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5 stories so far...
Is this going to be like previous months, and we get a bunch of them on the last day(s)?
I'm going to be nice and let you still write and submit on New Year's Day ;D

Some obvious misses from past months have been our regulars @Lanko and @Rukaio_Alter. And @m3mnoch, stop building work for a while and do some writing work 8)

*waves*

*blows kisses*

*goes back to slaving away*

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Ugggghhh, @tebakutis and @m3mnoch @Henry Dale  I need some back up here!
I'm just assuming you guys know what a homunculus is...



um.  sorry.

i'm a d&d nerd, so this is my version of a homunculus:
http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/homunculus.htm

so i fo' sho' wouldn't want to be one.

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General Discussion / Re: Domestic Issues
« on: October 10, 2017, 04:01:27 PM »
I signed a bunch of paperwork at the solicitor today :D

Next step, exchange contracts 8)

(talk of moving date 30 Oct!!!)

yay!  so excited, bea!!  congrats!

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hi everyone!  long time no talk!

just checking in!

i've got about two weeks left of this ridiculous stanford machine learning course, then i should be back to posting more.  i haven't read nor written a single word of fiction in months and the fomo anxiety is killing me!  it's making me sleep so awful, you guys don't even know.

bleagh.

i mean, this has been my life lately:


that's enough to make ANYONE anxious.


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*whew*

just popping in really quick to say "i still love you guys!"

work is absolutely CRUSHING me right now, and i'm working long days, weekends, all that, for the last month or so.  throw in us selling the house and moving at the same time and i am WAY under water.

luckily, in theory, all this clears up after september.

i'll be back more then.  promise.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Grim Gathering - 2017 :-)
« on: August 10, 2017, 03:16:52 PM »
um . . .  i may have someone who actually gets to go, grab a book or two to get signed for me.

uh . . . and hold on to it.

errr . . . until i can find the time to get back over there next year.

because if it was any month other than september, i could squeeze in another weekend trip this year.

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Today is our last day as cable subscribers as we're cutting the cord tomorrow once they pick up their expensive boxes.  Going with PS Vue for now (YouTube TV probably fits us better but its not in our area yet) but will try other streaming services to see which one works best.  Depending on how all of the taxes shake out we'll be saving somewhere around $45-50/month by going this route.

i support this decision.  we did the same.  dropped down to ps vue, netflix, and hbo now.  all is right with the world.

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General Discussion / Re: Domestic Issues
« on: July 27, 2017, 04:43:55 PM »
oh, and since nobody wants a buyer with a contingency on selling their house first (that's how we lost out on the bidding war for the first house), we've had to sell our house first to get the money to buy a new one.  so, long story short, we're in escrow right now and are going to be "homeless" after we close next week.  (imagine us, with the requirements above, living in a two-bedroom apartment . . . yay.)

We probably ended up in our current house because of contingency issues.  Saw one we really liked, smaller bedrooms and living spaces than we have now but it had the perfect basement (we don't have a basement), square footage was about the same just in different areas.  We wanted to put an offer in but the seller wouldn't do a contingency. A few days later we accepted an offer on our house and reached back to the first house and they were in a multiple offer situation and we would probably have to go to the top of our set budget (which was lower than what we were approved for) to get it.  We went out looking that day to see a few more houses before deciding what to do about the other house and saw the house we're in now.  If the first house had accepted the contingency or we had sold our house just a couple days sooner (and ours was only on the market for 10 days) we would probably be in that other house.

exactly.

i feel like it's only gotten worse.  i feel like all we hear is "seller won't take a contingency offer".

who are these people who just have that kind of money laying around in a place where the median (not even average!!) home price is well north of half a million dollars?

and, how do i befriend them?

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Nothing else will go wrong, I'm telling the world :)

i was just coming to say this.  and, i'm sure the world is totally listening to us.

in fact, i have a crack team on it:


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Nothing else will go wrong, I'm telling the world :)

i was just coming to say this.  and, i'm sure the world is totally listening to us.

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Mrs. Gem: "My car should be fine to drive 3 hours to Atlanta."
Gem: "I dunno. It's running rough, and if it breaks down I can't come get you because my car's in the shop. You should rent a car."
Mrs. Gem: "No, it'll be fine."

-  1 1/2 hours later -

Mrs. Gem: "So I'm on the side of the highway...."

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using Tapatalk

*shakes "i told you so" fist*

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General Discussion / Re: Domestic Issues
« on: July 27, 2017, 03:24:46 PM »
funny.  we're actually house-hunting too, bea!

so, we started looking because our boys are just getting too big and noisy for the place we're in right now.  it's got a tiny yard, so any running and chasing they do consists of in-the-house-out-of-the-house-in-the-house-out-of-the-house.  and the inside is very open-shared-space, so when our tween-to-teen boys are yelling back and forth playing video games or whatever, it's *really* loud and obnoxious.

anyway, the point is, based on our current family status, we're looking for specific features.  we've even prioritized them:

1) divided living space.  basically a game room or something where we can shut the door and let them play.  preferably close to their rooms.  in our current house, our option is to convert our open loft that's right above the living/kitchen area into a noisy central place.

2) a large yard.  when they're not in their in their inside entertainment area, we can punt them outdoors.

3) a guest room.  we get half a dozen visitors a year who come stay with us.  we don't really want them sleeping on the couch.

4) a great kitchen.  we spend most of our waking hours in and around the kitchen.

5) a good investment.  we're nixing houses we see in neighborhoods where we won't be able to at least recoup the money for any improvements we make on the house.  ideally, it'd be a place with room to rise 20% in value over the next 10 years.

so, yeah.  as you can imagine, it's hard to find a place in san diego that meets all our requirements, but is still priced within our budget.  we've visited dozens of properties and browsed hundreds more on the internet.  out of those, we've found 2.  and in both of which, we were out-bid by some bastard throwing more money at the owners.

the overall theme we're finding is if we buy a cheaper place and drop a ton of money in renovations, we price ourselves out of the neighborhood and it's a crappy investment.  if we find a perfect place that needs hardly any work, we don't have the money to win a bidding war.  that leaves us with the option of buying an expensive place nobody wants in a nice neighborhood everyone wants, and figuring out where to find the cash for a remodel to make it a house *we* want.

oh, and since nobody wants a buyer with a contingency on selling their house first (that's how we lost out on the bidding war for the first house), we've had to sell our house first to get the money to buy a new one.  so, long story short, we're in escrow right now and are going to be "homeless" after we close next week.  (imagine us, with the requirements above, living in a two-bedroom apartment . . . yay.)

so, my advice bea:
- make a list of the features you want based on what fits within your life.  (near a park, an extra room for a library, a guest room for visitors, etc.)
- look in a price range you can afford, or cheaper so you still have a renovation budget. 
- keep looking until you find one, but don't fall in love with it.  bid on it, expect to be outbid, then repeat if you are. 
- don't compromise on the features you want, but be super-flexible in every other aspect.

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http://www.avclub.com/article/matt-groening-creating-new-animated-series-netflix-258548

Quote
“Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you,” Groening says.

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doh!  dammit bradley!  we missed hooking up at comic-con again!

mrs. m3mnoch dressed up as poison ivy with my youngest going as batman this year:


me, tho, i just wore my punisher t-shirt.  it was _almost_ like i dressed up.

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Tomorrow I'm having a mortgage meeting. I hope all goes well :D
I got it :D
Second stage: find a house ;D

woo hoo!  congratulations!

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