Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

Month: June 2018 (page 2 of 3)

A Day Late

My mini for Kit's games.

Xylorian!

I fully intended to post yesterday’s report last night, but I was exhausted and totally zoned it before I went to bed, so here it is now.

Monday was an unintentional exhaustion day. I was so excited over getting Xylorian on Sunday, I couldn’t sleep. Couldn’t wait to show him off at Monday’s D&D game with Kit. Yeah, I know his paint job isn’t the best, but there was actually a point where he looked worse. LOL

Over the course of the morning hours, I wrote a couple scenes on something new. It was fun, even though it’s a gay romance. Really trying to go with the flow with these and doing my best not to be negative about it in my commentary about what I’m currently writing. I also read a bit.

We had a bit of a snafu with getting the game together. Kit woke late and had to do laundry, so we didn’t get started until 13:00. Katie wasn’t able t join us ’cause she was not feeling well, so we floated her character, which was fine. There weren’t any battles, but she missed the wonderful job Kit did with the temple where my character was raised and trained. We packed up the game around four or so and I hung out with Kit until his ride came to pick him up.

Back at home, I wrote some more, on the same story I’d worked on before going out. Then I stayed up until around 23:00 before realizing I wasn’t going to write any more.

A Good Day

Red Dice

D&D Dice!

Sunday had something of a rough start, but not due to depression. I just went to bed later than I should have Saturday night and had to get up early. Still, I slept fairly well.

First thing I did today was go grocery shopping. My friend Ross took me. I probably didn’t get all the food I need, though, because I didn’t use a grocery list. Also, I tend to cycle through cravings and I think I’m between two different menus dictated by those cravings.
Since I didn’t yet know where we were gaming Monday—Kit hadn’t called or texted about how his conversation with Katie went—I got our sodas. They’ll get drunk regardless of where we game.

I didn’t even bother putting all my groceries away when I got home. Because I hadn’t wanted any of the food I did have for breakfast, I needed to eat, then I had to head out to Oasis Games for the day’s D&D session with Lynn. When I got there, I sat out front because I forgot Lynn rented one of the store’s 2 private rooms for gaming. Kit and Cayden joined me shortly thereafter, then Lynn arrived with Phil and Dan. Duly reminded of where we were gaming, I joined everybody else in the private room, and a new player joined us. Michael was supposed to come last week, but something came up where he wasn’t able to make it. I didn’t find the session as fun as I usually do, mostly, I think, because I was still feeling a little tired.

When I got home after gaming, I pretty much went right to bed for a nap. I was pretty pooped and was down for about 2 hours, and rose feeling refreshed. Came out to the living room to work on my writing, but it was a no-go for a number of reasons: 1) I’d pretty much beaten dead my creative mind over the past few days with writing a lot; 2) I was struggling to read my wips, which I need to be able to do so I can figure out what previous scenes to spring new scenes off of; 3) and I was mentally comparing my writing to that book I described back in the 15th’s post.

Chatted with Mom on the phone, for about half an hour. It was a good chat. Also contacted Kit about painting minis, which we set up for Wednesday. Left a message for Greg about gaming. Emailed Phil about something he mentioned for our gaming sessions on Saturdays for the future.

It was a good day, overall, but now it’s after midnight and I’m still not tired ’cause of that nap! LOL

Exhausted Again, Very Productive

I slept like crap last night, but had a very productive writing day. That is all.

Rough Start

My Pillow!

I sleep on this thing.

Though my mood is generally up right now, I do occasionally experience spots of depression. That happened Friday morning, so though I woke naturally around 09:00, I didn’t actually find myself able to get out of bed and face the day until almost 10:00.

After the productive day I’d had yesterday, I wasn’t expecting much of myself. Days after I do a lot of writing tend to be ones I don’t do much writing at all. So I settled in to read a bit, finishing one book I’d started yesterday. I also read through the wips I’d worked on over Thursday.

Tried reading one particular book that I especially liked. It’s got a good story. Characterization is strong and consistent. Technically, it’s well-written (probably due to a good editor, I think). Unfortunately, execution is definitely First Book level. Not nearly as bad as I remember my own early books, but definitely not up to the standards I write at this point in my life. Still, I enjoyed the book—and its sequels in the series—enough to reread them all several times when I had them on my Nook. On my Kindle, however? I find myself skimming passages that get a little silly, and it’s not the ereader’s fault. However, I suspect if this desire to read goes on much longer, I’ll eventually be able to read the book without any problem because it really is an enjoyable book to read.

I chatted with Mom for a while. Not sure how long.

Also tried to coordinate D&D hosting with my friend Katie, but got no answer and no response. She hasn’t called back yet. Will try again over Saturday.

Poked another friend to see if he’d gotten an email I sent requesting a ride to groceries. Ross responded that he had and we arranged to go at 09:00 on Sunday.

And I did eventually write. Thursday, I bounced between two stories, but Friday I worked only on one of them. They’re gay romances. Actually enjoying writing them. Basically took a couple of favorite characters from a series of gay romances I’ve read and told my creative mind to spit out a couple of different versions of them. It looks like one of these is going to be about a novella, but the other one seems like it’ll go longer. I’ll be happy with whatever length these turn out to be, mostly because I feel so optimistic about finishing them. LOL

Exhausted Again

Night of poor sleep/no sleep due to excitement left me exhausted. I had to cancel the Aviary outing with JJ, and I slept (not well) and wrote the rest of the day.

