List of things to Procrastinate: a Fangirl’s lament

My list of things I should finish/do; from the inconsequential to the important in no particular order:

*Legend of Dragoon – I got to the last disk and put it down. And because of the way they made the battle system, I’d have to start over. Don’t remember how to hit the buttons in the right order! Lol

*FF13 – Orphan. SUCKS.

*2 Ratchet and Clank games that I’m not sure where I left off on them.

*The first 2 Halo games. Though I’ve played them before, I don’t have the achievements on MY xbox.

*I need to get a job ):

*Read my friend’s game design doc. I’m a terrible friend ): She needs me to help edit this thing, but I’m not sure what exactly needs doing.

*Get back into Dance Trance. I have 10 classes I have to attend at least.

*Next 5 chapters of NoFace for another friend who’s turning it into a manga. Yay Manga!

*It would follow that I’ve got a multitude of other original stories that I haven’t finished but need finishing.

*More books in the Natan Fleet Show need written… Tentative list is: #3 Ambassador at Large, #4 Shaxia (title may change), #0.1 Ellurian Pearls, #0.2 Faith on Silver Wings, #0.3 Frontier Station. And somewhere in the future I’ll get Victory Station in there. D:

*In addition to the fact that I’ve got about 30 fanfics on that I started posting and didn’t bother finishing. But if I did pick them up again, I’d have to edit like WOAH. …I’m afraid to. But, if nothing else, leaving the old stuff there is like an archeological timeline that shows the progression of my writing. :D hooray bright side! (some aren’t worth picking up again, tho, since they were total crack.)

*Read another friend’s CampNaNo he wanted some input on.

*Send out some packages I’m needing to mail.

*Cleaning the house. But this is an ongoing thing that will never. Ever. Be completed.

*Making various costumes for myself. And clothes. I started making some time ago, got frustrated and put down.

*I should sort through my clothes and discover what doesn’t fit anymore and give it to someone. Mostly it’s my office clothes, but it kinda ticks me off that I spent $400 on buying this stuff and then gained 20lb. stupid body ):

*Drawing various gifts I promised people and don’t really remember what they asked for ): I’m such a LAME friend!

*Of course, that last one follows into “need to MAKE gifts for people this year”…

*Scanning all my old artwork so I can throw away the trash (and keep the good ones to sell or something later)

*need to return Mad Ship to my friend and start reading Golden Fool. (Same friend I’m borrowing a DS from to play Coded… but If I can get enough money selling books I’ll buy a 3DS and get that new KingdomHearts game!)

*Speaking of borrowed books, I’ve got a bunch of other books borrowed from friends and family. As well as books I picked up myself that I wanted to read… ugh. It’s such a long list I have no idea how I’ll ever get to them all, what with new books that are awesome being printed every day!

*Among those books being Powerborn, and Changes, and those are just my 2 newest books I’m actually working on reading atm.

*I need to learn how to use Anime Studio. And Manga Studio. I’ve got a For Dummies book on the latter but it doesn’t make much sense because, despite being a Gemini, I’m rather set in my ways sometimes and Photoshop works well enough. PaintTool Sai was okay for a diversion while I was installing PS5, but… heh.

*I bought a bunch of books on Wicca and other pagan religions and haven’t cracked them. I need to read them for reference if nothing else.

*back on the subject of games, I have Persona and Dissidia that I haven’t even unwrapped. As well as Daxter, for the PSP, that I need to finish playing.

*and Chain of Memories. Maybe if I played the worlds in the right order I would have an easier time of it.

*My nanowrimo is languishing right now. Poor Elaine, poor Luck. they haven’t even gotten laid yet and it’s already 3k words in! (this should be rectified… as soon as I get around to it.)
I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot of stuff.

So what about everyone else? What have YOU not finished?

social media and writing

No idea what to do with this whole social media thing.

If I’m online updating my twitter, deviantART, LiveJournal, or website, then I’m online for hours. And hours and hours, and pretty soon, writing that was _supposed_ to get done doesn’t, and if I’m not writing, am I a writer still, or just an internet junky?

So what’s the balance? Do I really _need_ to be online fussing at people and in their faces the way I do at conventions to make them buy my book? (honestly, I can only sustain that kind of energy when I’m hyped on coffee and sugar and dressed in one of my tiny skirts, and even then it only lasts the weekend.)

This self publishing thing is fairly difficult to figure out, but I wouldn’t trade it, I think. I’m enjoying the experience of doing it myself. And all my research indicates that I’d have to do this kind of thing myself anyway. The other stuff involved in self publishing is pretty easy to figure out (Printing/finding printers, ebooks, editing, formatting etc, I got a degree that pretty much told me how to do that stuff, so I’ll use it while I can’t find a job in my actual career field.)

However, the requirement to fiddle around on social media is annoying. I don’t even get to talk to people directly. I’m just wailing my words into cyberspace and hoping they’re heard by someone.

