erynn: Gaelic merman image (Wilde Sin)
I was walking home from the Safeway tonight when some dickwad came zipping into the parking lot of the apartments next to mine. He came up behind me while it was raining, so I didn't even hear him approach, and came within about 18 inches of me without even slowing down as I was walking across the driveway entrance. I was too stunned to do anything but gape as he just kept right on going. I have no idea if he even saw me, but I was under a fucking streetlight and on the sidewalk. Needless to say, I'm a little peeved, but okay.

That said, I set up my altar for a small Foundation Day ritual for Antinous.

Foundation Day altar

Earlier today I also posted the text with some source notes for my Samhain ritual up on the Searching for Imbas blog.

I had a headache today, so I didn't go down to the AFK as I'd hoped. It was easier to stay home for the evening. Next Tuesday will be the first Tuesday social at Picadilly Circus over in Snohomish and I do intend to make that one.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Spock Paper Scissors)
Tried to get to bed before midnight last night and was in bed for a whole maybe two hours. Yay. Up and down until about 1:30pm.

I got up and hung out a little bit in #writechat, then caught up with email and other online things. Once I'd got a little bit of wherewithal together, I made a sort of gołabki thing - I didn't have enough brain space or energy to actually wrap the filling in cabbage leaves and bake it, so I just sliced up the cabbage and fried everything up together then added the sauce I would have put on top of the cabbage rolls and ate it like that. Tasted about the same and was a lot less effort when I didn't have any spoons for complicated cooking skills.

I walked down to the Safeway today to pick up the sour cream for the sauce, and also picked up light bulbs for the lamp in my bedroom. On the way, I stopped at [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's place and helped her move a desk so that she could finish emptying out the boxes still in her bedroom. Apparently she's pretty much done with that now. We walked down to the Safeway together; it was drizzling when we started, but by the time I got home, I was wet enough that I had to change my clothes. Yay autumn. Updated my Searching for Imbas publications page with the poetry book.

Later this evening, she came by with her sister and we hung out for a while and talked.

Tomorrow is a VA dental appointment at 1:30, then Tuesday a medical appointment at 3pm. Maybe I'll go to the AFK Tuesday evening.

I answered a couple of emails and started looking at progressive voting guides for information about some of the initiatives and candidates I was less familiar with and will probably fill out the ballot Wednesday, when I have a little bit of brain space for it.

Bed very soon.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GIR likes FOOD!)
[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went over to the park today to pick salal berries, but they were really substandard there. Most of them were dried out and a lot of others were moldy, which was really pretty nasty. We ended up picking from along the sidewalk by the lake. It was closer to the road than I liked, but at least they don't use lead in gas anymore, so I wouldn't be too worried about lead poisoning or anything. They washed off just fine and we got three bags full, which got cleaned down to two big mixing bowls full of berries that are now sitting on the counter on paper towels drying off a bit. I'll put them in the food dryer tomorrow, as I don't want to leave them in overnight. Last time I did that, they got crispy, which really doesn't do much for their flavor.

I spent part of today updating some of my software for the new computer and messing with the email so that it works again. Last night being able to send was sporadic but I think I've got it together again now, and it's been sending consistently again. Bills got paid, though the charge for the new computer hasn't showed up on the credit card yet. I'm sure that'll happen soon.

My Dead Can Dance hoodie showed up from [livejournal.com profile] miss_adventure today, which has delighted me to no end. I wore it out when I went grocery shopping tonight. I hadn't been out for more than just a day or so's worth of stuff since I got home from Europe, so I had rather a lot to pick up, but there were some nice Washington peaches that felt and smelled ripe -- it's hard to get peaches in a store that are actually ripe enough. They're often either grainy or crunchy. I think these might turn out okay because they're fairly local and they claim they were "tree-ripened," though what that means these days is anyone's guess. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow when I have one for breakfast.

As noted in my other posts today, I did a blog page on finding the Wayside Well in Kildare, and Hiraeth Press posted one of my poems to their website, which made me quite happy. I sent off the link to the publicity person at Immanion. I also sent off a copy of the manuscript to [livejournal.com profile] finnchuill for a poet friend of his to look over. I hope he'll like it.

