My Superpowers

I have only recently become aware that I have superpowers.  It keeps astounding me.  I really need to get used to it.


Let me start this story with the first revelation I had.  It took me over 20 years, but I finally did realize that normal human beings cannot tell the difference between a fork and a spoon — unless they pull the utensil out and look at it  to see if it has tines or a bowl!

Seriously!  I nearly fell over in absolute shock as I realized this.  I can just grab a fork or spoon by the handle, and usually I can tell by the weight and balance, or how it slides against other utensils in a drainer, which one it is.  I didn’t think this was anything special!

So it drove me absolutely nuts when… let’s say a particular housemate of once upon a time kept yanking open a (very loud and old) silverware drawer, pulling out utensils, and throwing them back in.  When I figured this whole thing out, it was a simple matter to go to the silverware drawer and turn all the utensil piles so that the working ends were at the front of the drawer.  (Yeah, apparently it’s difficult for normal humans to also remember which slot is for forks and which slot is for which type of spoon…)

From then on out, the silverware drawer only had to be opened a little bit and it was instantly clear which utensils were in which slot.  Ah, relief!



My second revelation wasn’t that much of a shock, but it was certainly a game-changer.  Well, life-changer.  I had always complained about being plagued by stupid people.  Why?  Why couldn’t I be surrounded by smart people?  How did all the idiots of the world seem to end up in my immediate vicinity?

Then I realized… OMG!  They aren’t stupid people!  These are all people of average intelligence!

Dopey me, I expected humans to be as smart as I am.  It’s a shock, I tell you.  I mean, I’ve always known I was smart, duh.  Just not… how much of an impact that really had on my life.  And how really above average I was.  :X

But it helped me with my anger.  I don’t get so mad at people being stupid.  I just go, “Well, they’re of average intelligence.  That’s about the best they can do.”  Lowered my expectations right down to normal levels.



Now, my biggest superpower to date…!  People tell me things.   And I remember them!


No, seriously.  I could never, ever  understand why everyone thought school was so hard!  I mean… the teacher told you something — like, I dunno… ‘In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue’ or whatever.   Then like ten minutes later, the teacher would ask, “Okay, class, what happened in 1492?”

And everybody would be like… No, no, don’t pick me!  I don’t know!   And I was like… um… you just told us this TEN MINUTES AGO.  Duh?

Then at the end of the week, or the end of the lesson segment, and/or at the end of the year, you’d get a test.  And this was a little piece of paper that asked about stuff the teacher told you previously.  You write down what they told you, or what you read.  Kids would go nuts over these things!  Oh no!  I have to study!  This is so hard!  I’m going to fail!   I was constantly like… WTF?

My parents were ecstatic and would tell me I was doing so well in school, and blah blah blah huzzah.  And I was bewildered, because… uh?  What was so hard about it?


Just recently, I was telling my mom about something she had told me.  (Within the past 7 years, not when I was a kid.)  And she was like, ‘Where did you hear that?’

I said, ‘YOU told me!’

‘I did??’

So… not only can’t people remember what other people told them… they can’t remember what they told other people!

Oh, I’ve had that happen to me on more than one occassion!  Someone will tell me something, something I could do or make use of… a while later I will act on what I’ve been told.  And then this person will yell at me for doing what they told me I could do!  Like I made it up and did it on my own.  Without permission!

So, screw that.  When people offer me stuff, or offer to be there to support me, I’m like, Yeah, right, sure.  Ignored!


On the other side… I tend to not want to harp on things, or get in people’s face.  I will tell my friends something.  Like “I’m doing this.  If you want to see some WIPs, you can look here.”  One time.  That’s it.  They don’t want to bother with it, they don’t want to look, they don’t want to comment.  That’s fine.  They don’t care.

But apparently, it’s also quite possible that I say something, and they forget it soon afterward.



Lastly, yes, there is one person I know who is jumping up and down and waving arms and making faces…. I will admit it!  My superpower is NOT infallible.

