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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Friday! 
16th-Oct-2009 07:53 am
Hearth
Snow! *points out the window* First snow of the season!

Look, I'm from Florida. This is pure strange Northern magic to me. Water! Freezes! And falls from the sky! Soft and fluffy! Wow!

I first saw snow when I was 16, in the wilderness survival camp. And the wild rumpus began, I tell you what. I squealed and bounced and danced. They gave us "Indian names" (yeah I know that's crazy stupid cultural appropriation stuff, but I was not programming my own torture chamber here) about a month later, and mine had "snow" in it because of that dance.

Yes, I'll be sick of it by winter's end. But today it makes me happy.

Administration
Happy birthday to envoy and sealgair!

Happy early birthday to puddin666 and katfireblade, who both advance a year over the weekend!

Medical
About the same as yesterday. But yesterday I wore actual clothes for the first time this week, so hey, could be worse. Still weak, still with the hacking cough.

Getting Things Done
Wrote a bunch of letters yesterday. Tore through the backlog of magazines - literally, as this involves tearing project pages out of ReadyMade. I've been slowly organizing knitting stuff all week - reorganizing my Ravelry queue, bagging yarns I need for certain projects together, et cetera. Yesterday I cleaned out the three-drawer organizer in my office closet and got my yarns and needles organized in there, so they're not spilling out all over the floor. Did a bunch more office organizing - the stuff I've been threatening to do for a while. There's still a lot to do. But I have been careful about pacing myself.

Writing
* I think I'm stalling on PYH because Cicatrix wants out. I kinda did not want to write Cicatrix yet! Wanted PYH first. But we'll see. I guess because PYH is more along the lines of what I want to be writing; Cicatrix is one shot of sheer darkness that is not indicative of my other work, I don't think.
* I think the germinating short story "Happy Hour at the Tooth and Claw" wants to be a comic series. *headdesk* I have setting, I have characters, but I have too many threads of story for a single short story.
* I am wondering if I can somehow use Kickstarter to back my writing. Thoughts?

Elayna
Gets her staples out today. Yay Elayna!

Friday Memeage
Wearing: Penguin flannel pajamas.
Reading: The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen by Delia Sherman.
Writing: Have not been. Must rectify.
Knitting: My shawl and Elayna's scarf.
Planning: Recuperation.

You?
Comments 
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16th-Oct-2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it!

I've been having the itch to bake all week, but cannot because of Teh Sick. Maybe next week.
16th-Oct-2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
Wearing: A t-shirt from our local cat welfare society.

Reading: Thud by Terry Pratchett.

Writing: Several projects - urban fantasy and a snippet that waylaid me in the carpark.

Planning: To rest. :P
16th-Oct-2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Wearing: sweat pants and a torn white t-shirt
Reading: The Tsarina's Daughter by Carolly Erickson.
Writing: Um...not so much. But I bought a fresh notebook last night in the hopes of inspiration. What do you do when you feel like all your ideas are horribly derivative?
Knitting: Tea Towel Topper for kitchen. Backwards but still looks okay.
Planning: Possible nap in my future.

I have that same reaction to snow. It's just awesome. I grew up in the Mid Atlantic states, where snow falls in feathery clumps. When I lived in Maine, I was delighted to discover Actual Snowflakes.

edited because I can spell, really.

Edited at 2009-10-16 12:45 pm (UTC)
16th-Oct-2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Wah. You get seed packet snow and all we get on this end of the state is cold and wind.
16th-Oct-2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
I think I was a little scared, or at least wary, of snow as a kid. I don't think I was anywhere near snow until visiting grandparents in Portland in the very early 80s, and it snowed LIGHTLY, and I took so long to bundle up to go outside that it had stopped snowing by the time I got out. Or maybe I was just overly concerned with being comfortable and to my mind snow = OMG COLD AND UNCOMFY. I reacted better to it when Virginia Beach got a couple of light dustings; I appreciated it more then and other times later in Virginia. Since then I've experienced at least two major ice storms, too, back in Portland, which generally doesn't get too much snow but in 2004 and last December, whoa. Lots of ice and snow. But it doesn't scare me or make me wary.

Yay for good experience with snow!

