It's not the watching
of any one particular sunset
that's the thing:
it's finding time to breathe the steam that rises from your mug
to feel the warm seep into your cupped hands
to scribble in the margins of your day:
if every one's an island, then so what?
an island isn't ever watertight.
we're leaky vessels. so
drink your fill of sunlight--
and then go about your life.
If you spot me going a bit wrong and I don't seem to have noticed, I'd massively appreciate you pointing it out, but t'isn't any of your jobs; and I'll be self-monitoring with PHQ-9 all else aside.
(ps thank you to everyone going "what the fuck" about my GP; I think I'd got into learned-helplessness mode about the entire situation. I have Done Some Preliminary Investigation into potential replacements.)
I mean, I realize it is only seven pm, but jesus coffeepot body I need sleep to get over this sinus infection, may I please have some sleep.
(also I hurt my back. very ow. much prescriptions, not real willing to add ibuprofen to the chemicals currently circulating in my body.)
in more cheerful news, jukebox_fest has opened the tag set for nominations!
This deploy includes code contributions by Ariana, Cecilia, Emily E., Lady Oscar, Nathan J. Xaxson, Priscilla, sarken, Scott, and tuff_ghost and was tested by Ariana, Camilla M., Lady Oscar, matty, Qem, Sam Johnsson, sarken, Scott, and theteapot. Special thanks to Enigel for code review and merging!
Collections & Challenges
- The page listing all Collections can now be filtered by type: Gift Exchange, Prompt Meme, No Challenge, Any. The buttons for sorting results have been moved into the sidebar to be consistent with the "Sort and Filter" box for works.
- If a user had multiple assignments in the same gift exchange (e.g. as a pinch hitter), the page heading was showing its HTML code. This has been fixed.
- Having a work with a co-creator on some chapters, but not others, would partly break anonymity when adding the work to an anonymous collection. It now displays the "by Anonymous" bylines on all chapters.
- Added some wording to the page for creating a collection to make it more obvious that spaces are not allowed in the Collection Name field. Also explicitly added this information to the error message that appears when a user tries to create a collection with an invalid Collection Name.
Works & Series
- Large images in a work were cut off on small screens, e.g. phones. Users can now scroll to the side to see the whole picture, even if zooming out to fit the image on the screen isn't possible.
- When the preference "Hide additional tags (you can still choose to show them)" was selected, clicking to reveal the tags on a work would show them in alphabetical order, not the order they were put in by the creator. This has been fixed.
- The "Edit Tags" option, when used on an unposted draft, previously offered no way to re-save as a draft, only buttons for previewing and posting. A "Save Without Posting" button has now been added.
- The "Works inspired by this one" link wasn't visible on the inspiring work if that work's last chapter was still a draft. This was fixed to show the note on the last posted chapter.
- When deleting a work or chapter, a confirmation pop-up would ask you if you were really sure, but wouldn't spell out all the consequences for each. For works, it now says, "Are you sure you want to delete this work? This will destroy all comments and kudos on this work as well and CANNOT BE UNDONE!" For chapters, "Are you sure you want to delete this chapter?"
- The plain text version of the email you get when you delete a work referred to "your story"; it now properly says "your work".
- In the series description, right-to-left text was forced into left alignment. This has been fixed for all fields containing descriptive user input or blocks of information, e.g. on user or collection profiles.
- On the page for orphaning a series, some text was accidentally showing a bit of HTML formatting code. Now it does not.
- The preference to hide work skins used to say "Hide other people's work skins", even though it hides all work skins, including your own. It now says "Hide work skins (you can still choose to show them)".
- Choosing to hide hit counts (whether on your works or Archive-wide) would also hide the sort by date option on your Stats page. This has been fixed.
- The option to pick between "Fandoms" and "Flat" view on one's Statistics page was one toggle; we changed it to always show both buttons, with the selected one marked.
- Draft works were showing up on one's Statistics page (with zero hits, kudos, etc.). The Stats page will now only list posted works.
- Selecting the option to keep tags in a tag set hidden (e.g. during nominations) would hide the whole tag set from searches. The tag set is now findable by name, even if the tags in it aren't visible (yet).
- We added the tag type to some links on tag wrangle pages, and some other text for clarity.
- Based on feedback from tag wranglers and requests from the Tag Wrangling committee, we removed the 'Add new tags' field from tag wrangle pages to reduce clutter and simplify wrangling. The field only allowed adding canonical tags, and duplicated a function available on the tag edit page for the fandom.
- On tag wrangling pages, links such as "Show All", "Canonical", etc. now turn into span elements to indicate the current selection. This is consistent with the behavior of navigation links everywhere else on the Archive.
