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Spinning in Place?

I've been dizzy for a bit while I taper off of my antidepressant. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, I've been slowly getting some things done around the condo. Small things like rearranging items that actually help quite a lot. I went through the bins in my bedroom closet and was able to move most of them into my craft area for later. This let me put things in my closet free up space in the hall closet for my large toolbox. And now my guitars are in a better place in my living room. I thought those bins were mostly full of paper and all but one is full of fabrics. I guess my paper clutter situation may not be as bad as I thought! Though I've been making progress, I feel stuck in some places. I've spent the whole summer trying to get tubes for my bicycle. They're a special size and so far, no one can track them down. I ordered some from one store that had communication issues with their supplier. More than once. Finally, I just asked for a refund because a frie
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Canucksgiving Update

I meant to post on Wednesday, but I've been fighting with my ear again. I was supposed to go visit my family, but the dizziness and low-grade fever plus ear discomfort made it too hard to drive safely for anything more than short trips like picking up antibiotics. So a video chat was had instead and I added some things, like whole cranberry sauce to a Swiss Chalet meal to put together a chicken dinner for myself. That's life sometimes. As I mentioned, I finally conquered Chapter 5 and I'm now working on Chapter 6. I've chatted with a number of friends on part of the content for this novel because it goes beyond my own knowledge and experience areas. It's all well and good to write what one knows, but I don't stick to that to the letter. Expanding my own knowledge to make the story better is something that I want for my novels. Now I have a long list of things to learn about to narrow down what fits with what is in my mind for a technical aspect of Sparks. I don&

When September Ends...

... I get excited because October is my favourite month of the year. I'm a goth and have been since the 90s.  I'm struggling with one of my costume items. It looked so good on the site. Hopefully, I can get it to look good on me too. My first attempt didn't go well. I'll keep at it. My main writing update is that I made it through Chapter 5 and I'm really happy with it. And now I'm stuck on Chapter 6. This book has a futuristic view mixed with magic and some things are quite challenging to invent or reinvent, but I'm thoroughly enjoying the process despite occasionally wanting to rip my hair out. Every tweak has ripple effects across the rest of the story, so it's important to take my time.  A new round is already here and I need to set some goals. For the bulk of the final round of 2021, my plan is my current novel, but November is NaNoWriMo and I haven't decided if I will participate or not. I've set myself up with a schedule. For 3 days each w

ROW80 2021 Round 3 End

Do you ever feel like you're exactly where you're meant to be? It's quite rare for me, but that was Friday. After retrieving my skates from Farrhaven, I spent the night catching up on punk bands. It felt like what I really needed. When I don't suck so much at guitar, I'd like to be in a punk band. I can't do power chords yet, so it'll be a minute... I also played around with learning GIMP. I've been wanting to have skills in this area for a long time, and I'm working toward that. This is the part of the sandwich when I say it was martial arts I've left behind indefinitely. Though I enjoyed swinging my sword the other day, I need time away to focus on the things I'm more passionate about. Thankfully, the community has been accepting of this and that's a weight off my shoulders. I was worried I would lose some friends over it as silly as that may sound. Saturday brought sleeping in, more punk catch up, and working on Sparks. I really need t

Sliding into Autumn

I've made a decent amount of progress this weekend. I've noticed that whenever I make use of my planner, I tend to do better on my goals. Part of the problem has been that it would get misplaced during the reno, so it was hard to set shorter term goals. I tend to use Trello for my long-term overarching goals.  I also made a change with my chores. I have a schedule, but I was initially trying to get everything done in a whole room and that wasn't working. Instead, I'm keeping the schedule, but my goal is to do whatever I can in 30 minutes or so. I'm seeing a lot more progress on my declutter this way and it's less stressful. Now it doesn't feel like I have a mountain to climb. And it's motivating me like nothing else has lately in regards to getting caught up around my home. For awhile, I thought about going back to school for a Master's degree, but I've realized that the last decade has been too full for me. I've had little time to relax and

Early September Adventures

On Wednesday, I got to visit my young buddy and show him a few things in Minecraft. It was so good to see him, his sister, and my close friends in person. Their pug was also quite happy to see me too. I have a Minecraft book to lend him if his friends don't first. He reads now and I love that so much. His little sister reminds me of him at her age as she has trouble sitting still. He's much more patient now and his vocabulary is much more developed. She's a dear too. It was wonderful to have a bit of normalcy and to be able to hug my friends! I spoke with my boss this week as the role I assumed has been too stressful in the wrong way for me, so some changes will be coming eventually. Sometimes one has to admit when something just isn't right for them. On Friday, I went to a vaccinated-only house party with one of my friend groups and had an excellent time. Not only did I get to spend time with dear friends, but I got to try a 70s Gibson Marauder! The night wasn't wi

Labour Day Weekend 2021

My weekend was a bit of a rollercoaster. I had a blast watching my friend perform on Friday night at SAW Gallery. Her band, Chautauqua, is fantastic. A small group of us followed the concert up with drinks at Avant Garde, which was great because we couldn't socialize much during the concert.  I felt a little rough the next day, so I took it easy. At one point, I felt like writing, but I couldn't find my notes for the part of the project I'm on right now. Frustrated, I spent time cleaning in my office and eventually remembered where they were. Unfortunately, I was not as far ahead as I thought I was. My notes were more of a list of guidelines and I still have to figure out how to rewrite the section they apply to. At least I know where they are now and I can plug away at it. On Sunday, I did some errands, laundry, and relaxed with TV and video games. Actually, I got a lot of gaming in all weekend and it's been good for my morale. I've been feeling burned out lately.