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Check-In Thread #95: Americium Interstate Dogme

Post by Madeliaette » Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:19 am

GM - grabs coffee. not sure if i have sinus issues on one side of my nose - swollen and pouring - or a cold in half my nose. it hasnt spread yet and its been 3-4 days since it began... either way, other than drippy nose, swollen face and sore throat there are no other symtpoms...still...usually if its a cold it spread to both sides.
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Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:20 am

Good morning, everyone. :hello:

It is indeed Friday at last. Just about twelve hours to go. :bounce:
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grabs coffee. not sure if i have sinus issues on one side of my nose - swollen and pouring - or a cold in half my nose. it hasnt spread yet and its been 3-4 days since it began... either way, other than drippy nose, swollen face and sore throat there are no other symtpoms...still...usually if its a cold it spread to both sides.
I hope you feel better. Is it still very cold there?

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Post by scottydog » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:32 am

Happy Friday, all :hello:

Today I'll get some writing done. And I might sneak away to the theater this afternoon to see Kevin Hart's new movie, The Upside.
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other than drippy nose, swollen face and sore throat there are no other symtpoms..
Those sound like plenty of symptoms to me. I hope you feel better :yes:
Lupine wrote: I'm re-writing a dystopian/cyberpunk novel of mine called Murder the World.
I love that title; it has me curious. Is this a complete re-writing or a revision of a draft?

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Post by Lupine » Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:56 pm

^A little of both. The book needs to be longer and there are things I wanted to add.

Good morning, all. :yawn:

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Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:58 pm

Good evening, everyone. :hello:

It's Friday. :coma:

Wait, let me rephrase that: It's Friday! :bounce:

Yeah, that's better. :lol:

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Post by Madeliaette » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:12 am

GM. plans are to go to arundel today...

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:22 am

Good morning, everyone. :hello:

And I'm off to Saturday breakfast....

emma sent me some new pictures of Leo, which I will post this afternoon. :yes:
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GM. plans are to go to arundel today...
Cool. More pictures. :D :camera:

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Post by scottydog » Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:44 am

Happy Saturday, everyone :hello:

This morning there's an Agile Writer's conference here in Richmond. I'm scheduled to give a talk on "the mentor" in fiction. I'm not at all an expert on this topic and I had to scramble to put my slides together last night. If any of you are interested in my slides, I can email you my powerpoint.

Then this afternoon The Wife and I signed up to take Argentine Tango lessons. We're pretty good at American Tango, but we know very little of the Argentine variety. It's an entirely different-looking dance -- different steps and different styling.

Hope y'all have a great day :yes:

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Post by Lupine » Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:51 pm

Good morning, crew. :coffee2:

Have to do some shopping today.
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This morning there's an Agile Writer's conference here in Richmond. I'm scheduled to give a talk on "the mentor" in fiction.
That sounds like it's going to be interesting. You should have someone film this stuff and put it on Youtube.

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Post by scottydog » Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:07 pm

Lupine wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:51 pm
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This morning there's an Agile Writer's conference here in Richmond. I'm scheduled to give a talk on "the mentor" in fiction.
That sounds like it's going to be interesting. You should have someone film this stuff and put it on Youtube.
It went pretty well. There were about 20 people in the audience, mostly writers of fiction. They asked good questions.

I know from hosting my own conference this past Fall that it costs $$$ to video conference presentations. That's probably why Greg (the conf host) doesn't do it and why I didn't do it. I'm happy to share my slides if you like.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:58 pm

Good afternoon, everybody. :hello:

Sunrise is slowly getting earlier. It's almost back to 7am. :yes:
scottydog wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:44 am
This morning there's an Agile Writer's conference here in Richmond.
Now there's a group I'll never qualify for.
I'm scheduled to give a talk on "the mentor" in fiction. I'm not at all an expert on this topic and I had to scramble to put my slides together last night. If any of you are interested in my slides, I can email you my powerpoint.
Please do. Who did you come up with for mentors?
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I know from hosting my own conference this past Fall that it costs $$$ to video conference presentations. That's probably why Greg (the conf host) doesn't do it and why I didn't do it. I'm happy to share my slides if you like.
Can't you just set up a tripod and an iPhone or something? Or get a student to do it for extra credit?

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Post by scottydog » Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:32 pm

^^ You're assuming I'm good at coming up with obvious solutions to simple problems :lol:

My talk was about why mentors are important for good storytelling. I did use a bunch of examples (e.g., Mr. Miyagi, Obi Wan Kenobe, etc). Do I have your email? You may have to pm it to me.

