MARKED - 9.3

Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:02 am
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MARKED - 9.3

“All right,” Riva decided, “now that that’s settled.”

Nilien wasn’t sure anything at all was settled, but she was willing to pretend it was if Riva and the rest wanted to. They weren’t going to get anywhere but deeper into holes, she was pretty sure, if they kept going.

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Skydive SCUBA dive

Jul. 21st, 2017 04:35 pm
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I am literally taking the SCUBA refresher WHILE waiting to be suited up to skydive. #multitasking

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Jul. 21st, 2017 11:57 am
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The “Junie Joins the Girl Scouts” pair of stories, published on October 18, 20011 & 2013.
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There are words a mother never wants to hear. I’ve got a list of them; I keep it in a notebook which is otherwise filled with very boring accounting. I don’t want to give the kids ideas.
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Our garden has been loving the sun-rain-sun-rain cycle.
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Originally posted February 13, 2012. Part of the Aunt Family setting.
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The bonfire had died down to embers by midnight. The children were asleep, the husbands and brothers drinking beer and playing poker, and the sisters-in-law settled off watching the children.
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Nine: Yederya Wizard

The woman studied Raizel. “You have skills I don’t?”

“Well, I can’t design a building,” Raizel admitted, “or build one.  But in the last two days I’ve been dusted by a pixie, blessed by a spectre, and kissed by what might have been a goddess.”  Also by two whores, but she didn’t think that counted.  “Also, I grew up on a mountain side, and I have on occasion bound wild goats, a catamount, and once a small wyvern that was getting into the garden.  I might be able to help you.”

“If you could, I could start building on time.  I can’t pay much - I’m not that rich of an architect yet - but I will put your name on the building.  Do you think you can do it?”

“Tie up a wizard?  I’m willing to try.  The carriage stops in Esteronzerai anyway, doesn’t it?”

“That’s where it turns off to go north,” the woman nodded.  “His name is - well, the thing that he calls himself is the Diamond Raven.”

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Poor Baby

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:40 pm
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This one character really hurts my heart in Strain. I mean, I know it's fiction, but he confronts his turned mother. Then he goes to an Indian restaurant where there's this woman he likes. Then her parents and this other character give him a shitty time til he leaves. Then his childhood hero (works in the Indian restaurant) treats him like a shitstain.

Like damn guys, you don't know what he just went through tonight! And all he did was tell your daughter to respect her mother because she'll miss her when she's gone!




I wish I had friends that were more into the outdoors/adventurous stuff. Jessica and Nick are more museum buddies.

I know, I know. I promised I wouldn't complain unless I didn't make friends while doing said things, instead of wishing they'd just like, randomly appear out of the ground. I'm working on it.

I also have Groupons for dance classes, so that gives me a few weeks of activity and something I'm interested in trying out without fleeing the country.

Uhm. I decided against the Himalaya trip in October (I'll use the credit to do it at another date.) It's too long a trip given what I'm trying to do this year. I really want to focus on the vocational things - e.g., the CNA course. Some of them have absolutely no leeway for taking up missed classes, so a two-week trip would be a bad idea. I may see about a shorter trip at some point, though.

I'll do local things I wanted to do this year, then use the credit to go next year. If I'm really lucky, by then I'll know someone I can invite so I'm not spending extra money to travel solo (though traveling solo sounds fun.)

... I hope I can learn paragliding this year.

On a Roll

Jul. 20th, 2017 07:17 pm
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So, I signed up for the skydive in Oceanside. I want to try to do a group outing too, but I also decided this year I'm going to stop waiting for people to be available and do things I want to do, when I want to do them.

I'm excited because the last time I went skydiving I didn't video. Paid for it. But they forgot to turn the camera on. (I still got photos, though.)

Also, this time I can wear whatever I want, since I'm not on vacation. At the very least, I can not be wearing black socks on my bare legs.

Anyway, I thought, "I have the whole DAY off tomorrow (and Saturday I work in the afternoon) why don't I try something else as well?"

So... What else is on my list of things I've wanted to do?

I was trying to think about what I... Like I want to do. Really specifically me, nothing to do with what other people want to do.

