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Waiting July 9, 2020

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I had time to post last night, but I was waiting to see a property today. It was nice, and while I’m still waiting on more information, I’ll probably bid. But I’m not done looking, or waiting.

We had our monthly all staff “meeting” this week. We’re still waiting on a lot of information and plans. Not to mention the recent surge in the county. But I’m pretty stable where I’m at for the year.

I’m enjoying working on writing an RPG Adventure. I have ideas to continue it into several. I started small to get used to the idea and the mechanics of it all. But I like it.

Critical Role is back online and my personal campaign is in the biggest battle yet. So, I’m definitely getting my fill of Role-playing once again. I’m also keeping up my Wii exercise, though my weigh-in doesn’t show it yet. Body still adjusting I guess.

Stay home if you can. Wear a mask if you can’t. Black Lives Matter, today and always.

Work From Home March 19, 2020

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My library is now physically closed and we are working to setup virtual support for 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!

Happy New Year! January 3, 2020

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I hope everyone is having a great start in 2020!

I celebrated the turn of the year with boardgames, smoked meat, a cozy fireplace, and friends. It was a nice relaxing couple of days after five days of high intensity DnD with another group of friends. Gaming in the new year was a great way to spend my winter break from work.

Back at it now, with the students not returning for another week yet. Work is always quiet over break, but it gives us time to clean up and rework our resources. Lesson learned from my archives project so far: order twice as many photo and slide sleeves as you Think you need.

I received and purchased lots of creative supplies for Christmas, so I have a lot of creating ahead of me. Other goals I’ve set for myself include supporting other creators, letting nonsense pass me by instead of arguing where it doesn’t matter, to save my energy for where it does, and finding fun physical activities to keep me moving more.

We’re heading into convention season, thank you, Mom, for the assist. I got my car fixed over the holidays from a run-in with a mailbox. My health seems to be on an upswing, and therapy is going well.

I am still working my way through Kushiel’s Chosen, and I’m not sure what will be next. Cryptonomicon came in from the library, but I might just pick something lighter.

Turkey Day is Coming November 21, 2019

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Looking forward to next week, full of turkey dinners. Found family, gaming family, and friends. Then a weekend of tabletop gaming. I really enjoy having a job that gives time off for holidays.

This month at work has been a lot of getting ready. Prep for a colleague leaving and reallocating her responsibilities. Prep for the archival work starting next month. Gathering accessibility resources for upcoming web and document work. Looking forward to a productive 2020.

At home, I still working on drawing and writing several new stories. If I can get in gear to draw my gaming characters, I might post those next month. When I get more minis painted, I will post those as well.

In listening, I’m still working on Snow Crash, and The Starless Sea is next. I need to catch up on my comics, too, but my focus has been on creating for these months.

Critical What? March 20, 2019

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For my parents, brother, aunt, and anyone else who might be curious about what I am talking about when I mention Critical Role. This article about Critical Role and the church is Really, Really good.

https://christandpopculture.com/critical-role-the-role-of-stories-and-the-church/

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.