innerslytherin: (nano - destroyer of sleep)
Drat. I keep forgetting that I want to post here more often.

Let's see, what have I been up to?

This paycheck I actually had quite a bit left over after paying bills, so I ordered another box of contacts. That should get me through at least another six months, because I never follow the guidelines for how long to wear them. This is good because as much as I love my Obamacare plan, there's no vision or dental included in it, so I have a hard time scraping up the money for those visits. I haven't been to the dentist since 2011 because it's just too expensive. >.>

Speaking of Obamacare, I found out this week that my monthly premium is actually going down by quite a significant amount. An amount that will probably make the difference between going to the eye doctor next year or not going. So there's that.

I made my first ever campaign donation this year, to Bernie Sanders. It was only $10, but it's what I could manage. Right now, most of the "extra" income I have gets poured into my writing career, such as it is, so I'm trying not to do as much extraneous spending.

I'm doing NaNoWriMo, as usual. This year I'm using it to get a jumpstart on an epic fantasy story that I'm going to serialize on Patreon. It's called The Ghostwolf Cadets, and it centers on a group of teenagers who are drafted to a special academy where they'll be trained to become the emperor's black ops team. Of course, they all have their secrets, and some of those secrets could tear the team apart. I'm planning to fill it with lots of UST, including some slashy goodness, and in general I'm having a lot of fun with it. I've got it part-way plotted, and I've written 10k on it since November started. Haven't done tonight's writing yet, but I'm hoping to hit 20k by the end of my "weekend", which actually runs Sunday-Tuesday.

I'm stepping outside my comfort zone and going to a lecture in downtown Indy Monday night. Some of the activists who broke into the FBI offices in 1971 are going to be speaking on the FBI's COINTELPRO program, which was used against Martin Luther King, Jr., Black Panther activists, AIM activists, and more. I just finished an excellent (and infuriating) book called The Unquiet Grave: The FBI and the Struggle for the Soul of Indian Country by Steve Hendricks. I've had a heart for the Native American situation since seeing the miniseries of James Michener's Centennial as a young child, and the breathtaking amount of injustice and oppression that took place (and still takes place) on the Indian reservations really pisses me off. As it happens, COINTELPRO played a large part in the downward spiral of the American Indian Movement. So the lecture in Indy came along at just the right time to capture me.

Let's see, what else is going on... I'm going to be up in Fort Wayne next weekend for the Allen County Public Library Author Fair. I'm speaking on a panel called "DIY: Successful Self-Publishing" with a few other indie authors.

The kitties are all doing well. Eustace weighed in at 15.1 pounds a couple weeks ago, so he is on a diet and Not Happy About It. But he's also lost over half a pound since starting the diet, so at least it's going well in that regard. Eowyn and Eustace still aren't getting along, but for the most part they just leave each other alone. Strider's fine with them both and likes to play tag with them.

How's everyone here?
innerslytherin: (college socialists)
Wow, hi LJ! *dusts off blog* How is everyone doing? I have been focused so much on work and novel and SWC blog that I have been almost entirely absent here.

I love my job. Every single day I go to work and feel like I have made a difference to my coworkers and employer, and that I have given an excellent experience to our visitors. I don't think there's any way I wouldn't like a job where the mission statement was to "celebrate and renew belief in the power of the individual spirit to affect American history and culture." And one of these days, I'll even finish reading Ben-Hur.

About three weeks ago I swore off Facebook until the election was over. Too much vitriol from either side of the aisle, and frankly I was tired of losing respect for people I had always liked. Tonight I took a cool quiz at www.isidewith.com and, to no great surprise, learned that I side 76% with Barack Obama. (What surprised me more was that I actually agreed with Mitt Romney about...well, um, anything.) The website had sharing links, so I took a deep breath, bit the bullet and outed myself on Facebook as someone who's voting Democrat this year.

Of course, now I'm too cowardly to go read my friends feed, with its three lonely liberals. Ah, the loneliness of being a moderate. You may get to poke fun at both ends of the political spectrum, but you also have twice the number of people pissed off at you. *G*

Because of a request one of my beta-readers made, I've been spending my writing time this week working on an episode in the backstory of five characters. It's not something that will appear in the novel, except as each of those five people remember it from their various POVs. But the more I work on it, the more I love it, and I'm gaining all sorts of new understanding of these characters I've been living with for...um...over 22 years now. Well, most of them. Poor Ranulf, he didn't show up until draft 3, I think. *G* Anyway, it's fun.

I'm not doing NaNoWriMo this year. I made a miserable attempt at Camp NaNo this summer, which consisted of me signing up for it and promptly refusing to write for nearly two weeks straight. That led to some consideration of my novel-writing process, and I decided that, while NaNoWriMo is awesomely fun, I have learned all that it has to teach me at the present, and I really want to concentrate on finishing my current novel revision. So I'm setting NaNo aside for 2012. I may go back to it in future years, but not this year. NaNo taught me how to plot a novel, and NaNo gave me characters like Zeva and Edmund and Fithian, and I will forever be grateful that I discovered NaNoWriMo. But this year, it isn't in the cards.

