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Jul. 24th, 2017 07:48 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Anon reminds us that the 2017-18 school year is coming, and [tumblr.com profile] positivelypt has a post up with links to wishlists for underserved classrooms. You can check out the list, give, and reblog here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.


Help For Free:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] globalsextrendsproject, who are working on an independent research projected aimed at establishing whether there are global trends in stimuli for sexual arousal and the content of sexual fantasies. You can read more and reblog here or fill out the form here. I took a quick breeze through the form and it's primarily short-answer rather than multiple choice, once you get past the demographic stuff.


Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] stabulous has a post up about Welcome Blanket, a project initiated by the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago and anti-Trump craftivists. They are asking people to send handmade blankets to be exhibited at the Smart and afterwards distributed to refugees and immigrants arriving in the US. The hope is to create 3200 blankets to equal the length of the wall Trump wants to build across the US-Mexico border. You can read more at the link above, and find out how to participate at the official site, which includes activism resources whether you want to actually send in a blanket or not.


News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Creative Commons, which is offering grants of up to USD$1000 for small projects ("Salons, campaigns, translations, e-books, printing, collaborations, and more") which grow the global commons. They want help increasing discovery, collaboration, and advocacy towards their mission. You can read more and apply for a grant here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] dr-kara's new comic available on ComixOlogy, [Super]Natural Attraction! Kara is well-known to me as a groovy artist who does cool stuff so while I haven't read this yet I wholeheartedly recommend her work. She has a rebloggable post about it here and you can buy and read it here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

Okay, NOW We Have Progress

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:21 pm
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-->More self-indulgent snippetry, though I've more or less wrapped up what I wanted from them, so tomorrow I can start working on actual "going to show people this" fic again

-->Watched all of Helloween's current S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat sets (one last night before going to bed, the others this afternoon -- the Zone has thrown an emission at Helloween every time, and he had to survive a merc ambush and the world's longest and most tedious 'escort protection' quest, but he got an awesome new anomaly scanner and some great new guns, and has made something of a name for himself in killing evil beasties) and his last two Nier: Automata sets (a curious chunk of the DLC examining the trials of a broken machine called Plato 1728 who formed a "friendship" with a doll and slaughtered everyone around him when the doll was destroyed, leading the other machines to be afraid of dolls and destroy them -- which ended in a MUSIC VIDEO of doll destruction, of all things; and a sum-up of all the "joke" endings he didn't get previously). This just leaves his new 8-bit Saturday RPG, The Illusion of Gaia -- two sets, both about an hour. And tomorrow's supposed to be rainy, so I should have plenty of time to catch up. w00!

-->Got out and about for a bit! The weather was beautiful today, and I couldn't stand spending all my time in my room. So I took a quick hike up the road to the nearest Dunkin Donuts and got myself a frozen hot chocolate. Nummy~ And my parents got a gift card from a couple of their friends for DD, so it didn't even cost me anything. :) And it was nice to walk around and explore the neighborhood a bit. Don't particularly like that there's no sidewalks, but what can you do.

-->Played Sims 4! Left it a little late, but it did happen. Emmett had the day off, so I had him go out on a date with Nikal. Got Silver status, mostly because, once again, things went well until Nikal randomly got up and left, then rejected Emmett's attempts to flirt once he found her again. And then she later started flirting again with him on her own. This hot-cold thing is starting to get on my nerves -- I honestly think I might have one of them "just friends" the other. It's really not worth the aggravation at this point. (If you're wondering how I got Silver when she was rejecting flirts, the main goal is just to socialize with your date. That I achieved easily. It was the smaller goals that gave me trouble, and I kinda gave up fulfilling them when I got irritated by Nikal's attitude.) Emmett also bought an observatory (cheaper than I expected!) and got himself another pretty sky print. So that was nice, at least. :)

-->Skim-read my friend Helen's latest Dirk Gently fic -- it's kinda long, and I had the videos to catch up on, but I read enough to really enjoy it and look forward to a second, more thorough read. :) And there's a delightful little shout-out to A:MR in one chapter that made me giggle.