Tomorrow I'll probably do #writechat for a while and then work on some more material for the EBC presentation. I have photos that need to be taken and things that need to be scanned for further slides. Fortunately, Word and PowerPoint both still work on this version of Mac OSX. I'm definitely liking the new larger monitor. It's at a better height and I have a lot more space to deal with things.

Today's mail, along with the hoodie, also brought a fairly lengthy health practices survey from the VA. A lot of the questions are not particularly answerable (for me at least) in the format they've laid it out. So much of their stuff can really only be answered as "it depends on how I feel that day," which they really don't have allowances for. I'm going to have to give some serious thought to my answers. Also with the VA, Wendy called on Friday and left me a message that the spirituality group starts again on the 6th, for a four-week session. Things are shifting yet again, so they're needing to figure out how to handle it. But it'll be nice to see everyone again.

Carrying the huge box with the computer in it yesterday really messed up my arms. They're very sore today, as they were last night. Hauling four heavy bags of groceries tonight didn't help much, sadly. Monday is the CR schmooze. Tuesday is the steampunk social at AFK. Wednesday I have a meeting with a couple who want someone to do a handfasting for them. Thursday Jeff's back to help with finishing up (I hope) the EBC presentation. In the midst of all that, I have to deal with scanning things, photographing things, writing up text slides, and expanding on some of the material I've got for the presentation outline.

Tired Erynn is really, really tired. Probably should cork this yummy apricot cider, pop it back into the fridge, and head for bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brigid Healer)
I've posted a new page on my Searching for Imbas blog with a map and photos describing in detail how to find Brigid's Wayside Well in Kildare, Ireland. Given the trouble I initially had finding the place, I thought it would be a service to other pilgrims. You can find the page here.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
As you can probably tell from my posting, I was busy doing things today. The most important thing finished was my first real post about the pilgrimage, with photos and some thoughts about my experiences at Kildare. That was a couple of hours worth of work. I dealt with email and messed around with photos, trying to figure out which ones would go best with the post.

Several things got posted to the LJ today with links for folks who might be interested in them. I posted links to a few things to FB as well -- the blog post and the Brigid & Sarasvati zip file. Got email back from [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm and [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb about joint PCon proposals for panels and such. I still haven't figured out what, if anything, I want to propose for a second solo session.

Graphics arrived from John-Paul Patton of some of his material for the ogam presentation at the EBC. The quality is immensely better than what got printed in his book. I can actually see the layout of the elemental tablet, which is going to make a huge difference for the presentation. I was pleased to receive the material.

My sinuses are all itchy and nasty on me today and I was kind of drowning in them last night in a very sticky and unpleasant way. I suspect that it's mostly just the weather turning toward fall. It's one thing I really hate. I've taken a little extra antihistamine tonight in hopes that I can head some of that off and not have the same problem, or at least not to the same degree, when I'm trying to sleep tonight.

Tomorrow will primarily be dealing with the EBC presentation's graphics. I'm hoping we can either get all or most of it done tomorrow, then I can finish up the preparation over the next few days. If I have some time, I'll try to get the blog page together on how to locate the older Brigid's Well in Kildare town so that other folks won't have to go through the frustrations I did in trying to find it via online searches.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brighid's cross)
I've started what will probably be a several-weeks-long process of posting about the pilgrimage and trip to Europe over on Searching for Imbas. There are photos on the blog. Mom, you might be able to get them from there, as I know you can't really get them off here for some reason.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Illya "Missed it by this much")
Another thing I did yesterday was update the Searching for Imbas blog with a post with some preliminary thoughts on my pilgrimage. If you don't follow the blog (I don't update it as often as I ought), please drop by and have a look.