Sometimes, people tell me things.  And sometimes I don’t remember them!  (GASP!)  Well, hell, I didn’t say I remember EVERY SINGLE THING anyone has ever said.  Or that I’ve ever read.  But I’m starting to have the sneaking suspicion that this is what’s going on.

If I figure this out… I’ll better be able to cope with humans as a species.

(Cause it has been quite clear all along that I am NOT one of them!)



A Plea for the Retention of the Special Case of the Word “Hanged”

When I was a young’n, like you whippersnappers today, the word ‘hang’ had a special past tense case. When used as a word to describe being executed by having a rope noose tied around your neck and letting your body weight strangle you (or break your neck), the past tense was ‘hanged.’ Not ‘hung.’

I’m not asking the word ‘hung’ be stricken from the dictionary in favor of ‘hanged.’ I’m just asking that we continue to use the special case of ‘hanged’ as the past tense of hang when referring to the above method of execution.

Because, I swear, if you write something like this:

“Why yes,” the old cowboy drawled, “I know of ol’ Black Bart. That boy was hung!”

then I am going to start laughing like a juvenile Beavis Butthead.

“Uh… he was?”


“And you know this how, exactly?”

“Everybody in town knows that, stranger!  We all done seen it.  Why when the boys got him up on Boot Hill, he was swingin’ in the breeze!  Coulda seen that from miles around.”



Seriously, people.  Hanged.  He was hanged!  PLEASE!


Adventures in Knitting: Cowl

After making a hat with a brim that my Mom requested for Christmas… I had some really soft ‘chunky’ yarn left over, that would feel really nice as a neck warmer.  But instead of JUST a neck warmer, I thought it would be really awesome if it came down to cover the shoulders like a yoke kind of deal….

So I poked around looking at those Fairport Isle sweaters?  You know, the ones with the goofy mooses and patterns going around the yoke.  I deconstructed a panel from one for stitch counts, and designed my own one-colour pattern.

I wanted to do cable patern deals, since that was the big new thing I learned doing the hat.  But I wanted them to go in a spiral, so I worked out this three cable spiral pattern for the front 3 panels, and then a plain line and diamond pattern for the back panels.

I got to the part where I was supposed to do the next cable cross-over at the start of a panel, but the yarn wasn’t over far enough yet….  And then I was looking at the slanted cable, and I have to tell you… cables don’t work on a diagonal!


The diagonal-running tracks looked nice, but the supposed ‘twist’ looked like a lump of messed-up yarn.

Since I was also kinda unhappy with my back pattern and wanted it more, well, patterny, and I had been thinking the spirals need to go all the way around, not stop… I decided to pull the whole thing out and start over.

It’s a good thing I did.  :X

I took it off the circular needles and tried it on, to see how the sizing was going.  Um….


I discovered I could fit a few other people in it with me!  Oops.   I wrapped it around my shoulders and counted how many panels it took.  It seems I should be using 5 instead of 15.

No wonder it was taking up so many skeins and I had to order more yarn!  I was almost at the end of another skein, so I took it out and started wrapping a ball.

And, yes, ended up with a ball of yarn bigger than my head.


Well.  At least I’ll end up with something that looks nicer than this!  (I hope!)

(And now watch, Awen will yell at me for not checking gauge!  Well, I made up the whole pattern, how would I know what the gauge is?  Besides, I checked gauge for the hat and found out I had to use the biggest needles I had to get the right 4×4 swatch.  Then I started the hat and it was practically a yoked neck warmer!  :P )

Lined Nautilus Hat

Return of the Nautilus Hat.


Finally, I got this done!  I thought it was going to look like an absolute mess, because I KNOW the pattern is messed up soooo many different ways.


Anyway, in our last episode, the Nautilus Spiral Hat was too thin with holes in it for winter outdoor use.  (Yes, I wear it indoors.)  So I decided to make one with a lining.  And, brilliant me, I thought, “Hey, if it had a bright pink lining, that would show through the holes.  COOL!”