So yeah, pretty good day over all. :) I still need to answer a few things, and there's some videos left in "watch later" that I'd like to watch (including Sim Supply's latest Parenthood sets), but progress has been made! Yay~

Okay, off to do the other things I need to do. Night all!
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Admittedly, this is because two things popped up that I wasn't expecting:

-->Mom asking me to clean the living room and my bedroom after I finished my breakfast smoothie (took a little over an hour)

-->Going out with my parents while they picked up some stuff for the house and getting dropped off at Newbury's for a bit to see if they had the BTTF comics (again, nothing! Really should just order them from BTTF.com from now on) (took about two hours)

Add in more usual distractions, such as:

-->Writing my self-indulgent snippetry for writing times,

-->Catching up on websites not YouTube,

-->Getting stuck on TV Tropes for a while,

-->And the Saturday MST3K episode (The Loves of Hercules, one of the new ones -- decent riffing for the most part, and some funny sketches, but I'm starting to think they just have no clue how to really end episodes -- the last skit went on way too long in my opinion and made little sense),

And it is any wonder that I didn't watch nearly as much as I thought I would, or play any videogames? *sigh* To be fair, though, I did finally get a chance to see the latest episode of Atop the Fourth Wall, and -- whoooooa nelly. I mean, the review itself was bad enough ("Ultimate Power #4," aka the comic that moves at a glacial pace and gets Linkara's dander up with how much traced art is in it), but the plot -- worst fears confirmed, people. Worst. Fears. Confirmed. Man, next Monday's episode had better have some good news. . . (Actually, this is what led me to get stuck on TV Tropes -- I had to check the series' page to see if the new information had gotten updated yet. It has.)

Other accomplishments include a Valice Multiverse queue (after so long on TV Tropes, and not being caught up at ALL on regular tumblr, I wasn't feeling active RP), and my parents FINALLY getting my other curtain rod up -- sort of. After a lot of fuss getting the hooks into the wall, the actual curtain rod itself is -- wobbly. Mom already had to use a big dowel to lengthen it, but the dowel's actually just a TINY bit too short -- there's a connection, but also a big dip at said connection because the end of the dowel is only JUST in the curtain rod. Currently it's all taped together, and they're going out to get other stuff for the house tomorrow anyway, so they'll get a longer dowel along the way and fix the situation.

Other than that, though, it's been kind of a lazy Saturday. Which, to be fair, I can't complain about -- I was just hoping to get through more of the video backlog, you know? Suppose I still can, not like I'm going to bed just this moment. . .but I need some time to catch up with tumblr first, so let me get on that. Night all!

About To Fall Asleep..

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:38 pm
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11:34pm: Huh, I thought I got enough zzzzs last night, but apparently not? Either that or the ice skating i did this afternoon tired me out more than I thought.

Either way I can barely keep my eyes open, which is annoying because I wanted to write more on my fic and actually put together a coherent journal entry. LOL, so much fail on my behalf.

I can't even remember what I've said in previous entries? Did I mention the library assistant interview next Wednesday? Well even if I did I shall mention it again because this is awesooome! I need to get myself prepared for it though, ask the right questions, answer the right questions and all that.

Right, so due to overwhelming tiredness I'm gonna wrap this up here, I gotta brush my teeth before going to bed after all!

And now I say goodnight!

Hunger

Comfort

Hygiene

Energy

Fun

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Bladder

Room

Brain

Reach for the laser with Antic's Sims-ulator!

Half Day Doesn't Mean More Done

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:18 pm
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I mean, I got a respectable amount done at work -- credit card reruns and rejects, a direct debit, catching up on maintenance, stuff like that. After work, though, I was full of plans for unpacking my room and getting my address changed everywhere and everything.

And then we ran into problems with Cox.

Okay, to be fair, I did either get my address changed on pretty much every site that needed it, and talked to Fiscal at work so they can change my paystubs and get my health insurance updated. But then Mom told me I needed to log into my new Cox account (all the utilities and stuff here are in my name, because, well, legally my house) and gave me all the information to do so --

And my password doesn't work.

Cue me and Mom trying to reach someone to ask what's going on (we've already had a problem with Mom trying to log into my account on her computer, only for it to take her directly to her and Dad's old account) and being stymied at every turn by automated phone menus and chat-room waiting times. I wanted to just reset my password, but Mom was insistent we not have to do that. We eventually gave up on it -- we'll probably try again tomorrow. *squeezes bridge of nose* So many problems with this damn company. . .but they've got a monopoly around here, and apparently the only other choice, Verizon, is about the same or worse. . .

