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

Reading at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe photo IMG_1542_zps6916f1dd.jpg

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

http://s4.photobucket.com/user/erynnphotos/media/20130602_211357_zps027ec49e.mp4.html
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Illya "Missed it by this much")
I was awakened this afternoon by [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson's text telling me he'd be at my place at 2pm to take me to the VA, which I had completely spaced. I threw myself into the shower and was finishing up the whole getting dressed thing when he arrived.

We got to my appointment on time and things were okay, but I was frustrated by my having forgotten. Afterwards, I went over to Emory's for some dinner - duck with pasta in a truffle cream sauce and a glass of Argentinian Malbec. Noms. The eagles were out sitting in the trees across the lake, in the rain. I've been seeing them and the ospreys with relative frequency the past few weeks, which is always nice.

My fic writing continues apace. Yesterday I got about 600 words, the day before that nearly 3000, and today there were about 1200. I'm tired, but reasonably pleased by this. My head hurts, though.

Today's email brought this:

The Bi Writers Association announces their Bisexual Book Award finalists today. The winners will be revealed and awards bestowed at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony following the Bi Lines VI reading and multi-arts program on June 2nd.

Awards will be given in seven categories. Finalists are announced today for all categories except Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year, which will be kept secret until the awards ceremony. The awards are open to people of all orientations, except the Bi Writer Award, which goes to the best bi author of the year, from all the categories combined.

Books were nominated by the Bi Writers Association and allowed to be nominated to any category they fit. No limits were set on number of finalists, but were narrowed down to the best in each category by the judges. Bisexual Fiction had the most nominees, and therefore, the most finalists. The judges are a combination of award-winning writers, respected bi writers and passionate bi book readers.


The first list of finalists for the Bisexual Book Awards is announced today
Photo credit: Crown Awards
Bisexual Book Awards Finalists List:

Bisexual Fiction
1. Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, Edited by Brit Mandelo, Lethe Press

2. History of a Pleasure Seeker, Richard Mason, Random House / Knopf
3. In One Person, John Irving, Simon & Schuster
4. The Last Nude, Ellis Avery, Riverhead Books
5. Mount Royal, There’s nothing harder than love, Basil Papademos, Tightrope Books
6. Silver Moon, Catherine Lundoff, Lethe Press
7. Whitetail Shooting Gallery, Annette Lapointe, Anvil Press Publishers

Bisexual Non-fiction
1. Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals, Janet W. Hardy, Beyond Binary Books
2. My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Cheryl Burke, Topside Signature

Bisexual Poetry
1. Fireflies at Absolute Zero, Erynn Rowan Laurie, Hiraeth Press
2. Love Without Limits: The Bi-Laws of Love, Yazmin Monet Watkins, Red Journal Publications
3. Shine, Donnelle McGee, Sibling Rivalry Press

Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica
1. Mount Royal, There’s nothing harder than love, Basil Papademos,
2. The Poet and the Prophecy: Magic University Book Four, Cecilia Tan, Ravenous Romance
3. Times Square Queer: Tales of Bad Boys in the Big Apple, Mykola Dementiuk, Renaissance eBooks

Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror]

1. Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, Brit Mandelo, Lethe Press
2. Gleams of a Remoter World, Fiona Glass, Riptide Publishing
3. The Poet and the Prophecy: Magic University Book Four, Cecilia Tan, Ravenous Romance
4. Silver Moon, Catherine Lundoff, Lethe Press

Bi Writer Award
1. Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, Brit Mandelo, Lethe Press
2. Fireflies at Absolute Zero, Erynn Rowan Laurie, Hiraeth Press
3. Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals, Janet W. Hardy, Beyond Binary Books
4. My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B, Cheryl Burke, Topside Signature
5. Mount Royal, There’s nothing harder than love, Basil Papademos, Tightrope Books Inc.
6. The Poet and the Prophecy: Magic University Book Four, Cecilia Tan, Ravenous Romance
7. Silver Moon, Catherine Lundoff, Lethe Press
8. Times Square Queer: Tales of Bad Boys in the Big Apple, Mykola Dementiuk, Renaissance eBooks
9. Whitetail Shooting Gallery, Annette Lapointe, Anvil Press Publishers

Bi Book Publisher of the Year -Winner will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards, June 2nd in New York City.


