erynn: Gaelic merman image (Orpheus I see...)
[livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm's flight got cancelled due to some mechanical problem, so she's on the same one as me tomorrow morning. She's currently here for the night, so we could just go down to the airport together. We watched Amelie this afternoon for something to distract me from my nervousness.

Given rush our, we're giving ourselves 90 minutes to get to the airport from here and are hoping to be there by about 9am-9:15, which means getting up here at about 6:30 in order to be out the door by 7:30 latest. Everything is packed, the carry-on bag weights 20.6 pounds and will be losing weight as it goes, given several factors. I've decided to toss in an actual book (as opposed to just reading from my iPad) that I want to get into while I'm flying.

Nerves are jangly, but 6:30 comes early, so I'm off to bed very shortly. I'm debating tossing Zombie Dice or maybe Monty Python Fluxx into the bag as well, so as to have something interesting to do if I'm bored, but one never knows. The dice game would probably be easier to explain to someone I didn't know, but I also tend to kind of stay to myself a lot if I'm traveling alone, so I'm of two minds about the whole thing. I'll make a decision in the morning. Better to take less stuff, really.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Orpheus I see...)
[livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm's flight got cancelled due to some mechanical problem, so she's on the same one as me tomorrow morning. She's currently here for the night, so we could just go down to the airport together. We watched Amelie this afternoon for something to distract me from my nervousness.

Given rush our, we're giving ourselves 90 minutes to get to the airport from here and are hoping to be there by about 9am-9:15, which means getting up here at about 6:30 in order to be out the door by 7:30 latest. Everything is packed, the carry-on bag weights 20.6 pounds and will be losing weight as it goes, given several factors. I've decided to toss in an actual book (as opposed to just reading from my iPad) that I want to get into while I'm flying.

Nerves are jangly, but 6:30 comes early, so I'm off to bed very shortly. I'm debating tossing Zombie Dice or maybe Monty Python Fluxx into the bag as well, so as to have something interesting to do if I'm bored, but one never knows. The dice game would probably be easier to explain to someone I didn't know, but I also tend to kind of stay to myself a lot if I'm traveling alone, so I'm of two minds about the whole thing. I'll make a decision in the morning. Better to take less stuff, really.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
Today brought the sib's contact information, which went into the itinerary file. I need to send it over to the iPad again now that it's complete.

[livejournal.com profile] seanthedruid sent me the Eight Winds food plan menu and it looks like, aside from my tea and a few snacky things and juice, I won't really have to take any food things along. This means that I was able to stuff the cooler and the big camp stove back into the garage. I'll just take the single-burner propane stove I use when I don't need more cooking space. Unneeded things went into the camping gear bin that will stay in the living room until I get home and can re-pack what I won't be taking with me to Europe.

All my necessary camping gear went into my duffel bag, except the camp chair and a couple of candle lanterns, and all of that went into Garuda's trunk, so that's ready for Tuesday morning. I've packed about half of what I need for clothing and stuff, cleared up the project I was working on in the living room and stowed the crafts supplies, and put a bunch of research books away. Monday will be a laundry day, so that pretty much everything but what I'm wearing will be clean when I leave on Tuesday morning. Dishes got done. I weighed the bag I'm using as a carryon. It didn't have everything I'll be taking with me to Ireland, but it had a bunch of things in it I won't be taking, and it weighed slightly less than 11 pounds. I think I'll be able to get under the 22 pound weight limit if I consider everything carefully.

Tomorrow I concentrate on reviewing notes and sources for the Brigid and Sarasvati presentation at Eight Winds next weekend. I have to put [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's address into my god of navigation so that I can find her. Directions to the campsite have to be written down in a place where I can find them, since last year the god of navigation attempted to have me drive across a lake to get there. Over the last week, the stress has been aggravating the whole acid reflux thing, which is kind of nasty, but I'm carrying on.

I think tomorrow I'll also put a notice on the pilgrimage email list that I'll be out of town for a week, so if anyone wants to talk to me or ask me questions, they should do so and I'll get back to them once I get home again. I'll have six days at home before I get on the plane for Ireland. Tomorrow is also my last flamekeeping shift before I hit the road. (I need to remember to pack a battery-operated candle so that I can deal with it while I'm in Europe. I may have to go buy one, as I can't find the one I had around here previously.)

