Well then.

Jul. 10th, 2013 01:47 pm
fireun: (11)
So I have been out of commission the past few days do to my back (managed to tear at an old injury by...getting out of bed. Honestly. I wish I had a better story). While the meds are entertaining (at least for the people who have been on the receiving end of the texts. Sorry about that, [livejournal.com profile] muffins_of_god ) I really want to get back in working order sometime soon.

Until then, have a group shot of the silly tea party I hosted right before my back decided to betray me in a fit of pique. Formal dress was required. We ended up with one yukata and a lovely suit coat as well as delightful dresses all around. I was pleased.

Tea and Fripperies
fireun: (10 weird)
And this is the post that was harder to write.

I was supposed to go to the New York Faerie Fest last weekend. I was going to head out after work Friday and camp until I was grimy and really wanted a shower Sunday afternoon. I did not go. I was in tears when [livejournal.com profile] djkc came home from work Friday. At first for no reason- there doesn't have to be a reason sometimes, I can just be depressed- and then because I missed my sister. I am pretty sure I latched onto that second as a purpose for the depression, I am not sure it is where it originated from. But needless to say, I did not go to Faerie Fest that night. [livejournal.com profile] djkc pointed out I could go Saturday, after the farmers market. It seemed like a plan.

Saturday, C looked at me at the Market and said, simply, "I'm sorry your fish are dead", a reference to this post (the best explanation I have EVER found for what is going on inside of a depressed person's head). A reference to the fact sometimes you can acknowledge you realize someone is depressed, while acknowledging there is really nothing you can do about it. But that you know it is there. She never makes a big fuss over my depressed streaks because she knows she cannot really do anything about them, but she likes to let me know she has taken note of the situation.

She took note, and I offered her my camping pass for Faerie Fest. She had lost her cat earlier in the week, we are both losing a friend to cancer, and she deals with unhappiness with being around people far better than I. I like to hole up with cats and books and other things that won't try and 'fix' my temperament.

So C enjoyed the hell out of Faerie Fest. And while I was miserable I did not go, I am very happy she did.

In the meantime, my fish are still dead, but I am getting by. With books and cats and [livejournal.com profile] djkc and [livejournal.com profile] muffins_of_god and our mutual hatred of formatting.
fireun: (zomg)
There are two posts I want to make. I will make the fun one first and deal with writing through the other one later.

Fight Like a Girl, my beloved Kickstarter project, has gone live on Amazon.That means you can support a bunch of authors, some of which you know from LJ, and future projects, but snagging a copy of our eBook. That and it is some damn fine reading.

One of the things we were able to purchase with the overfunding was the ISBN for the book. Which is awesome. And exciting. I honestly, I am so proud of my authors. If you have the money, grab a copy, please leave a review. If you don't, please pass the link around.

We really appreciate it!
fireun: (madness!)
Jesse was busy rolling out of a particularly interesting dream involving a distinct lack of pants and out of bed. That dream had definitely not been his fault, no sir. He would never be caught poking around at the edge of Jesse’s mind, soothing and suggesting and…

“Sam?” Jesse’s voice was groggy and rough, sleepy and almost endearingly bemused. “The sentiment is appreciated, but honestly, the hell?”

The trick, next time, would be to be a little less obvious and avoid that being caught situation. Sam took as innocent a puff as one can take on a pipe
and grinned around the exhale.  “Have a good nap?”
“You are seriously messed up.”

“Say’s the hedgewitch with the evil twin, a pocketful of seriously bad mojo and no plan on how to deal with it all.”



And let is always be remembered, beta readers are for the crack, as well as the serious business of suggesting edits. If you ever wanted to see what goes on in my head while I am writing, well...it is like dirty old man brain. It will stick around.

me: CRACK
[livejournal.com profile] muffins_of_god   DIRTY OLD MAN
me: Sam is not dirty at all
ok. maybe a little
but he is not old!
[livejournal.com profile] muffins_of_god The label sticks.
me: it really does. I can only assumed he ate a dirty old man brain
It is like telepath fast food- terrible for you. sticks to the waist. Probably delicious at the time
me: ...I am no longer allowed to write telepaths

If you would like to help motivate my madness, and make donations to a truly excellent cause in the process, please wander over to my write-a-thon profile page and click the donate button. Every little bit helps!
fireun: (wordslinger)
Ladies and Gentlemen, Distressing Aberration in the Corner,
This year I am participating in the Clarion West Write-a-thon. Why is this important and interesting? The Write-a-thon raises money for Clarion West, which is a non-profit literary organization that exists to support writers of speculative fiction. A big part of that is they are very interested in equal opportunity for writers, regardless of race or gender. As someone who just spent (is spending) a heap of time on an anthology highlighting female protagonists and female authors, this is a Big Deal for me. If you would like to read up on Clarion West, venture forth in this direction. If you are an author who would like to participate, or if you would like to support the Write-a-thon by sponsoring one of the writers, please go here. I would love if some of you would be willing to sponsor me in this. My fingers will fly over the keyboard in your honor!

