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New Year! - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
New Year!
All right, clean slate. Which I didn't start by getting my house clean today, in the words of Stuart Smalley, "That's okay, because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggonnit, my roommate's cat likes me."

:raises glass to f-list:

'Tis 2006. We're now more than halfway through the first decade of the millennium.


I think, if my life doesn't turn around this year, I may move somewhere, though I have no idea where. I love Boston, but it's Just Not That Into Me, as that annoying relationship book says. Maybe someplace cheaper would be better, where I can afford my own place on a librarian's salary.

The poundage must be removed. End of story. This is not assisted by current food intake, but everyone knows that there are no calories on holidays. I will join Weight Watchers.

I'll write something original and bloody finish it. Something. And get paid for it. Fiction, I mean, not website text for work. Though as that's in other people's control, I'll allow the check to come in after next January 1. I'm too addicted to showing stuff. I should either stop it or find out if regularly e-mailing it to a few dedicated readers who want to read it would be considered a bad thing, publication-wise.

I will remember to try dating. I know I should, but I keep forgetting to bother looking. Nature will not forgive this much longer if I want to perpetuate ye olde genes.

In this vein, I will find a social hobby that I enjoy. I thinking of singing again--it's been too long--but, while I might do it, it's not likely to help with the other resolution.

Shrug. That's it.

Oh, yeah. Also, I'd like to learn a language. Not anything useful like Spanish or Chinese, but something obscure and neat, like Old English. I was just looking up some old English to help someone with a question, and I was thinking, "You know, I'd really like to be the person who says, 'Yeah, I know what that says...'"
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From: sleepingfingers Date: January 1st, 2006 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year!
jiminyc From: jiminyc Date: January 1st, 2006 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year!!!

*raises glass*
victorialupin From: victorialupin Date: January 1st, 2006 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year! :)
inkpenpaper From: inkpenpaper Date: January 1st, 2006 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to learn Latin. Just because. This gets me odd looks.


Happy New Year.
barbara_the_w From: barbara_the_w Date: January 1st, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wanna learn Latin with me? I got a Teach Yourself Latin book :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 1st, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, let's start a learn-Latin comm! Latin rocks.
maple_clef From: maple_clef Date: January 1st, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd join! I remember next to nothing of my beginners' Latin class.
sannalim From: sannalim Date: January 2nd, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, me too, me too! I took Latin my senior year of college (ages ago, now!) and would like to remember it.
sannalim From: sannalim Date: January 2nd, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, me too, me too! I took Latin my senior year of college (ages ago, now!) and would like to remember it.
From: bklyngrl77 Date: January 4th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
genius! i'm in! I have my fiancé's college wheelock somewhere but I never made much progress solo...

(btw, re. the publishing something original, GOOD FOR YOU. You're so, so talented, I think it's a very important thing. Not that my opinion matters. But anyway, from what I've seen of the publishing world a network of dedicated offline readers would be fine, you just wouldn't want to put big swaths up on the InterWebs for all and sundry to see...)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 4th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
What's your book's ISBN? We could have a little learn Latin group with it.
dudley_doright From: dudley_doright Date: January 1st, 2006 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
happy new year =)
From: hvaharu Date: January 1st, 2006 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year!!!
liebchen127 From: liebchen127 Date: January 1st, 2006 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year! May all your resolutions be successful. *raises glass to Fern*
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: January 1st, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll write something original and bloody finish it. Something. And get paid for it. Fiction, I mean, not website text for work. Though as that's in other people's control, I'll allow the check to come in after next January 1. I'm too addicted to showing stuff. I should either stop it or find out if regularly e-mailing it to a few dedicated readers who want to read it would be considered a bad thing, publication-wise.

I have the same dilemma. I'm used to publishing online, but with original stuff, am a bit hesitant to do so - on LJ, anyway.

That said, a friend of mine is starting a website for original works, and we are figuring out coypright issues so that legally, the works are part of our site. So if you'd be interested in publishing a short story there, let us know.


As for finishing long stories... completely agree. I can't even finish fanfic anymore... something always distracts me. But I think that's partly because with fanfic nowadays, I have the overwhelming knowledge that with JKR's site, the whole thing could be burst tomorrow.

With original stuff, it's all my canon.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 1st, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't put original stuff online until you've decided not to ever sell it. The problem isn't copyright--everything you write is yours from the moment you write it, pretty much--it's that putting it online is publishing it, and most publishers do not want to deal with things that have already been published. That's my problem--I do so love getting the instant gratification of online publishing, but once you get it, the story loses any chance at all of getting any other sort of compensation, at least not until you're famous and it gets anthologized. I have a few very old stories that I'm not going to go back to to get in publication shape, and I've put those up, but I really want to start making money writing--that's pretty much the crass part of the resolution--and I can't do that if I self-publish.
ivylore From: ivylore Date: January 1st, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
A friend of mine took a course on Beowulf where they read it in its original Old English. She loved it.
daisan From: daisan Date: January 1st, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
too addicted to showing stuff. I should either stop it or find out if regularly e-mailing it to a few dedicated readers who want to read it would be considered a bad thing, publication-wise.

My understanding of this issue is that "publicizing" means making it available for public view. Putting it on a web site for people's enjoyment, therefore, is publicizing. However, simply having it ON the internet is not. So if you put something in your journal, f-locked to specific people, and asked them for feedback (your dedicated readers idea) then that is not publicizing and you can still sell the first rights to a publishing house. They key, however, is that your showing it must be for critiquing purposes only. I've researched this for my own original work, though I'm by no means an expert on the subject.

If you are planning to write fantasy/sci-fi, I'd suggest looking into the Other Worlds Writers Workshop (http://www.otherworlds.net/) It's a closed and moderated yahoo community for critiquing original works of speculative fiction. You will be beyond half of the members there, from what I've observed. There are some pretty rank beginners. But there are also published authors and other talented people, who I think could give you a good, unbaiased, outsider's opinion on the flow of the plot, characterization, believability, etc etc etc.

You're a truly gifted writer with an amazing imagination, Fern. I'm rooting for this publishing in 2006 thing with all my heart.
maple_clef From: maple_clef Date: January 1st, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year! Hope you have an excellent 2006, and that you reap the benefits of your new year's resolve :D
story645 From: story645 Date: January 2nd, 2006 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Good luck on those! And old English sounds like it'd be cool to learn.
awelkin From: awelkin Date: January 2nd, 2006 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I salute you. I really enjoy Stuart Smalley!

Catherine
jennocide From: jennocide Date: January 2nd, 2006 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year! I'll be starting up Weight Watchers again and you certaintly wouldn't be alone. It's a good program that actually works!
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: January 2nd, 2006 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year, and good luck with your resolutions! ^_^
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: January 3rd, 2006 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Those are all good resolutions, and I should probably take note of a few of them myself. Also, if you'd like it, I'm happy to offer my services as a dedicated reader.

I really should have taken Old English when I had the chance in undergrad; I just got a little taste of it in my History of English class and it was very interesting. My goal has always been to know 12 languages, but I've never made it past English and Spanish.
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