Going a Bit Archival-Like

Hi, readers–

It seems I haven’t had much to say lately and I am not feeling a strong urge to create in this format right now, so I suspect it will be awhile before another blog post appears.

All is well; I’m just learning to slow down and limit myself and take time to enjoy what I already have.

I spend more time sitting on my front porch and watching the neighborhood, and taking weird pathways home, so I can admire the country roads.  I always loved driving and seeing nature again (I grew up in the country, and it’s weird not to have the sights and smells of the country around me).

I drove through a local town that got left behind by the railroad that is now a commuter paradise, or would be even more so if people knew it existed and it inspired me to think about another novel idea which I’ve been brainstorming in Scrivener.  My husband and I are working on a project to build an online text game so we can both work on our coding skills and I can design the place just to storyboard it out.  Since I think in text and plan in text, creating a world where I can make my characters move around and interact in the right settings might help me with the physical description I have to work harder than the average writer on since I don’t see images in my head.  Besides, I miss unwinding with a good “scripting” session (repeated actions to “level up” a character) so I can feel productive in game as I continue to level up or gain skills while I’m, say, cleaning my office.

This project will use a lot of my time as I try to create a playground for my writing so I can learn coding (useful!) and also (hopefully) be able to get back to writing in general.  From there, I can start to heal while learning new skills (still coding and statistics) while allowing my muse some time to play.

This is not a career, but a hobby.  I am learning to have hobbies since my work does not consume me.

I think this is called work-life balance.

But for now, the blog will be hiatus-like (unless I get some revelation to share).

All is well, though.

 

Posted in Burnout, Career Change, Self-Care

Learning to Breathe Again

I had a meltdown at work Friday, or almost did at any rate.  My body told me to go home before I think it would have happened.

We’d been running air conditioning all week and I have this thing where I can’t be too hot so I need it but if it’s running for too many days in a row, I get sort of fuzzy headed and can’t think.  This was the first cooler day, but being inside all the time, I didn’t really have the benefit of outside air yet, and beyond that I had had a work training where two men sat on opposite sides of me, completely ignoring the standard buffer I try to get around me and I also had to interact and stuff.

None of these things were big things, but suddenly everything was enormous.

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Posted in Advocacy, intersectionality

Single-use Straws, Asthma Inhalers, and Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Autistic/Disabled Twitter has been talking about plastic, single-use straws lately.

You know, the kind you get at, say, McDonald’s, and throw away?  Apparently they’re bad for the environment.  I guess that makes sense.

But you know what they’re good for?  Helping some Disabled people be able to drink, period.  Apparently the plastic provides enough support to make it much easier to drink.

Yesterday, I saw they went ahead and banned them at one chain and more will likely follow.  Because, the planet.

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