- Updated the list of supported languages on our Support form. You can now send in questions and suggestions in العربية, Bahasa Indonesia, Deutsch, English, español, français, 한국어, italiano, Kiswahili, Nederlands, polski, português, suomi, svenska, Türkçe, and 中文!
- The confirmation pop-up when deleting one's History now points out that this will also delete the "Marked For Later" list.
- The "Marked For Later" button now retains its "pressed" appearance when viewing pages other than the first.
- Cleaned up and standardized some navigation elements on the pages for changing one's username, password, or email address.
- The help text for the "Plain text with limited HTML" option for comment replies was opening in the same window, potentially leading to loss of information you had already put into the comment text box. It now opens in the usual help text window.
- The page for creating an account said, "You need to be over 13 years old to become a registered member of the archive. (Sorry to our younger readers! You'll be more than welcome when the time comes.)" - focusing specifically on written fanworks. It now addresses "anyone younger."
- We added text to the Skin Wizard page to clarify that the wizard can only be used to create site skins. We also updated the help text for the "Percent of base font size (%)" box to better describe how it works.
- In Internet Explorer 9, the HTML download display used the wrong font, due to a combination of a bug in IE9 and our stylesheets. We've amended our stylesheets to prevent this from happening.
See our Known Issues page for current issues.
"Some 54% of Americans currently read ebooks, according to the new poll, conducted in March 2014 among 2,234 U.S. adults. This result conflicts with a recent study from Pew, which found in January 2014 that 28% of Americans read an ebook in the last year.
The Harris Poll also found that those who read ebooks more read more books on average than other Americans. About a third of those who read ebooks exclusively or more than print read more than 20 books a year, while about a fifth of those who read more in print read more than 20 books a year.
Ebook readers also purchase more books, about double what other readers buy."
Please read the guide below before you nominate, and then come back to this post or its LiveJournal equivalent to comment.
( How to Nominate on AO3 )
Once you have nominated (Part 2)
While I'm approving and cleaning up the nominations, please comment or email with:
-the name of the song
-some online form (YouTube link, etc)
-the genre of the song, if known
This part is not mandatory, but it makes it a lot easier for me when I'm creating a directory of all songs, all lyrics, all YouTube videos, etc. And that directory makes it easier for participants to find each other's chosen songs.
(I work for a catalogue company and I’ve just finished taking an order over the phone. I know that each catalogue comes with a unique discount code that gives substantial savings. The customer hasn’t quoted her discount code. I decide to prompt her, so she doesn’t miss out.)
Me: “I notice that you’re ordering from the spring catalogue. You should have a discount code on the front page.”
Me: “Great. Could you give me the number?”
Customer: “The what?”
Me: “The six-digit discount code number?”
Customer: “The ‘discount’ what?”
(She doesn’t seem hard of hearing and we both have the same regional accent, but I speak louder and slower, just in case.)
Me: “Discount NUMBER.”
Customer: “The what-number?”
Me: “The DISCOUNT NUMBER.”
Customer: “Where is it?”
Me: “On the front of the catalogue.”
Customer: “I don’t see it.”
Me: “It’s at the very top of the page.”
Me: “Along the top of the front page, in a white box.”
Customer: *pause* “15% off.”
Me: *finally getting somewhere* “Great! Now, if you could give me the six-digit code number at the end of that sentence.”
Customer: “It says I get ’15% off.’”
Me: “Okay, no problem. I just need the six-digit discount code so my computer will make the reduction.”
Customer: “There’s nothing else here.”
Me: “That’s odd. Can you read to me exactly what it says?”
Customer: “To get 15% off” *stops*
Me: “Carry on…”
Customer: “Please quote… oh! It says here ‘DISCOUNT CODE.’ Is that what you wanted?”
Me: “Yes please.”
Customer: “So, have I got my discount?”
Me: “Sure, if you give me the six-digit discount code.”
Customer: “I don’t see it.”
Me: “Could you read the full sentence to me?”
Customer: “15% off.”
Me: “Okay, could you read all of it to me? Including the bits before and after the ’15% off.””
Customer: *huffy* “To get 15% off please quote discount code 123456.”
Me: *enters in number* “Great, so you’ve got 15% off your order.”
Customer: “Finally! God, you people make these things so difficult!”
Naturally, I am terribly sleepy right now, when I need to be awake and energetic to go to the gym. *yawn* Ah well. Hopefully I sleep tonight.
Next week at this time I will hopefully be hanging out with Mom and getting ready to eat with her and Dad. My stepdad had a nasty heart scare and had to have a couple of blockages cleared out of his heart. Since he is (mostly) recovered now (yay!) and since Mom misses me, I'm going to head down there and hang with them for a few days, get spoiled by Mom, and get away from all my usual 'work.' I am hoping that the David will be down, since he was supposed to visit his Mom for his birthday (Sunday the 27th) but he's been so sick he hasn't been able to make any real trip plans.
