FaerieCon

Feb. 23rd, 2013 11:13 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Northwest forest)
I'm heading for bed a bit early tonight. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I were able to get down to the con this afternoon and see some folks, though the concert tonight was $35 per person and I just didn't have the money or the wherewithal for it tonight. We will probably head down tomorrow as well, and are hoping to be out of here by 2pm to hear the panel. We might have an opportunity to go to tomorrow's performance if one of her friends comes through.

And now, tired Erynn is about to go fainting in coils, so I'm gonna head for bed.

Have an awesome night!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
My headache isn't really getting much better (sometimes I have a mild to moderate headache for weeks on end because fibro sucks), and the cold has been getting to my knees and hips, so I doubt I am going to get out to the shrine for Hatsumode this year unless things improve drastically tomorrow. Chances of that are low.

I paid the bills today and when I tried to print out the confirmation pages and such, my printer, which has been acting up lately, finally gave up the ghost. This necessitated a trip over to the store to get a new one. I then spent a couple of hours messing about with packaging and installation and wireless setup and all that stuff before I could print the receipts. At least I have reduced the number of cables doing the spaghetti thing under the desk - being this one is wireless, I don't have a USB cable to worry about.

The new printer is an Epson. The old one was an HP. I have a spare black and a spare color cartridge for it. If you use HP 92 and 93, and you're willing to send me $20 and postage, I'll let you have the pair of them. Better if you're local and can just pick them up from me, though.

After I got all that sorted, I did go grocery shopping, mostly because the DoDC+3 was out of food and responsible dog mommies get food for their critters.

Needless to say, I got little else done. Headaches are not conducive to focus. I did print out a doc from someone who wants me to offer some comments on her PCon presentation. That was part of my frustration with the printer today. I'd meant to spend some time reading it over and giving it some thought, but just didn't have the spoons by the time I got through with everything.

I ordered in some pasta from next door. It's convenient to have a few things nearby that do deliver. I felt a little better after I ate, but not quite enough to be genuinely functional. Fortunately, my hand hurts a little less today!

There was email this afternoon from Hiraeth about publicity plans for this coming year for the press. There are a few things I need to do, including actually getting off my ass and seeing about arranging readings at Elliott Bay and Open Books if possible. I wish I wasn't so nervous about talking to strangers. It's really hard for me to send an email out of the blue and say "hey, can I maybe schedule a reading at your store." I know some people are all about talking to pretty much anyone, but being introverted on top of being anxious around talking to strangers makes it difficult for me.

And now to try and maybe do a little more about the headache and possibly get something resembling sleep.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (autumn maple leaves)
I was up until about 8:30 this morning (insomnigrackles, we hates them we does my precioussss), and slept-ish until maybe 3pm. When I'd been up for a while and more or less coherent, one of the folks I know from another place online was off escaping work for a few hours over on the eastside. She doesn't have a car or any easy way to socialize with people who aren't kids (she's a live-in nanny), so I swooped over for a bit and we had some dinner together at a nearby Mexican place. We talked fandom geekery, as fangirls do.

In a week or so I'll be starting work on the outline for the Brigid book. I'm feeling much better than I was most of last week, aside from the insomnia, so I'm hoping to get some slight resemblance of rest at some point.

It sounds like I will probably be getting together tomorrow with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor - her bandmates are doing a fall equinox thing out at their place and we will probably go up there together. I think there's supposed to be a bonfire involved. With any luck, it won't be raining.

I'm currently parked in front of the computer contemplating watching a little more Avatar, which I started last night. I did spend a fair bit of the evening headachey, but some tylenol with a good dose of caffeine helped settle it a bit. While this means the headache has mostly been taken care of, it also means I'm likely to be awake for some hours yet. Oh yay.

Hope y'all are having a better time with that alleged sleep thing than I am.
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 (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 (shakespeare my latest work of genius)
I sent out the signed copy of Circle of Stones to the contest winner who was announced back in July about 20 minutes before I left to get on the plane. I'd notified her that I couldn't send anything until I'd got back from Europe, and this was the first chance I'd had when the postal place and I were on the same schedule.

