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Spring or Winter February 10, 2019

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Weather shifting all over the place this week has had me feeling rather rough. Work has gone quietly, with a new coworker and one more card sort done. Tried to pick up the pace on exercise, but stomach disagreed, so have been taking it a bit easy.

Happy (belated) Birthday, nephew!

Sorry for the late and short update, hopefully more to report next week.

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Extreme Weather Days January 31, 2019

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Day two of no work/school because of the Polar Vortex. I’ve taken it easy, watching Critical Role and cleaning up my house. I even did the Pub Draw working on facial features.

At work this week, I did manage to get one card sort interview completed. I also got started on a new research guide and started preparing for a class for next week.

In listening, I ran out of time on Children of Blood and Bone, so I had to re-reserve it. Now, I am listening to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It is super weird. I’m up to CR episode 86, so only 20 more to go. Finished D.I.E. 2 and subscribed to the series.

Pirates at DeCon January 16, 2019

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The semester has started and the students and winter have returned in full force. Icy mornings, and full computer banks fill my days.

This coming weekend is also DeCon, in a new hotel. And we will be full of Pirates. We have a pirate family coming, and our very own pirate artist as Guest of Honor, along with our usual shenanigans.

On a creative note, I have restarted my gaming blog, and added my NaNo project, planning to put a lot of my new writing online. This time as a separate account at WordPress: Ravonlocke.

Watching: I am up to Episode 75 of Critical Role, campaign one. Listening: I finished Mask of Shadows and started Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Reading: I have moved on to Locke and Key v. 2, and read DIE Issue 1, a D&D + Jumanji mashup. Looking forward to A Darkened Wish. I did read the first volume of Saga over the holidays, and bought a bunch of comics on sale. And finally figured out that Chronicles of Atlantis is an Aquaman comic. (This is how little I knew before The Wednesday Club.) There is just So Much.

Holidays Are Done January 4, 2019

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I had a great holiday week off from work, and it was super busy and fun.

I visited my brother, sister-in-law and family. Five kids is a lot, but we played a few games together, and had a nice time. The kids’re all playing Fortnite these days, when not on YouTube or running around.

I finally got to visit my parents’ house as well. (Pictures in previous post.) We mostly relaxed and watched TV while Dad colored. Mom made tasty food and treats for me. Bailey is a silly dog, but she’s a good girl.

I also got to visit with Erika, Alyssa, and Kate ( and Kate’s Mom). That was nice, just to hang out and chat like we used to. Only now it’s about kids and family.

Over the weekend prior to the New Year, I spent around 50 hours playing D&D with a small group, and we had a blast. We started and ended in a homebrew world, and powered through Curse of Strahd in the middle. The DM went above and beyond, including organizing an in-character candlelit dinner with Strahd.

Formally set table with rose centerpiece and candelabrum.

Pre-Dinner Shot

I am organizing my writing into one place again. I also started listening to a new book after finishing City of Brass. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller, a young genderfluid thief strives to become one of the Queen’s assassins.

U.P. Visit in Photos January 2, 2019

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Christmas is Coming December 15, 2018

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Graduation at CSCC was yesterday. I watched via the live stream, and it was nice to see nearly 1400 students receive their diplomas.  Students have finished their exams and we’re now heading into semester break. One week of work, and then a week off for the holidays.

Heading to a Festivus party this evening with friends. I’ve finally gotten all my Christmas presents taken care of, and my first convention ticket for 2019 taken care of for my own present. Looking forward to seeing my family this holiday season.

Started our new Mage School campaign on Tuesday, and finalizing my character for the holiday marathon. Still working on City of Brass, about 2/3 of the way through. I still have long waitlists on all my other library books.

 

December Thoughts December 8, 2018

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Well, it’s definitely winter down here in Ohio. Temperatures have plummeted, and frost and snow keep covering the cars and ground. Nothing serious, yet, but just enough to remind us of the season.

At work, I’ve finished the Guided Interviews of my Usability Study, and next week I try to tempt random volunteers for a card sort exercise. It’ll be finals week, so I don’t know if I’ll get any, but it’s worth a try. Then we have a month-long break between semesters, including an entire week+ off between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. That will be awesome, first time ever, for me. Have already started planning family visits and gaming marathons.

