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Jan. 25th, 2014

I just discovered the livejournal app for my phone. Sorry if I sent anyone an empty message! I'm still learning how to navigate it



Holy Guacamole, I can't believe I haven't posted anything here since May 2012. I don't even remember if I know how, so I guess this is sort of a test post, to get back in the saddle.

It lives!

Life has been pretty tricky lately, but it's getting tentatively better. More to come later...


American Accent Meme...Wow, Spot on.

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

North Central. This is what everyone calls a "Minnesota accent." If you saw "Fargo" or "Drop Dead Gorgeous" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Some Americans may mistake you for a Canadian.

If you are not a northern Minnesotan, you are probably one of these:
(a) A Yooper from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; or
(b) A Canadian who has a mostly but not completely Canadian accent

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?


hey writers

I've been writing more often this year and I owe a lot of it to this community write15 , moderated by the lovely cathalin . There aren't many participants, but everyone is welcome. I thought I'd promote it for anyone else who might need a little helpful motivation.

From the user info page:
This community is designed to encourage people to write (or engage in writing-related activities) 15 minutes per day. Obviously, people can do MORE than that, but the idea is that, since anyone can do something for 15 minutes per day, there are no excuses!

The basic idea here is, set a timer for 15 minutes, and write (or edit, etc.) without distraction for 15 minutes. Each day.

The community is for daily (and weekly) check-ins, as well as supportive and encouraging discussion of people's writing goals, and providing motivation to, well, just do it!

Additionally, we will discuss writing topics of interest to members, and may have occasional special challenges.

Anyone is welcome to join. Membership is unmoderated. Posting is allowed by any and all members at this point. Only members can make posts. Commenting is on for anyone, member or nonmember, with or without an lj. Anon commenting is enabled, but anon comments are screened, so may take a while to show up. IP logging is off. All of these things are subject to change, but will be announced if they are.

Let's have fun and support each other in our writing goals, and most importantly... work on writing 15 minutes every. single. day. \o/

I miss days here and there, but it does help keep me motivated to write. Check it out and join in, if you're so inclined!


lj friends in pictures

A Cautionary Tale - When in Doubt, Shovel


Serious Writery Question

What makes a good polyamorous (ie 3 person) relationship work. And I'm not necessarily asking about sex.

ETA: from Wikipedia:

"Polyamory (from Greek πολύ [poly, meaning many or several] and Latin amor [love]) is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.

Polyamory, often abbreviated to poly, is sometimes described as consensual, ethical, or responsible non-monogamy. The word is occasionally used more broadly to refer to any sexual or romantic relationships that are not sexually exclusive, though there is disagreement on how broadly it applies; an emphasis on ethics, honesty, and transparency all around is widely regarded as the crucial defining characteristic."

My question, to try to be a little more clear, is what are the dynamics that make it work for you when you're reading it? I've read a few and I like them, but I read a complaint on another journal lamenting the fact that good threesomes are hard to find. It made me wonder what makes a good threesome? Also, the majority of the ones I've read are about the startup. I want to read about a relationship that's already established and since I've had a hard time finding one, I decided to try writing one, but now I'm curious about what other people think about what makes them work. Hence, the question.


I think I mentioned my angel and demon story was accepted for publication in an anthology for Less Than Three Press. If you aren't familiar with Less Than Three Press, it was started by maderr , who I've actually been reading for ages. I LOVE her stories! She used to have a website where all of her stories were free to read and a few published by Lulu (I think). Anyway, LT3 Press is both a website with a monthly fee where you can read serial stories every week, but it also publishes the stories when they are complete and you can buy separately from the serial fiction. LT3 Press also hosts other authors and accepts admissions.

My story is Perfect Angel, under my pen name Rachelle Cochran and is part of the That Famous Happy End Anthology. It's the story of Kalyana Charu, an angel, who goes to work for a demon, the Viscount Avanindra Dasmaya, after being banished from the capital by his lover, the Crown Prince. It will first be published as a series and when all the short stories of the anthology have been posted, it will be published in an ebook and print book. If you want to read it now, however, you'll have to join the site. It looks like it will be in three parts and published every two weeks. The first story from the anthology is already posted.

Here's a link to the LT3 Press website, in case you want to check it out:  lessthanthreepress.com/

I previously posted an excerpt (long before I knew it would be published). Here it is again, only edited:

"Kalyana Charu?" The demon's voice was soft, lilting, almost musical, and gentle. Another surprise.

"Yes," Kalyana whispered.

"I am Viscount Avanindra Dasmaya. Welcome to my home. I was advised that you are a master librarian and scribe. That you worked for the royal family for the past three years, but asked for another assignment."

Kalyana gulped, swallowing his surprise. That last part was certainly not true, but it would neatly cover the scandal the royal Rajam family wanted to cover. "Yes, my lord."

"I was not made aware of your beauty, however." The viscount took a step forward; Kalyana held his ground, his chin raised in not-quite defiance. He could not, however, hold back a flinch when the viscount raised his hand and brushed a strand of hair from Kalyana's cheek.

"Such a beautiful color, like the reflection of the morning sun. And your skin," he ran the back of his fingers down Kalyana's cheek, "so pale, like new cream. Delicious."

Kalyana shivered, fearful that the demon meant it literally, that the old tales were true. "I would prefer that you keep your hands to yourself," Kalyana said, determined to keep himself free of the demon.

"As you wish, my dear. For the time being, in any case. I mean you no harm, I assure you," the viscount replied as he took a step back.

"Because angels and demons have traditionally gotten along so well." Kalyana didn't try to disguise the disgust in his voice.

Avanindra raised one delicate eyebrow. "You've had some association with demons?"

Kalyana dropped his eyes. "Yes."

"They've been unpleasant experiences?" It was barely a question.


Avanindra put two fingers under Kalyana's chin and raised it, seeming to ignore as Kalyana flinched again. "You have no reason to believe me, but I will assure you again—I have no intention of harming you. My interest lies in your skills as a librarian and scribe. To be honest, however, upon seeing you, I am intrigued. You are a vision of loveliness and, though I can tell you are sweetness personified, I sense a strength that I find compelling. Even so, I will not act upon even that if you are so averse to my... charms."

Kalyana turned his head sharply, dislodging the cool fingers from his chin, but made no reply.

And there you have it!
Just saying hi.

Also, I wrote a little poem.

I already posted it on facebook, so some of you might recognize this:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I totaled my Jeep,
And lost my job too.

Ain't life grand? Or something... grumble grumble

I hit a deer with my Jeep and because of the age and mileage, the insurance company considered it a loss. My job is a long story. In a nutshell--job restructured, less jobs available, had to apply for job, wasn't hired. Let the job search commence! 

I do have some good news, though. Remember that Angel & Demon story I wanted to write? Well, I wrote it--a short story. It's being published in an anthology for Less Than Three Press. I'll post more details later.

Finally, I'm working on the next chapter of Minnesota Dreams. Like, working on finishing and will post within a day or two. There are about two or three chapters left and an epilogue. I'm hoping it won't be as long between chapters as it has been lately (much to my shame and chagrin).

Okay, one more thing. I am totally in love with Mika and Scissor Sisters! Their cd's are all I've listened to for about two weeks. With a little Adam Lambert thrown in occasionally (I wore out his cd the month before).

That is all.