liralen: (Urahara)
I have rarely, in my life, been so without a long-term plan for where I was going or what it was that I was going to do. With work, there had always been a plan; with the books, there was the finishing of them; with the painting, there were the shows; and with the church, there was a clear agenda of what had to be done.

But, ever since May, I've been going forward into this gaming world like a blind man moving without even a cane to figure out where the next step even was. I'd just feel my way forward with each day; and things happened to me, sometimes without my really consciously choosing what it was I was going to do, who it was that I was going to seek out, or even a very clear idea as to what it was I was even attempting to accomplish. I would blindly ask and then I would receive the unexpected. Like going to TPF and asking to learn how to play with other people and being gifted with people well beyond what I thought was my ability to play against. Going into competitive TF2 and suddenly being given a team, of all things. And then going and doing what I thought might be best for the team, with the advice of my most experienced comp player who was all of 16-years-old, and we now have a good chance at going into the playoffs.

And I've been given the most amazing of gifts... )
liralen: (trouble)
Lots of things have been happening, some of them looked bad when they happened, but some of it has turned out all right.

Our 20-year-old Passat died a complete death, I've had periodontal problems, and my old overuse problems with my hands and arms have come back with the competitive video gaming. None of those things were particularly surprises, per se, but they haven't been that much fun.

Coping has had a few good side effects... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
A UGC Steel team, even.

And people seem to be trusting me with it.

So.

Since about April, I got involved in the TF2 (Team Fortess 2) gaming community. It started with joining the failing Team Play First Community, and getting pulled into the staffing because someone found out that I could play with computers and get them to do what I wanted them to do.

Read more... )
liralen: (crane)
I am done with being moderator of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Longmont, Colorado.

It's official.

Read more... )

Moon Season

Oct. 1st, 2015 09:17 am
liralen: Finch Painting (Moon)
Things have gone well for the past couple of weeks.

Read more... )
liralen: (crane)
On the 14th of February it was pretty obvious I had an eye infection of some sort in my right eye, but I'd had a bunch of those in the past, and on the 15th John was going to Fort Collins to do a talk about the flood recovery work he was doing, so Jet and I went with him as support and as witness. It was important and a good thing, but that afternoon, my eye started really hurting, so we went to the Urgent Care clinic before it was going to close and I got antibiotics for what was a bacterial infection in that eye.

And it gets more interesting in that old Chinese Curse Sort of Way... )
liralen: Finch Painting (flying snow)
This story was inspired by the play of the game at the 2013 Big Bad Con using the Tenra Bansho Zero gaming system, which is beautifully elegant about emulating anime stories.

The Players:
Carl Rigney - GM
Kevan Forbes - Genosuke
Shaun Hayworth - Masagoro
Thomas Fraser - Kansuke
Liralen Li - Winter's Blessing

A few game mechanic notes: All of the dreams of memory were actually each character's Zero Act, all played as part of the character setup. I've interspersed them where they impact the story, but you can see how the Zero Act really does a lot to develop each character in individual play.

Carl has gone over this once with his memories of the game and some telling points as to Goichi's motivations. Shuan gave me some very specific knowledge as to Masagoro's feelings at the very end, which I needed to clarify. Thank you both for your help!! And other than that it's written as I remember it, so all mistakes are my own. It was a wonderful game and I hope I've captured the flavor of it.

The fall hues of fire... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
My co-author and I wrote individual short stories last December, exploring some of the side characters that we created in New Amsterdam while writing Hearts Under Fire. It was a lot of fun weaving the various threads of their lives into the places we weren't able to explore in the first novel. It was also fun to coordinate a few of the details in both the stories, to make sure that they felt like they were from the same world, especially since they're both set on the same day: Valentine's Day.

I had a blast researching police procedure for my story, and got quite a lot out of understanding the entire organizational structure for most police systems in large cities. It was also fun to understand exactly what it would be that Sorenson had to when he ran into trouble. I've also been seeing a lot more male nurses at my local healthcare facility, both in the allergy clinic and with my family practitioner, so is nice to be able to write a male nurse.

I hope you enjoy these stories as much as we enjoyed writing them!

Luck in the Making by Kelly Wyre

For Jeffrey Ross, life is all about disaster management and recovery. Even a
ride on the subway presents its challenges. Thankfully, though, Jeffrey
works for Maxwell Clark, who not only notices difficult struggles and brave
deeds, he believes in easing the first by rewarding the second. And this
Valentine's Day, Clark's decides that Jeffrey is long overdue for some sweet
strokes of manmade good fortune.

Get your copy today:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_113&products_id=3508

Swing Shift by H.J. Raine

Valentine's Day is just another day in the line of duty for Officer Ed
Sorenson: investigate a murder, save a life, file the paperwork. But when Ed
has to step out of the closet to help an injured boy and to be a role model
for the New Amsterdam Police Department, he finds unexpected solace in a man
who understands what it takes to keep the city and its citizens safe.

