erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
So [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht brought some folks by on Monday, and we had a lovely time talking and watching The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, as you do. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor was here as well, and that was very nice.

Yesterday I did some laundry in prep for my flight out tomorrow morning. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor is supposed to be here after band practice tonight so that we can get out early in the morning. I need to pack and to do some dishes before I even think about going to bed tonight. Today I did a lot of editing and also wrote over 7,500 words on the fic I'm working on. That felt really good and, if I get the other stuff done in a reasonable amount of time, I'll see about getting the next scene started as well.

Right now, though, I'm going to try to get some food. I have tentative arrangements with folks for NYC, which includes some steampunky awesome - always a treat. I'll be sure to post when I arrive in NYC at my friend's place to let folks know I am safe. It will likely be at some ungodly hour of the morning or very late at night, depending on if there are delays or weather problems.

From what I saw of the forecast, it looks pretty warm out there, though apparently it's been raining. I need to figure out what clothes to bring along. It's been chilly out here (currently 49f) and rained like crazy most of the day.

Wish me luck, folks. Sunday is the big day.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
I spent time today going over [livejournal.com profile] finnchuill's poetry manuscript again and doing a little more editing. I sent off my comments to him about half an hour ago. I hope the comments were helpful. Poetry is such a personal endeavor that it can be hard to do justice to for editing. A lot of it is really sharing an opinion on something, to be taken or left. I did ask a few questions toward clarifying things I wasn't sure of, and perhaps that will be good enough.

Most of the poems were in the praise and invocatory genre. A few of them didn't feel like they fit in the collection, and I noted that, as well. They felt much more like personal poems than poems about or addressed to deity, which was the bulk of the work. I figure if a collection is going to have a theme, it should probably stick to the theme, rather than having just a few that didn't fit in well. They were good poems, just not a good fit with the rest of the manuscript.

Tomorrow I'm down to Seattle for my weekly group.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (salmon)
I actually felt together enough today for a change, and spent time with [livejournal.com profile] finnchuill's poetry manuscript. He arrived in Hawaii today and sent me a brief note about what he needs from me. I made a first pass through this afternoon and will be going over it again tomorrow to get a better feel for it.

I also spent time working on the healing deities presentation. I dredged up one additional name, but am still looking for more mythic/deific figures to add to my list. I could expand that list considerably if I were looking at other Celtic cultures, but I'm primarily sticking with Irish to keep things manageable.

Plans are being made for this weekend's Abney Park show, as [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I will be carpooling down to Seattle with local friends and grabbing some food beforehand. It'll be nice to introduce some new folks to the band and the local steampunk scene.

Sleep is still escaping me most of the time, but I was glad to be able to focus a little better today. I have compiled a couple of other contacts for my east coast road trip, and may get the chance to meet [livejournal.com profile] miss_adventure, who is going to law school in Toronto, which is pretty close to Niagara Falls. She says she will show me around the city, so I may spend a day up there instead of just the one night. Once I've got a more or less complete list of people, then I need to start actually figuring out travel times and visiting times to see who I will be able to fit in properly, and who I'll have to dash past for lunch or a cup of tea. I'd love to stay and hang out with people for longer, but I know that at least some folks are going to have to be a quick pass. There's so much ground to cover. Like Europe, there's only a limited amount of time I can spend traveling. That said, I'm so excited by the chance to see old friends and meet folks I've known online for years!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Failure TRex)
Took Garuda in to have the windshield replaced, which went smoothly but took about two hours longer than expected because they were a person short today, due to the manager being in hospital for heart surgery (unexpected emergency). There is now a new windshield, Garuda is currently residing in the garage because the silicone needs a chance to dry properly and there is weather (cold, rain) which would not be conducive to this. When I went to start him up this morning, he hesitated. I'll likely need to change the battery. It should be okay until next month. Given that I've spent over $300 in car maintenance and windshield this month, I think waiting until next do deal with the battery is probably okay. The mechanic said it shouldn't be a problem so long as I let the car run for about half an hour when I take it out. Since I usually drive down to Seattle, which is about a 45 minute trip each way when I do the VA, that shouldn't be a problem.

After I got home, I was really tired and kind of chilly. It's Tuesday, and usually I go down to the AFK but between the windshield and me being cold and tired, I wasn't up to driving. One of the steampunks came by and picked me up and we had a drink and then he drove me home again. It was a pleasant evening.

