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10:05 pm: Book review post for April (part 1)


Date:November 5th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
What does it say about me - or maybe Limyaael's writing - that I'm still checking this journal every now and then despite no updates for over a year?

My writing abilities would not be where they are today had I not encountered her rants several years ago. They never explained "show, don't tell" in high school English. They never told us that using "said" is better than more elaborate speaking verbs 90% of the time. They never warned us against purple prose and infodumps (oh God, infodumps make me physically cringe now, and not just with books). Today these are all things I notice instinctively as signs of amateurish writing, but had they not been pointed out to me, I wonder if I ever would have figured it out. If by some miracle I become a published author one day, Limyaael is getting a shout-out in my acknowledgments. Her common sense, practical, snarky approach to writing never fails to educate me.

Eh, just had to get that off my chest. Even if she never comes back, I'll keep checking every few months. Teachers this good are hard to come by, and hard to let go of. :(

/stalker-ish fangirling
Date:November 22nd, 2009 10:41 am (UTC)
"What does it say about me - or maybe Limyaael's writing - that I'm still checking this journal every now and then despite no updates for over a year?"

Don't worry about it. I do the same thing.

Limyaael seems to have just dropped off the map. She has another blog, Jacinda y [something, can't remember], and the cut-off was the same - November 2008. Since then, nothing.

I'm almost wondering if she died at some point between then and now.
Date:November 30th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, tell me about it. It doesn't help that one of her last posts (later taken down here) mentioned being sick. After watching a couple hours of medical shows where seemingly innocuous colds turn deadly, it starts to make you wonder.

Well in any case, I'm tempted to do some cyber-sleuthing. What do we know? She's an English grad student, working on a PhD thesis as of 2008, which may or may not be completed by now. Her thesis may or may not be on "Victorian literature and ecocriticism." She mentioned grading student work a few times, which probably means she was/is an associate professor somewhere, most likely a bigger school. I assume she lives in the U.S. or Canada - I don't recall any lingo that would indicate otherwise. Feel free to add anything else you know, and I'll put my google-fu to the test over Christmas break.
Date:November 30th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Good luck with that, it would be so great if you found something! I'm afraid I can't think of anything else that might be useful :( I believe she is/was also on JournalFen, whatever that is.

I checked what the type of her account means, and it seems Permanently Insane accounts are just that - they don't have a set expiry date. Which means that unfortunately, this can't confirm that she's still around :(

I wish we had someone who knows her IRL commenting here...
Date:November 30th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Look up her other blog, Jacinda y [something]. It includes more personal details and the like about her, which might be useful.

I can't remember - does she have a facebook page as well?
Date:December 1st, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
Not that I know of.

Jacena i Nuinde, by the way, and it's the JF account here:

According to her profile, the last update there was November 19 last year, similar to this journal. She has a basic paid account there, but I don't know if that means anything, as you can buy those for life.

Grr, my ingenious idea yielded exactly zero information *again*.
Date:November 28th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
I check back every so often as well, so it's not just you. :P

Who knows? I sure wouldn't want to miss it if she ever does come back.
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