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Albums Up September 13, 2019

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Hi!

Short post today to say five of 8 albums from my trip are up. I have one more Edinburgh album (the biggest album) and two London albums to go. Possibly a few random photos, as well.

Take a look: http://www.catescreativedesign.com/worldtravel/

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August was a Blast August 30, 2019

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My presentation went well. GenCon was packed with fun, games, art, and people. The live show was amazing. My games were fun, we even made friends with the monster in the Cthulhu game.

WorldCon was also a great time. I met all the authors I planned to and a few more. I got books signed, played games, and made new friends. I met The Library Bards and got a picture with them and a signed one of them. I went to panels and concerts and even danced one night away.

Dublin, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, London, and Bristol made for a very busy sightseeing trip. I saw lots of castles, cathedrals, cemeteries/crypts, buildings, and monuments of all shapes and sizes. Photos will be forthcoming when they are edited and organized.

Back to work this first week of the semester has been a rough transition, but we survived. I caught up on email, and trade mags, and organized the next run of our Research Guide awareness campaign. Next week it’s right back into the swing of welcome fairs and teaching information literacy.

Over vacation I read a Lot of Comics. From Jessica Jones to Ms Marvel to DIE to Locke and Key to Killmonger to Mister Miracle and probably a few more I am forgetting. I finished listening to Fated by Benedict Jacka and will be starting Cursed soon.

Looking forward to football and Ohio Renaissance festival starting this weekend!

Ready to Go August 13, 2019

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I had a great time at GenCon. My presentation at OPAL was a success. My brain is full thrust into my next adventure.

My apologies for the radio silence, but it likely won’t get better until September. I’ll try to post a photo or two here as I go, but the majority won’t be up until I get back.

In the meantime, I’ve colored in a few of the sketches I did earlier this year. Enjoy!

It’s almost WorldCon!

August Already August 1, 2019

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Tomorrow is my first professional presentation at a conference. All the nerves, but it will be fine. I have been getting a lot of practice here at school, so it won’t be complete stage fright, just a bit jangled. I am prepared and have all the info I need, and all will be well. I put a lot of work into this project, someone ought to hear about it.

Then my first GenCon, first live CR show, followed shortly by my second WorldCon, first time in Scotland and a best friend’s wedding. It’s a great month ahead of me. All the excitement! I even put pockets in my skirt!

I had a great time with friends this past weekend and a nice trip up to see family. Duvet cover for my birthday, I have reached adulting status. (Thank you, Pete and Sarah.)

I finished Ender’s Shadow, Wishes and Wellingtons, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Vox Machina Origins II issue 1. Now, I have picked up a new author with Fated by Benedict Jacka. It’s a modern British wizard story in the vein of Dresden, he even references him a bit at the beginning. I also picked up issue 2 of A Darkened Wish. It’s so Pretty!

#lifeGoals

Heat Wave July 20, 2019

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Happy Birthday, Erika!!!

It’s been a pretty rough week outside, but nothing unusual for July. Makes me not want to go out and do things though. On this, the first community day for a new Harry Potter game. Might still do…

Work has been busy. Boss’s last day. Code4Lib Midwest chapter conference for two days. Meetings and measurements in the Archive. Writing up my presentation for OPAL. All the things with an August 1st deadline. Having a consultation this week with a conservator, then may have to completely rewrite my grant proposal. Still have to create the PowerPoint for my presentation. Weeee, summer!

At home, my skirt is nearly done. Just the hem (which I should have done before attaching the last row, but didn’t), and the waist band, and then sewing the final seem to bring it all together. Been finishing up my coloring page from Girls’ Night, too. All the pretty colorful things.

All the excitement for August. It’s going to be a whirlwind. One conference, Two international conventions, an arts festival, and a wedding!

In books, I finished Ender’s Game Alive, and now I’m listening to Ender’s Shadow. I picked up the first issue of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins II (both digitally and physical) and on my birthday, A Darkened Wish issue two comes out! I’m hoping to get both signed next month.

Have a great summer!

Happy 4th of July! July 4, 2019

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I have a lot of political thoughts in my head today, so I am going to keep this post short.

Life is good here in Ohio. Looking forward to seeing family at the end of the month.

Happy Birthday to Dad and Colby next week!