I know I did some other things, but I am still lacking brain cells to bang together.

On the publications front, I got email from Jason at Hiraeth Press today that they've just published the book before mine on their schedule and they're starting into the cover design and layout phase for Fireflies at Absolute Zero. I'm trying to work through the manuscript one last time to make sure I hadn't left in any typos in the file I sent in June, but because of the above mentioned lack of brain cell, I'm having a lot of trouble focusing.

I put the finishing touches on an author interview for a blog that's supposed to come out in the next few days. I'll link when it's available. I talk about my writing, about being an author with disabilities, about poetry and healing, and various and sundry other things. I was able to add a little about the upcoming poetry collection because I got the notice today.

The folks at Hiraeth wanted to see if I had author interviews for publicity, or if there were any advanced reviews of the book yet, so I've put out a couple of feelers regarding both of those issues. We'll see what happens.

A few more things have been put away and the laundry got done last night. Camping gear was stowed back out in the garage yesterday. I did a tiny bit of grocery shopping. Tomorrow I'm going to try to make it to the AFK for the steampunk meetup, but I'm not sure if anyone else will be there. I did put out a note on the Steamrats list, so perhaps someone will come.

Wednesday I have shrinkage. Thursday I will probably be down in Seattle with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht for the queer Pagan meetup. It'll be nice to catch up with folks. I've got Jeff coming by probably next week to start work on the graphics portion of the Esoteric Book Conference presentation on ogam, but I have to start putting together an outline for the 45 minute presentation (45 minutes plus 10 or so for Q&A or discussion, for a one-hour slot). I certainly have enough material, I just have to beat my brain into submission so I can decide what parts are most important and what illustrations I'll be requiring. I already know a few of the pieces I'll be needing to illustrate the various periods and concepts. Still, this requires more than one brain cell.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (shakespeare my latest work of genius)
I sent out the signed copy of Circle of Stones to the contest winner who was announced back in July about 20 minutes before I left to get on the plane. I'd notified her that I couldn't send anything until I'd got back from Europe, and this was the first chance I'd had when the postal place and I were on the same schedule.

I know I did some other things, but I am still lacking brain cells to bang together.

On the publications front, I got email from Jason at Hiraeth Press today that they've just published the book before mine on their schedule and they're starting into the cover design and layout phase for Fireflies at Absolute Zero. I'm trying to work through the manuscript one last time to make sure I hadn't left in any typos in the file I sent in June, but because of the above mentioned lack of brain cell, I'm having a lot of trouble focusing.

I put the finishing touches on an author interview for a blog that's supposed to come out in the next few days. I'll link when it's available. I talk about my writing, about being an author with disabilities, about poetry and healing, and various and sundry other things. I was able to add a little about the upcoming poetry collection because I got the notice today.

The folks at Hiraeth wanted to see if I had author interviews for publicity, or if there were any advanced reviews of the book yet, so I've put out a couple of feelers regarding both of those issues. We'll see what happens.

A few more things have been put away and the laundry got done last night. Camping gear was stowed back out in the garage yesterday. I did a tiny bit of grocery shopping. Tomorrow I'm going to try to make it to the AFK for the steampunk meetup, but I'm not sure if anyone else will be there. I did put out a note on the Steamrats list, so perhaps someone will come.

Wednesday I have shrinkage. Thursday I will probably be down in Seattle with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht for the queer Pagan meetup. It'll be nice to catch up with folks. I've got Jeff coming by probably next week to start work on the graphics portion of the Esoteric Book Conference presentation on ogam, but I have to start putting together an outline for the 45 minute presentation (45 minutes plus 10 or so for Q&A or discussion, for a one-hour slot). I certainly have enough material, I just have to beat my brain into submission so I can decide what parts are most important and what illustrations I'll be requiring. I already know a few of the pieces I'll be needing to illustrate the various periods and concepts. Still, this requires more than one brain cell.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
So today was more stuff needing to be done. I entered all the phone and contact addresses into my iphone today (I'll re-check them tomorrow to make sure all the numbers are correct - I have trouble getting numbers mixed up sometimes). I talked to Expedia and the airline about making sure I could pick up my tickets at the airport with just the printed out email (I can) and confirmed my flights, collecting their confirmation code while I was at it. Outbound from Seattle leaves slightly later than originally anticipated but that's okay. We're still going to have to deal with rush-hour traffic to the airport, and it won't affect my transfer time at Philly.

