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Getting work done... I think. [Dec. 27th, 2013|05:58 pm]
I've gotten myself in some existential quandries in my time, but currently the one that weighs on me is : "Continue art project"/"Make dinner." And somehow, the basic font on my LJ settings is in Cyrillic.
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Long time, Lots of advancements [Aug. 21st, 2013|01:39 pm]
Haven't gotten on here in forever, and a lot's changed since then. Gotten a job after being out of work for five years, one working for Uncle Sam, no less, carrying on the family tradition. I've become a published author, and after yesterday, a PAID one! Currently I'm looking into getting a literary agent so I can make writing my main source of income, as well as continuing to pursue the self-advertising route. I've started a writers/novel blog on a different site so I can maintain some personal space as well as a public one.

  I'm living the dream, and even if I don't manage to make a living at it, I've succeeded at something I wanted to do in life. Happiness abounds, for the most part, except when I'm thrashing around trying to solve plot complications in my next work, trying to design my next piece of cover art, or trying to balance my attempts at creation with participation in the rest of living.

BTW, if anyone's interested, here's the URL for my novel
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(no subject) [Oct. 30th, 2012|08:30 pm]
Well, my orientation day was supposed to be yesterday, 10/29/2012 on Quantico MCB.  Problem: HURRICANE~!
According the quantico website, they were on condition yellow, meaning that reasonable delays for arrival were okay, everyone should report in. Monday morning, in response to an email I'd sent, I got a phone call telling me that orientation was still going on from 0800 to 1600, but they understood if I wanted to reschedule, which I thought was a good idea.

Then, at noon, they declared it a code red, and sent everyone home.

Even if I'd gone, I'd have to have gone back for the whole day.

Now I'm glad I stayed home, particularly since my shed blew over and I had to go collect power tools and a kerosene heater from my yard in the dark, at the height of the storm.

I haven't even worked for them for a day, and it's already gotten strange and funny.
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Some musing on the German People [Oct. 21st, 2011|09:35 am]
German cultural markers are some of the strangest I've read, and that includes the mating habits of the egyptian gods. They are noted for engineering, strange pornography, and the most straightforward naming ever. However, their language has some stuff folded into it that makes it remarkable:
Weltschmerz: the dissonance between the world one perceives and the world as it exists behind one's eyes
Schadenfreud: the enjoyment of the pain/embarassment of someone else.
Spannungsbogen: the self-imposed delay between desiring a thing and the reaching out to claim said thing.

Contrast this with

UBoat: Underwater Boat
Mjollnir: Crusher

Admix with drivethru whorehouses, and you get modern Germany.

I love these crazy people, no question about it.
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WTFH? [Sep. 30th, 2011|12:32 am]
A couple of weeks ago, I applied for jobs with Barnes & Noble. A week later, I get a piece of snail-mail telling me there's nothing available suitable for my experience level. Huh? I worked in retail for a decade, I said I'd take a pay cut, and still nothing? I know, I know, there's a major influx of people applying for those jobs since Borders went under, but really? Not even seasonal work? I've been trying to not be offended, but stilll........
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(no subject) [Sep. 23rd, 2011|07:04 pm]
Lately, I've had a number of friends and acquaintances drop off the radar and go in new directions with their lives. Aside from the melancholy that concomitant with such things, I'm reminded of a speech from Babylon 5, having to do with remembering one's friends for who they were, wishing them well on their way, and hoping that someday you'll catch up with them again. Think I'll try and catch up with the folks that are still out and about. Also reminds me that one of the benefits of linear time is the savoured experience.
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Natasach, take Latka [Sep. 21st, 2011|08:06 pm]
Well, finally relocating my headspace back to the land of the semi-living, after a couple of months of living in the stageplay portion of reality. It does help that the bizarre timing things seem to have come to a temporary halt. Don't get me wrong, I love the bizarre stuff, but it's like living on a high-sugar diet; sooner or later, you're going to get diabetes, not to mention sick to your stomach.
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(no subject) [Sep. 8th, 2011|12:26 pm]
I really, really, really, promise to try to update this thing more frequently, not to mention logging on to read my people's entries. Need to back away from the Underweb and try to get back on the top layer.
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Gonna have to face it, I'm addicted to FB. [Jul. 9th, 2011|10:45 pm]
The drawback to the instant gratification of FB is that quick-fix status update. You can spend hours on here, reading paragraph after paragraph of people's happenings, or you can get the Lipton Instant Soup that is Facebook. When you get your jollies bouncing from thought to thought, page to page, that short update makes you feel like you're keeping up, but you're actually just surfing the top layer of stuff floating through people's heads. Think I should get back into the habit of LJ, I have too many folks that don't do the FB thing.
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ahh, another holiday season over and done.. [Dec. 27th, 2010|12:06 am]

Is it sad when you look at the "festive" season of the year and regard going to the vet for a checkup and only getting browbeaten once as a very good thing? Between the deaths at this time of year, the general stressed out people around you, and several years of retail-christmases, it's a wonder I don't just move into a cave in China.

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