Found My Old Autobiography

Several years ago, I wrote out a brief outline of my life. It’s around twenty pages and growing. I did it mainly as a form of catharsis due to all the negative stuff I’ve had happen in my life. It worked too, so I’d highly recommend this as a supplement to therapy. In its current form, it goes from ages 0 – 27 years or, roughly, the years 1981 – 2008. I have plans to expand upon it up to the present day (I’m now 34) over the next few days as a means of getting my creative juices flowing for NaNoWriMo.


In other less boring news, I’ve harvested all the rest of the Jalapeno peppers.

I was watching YouTube’s Praxxus55712 and he explained how taking the first flush of peppers off would yield another two or three harvests down the road. So, up the stairs I went and cut the little fiends off of the plant. Already, there are new flowers coming in and signs of more growth. I’m really hoping that the tomatoes catch up with the pepper plant soon. From the looks of things, I might have to raise the hood light again.


Now, I just have to figure out what to do with all the jalapeno peppers I have. If you, my dear readers, have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments? I was thinking Nachos or homemade salsa or something. So far, I’ve been putting them in my eggs but that gets old quickly. Plus, everyone around me is a lightweight. So, giving them away isn’t an option.


Onto Project Central. Nothing is happening there. I’ve been so busy chasing down the Maternal Parental for some quality time that I haven’t been doing much with my projects. We’ve been trying to look at the last Hobbit movie but she gets sleepy, then I do, then she wants cigarettes. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. I should just focus on my own stuff for now given I’ve signed up for something so big as NaNoWriMo but I like spending quality time with her.


The Caregiver’s Cardigan is only a few more rows completed. Somehow, I don’t think I’ll make the deadline for NaKniSweMo for this thing. Still, as long as I get it done before the Holidays, I’ll be happy.


The Mystery Stuffed Toy hasn’t been touched since I mentioned it in the vlog days ago. If I focus on any project, it’ll probably be that one. I can bust it out in a day or so of crocheting compared with days and days of knitting for the Caregiver’s Cardigan.


Doily and various other projects…*hangs head in shame*


I’ll get to them all eventually. I should probably focus on them once NaNoWriMo is over with so I can have winter accoutrement. I’ve still not finished my winter gear.


The next vlog should come this weekend, if I can squeeze in the time and manage the quiet. I’m up in the air about what to read though. It’ll either be something I’ve written (fanfiction or original story) or another Fastback Horror series book.


Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a moment of “me time” and read the rest of Julius Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War before binging on Paul Bettany and Karl Urban movies.



What On Earth Was I Thinking?

So yeah, I signed up to do NaNoWriMo this year.


I haven’t a clue how to hammer together a novel. I barely have a clue how to write coherently or with proper punctuation. A fifty-thousand word goal seems out of my reach but I won’t know if I can do it unless I try. That’s all I can give is my best effort. The hilarious thing is that I have ideas popping out of my head all over the place but will any of them measure up to the word quota?


Whatever I ultimately decide to do, I am backing it up both on disk and in the cloud. I’ve had several data loss scares both personal and social reminding me to do so.


I’m also doing NaKniSweMo and at least with that, I am on somewhat familiar territory even if the scale is a bit overwhelming. I know how to knit. I know how to do the stitches required according to the pattern. Even if I’m working in hideous pink, I’m at least able to make out what I’m supposed to be doing, albeit slowly, and make progress.


Oh yeah, I did a new video (YouTube Link). Shockingly, it doesn’t feature video of the Aerogarden of Hope. In this episode, I’m reading a Richard Laymon story called Night Games. What I should be reading are my old college textbooks on writing comprehension. Instead, I’m reading Julius Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic Wars.


I’m going to admit to being nervous about this NaNoWriMo thing but I’m going to face it. I’ve been running from actually writing something meaningful for a long time. It’s time I stopped running away from this and achieve a writing milestone for myself.


The Aerogarden of Hope is doing well. For anyone who follows me on Instagram, you’ve seen the pictures of the jalapeno pepper plant. It’s loaded with peppers right now. So much so, that the remaining flowers are dropping off because the plant can sustain no more fruit. There must be at least thirty growing peppers right now at various stages of development.


It will be ten weeks of this garden growing in four day’s time. From there, it’ll be two more weeks before the oldest of these peppers are ready to be harvested. At least, that’s what the updated literature says.


The tomatoes…are growing a bit slower. They have flowers and all but they’re very short and not getting nearly enough light. I’m really hoping that they’ll catch up to the pepper soon.


Aside from this stuff happening, the most amazing thing ever occurred last night. The Maternal Parental and I watched several Epic Rap Battles of History videos and…she enjoyed them. We’re talking genuine joy and not merely a feigned interest.