Anyway. I am aiming to have Symbol of Hope done and available before Nov 12th, Hamacon Mini 2. We’ll see how that goes, given that I’m currently in Oregon. BUT! I only get a few hours of internet a day here, due to gramma’s house being in the bottom of a gully with mountains on either side, antique phone lines, and town being 30 mins away and a bass akwards location to begin with. They don’t even have a Books a Million up here. (the horror!)

Had another terrible haircut. This time courtesy of mom. I asked her to clip my bangs just below my eyebrows, and she ended up clipping them a centimeter above my brows and unevenly at that. I’m going to leave it as it is and grow them out. They were just in my eyes was the problem and too short to pull back…. hopefully it won’t take long for them to grow again. meh.
I was re-reading Joust, by Mercedes Lackey (again). And was dismayed at the typos and serious sentence errors that an editor SHOULD have caught in there. Didn’t diminish my enjoyment for the book, of course, but it’s certainly a slap in the face to see that kind of thing in a Trad Pub. (I’ll be a nice girl and not point out the irony of the situation. I’m sure you’re all smart enough to figure it out on your own.) I’m sure I noticed them the first time I read the book (and second) but the story was good enough to forgive and forget.

So I suppose that would probably be my goal too. Since I’m sure I still have errors in my writing, but I hope the story is good enough to forgive and forget.

speaking of symbol of hope. Well, I wasn’t but I am now, heh.
Book 2 is getting sooo intense! We find out about what Paymeh did, and why he was on trial, and what’s wrong with Vathion. And then some stuff happens, and Vathion makes a massive mistake and is confronted with the fact that there IS a difference between Acting and Reacting, and he’s been doing the latter.

My problem is that Vath is supposed to be smart, and so _I_ have to be TWICE as smart as he is to outsmart him! Which is what is taking me so long to write this darn book. Because I have to keep stepping it up.

Bugs me to death when I read a book where a character is supposed to be smart, but the author isn’t smart enough to outsmart their smart character, so the character ends up doing dumb things (or saying dumb things) because of author limitations. I really hope that hasn’t happened with my characters. I try to only have them do what is absolutely in character for them to do. So even if _I_ want them to go left, and the character’s personality would dictate that they would go RIGHT instead, I have to find some reason that forces them to go left. I have to find a valid reason to make RIGHT the incorrect answer, even if it’s the answer that they would normally have gone for straight away. (and even then, they may still go RIGHT first anyway, because consequences be damned, that’s the choice the character would make!)

Moar Dragon*Con

Back from Dragon*con!

Some things were great.  Some things weren’t so great.


Great things:

OMG OMG OMG OMG! MERCEDES LACKEY WAS THERE!!!!!!!!! She signed my book! OMG!


…….. (10 mins later)


Not so great things:

A little disappointed about the whole experience.

WTH was with the Pre-reg line? WHY were people who bought badges THAT DAY in and out of line in 20 mins? or less. Whereas the pre-reg line was up to 5hrs long.

The crowd. Had. No. Energy.

I’ve been to a couple AWA’s and the crowd at AWA has an energy all of its own. It’s easy to be excited and stay excited despite the fact that your feet hurt, you only got 3hrs of sleep, you’ve been in line for hours, and your costume itches like frak – but you’re still excited to be there. I got bored at D*con.

And with the boredom came the realization of how tired I was. And how much my feet and back hurt. I didn’t have nearly as much fun as I was expecting to. I mean… By Sunday I was ready to leave. ;.; I actually fell asleep in 2 panels on Sunday. Even though they were interesting, I just… Passed Out.

There were only like… a third of the people there in costumes. Sure the ones who showed up were good, but it was… disappointing that there were so few people in costume. I was _excited_ when I saw someone in an armature costume, or someone who couldn’t quite pull it off but was trying – because they TRIED.

I saw a few obscure things – like Cheerleader Suzaku (Code Geass) and a Guild Wars girl.

And then there were lots of super heroes and steam punk stuff. Some of the steam punk things were cool, but they were just kinda… I dunno. They weren’t dressed as Anyone in Specific. and that was kind of disappointing a little.

And the super heroes… I got the feeling that a lot of people would have dressed up if the general vibe of the con hadn’t been “if you don’t do it perfectly, go put on some real clothes.”

I dressed up a bit on Saturday and… It was kinda upsetting that I got the feeling that it wasn’t acceptable. I busted my ass on my fiancé’s costume and sure, mine was a last minute thrown together thing, but… at AWA it would have gotten a lot of attention. Even if I would have been mistaken for a Loli’, but it still would have gotten attention. But here, people were like… taking pictures of my Fiancé and kinda gesturing for me to get out of the picture.

Then there were the people without badges. They were rude, inconsiderate, and generally annoying. They were only there to gawk at the “Freaks.” Which really made the atmosphere of the con that much worse.