First of all, thanks muchly to silentdescant for pointing out to me that I'd forgotten to include a link for the most recent chapter of This Is the Way the World Ends when I posted this morning, especially since forgetting that chapter means that this morning's chapter is #47, not #46. I'm so glad to have people looking after me, since I apparently tend to get just a little confused, left to my own devices.
Anyway, as we know, my laptop, or use of LJ, or something, is possessed and won't allow me to do a functioning lj-cut. I temporarily solved the problem by switching to Semagic, as suggested by the always-lovely txvoodoo. Then, last night, Semagic wouldn't open! See, it's definitely possession. Definitely. *waves sage and crucifixes* I finally overcame the problem by downloading LochJournal (which my mind insists on thinking of, alternately, as Loch Ness or Loch Lomond) That worked, in the end, but is slightly annoying in that it doesn't appear to have a preview button. With my luck, the absence of a preview button may not be a good thing.
With the help of LochLomond (or Ness), however, I did finally get the chapter online, as you know--but then when I tried to add the link for #46 after the fact, the lj-cut went away. As in, it was still there in the html, it just might as well not have been. Which meant I had to take down the chapter, add the link in LochNess (or Lomond) and post the whole damn thing all over again. What I've discovered is that if I make any edit whatsoever to an entry, even so much as a comma, the lj-cut goes away. Am I special, or does this happen to other people?
LJ is conspiring to keep you from your fic, people!
Despite all the turmoil, though, I am pleased as Punch (though without the strange sausage obsession, or beating up on people named Judy, even my cousin Judy, despite the fact that she was very cruel to me in my childhood, and once, when she was supposed to be babysitting me, told me my mother had been eaten by a tree) that people still want to read my little story! Really, I can't tell you how happy it makes me! I'm polishing away at the final chapters, and they ought to be posted, off and on, over the course of the next two or three weeks.
With interruptions for the Twin Peaks story, of course--which is both overdue and kicking my behind.*sigh*
Unfortunately, I'm still sick (but trying a new antibiotic, the old one not having done much except destroy every bit of good bacteria in my system). The positive news is, I've been able to clear my calender and curl up extensively on the sofa with my tea, my laptop, and my puppy. It still sucks being pneumoniated, but it could be a lot worse.
The not-so-positive news is, I have an external harddrive that houses all my music, all my audiobooks, tv shows and movies. My Ipod synchs from it. Yesterday, Miss Peri broke it by trying to force the USB cord into it upside down. Child, it only works one way. Pushing isn't going to change that. There's now a crucial little metal piece rattling around inside. Here's hoping my good friends on the Geek Squad will be able to work a bit of magic for me.
Apropos of completely nothing, I'm halfway through watching The Road, with Viggo Mortensen. No one reading my current story will be surprised by my love of apocalyptic fiction, and I was blown away Cormac McCarthy's book (he is such an amazing writer). May I just go on record as saying that Viggo could not have been more perfectly cast in the part of the father. Honestly, he's breaking my heart. I had to shut the movie off for a while because I literally had tears streaming.
And with that, I bid you adieu.
All shall be well and all shall be well
- In Which LJ Continues To Hate Me (and Semagic Does Too)