Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

Category: Miscellany (page 1 of 6)

Volunteer Shift and Floor Plans

Floor Plans!

I had my volunteer shift today. Because I didn’t sleep well last night, I almost didn’t go in, but I decided to at the last minute and went in anyway. So I gathered everything I thought I’d need for doing floor plans for D&D and headed out.

Was two stops down the Trax line when I realized I’d forgotten the master floor plan—the one I did on graph paper that I’ve been enlarging from. This meant I had to either do it all from memory, or I had to go back and get it. Almost decided to try it from memory, but as the train stopped, a northbound train pulled in, so I hopped off and caught it before it headed off, hurried to my apartment, and grabbed the master floor plan.

I managed to draw up all the floor plans I think I’ll absolutely need for this weekend, which makes me happy.

Back at home, I managed to do a few rounds of Duolingo on the two languages I’m learning on and off. Also purchased some Two Year Novel ebooks from a friend of mine on Smashwords to start plugging a story into.

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

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.

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.

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!

Not Much Done Today, but . . .

Pride Necklace

My Pride Necklace.

I didn’t get much done on Thursday. Not because I didn’t want to, but mostly because of lack of opportunity. I was so tired from my exhaustion day that I slept until pretty much noon. Finally pulled myself out of bed about ten ’til noon, not quite ready to meet the day, but willing enough to be out of bed that I didn’t dread the day any more.

Once I got settled at my desk, I called Mom. I try to call her a few times a week, and we hadn’t spoken for a few days. We were on the phone for about 45 minutes or so. Had a good chat.

After that, I had to get ready to go to my make-up volunteer shift. I wasn’t able to go on Tuesday because we were still trying to get together at Katie’s for D&D with Kit. By the time that fell through due to Katie getting ill, I’d already figured if it did fall through I’d go ahead and do something else that afternoon and just leave this week’s shift on Thursday.

So I went to that. Got there early ’cause I left early, though at this point I don’t think there’s really a set time for me to work the shift any more. Kevin doesn’t seem to mind as long as I show up at some point by 16:00-16:30 and he’s always happy if I stick around until he leaves. Tonight, he set me on the task of calling banks about debit cards lost at the Pride Festival held this past weekend. After that, we just hung out and chatted with people who came in. A new group, just for transmasculine people, started this week. I spoke with its facilitator before he left and learned the general Adult Trans group has a more balanced mix of people these days. When I left it a few years ago, it was mostly transwomen, and, to be honest, I got tired of that. Nothing against transwomen, really, I just felt like, with the lack of transpeople of other identities, my needs were no longer being served by the group. So I was pretty glad to hear there’s a more balanced membership and more non-binary-identifying members now. Decided to give it a try and wrote down the date and time of the next meeting.

Kevin was kind enough to drive me home even though it was still very light out. Intended to write after I settled in, but got into a conversation online with another transperson. Now it’s after midnight and I want to write a scene on a wip, so I won’t be going to bed for a while, but it was a good day.

Hair and D&D and Writing, Oh My!

Shan the Wizard

Greg’s Character, Shan

Tuesday was a good day. I slept well Monday night and actually awoke naturally around 07:00. I spent the next hour or so just lazing in bed thinking about stuff as I like to do when I wake up on my own after a good night’s sleep. When I finally pulled myself out of bed, I’d dozed off a few times and it was going on nine.

First thing I did after my morning routine was go out to Orlando’s Salon to have my hair done. A little more expensive than I usually like to go, but I was tired of the place I’d been going to, where the hairdressers went off some old, old haircut I got years ago and didn’t seem willing to listen to me when I tried to get them to change the style. I’ve kept my hair quite short for years, and I want to change it a little—let the top get a bit longer than it’s been for the past few years—and I didn’t think the hairdressers at my old place, a Supercuts within walking distance, would listen to me about it. One of my friends recommended the hairdresser I went to today, and, really, the price quoted to me when my friend went in (I was with her) wasn’t all that much more than what I’d been paying.