Still crazy busy, but that's my life.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
Today brought the sib's contact information, which went into the itinerary file. I need to send it over to the iPad again now that it's complete.

[livejournal.com profile] seanthedruid sent me the Eight Winds food plan menu and it looks like, aside from my tea and a few snacky things and juice, I won't really have to take any food things along. This means that I was able to stuff the cooler and the big camp stove back into the garage. I'll just take the single-burner propane stove I use when I don't need more cooking space. Unneeded things went into the camping gear bin that will stay in the living room until I get home and can re-pack what I won't be taking with me to Europe.

All my necessary camping gear went into my duffel bag, except the camp chair and a couple of candle lanterns, and all of that went into Garuda's trunk, so that's ready for Tuesday morning. I've packed about half of what I need for clothing and stuff, cleared up the project I was working on in the living room and stowed the crafts supplies, and put a bunch of research books away. Monday will be a laundry day, so that pretty much everything but what I'm wearing will be clean when I leave on Tuesday morning. Dishes got done. I weighed the bag I'm using as a carryon. It didn't have everything I'll be taking with me to Ireland, but it had a bunch of things in it I won't be taking, and it weighed slightly less than 11 pounds. I think I'll be able to get under the 22 pound weight limit if I consider everything carefully.

Tomorrow I concentrate on reviewing notes and sources for the Brigid and Sarasvati presentation at Eight Winds next weekend. I have to put [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's address into my god of navigation so that I can find her. Directions to the campsite have to be written down in a place where I can find them, since last year the god of navigation attempted to have me drive across a lake to get there. Over the last week, the stress has been aggravating the whole acid reflux thing, which is kind of nasty, but I'm carrying on.

I think tomorrow I'll also put a notice on the pilgrimage email list that I'll be out of town for a week, so if anyone wants to talk to me or ask me questions, they should do so and I'll get back to them once I get home again. I'll have six days at home before I get on the plane for Ireland. Tomorrow is also my last flamekeeping shift before I hit the road. (I need to remember to pack a battery-operated candle so that I can deal with it while I'm in Europe. I may have to go buy one, as I can't find the one I had around here previously.)

Still crazy busy, but that's my life.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GONZO!)
I got next to no sleep last night. I don't think I even closed my eyes until after 7am, and I woke up at 11:30ish this morning but didn't get out of bed. I knew it would be a bad idea to get up then, so I tried going back to sleep and got up about 2:30 in the afternoon. It took a while to get started after that, but I dealt with an interview/guest blog post that another writer will be putting up sometime soon on his blog. It's about my work as a writer and poet, but as he's a disabled person, he was also interested in my work as a writer affected by disability and was interested in the whole military/PTSD issue as well, so things had got considerably more in depth than either of us had quite expected. We'd talked initially a couple of months ago and I'd almost forgotten about it until I got his email today.

After dealing with that, I poked some at the closing ritual, but really didn't do much of anything with it. I got email back from [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm that I need to respond to (just noting that I got your email and do intend to answer) about the other rituals planned.

Having got such a late start on the day, I didn't really eat much except have a little cheese and a cup of tea before it started getting late. I got email from one of the steampunks about meeting up at the AFK and I really needed to eat but wasn't feeling able to deal with cooking, so I went over and had dinner and we hung out and talked for about 90 minutes.

When I got home, I dredged around in the garage to pull out all the camping gear and make sure I had everything organized. I made sure I had sufficient propane for the camp stove, checked over the head lamp (batteries are working but I should pick up an extra set of AAAs just in case), and pulled all the stuff I'd been temporarily storing in the library out into the living room. The DoDC+3, of course, is having a minor anxiety issue over it, because he knows this means I'll be leaving soon.

Over the next few days, I have shrinkage at the VA, need to finish up dealing with the closing ritual and send that off to Jhenah and [livejournal.com profile] vyviane, pack my camping gear and get it into the car, pack up clothing, get food for the trip, and make sure I have copies of my handouts for the Eight Winds workshop. I leave for California next Tuesday morning, probably about 10am. I'll stop for lunch with [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab probably about 2pm, then head down to Ashland for the night. Wednesday night will be at [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's place in Sacramento, then first thing in the morning I'll be off to the Sierras for the festival. My posts during that time will likely be minimal.

I'll head back directly from the festival on Sunday and hope to make it to Eugene to stay with [livejournal.com profile] mythworker and his wife that night, then up to Portland for lunch and to see friends over at Powells for the afternoon and wait out rush hour traffic. I expect to be home late Monday night sometime.

