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Apologies to all... - Micole Khemarrica
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Apologies to all...
...I have been going through one of my "offline" periods, where updating a journal (here, on paper, on my iPhone weight watching program), or even being online for chatting has been low on my priority and attention scales....

On the Sunday before Further Confusion, I took a step off a two-step ladder and injured my left knee.  Not a complete dislocation, thankfully, but it is still very painful and rather unstable, and so folks at the con saw me using crutches and wearing a brace.

The convention was a lot of fun, sitting next to Momma Mel White and helping her sell stuff and draw and chat with friends.  The injury prevented me from doing a lot of moving, so I didn't get out to visit as many folks as I would've liked, but overall it was a good time.

The Tuesday after the con was the first day of my new job.  I have returned to doing technical work, which has many advantages for me over being in the culinary field:

1) The pay is steady.  I was so underemployed in the previous 3 months as to be essentially unemployed -- catering is feast or famine.
2) As a telecommuter, I stay at home - especially useful in this current gas crunch as I don't need to deal with traffic or gas as much.
3) It is less hazardous, as I have fallen too many times now to feel secure being in an industrial kitchen under time constraints that may cause more accident.

This doesn't mean I've stopped cooking entirely, just that working in the culinary field is less than optimum for my situation.  With my continuing medical problems (not including the injury), I need income to handle the bills and I need to be in a situation where I can work without further injury risk.

Now, the one downside to the new job is that I'm essentially working on Texas time.  This isn't so bad, since most of my corporate-catering gigs required me to be on site at 6am -- including prep and commute would usually take up 90 minutes prior to that, instead of the 15 I have now.  And while I am technical support (with all that the job title implies), I don't deal directly with the customers 100% of the time and can be very personable those times when I do.

So, I'm adapting to a new schedule that requires me to go to sleep a lot earlier (when I was unemployed, my sleep was between 6-18 hours long and waking up before noon was a good day), working with computers, and getting a small but steady income.  Slow improvement is better than no improvement, and that includes getting back into having a creative schedule as well.

This does mean, though, that some things have been lost along the way.... I ran into Brian Reynolds at the con and was reminded that a friend of his tried to contact me through LJ some *years* ago, and while my ferret-brain thought I replied immediately to the interesting letter, apparently that motion never translated to actual activity.... I hope you still lurk, and perhaps send me another note so we can chat.

No, Nicolai, I haven't forgotten your commission... but it's been buried under 3 feet of stuff on what's supposed to be my art table.  With the new job came the requirement of having an actual office space to work in, so there's been a massive furniture arrangement in the smallest room of this house. I am only now removing cruft and clearing the area that's not my computer desk so I can once again draw and sew.

The Other Suns project is in one of those buried boxes, patiently waiting for this foster parent to get enough spare cash to clothe it.  I still want to do it properly, and that requires money I cannot spare at this time.  Perhaps in the future I can create some content for a website that would be worthy of a "Donate" button and generate the needed money and interest for that game once again.

I have 35 years of a world living in my head that I need to get out into the physical plane.  I have high hopes that stability will allow me the freedom to delve back into that creative space and pull something out for the outside world to enjoy -- or at least ponder at.  As with most ADHD people, I have to reconcile the warped sense of timespace that exists both inside and outside my head.  As I finally build structure to deal with the outside world, I'll be able to work on the inside as well.

Current Mood: blank waiting....
Current Music: "Alice" by Avril Lavigne

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niall_shapero From: niall_shapero Date: March 10th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Many things...

You said, "No, Nicolai, I haven't forgotten your commission... but it's been buried under 3 feet of stuff on what's supposed to be my art table." I wasn't bugging you about this; I was hoping that you'd get to it someday, and would let me know when something was done. I've tried other artists, to date, trying to get commissions done where a good deal more effort was expected - I had to put down deposits, which I then had to get back (after a LONG delay and a "I can't do this because of X" type response - long after the commission was accepted of course). So ... I figured that my commission for you would get done or it wouldn't, and it would be nice if it did, and wouldn't be a pain if it wasn't.
niall_shapero From: niall_shapero Date: March 10th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)

OTHER SUNS

You said, "The Other Suns project is in one of those buried boxes, patiently waiting for this foster parent to get enough spare cash to clothe it.". If you get to work on things, then you do. If it's buried, well, it's been buried on this end of things too.

