Feb
3

Small Dramas

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So obviously I’ve been rather silent here over the last month. Yes, it’s due to politics – mostly because I still can’t wrap my head around everything that’s happening, but I am still here. Making donations, sending emails. Small steps because that’s all I can handle right now. Quietly raging, I suppose. I have culled a number of people off of social media, mostly Facebook. And it’s not that I’ve removed everyone who doesn’t agree with me – I’m all about different viewpoints and conversations, but I also have decided that I don’t need to be in such a toxic environment. (And sadly, some people I once considered actual friends have shown themselves to be hard core racists. No thanks. We can talk political ups and downs all day long, but once your argument falls back on the color of someone’s skin – or religion – or gender, etc –… Read more
Dec
30

Project Round Up

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Just doing a little end of year post – obviously it’s not a real retrospective. Much of the year got derailed by needing that third back surgery, so there was a lot of time for introspection. I have a tendency to shut-in when I’m in that much pain – not sure if that’s good or bad, but usually long periods of radio silence from me are due to that, though I’m working my way back into the sunlight, as they say. In the meantime, I spent a fair amount of time sewing – it was one of the few distractions I could do from the only chair that *didn’t* make me want to throw myself out the window. Pain being what it is, I stitched a number of subversive patterns…and then gave them all away.  I didn’t sew a single thing for myself at all – I suspect that’s because… Read more
Dec
24

Merry Merry…

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…and all that jazz. I had a few other things to say today in this post, but I’ve been feeling a little down – I went to see Rogue One last night and it was a bit disheartening to get the AP notification that Carrie Fisher had had a heart attack *while* I was mid-movie. (And the movie was pretty good – as a transitional piece, I liked it – I don’t know if it would stand on its own so much, but as a piece of the overall Star Wars lore it works.) But as far as years go, 2016 has been a bit of a shitfest, particularly when it comes to celebrities. Fingers crossed that Carrie pulls through.  🙁 All that aside, I’m expecting today to be rather smooth – presents are wrapped, dinner is planned, there’s cookies to be made and all that other fun stuff. I… Read more
Dec
2

Distractions

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There’s a so-called ancient Chinese curse out there that goes something like “may you live in interesting times.” It’s neither Chinese nor particularly ancient, but it sounds cool, and I suppose no one can deny the last few months have at least been…interesting. Interesting enough that my attempt at NaNoWriMo this year got completely derailed by the second week. Which is really a shame since I’d already managed to crank out a relatively easy 25k  on it by that point. New for me, to have a daily word count of 2k or more, but it was nice to see it happen. That being said, I’m not a huge fan of NaNo – in this case it was less about trying to write a book as much as me trying to press through a bit of writer’s block. Which it did. Don’t get me wrong, most of the writing is pure… Read more
Nov
23

Such Times

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I’ve actually been struggling to write this particular blog post for weeks. But I’ve been scrapping it and rewriting it because I keep stopping part way through and getting severely depressed. And I’m scrapping it again and simply leaving it with this quote, because in the end, I have to believe that we are better than this – and I need a break from the unrelenting political bullshit that just seems to go from bad to worse by the minute. That being said, I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving has a peaceful holiday. For myself, it will be kept fairly simple, with homemade Chinese food (no turkey this year, sorry!) and limited family. Otherwise, this weekend will involve heavy bouts of Dishonored 2 (at least in *that* dystopian society I can actually make some sort of difference), sewing, writing and probably a repeat binge watch of Yuri on Ice as I… Read more