I think I want to avoid rock-climbing for now. I want to climb, but mostly I want to climb for fitness reasons. I don't feel the urge to scale mountains the way my sister does. That's not my thing.

SCUBA takes too much time. I really want to do it, but I need to plan out trips, take other classes (I want to learn cave/wreck diving.) I'd like to get a case for my phone so I can take photos. (What a day. I don't need a waterproof camera. There are houses for iPhones.)

I want to do bungee jumping, but fitting that all into one weekend might be too difficult and/or expensive. (Also, it's something I'd like to do for the purpose of being certified.)

I'm thinking surfing or wind-surfing. I really want to do both (especially wind-surfing.)

But surfing might be easier because there are local lessons offered. I can't seem to find wind-surfing lessons. Plus, surfing I can do here any time. You have to find places/conditions for wind-surfing.




I'm not going to avoid co-workers, but I am going to do things on my own a while too, meet people in relation to the activity instead of work environment. I think that if I do the things I'm talking about, people will be more likely to take those plans seriously because they'll want to do them. (Well, maybe not for the hiking.)

Since I'm not working Saturday mornings now, I may also start trying to regularly do 5ks. I've really wanted to do that. And now I have Saturday mornings.




Okay so:

1. Surfing tomorrow morning.
2. Skydiving tomorrow afternoon.
3. 5k Saturday morning.
4. Photography Sunday.

BOOM. Plans set. I want to do wind-surfing really badly. But I think I want to learn something I can do just any old day ASAP.

Skydiving!!!

Jul. 20th, 2017 04:49 pm
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I booked a skydiving trip for tomorrow!!

I'd been waiting to go in Monterey (world's highest tandem dive) but I'll try later in the year.

I'm also thinking about surfing lessons. I'd been wanting to a while. But I have two days off this week.

Then I'm also trying to figure out where I want to take photos this weekend.
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Chapter 32: Cynara
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


Sunday, December 10, 2000

“I need to go to the library for a couple hours.  I’ll be home by bedtime.”  Cynara held up her bookbag by way of illustration.  “Homework.”

“All right.”  Dysmas had the lazy, sated look he had after he’d fed.  “Be careful.”

“I always am.”  

She slipped out the door before he could give her any more orders that pulled and tugged at her mind like imperfect stitches, leaving little rows of discomfort she’d re-position herself to avoid.  She left before she had to look at Leo, or at Eriko, and remember to hide everything she was feeling.  

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Jul. 20th, 2017 11:24 am
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Belatedly, Maple Syrup Rebellion is up!

Still selling fiction! Don't forget you can get bonus stories from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer if you buy stories from me!
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Eight: A Kiss

Raizel took breakfast in the inn’s bar the next morning, feeling well-rested, content, and ready to face the rest of her journey.  Perhaps she’d even hire a coach.

The barmaid leaned over the table while she was refilling Raizel’s mug.  “There are opportunities around here, you know, for someone as clever as Esterzon Gorenz says you might be.  And if you really destroyed that Black Missive he’s been going on about for years-”

Something about the barmaid, or maybe something about the pixie dust still brushed across Raizel’s eyelashes, was a little strange.  She looked closer - closer at the clever decolletage, that looked lower-cut and more dangerous than it was - and realized she could see a spark of divinity hiding in the woman’s chest.

Until then, she hadn’t know she could see such things.  Perhaps it was just the dust.

“I destroyed the Missive and the, ah, the multi-hued falcon, ma’am.”

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Desmond's Climb - Collar Rapport?

Jul. 18th, 2017 10:47 am
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First: Slaves, School
Previous: Portals


Kayay appeared as they were leaving Portals and heading for their next class. There was a tall, broad, rad-uniformed student on either side of Kayay, making Kayay look very small and very pitiful indeed.
Desmond knew anything he said would be taken wrong, but Jefshan and Wesley handled it, stepping forward and making fussing noises over Kayay, completely ignoring the goons of Physical Team that were clearly there to escort Kayay.

