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Who is that Masqed woman?

It has been a while since I've posted. My bout with back pain last fall has become shoulder pain, and the standing and walking I was doing to relieve it have been complicated by inflammation to my right knee. Bottom line is that sitting and typing can be painful, so I have had to save it for work and my writing class.

I have been experimenting with voice recognition input, which is great for one-liners on Facebook, or for making notes to myself, less good for composing, to say nothing of editing. Any tasks which put me in a similar position as typing (sitting with arms bent at a 90 degree angle), such as driving, are also difficult.

What have I been up to? See above re: work and my writing class. I have another short story finished, although it's probably not something I would submit anywhere. The teacher in this class wanted us to write "literary fiction," which apparently means NO GENRE WRITING OF ANY KIND. Not sci-fi, not mystery, not historical fiction (whut), not anything that's actually interesting. So the story I wrote doesn't particularly inspire me. But there are more writing classes to come. I find it a good motivator, and a way to connect with other writers. Just will have to keep my eye out for profs that are tunnel-vision SNOBS.

I have also been spending time at the gym, which has partly helped and partly contributed to my difficulties (exercise smart, not just hard, kids!) I have also been in and out of the pain clinic, getting various shots and procedures to my various screeching parts.

And for those of you who've friended me on Feeb, I am of course following and echoing the latest Solar System antics of 2015.

Now that my writing class is wrapping up for the semester, I hope to post a bit more.

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cornerofmadness
May. 1st, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry you're still in so much pain.

Ugh, I know that it's important to try your hand at various genres in a writing class but the 'contemporary' one doesn't do it for me. I did sell one story like that but I wasn't that thrilled with it. I'm sad there are still genre snobs out there. It's ridiculous

that said if I could write contemporary I'd probably do better with my publisher. That's sadly the best selling genre.
masqthephlsphr
May. 1st, 2015 06:57 pm (UTC)
I decided to write what is called "lab lit", which is realistic depictions of contemporary scientists. My novel, Dis/inhibition is lab lit. Unfortunately, given the time constraints of the class, it was difficult to come up with an interesting science-driven plot line for the story, so it's about a cell biologst and her parental issues, instead of a cell biologist and her work.

So it's a story I am on the cold side of passionate about. It was something to turn in. Might post it to my LJ at some point.
cornerofmadness
May. 1st, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
That doesn't sound too bad but yeah I know how you feel. I wrote mine mostly to see if I could
cactuswatcher
May. 1st, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about all your struggles with pain.

I have been experimenting with voice recognition input
A college friend of mine managed to successfully dictate a book that way. But he is a quadriplegic and didn't really have a choice. It's probably not as frustrating as it was back in the 90s when I was trying voice recognition input, but I still get the impression it's still pretty crude. Back then I thought I'd dictate and then edit the files the old fashioned way. But I found it easier to use my fingers for entry than speak what I was thinking. I hope you find some way to keep writing without too much pain.
masqthephlsphr
May. 1st, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
It can actually be pretty sophisticated now if you get an app that's in a good mood. It will rewrite words, switching homonyms, for example, to the correct word you meant once you have dictated the entire sentence.

And it is supposedly to be adaptively learning your pronunciation idiosyncracies, and special word usages when it has to guess what you said. Sometimes, though, these programs come up with some WTF whoppers. Worth a giggle, until you have to stab at your phone/tablet to edit it to what you meant.
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