capriuni: Text: "an honorable retreat ... not with bag and baggage, yet scrip and scrippage. (Scrippage)
... before I banish her for a month. She's insisting that I should at least be sure of my format before I start. And I suppose she's right.

The story I want to do is a retelling-reworking of Hans my Hedgehog. The biggest change I want to make to the original story is that the marriage to the "Good Princess" would come closer to the middle than the end of the story, and it would not break the spell. Hans would remain in his half-man / half-hedgehog form. After all, Hans's form brought more pain and shame to his father than it ever brought to Hans, himself. And also, it's a more interesting story if, after he inherits his bride's kingdom, he's given the challenge of being a monarch when his subjects view him as a monster... It's easy to inspire loyalty when you're pretty to look at...

But: right now, I'm wambling between two, or possibly three, different time-settings-tones. And whichever one I ultimately pick would radically change the mechanics of my plot. So I'm going to list the pros and cons of each one, and then, I'll post a poll for all you good folk to give me feedback. Whether your answers tickle me, or annoy me -- either way, I'll be clearer on my true desires (fingers crossed that there's no three-way tie).

Option One )

Option Two )

Option Three )

And now: The Poll!
(If you're reading this on LJ, and don't want to log into Open-Identity, you can just tell me which of the three options you think I should pick in a comment.)

Poll #14360 Help me Decide!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3


So -- which time-setting should I choose?

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Present Day (near future)
0 (0.0%)

"Once Upon a Time"
3 (100.0%)

Combine the Two
0 (0.0%)



And finally, for your enjoyment and my inspiration... A key plot element of Hans-my-Hedgehog is his love of playing the bagpipes (they were never just Scottish). Here's someone playing a replica of a 17th Century set of the smallest of the German Shepherd's Pipes -- which would be the most likely right size for an eight-year-old hedgehog boy. Imagine being lost in a deep, dark wood, and hearing a sound like this drifting down from somewhere in the canopy above you:

capriuni: text icon "Writer's Block" (blocked!)
Poll #8521 writing a novel-on-the-fly is like wondering a maze, and I've come upon another dead end
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 1


I've chosen my main character at random, from a snippet of a scene I wrote last year. It turns out she's a teen at an aloof and detached stage in life and has no emotional incentive to go boldly forth into anything. Should I:

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Rewrite her, at a younger, more enthusiastic age?
0 (0.0%)

Make her an audience for a completely different story, rather than a character in this one (just have another character tell a different story while she's sitting there and listening)?
0 (0.0%)

Scrap her entirely, and hand the Point-of-View role over to some other character, who is currently 'on the sidelines'?
0 (0.0%)

Keep her, but make her a secondary, rather than main, character?
1 (100.0%)

Or should I keep her as-is, but change the world she's in, by:

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Giving her a best friend that's her own age?
0 (0.0%)

Changing her starting family (currently, she's an only child of a single mother -- maybe she should have siblings by the handful, or two parents, or...)?
0 (0.0%)

Giving her family wealth and privilege it doesn't currently have, for her to rebel against?
0 (0.0%)

Changing the way she moves from her current family position to being fostered by the wizardy-mentor who acts as a catalyst for the plot?
1 (100.0%)

A third question (and a third Question type) for good luck -- freestyle: give me phrase, sentence, or idea -- anything that pops into your head:

capriuni: Text: If you want to be a Hero, be Good to the Storyteller. (Default)
(cross-posted from [community profile] disability)

Back on July 31, Dave Hingsburger, author of "Rolling around in my Head," blogged about the International Maritime Signal Flag "Foxtrot" (a red 'diamond' on a white square field), and its meaning: "I'm Disabled; Communicate with me." And announced that he would be using that as his "Disability Pride Flag" to wave at parades, and hang out his window.

Here's a link: Wave Your Flag

I have mixed feelings -- five of them, as a matter of fact:

1. I like the idea of a disability pride flag.

2. I like the idea of a disability pride flag that is an abstract symbol (rather than something like the wheelchair access icon -- which privileges visible, mobility-based disabilities over others)

3. I don't like the idea of appropriating an existing flag, which already has its own set of meanings (which vary by context, and is complicated by the fact that NATO has decided that, for them, each flag means something different). If I'm going to wave a flag to show my pride in my community, I want it to be unique.

