erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
Today I didn't do a whole lot physically, after having dealt with four hours of book sorting yesterday. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went and got Garuda's tire dealt with. I got some of the maintenance records printed out (he's going to have to talk to his accountant to see where the ones prior to 2010 are), and found notes in the LJ regarding the maintenance I had to have done in Ashland in 2010, so that's all good.

I talked to Sally, my next door neighbor, today. She said the board has been talking about my request and it's looking pretty good for chances for me being able to rent the place out. She told me that Brian, the property manager, would probably get back to me early next week about it. When I hear from him, I'll ask him about a manager to deal with renting/maintenance/etc for the place when I leave it. I don't want to have to mess with anything if I don't have to - if there's someone who can deal with it professionally so I don't have to worry, all the better.

We went over to AFK this evening for Gary's birthday. I took him one of the signed books I was getting rid of and gave that to him; he was thrilled with it, so I was very pleased that he'd got something he liked. After that we went to the Everett Pagan Meetup out at one of [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's bandmate's place. There was a fairly large crowd for a while, and a fire on the deck in the back. I was talking a little with a few of the folks there about moving; I mentioned I would be selling my drums and Michael said to just let him know how much I wanted for them and he'd buy them, so I need to take a quick look at reasonable value for used instruments in order to give him a quote on them.

I spent some time in Skype text with my brother today as well, talking about various things regarding moving to Italy. He was saying that he thought Venice was fantastic to visit but not so great for actually living there (and since he is actually over there I'm taking his opinions into account). I said, if Venice wouldn't be so great, where would you recommend? He said Verona, Udine, or Trieste, so I have been looking around at stuff about those areas as well. Once I get over there (he is very confident I won't have any trouble with it) we can road trip around and look at the cities in question and check out the lay of the land, the most walkable areas, and all that stuff. I figure that while I am enamored of Venice, if other places would suit better (and more cheaply) I can still visit Venice just by hopping on the train pretty much anytime I like. And cheaper means more space, so there might even be a spare room for guests instead of just an air mattress on the floor in the living room.

The other thing I spent a great deal of time on was looking for studios/one bedrooms in Seattle. Capitol Hill may not have anything available in my price range, but the U District seems to have a fair number right around campus and the Ave. That would be more than acceptable for temporary lodging while I deal with paperwork for Italy and suchlike things.

I only got about 350 words written today, but I have had some epic writing days lately for my fic, so I'm not that discontent about it. I'll work on it some more tomorrow, and do more sorting on the books in the library and then start on the poetry/writing books in the living room for stay/go purposes.

Lots and lots of things to do, but I am hanging on as best I can despite my rising stress levels. I'm considering asking my shrink if I can see her twice a month instead of just once, while all this is going on. It might help me deal a little better with all the stuff that's coming up around this.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
Rhubarb cobbler was achieved. It was tasty.

I spent several hours today off and on digging around in journal articles, chapters of books, and reading through some of my previously written/published stuff to sift through ideas toward the Brigid book. Some things in my brain are shifting a bit and beginning to coalesce, but I'm uncertain of the shape of things to come.

Got an email today from a French grad student working toward a PhD dealing with the use of Amanita muscaria and shamanism who was asking me about some of the stuff covered in my old Shaman's Drum article, so I sent him a link to the English PDF and the translation that was done into French some years back. With any luck, he will find at least some of it useful. Also responded to an email from Tony Mierzwicki asking some questions about Beltaine, providing a brief answer for a talk he's preparing to give in a couple of weeks.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Steamy time travel)
I got an email today that [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm won't be making it down to PCon this year (I am sad), but we will get together sometime soon, with any luck, just for hanging out purposes.

B has moved in today. We discovered that the guest bathroom tub does not drain if one takes a bath. I'm going to have to get some drain unpluggy stuff for it tomorrow when the stores are open.

I have started [livejournal.com profile] ogam's flamekeeping shift, followed immediately by my own, tomorrow. Also, there will be steampunkery at the AFK.

