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Jul. 21st, 2017 03:59 pm
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I have not done any big uncluttering, but a lot of little things. We have been knocking over a batch of paper bags storied near our utility room door for months. It finally got to both of us. About 35 small white handled bags went into recycling, and 6 big Barnes and Noble bags went to B2P to use at our fall book sale. Both these kinds of bags keep coming into the house, and they look so possibly helpful they get kept. At least for a while we will not knock bags to the floor when carrying baskets to the washer.

I also finally got to cleaning up my email account on the Snow Leopard laptop. My email comes to 2 different laptops and my iPad. I don't sync these because I do not want to sync other things, so email deleted in one place stays in another. Someday I hope to figure a way around this. Anyway, since I am going to clone the Snow Leopard laptop in preparation to getting a new iMac with Sierra, I though I should try to clean up my account on that laptop before the cloning. I have deleted over 1000 emails, mostly from places I shop on line who keep sending me ads every day. I also had a lot of political emails from various organizations, especially pre and post the election. I deleted them on my iPad, but they are now gone from the SL computer. This also means that when I do the data migration all that will not transfer to the new iMac. Managing computer data is a huge chore, and I am not done yet. I still have to look at the documents I kept on this laptop, and see what I do not want any more.

Paying attention to all this is important. When I stop watching what I save, or forget that I have other email records, or save webarchives that I never look at again is when stuff accumulates and gets in the way. I need to keep reminding myself of that.

Decluttering!

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:38 pm
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What's an exciting way to spend an evening? Decluttering doesn't necessarily spring to mind (or at least for me it doesn't). Often it's fraught with emotions like guilt and frustration so not exciting or something to look forward to in my book.

By contrast though, how does relaxing in a clutter-free, clean and tidy room that you can look on with a sense of pride and the knowledge that it's done and you were the one who got it there. Better, right? So that's what I'm trying to hang on to at the moment - the goal, rather than the getting there. I've got an image in my head of what I want it to be like and now I'm determinedly trying to hang on to it while I get there. It doesn't get rid of the guilt and frustration, but maybe they last a little less each time or I can balance them a little.

A little bit of that pride is achievable in the moment, by rather than imagining the whole room complete, I try imagining the little bit I'm going to be working on - be it a shelf, a box, a pile of filing or whatever. I take a look and I imagine what's it's going to look like when I've finished 'today' because every little helps.

What about you? What helps you declutter emotionally or maybe that should be unemotionally? How do you stay focussed on the goal and what is your goal? And how's your decluttering been going so far this week?

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Jul. 17th, 2017 12:25 pm
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Location: US
Timezone: EST
Languages: English

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I'm extremely new to DW but I have been roleplaying for years. This is awkward because I really don't like to talk about myself. I much prefer to immerse myself in whatever I'm writing and keep things mostly IC unless we need to plot. Bandom/celeb RP is my jam and often played Travis McCoy on Livejournal, as well as William Beckett and Justin Bieber. Check out my journal for more info.

Top 5 Fandoms:
2006 Bandom RP Era Music (if that counts as a fandom and yikes that sounds old)
Anime
Harry Potter
True Blood
Tie between Pokemon and Final Fantasy X


I mostly post about: Until I get comfortable here, I may not post about much. I am so used to only using journals IC that I often forget that I can have one for myself.

I rarely post about: Eh I'm an open book once you get to know me OOC. I just prefer to keep posts IC.

My last three posts were about: RP, reconnecting with long lost writing partners, and storylines for my Travie McCoy muse.

How often do you post?: In my personal journal? As needed. If I join a RP community, probably weekly.

How about commenting?: I love commenting and interacting, for sure.

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Jul. 17th, 2017 10:44 am
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Hello! Like many people, I'm a longtime Livejournaler who's working on making the switch over to Dreamwidth. But I've had my journal there since 2001--that's pretty much my entire adult life! Change is hard! In order to help me shift my focus over here instead of over there, I'd like to see if I can establish a more active group of DW-friends. Let me tell you a little bit about myself and my journal.

About me:
My name is Katie, I'm 38, I'm queer, and I'm female. I'm a writer and writing tutor by profession (I write fiction and book reviews; I tutor high school students and beginning creative writers). I grew up in the Hudson Valley in New York State, and currently live in Philadelphia. I live in a very old house with my girlfriend of eighteen years and our two cats. I love to read (favorite writers include E.M. Forster, Marilynne Robinson, Virginia Woolf, Pat Barker, Ursula K. Le Guin, George Saunders, etc). I also like cooking, baking, canning, and food preservation of all kinds; hiking and bird watching; gardening; swimming; watching baseball.... I'm a rather typical introvert and lead a fairly quiet life. I drink entirely too much tea.

