erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
Today was the CR schmooze down in Seattle. I headed down early and got two packets printed up for the Ireland pilgrimage, and five sheets of the postcards done so that I could leave info at Edge of the Circle. I left one of the packets there, and will probably leave the other at East West if I can get there sometime soon. During the schmooze, Patrick did some work on my arms; this helped but I'm still aching a lot.

Spent some time at Kaladi Brothers today pre-schmooze so that I could do a little work on the pilgrimage material and still have internet access. I worked through some ideas for the opening ritual at Brigid's well in Kildare, though there's obviously still quite a bit to do. [ profile] vyviane kindly got an itinerary together in a format I can work with, which I printed out and will be hauling around with me while I scribble ideas. I've also got some of the material I want to do the day we visit Newgrange, Knowth, and Tara. I'm thinking we'll work on prompts dealing with sacred time and space, so the story of Oengus and the Daghda, and the Settling of the Manor of Tara would be the texts for that day. I want to look at how we see ourselves in landscape/time/space, but also to consider what we consider our sacred center.

Due to scheduling, Heapstone Cairn got added back into the itinerary, which means I can do some devotional work with Airmed while I'm in Ireland as well, which is an unexpected but very happy surprise. Local legend has it that the Well of Sláine is buried beneath the cairn, and that Lough Arrow is the site of the Second Battle of Mag Tuired, so there's a lot going on, mythologically, in the landscape. In regards to Brigid as the center of the pilgrimage, it might also be a place where we can talk about the origins of keening and do work surrounding grief and loss for our writing.

There is just SO MUCH STUFF that can potentially be covered in all this. It's hard to know how to condense it all into manageable amounts. Though I suppose it's better to have way more than I need than to try to stretch a thin membrane of information to the breaking point. I need to figure out where in each day a class/workshop might fit. *ponders schedule*
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
Today got off to a rather slow start, but I went over to Edmonds to check out the Rick Steves travel store. After looking around, I made an appointment to talk to someone there for half an hour later this month about my trip this summer, so that I could figure out what would be the best way to get from place to place for the cheapest prices, find hostels where I don't have couches/spare beds to crash on, how to ship my camping gear back home, and deal with other issues that they no doubt have more expertise on than yours truly.

After this, I headed down to Seattle. I-5 south was a parking lot from about Lake Forest Park down all the way into Seattle. It took considerably longer to get there than I'd expected, but I wasn't in a hurry. I met [ profile] gra_is_stor at the Time Travelers Rummage Sale and said hi to a bunch of the local steampunks before popping out next door for some late lunch. Sadly, food wasn't edible for [ profile] gra_is_stor, even though they tried. What I had wasn't bad, but she couldn't eat any of it due to allergy issues. One of the dishes they brought out had soy in it -- soy sauce, which was not a thing I have ever encountered in Indian food before. Anyway, after that, we went back to her place, where she got food she could actually eat, and she did a little work on my shoulders/arms. My right arm is doing better though, sadly, my left arm is still pretty much a mess.

A little after 7pm, we headed down to the Tin Can Studio for the show with [ profile] meddevi and [ profile] nathan_fhtagn and his band. (Tonight they were called "Serious Bidness" for they are the Band of Ever-Changing Names.) The show was fantastic and fun, with lots of great dancing, gothy swotting about, writhing, candle ogling, and being vamped by hot butch babes. Well, okay, I got vamped by a hot butch babe. You do not hear me complaining. *happysigh*

The high point of the evening was when [ profile] nathan_fhtagn's mom did a tap-dance dance-off with belly-dancing [ profile] meddevi to Eye of the Tiger. Played on banjo. Surreality FTW! (This just edged out the hot butch babe vamping me, barely.) ;)

My life. It is an amazingly wonderful thing some days. I have such incredibly talented and fabulous friends.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Illya "Missed it by this much")
I'm still pretty wiped out, my arms hurt, and I wasn't up to driving to Seattle this evening. I had things to do here and still do, though I actually managed to get a couple of things shifted on the list.

I put together a file of the suggested books and some music for the pilgrimage and dropped it into a Googledoc from the others to comment on. I scribbled some notes with questions and such in the Grid Of Things To Do, and I resolved an email of stuff to deal with for the March 18th podcast I'm supposed to take part in. The podcast is one I'll be doing text chat for, given my dislike (read phobia) of phones and dealing with that sort of thing. I tend to prefer having a little time to thing about things, which typing gives me and talking doesn't, among other reasons for wanting to do things that way.

