erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy fountain pen)
The only vid I have seen so far of me actually reading at the event only contains part of one poem, so I'm not posting that. I do have a photo of me reading at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, though.

Reading at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe photo IMG_1542_zps6916f1dd.jpg

And here is a video of me accepting the poetry award at the Bisexual Book Awards! It's only a little over a minute long. Since LJ won't do an embed from this, here's the link. *grr*

http://s4.photobucket.com/user/erynnphotos/media/20130602_211357_zps027ec49e.mp4.html
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brigid Poet)
With thanks to Erik G, I was supplied with a PDF of the PL Henry analysis and translation of The Cauldron of Poesy, which you can find at this link in PDF form. It's well worth reading, so please have a look!

This article includes a version of the original Irish as well as Henry's translation. It's from Studia Celtica 14/15, (1979/1980), pp 114-128.

Also today, on the bi writers list, a note came through saying that for the Lambda Literary Awards this year, they had two submissions of poetry by bi authors and if they had a third they could actually have a bisexual poetry category, so I emailed Sheela Lambert and asked if mine would qualify, given it has some bi content in it. She said yes, send it along, so I sent her a PDF of the manuscript and will be overnighting a copy to her tomorrow, which means I am in the running for a Lambda Literary Award.

She'd asked where I lived, if I might be able to be in NYC on June 2nd if I won, and if my publisher was in NYC. I said that I might have to scramble to be there, but it's possible, and that while my publisher wasn't in NYC they were based out of Danvers, CT, so they could certainly be around if need be. I emailed Jason and Leslie to let them know, though I also told Sheela that Hiraeth was more an eco-poetics/eco-spirituality/eco-philosophy press and that the Lambdas were probably not even on their radar. Still, I'm sure they'll be happy to have me in the competition.

We shall see what happens. The Lambda awards have had a lot of issues over the years because they pretty much don't deal with bi or trans people very well. (Not like this is unusual in the "GLBT" community.) Bi writers usually have to compete in the gay or lesbian categories, though there have occasionally been bi categories, and trans works are almost never represented. At the same time, if we don't get out there and represent for ourselves at these things and demand entry, the g/l establishment isn't going to let us in the door. Therefore, I'm glad to be on the list, even if it's very last minute.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GONZO!)
I've decided to change my approach to the whole photo thing and will deal with it tomorrow evening. I've got an appointment for tomorrow afternoon to have Garuda's brakes and tires checked so that all will be well when I hit the road Tuesday.

I stopped on the way home and did some errands, and one thing that I found was some imported ginger beer that is actually alcoholic (and in no way beer-y) that tasted really good over at Central Market. Alder smoked salmon for my sweetie in California has been acquired, along with a bottle of Whidbey Island port that I figured I would bring down with me and we could try. Other things I needed to acquire toward other purposes have also been attained.

I got this forwarded to me this evening, for anyone who might be interested:

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One of the researchers doing the survey is my shrink here at the VA. Their identification of persons eligible to take the survey is slightly problematic, but I'm going to talk to her about the wording of it so that it will hopefully be at least a little less insensitive to trans women.

This afternoon before group, I went in to talk to the woman who runs the Addiction & Recovery Clinic, who had been passed my letter from the Patient Advocate's office. She was the one who saw to it that the HIV poster was taken down when I initially made the complaint. She had called me but I hadn't been able to get in touch with her by phone. We spoke briefly. She thanked me for bringing the issue up -- apparently she'd been uncomfortable with the poster herself. I was kind of curious as to why she hadn't taken any action about it before, but so it goes. She did ask if there was anything else that I thought should be done. I told her I wanted to be sure the poster was not in any of the other clinics in the hospital, and that they should get HIV awareness/education posters that actually reflected reality. She agreed that this would be an excellent thing and that she would look into it.

Result!

The last thing I did at the VA today was check in with the women's clinic about getting a refill on my tylenol with codeine. I have to actually speak to someone about it. I still have one left, so I didn't need/want to wait around at the pharmacy near closing time. I told them to mail the scrip to me, but that I would be out of town for the next two weeks, starting Tuesday. I'm hoping that they won't try to deliver it while I'm out of town because I think I have to sign for it and I'm not sure if Brianna will be here, or if she can even sign for it on my behalf. I forgot all about the signature thing while I was there. Regardless, the order is in and I should at least be able to pick the stuff up at the VA next time I go in, if it gets returned there for some reason.