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^^ You're assuming I'm good at coming up with obvious solutions to simple problems :lol:
Do I qualify as a mentor now? :lol:
My talk was about why mentors are important for good storytelling. I did use a bunch of examples (e.g., Mr. Miyagi, Obi Wan Kenobe, etc). Do I have your email? You may have to pm it to me.
It's just my usual username at AOL (or gmail or Yahoo).
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Post by Elara » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:23 am

scottydog wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:44 am
This morning there's an Agile Writer's conference here in Richmond.
Okay, I'll ask: Is this about writers being able to move quickly? :unsure: If it is, I'm in trouble. :lol:

Oh, I'm back. :blush: :hello: Hope everyone is doing well. :yes:

Since I was last here:

The end of Sept. lightning struck the pole with our cable line, took out four connections, so four houses. Each of us called when it happened, we were all given an appointment date at four weeks, except one guy. He was given one at five weeks. Many calls and a week later, including to the area supervisor, we were fixed in another two weeks. It took awhile before we all realized it wasn't just one house, then there was the wait for the parts, which wouldn't have happened if the cable help people had listened to any of us.
Son and I were lucky, though. We heard the thunder and decided to pull the plugs on everything. The house to our east and the elderly couple two houses to the north, weren't so lucky.
But, get this. We still had trouble with our connection (cable, net, phone), for months! Then in December, when the new landlord tried to kill us by spray painting in the basement (yes, he was told to NEVER do that again. Even his dad was dumbfounded by him doing that), I happened to see the cable box was ripped off the house. So I called the cable company to get it fixed. I was told they would be out the next day. I checked, the box looked secured, but our connection still kept dropping. I would call, they would check, nothing changed. Then last Saturday, everything was just barely there, cable being the worst. So, I called, and that call revealed to me that I had an appointment for the next day. What? So I got an actual person and was told that yes, our line and box were to be worked on. Months. Months I have paid for this service, months of high costs for crap connection. Yep, I called again and requested a refund.

And now you all know why I have disappeared again. I did mange to get logged in and change my avatar once, in December, I think, and tried to post, but got kicked off the net. It just got so frustrating that I gave up, with pretty much everything online.
I hate to say it out loud, but I think we're good, now. shhh... :unsure:

Aside from that, it's just been a lot of work at the farm, and quite a bit of writing done.

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Post by Madeliaette » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:40 am

GM.
Cool. More pictures.
tons - about 75 - but i havent cropped them or wrote about them yet!
eeeeeeek - i am having problems also - but not that bad. i had a phoneline put in shortly after i moved back to dad's house from Australia, so i could have my own phone and use the internet at home - as dads p[honeline had a careline on. well after dad passed, i used the extra line JUST for internet, not the phone at all, and the original 1980's ;line for the phone. 3 months ago i was being charged for calls on the newer/internet only line that i knew i had not made, as i dont user it for phone calls. luckily the service accepted this, as i havemnt been charged for calls for months beforehand....and credited me for the calls i hadnt made - and fixed the line fault, which was apparently their cause. this month, expecting no problems, along came £2 wotrth of calls...and they said there was another fault on the line and theyd fix it.....friday, a day or so after, the police banged on the door asking if i had rung 999...as apparently someone used my phoneline to do so... but not me!...yesterday, i got in from arundel, and was consideirng braving the rain to go to worthing to pop into a shop and ther library as i had an all day bus pass - when the phone maintencne man appeared on the poffchance i was hpome - and did some checks - and found my socket faulty. however he said this would NOT explain the phone calls....

so....i have a prope functiuoning phoneline for internet - but somehow mystery calls are happening on the line that nobody at this residence has made! today - backyard biurdwatch and unknown.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:38 am

Good morning, everyone. :hello:

