solaciolum: King of Night Vision, King of Insight (galileo)
2014-11-18 06:28 pm

i *have* missed my user icons, i suppose

Dreamwidth saved a draft for me from June, 2012. Thanks, DW, that was nice of ya.

Updated my profile to reflect the fact that I'm not really here anymore- but I figure I should sweep the cobwebs off the lintel once in a while.

Life continues apace; I live in Ohio with the girlfriend now and I work for a mental health nonprofit, while juggling some part time retail and market research bullshit on the weekends.

I haven't written anything in over two years, and I do miss it. There are still stories in my head, but they're much quieter than they used to be. And I'm happier than I have been in a while, I think. Or maybe I'm too busy to notice if I'm unhappy, but I'm pretty sure what I'm feeling these days is contentment. So maybe my words will return now that my life is a little bit more stable.

Shit, maybe I am back- I've been lamenting the fact that tumblr is just no good for proper, instrospective, navel-gazing nattering. In the event that I do end up posting here more than once a decade, it'll probably be under limited access, but we'll just have to wait and see what happens, I suppose.
solaciolum: King of Night Vision, King of Insight (Default)
2011-08-28 04:37 pm

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I took a sleeping pill last night and slept through the worst of the hurricane; we managed to get through with only a little bit of flooding in the basement, and now there's blue sky and cool breezes. (I'm a little disappointed that I missed so much of the storm, though.)

We'll see some more serious flooding in the next few days as the river rises, and right now a lot of roads are closed off and the next town over has no power. But otherwise things seem better off than during Floyd, and that's good.
solaciolum: Pie: It's Good Stuff (pie)
2011-08-22 10:31 am

okay, my icon is kind of lying, I made cake instead

So, I made this peach cake yesterday; I'd bought some local peaches on Friday, and they unfortunately went from tart and sassy to gently sweet by the time I got around to baking.

I mostly chose this recipe because that picture is so incredibly gorgeous- of course, my cake did not come out looking anything like that, but I wasn't expecting it to.

cake notes )
solaciolum: A tree, a mountain, snow; blessed art thou, amen. (benedicta tu)
2011-06-20 11:23 pm

bawk bawk bawk

Was gonna make a post about weight loss and my mood and meds and shit of that nature, but have decided not to because ugh.

"Ugh" is a perfectly valid reason. Do not even try to tell me otherwise. >:x

Instead, books! I recently finished Cat Valente's Deathless (which I meant to read back in March, but, well, ugh) and the first book in N. K. Jemisin's Inheritance trilogy, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

Read more... )
solaciolum: King of Night Vision, King of Insight (galileo)
2011-06-01 09:35 pm

Oh look, it's the swing of things. maybe I'll think about getting back in.

The sky was full of heat lightning tonight, and the swamp smells like honeysuckle and rotting debris. It's actually surprisingly pleasant; the trees and the water do make things a bit cooler, which is a godsend given how horribly, disgustingly hot and humid it was today.

I realize now that I've been living here for over a year, and my parents have been here for over two years, and I still haven't taken any pictures of the swamp. (My father insists it's a wood. It isn't. This is central New Jersey- it's a friggin' swamp.) Maybe if it's less deadly outside tomorrow I'll go for a wander with my camera- or I'll wait until the weekend, and go out in the early morning.

Watching an episode of Franklin and Bash right now, because smarmy lawyer shows are a particular weakness of mine. Kind of full of mental illness fail and little bits of racefail, and sexism everywhere but. Smarmy lawyer shows. We'll see how long this one entertains me before I have to stop watching it. *misses Boston Legal*

video games! )
solaciolum: Yoshitaka Amano Tarot: The Fool (fool)
2011-04-30 11:23 pm

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6. What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you?
Read more... )
solaciolum: King of Night Vision, King of Insight (Default)
2011-04-29 02:06 pm

I aten't dead, honest

I keep seeing people doing the 21 Days for DW meme, but no one links to the actual meme. >_< So I'm sticking it here for my own reference. And now I have a whole bunch of days to catch up on, so I guess I'll do that, too.

21 days for Dreamwidth )

1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth? )
2. Why did you choose your journal name? )
3. Do you crosspost? )
4. What do you do online when you're not on DW? )
5. And when you're not on your computer? )
solaciolum: Yoshitaka Amano Tarot: The Fool (fool)
2011-04-22 09:52 pm

"How was Friday?" "Oh, I guess it was okay."

