This has been a … ummm … interesting week. Now with me gearing up for finals I’m finding my blogging time limited to about once a week. Hopefully this summer will give me more time to talk to ya’ll. Okay, onto the news… 

 

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moondancerdrake: (Natural Order)
( May. 2nd, 2010 05:22 pm)

I just got the news….Natural Order just went to print, so will be having it’s release at Wiscon. Since it’s the first book I wrote after the infamous conversation at Wiscon that led to me becoming a writer (even thought it’s the second novel published) it feels right to be having it debut at the convention that helped birth it.I'll keep people posted when it officially goes on sale in case folks can't wait until them to get it *wink*
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( May. 1st, 2010 12:27 am)
Here’s the update like I promised. It’s kinda long so being nice and potting it under the cut. The timeline for this will likely not be at all liner, so bear with me. My brain is very overworked so if I missed typos I apologize now. Thanks to everyone who popped in to say hello. I will try to not be such a stranger. :)
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The 2009-2010 school year has been beyond exciting, even though I have done little to no fiction writing since fall began. I did take a creative writing course this semester and got to explore doing poetry again. I might post some of the work I have done in there if folks are interested. College has been a lot of work, frustrating and draining at times, but also very transformational.


Okay. I admit it. I have not nurtured my blog as one should. I am ashamed. *hangs head* Every time I thought to post I considered all I’d have to write to update everyone and the task felt overwhelming. So much has happened and I worried I’d bore people just rambling on and on about it all. I decided if I didn’t find a way past this concern I’d trap myself by it.

 

Here’s what I intend to do. I will give a condensed update from when I started school last fall until now. If people have question or what to hear more about anything, just poke me and say so. With the semester coming to a close in a few weeks I should have more time to keep up with blogging, plus share with ya’ll some of the things I am planning for this summer.

 

Yes, in a way this is a teasing post. I have some homework to do right now, and the update will be coming later tonight (I promise!). There’s some big stuff in it, so keep an eyes out. This has been an amazing two semesters for me.

 

moondancerdrake: (Moondancer Drake)
( Nov. 24th, 2009 08:06 am)
And here is something fun to share while I enjoy my new "...and then Buffy staked Edward. The End." shirt



and now that I have your attention...

Chase Community Giving is donating $5,000,000 to charities around the USA. Facebook users are voting for the recipients! Moondancer voted for a charity called Growing Power Inc.

Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements this mission by providing h...ands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner. You can also read more at our BLOG

Please support the work that Growing Power does and VOTE for them for the the Chase grant money



I finished my essay for Eng 102 on the subject of acceptance of two-spirit identities past and present. I not only hope it gets me a good grade (:P) but that after the end of the semesters' portfolio judging my words can be used to educate. People need to understand the damaging effects our limited dualist gender system is having upon our children and the deep cutting emotional wounds left on these children when they grow to adulthood.

My essay is dedicated to Fred C. Martinez Jr. and all other two spirit and non-Native LGBTQ whose outer expressions of gender and sexual non-conformity and fluidity makes them a targets to the agents of hate infecting the heart and soul of our communities and schools. These sacred souls of our global family will never be forgotten.

Most of all I dedicate my righteous rage and my guardian spirit to the children who bravely walk a different path from that of most of their peers. I dedicate my passionate words and drive to facilitate change to the youth who rather than milling along with the masses stand true to themselves, leaving them far too often often standing alone.

You are not alone. I fight so that once day none of our children will have reason to doubt that they are valued and loved for who they are. I fight so that all of our children are safe. Until my spirit passes from this body into the arms of my ancestors, I will never stop fighting. Our children will know love. Our children will know pride. Our children will know acceptance. No matter what it takes, our children will be safe. As we will it, so shall it be!!!

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( Aug. 10th, 2009 01:09 pm)
The past two weeks or so have been frantic. Between working on final review copies for Natural Order (yep, that means that novel will be coming out soon!) and pre college stuff, about all that left is my mommy duty time. I’ll try to recap best I can.

