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This post is to let everyone know that I have moved my LJ blog (including all posts and comments) over to a Wordpress blog that I control, at tag0.t1goold.net. There will be no further posts going up here.

I will, however, be maintaining my LJ account, so that I can still comment in others' blogs and post in the communities I am a part of.

I encourage you to continue to follow me at the new blog, and there will be new posts and new fic going up there shortly.

'Later, all!

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Posted: 21 Apr 13 08:16 • Comments
Today, I had something monumental - for me, at any rate - happen.

I passed my road test!

It's been 20 years since I first got my first learner's permit (called a three-sixty-five in Ontario at that time, for the number of days that you had to pass the road test), and I've finally done it.

It took a wonderful instructor, who has worked with people with Aspergers and autism before, to give me the knowledge, confidence and support necessary to do it; as far as I'm concerned, thanks go to Frank Cody. He really made a difference, explaining things so that I could understand them and working on my confidence. I was nervous and anxious today when I went for the test, but not nearly as nervous as I was the first three times I tried (and failed).

(Thanks also go to my colleagues at the Independent Living Resource Centre, who cheered me on and gave me good wishes before I left to take the test; and to Jeff, my best friend here in St. John's, who was willing to provide someone different from my parents in the front passenger seat while I practiced.)

So, I've finally done it. I'm understandably proud of myself. Now I just have to really get used to the St. John's streets! ;)

Later, all!

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Posted: 23 Oct 12 10:32 • Comments
Hi, everyone! Sorry for the long delay between my last entry and this one, but I've had not the best summer, and before that I was busy with the Stella Burry New Beginnings program.

Anyway, I have wonderful personal news. Starting Monday until March, I'm going to be working as an Independent Living Intern for the Independent Living Resource Centre here in St. John's. This is the place Mom and I have been looking for since last June; it's the centrepoint of information, resources and communication for people with disabilities.

The internship will involve making connections with the St. John's community, both the disability community and the wider community, doing presentations for organizations about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, adaptive technology, and all sorts of stuff. I'm really looking forward to it.

Hugs to everyone!
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Posted: 17 Aug 12 07:58 • Comments
I know, I know, I haven't been posting much about ScriptFrenzy. *sighs, shrugs* It's been a very busy month for me so far.

So, basic update - I've got 74 pages, split between two graphic novel scripts: The Rowan Leaf (working title) and White Horses. I've told you about The Rowan Leaf - the basics at least - and the logline of White Horses is: Kathleen is an ordinary girl. So why is she seeing mythological creatures that tell her to "Be ready"?

But anyway, the point of this post is to tell you a bit about the ScriptFrenzy Twitter chat that went on today. I was reluctant to get into Twitter back last fall, when I finally did, but things like the chat that happened tonight might just change my mind. It was really fun - fast and frenzied (not a surprise, that last! ;)) - but definitely fun. All kinds of opinions and discussions going on. If you want to read it, check the "#scriptfrenzy" hashtag from midnight GMT (daylight savings time) to 1am GMT on Thurs. April 19 - go back or forward however many hours are appropriate. Currently trying to get past 1 hour ago on the Twitter website so I can save myself a copy of the chat to refer to when I need suggestions/prods. (The 74 pages were all written by the 10th; the 11th and 12th were really busy, and then I had a migraine-intensity headache from the 13th to yesterday.)

Anyway, going to bed within the next half hour, because I've got to be up around 7:30 to get going to the New Beginnings by 8:40 (the bus comes at about 8:55, but better to get to the bus stop early than late!). Will fill anyone interested in the details of what's going on there later (possibly tomorrow).

'Later, all!
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Posted: 18 Apr 12 17:31 • Comments
Well, it's a bit late in the day for this, but I'd still like to draw attention to the fact that today is World Autism Awareness Day.

Asperger's Syndrome, which I have, is basically High Functioning Autism - the only difference in diagnosis involves an advanced vocabulary. I've been becoming more aware of the details of dealing with autism since I moved to Newfoundland in August, and as such, more aware of how it's affected my life in a number of subtle and not-so-subtle ways. For instance, I can't tolerate spice in my food, and get headaches from even the mildest sunlight: heightened senses - or, rather, problems with controlling sensory input - are one of the symptoms of autism.

