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It's become clear to me that I probably need to completely overhaul the summaries and tagging (maybe not so much the tagging) on just about everything I've posted to AO3. *sigh*

When I uploaded most of my old fic, I just kept the original summary which many times was just a sentence or two from the fic or even just an announcement that I'd written the fic for someone.

I've seen enough discussion of fic summaries on meme at this point to realize that I'm not doing myself any favors with those kinds of summaries, but wow is that a massive undertaking to contemplate.
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1. Josh had his endoscopy/colonoscopy yesterday. Everything went fine, and the doctor saw nothing immediately apparently wrong. Now we have to wait on the biopsies. On the one hand, I am thrilled that nothing is immediately apparently wrong. On the other, I am envisioning a drawn out process in which we may not even be able to figure out what the problem is. *sigh* I want a tricorder, dammit, and I want it now.

2. I have been reading like my old self again! It's wonderful! I read all of The Girl with All the Gifts yesterday, just devoured it in one go like Lorraine of Yore. And then I read some random poetry (oh, Anne Sexton, Transformations is such a glorious, glorious work; thank you for it). Feels nice.

3. I cleared a bunch of work stuff off my plate this past week, and I intend to get everything caught up and squared away over this upcoming week which is spring break. I wrote the forward to the next edition of the peer-reviewed journal attached to the academic org I'm president of this year; that was fun. I also went through and changed the pagination on almost all of my notes for 1102 as the text I'm teaching from went to a new edition; that was much less fun.

4. I've been writing on my autoimmune disorder memoir! I actually have an idea for the shape of the thing, and I've been putting down words. I still can't seem to get the hang of writing on it every day, but I am writing on it.

5. My Leuchtturm1917 arrived! It is beautiful, and it smells delicious just like [personal profile] elfin said it would. I did the title page with mandala corners and a quote from Margaret Atwood's "Spelling."

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1. I've started doing some planning/writing for my Autoimmune Memoir, and I realized that I have the hardest time writing in past tense now because I write all my fanfic in present tense. Would it be weird to read a memoir in present tense? Should I force the past tense until it becomes comfortable again? What do y'all think?

2. There's a new comm, [community profile] bujo, that some of you may be interested in. It's about bullet journaling which I have pretty much decided is not for me, but I enjoy reading about all things journal/planner related.

I wish there was an active comm for all different kinds of journaling, planners, to-do list lovers, etc. I feel like the answer is to make a new one (but lordy do I not want to mod anything right now; of course, it could just be largely unmoderated) or to try to revive [community profile] paperjournals. What do y'all think? Which seems more likely to succeed? Any interest in an all-encompassing journal/planner comm?

3. We are all so sick. Waaaaaah. Josh was out the first two days of this week. He frequently and randomly has bouts of vomiting/diarrhea that we can't explain. For the longest time, I really didn't think much of it and assumed they were anxiety related. Now, though, I worry that some underlying condition is causing these episodes, so he's started the process of figuring out a diagnosis. Ultrasound and X-Rays tomorrow!

Emma's cold is lingering.

Fiona has . . . something. Doc thinks it's bacterial but not quite sure. So she's on antibiotics. If she doesn't improve by the morning, I'll take her back.

This is my greatest shame as a mom, but situations where the kids have to miss school always bring out the selfish beast in me. I had so much work I wanted to do today, alack.

Of course, I am sick now, too. I almost never get colds, so when I do, they feel pretty debilitating. Bleck. Which means I can stop whining about missing work today because I feel so shitty, I probably wouldn't have gotten as much done as I want anyway. LOL
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1. I've been having some pretty intense IC flare ups over the last week and a half. I've gone back on the super strict elimination diet, taken some more things out of my diet that I hadn't realized were potentially triggering, and quit taking my vitamins.

I started taking vitamins every day when I got home from Christmas because I'm concerned about vitamin deficiencies on this diet. Now, this should be completely obvious, but a bunch of those vitamins (and not just the multi but also the fish oil and the calcium) have ascorbic acid in them. *headdesk* I've gradually been feeling worse and worse since we got home from Christmas, and now I am convinced it's because of those damn vitamins.

For after only three days without them and back on the elimination diet, I am feeling pretty good. I'm not hurting nearly as badly as I was. I'm not 100% but so much better. Whoooooo!

This just underscores how important it is for me to thoroughly scrutinize everything I put in my mouth and not just food but medicines too.

I've been doing some more IC research, and I think that in addition to sabotaging myself with vitamins and popcorn with ascorbic acid in them, I didn't stay on the elimination diet long enough for the damage to heal. What I'm reading now says 3-6 month minimum. I also read some things that suggest that if I eliminate a trigger food for long enough (a year or more), it may cease to be one. I also tried to introduce new foods too quickly. So, learning stuff here.

2. Thanks for you input on remembering to take my meds. I've put up notes under the TV (which we usually eat in front of) and on the cabinet. I've put the meds on the coffee table where I usually eat, and I've set the alarm for dinner time. *crosses fingers*

3. Thanks also for everyone's input on how to approach a Write Every Day Project. I'm going to set a goal of 200 words daily but might revise that upwards after I've done it for awhile and get a sense of my capabilities. I also might take [personal profile] sholio's advice and change it to a weekly rather than daily goal. I'm definitely going to keep track of it so that I can see progress over time (probably in one of my super cute notebooks with big milestones recorded on DW). [personal profile] executrix pointed me to Written Kitten which looks like an awesome motivator. So, I think I'm going to set a start date for tomorrow!

4. When I asked for advice about writing a book about my autoimmune disorder experiences, [personal profile] executrix suggested that one way to go about getting a publishing deal is to write a popular blog on the topic which agents and publishers can use to see that you have a built in audience. I know this is an avenue that works because I'm seeing people all the time in magazines and etc who started out with a blog about a topic and then turned that into a book or a product or a store or some other kind of business.

I've been doing a little bit of superficial research about blogging to be popular and gain followers, but I'd like to hear your perspective:

a. If you have a blog that you use to promote your writing or your business, how does that work for you?
b. What's the best blogging platform to accomplish this? I'm thinking Wordpress, but IDK.
c. Do I really have to get on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and etc?
d. How much work is this approach likely to be? The writing content part I don't think I will struggle with. I've looked at a few tutorials that talk about having a good profile page, having lots of banked content before you go live, how to title posts for better search engine results. But the getting readership part sounds super involved. Thoughts?
lunabee34: (writer by sukibluefiction)
1. My parents weathered the storm okay; they'll be out of power at least through Monday (probably longer) but since surviving Katrina, they are mother-fucking prepared. Nobody I know died or was severely injured although some people in my parents' church had extensive property damage. /gratitude

2. Our roof is leaking. Naturally. Thank the baby Jesus in his golden diapers that we are renting and it is somebody else's problem.

3. I need to take a medication right as I start eating, and I keep forgetting to do so until after I've eaten. Help me figure out how to remember to do this. Josh has suggested setting alarms, but I don't eat lunch at the same time every day. It would work for dinner time because we always eat at roughly the same time. Suggestions?

4. I really want to explore the writing idea I had about interstitial cystitis. If I never write anything, it'll go nowhere. So I want to commit to writing daily. What is a good daily word count minimum to set? I want it to be substantial enough that I take it seriously but not so much that it's intimidating and I don't do it. Anyone who's ever had a daily writing goal wanna weigh in? What did you do? How did it work? Any other suggestions that you'd make for someone who's wanting to start a big project and needs to figure out how to generate consistent forward momentum?

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