I was going to write up the one last ogam meditation today but got sidetracked, and [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht is here, so we watched The Whisperer in Darkness together and the various extras, which were great, as I rather expected them to be. A note has been made on my checklist of Stuff To Finish Doing and I'll get to it tomorrow.

The whole entering things into the phone was time-consuming and pretty painstaking, given that I have such trouble with numbers. I don't want to mess something up and not be able to contact someone. Anyway, I'll check them again tomorrow, as I said. Addresses were entered into my pilgrimage notebook for the web cafe and the outdoor supply shop in Douglas so that I can have net access and pick up fuel for my camp stove when I get there off the ferry.

Last minute lists of things that [livejournal.com profile] vyviane will be bringing were checked against various lists of things needed for rituals. I copied out the useful Czech phrases that [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands provided for me. I still need to look at the French clips on YouTube that [livejournal.com profile] eydimork linked, though I can also consult with [livejournal.com profile] ogam and [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm when I see them Tuesday.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, and I went over to Emory's for dinner this evening. She's over at her new place with [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson doing some more moving/unpacking tonight and should be back eventually, as she has to take him home and he's south of here while her new place is north.

Today's mail brought a guide to benefits from the VA that was actually clear, concise, useful, and gave me information about my particular situation. For instance, I thought I'd been rated at 70% and unemployable but I am apparently at 80%. It doesn't make any real difference when it comes to receiving services, but it's still useful to know.

I'm feeling pretty emotionally exhausted just from dealing with nit-picky last minute details, but I rather expected I would be at this point. There's pretty much no bandwidth for anything else right now. I appreciate all the support everyone has been giving me on this, you're all awesome, so let me just remind you of that right now! Thank you.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
So today was more stuff needing to be done. I entered all the phone and contact addresses into my iphone today (I'll re-check them tomorrow to make sure all the numbers are correct - I have trouble getting numbers mixed up sometimes). I talked to Expedia and the airline about making sure I could pick up my tickets at the airport with just the printed out email (I can) and confirmed my flights, collecting their confirmation code while I was at it. Outbound from Seattle leaves slightly later than originally anticipated but that's okay. We're still going to have to deal with rush-hour traffic to the airport, and it won't affect my transfer time at Philly.

I was going to write up the one last ogam meditation today but got sidetracked, and [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht is here, so we watched The Whisperer in Darkness together and the various extras, which were great, as I rather expected them to be. A note has been made on my checklist of Stuff To Finish Doing and I'll get to it tomorrow.

The whole entering things into the phone was time-consuming and pretty painstaking, given that I have such trouble with numbers. I don't want to mess something up and not be able to contact someone. Anyway, I'll check them again tomorrow, as I said. Addresses were entered into my pilgrimage notebook for the web cafe and the outdoor supply shop in Douglas so that I can have net access and pick up fuel for my camp stove when I get there off the ferry.

Last minute lists of things that [livejournal.com profile] vyviane will be bringing were checked against various lists of things needed for rituals. I copied out the useful Czech phrases that [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands provided for me. I still need to look at the French clips on YouTube that [livejournal.com profile] eydimork linked, though I can also consult with [livejournal.com profile] ogam and [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm when I see them Tuesday.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, and I went over to Emory's for dinner this evening. She's over at her new place with [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson doing some more moving/unpacking tonight and should be back eventually, as she has to take him home and he's south of here while her new place is north.

