[sticky entry] Sticky: How to Beta Yourself

Apr. 6th, 2015 11:26 am
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Word usage to look out for when you haven't got a Beta. (with particular reference to Iron Man and Avengers fandom). This doesn't cover grammar, canon, formatting or any of the other facets of betaing, just words that I've seen used where they don't belong.

If you're unsure of the difference between 'Affect' and 'Effect', 'Fewer' and 'Less', 'Callus' and 'Callous', or when to use an apostrophe (rule of thumb, apostrophe used where a letter is omitted, or to indicate possession where there does not already exist a possessive form without the apostrophe) then this might help you.

Proper use of possessive pronouns: its dog (the dog is its), his cat (the cat is his), her goldfish (the goldfish is hers), my aardvark (the aardvark is mine), your horse (the horse is yours), Our bunny (the bunny is ours), Their canary (the canary is theirs).

Then there are a few special cases- Whose elephant is that? (the elephant belongs to an unknown), and One's ferret (ferret belonging to a generic one- apparently in a tribe where ferret ownership is assumed).


This is a long list. I've been coming back and adding more as I encounter them. So far I've found no examples beginning with N, X, or Z.

I haven't time to beta for anyone,alas. )
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So last week I had cleared everything out of a dresser that I *strongly* suspect of having termites, and I dragged it out (heavy, I had to take the drawers out one at a time & then tip the dresser onto a mechanic's crawler and haul it out and reassemble it, lying on the ground, neatly for the trash workers).

Hellholeah, scavenger home base )

Also, June is the official beginning of hurricane season, so I resumed pruning the loquat tree. A few months ago I took down some long branches that had reached over to a neighbor's yard and annoyed him, but the tree was trying to blossom so I didn't want to do more). Well, it's loaded with ripe/near ripe fruit now, so I was picking fruit after I cut branches down. I got two good size piles done and then it started to rain.

Oh, well. I was tired, anyway.

I wonder what other food I can grow? The tomatoes are at least (at the moment) healthy and trying and the two pineapples haven't yet been attacked by birds. Fingers crossed the strawberry plants live. I don't know but MAYBE I got some Strawberry spinach plants (I put seeds in a starter jug, and a few things came up that I didn't recognize, so I planted them all. Quite possibly I am nurturing 2 new types of weeds.) The plant is SUPPOSED to have edible leaves, and also develop edible red fruit. It isn't supposed to taste like either spinach or strawberry, and the fruit doesn't look like strawberry (more like raspberries), but eh, catchy name. (like Iron Man instead of Gold-titanium Man).

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/strawberry-spinach/growing-strawberry-spinach.htm
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I dunno, but apparently I'm not that poor. I did it all on the computer & paid by credit card, just to get it done.

I went with the freebie version of turbotax (which I found at the IRS form site, not sure you'd even find it at turbotax). It wasn't too bad. Back in the day when I had a bit more income I'd used it, so I had already a username and password, but it decided my password was too old, so I made a new one.

It wasn't TOO terrible an experience, their popup explanations whenever something confused me usually made sense, and there was one time I was misled to start a form I didn't need, which then showed up on the error review since I didn't fill it out & I had to back and search to delete it, and there was one time it got stuck in a loop of not wanting to go on past a page that didn't apply (did you pay car registration fees in another state. No. did you pay car registration fees in another state. No. did you pay car registration fees in another state. No. OK, SKIP THAT.)

And then when I thought I was done, it was The IRS now wants more ID than just your SS number. Get last years return (yep, I printed & saved it even tho I didn't owe) look at this line, print the number in this form, confirm that it's at that line, confirm it's that return, confirm it's the right number. And I think ok, I'm done. And then it's The IRS wants MORE ID, Driver's license or State ID. And then fill this, fill that, click here. And then electronic signature, which is type any 5 digits here, and then look at these jumbled, broken letters and type them to prove you're not a robot, etc. etc.

God knows what they'll want next year. Scan your fingerprint and send it to the FBI? Go to a doctor and get a cheek swab for DNA on record? Use computer camera to photograph your retinas? Retinae?

BUT, it's DONE. *slump* It rained like crazy earlier, which I took as incentive to get this over with instead of doing yard work.

