April 21st, 2009

Caffeine problem

Tew's Day!

Happy birthday to team_tim!

Progress is. Wish I hadn't been awakened early by jackhammers outside my damn window, but there it is. Not in much pain today.

The preliminary list here here. If you're making/donating anything specific, please let me know what it is and send pictures if available? People are more likely to buy raffle tickets for your thing if they know what it is! :) Going nonspecific on the item is also okay in cases like "$25 of store credit at my Etsy store" or whatever.

Yes, we're still adding items - if you have anything you want to pitch in, let me know! I'll probably be working on the spreadsheet off and on all day.

The auction will begin tomorrow and run for two weeks. I won't be posting in every post about it, don't worry - but I will remind you at the bottom of my Wind Tunnel Dreams posts.

Our coffeemaker died yesterday. *hangs head* Fortunately, we had sufficient Amazon credit for the Cuisinart we'd been eyeing. So that'll be there in two days, but in the meantime, pot-a-day 'song is scraping by on single-cup pod crap. Ugh.

Too Much Hair
It's down to midback again, and I'm very tetchy about it; at this length it's so heavy that it pulls most of the curl out of itself. Turning my head in my sleep can wake me up. *glares at hair* Need to braid it before bed. Need a haircut soon, is what I need. After Explo. Everything's after Explo.

Link Soup
* Fun pics from the Marathon.
* The Musical Wonder House. Road trip, anyone?
* Excellent post about the excellent squidginess of Dollhouse.

Daily Science
In early April, Adam Wilson posted a status update on the social networking Web site Twitter -- just by thinking about it. Just 23 characters long, his message, "using EEG to send tweet," demonstrates a natural, manageable way in which "locked-in" patients can couple brain-computer interface technologies with modern communication tools.

Combination of writing, organizing (yes, still; it goes slowly, as my body allows), and raffle stuff. Still pondering whether to go to Diesel tonight - suspect I'll decide that on the fly. May go just to get real coffee.
Create Something Beautiful Today

Hey, artists! Jewelers! Crafters! Musicians!

If you make stuff, read this! And keep in mind that my story "Valentines" will be in Interfictions 2, so if you want to make stuff based on it? Awesome. Please please do.

Press release from the Interstitial Arts Foundation re: Interfictions 2!

We are proud to announce the publication of our second volume of Interfictions, edited by Delia Sherman and Christopher Barzak.

To celebrate the release of this unique anthology we are delighted to present our second annual Interfictions auction. Like all interstitial arts, this auction is more than the sum of its parts. Artists participating in this year’s auction may draw their inspiration from the first anthology or will be allowed to have first look at a story from the new book. This means that the 2009 auction is in the unique position of being an artistic fan celebration for an anthology that does not yet technically exist. We invite you to add your voice to this synthesis of words and imagination.

The first auction featured jewelry artists from across the country participating in a collaboration across mediums. The artists’ imaginations, triggered by words and images, produced over a dozen magnificent pieces of art. This year we’re expanding the focus beyond jewelry to music and wearable/portable art in any medium.

From April 20 to September 20, 2009 the Interstitial Arts Foundation invites artists and musicians of all genres and mediums (interstitial or not) to participate in the Interfictions 2 auction.

How It Works:

* On the Call to Artists page you will find short excerpts from the stories in Interfictions 2. As you click through them, we hope that at least one will immediately call to you. Choose a story you’d like to read in full, then fill out the form at the bottom of that page. Alternately, artists may also choose to submit work based on the first Interfictions volume, available in bookstores.
* Within 7 days we will send you a confirmation of receipt and, barring any questions we may have, you will receive the story you chose in email as a PDF. Then read, enjoy, and be inspired!
* Completed pieces are due by September 20. The auction begins in November!

To read the excerpts and express your interest, please click here.

Have questions? Check out the FAQ.
Gilmore Girls


We are watching Gilmore Girls (Elayna had never seen it), as we are in need of mother/daughter low-stress together-time. WTD will be later.

*hugs the internet*

Why there was no WTD today

Elayna, in one of those moments that breaks a mom's heart: "I miss you! You're always working or sleeping or cleaning, and - this is the only thing I hate about Explo, is you stressing out about raising money for it."

So we talked. About how I can't help but be working sometimes - she just perceives that always-working thing more strongly with me than with Adam, because Adam works outside the home. So when he's home, he's not working. Whereas I only work from home, so it's hard to tell if I'm working or goofing off. (I told her I can put up a little tent card in front of the laptop to let her know which.)

Sleeping... I can't help. And I reminded her of that, that part of me being sick is that I get so exhausted that I'm nonfunctional. My five-hour crash on Sunday probably exacerbated this; it was one of those where Adam tried multiple times but just could not wake me. She understands. But it's hard. It is really hard to have your mom chronically ill. And my heart hurts for her on this... there's nothing I can do about it, save what I'm already doing. Take my meds, get rest, et cetera. But nothing is going to make that not suck for her.

Cleaning... I'm not entirely sure where that one came from. I'll re-touch base with her on that tomorrow. But she was tearful, so I wasn't going to give her the third degree.

But she misses us being us, hanging out, being silly. She misses us not fighting about homework and her room and laptop privileges. And, y'know, me too.

So I gave us the day off. We spent the day curled up on the couch watching Gilmore Girls. Elayna had always had some resistance to watching it - one of those things where if Mom's pushing it, she doesn't want to do it, even though I'm always right. I was again. She loved it. Every single character.

She's my Rory, y'know.

*sigh* *stretch* So tomorrow there will be work. But we needed today.