Wednesday, October 29, 2008
At the end of the reading we decided the unofficial theme for next year is "fuzzy bunnies and the elves who love them." (Yes, within ten seconds one end of the table had already outlined a crucified fuzzy bunny Easter story.)
This morning was a crazy day. I don't know where my keys are; after searching the house for about twenty minutes, I finally broke down and got my alternate keys. Sometimes when I've been wearing different jackets, my keys end up in a seldom-used pocket... but I went through four jacktets and I still couldn't find them.
Oh well. I think it was a kind of object lesson in remaining calm instead of getting more and more frustrated -- although I was a little late getting to my first appointment, in the end it didn't matter and I got where I needed to more or less on time as the day went on.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Mark was inspired to paint the trim around the front windows and door. Our friend George said our house looks, "Artsy-fartsy."
On the spiritual front:
I'm wrestling with if I should become a UU worship associate. There's pros and cons.
On the writing front:
The PHP scripts that I use to track markets and stories is working nicely in terms of helping me rank which story to send to which market; it's a little clunky, but that's kind of okay because it makes me actually think about what I'm doing.
However... it's not foolproof. I typed in the wrong word count limit for a market and managed to send a story that was too big to a market (I got a form rejection).
Friday, October 17, 2008
New record. I submitted a story (the traffic one) to a market and got it rejected in three hours. Any faster and I would have thought I was in some kind of time warp.
In related news, I'm having problems with the 'mktime' function in PHP, because it only returns today's date or the beginning of the epoch (Jan 31, 1969). It would be nice if it computed dates for data that I gave it, because then I could clear out the markets that are closed until such-and-such a date from my market suggestion lists.
At first I thought it might be a problem in my markets array, and I tried tweaking the closure date with the 'trim' and 'settype' functions to make sure that I was passing a correctly formatted data point to the 'mktime' functions.
It's one of those finesse things -- I can just keep track of when a market will open up manually. But it would be nice to have the software have markets pop up only when they're accepting manuscripts.
Uhhg... the iPod has just recycled for about the fifth time, and I'm carefully not looking at what time it is. If only I could time warp my sleep...
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Been working on the story tracking PHP software; the old program is great, but it needed some tweaking so it could respond to markets with non-linear pay scales.
Did some minor post-critique work on the traffic story. It's ready and I hope to send it soon.
Tomorrow is supposed to be nice; so I'll probably be painting the house.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Now that Mark is back, there's been some re-alignment of The Great Garage Clear-out. Most notable was the space in front of he lateral files. Some ladders and other stuff got placed in front of the files; after I moved the ladders to a new (and hopefully acceptable) place, I put blue tape on the ground to outline how far out the file drawers pull out. I think that will keep the area in front of them clear. I'm hopeful that the new arrangement in general will keep our garage a more usable space. . . . and yes, I have a lot of useless garbage that needs to be sifted through for the good stuff and then thrown out.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Sheesh. If you'r going to be that loud I want to here a shriek of, "I am so drunk!"
Today is Tales in the Mail -- so I need to de-clutter the house.
Friday, October 03, 2008
I found a recording of Clara Rockmore playing "The Swan" by Saint Saens, on the theremin. Watching her hands as she plays (wearing a kind of purple turban, too) is wonderful, and she makes the theremin sound like an analog cello. As she played, I realized I'd found a new goddess, and I lamented that, as far as i knew, she had not done any collaborations with Laurie Anderson.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
It's raining... no, wait, the sun is out. Nope. It's raining.
Managed a lot of dialog on the serious Mars story; edited the not-serious Mars story.
Muriel continues to be an irritant.