I’m sure I wouldn’t have the money on hand to pay for it when they finally did decide to cut the cord on me.  And even if I -did- have the money on hand (like I magically came up with a job), I wouldn’t put it towards something as frivolous as a god damn webhost (no matter how totally ridiculously awesome they are).  Of course I would plan on returning all money given to me for hosting back to their respective owners, but yeah.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about being pathetically broke and stuck without 96% of my belongings for an extended period of time, it’s how to appreciate the simple things in life, and how to live without all the extra things.  I knew the former before, but not so much the latter.

Yes, it’s nice to have a webhost.  Very nice.  But to have to stress about how to pay for it? Not having that extra stress on my shoulders is going to be really nice and so worth it.  Like if I managed to pay my hosting for this year, I’d have to worry for a full year for the next year.

I.  Do.  Not.  Need.  That.

I still have 7+ months left for my domain name.  I’ll use that name to forward to… probably my deviantArt account, since most of what I do is random blogging and posting of art stuffs.

I would like to perhaps get a dA subscription, which is super cheap.  I could get a full year and not worry too much about it’s due date because I’ll still have my dA account.  I just won’t have the axtra little perks… really there’s only one perk I like and think is totally awesome.  And probably worth it, especially since that account would basically become my stomping ground.

You see? I can be a simple person.  Yes, lots of stuff I want… gimme gimme gimme! But I can be a sport and live without it and just focus on the essentials and the stuff that I know really truly makes me happy.  Like making art.  And the outdoors.  And gaming.

It’s funny the things that have made me stupidly happy while being completely broke all the time.  Like… being given furniture.  Like toilet paper.  And especially stuff to clean with.  The little things, yes?

With all that said… this will probably be my last “normal” blog post.  All blogging from here on out will probably be on my dA account.  In the next couple days I’ll start backing up my entire site.  I’ll let my dad know so he can start backing his stuff up too, and maybe point him towards WordPress’ blogging sites.

I am very disheartened that nobody could/is willing come to my aid.  Seriously? These times are tough 😦

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Now that NaNoWriMo is over…

December 2, 2009 Leave a comment

I don’t know what to do!

There’s always that adjustment period, for me anyway, after NaNo where I spend a bit trying to figure out what the fuck I’m doing.  I don’t have much of a life to get to, since what I do most of the time is write and make art stuffs and job hunting on the side when my fragile sense of self can handle it.

  • Need to get back to first edit of book #1.  This is my TOP PRIORITY.
  • Some *gulp* meeting new people and trying new things? Imagine!
  • Planning out my “Better than Twilight” book.  I have have a title in mind and was thinking of using some characters from a few short stories I did years ago.  For this, I really ought to:
  • Finish reading Twilight.  Which is painful but educational (on how NOT to write).
  • Need to do some regular piano practice again (every day or every other day would be great)
  • I’m planning on asking some friends if they want some website space, for a nominal fee.  I want to keep my space but it would take a miracle for me to have it this coming V-day.
  • Play lots and lots of NWN online.  I found a cool server to play on.  This is the only video game I should allow myself to play for awhile.  Too many/too much gaming can be too distracting.
  • Keep my ear on the ground looking for a job >.<
  • Improve my drawing.  Probably back off my other art endeavors for awhile, but improve my drawing…

So I think I need to cut back on my graphics work, silly little side games… umm… I probably shouldn’t visit those snark communities for awhile or even dA or fA for awhile.  As much as I love looking at art, I need to foooocus.   I need to prioritize my time!

Why yes, Twilight SUCKS

November 19, 2009 3 comments

So I watched the movie while I was bored one rainy day awhile back.  Luckily I had a knitting project involving numbers and counting and such so I didn’t stab myself in the eyes.  Because it really was -that- bad.

I keep reading all these wonderful reviews about how horrible the book is.  I -still- wanted to see for myself, for some reason.

Four chapters in and I see that there is no exaggeration whatsoever coming from Twilight haters.

It’s like a bad accident.  A mild headache and eyestrain, four chapters later and I -still- can’t look away.  It’s horrible.  Where do I start?

– I am so sick and tired of Bella whining about the rain

– And the snow, that lasted… fuck if I know, two days?

– I’m sick of hearing about how PRETTY Edward is

– I’m sick of the weather.  It’s not important enough to write -that- much about it.  Seriously.

– Bella is a bit shallow

– Bella is boring

– Bella is clumsy.  There’s mention of her clumsiness just as much, if not more so than how pretty Edward is.  Clumsy is fine but I’m sick of hearing about it.

– Bella is… popular? How can she be popular? She’s so boring and fucking -plain-.  Is it just because she was in that accident? What? Why are there THREE guys asking her out? Are they losers too and they think she’s their own chance?

– Has Meyers ever heard of “show, don’t tell?” or even “show and tell?”

