Not Dead Yet

I know, I know, I haven’t blogged. Much stuff going on, most of it in my head, including how to finish up the Leverage stuff when I’m so conflicted about the finale and need to go back through all the posts and make them make sense, how to save Lavender’s Blue which I’ve come to the conclusion means cutting about 35K of the 50K I have and starting over, getting my kitchen finished now that I have FINALLY figured how to build the last of the storage, and about forty other things. The McDaniel classes are finished, so that was a sad/glad moment; new classes are scheduled to start (I think) in January, but don’t quote me on that. Talking with Alisa and Pam about doing a one-off class on writing the romance graphic novel which Alisa would teach (same class she taught at Fordham) and I would take because I nee to learn that stuff, so whoever got stuck in that class would have me asking annoying questions all the time. Generally just trying to sort everything out here. I’ll be back, I swear.

So what’s new with you?

Cherry Saturday 7-19-14

Today is National Raspberry Cake Day. If you make strawberry cake or key lime pie, Martha Stewart comes to your house and kicks your dog. (Serioulsy, Raspberry Cake Day? Who thinks of these things? I’m going to start making them up if the real ones don’t start getting better.)

Leverage Sunday: The Frame-Up Job and The Run-Down Job: Evolving Community

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As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’ve figured out why the last season of Leverage is my least favorite even though it has wonderful episodes: Each story moved the team closer to splitting up. As a writer, I applaud this. After four years, the team members are not just masters at what they do but tightly bonded in a family that nothing can destroy. Which means there’s no place else to go unless they find a way to destroy that invincible family.

Thankfully, they didn’t do that, but they did change the community, moving toward Nate and Sophie’s marriage and retirement from the con and the new Leverage International headed by, of all people, Parker, ably supported by Eliot and Hardison. It was absolutely the right thing to do narratively and creatively, but it took away the thing I loved best about Leverage: that family of five working together. I’m not complaining, I don’t see any other way they could have gone in a fifth season, and I would have said, “Hell, yes,” to a sixth season, but still . . . Continue reading

Passwords To Remember

I recently changed all my passwords because of that damn Heartbleed thing, and I’ve been lost ever since. I knew all my passwords before because I’d had them for over a decade (that’s a bad thing), but finding secure new ones that I could remember turned into a nightmare. Then I found this post on Lifehacker that had this excellent password generator from security expert Bruce Schneier. Here’s my version of the Schneier method:
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Cherry Saturday 7-5-14

Today is Workaholics Day, which means if you’re working today, this day is for you, especially since it’s Saturday, which frankly, is just ostentatious of you. We’re not impressed. Go find a hammock and a good book.