About my journal:
I began my LJ as a reading journal, and still often post informal book reviews and thoughts on whatever I happen to be reading at the moment. In addition to writing about books, I often post about food and the projects I undertake in the kitchen. Sometimes I use my journal to track goals. Sometimes I write about the things that are going on in my life. Rarely (very rarely) I share my writing. Sometimes I post about art, or the creative process, or a quotation that caught my attention. I tend to post about once or twice a week. There are often photos. I keep my journal friends-only, but if any of this sounds interesting to you I will be happy to add you so you can check it out. No harm done if it turns out to not be your style after all!

What I'm Looking For:
Like I said, I'm transitioning from using LJ as my main online home, and am looking for a more active friends list here on DW. I like genuine connections and interesting conversations. I'd love to meet people who share my interests, especially fellow book-nerds who want to geek out about literature with me. Outdoorsy folks, creative folks, thinkers, makers, teachers, learners.... I can't promise to be the world's greatest commenter and I don't expect you to be either, but I would like to talk to each other at least occasionally.

Say hello! Let's get to know each other!

Weekend Uncluttering

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:31 pm
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What uncluttering have you achieved over the weekend?

I did a lot of rearranging, so that we have more space, but mostly for a null amount of decluttering. Saturday morning we collected a table from one friend who has moved house (and can't fit it any more), Saturday afternoon we sent the old kitchen table out the door with another friend. The new table in the folded down size is the same as the old table in the folded out size, so the space taken up is the same (although we've since expanded the new one; not sure how long it will stay like that). And I've moved a number of books that were scattered over many horizontal surfaces (including much of the games room floor) and lined them up in front of the long (~3m) bookshelf, as if the floor were another shelf. As this only partially obscures the books on the shelf, I'm calling it a win. I found 6 books that I want to rehome, but three of them didn't make it past eldest (ooh, I like those two; I haven't read that one).

The only other thing I found to rehome was a solid shampoo from Lush that the two scent sensitive kids thought was fine while we were in the shop, but when it was brought home was found to be merely less offensive than the rest of the options. We've been using it (still wrapped) as an 'air freshener' in the kids bathroom, but when it was too much for me when I walked in there yesterday, and neither kid wants to open it, we passed it on to a visiting friend.

Today, I've found one DVD that I don't want to watch again (March of the Penguins), so once that has gone past the rest of the household, I need to find it a new home.

New Dreamwidth Friends?

Jul. 15th, 2017 05:58 pm
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  Name: Bones
Age: 21 (almost 22)
Location: Boston, MA
Gender: Female
Languages: English and a little Spanish

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I'm fairly new here, but not new to fandom. I write fanfiction and I fandom-hop without rhyme or reason. I'm currently in a lot of small fandoms, and I love to add more, so feel free to try to get me obsessed with your favorite fandom. IRL, I'm a sleep scientist who doesn't sleep enough. I talk about my girlfriend a lot.

Top 5 Fandoms: 
I'm going to cheat, but in my defense, I am in so many fandoms...
Small video game fandoms (Oxenfree, Stardew Valley, and Primordia)
Boku No Hero Academia
The Goblin Emperor
Harry Potter (always... never hop away from this one)
Haikyuu!!


I mostly post about: Fanfiction, logic puzzles, fandom things. I'll probably start posting about my life at some point, but those won't be public

I rarely post about: politics, specifics about my work.

My last three posts were about: A logic puzzle and some fanfiction exchange/challenge stuff.

How often do you post?: Not much right now - I'm new here. But I imagine I'll be posting at least once every week, if not more.

How about commenting?: I'm good about commenting when I'm feeling social, but sometimes I don't have the energy. I like making friends and being friendly though, so I try. 

A small decluttering

Jul. 14th, 2017 07:12 pm
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I did not get rid of a lot, but what I did is very significant in my thinking process about letting go of stuff. I loved WordPerfect back in the day. It was much easier to use and to make corrections and edits than Word. However, as things go, Word really began to dominate in usage, and I was eventually required to use it at work. I had Wordperfect at home, but it began to fade in the early 90s. I bought an update, back when software came in big boxes, with lots of discs and handbooks - my box was about 4 inches wide. I also had 3 heavy user books, on that slick, heavy paper. I have not used WP in years - my computers are now Macs, and in any case WP is no more, but for some reason I held on to all this software and manuals. They took up about 9 inches of shelf space, on a high shelf in my office area. I think I was so irritated that the software I thought was much the best lost in the sales race and did not let go of useless stuff out of some kind of demented loyalty.