So I followed the top-down pattern by Marnie McLean, but didn’t put in holes.  Then I switched to purple for the brim, because… why not?  I like purple, too!  (In case you couldn’t tell. :X)  These are in Caron Simply Soft yarn, my favorite!



Then I followed the bottom-up pattern on the outside.  I thought I would like the ridges and holes spiral better than the just-holes one, buuuut…  turns out I don’t.




And the holes are too small to see the pink through!  :/  I need a pattern with bigger holes.  Or, I guess, bigger needles.  (This is done on a size 7, I think.)




Below, I tried turning the hat inside out and putting the original one over the pink.  Which works a little better.





At any rate, the hat is DONE, and I don’t imagine I’ll tear it out and try to start over :X   And it is very snug and warm!  :)

If I make another one, I’ll do the top-down nautilus and then go up the lining.


Meanwhile, I have a design for a neck warmer that has a yoke so it drapes over the shoulders and chest.  That’s in soft chunky wool that is even softer than Caron Simply Soft yarn!


The Good Week, part 2

the week is not over, people!!!  it’s barely thursday morning and…. THE SAGA CONTINUES!

wednesday night update:

i go to log into star stable, to feed my horses.  i decided not to play it much this week, as my left hand is swelling up from the repetetive stress.  anyway, i go to the site, star stable is down.

they tried to post a big christmas update, and something went screwy, and they were there in sweden past midnight trying to fix it.  :X

oh, so then i finished downloading the game tera, and i spent 2 hours playing that.  yeah, with my hand i’m supposed to be resting!  ARGH!

thursday morning:

i call…  well, i was going to be nice and not mention any company names but… TRACFONE support again.  i skip all the rigamarole and go directly ( so i thought) to the tech support.  no, they have a robot gatekeeper too.  first, i try to ‘check the status of your ticket.’  please enter the ticket number.  well, yeah, the guy didn’t give me one.   i try putting in the serial number.  it gets confused.  i try to find out how to go back on the menu.  finally i say screw it, and hang up to dial again from the start.

none of that nonsense, i go to the robot gatekeeper for the actual person assistance.  it wants my phone number.  i give it.  it goes, ‘that’s not a tracfone number.  enter the phone number of the tracfone.’  i give it.  ‘no, that’s not a tracfone number.’  and then i get into an argument with the robot voice and yell, ‘yes it is!’

the robot voice goes… ‘okay!  i will connect you to customer service.’  and flees.

i get a real person.  he wants the phone number, i give him that, but then explain what’s going on, and i’m supposed to give him my old serial number so he can look at the case notes and finish transferring my minutes.

those don’t exist.

well, what’s the serial number of the new phone?  that exists at least.  then he goes, ‘did you mean to transfer your phone number when you did the transfer of service?’  well, yeah, DUH.  apparently, that wasn’t done.

he needs to futz with the system.  fine.
meanwhile, i go onto the web site and try to log into my account.  at first, it doesn’t know me, but i might have typed in my password wrong, one-handed.

on my account i see my old phone serial number.  see, it DOES exist!  it’s status is deactivated.
where’s my new phone?  not there.  well why not?  it was the other day when i tried to switch service online, and input the serial number and a nickname.

is your phone not showing up?  click here.  i click here.  i enter the serial number.  it tells me i’m not allowed to use the serial number of my current phone.  wtf?  it’s not my current phone, it’s my new phone.  and if it IS my current phone, then where the hell is it on my account?

after 20 minutes of talking with somebody, the CS guy on the phone comes back.  he says we can’t finish transferring the rest of your minutes.  i say, ‘when can you do it?’  he says, ‘we can’t do it.  those were on the old phone when it was deactivated, so those were bonus minutes.’


bonus minutes, my butt!  i had the effing phone for like ten freaking years, i bought…  okay, i had the occassional bonus 40 minutes here and there.  but seriously!?!?  so i tell the guy, okay, can you just reactivate my old phone that has all the minutes on it?  ‘sure,’ he says.

two minutes later he goes, ‘you need an airtime card to finish reactivating this phone.’  wtf!?  oh HELL no.  i just bought a flipping one year service card!  he goes, ‘well, you can get the cheapest one, which is ten bucks.’

i can’t deal with this.  i just go, ‘know what, i’ll call you back.’  and then i hang up.  not angrily, but i hang up.  just… NO.

not today, pal!

ah, and the day is young!!