Today's mail brought a guide to benefits from the VA that was actually clear, concise, useful, and gave me information about my particular situation. For instance, I thought I'd been rated at 70% and unemployable but I am apparently at 80%. It doesn't make any real difference when it comes to receiving services, but it's still useful to know.

I'm feeling pretty emotionally exhausted just from dealing with nit-picky last minute details, but I rather expected I would be at this point. There's pretty much no bandwidth for anything else right now. I appreciate all the support everyone has been giving me on this, you're all awesome, so let me just remind you of that right now! Thank you.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Yet more things done today - I finished writing the closing ritual for the pilgrimage, revised the opening ritual, and dealt with a critical bit of personal paperwork that I need to go have witnessed and probably notarized tomorrow. I haven't heard anything back from the folks at Eight Winds, but I have a few days before I would really need to be concerned and, to be honest, if it comes right down to it I can buy stuff at a grocery store nearby and have somebody with a cooler store it for me. Not the end of the world if I don't have a menu for the food plan before I leave.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht was talking about possibly getting together with me after July 4th but before I leave for Ireland, which would be nice. I gather he's going down to the King Tut exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. I'd love to go but I just don't have time right now. It'll be here until next year and right now I have other priorities.

Exhaustion is really starting to catch up with me. I haven't slept well for quite some time, probably at least in large part due to stress from all the "you must be an adult" I've been doing of late. Sleep is for the weak anyway, right?

In addition to dealing with paperwork tomorrow, I have to remember to get AAA batteries for my headlamp and an extra memory chip for the camera. I also have to expand upon the Airmed rituals and look over the incubation rituals again and expand them a little, as they are really primarily outlines at the moment. Not that I intend to script everything, but that it needs at least a little stage direction and whatnot.

I feel like I'm forgetting something. Y'all tell me if you know what it is, eh?
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 (Airmed)
Today's task was doing research and work on outlining the Airmed ritual for our visit to Heapstown Cairn. I reviewed several texts and looked at different websites where people talk about their particular takes on her, including a couple of rituals to/for her from different groups. So much hating on Dian Cécht over the whole thing, but it helps to remember that the incident with Miach replacing Nuadha's hand in the text of Second Battle of Mag Tuired occurs before the battle, and before Dian Cécht, Miach, Airmed and Octriuil are chanting around the Well of Sláine. Miach, though a surgeon, is a plant-god from whom all the healing herbs grow and so rises anew on a pretty frequent basis if one looks at it properly.

All the healing herbs of Ireland were brought to Lus Mag (the Plain of Herbs) by Dian Cécht and put into the Well of Sláine, so presumably they came from Miach's cairn and needed to be taken from there before the healing work could even begin. Time in myths is not nearly so linear, and deities die and reappear alive without any referent to actual human lifespans and life cycles. Is it so hard to believe that the story of Dian Cécht's "jealousy" might really be a setup for the creation of needed healing materials that could later be used by all of them? Or that it was unreasonable for Dian Cécht to keep the secrets of healing all ills from humans by scattering the herbs on Airmed's cloak? She, after all, did keep the secrets of these herbs. Though the text of the story says "the Holy Spirit" knows them, we can be certain it was Airmed -- who sorted through them in the first place -- who knows what they do.

Anyway, research was done and an outline produced and sent off to Jhenah and [livejournal.com profile] vyviane. I also spent a few minutes doing a drabble for the weekly fic challenge in one of the communities I read, which was fun.

Tomorrow is a trip down to Seattle to do some clothes shopping for the pilgrimage with [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm, and to meet for a bit with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and [livejournal.com profile] neo_lux. If I have any spoons when I get home, I'll probably work on the incubation rituals. [livejournal.com profile] vyviane tells me we are way ahead of schedule, which helps slightly, but so much of my stuff really kind of has to be done before I leave. I'm glad her end of things is working so very smoothly! It gives me hope for the rest of the pilgrimage as well.

