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I post here far less often than I would like

It largely comes down to working on the stories I’ve got running through my head. I’ve got two stories I’m working on now, one of them being almost a decade old by now. (Actually, it might be older than that.) It’s undergone multiple rewrites in the past, and I realized a while ago that I glossed past a lot of stuff in it. As an example of how I’ve been working on it, the most recent rewrite of it came in at about 16,ooo words. The current point I’m at took me less than 4,000 words to reach the same point. It would be nice if I could get it to 50,000 or more.

I lied accidentally in the previous paragraph – I’ve got three stories I’m working on. (And at no time am I even mentioning any of the fanfiction I still write.) The one I referred to above is supernatural in nature. The other two are science fiction, and are in the same universe as the first short story I ever published.

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A loss in the HP fanfic world

At least I consider it one.

I got word over the weekend that one of my online friends that I hadn’t heard from in several months had died. It’s been unfortunately verified.

His online handle was fenriswolf, and on a few sites he added a 01 at the end, usually because the site demanded numbers or such. His real name was Brian McCrary, and he apparently spent the last three years very ill.

He was a Harmonian to the core – Hermione was the only girl for Harry, although he wrote a nice little threesome story once, called “With Three You Get Eggroll”. He was remarkably talented as a writer, and I would have liked to seen original work with his name on the spine.

Unfortunately, that will never be now.

May the Valkyrie speed your way, my Asatru friend, and may your afterlife be all you can hope for.

Adeiu. You will be missed.

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Finally started to get my sci-fi story off the ground!

No puns intended, mind you.

I’ve got the two other stories that I’ve had edited, I just have to get them submitted. (Actually, I ought to run them past my editor one last time. She’s good, and can always use the money.)

The one I really am working on now is one that’s even got me writing the screenplay for it in my head at the same time. If you think that won’t get confusing…

I’m in one of those situations where I’d really like to talk about the story, but I don’t dare, because someone might read this and decide “Hey, that’s a great story!” and write it from underneath me, since I’m the type who’d go into some detail about where I was going with the story, which would give more than enough data to write it to someone else.

Paranoid? Probably. I doubt my blog has THAT many readers yet, but if I train myself well, it will serve me when my things become breakaway best sellers and I start drawing millions of hits a femtosecond to my site. *laugh*

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A little more on the family front

Went to visit the folks over the July 4th weekend, and came home with more stuff than I could have imagined. In talking about things, Mom decided to look through some of the scrapbooks of photos that she has. She sets a folded piece of cardboard to the side as she looks through this one bin full of photos. I open it an almost squeed.

My Uncle Richard’s baptismal certificate was the cardboard piece, and in the makeshift folder that it created were printouts. Family members, birth certificates, and one very important marriage certificate – the one for Dad’s mother’s grandfather. I hadn’t been able to get anywhere past her father, and suddenly things are opening up again. I’ve gotten information that carries the family back a bit further.

Still having a bitch of a time finding the Indian great-great-grandmother, especially now that it seems that she might be Cayuga or Seneca, rather than the Blackfeet.

Argh.

At least I found physical verification of her first name – at least the ‘Christian’ one, that is. On a bit of documentation stating that a son was a farmer, she was apparently living with him, and she was listed as Cora. The LDS had her as Cora, but no real information on that. I can now give a reference back to that document to them for at least the first name.

If anyone reads this who happens to know how to trace genealogy into the Indian tribes, I’d greatly appreciate a hint.

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Amazing the weird stuff that makes us happy

Yesterday my wife and I went into a local town for lunch/dinner, and just generally enjoyed a couple hours around that town. We came back to our car and found a coupon from a restaurant that we used to go to until it closed, “apologizing” for us not being able to visit, but welcoming us back at another time. We looked at each other and decided to walk to the place – considering it was about twenty paces from where we parked. We could have eaten there yesterday from a limited menu, had we known that they were open again.

Their official reopening in tomorrow, June 30th. I know where we’re eating tomorrow night, and Dorothy agrees.

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Sir, I exist!

A man said to the universe: "Sir I exist!"

"However," replied the universe, "The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."

Stephen Crane

Don’t know why, but I’ve always loved that little bit from him.

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Quick update

Good news: I’ve got all my stories saved in eFiction format from FFA, which will make it easier to move them to the eFiction site I’m using. I’ll start moving those either tonight or tomorrow.

Annoying news: Needed to re-install my Ruby/Rails development setup on my work computer. Blah.

Less annoying – need to set it up at home from scratch on the desktop machine.

Excellent – made a connection with someone who has their own family tree on Ancestry.com and we’re helping each other out where we can. I was intrigued to find that I have John Alden and Priscilla Mullins in my tree, in a fairly direct line! (If you don’t know, Google the names – it’ll explain things. Kinda/sorta American “royalty”, if you will.)

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Genealogy for fun

Going through my past and hunting down relatives. It’s interesting seeing the holes in the family, where damned near zero information exists.

But I’ve traced at least one thing all the way back to 1505, which I find interesting.

Going to try to get Dorothy’s tree added, and maybe even offer to house some of Allison’s, if she wants, since I was married to her for a while.

It’s fun, though. I need to contact one of my cousins, who was researching his side of the family, since he should be able to fill in some of my blanks.

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Well feh

Had one opportunity go away, unfortunately, but it’s got me going on others.

I’ve had a few script ideas in my head for a few years, so I’m do a little work on fleshing them out into real screenplays. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to go ahead with it. I’m going to write a few of these out, and see if I might be able to make a sale or two.

Be nice if I could look at people and say “Pay attention in the credits. Look for the name of the writer of the screenplay.”

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Pictures are more difficult than I expected

Looks like I need to either start a Flickr account or install Gallery or something. Since there is a Gallery plugin for Serendipity (and Gallery is a hell of a lot easier to navigate than Coppermine), I’m installing Gallery 2 on my website.

With luck, I’ll have something worth posting (pic-wise) within a day or two.

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