Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

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13Oct18: A Good Saturday

Yesterday started with me rising at 10:30. It was a pretty productive day. I chatted with my mom and my friend Anita. Got my 250 words, posted DH03CH06 to Wattpad, and wrote a Fool’s Errand post. Also took a nap, updated DH02’s and DH03’s covers on Wattpad, prepped my beverages for Lynn’s D&D, listed my week’s goals on FM, kept up with my daily journal (my not-a-bullet-journal), and took a nap—which threw off my circadian rhythm again. The only unhappy thing was having to cancel painting minis with Kit. He wasn’t feeling well and had to go to an apartment viewing and didn’t think he’d be capable of meeting with me due to his cold. I told him to take care of himself and proceeded to make my day productive in other ways.

8Oct18: Unintentional Exhaustion and Movies

Though I went to bed Sunday night, I didn’t sleep, so I gave up and got out of bed. Did some brainstorming on DH04-06 and made more progress on the books than I have in years. Also did some D&D prep

My friend Varick came over to watch Clue and we watched another movie after. Then I gently chased him out so I could get some things done—and proceeded not to do them. No writing, no more work on my writing. I’m counting my brainstorming as my writing work for the day. It took about as long as my 250 words usually do. Read through a completed story, then went to bed around 22:30.

Day of Idleness

At least yesterday I was productive in some way—or would have been if I’d had all the tools I wanted/needed for that productiveness. Today, aside from doing one thing outside the house, I’ve been idle. All I did was go out with a friend to pick up a package an out of state VA sent to me. Meds.

Besides that, I’ve idled, though I tried writing—oh! I did type up one session of adventure notes from Daz’s group. Other than that and picking up the meds, though, nothing.

Maybe tomorrow will be better.

A Long Tuesday

There should be a pic here, but I forgot to take one of the setup I have for the D&D sessions I’m running, because that’s what intended to use for this post’s image. Oh, well, it’s not the end of the world.

Yesterday was an exhaustion day. I fully intended to go to bed, but I was too wired after game night and hanging out with Daz afterward, and didn’t get tired at all. So instead of putting myself to bed, I just sat up. Bad me.

I did do my full roster of activities though. Over the morning, I attempted to write, but no ideas were flowing. What ideas I did have, I couldn’t grasp well enough to type out. Frustrating, to say the least.

At around 11:00, I left for Oasis Games in the company of my friend Greg, who’d agreed to help me cart stuff to the store for the game. We got there with plenty of time for me to set up. The D&D session went pretty well, and my players’ characters are I think about 75 XP away from level 2. I ended the session at about 14:30 so we could do XP and I’d have enough time to pack up before our end-time—and in part because I didn’t want to stop the game in the middle of an encounter later on.

Greg helped me bring my things home and I went to my volunteer shift. That passed uneventfully, and Kevin brought me home around 21:00. I then spent some time trying to wrangle with UPS after hours because some VA place in Tucson, AZ has randomly sent me a package must go from UPS’s hands directly to mine, and they won’t deliver it to the local UPS store. Managed to reassign delivery to the UPS Customer Service Center or whatever in a location that’s difficult for me to reach even when I’m not on crutches, and arranged with my friend Katie to take me out there. Daz also thought up another solution, but since Katie was willing, I decided to go with her to save him the hassle. Will be doing that on Friday.

Daz and I hung out for a couple hours after that, and after he left, I went right to bed.

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

Didn’t Mean to Miss Posting

I thought so hard about posting to the site last night that it was quite a surprise when I got online today to discover I hadn’t actually done so. I’m chalking it up to exhaustion. Tuesday was an exhaustion day because i ended up with digestive issues from eating too much fibrous food the previous day. Just about the time I was getting ready for bed, the “fun” started and it kept me up all night.

But Tuesday was productive. I wrote I think four scenes total on a WIP and had a visit with Mom. Also finished up the cleaning of my marks from my Feline Ferocity Commander MTG deck. Called someone in the building about a mattress and box springs they wanted to sell and left a message on his voicemail. Was in bed by 22:00 too.

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!

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