Plans last night were made for going with the Everett steampunks to a steampunked version of Pirates of Penzance at the end of the month at the Village Theatre in Everett. Should be fun. Tickets are relatively inexpensive, and there's a discount for groups of, I think, 10 or more, so we should qualify for that.

I got an email today from a guy in Dublin noting that Damien McManus's A Guide to Ogam is apparently back in print and available for €10 from the university there. He was going to check into it and let me know the details on it, so if you're interested in getting a copy, they may be available again, and for not that much money. We'll see what happens.

My upcoming (51st) birthday is on a Tuesday (the 27th), so I'll be hanging out at the AFK again this year, with my steampunk social friends and, I hope, with some of my non-steampunk friends as well. Nobody has to bring anything, but your presence would be delightful. If you really want to get me something, don't get me something, just send a donation toward the pilgrimage instead, because I'll happily be able to apply that to things like paying for my ferry tickets to and from the Isle of Man, eating, and dealing with other transportation costs once the Ireland part of the trip is through.

Tomorrow is a VA appointment. I have to deal with laundry here at some point. I doubt I will be up late enough to do a load tonight. I've been too tired to actually stay up to my usual hour.

Too many things.

Backing up

Mar. 6th, 2012 12:54 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Orpheus I see...)
I think I finally have everything I need transferred from my old backup drive to the new one, and all the stuff on the phone and the iPad all backed up and restored to how it's supposed to be. It took rather a bit of shuffling and a couple of hours, but all seems to be well. At some point I will probably erase the old backup drive and possibly use it for something else, but I'm not sure what, as yet.

At the moment, pretty much everything I have uses USB2 connections except for the barcode scanner for Readerware, and I need to get a USB dock that works with that format now. I've got a couple more items in need of a connection than I have connections in my laptop. That shouldn't be hideously expensive, but it's not too important right this instant. I can shift things around as needed for the moment. Sadly, neither the phone nor the iPad will charge or connect to the computer if they are plugged into the dock.

There was snow today early in the afternoon. It didn't last long, thankfully, nor did it stick for very long. The sun came out and most of it melted, but it didn't really stay very warm. Right now the parking lot is partly black ice, as too often happens when we've had snow and freezing temperatures.

I spent part of the day looking through my music collection for Brigid-themed music and sent off some links and suggestions for the pilgrimage. I thought it would help folks get into a good aural space for the whole thing. There are half a dozen or so versions of Gabhaim Molta Bhride out there that I found on a quick search on YouTube. I can't find Brigit bé bithmath anywhere but on one of my cds. I suggested the Canty Flame of Ireland cd, but it appears to be out of print and only available for ludicrous amounts of money right now, sadly.

Grocery shopping got done this evening as well, though there are still a couple of things that need getting for the month. One thing I picked up was an artichoke that I swear is the size of a baby's head. That sucker will be at least two meals all by itself.

Tomorrow I've got the steampunk social at AFK. I should also do the last bit of shopping in the afternoon before I head out to see folks. Wednesday is Irish class. Thursday is the VA group. Saturday [ profile] meddevi has a performance in Seattle with [ profile] nathan_fhtagn that I'd like to see. Monday is the CR schmooze. Next Wednesday is my belated shrinkage. Other things are happening as well. I'm wondering how much energy I'm going to have. I slept today until about 1:30, though not well. I kept waking up and going back to sleep. We'll see how I'm feeling as this moves along; I suspect it's still too soon after traveling to be doing all this.

Part of me wants to cancel doing just about everything until I have the stuff for the pilgrimage together. Another part of me thinks that might be slightly too drastic. Most of me right now wants some tylenol with codeine but is not going to get it.

Also? I have prep work that I had entirely forgotten about for a March 18th podcast appearance I need to cope with. FEH.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
I spent most of today dealing with computer issues. Some of them required getting down into actual *nix level commands to deal with, sadly. It is a very good thing that my dear [ profile] lwood was available via text and Skype (with viewing of my computer screen) so that things could be fixt and dealt with. Although it took hours, we have FIXED ALL THE THINGS! Everything is working as it should, though I will need to get a new and much larger backup drive to deal with the new and much larger computer. The new drive is about 250gig and I'd want to get something larger so as to not have this happen for quite a while again. If anyone has recommendations for a good, stable brand, I will be completely composed of aural appendages.

I am in a very brain-hurty space. This sort of work comes with some pretty extreme stress for me, and I'm aching in my shoulders as I'm trying to relax from it, so the tension headache isn't even slightly surprising. I was briefly contemplating taking anxiety meds to calm down after all was said and done.