I dredged through McQuarrie's Manannán dissertation and dug up incidents of Manannán as a healing deity. I also put together my basic outline for the presentation. Tomorrow during the day, I'll drag out my big pad of paper and start writing out the names of the 30+ deities so that people will be able to spell them properly (at least from the sources I've compiled) if they are interested in exploring these figures further.

Also, there is banana bread. Noms.

Oh, and here, have a vid from the Abney Park show I went to earlier this month:

erynn: Gaelic merman image (10 ceirt)
I spent most of today fighting with a migraine. Despite that, I managed to get more research together, helped move B's stuff into the garage, fed folks dinner, got a new house key for B, and have fed myself a couple of times. She'll be here to stay for a couple of months starting tomorrow. Things went pretty smoothly -- once she got here, we had the truck offloaded and stuff into the garage in less than half an hour.

Thanks to everyone for your support regarding my rant of yesterday. I greatly appreciate it and, yes, I'll be talking to the patient ombuds if I can track one of them down next time I'm at the VA. I'll try to get in half an hour or so early. Maybe more than that, as if I get there before 2:45, parking tends to be a horrifying mess.

I'm about to crawl off to bed in hopes of tempering the headache.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Misogyny)
I attempted galettes today. I need to actually sift the buckwheat flour, because the stuff I have has the little bits of husk in it from when it was ground, and it is slightly annoying in the finished galette. I also need some practice getting them thinner and flipping them so they don't break apart. They tasted pretty good, though.

I've finished the basic digging through books that I'd planned for my healing deities presentation. I have five pages of notes, plus the text of one poem that I do plan on using as part of the presentation. I have 32 named figures and half a dozen or more unnamed ones who are mentioned as doing something that heals themselves or another person, or who are invoked as a part of a healing procedure or ritual. It's been quite interesting. Tomorrow, when I'm not dealing with Brianna's moving stuff in, I'll be working on an outline.

I'm ranting a bit here, but it's not that long. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Seshat)
Dom got in at about the expected time yesterday and met me at the Kasbah restaurant for some Moroccan. He'd not had it before and was pleased with our result. We talked for quite a while about NYC and my upcoming short visit in June. He suggested a lot of places to see, but I will have only a limited time for seeing things, and several people to see as well. I've got lots of good ideas now, though, so this is a plus.

When we got back to my place, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor came over for a couple of hours to catch up with him. I'd been battling a migraine all day, so about 12:30 she left and we both headed for our respective beds. I think I heard him leave about 10:30 this morning. When I got up this afternoon it was pouring down rain in a way it usually doesn't around here. It's still coming down now, but not in nearly as vigorous a fashion.

I spent much of yesterday afternoon putting my various notes into a doc file -- I'm at four pages and not done yet. I've also got a bit more material to troll through for further information, so I will be getting to that in a little while.

I read a pretty good article today on how poetry is Not Dead Yet thank you very much, by an essayist who had apparently recently written one of those "is poetry dead, yes" essays you see so many of. He apparently got swamped with comments from poets and was suitably impressed. It's an amusing essay and worth the five minutes or so it will take you to get through it.

At the VA on Thursday, I ended up having a rant about one of the posters on their wall, which I will most likely write about when I have formulated my thoughts on it a little more. I know I was frustrated and angry about it, and said as much to one of the chaplain interns who works with our group. Anyway, more on that later, when I'm a little more together about it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Eggplant)
Today was group at the VA. I spent my time at Travelers afterwards consolidating some of the notes I've been making toward the Irish healing deities presentation, but when I got on the road, it was still raining and traffic was slow and pretty thick. It wasn't as bad as it could have been, but it was stressful.

When I got home I tossed some eggplant in the crockpot mostly following a recipe I got from an Indian crockpot cookbook. It turned out pretty well. I will probably do it again, and I still have another eggplant left. They had a really good deal on them at Freddies yesterday and they were nice ones, not all bruised and nasty and going off, as one might sometimes find when a thing is on a sale like that.

Having had a really tasty galette when I was in Brittany visiting [livejournal.com profile] eydimork, I had been looking around for a recipe for them off and on since I got home. All the recipes I'd been turning up included eggs, which they traditionally do not. Tonight I found a no-egg recipe and will probably try making some of the batter soon, as I have buckwheat flour already. I'm thinking I will need a nonstick crepe pan to do them properly without tearing them apart. I also found a couple of recipes for a mushrooms and cream filling, which was what I had there as well. I'm looking forward to trying them out.

