Friday glee is on a mission

Jul. 21st, 2017 09:08 am
rydra_wong: Lisa Rands' chalky hands on the sloper on the route Gaia (climbing -- hands)
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The Friday post of glee is where you get to tell us about your climbing-related happiness this week.

It can be a new achievement or adventure, or just that you climbed and had fun; it can be that your favourite climbing wall is expanding or that you bought new rock shoes or that you found a cool ice-climbing vid on YouTube. No glee is too small -- or too big. Members are encouraged to cheer each other on and share the squee.

N.B. Please feel free to post your glee on any day of the week; the Friday glee is just to get the ball rolling.

To enhance this week's glee: I haven't yet had a chance to watch this owing to internet problems, but here's half an hour of beautiful Torridon bouldering.
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I am like….90% sure I’m going camping this Friday. 

It depends a bit on the weather, but I’m mostly packed, I’ve cooked food that’s currently waiting in the freezer, and I have acquired the third Diane Mott Davidson book to read. 

The plan is to leave work early, catch the train to the campground, camp overnight, and in the morning hike out to a different train station further down the line, about a seven-mile trek, to do a longer endurance test than last weekend’s. Then I’ll catch the train home around noon on Saturday.

If something goes wrong, I can catch an evening train home on Friday until eight o’clock, or starting in the morning at 5:30, with little to no exertion. It’s pretty low-risk and I’m well stocked. I don’t have a sleeping pad, but my backpack has a partial one built-in, and I have one arriving tomorrow (though it might be too bulky, we’ll see). And honestly in this heat, I might just sleep on top of my sleeping bag in any case. 

Worst case scenario, the campground has heated, lockable shower cubicles with nice big floors. I’ve slept on worse. 

Caaaaaaamping! *jazz hands*

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Jul. 19th, 2017 12:27 pm
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Well yesterday was a day of saying up too late the night before and then everything and its sibling happened at work and then I got home and ordered fucking pizza because fuck everything I did not have the energy to do dinner. I didn't even have the energy to do the day's writing. Or study languages or much of anything. Feh.

Today, okay, I still stayed up too late the night before playing silly games on my phone but I managed to get out the door intact and with my capoeira clothes, work is slower, writing is happening, and I might even get my Patreon up by the end of the week. I adjusted it back down to monthly and am working on reshaping the goals because if I'm describing myself as trying to replace income, that makes more sense than having it be per-creation. Also Patreon is absolute shite at explaining how per-creation works, and possibly shite at making per-creation work without charging people either more or less than they should be charged. Oy.

So, monthly it is. Which means figuring out what my expectations of myself are going to be and how to articulate it to my audience and so on. Possibly also figuring out how PHP and maybe a couple other languages work because I'll want to put in input forms on my website at some point. That's going to be fun.

Starlight, despite yesterday's exhausting clusterfuck of a day, is still continuing apace. [redacted] happened and there was much frenzied discussion of books and it looks like that's going to go smoothly up to the point where someone else has to decide that this is a worthy thing to happen, but I'm used to that. Thanks years of submitting novels and so on. I think I mentioned that I went to the second stage of PandaMoon submission slush pile, but in case I didn't, yes, I went to the second stage, word-vomited up some answers to some very silly questions, was complimented for my thoroughness, and now that's being read. I'm actually really pleased with Turing Shrugged so while I'm fairly uncaring whether it gets accepted or not, I'm... hm. What's the right description here? I give no fucks for pro publishing or self publishing but I'm proud to have submitted the best version of it that I had? Something like that. And pleased to be read and hope they like it but if they don't, reasonably sure it's because it's just not their cuppa rather than because I wrote a shitty novel. There's satisfaction in that.

Also I think Starlight will actually be finished, in a draft, by the end of the year because somehow I've gotten a lot better and a lot faster and more efficient at writing second drafts. Go figure. Hopefully a lot more efficient and faster at writing when I have an idea of the overall structure in general but that doesn't necessarily translate; an outline is a lot different than a first draft and it might take several tries to figure out where the fuck the story is supposed to go. Not there! Not there. Not there.

I actually feel okay about going to capoeira tonight. This may make the second night in a row considering I skipped Saturday because oh dear god between headache and all argh. What is this madness???