I have got such a headache. OW.
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I've been going back & forth between yard/pool/designing/house stuff, etc. I had intended to concentrate on lessening the algae in the pool, but my bareroot strawberry plants arrived yesterday, so yesterday was mainly spent digging out a bed for them about 6 foot square and a couple feet deep.

Today I'm trying to shift the backyard compost heap over to the fence so I can dig down for dirt. The heap was roughly five feet in all directions, packed down *hard*. *whew* Have taken 3 or 4 breaks now and still not done. MUST finish soon, since the bareroots are supposed to soak for 12-24 hours before planting, and it's 23 & a half hours now.

*slump* Here's hoping I actually get some fruit.

The tomato plants are still trying- I found the one type drops the fruit when it's orange, so I've been picking each as it gets to that stage. So far haven't had enough ripe at any one time to be worth doing more than eating in a bite.

Think the one fruiting cantaloupe plant is frying. I water, but the leaves are all CRISPY withered on one side of the plant. *sigh*

Ok, back to work.

Came in for another break- 96.6 degrees F.... no wonder I'm tired. *whew* I got the heap down far enough I could get a few shovelfuls of soil. Will finish taking it down another day. Gotta go plant the strawberries & some marigold seeds & some 4 o'clocks (AKA Marvel of Peru). Marigolds are supposed to kill nematodes in the soil- worth a try. And I just plain like 4 O-clocks, they're pretty and they smell nice. Resting up and having lemonade before I go back out into the inferno.
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I was one of the first three to kudos a fic just now, and it seems that I eat zombies...so, is secondary cannibalism a thing?

AnonEhouse, I_kill_Zombies, and dine left kudos on this work!
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It's been around 5 hours since it came back up, and posting anything is awful. I haven't tried just reading, but posting a 221 word test fic took around 15 minutes, 3 hours ago. I just tried an 8 word reply to a comment on one of my fic, and it time failed out three times before I gave up and tried to report the problem to Support which... is also time failing out.

There was a link it said to use for reporting problems if the Support form wouldn't work. I used it and it went to Transformative Works which said if you have a problem with AO3 use the AO3 Support form.

Been there, tried that. So whatever, I complained to Transformative Works, in part to vent, in part because in Life I've found that as soon as I make an idiot of myself complaining about something, it miraculously gets fixed.


HAH! Two seconds after I posted this, I got a confirmation email that my support request on AO3 had gone through. See? See?
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Yes, I am wearing green.

Six Pics of things in my yard, so, mostly green )

Also, in honor of St. Patrick's Day I just wrote a really tiny fic.

Leprechauns Can't See Green, Either. AO3 was really really realllyllllly slow to post. But I think it's there now.
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Yesterday Spoonflower introduced a new checking out system. So messed up-- I THINK it worked properly judging by the info in my account, but that's not what the check out said while I was doing it.

And today AO3 had a scheduled half hour down time. Of course it borked and several hours later is still down. I amused myself by going to AO3 twitter status and saving their comments in a time stream.

AO3 does at least post to apologize and try to be light-hearted )

AO3 is back (at least for me) BUT BUT I made the mistake of looking at the responses to the Twitter status. SO MANY funny reaction gifs. Ate up a lot of time. :^)
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And it's a cool snap today. Was 55 F when I woke up, its 65 F now, but I'm being slow at waking up so I haven't been outside yet.

When You're Real Avengers crossover with the Velveteen Rabbit in which Tony Bunny forms a team of ex-toy animals to help Steve horse look for his friend Bucky the Christmas novelty reindeer.

Current stats: Published:2014-12-31 Completed:2017-03-16 Words:11616 Chapters:19/19 Comments:125 Kudos:94 Bookmarks:8 Hits:1225

Just finished reading the latest Illona Andrews 'Inkeeper series' book, 'One Fell Sweep'. Really am enjoying this urban fantasy/soft romance/science fiction series. discussing basic premise, a bit spoilery in description of the basics of the 'verse )

Also, Spoonflower recently put some (50 or so) of my designs on Etsy & I actually got a commission yesterday. That's a much faster result than the same number of my designs they put on Amazon. I think Etsy is a more popular venue for folks looking for unusual printed fabrics.

