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MLM No “P” – This is getting old.

Published September 11, 2017 by Iphis of Scyros

Really, this whole Missing Letter Monday thing is getting old and asinine.  What use does it serve?  Well, aside from giving me some slight semblance of actually being around.  Most of the time, it’s either old material dredged back out, or it’s just dumb rambling (like this) to fill a few words and make believe I’ve said something.

So on the one hand, I totally want to cancel this feature.

On the other hand, if I do that, who knows how long it’ll be before the next time I say anything; the blog might go quiet until October 4th.  (Or, more likely, until I finish the book I’m currently reading.  Or until the thing I ordered from Etsy last night arrives, ’cause I wanted to do a Doctor Who rant, ’cause some folks who don’t know the original show really tick me off sometimes.  And yes, that will make sense when I fill in the blanks.)

The thing is, of course, that I’ve been doing this for two years now.  I’d originally wanted to see others join in (and at first a few did) but it never became a thing across even a small fragment of the blogging world.  And that’s okay.  But it does bring to mind the question of if there’s actually any reason to continue going.

Aside from the fact that MLM has been the majority of what’s gone out from this blog of late.

*sigh*

I don’t have any answers and haven’t decided what I want to do.  But I know I’m frustrated with things as they stand right now.  And I don’t feel like I have the time or the creativity to use as much energy for these as I did in the beginning.


 

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Looking (far) ahead to April

Published February 9, 2016 by Iphis of Scyros

Random, I know, but for some reason I’ve started thinking about whether or not I’m going to do April A-to-Z again this year.  (Probably because a week ago or so one of the blogs I follow mentioned having already signed up for it.)  I’ve especially been thinking about it today, ’cause my paper for tomorrow flowed out of my fingertips like butter, despite the late start, so I was able to spend pretty much all day doing nothing, especially because the snow on the driveway melted in the brief window of sunlight before I went out to clean it up.  (Admittedly, I spent most of the day gaming, but…I tend to think about other stuff while I’m gaming.)

On the one hand, it was a lot of fun, and I felt like people enjoyed what I was writing.  (Some of the time, anyway.)

On the other hand, my class work last April was a lot less draining on my time than this semester’s will be, and by April I will hopefully be gainfully employed.  (Hopefully.  I’m not sure of the time table involved.)  So I’ll have a lot less time to devote to it, meaning that massive walls of text on a daily basis aren’t likely to happen.

Also, I feel like I’m going to run out of stuff to say if I stick to the Greek myths for the whole A-to-Z encounter.  (Especially what with several letters in the English alphabet not being in the Greek one.)

So I was thinking that I’d widen my focus this April, and do world mythology, instead of just Greek mythology.  (Though I’ll probably still throw in one or two Greco-Roman ones where appropriate…or possibly where inappropriate…I wonder if it’s okay to post NSFW pictures on WordPress if they’re also photos of ancient art?)

I was also thinking that it’d be faster if, instead of just a wall of text every day, I posted a pertinent photo of art of the myth/mythical figure in question, always art from the society in question, naturally.  (Not that I have all that many photos of my own to use; I’ll have to get the rest from Wikimedia Commons or someplace.  I have an idea for a post using one or more of my pictures from Peru, and I know I could get a number of posts from the photos I took on my trip to England — I’m pretty sure I did scan all of those in — but beyond that, I don’t have many of my own photos to use.)  My thinking, of course, being that if I post a picture, then maybe I won’t write quite as much.

So, you may be wondering why I’m telling you this, right?  Well, because I thought it’d be a good idea to make sure no one violently objected before I committed to doing something like this.  I don’t want to be spamming anyone’s reader with posts they’ll hate, right?  (Okay, yeah, I realize that’s not likely to be an issue, but…I dunno.  I just felt like I should post this.  Because I’m me.)

Of course, where it’ll really be challenging will be on Mondays.  Because I won’t put Missing Letter Mondays on hold, so I’ll have to come up with a subject that fits the world mythology theme and the day’s April letter, without using the week’s forbidden letter.  Now that will be a challenge!  (I did check already, though, and in no cases will the two letters be the same.  If they were…I think I’d have to do two posts in the same day, one for Missing Letter Mondays and the other for April A-to-Z.  Technically, I suppose I could still do that if I found myself struggling.)

Obviously, if I end up doing it, I’m going to have to start working on it now, and have all — or almost all — of the posts written long before April gets here.  Which might defeat the purpose?  Hmm…I should go to the site and check out the rules before I commit…

NaNo’s over…

Published December 1, 2015 by Iphis of Scyros

…but I’ll be talking about it tomorrow for ISWG, so look forward to that (or not).