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Jul. 17th, 2017 10:57 am
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Well that was a shitty weekend. Apart from waking up with a headache Saturday morning I also woke up to find out that the bassist from TSO East I've been seeing at their concerts for the last umpteen years (since 2006 I think?) died in a Final Destination style freak accident wreck. And I've been going to Trans-Siberian Orchestra since at least 2002, was seeing Savatage before that. And Paul O'Neill died earlier this year. And I spent all of Saturday crying off and on, I still don't know what to do with this. He was a year older than me, which is both normal and scary, normal ish for musicians and scary because a year older than me, but also incredibly sad because he would have had another thirty years of touring and playing in him. At least. And it was a ridiculous accident, absurd, they were pulled over to the side of the road to fix a flat and a fucking semi-trailer plowed right into them. Apparently they barely got other members out of the bus before it caught fire, if that isn't horrific enough yay my nightmares. I don't know what to do with this. He had the most incredible energy on the stage, always being silly and making faces and mugging for the audience and energetic, playful body language and he was always smiling in the autograph line afterwards and my brain hasn't caught up to the fact that he won't be there this year.

SO THAT WAS FUN. I didn't go to capoeira. I spent most of the weekend huddled on the couch watching animated movies and NCIS and happily vacationing in the land of not coping.

Everything still feels sleepy and weird but I at least did get a bunch of work things done and almost all the writing done yesterday to get up to par. So that's good. I watched Lilo and Stitch for the first time, yes, I know, and really enjoyed that and cried at the this is my family part like everyone else (I imagine) and then watched Kubo and the Two Strings and cried at the ending part about stories and memories (because it hit home pretty hard) and spent most of Saturday crying off and on and most of Sunday feeling tired and crying less.

Turing Shrugged is still in the running for the one small press publisher, and I don't know how I feel about that. I still haven't heard back from the one lawyer despite sending two emails so lots of swearing, fuck that, I think I'm giving him till the end of the week and then writing him off. Um. So Malachy's on hold there, I'm working on Starlight still. That might even be done by the end of the month. I need to do Patreon shit but my focus was shot all weekend for it. I need to update my website with my blog, that might happen towards the end of today's work day. As far as general stuff goes I'm doing surprisingly well for having had a hit to the psyche over the weekend. I'm just tired and sad and erratic and having feelings and anxieties all over the place still. Somewhat. We'll see.

I need to start reading again. That might help. Reading fiction, not nonfiction, as much cool nonfiction as I've been reading lately. And I need to stop thinking about David Z but that's not going to happen anytime in the next 24.

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Jul. 17th, 2017 08:48 am
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A mango mixed jelly freeze from Chinatown is the best decision I have made all week.

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Jul. 14th, 2017 10:26 am
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I am too goddamn exhausted for anything today and somehow I have made two phone calls and sent one email because the phone call didn't work out and did some work stuff and now I have more work stuff and one more phone call to make maybe and I am so goddamn tired.

I am so tired that the brainweasels aren't even having much of an effect. I can't react to the fear of oh god I'm a hack (thank you SO MUCH professional writer with six figure contract assholes) because I'm too goddamn tired and it's just not interesting or hooked in enough. Whatever. The weasels can come back after I've had a nap and maybe an eclair or a hamburger and we'll see how responsive I am to their prodding then.

A little surprised that even in my messed up in the brainpan and sleepy state I'm sort of keeping track of everything. Sort of. I managed to fix some stuff on my web page last night, still apparently have one thing to do according to my Habitica list but whatever. And then I do have to figure out Patreon text somehow, along with outlines for the stories I'm going to write for them and then work that into my workload. Which still feels surprisingly manageable given that I'm working on Starlight and it's actually on schedule to be second drafted by the end of the month.

(If anyone has any opinions I figured out that actually my first Patreon shouldn't be one of the current novels in almost final drafts [bar copyedits and approval by editrix] but rather a set of short stories or novellas in my different universes as sort of an introduction. Only now I have to figure out how to do that and who else is doing short fiction so I have some examples.)