Sunday I'm doing a Skype chat with Jhenah to discuss ritual and other stuff. Things are proceeding apace.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy medievalist)
I started the day very achy and rather migrainous, but a hot shower and some tramadol helped at least a little, particularly when washed down with a couple of hefty doses of Irish Breakfast tea. I messed around online a bit then got down to searching for links and entries from the many open tabs of the dindshenechas (several versions) and pulled a few things from the Colloquuy of the Ancients, as well. It was a rather lengthy day. The migraine isn't too bad but my shoulder is bugging me now. I tossed what I could find into a file and sent it off to [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah. Some of it can be dug through for the pilgrimage packet, and some will probably be useful posted to the list, but I wanted them to have a look.

I don't know what kind of time or bandwidth either of them have right now, but this finally leaves me only the daily readings and the rituals to finish. I'll try to get through at least some of the readings choices tomorrow.

I read from [livejournal.com profile] varina8 that Travelers in Capitol Hill will close on July 8th, though the restaurant on Beacon Hill will remain open, as it's doing reasonably well. If you have anything to spare, please do consider going by and buying what you can, to reduce their inventory that will have to be moved, and to help support them through this difficult time.

I'm trying not to feel all stressed out about everything, but sometimes I don't really have a choice about how my body reacts to this stuff. I'm not keen on having to pop something for the anxiety and hope that it remains manageable for the time being.

And now I'm hungry again.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Insane: What's Your Excuse?)
Too many things.

The tool that [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab sent me worked a charm, and now the garbage disposal works again.

More links and information were found and stuffed into a file and some bits were sent off to the pilgrimage list.

Laundry got done.

Dishes got done.

Bills got paid.

Friends got talked to.

Munchkin got played.

Email got dealt with (over 300 today just on one list alone, it was a bit overdone).

Food things got picked up at the store, as my half and half expired nastily before I could have my tea this morning.

Guests are here, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor went to bed at least half an hour ago. I should be there myself shortly.

Tomorrow I have a bazillion more things to do toward the pilgrimage, and I'm going to be hauled off for dinner, as I don't actually have the time to go and enjoy a day at the roller derby. Other things also need to be planned and dealt with, but I got a lot done today despite brain-death on the hoof. I feel pretty good about that.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Magical Sigils)
Today was largely spent dealing with pilgrimage things, as I'd intended. I talked with [livejournal.com profile] fififolle about the UK train tickets (I can't purchase them from here so she'll arrange them for me), sent a bunch of stuff to the pilgrimage email list, and spent a few hours chasing down some links for the group. I want to find tales and mythology regarding the places we're going, a little info about the locations themselves, and articles and whatnot about the various mythic figures, and the concepts we'll be dealing with.

The flamekeeping liturgy was sent off to the list as something for folks to consider, given that we'll be receiving Brigid's flame in Kildare, and some of the participants may want to think about developing a flamekeeping practice. This will give them one potential model to consider.

I've collected a few titles of things I want to send as suggested reading, though I don't imagine that folks will get to all of it before the pilgrimage. That said, if they find it of interest, they can always pursue the material when they get home again, as they're working on integrating the pilgrimage and its experiences into their lives afterwards. I sent links to a few things today, in addition to the liturgy.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor is supposed to be up tomorrow afternoon. I'll be heading over to the AFK in the evening, and she'll be off at band practice. Wednesday I have shrinkage, and Thursday is group at the VA. Friday and Saturday I'll have [livejournal.com profile] isquiesque and her husband over, as they want to go to a big roller derby thing happening this weekend in Everett, and they don't have a car. I offered to let them stay with me, so it would be easier to get to downtown Everett than having to take a bus in from Seattle. I'm looking forward to seeing them. I haven't met him yet.

Right at the moment, I'm still feeling pretty brain-burnt from trying to focus so long on the online research. I've discovered that using a different browser window instead of just tabs helps me ignore the siren call of the social media when I'm working, so that was good. And now the DoDC+3 is giving me pitiful looks and seems to want out.
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I woke up this morning to the dog being sick on the floor (at least he got off the bed first), and that stiff-neck-shoulders-ache feeling that I get if I'm pre-migraine, accompanied by vague nausea. I took him out but couldn't quite bring myself to go back to bed, even though I wanted to. I was worried he'd be sick again and I'd just have to get back up.