I saw several recipes for a sweet apple filling that I think I might want to try with pears instead, considering that apples don't agree with me. I suspect they will be very tasty.

Tomorrow, Dom comes in from NYC. Sunday, my garage gets filled with stuff. Monday, Brianna gets here. Sometime during all that, I have to transfer my notes to a doc file and rough out an outline for my PCon presentation.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (extra meds)
Went down to the VA today for my monthly shrinkage and did some useful stuff. Texted a bit with D, who will be in town over the weekend. He's taking me to Morroccan on Friday night in return for staying at my place. Sunday B will be hauling her stuff here to put in the garage, then she will be moving in to my library for a couple of months on Monday.

I still need to work on more research for my PCon presentation. I want to at least finish skimming the Silva Gadelica before I give it all up and just make my list and my outline. It's an intimidating project and, as I suspected, a hell of a lot more material than I had initially seen. Compiling lists of particular types of figures in Irish mythology is always a lot more involved than you first suspect.

Tomorrow is group at the VA. I am tired. Things are going to be crazy busy for me very shortly.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Music by Leonardo)
It's been a busy past couple of days. Today I had several folks over for bad movie night for Melody's birthday. We had a potluck, two Dr Phibes movies, and Mars Attacks. Food was tasty, much fun was had by all.

Saturday night was the Abney Park show down at Studio Seven. They had two opening bands and some aerialists. More stuff under the cut )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ogma)
I spent a goodly chunk of this evening delving about in books, looking up potential healing deities and other figures, and found quite a number listed here and there. I'm still chasing down some others. I found a note that may be of interest to [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and will be typing up a quick quote and sending it off to him in a little bit.

In pursuit of some of my research I have had cause to attempt to read Táin Bó Flidhais: "The Mayo Táin" by Stephen Dunford. I have a sneaking suspicion that he stabbed a thesaurus and let it bleed out onto the pages. It isn't pretty. It gets the story across, but his language is labored and not at all imitative of Early and Middle Irish tales. He cannot resist using some verbal detritus or other when a simple (or even a poetic) word will do. Here, for your delectation, is a sample sentence from this overwrought monstrosity:

Then, as her bosom throbbed and heaved with the quick deleterious pulsation and palsy of grief, and with her fair and beautiful face blanched with streaming tears, her ululating yowls of lamentation echoing united and multitudinous across the landscape, falling and rising in lingering cadences, Flidhais commenced a doleful and remorseful dirge in which she ruefully recalled and recounted every worthy action of her deceased husband and of his hallowed and atavistic progenitors.

As you can see, not much to recommend this version. It is, mercifully, slim.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's mom and one of her sisters will be in town shortly. Her mom may come to the Abney Park show with us tomorrow, and they will both probably join us on Sunday for the bad movie festival. We'll be viewing the two Dr Phibes movies and Mars Attacks. It should be fun.

Dishes were done. Food was had. Research was compiled. All in all, not a bad day.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (salmon)
I actually felt together enough today for a change, and spent time with [livejournal.com profile] finnchuill's poetry manuscript. He arrived in Hawaii today and sent me a brief note about what he needs from me. I made a first pass through this afternoon and will be going over it again tomorrow to get a better feel for it.

I also spent time working on the healing deities presentation. I dredged up one additional name, but am still looking for more mythic/deific figures to add to my list. I could expand that list considerably if I were looking at other Celtic cultures, but I'm primarily sticking with Irish to keep things manageable.

Plans are being made for this weekend's Abney Park show, as [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I will be carpooling down to Seattle with local friends and grabbing some food beforehand. It'll be nice to introduce some new folks to the band and the local steampunk scene.

