erynn: Gaelic merman image (Orpheus I see...)
I called and left a voice message for the neurology clinic asking about the MRI. No response yet.

Group was today, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor took me down to Seattle for it. I had two different people come to see the place today. I emailed my realtor, who said that I could in fact sell the place from anywhere, and that I could have one of the people in his office have a power of attorney to sell the place for me if I preferred. I emailed my brother to ask him about some details.

I'm trying to figure out how long in advance I would need to make an appointment at the San Francisco consulate. They have a website for making appointments and I've registered for it but haven't got the confirmation email back from them yet.

I've been having trouble with incoming mail on the phone today, and this evening with out going mail on the desktop. I'm not sure what all is going on, but it's making things slightly difficult. Whatever it is will probably clear itself up by tomorrow.

Winged ants have been invading again for the past couple of days. It's that time of year but I'm not entirely certain where they're coming from. I've lined the outside of the lanai door with diatomaceous earth and tucked a little under the edges of the floor molding near the door where I've seen a few of them lurking. We'll see if that stops the incursion.

I'm supposed to have [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht drop by briefly tomorrow, probably sometime between 10:30 and 11am to pick up a couple of things. I am going to try to get down to Seattle tomorrow myself, on the bus, to go to the VA regional office for some papers that I need toward the visa application. I'm hoping I feel up to dealing with it, though I'm really not right now. At least the 510 goes directly downtown within a few blocks of the federal building. I just am feeling brain burnt tonight and part of me can't cope with the idea of getting on the bus tomorrow to deal with a bureaucracy.

When I got back from Seattle today, I finally baked the beets and made a big batch of borscht and gave a large bowl to [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor to take home. We'd stopped for Indian food on the way home, then walked over to Central Market from there because there were a few things that I needed that I couldn't get at the Safeway down the street here.

Before I left today I also hauled a couple more things I'm getting rid of out to the garage. So, stuff accomplished today: moved things to the garage, called neurology, group, grocery shopping, email to my brother, email exchange with my realtor, initial inquiry toward a consulate appointment, two people seeing the condo, attempting to deal with ants, cooking.

No wonder I'm tired.

Oh, also, Storm sent me a note saying that people have reviewed my ogam book over on Smashwords. Yay for people saying nice things about my work!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
The VA sent me an appointment for podiatry in the mail today, which is scheduled for 8:30am on July 9th. I called and left them a message that I was going to be on a plane that day, thank you, and they should call me soon, but NOT BEFORE NOON to reschedule. I am so not going to an 8:30 appointment. I would have to be up by 6am to get there in time, given rush hour traffic and all the crap that entails for a trip in from Everett. There is No Fucking Way I am going to have an appointment at that hour. If they only have a morning clinic, I will have the very last appointment of the morning, thanks very much. I had told the gal who was sending the referral in to have them CALL ME first, but of course this is the VA and they don't actually listen. yay.

I sent off the payment for my UK train tickets to [livejournal.com profile] fififolle, who received it today. That finishes up all the travel stuff for my trip except the Isle of Man, where I'll probably get a bus pass for the week.

Last night I also finally got around to answering an email from a young woman (presumably, from what I could get from the email address name) who was asking me about centralizing CR and making One Big Website with Everything On It where info would be sorted and reliable and folks could buy books that were published about CR and... sigh It's a great dream, but that's just never going to happen. The original Celtic cultures were never a unity and it's completely unrealistic to expect CR Paganism to manifest unity when we all worship different deities, our rituals are going to be different, and there are different cultures involved. I wish the online community was a little less acrimonious, but the only way anything is going to get done is by people actually doing them instead of sitting around online talking about it and telling everyone else how UnCeltic they are. Stuff like this doesn't spring up overnight, anything involving an organization that publishes is going to have to deal with nonprofit laws, and it would take a lot of volunteer effort that never quite seems to be forthcoming. Anyone who wants to see organizations and groups start, even if they are not a scholar and don't want to be one, is just going to have to step up to the plate and start organizing things. It's not magically going to happen by wishing. But I have given that particular rant many a time before. I hope I was at least encouraging to her about finding her talents and contributing to the community as best she's able.