Tramadol was taken, which helped slightly, but I've been pretty dizzy and groggy all day and wasn't able to go out tonight as I'd wanted. I'm uncertain whether I'll be able to go down to Seattle tomorrow for the schmooze Beltaine ritual. I've already given the group a heads up, so I will post to them tomorrow to let them know with a yea or nay.

This was one of those days where I had to talk myself into getting into the shower before I got dressed, even though I knew for a fact that I'd feel at least a little better for standing under the hot water for a while. Most of my day was spent between sitting at the computer trying to do things and curled up on the couch reading. It's just been a really slow brain day and I'm still feeling out of sorts, 10 hours after I took the tramadol, so it's not all just the drug.

In the happymaking news mentioned above, Ruby Sara reports that she got her copy of Mandragora today, which means that my copy will be shipping any time now! I'm absolutely delighted about this and, as you can see from the photos at the link, this is an absolutely gorgeous volume. I can't wait to get my hands on it! Ordering information can be found here, and a paperback edition is due out later if the hardbound is a bit too dear for your tastes. Knowing that something with my work in it has been released is always a great way to make my day brighter, even when I feel like absolute crap and want to fall over and sleep for a week.

And now I need to try to eat a little more before I fall over.
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So I went to the VA early and talked to the supervisor about the whole travel thing. It turns out that the co-pay is probably the one thing in the system where being rated at 100% doesn't actually benefit you. The co-pay is taken out if you get above $X per month, and I'm above that cutoff. Okay, I can handle that. Would have been nice, but so it goes.

Group today was actually pretty good and I had a good time, but the wait down at the travel office was kind of fucked, it was raining when I got out, and I was just too tired to face human beings by the time I was done, so I came back home straightaway. I fixed myself some dinner and something booz0rz-like and tried to relax but, as Patrick promised, I hurt like hell today. I actually tried to go lie down for a while around 9:30 or so and that helped my shoulder, but I couldn't feel sleepy. I played some Plants v Zombies and read for a while and now I'm back up again. Had a wee bit of chocolate pudding as a snack and will probably head back for bed shortly.

I bought tickets for myself and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor for Metropolis. I don't think she's seen it before, and this is probably the best possible introduction to the movie I can imagine. I'm very excited about taking her to see it. (I just hope she likes it...)

Teo Bishop posted a blog today asking "What is the point of your religion". It's a thoughtful post and has generated some interesting discussion in the comments. I know I want to talk about this at some point, but today wasn't a good day to focus on it. If I have time and brain bandwidth tomorrow, I might do a response post over on Searching for Imbas. I'm just hoping I'll have enough momentum to actually write it, rather than getting bogged down in my physical stuff and losing the thread. I'm keeping the tab open on the browser until I deal with it, though.

It seems that one of my Vancouver friends is going to be down in the area for the better part of May. Among other things, he'll be teaching a class on herbalism, and wants to talk to me about Airmed, whom he's been working with for a while now. He says he'll be splitting his time between Olympia, Bellingham, and Seattle, and I told him that he could stay here for a few days if he'd like, which would give us ample opportunity to talk. He's one of the poets who is also included in the Mandragora anthology, and I'd suggested he submit his work to them, so we might both have a physical copy to squee over when he gets here.

I know I have some comments to reply to from yesterday, but I'm still too achy to focus much on that right now. I'll get to everything tomorrow at some point.

In news on Circle of Stones, I've got one of the review blurbs back, and two outstanding. I've forwarded the first one to my editor and publisher and told them I was waiting on a couple more. They should arrive soon, I think. I haven't yet seen the cover, aside from the graphics base, but I should be seeing a draft of it soon. And tomorrow I need to do the check of the edited galley proof, as I'll have more time than I did today. Last night I barely slept (turned out the lights around 3:30am, woke at 8am, after having not slept much), so I'm feeling extra rocky today and hoping to get at least a little rest tonight.