Buuuuut. But the work computer is going nicely, the keyboard is taking some getting used to and I think it might be mechanical? Or just really fucking loud. And capoeira is going well even if it is still just the three of us and I need to weed my damn garden still and get better about tending to that and the lawyer needs to goddamn contact me back but other than that! Life is mostly these days minor annoyances and overall the essential functions are going smooth, well, sometimes amazing. But oh my god I am so fucking sleepy right now.
rydra_wong: Angelica Lind stretches for a hold during a bouldering competition (climbing -- reach)
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The Friday post of glee is where you get to tell us about your climbing-related happiness this week.

It can be a new achievement or adventure, or just that you climbed and had fun; it can be that your favourite climbing wall is expanding or that you bought new rock shoes or that you found a cool ice-climbing vid on YouTube. No glee is too small -- or too big. Members are encouraged to cheer each other on and share the squee.

N.B. Please feel free to post your glee on any day of the week; the Friday glee is just to get the ball rolling.

To enhance this week's glee: Katha Sauerwein and Jorg Verhoeven go big-wall free climbing in Yosemite.

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Jul. 13th, 2017 10:34 am
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Well, capoeira class was good and I felt energized and okay after doing it even with the humidity making me horribly overheat, and we mastered some new moves that I should practice shortly. And then I got home and got writes done and went on what turned out to be an entertaining twitter tirade (a fair few people RT'd what I thought was angry incoherence so okay then) and got more writes done and got to bed and woke up really sore aaaaand.

Got to work.

Heard someone banging on the doors ten minutes before open.

It turned out to be a truck delivery guy with a pallet of about 200lb 450lbs of chemicals. (I can math I swear. Nine bags of 50lb each.)

And guess who got to unload them all.

I am so goddamn tired and it's barely half an hour into work. Ugh. I can probably find the energy to write somewhere but right now all I want to do is lie down and stare at the ceiling. And not call the lawyer I really should call at some point today. Maybe around lunch. Maybe I'll just email.

I did manage to get caught up to where I should be on Starlight last night, which is good. I don't want to say it too loudly lest I scare it but I might actually finish the second draft of this novel in Camp Nanowrimo. I have to resist the urge to push my word count back up though because no. I do not need the stress of trying to meet a higher word count when it's possible the novel would be satisfied by a lower one. If I make it up to a higher word count so be it. Also you're exhausted and prone to not thinking clearly.

The retail therapy itch keeps happening but no, I don't need to get anything immediately so calm your tits and your wallet fingers, self. I mean I will need a haircut in the next couple of weeks for my bangs, and I'll get my brows styled by a professional at the same time but other than that I'm good on just about everything, I think. Besides, retail therapy is usually a sign that I'm tired and stressed.

So. Deep breaths today. I want to get some work done on Starlight and as much of that edited as possible, hide in happy pretendy fun time people, read some fiction book because I have so many I haven't been reading. Weed the garden or at least make a start of it. Get kits made at work because I've been letting that slide. Contact the lawyer, probably call him at this point. Which means checking on future appointments with the aunt. One step at a time, all of these are things I can do easily. One step at a time, and no retail therapy, no food therapy that makes you hyper and crash, no lounging therapy that makes your muscles seize up because you did a lot of exercise and now you need to stretch. Let's be healthy, self. We can take it slower and be healthy.

Busy day!

Jul. 13th, 2017 12:20 am
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Morning: feeding cat, finishing car registration.
Lunch: driving to Kirkland.
Afternoon: orientation for temp stuff.
Dinner: driving back, locating closed toe shoes and black pants.
Evening: catching up with Purple, sharing leftovers and various video content with partner.
Night: curled up happily.
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My parents signed me up for Nextdoor, which is like some kind of community-based mini facebook, and I am signed up in their neighborhood, which is (as we have established) The Boondocks.

I don’t mind belonging to their Nextdoor, it means that I will be kept abreast of local news, but also the local news is hilarious. 

The latest messages concern a HEATED DISCUSSION about hoof trimming because someone posted asking if anyone knows a farrier who will trim miniature horse hooves, which apparently most farriers have some kind of BASELESS PREJUDICE against according to this poster. Battle lines are quickly being drawn between the various camps including:

Miniature horses don’t need hoof maintenance the way regular horses do
Miniature horses ABSOLUTELY need hoof maintenance you monsters
Farriers who won’t do miniature horse hooves ain’t shit
Farriers who won’t do miniature horse hooves have their reasons
Miniature horses are some bullshit
Everybody shut up about miniature horses
I Have A Miniature Horse For Sale

I can’t wait to see who wins. I suspect it will be me. 