And Spoonflower is going to offer a new purchase option starting in early April that I think will be good- buyers will be able to choose two different designs to be both printed on the same yard (I think it'll be divided horizontally) & people have wanted half yards for a long time, so this will be close to that. And there's going to be 'templates' to fill in with different designs- they were fairly vague on that, but still-- if you can get several different designs on a yard, that'll be a better bargain for many people who wanted to make small things, or patchwork, etc.
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Searching for a u-tube video of a hibernating black bear snoring (I have my reasons- and I found it, too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RPd-dBJqxw) I somehow came across

a compilation video of 3 trailers for the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7GiAwK2-fY

It looks like great fun, but SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER. So if you don't like having the surprise taken away, best you don't watch this. ;^) Release day May 5 in the US.

ALSO! The director strongly hinted that there will be important post credits scene you could miss if you don't stay until the very very end. Sounds like there will be 2 scenes, I think, with one tacked on long after you think it's too late. One commentor speculates it might be a teaser for Avengers: Infinity War.

Not that I have any intention of doing so, but if I ever wrote a Spiderman/Guardians of the Galaxy crossover I would almost certainly call it, 'Hooked on a Ceiling'.

Just watched Doctor Strange. Was fun. The special effects were very like the old comic books. I liked the tiny nods to other MCU- turning down the chance to operate on Rhodey (not sure if the other 2 mentioned were Marvel related- probably) & mentioning the Avengers specifically. Had to pause to read the title of the book Stan Lee was reading in the mirror universe- The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley about his experience taking mescaline resulting in sensory distortion. That was amusing.

And I liked the credits---one of the people involved had the middle name 'Tiberius' and I wonder if his mother was a Star Trek fan. And one of the jobs was *embroiderer*. That would be so cool to be able to say 'oh, yes, I embroidered the Ancient One's robe' 'the cloak of levitation was fun to work on' etc.

Also liked the little line at the end- Driving while distracted can be hazardous to you and others on the road. Please drive responsibly.

Yeah, you don't wanna wind up like Dr. Strange.
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well, for certain really generous definitions of excitement.

No pics, just the words )
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I got started when it was only 84F but had to stop several times to dig up old sprinkler pipe & Asp. ferns, and to cut back Asp. ferns I couldn't dig up, so I only got as far as mowing the verge and a small part of the front yard before I got really hot & came in and saw the new temperature reading.

*whew* I'll go back out again later.

EDIT: Got caught up in trying to fix an ugly edge in repeat on 3 designs, spent a long time & discovered I'd just made it ugly in a different way. *sigh* It had cooled back down to 84 so I went out and mowed the rest of the front yard.

The neighborhood cats left me a gift... good size young rat. EEEEE. I just left it for now, maybe it's someone's dinner.

When I finished the front I watered & when I went to water the back (too late to mow now will try to do it tomorrow) there were two tomatoes lying on the patio tile! They were on the plant yesterday. So I took them in, inspected them, rinsed them off and ATE THEM. They were still a little green at the stem end, but SO GOOD. YAY.

Waves at Z

Mar. 11th, 2017 09:04 am
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Last night, Z's emails to me, and mine to her, were so delayed we never got to talk (2 hours from sending at a minimum, most of them only showed up this morning) so here's an emergency post where we can at least say HI!

Also I think Z would really like the latest chapter in this fic.

Leader Of The Free World
by copperbadge began last April, but boy, howdy, these days I really so wish it were true. Heck, I'd even rather have DUM-E as president.

Summary:
Clint Barton's presidential campaign started as a joke. It didn't end that way, except for Steve.
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I got the baseboards painted yesterday and today FedEx delivered the correct swatch sampler. FINALLY. So at last I was able to resize and set for sale the Pit Bull Terrier Mosaics I intended as decor pillows.

It took 4 tries- 6 of the swatches were mis-printed in the first try, only 17 of the 30 swatches were printed in the second try, the wrong collection was printed in the third try, but today I got all 30 of the right collection, printed properly. So what with all the duplication between this collection & the one before it, which got mis-printed and reprinted, and then mistakenly reprinted *AGAIN*, I feel I really could do something with them. No idea what & other stuff ahead on the to-do list.

Yesterday there was a 24 hour sale at Spoonflower, and I ordered a yard each of 4 different designs on the Minky fabric, so that'll be for Christmas sewing.

I finished the second leopard cat and took pics yesterday.

Am still writing on When You're Real the Velveteen Rabbit/Avengers crossover. I'm pleased that Rhodey got into the fic. I love Rhodey, he's adorable.


