clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
2011-08-09 05:23 pm

[sticky entry] Sticky: Fiction of Clare K. R. Miller

Hi and welcome to my Dreamwidth journal! The main thing I post here is original fiction.

My work is posted with varying degrees of privacy. If nothing is listed after the summary, it is a public piece. If it says "locked," then you must be on my access list to read it (usually this is because I want to keep rights of first publication intact). If it says "sponsor this," then the beginning of the story is public, with the rest of it waiting to be unlocked for a donation!

The Many Worlds of Clare K. R. Miller )
clare_dragonfly: quill pen and spiral notebok (Writing: quill and notebook)
2017-03-28 08:47 pm

March Patreon Story: A Bicycle Built for Three

I pull out the last weed and get to my feet, surveying the snap-pea patch with satisfaction. They’re growing well this year; come summer, everyone in town will be able to get a good share of snap peas, even if everyone can’t have them at once. My mouth waters with anticipation as I think of it. As one of the people who actively work the community garden, I’ll get first pick—we’re the first to see what sprouts in the garden, so we’re the first to eat some.

Last night’s rain has made the earth rich and soft, easy to pull out the weeds that threaten our little piece of autonomy. It’s also made me all up and down mud as I worked, but that doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I don’t think my friends and family would even recognize me if I didn’t have, at the very least, dirt caked around my fingernails and smeared on my knees.

I walk over to the compost bin and drop the weeds in, brushing the soil off my hands. When I turn around, I spy a familiar form at the edge of the garden—Jessamyn in her wheels. My cheeks warm as I lift my arm to wave to her, and she rolls forward, navigating deftly along the garden’s paved path.

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clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
2017-03-14 08:56 pm
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Snow day!

Today was a snow day! It was great (after the first few hours when I was uncertain whether I would be able to drag myself into work--or more accurately, have my husband drag me into work, as he's the one who drives--and not have to use PTO). I wish I'd gotten a bit more sleep, but it was still both a relaxing and a productive day. I think the fact that I didn't have any expectations, since I thought I might go to work, helped it be a lot more relaxing than weekends usually are.

Also, I only left the house to shovel, so that was great.
clare_dragonfly: Prentiss from Criminal Minds grimacing, text: well, this sucks (CM: Prentiss: this sucks)
2017-03-09 08:18 pm
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Allergies!

Apparently the tree pollen is out in full force. Ugh. If I hadn't noticed an increase in symptoms when I went outside for an afternoon walk (there are all kinds of decorative flowering trees in the parking lot at work), I would have thought I was getting a cold. I am so snotty and sneezy and gross.

Actually, the weird thing is that I used to get nasty sinus headaches as my main allergy symptoms, while being sneezy and snotty was much more a sign of a cold. This is the first time I'm aware that I'm having these symptoms consistently for allergies. I haven't had a really bad sinus headache for a long time--maybe due to no longer living with either a bird or a dog (I'm allergic to feathers and dog dander)? I haven't had a really bad headache in general for months...
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
2017-03-05 08:41 pm
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March Patreon Prompt Post

The prompt post is up here! The theme is "bicycles." It's open to anyone to prompt--so please feel free to head over there and leave a prompt (or leave one in the comments here)!

If you pledge just $1 a month, you'll get to read the exclusive short story that I will post for Patreon supporters. If you pledge $3 a month, you'll get access to a monthly epub file including all the posted Chatoyant College chapters from the previous month as well as the Patreon story.
clare_dragonfly: Prentiss from Criminal Minds grimacing, text: well, this sucks (CM: Prentiss: this sucks)
2017-03-04 09:38 pm

Continuing...

I think I may change my daily on Habitica from a "do this every day" to a "consider doing this as part of evening routine." Clearly, fifty Dreamwidth posts has not helped me get any better at thinking of something to post about. I don't want to write about my doctor's appointment yesterday, or the errands my husband and I ran today, or the bagels I made. I don't want to talk about the minutiae of writing/publishing/editing. My life is boring, and I like it this way...
clare_dragonfly: Claudia from Warehouse 13 all in purple, text: if I only could make a deal with God (WH13: Claudia: deal with god)
2017-03-03 07:30 pm
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Vaccines

I had some vaccinations this morning. Apparently I am in the 1-3% to get moderate gastrointestinal symptoms (according to the CDC website). Of course I would be. Joy...

Still, it's better than getting the flu or any of the other things I was being vaccinated against!
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
2017-03-02 09:04 pm

Ugh

I'm having another one of those weeks where I seem to be frantically busy and barely have time to wind down after work and before bed. I'll try to write more interesting posts this weekend!
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
2017-03-01 08:34 pm
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February books

I read five books in February!

7. The Wild Girls by Ursula K. Le Guin - ****
8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
9. The White Renegade by Claudie Arseneault - ****
10. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly - *** 1/2
11. Scratch by Manjula Martin (ed.) - ***
12. Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold - *****

I'm also continuing to do well with Game of Books--I reached 26 points in February, just beating my goal, and discovered that I'd made an error on the spreadsheet, so I actually got 30 points in January.

Eventually I'll finish Les Miserables, too. But it won't be in March.

