erynn: Gaelic merman image (asclepius rod)
I got mail yesterday from the VA scheduling me for another audiology appointment, though I'm not entirely certain what this one is for. I'd thought the one on the 17th was my follow-up, but this is for the 6th. Unfortunate dizziness continues apace as I contemplate what to do should this condition be permanent.

I got an email inviting me to a friend's birthday party in Vancouver yesterday, but didn't have enough time to arrange a bus trip up there or someone to drive me, so I had to email and send my regrets. Apparently a previous email got eaten by the aether, which I really regret. I would have loved to be there.

Yesterday I posted a fic I'd been working on for a fandom exchange, and have got some lovely comments on it. I'm currently working on another, though that will take quite a while to write. I'm expecting it to be quite long, and have it pretty thoroughly plotted out. I had wanted to write yesterday and today but have only been able to get a little focus today, late in the evening. I've done about 1200 words so far and might do a little more, so as to feel like this scene is finished, before I give up for the night.

Thursday [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor is supposed to take me for a haircut and to get Garuda in for an emissions test. She can't really be in the salon, as the chemicals will make her pretty sick, but she can take Garuda off for the test and then wait for me down at the nearby Starbucks if she's done before I am.

Mom called to let me know she's back from Atlanta. Apparently the officer who was organizing the ship's reunion was a complete dick, so they didn't stay very long. Somehow this fails to surprise me. His answer to "why doesn't the hospitality suite have chairs or anything other than really inadequate nibbles" was "this is a meet and greet, not a stay and eat." Yeah, thanks. Lots of older folks, some of whom might actually be disabled? You get chairs so people can sit and talk, you stupid fucking wanker. Titanium sporks at dawn.

Still not thrilled with my situation, but surviving. As you do.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (tree of life)
Despite the fact that I'm continuing on with the dizziness and that it's remaining quite uncomfortable, I've been able to maintain at least a little bit of my social life. I got a ride out to one of the local steampunk social things, that being a small gathering for one of our folks who has been deployed for the last several months and was back for a few days before he's off again until December. Sadly, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor wasn't able to go along, as she wasn't feeling well, but a ride was arranged nonetheless. Yesterday one of the local Mensa folks gave me a ride to the monthly gathering, which has moved up to Shoreline - there was a presentation on resources for figuring out the veracity of information on the internet. I knew about some of the available resources, but did learn a few things, so that was pretty good.

The Everett Irish lessons are happening on Sundays, and the venue has flaked out on us so they have been permanently moved to my place until further notice. Next week there won't be a class, as our two teachers ([livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson) are going down to Portland for an immersion weekend.

Talked to my mom briefly today because she emailed about going to Atlanta and worrying about crossing the river before it floods. I was worried that it was a severe weather thing, but it's just that her husband is going to a ship's reunion that's happening there this coming week. No emergencies, yay! They should be leaving first thing in the morning. I'm guessing they're actually probably already on the road, given the time difference.

The dizziness is getting increasingly frustrating and depressing, but I am doing my best to just carry on. Thanks to everyone who has expressed support privately, or in other places on the web. You are greatly appreciated.

In other news, the Esoteric Book Conference is now selling memberships. The date is September 14-15 and I've ordered my membership. Sherlock Seattle has its dates (October 4-6 at the Broadway Performance Hall again) and will be selling memberships beginning early in May. These, at least, are some cool things to look forward to.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (chibi!Erynn)
I was having an immensely hard time transferring my photos from the computer to an SD card today. I spent several hours messing with it, only to have the computer decide not to transfer the same number of pics I'd asked it to, repeatedly. At this point, I've given up and will be hauling the iMac down to PCon with me for the informal chat in the ADF suite. It'll be awkward and a pain in the ass, but easier on me than trying to figure out WTF with the photos that are refusing to transfer.

While I was out picking up the card I tried to use, I got myself a Cthulhu Fluxx game, which I shall look forward to playing with my various and sundry co-conspirators.

Beyond that frustration, not much happened today. Tomorrow will be group at the VA and Tuesday I hit the road for California. I emailed my mechanics to make an appointment to have Garuda's brakes and tires checked on Friday so that I know everything is in working order when I head south. The rest of Friday is going to be dedicated to the rest of my packing and last-minute prep. I don't expect to get everything done on Friday, of course. I'll be doing laundry Monday, most likely, and finish packing my clothes that day. Tuesday morning before I hit the road, will be actually packing up the computer.