Writing, Therapy, and MTG

Wednesday, I woke up really early. Got up before dawn. This enabled me to write a bit so I wasn’t too unhappy.

In what’s becoming a Wednesday habit every three weeks, I had a psych therapy appointment in the early-mid afternoon. Pretty much set up that I’m going to reexamine where I am on a gender perspective.

After that, I went to Oasis Games for Magic: The Gathering with Cayden and JJ.

Back home, I wrote some more.

So, all in all, a good day!

Some MTG Today

All I did today was play some MTG with a friend who’s still learning. Went to Oasis to do this, and now I’m pooped, so I’m hitting the sack.

Not a Thing

Not a thing got done today. Kit canceled our painting session ’cause he wasn’t feeling well, and I spent the afternoon napping. Still really tired, so heading to bed soon.

So Tired

D&D Dice!

My favorite set of dice.

It’s been a really long day for me today. Was up past midnight working on D&D stuff last night, and I didn’t get to bed until almost 04:30. Night meds didn’t actually kick in at all, which led to four restless hours in bed. I slept a bit, but it wasn’t deeply. After a fantastic dream involving the player characters from Lynn’s group and a bunch of random extras, I woke up for the last time and decided just to get out of bed since the quality of my wakefulness was such that I knew I wouldn’t get any more sleep no matter how long I stayed in bed. That was around 07:55 this morning.

Did mu usual Sunday morning routine—fed and watered cat like every day, then did pill sort. Finished setting up my new binder to take with me. Tucked the 5e Player’s Handbook and the DM’s Guide into it with my dice. Finished preparing the tea I wanted to take with me, then headed out.

When I got to Oasis Games, I read the DM’s guide a little, until Kit and Cayden arrived. Kit had meant to bring my Xylorian mini, but forgot and apologized. Lynn was late and texted that it was his fault, but not by much. Phil and Dan came with him, as he’s kindly driving them to and from the gaming. We commenced play at about 10 after 12:00. We played until about 15:45, so we’d have time to do XP and level up stuff—we’re all Level 2 now!

During a break, I’d purchased a package of 2 unpainted minis. Male Human Wizard minis. As we did our leveling up stuff, Kit, Cayden, and I arranged to meet tomorrow (Monday) to paint our minis as Cayden’s custom mini is due to arrive tomorrow morning. The moment their leveling up was done, Cayden packed it in and headed out. The rest of us chatted for a while, and Lynn gave us a sneak peek at the map of the region where our characters now are—he’s not providing them in-game to make things more interesting for us players. Then Lynn packed up and he, Phil, and Dan departed.

I stayed and chatted with Kit until his ride came to pick him up. Came home, fed Hendrix, then settled in at my desk. Idled for a while trying to tease out ideas to write on. Wrote a scene, then did some searching online for Dragonborn Druid minis, which apparently don’t exist outside of HeroForge’s custom offerings. Wrote another scene.

So, a pretty full day! And now I’m going to take my night meds and put myself to bed.

Doozy of a Day

Gaming Stuff!

Stuff for D&D

I got a lot of good sleep last night, and I woke up feeling refreshed and well-rested for the first time in probably weeks. Woke up naturally too, without an alarm. And then stayed in bed until I felt like getting up. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that on a day I’ve got something scheduled.

Did my usual morning routine, including making some tea to take with me to gaming with MLTGF. We were set to play Magic, and I wanted to make sure I was all prepared for it. Then, when I left, I forgot my tea! LOL

Met my friends and we played for an hour or so. It was Phil, Trish, and Dave today; Dan chose not to come. No big deal. Missed him though. At about 15:10, when our first round wrapped up with Trish winning, I decided to head out. Trish had a headache and was going home, and there were some things I needed to do. My friend Anita, to whom I had an Amazon order sent, had texted me asking if I’d be home when she was downtown, and while I told her I’d be home around six, I had things I needed to get done anyway, and, to be honest, this was a day when I’d kinda not wanted to game at all. I’d wanted to hole up and write, even though I suspected I wouldn’t do so anyway as ideas weren’t flowing.

So I departed Oasis Games to head home. About a block away—I’d just crossed the street heading west, when someone on the street honked. I ignored it, thinking it was meant for someone else. They honked again, and this time I looked to discover Anita waiting in the turn lane. Since Dunkin’ was back the way I’d come from, I promptly turned around and crossed the street to go to their parking lot on the corner. This resulted in me hopping into Anita’s car. She had Greg with her.

After dropping some donations off at DI, we stopped at Sprouts I think and Smith’s to get some food for supper, then went to Anita’s place. There, we chatted while Greg and I crocheted, then we had supper and watched a couple of interviews on David Letterman’s Netflix show (I think he looks good with that beard); we watched the Howard Stern and Malala Yousafzai interviews.

It was a little after ten when we finally left Anita’s. She drove Greg home, then she and I went to Baskin Robbins for some ice cream and we had a nice chat while sitting in the parking lot in front of Trader Joe’s sipping our milkshakes. Then she drove me home, and I fed my cat, and here I am writing today’s blog post!

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