Today I spent some time talking on Skype (texting actually) with [livejournal.com profile] vyviane about pilgrimage stuff and sorted through some things. I sent her a link for the doc where I have a bunch of research links and stuff for some of the sites we're visiting, and where I'll be adding more things as I find them in the next few days. I also wrote up part of a document for the list on three cauldrons meditations that will be the basis for the daily work we'll do before the writing prompts each morning. I would have spent more time on it, but I needed to get down into Everett to pick up my guests and have dinner with them, then we came back here and watched the Lovecraft movies, which were greatly enjoyed. She did note that airfare from Boston or New York into Dublin is, I believe, just under $1,000 for a round trip right now, so if anyone was wondering if cheaper airfare might make going on the pilgrimage possible, now would be the time to consider tickets and coming along!

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] vyviane says "I found tons of 1,000 RT from all over the place via Air Lingus and Expedia has a couple 811 and 864 RT from Boston and New York City!"

Further work was done on dealing with the specific themes and readings for each day's meditations and travel. I still need to dig through some books to find appropriate poems, but that's tomorrow's job.

I was delighted to discover that the Celtic Scholar's Reviews blog had posted a very positive review of Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom a few days ago, giving it a very high recommendation. Her reviews tend to be honest and clear about a book's flaws, as well as its positive points, and she was really quite pleased with my work.

Thursday I've scheduled a chat with the Sisterhood of Avalon again, given that the last one was pretty much utterly defeated by a lousy internet connect. I'm looking forward to it, as it was so messed up last time. Apparently they really enjoyed what little I did get through to everyone, so it'll be nice to be able to actually talk to them realtime instead of with those hideous delays and signal drops.

Monday is the CR schmooze, and Jeff is going to be doing a presentation on deity imagery on Celtic coins. He's really into numismatics and will have illustrations and such. It should be fun.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
Today I got email from Scarlet Imprint about the Mandragora anthology, which is due for release in its initial edition on May 1st:

Dear Friends,

Our latest title, Mandragora: Further Explorations in Esoteric Poesis, edited by Ruby Sara, is now available for subscriber pre-order.

Pulled from the ground, its shrieks threatening madness, carved and anointed, given form and breath… so it is, the Word walks.

Mandragora is a companion volume to Datura, and some 100 pages larger, comprising nine extensive essays and the works of 48 poets. If you enchant, incant or evoke this is essential reading.
We are committed to the art of poetry.

It has been a major undertaking, and now the mandrake gives forth its fragrance.

Our poets and writers are:

Adriano Camargo Monteiro, Adrienne J. Odasso, Alexander Cummins, Alison Leigh Lilly, Anna Applegate, Anthony Rella, Ariana Dawnhawk, Brock Marie Moore, Caroline Carver, Chris Page, Christopher Greenchild, Craig Fraser, Erynn Rowan Laurie, J/J Hastain, Jenne Micale, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Melusine, Jimmy T Kirkbride, Jose Leitao, Juleigh Howard Hobson, Juliet Johns, Katie Anderson, KH Solomon, Levannah Morgan, Literata Hurley, Mama Whodun, Mark Mandrake, Mark Saucier, Mark Valentine, Michael Routery, Mike Slater, Miriam Axel-Lute, Orryelle Defenstrate-Bascule, Paul Holman, Paul B.Rucker, Peter Dube, Peter Grey, Phil Legard, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, Rebecca Buchanan, Ruby Sara, Scott Schroder, Shaun Johnson, Slippery Elm, Stuart Inman, T.Thorn Coyle, Valentina Cano, Voxx Voltair.