Anyway, that threw off my day a bit. I did manage to clear out one box, and get a few things sorted out of the others -- mainly, old story journals. And school journals, I discovered -- I ended up tossing those. (Though I kept a couple of old Creative Writing stories.) I also got my financial papers safely tucked away, so that's good. And spent a lot of time putting some old BTTF II trading cards into plastic sheets. What can I say, it was kind of calming to sort through them. Tomorrow I'll see about at least getting my toys into safe places so I don't have boxes everywhere while I'm waiting for this bookcase headboard of mine to appear. I also wrote some more on my self-indulgent fic snippets (some Alicey stuff this time), and did some more couples for that ship meme on my main tumblr. A Doc/Clara and Chelley double feature, and Good old Artie and Trixie from the Telltale BTTF Game. Good times, good times. . .

I'm not at all caught up on tumblr, though, and I haven't watched anything on YouTube. (Listened to a lot of music while getting my journals organized, but no watching.) So I'm going to attempt to tackle those two things before hitting the sack. (Don't think I'm going to get to queuing anything on Valice Multiverse. Just -- not in the mood. And rather tired to boot.) At least that yard sale I was assuming I'd have to get up early for isn't happening until NEXT weekend now. I shall relish the chance to actually sleep in for a couple of days.

Right -- getting on tumblr. At least it hasn't been super-busy today. . .night all!
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I still have to review Extra Virginity as well, but I actually liked that one, so it will take longer to compose….

One of the things I did get done yesterday between work, the ball game, and the Epic Sunburn, was finish a slim book of short stories called A City Equal to My Desire by James Sallis. This wasn’t a book that was recommended to me, which means I don’t have to feel bad about truly disliking it. I found it in a keyword search on the library website for books about ukuleles, and it has a short story called Ukulele And The World’s Pain, which admittedly was one of the better stories in the book despite still not being very good.

From what I can tell, he did pick the best story out of the book to develop into a novel, “Drive”, but it is very obviously unfinished in short-story form. Sallis has a couple of ongoing problems in the short story collection, one of which is that he tends to skip the vital information you need in order to know what the fuck is going on. And not in a “the blanks slowly get filled in” way, or in a “your imagination is more terrible” way (though there is a little of that) but just in a way where like…he says something that you understand to be vital to the story but which is missing context, then spends like a page describing the fucking diner someone’s sitting in, and by then any context forthcoming doesn’t get linked back. It’s like being in the middle of a paragraph when you hit the photo plates in an older book – yes the photos are very interesting thank you but I need to finish the thought you were sharing with me before I go back and look at them. I think maybe he thinks this is challenging the reader but it’s not, it’s just annoying and makes what are otherwise interesting premises totally opaque. I shouldn’t need to work this hard for a story about a hit man who decides not to kill a politician. 

If the book had a more cohesive theme in terms of the stories, it might be more readable – he clearly enjoys building worlds and then doesn’t quite know what to do with them once he’s built them, so if this was an entire book of “weird and different worlds” ala Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, I would buy in more fully and I think he would have put a little more elbow in. But it’s not. It’s mostly “here’s a really interesting world and a person living in squalor in it does something while being in it”. Also he appears to be fascinated by describing things that are shaped like pi. And a lot of times it feels like he read a wikipedia article on something and wanted to share some knowledge, so he just kind of built a half-assed story around his wikiwander. 

And all of this I would probably let go if say, it was something I was noticing in a fanfic writer, or someone who was just starting out, or someone I felt was genuinely trying to get a point across. But there’s this inexplicable sense of arrogance to the collection, a sort of smugness to it that in professional writers drives me up the goddamn wall. Stephen King sometimes falls into the same trap, where it feels like the author believes they don’t have to respect their readers because they are The Writer. 

The thing about volumes of short stories is that you keep reading it because sometimes there is a real gem. And there are one or two good stories in the volume, but I don’t know if they’re worth the rest of it. 

So my review I guess is mostly me being annoyed, but it boils down to “If you like short stories in the SFF Noir genre, give it a whirl, but if you’re bored with a story none of them get better, so feel free to skip to the next one.” 

