Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

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Final Daily Post

I have done my daily posts, to the best of my ability, for a little over five months. When I first started doing them, I thought it would be fun, and it was in some ways. But for the most part, posting daily has been a stress. If I don’t put a post up, I fret over it, even if there was simply no way for me to do it the day before. Though I started out trying to post on the same day the events I wrote about happened, I more often posted on the day after. I’ve discovered I have fun finding things to take pics of for my posts, but can’t keep up with the pics on a daily basis because I simply can’t find anything that relates to my posts most times.

So with this post, I’m ending my run of daily posts. It’s just not me, and I see no reason to keep up with something I don’t find a lot of pleasure in. My plan is to rethink my site—again—and decide what all I want to do with it. I’ll more than likely discontinue my separate Fool’s Errand site and move what posts are there over to this site.

One of the things I missed most about my switch to daily posts about what I’ve done each day were the more personal posts I put on this site. I was trying to run a more professional site, but I’ve since decided that I’d rather be the real me instead of some twit who posts about nonsense crap every day. Honestly, I don’t much care about following people who endlessly list tasks completed, so I figured why bother subjecting my (5) followers to the same? Also, I’d rather space my posts out over the week.

Aside from Fool’s Errand posts here each Saturday, I don’t expect to do much posting until the new year. I want to spend the remaining weeks of 2018 planning what I’ll write about. No, it certainly won’t be daily lists of tasks completed. Depending on how many topics I manage to jot down and what they relate to, I may assign specific topics a specific day.

28Oct18: Tired Sunday

I got a whopping 5 hours sleep Saturday night, so I was still tired when I got up Sunday. Much as I wanted to sleep until 10:00 or 11:00, I couldn’t, because water was being shut off for repairs around 10:00 and I didn’t want to be home during any time it was off, so I headed to Oasis at around 09:55.

So I did Lynn’s D&D, and I canceled Movie night ’cause Daz was too tired to join. I got my languages done, but did little else. Mostly idled away the hours, even after I took a 2 hour nap after arriving home. Went to bed a little after 01:00.

27Oct18: Masks and MOTS

I didn’t get nearly as much done on Saturday as I intended. Well, not of intended tasks. Did get my languages done and posted here. Also chatted with my friend Katie and arranged to go quilting at her place on Monday. Chatted with Mom twice on the phone and had her over for a visit as well.

But I spent most of the day working on 2 projects: Masks, and the first book of my Masters of the Schism series. It felt good to dig into Masks, but even better to work on MOTS1. An epiphany hit, and I sorted out the first several chapters of scenes because I now know what to do with book 1. Before, I had no idea how to end the plot threads to either (seemingly unrelated) storyline.

So there it is! a productive day working on long-incomplete WIPs!

15Oct18: Social Day

It was a good Monday, I think. Went to Kit’s D&D at Oasis Games, then came home with Kit and had Daz and Varick over for some social time. Kit and Daz worked on Kit’s character sheet for the Saturday Game Daz wants to get going eventually, and Varick and I chatted while frozen pizzas baked. Got my languages and 250 words after they left too.

11-12Oct 18: Missed a Day

Didn’t mean to miss posting about Thursday, but I had and exhaustion day Friday, and I usually write and post my updates the day after the day they’re about.

Honestly, I didn’t get much done Thursday. I did do my languages, and I went to MTG with my friends from the Shepherd family and Greg. I also took a 2+ hour nap, which is what threw me off for the night, especially since the nap happened after 17:00.

Friday was mostly a bust. After getting up to the VA to pick up some meds I’d forgotten to put in an online order for, I kind of zoned the rest of the day. Tried napping around noon without success, and hit the sack shortly after full darkness fell—by 19:30.

Not my best day by a long shot. LOL

7Oct18: A Movie Night at Last!