I need to remember to breathe.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
I have a whole fourteen days to get everything done before I have to leave for California.

What this entails:

Six days worth of daily readings.
Four rituals.
Packing for California.
Reviewing the material for the Brigid & Sarasvati presentation for Eight Winds.
Photocopying materials for Brigid & Sarasvati presentation.
Giving the warrior rituals and geilt material a once-over for my discussion with [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb.

When I get home, I have seven days to finalize everything for the trip to Europe:

Packing for Europe.
Making sure my carryon bag is 22 pounds or less.
Checking in with my credit union and credit cards to make sure they know where I'll be.
Pay July's bills.
Add European roaming/texting to my phone service.
Make sure house/dog stuff is dealt with sufficiently to leave.
Last minute review of all tickets, contact information, and dates.
Get Mom, the sib, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor up to date on all my European contacts.
Check in with my brother to make sure we're on the same page about when and where in Prague.
Make sure that [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah have whatever might be necessary for printing out for rituals and stuff in Ireland.
Make sure all my meds are in order.

If I've forgotten anything on this list, I have to remember to add it to said list.

Have I mentioned that panic is slipping in?

What this means is, except for taking a break for the steampunk social tomorrow evening (essentially taking myself out for a couple of hours for dinner), I'm really not going to be very available to anyone. Certainly you can email or text me if you need me, but I may only be up to a really rushed response. I wish this were not the case, but this is so huge for me and it's really kind of hitting me like a brick right now. Please be patient with me. I may freak out a little.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (do something strange)
I crawled out of bed just a touch before noon today and got myself ready to head down to Seattle for the steampunk panel at FaerieCon, featuring a couple of my friends. The panel was a good one and I think fun was had by almost all. After the panel, I spent time meeting and talking to people, and grabbed a little lunch with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor up in her bandmate's room. He was talking about doing a kayaking whale-watching trip in August and I noted that I'd be back around mid-month in August if all went well, so I might be able to go along on this thingie.

After that, I went down to the bar and hung out with Mark, the guy who has been doing the steampunk sociology project. We talked for an hour or so, then caught up with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and found some comfy couches. We talked among ourselves and then to a woman from Vancouver who organizes some of the Pagan stuff up there and who knows a few of the same folks I do. We all chatted until it was time to head upstairs and wait for doors to open for the night's concert. The initial couple of acts were very nice, but much more low-key than I would have thought for a convention concert. The third act, Dehli 2 Dublin, is a Vancouver BC based band that does Celtic-inspired Bollywood music, and they were definitely a rocking good time.

At the concert, I introduced [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's bandmate to [livejournal.com profile] mythworker, who totally fanboyed him when he realized who he was. I think I have once again lived up to Bj's assertion that I am the Goddess of Networking.

I am feeling creaky, though tonight I didn't actually get up and dance. I'm also still feeling stressed out, given that I have to do dishes, pack, and deal with the Brigid and Sarasvati presentation before I head down to Seattle for the schmooze and to pick up my friend who's going to be dogsitting for me. I've got to format and print out the two rituals I'm taking along as illustrative material, and the Sisters of Seshat ritual that I'll be doing with [livejournal.com profile] brandywilliams and a couple of others.

Tuesday morning about 10am we'll hit the road for points south, with a lunch stop at [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place before ultimately ending up in Ashland for the night. I just hope I've actually got everything I need to have done finished by the time I have to leave Tuesday. I have to say I am not feeling confident. That said, I'll probably at least be able to throw something together. The Brigid parts I can do most of out of my head, it's the Sarasvati comparison stuff that I know I'm kind of shaky on, but I will state up-front that I'm way weaker on my information about her.

I'm stressed out, though I did definitely have a lot of fun today. Shortly I will be collapsing in a heap, hoping to get a little actual sleep before the huge push tomorrow.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (10 ceirt)
I woke up today out of vague anxiety-soaked dreams and ended up spending the majority of the day fighting with the whole thing. Having that kind of heaviness in my chest, and that uncomfortable knot in my gut is never a pleasant thing. I used to have this problem a lot worse than I do now, and every time something like this happens, it reminds me how relieved I am that I'm not having panic attacks often enough to require keeping medications for them around the house. Being on the edge of panic for no reason for the better part of a day is challenging at best. I have to keep reminding myself that yes, they do eventually fade enough for me to be functional.

I did manage to get myself down to Seattle for my monthly shrinkage anyway, though it was hard to cope with the traffic due to the stress I was feeling. By the time I got through, I was doing a little better, but I was at least able to hang on through it and examine some of it to try and figure out what bits were being triggered by things, and what bits were simply free-floating anxieties. I skipped going to the travel office today in favor of doing it tomorrow after group. I've got a couple of weeks worth of group days to pick up, and today's appointment as well, though there are apparently some paperwork issues with Tracy's clinic at the moment that they are trying to work out, due to scheduling issues for her. It was complicated and I just wasn't up to dealing with it on any level.

I biffed over to Travelers for a dal bhat and a chai and by the time 6:30 rolled around, I was feeling at least a little more human. There is still some anxiety floating around, slightly aggravated by having to be around people for my Irish class tonight, but I got through it. Once I got home (after a brief detour through Central Market, where I dropped Charles off so he could catch a bus home and picked up a few necessary groceries), I was able to just sit in the quiet and absorb some peace and alone-time. That has been helping immensely. I'm still not where I'd like to be, but at least I'm not on the verge of hyperventilating now.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor got information for me about the Victorian seance we're supposed to be going to in early March, and I've sent off an email about reserving a room at the place. It is called Manresa Castle and does have rather a castle-like aspect to it. It looks like it'll be fun, and a really beautiful location for the whole thing.

I didn't actually get to writing up my outline today, but I did do some reading and research and found an intriguing reference to Columba having done an incubation for seven years in a darkened chamber to write a particular hymn (though another version has it coming to him suddenly, while he was waiting for a bag of grain to be milled). I think it's pretty obvious that the whole seven years solid wouldn't have been spent in darkened, silent isolation, but it does offer an interesting perspective on what might have been meant by longer periods of incubatory isolation and darkness.

I did, however, have my major Sarasvati sourcebook with me, so I'm getting a little closer to the whole "actually sit down and deal with the outline" thing. Maybe when I'm not coping with an anxiety attack I'll be better able to focus.

Tomorrow is group at the VA. Friday I'll be going to the AFK to hang with Gary and the crew, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and Brianna will probably be there, too. Gary is talking about shuffling all his Fluxx decks together and seeing what kind of a game results from that one. I'm betting it'll be massively chaotic and probably hilarious. Lamb has been got for the haggisoid substance for our upcoming Burns Night.

And I am contemplating bed. Not sure if I'll be able to sleep, but I am at least contemplating the concept.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Orpheus Oh Noes!)
I'm at Kaladi Brothers using theirs. My wireless thingummy died a miserable death. ATT is sending me a new one. It'll be here in a day or two, as I paid $15 for the St. Expedite service.

The heater guy called. The replacement is going to cost me over $250. I can't afford that right now, but thankfully the place can still be heated without it, no problem. It will wait.

If you don't hear from me for a couple of days, it's because I haven't been able to get somewhere with tubes.

Oops

Aug. 7th, 2011 01:01 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
Overall, the day was a pretty fantastic one. I had a great time with [livejournal.com profile] garzan, who stayed here for the night. We went out for brunch to Thai Gusto, then came back here and watched most of a Sapphire and Steel serial after I'd dropped [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht at one of his friends'; house so they could catch up for a bit.

After [livejournal.com profile] garzan left, I picked up [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht at about 4 and we headed down to Seattle. We grabbed food at Queen of Sheba, then met up for tango with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor.

We got a tango lesson and danced some. I would have stayed later, but my eyebrow piercing fell out. Thankfully, I was able to find both bits of the jewelry. We dashed out early to see if I could get over to Laughing Buddha, where I'd originally had the piercing done, to see if I could get it sterilized and put back in. Sadly, literally just as we got there, the last guy was locking the door. The piercing room had already been cleaned up and locked for the night, so I'll have to go back tomorrow and talk to them before the Lughnassadh ritual.

Tomorrow I have to drop by Michael's and pick up some weaving wheat, and I also have to be sure to remember to pack everything along that I need for my parts of the ritual, and my food. I have to have all my errands done before 4pm, when I'm due in Volunteer Park. I also have to pick up [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and her harp.