I'm about to crawl off to bed. I hope you all have a great night/day/whatever it happens to be when you read this.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brigid Poet)
And I just bought my plane tickets. Here's the information:

The Bi Writers Association announces its inaugural Bisexual Book Awards, to be held June 2nd in New York City. The first bisexual book awards, anywhere, ever! Both BWA programs, Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing and the Bisexual Book Awards, will merge so that Bi Lines becomes the multi-arts entertainment that precedes announcement of the winners and bestowal of the Awards. The double event will b e held at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, in the East Village, on June 2nd at 6 :30pm.

The inaugural awards will have seven categories: Bisexual Fiction, Bisexual Non-fiction, Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica, Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror], Bisexual Poetry, the Bi Book Publisher Award and the Bi Writer Award. Most of the categories were dictated by the types of bi-themed books published this year and what genres they fit into. Book categories are open to bi book authors of any orientation. BWA also wanted to honor one superlative bi/bisexual/pansexual/fl uid author with the Bi Writer Award, given to the best bi author of the year of any book genre. Bi Book Publisher of the Year will go to the publisher who has published the most bi-themed books and done the most to promote them and to support their authors.

"Getting a bi-themed book published is often difficult. Bisexual books and authors dont have the same opportunities for recognition that other books do. The main LGBT book awards only has one category for bisexual books and others have none. The Bi Writers Association decided that we need to do more to promote publication of bisexual books, an d to recognize and celebrate the bi-themed books that do get published, their authors and their publishers. Throwing our own Bisexual Book Awards, where we could have more categories to recognize the achievements of bi book authors, seemed like the best way to do that. We're very excited about our very first awards season!" says Bi Writers Association founder Sheela Lambert.*

Advance tickets to the double event, Bisexual Book Awards and Bi Lines VI, hosted by the Bi Writers Association, are available on the Nuyorican Poets Cafe website.

Event Location: Nuyorican Poets cafe is located at 236 East 3rd Street between Avenue B and Avenue C. AKA Reverend Pedro Pietri Way. Zip code 10009.

***

So the BiLines even starts at 6:30pm and I'll be reading there with a bunch of other poets. Tickets, according to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe website, are $10 and can be got at http://www.nuyorican.org/calendar.php

Crap days

Apr. 19th, 2013 12:52 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Everything Hurts)
Yesterday was a pretty crap day. I was really dizzy all day long and pretty down about the whole thing. I managed to beta a fic for a friend, but that was about all I could handle. I was doing slightly better today and managed to finish up the fic I was working on for an April fandom exchange, so that was pretty good at least.

I sent off email to Ian Corrigan with a backup CC to another ADF druid I know (in case Ian for some reason isn't getting my emails), letting them know that I've cancelled for Wellspring. I had kind of wanted to wait until I heard back from Ian about this before I made any public announcement, but it's been a few days since I sent my initial note and I've heard nothing. It's just time that I admitted trying to get out to Wellspring this year is an unrealistic hope. Nothing is really going to fix it before I'd have to go and I shouldn't push myself on this.

Thankfully, next Wednesday I have a visit with my shrink and can talk with her about this. That usually helps some.

I still feel like crap, generally speaking, but am trying to refrain from sinking into a morass of negativity beyond just cancelling the trip. That I can't focus enough to write nonfiction is problematic, but less important for the moment.

For those folks who were hoping to see me either at Wellspring or on my trip out and back this year, I'm sorry. I wish things were different but I have to be realistic about my situation. With any luck, maybe I can do this next year. I'm still holding out some hope for Eight Winds, later in the summer. Perhaps things will be more stable for my by then.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Genius Signal)
I do think the headaches have been, at least in part, the result of constantly wearing the bifocals. Today I'm wearing my old glasses again. I've been on the computer a lot today and am feeling some eyestrain, but I don't have the migraines that have been following me around for what seems like a couple of weeks now.

Today I catalogued nearly 60 books that had been sitting in stacks here in the living room. Several weren't found in the search (this happens from time to time, when an ISBN or LOC number isn't correct), and so will eventually have to be entered manually. I was glad to be able to get a few piles of books up off the floor, though.

Email brought my schedule for Norwescon -- I'm on four fanfic/writing panels and doing a poetry reading with some other poets. It should be fun, and I'm really looking forward to it coming up in March.

