feng_shui_house: animated bunnies yawning text OMG plot bunnies! (Plot Bunnies)
2015-04-06 11:26 am

[sticky entry] Sticky: How to Beta Yourself

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. )
feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
2017-09-19 03:13 pm

I'm meeeelting

My thermometer reads 107.2F 41.8C

I just... can't... I went out for a few minutes to do more picking up (still have bits of plastic from a neighbor's shredded roof tarp, & have begun taking out the plastic privacy strips woven into the sagging chain link fence I still haven't tried to get removed). And it's just... I watered a few plants and refilled the bowls I leave out for birds/stray cats & gave up.

Still writing on my Team Iron Man fic. Wish I was also in drawing mode for Spoonflower, but I'll take what I can get. Writing is better than not being creative, even tho it earns no $$-- but it is good for my ego. :^)

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feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
2017-09-17 08:04 am

Tree Fellas

So far, looks good. Father & Son guys came by at 8am & gave me a $300 estimate to do the job. They're going off to give an estimate somewhere else & say they'll be back in 2 hours to cut my tree.

Yay. I do NOT EVEN CARE if the tree dies as a result, I want it lowered down far enough I'll be able to trim it myself next year. (It probably won't die. Hurricane Andrew in 1992 knocked it down, we cut it to a STUMP and it came back.)

YAY. They came back and did it. (It's now 9:30) They did a nice clean job & even raked up leaves afterward. *GLEE* I added $40 for a tip, because 2 guys did 95% of the work & I was going to give them $20 each, but then 3 more showed up to finish the last 5 minutes of picking up the wood, so I just gave the $340 to Son & he can decide whether /how to divvy.
feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
2017-09-16 07:31 pm


Ok, my body is calling it quits, in addition to the bum left shoulder, and trick left knee, I now have a dodgy right ankle. I do not KNOW WHY, it's not as if I did any injury... probably I'm just the one-hoss shay that fell apart all at once. :^)

My hands and arms and back are legitimately sore from work, but the other bits just decided to give up.

I kept trying though, and I ALMOST had one of the higher branches. Cut through all but a tiny fraction and it swung down and STAYED, at an angle and height where I can't cut it, adding to the three branches that broke during the storm in much the same way.

So I tried once more to find a tree trimmer, this time I asked my boyfriend Google 'tree trimmer' and it asked tree trimmer near me? And I was all for that.

Found 2 close to me, one was shut for the day, the other said 24 hours, which I figured meant I could at least leave a message. 'Father and Son Tree Service'. Father doesn't speak much English, but was polite & told me to call back in a few minutes to speak to his son.

Spoke to the son about half an hour ago, & he said he'd come by in an hour or two to give an estimate.

*FINGERS CROSSED* I think it may be too dark soon, but if he doesn't show up I'll try him again in the morning.

EDIT: 2 hours later he called to ask if he could come by in the morning. Glad I thought to ask WHEN because he said 7:30-8am? There's been times that's when I went to bed... not gonna argue, will just have to get to sleep EEEARLY.
feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
2017-09-15 08:58 am

Ow, but *sigh*

My left shoulder hasn't been happy with me for quite a while, and it really doesn't appreciate tree trimming. I finally decided to try calling a tree trimming service, hoping the mad rush would have died down by now.

Nope. Too busy. I tried another old card & he's out of the business. I have two more business cards but they're even older and entirely written in Spanish. I do not have the energy to deal with the inevitable miscommunications there.

So... back to doing what I can, only slower, make the right arm do more of the work. If it gets too bad I'll just give up and try again in a few weeks. I've removed a lot of the broken stuff, but it's got to the bigger, higher branches now & that's reallllllly slow.

CURRENTLY 99.7 F --- 37.7 C

yEah, break time. WHEW.
Heat continues, Tree cutting continues )
feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
2017-09-12 03:52 pm

I WILL SURVIVE.... *warbling music*

Yes, I'm back! I had power restored 2 1/2 hours ago (ok, that's when I started this post). I caught up on my AO3 updates, & comments and subscriptions and then just sort of wallowed in the joy of power! and internet! AND DEAR GOD, the blessing of air conditioning.

Life is good.

more trivial stuff )
feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
2017-09-08 02:12 pm

Argh, craptop is drving me crazy

Took forever to give it what updates it recommended, but now I can't set up the email. Couldn't get the mac email and couldn't get the google email (gmail sent me a warning that an 'insecure device' tried to use it.) I'm going to TRY the 'migration assistant' from this puter (if I can find the right cable to connect the two puters) and see if I can get it to do at least ONE email.