Along the gaming lines, I’ve had a spectacular few weeks, having successfully completed our Marathon and finished off two campaigns. All by defeating super-powerful entities that people/cultists/dragons were trying to bring in/rise up/free to take over the world. Huzzah!

On the reading front, I’m still making my way through City of Brass, but I have quite a few thing waiting in the wings, thanks to reading Publisher’s Weekly at work. I’m still trying to make my way through Campaign 1 of Critical Role, and have made it through Episode 47 so far.

On the writing front, I’ve started writing holiday letters to people, typing up my marathon notes as though being told by the character I played, and an ever-growing backstory for my next marathon character. I’ll have another character backstory to write on Tuesday, as well. I’m still journaling, and pondering the next few scenes for my NaNo piece, too.

Thanksgiving Reflections November 29, 2018

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I missed posting last week (sorry Mom) because I spent the Day with friends, and then the weekend creating a story in the Rifts multiverse with more friends. My character ended up being without language, which I didn’t expect, but I worked on a soundboard so she could still communicate. I am often too shy/embarrassed to put on a voice for a character, but I had been planning on it for this one. Turned out her voice was mostly birdsong, which was interesting and entertaining (I hope) for everyone.

NaNoWriMo is about to end, and while I didn’t “finish” or “win,” I did learn about myself this past month, and I have some ideas to move forward with. This includes scheduling writing time, but not beating myself up for missing it. Journaling more. And a card writing project for Advent. I’m also looking at venues for posting more of my writing online.

In other news, Dissolution papers have been filed, and accepted (only took two tries). My job is stable and steady, and I’ve managed 8 of 15 usability tests/interviews. Thanksgiving with friends three nights last week was wonderful. And I am so grateful for my friends and family who support my crazy life.

In reading news… I finished Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind. I’m now listening to City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. I’ve also been reading comics on Comixology thanks to The Wednesday Club on Geek and Sundry Twitch/Project Alpha. Classic Deadpool V. 1, Runaways V. 1, and Love is Love. Planning to try Saga and Fables next.

Election Day November 6, 2018

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Please, go Vote!

I’m planning on an early lunch to vote today. I did all my research yesterday, plus a few discussions with friends on the big Ohio issue. It helps to talk it out, even if you all don’t agree.

In life, I’ve started my NaNoWriMo, and am at around 6700 words so far. The characters are coming together, literally and figuratively. Soon, I must bring in the impetus to form a cohesive group for at least some of them. Despite fantasy tropes, all of them have living parents at the start of the story. Disappointed parents, in some cases, but living. Looking forward to seeing what happens.

At work, still slogging through the chore of finding student volunteers. The two I’ve had come in have provided very good feedback, however, so that’s a plus. The conference last week was interesting, very good keynote speakers.

I am listening to Death’s Mistress, another Terry Goodkind novel in the car, as I am taking a break from my Vox Machina obsession, so as to get my own writing done. I have a Rifts character to put together for Thanksgiving, who will be interesting. I’ve picked up a new book to help out, as I’m not terribly good at Rifts:

Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide by James D'Amato

Happy Halloween! October 31, 2018

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I hope everyone is having a nice October. The weather here has gone cold and rainy, though slightly better for Trick or Treating tonight. I spent last weekend volunteering for Halloween parties. Then went to closing day of the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Despite the weather, it was a very good time. I even attended the final Pub Sing, which was a first for me.

At work, I have begun the Usability Testing with a small handful of students, and am still trying to recruit more. This week I have two conferences, as well. Fall Ohio IR Day (Institutional Repository) and the 2018 ALAO (Academic Library Association of Ohio) annual conference.

Oh, I forgot to post about the MLK Library grand opening. It was really lovely, and I enjoyed listening to Martin Luther King III speak. The building is really well done, too. I am likely to spend some NaNoWriMo time there.

I actually listened to a book this week: Feed the Dragon by Sharon Washington. And read two volumes of Jessica Jones Alias comics and started The Wicked & The Divine volume 1.

Until next time. 🙂