Life Update

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:27
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Default)
I've got a couple more days of antibiotics for my busted thumb, and it's supposed to maybe snow tomorrow in Jerusalem.

Other than that, I'm working too much and not writing enough, and everything's more or less the same.
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
Health drama involving fingernails behind the cut.

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There are more gross details I could give but I'll restrain myself.
lea_hazel: Arthritis: It does the body bad (Health: Arthritis)
I wanted to write tonight, to see if I could squeeze a few hundred more words into the last month of the year, to make the word counts look a little prettier. Not sure that's in the cards, though. I'm pretty worn out. Last night a back pain kept me up, and it took a while before I remembered that, uh, I can take something for that. It cost me some rest. And tomorrow I have to make up some time at work. I may get home too exhausted to write then, too.

I will definitely be too tired to celebrate, so I've preemptively given up on that, too.

And navigating the rain and cold is drawing off some of my excess energy, too. The rain is good for us, but it still makes my life just a bit more of a pain in the ass.

I will try to do an end of year post tomorrow, at the very least. I also have some Verity stories scattered that need to be pieced together. And then the next day is YT author reveals and I'll probably do a post about that. Even though I have not read much of the YT archive this year. Yet? Hopefully yet.
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
Want to make a post about my writing weekend, but migraine very bad and period also not great?

wow tmi

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 06:42
lea_hazel: Angry General Elodie (Feel: RAEG)
I'm having a hellish shark week.

wow tmi )

Anyway, I'm having a rough week.

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 20:06
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
For the last three weeks, I've told my Pilates instructors about my new job, and how crunched up I am from sitting in front of the computer all day, at every single lesson. Never used to say things like that.

I mean, it's clearly good for me, and all.
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
I made an appointment for the dentist, to which I haven't been in about five billion years.

Fixed the short ficiton page on my blog so that it links to my actual published works. I R serious writer.

...Ate breakfast?
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
Today I got home from a bunch of errands around midafternoon after having left the house at about 9 AM. I thought I was angry, but in the end it turned out rather that I was:

1. Dehydrated.
2. Had a headache because of said dehydration.
3. Also having menstrual cramps.

My morning was actually super productive in all sorts of ways so now I am giving myself permission not to leave the house for the rest of today, over my initial plan to spend the latter part of the afternoon (and early evening) at the library.

It's not actually that hot outside, objectively speaking, but the effect is still that of very hot weather.

Meh.

Saturday, 24 March 2018 20:52
lea_hazel: Arthritis: It does the body bad (Health: Arthritis)
The medical test I am doing now narrowly escapes being worse than the BP holter. Narrowly.

(Not getting into gory details, but I have some sort of parathyroid thing and the endocrinologist wants to Rule Things Out.)

Weekend

Saturday, 2 December 2017 18:45
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
I was hoping for a nice, chill, relaxing weekend and instead I got the kind of day where you deserve an award of some sort just for making the bed.
lea_hazel: Angry General Elodie (Genre: Games)
The first week of Yuri Game Jam went relatively well. It's hard to tell at this point how well things will proceed, but I have a team and a solid design and a solid story outline. The biggest challenge (though by no means the only one) will be my inexperience with managing other people. I'm not that great at timetables and such, so figuring out deadlines will have to be a collaborating effort. I expect things to get fairly chaotic at certain points, but I'm hopeful we'll manage through the mess.

I've posted multiple times to Tumblr about my new Discord channel and I'm also aiming to post updates to the jam forums. Might post to Lemma Soft too, if I find the energy to keep up with it all.

Health-wise things are going not great, and there's not much more I can add about that.

Things are work are okay but for various reasons my direct supervisor right now is much more micro-managing than I'm used to.

There's a lot going on but I don't really have the wherewithal to analyze it all.
lea_hazel: Arthritis: It does the body bad (Health: Arthritis)
Probable causes of headaches:

1. Dehydration. Has it been an hour or more since you've had a sip of water? Tea counts. Other beverages do not.

2. Staring at a device screen. Try closing your eyes and listening to some music for 20-30 minutes.

3. Did you tie your ponytail too tight? It wouldn't be the first time. Take off anything that's on or around your head.

4. Does your head feel like it's pulsing? Do your eyes hurt? Does everything smell like it's trying to personally offend you? Probably a migraine.

5. Other: if none of those apply, take an Advil and a ten minute snack break.

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Friday, 23 June 2017 11:11
lea_hazel: Arthritis: It does the body bad (Health: Arthritis)
*Prof. Farnsworth voice* Good news everyone! My cortisol levels are normal. Near as I can tell this means there's nothing wrong with my kidneys, but, you know, doctors never tell me anything.