Which would be a bummer, but I'm more worried about the fact that he is still that sick. (*sigh, fret*) If nothing else, it makes me want to head up to Atlanta at some point, so I can dote on him a bit. Because this sucks, that he's getting half-answers that aren't really helping, and still having such horrific issues. :,
In happier thoughts, novel is clicking along, though I have been so busy I'm lucky to get 1K a day. I've been chipping away at it, though. Even if it is five hundred words here, a thousand there, and not my usual marathon of 2K+ daily. (I miss those days.) I was hoping for some substantial writing time tomorrow, but C is off! So, there will likely be errand running and stuff instead. We have to get Roo's food, and I am sure there are other things he needs to do.
Though, if I can, I will totally carve out 2-3 hours to try to make some substantial progress. Because I am impatient to be done! Of course, I say that, and I'm barely halfway through the book. Heh. Ah well. It will get done when it gets done, and that's a good thing.
Oh, one amusing side note. During my workout Tuesday, I did some ab exercises involving weight. The exercises were HARD and felt great (also, DAMN my abs are stronger than I had ever realized!), but the next day, I was sore.
Sore abs are a really, really WEIRD FEELING. I would move, and feel that stretchy-sore feeling in my stomach, and... I spent a lot of the day going "O.o" because I could not get used to that feeling in my gut.
The feeling is gone today, thankfully. But yeah, yay core exercises! :D
For now, I am off to finish getting ready to go to the gym, because C will be home soon, and we will be off to work out. Steaks for dinner tonight, because I am craving OMG RED MEAT NOW RAR. >.> It's pretty bad when I'm looking at the marinating steaks going 'omnomnom.' I like my meat rare, but not that rare, kthxbye.
OK, I'm off. <3
(Four months before this, I broke my leg very badly while at university. I am currently working in a shop at home over the holidays. I’m at the checkouts and see a lady with her arm in a sling trying to cut in front of a very long queue.)
Me: “Excuse me, ma’am. The queue starts over there.”
Customer: “I was standing in [other queue] for ages before someone told me it was a self service!”
Me: “Sorry, but all these people have been queuing.”
Customer: “It’s a bloody outrage. Your signs aren’t at all clear!”
Next Customer In Line: “Oh, just let her go.”
Customer: “I’ve got a sprained wrist. You people have no idea how much pain I’m in! I shouldn’t be treated like this! I’ve a good mind to speak to your manager!”
Me: “Actually, I do know. Four months ago, I broke my leg in six places and had to have several operations to fix it. I’ve been walking on it for less than a month. In order to fund myself through medical school, so I can be a doctor and help people, I’m spending nine hours a day standing on my feet serving customers who can’t do anything but complain.”
(The customer looked ashamed, mumbled a ‘sorry,’ and was polite from then on, avoiding the angry glares the other customers in line were giving her.)
For kicks, I went back to see what I had written about them three years ago (and how y'all had chimed in):
Oh, show. (Thoughts on FNL S5 x 06: Swerve)
Friday Night Lights S5 x 07: Perfect Record
So, y'know, if I'm suddenly chiming back in on conversations we let lapse back in 2011, that'll be why.
The final season is still really good, even on a rewatch. I still love the way they brought Jason Street's storyline back in.
And I just. Luke. Becky. Vince. Jess. Coach. Tami. Julie. ♥ ♥ ♥
OH SHOW. :-)
One thing I find really strange/jarring about a lot of genre YA fiction is how something huge and life-changing happens and then the characters go back to doing normal teen things--particularly going to school. They also don't tell their parents things that they really, really should.
Like, authors, maybe I remember being a teenager better, I don't know, but I have something to tell you: I stayed home when I had to catch a late flight from vacation and nobody wanted to wake up in three hours to work/school the next day.
If I was secretly the princess of a magical kingdom and had until the full moon to find the Fiddlybobs of Rule, I would absolutely not be going to school. And yet, I saw this perpetrated again and again! I can forgive plots where the supernatural side of the story is a secret to be kept from parents (e.g., Animorphs), but that's not relevant in a lot of the books I'm reading now. Or sometimes the characters keep things secret when they really shouldn't because there's no evidence their parents suck, can't handle it, shouldn't handle it, or whatever. When things went south, 90% of the time my first instinct was to make an adult deal with it and those were normal life issues! If I needed to find the Fiddlybobs of Rule I would 100% be asking my parents if they know anybody in the Fiddlybob finding biz.
Were all YA authors raised by rabid disciplinarians?