Called the Momster today and talked with her for a while to catch up on all kinds of things. We talked a little about the upcoming cross country road trip, and my plans for bits of that. I'm looking forward to it immensely.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
The headache was back today. This was not happymaking, but about par for the course.

I've sent off emails to people regarding handfastings that I was asked if I could do but would not be able to either due to time or distance, in hopes that they will be able to find other folks to help. I sent what references I could.

Got copies of my poetry book sent off to the sib and to a friend, which I'd been meaning to do for some time now. I also picked up a couple of things at the store while I was out, as I was in need of them.

Today I started making plans for my road trip out to Wellspring (and hence my trip to the east coast and back), putting together the basics of a Googlemap with driving instructions to various people and places. So far, without any diversions, it's about 6,500 miles. I have plans for other stops, but need to get addresses for them before I can add them to the list. It took me a while to figure out how to set it for multiple destinations, but I've finally got that figured out. It looks like there are a bunch of toll roads, primarily out east, so I'm going to have to actually carry cash and stuff.

Despite hating to deal with phones, I called the VA today to check on a prescription renewal (not a refill) that I couldn't do online. I had left a message last Friday but didn't hear back from anyone, and nothing had been showing up on the online database, so I wasn't sure if it had been dealt with. The nurse said the scrip had been dealt with and mailed out to me, so all is well. It's just miserably hard to get a live human being on the phone and I dislike the recursive voicemail menus. I can never be sure anyone has actually got any message I leave for them.

For writing, I opened up the files for the ogam article and printed things out so that I could sit down and make some notes and edits, but that's about as far as I got with that project. The headache wasn't really letting me focus very well, and I also have to put together my outline and notes for my PCon presentation. I'll see if I can spend a little time tomorrow working on that before I head over to the AFK for the steampunk meetup.

Late this evening, I texted [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, who had been having a rough couple of days, and asked if she wanted to come over for food and a snuggle on the couch. She was quite enthusiastic, so came by. I cooked then we watched an episode of Raffles, a 1970s adaptation of EW Hornung's criminal answer to Sherlock Holmes. We were vastly amused. I suspect there will be more of this in our near future.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (triple nerd score)
I called mom for a bit today and just missed my Uncle Eddie, who had come by for dinner. They usually go to his place for holidays because mom hates cooking, but this year it was her turn. We talked a little bit and then I scarpered off to get ready to go to see The Hobbit. I quite enjoyed the film, but we did end up having to stand in line (inside) to see it. I hadn't ever been to a movie on Xmas before and didn't realize that a lot of people do that thing. I won't be doing it again. Cinebarre, though, was a pretty nice place. They serve actual food and drinks, so it's a 21+ only establishment. At least I was spared screaming juveniles.

I'll be looking forward to seeing the other movies in the trilogy. As with LOTR, some details were changed, and there's material there explaining background from stuff like The Silmarillion and other Tolkien trivia. I was quite amused by Radagast the Brown. Mom said she remembered me reading those books under the covers with a flashlight when I was a kid. Yep, I did that. It was the days before phones were unhooked from walls, and they did not yet glow in the dark or contain books. (is old)

Late this evening I was hanging out in a chat with a bunch of fangirls and got shipped with somebody. My fannish life is complete. (If you do not understand this reference, just ignore it, because it is silliness of the first water.)
erynn: Gaelic merman image (tea addict)
This evening I finally got out to Otherworlds, the steampunk shop in Edmonds. I went with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor for steampunks dancing, and we did mostly waltz type things and some English country dancing. I was a little dizzy by the time I sat down, and the hips and knees didn't hold out for more than an hour or so, but I think I did okay. The proprietors are tea geeks like me, and she is into teaware and we geeked about ceramics and teas for a little bit after the dancing. I got a teacup and saucer much like the ones I inherited from my father's mom. She's apparently having a hard time selling the antique Japanese ones (Merit, Trimont, etc) because people believe that the glazes or paints are lead-based. Considering that I mostly just display the old ones, it's not that much of an issue for me.

Tomorrow evening I'll be picking up [livejournal.com profile] ogam at the train station downtown in Seattle. I think I'm shipping him over to [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson's place after that.