Things started with a trip to the AFK for an ethernet connect. I wasn't sure how long it would take, and they had a group reserving the Red Room (where all the ethernet connects are) for 90 minutes from when I arrived. I said I'd do what I could with the time I had and see what needed to be done. Software updates were downloaded and the system rebooted to give me a clean install of OS 10.6.8 - it took me about 50 minutes, all told. I created an admin account with an identical name and password to the old machine.

Once that was done, I did a restore from the backup drive. Which didn't want to copy my Erynn user account onto the new computer. I told it to overwrite the one here and created an admin account known to some as Tim so that I had an emergency backdoor if needed (it was), and the restore from backup simply didn't transfer anything for the Erynn account at all. I had to transfer those files entirely separately once the original Erynn account on this machine was zapped. Then began the permissions and passwords problems. Big ones. They rivaled the Titanic in size and scope in pretty much every sense, including taking on water and sinking. That took a few hours to resolve, but resolution was actually achieved; this included resorting to sneakernet to move my old keychain passwords file directly from the old computer to the new one via USB drive and then taking time to Fix Things manually and by brute force. I may not be a haxx0r, but I am at least clueful and can follow instructions Reel Gud.

Tim is still on the computer and if all is okay for the next couple of weeks, I shall no doubt excise him. Epic meta was achieved when the computer's random user icon assigned to Tim was... LIPS.

I should be able to completely zap the old computer and hand it off to [ profile] ingvisson sometime soon.

For a happier bit of my day, I spent time spamming the intertubes with info on the upcoming Ireland pilgrimage. Please feel free to pass the word along. We need a minimum of six to get this off the ground. We're looking at purchasing plane tickets next week, with my departure from Seattle on July 9th to Dublin, and return to Seattle from Venice on August 15th, so that I can spend the sib's birthday with him.

Now I just have to figure out how to stop the touchpad on the laptop from responding while the bluetooth touchpad is connected. That, however, is a task for another day.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Magical Sigils)
Today I hauled [ profile] gra_is_stor and M back to Seattle then met [ profile] thewronghands and [ profile] mimerki very briefly at Remedy Teas to deliver a copy of [ profile] dpaxson's The Way of the Oracle (signed of course) to TWH. Immediately having done that, I headed back north to pick up [ profile] ingvisson and a hard drive enclosure, which it turned out I didn't actually need, due to the fact that the drive I already have did in fact have a USB2 port on it and I had a cable in one of my boxes that I could use.

Stuff and things were transferred, but I haven't yet been able to move my old mail to my new computer. I've got the mailboxes, but none of the contents. The computer itself currently has two conflicting admin accounts, and the two are talking to one another only minimally, so I may have to erase the new computer entirely, transfer the information, and then reinstall OSX Lion and the extra bits that [ profile] lwood had given me in order for everything to work together harmoniously and without two admin accounts snarking at each other across the great divide.

I got teriyaki chicken for the two of us while we futzed with things and poked at manuals, then I took the unused drive case I'd got in California back to the local Best Buy for my money back, and hauled [ profile] ingvisson back to his place, whereupon I came home and synched the new phone with my iTunes so that it has everything on it that it's supposed to. I'll deal with synching the iPad tomorrow.

The cloud did in fact eventually download the email that I'd saved onto my iPad, so that bit works, but I'm still kind of flustered about the potential loss of all my other emails and the information in them. We'll see what happens. I still have the old computer here, deciding to hang onto it until the entire transfer is dealt with, then I'll give it to [ profile] ingvisson, as it will be a fairly significant upgrade to his system.

I'm still busy trying to adjust the settings on this critter so that it does what it's supposed to. Some of the new OS's settings and habits are a little odd to me, but I'll adjust. I'm just glad I have some time to myself in the next few days. I am so entirely peopled out I can hardly handle it. Tomorrow is my flamekeeping shift. That should help me settle back in a little more. Getting back into my ritual routine should be a comfort. I need to do some work in the incubation chamber as well, as Himself noted to me during the Echtra, Immram and Aisling workshop. I didn't really get into journeyspace beyond being told to hit the incubation chamber when I got home; I was too distracted by the room and the people to try to go deep, but the workshop wasn't designed for folks like me, it was designed around beginners to journeying, and I think for that it did a pretty good job.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
Dishes: done
Laundry: done
M picked up: done
[ profile] gra_is_stor picked up: done
Packing: done (except meds & stuff like that, which I have to do tomorrow anyway)

Went down to Seattle today for the schmooze and we had a really intense discussion about religion, sacrifice, building relationships with land/deity/ancestors, offerings, and meaning in ritual. Arlen is going to be going back to Kandahar for a year around the end of May and requested a warrior sending out ritual. Rather than doing the overnight vigil, we'll probably compress it down into a four-hour rite composed of most of the same things from the original sending out rite.

