Distant fantasies Contest – Support Morr Please!

So there is a contest going on at Distant Fantasies to help get the word out about the new Tweet Feature from their site to promote your site on Twitter! Yay them! Fun for RPs to get the word out their further! So I figured I’d let you all know about it:
https://twitter.com/#!/DistantFantasy

That’s where it is. I’ve already followed it and tweeted the word. If you tweet the word feel free to post on the “Boards2go”
http://boards2go.com/boards/board.cgi?user=distantfantasies
Of course you can help Knights of Cydonia or any site that you’d prefer to be featured there and the ways are here:
http://distant-fantasies.net/featured.php

Have fun and thanks for supporting your local neighborhood Morrigan

Editing

Oh the pain and pleasure of editing!

Pretty much I have gotten stuck somewhere around chapter 7 which is 50 pages into the story. Now I know why I’m stuck, I have neglected important information that one of the characters needs in order to continue on. Well that is never a good thing and often time gets to what I’m stuck in… writer’s block. I’m not fully blocked I’m just having a hard time continuing with the story since the character that needs the information doesn’t have it. So what should I do?

Well if you are like half of the other writers that I know that say “just keep writing” then leave me be. You obviously have no idea, not only how, but why my brain works the way it does. If you are a psychologist perhaps you could tell me. Pretty much, since the story doesn’t have the information my muse/character/person that I’m writing for refuses to continue to write as if they have the information. since they refuse to write I have to go back and fix it. Why not power through it like half of the other writers in the world seem to think I should? Because it doesn’t feel right, it doesn’t work to just keep going. If the character needs the information just powering through it may leave that information out, even in edits. So my brain shuts down until I fix it.

So that being said I have been working on re-reading the previous parts of my story and editing as I go to find the best place to interject the information that I need, to add it so that the character has it. now re-reading some of my chapters I see some of the more major flaws that I had in them. They are even a little stale or lacking in detail which makes me glad for this initial re-write. It makes me happy that I can question my motivation and how I’m portraying the information to the reader. I now know that I need to put forth more detail in my work.

More mannerisms, more information. I realize that I show absolutely no motivation or information for why Fillip or Violet are the way they are or even what happened to Violet and Kane. After this realization I also realized that I never intended to elaborate so you would just have to deal with half the information that you would need to properly understand the character dynamics between them so I need to add that information in somewhere as well. Like how long have Violet, Fillip and Kane known each other? Are they friends? Lovers? Have they ever been? Will they ever be again? What is their relation to one another in the story? While I know that information, I realize that I’m not providing that information to the reader. So in essence a pre-edit edit to fix my writers block is proving to be a good thing.

 

In other news I am thinking about finishing Card Rebellion, the Alice in Wonderland RP I was wanting to work on. I have it half done. I need to finish the detail information and the premade list and once I’ve done that then I think it would be ready. I think I would definitely need a reliable co-admin, someone that could be there when I’m not. Unfortunately I can never seem to find one of those.

Madness news we have a Facebook Connect app so if you like my facebook page you will get Madness updates every time I post. So please do so and you will get e-cookies. I may also be adding a Facebook widget to the sidebar so I can see who loves me most. <333 😉

I have also joined a few Sites, if you want to friend or add me on them just send me a message in any fashion you know how to get a hold of me (which normally is a lot of ways) or PM me on the site directly. The sites I’ve joined are as follows:
RedRoom
Authonomy
GoodReads

Add me, follow me, whatever. I <33 you if you want to chat. Definitely have no problem doing it while I’m online.

Lastly, I think, Knights of Cydonia is doing very well. The activity picked up last week so if you want to be a part of my story book world before it even reaches print (it’s sort of a laxer AU version but it works) then come check us out and join Knights of Cydonia!

Coding Inadequacies – From Brain to Code

So I was talking to a friend and one of my fellow RPers Anon administrators and neither of us are very happy with the Social networking softwares that we have found to change RPers Anon over to the new software that we find fills the needs and dreams we want to make for it. We already switched to Dolphin which is alright but it certainly is just “too much” and not very intuitive. There are far too many dependent modules and it is far too expensive to get the features that we want. So we’ve been looking into other means of getting the results that we want.

We’ve tried Elgg, which looks like the most promising but the support in the community is lacking as well as the basic functionality that we want for the site.
She’s tried Drupal (the bane of my existence)
I’ve looked at other softwares and they are either expensive or ugly to even look at let alone consider skinning.

Now that leads to the reason why I’m even blogging at the moment, I WANT WHAT IS IN MY BRAIN TO JUST APPEAR. I Want the code to just appear from my head, perfectly formatted, and give me what I want. I’m nowhere near coding savvy enough to make something that is secure and nice. (I’ve tried and it was a very poor attempt back then, let alone looking back on it now). I really want something not too elaborate or needy. I mean the basic things that we want is:
Members
Messaging
Friends
Groups
Fan Pages
Statuses of some sort
Notifications
An update of what the person is doing around the site
Discussions (preferably just in Groups I don’t think I need a general forum anymore at all)
Site Directory (Which might be integrated into the Fan Pages)
Profile Comments
Liking things on profiles and in groups (to go into what the person is doing on the site)
A Default Portal page that has this information laid out in a nice fashion.

