I have the Yuletide fanfic back from a beta reader, and I've spent a few hours here (five hours today, thanks to the length of the story) and there fixing up all the smaller issues. I only need to tweak something major at the beginning now, and add one extra line at the end. After I do that tomorrow, then I should be ready to upload it to the archive.
In the end, we ended up 0.5 inches of ice/sleet/freezing rain—that’s in the Lone Oak area. The rest of Paducah ended up with a bit more, but I don’t know the exact number yet. On top of that was 6 inches of snow. It’s better than Illinois, where I heard that Mount Vernon ended up with 15 inches of now, and much, much more ice.
The power did not go out where I was. The roads are treacherous, though, and getting back over here from the other house was interesting. The ramp down to the driveway over there is icy, but it can be managed with the things you strap over your shoes to keep traction. Some ice messed with the exhaust pipe, I smelled fumes, and Dad and I had to make it back over with the windows open.
The roads are pure sheets of ice, and various other people have been spinning out of control. Presumably, someone losing control is what happened to the mailbox over here, since it’s leaning strangely.
For the curious, since all of Paducah ground to a halt from the ice (you couldn’t salt the roads before the snow hit, due to the freezing rain—it would have washed it all away before it became sleet; also, at least one salt truck toppled over on Husbands Road due to slickness) my doctor’s appointment was cancelled yesterday. I will be rescheduling sometime next week.
We’re due for another round of something on Sunday. Maybe. The local news isn’t sure if it’s here, Illinois, or not at all—or if it’s ice or snow. Best wishes to anyone else in any state that is affected by this mess.
Danny Wells passed away on November 28th, at the age of 72. May he rest in peace. I only ever knew him as Luigi on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show--the only episode I really remember (which Kotaku links to) is where Luigi was possessed, and Ernie Hudson is dragged in to help.
Also, a quick note about the weather headed here: I'll be riding out the ice and snow storm (which begins sooner than expected, around 3 PM, and ends tomorrow night) combination at the other house, which has limited dial-up. When I get back over here, I'll update everyone on anything that transpired. Paducah appears to be in the area listed as having a chance for "isolated power outages." Rather than the notch we hit (according to a chart the local weatherman has) in 2009, of "complete and total collapse of basic infrastructure." So, there's that.
Despite rumors to the contrary, which apparently panicked a reporter, Jim Cantore is not currently in the area. (Which means I must link--again--to this little song a local radio station played in the aftermath of the ice storm back then.)
Friday morning, I also have a doctor appointment--we'll see if I'm able to get there, or if they cancel. That night, it will be 10 degrees Fahrenheit. "It's not like it's going to be 2009 again," assures the weather lady.
There should be a quarter of an inch, to three quarters of an inch of ice from the freezing rain--but given what they've been saying I don't know if that's Thursday night, or later on Friday. That could be a problem if it accumulates on power lines.
Just in case of an outage, I have the propane heater for the other house. We have food. Granola bars as a replacement for oatmeal, should the power go out. We have blankets, and are gathering more from here, and many, many batteries. Should we get iced in, but don't happen to lose power--and if I can't back over here--I have a flash drive of movies. I know where a warming station is in Paducah, even if they only take people in at night.
I am currently checking a list of the hotels (again--it hasn't been updated since the air conditioning had a problem a few months back) and gathering their coupons in a manila envelope, just in case our power goes out but power in another area doesn't. I'll check Trip Advisor, and make sure everything is still suitable.
(And I don't know what's going on with Dreamwidth--unless I'm in Rich Text mode, it removes all the paragraph breaks, and combines everything into one huge paragraph.)
ETA: And to show the difference in temperatures, currently it's 70 degrees outside. There should be a drastic change by tomorrow night.
And now, a meme:
Give me the title of a story I've never written and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.
Also, is anyone else having trouble with LJ? I can log in finally, but I haven't been able to get any further than the main page for the last two or three days. It's only LJ, and no other site--it's that way in IE, Chrome, and Firefox, so it's likely something to do with the cluster I'm on.
When I try to cross-post, looks like Dreamwidth fails to connect until the third try. So definitely an issue on LJ's part.
Oh, and without spoiling anyone who may not have seen it--loved the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who when it aired on Saturday.
At that point, if it is, it will be off to the first beta reader.
My self-imposed due date prior to the beta portion is Thanksgiving, as is almost always the case for Yuletide.
I hope to be done by Thanksgiving, since that’s usually around when I start sending things to get a beta read.
And just in case anything were to go wrong, I have one copy on the external hard drive, and one copy on my computer.
1. What made my night? Looking out the window and seeing a kid with a machete in his head. Behind him, stood an adult dressed as Michael Meyers. Together, with three others, they started slowly walking down the street. Behind the Michael attired guy was someone dressed (perfectly) as Jason Voorhees. And behind him? Freddy. Behind all of them was a fairy princess with a fake knife covered in blood.
The Michael sighting occurred just as a commercial played the Halloween theme. Great timing.
2. One eight year old kid loves Dum Dums more than words can say—so someone out there finally likes our cheap candy. He was very particular and instructed me to search and find five sour apple Dum Dums. No more, no less. Also, he put in a request for blue ones which I think he said had something to do with a triangle. We didn’t have those, and a Google search turns up nothing.
3. It was the first Halloween for two kids (about 2 years old) dressed as dinosaurs. The request for candy is “Grr?” Giving them candy caused them to say “Roar,” quite happily.
4. If you’re at my grandmother’s old house, where Mom currently is, it’s near the highway. They literally bus in the children for Halloween. There was a traffic jam as people lined up all down the street—and, from the look of it, down the entirety of the nearby dead end street, so it took Dad 30 minutes to get to us when it should have been 5, or 10 at the most.
*Everyone’s fine, by the way—the wind messed up surrounding counties, and rolled a semi truck somewhere, but I believe everything here is okay. There was one tense moment as it headed for my aunt’s house, but she’s fine. 80 mph winds and sideways rain with lightning was the worst of it in Lone Oak, and we didn’t end up with any hail.
I also remember her from Teen Witch, My Mom’s A Werewolf, and Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College—Teen Witch coincidentally aired earlier today on ABC Family.
Did anyone else on my friends list go?
The next Rifftrax Live is Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, on December 5th.
As I'm just spreading this one around for everyone, and not actually participating--I disabled comments.
I'm downloading the source material film right now, so I can take some notes on the scene in question that they want to see diverge from a particular point in canon.
With these in the Bucket List: A Study in Emerald - Neil Gaiman, Allstate Insurance "Mayhem" Commercials, Clue (1985), Murder By Death (1976), Pushing Daisies, The Addams Family (1991), and Without a Clue (1988).
ETA: Whoops, misread somewhere along the way. Sign-ups end tomorrow evening at 5 PM, not tonight. So I have some extra time to watch those movies.