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I still function... [Feb. 20th, 2012|07:10 pm]
Velvet Glove
Yeah, no real change since my last update. My now one year old daughter is sleeping through the night, but I'm busy enough that I'm not writing TF fic. I still daydream TF scenes, but I've not been feeling the writing bug. Maybe I never will again? Or maybe it will hit me out of the blue one day.

The website is now down though, so at some point, I expect I'll get my arse in gear, and put another one together. Til then, everything's still on Lexicon, I'm on ATT occasionally, and TF Prime rocks.

Also, if you want to make your life better (or be part of a little piece of internet history), go to the Order of the Stick reprint drive and participate while you still can.
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Random post [Feb. 24th, 2011|08:20 pm]
Velvet Glove
I really should update this to prove my continued existence. I moved house... never got round to moving the webpage. Mostly because I was busy being pregnant, and we had a baby girl a couple of weeks ago. Now I'm busy being a mother of two. At some point will start writing again, but that's going to require baby girl to start sleeping through the night first.

Until then, I remain on hiatus. Posting a little at the ATT newsgroup, watching TF Prime sporadically, but not really doing a whole lot in TFdom. Hope everybody else is well!
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(no subject) [Jul. 4th, 2010|07:45 pm]
Velvet Glove
Update on the state of me. Mostly that I'm moving! Among other things, this means that my website will be going down because we're changing our internet provider. It will be going up at a new address at some point, but obviously, I will have other priorities so I can't vouch for when that will be--worst case scenario, we're talking September, but hopefully it'll be the end of the month instead.

Anyway, I will make a note here when the new site is in place. The good thing about this is that it's the perfect opportunity to clean up the code and change everything over to a .html extension instead of the .htm one that I inherited from MS frontpage.

Meanwhile.... moving. Hard work. Hopefully we won't be doing it again for a few years.
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Keeping Ghosts [May. 15th, 2010|11:44 am]
Velvet Glove
That last entry was an attempt at getting the writing bug out of my system. Just lately, Transformers has been niggling at me, wanting to get written down, but life is pretty hectic right now and I didn't want to immerse myself in another project (for, as I have learned by now, once I start writing a story, I am completely distracted from everything I should be doing).

It seems that touching base with my journal did not work, so I resorted to writing a quickie that barely even qualifies as a story.

Keeping Ghosts

While I'm slightly dubious about the literary merits of the actual story, I do love the title. I don't usually like my titles, so I'm particularly pleased with myself (and if you don't like it, I don't care!).

This is the coda to Survivor, my origin of Wheelie fic. It's set after TF:TM, before Five Faces of Darkness and has bonus Devcon goodness.

Meanwhile, I'm just going to hope that this has given me my fix. I have a few larger stories in mind that part of me would love to get my teeth into, but I can't justify that with everything else we've got going on. Particularly since my only writing time these days comes when my son is asleep (or when he's out with Daddy, as he is today), and that's also the only time I have to do a lot of other things.

We'll see. Either this will be the last post for a few months, as per normal, or I'll start producing more written-in-a-day stories.
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On being famous [May. 12th, 2010|09:54 pm]
Velvet Glove
Anybody else use google analytics to track their webpage activity? I started a few months back and periodically go and check it. I'm always slightly amazed to find that anybody goes to my website at all. In the past month, I've had 51 unique visitors. One of them is me... I presume more than a few of the 'unique' visitors are people browsing from different computers, but still... I'm probably averaging a different person every day looking at my webpages.

Despite the subject line, it's not exactly high celebrity, and I'm sure it pales beside a lot of other personal webpages, but I didn't really expect anybody to be going to my site most days.

Of course, most referrals are from search engines, which means there's a high likelihood that people visit, decide I'm not what they're looking for and click away again. I note that the most popular keywords this month were "Springer and Arcee", which is kind of gratifying since I probably do meet the demand there. The person googling "Daniel Arcee hentai" however, was most likely sorely disappointed.

I, of course, had to google "Daniel Arcee hentai" myself after that. My site does indeed get the top result, although I'm not sure I mention the word hentai anywhere (I suppose this blog entry will be the new top result). And, just for the record, none of my fics feature Daniel and Arcee getting it on.

One thing I have noticed, every time I've checked google analytics, the top keyword searches include "mine is not to reason why" or some variation of that quote. It's the title of my first fic. I suspect that most people click on and off again fairly quickly (actually, I'm not sure why they'd need to click on at all, since it must be pretty obvious it's not what they're looking for, but plainly they do...). Still, if anybody wants recommendations on improving their web traffic, title a fic after a well known quote and the hits will flow!
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(no subject) [Jan. 4th, 2010|09:33 pm]
Velvet Glove
Posting mostly to prove I'm still alive. Been a busy month or so for various RL reasons, and things are calming down now, but as I feel no TF story urges, I'm probably likely to remain quiet for some time. I'm going to be writing some articles for a website--entirely unpaid, of course, but it'll be the first time I've ever committed to a series of deadlines. It'll be interesting to see how that pans out for me.

Otherwise, it's been a lovely Christmas and I'm looking forward to the upcoming year/decade (for everybody who says it's not a new decade, it's definitely a decade on from when people started celebrating the last one!).
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On rewrites and writing Arcee in the first place [Nov. 11th, 2009|09:28 am]
Velvet Glove
When did submissions to Lexicon get so complicated? There are about half a dozen fields that I don't even understand any more!

It's actually, I now realise, been about three years since I posted anything to Lexicon. Not since it changed websites, I believe. I think there was some reason originally that I decided to hold off on posting, some sort of teething issue with the new site. Then I was unhappy with A Life of My Own Choosing and didn't want to post it, which meant that I couldn't post the other stories I wrote after it, because they were in the same series and it seemed stupid to miss a chunk of the series out. So I kind of ignored it for a bit and felt vaguely guilty, seeing as I've always supported Lexicon.

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(no subject) [Nov. 8th, 2009|08:00 pm]
Velvet Glove
Thoughts on writing.

Not mine, please note, but this was a Daily Deviation today, and the title got my attention. When I read it, it so perfectly summed up many of my own takes on writing that I felt like passing it on. I am an extremely logic-based writer (I create mathematical-style formulas to resolve writer's block), so even if you disagree with this, it's pretty close to an insight into how I work.

I especially like the dismissal of favourite foods and colours and what-not. I'm sure it does help some people to put their character into the context of a living-breathing person, but it drives me crazy. How the hell should I know what Person X's favourite food is? I don't know my own favourite food half the time!

Blah. But hey look! I live! Go me!
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Survivor [Sep. 13th, 2009|08:45 pm]
Velvet Glove
No, not the TV show starting its umpteenth series on Thursday (although I will be watching), but my latest fic! This one is all about Wheelie, and is the actual final story in my Transitions series (but I'll probably always think of Soldiers in Waiting as the end of that).


Wheelie's backstory, so original characters, Quintessons, relevant scenes from the movie and an interlude explaining how in the heck Blitzwing had seen them before, just because I wanted to. If you hate Wheelie and don't want to read a serious attempt at his backstory, go read scottwave's Excess Baggage instead.
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(no subject) [Aug. 31st, 2009|02:30 pm]
Velvet Glove
I remember now why I don't write so often. Because when I do, I do nothing else. Dear god, my house is a tip. Thankfully the first draft is done, and I shall now take a week off before coming back to it.

I may need to reconsider my stance against writing vignettes.
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