In addition to the rich wilderness of poetry represented in these pages, Mandragora also presents nine essays on the nature of the strange, mad, chymical wedding of poet and magic, and the occult euphoria that follows it through time and space. Throughout these pages we glimpse the ghost of Orpheus, that god-touched and wandering patron of verse, in explorations of the poet as seducer of the gods, the role of verse in ritual theatre, and the poet in relationship with the Muse. Twice we are invited to fix our hearts on the lives and works of specific voices from the history of esoteric poetry in essays on Ted Hughes and Fernando Pessoa. The prophetic voice of the poet is explored, specifically in relationship to Brigid, as is the role of poetry in the grimoire tradition, the use of the cut-up technique in poetry and magic, and the relationship of poetry to the ongoing conversation between science and occult practice. In these essays the poetic word is grounded in tradition and history, rooted in thought – a face given form and a spirit animating its limbs.

Essays:

The Poet as God-Seducer - P.Sufenas Virius Lupus
Black Venus and Wise Hermes - Phil Legard
On Cut-Up - Alexander Cummins
A Spell to Awaken England - Peter Grey
Magical Verse in Ritual Theatre - Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule
Burying the Poet - Erynn Rowan Laurie
On Pessoa - Jose Leitao
Houses of Death - Jimmy Kirkbride
Head of Orpheus - Michael Routery

Mandragora - Further Explorations in Esoteric Poesis
Various, Ruby Sara (Ed)

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The standard hardback Carpophorus edition
450 exemplars (50 hors commerce)
Bound in an exquisite copper crushed cloth. Stamped in black foil with La Mandragora.
Black head and tail bands, black embossed endpapers.
Archival quality paper.
£40 plus postage

The fine-bound Chthonia edition
32 exemplars
Full antique goat, sunk coffin device with copper blocking.
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Copper edges, slipcased and finished to the highest standards.
£185 plus secure postage.

http:www.scarletimprint.com/mandragora.html


I got email the other day from Justin Moore, who did the wonderful and fascinating presentation at last year's Esoteric Book Conference on The Library Angel. He's apparently developed an interest in things druidic, and the bardic traditions. He'd been interested in some of my work previously but hadn't realized who I was when we met at the conference until he was on his way back to Cincinnati. Sadly, he won't be attending this year, but we did talk a bit about the differences between the romantic/antiquarian druidic traditions and the more reconstructionist approaches in our brief email exchange; he also had a few questions about some of my earlier work, particularly the essay in Philip Carr-Gomm's The Druid Renaissance. I'm hoping to hear from him again soon, if he has time.

Today was a new session with the VA spirituality group. We have a couple of new people, which will change the dynamics slightly, but the women who come to join us have usually been pretty good people, so I'm looking forward to participating with them.

A little further discussion has been had on the cover design for the new edition of Circle of Stones, and I have to remember to find some time this weekend to find a couple of sample graphics for Andy, and to look at some font collections for the cover text.

Tomorrow is my outing for the steampunked Pirates of Penzance at the Village Theatre in Everett. There may be snacks before or dinner after, though I haven't got all of that cleared with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor just yet. I know it will be quite the contingent, and all in our steamy finery. My head is twinging slightly tonight, so I'm hoping I won't be migraining tomorrow, as that would be exceedingly inconvenient. Rain and wind have been a bit much today, though the drive home from Seattle did provide me with a really nice rainbow arcing almost straight up into the sky as I came around the curve on I5 toward the Lynnwood/44th Street exit.

Nicole has asked me once again to come and speak to her class about the geilt and PTSD paper on May 1st, which I will most likely do unless I find myself swamped with too many things to do. I do need to put that into the calendar.

More stuff is going on than my brain can handle, I sometimes think. I did get a little more reading done in one of the Brigid books I've been working my way through. I need to take another look at the pilgrimage preparation timetable and see what's next on my list. Today on Twitter I made the acquaintance of a folklorist and (apparently) botanist going by @irishflora working at the Folklife Branch of the National Museum of Ireland in County Mayo. She'd been tweeting some stuff about ogam and trees, and a couple of people recommended my book to her, so we had a short chat before I had to head into Seattle today; she seemed really interested in my book and said if the pilgrimage group was able or interested, we should come by the museum. She says it's not all that far from Sligo, though I'm not sure what "not far" means in this context. I took a look at a map but am not certain of the scale of things in terms of travel and whatnot. Still, it would be fascinating if there's time at all while we're in Sligo for that part of the trip. She says that part of her work involves education on participation and ownership of Irish culture, heritage and tradition, which is of course right up my alley. I'm sure we'll have some interesting conversations, even if I don't get over to the museum while we're there.

