erynn: Gaelic merman image (It's raining)
There was still some snow on the cars when I got out the door today. The parking lot and the roads were clear, but it was raining a lot. The drive down to Seattle and back was stressy because of the weather, and worse in the dark.

I talked with my shrink about writing and stuff, and realized that while, yes, I do need to be writing the ogam article (I got more done on it today), I am in part writing it as a way of procrastinating about the Brigid book. The Brigid book is really a huge project for me and I have such high goals for it that it's hard for me to just sit down and be objective about it and do it. I know I'll do okay, even if it takes me a long time. It can't possibly take longer than the ogam book did, can it? I mean, that took something on the order of 18 years from when I started writing about ogam to when I finally published the book, four false starts, and more angst and hair-pulling freaking out than I really needed. This is another project where I can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

I stayed at Travelers for a while and even then I had to go up over Capitol Hill to avoid a stall at a downtown exit that was making I5 north from Columbian Way a parking lot. I'm not really looking forward to tomorrow's drive down for the last group of the year. I'll be down later than usual because the queer Pagan meetup is also tomorrow night, starting at 7pm, so it'll probably be 9 or 10 before I head home again, and by then traffic should be entirely gone; it'll just be late night traffic. That'll be way less stressy.

When I got home I sat down and started digging into the ogam article. When I got into it, I had three pages, one of which was illustrations. Now it's at five and about two, so I got several paragraphs in and feel like I made reasonable progress. Right now I'm mostly trying to just get the information and concepts down. Later I'll try to refine it and make it more poetic and readable. Abraxas isn't a scholarly journal, though footnotes are certainly acceptable. I do want to be able to offer both sources and analysis, but also to show the creativity of the people working with ogam in constructing magical sigils and other modern work.

The other thing I got done today was poking at a concept and general outline for a fic I want to work on after I get the ogam article done. I spent a little time in chat online with [livejournal.com profile] random_nexus, who helps me kick these things around until they take shape. She was, as usual, wonderfully helpful. I'd scribbled several pages of notes to myself in my small notebook while I was at Travelers this afternoon, between reading a book on sound and poetry and having some dinner. In chat we managed to refine some of those ideas a little more. I saved the notes in a doc file that I can pull up when I start to work on the story later.

I wish I had a little more confidence in my writing. *sigh*
erynn: Gaelic merman image (get pagan sinfest)
So the PCon schedule was officially released a couple of days ago and I can now say that my Irish healing deities session was approved, and that [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb's trip up here was so that we could work on our joint session on PTSD and spirit work. Those are the only two sessions I'm doing this year with my name on them. I'm not certain but I may be participating in some of the Ekklesía Antínoou stuff, but I haven't yet spoken to my compadre about any details.

There's always a chance I'll get asked to participate in something else as a panelist, as that has been known to happen from time to time, but I'm perfectly happy to just do two sessions over the weekend.

I managed to get a little writing done today on the ogam sigils article that I want to send to Abraxas. At the moment it's about three pages, with one of those being illustrations that go with what I have so far. I'm expecting to expand a fair bit, but what I have right now includes Byrhtferth's Diagram and some stuff from the Icelandic grimoires that has an ogam-ish vibe to it. I don't think it's out of the bounds of possibility that the ogam tradition informed the Icelandic magical tradition in some way. That said, there's an awful lot to do on that.

[livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde canceled her potential trip down this month because one of her kitties is not well. She might be down in January.

Tomorrow is the Medieval Women's Choir concert. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor finally managed to get a car to replace the one that got totaled last week, so she's able to get around by herself again. She'd borrowed Garuda this morning to go to an appointment.

I have, for the most part, been hearing pretty good reports about The Hobbit from my friends. I expect it'll be a lot of fun when I get to see it later this month.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (giftie)
I slept later than I had anticipated. [livejournal.com profile] ogam texted me to say he won't be getting here until the 18th, apparently, as he's been sick. I had a confusion about when the Abney Park concert is (January, thought it was December) so I thought there was a schedule conflict. I'm relieved that it wasn't an issue.