The main website that deals with the World Autism Awareness Day is at Autism Speaks. You can also find some very basic information on the history of WAAD at Wikipedia.

And it turns out April is Autism Awareness Month. So maybe I'll find out more this month, as well as get some support. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please!

'Later, all!
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Posted: 2 Apr 12 17:55 • Comments
Wow, it's been a long time since I've updated this! *shakes head* Going to try not to let it go this far again. *sighs*

Anyway, as you can probably tell from the userpic and the title of this post, I've gone and joined Script Frenzy - for the first time, I might add. I discovered that you don't necessarily have to write a play/movie/television show for it; you can also write (a) graphic novel(s)! So, guess what I'm doing? *grins*

My working title for my graphic novel (of which I am 9-1/2 pages in, out of 100 necessary to win) is: The Rowan Leaf. My logline (which is the one paragraph or less summary) is as follows: Rowan is a medieval squire given immortality by the Fae. Now, in modern times, he must save them from an abductor who plans to drain their magic.

Here are the links!

My Script Frenzy page

My page count widget: Illustration

And, if you happen to feel like making a sponsorship donation for me to Script Frenzy, check out my Script Frenzy Fundraising page.

Got to go for dinner now!

Later, all!

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Posted: 1 Apr 12 13:07 • Comments
(Okay, so it's Sunday. It was still Saturday when I wrote this.)

Hey, all.

So... I have apologies to make to everyone. I am terribly sorry that I've ended up getting so far behind on my weekly updates. It's just... well, first I was busy working on getting ready for NaNoWriMo, then November hit and suddenly my stress levels went through the roof. Fans, picture a Sentinel starting to come online without a Guide. That's what it felt like. My senses were starting to overwhelm me (random note: "whelm" means to cover with water, according to the Scrabble dictionary), particularly sight and hearing, and particularly at work. I've been wearing my yellow sunglasses and a bright pink (Fighting Breast Cancer pink) visor to work every day, to try to control the headaches from the CRT screens and the fluorescent lighting. And the noise... don't get me started. Over the past week and a half or so, I've been using an earplug in my left ear (I keep the phone headset on my right) at work. It helps somewhat, but....

I ended up taking a week off work, doctor's note included, at the end of November to the beginning of December, because my stress level was so high (taking sick days off work due to headaches and nausea, most of which could be put down to stress, and the rest of which could be put down to my senses, which contributed to the stress). It helped a huge amount, though my stress level still isn't down where I'd like it to be. So, thanks to my lovely training supervisor (who is no longer my supervisor, except in a general sense during the late nights - I got moved to a new team at the beginning of December), I met with the scheduler, and I've cut back to 4 days a week, starting today - Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday - with slightly reduced hours and generally ending my shift at midnight (on the weekdays) or before 11 (on the weekends). (Except on the weekend after Christmas, which is bound to be busy - but given I've actually go...
Posted: 10 Dec 11 17:39 • More • Comments
I know I promised regular blogging posts throughout NaNoWriMo 2011. Unfortunately, I've been having trouble with this NaNo year. Between my work hours (not good - 5pm to 1:30am), the weather, and a few other things starting to creep up on me, I've not had a great month so far. In fact, it got to the point where this morning (well, yesterday morning really, it's currently just after 2am here) I was worried that this would be the first NaNoWriMo I wouldn't win. Not a happy thought (the fact that I can win NaNoWriMo keeps me going during the blahs of November, which I need, desperately...).

I was at the point where I challenged myself on Friday to make 25K by today (Sunday) at midnight. (We're supposed to have reached 33,334 words if we're on schedule with the daily word count goal.)

So, I was in that sort of state until about 2:40pm this (Sunday) afternoon. Then it occurred to me that at least part of the problem I was having was with the setting of my story. It wasn't working, and it was leaving my story rather bland and boring, even considering the confrontation with the redcap that Alan had. (And killing off Alan's partner and potential girlfriend via said redcap.) I kind of shrugged, and went, "Okay, I'm going to change the setting. What I've written so far will still count for my word count, but I've got to change it."

