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    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2013

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    I just sent off five fishing emails for a diverse selection of shops and galleries to burn with fire read intently?

    Much crossing of body parts to do...
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    Its got to go here.... I can report that Magnus really does exist and that he is not simply a photographical entity.

    He's also umpteen times as gorgeous in the (clothed) flesh. and he has ohgoodgrief blue eyes, and is heart meltingly coy when he blushes (not that he would explain what he was thinking when he did <mutter>)

    And I am completely crap and didn't scalp a photo, sorry...

    Hugs all round because I am happy when people turn out to be as you hope they will be/appear to be online! Although I would want to hug test him again just to be sure...

    I do like serendipity. I set off to London to do a fangirl thing at Claudia Christiansen. Ended up doing so to a completely different (and far more knowable) person. Yayay.

    Now who do I get to meet next...
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2013
    Lies and slander! I do NOT blush. Ever. And my eyes are blue-green. I am pretty huggable, though.

    It was great to meet you, Helen. Coffees at a disused urinal couldn't have been shared with better company. :D
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2013
    ... and another installment of "1,001 Things to Do with a Corpse" is finally out the door. I have my evenings back for a little while.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2013
    I'm co-facilitator for two smart meetings a week. The other day I even managed to run one on my own.

    Making a finer world - a day at a time!
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2013
    Scored an extra night in Nueva York. My liver has backed itself up against my ribcage, softly begging.
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    Flying into Chicago on Thursday, spending a week on Lake Delavan, WI to visit family. My mother is recouperating from chemo and hasn't met my wife or 5 month old son yet, and hasn't seen my 13 yr old daughter in a while.

    I'm almost done working 9 days in a row (with no overtime) and have a beautiful 8 days off in a row to spend with family. And I used to spend so much time avoiding them...
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2013 edited
    @faux, wish I was there!

    @gov, That...sounds really awesome, man. Glad you've got some days off.

    @flecky, keep fucking rocking it! It's so awesome that you're helping people and fucking doing an awesome job of it!

    As fer me, I'm still calming down from the Beer Festival in London, Ontario. It was the first time I've ever actually...felt like a celebrity. I made a few fans just on word of mouth from the panel I was on and was told tales of people losing hours just going through my archive. It...fucking rocked.

    So now I'm back in Toronto and unwound Sunday and yesterday by tending to the garden and buying/playing the hell out of Last of Us.

    Feeling refreshed and once again ready to take on the fucking world.
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2013
    Crossed off some shit that's been on the to-do list for too long. Did some stuff that made me uncomfortable and want to run away/find more excuses for not doing.

    Then went off to a tiny show of the variety kind where people sing, play piano, read poetry and stuff. And it pleases me to no end that the height in quality of the evening was supplied by my friends in two different sets. Yay, music I have to purchase that is good and that will send love and cash to friends! Whoohoo!!!
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    Offered new job. Not totally confirmed yet, same firm but will likely be business lead for a really big portal replacement programme. Have wanted to do this for ages, very daunting, different to my current editorial/comms role, but really exciting.
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2013
    Am currently on an island, and full of steak, saffron risotto and regret. (That's a good thing, as gluttony is one of my favourite sins.)

    Also super happy about the steady upramp of WC, as well as OBVIOUSLY drunk on power due to the Ascendance. (Not really, but very happy, still! More tipsy on the red wine we had with the dinner, more likely.)

    Disgusting hugs to one and all.
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    Contrary to all of my expectations, I applied for a Lead position at Obsidian yesterday and got a call back today to set up an interview. So in two weeks I will be bringing all my wit and charm to bear and hopefully be working at one of the best cRPG studios in the world not too long after that (I totally just jinxed myself).
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2013
    life has been fucking me over recently so i thought FUCK IT and bought some new stuff. retail therapy works. the big thing?

    i always told my friend if he got a design made into a board id buy one and learn to skate....

    so i'm doing it. its amazing what being active outdoors can do for your mental health
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
    July ended with my bike stolen from outside of work (which lead to a small horde of booksellers standing around an empty bike rack, arms extended, repeating "Where is it? It's just gone?" Comedy lifts badness) but then a co-worker pulled the best magic ever out of a hallway: free bike! and I went on vacation to see my best friends and all was well in the land. Also lots of burgers. So weird.

    There was a flat tire and then the very nice people at the bike shop across the street fixed it after I'd strolled in the perfect rain - just slowly enough to get caught by every last drop in my immediate vicinity.

    Congrats and strength to all of those with the new/happy career things!

    Good luck, Alastair - that's sounds like fun & also outdoors activity is wonderful for the brain (and as soon as I learn how to eat enough burgers to keep up with myself it will be even better...)
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
    retail therapy! For my part I bought groceries. It's pretty great.
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
    Well... groceries, but my mom bought them. And it was at the farmer's market. And I quietly admired the super hot (And probably jail-bait) guy running the vegan salsa stand.

    Cute doggies, yummy summer fruits, wood fired pizza and hanging out with mom, sis and niece.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2013
    Whilst, on-the-whole, I'm trying to do the right things, I've been feeling really ill and down. Like, almost suicidal on some days. Being a bastard-in-recovery, I can't even have a drink to numb it. Or a spliff. Nothing. But them's the breaks!

    I hit the eleven months clean point this week, so that's good. Unfortunately, no key-ring from my "loving god, higher power" obsessed peers in N.A. to brag about. When I reach a year I'll get a glow-in-the-dark one - Whoop-dee-fooking-doo! *sigh*

    Yeah, I could do with a sickly hug right now.
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2013
    Serious hug, Flecky. You're remarkable and you're loved.
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2013 edited
    Flecky, you rock. Massive hugs for you.

    So a few days ago I e-mailed Double Fine Games to thank them for the role that their games, in particular The Cave, played in helping out with my depression late last year.

    Today I got an e-mail back from one of the designers at Double Fine, thanking me for my e-mail and giving me a bit of his own story.

    It was...I was pretty touched by that.

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