I think at this point I'd want to go back and (a) expand certain sections of the rules, and (b) change a few others, based on more experience, a better understanding of the industry (hey, I was a fan back in the early 80s when the bulk of the design was done). I've been trying to do some of those mods (and to correct some of the typos and errors, and omissions) of late, but it's been difficult. My main computer crashed and I've effectively been without a printer since...(now with Tax Time coming up, I haven't got the time to set up the NEW machine ... and so it goes...)
niall_shapero From: niall_shapero Date: March 10th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)

About Other Suns (Part II)

What I REALLY miss, to be honest, is your old Partoitan campaign. I'd almost forgotten how much fun I had at the time, but going back over the writeups (VACATION FROM THE WORK A DAY WORLD) and some of my notes from the time brought it all back. I still run games, but I don't really have the opportunity to run in other people's campaigns, and I miss the fun of just PLAYING the game instead of having to do "all that work" to set up a run...
khromat From: khromat Date: March 13th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: About Other Suns (Part II)

I kinda miss playing *and* running an RPG... schedules here have been off in a way that I haven't found a 'group' to play with. *sigh*
niall_shapero From: niall_shapero Date: March 14th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: About Other Suns (Part II)

Well, there IS a group that's sort-of local to you, although I'm running it. The "Cyberfur" campaign, as we've been calling it, has been running for the last several years. It's set earlier than the old OS campaign, but it's in the same sort of "universe". If you want to join in, I could always send you a note - and I could send you some of the campaign notes to date, if you could give me your SNAIL-MAIL address again (Book 8 of the notes is something like 2800 pages long and the PDF file is over 10 MB... so e-mail isn't really an option)
niall_shapero From: niall_shapero Date: March 14th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: About Other Suns (Part II)

And if you were interested in running something, _I_ certainly could be "convinced" to join in the next time I was up in your area...(I do get up there several times a year when I can manage it...)
niall_shapero From: niall_shapero Date: March 10th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Other thoughts...

You said, "Perhaps in the future I can create some content for a website that would be worthy of a "Donate" button and generate the needed money and interest for that game once again."

Once, you suggested that VACATION might make a good comic. While I can write (or at least, I THINK I can), my artistic talents do NOT include drawing, or graphic novel layouts. Perhaps something along these lines might be a possibility?
khromat From: khromat Date: March 10th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Other thoughts...

Definitely a possibility!
niall_shapero From: niall_shapero Date: March 10th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Other thoughts...

I certainly like the sound of that...:-)
niall_shapero From: niall_shapero Date: March 10th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Further Confusion

I'm glad that you had at least a few rays of sunshine and enjoyed yourself at FC. Sorry to hear about your injury - and may you recover completely RSN (if you haven't already).
chefmongoose From: chefmongoose Date: March 10th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like the right sort of work for you to be in now; as for cooking.. I don't think I'd stop cooking if I had a non-culinary career spring up either. I like being in the kitchen far too much.

Steady work has a way of regularizing sleep. It's good like that.
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khromat From: khromat Date: March 10th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

... still cooking...

Oh, absolutely... the other day, after letting it age with a dry rub for 2 days, I made "roast beast" (slow cooked in ale for 6 hours) with "black & tan rice", salad and veggies.

Previous week I wanted to try something I spotted in a "Cooking Light" issue and invited friends over to share in the experiment - Morrocan Shepherd's Pie: cubed leg of lamb seasoned with cumin, cardamom and cinnamon; onions, red bell pepper & peas under a savory sweet-potato lid, with a simple Morrocan salad of cucumber, tomato and mint in a honey-lemon dressing.

One of my housemates saw the salad and thought "Pico!" so was really surprised at the radically different flavor profile.
tuftears From: tuftears Date: March 10th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: ... still cooking...

Yum. ^_^
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