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Feb. 7th, 2016

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  • Sat, 16:35: My plans for Misanthropic Christmas tomorrow: finally seeing Star Wars since I actually have a day off
  • Sat, 16:41: Misanthropic Christmas of course coincides with that big football game tomorrow
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Feb. 6th, 2016

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  • Fri, 19:39: Mom sent me a photo of Grandma for luck, & I won $50 at BINGO tonight at St. Edna's church in Arlington Heights, IL https://t.co/HiO1bEqvXq
  • Fri, 23:42: I finally dumped bad writer client today. She reneged on an agreement we had for April bookings, so I canceled them & told her we're done 😁
  • Fri, 23:47: She negotiated with me for 2 guaranteed editing days every week for more money. I agreed, she changed her mind, I've had enough
  • Fri, 23:51: Her books are a lot of work. I wanted to break ties because I was earning less than $5 an hour, but she offered to pay more to keep me
  • Fri, 23:52: But now she went back on our agreement, I don't need to work with her anymore. Thank goodness 👍👍👍
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Feb. 5th, 2016

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  • Fri, 10:42: I can't deal with this client anymore...she spelled her character's name wrong IN THE FIRST SENTENCE. #editing
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Feb. 4th, 2016

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Feb. 2nd, 2016

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Jan. 30th, 2016

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Jan. 28th, 2016

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Jan. 26th, 2016

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Jan. 21st, 2016

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  • Thu, 09:57: RT @kylekinane: Went to Moby's new restaurant. Didn't like it. Tasted like everything was made of stars.
  • Thu, 10:08: RT @annehelen: flight to Sundance & woman behind me crying b/c she left her fancy greek yogurt in the fridge; demands hotel send it to her …
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Jan. 20th, 2016

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My tweets

  • Tue, 20:34: Gave him the willies all the way into his heiney? I swear #FixerUpper is not a home improvement show, it's a comedy
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Jan. 18th, 2016

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Jan. 17th, 2016

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Jan. 16th, 2016

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My tweets

  • Fri, 21:53: Well, I'm guessing the @LiveJournal Twitter cross-post problem is still happening, because none of my tweets have showed up on my journal
  • Sat, 09:23: RT @RealHughJackman: Walking through the lobby in Budapest - who do I bump into -the one and only young Prof Charles Xavier #xmenreunited h…
  • Sat, 09:24: RT @spicedrum: I kinda really want Mark Ruffalo to adopt a dog, name it Bark Ruffalo, then do a photoshoot for an animal charity with Carri…
  • Sat, 11:03: More than halfway through my 5-day #editing job on a 100k-word story. It's not horrendously bad for a change
  • Sat, 11:04: Also, I'm still trying to test every day to see if my damn tweets cross-post to LJ, so apologies if I have nothing of importance to say
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Jan. 15th, 2016

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Oh, LJ, WTF?

Oh man, this is classic.

The expiration of my paid account occurred right when LJ was having some major problem with Twitter. LOLOLOLOL, Jebus Case (shout-out into Heaven to badtyler there).

I had to go looking in support today, where after combing through endless questions in Cyrillic I discovered other people were having problems, and that the Twitter cross-posting had ended on December 10th, right when my account expired.

I can see the user who had the Twitter problem and asked a question had a basic account, which means I guess you can still get cross-posts from Twitter if you don't pay. Of the few people I know on here who are also on Twitter, they all have paid or permanent accounts, so I couldn't ask them.

Apparently a patch was pushed through yesterday, and the cross-posting has been down (for some users, including me) since December 10.

maddiec24, I owe you some paid LJ time for this and your generosity. This was all an LJ problem! But I had no idea until siberian_skys asked how I was doing. I read my Friends page on occasion but I don't check my own posts, LOL. I guess this means I need to post more.

Catching everyone up:

+ We had a scary evening on New Year's Eve when we thought we were going to have to say goodbye to our 19-year-old cat Sable. She was sneezing so much she was bleeding from her nose everywhere. This has happened before, because her little immune system is low since we found a tumor in her intestines. It's being treated with prednisone, but the minute she gets a cold it's disaster. She battled back and is holding on. She's still on antibiotics for her constantly dripping nose. Sabey Baby will be 20 years old in May.

+ My editing business is going well. I'm booked through April, with only four days left in April to fill. People are already asking about May! Problem is I'm working so much but not getting paid enough. I'm going to have to raise prices to make this worthwhile. Depending on the quality of writing and the amount of words, sometimes I'm getting paid less than minimum wage when I factor the amount of hours I'm dedicating toward it.