Once they were gone, possibly believing that the rest of Kayay’s dorm-mates would stop any future escape attempts, Kayay’s voice dropped to a whisper. “I found something.”

Desmond looked at Kayay and from there to the rest of their group. It was Jefshan that asked, carefully, “So… ‘something’? Like, an exit, a dragon, and room full of collars?”

“I found another stairway,” Kayay hissed. “LIke the first one. It was…”
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Chapter 31: Abednego
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


Friday, December 8, 2000

“I keep saying that wasn’t me, it wasn’t him!  It’s not how these things work!” Rafe had been arguing with Joff on and off since the - the thing.  The demon, Abednego called it in his mind, even though he’d been through enough history classes here to know that demon was usually another word for faerie.  Close enough, in his estimation.

“Look, it might not have been you, but - things have to change, Rafe.  What are you doing to the kid?”

No, not this again.  The last time they’d had this argument, the demon had come.  

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This weekend was busy! In the fun way, albeit not the productive way

Friday night, I had dinner with [personal profile] kelkyag and [personal profile] sauergeek, who happened to be “passing through” (within an hour of me), at one of my favorite Finger Lakes restaurants, Stone Cat. We plotted and talked fiction and families and many other things, and then, oops, it was 10, so we departed.

Saturday, T. and I went to the Canandaigua Craft festival, where T> bought me an amber necklace and earrings and I bought me two more pairs of earrings from my new favorite local craft show earring vendor.

Then we took longer than planned to finish the drive, which ended at Capriox’s & Talkian’s house for a baby! shower! Baby shower! That was the chillest, most comfy pool-party/picnic/baby shower I have ever been to, and I have dozens of geeky baby onesie ideas in case another one of my geek friends has a baby.

(My contribution, along with some knitted burp cloths ‘cause nothing else got finished, was a John Deere onesie and slipper-socks.)
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...wow.

How was YOUR weekend?

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Jul. 16th, 2017 09:11 pm
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I am doing divination the next two days over [personal profile] alexeigynaix way. First card-equivalent is free, money-wise, though I do ask every querent to say something kind or encouraging to someone else by way of payment.

Other than that, don't expect to see much of me online until Tuesday.

...

[personal profile] balsamandash is doing a one-card draw, too.

On Memo and Guillermo del Toro

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:01 am
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So because of the Memory Lane trip Guillermo del Toro sent me on, I tried to look up Memo and see if he ended up marrying Andrea, or if they got engaged.

(Memo was always on a deadline to get married by the time he was twenty-eight, so I wanted to see if he was 'on schedule.')

I didn't see anything definitive. I hope they did, but on the other hand, I have a feeling if he got married he would blast wedding photos all over his FaceBook page and it would be in his status and in fact I probably would have somehow heard it even though there's literally no one we have mutual contact with anymore.

I might have to message him about this Guillermo del Toro thing. I don't think that would offend his sensibilities, lol. It's been a long time, but we never technically ended on bad terms. I just was honest and said hey, I don't think I can be friends with you right now.

Mostly Good

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:07 am
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Today was mostly good. Slept in late, went to work, and work was pretty good because I've been using listening/communicating techniques to have better conversations with customers.

Typically, I'm very introverted and I'd much sooner sit in my room all day reading, writing, sketching than interacting with people. I'm trying to force myself to expand, but then, I've tried for years. I want to make connections with people, and I'm not good at it. And you really see that when I am dealing with customers because unless there is a mutual interest to engage in (e.g. A customer wearing a "Hey Arnold!" shirt) there's no communication, or it's really one-way (with me being the speaker. In this case, they've triggered an obsessive-interest topic, in which I start talking like an encyclopedia.)

It's not 100%. I'm trying to practice skills I'm reading about, but there are still some customers I really struggle to engage with, or I struggle because I'm stuck in my thoughts and can't seem to get out (being present is an issue I have a hard time with.)

But today a customer came through using EBT and they were wearing a lot of fancy clothes and accessories. I didn't notice, because I don't tend to care about that stuff.

The customer after them comes up and complains about people on food stamps spending money on designer clothes.