Spread the word!
fireun: (plotbunny)
So, the anthology [livejournal.com profile] muffins_of_god and I put together has been sent to backers, in eBook format, and is up on Goodreads. [livejournal.com profile] muffins_of_god and I are working our way through getting the print edition settled and printed- exciting!

If anyone is willing to give the eBook a read and post a review on Goodreads, I will send you a copy. This is a commitment, so please only ask if you are going to follow through. You can message me here or email me at fireun3 @ gmail.com.

The eBook will be going up for general sale later this summer, I will keep you all posted. The print copy remains exclusive to the Kickstarter.
fireun: (firedancer)
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Capacious Photography, a set on Flickr.

A friend of a friend was visiting from way out of state, so we did what we do best- hosted with good food, good drink and then a show.

Turns out said friend of a friend is also a photographer, and was rather excited to photograph us playing with fire. We were more than happy to be photographed with the fancypants camera and skillful eye.

These are some of the best fireplay photos we have had done thus far. Enjoy!

As this is a rare post where the photos are NOT mine, all photos are taken by and belong to Capacious Photography https://www.facebook.com/CapaciousPhotography. Posted with permission. Do not repost or use without permission.

fireun: (Timey Wimey)
The current radio silence is caused by editing 21 pieces of short fantasy.

I...will be back when the dust from this project settles.
fireun: (11)
I received a letter from the Human Library coordinator today and I wanted to share with you all. It really does sum up the 'why' of the event.

hl

and, in case you were curious what the whole thing looked like, they sent a fantastic photo card along as well.

hl1
fireun: (Ianto Jack)
I may have just applied to grad school again.
fireun: (zomg)
The web page for the Fight Like a Girl project is up and running. Please do stop by and take a look! I am still at the flailing/giddy/holyHELLthisishappening stage of things, so I shall leave it at that and go pack to poking at my authors.
fireun: (Timey Wimey)
On Wednesday I volunteered at Onondaga Community College as part of their Human Library. For four hours I was their Pagan book. I was there for students to 'check out' and ask questions about what it is like to be a pagan, what is paganism, and anything on that topic they could develop questions on. We were prepped before hand that if any conversation became uncomfortable they we were to politely let the 'borrower' know that the conversation was done, and leave. So we had a way to back out of situations, but it was supposed to be an event to encourage tolerance and learning, so I did not expect to have to utilize the quick escape. Some instructors at the college assigned their students the event, so we had a lot of students from communications and psychology classes coming through. But we also had a lot of folks who just passed through the library, saw the event, and were interested to speak to one or more of the 'Books' we had on hand.

The first student I spoke to came prepared, with notes and questions, pencil in hand. He was open, excited and enthusiastic. He had some background in the concept of what it was to be pagan, but wanted to know more. We discussed  just what a pagan was, how it was a sort of a catch-all term. He wanted to know about the main groups of pagans existent today, their origins and core beliefs. We had a rousing good discussion on Heathenry.

My second student had no idea what a pagan was, which is why she had selected my book. We chatted, she was curious, and pleasant to speak with. The question I was most impressed with was an innocent 'why do you do this', meaning, why would I come to an event like this, declare myself a pagan, and wait to see what happens.

I did this because I had been scared to do something like this for too long. It is scary, walking into a room and slapping a label (in this case a pin saying Pagan) on. People will instantly start to think things. I have gotten to the point where I want them to. And then I want to have pleasant, intelligent conversation with them and watch some of those things start to change. I am open online about being a Pagan, might as well start being open in person about it.

The third student I spoke with introduced himself as an atheist, interested in learning as much about work religions as possible. He was looking for scholarly dialog, and we had a lovely discussion about history and culture and language and religion. He also wanted to know why I do this.

I asked him what he expected when he went to sit down with a pagan. He definitely expected something a little more Charmed and a lot less crass and caustic librarian. And that is why I wanted to do this. We are normal people with some cultural baggage. The baggage drives me particularly nuts much of the time, but it is why I specifically asked to be the Pagan book and not the Heathen.