Thanks!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy medievalist)
Today was re-checking the contact information and writing the last of the ogam meditations, which I sent off this morning after sopping up a cuppa tea and getting my brain more or less in gear. I fretted and worried, then went over to Freddie's and picked up a pair of earphones for my phone/iPod that have the little hooks that go over your ears, as the ones that come with the iPod keep slipping out and feel weird. Earphones seem to be the thing I lose the most. I buy them and never seem to find them again. These are bright blue. That should help keep them located, at least.

After my walk down to Freddie's and back. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I walked around the lake. We watched some eps of BBC Sherlock (including the final ep of season two, so I have now seen the cliffie). I did a little eye-averting at a couple of strategic spots, but it was still a little creepy for me. Of course, it's a crime drama/mystery series, so one expects that. The only real mystery here was how he pulled it off, of course, and we all know he'll show up again in the first ep of season three.

I wrote up a post for my Searching for Imbas blog about the pilgrimage and responded to some emails. It looks like we have a room for PantheaCon, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lwood. I did a little research on places to go in Prague with the sib and sent him some links on Prague and alchemy and on the alchemy museum there, which sounds like it will be fun, particularly since he's a lab alchemist. It should be a good afternoon's visit, at the very least.

I did some laundry and tomorrow will be my last check over the carry-on to see if I need anything or have left anything out.

My nerves are a little rattled, but they usually are before something big, so that's not at all unusual.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy medievalist)
Today was re-checking the contact information and writing the last of the ogam meditations, which I sent off this morning after sopping up a cuppa tea and getting my brain more or less in gear. I fretted and worried, then went over to Freddie's and picked up a pair of earphones for my phone/iPod that have the little hooks that go over your ears, as the ones that come with the iPod keep slipping out and feel weird. Earphones seem to be the thing I lose the most. I buy them and never seem to find them again. These are bright blue. That should help keep them located, at least.

After my walk down to Freddie's and back. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I walked around the lake. We watched some eps of BBC Sherlock (including the final ep of season two, so I have now seen the cliffie). I did a little eye-averting at a couple of strategic spots, but it was still a little creepy for me. Of course, it's a crime drama/mystery series, so one expects that. The only real mystery here was how he pulled it off, of course, and we all know he'll show up again in the first ep of season three.

I wrote up a post for my Searching for Imbas blog about the pilgrimage and responded to some emails. It looks like we have a room for PantheaCon, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lwood. I did a little research on places to go in Prague with the sib and sent him some links on Prague and alchemy and on the alchemy museum there, which sounds like it will be fun, particularly since he's a lab alchemist. It should be a good afternoon's visit, at the very least.

I did some laundry and tomorrow will be my last check over the carry-on to see if I need anything or have left anything out.

My nerves are a little rattled, but they usually are before something big, so that's not at all unusual.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GONZO!)
I got next to no sleep last night. I don't think I even closed my eyes until after 7am, and I woke up at 11:30ish this morning but didn't get out of bed. I knew it would be a bad idea to get up then, so I tried going back to sleep and got up about 2:30 in the afternoon. It took a while to get started after that, but I dealt with an interview/guest blog post that another writer will be putting up sometime soon on his blog. It's about my work as a writer and poet, but as he's a disabled person, he was also interested in my work as a writer affected by disability and was interested in the whole military/PTSD issue as well, so things had got considerably more in depth than either of us had quite expected. We'd talked initially a couple of months ago and I'd almost forgotten about it until I got his email today.

After dealing with that, I poked some at the closing ritual, but really didn't do much of anything with it. I got email back from [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm that I need to respond to (just noting that I got your email and do intend to answer) about the other rituals planned.

Having got such a late start on the day, I didn't really eat much except have a little cheese and a cup of tea before it started getting late. I got email from one of the steampunks about meeting up at the AFK and I really needed to eat but wasn't feeling able to deal with cooking, so I went over and had dinner and we hung out and talked for about 90 minutes.

When I got home, I dredged around in the garage to pull out all the camping gear and make sure I had everything organized. I made sure I had sufficient propane for the camp stove, checked over the head lamp (batteries are working but I should pick up an extra set of AAAs just in case), and pulled all the stuff I'd been temporarily storing in the library out into the living room. The DoDC+3, of course, is having a minor anxiety issue over it, because he knows this means I'll be leaving soon.

