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Happy Firday the 13th, shop! Tell me a thing you are planning to improve next week.

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It snowed here last night, on the mountaintops - snow in this part of South Africa is pretty rare, so my friend picked me up and we went driving over one of the local mountain passes to go through the snow, and took the doggies with us. This was just after coming down the pass on the other side into the town of Franschoek.


Dear Shop:

Please tell me about a nice thing you are planning to do for yourself today.

I have to go to bed because some asshole (spoiler: it was me) scheduled an eight am dentist appointment 🤬

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Hey y'all. Thanks to @guerrillarain we were alerted to the fact that the Shop had encountered a bug and wasn't sending toots out into the fediverse. The fix was an emergency version upgrade.

So, hooray! We're on version 2.4.0.

Boo: I had to do ops work while at my dayjob.

The admins here are volunteers, and we're running the site largely through the financial support of all of you using it.

The support you give us at keeps us going.

Thank you all for being here.


I feel like my current novel is a novel written in the style of fanfiction. Which is, in many ways, its own unique genre with its own format and reader expectations. This is not a thing I'm really sure I can get away with, but it is the way this thing wants to be written.

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PSA: if a user habitually boosts stuff you don't want to see, you can turn off boosts just for them without unfollowing them

view their profile in the regular masto UI and you'll see a "Hide boosts from X" in the hamburger menu

this can make the whole experience a lot less annoying, but it's not well-known!

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Fun fact: In Mad Max, Fury Road, when Immortan Joe's War Boys launch themselves into battle and spray their teeth with "chrome", it's *actually* Wilton's edible Colour Mist spray glitter. For the record, it smells like cheap vodka. If all goes well, it'll make my chocolates all shiny and chrome.


Some days I'm like "ugh I have forgotten how to code everything is terrible" and then I solve a problem and I'm like oh, THAT'S how I code.

It's been a good day.

"So you're a writer?"
"Anything I would have read?"
"I mostly write [genre]."
"I've had work in [magazine], [magazine], and [magazine]."
"[Famous author]. My work is just like [famous author]'s. Except it's short."

It's , and I'm noodling on how to make enough room in my novel ending for my plot threads to tie off in a satisfying and suitably interconnected way. what are y'all working on?

My internal editor every time I think I've outlined this bleepin' novel.

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There comes a time in every writer’s life
Usually around 2 or 3pm
When you pause and think: goddammit, I should have had lunch

(In the long run, this is good. Work coming in too long is not generally a problem I have; I tend to write short. This gives the character arcs a little room to breathe and will un-rush the ending. But it's like. Work).

Every time I think I'm done with this outline, I find out that I am not, in fact, done with this outline. My brain is like "nice ending you got there. Too bad it's actually the opening of the third act."

Hello shop and fediverse! I just loaded up all my pens and have a ton of writing to do. Here's the current inventory.

Spent my morning freelancing, then beta-read a short story, caught up on Westworld, and now I'n outlining. Productivity, wooo!

What if birbsite was just a bunch of bird pictures for real though? That would be pleasant and relaxing.

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birdsite screencap w/ tumblr commentary, politics, economy