The Good Week


for your entertainment…

sunday night i said to myself: “i’m going to have a good week this week.”  the power of positive thinking and all that.

the universe said: “HAHAHAHHAHA!  you THINK that’s what’s going to happen… you poor, sad, deluded fool.”

monday:  nothing too bad, too onerous, too disasterous.  i just keep dropping things.  misplacing things.  fumbling things.  tripping.  just enough to ANNOY THE HELL OUT OF ME ALL DAY.

i get a bill from the vet.  i think, oh no!  i thought i paid for all the tests there at the office when i was there.  but… why are they charging me for my cat’s “cardiac BNP – canine”?  i can’t deal with that right now, i have stuff to do in second life.

in second life, i’m setting all my vendors for a 20% off december sale.  i select all the ones to apply this to, to mass edit them.  only… it already says there’s a 20% discount on… well, at least ONE that i’m editing.  :X  how long has THAT been there?!?!

well, i get that done.  then i go to switch my cell phone service to this new phone i got on amazon.  i punch in all the numbers on the web site.  i punch in the codes on my phone.  i input mystic code numbers that spit out.  everything works!  then it tells me it is going to transfer 1090 minutes and 297 days of service to my new phone.  do i agree?  oh HELL no.  i want ALL of my three thousand and twenty-one minutes, thank you very much!

i call customer service.  i get put on hold, naturally.  then it wants me to see if i am eligible for a great deal!  am i over 50?  no!  gimme a CS rep.
hold music.
then it is telling me i can get a rebate coupon!  a 100 dollar rebate coupon!  get out my credit card, because this marvelous rebate coupon only costs $1.98!  wtf?  rebate coupon?  pfft.  i spent like 17 dollars on this fool phone on amazon, they ain’t gonna give me no 100 dollar rebate!!
then it gets off the hold music and tells me that if i’m having trouble with my search, i should press star and hang up, and someone will call me.  wait.  what???  search?  what search?  my search for a CS rep?  my search for a new phone?

i look at the phone number i wrote down.  i look at the phone number on the screen.  oops. :X


i call customer service. i get put on hold, naturally.  no wait!  first… the little robot guy is going to walk me through transferring my phone service, if i punch in all the numbers and yadda yadda like i already did on the site.  which i do.  little robot guy is actually pretty good, he doesn’t sound like a robot reading off numbers back to me.  except he can’t understand me saying ‘yes.’
meanwhile, we get to the end of this procedure, it says, hang on a moment while i look up information on your phone….
la la la…
then he comes back and says, ‘you need to talk to a representative.’  well no duh?  ah well, i could have HOPED.

now i’m on hold.  i’m at my job.  i put the hold on hold to answer 3 phone calls.  (actually, i put robot guy on hold. good thing he is patient and was repeating the step we were on when i got back to him…)  then after 20 minutes, i said, this is ridiculous.  i’ll call on wednesday.

tuesday:  now tuesday was good!  i painted snow!  (and it actually looks good this time!)  i painted gems.  i fixed a helmet.  i was so happy!

i finished the second try of the first part of my mom’s hat i’m knitting for christmas.  since the first one was SO huge, i thought the regular one probably wouldn’t really need a lower back hem, so i left it off.  i had to knit backwards a while, but eventually, i got to the end.  of the first part.  the next part is knitting a brim onto this sucker…  anyway, so i put it on my head.  gee, it was a bit small… :/  didn’t cover my ears, really.  argh.

well, there’s no help for it, i will have to carry on.  and if it’s too small, do it again with needles sized between the ones i first used and the ones i used this time.