Now looking at the list I feel like it’s a lot of stuff (especially since I have a feeling it’s not the entire list) but there are things that irritate me and I want something that my members can really connect with for RP. I don’t want a basic forum. I want an honest to god, made for RPers, by RPers Social Network but I can’t afford to buy someone to code something for me.

Maybe if someone loves me enough they will be inclined to help me out. I’m not a complete coding dunce but I’m a poor mum. Maybe I can exchange awesome Morrness (posts and IMs and Tweets and general time spent) for some intense coding help or even some development help.

Wishful thinking I’m sure…

Changes and Updates (from the Madness world)

Well I’ve not been updating this properly so I’m going to try and get back into this.

Firstly, I have turned off the Twitter feed into my blog. I thought it was alright to start off with but really it’s more or less just blog spam and I think it keeps me from posting properly in my blog so I apologize for that. I am trying to get back into a scheduled routine, Yoga, writing, baths, bed. Going to bed late is bad for me. T_T

Secondly, NaNo starts next month so get excited for more updates about my writing. I’m actually hoping to take this opportunity and write a full story and see if I can get it published. With how things are going in my life it actually seems like the best course of action and I’ve been world building an RPG that I will be using as the primary setting.

Thirdly I wanted to show everyone my awesome video! I am NO singer but I had fun and that’s all that counts so I will warn you now that any comments on how bad of a singer I am I will delete it immediately. It was done to have some fun. It is a Spoof of Amanda Palmer’s Leeds United song.

Lets see what else. My daughter is doing well in school although I’m having problems keeping my kids from fighting and keeping my sanity. I am easily frustrated and not having a significant other to share the responsibilities with makes my life really frustrating. I mean I have mum to help offset it (and she really does help and put up with my bratty kids)  but it’s really hard all around. Ijust need to work on breathing and patience. Hopefully Yoga will help, I need something to help center me and I think that it will help me with my patience issues. I hate being impatient but I’m having a hard time not being impatient.

In the coding world I’ve been developing a Character mod for IPB3. It’s working very well so far I’m adding and fixing things as I go. My current project is custom fields but I haven’t started working on it yet but I think it will be relatively easy, especially to override the UserInfoPane info.

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Today’s dilemma is something that I’m not sure should concern me. I’ve been wanting to create another character on my site which would make 10 (or 11 if you include DORIS) which would just solidify my role in having 10 out of the 20 characters on the site. Now while I don’t mind having a lot of characters (I’m active with each of them and none are in danger of anything) but I feel that it’s almost overkill to have so many characters. The problem is that I have so many ideas knocking around in my head and I want to play them out but I’m afraid that it would scare potential members that I am monopolizing the RP with my characters although it’s more because there are so few members that my characters aren’t offset by others’ characters. T_T It makes me feel bad because I have the most amount of characters but it also frustrates me because I want to make another character because I have a good idea and I think it should be my choice to make since it is my creative energy.

Now, I had decided last night to make the character and I’m back to being wishy washy on it. I think that it would be a great character to create but I think that I should hold off but that just artistically frustrates me and my muse. I think I will wait for a few more characters to show up before I make her and perhaps I will choose to write my NaNo story on the woman to put it out creatively.

Thanks for listening to my plight while I decided on this, although I still fight to not make the character I think that I will wait until the KoC story furthers and it has been around longer for her to step in or that we get 5-10 more characters on the site.

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Now the last thing I think of is site changes. I am going to change my layout here on Morrigan’s Madness. The colors should stay relatively the same as they are two of my favorites, it’s that or pink. I also am going to create a Listing and maybe start up a fanlisting or two. I will most likely begin to get my site linked at other places so look forward to seeing a lot of changes here on MM but they may be slow, my first priorities is scheduling my life, KoC and RPers Anon. I think that you will all enjoy the changes as I will be adding Twitter stuff, Facebook Stuff and more. ^_^

That’s it for now. Enjoy and thanks for reading.

Funny Spam

So I get a kick out of reading some spam that gets trashed on my blog when I post things and they tickle me, especially when you compare them to what they are posted on.

“Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.”

This was posted on Part 2 and 3 of my Dexter Fic. DID YOU KNOW that I know what I’m talking about when I’m writing fiction? I mean I’m the  authority and I bring the fiction issue to light! More people need to read my fiction.
Now I don’t disagree with the fact that more people need to read my stuff, because I like to know that people read my blog, but it just entertains me that this was posted. I mean, really? I really know what I’m talking about? I mean, I know I don’t really know what I’m talking about but this just entertains me to all hell.

“Thanks for making such great points. I will need to apply some of them! It for sure aint that easy as the commercials make it seem. You really gotta be highly persistenet and you should never stop trying. The results will show in due time.”

So this was posted on Flaky and not the Wooty kind. I didn’t think I made any points except for self-degradating ones. Thanks for letting me know that I’m GOOD at making myself look really bad.