So much stuff. So little time.

Arms hurt

Mar. 9th, 2012 12:27 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
The arms have not been getting any better. If anything, the pain is getting worse. It's not quite at the "can't pick up a fork" point but it may get there if this keeps up. It's times like this that I wish I could get tylenol with codeine over the counter. American drug laws are so fucked up. Sadly, there's not much I can do to reduce my use of my arms right now, given I have a lot of work to do, and typing is about the only way to do it.

I may be going up to Vancouver from the 19th - 22nd to help out [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde after her surgery, if those dates work for her.

The weather today was gorgeous. It was sunny and about 60f-ish in Seattle when I was down there this afternoon. Ran into [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn at Travelers and he was going to head out to the airport to pick up [livejournal.com profile] meddevi for their show this weekend. I'll be there with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor Saturday night for the show.

Today brought a copy of Brigid of the Gael by Conrad Bladey in the post. The book claims to be a pretty much complete compilation of source material on Brigid. So far it seems reasonably comprehensive, but it's poorly edited and extremely cheaply made. A lot of the material looks like raw scanner output that's barely been formatted. There are typos everywhere; in some passages you actually have to know what you're looking at in order to decipher it. I can't deny that there is a vast amount of information here, and it would undoubtedly be useful to people interested primarily in Brigid as saint. There's very little information here about Brigid as goddess, not even the brief passages from the Book of Invasions. The Cormac's Glossary passage is there, but it's the only text directly quoted regarding Brigid as goddess. I would say more, but my arms aren't really going to hold out for it.

In other book information, I'm not sure how many folks were aware, but Damien McManus's A Guide to Ogam is back in print for only €10 + postage from Trinity College. Information can be found at this web page, at the bottom: http://www.tcd.ie/Irish/research/publications.php

I have to stop typing. Maybe more tomorrow.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Today was the CR schmooze. Several people weren't up to coming for various reasons -- illness, transportation issues, and the hit that we all take when the time change comes were all a part of it. I was able to pull it together to do a talk on poetry, and there was some good engagement on the topic, particularly as it related to incubation practices and to practical magic. I plugged several of Robin Skelton's books; Spellcraft is one of the only books out there that directly addresses poetry as magic and I still highly recommend it to people.

While at Edge of the Circle, I saw that they had received their paperback copies of Datura, which means that I should be seeing my contributor's copy sometime soon. I was delighted to see it there, and they seemed pretty happy to be carrying it.

Tomorrow I'll be going down to Occupy Everett for a while before I head over to the AFK for the Tuesday steampunk social. I'm really pretty tired after everything I've been doing, but I feel a need to at least check in with them. They were apparently doing some activism on veterans issues today, which is kind of unsurprising given that Everett has a Navy base. It's not a big one, but it's certainly a presence. There used to be a VFP chapter here in Everett but it apparently became less active and the Seattle chapter kind of absorbed it. I don't know the history surrounding that and for all I know there may be some political stuff involved, but at the moment I'm more interested in VFP's participation in the Occupy movement than in its internal politics.

American Women Veterans put out a call for people to do volunteer work in Seattle and several other places on Veterans Day, and I've been in contact with them and with the local organization doing the work. They do have things I'm able to do, so now I'm inquiring whether I can show up in the early afternoon and work with them until the end of the day, rather than showing up at 10am, which would be nearly impossible for me due to sleep issues.