My fourth 'reader' was an English instructor. We had a grand old time discussing why I choose to identify as Heathen as opposed to some of the other terms Heathens will go by, since Heathen has some linguistic negative connotations. Asatru and Odinist have some fascinatingly negative cultural associations, and don't always encompass what I am doing, thus I will take my Heathen hat and wear it happily.

My fifth reader was the only one I considered the get out of jail free break away with. I had finally landed someone who wanted to play pick on the pagan. He aggressively identified himself as a Catholic, started every sentence with "in my religion..." and when he asked about what I believe, interrupted me to ask about Jesus, and didn't he die for my sins. I politely informed him that, no, there was no Jesus in the Heathen story, and he rolled his eyes. When I was explaining the cosmology and the Gods, he snorted and said "isn't that a cult?" In this situation, nothing I could do but smile nod, and wait for him to run out of steam.

I also met with some of the other books who were interested in 'reading' me. One was the person working as the Spiritual Leader book. He was genuinely interested in my experiences as a Pagan. Polite and charming and a credit to his creed. Another was the Body Art book, who had been exploring Druidry and other earth- based religions and just wanted someone to talk to.

It was a fantastic event. If they do it again, I will be going back, and I will definitely be seeking out similar (if not trying to organize them myself) in the meantime.

Home

Mar. 28th, 2013 10:53 am
fireun: (Watson)
A year ago I closed on my house. It is on a hill, with a hill for a front yard, which still makes me grin in a sort of toothy way after the flooding thing. There are garden beds and fruit bushes. Bird feeders and squirrels. Even that damn dog next door is pretty okay when he is not using my yard as his toilet. It is not the biggest house, but it is cozy. Quirky. We have a silly door that opens the wrong way into the inlaw apartment that we have yet to correct. The ferret room has one outlet- on the ceiling behind the door. Our furnace decided to crap out right before Christmas and we spent the bulk of Christmas eve getting that replaced. But it is home, my first. I can nail things into the wall and dig in the dirt and I love it.

And I share it with this rather nice fellow, which is rather grand.
fireun: (zomg)
Amusingly enough, it took until today for it to sink in that this was happening- this project was going to fund, I have a group of authors and together we are making a book people want to read. We are at that amazing point where we have no stress- it will go through- and now we just have excitement. We have extra stories to add if people keep backing us and we have the knowledge that we are making something that resonates enough with people that they are willing to help make it happen.

There is just about a week left, and then you don't have to listen to me crow about the funding process anymore. Trust me when I say I don't mean to fill your friends page with my shilling for backers. But I do really, really think I have a book worth sharing here, and as the Kickstarter is the only way to get it, you may want to join in before the funding ends.

If you are curious and want to see what my authors are cooking up, there are two posts over on my writery blog with excerpts from the stories.
fireun: (wordslinger)
My authors have started lovingly sharing excerpts from their works-in-progress, and I have posted them for all to see!
fireun: (zomg)
Over the weekend, a group of the authors from the Fight Like a Girl anthology held a G+ hangout to discuss themselves and the anthology, hosted by Fandomspotting. Curious? Stop by and visit!



I am insanely proud of these guys, and the work they are putting into getting this off the ground. The Kickstarter is running for two more weeks, so if you are interested, stop by the Kickstarter page!
fireun: (plotbunny)
Guys, we are seriously, seriously close to getting funded. If you have not, stop by the project page and take a look around. Spread the link for me. I have some fantastic authors involved here and I want this to not only fund, but really really fund, leaving no question as to the viability not only of the process but of the authors themselves.

$15 gets you the anthology. That's 20 stories worth of kick-ass fantasy in non-DRM eBook format. Organized, produced, and distributed by authors.
fireun: (Oliver face)
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Phaedrus, having decided to try the TARDIS tower, has decided to defend it with tooth and claw. And apparently eye lasers.

And now on to the ferrets, who find themselves in possession of a ferret-sized ball pit.
Here is Dare modeling the correct use of the ball pit.

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Dare and Amelia- Dare is leaving through the super long awesome tube attached to the exit hole.
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fireun: (Timey Wimey)
So. There is a TARDIS in my living room.

cat tower
Technically, it is for the cats. But really, it is for me.

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[livejournal.com profile] djkc is very, very tolerant of his geeky girlfriend. Our friend designed and built it for me. Wonderful fellow and damn talented carpenter.
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