Busy Erynn is freakin' busy.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lotus)
Monday at PCon was the Antinoan panel about how Antinous isn't just for pretty gay boys. The audience was small but engaged. After the panel, several of us went over to a discussion in progress about gender discrimination in Pagan ritual; sadly, I was only able to stay for about 15 minutes, due to being needed for packout with my Hrafnar peeps.

The situation was a group that had turned away not just men, but transwomen at the door without having specified that the ritual was restricted to women born in women's bodies only. I think there would have been considerably less uproar if they'd simply stated this fact up front. While I was in there, some of the discussion was being framed as "gender discrimination vs. religious freedom" when what really seemed to be the issue was unclear communication and exclusion from a ritual that initially had appeared more open than it actually was. Such discrimination against the transgendered is not uncommon. This is a really awful thing. Of course the whole gender binary discourse in much of Paganism is problematic, but that's been patently obvious for a long time.

I can't really comment further on the discussion, as I wasn't present for most of it.

We got some very positive feedback on the Bakkhoi Antinoou ritual on Monday. Several people told me they thought it was really good, despite that we were reading from scripts for the sacred drama. We'd had no time at all to go through it together first, and several of the participants hadn't even bothered to read it until that day, so I'm a little surprised it went over as well as it did. Star Foster wrote about it in nearly glowing terms over at the Patheos blog in the article "Concerning Three Rituals.

I was in the blog again again at Patheos when Star did a brief rundown of some of the things she'd attended earlier in the con, including a photo from the Pagan Newswire Collective meet and greet. I'm in the middle with [livejournal.com profile] mythworker, sitting on the couch.

One of the things that I didn't mention while I was actually at the con was the cattle raid. Traditionally, the Asatru hospitality suite and the ADF suite engage in the traditional pastime of cattle raiding. By this I mean that they have a small collection of little stuffed cows that people try to steal and hold in their suites, in plain sight, so that they might possibly be stolen back. Unbeknownst to anyone, the Sisterhood of Avalon decided, as Celty types, that they were going to play the game too. So by the time I was getting ready to head out for ritual prep on Sunday evening, the Sisterhood had all but one of the stuffed cows in their possession. It had got to the point where one of the women tied a tiny stuffed cow to a cord and dragged it along the corridor as though she were walking it, right past the Asatru and ADF suites in plain sight.

Nobody noticed.

Needless to say, the Sisterhood of Avalon won the competition hands down.

This afternoon, I spent time with [livejournal.com profile] finnchuill down in San Francisco. We talked for a bit then went out for lunch and then a walk at the Land's End park. We discussed several issues surrounding incubation work, and some other, more personal issues he'd been wanting to talk with me about. I think we had a really good discussion while we walked. He took me out to some sea caves, which really impressed me with their vibe. The surf coming into the caves boomed like cannons as the waves hit and compressed, and it was both magnificent and unnerving. After that we headed over to the Diana statue and left small offerings there. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances, [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht arrive considerably later than he was expected, and instead of leaving the city at 4pm, we ended up leaving at 5, which meant I was dealing with very heavy traffic in an unfamiliar area, with the sun setting in my rearview mirror, making keeping an eye on the traffic around me quite difficult. By the time I arrived at Greyhaven to pick up [livejournal.com profile] lwood, I was fried pretty toasty, and asked her to drive Garuda the rest of the way to her place. She happily complied.

After dropping [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht at House Chaos, we came back here for a bit of decompression, then headed out for a very lovely dinner at a place called Sea Salt -- it's a seafood restaurant in Berkeley. We indulged in the finest of foodporns. There was green garlic soup and some very fresh sauteed squid (perfectly done) for appetizers. I had the steelhead with asparagus and chanterelles with just a touch of lemon and an extremely light and lightly flavored puree of parsnip on top that was TO DIE FOR. I forget what fish [livejournal.com profile] lwood had but it was equally yummers. We also had a bit of dessert. We got out for just under $100 for both of us (an unusual feat in a place like this). It's not something I do very often, but we did split the check and so neither of us entirely broke the bank on the dinner.

Upon arriving back here, we flopped down on the bed for a couple of episodes of the Grenada TV Sherlock Holmes -- The Final Problem and The Empty House. There was great rejoicing.

