Thanks to someone on another instance, I have discovered this really cool (and free, it's name your price) writing tool for those who are neurodivergent like me, or otherwise need stimulation while they write (or say, a break from social media notifications):

Basically, it's good for typing something in an environment that is less distracting (you can have it full screen), you can have an animated background if you want to (like ocean waves), and you can set it to make typewriter noises (unfortunately missing the end line chime 😔 ) or other noises. And you get heart emojis and such while you make progress (you can set a target amount of words) .

It doesn't support Markup in the sense of changing things to be markup, but it keeps the underlines and asterisks so you can import it into something that DOES.

I didn't want to plug it until I tried it, but I wrote this blogpost, sorry for plugging myself lol ( ) in it, and I had to do minor cleanup (mainly about line breaks) but I'm thrilled. I don't normally make progress writing that fast.

And to be clear: the creator plans to make a sequel version with more features (like for example the typewriter chime) so if a feature you need isn't in there, it *could* be in the future.

and or Writers, you may want to try this.

answer: 1- don't know, all I did was puzzle over a couple matters and look at those worldbuilding tabs (About 7 left)

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Today's adventures in : Can I write wrapped in a Blanket Scarf, or do I need to be semi-uncomfortable / not-cozy in order to write? :blobcat_comforter_coffee:

Today's other challenge: Am I going to WRITE write, or am I going to go through Marie Brennan's worldbuilding blog and discard the at least 15 tabs I have devoted to those (I have the books that are out so far, but she only releases those annually. My life is difficult 😭 🎻 ) ?

I wanted to come back to this. I'll probably write a blog post about it at some point but I was really pleased once I got into the groove of the "Shopping List" Outline Technique (recommended by Diane Duane, supposedly originated with C J Cherryh)

( the blog post, for context: )

I'm hoping to finish my draft by the end of the year, which I project to be a decent amount of words to go (at least 30K more even for a sparse first draft).

It's certainly doable, but uh... depressing and worrying if you look at my output this year. This has not been a good year for me writing wise.

I THINK what I have to do is focus on the novel, with occasional breaks to work on other stuff (and hopefully Wednesdays to work on Worldbuilding) I probably need to make my main beta / 1st reader hold me accountable for actually writing. I had a bone-headed move earlier in the week where I wrote down 6 or so things I wanted to work on from a worldbuilding perspective, and... proceeded to work on something in worldbuilding that I do NOT need to touch in the first draft. I was EXTREMELY angry at myself, but I think this is relatively normal for "writing with ADHD"

by the way if you're wondering, I'm still occasionally having hand problems. There's something I'm supposed to try (and I HAVE been doing) before coming back to the doctor, but I promise to take care of myself to the best of my ability.

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I'm taking a break right now (because my hand's a bit sore) but I'm doing some journaling warm ups before I start outlining something today.

If you're wondering, I got this idea (the retreat not the outlining) from some of Natalie Goldberg's books.

The outlining... I hope to have more to say about it. I want to become more disciplined, and it's not a good idea to have notes for your WIP scattered everywhere, and as someone with memory issues, I should probably get some of it out of my head before I forget it.

The problem is, it's a Work-In-Progress, so naturally I'm outlining after I already started. Maybe I'll make a blog post after I've done so.

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I'm trying a stay-at-home writing retreat today.

Part of it is silence. I don't know if online counts. Probably does lol.

I did tell my brother I won't be talking much today (There are hollowed out break-times I could talk) and I should probably send the message to my dad too.

I hope this doesn't cause me to become even more of a shut in lol

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Do I know any writers that want to make their own (contribute to) a Science Fiction Tarot?

"Each author will be expected to submit a 1-3 word science fiction concept for a card, along with a story that exhibits that idea through character, plot or theme. Please have a clear archetype, setting, or SF subgenre and center your submission around the concept: the focus of the tale should be the idea conveyed, not tarot cards themselves."

It sounds pretty cool, but in case it wasn't clear:

I Think you're supposed to make up your own arcana and write a story around that arcana.