Well, it's sort of an annual tradition now, isn't it? I spent the whole day baking (carrot cake, pryaniki, strawberry galette) so this feels particularly appropriate, even if I didn't actually make braided bread. I meant to do other things, but doing things has been difficult lately, and baking is always a comfort.

Revised a little bit from last year, though not too noticeably.

good friday )
solaciolum: King of Night Vision, King of Insight (Default)
2011-02-28 11:15 pm

a derpa derpa signal boost

I went on a bit of a jewelry making rampage this past weekend- I tried out a new style of wire-bendy-y earrings, and they're a great deal of fun to make. Uploaded a bunch of pictures of things to flickr.

Also! I've put a pair up for auction over at [ profile] con_or_bust! And there's a lot of neat stuff up for auction over there, if you happen to not be enticed by my awesomesauce earrings. (Okay, I think they're awesomesauce, at least.) Go! Look! Bid! And Con or Bust just announced they're branching out into helping people of color attend any con, not just Wiscon, which is also pretty awesomesauce.

And speaking of things that are awesome, you know what's exciting for me? The fact that it won't be February anymore in about half an hour. I am so done with this month, y'all have no idea.
solaciolum: Yoshitaka Amano Tarot: The Fool (fool)
2011-02-22 05:56 pm

*insert witty sayings here*

There's that meme going around:

Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous. Give a small description of what's inside, and provide snippets on request!

I'm really bad at "small descriptions." I think I like talking about my writing more than I like actually writing. >_>

my filenames are actually pretty boring; Assassin's Creed for the most part )
solaciolum: Yoshitaka Amano Tarot: The Fool (fool)
2011-02-09 09:28 pm

gnarr gnarr gnarr

I keep wanting to like Harry's Law- Kathy Bates! Shoes! Hilarious lawyer antics!- and I suppose I do enjoy it, because I really am something of a sucker for hilarious lawyer antics (moreso after having lived through a number of them when I was working for $LAWOFFICE). But. vague, brief spoilers ) So, my feelings are mixed. It's a smart, funny show, and it has its awesome moments, but it leaves a bad taste in the back of my brain sometimes.

The new season of White Collar has been pretty frickin' sweet, though, so at least there's that.

I've started playing FFVIII again! This is because a nice, repetitive, level-grindy old-school-style RPG is about all my brain can handle when I am afflicted with the Dripping Misery and General Malaise. (After a week and a half of mildly flu-like awfulness, I am finally getting better. I haaaaaate being sick.)

booyaka )
solaciolum: Fuck youuuuuuuuuu (kefka)
2011-02-02 11:19 pm

Hail February, Month of Mucus and Misery, Month of Snot!

Sometimes the only appropriate way to express myself is through pretentious iambic pentameter. And so:

solaciolum: King of Night Vision, King of Insight (Default)
2011-01-22 07:52 pm

sufficiently advanced magic

So, a few weeks ago, I did a terribly stupid thing. I generally keep my cellphone in my pocket because I need it at work and I don't have anywhere else to keep it. After so many months of doing this, I grew accustomed to its weight in my pocket; it was a small phone, and my pockets tend to be spacious. (I like having place to stash things; it annoys me to no end that the pockets on my winter coat are too small to comfortably accommodate my wallet, a bottle of water and a small child.) Anyway, once I started forgetting ky phone wqs in my pocket, the likelihood of me doing something terribly stupid approaches inevitability.

In this case, I did laundry. *sigh* My phone came out squeaky clean, and actually did turn back on briefly, but it started overheating and making unhappy clicking noises, and by the time we got to the Verizon store, it was too far gone to even recover the sim card. Thanks to a bunch of post-christmas sales and my dad being an enabler, I now have a Droid Incredible.

My friends, I am not smart enough for a smartphone. This is probably going to end in tears and tragedy, but in the meantime, I can at least check Twitter from the bus. XD And I can write this entry from the theater where I am about to watch Lyle Lovett perform, sans his Big Band. This is the first concert I've gone to in over a year, I think- am rather excited.
solaciolum: King of Night Vision, King of Insight (Default)
2011-01-19 07:46 am
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Somebody remind me why I thought it was a good idea to take three language classes?

