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Apr. 5th, 2012 12:01 pm
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  • Wed, 12:12: *sits on @KDSarge's head* Hiii
  • Wed, 23:42: Things I have to ask myself: Was I not tired or did I just not notice being tired? I don't recommend insomnia, or any other sleep issues.
  • Thu, 02:22: I think I heard my groceries being delivered. That probably means I should go to bed soon.
  • Thu, 02:45: @KDSarge So that state of yours.... http://t.co/xwFl1nIN
  • Thu, 03:09: Okay, bedtime (and hopefully sleep time) now. G'night Twitter
  • Thu, 03:29: Why has my muse decided it's okay to show up at 3.30am and start chatting away??
  • Thu, 04:01: I really need to learn to fall asleep when I'm not sleepy. Tiredness just isn't enough.
  • Thu, 10:07: RT @KDSarge: I'm in a celebratory mood. Want a free ebook? Tweet or DM me, I'll send a code for Knight Errant! http://t.co/ecsSLBGJ Pls ...

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Apr. 4th, 2012 12:01 pm
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  • Tue, 14:18: I should be writing. Why am I not writing?
  • Tue, 14:19: RT @QPSmedia: Yes, ute driver, those are police officers driving next to you. Yes, you should have got the hands-free kit #tweetfromtheb ...
  • Wed, 00:14: Working on a story idea to distract from my worry about maybe not being able to fall asleep
  • Wed, 00:44: Deliberately stay up to write and maybe have trouble sleeping, or try to sleep and write if it fails?
  • Wed, 01:33: Okay, I'm really and truly going to bed now. And.... maybe even to sleep. We'll see. Goodnight.

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Apr. 3rd, 2012 12:01 pm
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  • Mon, 23:13: Somehow I don't think I'm getting to bed on time tonight either.
  • Mon, 23:42: Okay, sleep attempt #1 begin! (progress report within the hour...)
  • Tue, 00:37: Is there some trick to sleeping I don't know about? I'm bored and there are LPs I could be watching...
  • Tue, 03:05: I.... was supposed to be tired enough to go back to bed at 3am. Damn.
  • Tue, 03:45: And now to dream of pancakes. I hope.
  • Tue, 10:25: Not terribly keen on this being awake thing.

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Apr. 2nd, 2012 12:01 pm
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Apr. 1st, 2012 12:01 pm
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  • Sat, 22:21: Low level druids should not pretend to be tanks.
  • Sun, 00:04: *sneaks off to make coffee* In my defence, I didn't get up until midday
  • Sun, 02:54: Pondering bad ideas. Also curried eggs.
  • Sun, 03:01: Coming out tomorrow! Queen's Man by @KDSarge *looking forward to it*
  • Sun, 03:33: *whimpers and tries not to scratch her ankle*
  • Sun, 04:52: 5am. Do I go to sleep now and waste the day, or attempt to stay up?
  • Sun, 04:56: Going to bed. Happy April 1st.

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Mar. 31st, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 21:44: Tonight's goal: bed by midnight. Or... close enough. >_>
  • Fri, 23:17: Barely past 11pm and I'm in bed. No guarantee of sleep, but it's a good start. Might grab a milk&honey and melatonin to help.
  • Fri, 23:38: *drinks her milk, takes her melatonin, curls up on @kdsarge's feet and falls asleep (hopefully)*
  • Sat, 00:03: Midnight, in bed, not tired, gonna play Mario. #fuckyouinsomnia
  • Sat, 00:26: An hour of trying to sleep is enough for me. Watching LPs until I decide to try again. Trying to resist the call off coffee.
  • Sat, 01:42: @SuperJeenius Happy birthday!
  • Sat, 02:25: Let's play the "just one more video" game >_> (I really hope I sleep tonight...)
  • Sat, 02:51: Okay, sleep after this vid. Unless the next is a short one...
  • Sat, 03:45: Okay, wish me luck. I'm attempting sleep again.

