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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.

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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.

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.

 

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

More Ohio Renaissance Festival September 20, 2018

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It was pirate weekend…

And we went to the Hawking Show…

At work, we had a Service Day

Listened to Dear Martin by Nic Stone and now Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. Next up Kitchen Confidential.

ORen September 9, 2018

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It was a very rainy week, the weekend even more so. I finished the guide I was working on for The Power of Words. Working with a professor, I also created a couple new course guides for Social and Human Services. Coming up this week, is the next OhioDIG Meeting and the rescheduled Week of Welcome events. Will they get rained out again, we shall see.

On the fun side of thing, both D&D campaigns this week. Fun was had, near-death experiences, and things going epically wrong. I swear, it wasn’t All my fault. 😉

I also went to the Ohio Renaissance Festival today, in the chilly rain. But I dressed for it and the shows were fun as always. Finally got to see the Dante’s Inferno mud show! Found a tiny pewter moth for my collection. Had a beef stew bread bowl and saw a few friends. 10k+ steps to boot.

On the health front, joints are holding stable, maybe a slight up turn. Not great, but not terrible test results on other things. And a new (to me) stationary bike now in my living room.

I need to take a break from Critical Role, but am loving it so much! I have three books that’ll expire if I don’t listen to them soon, though.

Labor Day September 3, 2018

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Had a nice weekend in Chicago with friends. We went Pokemoning around Elgin, and did a few raids. We went to a local pizza place for lunch and a ridiculous football game. Had fun gaming and porch swinging/rocking in the storms. Today was a Battletech scrum.

First week of Fall semester went smoothly. Though the heat and impending storms postponed Week of Welcome fairs. I’m putting together a guide to a new art/history exhibit for mid-month. I’ll post it when it’s public.

Still chugging my way through the Critical Role season two podcast. I’m at episode 14 and this week was 33, so, soon I’ll catch up. Unfortunately, they play at 7pm California time. But I’ve also got Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne in the queue.

Happy Birthday, Nieces! August 19, 2018

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My niece’s had their birthdays this week, I hope they had a great time!

A quiet week at work. I spent a lot of time working on my JavaScript skills. We said goodbye to a coworker who is heading out on a new adventure. And I learned more about using my Strengths in life.

Spent a lot of time with friends this weekend. Went to a grand opening of a second location of a local gaming store, too. This one is quite near me. I even bought my first unpainted mini for a new D&D campaign I joined earlier this month. (And ordered a second.) I then spent a heck of a lot of time watching painting videos by my friend Vince. Painting my Cleric list.

On a similar note, instead of books, I switched over to a podcast this week. Critical Role podcast on Geek and Sundry.

Semester Break August 13, 2018

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Semester Break starts today at Columbus State. I’ve had a busy couple weeks playing with the Archive sites. And going to a ContentDM User Group meeting where I learned a lot of cool new things. Including how to make a Timeline.

This past weekend, I went Pokemoning again for an Evee Community Day with friends.

Then we had dinner on swings at a cantina.

In books, I am now on Mira’s Last Dance, having finished Penric’s Demon and Penric’s Mission.

See you later this week for more summer birthday wishes!