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Friday

Let's see.

Writing: I am working on the first of four Raksura novellas that will be published in ebook by Start Publishing (don't know the dates yet). This first one is nearly finished because I actually started it last year, before I started the Star Wars book. I finished plotting the ending yesterday so I'm hoping to finish it in the next few days. I read a section of it at ApolloCon last month and I'll probably read part of it for my reading at WorldCon (hopefully I'll get a reading at WorldCon and I didn't just jinx myself).

The Slow House Apocalypse: We had rain a few days ago so naturally the front gutter started to come off. The gutter people are supposed to come today. We've had a dead smelly hot tub in the back yard for um, several years now, and I've finally got the spare money to have it removed. The people who deal with deceased hot tubs have come a couple times to stare at it, and I'm hoping if they come today again they'll finally move it out of the yard. Then we start phase II, begging the city to come get the remains. Last winter the furnace showed signs of being on its last legs, and the air conditioner also went from middle-aged to elderly, so we're having both replaced on Monday. It's expensive, but less expensive to do them together, and also will be less expensive in monthly costs since these will be more efficient units. After all this, the only appliance left that was here when we first bought the house in the late 90s is the dishwasher. :eyes dishwasher: It's never had anything go wrong with it yet. :knock on wood: Houses/appliances are like cars, they know when you get paid.

Me: I've been kind of depressed lately and having anxiety issues, and really bad sinus headaches. Pretty much the usual.

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I have a signing coming up on Friday July 26, at 6:30 for Emilie and the Hollow World at Murder by the Book, in Houston, Texas, with Joy Preble (The Sweet Dead Life), Mary Lindsey (Ashes on the Waves), and P.J. Hoover (Solstice). The store does do mail order, so if you want a signed book, you can call and order one.

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Links:

* The Guardian: People of colour like me have been painted out of working-class history by Anna Chen
This is not an accurate portrayal of the British working class, either now or in the past. My own father, an ex-seaman, was a British trade unionist in Liverpool from the 1920s onwards, and helped found the Chinese Seamen's Union. It was necessary: Chinese people ran much of the merchant navy in the second world war, and plenty died for us in conflicts up to and including the Falklands war, and yet they suffered horrible discrimination. Their pay and conditions were inferior to those of their white counterparts. Adding insult to injury, many were forcibly sent back to China after the war despite having settled here with families.

* Black Gate: Readercon 24: "A Most Readerconnish Miscellany" by C.S.E. Cooney - a ReaderCon report with photos.

* Tumblr: Indirectly Inclined: Jackie Ormes was the first African-American woman cartoonist. This is the first of a series on women in comics.
At Jackie Ormes’ height as a cartoonist, her work reached one million people per week. In the 1940s and 1950s, she reached one million people per week.
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I'm excited to hear about the Raksura novellas! I love the characters and the world and am always ready to read more!!!

It seems like everything dealing with living spaces is expensive these days. Here's hoping that once you're done with the items you mentioned, you can live without huge expenses for a nice long while.

::HUGS:: Feel better.

Thanks, and *hugs*

Just once I'd like to be able to do something to this house that was purely cosmetic, just because I wanted to do it, instead of because something was broken, rotting, or leaking. :)

Very excited to hear about the new Raksura novels! I'm so looking forward to more!

Ah, houses. I empathize with you... my house.. driving me crazy, sounds like you're getting stuff done though :) If only the darn things weren't money pits.

Thank you for the links to read :)


Thank you!

Yeah, I really hated living in apartments, so I don't mind it too much, but it is stressful sometimes.

If your dishwasher does go out (like mine), you can always wash by hand until you can afford a new one, unlike air conditioning. We currently use our dishwasher as a drying rack.

And I'm definitely looking forward to the new Raksura stories.

Yeah, it's not like it's something we can't live without, so I'm not too worried about it. Also, this one seems to have been the cheapest possible model that was available at the time, and it's been fine for us, so I don't think it would be a big expense anyway.

Thank you!

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Hoping to see the novella on my Kindle app as soon as possible. :)

As someone who has also been dealing with a bit of depression recently, I feel for you. Hope you feel better!