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Mar. 30th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 23:04: *climbs into @KDSarge's bed and steals all the blankets*
  • Thu, 23:24: RT @OutofPrintTees: American Gods by @neilhimself vs The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Vote now! #bookmadness http://t.c ...
  • Fri, 00:05: Option 1) Go to bed now and possibly not sleep because of everything I'm not doing. Option 2) Do stuff and potentially end up not sleeping.
  • Fri, 00:27: The fact that I flinched when the fan turned off is probably a sign I should sleep. #afterthisvidhonest
  • Fri, 00:41: Okay, after this one I'm going to bed.
  • Fri, 00:44: @KDSarge Oh, and I worked out the push ups, so now it really is the easiest possible progression
  • Fri, 00:49: Okay, going to attempt the sleeping thing now. #wishmeluck
  • Fri, 00:58: I'm in bed, lights off and everything, and it's not even 1am. Says a lot that it's worth a tweet.
  • Fri, 03:38: Takes over half an hour to fall asleep, and then I only get 2 hours sleep. WTF body??
  • Fri, 10:47: RT @amaditalks: A 68yo black man accidentally sets off his medical pendant so the police break down his door and kill him. http://t.co/5 ...
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Mar. 28th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Mar. 23rd, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 16:00: Two vids of the Battletoads race to go, YouTube isn't loading properly, I've finished another bracelet, and I might just go to bed.
  • Thu, 16:04: Actually I like that idea. #goodnighttwitter
  • Fri, 00:02: I should really do something about food before I give in and raid the ice cream again.
  • Fri, 00:14: ....Apparently I'm meant to vote this weekend or something? *needs to check the mail at some point*

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Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:00 pm
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For starters, I think this question is one of the most frequently misunderstood. People seem to ask that meaning "where did this plot and this setting and these characters come from, and how did they all end up this way in this story?" Or if they understand the process, they mean "how did you put the ideas together?"

Let me next say that I'm coming up with this on the fly so there may be loose ends, but also that the point of advice is not to give the answers but to promote thinking, so the loose ends serve a purpose.

So what is an idea? It's a sort of mental shorthand for the world around us and all the things in it. The idea of sunlight produces things like a bright day as well as a cloudy day, solar energy and solar eclipses, a light source emanating from a massive ball of fire ridiculously far away but not nearly as far as other things. But it also holds its contrasts, the things it isn't that help define it. Artificial lighting has a similar purpose, but it's not the same. Night is largely obvious by the absence of sunlight (except where it's reflected by the moon).

Not everyone's ideas are the same, because not everyone uses the same shorthand, or has the same experiences, or has the same physical perceptions. For example, someone living in a place that was always overcast would have a different idea of sunlight than someone in the tropics, and different again to someone born without sight. We presumably all share the same sun though, and therefore the sunlight should be basically the same thing.

Which takes us back to the building blocks of it all, the stuff that we make the shorthand /about/. The fact that the building blocks are constant is essentially what allows us to have language. We can use trial and error to make sure what we're trying to communicate is what the other person is understanding.

The deliberately obtuse answer then is that we get our ideas by having the capacity to have mental shorthand. Obviously that's not very helpful in regards to the possible meanings of the question that I initially suggested. Not everyone with ideas turns them into stories, or writes those stories, or anything else.

Some people though have an inclination to take the ideas that they have, and breed them. Sunlight + magic = a magic system based on the light spectrum. Myths + new understandings of the natural world = worlds in which the myths were real all along. All those quiet people could get reused as a character, or inverted to create something completely different.

After that (not always literally afterwards in the thought process, of course) the new ideas start going together. The quiet guy becomes part of a small town that could be mistaken for a contemporary Earth town except for the unicorns, while the hot-headed and -hearted girl leaves the city and its bureaucratic sentient computers and discovers places that don't even have electricity.

This is all without even glancing at things like how and why, and the emotions and reactions of the characters. But hopefully you get the idea.

All of this leads me to ask myself why a relatively simple question got a small essay for a response. Let me take a small tangent.

When looking for writing advice, one of the things you're going to come across is that nothing is truly original. We've got stories about romances between conflicting groups, wars between peoples who aren't all that different, murders and mysteries and myths a-plenty.

So why do we still write stories? It's all been done right?

A friend the other day came across a website that was about various writing advice and why it was all bollocks. He mentioned it to me pretty much as "See? This guy knows that writing advice is useless." To which I responded at possibly more length than he expected why that wasn't necessarily true.

We say no story is truly original to try to counter the myth that a writer needs to find that perfectly unique idea. Of course if you take it at face value it's not true. Every character is - or certainly should be - a unique person, with their own past, future, appearance, abilities and behaviours, and the more unique characters you have together the less likely it is you'll find other books with a similar group of characters. Then throw in the settings of the story, and add little quirks based on your local area that only the locals would know about or things you've only dreamed about, use a political system that never got off the ground, and see if you can find another story like it. Don't forget to look at the character arcs and the writing style and the emotions and tones and everything else that makes a story.