I like the haircut. Though I think she left the sides and back longer than I wanted (I asked for as short as she could get it), I am very pleased with how she cut the top. I had her take about half an inch off, to keep the bulk of the length but get rid of the ends (which I thought might be starting to split, considering how my hair was behaving after washing). At the end, she asked how I felt about putting product in, and I told her it depended largely on what I was going for with my hair, and that currently I primarily want wash-and-wear. Since I’d told her over the course of the haircut that I tended to wash my hair only once a week to prevent it turning into a haystack, she introduced me to a leave-in conditioner to spray in after I towel-dry my hair.

After that, I came home and prepared for my afternoon. One of the calls I made yesterday was to arrange an “appointment” with another friend. He wanted to join in the D&D gaming with my longtime gaming friends—that D&D campaign I’m writing up. So at 15:00, I packed up everything and headed down to Oasis Games.

On the way, approaching the entrance, I noticed someone standing on the sidewalk toward the street. He was facing the street, standing behind, from my perspective, one of the trees that line the sidewalk. I halted, removed my headphones from one ear, and asked, “Greg?” thinking he might be my friend. He was! We entered the shop and sat to draw up his character. This took a couple of hours, because I made sure he read everything he needed to be familiar with.

When we finished with his character creation, I invited him to my home to go to HeroForge to create an image of his character. This took maybe another thirty to forty-five minutes.

After all that, I needed some time for my mind to cool down so to speak, so I idled until I decided what to work on. Decided to start another rewrite of a stalled project. Stalled because I realized it had derailed from what I originally intended, and rewriting instead of cutting-and-fixing from an earlier point because the writing is not up to my current standards.

So that was my Tuesday!

A Whole Lotta Nothin’

I did a whole lotta nothin’ on Monday. Got up feeling like working on a rewrite, but never actually got around to deciding what I wanted to work on. What I did do was make a number of phone calls to arrange get-togethers and chat with friends and family.

I Wrote Today!

10-sided dice!

The dice we use in Vampires.

Saturday was an all-round great day.

First off, I got my grocery shopping done. I think, of all the chores I have to do, I hate this one most. But I got to see a couple of friends and got my food. Yay.

Then on to gaming. I have longtime friends I’ve gamed with for years. We’ve played Vampires: The Masquerade for most of about ten or so years, so meeting with them is a regular thing. Recently, we’ve added Magic: The Gathering to our gaming habits, then there’s me making a D&D campaign for them, and if we can get the books for it, we’ll start the Rifts system. But today we played Vampires. It felt good to play it again, as we haven’t for a while.

Back at home, I got on my computer and idled for a while. I idle a lot. But this time, in searching for a specific story on my thumb drives, I found some writing I thought lost for good! A bunch of Urban Fantasy stories I’d been working on. Boy, I was glad I found it all.

And, last of all, I wrote today! So happy to have written. It felt great!

Did it Again

Plastic Xylorian

My new mini!

Well, I did it again. I went to bed without posting before shutting down. So I think I’m just going to go with the flow and post whenever I get a chance to, even if it’s the day after.

Friday was a fun day. I didn’t do anything really notable writing-wise, but I did get to hang out with a friend. We went out for breakfast, then to a craft store. She got a haircut, and I made an appointment for the same with her hairdresser, whom she says does an excellent job. I’m looking forward to my haircut, ’cause I can’t ever get hairdressers to do what I ask for. Honestly, it’s gotten to the point where I’ve stopped trying to convince them. But my friend says this one will listen and give me exactly what I ask for. So here’s hoping.

At the crafts store, I bought several skeins of a multicolored yarn that I’ve always loved and a fabric bin to hold it in. Started to do what I call a Granny Rectangle blanket with it when I got to my friend’s. Meant to get a pic of my progress with it, but I forgot and by the time I remembered, I was already home, so maybe next time.

When I came home, I found my Xylorian mini in my mailbox. I was very excited to see him there. HeroForge did an excellent job.

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