Given that my year is going to be so filled with writing and travel, I've handed off responsibility for the schmooze's money box to someone else, and returned the key to the gear box to [ profile] anthea7 so that I don't have to worry about anyone not having access while I'm away. I've been needing to back away from more administrative responsibility for a while because of both being busy and dealing with anxiety issues. These actions were a couple of good steps toward that release of responsibility. I'm certainly still going to be hanging out with people and coming to the schmooze, but I think I need to step back from admin meetings and more of the ritual writing, given that I've been doing the majority of it over the years we've been together.

Tomorrow morning we're getting up about 8am with an eye to being on the road by about 10am. I'm projecting arrival for lunch with [ profile] martianmooncrab around 2pm, if traffic cooperates. I'll have to stuff the remains of the packing into the car in the morning. I've only got a couple of bags, one of which is mostly the books I'm taking down with me.

I heard back from the tent rental people on the Isle of Man. The smallest tents they have are way way too big for what I need, and I don't need that kind of expense. For what they're asking, I might as well rent a hotel room, and I'd really rather not spend that much. I've decided that I can take along my backpacking half-dome tent (which would actually fit into my carry-on if that sort of thing is permitted) and buy a cheap air mattress and sleeping bag when I get to Ireland. That would be less of an expense than renting the tent and things. I just have to look into TSA regulations and such about carrying camping gear, specifically tents, on planes and whether I can do it as carryon in my bag or whether I'll need to check the tent through.

The campsite folks said I can just check in and pay when I get there, rather than making arrangements in advance, which is apparently how they usually handle people from the UK, given that they're much more local. This was a weight off my mind.

My tentative schedule for PantheaCon:

Friday 3:30 - The World on a String ([ profile] ogam and prayer beads)
Friday 11:00 - CR Rituals: A Look at the Nuts and Bolts (ME)

Saturday 3:30 - Sisters of Seshat Moon Ritual (ME)
Saturday 9:00 - Pagans, Culture War, and the Modern Crisis (Gus diZerega)

Sunday 7:00 - Brigid and Sarasvati: Goddesses of Poetry and Inspiration (ME)
Sunday 9:00 - Queer Celtic Mythology

Monday 1:30 - Echtrai, Immrama, Aisling ([ profile] finnchuill)

Everything but the stuff I'm actually in is subject to being shuffled off somewhere else or being snagged into Faerie.

I'll see a lot of you this weekend!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
For a huge chunk of the day I had spaced that it was Sunday and not Monday and so was having a full-on freak out that I wasn't going to get things together in time for leaving Tuesday morning. Once this was resolved, I was able to take a breath and get my act together. I now have the necessary information together for the Brigid and Sarasvati discussion and only have to put together the reading list. There will be a total of 4 pages of handout for that session. The ritual session will be more like 7, but in all cases I'll be dealing with double-sided pages, so as to save on paper. It'll cut down on the copy count.

I am still left with packing and a ton of dishes to do before I head down to Seattle tomorrow for the schmooze and to pick up [ profile] gra_is_stor and M, but I'm feeling much calmer now that I have the vast bulk of my work out of the way.

There were a bunch of computer problems this afternoon and evening that left me kind of flustered, but things are functioning more or less normally again and I was able to do printouts of everything I needed to. I'll be able to print out the reading list as well.

I have heard back from a campsite on the Isle of Man and will be able to reserve a space there in July. Now I'm dealing with figuring out tent rental and things of that nature. The place they recommended to me has tents for 5+ to 10+ people for rent without anything smaller on their website. The site did say to inquire if you wanted anything not on the site, so I asked about a smaller backpacking tent or a 2-person tent instead of something that immense, which I honestly would not need. If that's not going to work, I may look at having my own stuff shipped over and then ship it back when I'm done with it. I'm not sure yet. It might be less expensive than renting a huge tent I don't need.

Things are starting to shape up, though at this point I'm not sure how much expense all of this will be. I'm trying to save my pennies as much as I can. With any luck, by then I'll have enough saved up to deal with most of it. When I was talking with [ profile] mythworker about the trip and that I'd be working on research for my Brigid book, he was going "oh, you should totally monetize this, put a PayPal button up on your website and offer to do prayers at holy wells or tie ribbons on sacred thorn trees or something while you're over there." I feel so weird about the thought. Does anyone actually think that would be a good idea? I mean, I would be willing to do stuff like that for people, but I'd feel awfully strange about saying "send me money to support my trip and I'll do this for you."

