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Welcome, September. I for one will be glad to see summer go. It's going out like a lion rather than a lamb--the monsoons--but "bye bye."

I tend to hibernate in summer, and this one was no different in that respect. We also got mega busy at work in the past month or so, and I have veered between long days at work and sleep. OTOH, I found out recently I will lose a week's accumulated vacation if I don't take it before mid-November. So I will have 5-6 three-day weekends in the next month and a half. Can't say I mind. I was saving up days for next year's Australia trip and possible days off due to my back procedures, and have not nearly had enough days off.

Watched Season 4 of OUAT when it came to Netflix. Still poorly executed, but it makes more sense the second time through when you know they aren't throwing free will off the table.

Anyone seen the new Star Trek online movie, Renegades? I just started it. Planet and ship special effects are much better than 90's series, but the ship interiors and some of the characters look like amateur YouTube Trek. This despite it being a collaborative project of several Trek veteran actors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE2Wgop9VLM

GF and I are watching Farscape. First time for her, second time for me. Enjoying it more the second time around. I guess seeing it before changes my expectations for it.

In writing news, I sidelined the novel I've been working on for the past few years because it was spinning out of control and not getting finished. Started a short story in a writing class that has now turned into a novella. How does this happen to me? Plan: learn the art of plotting for brevity.

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cornerofmadness
Sep. 2nd, 2015 04:01 am (UTC)
writing for brevity is TOUGH. Seriously. How goes the new novella?

With my internet issues I haven't checked out Renegades yet but I want to.

I hear you on the summer hibernation
masqthephlsphr
Sep. 2nd, 2015 01:35 pm (UTC)
Renegades is weird. Great planet and ship special effects, as mentioned, mediocre internal ship sets. Great computer display special effects, mediocre alien makeup and costumes. It's like anything they could do with CGI is superb, anything that required building, sewing, and other manual arts was on a tight budget. And despite have a slate of familiar faces from Voyager and TOS, some of the acting is pretty mediocre.

My novella is going well, it's based on something I wrote about 20 years ago. But usual story--you write it, you find plot gaps, you fill them, you watch the word count go up. Kaching.

Seriously, though, I have written several stories in the past year or so that are under 4,000 words, one which was published, another which I am making the rounds with, a couple others which need cleaning up.
cornerofmadness
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
Okay that is very strange about the acting at any rate. maybe they should shop the face Off losers to see if they can get someone willing to work their way up for lesser pay...

yep I'm facing kaching right now.

Cool. I don't remember seeing you published one so if I missed it, oops and congrats. Good luck with the others
cactuswatcher
Sep. 2nd, 2015 03:45 pm (UTC)
This summer has been really bad. I haven't had any serious rain since June. A big storm came in last week headed right for me from Wickenburg. It got to Surprise and fell apart. It looked like the big storm Monday was headed for me, but by the time it got over the Estrella Mountains it was headed mostly eastward toward Downtown and Tempe. I get wind with every storm, hear the thunder, and feel the humidity the day after, but the rain stays away.

But I've learned summer ain't over till October here. I got a nasty hail storm one year in September. I guess I should be happy it's in the balmy 90s today.
masqthephlsphr
Sep. 3rd, 2015 01:30 am (UTC)
We've been pummeled with rain since mid-July. Don't mind if I'm indoors, but if I'm driving, yikes.

Got used to taking a daily walk at work, and that has been touch-and-go in August. Too friggin humid, even in the morning.
nemarra
Sep. 18th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
Farscape! That brings back memories. All those Australian accents, all that leather, all that BDSM subtext. And Scorpius. And the madness that is John Crichton. And the sexiness of Claudia Black...
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