Over the next few days, I have shrinkage at the VA, need to finish up dealing with the closing ritual and send that off to Jhenah and [livejournal.com profile] vyviane, pack my camping gear and get it into the car, pack up clothing, get food for the trip, and make sure I have copies of my handouts for the Eight Winds workshop. I leave for California next Tuesday morning, probably about 10am. I'll stop for lunch with [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab probably about 2pm, then head down to Ashland for the night. Wednesday night will be at [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's place in Sacramento, then first thing in the morning I'll be off to the Sierras for the festival. My posts during that time will likely be minimal.

I'll head back directly from the festival on Sunday and hope to make it to Eugene to stay with [livejournal.com profile] mythworker and his wife that night, then up to Portland for lunch and to see friends over at Powells for the afternoon and wait out rush hour traffic. I expect to be home late Monday night sometime.

I need to remember to breathe.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Today's major project was meeting up online with Jhenah and [livejournal.com profile] vyviane, which was about a three hour conference chat as we worked out when and how things were happening. It was a good thing we did this, because I'd accidentally been left out of the loop for a change/shift in the schedule that left me going into a panic until they said that they'd take care of that day and we're just shifting two days of stuff from the schedule I'd been given into one day. It'll make for a rather more full day than I'd quite anticipated, with two different sets of readings/writing exercises, but I think I can live with that. I will probably want/need a down day by that point in the pilgrimage anyway, so it all worked out okay.

I did the outline for the incubation rituals today and shared that, and all the other outlines/exercises/rituals with them that I'd done so far. They've approved everything with only a couple of logistical changes that are perfectly okay by me. The last thing I have to do is write up the closing ritual; for the extra day/theme bit that we're doing, I can write up a quick ogam meditation to go with that so they can use it in more or less the same pattern I was using for the other days and places. They said they'd get back to me on that.

This basically means I have the opening ritual, all of my days of meditations and writing exercises, the incubation and dream incubation rituals, and the Airmed ritual pretty much finished, so only the closing rite needs to be really worried about now. Everything else is fine-tuning and expansion, and a lot of it can just be done from an outline rather than being something strictly scripted. The opening and closing rituals are more along the lines of "needs a script" while the others are just a series of events where everyone participates and contributes to the making of the ritual as it is happening. I still need to send stuff off to [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm for her to look over. I'll try to remember that tomorrow while I'm working on the closing ritual.

I think I'm a little better at dealing with sudden (to me) changes when I'm actually in a place where we're right there and things have changed and we just have to get on with it, than with something where I accidentally got left out of the loop. Mostly it was a function of the fact that I don't actually read Facebook, and some of the things were discussed there and not actually on the pilgrimage list.

In other news, over on the Aedicula Antinoi blog, there was a post about the hero-feast of Suibhne Geilt, and my work in the Disability and Religious Diversity anthology was mentioned pretty prominently. I was really pleased by this. I didn't do a ritual for it today, but working on the pilgrimage was a lot of what has been necessary, and I suspect a panic attack was a suitable event for a day dedicated to a poet-madman. ;)

Also today I got an email from Hiraeth Press with the proof of the upcoming issue of Written River, featuring three of my poems as a preview of Fireflies at Absolute Zero, due out this fall. This is due for release on the 20th of June, with a publication date for the hard copy of the magazine due next week, so I'll let you know as soon as I hear anything, so if you want a paper copy you can actually get one. I'll be getting at least one myself.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht sent me an essay he did on syncretisms of Minerva, which he'd mentioned yesterday when I saw him. It concerns some possible syncretisms with Brigid, and a mention of a Sulis perpetual flame that I hadn't heard about before, so I'm going to be looking those bits up when I have time and bandwidth, and possibly adding mention of them to my Queering the Flame essay for the Queer Magic anthology. He says that should be ready by end of the year-ish, if all goes well. It'll be nice to have that done. I'm very much looking forward to having that material available, as I think it's important. I read the essay and found it informative, as his work always tends to be. Some good and useful stuff there and I'll have to dig a little more deeply into it when I get home.