Otherwise... eh. May run out of time. I have to finish picking up the yard, can't be forever fighting this beast.

My back hurts from all the bending over...

On the bright side! I remembered I have a portable DVD player. I was just watching on the desktop (bigger screen better viewing angle) but I located the player, and its battery and its power cord and plugged it in. With LUCK maybe it'll have enough power to show one movie?

Ok, I give up on the craptop-the only two ended firewire cables I have are the ones I use on my portable hard drives & when I tried putting on into the craptop it warned that it would overload the hub (and it wasn't even plugged into anything else) Also the system can't be upgraded enough for me to use Google Chrome, but at least MacSafari works. At this point spending more time on it is a waste.

It looks like I MIGHT be able to use it to comment on the internet, but that's about it. Will test that later, gotta go do more yard picking up.
feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
2017-09-08 10:05 am

Found a Lemon, might make lemonade

I forgot that years ago I bought a mac craptop. I went back and forth with trying to get it either replaced or repaired because it was mucked up from minute one.

Finally after it had been sent to mac twice and still was not working right, I THOUGHT I threw it out. Several YEARS later I got a notice from Mac that acknowledged that whole line of puters was borked and I could get it repaired if I replied & gave the ID number, etc.

Since I was SURE I'd thrown it out I didn't bother.

But last year when moving stuff around I found the craptop. So today I plugged it in and turned it on. Seems to work as well as ever (not very, but eh). It's so old the enclosed internet connection cable doesn't fit Comcast's modem, but the wifi worked, so I've got it now attempting to upgrade the system (prob. can't upgrade much.) Luckily I'd written the password on a scrap of paper inside it...

Wow, that thing is pitiful. Have to try to see if the emails even set up. Don't know if I'll be able to use it for email after the storm, but it's worth a try. Currently leaving it plugged in to power to charge up the battery.
feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
2017-09-07 05:41 pm


So, Hurricane Irma is on the way to me. Current tracking prob. is Sunday afternoon around 2pm, with windspeeds about 130 mph.


Been doing what hurricane prep I could, and am tired. ;^) Still have more to do, but need to rest. *flumph* Was going to post to AO3, forgot they're doing maintenance.
feng_shui_house: Animation pink happy face (Happy face)
2017-09-01 10:39 am

Happy Birthday, Ultrapsychobrat!

I hope your day has everything you enjoy and no bumpy bits. :^)
feng_shui_house: drawing polar bear text art is cool (Art polar bear)
2017-08-31 08:36 pm

Aug 31 Final Naart of the year

Global Warming is hard on polar bears. They don't tan, they burn.

feng_shui_house: drawing of robin text I heart cheep art (Art robin)
2017-08-30 09:33 pm

Aug 30 Naarmamo.

Been busy writing fic (40,626 words in August, so far), so mostly Naamamo has been quick stuff, like these horses from sketch.io.
4 horses, cut out of courtesy for scrolling reasons )
feng_shui_house: drawing of a pig text pig out on art (Art pig)
2017-08-30 09:20 pm

Gif of horse in different colorations Aug 30 Naart

I drew a horse outline and then, in sketch.io it's possible to easily do things and then undo them, so I kept coloring it in and uncoloring it, trying out different things.

since there are few colors it shouldn't be a problem viewing, but cut text just in case )
feng_shui_house: drawing polar bear text art is cool (Art polar bear)
2017-08-28 10:57 pm

Aug 28 Naart. Patterned Dino doodle

I got obsessed with ficcing and nearly forgot to Naart!

Also I've had laundry in the drier for hours...
feng_shui_house: drawing of a pig text pig out on art (Art pig)
2017-08-27 10:58 pm

Aug 27 Naart, crayon dragon & pets

There was a thunderstorm so I shut down and just crayoned- I was thinking of the dog and rabbit I had years ago. The dog wasn't that much bigger than the rabbit, but I ran out of paper. ;^)

And I felt like a dragon, too.

feng_shui_house: drawing of robin text I heart cheep art (Art robin)
2017-08-25 05:10 pm

Naarmamo Day 25, Crayon pig

Brown animals on brown paper are much easier to do in crayon. ;^) Takes FOREVER to get pink to show up. Also, while the pig looks ok like this, I tried mirroring it and realized it's actually distorted. So strange that I can't see that without flipping it.


Since the link to open full size image in new tab isn't working, I've put it on here.
Full size image )
feng_shui_house: drawing polar bear text art is cool (Art polar bear)
2017-08-23 09:35 pm

Naart Aug 23

Only a quick doodle, another sleepy day. Used up what energy I had cleaning out the gutter. :^)