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Why I Use Skribit
May 27th, 2009 by Babs

<div class=\"pavatar\">Why I Use Skribit</div>

I love to write, even though my ADD tends to make it a painful process. Blogging helps. Sometimes, though, I either don’t have anything to write a full post about (hence the Twitter Updates), or I don’t have the time when the idea hits me and when I do, I’ve forgotten what I wanted to write about.

Over on LiveJournal they have this thing called “Writer’s Block”. There is a constant supply of suggestions for blog fodder, made possible by the LJ community. Unfortunately, since it’s something that automatically appears on your LJ homepage, there’s no feed for me to drag back here. ;P

Skribit is the closest thing I could find that would work with WordPress. I feel a little bit odd that total strangers can come to my site and make suggestions for content. Then again, that’s pretty much how it’s done at LJ. I don’t have to write about every suggestion, either. And I can even “archive” my own, so I won’t forget them!

So yeah. I’m going to keep the Skribit box around for awhile and see what happens. I’ve also added one to Maxwell Pink Tells Stories, so Max can experience the joy of being inundated by plot bunnines. WEG

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*braces self*
Mar 30th, 2008 by Babs

The Bishi Harem Fruitcake Co. online store is no more. I deleted it yesterday. Oddly, this was not as painful as I expected it to be.

Since the muses were on loan to me from Maxwell Pink, I returned them with a thank you in the form of the domain. Yes, from this day forward bishiharem.com will be the permanent home for my alter ego’s fiction archive. It’s not that I don’t trust Blogger, but between all the nonsense that’s been going on in the blogosphere as of late and the fact that I have 2GB of web space collecting dust, I decided to move the archive there for safe keeping.

I’m using WordPress for the archive. I installed it last night and began tweaking it this afternoon with the help of Lisa Sabin-Wilson’s “WordPress for Dummies”. To give you an idea of how dumb *I* can be, when I discovered the announcement of a stable update of WordPress I immediately implemented the upgrade even though Fantastico has no mention of it, yet. I did this partially because I wanted to get any upgrades out of the way before I started working with the software, partially because I know Jen harps about keeping our software up to date to protect everyone on DrakNet and this would make her happy. :) Of course now I’m working with a Dashboard that bears little semblance to the one in the book! Fuck!

Once I figure out where/what everything now is, make the site look pretty, and move, re-tag and upload fics I’ll let everyone know.

Now I’m wondering if I should’ve installed WordPress into its own directory so I could password protect it. *sigh*

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Thank you Rhapsody!
Nov 3rd, 2007 by Babs

Last week I learned that Rhapsody and Urge (the two music download thingies I use) decided to merge. It was made official last Friday. Yesterday, after discovering I could download tunes onto my computer, have WMP recognize and play them, and use WMP to put them on my Sansa (thus meaning I no longer have to switch between programs, which has been the bane of some of my player problems) I decided to go “shopping”. Within the last week Rhapsody has addded Eric Stuart (which neither Rhapsody nor Urge carried up until now) and they now have almost the entire J. Geils Band catalog. To the best of my knowledge they are only missing their second “Best of” album, Sanctuary (which I already have on CD) and “Showtime”, which I would’ve owned a long time ago had they not made it unavailable on CD until recently. It was the last new album the band put out with Peter Wolf, and it was also released on my 18th birthday, so you know it has some special meaning to me. :) Anyway, thanks to the merge, I can now listen to my favorite songs that I previously ceased to have access to since I no longer have record player, and can’t afford to replace the other half of my collection.

Now if they can only get some Rex Smith.

In other news, even though I was only able to write for two hours (thus far) over the last three days, I have managed to get 1479 words written. That’s much better than my start of “BabsNoWriMo” (BTW I started over for NaNo). I’m going to see if I can sneak in an hour this afternoon and another tonight, and see if I can begin to get caught up. At least I got the two main characters introduced.