And, under the cut, Mom with Santa! )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (egret strutting)
I've changed the settings on my LJ to disallow anonymous comments, after months and months of getting up to a dozen or more spam comments on my journal on any given day. Some days I only get two or three, but it still requires me to go through two different pages to delete everything, and I can only delete one comment at a time, so it takes me a while some days to get through everything and clean out all the spam.

The only person it's going to affect much will be my mom, but I've emailed her and we'll work something out to deal with that. I didn't really want to, but I'm just sick of having to deal with the crap. Yes, I have the captcha setting on, but the spammers get through anyway.

In other news, not much happened today. There was some laundry done, I took [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor out to do some grocery shopping and to get a few things at Freddie's for her place, then we came back here and watched My Name is Bruce, a very silly bad horror movie with Bruce Campbell. (I think that's the only kind he does...) We did have a delightful time, though.

I didn't manage to get the dishes done today, as I'd hoped, but things were slower than I expected. Date has been set for my private Samhain ritual for Sunday the 28th of October in the afternoon. I will get to work on a ritual soon. Tomorrow will be dishes, hopefully getting the recycle out, including the boxes and stuff in the library, and possibly going to the birthday part of one of [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's friends. We'll see what happens and how I feel. I've been pretty insomniac lately and have been trying to hold out but not doing too well. I'm getting up all exhausted and then not having much of a good day, so even attempting to do an outline for anything has been problematic. It's hard to write when you can't slap two brain cells together, after all.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brighid's cross)
I've started what will probably be a several-weeks-long process of posting about the pilgrimage and trip to Europe over on Searching for Imbas. There are photos on the blog. Mom, you might be able to get them from there, as I know you can't really get them off here for some reason.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (egret strutting)
I went down to the VA very early (left the house by 11am) because I wasn't sure how long anything was going to take there. First thing, I went to the pharmacist at the outpatient mental health clinic to see about getting the scrip for my tramadol renewed. He said he'd send off the request to the women's clinic, so that was okay. I explained how things had been going there and he said it wouldn't hurt to check in at the desk there and make sure everything was taken care of and that somebody would see and approve the scrip renewal. That took maybe ten minutes, so very smooth.

After that I stopped up at radiology and had my foot x-rayed. That, also, was considerably faster than I'd expected. I think I maybe waited five minutes before I was called, and the x-rays themselves were also done very quickly.

Given the time, I went and grabbed some lunch at the cafeteria, sat in the back courtyard and read for a bit afterwards, then went and checked in for my 3pm with Tracy, because while I was enjoying the warmth, it was very sunny and I didn't want to get a burn before I headed to California. Tracy had time early, so I got in a little after 2pm, and was out of there slightly after 3. I stopped at the Women's Clinic to check in about the tramadol scrip and add [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor as a local emergency medical contact for me, which didn't take long. That meant that I got through the travel office and was up on the Hill at Travelers before 4.

Mom called while I was having chai, and we talked for a few minutes. I ran into Dana there, and we hung out and talked for a bit. It was her first Seattleversary -- she'd moved to Seattle a year ago. She was kittysitting for [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn (who is on a cruise in the Mediterranean right now) and we wandered over to his place for a few to pet the kitties. They are very cute and entirely adorable.

When I got done there, I headed back up to Travelers, getting a text from [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor as I was walking up there, so we met and hung out there for a bit. We talked a little and I told her I was feeling a little guilty about not being able to help, given that she's packing and going to be moving up to Marysville this weekend. (If you're local and you might be able to help her, please send her a note asking for details. She could use a couple of able bodies and vehicles if you are available.) She was feeling a little wobbly after having spent too much of the day dealing with bad car stuff, so I made her walk over to the QFC with me so she could get something to eat, then we went over to Edge for a bit. She had Irish class and I just didn't have the time to deal with it tonight, so I left her there and headed on home.

When I got home, I finally got around to dealing with a seatbelt issue that was kind of annoying. While I'm not exactly short, the seat belt is sized for someone either rounder or taller than me, so the edge of it often sits right above my collarbone and is really irritating for long drives. I hauled my awl out there and stitched the two parts of the belt together so that they'd sit in the appropriate place for my body. It's only taken me 10 years to get around to it... I also went and slapped some duct tape over the place where the iPod connection is wired into the dash so that the cord doesn't keep slipping down and interfering with my foot on the gas pedal. It was never actively dangerous, just slightly annoying, but that makes two annoying car issues I dealt with today, so go me!