I am editing the desk and reference shelves over it because we are getting a new iMac with a 20 inch screen. B uses a laptop running Snow Leopard, and that OS is getting seriously out of date. He wants a bigger screen to watch various videos, and I would not mind using it either. So we are making space for this bigger device, and the extra stuff it will have - DVD/CD drive (Apple no longer includes them in their hardware) a touch-pad, 2 speakers, a back-up drive, and a lot of cords. This means I have to clear the shelf that will be behind the computer, and therefore find places for stuff or get rid of it. I gained 9 inches on my upper shelf, and moved the OS manuals for Snow Leopard and Windows XP (yes, we have old systems) to that space. I also discovered the reference shelf had 2 different editions of The Dictionary of Word Origins and 3 Bartlett's. One of the word origins is going to Books to Prisoners; I have seen requests for something like that and I am going to see that someone who needs it gets it. I am looking over the Bartlett's to decide which one to keep.

All this seems to say that I am getting over at least part of my need to hold on to books that I will probably not need again. It is a very small step, but I'll keep reminding myself that no evil happened from this action, and space was gained.

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Jul. 11th, 2017 12:15 pm
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Random tips I've discovered in decluttering over the past few years (yes, I've been at it for years)

-Always have a give away box going. This encourages giving things away--it will only linger in this box until the box is full and away it goes.

-Any other parents here? My kids seem to collect tiny toys that would be thrown away if donated. I have a stash of tiny toys they never play with or kid meal toys they never opened and give them away on Halloween with candy. Allergen friendly!

-Plan B. I tried to sell a thing on craigslist but there were no bites, so I gave it away. I'd rather have the space than the money.

-Pick a challenge area and do it. The linen closet? The medicine cabinet? The fridge? Clean it out and get things on their way.


What's helped you?
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Quote from Anais Nin

Name: Destiny

Age: 26. Though I'll be 27 this year.

Location: Northern Louisiana

About Me: I started writing when I was around 10 years old though I'm sure I had always dreamed of doing it before then. I wrote intensely for awhile, but then I quit for almost ten years probably due to my ongoing battle with mental health issues. I picked writing back up in 2011 and excepting some interludes I've written steadily since then.

About My Journal: I use my journal as a sort of hodge podge of things. I've been known to post pictures (from selfies to paintings I'm viewing). I post a lot of music and my video post tag is usually used in conjunction with YouTube videos. They almost always have something to do with music. These days I use my journal to either analyze my relationships with the important people in my life or vent about the aforementioned mental health issues.

What I Write: My main output over the past months has been poetry. When I write fiction it's usually realism based. I like to write about relationships. These can include family, romantic, or friendship.

What I Don't Write: I don't really write journalism though it is something I would like to explore one day.

What I Read: Currently I've been reading a lot of nonfiction especially in relation to astrology, tarot, and numerology. My favorite genre is historical romance though I've been going through a bit of funk with it at the moment. I also love to read contemporary erotic romance.

What I Don't Read: I don't really read horror or science fiction though I would like to broach these genres one day.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: I would like to think so. I've become more confident in my editing skills, but I have issues with reading longer works.

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Jul. 10th, 2017 05:40 pm
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Name: Goldy

Age: Somewhere in the late twenties

About Me: Writing is one of the few hobbies that have always been a part of my life. I like way too many things and I am easily entertained so there are times when I jump from one fandom into another. Besides from fandoms I love history and musicals (returning topics in my writings too).

About My Journal: Most of the time I write about my writings and the ideas I have in my head. But you will always find the normal everyday entries here and random stuff like various questionairs, memes and so on. And this journal is still a backup of my livejournal account so there can be entries which are nearly the same (because I am not into crossposting).

What I Write: I am that kind of write that loves to write sad stories, whenever I have a good idea for one. In general I am mostly writing slash. Usually I write fanfictions but every now and then I also find myself working on something original.

What I Don't Write: School stories and stories about children (you know happy family stories).

What I Read: Thriller and crime, followed by everything about history.

What I Don't Read: Romantic books, love stories or as I like t say it "typical women's books". But also nothing about the topics where I don't write for.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: Yes and I have done a lot of betareading a couple of years ago. It was a ot of fun but it was also the time where I wasn't that busy with my own writings so I could take my time and do it carefully.

Weekend uncluttering

Jul. 10th, 2017 04:42 pm
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Tired mouse posted this to their personal blog last night, and is just copying across what *should* have ended up here yesterday

How did everyone's uncluttering go this weekend?

Sadly, I think I have nothing to report. Yesterday I spent working on getting caught up on a couple of things; today I slothed, then partner and I walked to the local shops where we had a coffee, and then I rested for the remainder of the afternoon.

... Oh, I cleaned the rubbish out of the car! The car is a little tidier, because there wasn't as much as there sometimes is. It might be that I've finally trained either myself or my kids to take the rubbish in when it gets created. ... nah, probably just because it is school holidays, and I'm not feeding teenagers whilst in transit between school, home, and extracurriculars.