+ My biggest client -- who is also the worst writer of everyone I deal with -- and I had some issues earlier this week. She found two minor mistakes I missed in 44,000 words of me basically rewriting her entire book. She speaks English as a second language, and her books always take me forever. I'd had it, and was annoyed at myself for missing little things, but also at her for focusing on that instead of the amount of work I was doing for free!

I suggested she get another editor, because not only was she monopolizing my editing time with 14+ days a month, but I was stressing the hell out getting her books done. My turnaround time is same day for anything 35,000 words and below. For the time she takes in my schedule, I could open my calendar up to people whose writing isn't as bad, which means less work for me and the hourly rate makes it worth it.

After two days of talking about it, she didn't want to lose me (!!!) and she offered to quadruple my editing rate, from $1 per 500 words to $4. I in turn guaranteed her two days every week of every month for her work. So one 2-day booking each week, for four weeks (or five if the month is long). This means than rather than making $90 over two days with 16 hours of work, I'll make around $350. *fist pump* Now if I can only get everyone else to pay that, LOL. But I am going to raise rates. The job is killing me...I have to schedule time to eat and take a shower!

+ I haven't had time to write my own work because of editing, obviously. I was smarter in April and took at least two days off every week. I wasn't doing that. And I still work weekends. Trying to establish a work/life balance when you work from home is rough. New goal for this year: try to get back to writing, and get at least 40,000 words per month done. If you want money in the self-publishing business, that's what you have to do. Or more. 60k would be better.

+ My partner and I celebrated our nine-year anniversary in January. Thank you, OZ. We met because of Keller and Toby. Heh. Ironic.

+ I am anxiously awaiting the new X-Files to begin. Please let it be good!

ETA I still haven't seen Star Wars yet! And I've been waiting to see what happened since 1984! I need a day off or two, fo reals.

Jan. 14th, 2016

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maddiec24 what did you do?

The sweetie maddiec24 got me a paid account extension! You didn't have to do that, babes! That was so nice of you, thank you. ♥ ♥ ♥

Since there's no other way to link Twitter and LJ as far as I could see today, I guess I'll just have to pay it from now on. I don't want to lose contact with my friends.
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Why isn't Twitter linking to LJ pt 2?

Before I let my paid account lapse I tried to find out if my tweets would link here, but the LJ FAQ hasn't been updated since 2011 for Christ's sake, so I don't know what I expected.

I guess I have to have a paid account to allow all of you to read my tweets. It would have been nice to know beforehand so I could have warned everyone!

Which sucks, LJ, you goddamn social media dinosaur.

But I don't want to give LJ any of my hard-earned money for something I barely even use anymore. It's too expensive!

Waaaahhhhh, I miss the old days.

I'm still here, you guys, writing and editing and trying to make a go of it. Shout out to my girl siberian_skys who wanted to know where the hell I've been.

I guess I'll figure out how to juggle everything so people know I'm still alive.
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Why isn't Twitter linking to LJ?

Hey guys,

For whatever reason as soon as my paid account expired LJ will no longer post my tweets here.

Before I let my paid account lapse I looked this up, but couldn't find the answer. Does anyone else have a free or lapsed paid account and have no problems getting your tweets linked?

I don't want people to think I'm dead if I don't post here, and I still interact with all my LJ friends via the linked tweets.

Any ideas?

Dec. 10th, 2015

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Dec. 9th, 2015

XF I Want to Believe

My tweets

  • Tue, 15:07: And so begins my upstairs neighbor blasting Bing Crosby's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" over and over for the next THREE WEEKS
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Nov. 30th, 2015

XF I Want to Believe

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Nov. 28th, 2015

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Nov. 27th, 2015

XF I Want to Believe

My tweets

  • Thu, 12:07: The fridge is full of food but there's nothing to eat (yet). Oh well, pie for lunch!
  • Thu, 14:17: "How 'bout that drink?" "Mood's gone, Floyd." #MST3KTurkeyDay
  • Thu, 18:53: The Polish butcher is too crowded at Easter, so I'm having kielbasa, kishka, fried kapusta, pierogi, and babka for Thanksgiving
  • Fri, 00:32: Oh dear, the bottom of our pumpkin pie is raw. A disposable tin pie pan is the culprit. Mary Berry would be so disappointed!
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Nov. 26th, 2015

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Nov. 24th, 2015

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