This evening [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went down to Seattle to hang out with some friends at a birthday party for a couple of hours. It was nice to see everyone, and the birthday girl was thrilled we were there, so that was nice. I was out of some things that I needed (dog food, half and half) and so we stopped at Safeway on the way back. I had wanted to get out and pick things up yesterday but wasn't feeling well enough to really leave the house for it. I'm glad I was able to get out today for a little while.

I spent some time going over the two issues of Abraxas this evening and wondering whether what I want to write about ogam and magic will actually fit in with their stuff, but I suspect it's just my usual writer anti-ego speaking. That's the one that says I can't actually write and my work is crap and nobody wants to read what I have to say anyway. Which is patent bullshit, but it's what my brain churns out. I always feel this way when I'm trying to start a new project and it sucks.

I was also looking at notes and things for the Brigid book, wondering what I wanted to do with/about that. I do need to start it sometime soon, but it keeps mutating in my head and I'm not quite sure what I want to do with it beyond it being a vehicle for helping people with a flamekeeping practice. How to best accomplish that is the question. I'll probably talk about it with [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde when she gets here later this month.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Genius Signal)
Apparently my credit union's phone app can now be used to take a photo of a check and deposit it, which means if people give me checks, I no longer have to actually get in a car and go to the building to deal with it. They used to have a cash machine where I could deposit down at the Safeway, a short walk from here, but they changed to a different financial outlet, so the next nearest place is about a 10 minute drive when there's no traffic, and it's nowhere near anything I actually go to, so I have to make a special trip. Anyway, yay for being able to use the phone to do this!

Went down to the VA today for group, grabbed some food at Travelers, and realized I really should change the wiper blades now that I have a new windshield. The car started just fine today, though there was a very slight hesitation this morning. No other troubles.

I got email today from [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb about her coming up for some planning and such; she'll be here on Sunday evening and staying for a few days. I have her arrival time but not the departure date as yet. I know she has to be back home by the Monday after that (not this coming Monday), so that sets a hard limit for her.

Friday evening I'll be heading over to some friends' with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor for gaming and potluck. I'm pretty sure something is happening Saturday but I can't remember off the top of my head. My brainmeats, let me show you them. Sunday evening I pick up [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb.

I need to get started on the ogam magic article shortly. Won't be tonight, but possibly tomorrow during the day.
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 (Whitman: not all who wander)
Qi came by this afternoon for tea and photos, and we hung out for nearly four hours. I started out with an unpleasant migraine, but it faded as the afternoon progressed, thankfully. She brought pumpkin muffins, which were very nice but a little sweet for me, as most commercial stuff tends to be. They were very nice and moist, though, which was quite delightful.

After she left I made some chicken soup for dinner, which also helped some. Mostly I'm just exhausted.

Since sending my email to the list about leaving the schmooze, I've had a couple of very supportive emails from folks. I haven't had the chance to reply to both as yet, but I will. I also got an email from Caitlin, with whom I left some pomegranate wood back in June at Eight Winds, with a request for her to make a set of ogam feda for me. I should be receiving them soon and am really looking forward to seeing what she's done with it. I'll post a photo when I get them.

I keep reaching for the ring I cut off my finger last night, as I have always tended to fiddle with it a bit, and it feels really strange not having a ring there after so many years. My hand does feel better without it, though, so that's a start.

I'm supposed to be writing up something short for [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde for the 20th anniversary Daughters of the Flame newsletter about my practice over all this time. It needs to be in soon, so I hope I have enough brain cells scraped into a pile to be able to do it. I'm not sure I will manage it, though, given the amount of exhaustion I'm slogging through lately. I did tell her she could use the Kildare writeup from my Searching for Imbas blog, so I will at least have offered some contribution.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (tea club!)
This morning [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, and I went out to the Shinto shrine for the fall ceremony. It was a pleasant way to spend an hour or so, and [livejournal.com profile] tedgill and [livejournal.com profile] brandywilliams were both there, so we got a little bit of a chance to catch up with them.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht's mom picked him up from the shrine and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor was too tired to come down to Seattle with me later during the day for the tea and conversation. (BTW, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and [livejournal.com profile] thewronghands, you should follow one another and maybe we'll have an easier time getting you two in the same place at the same time!)