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( Jul. 20th, 2009 09:57 am)
As you can tell my blog posts are limited while I continue to prep for my return to college. I’m excited about some of the classes I’m going to be taking, even though depending on what my new advisor says, some of those classes may be changing. Don’t get me wrong, I love my AISS advisor, but I’m looking into going for a Bachelors of Education so I’m supposed to have a different advisor to be sure I have the correct GER classes.
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( Jul. 14th, 2009 10:20 am)
I want to assure you all I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. This week has been very hectic. About a wee and a half ago I got the letter from the college saying I’d been accepted, and ever since then it’s been a whirlwind of research, meetings, and preparations. Here’s a condensed version, with the names made into letters in case folks would rather their names not be posted.

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( Jun. 28th, 2009 12:24 pm)
Today has been an interesting day so far. Having finished the first batch of edits for Worlds Collide last night, I figured I’d take the day off to have a bit of fun before starting on the fixes on Shadow Magic. Seeing that I didn’t have to do anything too important, I decided also for this to be the day I started the ADD meds the doc prescribed me. Since I can’t seem to figure out how to spilt the capsule like he suggested (even after talking to the pharmacist who thinks the doc is loopy for not just prescribing me 15mgs in the first place for a temp tryout rather than trying to split the 30s), I took one of the 30s instead.

This is a weird feeling. I remember years ago when I doses myself heavily with caffeine because I was doing 60 to 80 hour a week shifts at the mental health center, and it feels a lot like that. I haven’t noticed an improvement in focus yet, but my skin feels very odd. Even up into my scalp my skin feels heavy and tingles a bit. It’s more of an irritating experience then uncomfortable, but I still hope the sensation is temporary. Has anyone else been on D-Amphetamine salt combo XR (Adderall)? Have you experienced these symptoms? Maybe it’s because I have been off all caffeine for over a decade (save some chocolate) .

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( Jun. 26th, 2009 03:59 pm)
Among the thoughts around the plan to start college in the fall, came an increasing concern about how my ADD and LDs would make my education hopes a far greater challenge. Because of this I went to my doc about the idea of taking meds for my ADD (I’ve tried many alternative treatments over the years with little noticeable results), and he sent me to a specialist. Today will me my first day on meds. The specialist told me to take half a capsule a day for 4 days and then to take a full capsule if I get no negative affects. I’m not sure how you take half a capsule. It’s not like splitting a regular pill in half. How come he couldn’t just prescribe me half dosages?
I know a lot of folks are fixated of the things they believe to be truth about Michael Jackson, and ya'll have a day with that. I'm not going to judge, you or him. What I do want to remember today is the Michael who opened doors, and tore down walls in popular music. The Michael who inspired countless musicians across many genres of music over several generations. The Michael who lived his life used and abused by the people around him, and still found it within himself to create music that is to that day a gift to those who that music touched.

I haven't done a Thursday Thirteen for a long time, but today I dedicate to the memory of Michael Jackson as I choose to remember him. I force no one to honor him with me. You all may feel free to not click without judgment. For everyone else, I hope you enjoy.

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( Jun. 26th, 2009 07:52 am)
Between wrestling with a financial crisis and the heat (and no AC) beating me down in sweaty fits of allergy misery, I’ve gotten very little done this week. I won’t be able to afford to do to the convention this weekend, and my hope of pulling off a last minute trip for GCLS con are pretty much hopeless at this point as well. I guess it’s for the best. I have three books worth of edits show up this week needing to be done.

Worlds Collide is in its first run of pro edits, which is a good sign for a winter release end of this year or beginning of next, so that comes first. Next on my plate are the fixes on Shadow Magic which just came back from an editor friend. I should be able to tackle these and get it done before the end of June, which was my goal, so that is good.

Last is the final beta on Bloodstained Innocence, the urban fantasy I’m hoping to use to get agented. Once it’s done I have to put together a query letter and start looking for LGBT friendly agents that handle urban fantasy. The concern is this is not a romance or erotica, though there is some romantic content, and I’ve been told UF with erotic content sells better. I would rather see this marketed as a YA urban fantasy piece or a UF suspense rather than romance, especially since there isn’t the traditional romantic HEA though there is a happy ending IMO. We’ll see what the agent says soon as I figure out who to send queries to.