Shocking, I know.


I was so happy she wasn’t depressingly clawing the door for cigarettes, that I wrote a thank you to the ERB twitter. If I get the energy in me, I might make them something in gratitude for making the Maternal Parental have a happy moment for the first time in a long time.


Okay, I’ve put it off for long enough. Tonight’s agenda is writing and trying to flesh out the story I’m going to do for NaNoWriMo. I can put it off no longer. It’ll be September in a few hours and that’ll mark two months before this whole thing is supposed to begin. Wish my nervous ass some excellent writing skills so I can accomplish this goal.


*firing up the Alice in Chains and Red Hot Chili Peppers music for inspiration and relaxation*

The Breadth and Depth of Depp

Hi all! I’m currently taking the time out of my day to show the Maternal Parental the versatility of Johnny Depp’s acting talents. As we all know, they are quite prodigious.


So far today, we have watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Benny & Joon. The Maternal Parental was pleasantly surprised by the latter, having panned it as a movie she would not like based solely on how the cover art looked on the DVD. The former movie was actually requested by her to look at today. She’s done a full 180 from being completely frightened of it to really enjoying the story, including Captain Jack Sparrow.


She’s presently taking a break between movies. Right now, it’s a toss up between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Corpse Bride for the next film to watch. I have others but, somehow, I know she’ll gravitate towards the ones with Johnny Depp.


Today also happens to be my friend’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Sistercrow! Your gift will be in the mail within seven days. Rolling on the floor laughing


I’m not doing much else tonight. Just up to the usual of knitting and crocheting. I’m also still in the midst of replying to all those people who’ve sent me messages. I’m a little over halfway through them all even as new replies come in.


Having a fancy for The Kurgan, I decided to get The Highlander as well as a few other films. As soon as I can get more money for my labor, I’m going to be buying series one and two of the now defunct Carnivàle. As you can probably tell from my choices of film and television, I’m a Clancy Brown fan and I have been for a very long time. Fantastic actor. I’m even going to see if I can chase down that episode of The Outer Limits he was in called Afterlife.


Well, that’s my Saturday night. Good night, all! Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Safe Journey Back To Stardust, Leonard Nimoy


Leonard Simon Nimoy – March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015

My “Day of the Doctor” Experience at BSFS

Yesterday was the most fantastic day I’ve had in years.

It all started when my friend and his Dad picked me up (agoraphobia, remember) and, after picking up his friend, we rode down to the best pizza I have ever eaten at a place called Matthew’s Pizza. We had wonderous garlic bread and three kinds of pizza: pepperoni, everything but olives and the famous crab pizza. I have never tasted such bliss before yesterday afternoon. I dreamed of that pizza’s wholesome goodness and they were blissful dreams.

After we ate, we rode around to The Baltimore Science Fiction Society to watch The Day of the Doctor. The wonderful people of the BSFS held a free screening of the 50th Anniversary showing of Doctor Who and it was amazing! I’m still in tremors over how absolutely fantastic the whole experience was. While I was there, I got a chance to see a very good friend of mine. I hadn’t seen him in person in years, since pre-agoraphobia days. It was really great reconnecting with him.

While we were there, some guy in a Doctor #4 scarf was handing out jelly babies. Most people, including me took them. It was a really sweet gesture of camaraderie and nostalgia for the show.

I must admit, once I was put in front of a big screen, I went into viewer zombie mode. I could barely make out what my friends and my friend’s Dad were saying but I tried to answer as best as I could. Some of the questions were about series seven, which I haven’t seen yet. That will be rectified today. A few of the questions were about me. Boooooring.

For those who haven’t seen it, fear not, there will be no spoilers on my blog. I respect your viewing pleasure.

One awesome thing I did see in the pre-show coverage was someone who’d completed Kate Atherley’s Doctor Who: Bigger On The Inside shawl showing it off. It never fails to inspire seeing that wonderful masterpiece completed. The drape and construction were fantastic! I can’t wait to get mine started with the yarn I bought for it. I nearly screamed when I saw it. Doctor Who has such awesome and amazing fans.

We watched the show and it simply tore our hearts out. As usual. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place by the end. There was a strategic box of tissues for anyone who needed it and, let’s just say, it got a lot of usage yesterday.

