Hmmm...

Dec. 21st, 2011 01:40 pm
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After all the nonsense going on over on LJ, I am thinking more and more than I might need to migrate to Dreamwidth. Except that if I'm going to keep a blog, I should probably do it on a less fandom-centric location like Blogger or WordPress... but I don't like the way either of those handle comments.

Sigh.
Sadly, due to a recent influx of spam comments in my LJ, I'm having to turn off the Anonymous commenting feature until further notice. I apologize to my non-LJ readers for the inconvenience, and hope the problem will be fixed soon.
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I've got two invite codes to give away. Just drop me a comment on this post and the first two will get 'em.

I've staked out rj_anderson over there, but have no intention of using it unless there's some sort of LJ apocalypse, so no need to add me to your DW reading list (though if you really want to, I won't say no).
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If you use Windows, I point you to ljarchive. Quick, neat, and comprehensive, as [livejournal.com profile] shoebox2 and others who've used it can attest. Also lets you find out interesting things about which words (barring the very common ones) you use most frequently, and things like that.

If you're on a Mac or have some other platform, however, I can't help you. Sorry.
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Jet Lag Day

Sep. 4th, 2008 09:53 am
rj_anderson: (Top Gear - Speed of Henry VIII)
I am home from the UK now but absolutely delirious off my rocker, despite having gone to bed at 9:30 p.m. (EST) last night and slept until 6:30 (EST) this morning. My body still seems to think that I was up until 2:30 a.m. last night and slept in until 11:30, and it DOES NOT WANT.

So I am taking today off, mostly. I have to get some Emergency Groceries to tide us over until next week, and I have Youngest Son to look after (and speaking of whom, the welcome I got from him last night after 10 days away was spectacular, I have to tell you, he lit up like a three-year-old roman candle and squealed "Mommmyyyyy!!!" as he flung himself around my ankles). But other than that, I am going to spend the rest of the day doing approximately nothing.

Also, my f-list exhausts me. I love you all, but I am currently at Skip=100 and have yet to get back as far as the end of August. So I will beg you all to indulge me, and say that if over the last ten days you have posted anything of Great Importance, Tremenjus Hilarity, Deep Philosophical Import, or to which a comment from me is Urgently Required, would you please put a link in the comments here? Thank you.

*collapses*
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Userpic Meme

Mar. 24th, 2008 11:08 pm
rj_anderson: (House - Lost in Thought)
[livejournal.com profile] snowrabbitses asked me to explain five of my userpics, so here are the ones she picked:

Icons and commentary under the cut )

That's the lot. Anyone else care to play?
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About the O NOES LJ HAS CANCELLED FREE BASIC ACCOUNTS AND STARTED REMOVING SEXY INTERESTS kerfuffle, and the boycott supposed to be taking place tomorrow:

What she said.

Not only is this not the hill on which I wish to die, it is not even one that I feel even offers an interesting view of the surrounding landscape. Excuse me while I lounge around the bottom and pick daisies, won't you?
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I've just done a bit of end-of-year defriending, for the sake of better keeping up with my f-list. If I removed you, it was for one or two or several of the following reasons:
  1. We have never talked to each other directly or met in any personal capacity, virtual or otherwise;
  2. You hadn't friended me back anyway, so I figured you wouldn't mind;
  3. You haven't posted to your LJ or commented on any of my posts in aeons, so I'm guessing you've moved on;
  4. We no longer seem to share any common interests or fandoms;
  5. Your posts are mostly about a fandom I like, but no longer have time for;
  6. You are persistently involved in some kind of fandom drama and much as I may like you otherwise, I'd rather not hear any more of that;
  7. You are a community or professional journal in which I regrettably lack the time to participate as a good member ought.
In any case, no ill will is intended toward any of the parties involved; I tip my hat to you and wish you well. And in the same spirit, I declare amnesty to anyone who has been thinking about defriending me but holding off for fear I would be offended. Fly, my friend! Be free! Perhaps our paths will cross again some day.

Now I must run and do some more revision on Knife. Middle of Chapter Eight, some 35,000 words in! Rewriting huge chunks of text! And still enjoying it, which is the most surprising and gratifying thing of all.
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Does anybody on my f-list know of a utility that imports old Blogger posts into LiveJournal? I mean, it seems like the kind of thing lots of people would want to do, surely somebody must have written one by now...?

Baa.

Aug. 20th, 2007 07:50 pm
rj_anderson: (Alias - Jack - Repressed and Cerebral)

The Blogalyser reveals...

Your blog/web page text has an overall readability index of 15.
This suggests that your writing style is conventional
(to communicate well you should aim for a figure between 10 and 20).
Your blog has 11 sentences per entry, which suggests your general message is distinguished by complexity
(writing for the web should be concise).