Somehow it feels nice and toasty this morning, but I'm sure it's too chilly for a walk on the beach.
Elara wrote:
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Okay, I'll ask: Is this about writers being able to move quickly? :unsure: If it is, I'm in trouble. :lol:
That was actually the joke I was trying to make, but I think I was too vague. :lol:
Oh, I'm back. :blush: :hello: Hope everyone is doing well. :yes:
It's good to see you. I figured you must have been having technical problems. I saw you made at least one random post at EI, so I knew you were okay.
And now you all know why I have disappeared again. I did mange to get logged in and change my avatar once, in December, I think, and tried to post, but got kicked off the net. It just got so frustrating that I gave up, with pretty much everything online.
I noticed the time stamp of your visit here, too, but not the avatar change. The cable company in your area is really terrible. Any chance of petitioning the town to change, or are they getting paid off?
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so....i have a prope functiuoning phoneline for internet - but somehow mystery calls are happening on the line that nobody at this residence has made!
Wow, maybe you have a haunted phone line. I guess there's no way to trace those calls, since they're coming from your number. I wonder if it's really a technical problem or if somebody is hacking your line. And I hope whoever called for help got the assistance they needed. :unsure:

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Post by scottydog » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:59 pm

Happy Sunday, all :hello:

Today's an awkward day because The Wife has invited people over to play bridge. As I don't play bridge, and as they tend to be loud, I'm going to have to vacate the house for a while. Not sure what I'll do.
Elara wrote:
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Okay, I'll ask: Is this about writers being able to move quickly? :unsure: If it is, I'm in trouble. :lol:
Good news -- it's the writing that is agile, not the writers :lol: So all of us creaky people are eligible for agility :lol:
Elara wrote: And now you all know why I have disappeared again.
Well we have missed you and we're really glad you're back. And by the way, I LOVE you avatar -- it's amazing! :thumbsup:

Maddy, I think RJ is right about your phone line being haunted. I would call a priest to sprinkle holy water on it. :nutty:

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Post by Cayla » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:37 pm

Welcome back , Elara! :hello:

Good morning!

I am feeling better, but still not 100%. I'm going to take it easy today. This weekend was a wash.

Someone must be hacking into your phone line, Madeliaette. Or the company has a line crossed.

Elara, it must be maddening, to have to deal with such terrible internet service.

scottydog, maybe go see a movie?
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Post by Lupine » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:47 pm

Good morning, all. :coffee:

Miscellaneous things to do today plus trying to get some writing in.

Welcome back, Elara! :hello:

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:43 pm

Good evening, everyone. :hello:

Well, today was a relaxing, if pretty unproductive, day. :sleep:
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Today's an awkward day because The Wife has invited people over to play bridge. As I don't play bridge, and as they tend to be loud, I'm going to have to vacate the house for a while. Not sure what I'll do.
Guess you'll have to burn that bridge when you cross it.
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I am feeling better, but still not 100%. I'm going to take it easy today. This weekend was a wash.
As long as you're getting better, that's a good weekend. :yes:
Someone must be hacking into your phone line, Madeliaette.
It would be ironic if somebody didn't get the help they needed because they call emergency services on a hacked line.

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Post by scottydog » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:38 pm

I survived The Wife's bridge group being over here for 5 hours. The older I get, the less I like having alien creatures over at my house :alien:

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Post by emma glitch » Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:43 am

Welcome back, Elara! I hope this one posts this time. :veryhappy: Yay, it did!
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Post by Madeliaette » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:19 am

GM.
I would call a priest to sprinkle holy water on it
i would not do that - as i am not a Catholic/Christian, so it would be as resultful as calling for Scooby Doo's aid.... it isnt a tech fault, so someone must be hacking it - BUT HOW do they do it and how is it stopped?
yesterday was a dead day - ie nothing exciting enough to get my heart moving happened. i got so restless i hiked to rustington, but it wasnt for fun, just needed exercise and fresh air.

todays alive - starting with chores, i enter the L-zone for coffee/catch up, and the day ends with indian food after work.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:32 am

Good morning, everybody. :hello:

Another long week in the salt mines begins.... :mellow:
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I survived The Wife's bridge group being over here for 5 hours. The older I get, the less I like having alien creatures over at my house :alien:
I can dig it. I'm also wondering where that little alien Smiley came from. It's not part of our regular set. There must be some default set of generic Smilies built into phpBB that are not visible in the list or in the ACP. :conf:
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Welcome back, Elara! I hope this one posts this time. :veryhappy: Yay, it did!
Hi, emma. :hello:
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i would not do that - as i am not a Catholic/Christian, so it would be as resultful as calling for Scooby Doo's aid....
The Scooby Gang could figure it out. :yes:
it isnt a tech fault, so someone must be hacking it - BUT HOW do they do it and how is it stopped?
If it's a landline, they may be physically hacking some central box on your street or something. They should check to see if anyone else on your street is being hacked. There might also be some pattern in where the calls are being made that could give a clue.

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