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017 19:05
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Default)
I feel bad about things but it will (probably) go away.

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Monday, 1 May 2017 22:53
lea_hazel: Arthritis: It does the body bad (Health: Arthritis)
Would be nice to find a doctor who's more concerned with increasing my well-being than with policing the orthodoxy of my behavior.
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
A thing that I forgot is that there's a reason I don't usually leave work before four. And that reason is the lovely suburban parents in my neighborhood who show up in their cars by the drove, to pick up their kids from school. And between three and four (...or five) my street is filled with the cheerful sound of Israeli motorist etiquette. Which is nonexistent, by the way.

In other happy news, last week the hard drive on my desktop finally gave out. I didn't lose much, or at least, not much that didn't bear losing. I will have to recreate the timeline for my NaNoRenO project, once my headache has cleared. But mainly I lost a lot of junk. What with the new laptop, though, I can't really justify buying a new desktop. It's expensive, and I've had a lot of large expenses lately. I'm saving basically nothing working part-time, so there's that, also.

There's other news, and it's much more positive, but I'd need to relax my frame of mind a little, to do it justice.

Last Thursday I went out to replace my earphones, and met someone who went to primary school with me. It was beyond weird.
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
It helps me think. But there always seems to be too damn much going on, and I always seem to be criminally behind on something.

I took my one and only exam for the semester and it went remarkably well. I am cautiously optimistic about my grade, which I won't find out for a while yet. My next semester starts in late March, a little more than two weeks from now. Much more intimidating, because it's one of the more notorious branches of mathematics. It's a CS requirement, though, and I think a face-to-face class will force me to pay more attention to the lectures, compared to sitting on my sofa and watching the lecture through the computer. Still, it's another shot for my "get ahead of the material in case you fall behind later" plan, which has never yet quite succeeded as intended.

Work-wise I have deadlines and more responsibilities and I'm sitting with the rest of my team instead of in a separate cubicle, so there's progress there. I work hard to get in enough hours a month, not only to stay on top of my workload but also because I get paid by the hour. Working in an office is still a struggle because at a certain point the fluorescent lights and over-exposure to smells etc. starts to wear me down. Bug generally I'm keeping up and getting good feedback.

Writing is exciting. I submitted a short story today. I've been trying to put it together from an idea that surfaced unexpectedly, part-way into outlining a totally different piece for the same deadline. That other piece is partly drafted but still languishing. I also have a rejected piece that I need to decide whether/to whom to submit next. In game writing I did FFS Jam and it was pretty great, but ow I'm losing momentum in the journey to polish the alpha to perfection. And now March is starting and I'm on a team doing NaNoRenO.

More on that last part, probably tomorrow.

I have to remember that writing down everything I'm doing not only reminds me of everything I'm behind on, but also everything I've accomplished. When I describe my life to other people, it sounds a lot better than it does in my head.

Life Update

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 12:09
lea_hazel: Angry General Elodie (Genre: Games)
My coworkers have learned of my migraines this week and I'm kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop. In every other respect work is pretty good.

I'm looking into finding a new primary care physician, but for unrelated reasons.

The alpha of Wreath of Roses, my secondary world fantasy intrigue text game, will most likely stay up on itch.io for another week (because I might as well make the date a little symbolic). After that it goes back into "in development" mode while I (continue to) search for an editor. I would like to get it as good as it can be, and I'm also interested in commissioning a new logo by a more experienced graphic artist. Mainly I've been looking on the Lemma Soft forum, home of all things both gamey and narrative-y.

Otherwise things are good. I'm conflicted between plugging on with the short stories I have in progress, versus trying to come up with a new (more modest) game concept. I took a look at my philome.la page when I was doing some promotion, and I haven't posted a new game in ages. I miss it a little. But then, there are other things to consider. Writing is hard.

Anyway, if you wanna play WOR and don't mind the typos and assorted blemishes, definitely do it now.

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:25
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
Yesterday I had such a productive day, but today my head hurts and I don't want to do anything. D:

Life Update

Friday, 11 November 2016 11:33
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
I spent a lot of the past week or so falling apart. November began on a good note as the 1st and 2nd were writing days and the beginning of NaNo, which I was apprehensive about. It started well, though, and I'm broadly pleased with my writing and enjoying the characters, and I think I will want to stick it out to the end which is a good thing (even if I don't know what that end will be).

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