I stayed for the tea for a couple of hours, then hauled [livejournal.com profile] wire_mother out for some dinner and then off to chat at Cafe Vita for a while. We spent about two hours together catching up and talking about a lot of things. I was able to make a pretty large decision over the course of our conversation, I just have to figure out how to articulate it soon.

Tomorrow I'm having tea at 1 with a friend, then taking the DoDC+3 to the vet in the late afternoon. I haven't had him in to see one since he nearly got himself killed a couple of years back so he is vastly overdue for his vaccinations.

Got word from Jason today that the poetry book was sent off to the printer and he'll check over the proof copy and then approve it for publication. I'm sitting here looking at a stack of things that I need to write, one of which is for the Hiraeth website as publicity for the book. I have to put together a little bit for [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde for the DoF newsletter. I have to put together an article from the ogam and magic talk I gave at the Esoteric Book Conference and submit it to Abraxas, then I need to get to work on the Brigid book. I'm sure there's more that I'm forgetting, but it still feels pretty overwhelming. I need to finish up the Hiraeth project Tuesday so it'll be with them on Wednesday for publication. Tomorrow I probably won't have a lot of time for it, but Tuesday I should before I have to head out for the steampunk social.

If I'm missing something I've promised to do, please do let me know. My brain is utterly sieve-like right now.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Insane: What's Your Excuse?)
Today I was in bed around noon and up at about 5:30pm. This was a bit not good. I had thought I'd go down to the schmooze today but leaving the house wasn't really an option. I did do a reading I'd been asked to do online, so at least that was dealt with. I spent several hours trying to deal with something in iBooks that they really fucking should have an option for (allowing you to order the books in a series by the order they are written, rather than alphabetical order - it takes a ludicrous amount of hoop jumping, and even then I wasn't able to do it until I put all the various stories into two larger files and named them with the series name as files 1 and 2, LOSE LOSE LOSE). I really didn't want to spend several hours doing that, but I haven't had enough brain cells to bang together to do anything else today.

The mail brought a box for me to ship the old laptop off to a recycle place to see what they'll give me for it. I need to haul that out tomorrow at some point to a FedEx drop point (there's one just down the street), then tomorrow evening I'm going over to Qi's to deal with some local steampunk stuff; we're meeting at her place instead of the AFK tomorrow to discuss possible new venues. I'm just hoping I'm up to it.

I have no idea what's wrong with the whole circadian rhythm I'm supposed to be in. I haven't had enough brain to write the page or so I promised to Hiraeth for the poetry book publicity. I'm hoping I'll get that together tomorrow at some point. Feh.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Insane Membrane!)
Despite body issues today, a traffic accident just south of the I5 onramp near my place, and confusing construction crap on the street I usually would have taken up to the Seattle Center, my presentation went exceedingly well. There was a minor technical glitch (it happened to the guy before me, as well, so I was sorta half expecting it), but we got it together quickly and I kept up with some of the talk during the problem, so I think I handled it pretty well.

Apparently a fair few of my books sold today both during and after my talk. I signed a bunch of them afterwards, as well. One of the other presenters I met (she's doing a talk on occult influences in modern art tomorrow as the opening session, which there is no way I'm going to make) has recently been brought on as part of the staff of Abraxas journal, which is a really high end esoteric/occult journal with fantastic design and artwork. I proposed doing an article for them on the topic I presented today -- magical uses of ogan -- and she thought it sounded like a really good idea.

Quite a few people were asking about the slides for the PowerPoint I did, so what I was thinking of doing was putting up the PPT file and the outline/brief notes and making them available for a couple of bucks. That way folks will be able to get at least the gist of what was going on, even if not all the details. And it'll be added incentive for me to work on the article for Abraxas. I got her card with her email on it, so I'll ping her later.

It turns out that, contrary to what I thought, [livejournal.com profile] nancyblue was at the conference along with the usual OSOGOD crowd. During the presentation I showed a slide with some of the cards from the Golden Section Order ogam deck, and she'd been looking for further information on them. I actually have quite a bit more graphics material from them, even if I don't have contextualizing information (I suggested she contact Philip Carr-Gomm about that) and so we're going to go over some of it. I'll take photos of things so she can figure out what she wants/needs to make actual photocopies of. Some of the things are poster-sized charts that would have to be copied at a place that does art prints and blueprints because of the size. Those can get expensive, so we want to be sure of what she's actually needing before we go that route.