Email was sent off to [livejournal.com profile] seanthedruid and [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb about upcoming Eight Winds stuff. I was asking about the food plan and what was on their menu so that I had some idea of what food I would have to get to fend for myself at meals where there wasn't anything I could really eat. (Breakfast is a very usual culprit there for me, given my egg allergy and my problems with bacon and some sausages causing migraines.) I don't want to buy anything I'm not going to actually need. I know they usually have half & half, which I take in my tea in the morning, so I won't worry about that.

Just as promised, Written River came out today, featuring three of my poems! You can read it online at the link. It's absolutely gorgeous, so please have a look!

Finally, I spent time and outlined the closing ritual for the pilgrimage. I spent time going over my notes and the opening ritual, which I want to echo in some ways, to give a sense of having come full circle on our journey. I got some useful input on the other rituals from [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm and sent off a note to the email list with a note about the Airmed ritual so that folks will have a heads up that personal work can be a part of that ritual if they want. She was right that people might want to have some notice, so they can give it thought before we get into the ritual itself. I gave them a rough idea of our timeframe for the ritual and for that portion of it.

All in all, it was a really busy day for me and, though I would have liked to do Irish class tonight, I really did need to be here dealing with my prep for my trips.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (LGM hack your OS)
Today I swapped out the Comcast modem for my own and got everything sorted so that it works. This week I'll take theirs back and then they won't be charging me highway robbery for their unit. I also talked to tech support about the (continuing) issues with my Seanet email not going out through them. It's still only going out through AT&T. I've talked to a couple of different people now and they are kicking it up the ladder and I'm supposed to get a call back in the next couple of days. I'm definitely going to make them take some of what I'm paying for all this off my monthly bill if I have to maintain an extra account to send my mail out. This is ridiculous.

I got a packet of genealogy materials from mom in the mail today. I've been looking through it but I'll have to take a highlighter and mark the pages from the census where the relatives appear. The print is pretty small and I'll have to go at it with the bifocals. I have a lot more relatives than I realized, just on mom's side of the family.

Went off to a party this evening with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, her roommate, and her friend from back east. We had a lovely time, and I ran into an old friend I hadn't seen in some time, which was also nice.

Aside from that, not much happening today. I need to throw some food in my mouth and consider wandering bedward, as I woke up aching this morning at 9:30am and had to try pretty hard to get back to sleep again for another couple of hours. Also, I have to get dog food tomorrow. And there will be #writechat.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lynx seek)
In thinking about what I've been posting lately, and in the last couple of years, I realized that I've slowly been letting a little more of my past seep into this than I had before. I've written about my past before, though not a lot in public places. I have talked about some very personal stuff here, I know, but I think it's been fairly rare. In publishing my poetry collection, there is a fair bit of my personal history to be found, and I think I'm mostly okay with that.

Rambling, a photo, and a few questions below. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (It's raining)
There was a fair bit of quiet hanging out today before I took Geordie down to the bus station. We talked a little, read a little, and ate a little. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor was getting ready to leave about the time we were. She was doing a little better but not feeling that great while she's been visiting. I had a really rough time sleeping last night due to an uncomfortable tum myself.

I waited with Geordie down at the bus depot, where we had a cup of tea together awaiting the Greyhound to Bellingham. We talked about poetry bookshops and poets and Diane di Prima and City Lights and other such things. I told him that I'd take him down to Open Books, the poetry bookshop in Seattle, next time he came down if we had time. I should probably take him along to Elliott Bay, as well, because they have a pretty good poetry section. I did tell him last night about Poet's Market because he was asking me for suggestions about where to submit poetry to magazines and journals, and most of what I've been doing in the last several years has been prose, so I'm not up on current markets.

While I was at the bus depot, I finally got a call back from Julia at the VA, and got a chance to explain to her about why I was leaving the yoga group. She was glad it wasn't anything to do with the group itself. I told her it was just too early for me, and the stress of dealing with getting there before I'm really awake, and the whole thing about dealing with driving to Seattle (and the travel office when I'm done) was more stress than the yoga was actually relieving. I said if I lived in Seattle, or if the group was up in Everett, it would be a lot less of an issue. She quite understood, so I felt pretty good about finally getting to talk to her about all of it.