And now, contemplating my bed. Possibly even getting into it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
After contemplating it for several months, I finally went to Lulu and spent all of last night and most of today putting together a 20-page hardbound photo book of my pilgrimage through Ireland and the Isle of Man. It's available by link only, not as an open search item on Lulu.com, so if you're interested, you can have a peek at the book by clicking here. It's $35, because it's hardbound and full color. I've got my proof copy on order but everything looked fine online. Once I get my copy (when I get back from PCon, as there's no way it would get here before I leave), I'll add a permanent link and information for it on my publications page over on Searching for Imbas.

There are a couple of pages of narration, and some material identifying where the photos are from and what they are, but beyond that, it's just some pictures of places I went and things I experienced. There are a couple of other people in some of the photos, but not usually faces, or the faces are far enough away to not be clear. This was primarily necessitated by the fact that I often simply couldn't get photos without people in them at some of the places. Two photos (of me) were taken by others, and the photographers credited. There's no ISBN, so it can't be got through Amazon or other online outlets. It's only available through the link. Anyways, please pass the word along to anyone you think might be interested.

I did most of the work on Firefox, but the browser wouldn't actually process the file to publish, so I had to switch over to Safari for the final work. It eventually got done. It was annoying, though.

This evening I went over to Lake Stevens hang out with the steampunks, and we plotted and planned stuff for the coming several months. March 17th we'll be having a tea & whisky tasting at my place. Other things are planned as well, but mine will just be a small, quiet affair starting about 2pm. If you're interested in coming and having tea and booz0rz with steampunks, let me know.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor is going to be starting up Irish classes in Everett soon. I'll post information as soon as I have it.

Tomorrow will be spent doing more PCon prep.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (10 ceirt)
As per the request of [livejournal.com profile] rem_dustfinger, I've finally had time to mess with the new printer/scanner and have put a pdf of Geilt up. The link will directly download the file to your computer.

And [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor has just arrived for our Imbolc ritual.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (triple nerd score)
I'm feeling kind of awesome and kind of sniffly. My friend [livejournal.com profile] fififolle, whom I met this summer, said that I was one of the highlights of her year:

I had rather an up and down year writing-wise, but a highlight of my year was meeting in person the lovely erynn999, someone who inspired my writing in early days, showed me what good slash is, and continues to do so. Thank you, sweetie, for coming to visit me!


I'm so touched, Fi - you are amazing and wonderful and always welcome under my roof anytime you are in the same hemisphere.

I went to the Post-Apocalypse steampunk tea at Kier's place over in Greenwood for a couple of hours and had a lovely time. I played Martial Fluxx with friends, shared info about the Sherlock Seattle party on January 6th with one of my friends, and learned that there is an Abney Park and Steam Powered Giraffe show in Everett in April that I want to go to, since it's about 15 minutes from my place.

When I got home, I ended up writing a 3,300 word outline for a fic I want to do later this year when I've got the article on ogam finished and a good start on the Brigid book. Geordie says that he'd be interested in doing a panel on esoteric poetry at the Esoteric Book Conference in September, and put him in touch with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht, who wants to propose one with us and Ruby Sara, who edited the Datura and Mandragora anthologies.

Now my left hand ring finger is all numb and hurting. I'm going to have to lay off the keyboard for a couple of days and to pay my bills tomorrow.

Tired Erynn will now crawl off and go to bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
I am having a headache and a vaguely queasy stomach that I should not have. It's not in the usual migraine place, though it feels mostly like one. Sometimes I do get them on the other side of my head so that's probably what's happening.

Some nice things were said about the Mandragora anthology at this blog here.

I have a group tomorrow but am not sure if I'll be feeling well enough to get down to Seattle for it. I wanted to write today but could barely focus enough to read. This is massive suckage. I shall check in with you tomorrow. Hope you're having a better day than me.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
I didn't do a whole lot today, as I haven't been feeling too well, but [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor has posted the audio files for the Irish and Gaelic in A Circle of Stones to her BandCamp site. The files are available for $5, with all the money going to her for the work she put into it and to compensate for her editing for the second edition of the book. If you're interested in A Circle of Stones, you'll want this! Please do pass the word to friends who might be interested. And while you're there, check out her music, too! She has five CDs out.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Didn't even get to bed last "night" until about 9am, but that's how these things go sometimes. I was up about 2pm and staggered about the place trying to do a few things. (Got some laundry done, I'm waiting for the last of it to dry now.)

