Does LJ Actually Want Anyone to Use it?

Seriously though.

Usually I will scroll through my feed using the mobile app. It works well enough, except that you can't check your messages.

Usually that's fine I'll just log onto it in my mobile browser.

But now, as soon as you click any link in the mobile version you're redirected to ads that you can't just click back on to escape. No if you do that you go back to wherever you were per-click. So it have become literally impossible to browse the website.

I seriously can't tell if they're doing it on purpose anymore.


What Even is Show Don't Tell?
This piece of advice has been the single most hamper to my writing since some first tried to explain it too me.

I think now I understand the concept of it, but no one's ever been able to actually explain how you're supposed to do it.

To be honest I can't even identify what counts as a show and what as a tell about 90% of the time, and everyone I ask will simply link an article that either doesn't make any sense (Clear no one's proof read it or something) or one with examples, that aren't showing what the author says they're showing and when I read it all I get is a totally different meaning.

Unfortunately now though whenever I try to write something, there's just this nagging thought at the back of my mind telling me I need to use it, even though I don't know how to use it, so I just get stuck.

General Update
My boss at work is leaving and there were three contenders to replace him. Two internal people and one external. One of the internal people I think would be awesome at it, the other, not at all. Our department can be very stressful if something goes wrong, and this person would be moving from a department where basically nothing is an emergency and that they like to go to the pub for extended lunch breaks, which you really can't do if he did my boss.

Luckily we just found out the guy that I wanted to replace my boss has got the job. I'm so relieved I almost didn't realise how much it had been weighing on the back of my mind until now.

In other work related news one of the people on my shift is leaving to start a new job in London. And while I'm really happy for him, we have 3 shifts of 3 people, and not only are we losing one person from my shift but the shift opposite mine(when I'm on days they're on nights, and the same in reverse) is losing someone, and as we have a minimum shifting policy of 2 people, for a little while it's going to be really awkward if any of us four need time off.

I'm booked on flights to go to the USA twice this year, September and October, once to visit my dad and once because my mum has decided to get married in Hawaii.

My housemate and me have decided we're going to learn German. So we'll see how that goes, as notoriously I am suck at languages.

H/C Bingo February Challenge
Write a fic containing all of the following prompts.

WILD CARD near death experience
stranded / survival scenario hunger / starvation

Ao3 Stats
I stole this shamelessly from elveatas

These stats are only based off of ao3, as I haven't cross-posted everything such as pornalot yet (oops)

Total 2016 Word Count: 87816
Total 2016 Hits: 36364
Works: 31 fic, 4 art
Comment threads: 113
Bookmarks: 231
Subscriptions (works and user): 69
Kudos: 1755

Favorite Fic:
With You, At The End of It All
I was really proud of this one, which was written for Merlin holidays. It was lovely to build up Merlin and Arthur's relationship from where they both started.

Hardest Fic:
On Edge
The first draft of this is still a file in my gdocs entitled 'actual piece of crap' that's probably all you need to know about that.

Do You Plan to Take Prompts in 2017?

Yes a few, depending on how much I overload my self with everything else. Oop. But I do love other peoples prompts, just sometimes I can't build up the whole story, only a few scenes, does that make sense?

What was the best thing about 2016? coinelot honestly it was just so lovely to meet everyone, and I had such a great time. If I does run again, I would like to try and be less shy, I always feel like shit afterwards if I bottle it over talking to people or whatever.

What was the worst thing about 2016? The people that I thought I was friends with from secondary school and their apparent determination to forget my existence.....

Goals for 2017: Sort out the beta thing. It seriously still seems inconceivable that people have regular betas are always work with them, like???????

Successfully run merlinreverse \o/

Merlin Forest
As of right now Livejournal is now hosted on servers in Russia, having migrated everyone during their recent maintenance from their former servers in the USA. (You can check this by doing a trace on a lj url)

What this means is that all content is now subject to Russian laws, where as up until now it was subject to American ones.

Whilst I will be the first to admit I know very little about internet laws in Russia, I do not think, like many people are already doing, that we need to panic.

Livejournal has been down sizing recently, and moving their servers to the same place as the rest of the company makes logical business sense.

For Non-Cyrillic users I don't think anything will change, but it may be worth backing up your journal content. An easy way to do this is to use the importer on dreamwidth:-

It's never a bad thing to make a backup.

This post is currently a crosspost from dreamwidth to LJ, where I have been seeking out a friending (adding to my circle) a bunch of people that I am friends with on LJ.

Our main worry at this point, I believe is the that the mass exit of Russian users to other sites may push LJ into the red.

For now it's business as usual, though maybe if there's something you would hate to lose it would be worth saving it now.

Anyone want to do a Christmas cards Exchange?
EE Colin
Anywhere in the world. I have a ton of stamps and what feels like a million Christmas cards.

(Also I'm moving house, so some post at the new place would be cool :) )

Still Not Too Late To Sign Up
Artist sign up's close December 1st.
Writers can sign up until the end of January.

Sign-ups are open at merlinreverse!!

Artist - Writer - Beta

FAQ - Schedule

Aggressive HufflePuff Arthur Cosplay Group
I promised a Coinelot post today. I was going to do my report, but my internet had been out most of the day, so I've sorted some pics instead.

For Saturday four of us had planned cosplays based on fanart by Deheerkonijn

Arthur by momotastic
Quidditch!Arthur by TricksySpirit
Merlin by Me
Morgana by little-dhampir-1508

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Happy Merlin Day!
Today marks 8 years since the show first aired on the BBC. (I was 14 back then :O)

I could never have anticipated the impact it would eventually have on my life, but I wouldn't change a thing. <3


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