My britpicker hasn't been feeling well the past couple of days, so hasn't got to her edit of the story yet, but promises it tomorrow at some point.

I'm thinking tomorrow I may try starting on the ogam article for Abraxas while I'm waiting. Mostly, though, I'm just tired.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
I took Garuda down to the garage today and got his 120,000 mile maintenance (he's at 129,000 at the moment, but I was too busy with Europe this summer to take him before this). While that was happening, I went over and finally got my hair cut and bleached so I could re-dye it. Now it's lovely and short but that means my head is cold, and that'll take a while to get used to again. Hats, my friends. They keep my head warm.

While I was there, I looked into getting the windshield replaced. It's cracked almost all the way across, and has been for quite a while now. They said they could do it, and quoted me a lower price than the windshield replacement people who did it last time, so I said yeah, let's go for it. This means I'll be back at the garage tomorrow about 1pm for a while, while they replace the glass.

When I got home, I got the rest of my beta back from [livejournal.com profile] random_nexus. The britpicker did some work today, but I haven't seen anything back from her yet. I did talk to her for a bit on skype text chat, though. She was going to work on it today, too, and I'm hoping I'll have her notes back by the end of tomorrow.

I'd been hoping to go dancing with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor today, but the pulled muscle in my thigh from yesterday was still achy, so no joy there. I stayed home and finished up the beta edits so that I can deal with the rest of it when it arrives.

I uploaded a few photos from Prague, so here are four of them for you to have a peek at!

Prague )

Beta day

Nov. 26th, 2012 01:51 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy typewriter)
I spent the vast majority of the day doing editing on the story I wrote. My beta got through some of it, and the britpicker is working her way through it as well, so we're making progress. Late this evening, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor came by and we watched Sita Sings the Blues together.

When I had the DoDC+3 out earlier today, I slipped on damp grass and pulled a muscle in my thigh, but it's only a little sore right now. Should be okay by tomorrow.

Tomorrow I have to get out and haul Garuda to the garage, and while I'm there I'll get my hair dealt with, finally. I've just needed a reasonable excuse to get my buns out the door and over to that side of the freeway.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (kermitflail!)
I finished the last of the read and approve process for Fireflies and sent off the last note and my approval to Hiraeth. They'll send the files off to press on Sunday (that would be today by most people's clocks).

This afternoon I went with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and [livejournal.com profile] neo_lvx down to Travelers on Beacon Hill for a little food before we headed up to Capitol Hill for the Christopher Penczak talk. Not much that I didn't already know, but it was nice to see folks and hang out with friends. I got to talk to Leon and Allen for a bit while we were at Travelers, and saw quite a few folks after the talk that I hadn't seen in a while.

We headed back north about 12:30 and then [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor came over and will be going to the Shinto shrine with us tomorrow morning. Tomorrow evening I'm down to Seattle again for tea with [livejournal.com profile] thewronghands and friends.

Happiness abounds!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
Here's the final proof cover for Fireflies at Absolute Zero.

Fireflies at Absolute Zero cover, full cover with text

Yesterday I finished the edits and sent everything back to Hiraeth and today I woke up to this in my inbox, along with the final text pdf, which I'll look at and approve sometime tonight. It will go to the publisher tomorrow and we should have it in hand in just a couple of weeks! SO EXCITED OMG! [/kermitflail]

I've got [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht here for the weekend. Today we're heading down to Seattle, as he wants to see Christopher Penzac at Edge of the Circle, then maybe a reception for him at Jimbo & Black Cat's place, as we were invited. Sunday morning will be Shinto, then in the evening tea with [livejournal.com profile] thewronghands once again in Seattle.

I managed to get some sleep last night and am feeling considerably better now, though not quite where I'd like to be. I'll be dashing off to shower and toss some clothes on here shortly. In the meantime, look upon my works ye mighty and squee.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
I spent a lot of yesterday dredging my way through Corpus Inscriptionum Insularum Celticarum looking for illustrations of several ogam inscriptions that may have had "magical" uses. It's a pretty damned huge book, and only a few were suitable, but finding them was necessary.

Finally having finished looking through the manuscript for Fireflies, I sent off my approval for the final text. Now it just needs to go through layout and cover design. I still haven't done much of anything in terms of publicity stuff. Gods, I hate having to approach people about my work. There are moments when being an introvert and having anxiety issues sucks deeply. I'm always half-terrified about saying "hey, would you like to review my book or interview me for your blog" about things like this.

