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Winter Sunlight
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Reminder about Kismet, and a question

Reminder that my webcomic has a new home on Tumblr:

http://suncutter.tumblr.com

This is the new place to follow it. The comic will still update on Mondays as usual.

Also, one thing I'm doing on the new archive (that I've meant to do for ages) is adding text transcripts under the comic, for people using screenreaders or who otherwise can't easily read the text in the comic. It will take me awhile to go back and transcribe the whole archive, but I'm hoping to have it done in the next month or two.

Never having done this before, I want to be sure and make it as easy to read as possible. Do any of you following me use screenreaders, or are you familiar with their requirements? If so, and if you don't mind, could you please go to a recent page of the comic - say, this one:

http://suncutter.tumblr.com/post/122924920796/text-linton-and-morphine-approach-a-store-with

And let me know if this is going to work okay. I'm doing it script-style with descriptions of the actions, as necessary, in brackets.

I would hate to do the whole archive and then have to reformat it if it turns out it doesn't work! I've seen people do it this way for accessibility before, so I think it'll probably be all right, but I wanted to ask, if anyone knows.

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Kismet-Frank threat
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News from the webcomic front

The Sun-Cutter archive is moving to Tumblr! I found a Tumblr theme I really like for it (Simple Webcomic Theme) and I have been desperately, desperately needing to do SOMETHING with the comic so I can auto-update rather than hand-coding everything. The existing site will stay where it is, and I'll be uploading pages to the old archive in batches, probably every month or two -- that way I will always have a locally hosted archive, much as I've done with Hunter's Moon and will be doing with my other comics now that Webcomicsnation has, it appears, died. But having Sun-Cutter updating somewhere other than my own site will give me a lot more flexibility and, crucially, be a whole lot less work for me on the back end.

Sun-Cutter's new home is here:

http://suncutter.tumblr.com/

I'm still setting things up, but I have the entire existing archive migrated over, and I expect to be ready to start updating in the new location this weekend.

The biggest downside to Tumblr is that, if you aren't logged into a Tumblr account, you will get a (fortunately small and discreet) nag screen wanting you to sign up. I hate that, but it appears that once you close the nag box, it remembers not to open it again (at least on a per-individual-page basis) and I decided the downside was worth the benefits, compared to Wordpress, which was the other leading contender. I still have Disqus comments enabled (from the front page, you need to click "comments" at the bottom to get to them), and the general look of the site is similar, so other than updating bookmarks, you shouldn't notice much interruption of service.

Let me know if you find anything broken, though. :D

The other thing I'm still trying to figure out is the best update time. I've been updating late on Sunday night or sometime on Monday morning/early afternoon, but since I'm hand-coding it, it's really just a matter of when I'm online and can find time and/or willpower to do it. Now that I'm scheduling updates, I have to figure out when to schedule it for! Right now I've got it set up for 8 a.m. AK time on Monday (that's noon Eastern time, and evening in Europe, which seemed to me like the closest I could come to covering all my updating bases). Dunno if anyone has thoughts on that. It matters more on Tumblr than elsewhere, since it's so ephemeral a medium that update time makes an actual difference.

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Winter Sunlight
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Garden sideblog

.... aaaand after all of that, I finally went with alaskagarden.tumblr.com. If garden pictures sound like your thing, follow away! I'm not sure how frequently I'll actually manage to update it (obviously not a whole lot in the winter), but I expect to have fun playing with it for awhile.

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Autumn-berries in sunlight
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One more poll for the garden blog

Okay, it's down to two possibilities for the garden-picture Tumblr. One is the top vote-getter on the last poll; the other is one that was suggested in comments, and I really can't decide between them. Aesthetically I lean somewhat more toward the first, but I have "alaska" in the name of most of my non-fannish social media (layla-in-alaska, usually), so I hate to lose the theme. Help me out, flist! :D



ETA: Actually, that turned out to be much simpler than expected: I completely forgot to check "alaskangarden", and it turns out someone's already using it (though I knew "alaskagarden" was available). Welp, that was an easy dilemma. XD

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Winter Sunlight
sholio

Family is nice! Being alone is also nice.