Wearing: my ratty sweats (vintage 1998, 'round the time of the Nagano Olympics -- the Olympic rings are embroidered on them -- and in need of replacing) and the T-shirt I wore yesterday.
Reading: Hunter/Victim by Robert Sheckley, with Michael Chabon's Summerland waiting. I'm in read-stuff-I've-had-sitting-around-for-years-and-decide-if-I-want-to-keep-it-or-get-rid-of-it mode.
Writing: Not enough, even on LJ. Tiredness and job frustration (though the job frustration has a finite timespan) have gotten in the way. I know, I'm a wimp who doesn't have to deal with this chronically, but I really want to not be tired.
Planning: My next job, and (I hope!) time off between the current one and the next one; making a phone call about my apartment that I don't quite want to make, but it has to get done.
16th-Oct-2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
My friend mizkit used Fundable to sell a short story and made $1K, so it seems to be plausible for fiction. (Fundable being much like Kickstarter, but with shaky business sense. Catie didn't know at the time, alas.)
16th-Oct-2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Pink cloud flannel pajamas.
Reading: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.
Writing: documentation for sustainable school construction.
Knitting: I don't knit. Current craft project is my husband's family tree, in preparation for future wedding and bar mitzvah planning.
Planning: Dr appt, homemade chili, and a day at home.
16th-Oct-2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
Kickstarter is an interesting model...
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16th-Oct-2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Same here on the Halloween costume & a winter coat.
16th-Oct-2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
When was Elayna into heavy metal? ;)
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16th-Oct-2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Kickstarter looks all manner of interesting, yet I don't personally know anyone who's tried it. What does it gain over the systems you've been using already?
16th-Oct-2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
That was my thought, too. It sounds like you've been doing your own version of Kickstarter, and you don't have to give anybody five percent of your earnings. You always offer something in return for pledges, you already use your own network of contacts, what do you need THEM for? They're set up to make collections through Amazon.com, but you have your own Donate button, so you don't really need Amazon. Only thing Kickstarter would do is establish a deadline, which might be a good thing incentive-wise. But if you don't make the deadline, you get nothing, so I don't know if you'd like that. Suppose your deadline had been one day last week. Ooops. Too much pressure, if you ask me.
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16th-Oct-2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Wearing: standard work gear black shirt and pants, hand knit socks (Noro Kuryeon). No tie cos it's FRIDAY

Reading: LJ at work

Writing: Database documentation

Knitting: Noro Silk Garden socks (almost finished too!!)


How come you got snow? We've only got rain here. I've been robbed!!!
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16th-Oct-2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Snow makes me cry. I hates it.

Wearing: Star flannel pjs
Reading: Trumpet, by Jackie Kay and Cook's Illustrated Oct issue
Writing: statements of purpose :(
Knitting: a felted purse and Poinsettia
Planning: To get off my ass and get to my psych appointment, then buckle down and get some job applications in. Definitely not going to spend the afternoon spinning until I clear up my "real work" queue.
16th-Oct-2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Poinsettia's beautiful!
16th-Oct-2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Wearing: My monkey flannel nightshirt. I have been up for three hours but getting dressed doesn't seem like fun.
Reading: An Agatha Christie short story collection that I think I might now own twice.
Writing: Edits to a manuscript that must get resubmitted soon.
Knitting: I woke up this morning from yet another dream that I knew how to knit and so got out the needles and yarn that I'd bought after a previous dream and taught myself. It ate up my tutoring time like crazy.
Planning: To go and get my car with a new rim on it later today and go down to SUNY. If my car isn't done by 1:30, working from home instead.
16th-Oct-2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
Wearing: a nice thick warm shirt I haven't worn in months. I also put the fleece liner into my jacket (though I haven't done all the zips & snaps yet, in case the weather does that New England "ha ha fooled you" thing again).
Reading: Just finished a re-read of The Hunt for Red October. Next up, Unseen Academicals.
Writing: install/deploy stuff.
Planning: boardgaming tonight, sleeping in tomorrow. (Still behind on sleep from before ConClave.) Laundry, etc over the weekend.
17th-Oct-2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! I miss snow so much. I really hope it snows up your way while I'm there for Thanksgiving, or in Baltimore when I'm there for Yule.
19th-Oct-2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Speaking of being from Florida... I was at a family event this weekend held in Boynton Beach, and I met cousins-in-law Steve and Ruth Lipkin... any relation?
19th-Oct-2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
Not that I know of; the Florida side's all mine.
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