On that note, back to bed to try to actually rest. I wish there was something I could actually take that would make a dent in this pain. Have taken tylenol, and also took some of the valerian and feverfew I often use for migraines. It's helped slightly, but not anywhere near enough. That was a few hours ago, so I'll try a tramadol before I get in bed and see if that will do anything for it.
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I went with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor to a friend's birthday party this evening. Her band actually played a seven-song set, though they are obviously still in the "we are practicing this material" stage. They sounded pretty good when the mix was right. There were some mic issues early on, but generally got solved, except for that one bit where the drummer got slightly over-enthusiastic. ;)

At the party I ran into a couple of local Pagans I had met previously at the Everett Druid meetup, and whom I've gamed with a few times before over at the AFK, though I hadn't seen them recently. They said we should get together and catch up on stuff. I said if they couldn't make it on a Friday, they could try coming by on a Tuesday evening when I'm at the steampunk meetup. There was some contemplation of that possibility. I would say that the world gets smaller every day, but given that the party was at a Pagan household in Marysville, it wasn't to hard to imagine that other local Pagans might show up.

Before the band's set they were doing some practice stuff, and I messed about with the djembe for a song or so. That was all my hands could take, sadly. I spent the rest of the party working on my arms and hands (which is kind of hard, because anything you do to one arm makes the other one act up). There was some effort to get me to sign up as their second percussionist so they had him free for guitar and stuff, but I knew I would never be able to handle that kind of stress on my arms and hands agin. Eventually I just hurt too much and had to hop in the car and come home. We'd gone separately because I had things to do here, and I wasn't up to hanging out during a lengthy rehearsal. I'd also figured that I was likely to want to leave earlier than she did.

Upon returning home, I messed around online for a bit. Right at the point where I was going to get up and make the rhubarb cobbler, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor got back, so she got cobbler right out of the oven, just cooled off enough to be edible. It was very tasty and the remainder is now in the fridge awaiting later consumption.

Tomorrow [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht will be here about 9am before we go out to the Shinto shrine, then I have the Sisterhood of Avalon online chat at 2pm. I'm rather looking forward to it; I haven't had a chance to do anything like this in a while. (And no, that fiasco with the podcast does NOT count. Obnoxously drunk hosts were obnoxiously drunk. There is very little more annoying than Pagan podcasters attempting to be shock jocks. Feh.)

And now I'm going to contemplate something proteinous for dinner after having already had dessert.
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I woke today about halfway through the Sunday #writechat, which was rather slow and sparsely attended, presumably because it was Easter Sunday and a fair few people were off doing things with family rather than hanging about yattering with fellow writers. Still, I had fun as I usually do. It's an enjoyable crowd.

Laundry was done while I was chatting, then I tossed myself into some clothing and went for a walk around the lake. It was a lovely, warm 68f today, and partly sunny, so it was pretty much ideal for a walk. I very much enjoyed it, and the park was pretty crowded, as you might expect on such a day. My knee was twinging a bit as I went. It wasn't enough to stop me, but it was fairly creaky. I'm probably going to want to talk to the VA about getting a knee brace sometime soon. If I'm going to walk, especially if I'm hiking overseas, I'd like to be a little more sure the knee isn't going to give out on me at an inconvenient moment - not that there's a convenient moment for joints collapsing, but you know what I mean.

Last night I'd walked over to the Safeway and picked up a few things, including a couple of lamb chops, one of which I had for dinner tonight with some asparagus, brown rice, jerusalem artichokes, and a glass of Boujoulais, which suited it quite well. It was all very tasty, and I hadn't really felt much up to cooking recently because I'd been too tired and there wasn't a lot here that I really felt like eating, nor was there much beyond pasta or a can of beans that was just something I could do quickly and without a fair bit of effort. I dislike having so little energy, but I've been taking B vitamins again and it seems to be helping a bit with that. Sadly, it doesn't do jack for the insomnigrackles.

