||[Oct. 13th, 2005|08:18 am]
|||||Wordplay - Jason Mraz||]|
This morning I am getting up early to write. I am going to write. Finally.
PS. Alienware lapto^H^H^H^H^Hmobile desktops make great portable heating sources for when you get up before the heat is scheduled to come on.
Unfortunately, they do not make good long term laptops (more than fifteen minutes) because, while they will probably not inflict burning damage, they will cause your legs to become painfully hot in short order.
You know, I think if Alienware knew what I did with this beast of a machine, they'd be crying? I do plan to use it for development, I just don't have time.
Also, putting a thin pillow between laptop and legs mitigates the burning effect. Once you turn the laptop off, you might want to be cautious, as warm laptops make very attractive napping places for felines.
Right. Well, it shouldn't be too bad as long as the lid is shut. (Right?)
Probably not, although cat-hair might clog the fans and such eventually. I think you'll be okay though. Plus it's a highly cute behavior anyway.
One problem with cats is that they have a habit of being cute and frustrating at the same time.
"Aw... he wants attention and so he's sitting on my lap. How cut-wait, I'm playing an active video game! I don't have time for this! Give me back my arm!"
Congrats on the writing.
On an tangential topic, I did finally sign up for NaNoWriMo. I'm sure they're up to something, as the Internet is a wretched hive of scum and villainy, but if I can't figure out what it is, well... Think of it as evolution in action.
(Wow. Star Wars and Oath of Fealty in one post. I am a giant nerd.)
Heh. The main character feels like a giant nerd right now too (though I did not specifically use the words "I'm such a Trekkie," in the story).
I think NaNo is good, but, of course, I'm still treating it with caution. I'm not going to submit the unaltered text of my writing for counting.
Right. The story I finally submit will contain nothing but Ws, spaces, and punctuation.
I really want to read Familiar. I know nothing about it, and you talk about it constantly.
On the internal editor above: That thing is a pain in the butt. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten stuck in an editing loop, rewriting over and over long before I finish drafting. The result is thousands of chapter ones, and very very few chapter tens, and nothing with an ending.
Er... I did not mean for "talk about it constantly" to come out quite like that. It's not annoying; rather, it's interesting, and I wish to know more.
Don't worry, I actually didn't take it wrong (though I do talk about it too often without anything to show).
I can send you a copy, but you'll have to understand that it's less than a first draft, in my opinion, and needs editing before it's even ready to be edited. I'm not taking criticism right now. That may sound bad, but I can't afford to even consider editing right now until I've completed the story. I'm hoping to publish it, so it will be edited, but not now. Otherwise it will never be finished.
While it may not work for everyone, that's the advice I've heard on beating the internal editor - every time it screams at you that something is wrong, make a note to yourself to fix it during editing (after you've finished the story, not the scene or chapter) and tell it to shut up.
That would be great! And it's no problem, I'll keep my critiques to myself. It's a skill I've been trying to practice.
That advice on the internal editor: 100% absolutely true. That's why I like writing in Dreamweaver: I set up a table with two cells, and leave "fix this in editing" notes in the narrow left-hand field ("the margin"). Somehow, writing it down makes it easier to let go. Quark was even better for that, but alas, since leaving Broadside I no longer have access to it.
Watching a roomate try to use an Alienware as a laptop is highly amusing. It got pretty catlike once it got warm, (lazy, and prone to going to sleep whenever the mood hit). Of course, a man's lap is not the best thing to burn.. He got a fan base for it, which seems to work out very well, but doesn't provide nearly as much amusement value.
Second that... eternal_fish
just bought a really neat Targus base, which acts as an efficient USB-powered fan. It makes a heck of a difference. And it's quiet, too.