Last night I had a really rough night physically. We had a bad cold snap -- it was at least 10 degrees colder last night than it is tonight, and I was in too much pain to sleep, so I ended up sitting up on the couch until about 5:30 in the morning reading so that I wouldn't disturb [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor with my thrashing around trying to find some vaguely comfortable position. I'm doing rather better tonight, but the time change is still really throwing me.

My editor emailed me and said he'd got the file for Circle of Stones and also noted that corrections had been made to the ebook version of Ogam. I asked him to send a new copy to the person who had pointed out the problem to make sure that things were in order now. One of the problems was that the ogam font was not displaying, so it made the e-text almost useless for actually learning the ogam letters. This, of course, defeats the purpose of having the ebook at all. Of course, I've been rather skeptical about ebooks for a while anyway, and this only reinforced some of my issues with them. The font problem, combined with continuing formatting problems for some kinds of poetry, really does make them less useful than a print book for those purposes. That said, things are progressing, and we'll see how they go.

I still have the Phosphorus article to deal with. I really wish I felt like I could take a break, but the topic is important and should be dealt with. I just hope I'll be able to pull something together soon. I have an outline-ish thing, and a couple of paragraphs together, but I really need to reexamine what I have and might need to start over entirely, given that I initially started the project a couple of months back and that it's really not been in the forefront of my mind since that time. I had more pressing deadlines to deal with. Right now, I mostly just want to collapse in a heap.

The end of the crazy is not at hand.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
I didn't know this until today, but I am told that almost none of the illustrations for my ogam book are actually in the ebook edition. This may make following some of it a bit difficult. I'd been told that maybe some of the illustrations might not be in there, but I was not told that none of the illustrations are actually in the book at all.

Sorry everybody.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (kermitflail!)
Today's installment of The Wild Hunt has a bunch of Pagan links and contains a mention of and link to my Ogam ebook in his weekly Pagan News of Note column! I'm even in the same paragraph with a mention of Margot Adler and Drawing Down the Moon. This is because we both had ebook editions of our work come out recently, but still -- Margot Adler and me in the same paragraph, imagine! ;)

Thanks [livejournal.com profile] mythworker!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom was released today on Smashwords and is available now for $7! Smashwords provides links for a number of formats for all your ebook reading needs.

Please feel free to pass the word far and wide!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
About as I expected, I'm fried to a crispy crisp today. I did get the okay for the Wednesday yoga group at the VA, though, so will be down there this week for my first session, 2pm to 3:15pm.

Wednesday is also the schmooze business meeting, wherein we discuss the Samhain ritual and the upcoming annual meeting.

I got an inquiry today from Nicole Torres about presenting my geilt and PTSD essay to her class at UW Bothell on Medicine, Illness, and Culture. We'll be meeting up Wednesday afternoon at Travelers to discuss details.

While at the Esoteric Book Conference this weekend, I was informed by Taylor that the ogam book will be available as an e-book later this week. Monday had been bandied about as a likely date, but I haven't heard anything from him today, so I'm still waiting for the link from him. It will be available on Smashwords when it goes live. He had a sign at the Immanion table at the conference with some of next year's releases on it, and Circle of Stones is slated for publication in May of next year. I need to get the finalized stuff together for that. They won't do an audio file for the prayers, but will support my creation of it, and link to a place where it can be got when I have it available. Now I have to make arrangements for that, so I'm in negotiations with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor for her work.

Hex Magazine staff was at the conference with the newly-released issue #9, which contains the reprint of my Amanita muscaria article. You can order a copy here. Cover art is by Pia Ravenari, a wonderful Australian artist of my acquaintance.

I had a chance to talk at some length with [livejournal.com profile] brandywilliams and got word direct from her that the Sisters of Seshat are open to anyone who identifies as a woman. I was quite certain this would be the case from the way that gender was discussed in her book, but it was never directly stated there. It is very directly addressed in the FAQ on the group's website. I was asked by David of Fields Books in San Francisco to write up a review for the book for their website. As I was planning on doing a review anyway, I'll be making that available to them for excerpts as they wish.

