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* Crazy busy here and I've been remiss in responding to comments. I guess...I just don't have an answer regarding LJ VS DW. I hashed all that out years ago. I understand all the arguments on both sides. For me, the changes have been so drastic in regards to online journaling that the arguments simply don't make that much of a difference either way. Not any more. Not when there are barely enough folks on both platforms to make up even a quarter of what magnificence the flist once was. If Idol is moving back to LJ, then I'm most likely going to follow and post there. Obviously, it may be just as easy to stay here and crosspost....that remains to be seen. 

* Raining! And pouring. And predicted to continue through Memorial Day weekend! That's a lot of wet. I'm not complaining but it is cold up on the hill, not creeping over 50 during the day, so that means we're back to woodstove fires and no walks. And dogs that want to sleep in all night. 

* I'm still reading Laird Hunt like it's a job. Finished "Neverhome" yesterday. Another quick read. I do love a slim novel. His lyricism is captivating and although his story/characters tend towards magical realism, there's a gritty realism that holds them to the recognizable world. I can't rec this guy enough! 

* Watching "Chernobyl." Queued it for bae Jared Harris but got sucked in completely because of the story. I remember the disaster very clearly. My folks lived on the east coast of England then. I was a hardcore punk stateside and believe me we had already done our share of activism regarding nuclear power. How have all the kids forgotten this??? Calves with three eyes and babies being born without brains. Chernobyl was HUGE and of course my father was in charge of so much of the spy plane maneuvering and I wish he was here to watch this show try to untangle the tangle of lies. Russia-loving Kidling1 is being stunned to a bit of contemplative silence. She is loving all things USSR but is horrified as she rightly should be. Chernobyl was the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union. 

* I'm trying to collate my 150 + pieces of Idol writing I've done over the past five years. It's a humongous undertaking. I'm sorting by category because they are all flash fiction genre. Some push over the 1,000 word count and could be "short story" but not many. Some are serialized - the philosophers and the eavesdropper, Hades/Persephone. And some are genre - pioneer, dirty realism. Some also tend towards witchy. I've never been one to return to an older piece and edit it. I can't seem to recapture that particular headspace. But I'm trying! I would like to polish some for submission, return to some for cohesion, and maybe tease a few into some kind of longer work. 

* I'm also trying to clear out the craft room and return it to guest room status. Enough with crafts that are never going to be done. Dolls and knitting and beading. Most of it has to go! It's weighing heavily on my psyche and I am ready to part with it. I have a small workspace off my bedroom and I will narrow down my crafting focus to what will fit in one corner of that room. 

How are we feeling about Shirley Jackson coming to the big screen? It upsets me and I may not watch it but CRISPIN!!!!

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May. 18th, 2019 12:27 am (UTC)
I am intrigued by the trailer. I didn't know Castle was being made into a movie. Fingers crossed it won't be like the bad version of Haunting of Hill House. (Which I own, but only because I stayed at the place where they filmed all the exterior shots.)

Is "Chernobyl" a movie or a tv series? I barely remember the actual event. I heard about it and I read a couple of Readers Digest articles about it (my parents had a subscription back then) but it didn't make much of an impression on me. I was into space and rockets in 1986 so the Challenger explosion made a much bigger impact on me.
May. 18th, 2019 02:32 pm (UTC)
I had a difficult time even watching the trailer. I so SEE all these people in my own mind and really don't want to see another's interpretation. But I had to watch it for bae.

I thought folks were flipping over the moon for Haunting???

Chernobyl is a five-part miniseries running on HBO right now. I think it's Important. I know you're younger than me, but even folks my own age don't really recollect it. Nuclear power = bad.

I do clearly remember the morning of the Challenger disaster. Sitting in a writing class in uni. People were crying.
May. 18th, 2019 10:08 pm (UTC)
I have the 1999 bad version of Haunting. The one with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luke Wilson. It's absolutely awful, but the exterior shots of Harlaxton Manor are nice. I stayed there when I did a study abroad semester in the summer of 2006.

This will make you feel old alert: I watched the Challenger disaster in kindergarten. We were supposed to watch the launch for our alphabet lesson that day. R for Rocket (I know, it was a shuttle but there's no difference between the two for six-year-olds). Should have been W for What just happened? O_o
May. 18th, 2019 11:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know about that version. Have you seen the SCARY new one???

OMG - I didn't think there was thirteen years between us, girl!

AND WTF????? HOW did they explain THAT??? That's utterly horrifying.
May. 19th, 2019 12:37 am (UTC)
I didn't know there was a new one. I'll have to look it up.