Today, along with #writechat, I finished typing up the outline for my Esoteric Book Conference presentation. Jeff's supposed to come by Thursday to help me with the PowerPoint part of the thing, and I want to have as many of the illustrations available as possible. With this sort of thing, the temptation to DO ALL THE THINGS is a little difficult, as I have a whole 45 minutes for the presentation. It's going to be essential to cover things reasonably quickly while still doing a decent job of it. The outline is less than a page as it stands, but I haven't filled in the details as yet, with dates and such. And I still have to pull together a reference list of the various books and such that I'm consulting.

I tried dipping into The Poet's Ogam today and am still finding it awfully brain-breaking. I fear attempting to address his system when I'm having a hard time figuring out what he's on about with a lot of this stuff. I know a lot of it is experimental. I have no idea if he's actually done 90% of what he's writing about. I wish I was more into/versed in chaos magic, Enochian, or Thelema. I've read some about all of those things, but they're really not my thing, so it's hard for me to get into his work.

At least with Ian's work, it's not really my style, but I was there for and participated in one of his rituals and can see the mechanics of it and where he intends to go with it, even if he's not really got there yet. That part I can comment on reasonably easily, being more familiar with the thought processes and the techniques. Most of John-Paul's stuff just leaves me scratching my head. I'm going to have to drag myself through at least some of the book without the brain cells leaking out my ears if I'm going to speak about it with any clarity at all.

In both cases, I can at least pull illustrations and say "here's some stuff, it looks interesting and is based on things that many of you will be familiar with," and hope that will cover a lot of my own shortcomings in understanding. I'll be mentioning ogam "gematria" as well, or at least ogam as a basis for numerology. I'll mention in passing that there was a guy spamming my FB page with his alleged "Gaelic" gematria system and that he's not the only one who has played with the idea. I don't remember the guy's name and am not going to bother trying to remember because I still have no intention of promoting his work or letting him use my space as a springboard for his own agenda.

I'll talk a little about divination and show examples of some of the various types of decks and other ogam divination systems out there, as I do have a fair collection of them at this point. I need to remember to drag out the boxes later this evening before I go to bed. Photos will need to be taken.

Tomorrow morning I have a VA appointment and have to remember to take a stack of papers in with me. I have to schedule a tit squish, which requires referral from the Women's Clinic, and dental wants me in for x-rays, so I need to go up to the dental clinic and schedule something. I am not thrilled with a 10:30am medical appointment, but podiatry only does morning clinics. Suckage. We hates it we does my preciousss.

My brain, it is currently barely functional.
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 (extra meds)
I've got a lot of my list of things done today. Credit card companies were contacted about my travel, the writing/creativity exercises were edited and printed out (and transferred over to the pod), texts were sent and received from the sib in Italy so that I know I can contact him. Itineraries were given the final edit and sent off to mom, the sib, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor so they will know where to find me on any given day. My carry-on bag was packed and weighed, coming out to just under 22 pounds, which includes a number of things that will be either weigh less by the time I have to carry it onto the Manchester to Rennes flight, or they won't be in the bag at all. I think that will work out okay.

Things I still have to do include writing up a meditation for the day when I'm not teaching, entering all the contact info for everyone I'm visiting into my phone, picking up ribbons for tying on the clootie trees at the wells (a small spool of ribbon from a crafts/fabric store will be just fine), calling the phone company about a European roaming plan, and making sure all the last minute packing details are attended to.

I also need to do a quick listing of essential phrases I may need in French and Czech. The sib will be with me in Italy, so I won't really need them for Italian. Stuff like "where is the nearest bathroom," "I am lost," "can you help me find the police," "please," "thank you," "where is an ATM," and "do you speak English" are on the list. You know, the stuff people really should have a clue about how to say. ;) If any of y'all can help me out, please do let me know. I would deeply appreciate it.