I hung out in skype with my beta and did a bunch of work on the fic I'm writing. It's at 19,666 words at the moment. It is the story of the beast, obviously.

This afternoon I pinged [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor not realizing she was down in Seattle for the CR group's annual meeting. She sent me a text when she got home, so I asked her to come over and I made us some dinner. We're about to collapse in a heap, once my laundry is finished.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to be at least vaguely awake. In the mail today, I got a spiffy long sleeved t-shirt proclaiming "Get Fucking Epic and Do Shit" - just like my mug. Now I can wear it and proclaim to the world my epic intentions. [livejournal.com profile] winneganfake's work, that. Y'all go get things from him on RedBubble.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Liberty & Justice OTP)
The Veterans For Peace website has a collection of links surrounding the Auburn veterans day parade here. There's some decent coverage there, both print and video.

I stayed home today and woke up around 2:30 or so. I expect to get jolted out of bed at some point tomorrow morning with package from the post office that didn't get delivered here Saturday because I was in Auburn. I suspect it is the new copies of my poetry book. I had sort of hoped I'd be able to haul my ass out and get a haircut, but I was just too tired. I ordered in a pizza for dinner, but I didn't eat much other than that today.

I did spend time writing. The fic I'm working on is at 12,600 words, which is about 2500 words more than when I stopped last time, I think, so I didn't do too badly today.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (giftie)
This morning didn't start well. I went to sleep at maybe 4:30am, only to be awakened by landscapers outside my bedroom window running a weedwhacker at 10:30am. Needless to say, this did not make the DoDC+3 very happy. By the third pass near the window, I gave up and hauled myself upright.

Email brought photos from Caitlin of the pomegranate ogam feda she made for me:

Pomegranate ogam feda from Caitlin

They look spiffy, don't they? She works with all kinds of wood and you can see her work or commission pieces from her here.

The mail brought my copies of Fireflies at Absolute Zero today!

Fireflies have arrived!

This means if you pre-order, you should get them before the official release date of October 31st. So dash on over to Hiraeth Press and do that thing! You can even look at the first several pages of the book there. The cover looks much nicer than this lighting makes it seem.

Last in the good news for the day department, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor reports that she has the preliminary sound files for the Circle of Stones prayers in Gaelic/Irish and will be working on making them nice for uploading so you can buy them soon! I don't know how long that will take, but you'll know pretty much as soon as I do when they'll be available.

Even with all the good news, I barely felt up to leaving the house today. I almost left getting the mail out of the mailbox for tomorrow, but the DoDC+3 had to be walked, so I had to put clothes on anyway. Glad I did.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
My publisher has just released the link to the pre-order page for my poetry collection, Fireflies at Absolute Zero from Hiraeth Press. The book is $15.95 plus postage and is due to ship on October 31st, 2012.

I got some lovely cover text from several writers, including Ruby Sara, editor of the Datura and Mandragora esoteric poesis anthologies. From the Hiraeth page:

“Erynn Rowan Laurie’s Fireflies at Absolute Zero is a call to poetic arms, written with the ferocity and pas­sion of the Earth war­rior — “my poems burn like stars/​ they fall like spears from the oil-​​black sky.” It is a hymn of praise to the old gods, written in the long tra­di­tion of poets as dreamers of new worlds, and re-​​memberers of old ones. Indeed, Laurie’s poetry reminds us all that humanity cannot face its strug­gles with either mushy plat­i­tudes or mil­i­tarist cliché; we require the nuance of the poet who dances coura­geously on the edges, between the struggle and the embrace.” –Theodore Richards, author of Cosmosophia and The Crucifixion