HOW did they explain THAT???
Our teacher told us "I was going to show you a rocket that took off today to go to space, but it blew up and everyone on it died." That's all I remember.
May. 18th, 2019 05:48 am (UTC)
Please don't give up knitting! I need all the knitters I know around me. *Hugs*

Yeah, the dw/lj issue--I'm at a loss. Right now, I can write in dw and it x-over to lj and that works. When Idol comes back...don't know.

We're getting rain too. Lots of it. The squirrels are coming right up to my patio door to eat because it's dry so they can enjoy a dry space and dry seed. They seem to enjoy that. Take their time, will wait for me while I put it out and not run away. My little half-tale one comes back regularly now.

Found a knitting club listed in my local newsletter and called this afternoon. Lovely lady! Will go on the 6th for my first time. I've always wanted to join a knitting club. I could make shortbread cookies--if the stupid oven will work--and take those with me. ;-)

I'm thrilled you're looking at your Idol work for publication. Yes! Yes! Yes!

May. 18th, 2019 02:34 pm (UTC)
I'm a first-class yarn hoarder, M. It's BAD. And I need to deal with this stash. Tubs and tubs of it. All arranged by weight...but because I knit toys there are only one or maybe two skeins of each type. No one else but me could make use out of it. With online stores now, I am going to just try to purchase what I need when I need it.

I, too, have always wanted to join a knitting group. Keep us apprised!!

The work needs some work. LOL. I may recruit you for some concrit and advice!
May. 18th, 2019 04:30 pm (UTC)
"I may recruit you for some concrit and advice!"

Anything I can do, any time, anywhere! :-)

I know what you mean about the yarn. And I've got toy patterns to send you! Will be doing that in the next few weeks. ;-)
May. 18th, 2019 07:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, I mostly agree on the LJ thing. Also there hasn't been a post on my dreamwidth feed in about a week. Though having said that, there have been days when 'comment_fic' is the only post on my LJ feed also.

Collating your Idol writing sounds like a cool project! And yay for polishing and submitting and teasing.
May. 18th, 2019 08:23 pm (UTC)
The silence is so depressing, J. But I guess we're all growing used to it.

I have to do SOMETHING with all these WORDS! :)
May. 18th, 2019 12:08 pm (UTC)
Well, the advantage of crossposting is that you automatically have a copy of what you post should LJ god forbid suddenly go sideways. That alone is the major reason why people moved over there. Everything else, although understandable and/or justified, is a distant second IMHO.
May. 18th, 2019 08:23 pm (UTC)
I have heard that as one of the pros! I just wonder how Idol is going to be set up this fall...
May. 19th, 2019 04:38 am (UTC)
Hmm. I remember a few people initially posting on DW and crossposting to their LJs or just posting to DW with the link. If they left LJ entirely though...
May. 18th, 2019 04:45 pm (UTC)
Collating Idol sounds like a great idea. I keep wanting to get enough energy to go back through my first couple of seasons of Idol and copying my stories to have on my computer. About a year ago my computer and external hard drive both died, taking everything with it, including my saved Idol stories, and I want them back.

Taking a shower this morning, I though about a story -- post-apocalyptic where a few libraries remain as centers of knowledge. But where's the fun in that?

Rain here too. Time for Old Man Winter to die!
May. 19th, 2019 04:39 am (UTC)
I've lost a few stories because of hard drive issues too 😕
May. 20th, 2019 12:12 pm (UTC)
The online journal thing is waning. I’m not done yet. Here I am on LJ when I just told you I have to sneak it! LOL.
May. 21st, 2019 06:56 pm (UTC)
I sure remember the anti-nuke protests. I was living in Portland when people were all up in arms over the Trojan power plant (and with good reason, as it turned out, given the safety issues and breakage over its short life). Plus, one of the driving forces behind it was to produce power to sell to California, since so much of Oregon is hydroelectric.

Hell, no! You want nuclear power, you absorb the risk yourself!

Chernobyl, housed in the Ukraine but primarily for the benefit of Russia, was such a betrayal of the lives and safety of those living near it. :(
May. 21st, 2019 08:11 pm (UTC)
Hi there,

I'm watching "Chernobyl" too, for it suits my moods, and there's its great cast (Jared Harris of course but also the wonderful Stellan Skarsgard, etc.), my love of history and because I quite remember well the event as well, and the lies we were told about that bloody nuclear cloud that officially didn't cross French borders! I lived in Southern France then, and we know that the cloud was actually there and all the fruits we ate were (lightly) contaminated.

At first, the fact that all the characters spoke English annoyed me but I got used to it, and at least they didn't make them speak with a fake Russian accent (it's one of my pet peeves when a film or a series is in English but characters are not supposed to talk to one another in that language).

I guess they used a lot of Svetlana Alexievich's material for the mini series. I hope they won't show the slaughter of all the pets and other animals that were left behind in the forbidden area...

Edited at 2019-05-21 08:12 pm (UTC)
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