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Another Hot Thursday

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:17 pm
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Not that I had to experience much of it -- the joys of working in a climate-controlled office and having my own new air conditioner at home. And living in a house that generally stays pretty cool. Got a fair amount done -- credit cards, direct debits, some RP replies, some PM replies -- the usual. Also some more of my self-indulgent snippets, because why not? Nothing really earth-shattering to report. Did some cute memes over on tumblr as well -- if you want to see me natter on about my OTP or my lesser known BTTF kids ship Jules Brown/Marlene McFly, give those a read.

Half-day of work tomorrow -- looking forward to it. There's some important stuff I need to get done -- namely, looking up places where I need to change my address, and getting these damn boxes finally unpacked -- but given I took next Monday off, I should have plenty of time to catch up with my videos, and even watch some new stuff too, maybe-hopefully. Depends some on how active I'm going to be in this weekend yard sale we have coming up. . . And I'd like to get to a Newbury's too, since it's 25% off comics through the weekend, and I'd like to catch up on my BTTF ones. . .

Well, that's something to figure out in the morning, I think. Right now, it's time for bed. Night all!

Umm Hmmm

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:54 pm
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11:37pm: I don't have much to say about today, the usual stuff happened, volunteering at the library, getting up late, LOL. I did have to go see Mrs S for a little bit, but that was really the only change in the typical routine of the day.

But OMG I almost forgot to mention the most important thing! I got a phone call from Manly Library today, they want me to come in for an interview next Wednesday! They asked if I wanted to do it 2pm but I've asked for 4:30pm instead since I'm supposed to help Mum out with Scripture Class, even though yesterday she wasn't able to do it because she got called in for substitute teaching at the high school in Mosman. Instead she got Dad to fill in for her, I'm surprised she managed to convince him, since Dad has been less than enthused about it, I went early to help him with both classes although he didn't really need me that much. Interestingly enough Year Two class seemed easier to handle, I guess they were all intrigued by the guitar,they all enjoy singing in that class. The aim was to teach them the Hail Mary, which I think Dad did, so with any luck they'll remember next week.

But yes, an interview for a library assistant job! Hooray! It's been a while though so I better work on my interview skills which I feel let me down a lot. With any luck Mum might be able to drive me to Manly afterwards so I can at least know if my hair is nice.

Anywho, time is swiftly moving and I need to get my zzz's! That being the case I'm gonna short entry this sucker and head for bed!

Goodnight all!

Hunger

Comfort

Hygiene

Energy

Fun

Social

Bladder

Room

Job Prospects

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Fairly Decent Wednesday

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:24 pm
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If super hot and muggy -- very glad that I was able to spend most of my day in the air conditioning! But yeah, day went by, at least. Got the last of the parish reports done at work -- conquered the adjustment report that was giving me a problem and finished off the exports (we had to tackle those as a team since they were so large). Got a few other things done too, like pledge billing and confirmation e-mails and all that. Yay productivity, I suppose.

At home, I did some more of my self-indulgent snippets, got a lot done on my main tumblr queue (helps that I had some posts prewritten -- I'm up through Saturday right now, and I already have Sunday's posts lined up! Nice to be ahead. :) And then it was mostly just catching up on various websites and the like. Nothing particularly high-stakes, so -- yeah. Quiet night, but I'll take that.

So I should probably go ahead and hit the sheets. Two more days of work -- well, one and a half days. :p Man, I'm really going to HAVE a half-day at the end of the week now. . . Which is good, because not only do I have unpacking to do, I have a shit-ton of Helloween to watch. So much STALKER, so little time. . .but for now, bed. Night all!
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I am like….90% sure I’m going camping this Friday. 

It depends a bit on the weather, but I’m mostly packed, I’ve cooked food that’s currently waiting in the freezer, and I have acquired the third Diane Mott Davidson book to read. 

The plan is to leave work early, catch the train to the campground, camp overnight, and in the morning hike out to a different train station further down the line, about a seven-mile trek, to do a longer endurance test than last weekend’s. Then I’ll catch the train home around noon on Saturday.

If something goes wrong, I can catch an evening train home on Friday until eight o’clock, or starting in the morning at 5:30, with little to no exertion. It’s pretty low-risk and I’m well stocked. I don’t have a sleeping pad, but my backpack has a partial one built-in, and I have one arriving tomorrow (though it might be too bulky, we’ll see). And honestly in this heat, I might just sleep on top of my sleeping bag in any case. 