I spent time in #writechat today, and also did a load of laundry. I managed to have the wherewithal to do a little bit of soup from duck broth I had in the freezer, French green lentils, cashew pieces, dried salal berries, a little bit of fenugreek seed, and some sambar powder. I topped it with a couple of small scoops of yogurt and it was really very good. I was quite pleased.

Overall, a pretty good day (except for the panic attack part) and I got a ton of stuff done.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Illya "Missed it by this much")
I'd intended to spend more time today working on the pilgrimage stuff. I did, indeed, get to do that, but I didn't spend as much time on it as I wanted. I was hanging out with some folks in a livestream chatting a bit while one of them was working on fan art stuff. It was, as usual, a lot of fun.

Since the DoDC+3 was out of kibble, I walked down to the Safeway this afternoon. It was in the 60s here, and felt lovely and warm while the sun was out. Later in the afternoon we got a single rumble of thunder (which is about all the storms tend to do here most of the time) and a soaking but brief rainstorm, then it cleared up again. The sky this evening was peach and fuschia in the lowering western clouds.

I went through the emails on the pilgrimage list and checked out what I had already posted (and some of what others had posted) for resources and suggested/recommended reading, then spent some time adding to that list in a Word file so that I can remember what exactly has been sent and what still needs to be posted. I definitely need to post links to the various stories associated with the different sites we'll be visiting, and links to the archaeological and folkloric material that can be found online. There's still so much to do.

Given that I received several requests, I've requested five more copies of Circle of Stones to take with me next month to Eight Winds so that people can buy them from me. I still don't much care for doing direct sales myself, but it will provide some gas money, given that it's gone about $4.10 a gallon here at even the cheapest places, and California will be even more expensive. The very kind folks who invite me every year do send me some travel funds, but with the price of gas the way it is, a little extra from other sources won't go amiss.

On the Searching for Imbas blog, I also did a post about the release of the second edition of Circle of Stones, talking a bit about the context and a few other things, so it's more than just "hey, it's published again."

Okay, looking at this, I suppose I did get some work done today despite my futzing about with fandom. Damn, I keep forgetting how much one can do, even when they feel like crap.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ogma)
Earlier today, I went to a couple of places in Everett to drop off some postcards for the pilgrimage, and an information packet also went to Vision Quest, which is a small new age shop that also has some Pagan clientele here in town. They were willing to carry the information and I told them that if anyone was actually interested in going, they should give them the information packet as well as a postcard.

I still haven't gone out grocery shopping, but I was too busy dealing with finishing up the ogam feda, which I posted a photo of earlier today. I also did a longer and more involved post about the process, with another photo of the finished set, over at my Searching for Imbas blog. This particular ogam set is dedicated to Airmed, which I talk about at some length on the blog entry. After all this, my arms ache like a sumbitch.

Tomorrow is the usual Tuesday steampunk social. I still haven't done my grocery shopping, but I did at least get important ritual work done. I'll try to deal with groceries tomorrow, though I might go over to Albertson's tonight to at least pick up a quart of half and half so I can have my tea tomorrow. The last of my previous quart went off yesterday, so I had to have oolong instead of black tea first thing today, and my tummy didn't respond well to the strong tea without milk in it. I usually have black tea with half and half.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lynx seek)
In thinking about what I've been posting lately, and in the last couple of years, I realized that I've slowly been letting a little more of my past seep into this than I had before. I've written about my past before, though not a lot in public places. I have talked about some very personal stuff here, I know, but I think it's been fairly rare. In publishing my poetry collection, there is a fair bit of my personal history to be found, and I think I'm mostly okay with that.

Rambling, a photo, and a few questions below. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Feminist dialectic brings 'em)
The Pagan Newswire Collective has started a new project, the Occupy Pagans and Heathens blog. I've set up an RSS feed for it on LiveJournal at [livejournal.com profile] occupypnc for those who are interested.