i decided not to play star stable too long — in fact, not at all this week, because my left hand is swelling up a bit.  too much video gaming.  :X  so i was bored.  watched some tv on netflix.  yawned my face off.  i went to bed at 8:30.

well, sometime after 8:30, since i had to run up and down the stairs for umpteen things i forgot….

wednesday:  the power was out overnight for 3-4 hours or so.  no, i use a travel alarm, so it went off on time.  i was TOTALLY zonked and still tired even after going to bed early!

my router is finicky, and it hates being without power.  but it appeared to be working all right….  i unplugged it to make sure it reset after the modem was on. (which is the wrong order, which i will find out a few hours later…)

i could’t remember the IP address of the thing to get to the control panel.  it was no longer in my browsing history.  (it’s been THAT long since i’ve had any trouble with it!)  i turned on my downstairs computer, where i had actually bookmarked that.  that computer doesn’t like to do anything when it can’t connect to the network.

i gave up and turned it off.

i did something upstairs to make it work.  or so i thought.  i came back downstairs and turned the computer back on.  there is my router, why doesn’t it auto connect?  i press connect.  i connects.  yay!  i go to my router IP bookmark to read the router info…  wait…  why does it say: encrpytion: none?  why does it say some android something or other is connected to my network!?  ARGH!

i go back upstairs, turn that machine back on.  i try to get into the admin tab of the router.  it doesn’t know me.  it doesn’t like any or all iterations of my username and/or password.  @#($*&#$%!!!

i go downstairs, where i can google how to reset the mofo.  30/30/30.  yes, i know what that means.

i go upstairs and do that.  yeah, while everything is still turned on and connected, so sue me.  :X  i THINK i do it.
i go to the admin with the root password.  that works.  whew!  and I’M SMART!  i have a backup file of all the router settings, all i have to do is load it.

if i can remember what it’s called…
if i can remember where it is…
uhm… i know!  i will press this ‘backup’ button, and it will give me a hint as to where it may have tried to put this backup and what it might be called.  pale moon pops up and says, ‘you’re trying to run a bin file.  how do you want to do that?’  well hell!  if you dont know, i don’t know!

i open editpad to go searching around for only txt files.  or only all files.  wait, my brain suddenly flashes!  not in ‘notes’ look in the ‘term’ directory!  whew!
i load the restore in form there and restore it.  YES!  reboot the router!


reboot the computer.


reboot the router after rebooting the computer.


peer at the router and wonder WTF?  wait… that light…. it’s… blinking.  on.  off.  on. off.
I KNOW THIS!  yes, i have a blog post exactly about this and what to do about it, and it is SO SIMPLE to fix!

presuming i could remember what the simple fix is.
it’s on the… something tab.
i poke through tabs.  no, not that one.  no, too complicated.  no… i’m sure it will jump out at me?  okay, no.

all i have to do is get to my blog post where i will tell my future self what the SIMPLE TRICK is to fix this thing.  to do that, i need to get online.  :X

fortunately, i have a work computer!  and wordpress wasn’t blocked by the corporates software :X
YES!  go to wireless: basic; hit apply.  how easy is THAT?
light stops blinking.


my orange light is not on.
the router is not working.
i press the orange light button.  noooo.  no, that never works.

i press the button on the modem to make it stop modeming.  then restart.
no orange light on the router.
should i unplug the router and plug it back in?  NOOOO, the router HATES losing power.

i can’t get it.  i turn the computer off and hope the light will come on later.
meanwhile, i have to call the vet about this bill, and the phone people about this transfer.

i go back downstairs, and hmmm…  on my ‘blinking WLAN light’ post are links to related posts.  out of curiosity, i lookat the one about how to fix ‘slow loading web pages.’
you turn on the router FIRST,  *then* the modem!  THEN the computer!

back upstairs… good excercise!
i unplug the modem, i plug it back in.
blink blink blink.
blink blink blink blink.
blink blink blink blink blink.

the modem connects, and my orange light comes on!