4. Besides, the flag's original meaning for "Disabled" is "I'm stuck. I need help!"

5. I see this as a challenge to come up with my own flag design. (*grin*) Hence, the questions.

---
A) Should I start with the maritime signal flag idea, and modify it (I've already come up with two designs by combining two different flags, but I'm not sure I'm happy with them), or should I start from scratch?

B) Each element on a flag usually represents a key idea or belief. My ideas for a Disability Pride flag are: eccentricity (in the literal sense -- we're "off-center" in our wider communities, and need to find our own way through), self-advocacy, adaptability, and community. What are yours?

C) Now, this is pure fun -- what are your favorite flag colors?
capriuni: Text: If you want to be a Hero, be Good to the Storyteller. (Default)
This is the kind of entry I'd ordinarily post to my custom creativity filter, but this time I'm crowd-sourcing. So I want my whole circle to see it.

(poll on DreamWidth; same questions to answer on LiveJournal, via comments):

Poll #6455 My Zazzle Store!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 4

First Level: What word or concept root should my store's name have?

Something based on "Chimera" (Specific ancient Greek monster, any monster of mixed animals, any bizarre figment of the imagination)
4 (100.0%)

Something based on nickname I've had
0 (0.0%)

Something based on a common saying or idiom
0 (0.0%)

Level two A: "Chimera" based names I'm considering:

"Chimerae" (keep it simple)
3 (75.0%)

"Kimmeer-Eye" (or some other phonetic spelling?)
0 (0.0%)

Chimer-icons (alluding to emoticons and geekdom)
0 (0.0%)

Chimericles
0 (0.0%)

Chimeragons (alluding to hexagons and geekdom)
1 (25.0%)

Level Two B: "Nickname" based names:

Daffter Designs (My father called me his "daffter" because "daughter" should rhyme with "laughter")
0 (0.0%)

McGiggle's _Something_ (a volunteer where I first learned to ride gave me then nickname "Andelugia McGigglepus"
0 (0.0%)

CapriUni's _Something_
2 (100.0%)

Level two C: "Idiom or saying" based names:

"Off the Cuff" (alluding to conversation-starting and/or commentary)
0 (0.0%)

"[A] Word in the hand" (that just popped into my head, this moment -- for all the sayings on mugs)
2 (66.7%)

"Monsters, Myths, and Musings" (oh, my!)
1 (33.3%)

"Figments of Reality"
0 (0.0%)

"Beasts of Bedlam"
0 (0.0%)

"Cephlaquad" (based on my first design for sale; suggested by jesse_the_k)
0 (0.0%)

Just because Tickyboxes are Love -- Monsters that need more love and attention:

Gryphons
1 (33.3%)

Manticores
3 (100.0%)

Chimerae
1 (33.3%)

Hydra
2 (66.7%)

Sphinxes
2 (66.7%)

Basilisks
1 (33.3%)

Kraken
2 (66.7%)

Levithan
1 (33.3%)

Nixen
3 (100.0%)

Trolls
1 (33.3%)

capriuni: Text: If you want to be a Hero, be Good to the Storyteller. (bunny)
And they're not all plot bunnies, either.

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Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon, you have a dozen -- John Steinbeck.


So, back in July, I started playing around with the idea of setting up my own CafePress store. And some of the things I worked on over this last National Art Making Month were ideas I could maybe adapt into CafePress designs. This one is closest to being ready for primetime, I think.*

But just as I'm getting my head around creating and selling, it seems like half my circle-f'list is getting rid of stuff and/or moving house. So ...um... my timing probably couldn't be worse.

However, I may just make a go of it anyway, especially with this design, as "plot bunnies" have wide appeal on the Internets. Hence, the poll:

Poll #4280 Trinkets to buy! lovely trinkets to buy! Who will buy my trinkets?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2


Would you buy something from me, if I were to set up an online store?

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Yes
2 (100.0%)

No
0 (0.0%)

Maybe so.
0 (0.0%)

What sort of items would be most useful or happy making, especially for this rabbit design?

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A shirt
1 (50.0%)

A mug
0 (0.0%)

A mousepad
0 (0.0%)

A tote bag
0 (0.0%)

Something Other (Tell me in comments, please)
1 (50.0%)



Also, in doing image research for this design, I surfed a lot of youtube vids for people's shots of their pet rabbits. And I learned something: just as whales "breach" when they're feeling happy or energetic, so rabbits "do a Binky" (yeah, I know, humans can come up with the silliest names for things). Here's a vid of a wild bunny binkying

I have a whole new mental image of mad plot bunnies, now (it's maddening when they won't let you go to sleep! ;-)).

*(I might rearrange it to put the "normal/parent bunnies" on top, and their mad offspring below them
capriuni: Text: If you want to be a Hero, be Good to the Storyteller. (lollerskate)
I have mixed feelings about covering wheelchairs with stickers... But then, I've seen what people do with their cars... And I don't drive (a car) And putting stickers with messages on my chair would be one way to communicate with people who may stare at me, but who wouldn't engage me in conversation.

And, also, I'm kind of tired of the all-black of my chair's upholstery. I want to stick some color on it. So:

Poll #3761 I want to cover my chair with stickers!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 4


I want to make a "bumper" sticker-sized version of this icon for my wheelchair. Which is wording is better?

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This Vehicle is my LOLlerskate
2 (50.0%)

This Vehicle is my ROFL-coaster
2 (50.0%)

Now that I'm thinking about it, maybe I could stick MORE variations of my journal icons on my chair: which do you think I should do?

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"Write what you can imagine" (with a flying pig)
1 (25.0%)

"I hate this learning curve." (With a 'knotted' curve)
3 (75.0%)

"Got Mirth?" (With a cow in a jester's cap)
0 (0.0%)

Hephaistos [Greek God in Winged Wheelchair] (suggest a caption, if any)
3 (75.0%)

(Not an icon, just an idea): "I'm not here to be your inspiration"
1 (25.0%)

capriuni: Text, varied yellows on blue: "You are a beautiful arrangement of energy." (energy)
I'm working on the Triple-season-ending Big Red Reset Button Spoiler post. But I don't have the stamina to finish it, today. It will have to be something I write in installments.

In the meantime-- a poll.

The icon on this post is one I made from a quote I associate with my Father.

Now, I want to make an icon based on a quote I associate with my Mother. She wasn't as woo-woo philosophical as my father was, but she had her sense of humor and opinions.

I'm writing the poll out, so people on lj can see what it is, and if they want to vote on it:



Which of these quotes (and/or paraphrases) should I make into an icon? I have space to add up to twelve, hence the tickity-boxes...

  • If today were a fish, I'd throw it back in the water.

  • (When suffering from a cold or other illness): Think I'll die; afraid I won't. (and/or) Her face was flushed ...but her broad shoulders saved her.

  • "They?" Who are "they?!"

  • You bet your bippy! (okay, this isn't original to her, probably, but I first heard it from her, when I was in my early single digits)




Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2


Help me decide which of these icon-worthy Quotes from my Mother should I make into an actual icon:

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If today were a fish, I'd throw it back in the water.
1 (50.0%)

Think I'll die; afraid I won't.
0 (0.0%)

Her face was flushed ... but her broad shoulders saved her.
0 (0.0%)

"They?" who are "They?!"
1 (50.0%)

You Bet Your Bippy!
0 (0.0%)

capriuni: Text: If you want to be a Hero, be Good to the Storyteller. (Default)
Um.. Salmagundi? Was he the dude who was 'born on Monday?' )



Luck: the good, the bad, and the privileged. )



Ugh. Sometimes, the soundtracks to my dreams (and my life) *suck* )



The Poll:

Poll #3230 Still not confident writing skiffy skience
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2


In my Gabriel Story, what unsual sort of thing should happen during the Meteor Crash of Kablooey (or its aftermath) that would lead scientists to study said meteorite with an eye toward its energy-field attributes ('cause you don't find what you're not looking for, or paying attention to)?