Tomorrow there will be steampunky things, though I am not certain of our exact location yet. It hasn't been decided whether it'll be at the AFK or out in Snohomish again.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
I got email from my editor, Taylor, asking if I would be on the Immanion authors panel this year. I agreed to participate. I also got an offer from the folks running the ADF Hospitality Suite to host an informal chat about the pilgrimage and my trip to Europe, so I will most likely be bringing photos from the trip and spending time with folks there, talking about my adventures. It won't be on the official schedule, but I'll see if we can get the information out on the bulletin boards or in the daily newsletter at the con.

This evening I went to Seattle with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and we attended the Medieval Women's Choir holiday concert. This year it was English carols (meaning from England, not necessarily all in English). While I enjoyed it, I don't think it was among their better showings. The group seemed somewhat smaller this performance, and the only instruments were Margreit's vielle and some bells. I missed the harpist and their usual soloists, and I'm hoping we will see them again in the March and May concerts.

I did run into Brandy and Ted there, briefly. We weren't sitting anywhere near one another. They aren't season ticket holders this year, and Brandy's not in the choir, as she's taking a break from it for at least this season. We talked about Prague and a little about the other places I visited, but we didn't have a lot of time before the concert started. At the end, we went to look for them, but I suspect Brandy had dashed off to talk to the other choir members, because we didn't see them.

Tomorrow [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I might be going to visit a friend of ours who is in hospital at the moment, but we're not sure of the visiting hours and whatnot. We'll figure it out when we're both awake and mobile tomorrow sometime.

I had ordered some tea from Floating Leaves online this week, as I've not been able to get down to Ballard when they were open, and it arrived today with a lovely note from Shiuwen, who inquired about my trip to Europe -- I'd stopped in not long before I left this summer. I'm going to try to get down there when [livejournal.com profile] ogam is in town, if that's doable, so that we can all have some tea and catch up a bit. I need to get more than I had actually ordered, as I hadn't been entirely clear on how much one unit was - the tea is being sold by the ounce, and I hadn't ordered enough of what I wanted. It will certainly last for a little bit, but I would like more.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Magical Sigils)
This afternoon [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb and I headed down to the VA for group. She waited for me and then we went over to Travelers for some dinner and up to the Hill so that I could take her by Edge and Elliott Bay Books. I dropped her at her hotel down in Pioneer Square in the evening and then headed home. She'll be able to walk to the train station tomorrow morning at OhGod:30. We had a pretty great time and did a lot of work on our presentation. We've got enough stuff together to pretty much take it from the outline we have now, but we can also do some polishing and additional work via email, so we're good on that. I need to remember to scan a couple of things and email them to her.

When I got home, I talked with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, who is almost ready to upload the sound files for Circle of Stones. She's working out a few final graphics issues and, with luck, the file will be available (she said $5 but I want to check in with her one final time before I announce that for sure) tomorrow on BandCamp.

I checked a bunch of tickyboxes for Norwescon's panels this evening. We're required to pick 10 or more so that they have an ample field to choose from. I ticked 10 boxes and reiterated my time restriction (nothing before 2pm if possible), so that should be good. Mostly fanfic panels, a couple of writing/publishing panels, a couple of poetry panels. I figure I'll get a few of them and it should be fun.

At the moment, my upcoming schedule is kind of spotty, but I have the following things on it, at least tentatively:

Amanda's Birthday: December 9th
Medieval Women's Choir: December 15th
TENTATIVE: [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde: between December 17th-19th
I believe [livejournal.com profile] ogam gets here December 18th
Queer Pagan Meetup: December 20th
Air Krakens End of the World Masquerade: December 21st
Sigillaria: December 23rd
The Hobbit with Steampunks: December 25th
[livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn and [livejournal.com profile] meddevi at the Can Can: December 30th
Shinto New Year: January 1st
Air Krakens Post-Apocalypse Tea: January 1st
Sound of the Baskervilles' Holmes birthday party: January 5th
Seattle Sherlock fandom's Holmes party: January 6th
Abney Park show: January 19th
Bad Movie Night: January 20th

I'm also looking at planning a bad movie party with some of my friends in January.

If I've said I would do something with you and it's not on this, please let me know. My memory is like a steel sieve.
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.

PCon stuff

Sep. 14th, 2012 03:18 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (get pagan sinfest)
Today's VA group was good. I enjoy being with everyone and talking about the topics we explore. I had things at home I wanted to do today so I drove home directly rather than going up to the hill. Before I got home, I stopped at the store and got a little laser pointer to use on Saturday.