Anyway, I saw many fantastic folks that I don't get to see nearly often enough. I should be meeting [livejournal.com profile] nancyblue for lunch tomorrow. I ought to take some photos on my iPad for her tonight so that I can show her a little of the material at the conference tomorrow.

Much fabulousness was had by all.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ogam sequence)
More photographs and scans were done today, along with plugging in some information from [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht. Sadly, I entirely spaced actually attaching the file I meant to send him last night, so I had to do that this evening. I still have a few ogam sigils to do, but beyond that, I think I'm done with the material for the PowerPoint aspect of the presentation and can put it all together when Jeff gets here tomorrow evening.

My creaky parts are creaking, and the weather took a change toward the autumnal today. It was grey all day and started raining late in the evening. It's coming down out there right now.

Got some more writing done today, and did a little brainstorming with [livejournal.com profile] random_nexus, whom I haven't had a chance to talk with in several months. Even though we had less than half an hour, she was (as always) a brilliant sounding board for ficcy things. Thanks Random!

While I was in the midst of multitasking today, I totally burnt the crap out of some chickpeas I was trying to cook for curry. I hate it when I utterly lose track of everything like that. It was a waste of perfectly good food, which also annoys me, and I'm going to have to scrape a bit of the burnt stuff out of the bottom of the pot. It's currently soaking in some baking soda and vinegar in an effort to deal with some of the mess. I wish I was better at keeping track of that sort of thing instead of getting utterly lost in my head while I'm working.

I really ought to try to get a little sleep tonight, as I got essentially none last night. I didn't actually even try to sleep until almost 10:30am and got back up by 2pm, so it was very minimal. No doubt that's influencing my creakiness.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ogam sequence)
I finally got a decent photo of a bit I needed today and also did scans that I needed to do. Created a quick graphic of the basic 20-letter ogam sequence. I've been expanding the outline a bit, adding some dates for tales in the literary tradition that I'm pulling references from, and putting together some quotes from the tales. I've got a request out to [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht for a particular quote.

Slept not particularly well last night, but I did get things done today. I'm hoping to do more tomorrow, after #writechat probably. The pull quotes for the poetry book publicity were chosen and duly sent off to Hiraeth.

I downloaded the latest Doctor Who episode because it's got an actor I like in it and had a really good time watching it. Tons of fun, and dinosaurs!

I have a to design a few sigils and I've got another couple of scans to do, but I should (I think) get the rest of that part done tomorrow so that I'm ready to put the PowerPoint presentation together in its final form on Monday evening.

I hope I have enough stuff here to cover the 45 minutes...
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ogam sequence)
Today I was down at the VA for the first session of the spirituality group. It was great to see everyone again, and I was happy to be there. I didn't stick around to wait at the travel office because half the time it's not in the system yet by the time I get down there after group, so I'll pick up the travel funds next week when I go in. I did wander over to the hill to wait out the traffic and took a couple of copies of Circle of Stones over to Robert. He was quite pleased to see them.

I hung out at Elliott Bay Cafe for a while and read, then wandered over to a sushi place on 12th that I hadn't been to before, as they were having a quite reasonably priced happy hour. Got myself an unagi roll, a short plate of four different pieces of nigiri, and a cup of genmaicha. It was just enough without being too much; my stomach is still out of sorts from the other night and I'm having trouble with the acid reflux again, ugh. I really wish it would settle down.

When I got home, I did a fair bit of scanning of images for the EBC presentation. I think I have most of the stuff I need. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht checked over my dates for me on my listing of manuscript sources for ogam texts and marginalia; he pronounced it good. Tomorrow I can spend some time trying again with photos of things I need, and doing a few more necessary things, then Saturday I can probably finish up expanding my notes so that I have a coherent presentation together. Jeff's coming by Monday, I think, given that I wasn't really up to trying to get home during rush hour and wasn't sure I would be feeling well enough to actually work tonight. Things turned out better than I expected, but I was glad for the time just sitting and reading.