In other news, still looking for a second part-time job. Retail and waitressing are out, unfortunately, because as much as I love my job, it requires a lot of energy for someone who is an introvert. I think adding a second job that requires too much interaction with the general public would make me a wreck. And in the meantime, I'm squeaking by financially. I had to borrow $10 from my dad until payday on Friday, but since that $10 is going to keep his and mom's cell phones working along with my own, I think that's okay. And one of these days I'll get around to selling my Gaiam balance ball chair and that Boonton ware I inherited from Gedna and have no use for.

A while ago Eowyn brought me a present, in the form of a not-quite-dead mouse. I'm not afraid of mice, but I don't particularly want them in my bed, so I carried her back downstairs (mouse firmly in her jaws) and put her in a large box. She proceeded to kill the mouse and jump out of the box, leaving the mouse behind to feed me, I guess. I think she's getting the hang of this hunting thing. :)
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"Who among us would ask our children for a loan, so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need? That is precisely what the Democrats in Congress just did. It's irresponsible."

-- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
innerslytherin: (Default)
"Who among us would ask our children for a loan, so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need? That is precisely what the Democrats in Congress just did. It's irresponsible."

-- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
innerslytherin: (narnia - king edmund the just)
Well, I'm not ashamed to say I voted for McCain (no, not Palin, but McCain). But I'm also not afraid to congratulate Barack Obama, and to say that I'm glad he has broken the color barrier in the White House, and I look forward to seeing what he does with his presidency.

Not to rain on anyone's parade... )

In any case, I feel nothing more than mild disappointment about McCain's defeat, and while I know there are a lot of people at work tomorrow who will be pissed off (and OMG I'm going to have to pull out my earplugs, aren't I?), I'm still looking forward to seeing what the next four years bring.



OMG I really shouldn't have stayed up this late. And I really hope we pick up the slack tomorrow in NaNo, because damn. Election day killed us. *grin*
innerslytherin: (narnia - king edmund the just)
Well, I'm not ashamed to say I voted for McCain (no, not Palin, but McCain). But I'm also not afraid to congratulate Barack Obama, and to say that I'm glad he has broken the color barrier in the White House, and I look forward to seeing what he does with his presidency.

Not to rain on anyone's parade... )

In any case, I feel nothing more than mild disappointment about McCain's defeat, and while I know there are a lot of people at work tomorrow who will be pissed off (and OMG I'm going to have to pull out my earplugs, aren't I?), I'm still looking forward to seeing what the next four years bring.



OMG I really shouldn't have stayed up this late. And I really hope we pick up the slack tomorrow in NaNo, because damn. Election day killed us. *grin*
innerslytherin: (1cm - mom and dad)
Here are my predictions )


To be honest, the results I was most worried about was the state, and thank God, my man Mitch has taken it again. Now let's see what happens in the nation...
innerslytherin: (1cm - mom and dad)
Here are my predictions )


To be honest, the results I was most worried about was the state, and thank God, my man Mitch has taken it again. Now let's see what happens in the nation...
innerslytherin: (ncis - tired of the world)
Someone I greatly respect just criticized my state for it's "backward" and "disenfranchising" behaviour regarding voter laws. I didn't want to start shit with this person, because...well, I'm too tired. But I had to get this out somewhere.

I just have to say that as an Indiana resident, I'm very glad I have to show ID to vote. I don't want anyone else going in and claiming my name to vote. (Granted, I live in a small community where no one could pretend to be me, but the principal is the same.) And the state is issuing free photo IDs, so it is NOT disenfranchising anyone. For people who say they have no way to get to the BMV to get their ID...well, how the bloody HELL are they getting to the voting places then, eh?


And on that second cranky note of the day, I'm going to bed. My room is freezing and the quilt looks very warm.
innerslytherin: (ncis - tired of the world)
Someone I greatly respect just criticized my state for it's "backward" and "disenfranchising" behaviour regarding voter laws. I didn't want to start shit with this person, because...well, I'm too tired. But I had to get this out somewhere.

I just have to say that as an Indiana resident, I'm very glad I have to show ID to vote. I don't want anyone else going in and claiming my name to vote. (Granted, I live in a small community where no one could pretend to be me, but the principal is the same.) And the state is issuing free photo IDs, so it is NOT disenfranchising anyone. For people who say they have no way to get to the BMV to get their ID...well, how the bloody HELL are they getting to the voting places then, eh?


And on that second cranky note of the day, I'm going to bed. My room is freezing and the quilt looks very warm.

Woe

Jan. 11th, 2008 09:48 am
innerslytherin: (Default)
My best friend has just informed me that she loves Hillary Clinton. I'm
so disappointed.

Woe

Jan. 11th, 2008 09:48 am
innerslytherin: (Default)
My best friend has just informed me that she loves Hillary Clinton. I'm
so disappointed.

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