Tiny living #1

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While I think this is actually a neat way to live (if you can stand the bathroom in the kitchen, that is), I have one tiny and one major problem with this.

The tiny one: Aside from the bathroom in the kitchen, I have lived like this. Thousands of other people have and do. It’s hardly a sign of ingenuity, as is implied, and this video just smacks of a “look how awesome I am by taking up very little space in the most expensive manner possible!” attitude.

Which brings me to the major problem: This shit is expensive. As in, I’d say he easily spent 50, maybe 60k on this thing, maybe more, depending on the base cost of living space in that area of Barcelona. Buying the property, hiring the architect, the high-end furniture, this stuff adds up. This is hardly “modern modest”; it’s “I have lots of money and can afford to go great lengths to appear humble while losing none of the advantages of having lots of money”. It wouldn’t bug me so much if he’d just admit that, but he makes it seem like it’s THE ultimate way to live in a modern city. And the comments aren’t any better.Go on, try buying something similar, in a similar location, and having the same high-quality furniture and appliances he has. It won’t come cheap, I can guarantee you that, and those who would actually like to live in a smaller space (like me; 40-50m² is plenty of space for a single person, but all I see is 60m² and up) end up not being able to afford small places because most kinds of furniture you’d need to make them livable is freakishly expensive, and hiring an architect to make the most out of the space you have is an idea that sends regular people (and their bank accounts) into fits of laughter.

 

Point is, the idea that not everyone needs a gigantic apartment with seven rooms and a huge terrace to be happy is a good one. But as it is, small flats are nigh impossible to find, and those that are there are run-down caves or, like the one in the video afterwards, just as expensive as a place twice the size, so why bother. If we want to leave “bigger is better” behind, those who provide apartments for rent need to be the first to realise the potential, and act on it, in a manner that allows normal people to actually live this lifestyle, and not just the rich guys who want to seem like they do some good for society.

 

(Yeah, there’s a bitter undertone here, but I’ve had just about enough of the rich folks I see all around me always wanting more when there’s no possible way they still *need* it. There comes a point when you can’t spend the money anymore, and when people still decide “yeah, no, I’ll still lower my employees’ wages so I can have MOAR MONEY by the end of the year”, then I’m ready to kick your ass to Mars and back, asshole. Fine, my family isn’t in any financial trouble, either, but neither of us sees the point of breaking your back for money you don’t need, much less breaking other people’s backs. And as long as so very few people see that money doesn’t equal happiness, we as a society are headed South at full speed.)

 

-Ricarda

 

 

€dit: Now this one looks much more affordable. It says it’s some sort of weekend space or something like that, but it has a maximum amount of space used without the furniture being very expensive. In fact, most of it looks DIY. Put in a nice reading chair (that goes into the corner at night), a few shelves on the wall and a wall-fastened collapsible desk, and I’d go live there.

France, writing, and a lot of alcohol

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“There’s Nick, solemn and brooding; Cas, light-hearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam . . . who’s stolen Anna’s heart.”

When ‘love interest’ is literally the only trait the male lead gets on the cover, I WILL judge this book by its cover. Because I really, really love it when I actually know who I will have to put up with when reading the story, and ‘love interest’ is not exactly something that seals the deal for me… ô.O

Also, someone stole my plot. Elements of it, anyway. Blech. This is why I should stay away from the YA and sci-fi sections on Amazon. Now I keep thinking “Nooo, you can’t use the cloning anymore, people DID it before, people will LAUGH at you for it!”. Awesome, brain. Sometimes, I think authors were better off before the internet. They just didn’t know when someone had written a book like theirs before (or they were less likely to find out, in any case). And then I remember the shit-ton of research I have to do, and how horribly equipped our library’s non-fiction department is, and feel the need to hug my computer. Also, no typewriter, woohoo!

Let’s just hope the next two weeks will help me make some progress. But since when has the ocean (plus wine) not been inspiring…? :D

(I’m still bummed I can’t read Bound right away, but that’s just giving me something to look forward to^^ … then again, it’s the day of Germany vs. USA, so I probably won’t be doing much reading on the 26th, anyway, but a lot of pastis-drinking and referee-cursing…)

 

-Ricarda

I’m done.

