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Work is, in fact, a four letter word.
I am about to travel 450+ miles round trip in one day (again), through not-quite Steinbeck country, to spend four hours trying to solve computer program woes for the enthusiastic but clueless. On the one hand, if we can eliminate the user errors, this is actually a really cool project that I am mostly enjoying and the program will help some potential students with special needs. On the other hand, the more complications that arise from the cluelessness, the more I find myself muttering “Next time, Jack, write a goddamned memo!’ under my breath because, yeah, I’m travelling at my own suggestion.

Oh…and I am not an IT professional. I’m just a corporate writer with an ever expanding millinery collection and a knack for landing odd but interesting projects. At least they’re enthusiastic. It’s often easier to train people with less experience/natural ability but a good attitude than the other way around. More fun too.

Musketeers, Now That’s the Way to Make an Entrance
I am only two episodes in, but I am giddy definitions of smitten – very well done from the characters, to the dialogue, to the storylines, costumes, actors, everything. The Three Musketeers is one of those stories I loved so much as a kid that I’ve happily followed it through all of its many incarnations, well done and less so. For this reason, I am a bit amused at their idea of a stunning reveal. Are there really people who gasped in shock at the end of episode one? Yeah, probably. *shrugs* Still, so far I love how they’ve blended cannony bits with new adventures so much that I am hardly complaining. The writers got the feel of this right. They pretty much had me at the fork.

Angst-less Writing Stuff
I actually finished one of my WIPs and I posted it – both of which are kind of monumental for me, especially in the sense of occurring together. And, hey, it wasn’t greeted with crickets and no one politely asked me if I wouldn’t prefer to consider their fandom more of a spectator sport – you laugh, but these were actual thoughts in my brain before I hit post that first time. Yikes! But, I did it, truly lovely people gave me even lovelier comments, I pretty much bounced all over the house with silly amounts of happy over this fact, and it was a lot less difficult to hit the post button the next time.

Next time? Ah, yes. There were next times. Two of my initial three WIPs, including the ungodly long WIP of doom, remain WIPs. But, you see, in the middle of all of this, there were these bunnies. Other bunnies. Highly compelling bunnies. And they were so cute and fluffy. Oh, and did I mention that they lied? Yes, they said they were much shorter and faster than they really were, so I wrote them too. *shrugs* I think I'm starting to agree with Anya on the whole bunnies being evil thing. I'm just far less inclined than she to refuse to associate with them on account of it, twitchy little noses being kind of cute and all.

More Procrastination Fodder?
To Tumblr or not to Tumblr. That is my social media conundrum of late. Be practical and stick to the myriad of online distractions I already have at my fingertips, or play with the new shiny toy, too?

Date: 2014-05-06 08:48 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] evilmaniclaugh.livejournal.com
Your life sounds tiring but fun. :)

I'm thrilled you're enjoying writing and getting fab feedback. I hate posting with a passion. I'm SO glad you're liking the musket boys. I think the series just gets better and better.

I've had a Tumblr for years and made about three posts, but it is good for looking at pretty pictures.

Date: 2014-05-06 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bourbonneat.livejournal.com
Well, the driving for this project is tiring but the rest is pretty alright.

Thank you and it's oddly comforting to know that even skilled veterans still get butterflies posting. :)

Date: 2014-05-06 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sistersophie.livejournal.com
You are a wonderful writer, and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

As for Tumblr -- I love it, but it does distract me from my writing at times.

Date: 2014-05-06 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bourbonneat.livejournal.com
Thank you so much!! TGS has so many good writers past and present. All that craft and creativity is nourishing.

Tumblr does look distracting...but also so much fun. Eh, generally if I've hemmed and hawed this much I'm probably going to do it.

Date: 2014-05-06 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suzie-shooter.livejournal.com
glad you're enjoying the musketeer fun! you'll be writing them now, yes...? :D

Date: 2014-05-06 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bourbonneat.livejournal.com
Suzie Shooter: Fangirl Enabler Extraordinaire! :)

I have the teasing beginnings of an idea meandering around my brain at the moment, yes. But I need to watch a lot more to get a better feel for their voices first -- Oh, darn.

Date: 2014-05-06 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suzie-shooter.livejournal.com
well you've got the rest of the series to watch yet, then there'll be no stopping you! :D
(I think I wrote my first one after just the first ep. certainly it was no more than the first two. I was seized, seized I tell you! XD)

Date: 2014-05-06 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wyvernchick.livejournal.com
I am so glad you're enjoying Musketeers so far - the show grabbed me from episode one and I fell in love with everything about it - not least that I can happily ship anyone with anyone, though I have a real soft spot for Porthos/Aramis (they're so cute together), and Athos is the most perfect subject for whump and h/c ever.

Hee. Bunnies! Bunnies! It must be bunnies! Funnily enough, I watched Once More With Feeling during my great Bank Holiday Weekend Netflix Extravaganza. I have such a soft spot for that, not least because my friend John the Welshman and I performed I'll Never Tell at a convention years ago. It happened by accident - we were at a Buffy convention, and when they showed OMWF we found that we naturally fell into singing the parts. Five weeks later we were meeting at another convention. Still can't quite believe we pulled that one off! But that aside, your writing is something I really enjoy - you have a lovely handle on voices and characterisation, and you tell stories well. So keep writing!

Date: 2014-05-07 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bourbonneat.livejournal.com
They are and the characterizations of their characters are all so damn attractive. This one was clearly for the fangirls/boys who also like good writing.

Oh, yay! I love Buffy, as you probably guessed. Anything Joss Whedon, really. And that sounds like an absolute blast.

Thank you very much - Seriously!! - for the compliment to my writing. Much appreciated!

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