Anyway, I've got a fair amount of time between now and my departure date. I've got time to think things over and work out what, if anything, I'm going to do with the idea, and to continue making my plans and getting a better idea of travel costs and stuff.

And now, back to work. I have a reading list to create.
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 [ 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 [ 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 [ profile] gra_is_stor's bandmate to [ 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 [ profile] brandywilliams and a couple of others.

Tuesday morning about 10am we'll hit the road for points south, with a lunch stop at [ 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 got most of the notes I needed to deal with done for the CR ritual workshop. I still haven't dealt with the Brigid and Sarasvati one, and I'm probably going to be spending a good chunk of the weekend at FaerieCon West thanks to [ profile] mythworker, who swung a couple of passes for me and [ profile] gra_is_stor. I'm not sure how much of the con they cover as yet, but I have to have everything done by Monday night. Laundry got done so that I can pack for PCon with all my options at the ready. I also reinforced a seam that had weakened and opened up a bit. It was a bit off when I bought the jeans and I hadn't realized it, but it had finally become enough of an issue that I actually had to sit down with a needle and thread and see if I could fix things. I ran it through the wash and will take a look at it tomorrow when I go to put things away and pack stuff. I'm hoping my lame attempt at stitchery holds.

The anxiety meds still haven't arrived from the VA, so if I don't get them in the mail tomorrow, I have to remember to call my new meds doc and see if she can track down what happened. I was expecting them before I left for California. I've been way too stressed out lately and am thinking I may really need them before the end of the month. The hostel in Ashland is already booked for the night of the 14th, so that's something I don't have to worry about -- we don't need to tackle the pass through the Siskiyous this year in the dark and the snow. The past several years it's been snowing when I've headed through and it's been nerve-wracking trying to make it to Redding for the night. I'd much rather cope with it in the light of day, snow or not. By the time we get on the road, snow plows will have been through if they're needed. I still have chains in Garuda just in case.

Last night (really this morning) before I went to bed, I sent off an email to the chaplain at the VA who is co-facilitating the spirituality group and let her know what was going on and why I wouldn't be there today. She was very understanding about it, as I expected. I wanted to go but was too exhausted to trust myself to drive anywhere. I should be all right tomorrow, or at least better than I was today. I spent a lot of time trying to get myself back in a good headspace after last night. I don't care for having to cope with emergencies like that, but I will if it's necessary. That's just how I am.

Heard from my editor today that Circle of Stones is now in layout and they're looking for a cover artist for me. We are still tentatively expecting a May release, but it could be June or even July if things get bogged down. I know it's a priority for them, so I'm okay with whenever it does happen. I got my royalty check today from Immanion, $105 for the last 6 months of sales. As you might guess, I'm not exactly getting rich on this writing gig. It's something I do because the words leak out of my head through my fingers, not because I think I'll ever be able to actually make a living at it. I'm okay with that. I do love what I do, even when it's vastly frustrating. Honestly, I make a little more than that when I take 10 copies down to PCon and sell them at my workshops. Anyway, such is the life of an author.

This evening I chatted on Skype text with [ profile] gra_is_stor - she was checking in with me to make sure I was doing okay. I type a lot more easily than I talk, so chatting rather than actually talking was a lot easier on me, particularly feeling as stressed as I have been lately. I'll ping her tomorrow when I'm thinking about heading down to Seattle. [ profile] lupabitch is already at the con hotel, as she's vending there this weekend, and she wanted me to check in with her, too. I have really good friends.

Anyway, I'm doing okay. I have fab friends. I'm stressing about PCon and the workshop, but I'll probably come through all right as always. I'm going to try to get some sleep and have a little fun this weekend.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Eggplant)
Things are looking at least a little better now than they were in my last entry.

Most of the rest of the day was okay. I printed out the two rituals I'm basing my CR ritual workshop on and will be sourcing everything so as to show how they were constructed and why they were done that way. Went down to Seattle for Irish class and was able to see [ profile] thewronghands and [ profile] mimerki before they dashed off to do martial arts things. We had a little dinner together at a crepe place. They had crepes and I had French onion soup. Since [ profile] thewronghands is an experienced world traveler and does a lot of travel solo, I asked for her advice on my European adventure and she had some very useful things to say, for which I am deeply grateful.

After Irish class, I took [ profile] gra_is_stor over to B&O for a light dinner, as the soup hadn't been quite enough. Spent some time in text trying to deal with the matter referred to in the last entry then, when I was too exhausted to keep on with it, I was glad to hear someone else had picked up where I left off and has convinced our friend to get some help.