No doubt other things will raise their unattractive heads at some point, but right now that's about all my brain is coming up with. And so, to bed. Mostly to curl up with a hot pad on my cramping parts, and read for a bit.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (extra meds)
I've got a lot of my list of things done today. Credit card companies were contacted about my travel, the writing/creativity exercises were edited and printed out (and transferred over to the pod), texts were sent and received from the sib in Italy so that I know I can contact him. Itineraries were given the final edit and sent off to mom, the sib, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor so they will know where to find me on any given day. My carry-on bag was packed and weighed, coming out to just under 22 pounds, which includes a number of things that will be either weigh less by the time I have to carry it onto the Manchester to Rennes flight, or they won't be in the bag at all. I think that will work out okay.

Things I still have to do include writing up a meditation for the day when I'm not teaching, entering all the contact info for everyone I'm visiting into my phone, picking up ribbons for tying on the clootie trees at the wells (a small spool of ribbon from a crafts/fabric store will be just fine), calling the phone company about a European roaming plan, and making sure all the last minute packing details are attended to.

I also need to do a quick listing of essential phrases I may need in French and Czech. The sib will be with me in Italy, so I won't really need them for Italian. Stuff like "where is the nearest bathroom," "I am lost," "can you help me find the police," "please," "thank you," "where is an ATM," and "do you speak English" are on the list. You know, the stuff people really should have a clue about how to say. ;) If any of y'all can help me out, please do let me know. I would deeply appreciate it.

No doubt other things will raise their unattractive heads at some point, but right now that's about all my brain is coming up with. And so, to bed. Mostly to curl up with a hot pad on my cramping parts, and read for a bit.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Insane Membrane!)
Today I hung out with the folks in #writechat and #poetparty, talking about writing stuff and my recent poetry publication in Written River. Both were a good way to get my mind out of my frantic last couple of days before the road trip.

I got out to the store to run a couple of errands today that needed to be done. Work was done on the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop, and I remembered to scan and print copies of a page that had been forgotten yesterday, and emailed it off to the guy who was making copies of the other things. Further work on that can take place tomorrow. I dug out some copies of articles and such that might be relevant for one or more of the things I'll be doing at Eight Winds.

Speaking of which, does anyone have a copy of either of these articles:

Liminality in Early Irish Literature: The Madness of Suibhne Geilt by Bridgitte K. Slavin, Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association 2007 (didn't have page numbers)

The Irish Berdman: Kingship and Liminality in Buile Suibhne from Text and Transmission in Medieval Europe, Celtic Studies Publications 2007, pp 17-45

I think I'm reading my notes right on those. Anyway, if you have any idea where I might find copies, please let me know.

[livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's address was added to the god of navigation. I edited the manuscript for Fireflies at Absolute Zero again and sent it off to Hiraeth Press.

I had lunch today over at Emory's. It was warm and sunny for a while, and I grabbed a cup of clam chowder and a salad out on their back deck, sitting in the sunlight. It was really pleasant, and a good break from the work I was doing. Later, at home, I made some lentil soup and had that for dinner. I may nibble something further before I go to bed tonight.

Tonight is also my flamekeeping shift, and the altar is lit up. I got [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands and the sib in contact with one another about the Prague part of my trip. He wants to spend a couple of days there, not having been before, and she's up for that and made a few suggestions about places for him to stay. I sent her email off to him so that they both have each others' email addresses and can work out the details between them. I'm not really in a position to be the go-between right now.

Answered a late email from [livejournal.com profile] ogam and hope that the answer was helpful. [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor are here again tonight, after having spent all day working on her moving.

Tomorrow: laundry, finish packing, finish dealing with the notes for the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop. Everything I can do for the pilgrimage right now is done, as far as I know. If there's anything else, [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah will have to wait until I get home again next Monday before I'll have time and bandwidth to deal with it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Insane Membrane!)
Today I hung out with the folks in #writechat and #poetparty, talking about writing stuff and my recent poetry publication in Written River. Both were a good way to get my mind out of my frantic last couple of days before the road trip.

I got out to the store to run a couple of errands today that needed to be done. Work was done on the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop, and I remembered to scan and print copies of a page that had been forgotten yesterday, and emailed it off to the guy who was making copies of the other things. Further work on that can take place tomorrow. I dug out some copies of articles and such that might be relevant for one or more of the things I'll be doing at Eight Winds.

Speaking of which, does anyone have a copy of either of these articles:

Liminality in Early Irish Literature: The Madness of Suibhne Geilt by Bridgitte K. Slavin, Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association 2007 (didn't have page numbers)

The Irish Berdman: Kingship and Liminality in Buile Suibhne from Text and Transmission in Medieval Europe, Celtic Studies Publications 2007, pp 17-45

I think I'm reading my notes right on those. Anyway, if you have any idea where I might find copies, please let me know.

[livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's address was added to the god of navigation. I edited the manuscript for Fireflies at Absolute Zero again and sent it off to Hiraeth Press.

I had lunch today over at Emory's. It was warm and sunny for a while, and I grabbed a cup of clam chowder and a salad out on their back deck, sitting in the sunlight. It was really pleasant, and a good break from the work I was doing. Later, at home, I made some lentil soup and had that for dinner. I may nibble something further before I go to bed tonight.

Tonight is also my flamekeeping shift, and the altar is lit up. I got [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands and the sib in contact with one another about the Prague part of my trip. He wants to spend a couple of days there, not having been before, and she's up for that and made a few suggestions about places for him to stay. I sent her email off to him so that they both have each others' email addresses and can work out the details between them. I'm not really in a position to be the go-between right now.

Answered a late email from [livejournal.com profile] ogam and hope that the answer was helpful. [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor are here again tonight, after having spent all day working on her moving.

Tomorrow: laundry, finish packing, finish dealing with the notes for the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop. Everything I can do for the pilgrimage right now is done, as far as I know. If there's anything else, [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah will have to wait until I get home again next Monday before I'll have time and bandwidth to deal with it.
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.
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That's okay, though, as I actually managed to get a fair bit done. I'd been planning to go to a party with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, but she had something come up, and I was feeling very achy and migrainey anyway, so we mutually decided that we'd stay put where we were.

It took several hours for me to feel like something vaguely human, but I worked on the Circle of Stones galley and got it back to my publisher and editor. I will admit that my examination was very superficial. I couldn't have looked for remaining typos if you'd paid me; I just didn't have anything like enough focus. I also received both of the remaining review blurbs for the cover today and sent them along as well. I'm very excited by what everyone had to say, and am deeply grateful to my friends for being willing to write them up at such short notice.

The other thing that I did today was purchase my train ticket from Rennes to the de Gaulle airport in Paris. Sadly, I won't be able to spend any time in the city - the train station is apparently right there at the airport and I'll be dashing off to check in for my flight to Prague. I'm relieved to get that done at last, though. Now the only remaining transportation issues are trains in England, which aren't available as yet.

I also did some consolidating of names of people I'm doing things for over there, including prayers at the wells and whatnot. I've got a request for a trees or plants field guide from a good friend, and am happy to do that for her, given that wandering through bookshops is high on my list of Things To Do while I'm not otherwise occupied.

Tomorrow I'm heading down to Seattle for Metropolis. The showing is at 12:30 and I'll need to set my alarm to be up by 9am. We'll probably watch the movie, grab some lunch, and then I'll head home, as I can't imagine I'm going to feel a whole lot better tomorrow than I did today. I've rested my shoulder enough off and on today that it's no longer agonizing, but it's still pretty painful, and it's (sadly) not the only thing bothering me. I really ought to do laundry when I get home tomorrow, too. I'd been wanting to do some today but wasn't even feeling up to hauling the basket from the bedroom out to the laundry closet. Dealing with wet clothes and then contemplating the whole drying and putting them away schtick was really too much. Making food and washing dishes was about the extent of the physical activity I was up for today.

Since I have to get up early tomorrow, I ought to get a last bit of food and take my pills, then drop myself into the bed. I'm pretty sure going to Seattle tomorrow is likely to be exhausting.
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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.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
Today was time spent dealing with the galley proof of Circle of Stones. There were a few formatting issues and a couple of places where the order of things needed to be slightly rearranged, but I sent along notes of all the various places I found problems. I didn't go over it for typos, I just didn't have the brain power. I was a bit headachey today and couldn't focus quite that carefully on minutia.

I asked Taylor about whether there were going to be blurbs in the book and he said that, if I wanted them, would be my department. This is the "this book is awesome so you should buy it - famous author" type blurbs, not the descriptive text on the back cover telling you what's actually in the book. I've asked [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht to do one for me, given his Celtic credentials. I need a couple more, but I'm not entirely sure who to ask. I've pinged John Michael Greer through his blog, as I've misplaced his email address, and perhaps he'll do one; he was half of the authors of the Pagan Prayer Beads book, after all. If anyone has further suggestions, particularly people who would have some context for this, rather than just being Pagan authors, I'd love to hear them.