Sunday started with a trip to get groceries with my friend Ross. After that, Lynn’s D&D from noon until 16:00; pretty much everyone else in the group finally leveled up after we discovered some major discrepancies in XP. Varick joined me, Daz, and Kit for a chat at Oasis while waiting for Kit’s ride, then the rest of us came back home. I got my Duolingo lessons in while Daz and Varick stopped at Daz’s place to drop off Daz’s gaming things. I wanted to write, but had no time.

But we finally got a movie night in!

It took us three weeks to find a site that offered the first Captain America movie, not to mention cancellations for a couple of other reasons. It was good to sit down with Daz and Varick to watch the movie we’d been looking forward to seeing for so long. Afterward, we sat chatting for a bit, petting and playing with Hendrix. I hated to see them go, but Varick had to start home so he wouldn’t miss the last train. After going to see him off and checking on Inara, Daz came back up and we made a cooperative meal and watched Little Shop of Horrors, which he had not seen before. We had some good laughs over how corny and campy the movie is, then Daz skedaddled after because he wanted to get some sleep.

So, all in all, a good day!

4Oct18: More Done than it Seemed

Thursday seemed like a lazy day, but I actually got more than I thought done. Looking at my list of tasks accomplished, I have the following:

Read a free article on the business of writing
Did my Languages
Turned in my rent check, Hendrix’s Rabies vax proof, and a note about the trash room on my floor
Played MTG
Wrote my 250 words
Had a long chat with my mom
Helped my friend Greg get his Farepay card for transit, and set up his online account for it
Recorded things in my not-a-bullet-journal
Wrote the AEP update for the 3rd and posted it
And got to bed at a decent hour

Pretty good, I’d say.

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

Another Two Days; a Bad Habit

Playing Cards!

Fan of Standard Playing Cards

I honestly didn’t mean to miss Thursday, even though it was another exhaustion day. Because I ended up staying up late playing games with Daz on Wednesday night, I was too wired to feel tired. Instead of putting myself to bed as I should have after taking my night meds, I stayed up instead. Bad me.

Today, it occurred to me that I haven’t mentioned my writing efforts the past several days or so. I have made them. Every day, I open the last fiction project I worked on, if nothing else. Some days, I open other files, either to look at one particular story an idea is stirring for, or a succession of Scrivener files to try and tease my creative mind into activity. I do make an effort, put Butt In Chair and Turn On The Faucet at some point. Sadly, nothing seems to want to move. Ideas do stir, but they come to nothing, and usually remain vague notions I can’t quite grasp.

But Thursday was an unexpected free day for writing. I was supposed to go quilt at Katie’s. Unfortunately for both of us, she felt unwell, with a sore throat and stuffy nose. Because she didn’t want to risk making me sick as well, she canceled our quilting meet. I told her to take care of herself and proceeded to Turn On The Faucet instead, and ended up reading through a number of my incomplete projects in an effort to stir the notions spinning in my mind into actual progress without any luck. At 18:30 or so, I finally gave up and went to bed, too exhausted to continue any longer.

Oh, my friend JJ did happen to visit on Thursday afternoon. He was downtown and had some extra time between appointments, and I invited him to my apartment. We had a nice little chat, and Hendrix got some loves from a new person. They seemed to get along well, and he spent a lot of time lying on JJ’s backpack. JJ’s got a cat too, and I bet his cat was livid that another had tried to claim JJ’s backpack. LOL

Friday did not start off very well. I awoke feeling depressed and basically rolled over and hid from the world until it became too painful to remain in bed. When I came out to the living room, I got on the computer and contacted Daz, intending to distract myself with chatter to him. It was hard, but I admitted how I was feeling moodwise, and he came up to hang out with me until he had to go to an appointment. We played some card games and he basically kept me distracted from the depression, then, when he left, he promised to return after his appointment.

I spent maybe 2 hours between his visits chatting on MeWe with my writer friends, and when Daz returned, he brought DiGiorno Pan Pizza for us to eat. While we ate it, I told Daz that Hendrix would try to crawl into the box at some point, and he looked at my cat and said, “Cat, you are silly.” LOL After we ate, we played some more games with my deck of regular cards, then we agreed to play MTG for a bit. He went downstairs to get his decks, and then texted me that he almost passed out from tiredness when he sat down to dig his decks out of hiding. I told Daz to go ahead and sleep a bit.