Sleep is still escaping me most of the time, but I was glad to be able to focus a little better today. I have compiled a couple of other contacts for my east coast road trip, and may get the chance to meet [livejournal.com profile] miss_adventure, who is going to law school in Toronto, which is pretty close to Niagara Falls. She says she will show me around the city, so I may spend a day up there instead of just the one night. Once I've got a more or less complete list of people, then I need to start actually figuring out travel times and visiting times to see who I will be able to fit in properly, and who I'll have to dash past for lunch or a cup of tea. I'd love to stay and hang out with people for longer, but I know that at least some folks are going to have to be a quick pass. There's so much ground to cover. Like Europe, there's only a limited amount of time I can spend traveling. That said, I'm so excited by the chance to see old friends and meet folks I've known online for years!
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 (Orpheus I see...)
I got some of the text work done for the EBC presentation today, but not much beyond that. Did some things around the house and put the disc and reader in a packet to send out to mom, but didn't get down to the postal place.

Some emails were answered today, and further research was done that I hope will help with the presentation. Tomorrow I need to do some scanning for some very essential illustrations.

This evening I went over to the AFK for the steampunk social. Three of the regulars came for the evening. While I was on my way back from the bathroom, a woman came up and handed me a card for a north-end over-40 lesbian meetup (includes bi women, thankfully). She has just started up the group and their first meeting will be in north Seattle on the 13th, but I have too much to do right now for me to go that night. We did exchange a few emails, and she's a bi woman herself, so I know the group will be bi-friendly. We'll see what happens. She says she's looking for community, and she thought I looked like a pretty interesting person, so she gave me the card. Yay interesting!

Kier said that there is an Egyptian-themed tea happening soon, with a subsequent visit to the Tut exhibit on the 30th of September. I'm talking with her about possibly being included in both events, possibly with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor if she's interested and there is available space.

I'm feeling pretty creaky today, with the knees and hips giving me trouble, but hoping it'll ease a little after I get to bed tonight. Tomorrow I've got a meeting, Thursday is the VA spirituality group, Friday perhaps gaming at the AFK with my friends. In between all that I need to do more work on the EBC presentation.
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 (GIR likes FOOD!)
[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went over to the park today to pick salal berries, but they were really substandard there. Most of them were dried out and a lot of others were moldy, which was really pretty nasty. We ended up picking from along the sidewalk by the lake. It was closer to the road than I liked, but at least they don't use lead in gas anymore, so I wouldn't be too worried about lead poisoning or anything. They washed off just fine and we got three bags full, which got cleaned down to two big mixing bowls full of berries that are now sitting on the counter on paper towels drying off a bit. I'll put them in the food dryer tomorrow, as I don't want to leave them in overnight. Last time I did that, they got crispy, which really doesn't do much for their flavor.

I spent part of today updating some of my software for the new computer and messing with the email so that it works again. Last night being able to send was sporadic but I think I've got it together again now, and it's been sending consistently again. Bills got paid, though the charge for the new computer hasn't showed up on the credit card yet. I'm sure that'll happen soon.

My Dead Can Dance hoodie showed up from [livejournal.com profile] miss_adventure today, which has delighted me to no end. I wore it out when I went grocery shopping tonight. I hadn't been out for more than just a day or so's worth of stuff since I got home from Europe, so I had rather a lot to pick up, but there were some nice Washington peaches that felt and smelled ripe -- it's hard to get peaches in a store that are actually ripe enough. They're often either grainy or crunchy. I think these might turn out okay because they're fairly local and they claim they were "tree-ripened," though what that means these days is anyone's guess. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow when I have one for breakfast.

As noted in my other posts today, I did a blog page on finding the Wayside Well in Kildare, and Hiraeth Press posted one of my poems to their website, which made me quite happy. I sent off the link to the publicity person at Immanion. I also sent off a copy of the manuscript to [livejournal.com profile] finnchuill for a poet friend of his to look over. I hope he'll like it.

Tomorrow I'll probably do #writechat for a while and then work on some more material for the EBC presentation. I have photos that need to be taken and things that need to be scanned for further slides. Fortunately, Word and PowerPoint both still work on this version of Mac OSX. I'm definitely liking the new larger monitor. It's at a better height and I have a lot more space to deal with things.