Once everyone was off to their respective destinations, I got home, made some dinner, and tossed laundry in the washer. I'm still working on drying load #3, and I have another to do tomorrow, as well. For dinner, I baked a couple of chicken legs with some jerusalem artichokes, herbed feta cheese, and pine nuts. When that was ready, I sauteed leeks and black curly kale as my veggie. It was really quite delicious. I had a little of what's left of the wine I opened a few days ago as well. All very nice.

I got a bit of writing done once everyone had departed, too, amidst the rounds of Plants vs. Zombies. I'm at 60,066 words at the moment. I have been having a bit of a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht in his LJ about the new Sherlock Holmes movie. He missed one of my favorite scenes when his back was turned!

Mom emailed and said that the bronchitis has cleared up really quickly, like flipping a switch, and she's doing much better today, except that her voice is still kind of rough. She's definitely going to finish out the prescribed antibiotics, though. Don't want those suckers to come back. I'm really glad she's doing so much better today.

Tomorrow will be another day at home. I messed around a little with my graphics program to edit one of the photos I'm looking at for the Occupy Everett calendar, but I'm not sure the photo itself will be large enough to use for the space I want it on the cover. I'm going to have to go to the AFK at some point, for a faster connect, and do a little uploading of various pictures to check out how the graphics work there. It's way too slow here for me to even consider working on from my own wireless network. I'm not that familiar with graphics programs, but once I figure out sizes, I should be able to put something reasonable together. And maybe I can get a little help from some of the other more tech-oriented folks while I'm at it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Northwest forest)
I spent a good bit of the early part of the day working on contract negotiations again. Things are going well, the questions I had have been cleared up, and there's only one last thing left to resolve before I think we'll be ready to move forward.

The poll for potential titles is showing some clear preferences. Tomorrow I'll take the top three possibilities and send them off to Jason (who has read the poll and says that all of them are good titles, so we're on the right track). He also asked if In Cedar Time could be in the running, which was a section and poem title that he'd particularly liked, so I'll add that to the list when I send it off to Hiraeth and we can talk about what our final title will be.

I had Sally and Shelly over for dinner tonight. They watch the DoDC+3 for me when I'm out of town and I really wanted to do something for them. Shelly brought a nice salad and Sally brought dessert -- pound cake with peaches and raspberries and some dream whip for the top. I made chicken with dumplings and had to walk down to the store to pick up a couple of last minute ingredients before I could start cooking.

We talked at dinner about the dogs, and I asked about the ant problem I'm having. Sally said that I could take that to the property management people and they would deal with the exterminators, as it's a condo problem and not just something inside my place. I fired off an email to Brian after they left and hope to hear from him in the next day or two about when we can schedule having exterminators come and look things over.

I talked some about my recent publishing projects and ended up showing them both the stack of books with my stuff in it. I think part of the reason I would be resistant to ebook-only publication is because I wouldn't feel like I actually had anything to show for all my work. Books are something you can hand to a person and they can flip through them. An ebook reader just doesn't feel like much of anything. Traditional publishing, even if it's not a big publisher, is probably going to remain my first choice, even if my work does go into later ebook editions. I like being able to point to a shelf full of beautiful books and say "I did that. I wrote those, I contributed material for them."

Speaking of which, I have to remember to send mom her copy of The Scribing Ibis when I can get a few bucks for postage at the beginning of October.

After my guests headed out, I spent some time adding the publications acknowledgments page to the back of the book, citing all the places the included poems had been previously published. Fourteen of them have been published (so far - I don't know whether Mandragora has accepted one or two of the others as yet), and three of those have been published twice in different journals or anthologies. Publication dates for the poems in the collection range from 1997 to 2010 so far. If Mandragora picks up any of them, I can add a 2012 date as well.

I didn't sleep very well last night and really didn't get to bed until about 5:30am. The pupulator woke me up at around noon, so I didn't get very much sleep either. I really need to crash out very soon tonight, as I have both yoga and my monthly shrinkage tomorrow afternoon. Yoga starts at 2pm and I'll probably have to get out a little early for my 3pm appointment with Tracy, though she says we can shift our appointments slightly later so I can get there after the class. This will be the first time our sessions overlap, though, and I haven't had a chance to notify her, so I don't want to be late.