After that, I spent most of the rest of the day idling. Though my mood improved, I still didn’t care to do anything, until I finally forced myself to get on the dishes I’d messed up over the course of the day. I fed Hendrix his supper. Chatted with my sister. Finally managed to post the next chapter of DH02 on Wattpad. Also managed to do some stuff with GIMP tonight too. Oh, and I also text-chatted with a barber who’s going to be doing a demo cut of someone’s hair for the transmasculine group at the pride center later on this month, because one of the facilitators of the group thought I might make a good model; I sent the guy pics of my hair, but have not heard back yet on whether he thinks I’d be a good model—I actually think he’s gone to bed. LOL

Splurge Purchase!

Dice! In a Tray!

Dice! In a Tray! A splurge purchase.

It’s still dark out, so I say I can still say I’m making this post on the 1st, even though it’s written and posted on the 2nd. LOL

After rising at 09:50, I spent some time online chatting with long-distance friends. At around 13:30 or so, I decided to head out to Oasis, and asked Daz if he wanted to join me, JJ, and Cayden for MTG at Oasis, and he said he’d like to. We took our time getting there, and when we arrived, he offered to get me some KFC via Door Dash. As we waited for our food to arrive, Cayden showed up, and we sat chatting for the next while as they ate a sandwich from the shop. Eventually, we moved ourselves to one of the private rooms in the back of the store, and JJ joined us shortly thereafter. The food arrived after that, and Daz and I ate while we chatted.

We played one round of MTG. About midway through the round, JJ abruptly packed up and left, stunning all three of us. Cayden and Daz thought they’d been doing something wrong—they were advising him on how to play—and I thought maybe JJ didn’t like Daz for giving him advice. Neither of us had a chance to chat with him though, and my phone wouldn’t send or receive texts for some reason, so I couldn’t get anything through. After that, we finished up our round, and Daz helped Cayden resleeve their deck, because the penny sleeves on their cards were rather beaten. While they did that, I finished double-sleeving one of my decks.

We packed the MTG stuff up at around 17:30 and somehow Cayden and Daz had come around to an agreement that Cayden would join the Pathfinder game he runs. So, as the other gamers—Phil, Dave, Dan, and Kit—arrived for that, Daz and Cayden created their character. The rest of us chatted, and I did a little shopping. We finally got going in the game at around 19:30 or so, I think. I’m not sure. Didn’t check the time. Since Cayden’s character wasn’t with us at the moment, we had them keep “score”—adding the hit points we took out of the centipedes our characters were fighting. We had our initiative up on the whiteboard the room we were in happened to have, and after we finished the session, Daz, Kit, and I added fates to a few of our characters just to amuse ourselves and possibly the next people to see the board.

I walked home with Daz. On the way, he mentioned having to sew some of his trousers, so I offered the use of my sewing kit. He stopped by on our way in to get it from me, and I checked to make sure it had hand-stitching needles and suggested we hang out for a bit. So he took all his Pathfinder GM stuff down to his place with my sewing kit and came back up. We chatted for a while, and he ended up staying past midnight, playing some Mexican Train dominoes and a round of MTG Commander. Over the course of that MTG game, I learned he’s pretty much an expert with the rules.

Daz left around 03:30 and I got online because my mind was too active for sleep and I needed to eat before I could take my night meds anyway. When I got to MeWe, I discovered JJ had left a message there apologizing for leaving so abruptly. Essentially, he had a massive brain fart and his reaction was just to leave the situation. I told him Daz is an expert in the rules, relieved none of the rest of us had upset JJ. After that, I got into a chat with Kit until he went to bed at about 04:30.

I did finally manage to eat, and I took my night meds, but I’m apparently not sleeping at all tonight.

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