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Jul. 12th, 2017 10:58 am
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I have not entirely figured Patreon out, but I have created an account to much ulping and gotten together a list of things I should work on as my next steps, so there's that. Including picking the novel I want to put up as a thing while I work on editing it. Right now it's between Starlight and Malachy given that they're the closest to second draft just clear final edits and make a few decisions time.

Which means I'd better get my ass moving on Starlight. Heh.

Of course the moment I said that I got a follow-up you-have-advanced-to-the-next-round form letter from one of the publishing people from PitMad about Turing Shrugged, so then I wasted a couple of hours doing that in between day jobligations. I'm not sure I wasn't too aggressive in the "look here is who I am, here is what I do, allow me to delicately suggest that some of this interview process is semi-fertile horse manure and why didn't you look over the answers that I filled in on that website in the first place?" but at this point I am not sure I give a damn. If they won't take it I'll publish it my own damn self.

Ugh, and now I'm exhausted and I don't want to do capoeira, let alone catch up in the Starlight draft and argh. But capoeira will be good for me and help clear my head and give me focus, so I suppose I will do the thing and suffer the exhaustion. I have eyeshadows waiting for me at home as a treat after. (I don't know if I mentioned but I'm just assembling my own damn palette of mattes since I already have all the sparkle shadows I could possibly need.)

And I still need to poke the lawyer who hasn't gotten back to me with a time or whatever or even replied to my last email. But that can happen tomorrow now that I've re-answered all the one place's questions.

Sotired. So much donotwant.

Tiny climber, Alex Legos

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:36 am
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Cute picture story of the tiniest climbers in the world. :)

https://www.climbing.com/photos/the-miniature-climbs-of-alex-legos/

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Jul. 11th, 2017 05:42 pm
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I've even been back from vacation for awhile, I just needed a vacation from my vacation and now I need a vacation from THAT and... so on.

Things, in the order of which they are currently at the top of my brain, which unfortunately right now MOSTLY means the order in which they're most irritating.

1. Fandom is currently reminding me why I flat-out do not fucking engage beyond private discussions with people who've taken the time to get to know me, and vice versa, because otherwise I end up in such a state of social paranoia and teeth-bared hatred for humanity that I self-isolate to an extreme degree, attempt to push people into DEMONSTRATING that they're secretly assholes waiting to turn on me, or both. Or as a result of keeping myself from doing same I end up severely spoon-depleted and snappish at the few people I DO trust not to turn on me.

So I should probably jab a knitting needle through my fixation on whether or not the droll is gonna murder me in my sleep and go, I dunno, babble at someone about various current fandoms. Fortunately tomorrow we get to watch last week's Killjoys ep and I will almost assuredly spend half an hour or more with C and L brainstorming just what the actual fuck is going on.

2. While the heat itself isn't TOO awful, the dew point right now overnight has been somewhere in the 68-70 range, and the overnight low somewhere in the 65-68 range, so I perpetually end up feeling like I'm in a chilly wet sock. This does absolutely fucking NOTHING for my ability to actually sleep, C's been snoring a good deal probably BECAUSE of the damn humidity, and I end up turning the AC on and feeling kind of bad about it because of a recent Climate Change Means We're All Gonna Die article that I made the mistake of clicking on.

(I mean, like: yes, it IS really bad, I don't want to downplay that? But articles that explain how it is Very Bad OMG without giving USEFUL DIRECTION are at this point disaster porn that increases everyone's denial and freeze- or flight-responses to the fear. It is Too Big To Fight to most people's brains therefore fuckit running away now.)

3. I can't actually tell if I'm being a precious twit about this or WHAT, but the way PokeGo's new gym system is set up, it's actually POLITE to not fucking kick people out when they've been in less than a few hours and it BECOMES polite to kick people out at somewhere around eight hours. Because you don't get any COINS until you get the gym back. And anyway the basic upshot here is that I went around and took over THREE gyms with that in mind? ...and I have made a whole fucking 12 coins because fuck you that's why. Like I don't even entirely need coins that badly right now! It's just the principle of the thing! HOW IS IT HARD TO MATH THIS OUT.