I still have massive amounts of work to do for class (there’s a 3000 word paper due the 10th that I haven’t started yet!) so Thursday myths will not resume until the semester is over.  (Final paper is due the 15th…I think.)  And I’m not totally sure how much time I’ll have to be online between now and the 10th.  (Ack!  What about next week’s Missing Letter Monday?  Ugh…)

Anyway, Eclectic Alli is holding a December NaNo-like event called DeDoWriMo, and I’m going to be participating in that, so you may still be hearing about my novel if I feel like sharing more.  (Though probably no more massive excerpts.  I was able to do those because I was transferring the text at school, where I can use Word on the same computer I go online with.  Can’t do that at home, ’cause I don’t write and Internet on the same device.)

I’m not sure when it’ll go up — Thursday or Friday — but I have a post planned about Roman names, as it’s been bugging me for a while now and I want to talk about it.  Er, type about it.  Whichever.  Beyond that, I’ve got some Plutarch scheduled for next week’s Words Crush Wednesday, and other than that…no clue what’ll be coming here in the future.  (Back to normal, eh?)

Anyway, one last thing before I go.  Last night, my brother called me to have me use my Amazon Prime account (got a free six month period as a student) to order the complete series of Automan for my father for Christmas, because otherwise it was unlikely to arrive in time, as it says “ships in 1-3 weeks” so without free 2-day shipping, it was either risk missing the day or pay a large amount of money for “2-day” shipping that still takes 1-3 weeks.  (For those who don’t know, Automan was a quirky TV show from the 80s.  I know the whole family watched it, but I don’t actually have any memories of my own of it; I just remember my parents continuing (for decades) to talk about the title character being able to drive with perfect square corners, and whenever the bad guys chasing him would try to imitate that, they’d crash.)  Anyway, I scrolled down to the “people who viewed this item also viewed” section of the page, like you do, and I saw another old ’80s TV show listed, called Voyagers.  This one I actually had memories of watching:  it was a time travel show with a man and a boy, an adventure show that was definitely child-friendly, but I know my parents watched it, too, so it must not have been exclusively a kid’s show.  It was quite affordable for the whole series, so I was wondering if I should pick it up for nostalgia’s sake, but then I made the mistake of scrolling down and saw one of the reviews mentioning that the lead actor’s death was “an accident, not suicide” and then going into detail.

Suddenly, I didn’t want to see it anymore.

That doesn’t seem like the kind of thing you should mention in a review of a cheerful, family adventure show.

Talk about squashing my happy childhood memories!

(Um, I apologize if my rant just squashed anyone else’s happy childhood memories.  But at least I didn’t go into the further detail provided in that review!)

The Year is Up…

Published August 25, 2015 by Iphis of Scyros

…So Now What?

Well, for starters, it’s actually been up for a little while now, but I wanted to finish the “Pyrrha” business first.

Ultimately, “business” on the blog will continue as usual, except that posts will no longer be on a daily basis.  I’ll still be putting up the Missing Letter Monday Posts every week, most likely doing Words Crush Wednesday every week (may be dropping out of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, as I don’t think I’m being very useful to it), and hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with my Thursday myths, but with two Thursday classes this semester, that may fall into some down time and/or be re-scheduled to a different day of the week, so we’ll just have to see what happens with it.  (On the other hand, I’ve got like 4 hours to kill on campus in between those classes, and it takes me 45 minutes to get from my house to campus, so I’m not going home between classes, so I might write the myths out between classes.  One never knows how these things will turn out!)

As to the remaining four days of the week, whether or not there will be posts on them will depend if I have anything to say.  No more pointless daily griping.  (Or at least very little of it.)  There will still be book reports (I still have to write ones for The Death and Afterlife of Achilles and Go Set a Watchman) and various posts on mythological topics, topics associated with my thesis (though that, too, is mythologically based) and any points of interest that come up in my classes this semester, which are on the fall of the Roman Republic and on political revolutions in the Spanish colonies in the Americas.  Also anything interesting that happens at the museum; we’re building an expansion to the museum where I volunteer, and the construction workers have been setting aside interesting bits and bobs they come across in digging the foundation, so I spent this past weekend cleaning and accessioning glass bottles and metal basins and teakettles from the early 20th and late 19th century, and who knows what else interesting might happen during construction.  (Though I doubt they’ll be digging much deeper for the foundation of the new wing, so probably nothing much older of archaeological note, but other stuff might happen.  Plus I’m hopeful that there’ll be a job opening for me to make the transition from volunteer to paid staffer.  That would be nice.)  There will also be some off-topic posts.  My thesis is tied to issues of gender and sexuality, so anything tied to those issues is technically only partially off topic even if it isn’t about ancient Greece, so there will be other posts on those issues.  (I’ve been planning one for a while now on gender and sexuality in Devil Survivor 2, but I have to finish playing it before I can write the post.  And by “finish playing it” I mean getting all five endings and finishing the sequel path included in the 3DS version.  I still have the fifth ending and the sequel path to go.)  Also the occasional random post; I’ve had one called “randomness” in the Drafts section here for a long time, accruing little bits of weirdness, and eventually I’ll feel it’s got enough bits of weirdness and actually hit the publish button on it.

