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8th-Jan-2017 03:37 pm - So, making character references...
Pithani the Librarian Mouse
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One of the things I'd like to do this year is commission a picture of one of my characters. Probably either Tonya or Nyalla, and while I have text descriptions for both the place I always get stuck is visual references. Anyone have suggestions for more than just plugging keywords into Google Images? Or any magic sauce for doing that better? I'll probably grab pencil and paper try sketching out stuff, I could use the practice anyway, but yeah my skills haven't improved there since the last time I posted a drawing.

Likewise if there are publicly posted character profiles that you think are good models to follow, I'd be interested in those too.

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7th-Jan-2017 03:14 am - 2017 New Years Post
Pithani the Librarian Mouse

What's that? Oh, hey, a new year has started!

Welcome to 2017

  • Looking back at 2016
    • Very few posts. I don't even have to click on a "Previous 20 entries" link to see posts from 2015.
    • I never even entered anything into my 2016 word count tracking spreadsheet. Oops. I did post a few short pieces so the word count is over zero.
    • Oh look, among everything else about 2016 it included my first car accident. Which thankfully included my insurance agreeing the other person was 100% at fault (speeding, ran a red light, ran on foot from the scene almost instantly; a good list of things not to do and also a list of things the other person did).
    • I continued the guitar lessons. I'm by no means ready to go out on stage or busk on a street corner but I am enjoying the lessons quite a bit.
  • Looking ahead at 2017
    • Definitely continuing with guitar. In fact I'm hoping to get to the point I'm comfortable recording something and posting it somewhere.
      • Towards this I've made a list of songs I'm going to concentrate on this year. They won't be all I work on but I am going to keep them in the forefront.
      • More deliberate practice. Or in other words looking for specific things to practice. For my list of songs there are particular sections I'm working on. I'm also working on improving the use of basic strumming patterns with my right hand and switching more smoothly between chords with my left hand.
    • Writing, so many things I want to write, in 2017 I'm going to knock the cobwebs off my writing and get back to it.
      • I'm pondering some sort of serial flash thing. Something which I aim at regularly adding small amounts to even if just as pump-priming and only for myself.
      • Complete a row or column on one of my writing bingo cards :)
      • I should consider doing some more "X Days of _" those can be both challenging and fun.
    • Languages: I want to do more learning languages and playing with them this year.
      • I've completed the Esperanto skill tree on DuoLingo this week. This by no means fluent now but it's further than I've made it in previous attempts at a language. I intend to spend January reviewing, reading, and working on that some more and then starting back up on Spanish or German come February.
    • Lose more weight. This is going to be a goal for a while and probably into 2018 but I'm going to make an effort to have progress on this goal again.
      • More physical activity! Calories burned > Calories consumed = weight loss
      • Eat better! I'm a picky eater. A very picky eater. That said I need to get more fiber into my diet, more vegetable matter in general.
    • Conventions: This is a big maybe for 2017. If I do go to any they'll be local and most likely without getting a hotel room since that would put a strain on my efforts towards the next bit below
    • Paying down debts: I've zeroed out one and might be able to zero out another by my birthday (hey kid version of me, look at how exciting being an adult is, paying off a debt as a present). I'm not feeling all that excited for the economy which makes getting rid of debt rather a good idea. I want to be in the position to have everything (other than the new*er* car, thank you again person who hit my car) paid off by the end of 2018. The nice thing is you can snowball this. When you get a debt paid off the money in the monthly budget that would have gone towards it can be shifted to increasing the payments on another.
      • But as mentioned on the conventions line above, this also requires keeping an eye on spending. Conventions can be expensive if you aren't careful.
    • Giving: That said, when I get the next debt paid off I think I'm going to increase my Patreon budget. Either increase a few of my existing pledges or add a few more.
    • Non-writing-or-guitar-arty-stuff:
      • Pondering picking up pencil again and doing some more sketching.
      • Likewise I want to fire up Inkscape again and do more vector stuff.
        • One thought is sketching ideas for possible pins and then taking the ideas I like best to Inkscape for cleaning up and coloring.
      • Also looking at the beading supplies I have and pondering...
      • I want to get back into worldbuilding. Worldbuilding is fun.
    • I also wanting to get back into RPing. Either in person or more likely online.
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Pithani the Librarian Mouse
Copying this from elsewhere because typing with 1.75 hands is so much fun (I get to wear a so fashionable thumb & wrist splint until told otherwise)...
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11th-Sep-2016 10:59 pm - Thimble-Flash: Dark Horse
Writing, Fennec
Title: Retired
Fandom/'verse: Random science fiction setting, follows Coup Warning & Reasons
Summary: Lind's coup hasn't gone totally unnoticed by the outside world
Prompter: [personal profile] aldersprig's Thimbleful Thursday Prompt for 16 January 2015; Dark Horse
Triggers/Warnings: None that I see
Note: Trying something new, going to see if I can link all five of January's prompts
Words: 355 (of a target 270-330 words, so a tad over goal)