I'm too tired still to comment about what else happened at the conference, but I do promise a review and to talk about some of the books I was able to pick up there. It was a fantastic and fun weekend and I had a great time with everyone.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Breakin' Ur Geasa)
Seriously. All his fault. I lay the blame squarely at his feet and staple them there with the Gae Bolga.

The Myths Retold blog has myths and folktales retold to hilarious effect. His retelling of the Táin is Cúchulainn is the Megatron of Killing People.

So, you really kind of have to appreciate lots of blood and vulgarity in your myths (but of course, they're filled with that anyhow) and the whole archie and mehitabel vers libre thing he's got going, but it's fantastic and filled with mayhem. He's got Norse, Greek, Egyptian, and other myths retold as well. Go. Read. Howl your laughter to the unforgiving stars.

Today's Wild Hunt link list talked about the whole Bin Laden thing and [livejournal.com profile] mythworker linked to my one-line post on the topic. I'm not sure why. I think he's buttering me up for something... *eyes him suspiciously*

Also, today I went down to Seattle for the writing group again. I talked to Wendy briefly after our session and feel better about the whole thing. Her thought was that it's not supposed to be a competition (my position on it, as I've said), that we all have unique perspectives to bring to this, and that I shouldn't deprive myself of the experience, or other people of my various insights, given that we all have them and that it's about sharing this stuff in the group. I was good with it. This week more people were willing to do a little reading from their work, and that was a large part of what made me feel better, too. I may be a professional writer, but that doesn't mean the inside of my head is any neater or more organized than anyone else's, after all. It could be argued, in fact, that it's significantly more fucked up than a lot of other people's.

The sib came down to Seattle with me and read while I was at the VA. We hung out at Travelers for a while and read there, too. I told Leon about the ogam ebook deal and he was pretty excited. We had one of those "back in the day" conversations about when he and I were about the only people we knew who were actually into the whole thing locally and who were actually trying to do any research on it.

Before we dropped [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde at the bus (before the VA trip), I gave her a copy of the five-ish pages I've written of the Queering the Flame essay and she's going to send me some comments and suggestions. We talked a little about the first two or three pages before she left, and she had some really good thoughts. I'm very much looking forward to hearing from her about the rest of it, in fact. She pointed out something that I hadn't really thought about, in terms of negative evidence, if you will -- in the various saint's lives of Brigid, none of the authors mentions the flame being kept only by women, so one wonders why (if this was an important thing, or if it even existed at all) the writers of the vitae wouldn't have mentioned it.

Tomorrow I need to start looking for readings for June's schmooze. Next month is family, rites of passage, and things of that nature. I've got a slightly more in-depth summary of the concept in a file on my desktop, I just haven't got everything in my head right now. This is more in terms of births, deaths, adulthood, and things of that nature than, say, warrior rituals or initiatory stuff; we're dealing with the everyday rites of passage and the things of home and hearth.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
Today's email brought a short note from Storm, who said that publication will be through Smashwords, which provides books for all ebook/reader formats. The file they currently have has to be put back into a plain old Word format before it can go to Smashmouth, so I don't know exactly how long that will take, but I'm presuming it won't be months and months.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
I signed a contract today for the e-book version of Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom! It should be out within a year from today, according to the contract.

Also, Storm said that they would be interested in taking a look at the Brigid book, even though it's not the sort of thing they usually publish (spiritual rather than magical) because I sell so well and because people like my work. So, once I get that together, I have a publisher to take it to and we'll see what happens!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Failure TRex)
I asked my brother to drive me down to the VA yesterday, given how flat I was feeling. It was a good thing I did, because by the time I got out of the VA I was nearly immobile. It would not have been pretty, trying to drive myself.

I had a long talk with my doc about the whole migraines thing and we'll try yet another prophylactic thing for it. The whole mess was frustrating, and I had to go down to the lab for a blood draw for a liver function test before she put me on it; I'll need to go back in a month for a recheck to make sure I'm tolerating the stuff okay. Needless to say, I'm not terribly thrilled. We did have a pretty impressive (for here) thunder and hailstorm on the way down there, though.