Less than 1-2/3 hours and about 3,750 words later, I was pretty sure that was a good part of the problem. *grins wryly at everyone* As I mentioned on Twitter, with this change, I seem to be back to my fairly steady 500 words/20 minutes flow (when I can write for more than 15 minutes at a time). Between what I got done before work (*points at aforementioned word count, plus 370 that I got in this morning*) and what I got done during my breaks and "lunch" at work, guess what goal I made?

Yeah, you got it. I hit 25,001 words total just at the end of my last break, at about 11:30 tonight (Sunday). Su...
Posted: 20 Nov 11 19:52 • More • Comments
Tonight, WAMUN (the Women's Association Memorial University of Newfoundland) presented a talk by Dr. Jane Green on Medical Genetic Research.

I was lucky enough that I sat at the same table as Dr. Green for the potluck dinner. We had a nice discussion about "The Immortal Life of Henriette" (a true story about the cancer cells of an African-American woman that have provided us with a lot of information about cellular genetics, but at the same time is an ethically thorny issue because the family didn't know about this), genetics in general, and the state of genetics in 1965, when she got her Masters, as well as details of a trip she made up to Labrador in the mid-1980s with a few other doctors, and the talk she'd given on genetic diseases at noon for GPs all over the province. (Apparently Wednesday at noon there's a teleconference for GPs all over the province about a variety of different issues; last week it was prostate cancer, next week it's conjunctivitis....)

The talk afterwards was really interesting, and ended up going on for quite a while (from 8-9:15/9:30). It was mainly focused on how the population of Newfoundland, with their isolated outports, large families, and so on, were able to help with quite a few genetic diseases. HNPCC - Lynch Disease - (genetic colon/endomitrial cancer), two variations of genetic breast cancer, ARVA (something right ventricular arteriomyelopathy) - sudden early cardiac arrests, Addison's Disease - adrenal insufficiency, and juvenile macular degeneration (Starsgard(?) disease) were the ones she concentrated on telling us about. It was really, really interesting. She's a really good speaker, and there were definitely interesting questions at the end.

The focus was on genetic diseases that have one gene mutation that is what affects them; at the moment, there isn't enough information about the human genome to look a...
Posted: 16 Nov 11 16:44 • More • Comments
Hey, everyone.

First of all, sorry about going silent the last couple of weeks. I'm afraid that they haven't been the best (last week I was at home Thursday and Friday with nasty migraine and feeling sick), and I couldn't really think of much to say. I hope I'm getting things back on track now (certainly working on doing that with work and my NaNo novel)... but that's not entirely why I'm writing.

As you might guess, looking at the subject line, I'm writing about Imber. My adorable, lovable, so brave kitten.

Who came upstairs - to the kitchen - to meet me when I came home from work tonight.

I was stunned. It's still something of an effort to get Imber to come up to the den (1/2 level above my bedroom and unfinished "living room"); to get her upstairs to the main level, I've been carrying her every afternoon. (We have to go past other cats and Sancho, you see.)

Well, I get in this evening, and I come over to the door from the hall to the kitchen, glance downstairs to see that Dad's still working... and Imber's looking up at me from the bottom of the stairs. I crouched down and beckoned for her to come up, and lo and behold... that's exactly what she did! She even came onto the kitchen floor from the stairs and over to me, so I lifted her up and cuddled her for a minute. Then I put her down on the kitchen table, she got down, and headed downstairs. But it's a breakthrough! She's never come up on her own before!

And it means a lot personally as well. She misses me when I'm gone, and waits impatiently for me to get back. She's been mewing when I get in since about two weeks ago, when I had a call that lasted until 2:15 so was about 45 minutes late getting home. The next night, Imber was crying for me as soon as she heard the key in the lock.

Well, I've got to work on winding down now, but I wanted to let you all know that I'm not dead, and to share the marvelous news about Imber. I'm bou...
Posted: 10 Nov 11 19:43 • More • Comments
And just because I have this insane need to share my stories with the world, here are the current synopsis and excerpt of my NaNo 2011 novel, Wild Hunt. (Making it fairly obvious what my question about "Seleighe" vs. "Seelie" was about.... ;)



Synopsis:

Allan is a Hunter - of vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures that prey on humankind. Ivy (Yvandrila Starfire) is one of the Fae - of a Minor House who has a huge interest in humans and human culture.