Thank you! Yeah, it's just one of those ongoing things. And I hope you're feeling better, too.

It definitely is ongoing, but I'm hopeful; it doesn't feel like much, but it's there.

I am doing the happy Raksura dance!!! :)

Sucks that you're feeling bad though :( Hope you feel better soon!

Are you sure they're sinus headaches, and not migraines manifesting as sinus pain (yes, I know, WebMD, but the article is the key)? I've been calling one of my two common migraine manifestations "pseudo-sinus headaches" due to that article for the past ten years. If they are, then there are options--even just increasing vitamin D, a couple B vitamins and taking calcium/magnesium supplements can be a good start. Also, keep a headache/food/activity journal. If these are migraines, then you might see triggers where you weren't looking before.

I already take a magnesium/calcium with D combo and a B complex for other problems, but I'd heard that before about migraines that feel like sinus. It does make me wonder sometimes. I do have a food allergy that shows up as a headache first, though I've never been able to pin down what it is other than it's some kind of additive that shows up in some fast food.

Well, even a primary care doc can usually diagnose migraines and prescribe treatments--while they come out with new things every few years, there are several older protocols available as generics, including anti-hypertensives such as beta blockers (usually propanolol) or some calcium-channel blockers, low-dose antidepressants (amitriptyline), and anti-seizure medications (Topamax--it's been around a long time, I'd be surprised if it were still name-brand only, never taken it). There are/have been migraine-specific meds, both maintenance (Midrin, IIRC--never took that, either, haven't heard of it in a while) and fast-acting stuff (Imitrex/sumatriptan and other triptans), but I don't know current patent/generic status, or use rates. I can tell you that marijuana works quite well, but that's more relevant where medical marijuana is legal. :/

As for triggers, foods are definitely part of it, but also weather. Both high temperatures and higher humidity are correlated with increased migraines, though I've also gotten them at very low humidity levels (teens and single-digits, usually, and with high heat). Allergens and other sensitivities/intolerances are also big problems. Caffeine can help or hurt--that's the special ingredient in Excedrin besides the mixing of aspirin and acetaminophen, but too much triggers, as does too little if you're a regular drinker, etc.

My triggers are hot weather, particularly with extremely high or low humidity, tannic red wines or aged cheese around the first day of my period, aspartame, and being pregnant.

Also, if you're any sort of "onset insomniac"--that could be a delayed sleep phase, which I learned very recently is also strongly correlated with having migraines. In that case, taking melatonin 1-2 hours before a regular bedtime may help mitigate the migraines as well--there was a study done on mothers of newborns recently that focused on headaches, sleep deprivation, and melatonin.

I had my first migraine at 8, on top of the dubious privilege of having a neurologist for a father, so I pay far more attention to this sort of thing. ;P

I hope that you feel better. Expensive house anxiety certainly doesn't help on that front. Sinus headaches also sound like Teh Suck.

On a selfishly happy note, I look forward to the Raksura novellas and and delighted that we're getting them.

Thank you! And yeah, I think I'd feel better if we could just have a stretch of time with no house issues cropping up.

EEEEEEE Raksura novellas! \o/ *happy dance*

Much sympathy on the homeowner woes - the huge magnificent hackberry tree I share with my neighbor split off a whole portion last week, tearing off all the way down the trunk (kind of like Moon's ancestral colony tree in the last Raksura book, lol), and it looks like the whole tree is going to have to be taken down :(

Oh no, sorry about the tree! We lost two of them during the bad drought a couple of summers ago, including a magnolia in the front yard that was probably the nicest tree we had. It's really depressing, as there is just nothing you can do about it.

And thank you!

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I know the feeling of expensive stressful house troubles. We've had so much rain this past month, our basement and roof are both suffering leakage, and this week both our washer and dryer decided to die, a couple days apart. I hope yours will settle down and give you a peaceful home for a long, long time after this.

And I'm ridiculously excited for more Raksura stories :)

Thank you, and I hope your house troubles get fixed soon. This is why I'm kind of glad we don't have basements down here -- I think if we had one we'd spend most of the time with it leaking or flooding.

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