Thursday I'm going down to the alternative school to talk to the class about CR spirituality (the teacher's buying me some lunch in the I District first), then I'll be meeting a couple of local writers I met on twitter over at Travelers. I'll be meeting [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor at that point as well. There will probably be tango that night, provided my body is up for it. She'll be up here until Saturday, when we're going to be going to a party (birthday? I can't remember) for one of her friends from the poly potluck.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (tea addict)
Mom called today and let me know some more details about what's going on. She's also got herself a new laptop and a USB modem so that she'll be able to deal with her computer issues at home more easily. She got better tech service in New Hampshire, and they don't have a sales tax, so she made out pretty well, aside from that whole having to get a tooth removed thing.

The tit squish went off as usual, though the clinic was running a bit late, so I didn't get home until just after 5pm. While I waited, I reviewed [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde's notes on my Queering the Flame essay and will finish off dealing with the edits tomorrow.

[livejournal.com profile] perclexed was waiting for me at the French bakery next door. She came over and we went out to the AFK, where we ran into a couple of the Everett druids and (much later in the evening) a couple steampunks who had just this week moved to the area and who were looking for us. I hadn't got notice that anyone was actually coming tonight on the Steamrats list, so while I was looking out for potential folks I knew, I wasn't set up to flag for anyone who didn't know me. Anyway, we did get to talk to them for a bit, then I played some Monty Python Fluxx with Gary and Melody and [livejournal.com profile] perclexed.

Upon arrival home, we watched a few episodes of Monty Python and giggled hysterically.

I also learned on twitter today that JSTOR is making some of its early material available for free. The free material is all older stuff -- US material prior to 1923 and non-US material prior to 1870. A little of it might be useful for me, but not huge amounts. This is apparently a precursor to making some other material available to folks who are not affiliated with an institution, which is good for folks like me -- independent scholars and researchers without a lot of money for journal subscriptions.

Tired Erynn is fairly tired so I'll probably go to bed soon.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Orpheus I see...)
My day started rather earlier than expected when the DoDC+3 decided he needed to go out Right Now at 6:30 in the morning. I ran into my next-door neighbor at the door, who said, "isn't this awfully early for you to be up?"

I was standing there in my jammies and bathrobe with my eyes glued closed and mumbled something, staggering out to let the dog get his constitutional on. Fortunately, it didn't take long and I was back in bed only a few minutes later. I woke up again about noon, a much more reasonable and humane time of day.

Once I was functional, I took [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor back into Seattle. We stopped in the U District at a local dance shop to see what they had for shoes. Nothing they had was at all suitable for what I wanted, so I didn't get anything. I'm currently considering what to do, with advice from [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and some of her friends. Considering that I don't want to spend an ungodly amount on a pair of dance shoes, I'm going to have to explore other options at the moment.

We headed up to the Hill, where we grabbed lunch at Mirch Masala. We'd been going to head for B&O, so that we could visit them again before they closed (the building has finally actually been slated for destruction), but they're closed on Tuesdays. We walked back up to Broadway and had something else. After lunch, we dropped her stuff off at her apartment, then went down to Travelers for a chai and visited with Jonice at Edge for a while.

Mom emailed, saying that she was in New Hampshire now and had to have a tooth pulled this morning. Deric's funeral will be Saturday and they'll be driving home on Sunday. It should take them about three days.

Upon returning home, I got a ticket for the Esoteric Book Conference taking place next week, including getting into the concert they'll be having Saturday night. Looks pretty amazing, and though some of the presentations don't look all that interesting to me, there are a number of sessions with or about women magicians that ought to be well worth checking out. I'll be seeing quite a few of my friends there at one point or another, as several of them are presenting at the conference again this year. I also got a ticket for the Soriah show at El Corazon the weekend afterwards.

When I was done with that stuff, I finished reading [livejournal.com profile] brandywilliams's The Woman Magician -- really fascinating and, in a number of places, quite moving. I got sniffly at a couple of points in the ritual liturgies; I can only imagine it would be more powerful being performed as opposed to merely being read silently from the page.