I love my family dearly, and truly enjoy spending time with them; however, after three weeks of travel/visiting/houseguests, I am greatly enjoying having the house to myself again. I dropped off my mom and sister at the train station early this morning, and have had a very relaxing day of writing, working in the garden, and generally enjoying peace and solitude. And now I have a glass of wine, for a mellow evening.

(Although the wildfire smoke has been absolutely miserable today. I posted this to Tumblr earlier, by way of illustrating why it feels like breathing soup out there. Smoke-flavored soup. It did clear out a bit this evening, however.)

I also have a completely frivolous poll. Crossposting polls is a pain because you have to create them in both places, and there's really no point for a silly little poll like this one, but please do feel free to let me know in the LJ comments if you like any of these, or have any suggestions. :) The thing is, I've been posting my garden pictures periodically to Facebook for a few years now, but I think it might be fun to create a garden sideblog on Tumblr so I have a proper place to put them, and if I do that, I need a name for it.



ETA: alaskangarden was suggested in the DW comments. I don't know why I didn't think of that one on my own, because I like it best so far! :)

ETA2: Also alaskangardener, which I like as well! Though it's leaning toward the long end of things.

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Winter Sunlight
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Those of you who follow my AO3 account may get some unwanted notifications for older fics (if notifs go out for backdated fics; I'm not sure if they do). I got messaged by someone who had podficced one of my old SGA fics, so I decided to put up that one and a few of the other ones on AO3. Eventually I want to have all my SGA fic there (as much as they make me wince now), but there are so many of them - it's gonna be a slow process.

Anyway, I put up Cold Comforts (the podficced one - here's the podfic), Between the Lines, and Candle in the Dark before I got too sleepy to continue tonight. I think maybe tomorrow I'll do another batch of them. At some point I'd like to get all my 2006 SGA fic on AO3 just to use the stats feature to find out how much I actually wrote that year. It was the year I got back into writing fanfic after a few years away from it -- and I, uh. Wrote a lot of it. A lot. It would be interesting to find out exactly how much.

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Avengers-Peggy smile
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Some fics

Today has been rainy and gray, so I've been inside mostly - doing a bit of cleaning, finishing up last-minute stuff before I leave, and goofing around online. And I wrote a thing for [community profile] fan_flashworks' current prompt, "Dancing":

Dance Steps - Agent Carter; 2100 words - Peggy never got that dance with Steve. But there are other dance partners. (This one is difficult to categorize with regards to pairings; like the header says, this fic kinda ships ALL the ships, but it's still mostly gen. It's one of those fics that's going to be an absolute pain to figure out how to tag on AO3.)

Also, I wrote another commentfic fill for the MCU Kissing Fest a little while back, and I don't think I ever linked it here (I was planning to write some more and link them all at once, but then I never wrote any more): Peggy/Jarvis, integrity.

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Autumn-berries in sunlight
sholio

o hai internets

Just FYI, I will be incommunicado for a big chunk of June. As those of you who've followed me for awhile know, I grew up in remote Alaska off the grid -- like, the sort of off-the-grid that, to get there, you have to charter a float plane and fly over swamps and rivers for awhile, because the roads don't go out that far. Needless to say, there is also no Internet. I'm heading out to the cabin to see my folks this weekend and will be out there for a week or two, and when I get back I'll have houseguests 'til almost the end of June. So my online time will be nonexistent for a little while, and limited thereafter.

Consequently, I've spent the last week in frantic "do ALL the Kismet" mode. I got a 3-page update done for this week, and I now have pages inked, scanned, and lettered through the end of August. Not colored yet, but ... eh. That's pretty easy to fit in around other stuff. I plan to spend my last few days at home kicking back, working in the garden, and basically just playing.

As usual, I am way behind on answering comments and unlikely to get any less behind. Just assume that if I ignore your comment, it's not that I'm ignoring you, or that I hate you or anything. I'm just busy.

Some upcoming fan things:

- [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest (annual Forever Knight ficathon) is taking signups. This is a fun, well-modded fic exchange; I really enjoyed it the year I did it.
- There's a new commentfic prompting post at collarcorner. This month's theme is "Off Duty".

