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1. Update on Josh's health: blood work, X-Rays, and ultrasounds show no abnormalities, so the major horrific stuff like cancer seems off the table. He has a appt with an allergist on the 17th to explore the possibility of a food or other allergy. He started feeling really bad last night and is still feeling bad so he called and got them to refer him to a gastroenterologist (which is what I wanted him to do in the first place during his Friday follow-up), so hopefully he'll be able to get an appt soon. I have no idea what's going on, but I wonder if it's some form of IBS or colitis or even Crohn's. I also think it would the most bizarre coincidence ever but I want him to get tested for celiac as well. So hopefully we'll figure out what's going on soon and move from the debilitating and inexplicable pain portion to the treatment portion.

2. Don't forget to check out [community profile] journalsandplanners and possibly do some signal boosting if you are so inclined. Thanks to those who have so far. :)

3. I am almost done with Jane Eyre (which I've only read once before this and that was last year; someone revoke my Ph.D. in Victorian lit LOL) and with Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins. Reviews of both forthcoming. I will then start Wide Sargasso Sea which I've never read. I'm still on track with my Goodreads challenge.

4. I talked briefly about fandom with my senior class (without revealing that I participate or sharing any of that kind of information with them but, I fear, probably talked about it knowledgeably enough that they realize I'm at least fandom adjacent LOL), and one of them mentioned Wattpadd as one of their primary platforms. Anybody know about what that is? She seemed to think it was going to help her become a published author which pinged me as probably not likely, but IDK.

5. Tell me something! Ask me something! Gotham and Lucifer both are on hiatus (which is bullshit; hiatus is over Christmas and then the show starts back and continues until May; it is known), so I'm free this evening.

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7/2/17 00:33 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] the_rck
Wattpad is the big fic archive used by teens right now. My niece posts there. It's both fanfic and original fic and has led to book deals in certain niche markets. For example, Filipino romance novels do really well there. (There was a discussion of this on the Smart Bitches Trashy Books podcast two or three months back.)

Also, some YA authors use the site to post side stories to their running series. I know Marissa Meyer has at least one.

From what I gather, the site is not organized in a way that makes sense to order fans-- Browsing by fandom is reportedly not possible, for example.

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8/2/17 02:22 (UTC)
the_rck: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] the_rck
I found the podcast episode I was talking about: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/podcast/217-self-publishing-happy-ever-afters-performing-romances-interview-mina-v-esguerra/

They post transcripts, and that transcript is linked from the page above. The episode is an hour and six minutes, so the transcript may be easier in terms of finding the pertinent bits.

There's also a link there to the guest's writing on Wattpad.

One impression I've gotten about Wattpad from (limited) discussion with my niece is that there's a real lack of history there. It's a place where tweens and teens can think they're the first ones to, for example, think of writing a Star Wars fic in which Anakin doesn't fall.

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7/2/17 03:00 (UTC)
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] zulu
I signed up for Wattpad and poked around a bit for a research project several months back. It's impenetrable to me, a fandom old. Can't find anything--no apparent search functionality.

The modus operandi seems to be to post very little, but post it often: like writing fiction on Twitter. The site itself encourages this--the point is to gain followers and reviews (even more than in 'our' fandom--there, the site itself gears towards that and encourages it).

I think I heard that Margaret Atwood was involved at some point? I forget the details.

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8/2/17 02:29 (UTC)
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] zulu
I don't know. I think it's a bit Tumblr-y in that it's heavy on personal messages, maybe even IMing? Maybe there's a real-life component and you link people you know to your profile? Or just through-the-grapevine you find out what's big, follow that, then follow people who are commenting?

It's free as far as I know, but there are ads. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a "get more followers by paying just $X!" once you get bigger, but that's speculation.

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7/2/17 06:04 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] umadoshi
Fingers crossed for getting useful answers about Josh's health!

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7/2/17 06:51 (UTC)
monanotlisa: Diana as Diana Prince in glasses and a hat, lifting the rim of the latter rakishly. HOT! (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] monanotlisa
but I want him to get tested for celiac as well.