Now that this is out of the way, I’m going to go write up a new “About” page that’s more accurate to the new “mission statement” of the blog, change up the title of the blog, and do some other minor “house-keeping” tasks about the place.  Then I’m going to have to get ready to head off to the first day of class!

(Yes, I did plan this so that the change-over post would come on my first day of class.)

Losing all momentum here.

Published July 10, 2015 by Iphis of Scyros

Even though the end is near.

Ack, that rhymed.  But this is going to be post #297 out of the 335 posts I’m aiming for before I can relinquish the daily post shtick and switch over to an only-post-when-I-have-something-to-say format.  So to be running low on things to say now of all times is somewhat annoying.

Of course, losing momentum has been a general condition in my life for some time.  It’s the “summer vacation blahs” I think.

I’d also blame it on the heat, but it’s been quite cool here the last few days.  Not that that’s helped my arm any.  It still feels hot all the time, and it’s feeling hot on the inside as well as the outside, too, so now if it comes anywhere near my breast–and it’s hard to keep it from doing that!–then it’s sending signals up to my brain as if I was literally holding it in a fire.

Anyway, changing the subject to something slightly less unpleasant, I’ve been thinking about my play “Pyrrha” lately, for various reasons.

It still needs a lot of work, but I don’t know what to do to it, because I’m an incompetent writer.  (Well, at least I’m honest about it!)

So I’ve been thinking of posting it here, scene-by-scene to fill up some of the remaining 38 posts (well, less than that, actually, ’cause of things like Words Crush Wednesday and Missing Letter Mondays).  If I did post it, would anyone read it?  Would anyone post any suggestions how to improve it?

Most importantly, does anyone remember any of the stuff I posted earlier about the late 18th century play I based it on?  Or the original Greek myth that play was mutilating?  Should I mention that stuff only at the end, or right up front?

Or should I not post the play in the first place, because everyone would prefer the sound of fingernails on a blackboard?

The Creepiest Room in the Library

Published May 3, 2015 by Iphis of Scyros

In lieu of the post I wrote earlier today (Thursday, btw), I thought I’d share this with you. Because otherwise it will fester within me, and give me nightmares.

So, my book from inter-library loan came in today, which is great.  (Not so great is that I only have it for three weeks, instead of the six months that graduate students usually get.)  But I thought that while I was at the library, I ought to be responsible (ha!) and look for some more sources for my final research paper.  So I clicked around in the library catalog for a while, and found a couple of things that looked like they might work, if I was really lucky.  But because they were old surveys, they were in the government documents section of the library.

I had no idea there even was such a section.  I had to click on the link to see where it was located.

My university’s library has five floors to it. Two are below ground, so you enter on what is officially called the third floor. (No idea why they don’t call those the basement levels, but…’tain’t like they asked me about it!  In fact, I doubt I’d been born yet when the library was built.  Though this university is actually only a bit more than 50 years old, so I suppose it’s conceivable that the building isn’t older than I am.)  Anyway, the government documents are stored on the second floor, that is, the upper basement level, and they are, in essence, tucked away behind the staircase.  I didn’t even know there were books there.  I had always thought that entire half of the second floor was office space for the library staff.  (And a large chunk of it actually is.)

So I’m already out of my comfort zone, being in a place I considered “off-limits to students” even though it actually wasn’t. (Keep in mind, this is my fourth year at this university.  Three as an undergrad, one as a graduate student.  And I did’’t know this part of the library housed a collection.)

I go down this narrow hallway with sterile white walls, passing old black and white photos, mostly of trains and trainyards.  Turning a corner at an emergency exit door, blazened with huge warnings about how the door is alarmed, the photos stop.  In the distance, I can see the carpeting give way to bare concrete floors, and a row of unwelcoming tables and benches beside racks of tax documents.

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