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Life
Oct 8th, 2007 by Babs

So, I’d been using the gold method that davensjournal suggested, while waiting for my doctor’s appointment. I awoke Friday morning to find the stye draining. :) I still kept my appointment with my doctor, but I will be on the phone with HMO Blue tomorrow in regards to moving to the clinic my boys’ Pedi moved to. I love Dr. Ham and Lisa, but the other staff have got to go. Friday I spent an hour in the waiting room because there wasn’t an exam room open, and the bitch doing the patient shuffling forgot all about me… And then had the nerve to lie about it, to both me and the doctor. Adding to it all is the fact that my doctor was quitre (gee, I wonder who I have on the brain?) surpised that I had to wait almost a week to be seen.

Anyway. It’s a stye, it’s draining, and I got a prescription for some goop to get rid of any infection. :P I was instructed to apply warm compresses to encourage it to continue to drain. I think I’ll brew up those corriander seeds, dip a washcloth into that and use that as a compress (allowing some of the brew to drip into the eye) before I try the eye goop.

I wasn’t able to pick up my notebook paper Friday. I picked up 400 sheets on Saturday and started writing today. Got 570 words written. Not much considering how much I was bitching earlier, but I did manage to make a major dent in the plot as a whole (if only in my head).

I uploaded the torrent for the second season of Max Headroom to my account on The Pirate Bay. Within 20 minutes I had 34 leechers. :) Folks have been taking the 27th Lancer audio and running. Bastards! After monitoring the seeds I’m finding it’s best to keep at 5 seeds at a time, so as soon as one reaches it’s goal, I’ll upload another. I think the second season of Duckman will be next. If anyone happens to stumble across torrents for “Doctor, Doctor” let me know!

Still tightening the belt. We’ve gone urban dairy with the purchase of a large box of powdered milk. Considering we’ve been drinking skim, it’s not that bad, but the boys are still pitching a bitch. Ben is insisting that, as a growing teen, he needs real milk. Jarret is just whining about the taste, even though he’s never really had the stuff straight (thus far I’ve been using it in the macaroni and cheese, and homemade bread).

I did pick up a cheap earring holder. It’ll save me money in the long run. I keep losing my earrings and having to buy new pairs. I also bought some yarn to make a runner for my altar. Hopefully it will be done in time for Samhain. The stitch I’m using looks pretty!

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BabsNoWriMo Take 2
Oct 4th, 2007 by Babs

Back in July I mentioned I was making another attempt to write a particular original story. For reasons mentioned in that post, I kind of got sidetracked. My first thought was to make it a NaNo project, but November is such a horrible month for me, what with the show in Plymouth. Hell, even at last night’s practice I was torn between breaking down (for being at practically every practice since the beginning of the year and still not being able to maintain half of the show in my head), and smacking Ellie (for being a bitch and showing up a month and a half before the show, after being missing all year, and demanding we drop everything to teach her). I ended up breaking down. :(

Anyway, I had decided on making October BabsNoWriMo. So on October 1st I plopped myself down in front of my computer for two hours… and typed approximately 400 words. *facepalm* Definitely a far cry from the 20 pages I had handwritten in two hours, in my notebook back in July. But now I know for certain what I’ve always suspected: the creative juices flow more freely when I’m writing by hand.

So. Tomorrow, after my doctor appointment, I’m heading over to Staples and picking myself an uber large notebook and a pack of pen refills. Then I’m going to kick everyone the fuck out of my room and get some writing done. This means I’ll have to count the words manually in order to keep track. *shrugs* BTW does anyone know how NaNo counts words? I seem to recall it’s different than the way MS Word does. I’m thinking they might use the traditional 5 characters/spaces = 1 word. I may also extend my month by a couple of days to make up for my first day fiasco and that fact that I haven’t been up to writing since this stye acted up. Yeah, I know that’s cheating. I think I’ll survive. :) It’s kind of hard to focus on words when an eye is burning (I won’t even get into how long it took me to write this).

That’s my plan.

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