Hunters believe that the Fae are truly fairy stories, ones that do not exist in the world of supernaturals that they deal with. Fae ignore humans as being barely more than children, ignorant of their betters and more arrogant than they deserve to be. Unseleighe are the Fae out of humanity's nightmares.

When Hunter and Fae collide, and the Unseleighe take the field, who wins will help determine the future of humankind.



Excerpt:

Ivy headed back to the counter.

When she got there, Suzanne was back.

"What were you doing?" Ivy hissed at her. "I had to come out to help a customer."

Suzanne blinked at her. "It's part of your job too," she pointed out. "And I wasn't skipping or anything, I had to help a different customer." The girl sighed. "I don't know what the boss thought he was doing with this new organization scheme, but I really don't think it's working too well."

Okay, that was an excusable reason for Suzanne not to have been at the counter. Mr. Bailey's new organizational scheme for the books was proving to be an issue, especially with students who'd been at Dalhousie for more than a year.

"All right, you're forgiven," Ivy declared, shaking her head. "I just...." She hesitated, then gestured at her legs with her cane. "I prefer to sit down as much as possible right now."

"You n...
Posted: 1 Nov 11 20:14 • More • Comments
And now the first day of November, of NaNoWriMo 2011, is over. *heaves happy sigh*

Okay, I didn't quite make it to 2K words... but I did make it to over 1.7K, which is better than the word target for the day. And tomorrow's another day. And I've started to really get into my characters' heads - that was, I must admit, something I was a bit worried about. The prologue was easy. Getting into their heads, on the other hand, has been harder.

But, as I said, I've made it past the target for the first day, which is a good start to things. If stuff goes as well as it has in the past, I should be at over 4K words by the end of today. *looks forward to it*

And I dragged my supervisor into NaNo as well - I'm really hoping she's going to enjoy it. I'm certainly looking forward to chatting to her (when we get a chance at work) about what our characters are doing, and bemoaning the fraught sailing through the seas of our imaginations....

Yes, I like the Viking analogy NaNo creator Chris Baty came up with. It's fun to play with. ;) Not to mention that the alfar might just show up in Wild Hunt as well... I've got the Celtic fae, why not the Nordic?

One question I might be interested in delving into: is it spelled "Seleighe" or "Seelie"? I've always thought "Seelie" was the anglicization from the Scots or Irish Gaelic. Thoughts, anyone?

Talk to you soon!
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Posted: 1 Nov 11 19:03 • Comments
And so, the start of another wild and wacky November. (The Wild Hunt Rides!) Yay!

I already have the first 213 words - the prologue - of my story written. Wrote it as soon as I came home from work and petted Imber. (She feels that I need to have my priorities straight, and given she can walk all over my writing, I tend to listen. She lets me have plenty of writing time in exchange.)

So, as usual, I intend to continue blogging throughout the month, letting you know the milestones I hit and my weekly achievements. (My "until last week" regular Friday updates might end up even further on the backburner this month, I'm afraid. A consequence of the grand adventure that is NaNoWriMo: Eater of Souls.)

So, prepare for the extremes of adventure by getting out that Viking helmet, pulling on your novelling gear, and getting all those colourful gel pens lined up just right! The journey awaits!

tag's NaNoWriMo Page

Forward, March!

See you in the wilds of the imagination!

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Posted: 31 Oct 11 21:03 • Comments
Yes, she's had another adventure - this one a lot more relaxing and pleasing for me than the last! Read all about it behind the LJ-cut (put because some people - for some reason that utterly escapes me - might not be interested in reading about my adorable little kitten)!

First of all, a little diagram of the floors of the house... it's got four "half-floors":

___2nd Fl_____ --- _____1st Fl______ --- ____Bsmt______ --- ____SubBsmt______

My room, the "suite/main room" and the laundry room and furnace room are in the "SubBsmt" (sub-basement). The den, Dad's study, and the downstairs bathroom with the cats' food is in the "Bsmt". The living room, the dining room, and the kitchen are on the "1st Fl", and the rest of the bedrooms and the upstairs bathroom are on the "2nd Fl". Since Imber and I arrived, she's mainly stayed down in the sub-basement, mostly in my room, with the occasional foray up to the den (when none of the other animals were there, preferably - which is getting hard now, because the colder weather is setting in, and Thor, whom she hates with a passion, likes the den).