I mean legit there's probably a lot of kids doing it? Or adults who haven't figured it out. Because the adults that I've explained new gyms to are all "oh! that makes sense! that seems WAY more fun for cooperative gameplay!" Which yes yes it is. I am just Very Tired of this shit, ok, and it's adding to my mental load from the above.

Honestly I kinda wish there were an in-game way to communicate a little, but short of renaming 'mon every time you stick them in a gym I don't really see HOW. Particularly without some major issues surrounding needing an entire group for PG Abuse, and well... I remember the LJ Abuse days even if I was never on the team. I heard shit all the same!

4. Despite all of this I have mostly managed to get the apartment back into livable shape, including dealing with the last of the clean laundry today. The state of my dresser is... a later problem. Like probably tomorrow problem. And my nails are short enough to practice and I know the things I need to DO next, albeit not with any plans to do them tonight. Tonight is mostly for relaxing. If I take a wild hair I can go balance the budget.

...actually there's a thought to turn over more later, how much of my willingness to let budget go for a couple-three weeks at a stretch is because I CAN now without worrying we're going to end up overdrawn. Like it is seriously SUCH a fucking relief to be financially stable that I am clearly not over it, five-odd years on. But honestly if that and some reluctance to deal with medium and large expenditures (which is what C is for, honestly) for quality-of-life are the main scars I have left I... will take that.

5. Since starting up a notebook for my music practice I have gotten like 10x more focused and more aware of things I need to fix. And how to fix them! And such. I have yet to figure out how I'm going to translate this into anything useful at lessons, probably highlighter and a separate page compiling stuff from the last week (...in this case 3-4 weeks, my teacher had a summer gig that took over our lesson slot) into something legible and less-shorthand. But I feel like this is really SUPER helping, and okay some of the things I'm finding to fix are the sort of perpetual bad habits I have literally been trying to ditch since I was a teenager if not before? It's just that FOR ONCE it's MY internal voice finding them and wanting to make them better, instead of a schoolteacher Exasperated At Me or, you know, my mother. Too soon to tell how much of that's going to stick, but worth mentioning.

6. Vacation! Vacation happened, we went to the North Shore with the in-laws and we had a fox family WITH KITS OMG living near the vacation rental, the cat wasn't totally happy about the dogs being in the place but there was a door to separate the floors. So we all had space, including a degree of privacy from each other, and as far as I can TELL the cat was actually way happier on the whole for her humans being with her. Other than that: canoeing (and getting yelled at by a duck I am STILL SORRY I did not see your babies were that close), wandering trails, agate-hunting, thomsonite-hunting, seeing family friends, eating stupidly delicious fresh-caught lake trout. Took a float plane (a De Havilland Beaver, for any aviation nerds I have?) over Duluth-Superior and was very good (and so was the FIL) and did not kick his chair ONCE to tell him to let the pilot do the tour. XD Found taconite pellet discards. Slept. It was pretty good, apart from the whole, hi there are cliffs and hills EVERYWHERE did you know your knee isn't REALLY up to walking them more than every other day? Yeah.

7. Miscellany: I have a super awesome swishy new skirt, a blue tunic-dress thing with the Gondor coat of arms fabric-painted on, and a Celtic knot pin, all garage sale finds because C has an Eye. (We're pretty sure both the pieces of clothing are handmade, just the skirt involved someone having a serger.) I also have a substantially more expensive but no less pretty agate bracelet, because while I totally want to do something with the stones we found I am also all for supporting people with the craftsmanship to make a store like that work off pretty much nothing but tourists.

Being that I had a MIL, I cast on (it's a crochet cast-on, I am so not that good at crochet yet) for the bottle holder and I'm sort of alternating desires to finish that before I drop my water bottle AGAIN vs but but finishing the Oregon Trail cross stitch so we can make the bathroom nerdy as hell.