i turn that computer off again.  (which is stupid, i wanted to leave it on all day and download tera.)
i turn on the downstairs one.
my day is off.

yeah, way off.

good news!
the vet thinks that just MAYBE this canine cardiologist charge on my cat’s vet bill MIGHT be in error….!
they’ll get back to me.
back to the robot on the phone switching thing.  back on hold. (on the right CS number this time. :X )  i get a person!  we do all kinds of number punching.
for a long time.  he asks me how many minutes i have. i  tell him.  he doesn’t laugh.  hmm.  hey, i’m going for a guiness book of world records here.  most unused minutes on a phone, okay?

now i KNOW this is going to work.  it worked on the site, just it didn’t transfer my minutes.  come on, work, work; universe, you can’t screw this up!  finally, he tells me he can’t transfer all the minutes at once, but he can do it in like 2 or 3 goes.  okay.  he sends over the first 1100 minutes.  my new phone is activated!  it pops right up and tells me so!

then he says the new phone activated, but on the system it is still ‘in transfer.’  so i will have to call back to get the rest of the minutes sent over.  well, wish me luck with that.  he put a note on my file, and says i just have to call and give the old serial number, and the tech will see the note and know that minutes still need to be transferred.

i can call back in an hour.

yeah.  maybe tomorrow.

i’m exhausted.


Transferring Works from to Archive of Our Own doesn’t allow downloading from its archive, and Archive of Our Own can’t import stories from there.

So this is a fairly quick workaround, though you do have to do the chaptering yourself.  Get yourself two tabs, FFnet and AO3.  On the FFnet tab, go to your Doc Manager.  Note: You need your story’s chapters in the Doc Manager, so if they’re not there, just go to your story and export them to the DM.

FFnet:  open the chapter in the Doc Manager editor.

AO3:  go to your Dashboard and start a New Work.
fill in the ratings, pairings, tags, warnings, etc et al.
you can copy and paste your author notes from the FFnet editor.

AO3: down in the Work Text area, switch to Rich Text.

FFnet:  select the body of your chapter in the editor, and copy.

AO3:  paste.
NOTE: if you use center tags, these will not stick.  go to each line (or block) that is supposed to be centered, select it, and press the Center Text icon.  this should lock it in.

AO3:  preview.  if it’s messed up, edit.  if not, post.

Repeat for each chapter.

Divinity Talent List

 Divinity: Original Sin Quick Skills List

Just notes to myself on who has what.  At least, to start.  These can’t be ALL the spells…!



MAN AT ARMS======================

Battering Ram: straight-line rush through enemies @ 50% damage

Crushing Fist: smush! 3-4 dmg

Cure Wounds: +40 vitality nearby target

Divine Light: decrease will & str

Dust Devil: whirling blades @ 90% dmg

Encourage: Str, Dex, Int boost to allies

Melee Power Stance: dmg +25% toHit -10% +1ap


Ranged Power Stance:  dmg +25% toHit -10% +1ap

Ricochet:  10-15 dmg, branches to near target(s) <= 4

Tactical Retreat: jump 15m out of danger.


Fast Track:  temporary haste

Razor’s Edge:  stun target; 50% dmg

Walk in Shadows:  hide/invisible


Burning Touch: set fire 5-6dmg to nearby target

Flare:  7-8 heat damage


Minor Heal: 8 vitality to target over 4 turns

Slow Current:  slow a target


Bitter Cold: set chilled status, slow

HeadVice:  9-11 air damage; may cause blindness

Teleportation:  move target 15m away.  (15m up, drop for crushing damage)


Magical Poison Dart: 7-9 poison damage, may cause poisoned status

Midnight Oil:  create an oil spill

Summon Pet:  summons a spider


Bloodletting:  5-6 slash dmg, bleeding

Enfeebling Touch:  weaken target

Oath of Desecration:  give dmg boost to ally


Divinity Talent List

 Divinity: Original Sin Quick Talent List

Because I couldn’t find this when I did a search.  I just real quick copied down what each thing does.  I didn’t include pre-reqs.  Which, yeah, is probably important for designing a build.  :X

Elemental Affinity
-1 AP cost for spells if standing in/on element.

disengage and flee combat.

