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Rainy Days March 28, 2020

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Work has been even busier this week, and the weather terrible. But we did have one shining day.

Not a lot to say what with staying at home by myself these days. Having Zoom and WebEx dinners with friends has been fun though. We’re even playing DnD through Hangouts. And I had therapy through a HIPAA approved version of Zoom.

I made bread, and then got much better bread in a drive-by drop off of flour for another friend.

My attempt at soda bread in the bread machine.
Properly baked wheat sandwich bread by Beth.

I may have also picked up WoW Classic again to entertain myself, even though I still have my regular work week. Just paid a single month, though.

I got refunded for the big convention I was planning on attending this weekend, so I may have also bought some fancy dice on sale and backed Kickstarters for two others.

Dark Blue Aluminum d20
Purple Striped Agate D20
Clear quartz d8
Malachite d10s
Snowflake obsidian d10
Tigerseye d12
Silver Ref Imperial Jasper Trustone d4
Bloodstone or Indian Agate d6

I’ve been consuming visual media instead of reading like I said I would. This is all very exhausting, I’m working harder from home than I was in the office trying to move the library to a completely virtual space.

Be safe out there friends and family! Love to you all.

Work From Home March 19, 2020

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My library is now physically closed and we are working to setup virtual supportfor our students when they return to online classes next week. This has meant learning new technology, and various tickets into our IT department for the things I could not troubleshoot myself. It’s been a hectic week, and chat hasn’t even been approved yet.

On the home (office) front, I’ve bought a seat cushion/lumbar support set. It arrived very quickly, and is certainly a step up from two pillows, and cheaper than a new chair.

We also ran our D&D game on Google Hangouts this week. A bit of lag here and there, but an overall success.

A lot of people are putting out free media online. From performances, to virtual conventions, to cooking lessons and exercise routines. My favorite came for Gail Simone over the weekend.

Starting on Friday, @GailSimone ran a comics writing bootcamp, she called #ComicsSchool. In six days, she helped over a thousand creatives, including myself, write a script for a 5-8 page comic. A Discord server was created by one of the attendees, as a place for us all to gather, socialize and give each other feedback and support. That community will keep going and growing. It even got a mention in the New York Times.

In book news, I’m listening to The Library of the Unwritten, but with self-quarantining, I have a lot less car time. I do, however, have all my comics to catch up on, and Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount showed up on Tuesday.

Be safe everyone!

New World March 11, 2020

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Covid-19 is all over the world, the news, the internet. What does it mean for me? Right as of this moment, it means our students are getting a two week spring break instead of just one. It means that, when classes do start back up on the 23rd, they will be mostly, if not entirely, online. It also means, we at the library are looking at all the ways we support distance learning and are kicking it up a notch. It’s a complicated time for our community college.

Personally, I’m just going about my normal introverted business. Finally picked up my comics from the store, and did my house cleaning on the weekend. Didn’t cook anything huge, just some banana-almond butter breakfast bars. I painted the miniature for my weekly DnD game and finished Yasha. I’m trying some things out and still need to get a miniscule brush for facial details. But I think she came out alright.

Miniature blonde woman in a blue dress.

I finished listening to Harry Potter, book one. Now, I’m nearly done with a dramatization of Carmilla by La Fanu. Next up is The Library of the Unwritten by Hackwith. Next week The Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount comes out, so I’ll have a lot of physical reading to dive into!

Everyone be safe and take care of yourselves!

March In March 5, 2020

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Pot of Beef Noodle Soup

Started out my March with a big pot of Homemade Beef Noodle Soup. It is delicious. 🙂

Work has been busy this week. The Composition Reading Bank folk gave me their Table of Contents to add and has been sending me tiny edits all week. Getting ready for Spring Break next week. Which, for me, means bothering everyone to work on their research guides. And getting the new folk to take on research guides. I did get to publish an OER textbook for the English department. A collection of short stories, called Off The Shelf.

I was ill over the weekend with sinus issues, so my creative forays got a bit stalled. Planning to pick back up on a few things this weekend. Ideas have been percolating.

I finally decided to listen to the first Harry Potter book recently, and it came through on my library holds. Still not fond of the narrator, but he’s not as annoying as I remember from my first attempt. I was going through all the trades (Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal) at work today, so my To Read list is growing again.

A quiet weekend ahead, but soon I start my Convention Season in earnest.

Painting February 21, 2020

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Not much to share this week, but I promised photos of the first set of minis I painted. So, as I begin set two, here are Vox Machina.

Trinket, Keyleth, Vax, Pike, Vex, Scanlan, Percy & Grog
And their backsides, because I’m most proud of Keyleth’s cloak.

Nearly Christmas December 19, 2019

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Baking Cookies
Making Chex Mix
Cooking Chili
Giving Presents
Getting Presents

Happy Thanksgiving! November 29, 2019

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Hope everyone had a great day with family and friends!

I certainly did. Forgot to get a picture of several of my Thanksgiving dinners, but did remember on Tuesday.

Gamers Thanksgiving:

Have a wonderful holiday season!

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.

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.