Weather home: It looks awful. I will most likely be proceeding up the I-5 corridor as usual, given that the road maintenance is likely to be better. I have no idea if I am actually going to make it into Oregon tomorrow by the time I'm too fried to drive further. I am still going to try to make Portland by midnight, but I don't know for sure if that will happen. It's just as likely that I'll need to stop on the Oregon side of the Siskiyous for the night. In any case, I'll be phoning [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab to let her know where we are stopping if it's not her place. I'll keep everyone posted. I anticipate leaving here by 9:30am and am hoping that [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht will be arriving here by 9am so that we can do the final getting ready things.

Wish me luck and clear roads. I'll make a final short post before I head out in the morning to let everyone know I'm on my way. I'll probably do the occasional tweet from rest stops or meal stops just to let folks keeping track of me there know my progress and that all is well and I'm safe.

Immense thanks and tons of love to everyone who has been so kind and wonderful to me throughout this trip! I'll see you next year!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
So yeah, I went to my doc today. Who told me that I needed to stop taking tylenol. More WTMI medical whining and some other stuff under the cut. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Default)
I got this lemming from [livejournal.com profile] heuradys:

Go to Wikipedia and hit random. The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
Go to quotationspage.com and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
Go to flickr and click on explore the last seven days. Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
Use photoshop or similar to put it all together. Post it with this text in the caption


silly meme project

Please keep in mind that I have zero graphics talent at all and I had to download a graphics program to do this about fifteen minutes ago. I was very amused that the "band name" is a Sherlock Holmes adventure, and the other was a quote about poetry. Fitting, somehow.

Aside from this, I called the credit union to see if I could fix the fubar at the watch shop last week. They said it would be easiest just to call the shop and have them charge the amount again, so I did. My watch repair is now happily paid for.

Fantastic news on the writy front -- got email from the editor for the disability and world religions project. From the email:

Dear Contributors:

I am delighted to inform you that we have been offered a contract for the book with Palgrave Macmillan! Both Palgrave and Syracuse University Press (SUP) expressed interest in the project, and for a variety of reasons we decided to submit it to Palgrave for review. We submitted the manuscript in late October and received two positive reviews from their outside reviewers. Last week the editor contacted us and offered the contract.

As you might imagine, the manuscript was very long and Palgrave has asked us to divide the manuscript into two volumes. Our contract is for both of the volumes. We have divided the original manuscript into two books. I am attaching a document to this message with the new titles of each book and a table of contents for each volume.

We plan to have full and complete manuscripts submitted to Palgrave by April 1 and the books should be released sometime next October (2011). This publication schedule will allow Palgrave to have the books at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature (AAR/SBL) annual meetings in November.

We are very excited about the books and we are thrilled that Palgrave is publishing them! Thank you all for your contributions. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will keep you posted as we progress through the process. As part of our contract, each of you will receive one complimentary copy of the book in which your chapter(s) appears.


My essay is in the first section of the first volume:

Section One
Religion, Narrative Identity and Disability

Chapter 1 God’s Will? How Two Young Latina Catholic Women Negotiate a Hidden Disability Identity
Aimee Burke Valeras

Chapter 2 Performance of Muslim Daily Prayer by Physically Disabled Practitioners
Arseli Dokumaci

Chapter 3 Whatever the Sacrifice: Illness and Authority in the Baha’i Faith
Priscilla Gilman

Chapter 4 Since Feathers Have Grown on My Body: Madness, Art, and Healing in Celtic Reconstructionist Spirituality
Erynn Rowan Laurie


My eyes ache.

I will probably be at the AFK tomorrow night for whomever shows up for the Everett Air Kraken Hunters Guild. Thursday it's down to Seattle for the queer Pagan meetup and to haul [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht back up to Everett from there.

I need to sit my ass down and crank out the Imbolc ritual and find a crafts shop where I can get supplies for Brigid's crosses. Michael's will probably do, I suspect.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
I just took the DoDC+3 out and poked my finger into the snow. We have nearly 5 inches at the moment, and still falling. Fuck if I'm going anywhere tomorrow.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
And tomorrow will be even longer.

We headed down to Seattle about 12:30 (me, [livejournal.com profile] ogam and Charles) and went to Travelers to await [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht, who was rather later than we'd expected, through no fault of his own. There was chai and some snacking. I dashed off with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht to make some photocopies while O and C went up to Edge for a bit. When we were done, we met them there and talked for a few with the denizens of the place.