Late this evening I saw a tweet from Hugo House about a deadline for next year's women's writing residencies at Hedgebrook, over on Whidbey Island. I thought it might be an ideal environment for working on my next book, on Brigidine flamekeeping and Brigid's Irregulars. One of the things required was a writing sample, so I used a poem and an excerpt from my Queering the Flame essay. In doing a copy and paste and creating a PDF file for the sample, I realized that I had not previously actually seen [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde's comments in the file. For some reason when I opened it initially, the comments were invisible. Now I need to go back and look at them all with a different view of the document and see what she had to say and where I might want to edit and re-send the text to [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht. *headdesk*

Anyway, needless to say, I've been really busy today with all of this stuff. Tomorrow I have my annual tit squish appointment down in Seattle, then [livejournal.com profile] perclexed and I will be getting together for dinner and probably heading over to the AFK for a bit. It'll be good to see her again; I haven't seen her in ages, probably not since we were actually working on the hermetic astrology material a few years back. It's well past time we got together again.

Sadly, I'm not in the least bit tired, but I really need to head for bed shortly so that I can get up and be ready for my appointment tomorrow in the early afternoon. It's at 3:15, which means I'll be dealing with rush hour traffic on the way back home. I'm hoping I won't be at the facility for long, but am not holding my breath.
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I got a whole 150 words written today for the Mandragora piece. At least it was something. Two loads of laundry, cooking, and other suchlike stuff. This evening there was tango -- had a lovely time. We were joined by Jay, from the CR schmooze group, who really enjoyed himself. I didn't just to tango tonight, there was a set with some swing so I did a teensy bit of west coast swing, too. Yay variety!

Tomorrow, [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch will be up for a while during the day. I have a bazillion tons of shipping stuff for her. She can grab that and we'll write and maybe do food things, too.

Happy happy joy joy!

Have not yet heard from mom, but I imagine she's too busy up in New Hampshire at the moment to get online and send an email.

Spent pretty much all day feeling exhausted, but at least I got stuff done.

I SLEEP NOW.
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Some of my relatives have returned to evacuated homes in Greenfield and everything is okay so far. Mom's husband's son is being moved to a nursing home from the hospital tomorrow. The surgery seems to have him resting easier for the moment, at least, so this is good. There are still a few folks I'm not sure about, but news is filtering in, so thanks, Mom, for keeping on top of all that and keeping me in the loop.

I did a little work on the lanai today, moving empty plant pots into the garage. I talked to Sally about the broken light globe and she's going to make sure I get a new one. I got invited to another neighbor's potluck on the afternoon of Sunday the 4th, just across the way. This is the lady who was brought to my door in the middle of the night back in the spring, and whom we had to call the ambulance for. She and several of the folks in the complex are having a bbq and she asked me to come along. I said I probably would.

Hauling the plant pots was pretty rough on my hips and knees, even though I took them up to the garage in two loads on a cart. It was moving them from the lanai out to the sidewalk and then onto the cart that was kind of hard on me. I'm a bit achy, but I've currently got a glass of pomegranate juice with some Kraken rum in it that's relieving me of a little of the physical and emotional stresses of the day. I also did a bunch of dishes and swept the floor to rout the dust vorpal bunnies.

Tonight is my flamekeeping shift. I got email back from [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde about the Queering the Flame essay. There was a typo that she marked, but I didn't see any other comments. She said it was really good and she was glad she'd been given the opportunity to comment on the drafts and to read the work. She said also that there was a lot in it that was very interesting, so I'm pleased.

I talked for a little while with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor about some of the things that were stressing me out today -- primarily the stuff about the storm and family and all that. I'll probably give my shrink a call tomorrow and see if I can get in to see her later this week or early next. This whole thing brought up some unexpected things and I kind of need to talk to her about it. She says I can call anytime to schedule an appointment between our usual ones if I need to, so I'm not worried about that.

Between a little work on the house and the various other things I was doing today, I haven't actually done any writing. I'm feeling too disconnected to do that right now. I know that [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor has been doing some work with the Samhain ritual stuff, and that [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm has added a few comments as well, given that it's at her house. We're moving closer to a completed framework to hang the vigil on.

Tomorrow I'll be having [livejournal.com profile] dmiley and his partner over for a couple of days. I'm really looking forward to spending time with them! We'll be out at the Shinto shrine in the afternoon, then out to dinner later in the evening. I'm expecting them in around noonish from Olympia, so I need to be up by about 10:30 tomorrow morning to be ready for their arrival.