So, as mentioned in my weekly update last Sunday, I've started taking Imber up to the living room occasionally. I'm trying to do that a bit every day. A couple of days ago (Thursday night) while I was out at work, Imber apparently wandered up to the den where Mom, Dad and Daph were watching TV three times, including a visit out to the bathroom (the den is right off the stairs leading up from my "main suite"; the bathroom is down a short hall to the back). Good for her!

Well, I got home from work tonight and needed to use the washroom. Looking at Imber, I decided to see if I could coax her out, despite the fact that Thor was in the den and Mew was at the top of the stairs leading from the basement to the kitchen.

To my amazement, it worked! She didn't even need that much coaxing! I was...
Posted: 29 Oct 11 20:53 • More • Comments
Okay, here's the belated update for this past week. Sorry for the delay in getting it out, but, well... it's been that kind of week, as you'll read. It's not going to be very long, because most of this week has been a blur and a half, and I don't remember specifics.

Hm. In no particular order, the following happened:

Had a very enjoyable Scrabble game on Wednesday with the WAMUN group - I even managed to win a game! Yay me! ;)

Got a detailed response back on my Canada Writes story from my adopted uncle that echoed some things that my sister-in-law and one of my other uncles both said, so I'm planning to do some revising (AKA re-writing) during my free days this week, so I can send it in to the contest by the weekend. (It's due in by 11:59pm ET on Nov.1.)

Um... brought Imber up to the living room a couple of times. The last time was early this afternoon, and I'm told she stayed up there for about an hour (a whole hour!) without me after I went down for a nap. I was very impressed by this, because she spent last Saturday or Sunday (whichever was the first day up there this past month) shivering the entire time. She even let Dad hold her for a while when I went in to make Mom some hot lemon with honey and answer the phone!

Right, that brings up another thing. Mom's sick with a cold/the flu. Nasty sore throat, no energy, etc. She's been sick since Friday (at least).

I have a few more ideas for my NaNo story, and am getting impatiently eager for November to start.

Work is... well, it's been improved the past two days (yes, I've worked seven days in a row, and I'm working again "tomorrow" - Monday), but it was draining me this past week. I was having a lot of trouble with sleeping and depression - and headaches - and that was worrying me. We (my supervisor and I) now have an attack plan for part of what the problem's been, which is part of the reason why the past two days (Sat. and Sun.) haven't been to...
Posted: 23 Oct 11 21:26 • More • Comments
Okay, gang, here's my weekly update! A bit later than usual, since my computer was being slow before I left for work today. Put it behind an LJ cut because of the length.

Got some more writing done on my entry for the Canada Writes contest done Friday night - managed to get to over 500 words. Yay me!

So, Saturday. Woke up reasonably early (Mom was surprised at the time that I woke up at), relaxed for a bit and chatted about politics (specifically the Ontario election) with Mom, then went out to the library (which is actually the Marjorie Mews Library, not the Margaret Mews). It's a very small library - one large room only - with not much there, but I did find some treasures. Including a DVD of the movie "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", which I've wanted to see, and a field guide to edible plants of Newfoundland and Labrador. I also picked up a fuzzy (blue) bone dog toy for Imber, to replace the Fuzzy Bunny she had in Toronto. She really needs something to take her aggressiveness out on.

After that, I got home and had lunch, and went out to coffee (tea) with my friend from the Asperger's Group. Told him about the Canada Writes contest, and we had a nice, long (4-1/4 hours) chat, both at Tim Horton's and then at his place. He also showed me the basics of the game "Dark Souls" for the PS3, and while I'd never play a game that horror-oriented, the graphics and details were amazing.

When I got home, I finished off the short story (called, as of Saturday, "The Foggy Shores of Newfoundland", though I'm probably going to change the title). Had a nice dinner, finished my laundry, and sat back to chat with Vathara for a while. Then later that night I sent out the first draft of "The Foggy Shores of Newfoundland" to my first level beta-readers.