Today's mail, along with the hoodie, also brought a fairly lengthy health practices survey from the VA. A lot of the questions are not particularly answerable (for me at least) in the format they've laid it out. So much of their stuff can really only be answered as "it depends on how I feel that day," which they really don't have allowances for. I'm going to have to give some serious thought to my answers. Also with the VA, Wendy called on Friday and left me a message that the spirituality group starts again on the 6th, for a four-week session. Things are shifting yet again, so they're needing to figure out how to handle it. But it'll be nice to see everyone again.

Carrying the huge box with the computer in it yesterday really messed up my arms. They're very sore today, as they were last night. Hauling four heavy bags of groceries tonight didn't help much, sadly. Monday is the CR schmooze. Tuesday is the steampunk social at AFK. Wednesday I have a meeting with a couple who want someone to do a handfasting for them. Thursday Jeff's back to help with finishing up (I hope) the EBC presentation. In the midst of all that, I have to deal with scanning things, photographing things, writing up text slides, and expanding on some of the material I've got for the presentation outline.

Tired Erynn is really, really tired. Probably should cork this yummy apricot cider, pop it back into the fridge, and head for bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Deduce it)
This morning I had a Podiatry appointment at the VA. Yes, mild plantar fasciitis. The doc said she'd see if she could get me some custom orthotics, but she wasn't sure it would be approved, given that it's a fairly mild case. I've apparently been doing the right things all along (which may be why it's only mild). I told her that I appreciated her effort, even if nothing came of it. One can only try.

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

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

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

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

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

Tomorrow I will probably be over at the AFK. I promised one of the gals who works there that I'd bring the laptop and show her some of my pics. Thursday it's Jeff here to work on the presentation. I think tomorrow I'm going to draft one of my proposals for PCon. Saturday I think I'll go berry picking, as the salal berries are ripe and I want to catch them before the rain comes again and they start going off. That'll be an all-day project, picking them and getting them ready to put in the drier.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
I spent a lot of yesterday dredging my way through Corpus Inscriptionum Insularum Celticarum looking for illustrations of several ogam inscriptions that may have had "magical" uses. It's a pretty damned huge book, and only a few were suitable, but finding them was necessary.

Finally having finished looking through the manuscript for Fireflies, I sent off my approval for the final text. Now it just needs to go through layout and cover design. I still haven't done much of anything in terms of publicity stuff. Gods, I hate having to approach people about my work. There are moments when being an introvert and having anxiety issues sucks deeply. I'm always half-terrified about saying "hey, would you like to review my book or interview me for your blog" about things like this.

Today, along with #writechat, I finished typing up the outline for my Esoteric Book Conference presentation. Jeff's supposed to come by Thursday to help me with the PowerPoint part of the thing, and I want to have as many of the illustrations available as possible. With this sort of thing, the temptation to DO ALL THE THINGS is a little difficult, as I have a whole 45 minutes for the presentation. It's going to be essential to cover things reasonably quickly while still doing a decent job of it. The outline is less than a page as it stands, but I haven't filled in the details as yet, with dates and such. And I still have to pull together a reference list of the various books and such that I'm consulting.

I tried dipping into The Poet's Ogam today and am still finding it awfully brain-breaking. I fear attempting to address his system when I'm having a hard time figuring out what he's on about with a lot of this stuff. I know a lot of it is experimental. I have no idea if he's actually done 90% of what he's writing about. I wish I was more into/versed in chaos magic, Enochian, or Thelema. I've read some about all of those things, but they're really not my thing, so it's hard for me to get into his work.

At least with Ian's work, it's not really my style, but I was there for and participated in one of his rituals and can see the mechanics of it and where he intends to go with it, even if he's not really got there yet. That part I can comment on reasonably easily, being more familiar with the thought processes and the techniques. Most of John-Paul's stuff just leaves me scratching my head. I'm going to have to drag myself through at least some of the book without the brain cells leaking out my ears if I'm going to speak about it with any clarity at all.

In both cases, I can at least pull illustrations and say "here's some stuff, it looks interesting and is based on things that many of you will be familiar with," and hope that will cover a lot of my own shortcomings in understanding. I'll be mentioning ogam "gematria" as well, or at least ogam as a basis for numerology. I'll mention in passing that there was a guy spamming my FB page with his alleged "Gaelic" gematria system and that he's not the only one who has played with the idea. I don't remember the guy's name and am not going to bother trying to remember because I still have no intention of promoting his work or letting him use my space as a springboard for his own agenda.