Fic brain has set in and I've started a (hopefully) short story in a new fandom. I don't have time for anything really long, but I do want to write something, and I'm not quite in the right headspace to work on the Brigid book yet. I'm waiting until after the poetry book comes out to get deeply into that. I also have to put together quite a few more blog posts with photos to cover the pilgrimage and my trip.

The other thing I need to do tomorrow is choose some pull quotes from my poems for the publicity for Fireflies at Absolute Zero. Two projects. Two small projects. I think I can manage them before I head over to the AFK to play Cthulhu Fluxx with friends tomorrow night. Also, mailing out stuff to mom tomorrow. Must do that.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (spices)
Today was a little slower and quieter. I filled out the VA survey and added a bunch of notes on some of the pages expressing my issues with the way it was written and where I varied from their assumptions. Not sure if it will make any difference at all, but at least I have attempted to have my say. Took an hour or two, where they claimed it would take 30 minutes. That, of course, is if you're just picking tickyboxes. The fact that anxiety level doesn't necessarily influence what I absolutely have to do because I live by myself doesn't seem to occur.

The salal berries went into the dehydrator today. A couple of small ziplock bags of them went into the freezer. I made a small salal berry cobbler as well. I turned off the dryer for the night a couple of hours ago because it's so noisy, but it shouldn't be a problem. I'll turn it back on for a bit tomorrow.

This evening I did a little chasing down dates for ogam in manuscripts so that I could construct a rough timeline for the use of the alphabet. I chased down more information the Ballinderry dice and am not quite convinced by the arguments that it's an isolated 2nd century use of ogam. I have no idea what it is, but I don't think it's that. I haven't done any photographs of things or any scanning, but I did at least get a few things done aside from #writechat today.

I'm currently feeling slightly overwhelmed and wish I didn't have a bunch of stuff to do this coming week, but stuff has to get done. My sinuses are still not too happy with me and I'm kind of hoping I'm not coming down with a cold or anything. That would be immensely annoying.

[livejournal.com profile] ingvisson is coming over tomorrow for a bit and we're going to the schmooze together. I'm going to wipe my data off the laptop tomorrow, as he has the OS discs that I need. I'm considering sending this one back to Apple for recycling, as it could net me about $300 in credit with them. It won't be useful in paying for the new computer, but I'm guessing I could get some useful stuff with that much money at the Apple store. I'm definitely contemplating an updated version of Office for Mac, as mine is Office 2008.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Magical Sigils)
Aside from some domestic stuff, most of what got done today was a couple of hours with Jeff working on the PowerPoint presentation for the Esoteric Book Conference. He came by this evening and helped me put together some of the rough material. We'll clean things up and format them better once I have all the various things I need for the other slides scanned and written. I'm guessing we got maybe half of the slides done tonight in rough draft form.

Tomorrow I have the tit squish and then home again. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor should be coming over tomorrow evening, then we'll go berry picking on Saturday.

My Immanion royalty check came in today, and I sent off money to [livejournal.com profile] miss_adventure for the Dead Can Dance hoodie she got for me at their Toronto show. I hadn't been planning to send it along until I got paid on the first, but the check covered that and still put some money in my account. Not that many copies of Circle of Stones sold yet, but the ogam book is still doing very well. I suspect I need to plug CoS a little more. I'm sure when I haul copies down to PCon next February, that'll pick up some interest in it.

I think I should actually get paid tomorrow, given that the first is on the weekend. That should make a couple of my plans a little easier to bring about. *ponders*

And I should probably consider bed sometime soon, as I have to be in Seattle tomorrow.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Deduce it)
This morning I had a Podiatry appointment at the VA. Yes, mild plantar fasciitis. The doc said she'd see if she could get me some custom orthotics, but she wasn't sure it would be approved, given that it's a fairly mild case. I've apparently been doing the right things all along (which may be why it's only mild). I told her that I appreciated her effort, even if nothing came of it. One can only try.

While there, I talked to the Women's Clinic and managed to get the tit squish scheduled once I got home (Friday, in fact). I also went up to Dental and scheduled x-rays and cleaning. It's been a couple of years since I was in last. They won't let you schedule more than six months out because of their fucked up computer system, but they only want to see me annually, so I end up slipping through the cracks. They sent me a letter just before I left for Ireland and this was the first chance I've had to get in and address the situation. Anyway, that's next month.