Arrow Recovery
20% reclaim of special arrows.

+50% dmg vs slow/cripple/knockdown-ed

Far Out Man
+2m range on spells & scrolls

Five-Star Diner
2x effects from food

attitude -20, int +1

heal if standing in blood

Light Stepper
+2 perception of traps

Lone Wolf
no companions possible, +80% base vitality, +2 Recovery, +2 max AP, +1 ability point at level.

My Precious
50% chance of gear not losing durability.

increase in weight you can carry.

Pet Pal
talk to animals.

+2 charisma -1 int

+1 blacksmithing, +1 crafting

-25 attitude, lowers chance of being attacked in melee.

Walk It Off
-1 turn duration for all status effects (good and bad)

What A Rush
+2 max AP, faster recovery when health <30%

heal from poison, take damage from healing

All Skilled Up
2 extra ability points

+10% dmg, crushing weapons

backstab with daggers and knives.

Bigger And Better
1 extra attribute point

Comeback Kid
if HP >1, a killing blow will leave you with 1 HP

immune to fear, can’t flee combat

-25% water resistance, chance to set melee attackers on fire.

Elemental Ranger
bonus for elemental arrows if target standing in/on element.

Glass Cannon
vitality -50%, 2x recovery AP

2x attack while sneaking

+20% vs stun, knockdown, petrify, freeze

Ice King
-25% fire resistance, chance to freeze melee attackers

Lightning Rod
immunity to stun

Morning Person
full health on resurrection.

attacks of opportunity

Picture Of Health
+5% x Man-at-Arms vitality

-1 AP for ranged weapons

+10% evasion

no defense penalty when flanked

normal speed while sneaking

Stand Your Ground
immune to knockdown

Swift Footed
+20% movement

Thick Skin
+5 base armor + Man-at-Arms x2

Voluble Mage
immune to muting

Weather The Storm
+5% x Man-at-Arms magic resistance

immune to environmental effects




I seem to have energy this week.  …!  How?  How did this strange turn of events come about?  I dunno, but let me list a few possible culprits.


First… I decided that when I got out of a depression and felt better, I would NOT stop taking my maintenance dose of St John’s Wort, which I take 3 times a week.  See, self, that’s what a ‘maintenance dose’ is for… maintaining a mood!  Normally, I would try to let my natural brain chemicals allow me to coast.  Which works, yeah.  Until the next mood crash.

Secondly… I’ve been trying this trick from The Water Diet.  This book is kinda iffy, since the author plugs his (expensive) water filtration doohickey quite a bit.  But in the interest of fairness, he includes other methods, such as the cheapest one… drinking lemon water.

I don’t understand exactly how it works… the lemon is citrus, which has citrus acid, but by drinking lemon water, it helps your body become more alkaline.  Go figure.  Now, biologist amonst you will know, it’s not possible to change your body’s pH balance.  See, but that’s the thing about the book.  It says that people are too acidic, and the body spends a lot of energy keeping it balanced to be more alkaline.  The theory is, if you become less acidic, you’ll stop using up all that energy.

Be that as it may.  I have a cheap bottle of (reconstituted) lemon juice, and I have a capful in about 8 oz of filtered water.  I don’t have it every day, but I’ve been drinking it for a couple of months, now.  I hadn’t really noticed anything… amazing.


I have noticed that… since the Daylight/Standard time change, I have been setting my alarm for my usual 6:20-ish-or-so.  But I’ve actually been waking up a bit before six.  (No, not from the cat. :X )  So I’ve been setting my alarm for like 5:50 and getting up.  Normally, that schedule keeps slipping later and later, but… haven’t had to do that.  Except on the days after a late night….