Worst case scenario, the campground has heated, lockable shower cubicles with nice big floors. I’ve slept on worse. 

Caaaaaaamping! *jazz hands*

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Long Day

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:26 pm
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Final Parish Weekly Reports are taking longer than first anticipated -- I expected the exports to take a while (and made good use of the time by getting some fanfic reviews and some new verse stuff for my RP blog on tumblr done), but what I didn't expect was a TON of adjusted gift reports to do. I've done like thirty and there's still a good chunk to go! Not to mention my supervisor was struggling to get the actual reports themselves exported, since they're so big this time around (the final report is an all-in report, you see). So it's all bleeding over into tomorrow. Darn it, I was supposed to get pledge billing done too. . .tomorrow afternoon, I hope. Ugh, be glad to have it over with. There's only so much squinting at lines and lines of adjusted gifts a girl can take.

Not much else to report about the day. Did some more on my self-indulgent snippets (plus a birthday fic for someone on tumblr), organized a box of stuff that's going to get sold at our yard sale this weekend, did my Sims 4 post for tomorrow on my main tumblr and set up my RP queue on ValiceMultiverse. Got to come home at the proper time today, which was nice. :) Really, when the traffic cooperates, it's great to have such a short ride home. Makes me feel like I can actually get more done. (Whether I will or not is up for debate, of course.)

Anyway, need to get to bed here. Wish me luck with those reports tomorrow! Night all!

Late News...

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:18 pm
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10:56pm: Well, I didn't get to updating this yesterday, but let me just announce...

Roger Federer is the GOAT! He won his 8th Wimbledon Title on Sunday and is the BOOSSSS of tennis! What a guy! You gotta love him! :OD

And apparently he plans to come back to Wimbledon next year! We'll have to see though. :O)

Moving along, I ended up staying over at the parental abode last night as well, because Mum and I watch Have You Been Paying Attention?, such hilarious times! Although I realised I left my cupcake tray behind, whoops. I'm sure Mum will bring it over tomorrow since she'll be coming over after Scripture Class, which means I need to clean this place up. I've been working on it...slowly, but I'm really going to need to pull my finger out after finishing work with Mrs. S.

What else to report? Nothing much, worked at the library this afternoon, it was kind of boring because they had Duke of Edinburg students volunteering, which means they did the shelving rather than me. Also, I was so close to finishing the book I've been reading, which I borrowed from there and was hoping to return, I've finished it now, but I don't if I should go return it tomorrow since I need to go to the supermarket, however as I said I need to clean my house!

I guess I don't need to return it, but I've had it out for quite a while and I feel rather bad for hogging it. But what can you do?

Right, I better wrap this up because I need to get ready for bed and do my Russian practice.

Wish me luck with my cleaning!

Goodnight all!

Hunger

Comfort

Hygiene

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Fun

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Monday Strikes

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:36 pm
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It wasn't particularly bad on my end, I have to say -- work was fine for the most part, with plenty to keep me occupied right up to the end. (Last minute gifts and suchlike for the end of the campaign year -- always a bit of a scramble.) And it was nice getting up at seven instead of six, and having a bit more time to just chill and get caught up with stuff before work.

After work, however. . .well:

-->My hoped-for earlier return to the house was short-circuited by traffic and Mom needing to stop off to get food for supper -- not the biggest deal, but still, not what I wanted from my first work day at the new place

-->More significantly, we got our first new internet/TV/phone bill, and it is WAY higher than expected. Apparently we did not get the bundle deal we were supposed to get. *grumps* So now we have to go a Cox store and get that either fixed, or downgrade to just getting the internet service and live without the other two. (Not really an issue, as we all have cells and our "TV"-watching consists many of YouTube/Netflix on the TV, but still.)

-->An important spring in the back of Dad's truck broke, which significantly throws off our ability to move more stuff (namely, bookcases) to the new house, and is an extra expense we weren't planning on. Dad's going to see if he can rent a truck to haul stuff, but it threw off the mood of the whole evening.

-->And getting a washer and dryer is going to be more of a hassle because apparently we need a special plug for a dryer? Something that we don't have, anyway.

So yeah, the problems continue to pile up. :( Moving sucks, seriously.

Okay, some positive things to end on:

-->I have successfully baked my first batch of muffins at the new house! They came out a little darker than I'm used to, but they seem fully edible, which is all I truly want.

-->I have cleared out my inbox and answered some posts from a friend on tumblr, so yay there! I also got the pictures for my next Sims update posts on tumblr ready.

-->Wrote another page on my self-indulgent "comfort" fic, which is probably what I'm going to be focusing on this week as we navigate the bullshit. It's writing, and it makes me feel good, so that's all that matters.

Well, that and getting some sleep -- final Parish Weekly Reports day tomorrow! Gotta brush my teeth and head to bed. Night all!

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Jul. 17th, 2017 08:48 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] readera's partner, J, has been in the ER multiple times in the past three months, and their finances are very strained because of it. They're raising $300-$500 for transportation costs and medicine; you can read more and reblog here or give directly here.

[tumblr.com profile] sleepyheathen needs to make next month's rent and is selling items, offering commissions, accepting donations, and has an Amazon wishlist up. You can read more, purchase, or reblog here, or donate via paypal here.

[tumblr.com profile] tony-in-distress is trying to escape an abusive situation and hoping to take her siblings with her. She needs to raise enough money for a deposit on a safe house for her and her siblings to live in. You can read more and help out here.

Anon is raising funds to help a friend cover debt and pay for legal bills after her abusive husband took custody of their youngest son. You can read more and give here; unfortunately due to Australian law apparently they can't provide much information.

Sarah Sadat had to leave her job recently due to stress and is facing mounting medical bills for a failing kidney and previous hospitalization; she has surgery scheduled for next month, and is fundraising to help cover medical and other bills. You can read more and give to the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] ohstephyy was let go from a job three months ago and hasn't been able to get another one; there are also other costs coming up to cover. You can read more and reblog here; a paypal address is available at the post.

[personal profile] laurashapiro linked to a fundraiser for [personal profile] kuwdora, a talented vidder who is trying to become a professional editor. She has an opportunity for professional coaching from the editor of Burn Notice and Empire, but can't afford the expenses on her own. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] tiarasnteakettles who is looking for work as a harpist, including attempting to purchase a harp that would be a massive upgrade from her current instrument and allow her more freedom in performance. You can read more about her situation and reblog here, including links to her Patreon and online store and Paypal donation address.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

News To Know:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] wanderlust-anthology, an upcoming anthology of reimagined myths, legends, and folklore based on the theme Quests and Journeys. They are looking for creators for this anthology, which will be a full-color printed book with stories, comics, and artwork. You can read more at their tumblr or at the FAQ here; sign-ups close July 30th.

Housing:

Riel is looking for a roommate in Austin, TX to share a townhouse; she and the other roommate (male) are both grad students, and they do have a cat. Riel is very fandom-friendly. Lease starts in August. You can check out the townhouse here and get in touch at ariellayendler at gmail.com.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

Settling In -- Sort Of

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Me, having my smoothie this morning: Okay, Sunday! Since Saturday was such a mess of moving and getting injured, I should probably spend the day either a) catching up on the videos I want to watch, or b) unpacking!

My Brain: Or you could get totally obsessed with typing up a snippet of a story you're probably never going to show anyone else because it caters so specifically to your tastes (specifically your interest in hypnosis) that it's basically just for you.

Me: . . .Or we could do that, yeah. . .

Well, uh, on the plus side -- more than caught up on my writing from the past week? ^^; I mean, it's totally self-indulgent subby Victor, but it still COUNTS, right? . . .I promise I'll get back to stories I mean to show other people soon. Just -- I need a bit of fic that's just for me. The particular scenario I'm writing has been like a comfort fantasy for a while now, and it's nice to get it down in proper words.

I DID watch a few videos -- namely:

-->Helloween doing 9S's DLC arena from Nier: Automata -- robot control! With a side of angst, of course. And ending on a curious cliffhanger featuring a mysterious invitation. . . (Technically I watched this yesterday, but I didn't mention it, so. . .)

-->Helloween and Rufert finishing off Dead Space 3 with the incredibly short DLC "Awakenings." The tone of the DLC is much more in-line with what Dead Space is supposed to be, but it still featured annoying "too many waves of enemies" shooty sections, hilarious party bodies, and a bleak as hell ending. Also it was only an hour long, which neither man was happy about. Meh. Ah well, it was a fun LP, at least.

-->Linkara reviewing more Tandy Computer Whiz Kids! This time, the Kids look up a dude on the computer to see if he's a wanted criminal and are showered with accolades. Also the plot involves a kid being randomly kidnapped for unknown nefarious purposes. You know, for kids! :p Linkara was in fine form -- he is just so done with how stupid and repetitive these comics are. Sometimes, you really just want to give the guy a hug.

-->Plus a random WhatCulture video about movies that deserve "cult classic" status, only one of which I've heard of. (Though I did hear it was good -- Dark City, for the curious.)

I also restarted my main tumblr queue with some stuff I already had liked/drafted -- I'll be restarting the RP queue on Wednesday (or, well, Tuesday night FOR Wednesday), I think. Gives me an extra day to look over my predrafted replies and make sure I've got as many people as possible. Also got some new fics from my "Dirk Gently" friend to read and review. . .ah, and now that we're settled into the new house, I think I can actually watch the show! Hell, maybe I can even watch it on the TV -- I'll have to see if Contour obliges.

On the moving front, all my clothes are now here at the house -- my new room has TWO closets (his and hers?), so I've put all my "summer" stuff in one, and all my "winter" stuff in another. I need new hangers for some of my "winter" pants, and a new bag for my special BTTF jacket (I finally ditched the old one as too dusty and old), but other than that, looking good! We also hung up my posters (BTTF II, Corpse Bride, Alice, and a "signed by Christopher Lloyd" Addams Family), and we've got the rest of my pictures in a couple of boxes to be hung up later. I should have everything I'm planning on keeping here with me now. All still in boxes, but I'll fix that as the week goes on. I'll have a bit more time in the afternoons, after all.

And now that I think I may have FINALLY won the fight against a fly caught in my room (damn thing was so fast I couldn't swat it -- I had to resort to getting the vacuum cleaner and wildly trying to suck it up), I'm going to bed. At least with the new house I can get up at 7 instead of 6, so I'm not missing quite so much sleep. Night all!

Choo Choo! All Aboard!

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:53 pm
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11:29pm: The Fed-Express! He's at Wimbledon right now, playing for what could be his 8th Title! Of course, I'm not gonna be able to watch the whole thing because it's only just started and I suck at staying up late even if it's only for one night.

He's just broken serve, but who knows what's going to happen because he's up against a tough competitor! Not Nadal, but a super tall guy from Croatia who has beaten him once. So fingers and toes.

So, I'm here at Mum and Dad's place so Mum and I can watch the Final together, Mum suggested having a Wimbledon inspired supper of finger sandwiches, vanilla cupcakes with jam and cream and strawberries and cream. Very elegant! Mum took a photo of me, but it's not my best angle, LOL! I'm also wearing the Tennis T-shirt I got many years ago, hopefully it'll be good luck.

Anywho, I better make this entry quick as time is getting on and having done my Russian yet (I forgot yesterday and lost my eight day streak, boo) and my tablet battery is getting rather low.

Plus, it's not like I have much to report, I went to church, went to work, made the cupcakes and came over here.

And whoot! Fed-Ex has taken the first set, come oooon you can do it!

And now I shall wrap this up, goodnight all!

Hunger

Comfort

Hygiene

Energy

Fun

Social

Bladder

Room

Tennis

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Exhausted And Bruised

Jul. 15th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Writing this from the new house, and -- well, it was a day. The morning was absolute chaos -- me running around emptying my bed drawers and trying to pack up all the remaining shit on my bookshelves, my parents having to cancel their original truck reservation (the company wanted us to drive to the Mass border to pick it up!) and get a new one and wrestling with various pieces of furniture. The drive up to the new house was all right, but then we got there and started unloading stuff, and --

Well. Not only was it hot, while I was trying to help my parents get the couch through the front door, I ended up getting knocked off the front step and into the bushes. Got all sorts of bruises, a good-sized scratch on my back, a scrape just beneath the back of my knee, and two slightly-bleedy scrapes on my left thumb. Fortunately Mom already said that I didn't have to go back tomorrow if I didn't want to -- she'd pick up my clothes for me. I initially was like "no, I really should go, get my own crap," but -- I'm just tired, and I need some time to actually settle in. And heal up so I'm actually semi-presentable for work.

