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Happy Birthday, Big Brother! November 10, 2019

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Halloween was busy and exhausting last weekend, so I thought I’d save my post for today. To offer birthday wishes to my older brother. I blame the snow this week on you. 😉

Tomorrow is also Veterans Day. Thank you to all who served!

It’s a rare meal prep weekend for me. Beef stew yesterday, all packaged up for lunches this week. Sunday roast for today’s lunch and weeknight dinners. And soon the baking of bacon for breakfasts.

Roast beef, carrots, potatoes, garlic, and onion.

My grant funds arrived on Friday, so in a couple weeks, I’ll get to really dig into that project. In the meantime, we are reorganizing the team that creates student handouts/PDFs, so much instructional design and accessibility work. Not to mention learning Publisher.

Recently listened to The Player of Games by Iain Banks and now I’m trying Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Two new authors in SciFi for me. So far, I like Banks better.

October Nights October 17, 2019

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Well into Fall now, the trees have all turned and the temps have dropped. Soup and chilli is the order of the day.

I had one conference this week on digital collections in Ohio, and tomorrow is Academic Library Association of Ohio’s yearly conference. Lots of networking and learning this week. Next week begins several weeks of intensively scheduled instruction sessions. Busy times at the college.

I’m doing a lot more drawing and writing lately, as well. Stories for the pictures and pictures for the stories. Nothing complete, just bits of inspiration to get me started. Enjoying it thoroughly. Also learned to use air airbrush to prime miniatures this week. Now to find time to paint them.

In books, I’m still working on Embrace Your Weird (Felicia Day) took a break from Grave Peril (Jim Butcher) because Over the Top (Jonathan Van Ness) came in from the library. I’m behind in my comics because life and creating. 🙂

Autumn Changes October 10, 2019

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The weather has turned, though I’m not counting on hot days being gone, yet. Apples and pumpkins fill beverages, pies, and our weekends.

The fall semester is busy with lots of classes coming in for instruction. I’m teaching about one class a week. I haven’t seen the grant paperwork, yet, but I assume that’s on its way soon. Very much looking forward to getting that going. I have two conference next week: ODNFest and ALAO, so that will keep me busy.

October is a busy social month with cookouts, parties, and Halloween fun to be had every weekend. Still a few more weeks of the RenFaire, as well. Enjoying getting out of the house to hang with friends before it gets really cold.

Slow, but steady progress fleshing out ideas for my writing and drawing. I am working my way through Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day. It’s all about just putting stuff on paper, even if it’s bad, to unblock your creativity and break down the walls adulthood put up around it. Full of exercises and prompts, so I have to listen with pen in hand. Also on another go round with Dresden, between library borrows.

Photos Up! October 4, 2019

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http://www.catescreativedesign.com/worldtravel/

For anyone who hasn’t seen, yet. Here are about 1100 photos from my Dublin and UK Trip. I had an awesome time, and am excited to go back again. Hopefully, before I have to renew my passport.

Quiet week at work, but we’ll be getting our new supervisor in a couple weeks. Got my flu shot this week. Eager for my big project to start next month. Lots of teaching and conferences this month.

I’m enjoying drafting comic layouts in preparation for making visual stories. Need to finish up the comic crafting lessons and grab a few of the drawing lessons soon. The “finished” pages might go up over at CatesCreativeDesign eventually.

Currently listening to Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame. Next is finishing Punch Escrow, then Felicia Day’s new book Embrace Your Weird. Also need to catch up on DIE and A Darkened Wish comics which just came out this week.

Autumn Falls September 26, 2019

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We’re into Autumn now, cooler nights and turning trees. The days are still warm, but you can feel the change.

Columbus State does a Day of Service each year, and this time, I got to help work on a house for Habitat for Humanity. Hard hat, hammer, and all.

According to our Newsletter, over 800 volunteers went to 83 sites in Columbus. A good day for all.

More teaching as the same really ramps up, with two classes tomorrow. One for teachers and on for students. Looking forward to a couple conferences in October. And…

I got the Grant for Archival things!!! Still some paperwork to do, but other than that… !!! All the excitement!

At home, working on creative things. Learning about drawing and comics. Getting ready for a combo Inktober and NaNoWriMo. Hoping to make a graphic novel of sorts over the next few months, or at least a few introductory issues. I have some characters to explore.

Been trying to finish up the photos, but it’s a lot. Maybe this weekend.

In books… Listened to Cursed by Benedict Jacka, and Storm Front by Jim Butcher, Karamo by Karamo Brown, Naturally Tan by Tan France. Now I’m on The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein because it’s narrated by Matthew Mercer.

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!

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: