Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

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No Aviary Visit

Hendrix with D&D books.

Imma read ur D&D books. Upside-down, even!

I pulled myself out of bed by 09:00 this morning so that I’d have enough time to prepare to go to the Tracy Aviary with my friend JJ. Sadly, he had not responded to any of my contacts since Tuesday, and I was already concerned about his silence after he messaged on MeWe that he was at a hospital on Tuesday. He didn’t respond to my texts or phone calls this morning either. I tried calling the hospital to see if he was an inpatient, and they said they had nobody by his last name there. Also notified Kit that I hadn’t heard from JJ for a couple days since that mysterious and troubling message he left on MeWe on Tuesday.

After I realized we wouldn’t be meeting today at all, and that he wasn’t going to respond, I went and laid down to get over the the stress of JJ’s lack of communication. I think I even managed to sleep a little. This was good, because I hadn’t slept well last night, and that probably wasn’t helping the stress factor.

Since there was nothing I could do to get a response from JJ at present, I packed up some D&D stuff to take to the Pride Center with me. I’d already gotten an agreement from Kevin on Wednesday that he’d drive me home if I came and hung out with him before the support group I wanted to go to. So that was what I did, while working on D&D stuff. Happily, I got all the must-do stuff done and have since been working on something purely fun for me (and hopefully my players).

When I got home, I fed my cat and then quickly called Mom, who’d left a message while I was at the Pride Center. I convinced her not to spend money she didn’t need to spend on something for me that I don’t really need. Tried contacting JJ again too, but no response to my message, so I emailed him. Did my languages on Duolingo, a teensy bit of work on one of my wips, had supper, and took some pics of Hendrix. I’ve posted the most amusing of them above. LOL

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.

Catching Up Here

Diane Sawyer Block

Diane Sawyer Block

I didn’t post Thursday ’cause it was a busy day for me and I hit Nope and went to bed without thinking about Thursday’s post. Friday was much the same about the Nope, only earlier and much stronger.

Thursday was a busy day. I had to rise early, around 06:00 or so (usual wakeup time is around 10:00) to get to my primary care appointment. I was originally scheduled for 10:30 that morning, but got a call asking me to come in around 09:30 because my doc had had a couple of cancellations. I agreed to that, so got up at around 05:30 or 06:00 Thursday and hightailed it out of my apartment without breakfast to make the appointment. Grabbed something to eat when I got to the VA, then checked in to my adjusted-time appointment about 50 mins early. Just sat down when my doc’s nurse, Deb, came out to invite me into the clinic area. She took my vitals and left me in a room by myself after telling me that Dr. Milne had 3 interns working with her today and she wasn’t sure what the procedure was going to be.

About 5 mins after I settled in the room, an intern came in and introduced himself as Scott. I don’t think he gave his last name. He spent about 45 or so mins taking me through everything from my medications, to medical history, to giving me an exam so complete that he even looked in my nostrils, which nobody else had ever done before. After that, he went to go pass on all he’d learned to Dr. Milne, and she came back with him and had him give his report in front of me. She checked my lungs and heart again, did a check of the moles on my back, then had Scott do diabetic sensory test for neuropathy on my feet since I’m diabetic. Since my last exam, I’ve lost 5lbs, which she was happy to see, and my A1C levels were good, which I was really happy about. Dr. Milne wants me to walk most days of the week (4) but seemed pretty pleased that I’ve been walking more often than I used to. She told me she wanted to see me in 6 months, and then sent me out to check out.

I then went to building 550 on the VA campus as I’d arranged with Katie, and she came to pick me up as planned. We went to her place to do some quilting, and I mentioned the Block Of The Month Quilt she’d suggested I start as a sort of break from my Kaleidoscope Quilt I’ve been working on, and we did that. This is a quilt she did last year, and we started on Marc’s block because Katie wanted to do her March blocks for it. She taught me how to cut fabric to size, then I stitched the pieces together while she worked on the blocks she wanted to redo, cutting the fabrics for those. Katie got the quilt pattern from a quilt store and they named it the You Go Girl Quilt and the block I did was named after Diane Sawyer. I did that one block and she suggested doing more, but groceries were on my mind, so we packed up the quilting stuff and headed out.

Before we went to Smith’s, Katie took me out to eat since she was hungry. After that, a quick run through the grocery store for my food, and Katie brought me home. I think I may have written a scene on a wip as well. I also did some D&D prep work.

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On Friday, the only thing I really did was go to gaming with Kit’s group. His mother joined us, and we all had great fun. I came home, laid down 3 or 4 times, and gave in and went to bed around 19:30.

Lots of D&D Stuff Done

I got a lot of D&D stuff done today. Rose at I think 11:00 and got out to Oasis Games within an hour. Spent about 3-4 hours there working on a floor plan and character sheets. Came home, laid down for a bit, had a couple text chats with a person or two, and wrote a scene before getting some more of Unara’s 33 spell cards done. All in all, a good day!

Gaming and Writing

Today was a pretty good day. I played MTG with some friends, wrote, and read a bit.  Also had a good chat with my sister. Yes, a good day all ’round.

Not Much Today

I didn’t do much today. Just wrote a scene on a wip and had a chat with my mom on the phone. Tomorrow: Gaming.

Lots of Reading

I wrote a little, but spent most of the day reading. Some stuff by other authors, some of my old incomplete stuff with an eye to deciding what I may be able to reuse in newer projects. Or see what I may be able to push for progress on.

Difficult Day

My headache continued through today, and so did the queasy feeling it brought. I bowed out of MTG this evening because I’m afraid I might be contagious, though this reminds me of a much more severe seasonal allergy I had some years ago in North Carolina, when my family moved out to a rural location near an airstrip populated with lots of blooming weeds. Pretty flowers, but what they did to me was downright awful. What I’ve got now is like a much milder version of that illness.

Today started out difficult. When I tried to login to the site’s backend, I found myself blocked. When I finally made it into the backend, I discovered some random jerk had basically stolen my account. I’ve done what I can to patch it so they can’t affect anything, though I’m not sure how effective it is. Still working on workarounds for it all, since I can’t actually access the Gravatar account the jerk apparently used to change the username. The entry codes go to a phone I no longer have access to, and I’ve lost any backup codes I had, as well as the original login password. So, yeah, I’m pretty well screwed there.

I’ve managed to write a bit today, though. Not a lot, but enough. I’m bouncing from one project to another, all of the damn things gay romances, but, eh, I’ll go with it.

And I’ve been reading a favorite book by a favorite author. Need to get more of her stuff . . .

Had a Headache

I had an awful sick headache most of the day, so I laid down a good portion of it. I did get a bit of writing in though. Also a call to Mom and a chat with my friend Anita. It was a good day.

Long Day

I slept not a wink last night. Been writing all day. And reading. So it’s been a good, productive day, which pleases me.

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