Took off to get some kibble for the DoDC+3 and also sent off an inquiry to a B&B in Douglas, Isle of Man, about getting a room there and dealing with the ferries.

While I have my spirituality group at the VA tomorrow, I am currently sucking back a vodka and soda. I have no idea if I'll be able to sleep. We'll see. If I have to call in and cancel, I will. I'd prefer not, though.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
I'm still feeling like absolute crap. [ profile] gra_is_stor came up so that I could actually run the errand I needed to for tomorrow's craft day, but I'm not sure I'm even going to be able to get down there. She can take the stuff with her if need be, so that's not a crisis, it's just hideously annoying. I'm hoping I'll be okay by Sunday, because I want to go to the Shinto shrine for Setsubun (soybean tossing) and our Imbolc is Sunday evening.

My computer (a 2008-ish MacBook) seems to be starting with the erratic behavior one expects of a computer soon to go splah. The bluetooth trackpad I'm using sometimes responds to a right click but not a left click, and refuses to activate anything on the dock, which it should do on a rollover. It's doing everything it's supposed to when connected to [ profile] gra_is_stor's beast, so I'm thinking this is a computer issue, not a trackpad issue. I did a PRAM reset and that didn't do jack as far as the trackpad was concerned. I'm probably going to leave my computer running now, to make sure that everything works like it's supposed to, until I get back from PCon, because I can't afford $1,200 for a new computer right now. (Yes, I do actually want to get another Mac, thanks.)

As to the military fucking up, Madigan Army Hospital is in the news yet again. A couple of docs have been suspended for interfering with PTSD diagnoses. Story below the cut. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Umm... I got showered and dressed? I fed myself? I took the dog outside?

I think that's about it.

I still feel like crap. I'm cranky and headachey and skipped my VA appointment today (I did call in to cancel, about 2:30 am). I was awake until about 8:30 this morning. I have to get out of the house tomorrow to pick up some supplies for Saturday's Imbolc crafts session and parsnips to roast for Sunday's Imbolc ritual gathering.

Sure as hell hope I'm able to get out of the house tomorrow.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
I was subjected to karaoke tonight by [ profile] gra_is_stor and friends. I think I might have recognized six songs tonight, out of the several dozen we listened to. A couple of people could actually sing, including the DJ, but it was pretty tragic, made bearable only by three gin and tonics. I suppose one could say I had fun, but that was mostly because I was there with my sweetie and a couple of other friends, not because the music was any good. Or even recognizable. I stopped listening to pop music in about the mid-80s, so anything after that is pretty much a mystery to me. If they'd been singing in Gaelic I'd have had a far better chance of recognizing songs. Hell, if they'd been singing in medieval Latin, I'd have had an easier time of it.

Anyway, I survived. I made [ profile] gra_is_stor drive because I knew I would require fortification to get through the evening. $3 well drinks are good enough incentive to sit and cope.

I sent off an inquiry to Hugo House today about potentially setting up a reading there when Fireflies at Absolute Zero comes out. They want more information, so I sent them off to my publisher, and they're coping with the rest of it. I find the whole thing utterly terrifying, but it's part of the whole publishing a book business, so I have to cope with it. I also talked to Keely Hyslop, a poet from the Bay Area that I met via twitter, who will be up here in late March, about possibly doing a reading together somewhere. That would be fun. She wrote poetry about pirates, so hey, that's gotta be awesome!

Tomorrow, steampunk meetup. Wednesday, shrinkage and Irish language class. Thursday, group at the VA. Friday... umm... I think there was something Friday. Gaming at the AFK maybe.

My week, let me show you it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Lestrade)
I've spent some of the day doing a bit of tweaking on the story I finished last night. Talked with my beta today and she's going to have a look at things so I can get to posting it soonish.

I also threw together my bio for Mandragora and sent it off to Ruby Sara today. I'd forgotten I needed to do one. Reminder emails FTW.

I downloaded the new ep of BBC's Sherlock the other day and finally had some time to sit down and watch it. It was pretty kick-ass. There was a lot more DI Lestrade than I was expecting (which doesn't bother me in the least, he's hot), and a metric ton of Mycroft. I was pretty impressed, both with the funny stuff and with the dramatic bits. I love the way the writers play with the Conan Doyle canon, and how the references to the canon stories get twisted around. I mean really, "The Speckled Blonde"? It is to howl. I thought it was pretty interesting the way they handled Irene Adler. All in all, a very satisfying go at the genre. Sherlock, Sherlock, you are such a dick. How do people stand to be around you?

