Weekend Coffee Share – 18/12/16

…and it’s back to the hot drinks today. The highest it’s supposed to get this week is 70, and today about 63. Which I know is nothing to many, but is on the cold side for here.
Not to much has happened this week. Work remains meh.

Bought me best mate another present, and missed out on the Yule party with some other friends on Saturday cause work schedule was changed. 

And ugh, someone beat me to the laundry room this morning and took up all three washers. Which considering I got there right after six in the morning lets you know how anxious they were to get there. And best part, when dryer time came, two were running but one was done with a few clothes in it. Which, of course, turns out didn’t belong with the other two, so could have taken them out and had my clothes dried over 30 minutes sooner. #apartmentlifeproblems

Good for me, my usual time to leave gets me to work an hour and half early (bus rider), so had some wiggle room.

At some point will need to see Star Wars Rogue One. Hearing great things about it. And love all the memes with ‘spoilers’ on its sequel, which of course is A New Hope. 

Was able to tell someone in one of my Fb groups about the coffee share. She wanted to join a blog collective ( and yes my geekdom had to fight past Borg Collective for that) so I told her about this. Fingers crossed.

Decided to try Milwordy next year. A million words written in one year. Needless to say, this will include ALL words. Blog posts, fanfic, NaNo. Breaks down to 2,740 words a day. Within the realm, provided I sit my arse down and do it. And find the projects.

No resolutions, just goals. 

Time will tell. Til next week.

(I feel like I should come up with some kinda and off, you know. Hmm. For now, to paraphrase the original Weekend Update team, Good Day and Have a Pleasant Tomorrow.)

Don’t forget to join the others.

Weekend Coffee Share – 11/12/16

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.. I would remark on how our weather has changed. It is expected to be mid-ish70s all this week. So if we sit out in the sun, I just might offer you an iced beverage.

Work was actually different this week. I had to work a morning shift (6:30 – 3:00). It was interesting. Time actually seemed to move differently compared to my usual shift (12:00-8:30). An okay experience but not sure I would want to make it be a regular thing.

I have created another blog as a tool to explore my religion, Heathenry. Both to see what it is I believe and as a way to learn to articulate it to others. I read the bus and occasionally you get someone wanting to share their god with you. Just want to be able to return the favor, as it were.

In that view, I saw two of a six part series on PBS World about pilgrimages. It was called ‘Sacred Journeys’ and the two I saw were the main pilgrimages for Muslims and for Hindus. The interesting part on a personal level was as the pilgrims were talking about their faiths, it made me wonder of my relationship to my faith. With any luck, that desire will continue and lead me to the questions I want to answer.

But enough seriousness. I sadly missed the Harry Potter Yule Balls that were held nationwide at Barnes & Noble. I’ve heard mixed reviews online of how they went, but have a feeling the one at my usual store would have been quite nice.

I’ve bought one present for me best mate and have an eye on a second and possible third. Not sure what to get the family of course.

I have two books picked out for my reading challenge next year. Might try and swing for more than just the max two a month, we’ll see.

Saw a daily prompt writing journal might pick up for next year. Work on gaining a few habits in ’17.

2017 in just a couple more weeks. Rarely have I been more ready to put a year behind me. Not for a personal reason, of course. Just this crazy year that never should have been.

I feel like getting some ice cream, it’s such a nice day. What say, cup or cone?

See what the others are having HERE

 

Weekend Coffee Share – 3/12/16

Well, it has been some time.

*settles in with eggnog latte and blueberry scone*

How have you been?

I can’t complain. Work proceeds as usual.

I am happy to say I did win this year’s NaNoWriMo, after last year’s dismal showing. And managed to make it to the All-Nighter we have here. 7 p.m. To 7 a.m. Which I much needed and helped me get over the hump.

But crazy December is on us, leaning into what is hoped will be a much different year of 2017. I refer more to those personalities that we have lost, so many more than seems to be the usual.

I shall shy away from the current political scene. We can all see the new layout of the land. Only thing that matters is how we personally react to the new reality.

I have finally gotten a new phone. My last two were old ones of friends. Woke up one day and discovered phone wouldn’t charge and got hot so off to the store. Still getting used to it. And wondering if there’s any hope of getting the files trapped on the old one.

I still been playing around with the bullet journal. Seeing if can make it work with a cheapy journal before spring for a upgrade for the new year. 

Decided to do my own reading challenge on Facebook for next year, roped a few friends into it. Just one or two books a month under broad genres. Work up to that 50 book one been fighting the last couple years.

I loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I saw it with me best mate at a theatre where they bring food to your seat as you watch the movie. I had a good hamburger and fries with hot tea. Glad the Wizarding World is off to such a great continuation.

A friend of mine had a video spotlighted on the offical Wizarding World YouTube channel. He did it on cosplaying Newt Scamander.

I’m ready for a refill, can I get you another?

And don’t forget to visit the others.

NaNo 2016

It is day two of this year’s NaNo. 

My goal is for 60,000 as opposed to the usual 50,000. It will be a fantasy story.

Two days before NaNo started, I was trolling around the forums (in my day, trolling meant just rambling thru something, seeing what there was to see. I continue to use it in this way while conscious of its current meaning) when I came across a posting about bullet journals. 