Got a few comments back and tightened things up in the story on Sunday, then sent it out to the whole group of second-tier beta readers (TorFen, if you're interested in doing some b...
Posted: 14 Oct 11 20:50 • More • Comments
So, this past week.

Well, turns out that Dad got cashews when he went shopping last Friday, so my friend and I had Oriental Chicken with cashews. Was good, and there were a couple of servings left over for lunch this past week.

The weekend was fairly quiet - nothing much happened, really. I read a bit, relaxed, did nothing much... it was nice. Mom and I did go out shopping for a rain jacket and shoes on Sunday - found a really nice, light jacket and a pair of good, black shoes with velcro "laces" - I'm a match for Julia now! *G*

Not a lot happened Monday - just went to work/class, did a few things there (though not much, because we've had ID troubles all week - see more on that below), and started learning the basics of the Loyalty program. Got 92.5% on my final Wireless test - yay!

Tuesday... well, Tuesday during the day was pretty much the same as Monday. Tuesday night, however, I found a link to CBC's Canada Writes contest and decided that there was no way I wasn't going to participate. Actually started writing the story I plan to enter today.

Wednesday again, went much the same. Did okay on my Loyalty test (86.something%) and got my schedule for the next couple of weeks. Sort of. Again, see below for details on what's been going on with that. But I was due to be working the floor Friday and Saturday from 3:30pm to midnight, and next week Tuesday through Friday, same thing (though I had put in a shift request form to get Tuesdays off, because I have the Asperger's Group meetings the second Tuesday of every month), and the week after Monday through Friday, same thing.

Wednesday night I had my phone appointment with Dr. Garling. It went well - I was able to tell him all about what happened last week (the bad and the good things) and how I handled the bad things, and we were able to discuss the books I found (ref. ...
Posted: 7 Oct 11 17:49 • More • Comments
Hey, everyone! I've got some Newfoundland pics up in my gallery, from both St. John's and Brigus. The direct links are as follows:
Main Newfoundland Gallery: which has a pic of the two flags of Newfoundland, and contains the two below galleries as sub-galleries
St. John's Gallery: with pictures from a couple of different days, currently mostly of downtown St. John's, Water St.
Brigus Gallery: with pictures from the trip we took out to my uncle's townhouse in Brigus in August

'Later, all!
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Posted: 2 Oct 11 16:26 • Comments
So, it turns out that Tony and Anna had a couch-surfer from New Zealand this past weekend, so on Friday night, we looked after Julia while they took him downtown to be Screeched In. I slept well Friday night - I even slept in! - and woke up to Julia and Mom in the morning.

Had a good, relaxing Saturday. Not much happened; I read a bit, relaxed, read fic... and in the evening, went to see "Dying Hard", my cousin Mikaela's show.

Gods. I sent out the link to my review on Sunday, but... man. The show was intense. I really enjoyed it.

Sunday was mostly quiet, but I ended up meeting the guy from the Asperger's group that I clicked with. (It turned out I'd been waiting for him to contact me, and he'd been waiting for me to contact him - but he had my phone number, and only Daphne had his info.) We met up at Tim Horton's at 3:30, and before we knew it, it was 6:30! Had to call Mom and Dad as we were leaving to let them know I hadn't disappeared. The two of us just have so many similar experiences and manifestations....

Monday morning, I discovered that the cocker, Quixote, had peed behind Imber's litter box. (It was definitely a dog, and Sancho won't walk on the laminate that is the floor of my "main suite".) Turns out he's also done some peeing on the floor of the den, which he knew he wasn't allowed to do - and it wasn't kidney problems, he was choosing to do it. As a result, Monday afternoon, Mom and Dad went to the vet and had Don Quixote de la Rancho put down. Sancho and the parents miss him, but they're adjusting.

Had an issue at the end of work that upset me Monday evening, but was able to talk it out with Mom and Dad. However, I was really upset and crying, and I woke up Tuesday morning with a sore throat.

