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06 January 2009 @ 09:55 pm
1/6/09: Recombobulation  
Word count: 3168 | Since last entry: 2657

I've been horribly discombobulated since we returned from our trip. While we were in Europe, and then stranded in Washington, my regular life was on hold... we weren't even doing the usual holiday things. I was, for example, looking at my email but setting all the action items aside for later. We had so many false starts and disappointments on the way home, followed by additional bad weather once we finally got here, that somehow I never really got back to my everyday life.

In the past couple of days I've tried to address the issue by making to-do lists each day and trying real hard to do everything on them -- on the theory that the best way to make yourself feel good is to do stuff. Results have been mixed -- I've accomplished some stuff and when I'm doing it I feel more in control. But three weeks away from home have made those to-do lists so daunting that even good progress feels inadequate (and I haven't made good progress every day).

I have managed to stick to my 500-words-per-day goal (thus making my streak six days long and counting), though most days I've left the writing until the last thing and haven't finished writing until midnight or later, struggling to keep my eyes open. The story so far is awfully talky (the viewpoint character is tied up, so there's not a lot of scope for action) and I'm not certain where it's going. Oh well, that's what rewrite is for. Better to have a shitty first draft than nothing.

I've been spending more time than I really should on Facebook, mostly searching my friends' lists of friends for people I know (I've managed to accumulate almost 300 friends in just a few days). I'm favorably impressed with the user interface, but the overall experience is somewhat lacking. There are lots more people I know on Facebook than LJ, but the site seems to encourage a broader, shallower interaction than LJ, with brief status updates, links, photos, and cute little applications as the currency rather than the essay-based blog culture of LJ. Facebook started out as a student thing, of course, and in many ways it reminds me of high school writ large, with crowds of users poking each other in the lunch room, scribbling on each other's locker walls, and vying to amass the largest collection of charm bracelet charms or baseball cards. There's a lot to do with your friends on Facebook, but it's all very facile. I suspect I will settle into a mode like the one I have on LinkedIn, where I maintain my network but don't participate much, and I will continue to have LJ as my primary social networking site. (Unless LJ implodes, of course, which frankly I doubt will happen.)

Oh well. With any luck I will be fully recombobulated soon.

farmgirl1146farmgirl1146 on January 7th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
Facebook is for more shallow encounters. I use with nieces and cousins and some friends just to exchange photos (I don't post, sorry, I find it peculiar) and little tidbits.

I use LinkedIn to meet new folks. If you are interested, I "belong" to several other communities. LinkedIn could be good for you to get experts in various areas to help you.

Don't waste too much time on it however, because we'd all like another story from you.
Elizabeth Colemancriada on January 7th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not too impressed with Facebook, but it's got its uses. I wish I could filter people like I can on LJ. I'd like to have 300 friends, but I'm pretty sure it would overwhelm me. And, I wish we could see non-friends profiles. My cousin friended someone named Brandon Sanderson, and I thought, the writer? I'm pretty sure not, but there's no way I could tell.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on January 7th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
You can view a filtered feed by clicking on the down-arrow at the right end of the list of tabs on the Home page (you have to create friends lists first... do that on the left on the Friends page).

There is a Brandon Sanderson on Facebook whose userpic is the cover of Mistborn, so it probably IS that Brandon Sanderson. There's also a fan page for him.
Intelligentrixintelligentrix on January 7th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
I have the same reaction to Facebook. I keep getting friend requests from people I've never heard of but they are friends with 23 of my friends, so I say wothehell and add them. I've noticed that the people I knew from high school are having lively discussions over on their walls, but I still feel out of the loop. I much prefer the interactions here.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on January 7th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
I've created a friend list called "Well, they asked..." for people I don't know who friend me out of the blue. I friend them back, but I have my more personal information filtered so people on that list can't see it.