I was just reading this article about the FBI conducting semi-illicit surveillance with small planes and thinking there has to be a White Collar fic in there somewhere.

I also posted a couple pictures of the winter's lingering ice on tumblr, and a more extensive set on Facebook.

(BTW, I don't mind if people who know me from LJ/DW friend me on Facebook, but you gotta tell me who you are! Most of my posts are public anyway, and I tend to ignore friend requests if I can't figure out where the person knows me from. I've gotten a few mystery requests lately, so I figured I'd mention that. Also, if you friend me on Facebook only to hammer me with chat requests and/or game invites, you may expect to be unfriended shortly, or at the very least ignored. Facebook is, mostly, where I talk to my family, do professional networking, and occasionally post pictures of my life. It's not my social hub, and I don't do a lot of casual socializing there.)

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Winter Sunlight
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Still rewatching Heroes. You know, I think half the reason why I still love Nathan Petrelli so much (in spite of the fact that he's a total dick most of the time - a big part of the Heroes-watching experience for me is going "Nathan, don't do the thing .... no Nathan ... DAMMIT NATHAN!") is because of his desperate efforts to keep his life normal in spite of all the weird around him, and his face when the weird intrudes on it anyway. I just rewatched the episode where Hiro shows up at Isaac's apartment in New York cheerfully nattering about flying people. Nathan's expression, omigod.

I'm also noticing pretty strongly on the rewatch how most of the factors that made the show go completely off the rails in later seasons are already present -- melodramatic buildup to events that don't end up affecting anything, EVERYTHING being connected all the time even when the writers have to strain credibility to the breaking point to shoehorn people into each other's storylines (and a corresponding lack of follow-through on a lot of character relationships because everyone is wandering in and out of the others' storylines all the time), failure for anyone to give basic information when they can drop cryptic hints instead, and so forth. But the characters are really fun, and the characterization in the first season is pretty solid. I'm up to, I think, 1x12 or 1x13 and still enjoying it. At the very least, it's good background noise for doing art.

ETA: Also, I'm loving Claire so much on the rewatch. I think she was one of my favorites the first time around too, but she's probably my very favorite right now. She's SO GREAT. And I had forgotten okay, this is actually a spoiler, if it mattersCollapse )

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Books
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Well, that was a book, I guess

I've been going through my books, trying to unload the ones I'll never read again and read some of the enormous to-read pile that I've acquired over the years from library book sales and used bookstores and whatnot. There are books in this pile I've had for a decade without reading them. I think it's safe to say I don't need to keep them anymore.

I decided to read one of them tonight, and I'm not sure if a book in recent memory has made me go "WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK" quite so many times in the first few chapters (until I gave up).

The book is Ember From the Sun by Mark Canter, and it is ... well ... it's a book. That was published. By Bantam-Doubleday, even!

The general premise of the book sounded promising. A scientist manages to implant a surrogate mother with a Neanderthal embryo, so basically it's Jurassic Park with Neanderthals. But why, oh why are all thrillers involving Neanderthals so mind-bogglingly terrible? The last one I tried to read was this one, which ticked off every last item in your basic terrible-Crichton-ripoff plot outline. Such as, for example, the characters finding the camp of the research team that disappeared before them, discovering the journal that explains what happened to the other team, and deciding to read it in linear order to preserve the suspense of the ending, while something is attempting to pick them off one by one. It is difficult to appreciate their plight when I just want to scream, "Read the last page first, you morons!" at them every 3 pages or so.)

Anyway. Ember From the Sun. The cut isn't really for spoilers - although yes, there are extensive spoilers, but seriously, are any of you actually going to read this book? Mostly it's just cut to keep you from having to wade through all this if you don't care.

Ember From the Sun, or, Neanderthals + a whole world of WTFCollapse )

ETA: Heaven help us all, the author seems to have recovered the rights and brought it back into print via self-publishing. I would like to point out that the cover is actually a remarkably accurate visual rendition of the content of the book: incoherent, weird, New Agey, and full of elements that don't quite work together.

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