“Following an ancient tra­di­tion of craft and inspi­ra­tion, Erynn Rowan Laurie’s work breathes in wonder, trans­mutes it into a crisp lyri­cism, and offers it, sharp and focused, back to the waking world. Grounded in expe­ri­ence, dream, and story, these poems declare with rich atten­tion the wild voice of the divine, the warp and weft of myth, the com­plexity of being human, and the great beauty of the earth, rough and sweet. Fireflies at Absolute Zero is a col­lec­tion for all who seek to invite in the raw, poetic nature of being and wit­ness to the singing of spirits and powers; bluejay, human struggle, man­drake, divine story, seashore...all brought into focus by the magic of the sacred word.” –Ruby Sara, editor of Datura and Mandragora

“Yes, this book of poems sings with lyrics, dances with visions, flies into spaces not yet filled with song, and lights dark places. But is it a book about writing poetry or about being a poet or being at-​​one with the nat­ural world, lit­erary world, and mytho­log­ical world? Or it is about spir­i­tual jour­neys or about embracing more fully the unknown? Yes!” –Mary Harwell Sayler, author of Living in the Nature Poem

“At the sharp edges of Dreams and Desires I have found a kin­dred spirit of the shining endark­en­ment.” –James McDowell, author of Night, Mystery & Light


Many thanks to Jason Kirkey and Leslie Browning of Hiraeth for their support and encouragement. It has been a delight to work with them on this project!

In other news, I went and helped [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor put together half of her dresser today, and a shower rack. I didn't have time or energy to finish up the dresser, but we'll see about getting that together tomorrow at some point. I have my VA appointment for my orthotics in the afternoon and if I'm up to coping with anything when I get home, I'll go finish up the job for her.

This evening [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht got back from HowlCon in Portland, and is staying here for the night. He got a ride back from a couple he met at the con, who dropped him off at my place and had a cup of tea with us. As they were leaving, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor got here and then the three of us watched Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which I had seen at the cinema, but I had a really horrid migraine that day, so the experience really wasn't nearly as much fun as it should have been. I'm glad I picked the movie up. It was a lot of fun when I wasn't in blinding pain. Still very much a Holmes AU fanfic, in my opinion, but an amusing one and not a waste of the money I spent on it.

Today I also finally got all the excess cardboard boxes, packing stuff, and recycling out of the house. Now I have space in the library closet again at last. I'd been saving it up for [livejournal.com profile] lupagreenwolf, but she hasn't been north in a while and I probably won't be seeing her while she's up for SteamCon, so it didn't seem reasonable to hold onto everything for so long.

Anyway, yay for clearing a few things up.

Lastly, I got an email today from NorWesCon programming asking me to be an "attending professional" at NorWesCon this coming March, presumably to speak on writing and/or fanfic panels. I filled out their website form as requested. Now to wait and see if they'll offer me a panel or two!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
So yesterday the only thing I did was post a fic. Everything else was pretty much beyond me.

Today I did some laundry and went over to help [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor with some unpacking. We hauled boxes around until we had them in appropriate categories, I unpacked stuff into her kitchen, and then we unpacked music and books. She's got her two cats now, but they were hiding the entire time I was there (unsurprisingly, as the whole place was pretty chaotic).

I had a friend over for tea in the early afternoon. I made some lavender scones and we talked about stuff and things and I showed her an ep of Venture Brothers, as you do. She was exceedingly amused. She had to go about 3 to pick up her daughter; [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor showed up maybe 15 minutes later from a doctor's appointment.

Today's mail brought an envelope from UW Physicians, who had finally sent my bill for the tit squish over to the VA, as they should have in the first place. Also, my mortgage was sold to some other company, so I had to spend some time arranging to change my payment details, which was annoying but not terribly difficult. I should be able to have everything swapped over for next month's payment without any problem.

Tomorrow will probably be more unpacking with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor.

I can't remember if I linked it, but Hiraeth has published another excerpt from Fireflies at Absolute Zero on their website yesterday.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brigid Healer)
I've posted a new page on my Searching for Imbas blog with a map and photos describing in detail how to find Brigid's Wayside Well in Kildare, Ireland. Given the trouble I initially had finding the place, I thought it would be a service to other pilgrims. You can find the page here.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
Hiraeth Press has got a poem and an announcement up about Fireflies at Absolute Zero on their news page. The release date has been announced as October 31st. Happy Samhain for me!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Deduce it)
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