Aside from getting 96% on the weekly assessment test on Tuesday, nothing much happened Tuesday and Wednesday. Just went to work, came home, and crashed early because I wasn't feeling too well. Too...
Posted: 30 Sep 11 11:00 • More • Comments
Tonight I went to see the performance of my cousin's play, Dying Hard. It's based on the book of the same name by noted anthropologist Elliott Leyton, professor of anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, about the miners in the town of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland - miners who suffered and died from cancer and silicosis got from working in the fluorspar mines, and their wives. Those of you who have read yesterday's weekly update saw some links about the play, but this was the first time I saw it. I won't be posting this review behind an LJ-Cut, because I want everyone to read it.

The play consists of the verbatim responses to the interviews given by six of the subjects of the book, four of them miners and two of them wives. Their stories are powerful in and of themselves, because all the ones chosen by Mikaela (my cousin) faced their fates with strength, and weren't afraid to prompt laughs - even with the subject matter, the play had the audience laughing at numerous parts.

The order in which they progress is also powerful - two miners, one of the wives, then the other two miners and the second wife, who had already become a widow by that time. And I hadn't realized before just how versatile Mikaela could be with her body language, and her face: she became those characters, using only a prop or two for each, even taking on their dialect (which made those of us in the audience unaccustomed to the thicker Newfoundland accents listen even more carefully to the first character) in a way that really got the essence of who they were across.

The play took place in the basement theatre of the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre, a small and fairly intimate theatre. Several songs were playing leading up to the play, including "The Chemical Worker's Song (Process Man)" by Great Big Sea, from their album "up" - all focusing on the plight of miners in the developing ind...
Posted: 24 Sep 11 17:15 • More • Comments
Because this past week was so busy, and I recorded most things, I'm going to put it behind an LJ Cut.

Nothing much happened on Saturday and Sunday, except that Saturday both Mom and I got library cards at the A.C. Hunter Library in the Arts and Culture Centre, and we discovered that the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries have an e-library! That was a fun discovery. Then I ordered some more books via Chapters/Indigo thanks to gift cards (got by Aeroplan Miles) on Sunday.

Monday I was rather tired in the morning, but made it into work with no real problem. Yawned my way through the morning part of the training class, then we had our second weekly assessment test Monday afternoon. Once again, I managed to score 100%, though for some reason the system didn't record my score. *sighs* Well, Heather said she'd look into it. She got to see what my score was, at least, so that's fine. Then we had some brainteasers... fun!

Monday night, I babysat Julia while Tony and Anna went out for a movie. She was already in bed when I came over, so all I really had to do was sit and chat on my computer to Vathara. ;) Although they were out until 11:45, and I had to be up at 6:50 to go to work in the morning. See below.

Tuesday... huh. What to say about Tuesday? Gloomy day (though the rain all happened while I was at work, not during my walk to or in the drive back from work), and I was just wiped. I stayed exhausted (and unfortunately, mostly unfocused) through to about 1:45 in the afternoon, which was when we started a new exercise in class, and that got things moving, made me more aware.

Evening was pleasant enough - Daphne popped by after dinner with Frank and Carol and the girls. And Mom called the Premier's office about the situation with her rheumatoid arthritis - the rheumatologists haven't even decided whether or not they're going to see her, much less when it will be. If need be, she's going to go down to Costa R...
Posted: 23 Sep 11 12:03 • More • Comments
Well, it's been an exciting and surprising quick week for me this week. Third week of training for work (three more to go, and we're down to six people, from eight), and we had our first weekly assessment on Tuesday. It wasn't as bad as it could have been, and the whole class passed. I was the only one to get 100%, so that was a nice bit.

Imber's been getting braver; she's starting to go up to the den on her own, rather than waiting for me to coax her. Sancho (the mutt) chased Imber on Wednesday when she had gone up there. *sighs* Imber also has it out for Mouse; for some reason, she seems to dislike Mouse intensely.

In terms of physical health, I seem to be doing well overall. I suspect I've lost a bit more weight over the last week, though I don't have a scale to confirm that. I've also felt more energy (especially Tuesday and Wednesday!), so clearly the iron pills are working. Only thing really bothering me (in part because Sykes is a scent-free workplace) is my buggered up right knee and the occasional headache (note that they're not as frequent). I plan to go to physio for my knee - the doctor's given me a referral - I'm just waiting for my health insurance to kick in. (Not until 3 months at work, unfortunately!)