Pick up your copy today:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_113&products_id=3509

The Show

Dec. 29th, 2010 11:25 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
The Showing
Spent most of the morning helping the gallery coordinator hang paintings in the little space that I get for the next month. There were 22 paintings. Had to figure out how to hang two of the frames, and learned the niceties of using wire to hang them on the back.

I'm also completely aflutter about the pricing and maybe it won't matter anyway, though the coordinator, while hanging them said that she thought I'd probably sell some of them, at least. Wouldn't mind making back enough to pay for all the frames and mats, at least, and maybe some for paint and paper. *laughs* I have very modest goals, I'm afraid.

For a picture of the stick bug painting and details of the day. )

The Show

Dec. 29th, 2010 11:25 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
The Showing
Spent most of the morning helping the gallery coordinator hang paintings in the little space that I get for the next month. There were 22 paintings. Had to figure out how to hang two of the frames, and learned the niceties of using wire to hang them on the back.

I'm also completely aflutter about the pricing and maybe it won't matter anyway, though the coordinator, while hanging them said that she thought I'd probably sell some of them, at least. Wouldn't mind making back enough to pay for all the frames and mats, at least, and maybe some for paint and paper. *laughs* I have very modest goals, I'm afraid.

For a picture of the stick bug painting and details of the day. )
liralen: Finch Painting (monkey)
I've been... trying to get my act back together again with the new year. Trying to write, trying to clear my plate of all the things on it so that I can write, and trying to get my brain back on track.

Silly things like the very last of my Christmas cards. Odd things like playing with Puppy Linux as a possible way to writing machine with no Internets (I'm realizing it's not a technology fix, it's an attitude fix on my part, word wars will have to do). Writing Winter War bits. Getting a Zippo lighter (something suddenly grabbed me and I had to get a lighter I would never have to throw away). Dealing with the paintings which I'd left for months. Fixing an intricately done crochet bedspread that someone had entrusted to me just before Thanksgiving (thing took me hours to just figure out the pattern and get ALL the thread ends worked in). Finding that I love my new coffee roaster (yes, I roast my own coffee) so much that we're actually only drinking coffee that I roast.

Plus just dealing with getting Jet back into school, finishing off two video games with him (we actually finished the very last percent of Indian Jones Lego and all of the levels of Crash Bandicoot 2), planning his birthday party, and dealing with the aftermath of thank you notes for Christmas. Not to mention getting the tree, decorations, and the last of the Holiday food dealt with. I'm also only two needle sizes from finishing the Shipwreck shawl, and I've been working on it steadily.

It seems a small thing, but my wallet is now over ten years old, and was made from duct tape by Ductbill wallets back in the day. It's wearing out and threadbare along the joints. And finally, on the same day I wrestled that bedspread into submission, I finally made myself a new one. I couldn't see dropping money for one when John had two rolls of ducktape in the garage.

Cut for Pictures. )
liralen: Finch Painting (monkey)
I've been... trying to get my act back together again with the new year. Trying to write, trying to clear my plate of all the things on it so that I can write, and trying to get my brain back on track.

Silly things like the very last of my Christmas cards. Odd things like playing with Puppy Linux as a possible way to writing machine with no Internets (I'm realizing it's not a technology fix, it's an attitude fix on my part, word wars will have to do). Writing Winter War bits. Getting a Zippo lighter (something suddenly grabbed me and I had to get a lighter I would never have to throw away). Dealing with the paintings which I'd left for months. Fixing an intricately done crochet bedspread that someone had entrusted to me just before Thanksgiving (thing took me hours to just figure out the pattern and get ALL the thread ends worked in). Finding that I love my new coffee roaster (yes, I roast my own coffee) so much that we're actually only drinking coffee that I roast.

Plus just dealing with getting Jet back into school, finishing off two video games with him (we actually finished the very last percent of Indian Jones Lego and all of the levels of Crash Bandicoot 2), planning his birthday party, and dealing with the aftermath of thank you notes for Christmas. Not to mention getting the tree, decorations, and the last of the Holiday food dealt with. I'm also only two needle sizes from finishing the Shipwreck shawl, and I've been working on it steadily.

It seems a small thing, but my wallet is now over ten years old, and was made from duct tape by Ductbill wallets back in the day. It's wearing out and threadbare along the joints. And finally, on the same day I wrestled that bedspread into submission, I finally made myself a new one. I couldn't see dropping money for one when John had two rolls of ducktape in the garage.

Cut for Pictures. )
liralen: Finch Painting (superglue_flake)
Last summer, I got a new phone from Verizon and it died in the first two weeks. The support folks were pretty nice about getting me a new phone and getting me what I needed to ship the broken phone back to them. So I did that, and the lady at the shipping office said, "Make SURE you keep the UPS shipping slip to make sure you have a record of sending it to them."

I'm now thanking and blessing her for saying that. I filed it away in our celphone records folder, thinking I'd never see it again.