All good things must come to an end. My friends and I had to leave right after the show ended. I said my farewells to my very good friend and proceeded to wheeze and power walk my way through the darkening streets of East Baltimore to get to the nearest bus stop that would take us to the Metro. Suprisingly, I made it and we waited in the growing chill. I was so elated having seen Doctor Who’s 50th that I didn’t even feel it for a while and neglected to put my coat on for most of the wait. Eventually, common sense took over and I put the bloody thing on. 😀

I was so absorbed in the afterglow of the 50th that I could barely talk. So, my friends carried the conversation on the Metro ride out to our connecting stops. After warm hugs, we said farewell at their stop and I, shockingly, continued on to my own stop. No anxiety attack, no freaking out.

For those of you who aren’t in the know, I’m agoraphobic. Distressingly so. I can’t normally leave the house without escort and, last night, I was able to complete the journey home on the bus and walking by myself. That’s the power of friendship and Doctor Who on me. I can complete amazing feats without my Linus Blankets with me.

So, in the 27F cold, I made my way home. I’m bursting to tell you all about the showing itself but…spoilers.

My eternal thanks of gratefulness go out to the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for hosting this event and allowing us, the Fan Family, to see The Day of the Doctor for free. I highly recommend everyone goes to the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. They’ve got all sorts of wonderful things going on there from critique circles, to movie outings, to board gaming, to the largest collection of Science Fiction related books I’ve seen outside of a public library and so much more. Please check them out? 🙂

That’s about it. I need to go help The Maternal Parental bake a cake and watch Doctor Who series seven as well as a plethora of other movies and series. Later!

In The Works…Still In Shock…

Wow, what an interesting turn of events this has been!

On 5 November 2013, I kicked the Agoraphobia in the teeth. I followed it up with a right cross to its jaw when I met with a man who is now my very good friend. I’d known this man for a little over a year via a website we’re both members of but hadn’t talked with him much prior to a fortnight ago. Man, am I glad we started conversing because he is an awesome friend. 🙂

On 8 November 2013, I committed upon the agoraphobia a furtherance of violence by giving it a good swift kick in the gonad region. I went with this same friend to see Thor: The Dark World. This was the first time I saw a movie, in a movie theater, since 2001 when I saw the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with another very good friend. Yep, that long ago. I have to say, it was worth it. We had a lot of fun talking, walking around and eventually seeing most of the movie. It’s a long boring story about Fandango crediting my card with the wrong ticket time in the system.

On 23 November, I’m planning on giving the Agoraphobia a good upper cut to the gut. The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is holding a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary thing and I’m determined to go with my new friend and two of his friends. At some point, before or after the meeting, we’re going for pizza…mmm pizza, at a place called Matthew’s Pizza over in East Baltimore.

So, as of this moment, I’m very happy. 🙂

Well, mostly happy. Remember those socks? The ones I wanted to finish within a months time several months ago? Yeah… They’re not done yet. I’m still working on socks one and two out of four. The positive is that I’m into the feet of the socks but the negative is that I’m still working on friggin’ socks one and two. I’ve still got twenty one rounds to knit before I can close the toes. I just need for this to be over soon. I want to work on other things now. I’ve even jumped to other projects while letting this one collect dust on my table along with the others. *sad sigh*

That’s not good for productivity.

On the positive, I recently bought a plethora of yarn from Knit Picks, including three hanks of Diadem in Fluorite. I know I wasn’t supposed to but I did it and nothing is going to change that. I got so much yarn, I could barely fit it inside Yarn Bin Overladen. I’m just glad I have a separate yarn bin to keep all the other yarn I plan on getting in.

In addition to that, I got an order for hats I’m going to fill by January. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!! They’ll be knit… AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!

I swear to do my best. I’ve got to mail a picture of both the knitted and crocheted hats to my customer to see which is preferred. Despite it being easier to crank out the crocheted hats, I hope they choose the knitted. I need the challenge to fire up my blood. I’m just plain bored with the crocheted hats at this point. Anyway, I’ve got to do ten hats by January. It’s doable, surely?

Disappearing Act

Long time, no see. Hello, all!

I’ve been pretty busy over the past few weeks. My writer’s block broke, thanks to Tom Hiddleston, and I’ve finally completed a story. It’s not postable here but it is on my story journal, on Fetlife and available to select friends via a PDF file I made of it. I like the flow of it and I’m itching to write more, thanks to my new muse.

I have also managed to finish the Merino Cashmere Wool gloves for myself. So, I am prepared for the Winter. I just have to make a pair for The Maternal Parental with the remainder of the yarn.

Right now, I am reviewing how to knit two socks on two circular needles so I can get back to Keith’s Socks II and Ziller’s Symphony. Remember them? Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve worked on them. Hopefully, I’ll relearn how to do this knitting trick quickly so I can finish them while watching a marathon of Sherlock, The Avengers, Thor, Doctor Who, Firefly, Serenity and Torchwood.

That’s about it. Keep calm and carry on.