So, instead of arguing or refuting their point:

"I get that. It seems insensible to spend extra money on fancy things. I can see more than one side to it, though, because I've read studies that show prospective employers favor employees that are dressed in higher-end clothes, and if they notice they are driving nicer cars."

And this customer was like, "Hmm, you know, you're right!" Turned out she was a recruiter so she actually knew of and employed this type of knowledge in her line of work. And we started having this really fascinating conversation about her work. It was completely fascinating!

WOW.

Maybe someday I can do that with MOST of my customers!

I mean, I would rather work as a nurse or a counselor or social worker. Something where I'm helping people. But the same applies there. I want to learn how to connect with people better. I like watching people really into a topic. I like seeing people happy. It was nice to have triggered (positively) another person into a really engaging conversation in which they were an equal or even primary participant.

I don't know how much or how fast I can learn this stuff, but I can see it doing me good. It can also help me with being present. I really struggle with daydreaming or getting stuck in my thoughts. It's not that I don't care about people. It's just like... No matter how I try, I'll get stuck in something.




I did try to busy-body into another co-worker's business, though. I realized I was going to do that and was going to try to back out, but then she was off the clock.

See, this employee is an ~18 year old who is planning on leaving this store to work at a clothes retailer, because she wants to make more money. So I told her I wouldn't do that and she asked if I really hated working clothes store retailers.

So I explained that the reason I was saying that was because:

1. Clothes retailers, bookstores, department stores, etc. tend to give hours much more seasonally. If you're getting paid 11/hour but making 40-48 hours a week, you'll make more money than 13/hour but 4-40 hours a week pending on the time of year. You get much more regular hours in grocers, so you end up making more money.

2. Union grocery stores promote from within, fast, and you learn more specialized tasks much faster, so you're likely to get more experience than just 'cashier' which will look better on a resume.

Then I said I wasn't saying specifically to stay at the grocery store, just that, if I had done things over from high school, I would have avoided retail altogether in favor of trying to develop vocational skills through ROP and other resources, and if I ended up in retail, I'd have preferred a grocery store.

Turns out, she's already done ROP courses, but she can't find a job relating to her ROP course. But her main reason is because it pays more hourly and it's the job all her friends work at.

I was going to tell her she should do it if she really thinks it will make her happy, but she also might want to look into other vocational studies where she'd be making more than that job and/or getting similarly relevant work experience.

But it got busy, so she went away.

I sort of hope she thinks about the vocational aspect though. I know it's tempting to work for a higher hourly wage or to work with friends. But long-term it means so much more to have meaningful, relevant work experience. I feel like retail - especially non-grocer retail - really put me into a dead-end in life for a very long time where prospective employers didn't see marketable job skills, relevant work experience, and saw that 'part-time' part of my work history and did not want to employ me at full-time. In fact, a lot of them seemed to think I must want seasonal work. And it's hard to explain that in such a condensed timeframe.




A co-worker tried to come through my line and buy alcohol for another (underage) co-worker. (They were not being stealthy. They were literally shopping together right until check-out.)

To which I said, "I can't sell you alcohol because I know you're going to drink with someone underage."

So they went to go buy alcohol from another store.

It's funny because the underage coworker talks about their work ethic and professionalism, but if that were so, why would they risk two other co-workers' jobs for alcohol? Not to mention a possible $100,000 fine and up to six months' jail time.

Like I say to anyone else I don't sell alcohol to: "I don't know you well enough to do six months in the pokey for you."

Not my business, I guess. Unless it's me you're trying to get alcohol from. Then it's my business.




I was thinking about inviting Patrick out to hike again tomorrow - I could get up early enough to do so. But I'll try inviting him next week, because I believe I get out of work earlier and will have more time to sleep. But I want to try hiking with my camera equipment a bit so next time we go hiking I'm not slowing him down.

Next week my schedule officially changes at First Job. So there won't be any more conflicts with Full-Time job. But I'm struggling:

1. I have a lot of responsibilities at First Job. I'm trained in a cyclically very under-staffed department (and more specifically, I am sufficiently trained to manage it if the management cannot.) I'm not supposed to be scheduled there anymore, but I end up there a lot due to said understaffing. I'm also trained as a back-up bookkeeper, though I am currently not allowed to bookkeep except in extenuating circumstances because it's seen as a conflict of interest to book keep when you're on register.