I remembered to USE my stupid inhaler on the trip a bunch, which made it probably way less arduous than it might otherwise have been - Lake Superior is fucking cold, so I had lake effect temps rarely above 70F going along WITH the effort involved in scrambling around rocks and semi-maintained trails. AND having used it that much I can safely say the Atrovent is different enough in type that it doesn't hit me in the irritability the way the steroidal ones are. Heavens help the world if I ever actually need to be on steroids and there's no substitute.

...I swear there was something else vaguely important oh well. I DID get into both classes at the Irishfest school of music so that'll be good, I have a new semi-fixation on this game called Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes, which is a communication bomb-defusing game. And C made us grilled cheese sammiches with summer sausage in so I'm going to finish eating it instead of wiping off the grease periodically to finish the entry. >.>
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I just got home and the apartment REEKS of burnt toast. Which is weird since a) nothing is on fire (I checked), b) I haven’t even MADE toast in like a week, c) it didn’t smell like that this morning when I got home from running, and d) the smell is most intense when standing on my welcome mat just inside the door. 

I think Ghost is mad at me. They often express themselves with smells near the doorway. But I haven’t even done anything! The designated Ghost Drawer in the card catalogue shelf (under G, for Ghost) is open and everything, I checked. 

I cannot order you a pizza tonight, Ghost, I already have grocery delivery coming and I don’t want the Domino’s guy and the Peapod guy to make it awkward. We’ll have pizza on Thursday. 

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Jul. 11th, 2017 02:34 pm
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Okay, no nightmares last night at least. So for small favors we can be grateful. Did manage Wynonna Earp, which was awesome as per usual and full of WHAT. and UM. and FUCK. Enjoyable! This is how the braintwin and I enjoy things, but there was a lot of swearing and incredulity at the show. Also a lot of fun had.

The new work computer is finally set up and at this point the only reason the old computer is set up at all is file transfer. Which means I need to get all the paperwork cleared up so I can do all the appropriate filing and so on. That stuff gets left around anyway though. Oops. I really am awful about filing things and I need to get better about that. But NEW COMPUTER. Hopefully I won't have to upgrade from Win10 for a good fucking long time after this. The week of software fails was incredibly stressful and annoying.

Did I mention I turned in the Malachy draft? I turned in the Malachy draft. So that's done. I need to figure out when the hell I turned in the TS drafts and when I should contact these people and so on, all that information is in an email filed away somewhere so mostly I just have to look at it and set up alerts on my phone or somewhere. But blegh logistics. I need to set up a Patreon. I need to figure out how that's going to work, what works to put on it (Possibly Starlight and Malachy at this point/rate) aaand I need to redo my web page to take out Imzy and put on Patreon. Poop. Poop on Patreon. And possibly my blog. Which reminds me I should do that other blog entry now that I have a twitter audience of still around 4k. This was, what, last fall/winter that something I typed went viral and I gained 4k new followers? I had 600 to start with, very slowly climbing but 600. Then went up to 4700 and now it's down to 4300 and change so yes, I'm assuming I have a rounded up 3k of people who are not bots and at least interested enough not to stop following me. So, um. I should start blogging again. Possibly instead of clogging people's Twitter feeds.

I'm so excited about my new work computer that I'm cleaning off my home computers too. Heh. I really need to get a better backup hard drive than the clunky one I have right now, but I guess that'll be good enough for another several months. Maybe at Christmas I'll get myself a new one. And in the meantime, all my language books are off the flash drive and onto the desktop, most of the fonts are all backed up in appropriate places, god knows all my writing work is backed up in five places. I think mostly it's just figuring out where all the individual little randomass files go. Over the next few days.

Still surprisingly happy, rested, exercised, moving forward in work and writing and so on and so forth. Getting back into the habit of Habitica, heh. Slowly, very slowly. I might also install a lot of my writing programs on the computer at work, although I feel a bit guilty about installing Scrivener and Gimp and so on when I should mainly keep it for work stuff. Only a little bit. Blergh. I'll figure something out. And Patreon. I definitely need to figure Patreon out.

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Jul. 10th, 2017 11:23 am
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I have no idea what's behind the sudden spate of cat cancers and other terminal crap but someone needs to cut it the fuck out because it's not funny. At all.