Yes, I did see the #$@*&! thing again. )
liralen: Finch Painting (superglue_flake)
Last summer, I got a new phone from Verizon and it died in the first two weeks. The support folks were pretty nice about getting me a new phone and getting me what I needed to ship the broken phone back to them. So I did that, and the lady at the shipping office said, "Make SURE you keep the UPS shipping slip to make sure you have a record of sending it to them."

I'm now thanking and blessing her for saying that. I filed it away in our celphone records folder, thinking I'd never see it again.

Yes, I did see the #$@*&! thing again. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Ukitake_Rukia)
... it's fun to watch everyone gearing up for NaNoWriMo, yet again...

I won't participate this year. I have far too many projects I want to finish and we're also traveling through the entire week of Thanksgiving, so no extra pressure.

I have two birthday requests still to do, Winter War, and the last multi-chapter arc of Twin Souls, and that may be plenty to do for the month, if I can get well enough to think again. *laughs* Though I seem to be going through a kind of a rollercoaster sort of writing, where I produce like mad for a while and then collapse for a few weeks.

Certainly, it might not be probable to get it all done, but if I don't try then it'll be a sure failure. *laughs*
liralen: Finch Painting (Ukitake_Rukia)
... it's fun to watch everyone gearing up for NaNoWriMo, yet again...

I won't participate this year. I have far too many projects I want to finish and we're also traveling through the entire week of Thanksgiving, so no extra pressure.

I have two birthday requests still to do, Winter War, and the last multi-chapter arc of Twin Souls, and that may be plenty to do for the month, if I can get well enough to think again. *laughs* Though I seem to be going through a kind of a rollercoaster sort of writing, where I produce like mad for a while and then collapse for a few weeks.

Certainly, it might not be probable to get it all done, but if I don't try then it'll be a sure failure. *laughs*

Fair Play

Oct. 14th, 2009 01:07 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (superglue_flake)
It's cool. The new machine has behaved like a champ. It's working just fine, and far faster than anything else I've ever had before and it makes me want to play games that I've never been able to play before.

Also, a few months back, the boys and I ended up in Denver, and went for dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory. I had my usual blackberry cream Italian soda, and it came in one of the regular glasses instead of the "fancy" glass that one usually gets to keep. Normally, I notice that and shrug and 'give up' my free glass. For some reason, I decided to ask the waitress if it would be possible to just take one of the plain pint glasses home instead. She said she'd go ask.

When she came back, she had a chilled etched heavy pint tumbler in her hands, and she said, "Here, why don't you take this instead? I couldn't let you go home with just a plain glass."

There are moments when I think it's all just luck, and then there are times when I'm convinced that if one treats the universe as if it's going to be fair if one makes the effort, then it will be.

*laughs* Oh, yeah, the other day I thought of an amusing phrase, that's entirely true for me.

"I've never met a Deity I didn't like."

Fair Play

Oct. 14th, 2009 01:07 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (superglue_flake)
It's cool. The new machine has behaved like a champ. It's working just fine, and far faster than anything else I've ever had before and it makes me want to play games that I've never been able to play before.

Also, a few months back, the boys and I ended up in Denver, and went for dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory. I had my usual blackberry cream Italian soda, and it came in one of the regular glasses instead of the "fancy" glass that one usually gets to keep. Normally, I notice that and shrug and 'give up' my free glass. For some reason, I decided to ask the waitress if it would be possible to just take one of the plain pint glasses home instead. She said she'd go ask.

When she came back, she had a chilled etched heavy pint tumbler in her hands, and she said, "Here, why don't you take this instead? I couldn't let you go home with just a plain glass."

There are moments when I think it's all just luck, and then there are times when I'm convinced that if one treats the universe as if it's going to be fair if one makes the effort, then it will be.

*laughs* Oh, yeah, the other day I thought of an amusing phrase, that's entirely true for me.

"I've never met a Deity I didn't like."
liralen: Finch Painting (My_hat)
When we were browsing the bookstore at Uwajimaya I found a manga that was so down my alley it's amazing. It's Oishinbo, the Viz English translation is the "A la Carte" edition, with small series stories thrown together by type of food. The original has hundreds of chapters, so they're distilled for the Viz audience. I saw it by accident, and saw that there were "sake", "sushi", and "ramen and gyoza" volumes. Intrigued by volumes titled by foods, I impulsively picked up the "Ramen and Gyoza" one. We'd just eaten ramen, so it made sense.

I'm in love.

It's about a young food writer for a newspaper. He's arrogant, cynical, entirely unmotivated, but his love for and knowledge of food is intense and detailed. He has a very nice lady co-worker who is the one that eggs him on to help people out. Jet and I have been reading the stories together and we're both intrigued and fascinated by the sheer detail of exactly how he goes about finding the perfect dishes of Chinese style noodles. *laughs*

It's a real delight. I shall find more.

The other thing I discovered isn't nearly as fun: I actually don't like coding for coding's sake. )

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