*sigh* I need to email the department chair to see about fulfilling my senior seminar requirement; there is, of course, only one senior seminar offered this semester, and it is with a professor I hate, and due to the scheduling up-fuckery that has plagued my tenure as a student at this ridiculous institution, I was unable to register for it before it closed.

But right now I'm signed up for the following:

Elementary Hebrew 1
Intermediate Arabic 2
Intermediate Persian 2
Islamic Law and Jurisprudence
Modern Persian Literature

mumblemumble scheduling blarg )
solaciolum: King of Night Vision, King of Insight (galileo)
2011-01-03 12:22 am

2010: The Year in Books and Fic

Hey, you know what I did in 2010? I read some books! This may not seem like that big of a deal, but since I've been reading less and less every year more or less since graduating high school, it's a big deal to me.

The books of 2010 )

The other thing I did in 2010 (I mean apart from all the other stuff, but whatever) was write fanfic. So, here's a meme I've seen floating around and about varying places:

2010: The Year in Fic )
solaciolum: Yoshitaka Amano Tarot: The Fool (fool)
2011-01-01 01:01 am

And a hippo gnu deer!

Goodbye, 2010! You were...pretty uneventful, really, apart from that bit of excitement with the wedding in England in the middle there.

A good year, though. Took a lot of classes, did a bit of traveling, reconnected with an old friend, made a few new friends. Got more involved with fandom than I ever would have expected, but that's been a largely positive experience, and I'm glad for it. Read a lot more books than I have in previous years. Got a lot of shiny new toys. No one died! That was a plus. Made a lot of jewelry, and sold some of it.

I did close up both my old writing blog and my livejournal (which saddens me a little, but it was more than time to move on from both of them); I'm still here, though, and intend to remain here for the forseeable future. Going to make a definite effort to post more; probably going to reevaluate what I'm using this journal for, generally.

I'm hoping to get a bit more writing done next year, but if I'm too busy to get any writing done, that would also be good. Want to reconnect with a few more people, but I'm rather notoriously terrible at that. Really, I think I just want to do more in 2011- read more books, craft more things, study more languages, talk to more people. Be more confident and less apathetic.

I make these kinds of goals every year, and I'm never entirely sure if I succeed at improving upon the year before. I like to think I do, at least a little bit. Baby steps, but forward movement nonetheless. That's all I can really ask for.

Happy New Year, everyone. Here's to hoping it's a good one.
solaciolum: A tree, a mountain, snow; blessed art thou, amen. (benedicta tu)
2010-11-24 02:02 pm
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Purgatory is Nearer in November

Purgatory Is Nearer in November
by Josephine Jacobsen

November is beautiful as the word sounds, is gray, is bare,
Is compact of wind, of leaves blown and the thin, tall rain;
Brought back to our care are the dead in November,
and the air of these days is charged with their pain.

For these are not the free dead, not the remote, bright crowd
Of our picture-book, or our image of nebulous heaven:
These are caught, tangled in a web comfortless as a shroud--
These have not familiar place, nor flight, nor oblivion, even.

They have not escaped yet-they are close in the clouds massing together;
At the cold first drop you will stare on the dark ground and remember.
They are the accent of autumn, they are the source of the tone of this weather.
The heart is reached by the waiting dead, in their month, in November.

(This month always catches up to me in weird ways; everything is fine, but I'm very tired.)
solaciolum: Yoshitaka Amano Tarot: The Fool (fool)
2010-11-13 11:25 pm

November 12 and 13

My camera battery died yesterday, hence the lack of update. So, three things today: yesterday's necklace, and two pairs of earrings.

shinies! )
solaciolum: Six String Samurai, the Four Guitarists of the Apocalypse, "Nice Shoes" (nice shoes)
2010-11-12 12:33 am

November 11

Oh! said the forest

Sterling silver, maybe-moss-agate and serpentine. I honestly have no excuse for these. I was going to put them the other way around, with spiraled endcaps, but then I found myself reaching for the flat headpins and somehow these happened instead. >_> These things happen.

Fairy Windows

Glass and bronze wire, on brass earwires. I love those square beads; should've gotten more of them. They've actually got a sort of milky swirly sheen to them in places, but my camera ate the subtleties in the coloration.