I did finally finish the draft of Maybe She's Born With It (Maybe It's Malachy) on Friday, and Saturday was supposed to be the day of writing the synopsis for Starlight but that damn well didn't happen, and instead I got to spend the entire day either at a capoeira class of one or setting up the new work computer. Which was a disappointing way to spend a Saturday. But Sunday I got in pokewalking and synopsizing and cooking and not very much cleaning but the books put away and the coffee table cleaned off, which was important cleaning. So that was good.

Nngh I would like not to have woken up at 5 in the morning with nightmares. I already went to bed with a slight headache, just enough to make it difficult to concentrate which I think is just exhaustion and heat two days in a row. (First, walking from capoeira to work in ridiculous heat and humidity with a heavy bag since I had to take breakfast and all my capoeira stuff, then doing pokewalk around at the heat of the day which was my own damn fault but still.) And then I woke up at five in the morning after some really awful nightmares in which some entitled white boy was stalking me with a knife and took the responding cop's gun and shot him with it and something else where I was hiding in a room to protect a couple other people, one of whom was injured, so I couldn't just walk out and stab him although I clearly wanted to because my KA-Bar was right there. I just. Nightmares, man.

I have three computers I'm working from at work now. The main one that's still connected to everything but can't run any shipping software anymore, the laptop that runs one shipping software, the new desktop that only runs one shipping software and can't connect to everything it needs to at the same time because insufficient hardware (the hardware is on its way, it's just taking a bit). So I feel like a character in a hacker movie and I keep grabbing for the wrong mouse for the screen I'm working from. It's funny the first few times.

But mostly I'm just tired and sleepy and I want to go home and take off my pants and bra and write and sleep and read. I'm having one of those weeks where if we had universal basic income I would feel so recharged, and and since we don't I'm exhausted. I don't even dislike my job! It just doesn't recharge me nearly as well as writing and reading. Meh.

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Jul. 10th, 2017 08:18 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday! It's a brief one today, which I appreciate given I'm just getting back from vacation.

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] readera's partner, J, has been in the ER multiple times in the past three months, and their finances are very strained because of it. They're raising $300-$500 for transportation costs and medicine; you can read more here; they're currently working to add a donation link, so I would bookmark and check back in a day or two.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] steverogersandhiscyborglovers linked to a survey by the Vatican, which is asking for information about the attitudes and values of 16-29 year olds of all faiths, worldwide; it's available in Italian, English, German, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. This is the first time the Vatican has put out an online survey and it's an opportunity to share your opinions with the church (even if the demographic gathering is a little limited; they only offer "male" and "female" options for gender). You can take the survey here.


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Jul. 8th, 2017 01:03 am
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This is the scene that never ends. Yes it goes on and on my friends... No, but I'm within about four scenes of finishing this book and the confrontation scene is going to be the longest and most difficult and I'm really scared to write it but I'm so close to done and aaaargh. I can feel my brain seizing on every excuse not to finish it. I hate this part.

Tomorrows going to be interesting. The more I think about it the less I want to have said yes but I really do need to do the dedicated practice, keep in the habit, and really nobody else has shown up for the last three saturdays as far as I can tell. Or further back than that. Most people haven't shown up for any classes for a couple of months now except me and the teachers, and the one who does usually comes on Wednesdays. Plus, you know how to move a body, you know how to describe a body moving to people, you'll slow it down and you'll be fine. Calm down, self.

(I will not calm down until I am at the store setting up the new computer. It's just not going to happen.)

But I will have a new computer. This makes me glad. I really might have figured out how to do the Patreon thing best for me, which also makes me glad. I have money for the lawyer and have paid bills for the month (I'm brooooooke she whined having paid all bills including credit cards and with a little bit of money left over and another paycheck coming that only mostly goes to mortgage so not that broke but still) and all in all things are going on an even keel. Which is good. I only have the one reason to be nervous.

And as of about 12.45 in the goddamn morning, powered by sunkist wedges and pizza rolls because the last chunk of a novel draft is usually powered by junk food, I finished the fucking thing! I think it might actually be 100k words by the time it's done. Oops. And now my brain very sleepily wants to go on to the fifty thousand other projects and no. Shut up brain. First we sleep. Then we do Starlight. Then once we're caught up on Starlight THEN we can figure out the fifty fucking thousand other fucking projects.

Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.

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