After that it was over to B&O for dinner. C headed back to his place via bus, then the rest of us wandered up to Elliott Bay until the traffic calmed down, about 7-ish. Upon arriving home, there was a great deal of cooking and me doing laundry and a brief ritual and some notes about Foundation Day tomorrow.

It looks like brunch tomorrow with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and O before we head down to Seattle, most likely in two vehicles so we have space enough for everything. The DoDC+3 is coming along, with his kennel, so that I don't have to worry about boarding him or asking the next door neighbor to watch him for me for the next 24-ish hours.

After brunch we'll head for Seattle for the Foundation Day ritual at Horizon Oasis lodge. That'll be a couple of hours of running around, setting up, ritualing, and tearing down, then off to [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm's place for the schmooze Samhain vigil. I'm going to have to haul all the food along with me first thing, because there's no way there will be time to come back for it.

I MUST REMEMBER TO GET SOUR CREAM TOMORROW FOR THE SAUCE FOR THE GOŁĄBKIS!

Brain and brain, what is brain?

And now, I'm going to try to catch up with my email and LJ and whatnot before I collapse in a heap.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Illya "Missed it by this much")
The show rocked. Really. I had a fantastic time. [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn played one song with Ego Likeness, who were really very good. (The steampunk violin, however, did not make an appearance.) Chant, a guy named Brandon, was a percussionist/singer from Austin who seriously rocked the house. I thought he was fantastic, and he joined Ego Likeness for a couple of numbers too. Even the opening band, Pill Brigade (a local growly death metal band consisting of three guys I'm not convinced were old enough to get into the bar) weren't bad. I've heard a hell of a lot worse on the stage at El Corazon.

The crowd tonight was tiny -- maybe 15 of us, tops, but it was a Sunday night and none of these were big name bands, so that's not too surprising. I danced and hung out a little with Nathan and Libby and briefly saw [livejournal.com profile] willowbl00.

The fail on my part was pretty colossal though. I went to enter the bar and the guy said, "I can't let you in, your driver's license is expired." It expired in March. First thing tomorrow when I drag my ass out of bed, I'm off to the DMV to renew the damned thing. I had no idea. I've been in at least half a dozen bars where I've had to show ID to get in, and none of them even noticed. I'm pretty sure they only looked at the birth date. Anyway, I didn't get to have a drink tonight and I'm feeling like a complete and utter idiot. At least I've been a safe driver. *headdesk*

The Great Deleting over on FB went by without incident, so yay for that.

All being said and done, I had a fantastic evening, but man I feel like a complete dork.

omg busy

Mar. 7th, 2007 10:14 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Erynn in a Tree - Hoh rainforest)
The VA presentation today went very well. I feel like I did a good job, and pretty much calmed down entirely once I got started talking. That seems to be the usual pattern. It was a good experience, and the people there seemed quite interested and open-minded. We got some good questions and I feel like a lot of good things were said and some doors opened. Thank you, everyone who sent well wishes for the panel. I really appreciated it and your presence helped.

Wrote two or three pages more in the making your feda chapter today and will be continuing to work on it into tonight. I'm well into the partial-possession material now. I'm going to have to script at least some of that section because there are particular epithets and such that really do need to be used when calling in particular deities, and an ogam student who isn't into CR isn't necessarily going to know about them, even if they've done possession work in other traditions before.

Got an email from the publisher wanting a cover blurb, author bio, and a .jpg of me. I sent her the photo that I cropped this icon from, of me in a tree in the Hoh rainforest. If that's not appropriate for what she needed, I have others that would possibly be closer to what she wants. Now I just have to figure out what the cover blurb will be and what to say about myself for the advance publicity stuff. [livejournal.com profile] teriel, [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch, any ideas?

I'm feeling a little panicky as I'm coming down to the wire on the first draft deadline. I've got a lot of stuff, but most of the chapters aren't finished -- I just have a lot of stuff. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht will be doing some draft reading with me when he's here Sunday and into next week. I'm sure he'll have some cogent and useful suggestions.

This week is hideously busy as it is, and the writing just adds to that. Next week should be better, but the week after that I'll be out of town for several days in Vancouver for the Lone GunCon that happens every March. It'll be lots of fun, but I will probably be out of town from the 21st to the 25th or 26th. I should be able to do some writing during at least some of that time, but I'm hoping to get most of it wrapped before then, provided I can keep my nose out of the online stuff for a few solid days.

Oh, bother.

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