Gavreel woke up before the sun as every morning. He saw the flashing light on his communications console and rejected the call before fixing a breakfast of filtered water and reheated vegetable stew. The farm had its own needs and he didn't have time to waste on his old life.

After a morning breaking ground for a new patch of beans he came inside for more water and fried oat cakes. A few key presses got rid of the blinking light once more.Click here to continue reading...Collapse )

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11th-May-2016 12:58 am - Fic: Awake
Pithani the Librarian Mouse
Awake
Fandom/'verse: Original
Prompter: kunama_wolf
Triggers/Warnings: MC stuck in isolated space
Note: Response to kunama_wolf's prompt and not where I originally thought I'd be going with this prompt. I think I'll want to return to this one later...
Words: 554

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Pithani the Librarian Mouse
It's been too long since the last prompt call so here is...

the Late April Early May Prompt Call

The theme: Alternatives

This prompt call's theme comes from [personal profile] rix_scaedu's suggestion, "If you have X, why do you need Y?" Feel free to interpret the theme as you wish, it should inspire you as well as inspiring me.

Prompts may be independent or draw on either of my uncompleted bingo cards:


The inevitable rules and guidelines:
  • I will pick a prompt from each prompter and write at least 100 words (seriously, I rarely write less than that, tiny flash is hard!). No guarantee of a full scene or story but prompts that catch my interest and inspire are likely to go further.

  • Fanfic prompts will likely be skipped in favor of others unless I'm familiar with the original.

  • Yes, prompts based on prior work of mine are quite welcome.

  • No porn requests please. A: I don't want to need to age-lock posts. B: You won't get much porn-with-plot in a few hundred words.

  • Each prompt should consist of:
    • A short sentence or phrase (and pointer to bingo card if drawing from one), and/or

    • A story or scene you'd like to see more of, and/or

    • A character you'd like to see more of

  • Prompts are free. (But I am open to paypal/word-count-bartering if you'd like to see more beyond the initial prompt response)

  • My out of date writing landing page

  • My writing tag to see previously posted work

  • (There is no ninth bullet point)

  • Bonus: I will add an extra hundred minimum words for prompters who haven't left prompts on previous prompt calls (minimum 200 words).

  • And I will do a second prompt for sharing a link to the prompt call.

  • There is no closing date at this time. When I pick a date to close the prompt call I will revise this page to list it here.

  • When the prompt call is closed I will add a note to that effect to the top of this entry.


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21st-Mar-2016 11:21 pm - Prompt for prompts
Pithani the Librarian Mouse
So I just looked and saw it's been quite a while since I did a prompt call. Pondering it for the last several minutes I decided I would first open up for prompt call themes. So far I have a few but I'm interested to see what all of you would be interested in.

* Ambition
* Delusions
* Family
* Hubris
* Playing Roles

And given that I'm requesting themes expect a new prompt call soon.

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15th-Feb-2016 04:27 am - Languary Day Ten: T-A-M
Pithani the Librarian Mouse
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Day ten, on which I had visited Wikipedia again and ponder the realms of Tense, Aspect, and Mood&Modality. Also (probably) second to last of the posts involving already prepared material, which would make it the second to last where the numbering is even vaguely connected to the date. Next post hopefully cleaned up and posted later today.

Next post will also have more sentences and vocabulary. Yay sentences and vocabulary. Yay for up too late silliness. Er, right, insert the cut and past in text...

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8th-Feb-2016 12:53 am - Languary: Days Eight & Nine
Pithani the Librarian Mouse
!markdown

Continuing my backlog of unposted days (which is rapidly running low)... As was pointed out in my prior post, Language + February also condenses to Languary, so word formation says I'm not late finishing Languary. (technically correct, the best kind of correct)
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1st-Feb-2016 12:34 am - Language Day *mumblemumble*
Pithani the Librarian Mouse
!markdown

Here's day seven, which has been sitting on my laptop unposted. I have some more to post and then ack, Languary will slide into Langufeb.
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