– With that said, as she ever heard of “editing”? Shhh, it’s okay, Meyers… I know, editing is scary.  It’s a lot of hard work.  *petpet* I’ve been loosing a lot of hair trying to edit just -one- of my books.

– Fourish chapters in and I’m seeing no plot.  The only thing that might pass as plot is Edward’s mysterious beauty. And the “plot” thickens when he saves her life, displaying what she believes to be superhuman strength and superhuman speed.

-Speaking of superhuman, why hasn’t Bella made any guesses as to how Edward saved her? I know Meyer has butchered the myth of vampires, but FUCK, can’t she just playfully think for a moment “DERR He’s a vampire! NOT” or something similar?  (she might have and I just missed it)

– I don’t feel anything for Bella but annoyance.  I don’t want to root for her.  I don’t want her to be with Edward in any way because it just seems like he’s jerking her around on a chain and she’s letting him (one day he’s smiling and talking to her nicely, the next she would be dead if looks could kill).  I want to yell or laugh at her.  And I don’t mean in a good way.  And I certainly can’t relate to her.  I wasn’t a typical teenage girl, so maybe that’s what I’m something I’m lacking.

– Bella may be a 17 year old but she doesn’t -read- like a 17 year old.  She sounds like a dingy old housewife.  There’s one phrase she used that I didn’t understand that sounded pretty old (fuck if I can find it again, don’t make me re-read or even skim for it) and another one that I recognized but have heard very few people say, and they’re older people.  If she’s going to read/talk/sound like a mature, older person, at least make the rest of her match the maturity level >.>

– Bella is immature and annoying.  Like a teenager.  I guess this isn’t really a valid complaint since it’s about a teenager.

– Wait… how much time has passed since the story started? 1 month? a few weeks? half a dozen weeks? One night? OMG I’M SO CONFUSED! I had to go back and read a couple pages just to try to find out WTF was going on.  I think I have low reading comprehension (read: poor attention span), but usually if I go back, I can find what got me so lost in the first place.

– Edward comes across as a cocky bipolar or possibly someone with DID.  Fuck you, Edward.  You’re not cool.  The only thing you have going for you is your ZOMG!!eleventy1! prettyness.

OMG.  Is that all the complaints?

One complaint from many Twilight haters I noticed was how readily she turns down all these guys trying to ask her out.  She didn’t want to go to the dance, period.  Because she’s clumsy (mentioned in one way or another constantly).  It wasn’t like she was going at it from a “I’m too good for you/I’m saving myself for Edward” thing.  So I side with Bella on that one.  I would have done the same thing in HS (or possibly even now, I just don’t dance).

And that’s just the surface level stuff.  I haven’t looked into the whole misogynist side of things.  I usually don’t notice that kind of stuff unless its glaringly obvious.  I did notice that Bella took on the typical housewife role with her father, but that was after reading about it from a hater.

Seriously.  The movie could have been better.  The book can be better.

In fact, I’m inspired to write one myself that’ll be 5 times less dull and more believable, just to prove how much Twilight sucks.  It won’t be a direct rip off of characters and plot (what plot?) but it will be inspired from it.  And have lots of things in common.  Like Harry potter has elements in common with Star Wars.  *nod*

And before anybody thinks I don’t have a right to complain about poor writing because they’ve read my writing and have found it to be even worse than Meyer’s I say: At least I admit it.  At least I didn’t try to publish it.  At least I’m willing to listen to criticism (not that I’ve ever gotten any).  At least I never claimed my writings were good.  At least I’ve been improving.  I’ve been working -hard- for the past few years to improve my writing and its just now starting to show.

Yes, every story and book attempt has pretty much been a completel failure.  My short stories, especially.  The writing was poor, the characters flat, the plots just… suck.  Everything.

Oh… it’s the middle of NaNo and suddenly I want to play for the book to cleanse my mind of Twilight…

So all in all: I can see how this book can be appealing.  Honestly I do.  It’s -almost- appealing.  It’s just horribly written with horrible characters.  If I had bought this (because I love YA and fantasy) I would have been crying at the loss of my rarely earned money.

*ETA*  I leave you with a quote from the book:

Did you get contacts?” I blurted out unthinkingly.

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I saw Half-Blood Prince last night!


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I have Google Voice!

I have a Google Voice account. ^-^

I’m not really sure why I got it.  Thought it might be handy sooner or later.  The cool thing about it is if someone calls for me, and I don’t get to the phone, I’ll get an e-mail letting me know.  And I gets me some voice mail, too.  I don’t get calls much, but I do miss them a lot when someone does call and sometimes I never find out when someone -did- call because people don’t communicate too well around this house :-p

AND apparently I can call anywhere in the US for free and anywhere outside of the use for dirt cheap!

So, yay free long distance 🙂

Oh, and I also like that its -my- number.  I have control over it.  Bwa ha ha! Its very much like e-mail, but its on the phone.  You can block spammers or choose not to talk someone.  Very neat stuffs.

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