A few quick notes to myself

Posted by ON in Dear Diary

Nephilim!Erg. I’ve been meaning to do a New Years post, etc, but I’ve been SO BUSY. *whine* *whine* *whine*

Maybe later this week.

Anyway, I wanna close a few tabs, so here’s some notes to self.


Four writing things:

Bibliotheca Fantastica (My friend Claude is editing this. I owe him a story. Phew.)

Predictions of what 2011 would be, from a paper in 1911. (I saw this just as I was thinking about writing more stories in the world of my WotF winning story, “Life in Steam.”)

Chuck Palahniuk’s “Big Voice, Little Voice.

400 Free Online Courses from Top Universities. (AWESOME!)

And three random life/house things:

WordPress Contractors (I’m thinking about hiring someone for my site redesign.)

Electrical Conduit Raceways (To tidy my video projector setup.)

craigslist > services offered > household services (I’m *cough* thinking about getting a little help around the house.)

More later …

Quick DIY post

Posted by ON in Dear Diary, DIY

Having a new house and no furniture (see: traveling the world for all of 2010) has left me needing … well, to fill a house with furniture.

I’ve instituted a “no particleboard” policy and have been trying to customize (or straight-out make) as much as I can. (Watch this space for an update about my upcoming dining room table.)

Dressers made of real wood are surprisingly hard to find, but craigslist came through with this old beaten up antique. ($20, yo!)

Beaten Ass Dresser

Oops, I forgot to take a picture before I went at it with a sander.

Originally I was going to go the traditional staining and varnishing route, but the wood top was so distressed that I decided to go with a solid black and satin varnish. Elina painted the new pulls blue and I think the whole thing comes together rather dramatically.


Ignore the imperfections, they're ... character!

I didn’t realize the top three drawers were a different color than the bottom two, but I kinda like the effect.

This was definitely a project of the “quick and dirty” variety, but I love it anyway. ($35 altogether, yo!)

And now my clothes live somewhere besides the floor!

Gratuitous self promotion

So, *ahem*, I’m new at this, but hopefully this isn’t too self promotey.

I posted two of my stories in the SFWA forums for Nebula consideration:

“Heart on Green Paper” (short story, originally published in Daily Science Fiction, August 25th, 2011): http://www.sfwa.org/forum/index.php?/topic/3005-linnaea-gra-heart-on-green-paper/

“Namasté Prime” (short story, originally published in Apex Magazine, September 2011): http://www.sfwa.org/forum/index.php?/topic/3004-linnaea-gra-namaste-prime/

Note: only SFWA members can read the forums.

If you like either these stories, maybe consider suggesting them (http://www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/readinglist/) or even nominating them for a Nebula Award.

There, *spam off.* As you were.