Edited: I forgot to include the Harry Potter readalong!
clare_dragonfly: Claudia from Warehouse 13 all in purple, text: if I only could make a deal with God (WH13: Claudia: deal with god)
2017-02-28 09:28 pm
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Ack

Where did the time go?! Oh, right, I went to craft group, then did yoga, then finished my Patreon story and did all the stuff for the image and... might have gotten a little distracted on Twitter.

I'm seriously just writing this post for the Habitica gold >.>
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
2017-02-28 09:10 pm

February Patreon story: Etchings

Torra was working, as usual, in the back room, focusing on inserting the gears perfectly so that her new project would work correctly, when she heard voices from the front.

"This is unusual," said a man's voice. Torra didn't know the voice, but she sat up straighter and listened harder—it seemed familiar to her somehow. "Beautiful workmanship."

"My apprentice," said Missus Frigta warmly. "A very remarkable young lady. She's only fourteen, been working for me these two years, but her skills are outstripping mine already." Torra smiled at Missus Frigta's praise, though she didn't believe it.

"A twelve-year-old child, already your apprentice?" The man's voice, though reedy and hesitant, sent shivers of warmth through Torra. Where had she heard it before? Not in the orphanage, surely, and she had no memories from before it, except--she quashed the thought. She hadn't met Kandel until they came to the orphanage, so those memories couldn't be real.

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clare_dragonfly: quill pen and spiral notebok (Writing: quill and notebook)
2017-02-24 05:19 pm

Milestone

My Habitica streak on my "Dreamwidth post" daily is 50! I have done 50 of these posts! Has practice helped me get any better at it?

...apparently not, if I'm using my streak of 50 as a topic for a post.

Tomorrow my actual streak will likely be broken (though my Habitica streak will be fine, since I'll rest in the inn), because I'll be out of town all day visiting family and friends.
clare_dragonfly: quill pen and spiral notebok (Writing: quill and notebook)
2017-02-22 08:53 pm
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Plumbing

We had a few minor plumbing problems in our apartment, and I let our landlord know about them a few days ago. Yesterday he came in and fixed the toilet, so when you flush it, it just flushes and you don't have to push the handle back up again. Today he sealed up the hole behind the sink, replaced the sink faucet and drain, and replaced the showerhead. It's awesome having a responsive landlord (who is also my upstairs neighbor).
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
2017-02-21 08:49 pm
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Soda

We didn't go to the big grocery store where I have Tuesday craft group today, because I was feeling icky and forgot my knitting bag anyway. So we stopped instead at the smaller organic market and impulse-bought some black cherry cream soda. Wow, this is delicious! I'm not a big soda drinker and I'd better not buy more of this soda, to keep it that way...
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
2017-02-19 08:01 pm
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Park

Wow, it was a gorgeous day out today. I took advantage of the weather for a hike in my local park. Sadly, my husband didn't want to come with me, but I had fun exploring and trying to find the new-to-me paths that the county parks app is showing me. I could find both ends of one, but couldn't make them connect, so I'll have to try again when more green is growing--it might be easier to tell then.
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
2017-02-13 08:39 pm
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Tea

I really like this thing where people give me free tea. Recently at work there was a tin (quite a pretty tin!) of orange cranberry rooibos with a note on it saying "try and take if you want." I was nice and patient--I figured I should let other people give it a try--but when it was still there at the end of the day I nabbed it. Free tea!
clare_dragonfly: A cartoon eight-year-old boy holds up a book and looks at it with shock and anger. (Calvin & Hobbes: angry book)
2017-02-11 09:01 pm
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Time

Where did this day go?!

Seriously... I did not do that much. At least, I didn't think I had. I certainly haven't checked off most of the things on my to-do list, which I thought was quite reasonable for a weekend day. And yet, my day is gone.

At least I have bread to show for it, though I'm not entirely pleased with my bread pans being different sizes. I'm tempted to go back to Bed Bath & Beyond and buy another one of the same bread pan I got last week so I will have two same-sized loaves in the future.
clare_dragonfly: This is ridiculous. What am I doing here? I'm in the wrong story. (Into the Woods: wrong story)
2017-02-10 08:44 pm
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Up Above

I dropped one of my hair clips down the sink. (Our bathroom sink doesn't have a drain thingy in it to block it when I do stuff like that. We should probably get one, but eh. Rental.) I couldn't reach it with my usual means, tweezers, so I enlisted my husband in hopes that his bigger hands would help.

He eventually got it out while I was doing something else, but wouldn't tell me at first how he did it. Then he explained that he'd used one of the pipe cleaners from on top of the fridge.

Apparently, there has been a pack of pipe cleaners on top of the fridge since we moved in, a year and a half ago.

He says there's a whole world taking place a foot above my head...

He also tried to convince me that there's a rabbit living on top of the kitchen closet, but I know that's not true. He wouldn't be able to resist presenting it to me when I am feeling sad.
clare_dragonfly: Reid standing with his hands together, text: the profile suggests that the UNSUB is an itsy bitsy spider. (CM: Reid: itsy bitsy spider)
2017-02-08 06:29 pm
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Persistence

OK, I need an icon or something that says "She persisted."

Never would have thought I'd be quoting Mitch McConnell.