CHARACTER MATRIX

male malefemale female
self oneselfgroupworld world
past pastpresentfuture future

Your text shows characteristics which are 50% male and 50% female
(for more information see the Gender Genie).
Looking at pronoun indicators, you write mainly about yourself, then the world in general and finally your social circle. Also, your writing focuses primarily on the present, next the past and lastly the future.











Find out what your blogging style is like!
Well, I couldn't get the LJ fairy to respond to my request to remove the defunct [livejournal.com profile] rjanderson feed, so I did the next best thing. Now I'm signed up as some variation of "R.J. Anderson" almost everywhere I have an online presence, and folks here will no longer have to struggle to remember how to spell "synaesthete7".

But I've been curious about something. If you're a published or soon-to-be published author with a background in online fandom, would you mind telling me what you decided to do with that background once your deal went through, and why?

If you chose to separate your fannish and professional identities, for instance, what factors influenced that decision? Was it your agent's recommendation to hide your secret Bat-identity, or did your publisher require it, or was it just something you felt would be prudent? If the decision was mostly yours, did you make it because you were embarrassed by the thought of people digging up your old fanfics, or because you worried about possible legal repercussions, or because you feared that your fellow pro authors would despise you if they knew? Or was there some other reason?

If on the other hand you've chosen not to hide your former (or present) fannish involvement, what gave you the confidence to make that decision? Have you had any unpleasant experiences that make you wish you'd chosen differently? Or have you found reasons to be glad you made that decision, and if so, what were they?

For my part, I've decided to write under the same pen name I've used for years, and keep my fanfic links page as part of my author site. I've been open about my fanfic writing past with both my agent and my new editor, and neither of them seems to think it's a problem, so I'm going ahead and hoping for the best. But sometimes I wonder if I'm going to regret that choice.

I'd love to get as much input on this as possible, so if you know of someone who fits the bill, please give them the heads-up. Anonymous commenting is welcome for authors who prefer to be discreet.
Anonymous commenting is back on, since I'm no longer worried about HP spoilers. Thanks to my non-LJ friends for their patience.
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For those of my readers who share my interest in children's books and publishing news, I've just created a syndicated feed for the new version of Betsy Bird's well-loved Fuse #8 blog on LiveJournal. You can subscribe here:

[livejournal.com profile] fuseno8
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In order to protect myself from HP 7 spoilers, which apparently are already floating around the web (somebody on a non-HP community I visited yesterday had a spoiler icon and was using it freely, which made me furious -- my only hope now is that it was a made-up spoiler instead of a real one), I am having to disable anonymous commenting for the next six weeks.

Since I have several regular commenters who don't have LiveJournals, I feel very sorry about this, but as usual the few jerks out there have spoiled it for all the decent people. I will restore anonymous commenting after July 21st.

Also, if you're on my f-list and you plan to read and discuss HP 7 spoilers in your journal, could you let me know here in comments so I can take you off my default view until after the book comes out? Thanks.
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[livejournal.com profile] yunitsa wins the contest in my previous post: the answer is, in fact, Snape.

Any guesses for the #2 most used word in my journal archive? Hint: it's another fictional character, and it isn't the Doctor. (Or Maud, in case you thought my icon was a hint.)

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] drmm guessed the correct answer: Harry.
So I just ran LJArchive on my journal (no, I'm not worried about losing my LJ account nor am I planning to move, but the recent kerfuffle reminded me that it was time to do a backup) and when you look at the Word Count meter, there is one word I have used more than any other since I started posting in 2002.

Leaving out common words like "the" and "because" and so on, can anyone guess what that word is?

Hints:

1. It is a noun.
2. It has more than four letters.
3. I have used this word 594 times, and the possessive version of the word appears an additional 145 times.

First person to guess correctly gets a drabble with the character(s) of their choice. (I know, I know. Try not to be overcome with my creative generosity.)

ETA: Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] yunitsa. Her Snape drabble is here.

Yatta!!!

Jan. 24th, 2007 01:33 pm
rj_anderson: (Heroes - Peter Fly)
I have now tagged every single one of my LJ entries. Phew! *wipes brow*

Predictably, the tags with the most entries include HP, Doctor Who, fanfic, Snape, and writing.
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And to celebrate the change, I've treated myself to a nice new color scheme for my LJ front page. Yay!

Can anyone tell me how to put a vertical line between the content and sidebar areas, and (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] sreya!) make the date headers more closely resemble the ones on the old blog (which I really liked)? I know not the mysterious ways of S2.

Now I must go forth and do Christmas shopping.
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For one thing, it's 100% pr0n-free.

My Interests Collage! )

There are a couple of images I'm still not entirely sure what they're meant to represent, but for the most part, it makes sense -- or did after I tinkered a bit.
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] mistraltoes:

Baa. )
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