“Excellent blog you have there, thanks for sharing, iv bookmaked you!”

Thanks! I really appreciate the link to the Macbook page too! Morons. Yeah. I appreciate that you came to my site, took the time to bot a reply and tell me that you’re never coming back. I really appreciate that!

“It takes more thought to come up with a good blog comment then a bad one. For instance, it takes much less brain effort to say “you suck” than to say “I profoundly disagree with the simplistic drivel that has been touted on this networked opinion delivery system.” As evidenced by the number of moronic comments that are left on various blogs, it appears that the majority of blog readers have the cranial capacity of cattle who spend a lot of time defecating in the same pool they drink from.”

I love this one. It is so well put together then so many others. The only problem with this one is that it doesn’t directly reflect anything that it’s posted for. So while cute this one is just another of the millions of spam comments that only entertain me. I really appreciate the fact that it points out that some comments on blogs are moronic. Such a reflective looking on blogging in a whole. Aren’t I a hypocrite?

“Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!”

Now if I ran an informative blog, maybe something bashing BP or something like that, I would probably really appreciate this spam comment. Unfortunately I have a blog where I complain about things, inform people about my mediocre life. Now if you were coming here to get information about me and get information about things I rant about then you’re shiny. I would love this comment too! Unfortunately this was posted on my Dexter fic (part 3) and has a link to minority loans or something. Not just is it hilarious (obviously my fic information is just so awesome as spam bots keeps telling me so) but I’m obviously not a minority…. I mean I’m the whitest woman possible and I’m pretty sure that divorced mothers aren’t in the minority these days. Love the thought but the bot has got to go!

So I had to post this as I normally read all of the good spam in my box. I might do this more often if I continue to see rather hilarious ones. (brownie points if I find something REALLY good bot bastards) So Yeah. <3 Thanks for reading and I will try to update you all soon. ^_^

So Flaky – and not the wooty kind

So I’ve still been stressed. I think I find it hard to write about my life when I’m stressed. I think that stems from the fact that if I write about my stressful life, while I’m stressed about it, it just makes me MORE stressed. It’s just not very fun to say the least. So any of my loyal followers that like to read my random rants, I apologize. With the stupid stepdad stuff and then the move I’ve just not been all ranty and ravey. Well that’s not true, I HAVE been all ranty and ravey but I just haven’t been motivated to talk about it.

Tonight isn’t bad but I don’t really have much to rave about. That is unless you count my ankle!

So! I’ve been moving the past week and up and down stairs, lift, back pain, exhaustion right? Well this is awesome! I’m sitting here walking down the stairs with a big drawer from the armoire and I seemed to forget how the stairs worked, or the step vanished like in HP because I went from having 3 steps left until the landing to sitting on the landing floor with a hurting ankle and tears streaming down my face

THIS WAS THE SECOND FUCKING TIME THAT THIS HOUSE ATTACKED ME THIS WEEK!

The first time I was sitting down at the computer after a long days work, relaxing on the floor when BAM! the bed frame to my bed came crashing down on my head! (Awesome I just rhymed a little) It cut my head open and I was crying then too. I swear I haven’t cried that much since my husband told me that he wanted a divorce or the last time that I thought about my brother Davey. Sad days in the Morrigan house. Right now I’m hoping that my ankle will improve drastically by tomorrow. I really hate hobbling and I hate not being to help like I should. I’m a strong woman, or not a wimpy one, and so I should be lifting things not frowning and hobbling about when I can’t seem to get something or it hurts because I can’t walk right.

The kids like the new house though. Fae was given her own Harry Potter-esque room under the stairs. It was mostly because she was complaining about it and Grandma is awesome so she gave her, her own room. Grandma-win on this one. She went to bed down there tonight and we’ll see how it works out in the morning. Really I just need to get a job so I can get my own place but the economy in AZ SUCKS!!! Just thought I’d put that out there. Also, the neighbors here are very awesome! Great kid neighborhood and the parents seem very friendly. I didn’t even feel like an outsider, like my kids will be set apart, no, they seem to be fitting right in which is especially awesome.

So, on top of Madness fail I’m also wootfailing at my webcomic. I haven’t updated for a few weeks there either. about the same amount that I’ve been missing posting here. I will be changing that shortly though! I intend to be doing a week of webcomics starting Monday so that you all know that I’m not dead and that I love you for reading my bizarre stuff. I hope that will make up for the weeks miss and keep you reading for the weeks to come.

Website updates?

I’m a domain name addict. I just bought two new domains that will probably sit dormant until I figure out what to do with them. I got Woothappens.com and RPersanonymous.com. I know what I’m going to do with RPers Anonymous, it’s going to be an RP resource forum for both administrators and roleplayers. It will probably start off on something self-hosted but if it grows enough I think I will ask for donations to upgrade it to IPB. (IPB is by far the best forum software in the world) As for Woot Happens I think that I might make it into some sort of site that you can submit your Woot moments and link it to Wootflakes. We’ll see. ^_^

I think that’s it for now. Nighty Night everyone! Unpleasant dreams…. or whatever that Elvira lady used to say.