If you haven’t heard of bullet journals, they are self made versions of store bought journals, personalized to your needs instead of you trying to fit into the proscribed formula. You decide how much room is allocated to each section and can gussy it up as you see fit.

While reading thru the posting, one Wrimo stated how they were going to use their bullet journal to track their Harry Potter word crawl. This lead to another discovery.

Word crawls are devices used to help you grow your word count. Usually in story form, you must meet mini word counts based on the results of timed word sprints, choices made, and randon acts. Here is the link to its page on the NaNo wikipage.

So I am trying out both those methods this year. We shall see how things progress and how long they shall be in use.

Silent Reading Night

​Last night I went to a Silent Reading event, my first. And happily me best mate was able to attend as well.

It was at a local coffee place downtown, one whose facade I had admired from afar but had never entered. The Grand Central Coffee Company.

The venue was quite lovely as the stock pictures below show. We both had the chai, hot. I had a chocolate chip cookie and her a lime bar.




We sat on very comfy chairs upstairs in a small through way. There were around 40 attendees throughout the spacious venue.

It was a pleasant time, with the silence en masse broken only once by a patron at the bar who was not aware of the event and was unnerved by the silence enough to loudly ask everyone was so quiet and were we reading the same book or what.

Work permitting, it is definitely something my friend and I look forward to attending again.

Micro-exploring

I decided to do some exploring today.

Since today used to be Columbus Day here in the Valley, and yesterday was Leif Erickson Day.

There is a strip of street downtown called Roosevelt Row. Kinda a trendy, artsty neighborhood. I had heard mention of it a couple of years ago but had never looked for it.

I had decided to go to some bookstores I either had never been in or only did once before. A quick googling showed up a nice list. A couple are in the East Valley and will require planning, provisions, and actually turning on the GPS on my phone so my body will be found.

But there was one bookstore in the aforementioned Roosevelt Row. It was called Lawn Gnome Publishing and sounded like just the thing I was looking for.

A quick enough trip on our Light Rail and I was walking down Roosevelt. It was kinda what I was expecting from a intention artsy district, but still a pleasant walk. I found quite a few food places, one law firm, and a couple of unconventional business.

While looking for the bookstore, I came across a community garden attached to a small business. There were labels for the plots, the water cistern, and hydroponics plot.

A bit down there was a stand to leave that which you no longer had a use for but could be used by others. With interesting graffiti.

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I almost walked past the bookstore, since it was in a single house that was split into two businesses. The other side was a head shop.

Only one employee who greeted me when I walked in, but left me alone to browse. There were three rooms lined with bookshelves. Tidy but not crowded. Hand-lettered subject dividers made everything easy to find.

There was also small stands for local publications and crafts.

I had decided I was going to buy one book, no mater what. I ended up with four, including one ‘blind date’ book. Also a candle for a friend of mine and a D20 die just because it was Slytherin-ish green.

I am writing this in a small coffee and tea place called the Songbird, a couple of streets down. I am having a strawberry and chocolate chip scone and an iced tea called The Four Horsemen, of four different blends. I admit I got it more for the name than anything and barely glanced at the blends.

I was supposed to be working today, but my manager switched my days around while I was off. So when I went into work this past weekend, I saw my new off day. Hence why I decided to explore (also because the library was going to be closed).

I have marked a few places to look at on later visits, hopefully with my best friend. And I hope to continue taking the time to look around my neck of the woods and finding new areas.

I might not have the wherewithal to do some real traveling and exploring, but it’s all about using what ya got.

As an aside, on the way down, I had one of my ambiance moments. Remember those?

I was reading a book on the Light Rail, called “The Book” by Keith Houston , which is about the history of books from the days of papyrus in Ancient Egypt to the modern day.

I also had with me a unlined Moleskin notebook and pen. Some time ago, on Facebook, I came across mention of a zibaldone.

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I decided to keep one and made a notation in it today regarding ambiance of my ride. And yeah, decided to go cursive just cause it fit.

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(I sit in a train of sorts, with book, map, bottled drink. A microcasm (sic) of centuries of travelers. And the important pen and notebook)

Ambiance. Might as well get it bloody tattooed on me.

Next month begins NaNoWriMo. It went from being a medieval adventure to a Western. We’ll see how it goes.

We have days, moments, that we make into what we want.
Times when events are in our hands to shape and bend.
To give the illusion that we have control
In times when so much isn’t
We can take these times to better, to Enjoy ourselves.
To live a bit of the life we’ve seen elsewhere
To roll a new character and try it on.
To just be a slightly different us.

 

“Gone to Texas”

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Bit of a surprise, this one?

I said before how Star Wars was probably my first fandom. Yeah, it’s actually Texas.

I was born here, but left when I was three. But my family never let me forget where I came from.

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My first tattoo was one of Texas. I do not hesitate to claim her as my homeland and when I talk about my hometown with my family and friends, I refer to it as ‘back home’.

I know our representation at the moment is not a sterling one. But we have had extraordinary people in our history, forward thinkers, and like to think we will again.

But my loyalty remains to the land and the ideals. To the great things we have done and accomplish. My viewpoint is not entirely through rose-colored glasses. I am realistic and honest about the less noble things.

I have lived thirteen times longer here in the Valley then I did back home. And still don’t really claim Arizona in the same way I claim Texas.