And I just found out last night about the death of Michael Jackson and Farrah Faucet. I admit I wasn’t a big fan of Farrah, but I grew up loving MJ’s music from very young. I do know he was a very sensitive child, much like my own son, and was under a great deal of pressure for many many years, with very little emotional support. I’m certain in the same circumstances, without I great deal of support, my own son would break emotionally. That is such a lot to ask of any child, esepcially one so sensitive natured.  I don’t know enough of the truth behind his life over the past couple decades to know how to feel about many of the things said about him. I doubt the full truth will ever be known. One thing I do know fore cetain, no one can deny the gift his music was to so many, myself included. For that gift I honor him.

No matter what may or may not have happen in his living days, may Michael finally have the peace denied him for long, and may those who loved him find the best piece he left behind in his song, and hold those close.

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( Jun. 18th, 2009 12:27 pm)
One thing I’ve been thinking a lot about since yesterday is omens and parsonal transformation. Yesterday on the way to the college admin building a crow swooped low right in front of me. After talking to the admissions guy and dropping off my transcripts, I found a crow feather on the path back to where I was parked. As agent of change, the Crow seemed a very good sign that even as scary a journey as it was to return to college for a degree, that I was making the right choice. I’ve found myself thinking about the crow since then, and contemplating a new tattoo, something to acknowledge my dedication and determination to face the fear and the demons of my past, and not to let these things effect to possibilities in my future.
I finally got the transcripts and the fee wavier into the UWM-Milw office so hopefully in a few weeks I’ll hear back on whether or not my application was accepted. I had to get as much done today as I can since the kids start their summer vacation tomorrow so getting anything done becomes far harder.

The Pride Festival seemed to go well, not that I got to see much of it. One of these years I have to lesson the shifts I do volenteering so I’m not too tired to enjoy myself. I did get to meet some new folks, and it’s always great to see the families coming together during the day. Monster lass got a cold so she didn’t get to go this weekend, but she did help both days of set up (since she got suspended from school for two days *sigh*)

I got to watch the first episode of the second season of True Blood yesterday since I taped it while I was at the Pride event. I am soooo addicted to this show. It’s the first TV series I’ve bothered keep up with (after watching the first season on DvD that is) for years. I really enjoyed this new episode, and if you want to hear more about my thoughts come read past the spoiler line.

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( Jun. 13th, 2009 07:31 am)
I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I’ve spent the past two days busting my hinny keeping set up for the LGBT Pride Fest this weekend here in MIlwaukee and will be doing two full shifts volunteering each full day of the festival (today and Sunday), one shift in the mornings as courtesy staff (basically providing help when requested from disabled patrons), and the later shift as festival security. Already feeling tried and still two days to go.

I got this out of one of my email newsletters and I thought I'd pass it on. It's posted as safety tips for women, but a lot of them would work well for anyone trying to keep safer.

An Ounce of Prevention...  )
Decompressing a bit today about surviving my first solo reading and pouting over the cool weather when I was hoping for summer temps. I have a new (new to me anyways) vintage bike I’m looking forward to breaking in and want some nice weather for my first official ride. It’s my first bike and I’m looking forward to getting used to riding. Please forgive if there's a ton of typos today, my brain's a tad distracted lately as am I.

I also got a reminder from Outpost that my order of soy beans is in and it got me thinking about making my own tofu. I’ve found since I stopped eating meat I’ve had some grilled and sautéed tofu I really liked and am looking forward to learning how to prepare it myself. I really need to cook more and tightened the food budget with needing to pay off bills and prepare to afford school this fall.

Making Soymilk and Tofu )

moondancerdrake: (Default)
( Jun. 6th, 2009 08:06 am)
I applied at a local university yesterday, at least did the online application part. I have to wait to come up with the $44 fee to send it in. I’m still looking over my course/degree options, not sure what will fit what I want to do best. I know I want to do youth counseling of some kind, though I realize more of those require a master’s degree. My hope is to find some way for my bachelors to get me working while I complete the master’s education. I can’t get in with a career councilor until I’ve applied, nor can I sign up for financial aid until I apply, so…I applied. I’ve taken the first step. We’ll see what happens after that.
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