When I got home, I had several bits of email of note. [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb and [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm had both send me the draft proposals for the joint sessions/panels that we had discussed so we could get them out for the deadline on the 15th. I also got an email from Tony M about a potential ritual, but had to offer only a tentative acceptance on that one. There are a lot of unresolved issues around the situation at the moment and I want to be sure that it's properly handled before I say yes.

I also got an email from [livejournal.com profile] finnchuill, whose friend Neeli Cherkovski read over my book. He says Neeli liked it and wants to give the publisher a quote for it, though he's in Austria and Italy for some poetry festivals and it may be a bit. I've put [livejournal.com profile] finnchuill in touch with Jason and Leslie from Hiraeth so they can arrange the details.

Tomorrow I have my VA appointment for the orthotics. I need to put the publicity cards on a sheet and get some printed out for the EBC. I'm going to stay down in Seattle tomorrow after my appointment, as the EBC opening party is tomorrow evening down in Pioneer Square. I'm not quite sure how to do that, but I'll see what I can do. It shouldn't take too much longer. I need to be up at 11am tomorrow morning, though.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor got the keys to her new place today and has given me one as well. She'll be moving in most of the weekend but will be at the EBC with me on Saturday, at least.

DONE!

Sep. 13th, 2012 02:51 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (kermitflail!)
Finally finished up and printed out my outline and notes for the presentation on Saturday. I also wrote about 1500 words in the fic I'm working on. My sleep schedule, if you can call it that, is a complete laugh. I was in bed about 7:30 this morning and awake about 4:30 this afternoon. I have no idea how I'm going to manage the next few days of being in human company.

Tomorrow is the spirituality group. I have to be out the door by 2pm in order to be at the VA by 3. Friday I have a 2pm VA appointment, then the EBC Meet & Greet is in Seattle down near Pioneer Square at 8:30pm. Saturday my presentation is at 3 down in the Seattle Center, and I'd like to be there for most of the day, though I'm unlikely to actually make the morning sessions. In the evening I presume there's entertainment, though I don't know yet what or where, as I haven't looked. Sunday [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht is presenting, and there's the after-party at the Masonic lodge.

I think Monday is "Erynn collapses in a heap" day. It's almost 2:50am right now and I'm too awake to sleep, though I'm going to head for bed with something to read anyway.

Jason sent more cover art for the poetry book today, as well, and I went through that and offered a couple of choices from the list, with a comment about one of them. He says Monday we should have the cover together, then it's down to typesetting the text of the book. He said he'll be sending me cover blurb stuff as he gets it in, so I can look at it. I'm so excited I could pop!

Quietus

Sep. 12th, 2012 01:27 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Erynn Steampunk2)
Today was mostly just hanging out doing a little fic writing. I did go over to the AFK tonight; they had venison stew as their special and are going to start doing Tuesdays as their Epic Request nights. Meanwhile, the Air Krakens are talking about finding a different, less noisy, less expensive venue for Tuesday nights. We'll probably do our first experiment with a new place sometime next month, after we've got an idea what people are looking for. We have one suggestion for a place already, so we can start our search there.

Today's mail brought a bill from UW Physicians, who are supposed to send my bill directly to the VA. I've scribbled a note to that effect on the bill and am sending it back to them. I'm not their messenger. I've talked to them about this repeatedly. If they want their money, they can damned well send it to the appropriate address.

Tomorrow I should be able to finish up the outline and notes for the EBC presentation. I need to send off a note to the Steamrats list about the EBC, because I'm pretty certain that at least some of the folks on the list might be interested in attending. I know several of the folks at the AFK this evening were.

Finally!

Sep. 11th, 2012 01:38 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ogam sequence)
Jeff was over this evening and helped me finish up the PowerPoint part of my EBC presentation. He mostly sat and helped me when I got stuck, but that was an exceptionally useful role and I was very glad to have his company. He said he enjoyed watching my creative process, so both of us win!

I sent the resulting file off to the tech guy for the EBC so that I don't have to carry the presentation with me. The only thing I'll have to remember is the actual outline (on paper, which I usually use when I'm speaking). I still have a little bit of expansion to do on that, but I have the rest of the week to work on it, and there's not much else that has to be done. It's just a question of adding in a few keywords to help me remember some details. It's a relief to have the most complicated part of it done.

After Jeff took off, I had some dinner and got a little work done on my fic. I did a beta for someone else, which pleased me immensely, as she's a new writer in the fandom and it's always good to see new people giving us fun stories.