So much work to do before August, but enjoying my day off and heading to a picnic soon.

Projects June 29, 2019

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Spent my morning helping a dear friend move to a new house. Then finally finished fixing my dryer. Yesterday, I laid out my rows for my skirt project, and tonight, I’ll be setting up my new sewing machine to put it all together. First, though, all the laundry ever.

I still have a lot of projects in the works: framing art prints, painting minis and a dice tower, and writing/blogging projects, and drawing projects. All of which is making me wish I had a proper space to do them.

Case in point, laying out skirt rows on an afghan and yoga mat on my living room floor:

Yes, the skirt will be a ridiculous riot of colors and patterns.

Work is going well. I worked a lot on my paper this week, and some file organization. And I led a class through career search/exploration websites. I’m giving another class a library tour this coming week. I’ve got one conference this month and one next month. A busy, busy summer.

Looking forward to my eye appointment and getting a proper prescription soon. And August, forever looking forward to August. So excited for all the travel and things!

In books, I finished Creativity, Inc. and Vinas Solamnus, and listened to Audible Original – You Do You: Proud to be Fabulous, and now I’m on to Ender’s Game Alive, a radio play version of the book. It’s really well done. In media, I finally got to see Into the Spiderverse thanks to Netflix. I really liked it, but the warnings are very true, lots of flashy ‘lights,’ so beware. I’ve also been playing Wizard’s Unite, the new Harry Potter AR game, and it’s fun, though time consuming if you let it be.

Edit: Set up a bigger table:

Happy All the Things! June 16, 2019

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Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and all the fatherly figures!

Happy Anniversary to my Parents!

Happy Birthday to Kalyn!

Happy Pride weekend to Columbus!

It’s been busy weekend here, but all full of love.

I was one of 13,000 marchers for equality yesterday in the Columbus Pride Parade, and one of half a million attendees to it and the Pride Festival downtown. It was a wonderful thing to be a part of, and so nice to see an old college classmate as our Grand Marshall!

I also dropped by Origins Game Fair for a break from all the walking and to say hi to some friends. Some day I’ll get a badge and actually attend.

At work, summer is moving along, and we’ll have all new printers soon. Finishing up some projects and digging into new ones. Summer is quiet on our campus, with a lot of looking towards the influx of new students in the autumn.

At home, my crafting table is piling up, but my first project this coming week will be replacing the too temperature bits on my dryer. Parts ordered and waiting.

I’m still working my way through Creativity, Inc. and really enjoying the discussion about managing creative enterprises. Need to get back and finish Vinas Solamnus, and then the second Dragonlance narrated by Liam O’Brien. I’ve got a few Audible Originals, too.

Already June??? June 9, 2019

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Sorry family and loyal readers. I really thought I had posted more recently.

Camping was great. Not too much rain, just enough to keep us cool. The food was delicious, the evening music delightful, and the stars were Beautiful!

Last weekend I did some clothing shopping for my UK Trip. I got some convertible pants, a floppy hat, and some hiking shoes. (Second pair of pants with the rebates from the purchase this weekend).

I also stopped by Jo-Ann for cloth to make into a patchwork twirl skirt. This week I got a few more things for that project, including a small sewing machine. I found some instructions and started cutting squares, as well.

Also had a great time with friends this weekend at a birthday party. Many boardgames were played, but some of us gathered around the TV to watch Secrets of the Zoo about the Columbus Zoo. So many cute animals!

Work is going well. Lots of projects in the works for summer. Several completed this week, including writing my first grant proposal.

In books, I finished listening to Kill the Farmboy (very odd, but entertaining) and started Creativity, Inc. from the library.

Ding, Tags are Done! May 19, 2019

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Busy May is Busy.

Had a great time at MarCon last weekend. Partied with friends, went to some filk, and got to meet David Gerrold. Bought one of his new books and got his signature, too.

This weekend was some more time with friends and the pets… and a Lot of quality time with a Graphotype:

Typing up 172 dogtags for the camping event this coming weekend.

Spring break at work, trying to pull together all my projects and get forward momentum into the summer semester.

All love and prayers to Dad for healing and less pain.

Also, don’t forget Sunscreen, water, and shade this summer, too many friends already ending up badly burned and/or in the hospital.