Like, it gives the example of "The Geneticist" on the page, and you CAN use it, but from a strategic perspective, I would not, unless you have an excellent idea for that arcana.


About Stuff Out on Submission 

@ljwrites no, this one is a SFF story about Influencers.

Thank you 💜

About Stuff Out on Submission 

My favorite story (so far) is out on submission. The window closes tomorrow, and I'm really hoping if they reject me, they don't do it immediately.

the anthology that I submitted to that rejected me a day after I submitted it *REALLY* hurt lol (they were nice about it, I'm just sensitive you know?)

I haven't decided what I'm doing today, maybe I should edit stuff so I can send more stuff out. Or maybe I should wait until next month?

Better idea, go through that market RSS and see if anything I especially care about is open or closing soon.

Well I met my Camp Nano goal. That's about the only thing this month that has gone as planned, but I'm accepting this as a win.

@ljwrites it certainly is, but I'm reluctant to report I don't *want* to edit this month. I seem to be in a funk 😅 I managed to finish a short story that I hate (The important thing is that it's written) but I think I'm gonna give up on submitting anything this month (besides one thing I already submitted for an anthology. )

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I was gonna focus on novel-writing this month (made that my camp goal) but there are so many good places to submit to with stories I can rework I think I'm gonna be editing most of the month instead.



I'm thinking about a blog post I Did (sorry for the plug: ) last year, because I was frustrated.

Thankfully this doesn't happen with my writing (possibly because I've already gotten a *small* amount of money for it) but I have not been told to turn my writing into a "side-hustle" :blobcat_sip_glare: I also frankly don't know what my family expects. My brother recently bragged about my writing to an uncle, an uncle I remember as a child when I wanted to be a writer telling me he wouldn't read the work unless it was something he was personally interested in 🤣

But like, I made the mistake of accepting Crochet commissions from a relative. I charged what I thought was a fair price (in retrospect that's because she named a number higher than I was gonna suggest... ) And it was SUCH an unenjoyable experience. I don't regret doing it persay, but it was kind of a mistake to turn my coping skill into a "Side-hustle".

I mean, I got into crochet because I saw some 30 dollar (probably knit) legwarmers, decided I could do it better and cheaper (I couldn't, I assure you I've spent more than 30 dollars on equipment, and also it's been a decade and I still haven't made any legwarmers) I'm sure many people have similar stories. I specify those legwarmers were *knit* because we don't yet have machines that can crochet, so if they were crochet, it would have been more expensive, or... it's sweatshop labor, and I think I was in target, so it may have been the latter regardless.

I mean, if it were up to me, I'd have a UBI and just release writing for free, you know? I don't want to sound like I'm complaining about selling-out, it's just, once money is involved there's an obligation of sorts that I don't like. Thankfully getting peanuts and above for writing has yet to stress me out as much as the crochet thing.

There's also disabled aspects I don't want to think about right now.

And I *love* how success doesn't equate to money. Look at Xiran Jay Zhao. They published a best-selling debut, and had to start a second series before we get the sequel to Iron Widow, because of how royalties work, meant that if they wanted to you know, eat, they needed to either get a job or write a different book.

Sorry, this is a bit rambly. Anyway I want Universal Basic Income.

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Thanking about how inadequate the job/hobby distinction under capitalism is when it comes to but not as a full-time job (which I'm going to go out on a limb and say describes most writers) @amwriting

@blindscribe I'm... trying to parse this because that literally makes no sense.

Doesn't... (Neo) Liberalism sort of.... require capitalism?

Like, I'm not Trying to gatekeep, but I literally cannot figure out what the hell someone MEANS by "Anti-capitalist Liberal".

Maybe: "I believe in the privatization of utilities, but I'd really like to Have A Choice of who to blame when my power goes out"?

If you can figure out what this is (assuming it's not just a joke) please inflict it on me lol

@ljwrites yeah please. I submitted to a pro magazine that said they didn't auto-reject retellings, but I'm not optimistic.

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