Jason from Hiraeth emailed me today. He's got a short (in need of a little editing) blurb for my book from one of the other poets they'd published. She'd apparently been going to tell him she didn't have time, but peeked inside and got so hooked that she read the whole thing through and wrote back really quickly. I have to admit I'm very tickled by that.

Mom received the disc of photos I sent her and has been enjoying them. I'm delighted I was finally able to get all those pictures to her.

I guess today I was making up for lost sleep because, while I didn't actually turn off the lights until about 5:30am, I slept until 4:30 this afternoon. I still feel kind of out of it, but was glad that I got everything done that needed to be in the 3 hours or so before Jeff arrived. All in all, a pretty successful day.
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 (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 (Ganesha)
As you can probably tell from my posting, I was busy doing things today. The most important thing finished was my first real post about the pilgrimage, with photos and some thoughts about my experiences at Kildare. That was a couple of hours worth of work. I dealt with email and messed around with photos, trying to figure out which ones would go best with the post.

Several things got posted to the LJ today with links for folks who might be interested in them. I posted links to a few things to FB as well -- the blog post and the Brigid & Sarasvati zip file. Got email back from [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm and [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb about joint PCon proposals for panels and such. I still haven't figured out what, if anything, I want to propose for a second solo session.

Graphics arrived from John-Paul Patton of some of his material for the ogam presentation at the EBC. The quality is immensely better than what got printed in his book. I can actually see the layout of the elemental tablet, which is going to make a huge difference for the presentation. I was pleased to receive the material.

My sinuses are all itchy and nasty on me today and I was kind of drowning in them last night in a very sticky and unpleasant way. I suspect that it's mostly just the weather turning toward fall. It's one thing I really hate. I've taken a little extra antihistamine tonight in hopes that I can head some of that off and not have the same problem, or at least not to the same degree, when I'm trying to sleep tonight.

Tomorrow will primarily be dealing with the EBC presentation's graphics. I'm hoping we can either get all or most of it done tomorrow, then I can finish up the preparation over the next few days. If I have some time, I'll try to get the blog page together on how to locate the older Brigid's Well in Kildare town so that other folks won't have to go through the frustrations I did in trying to find it via online searches.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Sarasvati)
For those who are interested, and those who asked, I've finally put the notes for the Brigid and Sarasvati talk I did at PCon and Eight Winds earlier this year into a zip file and posted them on my website for you to download.

You can download it here and it should download automatically when you click on the link.
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.
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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.
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Hung out with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht today and talked with him about possible PCon proposals. I've decided that one of them will be a session on Airmed, Miach, and Dian Cécht, regarding Irish healing deities beyond Brigid, but also dealing with their whole story and why I think most folks misinterpret Dian Cécht's motivations. Anyway, I need to come up with a halfway decent blurb for it.

I've been too aching and brain-dead today to do much of anything requiring actual focus, but I did speak to my neighbor who is on the condo board about the whole few months out of the country and temporarily renting out my condo thing. She said a few months would be more like a house-sitting situation and shouldn't be a problem with the board at all. It's not like I'm wanting to permanently rent the place out. I told her if I were going to do that, I'd be trying to sell the place, so no worries there. That said, now I need to find a "short term" (3 or 4 month) renter for next fall/winter. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht had a couple of interesting ideas on that might or might not work out, but I've given him leave to check into the possibilities. I'm also looking at a house exchange website, though that would require somewhat more flexibility than I might be comfortable with. I'm just not sure. Anyway, that's one large potential obstacle to my possible Venice plans out of the way.

I ran the outline of the EBC presentation past [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and he said it looked good, then suggested one possible addition to the outline, so I had him make a note of it. Always good to have reasonably complete coverage.

Email arrived today from Hiraeth Press with some possible cover art bases and I commented on the ones I liked best and sent the note back. I told Jason I'd try to have the edited manuscript back to him by Monday, considering how crappy I was feeling today. He's said no rush, but I'd like to get it out of the way as soon as I can so I can focus on the EBC presentation without distraction. The PCon proposals are also due the same weekend as the EBC is occurring.

As usual, I'm asking for suggestions -- what would you folks like to see from me at next year's PCon? I'm willing to entertain proposals from you all, as you often have some pretty good suggestions. When my own brain is not functioning at its best, I am especially grateful for your thoughts.

And, finally, seven photos from my travels behind the cut )
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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.

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