Some people seem to think that writers pick story ideas full grown out of the air, or that only writers could put the parts of the idea together into a story. Except some people put the ideas together to create new products or design new buildings, and some writers put the ideas together in their head right up until the moment they're ready to put the story on the page. Sometimes the writer feels like the stories are coming from somewhere else because they aren't aware of it happening.

In the end it all comes down to the building blocks.

Where do I personally get my ideas from? Every single moment of a life that is totally unique to me. How (and why) do I put them together into potential stories? Curiousity mostly, and the need to escape, to make sense of things, and even to attempt to communicate my ideas to other people.

Now that I think about it, that probably would have been answer enough to the question. But you know what? If I had to have all that floating around in my head, you guys can share the suffering. Maybe you'll find some good advice or some food for thought in all that.

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Mar. 20th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 08:54: I'm the sort of tired that coffee can't fix.

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Mar. 19th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Mar. 18th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Sat, 17:50: I didn't go to the shops earlier because of the rain, and I just discovered I only have enough milk for one cup of coffee.
  • Sun, 00:00: Cooking chips at midnight. Yeah, someone isn't sleeping...
  • Sun, 00:06: RT @PassiveVoiceBlg: Amazon will take your money, sell your children, suck your brain out of your skull and other bad stuff http://t.co/ ...

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Mar. 17th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 20:04: That bracelet took 3.5 hours to make. Does that explain why I'm starving and my back hurts? #sufferingformycraft
  • Fri, 21:04: I really need to eat, but I'm not in the mood to cook. -__-
  • Sat, 00:02: RT @rantyeditor: This is appalling. As of July 12, your ISP will be spying on you...and playing judge & jury on suspected piracy. ht ...
  • Sat, 00:05: So apparently getting a semi-decent sleep last night is my cue to have coffee tonight. #facepalm
  • Sat, 00:28: @KDSarge Good morning :D
  • Sat, 00:37: Don't suppose anyone knows where I put my camera....?
  • Sat, 00:44: I found it! And my nail clippers.... and some other things I was looking for. I need to unpack that suitcase maybe....
  • Sat, 01:11: Do "normal" people consider 2am a reasonable Friday night bedtime?
  • Sat, 02:28: Okay, sleep now. Maybe.
  • Sat, 04:17: Need 750 words, been awake 20 hours on 5 hours sleep, and I'm wearing a hat inside in the dark. #amwriting #andweird #mostlyweird
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Today was sacrificed to the time sinks known as YouTube LPs and bracelet beading. The LPs went most of the day, because I'm addicted to them, but the bracelet only took 3 hours including design time. (Although I should note that "design" is a strong word...) By the end of which I was starving and my back was threatening drastic action.

The LP was Mario Party 64 by The Runaway Guys, who I discovered via the Battletoads race between Proton Jon, Super Jeenius, Pcull and NCS (which is so much fun and I've watched that four times through now) which was linked to me by my dear friend Eika.
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(I blame her in the very best way, because I'd never even known or cared about LPs before she introduced me to Raocow) And yes, I did watch every video on the Mario Party 64 playlist in one day. I live at my computer and I love it. (Although a better floor seat would be nice, but the only ones I've found are on ebay, or in the US and not delivering to Australia, so that's useless.)

I would probably advise against LP consumption to the level that I do, but they can be really enjoyable even if you don't know the games. (In fact I probably wouldn't care what game Raocow played, as long as he was being himself.)

The bracelet I will hopefully have pictures for soon, but it's basically a four row wide beaded bracelet in pink and clear beads using a flat right angle weave. Time consuming, and I misjudged (-guessed rather, since I haven't been able to find anything to help work out how much thread I need for my projects and I haven't done enough to work out measurements myself) the amount of thread, so with only two circles to go I had to tie in new thread which was frustrating. The "design" I worked out myself based on guesswork and a good measure of "well she did say she wouldn't mind if it was lolariously bad :D". If it had turned out to be outright bad I would have kept it as a practice piece, but I'm happy enough with the result to send it. As soon as I get the pictures and make a decent record of the design for future reference.

(I also made a couple of icons. The Eika one earlier in the post, and
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which is a Proton Jon quote from the Mario Party 64 vids.)

All in all a fun day on barely enough sleep, and here I am after midnight drinking coffee. I.... have difficulty with sleep patterns.

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Mar. 13th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 20:55: I really want to know where my camera is >_<
  • Mon, 21:04: I am belled. This amuses me more than it should.
  • Mon, 22:45: I'm less than two weeks into this story and it's already becoming painful to write each day. #amwriting #sortof
  • Tue, 03:21: For the record, I've been asleep the last three hours. If anyone tells you otherwise they're dirty liars.

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