I'll talk a little about divination and show examples of some of the various types of decks and other ogam divination systems out there, as I do have a fair collection of them at this point. I need to remember to drag out the boxes later this evening before I go to bed. Photos will need to be taken.

Tomorrow morning I have a VA appointment and have to remember to take a stack of papers in with me. I have to schedule a tit squish, which requires referral from the Women's Clinic, and dental wants me in for x-rays, so I need to go up to the dental clinic and schedule something. I am not thrilled with a 10:30am medical appointment, but podiatry only does morning clinics. Suckage. We hates it we does my preciousss.

My brain, it is currently barely functional.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lotus)
I got a number of things done this morning before leaving for my VA appointment. Sorted through some of the piles of paper on my desk and recycled things, took out recycling, got and sorted through the three boxes of my stuff I sent home from Italy. I pulled some of the books I'll need for the ogam presentation off the shelves and put them on the desk where I can work with them. Ordered a few copies of Circle of Stones and will be taking a couple down to Edge to sell to Robert there when they arrive.

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

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

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

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

Tired Erynn is about to crawl off to bed. Busy day tomorrow, but one spent here at home.
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Some back and forth with Storm at Immanion and one issue was resolved. Got some suggestions about possible avenues for publicity for the poetry collection, and hooked up the Immanion publicity person with the Hiraeth publicity person in hopes that they might coordinate something of mutual benefit to both presses in cooperating on publicity for Fireflies.

Did some research for the EBC presentation and have some tabs open on my browser. Went to hang out with a few folks at the AFK this evening for a couple of hours and showed people some photos.

When I got home I did the Lion Hunt ritual and will be putting the candles out in a little while to crawl into bed. Tomorrow is shrinkage and the Lotus ritual. Thursday is my flamekeeping shift.

A fannish reference for [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht:

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I sent out the signed copy of Circle of Stones to the contest winner who was announced back in July about 20 minutes before I left to get on the plane. I'd notified her that I couldn't send anything until I'd got back from Europe, and this was the first chance I'd had when the postal place and I were on the same schedule.

I know I did some other things, but I am still lacking brain cells to bang together.

On the publications front, I got email from Jason at Hiraeth Press today that they've just published the book before mine on their schedule and they're starting into the cover design and layout phase for Fireflies at Absolute Zero. I'm trying to work through the manuscript one last time to make sure I hadn't left in any typos in the file I sent in June, but because of the above mentioned lack of brain cell, I'm having a lot of trouble focusing.

I put the finishing touches on an author interview for a blog that's supposed to come out in the next few days. I'll link when it's available. I talk about my writing, about being an author with disabilities, about poetry and healing, and various and sundry other things. I was able to add a little about the upcoming poetry collection because I got the notice today.

The folks at Hiraeth wanted to see if I had author interviews for publicity, or if there were any advanced reviews of the book yet, so I've put out a couple of feelers regarding both of those issues. We'll see what happens.

A few more things have been put away and the laundry got done last night. Camping gear was stowed back out in the garage yesterday. I did a tiny bit of grocery shopping. Tomorrow I'm going to try to make it to the AFK for the steampunk meetup, but I'm not sure if anyone else will be there. I did put out a note on the Steamrats list, so perhaps someone will come.

Wednesday I have shrinkage. Thursday I will probably be down in Seattle with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht for the queer Pagan meetup. It'll be nice to catch up with folks. I've got Jeff coming by probably next week to start work on the graphics portion of the Esoteric Book Conference presentation on ogam, but I have to start putting together an outline for the 45 minute presentation (45 minutes plus 10 or so for Q&A or discussion, for a one-hour slot). I certainly have enough material, I just have to beat my brain into submission so I can decide what parts are most important and what illustrations I'll be requiring. I already know a few of the pieces I'll be needing to illustrate the various periods and concepts. Still, this requires more than one brain cell.

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