Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

Month: August 2018 (page 1 of 3)

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.

Day of Depression

Title says it all. I woke up depressed, spent most of the day in bed. Daz came around toward the evening with sushi, donuts, and soda to cheer me up, and we played some Chicken Rummy, which all cheered me up. He’s such a gem. I’ll have to figure out something for him. After he left, I showered and tried to make a dice pouch with too little fabric. LOL

17Aug18: After a Late Rise

I got out of bed at around 12:25 Friday. Really needed the sleep, though, because I’d been running on not enough of it most of the week. Didn’t do much. Made some phone calls; opened up a stalled wip to try reading through; carried on an online chat with Kit; worked a bit on my Pathfinder character’s backstory with Daz via email and text. That was about it.

16Aug18: Some New Arrangements

My shelves for Gaming Stuff!

After Daz left around 02:30 or 03:00, I went to bed too. Didn’t sleep much or well, but I do recall an interesting dream of me going into an underground realm of giants to rescue people. I wish I could remember more, just on the off chance it would have made a good story. That’s a writer for you.

Sometime around 07:30, Daz texted me. I’d forgotten to turn sound off on my phone, but I went ahead and carried on a conversation about his character, mostly because I’d panned to get up around 08:00 anyway. We texted back and forth for about twenty minutes, and I got out of bed when we seemed to be done. Came out to living room, did morning routine, and settled in to work on the new encounters I wanted to make for my players. Worked on that for a couple hours or so.

By 10:00, I knew Greg wouldn’t be able to make it to game, so when Trish contacted me about gaming, I said just to cancel it ’cause Greg couldn’t make it and I was too exhausted. I told her I’d have been willing to tough it out if we’d been able to do D&D, but I didn’t have the drive to do anything else if we couldn’t do the D&D. The impression I got from her reply was that nobody on her end was broken up about canceling game completely.

Daz came up with his character sheet after that and we hammered out more of his character’s backstory and the plans for how they’re going to join the group. I gave him one of my last two binders and he departed to prepare for GMing his Thursday evening session of Pathfinder.

I did a few things after that. Organized my shelves so all my gaming stuff is on two of them; emailed various players in my group about backstory stuff they need to turn in if they haven’t already (as well as replacement stuff that I’ve lost somehow); tried to work on my Pathfinder character’s backstory but made no progress; tried to write with again no progress; and then engaged in an hours-long chat with Kit on MeWe.

15Aug18: We’ve Moved Pathfinder!

Nur Li Rashayda’s Stats and Dice.

I honestly didn’t want to get out of bed yesterday. Just wanted to sleep. Not because of depression. I hadn’t slept long enough, but I had to be at Oasis by 15:30 to meet with friends to discuss moving our Wednesday MTG meet to another location.

Since I didn’t expect to be able to play MTG, I didn’t pack any cards with my gaming stuff. Daz and I walked to Oasis together and we settled in a room just before JJ arrived. Cayden had an appointment, so couldn’t make it, and Greg never responded to my invite for him to join us—I think beacuse I was using the wrong number for him, as he had notified me that he did have a new phone and number. JJ, Daz, and I discussed the possibility of moving MTG to Demolition Games, then Daz and JJ played a couple rounds of MTG with Daz coaching JJ a bit. Me, I was sleeving some more MTG cards I’d gotten so I could possibly play with them, but our session ended before I got a chance.

By this time, Kit, who was meeting us for our trip to Demolition Games for Pathfinder, had found us in the private room after spending an hour waiting for us in the main part of the store. He texted Daz, so I had no idea where he was, because Daz was focused on playing and didn’t check his phone. JJ left to go home, then Kit, Daz, and I stopped at 7-Eleven for some food and beverages, then we headed to Demolition Games together. This was Kit’s first trip on the trax.

We arrived late for our 18:00 meeting for Pathfinder, but before Dan, Dave, and Phil gave up waiting and left. The lot of us climbed the stairs to the loft in the back and grabbed the last available table. Cayden showed up late because they thought the session was canceled due to the ovrwhelming number of messages discussing the Pathfinder move the day/evening before. We gamed until about 21:45 or so, when we came to a good place to end and I suggested packing up early ’cause I needed to go to the restroom and me on crutches with those stairs was not going to happen in an amount of time that would enable us to finish the confrontation we’d just rolled initiative for when I got back.

All of us walked back to the Trax station together. Cayden, Dan, Dave, and Phil went south, and Daz, Kit, and I went north. Daz and I hung out with Kit until his brother picked him up, then walked home and hung out for a while. I meant to do some D&D prep, but got sidetracked into discussing a possible character for Daz if he’s able to join my D&D campaign. Worked on that until around 03:00, then he went home to bed, and I laid down as well.

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