So on that note, I'm going to go brush my teeth and go to bed. At least I finally have my music back. If I can find my CDs, that is... G'night.

Tired Yet Again

Jul. 14th, 2017 11:09 pm
crossover_chick: Doc snoozing on his couch (BTTF: exhausted)
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Though less grumpy at least -- being with your own computer, listening to your own music, does seem to make all the difference. Got out at 12 after a morning checking out potentially-deceased people (both doing the normal obituaries, and starting a project where we make sure that people a system tool tried to mark as deceased really ARE deceased), played on my iPad until about 12:45 (they changed the bus times on me -- at least I got caught up on tumblr), then came home around 2 (after a quick stop-off for a Snickers). Got the latest batch of airtime for my phone, then started another round of packing!

And, for once, my hoarder tendencies have actually HELPED me! You see, for reasons I cannot fathom now, I kept a lot of the old boxes/packaging for many of my larger toys. So once I started discovering them in my closet, I went "what the hey" and repackaged everything for the move. I'll dump the boxes once everything's at the new house and on shelves, but right now they're useful. I've packed up all my minimates, all my Corpse Bride figures, my A:MR Alice figure, and a good chunk of my BTTF toys. I still have a fair amount of stuff to go, but the main bulk of my bookcases has been cleared out. I mainly just have to do the top shelf on each one. I also have to do my desk, the drawers under my bed, and my clothes, but -- one thing at a time. As Mom reminded me, we do have until the end of the month to get out of here.

Not much else to say. No writing yet, but I'm hoping to push out at least a drabble or part of a snippet before midnight comes. I can stay up a little later/sleep a little later thanks to the weather tomorrow morning being a bit iffy -- supposed to rain, and Dad wants to wait until it clears up before we start doing serious moving. The goal is that we'll be mainly living there by the end of this weekend, and just coming to this place to pick up stuff, but we'll see how things go. Still, it would be nice to finally just make the switch. Feels like it would be a load of stress off my mind to just -- be in the other house, finally. With my stuff to make it feel like home. But again, we'll see.

Right now, though, I'm either going to get some writing done, or I'm going to watch some Helloween and Rufert play DS3's DLC. Because that's up now and it would be nice to catch up a bit on my videos. Especially funny Helloween ones. :p Either way, good night!
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Not Enough Sleep...

Jul. 14th, 2017 11:56 pm
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11:25pm: Nope, not at all...I stayed up too late last night like a dumbass and also the night before...so yeah, I'm very sleepy, which sucks because the Fed-Ex is playing his Semi-Final tonight and I can't watch it because it's the second one and the first one is definitely going to go to four sets. Balls :OP

I did a least get to see a shot of the Fed-Ex hanging at the Player's Restaurant watching the action. LOL, he's cool as a cucumber. But seriously, I can't believe I've hardly seen any Wimbledon this year?! I don't remember it being such a problem previously? Although I have noticed they don't seem to be reshowing games in the day time...it's probably all on the internet now, bah!

I'm also feeling pretty bummed about Le Tour, I can't get into it without Phil Liggett, it's just not the same! I wonder is he gone from commentating races all together? Is it all just interviews now? Which incidentally I never see on SBS even when I tune into the start of the coverage!

I'm also struggling a bit with my story...I'm tossing up between skipping this particular event all together, it's technically not that important to the plot and can be referred back to in later chapters or whatever. Decisions, decisions. Maybe I should skip it and see how it goes, LOL, guess my Tumblr friend was right about not posting until you've finished writing the story.

Oh yeah! That reminds me, yesterday after finishing work at the Mona Vale Library before heading for my volunteering I bought a lined notepad and put it in my Bamboo Spark and got around to trying it out. And it worked! Hooray! I was a bit worried because the pad has 90 sheets and the manual recommended only 50. So I'm hoping that'll be useful for my writing.

But anyway, I have to be off since like I said I underslept and it bit me in the butt, starting from this morning when I woke up turned my alarm off and fell back to sleep for another half hour! I was a bit late to Mrs S's which I've been doing a lot lately, stop backsliding me!

Also my tiredness led to me skipping the gym this afternoon, sigh. I expect better from me, LOL.

So yes, I bid you all goodnight!

Hunger

Comfort

Hygiene

Energy

Fun

Social

Bladder

Room

Gym

Reach for the laser with Antic's Sims-ulator!
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