Walked down to the store and picked up a few groceries with the travel funds they gave me. When I got back, I spent some time digging through the actually necessary portions of Patton's book. It was easier to skip about 400 pages of it that dealt with other things, and I primarily just looked at his stuff on his elemental tablets, and his various ogam "pentacles" - it'll be a little hard to illustrate this stuff well because the graphics he used in the book aren't very clear. The file quality was crap and the tablets are barely legible. The pentacles are a lot clearer. I'm going to have to ask him if he has the original files and see if I can have a look at those. It might make the presentation a little easier, as I'm not sure I could duplicate one of them suitably with my own very lacking graphics talents.

One of the things I did find interesting and useful were his references to other versions of some of the ogam material from the Book of Ballymote, including other renderings of things like the féige find (a much rougher version, obviously not done with a compass).

Got email from Hiraeth with further stuff about the poetry book cover, and a short selection of new photos to consider. I sent back my comments and we'll see how it goes from here. Progress is being made.

I poked around with some of my credit card stuff today, too. After having paid off one of my larger credit card debts, I cancelled the card and closed the account. Then I wrote to AmEx and explained what had happened. Their records show they'd sent out a PIN number on July 12th, but it apparently never arrived. They were pretty embarrassed about the thing but I have the phone number for the right person to talk to about it. I was just glad I didn't actually need to get cash from the card while I was in Europe. I doubt that I'm going to actually request a PIN number now that I'm back home. Interest rates are always a lot higher on cash advances and I don't need to get that kind of debt, particularly when I'm trying to reduce it, but I do need to talk to them about deleting the PIN number they did send out, as I don't want it floating around out there.

Tomorrow I will probably be over at the AFK. I promised one of the gals who works there that I'd bring the laptop and show her some of my pics. Thursday it's Jeff here to work on the presentation. I think tomorrow I'm going to draft one of my proposals for PCon. Saturday I think I'll go berry picking, as the salal berries are ripe and I want to catch them before the rain comes again and they start going off. That'll be an all-day project, picking them and getting them ready to put in the drier.
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 (lotus)
I got a number of things done this morning before leaving for my VA appointment. Sorted through some of the piles of paper on my desk and recycled things, took out recycling, got and sorted through the three boxes of my stuff I sent home from Italy. I pulled some of the books I'll need for the ogam presentation off the shelves and put them on the desk where I can work with them. Ordered a few copies of Circle of Stones and will be taking a couple down to Edge to sell to Robert there when they arrive.

My session with Tracy was pretty good today. I'm really tired but I absolutely expected that. After the VA, I went over to Elliott Bay Cafe and had a little snack. While waiting to meet [livejournal.com profile] meddevi, I worked out the outline for the Esoteric Book Conference presentation, with a rough estimate of about how many images I'm going to need for the graphics portion of the program. I need to send something off to Jeff, and I also need to remember to email the EBC people and make sure that I asked for tech assist with a projector and whatnot.

Once we were done chatting, I went and grabbed a little dinner, then wandered down to Edge, where I talked with Robert briefly and ran into [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor. I'd forgotten that Irish class was tonight. I had another errand to run (picking up more green dye, as I'm almost out), then came back to go to the last part of the class. While at Edge, I picked up the two volumes of Geosophia by Jake Stratton-Kent, which explores the possible Greek origins of the European Grimoire tradition. Looks like some fascinating stuff.

After class, I drove [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson to Mill Creek, where he could catch the bus home - it was about ten minutes behind us, so he wouldn't have to wait long. [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm emailed me (I'd been meaning to email her this evening) about getting together soon so she can get the stuff she carried back from Ireland for me into my hands. It includes a very nice book of Irish verb paradigms that will be really useful for the Irish class, along with water from the two Kildare Brigid's wells, among other things.

The ritual of the lotus was completed this evening when I got home. Tomorrow is my flamekeeping shift, and I'll try to spend some time fleshing out the EBC presentation outline and defining exactly which images I'm going to need and how to source them.

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

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

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

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

My nerves are a little rattled, but they usually are before something big, so that's not at all unusual.

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