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The expected global-scale dust cloud (of the sort that triggers climate change) does not happen.
1 (50.0%)

Plants regrowing in the crash site(s) grow weirdly, as if under unusual gravitational forces.
1 (50.0%)

Earth's weather gets weird in other ways, besides climate -- like, maybe lightning acts different in thunderstorms).
0 (0.0%)

Weird things happen with light around the crash site(s)
0 (0.0%)

Other. [If you click this, you better answer the next question. Or I will fwap you with the Rubber Trout of Ridiculousness (Virtual Version)]
0 (0.0%)

You have an other idea, do you? Don't keep it to yourself!!



The neat thing about DreamWidth polls:
  1. Anyone with an OpenID can vote in them; you do not need a DreamWidth account.
  2. If you have a LiveJournal Account, you already have an OpenID.


How to log into DreamWidth, using your LiveJournal Account )
capriuni: Text: If you want to be a Hero, be Good to the Storyteller. (Default)
Okay -- so just now, as in: within the past minute, I got the idea that while I want to start moving away from talking about disability issues, I can't simply ignore them, any more, or let them roll off my back, like I used to, because once you turn on awareness, you can't turn it off. You can never unlearn the ability to read, for example.

And actually, I think this may have been building for longer than "Since Seeing Cheney in a Chair That Did Not Fit Him at the Inauguration." I think this started with the death of my father, almost 3 years ago, when I realized that no one in my life at the moment was there while I was growing up.

So ... yeah.

At the same time, I really don't want to become Annie-one-note, either, and I want to keep my thought hoard as jumbled and full of variety as when I was a kid.

So, here's my idea: Give myself a Weekly schedule for this LJ (Which would also give me more structure in my daily life), and reserve certain days of the week for certain topics. Maybe two or three regular topics, on two or three different days (with Disability being talked about on one of those days). And leave the other days of the week free for Random.

Whatcha think?

So here's another poll:

[Poll #1396940]
capriuni: Text: If you want to be a Hero, be Good to the Storyteller. (Default)
Because I can feel myself falling into a rut, and it's a particularly unpleasant rut.

But I'll need your help, okay?

[Poll #1395564]
capriuni: Text: If you want to be a Hero, be Good to the Storyteller. (Default)
Did you ever have one of those days when your head is full of what feels like Big-Thoughts-That-Need-to-Get-Out, but those thoughts are broken up like scattered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, and they're all over the place, and you can't find any of the corner pieces so you can even know where to start putting them together?

Um, yeah. Me, too.

[Poll #1381401]
capriuni: Text: If you want to be a Hero, be Good to the Storyteller. (Default)
I have one of those headaches that seems to swallow my attention, and my time, in whole, gulping mouthfuls -- cannot concentrate enough to come up with ticky-box options, but still:

[Poll #1359709]
capriuni: Text: If you want to be a Hero, be Good to the Storyteller. (Default)
A few weeks ago, I bemoaned the lack of any word for an adult whose parent had died, akin "widow" and "widower."

The other day, [livejournal.com profile] indefatigable42 was looking for the word that means the opposite of "lonely."

In an interview on the radio, last year, about his new book Alphabet Juice, Roy Blount Jr. pointed out how we needed a better way to give sympathy than either "I'm sorry..." (too murky) or "my condolences" (too aloof).

So:

[Poll #1354379]
capriuni: Text: If you want to be a Hero, be Good to the Storyteller. (hearts)
I actually broke LJ protocol (maybe? Is there an accepted protocol about this?), and have used this hearts icon (I made it from Friday's msPaint art), and the second "Wheel/Ramp OTP" one, below, before introducing them. But oh, well. Forgive me?

Here's a brief poll that includes ticky boxes:

[Poll #1350388]
capriuni: Text: If you want to be a Hero, be Good to the Storyteller. (Default)
I went into the guest room where Trixie was sleeping on the bed. She woke up, and stretched, and placed her forepaw on my arm in a very human way, to get my attention, and some scritches. :-)

And polls make me happy, too:

[Poll #1321673]

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