Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

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3Oct18: Not Much Done

Most I got done yesterday was coordinating for groceries, chatting with my mom, and doing Duolingo. No writing. I spent most of the day sleeping ’cause I hadn’t gotten enough in the morning. Would have gamed, but it was all canceled due to issues with the Trax from a power surge that set a car on far (right next to my building) the night before

Two Important Things

I had my volunteer shift, but I managed to get my writing done before midnight.

1Oct18 (B): Busy Day

Monday was a pretty good day, though Kit’s D&D was canceled. He wasn’t feeling well. I did manage to get my 250 words for my Fool’s Errand, though. Didn’t do a whole lot else related to writing, though I did do my languages and a number of other things.

1Oct18: September NEVER Happened!

No, really, it didn’t. It may have felt like something happened between August 31st and now, but nothing actually happened.

Well, I wish that was the case for this site.

What actually happened is that on the 17th or 18th of September, I logged in to my site to discover it had been hacked by someone. I won’t use their name. Don’t really want to attract their attention again. Anyway, my site had been hacked. I went through and did all the stuff I knew how to do to try and correct the situation, which, admittedly, wasn’t much. Over the course of the day, things worsened, until all I could get out of my site was a 500 Server Error. I’m not exactly sure what triggered that. What it meant was that I couldn’t even get the login page back up. Website was also down with that error.

So I contacted my web host and explained what had happened. They referred me to instructions on how to recover my site and a page of security measures that I needed to instate so the site wouldn’t get hacked again. I tried reading through these instructions, but the fact I couldn’t even get my login page to come up combined with the multiple lines of instructions per “step” to kick up my anxiety to the point where I couldn’t comprehend anything. This, people, is the same thing that happens with search results on a lot of sites—including those I have my website stuff with.

As a result, nothing got done, and I was relegated to waiting for my friend J.A. Marlow to appear in WG chat. Which she did when she had some free time. She’s got a summer job to supplement her income, so I understood about the constraints on her time. After politely requesting that she look at my site, I emailed her the pertinent info for her to be able to login to my various website-related accounts.

It’s all her work. I did a minimal amount, mainly to do with logging in and updating things for the web host people when she didn’t have time to because she was busy trying to work on my site. The JaguarPC people were amazingly responsive. Typical response time to my posts of another issue was within an hour, no matter who actually posted the complaint on my ticket thread. I did my best to be quick about notifying Jam of those responses so she could log in and see them for herself.

It’s taken about two weeks to get my site back up with new, hopefully tougher security measures in place. Actually, it was back up and running by the 27th of September, but I decided not to repost the posts I’d made up until the site was hacked. I’ve spent the past few days doing a few odds and ends to ease my own worries with the site instead.

So! Things are resuming as of this post. I was in a good habit with posting the day-after, so that’s what I’m going to continue with. Until then, I hope this post helps explain some things for all y’all my maybe 2 followers. LOL

28Aug18: Long Tuesday Out

Safe sex is good sex!

Love Brand Condoms

Yesterday I had a long day out. Left my apartment around 11:30 to go to a psych doc appointment up at the VA. The appointment started a little late ’cause my doc was tangled in a phone call, but it was a good meeting. A few times in the past, we’ve discussed the possibility of adding a sleep aid to my medication regimen due to outside influences (like the 2016 presidential election cycle). Before, though, we decided to wait and see what would happen, and things always tapered off to the point where it was determined I didn’t necessarily need a sleep aid. This time was different. I’ve been having difficulty sleeping the past few months since I last saw my psych doc. Part of that is admittedly me sitting up with Daz, but that’s not every case, and I do try to sleep most nights. But for the past few months (even before meeting Daz), I’ve had difficulty sleeping two or three nights out of the week. I’ll either not get tired at all, or I’ll wake up after lying down. We’d discussed this the last time I saw my psych doc back in I think May, and we decided to wait and see how things would develop. So, the result was that things haven’t really changed, so my doc prescribed some Trazodone. I’ll be getting it n the mail within about 2 weeks.

After my appointment up at the VA, I went directly to the Pride Center. You know, I took my laptop, but I didn’t have its cord or peripherals. LOL It was another busy night there, with 5 or 6 groups meeting. Lots of people hung out in the lobby, and I chatted with them. I also did the condom bowl. LOL Because, really. Teens are going to have sex—maybe not all, but that’s not the point. My point is, denying things like condoms and to teens is just plain stupid. Preaching abstinence doesn’t work, people. It just doesn’t.

*steps down off of soapbox*

But have a picture of the pride center’s condom bowl anyway.

25-26Aug18: Gaming & Not Much Else

On Sunday, I gamed. Didn’t do much else. Monday was another D&D session. Chatted with Mom. Hung out with Daz a bit.

25Aug18: Blah

Just. Blah. Most productive I got on Saturday was helping prepare a meal and crocheting while watching a friend play some video games.

22-24Aug18: Catch-Up

I had a busy day Wednesday (22nd). I had to go to the VA for an appointment and other things. Also had gaming to do. Didn’t do MTG, ’cause I got out of the VA too late to do it, but I did do Pathfinder.

Thursday was an exhaustion day. Put myself to bed but couldn’t sleep. Was productive, though I can’t remember everything I did. Worked on D&D stuff. Also did the day’s D&D session, introducing Daz’s character. Came home, read incomplete wips, then went to bed.

Did nothing on Friday. Got up, ate breakfast, took nap, had some more food, went to bed. Was still tired from Thursday, I guess.

20-21Aug18: Didn’t Mean to Miss a Day

Didn’t do much on Monday. Got groceries. Chatted with Mom on the phone. Was supposed to go to game night, but ended up with digestive issues from something I ate so stayed at home. Had an epiphany about my D&D world and stuff, so worked on that.

Tuesday was an exhaustion day. Even though I went to bed, I only laid awake talking into my mask. Got up, and worked on my D&D stuff.

19Aug18: D&D and Not Much Else

I made it to Sunday’s D&D session, but didn’t do much else. Hung out for a bit with Kit after the game. Read through some wips when I got home. Tried to hand-sew another dice pouch without success. An okay day.

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