I did get a check from the valet parking people to cover the cost of redoing the locks on my door, thankfully, but didn't manage to get to the travel window in time to get the travel funds for the appointment. Next time I'm in Seattle, I'll see about going in.

After all of this, I was flatter than a thing that had been rolled over by a steamroller. We stopped at the Safeway before we got home and I picked up a few things - mostly more cold meds. When we got back here I stayed up long enough to get something to eat and then dropped into bed. I've been up reading for a couple of hours now, but will be curling up again shortly to see if I can at least try to get a little more rest. I'm usually kind of fatigued, but this past week has been really extreme, and the cold has been doing the nasty sinusy thing which means I've had some trouble breathing easily (nothing wrong with the lungs, it's all sinus), and that has translated into having a very hard time actually sleeping for very long, so that's just compounding the problem.

There's no way I'll be at the AFK tonight for the steampunk meet, and even if I had the energy, I shouldn't haul my plague around and inflict it on anyone else, even if I do have one of those little medical face masks. So yeah, I'm probably going to be spending most of Wednesday collapsed in a heap as well.

On the up side, yesterday I got a note from my publisher saying the ogam book is still doing well. She asked if I wanted to do an e-book version. I said I wasn't averse to the idea, and could she tell me what the royalties split would be. I just need to know what the deal is before I sign off on it. I'm certainly in favor of more people getting hold of my book.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Insane Membrane!)
Today my 10 copies of the ogam book arrived for the con. Yay for efficient shipping! That'll make things easier for me while I'm down there. Further planning has been done for scheduling and who's staying where, when. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht, are you in need of space before/after the con? What's our situation with you down in SF/San Jose? We can find space for you if necessary, but we need to know what your current plans are.

In creepy-assed news, a kindergarten kid in Palatka, Florida (where my dad lives) somehow got hold of a loaded .22 caliber pistol and dropped the damned thing during his class. Fucking irresponsible adults. The gun didn't go off and nobody was hurt, thank all the gods.

Next Wednesday's steampunk meetup is on the calendar at the AFK, along with Phil and Kaja Foglio doing a book signing at 8pm for their newest Girl Genius release.

It looks like my friend will be staying until February 3rd -- he's got a place lined up, but it won't be open until then. I'm okay with this. He's very quiet, and I don't think I have anyone coming to visit overnight before then.

Tomorrow evening I'll be popping over to the AFK to hang with some of the local druids, as I did last Friday. Happy Erynn is happy.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Bowie's disappointed in you)
In doing a google on my ogam book, I found that there are about half a dozen torrents for downloading it. I have no idea if any of the files are actually complete, but I've emailed the service where my book is allegedly being hosted and asked them to remove the files, as well as emailing Storm and [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch to alert them to the situation.

It's not like I make a lot of money on this. If you value small presses and good quality work, please don't download small press books from sites like this. I didn't authorize this, nor did my publisher. Everyone's struggling in this economy and even a few actual book sales help a lot.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch says the files are all viruses and other electronic ickies, as are the other Immanion/Megalithica titles she found there. Sadly, a Polish website has got one of her books uploaded. I think she's waiting for a resolution on that one.
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Recently I was talking about an interview I was doing with Aontacht, the online magazine of the Druidic Dawn website. They had projected publication on the 21st but when I popped by for a peek today, they had already posted it! The interview with me starts on page 9 of the PDF file. There's a formatting kerfuffle due to the two-column format towards the end, but I pinged the editor to see if it could be fixed.

Also in this issue, they printed a review of Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom. The review was quite positive, but I'll admit I'm puzzled by its final paragraph:

Even if you are inclined to challenge the premise that the Ogam began in Ireland with the coming of the Celts, you will not be disappointed by what you find in this book.