Last night was another all-nighter to finish the beast up, at about 85,900 words. The count may shift slightly depending on editing. I was considering going into Seattle for tango tonight, but two nights of all-nighters writing left me pretty well dead, energetically speaking. The hips weren't too thrilled either, really. I texted briefly with [ profile] gra_is_stor and she'll be coming up tomorrow at some point; she said we can both sit around and write, as she's got some musical stuff she needs to deal with. I'm on top of that.

The CR schmooze is Monday. Tuesday is the local steampunk social. Wednesday, Irish class. Thursday, VA group and the schmooze business meeting. I think Friday I can breathe again. Maybe.

Somewhere in all that I have to find some space for working on the upcoming Imbolc ritual and on my commitments for PCon.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Deduce it)
Doing much better tonight, though I am still vaguely headachy and have been off and on most of the day.

Yesterday was pretty fabulous except for the awful migraine, that started early in the day and lasted until well into the night. [ profile] gra_is_stor and I went over to a place in Lynnwood where we met up with a bunch of local steampunks and watched the first Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movie as preparation for the second movie. It really was like watching a bad breakup between Holmes and Watson, I must say. The second movie picks up very shortly after the first film. It's a take on the whole Final Problem story, where Holmes and Moriarty have their final battle. As such, once again, it was a fine adventure fanfic but not anything like a canon Conan Doyle Holmes story.

Stephen Fry was fantastic as Mycroft, I have to say. I quite enjoyed him, though I saw rather more of him than one might expect. Fry's Mycroft was So Very Gay. Oh so very gay. Wonderfully so, I might add.

After the movie, I hauled [ profile] gra_is_stor back to Seattle. By the time I got home, I was at the "barely able to see" stage, though don't worry, I was fine to drive. I ate something and tried resting but didn't really get to until a little after midnight. Even then, I was dealing with migraine inspired nausea until very late into the night. Meds didn't help much, but slow, deep breathing sort of did, after a while. I had to keep reminding myself to keep breathing that way, so after a while it was a bit spotty but I kept on with it until I was enough better to actually fall asleep.

Today I headed up to Mount Vernon to meet [ profile] man_of_snows and [ profile] alfrecht. We talked about writing and poetry and what we're up to and the movie, and things like that while we had lunch at the co-op there in town. They have a nice little natural foods cafe and a place upstairs that's a little more quiet for eating. Sadly, we were driven out of the place by a mother with a very young child who had obviously dirty diapers and who didn't just take the kid out to change them. It was quite unpleasant. The kid was also fairly disruptive at one point, trying to race around the area, and knocking into things.

At that point, we gave up and headed over to one of the used book shops in Mount Vernon, where we spent a (for me at least) fairly fruitful time browsing the stacks. I picked up a few books, including one on Yeats that I randomly opened and found a reference to dogs in Irish folklore that [ profile] alfrecht hadn't seen before. That was a decider for me, so I bought that along with a couple of others, then we separated and I headed home.

I did a little bit of writing this evening, bringing my fic's wordcount up to about 50,000 words for tonight. Still going. I'd write more, but I have a VA appointment tomorrow with my new meds doc. At least I think it's tomorrow. I need to call before I go down to make sure it is in fact tomorrow and not next Tuesday. Wouldn't want to go down there and just turn around and come back.

I've also got the Everett steampunk social tomorrow evening at the AFK. A fair few of the folks who were at the Sherlock Holmes movie are planning on being there. We must plot for the New Years Day recovery tea!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Marlene in a suit)
Today consisted largely of laundry (three loads, feh). We have a start date for the Ireland pilgrimage, but I'm not sure what we're supposed to be able to talk about yet, so I'm holding onto the date until I hear otherwise.

This evening [ profile] gra_is_stor and I went over and met four of our friends at the AFK, where we had dinner and played Space Fluxx for several hours. Plans were made for dinner on a couple of different nights with different people, and for the 25th at AFK. Much food will be had, bad movies will be indulged, and a great deal of fun will be had.

Tomorrow is the Medieval Women's Choir concert. Sunday is Sherlock Holmes. Monday may be spent with [ profile] alfrecht and [ profile] man_of_snows, depending on whether I would need to drive up to Anacortes or whether they want to come down here. I'm not planning for anything beyond that at the moment. Too tired.

No actual writing got done today, beyond a couple of sentences, though I did get notes on what I need to do workshops and stuff about during the pilgrimage. I now have places to start. Not tonight, however.