Then on top of that, they've put me in charge of safety. Now, 'being in charge of safety' is supposed to mean that I hand the paperwork out to department heads and they do their work, I fill things out on the safety website, I print the minutes and lead the safety part of the meeting.

Instead it means "I do all the safety work." According to the assistant manager.

That's a futile job. One person can't make over a hundred people safe. They all have to be participating. It basically sounds like there is no safety culture, there's not gonna be a safety culture, so just do it.

I'm going to try to simplify it, organize it, make a system and try to bring in more people to participate. I made a system for transferring merchandise in Starbucks. I can make a system for people in the rest of the store that's simple and, hopefully, rewarding. Hopefully if I can do that, I can make the safety culture people are so resistant to and do less work. Ideally the program wouldn't exist anymore because everyone would be watching everyone else's backs.

2. I love the work at Full-Time job (I'm hoping to develop skills so maybe someday I can be involved more on the other side of things or feel more competent/confident during day work.) However, the rules are changing up from when I was hired.

This may be good. Maybe it will mean more work that is geared toward our professional development. I don't know yet because we don't have the new task list. The work we've been given to date is mostly custodial, but that it's less than half the picture if I understand correctly.

So it may be really good. I'm trying to remain positive and assume it won't all be custodial. I don't have a problem doing custodial work, if I feel the work will also lead to professional development. I told them I think we could probably clean the common/public areas each night and then focus on 2-4 additional rooms each night.

If it's all custodial, then that will be really great for a student just making their way, but probably not so much for me who has been hoping to get units, volunteer work, supervised and clinical hours.

But until I know, I'm just jumping to conclusions and guessing. It's really hard for me not to do that. Also, I feel like a lot of my ideas get shut down really quickly. Granted, not by supervisors, but by immediate co-workers I rub elbows with.

For instance, I threw out a suggestion that maybe we get more supplies so that the work can be divided among 3-4 staff in the morning instead of just being the burden of one staff, and someone told me if I suggested it, I would be in trouble for over-stepping.

I suggested making a checklist we sign off on tasks, so that 1. We knew more explicitly what was supposed to be done and 2. We'd know if it was done already and 3. Who had done it. I was told that was a bad idea and people would hate it.

I was also working (in conjunction to being told to do custodial work) a room check-off list. In the form a person would write the room that was being detail-cleaned, and check off things inspected. (Windows. Locks. Doors. Outlets. Etc.)

No one explicitly shot that down. But no one said anything positive about it. It was like I'd never suggested it at all. Which might be good, because it might mean I'm seriously overestimating how much of the work they want to give us is custodial versus career-centered. Maybe they were like, "What? This is all housework. Doesn't she know about all this administrative stuff she's supposed to be doing?"

Though I suppose it might also mean that they saw my suggestion of cleaning the common areas and then additionally cleaning 2-4 rooms a night and thought that wasn't enough. But until I hear a response and see an updated list, I'm just guessing with no real idea of what is coming my way. Which is pointless.

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Jul. 15th, 2017 10:09 pm
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oooof.

well, at least my [community profile] pod_together—the one I didn't drop—has finally come together all the way? GOOD THING TOO as today is fic deadline :P
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Chapter 30: Arnbjörg
by Lyn Thorne-Alder


Saturday, December 2, 2000

Arnbjörg stumbled out of Jaya’s room sleepily Saturday morning to find the whole crew-plus sitting around the TV.  She checked herself compulsively: yes, she was wearing pajamas, yes, they covered everything, yes her hair was tolerable.

“Late night?” Sheba asked.  “Jaya said you were out at the dance forever.”

Arnbjörg looked away.  “Jaya wasn’t having fun.”  She noticed Jaya wasn’t saying anything.  “But I was having a good time with the cy’Luca boys.”

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Jul. 15th, 2017 12:52 pm
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Brain

Do you want to explain

Why you are handing me

ANOTHER BIG IDEA

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