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What I Learned From My Mom: How to be a strong, independent person who lives for herself, not others, but doesn’t have to bowl everyone else down to be that person, taking others into consideration without letting them walk all over you.

What I Learned From My Dad: Don’t trust everyone, because they’ll tell you what you wanna hear, but they won’t follow through, and it’ll hurt if you believe them, over and over again, even if they’re your dad and say love you.

What I Learned From Myself: I’m stronger than I thought I was.

What I’d Tell My Younger Self: Stop believing him. It hurts every time, and he never does end up following through no matter how many times people tell you he’s changed. He’s not the only one who will do this to you, so learn now.

What I’d Tell a Teenager if They Asked About Life: Be yourself, but don’t hurt others in the process. Don’t let them walk all over you, but don’t be an asshole while you do it. Life is hard, but things that seem awful, like they’re going to kill you? They don’t. You get stronger because of them. Live your life in such a way that, when you’re old and surrounded by those you love, you can look back and say you’re proud of how you handled the good and the bad shit. Everybody fucks up. It’s how you handle your fuckups that makes you who you are and either draws people to you or pushes them away.

~Maya
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Arg. I have two series going, and though I'm writing future parts, I'm stuck on the next post-able parts!

When I get stuck or when I come up with things I want for future parts in fic, I write ahead. And I've done that with both my ongoing series.

I have nearly 75k words written for the Alpha House 'Verse, but I'm stuck at the 45k mark with a gap to fill. I've got nearly 45k words written for the Resonance 'Verse, but I'm stuck at the 35k mark with a small-ish gap to fill.

I have holes that need filling!

*Giggles and points childishly* That sounded dirty.

~Maya
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Arg. I have two series going, and though I'm writing future parts, I'm stuck on the next post-able parts!

When I get stuck or when I come up with things I want for future parts in fic, I write ahead. And I've done that with both my ongoing series.

I have nearly 75k words written for the Alpha House 'Verse, but I'm stuck at the 45k mark with a gap to fill. I've got nearly 45k words written for the Resonance 'Verse, but I'm stuck at the 35k mark with a small-ish gap to fill.

I have holes that need filling!

*Giggles and points childishly* That sounded dirty.

~Maya

Bookmarks

Jun. 19th, 2013 02:24 pm
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I'm finally getting caught up on my bookmarks and saving of my fics in Evernote. I use a combination of Evernote and Diigo to save my fics. If only Evernote had the ability to do ONE little thing, I'd switch completely to Evernote.

Diigo lets me know I'm on a page I've already saved as a bookmark by turning my bookmark icon red.
Evernote doesn't have this feature, which makes it a pain to browse quickly through links. I don't remember every fic I've read and/or bookmarked, so this is a huge time-saver.

But I really, really like Evernote for everything else, including the tablet app. Diigo's tablet app sucks.

I'd feel more comfortable if Evernote let me backup my entire account in a format other than ENEX and HTML, but it's not the end of the world. It's better than no backup feature at all.

When Delicious pulled that amazingly shitty move (revamping after the YouTube founders bought it) back in 2011, I was stuck with around 2000 bookmarks that were only partially there.

I save bookmarks in a very anal way. I tag everything very well, yes, but I also write custom summaries for each fic I've finished reading.

When the buy-out happened, for some reason they decided users wouldn't need more than 250 (I think that was the limit) characters in their summaries, even though they actually allowed more than 250 characters, so on transfer, all my bookmarks were cut to 250-character summaries.

I switched to Diigo immediately, and thankfully my previous backup (only one month old at the time) of my Delicious account had the full summaries. I just had to redo the bookmarks from that last month.

Problem was, Diigo only allowed 250-character transfers too, though their limit on characters is
amazingly high (much higher than Delicious ever dreamed of), which I really like! So it took me a while, but I went through every single one of my 2000 bookmarks and used my month-old Delicious backup to update my new Diigo account summaries.

I mentioned I was anal. I really am.

Now I'm nearing 5000 bookmarks, but only close to 3000 are in Evernote because I've been slowly working at transferring them.

I discovered Evernote about a year and a half ago, and within just a few days of using it, I realized I really liked it. When I got my tablet a little less than a year ago, I grew to like Evernote even more.

I'm not the type of person who spends money a lot, so to say I'm seriously considering paying for the Evernote premium account is very telling of how much I like the program.

I don't know as I'll stick with one program ever again. Delicious soured me on putting all my eggs in one basket. But not only is Evernote the best thing I've ever found for fanfic-related notes, it's great for work.

I'm the sole IT person for three small businesses, all with employees who know next to nothing about computers, and some of the employees even fight learning anything about computers.

Evernote makes it easy to do research on my home desktop, access it from my tablet when I'm around the house or my family's houses, and I can access my account and research with my laptop no matter where I am, including at the small businesses.

I'm considering telling the businesses Evernote is a necessity, then getting them to pay for it :)

~Maya

(Crossposted from LJ)

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