Speaking of insurance, I have got on the NLPDP (Newf & Labrador Prescription Drug Plan) but they won't shell out at all for my anti-depressant (which is one of the two drugs that costs a few hundred dollars for 2-3 months' worth). They'll do it if used for neuropathic pain in diabetic patients, but not as an anti-depressant. *sigh*

However, in terms of mental and emotional health... well, honestly, I'm doing a lot better than I have been in a while. One of the reasons I was so pumped up Tuesday and Wednesday was the fact that... well, first of all, the assessment test at work. Secondly, Tuesday night was my first meeting of the Adult Aspergers Support Group - and it went wonderfully. It was... I don...
Posted: 16 Sep 11 11:30 • More • Comments
Well, I've been struggling over this for a week now, trying to prepare for getting everything on the NaNo site set up as soon after October 1st as I can access it, and I've finally got it. I know what novel I'm going to be writing this year.

It's a fantasy novel, tentatively titled "Wild Hunt". Fae, vampires, Hunters, and all that good stuff. But not stupid Hunters - for instance, my male protagonist, who is a Hunter, routinely wears combat pants or not-too-loose cargo pants (for all the pockets) and t-shirts for hunting. None of that silly leather stuff! ;)

Now I've just got to work out the details of what the main storyline is. *grins wryly* And the backstory of my two protagonists. Fun times - I like figuring these things out!

'Later, all!
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Posted: 13 Sep 11 11:10 • Comments
And... it's Friday again!

Well, it's been a long week, despite the fact that Labour Day was on Monday (thus no work). I must admit that I'm rather glad it's Friday, and not just because I got paid this morning (;)). During this week, I have discovered that I am (again) low-iron anemic (which may explain part of why I've ended up so tired the last week and a half or so), and Imber has gotten braver at following me out of my room.

Work has gone well. I'm finding that despite my tiredness, I'm enjoying the training - in large part because our trainer, Heather, is very enthusiastic and tries to make things interesting for us. (Glitter. Glitter everywhere. *snrks*) We've been learning this week about phone manufacturers (if you want a durable cellular phone, Samsung, Apple, or Nokia are your best bets), and about phones themselves. We've started learning about other products as well, and some of the service plans Rogers offers.

Hm. Other than that... my niece was here until Tuesday afternoon. We had a reasonably good weekend, though the weather has gotten a bit more towards "St. John's normal" (i.e. colder and greyer) this week - though today ended up warm (to me) and sunny.... Note that the temperatures in St. John's *do* feel a bit cooler than the same temperatures in Toronto, probably because of the difference in humidity and how it reacts. Not that I mind! (No, the only thing I mind is the fact that the training room's air conditioner *has* to be broken - Heather insists it's 21°C and we're all freezing, or nearly so!)

I've lost some weight since I got here, which is good. The everyday walking I'm doing is helping with that, definitely.

What else? Nothing much, really. I've been busy with work and with dealing with my exhaustion, and cooking the occasional dinner. I'm really hoping that I'll get some writing done this coming week, because I haven't written a *word* in *weeks*, and it's beginning to really get to me.
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Posted: 9 Sep 11 16:34 • More • Comments
Okay, weekly update time. Like I said, I'm going to try to do this every week.

This one's not a long one; just... it's been a long, exhausting week, mostly because of the training (the first two and a half days, we were sitting listening to and watching speeches and PowerPoints, and doing paperwork; it's only in the last couple of days that we've started *doing* things, like training on the systems we'll be using).

Imber continues to get a bit bolder, and we're now finding her semi-frequently in the "main room" of my "suite", or in the laundry room, rather than just in my bedroom. This is a good thing. Now we need to get her up to the level of the den, the basement bathroom, and the food and litter box that are around the bathroom (food inside, to dissuade Quixote, the cocker, from getting at it; litter box(es) outside so that the bathroom can be used). So that's the project for the next two weeks, I think.

Hm. Not really all that much else to say, save that my younger niece has been staying with us since Wednesday evening, and will be here until/including Monday, since my brother and sister-in-law are camping. And I don't have to go into work on Monday because it's Labour Day (though I don't get paid for it either). Yay, sleep-in time!

*shrugs* If I think of anything else, I'll add another entry.

See you next week!

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Posted: 2 Sep 11 16:52 • Comments
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