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1. Had dinner and drinks (aka, one margarita) Friday evening at Viva! with some of the old smoke shop crew: Boss Lady, Melodrama, Sweetheart, Miss Congeniality, ET, and AD. (I don't remember if I ever gave them nicknames? They may have left for other jobs before I switched from initials to nicknames. Anyway, I'd probably call them... hmm... the Engineer and the Journalist.) It was really good to see everyone again and catch up on life events and whatnot. :)

2. Went to bed at 8:30pm on Saturday and did not get up until 9:00am on Sunday. O_o Apparently I needed the sleep.

3. LAUNDRY. This was more important than in many weeks, since my laundry schedule got slightly disrupted by my parents' visit two weeks ago, and also my constant work schedule means I can't really wear my jeans and am thus down a set of pants in my normal rotation. So I ended up having to dress up in a skirt, pantyhose, etc. today since I didn't have anything in between super-fancy and casual grunge. *sigh* (I mean, my definition of super-fancy is probably most other people's definition of fairly casual lunch date, but still.)

4. Changed linens.

5. Recharged my bus pass.

6. Took kitchen compost to the backyard bin.

7. Took recycling to the curb for pickup.

8. Continued plonking away at the Enchanted Forest Chronicles ficlet, which is now at ~2,850 words. I still have to fold in the explanation of what the unexpected ambassadors are there to discuss, and then segue into the ending action. Also I think I lost track of one of my speaking characters as I've been reworking old material into the new, more friendly/cheerful version of the fic. Something to go back and check on once I push through to the end.

I am kind of annoyed at myself for taking so long to write a story that is, objectively speaking, pretty short. Some of it is related to my perpetual tiredness, of course, and some to the series of wrong turns I kept taking, but my writing is also more affected by my mood than I sometimes like to admit, and I haven't really been in a fluffy mood these past few months.


I might write a horrendously dark mini-ficlet or two as a mental palate-cleanser once I finish this fic, since my other scheduled projects are also on the lighter end of the tone scale and I'm afraid I'll run into similar problems with them if I don't have somewhere to just break stuff on the side. *wry*

And now, I think, to bed. :)
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Since my house burned down
I now own a better view
of the rising moon.

---Mizuta Masahide

...I am quite sure I could not manage that degree of equanimity, but it's a good reminder that the way one looks at a situation can make a huge difference to one's emotional state.


I did some more encyclopedia article editing today, both before and after work at the smoke shop. Dad says he'll send more tomorrow. I am crossing my fingers that my current can-do productive mood will last!

Other things I have done today: responded to an email about another potential editing job (for a smoke shop customer who runs a historical society about trains) which I had left hanging all last week because I did not have the spoons, answered several reviews, written 300 words of "Trollstuck" and 300 words of what might turn into an Aradia<3Aradia kinkmeme fill (hey, if the timeclone thing works for Dave, why not for the ladies?), and made a serious stab at cleaning out my real-life email address's inbox, which had become dangerously overgrown this past month and a half.

I am of the school of thought that says you should move any emails you want to save into specific sub-folders and delete everything else, because clutter is dumb and inefficient. Also, who cares about a series of six emails between me and my mom deciding what restaurant to eat at each time my parents come to Ithaca? Posterity does not need that kind of junk and neither do I. So away it goes!

ETA: 600-ish words of "Trollstuck," and part 20 is ready to post. Buuuuuuuut, I want to draw Jothan's picture first, for reference. So you will have to wait for Monday night. Sorry.


ETA, 2/16/17: For the record, the customer with the editing job I mentioned? Is Longwinded Man. That interaction did not end well.


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