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The day I realised that there is more fanfiction for Call of Duty and The Sims than there is for Guild Wars and Prince of Persia (combined, mind you) is the day I’m so 100% done with fandom.

…fine, not 100%,l but it’s depressing that games without anything remotely resembling a story get more love that cool games with awesome lore. I mean, COME ON, the fucking Pokémon franchise is, as of right fucking now, the fucking #1 in the games section over at FF.net -.-

And I’m once again left with “write it yourself” as my only option. I don’t have time for this, I have to write that novel that kinda-sorta started as Star Wars fanf-

 

Uh.

Nevermind.

Dumbing down is harder than it sounds

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Just when you think you have a decent starting point for a rather brainless, easy-to-write romantic YA sci-fi novel…

“Oh, hey, look, this is a great opportunity for commentary on the pros and cons of genetics and the value of human life!”

While I’d looove to write something like that, I don’t think YA is the way to go about this kind of subject, and at this point, I’m looking at my chances to sell this thing. I have to eat, simple as that, and the brutal reality around here is that YA romance stuff has the highest chance of getting accepted.

Then again, a lot of YA books are bought by actual adults, so maybe there’s a chance, if there’s enough romantic fluff to make up for it (I hate writing it, but let’s face it, YA romances tend to be horrible anyway, so no worries there). Also, I can sneak in Star Wars in-jokes that probably only I understand. Wee pop culture references! :D

 

Why can’t anything ever be easy? T_T

Writing… you’re doing it… weird?

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I hate writing feelings. It just weirds me out sometimes, and even on the best of days, I have to make myself write through particularly emotional scenes. So sometimes, I’ll put in a placeholder and move on, promising myself that I’ll do it “as soon as I’m in the proper mood!”. Then it goes like this:

 

Getting to a touchy-feely scene: “K, I can’t do this right now, let’s put in my placeholder and come back to it tomorrow.”

Two weeks later: “Mhm. Not sure I can write this the way I want it right now, so let’s put a placeholder and- wait, there’s still another one waiting… ah, well, as long as I don’t have more than two or three at a time…”

A month after that: “Okay, I wrote one of the placeholder scenes, so I can add a… sixth one? Crap, I have to get to these soon…”

Six months later: “Goddammit.”

 

If this goes on, I’ll type “The End” under a half-finished manuscript. I just KNOW I’ll forget some of these, because the scenes technically exist… in my head, and don’t show up as “missing” on my imaginary checklist… And I’ll probably lose the paper one somewhere along the way.

This would be where something like Scrivener or Storybook would come in handy, but this kind of software is much too cluttered with things I don’t need, and the features I could use just don’t outweigh the hassle that comes with sorting through all the useless stuff. Is it too much to ask to just have a software that has the bare essentials and nothing else? I’d make it myself if I could, but I never quite got the hang of programming at school (I think I made those tiny virtual practice robots want to self-destruct sometimes…), and the time spent learning it now is time I can’t spend writing. Meh.

(Also, it’s kinda boring, and I’d rather read about how we are related to maw worms than what number to put into brackets there and where to put this weird sequence of cryptic symbols that don’t make sense…)

 

Is there any non-cluttered word processor out there that still has some useful features like sorting by scene and chapter and stuff? I doubt it, but it doesn’t hurt to ask…

 

 

-Ricarda

Forum fun

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The moment when you start arguing with yourself whether or not you should start a linguistic debate on the forums of an MMO…

I mean, I’m not expecting anyone to listen anyway, it’d just be awesome to see the reactions. I think that would be academic trolling? Is that even still trolling? It’s technically just facts, and somehow, I don’t think “being correct” is even close to the widely recognised definition of trolling.

And then they go on their merry way and keep caps-yelling at people who DARE speaking anything but English in the map chats. On international servers. Sigh. I want my Virtual Slap Machine™. So badly.

 

…it’s kind of sad that I have come to expect denial and insults as a reaction to facts. The world is a bad place to be when you know stuff and actually want to share it -.-