7 pics, 3 of toy cats & 4 Pit Bull pillow mockups )
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I am so out of things I didn't realize it was today, until I noticed a google doodle. Which I don't know how, but it led me to Trump tweeting about the day (yeah, like he's SOOO respectful and supportive of women's rights...).

So after being annoyed I went on to look for something that would make me smile. Of all things, a dog food company ad. I like it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UexoKOu47s
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Spoonflower got back to me & tells me they're gonna get the right swatches to me this time. Hope so. On the bright side, what with the multiple reprints of the two collections I probably have enough to make something coordinating. No idea what. Shouldn't start anything new ATM, though.

Am working on the second leopard cat. Next sewing project should prob. be a sock critter. I want to use up those Red Heel socks- cat was the next most popular on the poll.

And so on )
cut 2 )
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Took so long to get back to it, I decided there was no point in adding photos to previous post, so here they are.

10 pics )

Ok, gonna see if I can fic, and if not, I can sew while watching SGA. Stupid toe is stupid. It's only a little swollen and reddened, but it keeps tingling Ow and distracting me.
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I weeded, watered, laundered, added a chapter to 'When You're Real', started moving stuff in living room away from wall so I can one day paint the baseboards, went out to bring in the trash bin- saw someone had tossed in an empty hospital glove box & since the trash has to be put out in bags, I had to get the box out, it's too deep to reach to the bottom, so I heaved it upside down to get the box out, and then when I went to get it upright again, it landed on my foot, and fractured one of my toes (ow, its not a complete break, just a bright pink vertical line on the toe nail and puffy and OW when I walk, or move my foot, or you know, *breathe*), but I soldiered on, I was planning to paint the front closet door (hasn't been painted in at least 40 years) so I got onto the painting, heard the FedEx truck and got the package, thinking, 'Yay replacement sampler after 3 tries I can set the final four designs for sale.'

But no.

The sampler printed was from the FIRST defective one, which I had already got a perfect replacement for.

Damn it.

Ok, gotta fold laundry and paint a door. I had to come in and write to Spoonflower YET AGAIN, so I figured I'd do blogging too. Later I will try to come back and add happy photos, but I can't leave the paint too long.
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Yesterday was also blustery, so mainly I watered & weeded. Have decided that most of the things I thought might be seedlings from seeds I planted are probably weeds. Yesterday I gave in to temptation and ordered not only more flower seeds from Park Seed but also some strawberry plants. *fingers crossed*

what else I did, sewing, photographing, writing, watching DVDs, plotting )
So, that was yesterday. Today I am attempting a third chapter, and have drafted the pieces of a tangram, to try to do something for the next Spoonflower contest.
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A couple days ago doc bro emailed me to ask if I could look for & send him Dad's Bluejacket Manual.

In which I fail to give up a book )
Very strong gusts again today. I only did a little yardening- I gave the secondary tomato patch some plant food, added some more salvaged tree branches as supports, with salvaged cement sprinkler rings at the bases, and salvaged selvages from swatch collections tying the tomato plants up. Then I salvaged some pathetic marigolds from the salvaged recycling bin planter and transplanted them around the tomatoes.

This is why I can't throw anything out. Nearly everything gets repurposed. :^)

3 pics. Pineapple, Spider, and Turkey Vulture. Behind a cut for anyone upset by pineapples. They are alien looking )
And then I came in and did some designs.

Yesterday I did one for a contest themed 'Mandalas'. I googled and decided I didn't want to do either the elaborate people & symbols original versions, or the boring modern circles of flower petals version. So I wound up getting out my colored Sharpies and googling peacock feathers, and drew one feather and turned it into a mandala-ish? It's pretty anyway.

http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/6219378-peacock-feather-mandala-by-eclectic_house

Today I remembered I'd wanted to make a color palette based on the Bayeux 'Tapestry' (it's a crewel embroidery), and spent quite a while color picking and deciding. And then I recolored 4 of my designs to make new ones in the BayeuxPalette. I think it works really well. There are 9 colors including one for the linen fabric.

http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/6221868-bayeux-argyle-by-eclectic_house

http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/6221593-bayeux-chevron-by-eclectic_house

http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/6221574-bayeux-delft-by-eclectic_house

http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/6221560-tesselating-t-chevrons-bayeux-by-eclectic_house

And now I'm done. I think I'll put on a DVD and do some hand sewing.
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