Hi there! I needz some friendz

Jul. 9th, 2017 01:27 am
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Name: reijamira (rei is also okay)
Age: 31 (but the 32 is close)
Country: Germany
Subscription/Access Policy: Friend away, really! I always welcome new friends! My journal is semi-friends only. But I only lock my rare rl posts. It would be great if we have a few things in common, though. :) Oh, and you must be at least 18.

Top 5 Main Fandoms: Supernatural, Harry Potter, Star Trek AOS, Gundam Wing, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Other Fandoms: Lots. Some of them are: Almost Human, Bates Motel, Bleach, Edge of Tomorrow, Hannibal, Star Wars
Fannish Interests: I read fic, I write recs, I comment, I squee, and I fangirl. I plan to write more meta and reviews in the future. A long time ago I used to make icons.
OTPs and Ships: Oh god, please, don't force me to write them all down here. :D I'm a hopeless multishipper with countless of ships and OTP's. Let me direct you to a list. I give you the ships for the fandoms I've mentioned above. Get ready, long list ahead!

Supernatural – Sam/Dean | Sam/Castiel | Sam/Gabriel | John/Sam
Harry Potter – Harry/Draco | Snape/Harry
Star Trek AOS – Kirk/McCoy | Kirk/Spock | McCoy/Spock | Pike/Kirk | Pike/Kirk/McCoy | Spock/Kirk/McCoy
Gundam Wing – Duo/Heero | Duo/Wufei | Duo/Trowa | Duo/Zechs
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Female Dragonborn/Farkas | Male Dragonborn/Farkas | Farkas/Vilkas | Female Dragonborn/Vilkas | Male Dragonborn/Vilkas | Female Dragonborn/Brynjolf
Almost Human – John/Dorian
Bates Motel – Alex/Norma | Dylan/Emma | Dylan/Norman | Alex/Dylan | Remo/Dylan
Bleach – Grimmjow/Ichigo | Ulquiorra/Grimmjow | Ichigo/Renji
Edge of Tomorrow – William „Bill“ Cage/Rita Vrataski
Hannibal – Hannibal/Will
Star Wars – Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan | Obi-Wan/Anakin

Favourite Movies: Oh, way too many. Among them are: The Alien franchise, The Terminator franchise, Dredd (2012), The Star Trek reboot franchise, Blood Sport (1988), Sense and Sensibility (1995), The Matrix (1999), No Retreat, No Surrender (1986), Avatar (2009), Gladiator (2000), 96 Hours (2008), The Hobbit film series, American History X (1998), Signs (2002), Highlander (1986), Coming to America (1988)

TV Shows: Some I really love are: Supernatural, Bates Motel, Grimm, Almost Human, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, American Horror Story, Orange Is the New Black, Preacher, Bosch, Smallville, Roswell, True Blood, X-Files, Farscape, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Game of Thrones, Queer as Folk (US), Hannibal

Books: "Harry Potter", "Ravished" by Amanda Quick. "Silver Lining" and "The Promise of Jenny Jones" by Maggie Osborne. I absolutely love historical romance novels so everything by Elizabeth Hoyt and Lisa Kleypas is an autobuy for me. "The Green Mile" by Stephen King. Generally most of the books by Joy Fielding and Mary Higgins Clark.

Music: I love music and I listen to almost every genre. Classical, rock, metal, ambient, alternative, music of all eras (especially 80s/90s. Those funny disco songs always crack me up lol), blues, even country, German Schlager, eurodance. I know no shame when it comes to music.

Games: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (It's my second life.), Alien: Isolation, Anno 1404 & 1503, BioShock, Dragon Age: Origins, Far Cry, Left 4 Dead etc.

Comics/Anime/Misc: Dragonball Z, Gundam Wing, Bleach, Death Note, Ranma ½, Inu Yasha,
Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Banana Fish, Bronze/Zetsuai, Angel Sanctuary, Skip Beat and a lot more.

Other Info: I was sorted into Slytherin. The hat let me decide between that and Hufflepuff, so I told him that I liked green better. :D I'm an ISFJ. I love nature and animals. Long walks in the nature make me feel all happy and content. I could watch grazing horses or cows forever. I have four cats and wish I had a dog again. I have a sweet tooth. I love bodyweight excercises. I like to laugh until I cry and my belly starts to hurt.

My journal is 90% fannish stuff. You've probably noticed that I'm a slash fan. I also have a couple of incestuous ships. Just saying in case you didn't know and react shocked. I don't hate on ships.

I'm looking for other like-minded (fannish) people with whom I can squee and, if the occasion arises, have insightful discussions with. LJ was my main residence since 2006. But with the rescent ToS fiasco I don't feel at home there anymore. So I've decided to move into my DW and make myself comfy here. All that is missing is you. So, let's be friends! :)

I love reaction gifs, so I wrap this up with one, just because.



Crossposted, sorry for spamming your reading page

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