Want to hear something really freaky?  (Well, freaky to my future self reading this, not to you.)  This weekend:  Saturday… well, I was supposed to go to the grocery store and mow the lawn, but I got into a writing spate, so I did that until noon.  I also had to make pancakes….  Well, figuring I’d be wiped after mowing the lawn, I did those first.  And, somehow, still had energy to mow the lawn afterwards.  (Though I was contemplating skipping it and heading into a nap.)

I mowed (half) the lawn.  And… wasn’t all that tired.  I think I laid down for a couple of hours, or I had a bath (or both?).  But anyway, I didn’t even get on the computer until dinner time!

Sunday, I went to the grocery store, I sawed some branches off the tree/bush we have going by the porch.  Then I came inside and was on the computer, playing with my horsies.  Driving trucks in the mud.  I was going to meet Jester that night, so I should have taken a nap, but… I didn’t feel like it.  !!

So I worked on my digital painting a while.  And not only did I not have a nap, but I stayed up until 11-freaking-o’clock at night, typing in a chapter for G&B:R.  I totally was not tired.  Neither tired nor sleepy.  In fact, to me, it felt like around 7 or 8 pm!  In fact, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to fall asleep, and it wasn’t easy.  (I didn’t read, I wanted to rest my eyes.)

And I wasn’t even tired the next morning.  Wha???  How does THAT work?


I have also rebooted my creativity schedule.  Years agone, I figured out my optimal work schedule, which was to work 3 days and have a day off.  As a sort of experiment, I reinstituted that, on top of my job schedule.  Which is a little wonky, but on a work day, I will do my “work” (3d modeling, working on the digital painting techniques, and/or writing), and on my day off, I’ll goof off or do hobbies (ie: making jewelry) and stuff.

I didn’t think it was going to work on top of my job schedule.  I mean, I’m stuck at job whether I’m ‘working’ or not.  But actually, it has allowed me to buckle down and actually get stuff done.  Or at least work on it.  And sure, some days I get real frustrated real fast and have to quit, but… so far… I’m liking this.

In fact, when I’m stuck at job on a day off, I have a lot of time to waste, so… you know, I can even get back into Horse Racing Fantasy and stuff.

Actually, for my past two days off… I’ve been doing work.  Not cuz I had to work, but because that’s what I wanted to do with my free time.

First… I went to look at buying the hair that Seedee DeeDee uses all the time that I keep saying, “ooh, what hair is that?”  Well, I didn’t buy it because… frankly, I don’t have a character that needs it.  But RuntimeDNA was having a sale, and I happened to see a semi-related product… Little Fox’s Hair Modeling and Texturing tutorial bundle.  ON SALE.

Not just that, but… she uses Modo (which I actually have!) and Photoshop.  (Yes, I have that, too :P )  Like… OMG, a tutorial I can follow step by step!  (Well, I don’t have that UV thing she keeps talking about… :X  Yet…)  And, like… HAIR.  Hair for HUMANS.  Humans = Big Money.  (Animals = Niche Market.)  :X  I can make it for Poser AND Second Life.

So, naturally, I’m excited about that.  Always get excited about my “get rich” schemes.  :X

Where was I?  Oh, right!  So my first day off was on a job work day (try to keep up and not get confused between work and job), so I could work on the tutorial.  Which I did.  (Okay, it was slow going, because, frankly, I don’t use Modo that much that well.  But then when I switched to Lightwave… Boom, Baby!)

Today was another day off.  I went to the grocery store… contemplated going to WalMart….  But what I really wanted to do was work on my digital painting.  BONUS!  That went really well for me today!  Yes, not only did I not get frustrated, but I was actually happy with the results, and wanted to keep working.  I had to stop, though, because I was getting tired and unfocused.  But I feel so good!

It was even so nice outside when I went to water my salad garden, I was tempted to work out there a bit.  …!  Yes, I could have died from sunshine and fresh air exposure!  Eep!


My plan with staying on the SJW was to launch myself into a manic phase and try to stay there.  That didn’t work… But something is going right for me….  I’m happy AND awake.  Wohoo!