More things later. Because I must DO ALL THE THINGS.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Insane: What's Your Excuse?)
The Seattle Times has been looking into the incident of the young woman who allegedly miscarried after being pepper-sprayed by Seattle police during an Occupy action. It's looking more and more like there was no miscarriage and she probably wasn't pregnant at all. From what the article says -- and I have to note that I'm not capable of diagnosing anyone of anything -- it's possible that she has some mental illness issues that could be influencing this claim, and that it may not be the first time she's made this sort of claim.

Whatever the truth is here, we have to remember that not everyone involved with a global political movement is involved for the same reasons, and that it does not in any way diminish the egregious violence of police response to peaceful protesters with pepper spray. I wanted to link this here so that people would be aware that I've seen this and know that my previous post mentioning the situation was made before this information was brought forward.

This afternoon I went down to an Occupy Everett planning meeting for an event they are calling "Roccupy Everett" where they intend to have Dorli Rainey, the 84 year old woman who was also pepper sprayed, come up as the featured speaker. They are currently looking for musical acts and other entertainments. The catch is, they want to put this together by December 3rd. I think it's awfully soon -- all of ten days -- for them to get anything significant together, but I volunteered to help out with media/publicity, in terms of helping out with proofing material, assisting in finding media outlets for the other two people on the committee to contact, and making sure that the publicity material is at least reasonably well-written. I doubt that I will make it to the actual event, but I can at least help out in some small measure.

Vivian McPeak, who has been running Hempfest here in Seattle for the last 20 years, came up and talked about his experience as an activist in all that time and had some very useful things to say. He was, he said, used to talking to a much younger crowd that those of us assembled this evening. The Occupy Seattle crowd tends to be much younger. Pretty much everyone at the meeting this evening was middle-aged-ish. We met in a coffee house and bookshop that is in the same space Gathering Grove used to be. I think they may even still have some of the same books; they certainly have a similar vibe, if not nearly so visibly Pagan.

I had to leave the meeting about half an hour early, given that I was starting to develop a migraine. Low blood sugar combined with florescent lights was probably what did it. I came home and ate something and am doing better. I also tossed the turkey breast into the oven and roasted that for tomorrow at [ profile] gra_is_stor's place. It turned out delightfully tender and juicy, and I had stuffed the body cavity with rosemary and sage, which has lent a nice flavor to the meat. I made some gravy and now all of it is in the fridge awaiting transportation.

When I get home tomorrow, the bones and what meat that was close to the bone will be going into the pot to make some turkey soup.

A couple of days ago I got the new Abney Park cd, which I ripped today and transferred over to my iPod. I listened to it and, while I'm really not as enamored of it as most of their previous stuff, they do have some nice new acoustic arrangements of older songs, and you can actually hear the lyrics in some of them a bit better, so this is good.

I am tired, but not terribly sleepy at the moment. I will probably try putting myself into bed and reading for a while to see if that will help. Tomorrow I have to be in Seattle by around 4pm for foodage.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Today was yoga at the VA. I also had to deal with the women's clinic there, as they had sent me a note a couple of weeks ago that I should call them and schedule an appointment with a new doc. I had tried calling a few times, but they never even answered the phone, so I went in there today in person to deal with it. I had in initially made an appointment a month or two ago, which they called and told me to cancel because they intended to have me seen by a different doc who wasn't in the clinic yet.

It turns out that this new doc they wanted me to see only does a morning clinic, so I wasted all this time waiting around and getting frustrated with nobody answering the phones. I'm supposed to see the one I've scheduled for later this month; part of my issue has been that I used the last tramadol (prescribed to me for migraines since the migraine-specific stuff makes me feel like I've been hit by a truck while having cardiac arrest, and doesn't actually stop the migraines anyway) last week. Nina had only given me a scrip for one fill, and the pharmacy won't renew a scrip unless it has an approval from your doc. I mean, it makes sense, but it's not like I've had a doc I could go to for the last several months who could renew the prescription.

Anyway, I'm hoping this will be resolved by the end of the month, but it does mean that the week of the 28th I get to spend three days in a row going down to the VA for crap. I'm not thrilled. Further nattering here. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Today was the CR schmooze. Several people weren't up to coming for various reasons -- illness, transportation issues, and the hit that we all take when the time change comes were all a part of it. I was able to pull it together to do a talk on poetry, and there was some good engagement on the topic, particularly as it related to incubation practices and to practical magic. I plugged several of Robin Skelton's books; Spellcraft is one of the only books out there that directly addresses poetry as magic and I still highly recommend it to people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The end of the crazy is not at hand.


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