Yeah, can't blame you. Get him checked out! The world is a crazy place -- beyond the US political hellscape, I mean.

Man, there is so little modern medicine knows. I'm not saying I want to live in earlier times; I'm thinking I'd rather live in LATER times when they have finally figured out all this crazy autoimmune shit in particular. (I read a NYT article about a guy who almost died, recovered a little, went on to study his own disease, and finally figured out some things because he himself kept pushing for it...and I thought about me falling so sick in 2012/13, with similar symptoms to that guy, and doctors never finding the culprit and just shrugging after discounting cancer, AIDS, and a number of other big infectious diseases.)

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8/2/17 02:29 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] the_rck
If he does have it, being GF can be easier as a family than it is for one person in a household.

But it does mean that kids have a hard time in school. There are GF summer camps in some places. My friend whose entire family has celiac keeps GF cupcakes in her freezer and pulls one out every time any of her kids are invited to a birthday party.

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7/2/17 18:53 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] cathexys
Wattpad got the 1D fanfic turned million dollar sales project After and its sequels started. It's very mobile friendly and thus the chapters are short. Yes as others said, very teen heavy and 1D was definitely huge there a few years back.

There's a fascinating roundtable at comicCon a few years back with the Wattpad dude and Jenkins. I've heard people say he's a good guy, but I'm kneejerking at the dude making money off fangirls. throws up hands :)

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9/2/17 17:45 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] chelseagirl
Jane Eyre only once and Wide Sargasso Sea not at all? I may be a lapsed Victorianist, but I am shaming you from afar. ;-)

So ironically, of course, I am super-well-read in Victorian, but am doing all my current work in writing studies, quantitative research, and science fiction, all of which make me feel like I know next to nothing . . . and I am recataloguing my criticism and theory books on Librarything as I gradually shift them over to my vast bookcases in my lovely new office, and feeling like I am intellectually completely scattershot . . .

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9/2/17 18:19 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] executrix
chelseagirl: not only do we need to hang out, it needs to be in downtown JC so you can look at my bookshelves and see if there's anything that's useful for you!

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9/2/17 21:54 (UTC)
chelseagirl: Alice -- Tenniel (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] chelseagirl
Yes, please. The next week or two are already kind of crazy, but after that for certain!

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11/2/17 21:12 (UTC)
chelseagirl: Alice -- Tenniel (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] chelseagirl
As someone who spent SIX YEARS with Ph.D. in hand before I landed a full time job (I had one previous offer pending a hiring freeze being lifted). . . I can't even imagine landing the job without having finished the diss first. Wow. I've met a few people who are in that position and you are so lucky to have escaped that particular soul-crushing experience, though of course academia has so many more in store for everyone. ;-)

I don't have a book because all those years of adjuncting barely let me get articles out (though I managed), and since I'm now non-TT, I don't need one, but I'm hoping to find my way to a project in the next year or two just because I want to have that experience. My research partner and I came up with the term "self-exploitation" to explain why academics make more work for themselves than they need to.
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12/2/17 14:38 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] executrix
1. Put a copy of your diss on a table.
2. Imagine you are somebody else.
3. If you were reading the diss as a published book, what would you expect to find there?
4. Is that stuff there?
5. If not, what do you need to add?
6. Is the diss organized in a way that assists a reader who is a scholar or researcher but not, y'know, a Ph.D. committee?
7. If not, what has to be done about that?
8. Anything that got left out for lack of time or because it didn't quite fit under the existing structure?

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12/2/17 15:09 (UTC)
chelseagirl: Alice -- Tenniel (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] chelseagirl
I had that problem, as well, though for different reasons -- I took a long time to finish, because I thought I'd probably be saying goodbye to NYC and heading for parts unknown, so I . . . procrastinated by getting lots of teaching experience? Which turns out not to be valued very much at all . . .

But yeah, I couldn't fact working at it anymore and ended up publishing the two chapters I liked best as articles.

I'd imagine the market is wide open for Ouida, though.

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