And now I think I'll watch a dvd. Samurai Banners arrived today, and I've had Werner Herzog's Fata Morgana here from Netflix, so I should watch them and get them back there.
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I have [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor here tonight, yay! We are working on the CR schmooze Samhain ritual. I've typed in the notes we have and emailed them to her and she's going to fill in notes that she took from the discussion on our ritual list to modify the list somewhat. We're discussing various bits and pieces of things that need to be done and dealing with how long we think various things are going to take. Music is being plotted and planned. Ritual texts are being assembled.

I also sent off an email to [livejournal.com profile] finnchuill about the proposed visionary poetry workshop with some suggestions for things I'd like to see, and some technical bits and pieces for us to discuss. He's going to be taking a look at it tomorrow, I think, after he gets back from his camping trip.

Discussion is also underway in email on some Antinoan stuff for Foundation Day, which is the day after our Samhain vigil. Logistics are going to be slightly problematic, but ritual will be had. Mystifications may be in the works as well, possibly during the Esoteric Book Conference the weekend of September 9th, depending on how things work out.

My relatives in New England are battening down the hatches or just evacuating, depending on where they are. I am keeping them in my thoughts. It's going to be a rough one. Mom says it is projected to be as bad as the hurricane that blew through back in 1938, the year before she was born. Both mom and grandma talked about it from time to time when I was growing up, and I remember them telling me the stories. It involved the Deerfield River in Charlemont and the surrounding areas flooding massively, which swept away a woman who owned the indian trading post on the Mohawk Trail where my grandmother once worked -- the woman was killed in the storm. Naturally, I'm worried about my family. I'm hoping everyone is prepared and stays safe. My thoughts are with all my friends back east who are dealing with this -- may you all be well and may damage be minimal.

I talked to the sib today for a little while. He persuaded me to download Skype, so we chatted briefly. It was 10pm in Baghdad and about noon here. He said it had been 128f today, with dust storms. That sounds so horrifically insane that I just can't imagine it. It was nice to talk to him, though it does still pretty much just feel like a phone call. Maybe doing it with video would change that somewhat. Damn, videophones. We do live in the future. Where's my flying car and jetpack, dammit! (Cue Paul Simon. These are the days of miracle and wonder, and don't cry baby, don't cry don't cry...)

Later this evening I'm going to attempt a rhubarb cobbler with gluten-free biscuit crust. I'm hoping it works out. The cornbread we did the other day was really nummy, so it might just be okay.

The wireless is working out just fine so far. I got about three-ish or so hours out of it when it wasn't plugged in (documentation suggested up to four hours), so the battery will last a fair bit when I'm away from a power source so long as I'm not just hanging around online for no reason. It's very slightly slower than Comcast was, but I'm okay with that, considering how much less I'm paying for it. I also popped over to Netflix and eliminated streaming movies from my service, which cuts that bill in half (admittedly it's a very small bill, but everything helps). That'll also cut down on the amount of bandwidth I'm tempted to use. I was mostly using streaming vid when I was crazy bored anyway, so it was sporadic at best.

And now, back to the coal mines.
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I took [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor back down to Seattle today. She had a 1pm physical therapy appointment, so we headed down early and I dropped her off in Ravenna and then shuffled over to the VA. She left her stuff in the car so she wouldn't have to haul it all over, and I told her I'd meet her at Travelers after my shrinkage today. More ramblytimes below. )
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I talked with [livejournal.com profile] herbmcsidhe today about the illustrations for Circle of Stones. He's got a scanner that can do ludicrously detailed stuff, and has agreed to deal with the illustrations for me. As near as we can determine, the stuff in there from George Bain has been out of copyright since the late 70s, so we're clear there. I've sent contact info between Storm, Taylor, and Herb for the project, and he'll be sending the newly scanned illos to them for the book.

Aside from that, I took him over to AFK for some late lunch/early dinner and we had food and played Zombie Dice. I haven't been able to do a damned thing since I got home, though, between achy hip and severely nasty crampybits. At least I got one book-related task taken care of today, though.

Note from my mom says that my sib is about to head out for the whole orientation and then off to Iraq thing very soon. We're all hoping things go well for him and that he'll stay safe.

I'll try again tomorrow for the laundry and editing thing.

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