[livejournal.com profile] druid_medb emailed back about Eight Winds and was very much into opening up the discussion, but I think she took it as being potentially rather more than I'd have the bandwidth to help out with. She suggested maybe a ritual (a tentative suggestion), but I don't have it in me to deal with something that involved before I leave in July. I suggested maybe we could do something at PantheaCon next year instead, considering this is pretty heavy duty stuff and I don't have the skills to deal with it if somebody goes all splodey on us. She certainly has more than I do, but I don't think Eight Winds this year is the right time or place. We'd need a lot more time and preparation to pull something viable together. That said, I do think it's an excellent idea to consider for another time and place. Depending on what's going on next year, maybe at Eight Winds in 2013 instead.

This evening I did some more work on the links document for the pilgrimage preparation. I've got something for all the various places we are (or might be) going, and most of the deities and other figures we might deal with as well, so we'll see if this is what Vyviane had in mind when she asked for something. We'll talk on Tuesday at some point, so I don't have too much longer to wait and see if I need to deal with this differently.

Monday is the CR schmooze. I guess the idea is dealing with a definition of cosmology. I'm not in charge of this ride, so I'm not too terribly worried about it. I've got other things to keep my brain spinning its wheels. I'm also meeting [livejournal.com profile] thewronghands for tea afterwards for a little bit, pursuant to a conversation elsejournal. Wednesday is Irish class, Thursday is group at the VA (which I should actually get to this time, gods willing) and probably meeting [livejournal.com profile] isquiesque afterwards. I may also be seeing another friend, but am not so certain on that one. I was supposed to see her last Thursday but something came up and she asked to reschedule for this week. Saturday is a birthday party, Sunday is the Great Spring Ceremony at the Shinto shrine and a chat with some of the people from Sisterhood of Avalon. All in all, a pretty full week. I hope I have the braincells.
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Last night I didn't actually get to sleep until about 9am this morning. That was a lot more annoying than usual. I honestly tried dealing with it. I went to bed about 5am, but just couldn't get to sleep. I woke about noon, then tried to sleep again, and stayed in bed until a little after 2pm, finally just giving up. I had a few things to do and couldn't really lie around any longer.

I did some research on places for the pilgrimage, though not enough. I'm supposed to be putting together some readings and links for the pilgrimage packet (due this week, but everything's been running at least a week behind the schedule that was initially set), but only got to the point of opening a doc to put the stuff in and plugging the URL for it into the shared scheduling document for Vyviane. I'll do some more work on it tomorrow, hopefully after I've had a little more sleep.

This evening I went over to the AFK to hang out with the steampunks. Five of us showed up and we had a lovely time. We talked about upcoming projects - one of the gals was describing some of what she's working on for SteamCon this year, and it sounds awesome. I caught a couple of them up with some of the work I've been doing, and more info about how the pilgrimage planning has been going. Disappointment was expressed that I hadn't brought the new ogam set along to show off, so perhaps next time I'll take it with me.

The conversation took a turn toward the Lovecraftian (as you do) and I mentioned that I'd ordered the Whisperer in Darkness DVD, which should arrive soonish. I proposed a Lovecraft viewing party at my place where we can watch both of the HP Lovecraft Historical Society movies of an evening. One of the waitstaff lives down the street from me, and if he's off for the evening we schedule it on, he might come by too. He's not familiar with the mythos, but he's the sort who would probably appreciate the movies anyway. I was also pointed to a short story that was a wonderfully creepy Lovecraft meets Doctor Strangelove sort of cold war nuclear Chtulhian horror thing, very well done. I need to figure out a way to get Late Bloomer, the Lovecraftian short, onto a DVD to play for everyone, as my computer screen just isn't going to cut it for half a dozen or so viewers.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor isn't feeling well, so she skipped out on band practice tonight. I sent her a text to see if we're having Irish class tomorrow, but she hasn't replied, and I suspect she's probably still not going to be up to it. If that's the case, I'll just stay home and get more work done on the pilgrimage packet materials.

Overall, it was a good but not terribly productive day. Given that it started with a stark lack of sleep, I can't complain too much.

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