Rising to it

Dec. 30th, 2013 10:39 am
arguchik: (deptford pink)
OK, [livejournal.com profile] boutell, I'm rising to your challenge and will make a point of posting here at least once per week during 2014. Perhaps beyond, we'll see.

It's fitting, because 2014 will be a year of big changes for me. Why not chronicle the journey?

As of now, my plan is to make my entries public. I may end up friends-locking some of them.

I need to remember how to use this platform...
I have discovered a super easy first step to combating my writer's block. It is embarrassingly simple, and equally embarrassingly effective. Duhhh...

OPEN THE FUCKING DOCUMENT

Seriously. Once it's open, I am almost sure to read it, and once I start reading it I simply can't resist tinkering with it. This doesn't solve every writer's block issue (what about those documents that don't yet exist, for example?), but it's a huge first step. Of course, I also have to be sitting in front of my computer, but I do that a lot, so. Yeah.
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MSWord

Dec. 17th, 2007 12:45 am
arguchik: (frustration)
microsoft word SUCKS!!!!!!!

it is the only only only program that EVER freezes my mac!

this is a pretty rare occurrence, but it has happened enough that i tend to save my work frequently, which is a really excellent habit in any case since sometimes i work on other computers. unfortunately, it just happened, and i hadn't saved my work since before i experienced a highly productive and inspired 20-minute burst of writing. i can SEE it RIGHT THERE on the SCREEN and i know it is hopelessly lost. the psychotically happy little rainbow wheel is spinning, endlessly spinning, and the program manager reads "Word (not responding)."

i am going to leave it to process while i brush my teeth....

wait...whew! it just resolved itself.

and i just successfully saved my work.

disaster averted. excuse me while i break out into a cold sweat.

man, i really really hate this fucking program. it makes life a little bit too interesting sometimes.
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@%*#&!!!!!!

Oct. 24th, 2007 12:02 pm
arguchik: (frustration)
my writing is a garbled MESS today. i cannot properly express very basic intellectual ideas, much less string them together into a coherent foundation on which to ground a cogent argument, to SAVE MY LIFE.

i believe an alchemist has transformed my gray matter into lead (which is another kind of gray matter, after all). commence reflection upon the properties of lead...

dense.

uniform.

cold.

soft.

metallic.

melts at a relatively low temparature.

poisonous.

gets your hands grubby when you handle it.

impervious to readiation.

(get it? readiation.)
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i am completely in love with grapefruit juice. this, after being a hard core OJ drinker for all but the last few months of my 40+ years of life. that early morning pucker/shudder really wakes me up. OJ, when i drink it for breakfast, tastes too sweet to me now. if i wanted cloying, empty promises for breakfast, i'd eat peeps. the grapefruit's bitter edge makes it seem more trustworthy, somehow. it's the juice that will follow through. today i'm having a special treat, albeit unplanned: the store was out of my usual brand of grapefruit juice, so i bought the higher-priced container of odwalla juice. what else could i do? buy OJ? not i. i have to say, the odwalla juice is particularly delicious.

oh, and i'm turning in the latest draft of my prospectus to my committee today. what is it about completing a draft of this huge THING that inclines me to wax romantic about my grapefruit juice?
running and writing log )
hey all--
happy thanksgiving! this one has already been action-packed. spent yesterday evening assembling and baking 8 pies--6 pumpkin and 2 cherry (that means 5 recipies of crust, fyi)--with [livejournal.com profile] glaucon.

celebrating with him and a huge group of "orphans" today--18 people are expected. crazy!

i hope everyone out there has people to sit down and enjoy a meal with. of all the u.s. holidays of "too muchness," this one is my favorite. most of the others i can live without, but i really enjoy sitting down and sharing a meal and conversation with a group of nice people.

and i'm just going to reiterate a portion of [livejournal.com profile] glaucon's thanksgiving invitation: as you sit down to your meal, dig as deeply into your pockets as you do into your food, and if you have anything at all to spare, send a donation to one of the very worthy food banks or homeless shelters around. share the too muchness with those who don't have enough. [livejournal.com profile] glaucon suggests the following charities in Seattle, and i'm sure you can find something similar if you live elsewhere:

Union Gospel Mission: http://www.ugm.org (if you're religious or religion-neutral...i'm not sure how much proselytizing they do along with their services...i'm including them here because i know they do good work)
Northwest Harvest: http://www.northwestharvest.org (my choice--because i'm neither religious nor religion-neutral. you can make an online donation with a credit card, which is what i did, but not with a debit card, alas--not sure if this also means they can't run a debit card as a credit card...)

in other news, i wrote for about an hour today, and produced a really solid 3 pages of text! my project is slowly but surely coming together. it's funny, i was able to produce this much writing because i approached it as a "freewrite" rather than as work on a "draft." that let me open up more, and to articulate more clearly what i think, in my own voice.

running log

Nov. 2nd, 2006 08:13 am
arguchik: (jupiter)
ran 2.5 today, in the rain. it was cool. running in precipitation of any kind always makes me feel faster than i really am. :-)

that's 5 for the week.

oh, and i also wrote for 2 hours last night. 2 solid hours! made me very happy.

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