Happy birthday to doeeyedbunny and eyewrist!
Whoa, am I having a slow brain today. Glacial. This sucks. It'll help with the doctor stuff, though, I guess.
I am really just now realizing how much the neurologists in Atlanta traumatized me. I get sick to my stomach just thinking of doctor appointments these days. And I never *loved* going to the doctor, but it was never like this.
Oh hai, we are the Gojirawitzes.
Featuring Elayna's awesome sleek elegant new hairdo.
I need to reserve Elayna's space for next year. But. Yikes. Residential is $4300 for a three-week session. With a $750 deposit. I can get my parents to cover the deposit, but that's... insurmountably steep, and it hits my "you want how much per week?!?" button (said button also being why I've not been able to attend programs like Clarion and Odyssey). She really wants residential. But Day is $2050 (or $3715 for both sessions), and she'd get to stay over up to three nights per week.
So I think I am going to have to say no to residential. I hate saying no to her on things she wants this much. But not this year. If she goes to Explo in 2010, she'll be at Yale, and then she'll be doing residential. It's just a matter of waiting one summer.
I want to get the deposit in soon, because financial aid opens in January. We missed out on financial aid last year because we found out about Explo after the window had closed; we qualified for a small grant, but were told that we'd qualify for more with the official financial aid. Single income and all. So I'm telling Mom that what I want most this year is that deposit in, that space reserved. So we can jump right on that financial aid next month, and then have a better idea of how much we need to raise - no last-minute raffles and scrambling. A more organized effort.
Wind Tunnel Dreams
2/5 of the Alanna piece is done. And it's the creepier 2/5. So I have confidence that I'll be able to knock it out by the end of the week.
I'm figuring out what I want to do with WTD in 2009. I think I was really chafing at the rules I'd set up for myself - seven-part story, day 1-7 - and I did better when I allowed myself to be more free-form. So that's probably what WTD will look like in 2009. Usually five days in a row, but timingwise, more when it works for me (a rigid schedule pus WTD on top of other things sometimes). The occasional full month. Collaborations when they appeal to me. (There will be three Wyrding Studios collaborations in 2009 (so far!) - on their own, not WTD.) Working solo when it appeals to me.
Basically? We'll see.
Enough money has been raised to help Vera that the PayPal button has been removed and no new auctions are being accepted. Wow. :)
If you're still in a giving mood, see here.
* Hard Times Require Imagination - why society needs artists more than ever.
* Lovely article on fandom.
There is a giant black hole at the centre of our galaxy, a study has confirmed. German astronomers tracked the movement of 28 stars circling the centre of the Milky Way, using the European Southern Observatory in Chile. The black hole is four million times heavier than our Sun, according to the paper in The Astrophysical Journal.
I am so exhausted. Still crashing from the trip. If I'm to nap today, though, it must be brief and not for some time. I need to write the remaining 3/5 of the Shayara flipside subscriber bonus, and I have that neuro appointment - then a brief nap window before I have to take Miss Kid to Girl Scout caroling at the mall. Where feste_sylvain will pick me up for our date night.