I'm really puzzled about where this came from. I've never argued that ogam "began in Ireland with the coming of the Celts" -- on the contrary, it's well-accepted in the scholarly literature that ogam originated with Irish Christians some centuries after Celtic civilization and language were established in Ireland. I argued against the POV that 'the Druids did it.' If the reviewer means that she disagrees because she thinks ogam is preChristian and didn't begin in Ireland then I really think she ought to read more on the history of the system and the legitimate debates on the origin theories.

Anyway, drop by and check out the interview!
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Went down to Seattle today to hang out for a while with [livejournal.com profile] saturna, whom I haven't seen in a while. She's not been around LJ much anymore, so I hadn't been sure what she's been up to. She's just completed work on a local indy direct to DVD horror flick as part of the video production team, and was talking a bit about that. We had chai at Travelers -- Allen is on his way back from India even now, and will be arriving home tomorrow. We also had late lunch at a vegan noodle shop down on Olive Way in the space that used to house Coffee Messiah. That was pretty good stuff.

After that we wandered by Half Price Books and I ran into [livejournal.com profile] circularruins, slaving away behind the counter. (The book I was looking for was Greek Gods, Human Lives: What We Can Learn from Myths by Mary Lefkowitz, and the UDist shop had two copies.)

He was really interested in getting together again to finish up the reading of the Táin and would love to meet [livejournal.com profile] sannion when he's up here if that's possible on Saturday. We could have a lovely little recon/Antinoian kaffee klatsch if that pans out. We talked for a few minutes about a variety of things, and then headed over to Edge of the Circle, where we were going to meet up again with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht, who had come to Seattle with me.

At Edge, [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht was getting a reading. [livejournal.com profile] saturna and I browsed for a bit and chatted with J, at the counter. I also scheduled the ogam book release party. Grab your calendars!

Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom release party
Edge of the Circle Books
Wednesday, December 19th from 7pm-9pm
Wine and cheese snackies with a short intro to ogam workshop!


If you're in the area, please join me! I'd love to see you! Edge will be ordering some copies so you can get one signed by me at the party. I've already put up a notice on the SeaPagan list and on the Seattle Pagan Scholars list. Raven at Edge was talking about doing an interview for the Edge newsletter, so that should be fun.

[livejournal.com profile] lupabitch -- do you guys have any kind of press packet or will I just need to order some stuff from the Megalithica site for the shop to use for promotions?

After Edge, we headed back to Travelers for one last cuppa chai before heading north. Talked to Leon for a few. They've already been getting new stuff in while Allen has been in India, so the shop is filling up again with bells, Buddhist and Hindu ritual objects, and new books. It's well worth a look at the new selections.

After we took our leave of [livejournal.com profile] saturna we realized that I-5 was a real mess, so we popped right back off into the U District to hang at Half Price over there for an hour or so. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht came out of it with quite the haul, and I found a few things myself. Yay used books and remainders!

Tomorrow is Garuda maintenance time. Thursday, [livejournal.com profile] yiaya and another friend are coming over for Turkey Day. Friday I get some help with a few issues I'm having with the iPhone. Monday is shrinkage and that weekend on the 1st and 2nd of December, we'll be down in Portland with [livejournal.com profile] lazaruspdx having some fun. Busy busy Erynn!
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Two more reviews have appeared on Amazon today for Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom -- one from [livejournal.com profile] heilun_coo and another from someone I'm pretty sure is on my flist but I'm not certain from the Amazon ID. [livejournal.com profile] heilun_coo is in Scotland, and the other reviewer is in England, so thank you very much to you both! Everyone's support with these fantastic reviews is so heartening and very very much appreciated.

I'm finally starting to feel like I'm working the kinks out with the new phone. )
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The ogam book has recieved its first review on Amazon.com and it was a five-star. Woo hoo!
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I got this review forwarded to me from my publisher today, sent from Australia. [livejournal.com profile] herbmcsidhe, what journal does Julia Philips publish? She's the one who sent it and I think it'll be in her newsletter.

On with the review! Woo hoo! )

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