The feed has not picked up the three posted articles yet, but should update at some point today.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy fountain pen)
Today was largely spent poking away at my fic (some 4,000 words since I started the day, go me) trying to focus through a far-too-achy hip. I also updated my Searching for Imbas blog with a rundown of the three things I'll be doing at PCon in February. I didn't get anything else done, but I hadn't planned to. I watched an episode of Jeeves and Wooster.

This evening I started getting some trickles from Occupy Everett about press and publicity stuff. They haven't given me enough details to write anything up as yet, but I've asked for what I need.

Tomorrow, SJ and possibly Bj may come by with baked goods. I was threatened with fruitcake via twitter by way of Herb and Katrina.

If my hip will handle it, I'll tackle some dishes before I go to bed tonight. We'll see how that goes. I should at least try to get a few of the largest bits clean and put away so I'll have space to deal with the rest of it. Laundry should probably be accomplished tomorrow.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (get pagan sinfest)
So that post I mentioned last night about the use of juniper? You can find it here.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy typewriter keyboard)
I headed out shortly after I got up today for the AFK, where they have ethernet connections available and made myself ready to do battle with the download of iOS 5 for the iPad. I'd tried several times from home to do the download and got timed out, so I figured a hard connect would probably be more reliable. Sadly, the first attempt, even there, took a couple of hours and resulted in another timeout. While I was waiting and watching the microscopic crawl of the initial attempt, I worked on a new post for my Searching for Imbas blog.

One of my friends had a dream last night that featured yours truly, and the dream carried some strong resonances of a figure called Muirgeilt. As you might guess from the name, she would be of some interest to me -- geilt being the sort of sacred madness I've been researching because of Suibhne and the whole mad poet trope in Irish myth. Anyway, I wrote a post about Muirgeilt where I explore what was going on with the images in my friend's dream and talk about why they're significant. That took most of the time while I was waiting the first instance of the download.

Thankfully, the second attempt was over and done with inside of twenty minutes, so I've got the iPad updated with the new OS and we'll see whether that makes any genuine difference in my use. It's apparently added a bunch of stuff, but a lot of it I'm not inclined to use, given my primary focus on writing with a little websurfing from that platform.

While I was doing the updating stuff, I worked on expanding the Mandragora piece that I'd finished last week. This will be the third real draft of the essay and I got it up to 3613 words today before I sent it off to [livejournal.com profile] finnchuill. I think I hit all the things he was asking me to deal with or expand upon.

I'm going to see if I'm feeling up to driving down to Seattle tomorrow to see [livejournal.com profile] sebastian_lvx for chai, but my sinuses and my ears are off, and I may not be in much shape to be leaving the house. Coming down with a cold is never any fun, yet I do have to pick up some more valerian root and feverfew, and possibly something else for the cold, if I have a chance to talk with Leon. It's very frustrating, though I'll admit I've been pushing myself pretty hard of late. I'm starting to feel that hot ache in my joints that definitely says "you are getting sick." Staying home in bed most of the day may actually be the wiser choice for me tomorrow. We'll see what happens.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
I put up a page on my Searching For Imbas blog that contains all my books and anthology contributions and current links for them. Where books are out of print or more difficult to find, I included links to ABE book searches for that title or edition. Most links will go directly to a publisher's website if it's available, particularly for Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Megalithica publications.

The link to this page is also on the sidebar of my LJ here, in place of most of the individual links for particular books with my work in them.

I intend to continue updating this page as new publications come out, as soon as links and cover images become available.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lynx seek)
I did a short blog post on Searching for Imbas today, giving an update of some of my writing and noting that I'd be at the Esoteric Book Conference this weekend. I called and left a brief message for my mom, passing along a message from the sib.

I am currently trying like hell to find the dates of some Irish manuscripts for my "Queering the Flame" essay. While the Silva Gadelica is awesome for translating a bunch of texts, it doesn't give jack shit for information about manuscript dating. This is me smacking my head against a desk.

I need food. I also need to write more.

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