January 17th, 2007


A Shadesong Guide for the New Reader

*waves* Hi! I'm Shadesong. No, that's not my legal name. Yes, it's what I go by in person, that or 'song. (The apostrophe is silent.) Trust me, you can't pronounce my legal name. Many have tried and failed. Just call me 'song. :)

I live in the top two stories of a house in Watertown, MA, having recently escaped the event horizon of the Deep South. I love my houselet very much. :) It is open and sunny and me-sized, and I have a supernifty office. I live here with my fabulous husband Adam (yendi) and wonderful daughter Elayna, who will be twelve this year, and two cats, one loving and sweet and purry (Max, a chocolate-point Siamese) and one batshit crazy with a beard festish (Jack, a tuxedo cat). We're getting a new cat this weekend - stay tuned. :)

I have epilepsy and fibromyalgia. I spent the last few years struggling with various medications that short-circuited my brain and fucked with my body hardcore, dropping me down to 85 pounds, costing me my job, and doing various other horrible things. I'm writing a book about this. I was dropped off all my meds in September for a weeklong video EEG monitoring session, and refused to go back on the hell drugs; I'm only on Lyrica now, and am seizure-free and mostly side-effect free. (I get muscle twitches. I can live with that.) The fibro is easy to live with by comparison. I'm just trying to learn to pace myself, which is difficult; I'm very much a full speed ahead and damn the torpedos sort of person.

I write a comic called Shayara with m0usegrrl (aka Mousie). Stay tuned for major Shayara news Real Soon Now. Read back through the "shayara" tag in my journal for prose bits, join the community, add it as an LJ interest! *grin* I'm also working on a retelling of Tam Lin set in modern-day Las Vegas; that's being serialized at placesyouhaunt. And a memoir of my time in Vegas - read back through the "walking on water" tag. Caution: includes my post about my rape.

Yes, I'm a survivor of rape and other sexual assault. Yes, I'm okay now. I made the hard journey from terrified victim to fully functional sexual and sensual person - ask me how! No, seriously. I believe it's the responsibility of those who're farther down the road to recovery to help those who have just begun. I believe that talking about it is the first step, and maybe the most important; it breaks the implicit lock of silence the act of sexual violation forces on a person. And I'm still talking because people need to know they're not alone.

I have a button that says "Bi, Poly, Switch: I'm not indecisive, I'm greedy!" I have another button that says "Bisexual, Polyamorous, Involved (Not Looking)". That pretty well covers me for the time being. :) I have a lovely girlfriend (elionwyr), a partner-in-crime (kires), and a few people who are nebulously not Partners, but much more than fuckbuddies (harkalark, slipjig, the Craftsman). And I have some friends with benefits. My calendar is very full.

I am really, really, happy these days. :) I live near most of the people I love now, I don't have to work a day job, I'm getting paid to write whatever I want, whenever I want, I'm finally off the hell drugs and I have my brain back, and I love Boston! This is what I've been working toward for years, and I finally have it all. And now I have the time and space to plan what's next. :)

Any questions?
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Odin's Day

Happy birthday to manifestress!

Hello to new readers auton, joyeous, and onyxhawke!

Pain levels mild. Mostly okay. *nods*

This is my life.
Seriously. This is what Adam and I are like together. Except with more pop-culture references.

This is why I don't have a cell phone.
A cell phone in the front pocket of a Vallejo man's pants spontaneously combusted, quickly ignited his clothes and left the man with second- and third-degree burns across at least half his body, according to investigators.

This is so. freakin'. cool.
HBO has acquired the rights to turn George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy series "A Song of Fire and Ice" into a dramatic series to be written and exec produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss... The series will begin with the 1996 first book, "A Game of Thrones," and the intention is for each novel (they average 1,000 pages each) to fuel a season's worth of episodes.

This is some Daily Science.
It was Einstein who proposed the idea of gravitational waves (a phenomenon that scientists are yet to observe), which are the supposed end product of moving matter warping the fabric of four-dimensional space-time. But now, researchers from the University of Washington (UW) claim that it is possible to detect gravitational waves emitted from what they call superstrings. Superstrings are, apparently, an observable effect consistent with at least one of the prevailing versions of string theory. UW cosmologist Craig Hogan describes superstrings as narrow tubes of energy leftover from the beginning of the universe, which have been substantially stretched out as the universe continues to expand.

This is some Daily BPAL.
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Fizzgig! - velvetsteel

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Don't you hate it when you *know* you've written something that you need to reference, but you can't for the life of you *find* it?


Fuckit. Will rewrite from scratch. *growl*
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Elayna & Mommy laughing


So shortly after that last post, I got a series of jumbled automated phone calls that combined to let me know that there was some problem with the furnace/the boiler/an antifreeze leak/possible alien invasion, and Elayna's school had been evacuated; I was to pick her up at the town library. I obeyed. Found the kid without much trouble, grabbed a few new mangas for her*, and headed out. On the way out, we ran into Elayna's best friend and her mom, who invited us to lunch at Friendly's.

Now, I don't do well with others moms. I'm socially awkward. I'm younger, I'm weirder. I do not fit. But this was Elayna's best friend, so I said yes.

Went to Friendly's, had the kind of small talk you have with strangers... until I mentioned that I was still recovering from a convention this weekend. "What kind?" she asked.

I hesitated and near-mumbled "Science fiction."

"Oh! Arisia?"

I perked up. "Yes!"

"Oh, this is the first year in ages we haven't gone!"

She's fen. She's fen, she's epileptic, and she leads a Girl Scout troop - Elayna's getting in in time for cookie sales! And we talked for ages, for quite a few refills of the coffeepot.

Dude. I made a new mom-friend.


* I am unable to leave the library without checking *something* out.
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Evening miscellany

* Set your TiVos! Mythbusters pirate special tonight! Yarr!

* I fell asleep maybe ten minutes after that last post, and only recently woke up. Adam has been of the "give 'song all the sleep her body wants" school of thought, and I'm trying to break himof that, as it means I'll have trouble getting to sleep tonight, and I really need to try to normalize my sleep schedule.

* This means I have not gotten *any* writing done today. Maybe after the rest of the family goes to bed. Clip my hair back with my hair Shoggoth and go at it. (Did anyone get a pic of me with the hair Shoggoth in on Friday?)

* I need a 16" chain for my labradorite pendant. It's dangling in my cleavage at 18". Yes, I know, but it's square, so it doesn't look right in my cleavage.

* I woke up from a nightmare: I dreamed that it was early December again, and that all of the insanity of holidays and con-planning was still ahead of me. Yeah. The fact that holidays and con-stuff made me wake up in a panic? I need to reevaluate my fun-time. Not doing any panels for Boskone, for one thing.

* On the bright side, before the whole school evacuation thing, I had a nice healthy breakfast and did my morning yoga. And I *did* find the writingbit I was looking for, though I think it'll prove unhelpful, since I'm going to be going at the event in question with such a different perspective; the previous bit was widescreen, and this is a closeup, if that makes any sense. And yay for unreliable narrators!

* I go now.

* Yarr.
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PSA! - by Zarhooie

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Dear LJ:

zarhooie says: "If you could please make a post just letting people know I'm fine and I'm not doing this for the drama quotient, that'd be really nice. Thanks!"


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