Anyway, after that I did a bunch of dishes and then got down to cataloging a bunch of books. I did a stack of about 40 of them and finally got them off the floor next to the desk. I still have about that many that I'm going to have to enter manually before I dive back into the shelves in the library, but at least it was done.

I had hoped to do a little work on the incubation ritual for the pilgrimage today, but wasn't quite up to speed for something like that. I caught up on a little email, though, and did a little decorating of the cover of the pilgrimage notebook that I'll be taking along. I found a b/w Celtic style illustration that I pulled off the intertubes and printed out, with dandelions, an oystercatcher, sheep, a flame, and a blacksmith's bellows and tongs surrounding a Brigid figure. I had to fiddle with it a bit to size it properly, then I glued it to the front and did a little color on it with some colored pencils I've had sitting around in my desk for ages. It's not brilliant, but it's okay. It'll certainly do the job. I'm just hoping the liquid glue I used to paste the picture to the Moleskine notebook will stay. It seems to be okay so far.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor had gaming with some friends tonight and is now on her way up for the weekend. She might go to the Shinto shrine with me and [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht on Sunday, though we're not certain just yet. He'll be arriving around 9am on Sunday morning when his mom drops him off on her way elsewhere. She'll be picking him up again around 5pm, from what he says.

I'll probably head for bed shortly after [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor gets here. I'm not particularly tired, but my head is still kind of off.
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Today was a group day down at the VA; I ended up waking an hour earlier than my alarm was set for, despite having gone to bed after 3:30am. It was sunny when I got up but didn't, sadly, stay that way. Group was good, and I talked to someone at the VA who gave me a phone number for an office in Kansas where I can deal with the travel compensation issue I've been having -- they're taking a $6 co-pay out of my check almost every time I go down there and, rated at 100%, the travel office is apparently Not Supposed to Do That. The woman I talked to is another disabled vet (tons of disabled vets work at the VA, unsurprisingly) said that they would probably send me back compensation for what I'd not been paid, as well, which might be at least a couple of years' worth of visits. At six bucks a whack, that could potentially be a few hundred dollars. I don't know if it will happen before I leave for Europe, but if it does, that would be spectacular. That said, it has to start with a phone call, which is not at all my strong suit. I'm not looking forward to it, but I'll probably try to call tomorrow sometime before 4pm their time, which means I will likely still be trying to kick-start the brain.

It turned out that the friend who had offered to do some massage work on me had another commitment today, so it's likely to be next Thursday before I get any work done, but that's certainly way better than not having it on offer at all. I'll be looking forward to getting pummeled.

The mail today brought the gift of a prototype for a larger féige find from [livejournal.com profile] chronarchy. Here's a photo, with the other one and a quarter for scale comparison. It's quite nice work, and I was surprised and delighted to receive such a ritual tool.

Féige Find 2 - prototype for large size

Travelers was quiet this afternoon and I managed to finish reading Brigid of the Gael, take some notes, and get a little work done toward the incubation ritual for Ireland, so I felt pretty accomplished with the whole thing. It was tempting to consider going over to [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's place instead, but I really had to get things done today. She'll be up tomorrow night sometime, as she'll be having a game night at her place with some mutual friends, but I'll be spending tomorrow dealing with the Circle of Stones galley.

Bits of me are a little afraid to open the file and see what it looks like. This is the last opportunity to make any corrections or changes, though, before it goes to press, so it's important to actually get my anxiety under control and do it. I went over to Bartell's after I got home this evening to pick up a couple of ink cartridges for the printer, as I was out of black ink; if I think I need to print out the galley, I needed a fresh cartridge. At least that was done. I also picked up a knee brace. I haven't tried it on yet, but I will tomorrow.

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] unwoman posted a short trailer for her documentary on steampunk music, Beautiful Fish: Unwoman Plays Cello for Steampunks. Aside from the fact that she is, quite simply, fucking amazing, there's also a bit where [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I appear, dancing in the audience at her SteamCon show, so watch for us!



I was pretty tickled, even though I don't feel like I'm particularly photogenic. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, however, is terribly hot and you should watch just to see her. ;) She's the dancer, I'm the awkward one.

So: tomorrow = working on Circle of Stones and more work on the incubation ritual to flesh out some ideas I had, provided I get through the galley with enough brain cells to work on something else.

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