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I ran my third Copenhagen Half Marathon this past Sunday. - What a race! What started with blue skies and sun turned into thunderclouds, rain, lightning and hail by the time I made it to the finish line.

The final dash to the finish line was a slog in icy ankle deep water mixed with hail since the roads were flooded. This video captures what it was like: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZJDM63FPMt/

And this is the finish line: https://twitter.com/hfallesen/status/909370419450347521

The water was deepest in the streets, so runners were crammed onto the sidewalks which were slightly less flooded. At some point, after I finished, two runners were injured due to lightening strike and a fallen electrical cable, so the race was immediately shut down for safety.

However, despite all the chaos at the end, I still managed to run a PR. My official time is listed as 1:46:24 (corrected from an earlier time I was given). I'm so happy. And so hungry.

Wet me after the flood at the finish line at the CPH half marathon

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I have a new toy! I mean tool. I have a new tool!



Yesterday, I took it out on the town with me and I managed to go to the gym*, write 1200 words on my not-a-book, colorize a portrait, answer emails, go shopping*, and cook a roast.*

(*These items may or may not have been facilitated by the new toy tool.)

I flamed out badly on digital painting once before, but this is a whole new level of comfort and portability (my biggest prior complaint was that the separate tablet took a lot of setup and a big work surface, plus I was tethered to my computer...).

I am on a mission! I want to make my Apple Pencil viable, and I need some practice with it. I also want to whittle down my Portrait Adoption gallery a bit. SO! I am offering the DEAL OF A LIFETIME. I will color anything in my gallery - at NO EXTRA COST. That means, you could get a portrait colored to be your character for as little as $5. I'll even make minor tweaks at that time. (Very minor!) Use the site to 'request customization.'

 
$0 / $99.00 0% done!

In other news, we had a windy night, and now it looks like impending winter. Eep.

I will leave you with a list.

~Add a Torn World character
~Answer 10 emails
~Post something at Torn World
~Pizza dough.
~vacuum
~Clean off livingroom table
~2 loads of water - 1 down
~cook sausage
~500 words - 400. 
~Finish Patreon physical rewards (oh man, they are awesome! And there's still barely time to get them!)
~Coloring book bulk order
Sep. 16th, 2017 07:55 pm

A bedtime story

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Enjoy this bedtime story that I just told my daughter.

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Guppy who drew on the walls, even though she knew she shouldn't.

Her parents got very tired of cleaning the walls and finally one day they put Guppy in a box and mailed it to Antarctica, where Guppy lived the rest of her days with the penguins.


Guppy frowned at me from bed. "Mom, stories are supposed to have happy endings."

"You want a happy ending? Then don't draw on the walls.

My stories make up in morals what they lack in subtlety. 


Shown here before deportation to Antarctica.  


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Sep. 15th, 2017 09:59 am

Keeping on with the lists...

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 We're getting a real fall! It's been relatively warm, and I'm so delighted that the leaves are staying on the trees. It feels like the last few years we got windstorms early in the autumn and went directly from just-changing to ugly-bare.

 




Today:

~Write 500 words
~Work on color logo for client
~Print rest of the Patreon physical reward
~catbox/dishes/vacuum
~Get email to 100. OMG I DID IT!
~Coloristas catchup
~Get Sketch Fest set up
~Mail art order <3
~Artwork for Patreon patron
~1 Torn World Character added to database
~Post last Torn World article in series
~Art afternoon
~Second delivery to Woven Sylver
~Post office


My reward for finishing will be painting mini-totes for Sketch Fest and Gotham.


This week:

~Return library books
~Get email down to 100. (at 120!!)
~Start poking on potential project - poking initiated! 
~Post rest of the articles at Torn World (3/4 posted)
~Finish color logo for client
~Finish anthology illustration
~Finish anthology revisions
~Write a total of 2500 words. (at 2252)
~Mail physical Patreon rewards. 
~Finish and deliver Patreon reward story.
~Catch up on Coloristas
~Clean downstairs desk
~Update Woven Sylver!

I'm off to eat bonbons now and file my nails...

Sep. 15th, 2017 09:59 am

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Last night I dreamed crazy dreams all night- I dreamed I lived in a city one mountain over from Machu Pichu, it was exactly the same but never abandoned and never discovered and was called Machu Bitchu.

You had to come and go from town in a wicker basket on a crane. I worked at the municipal pool, handing out towels and cupcakes. Herod (the ancient historical king) lived there too, and spent a lot of time bugging me at work about how he hadn't killed those innocents, no, that was a wild exaggeration. He actually spanked them and sent them to bed without supper. No one wanted to hear it, but I was at work and thus a captive audience. There were beautiful towers and gardens and we brought bucket loads of dirt from a local valley to make our city even higher.
As a weird aside there were surveyors and construction work everywhere, which mirrors my neighborhood at the moments.


In other news I think Sweetpants is trying to be subtle.
He asked if we had enough peanut butter for cookies, roughly 3 days after buying a case of peanutbutter.
"Do you want me to make cookies?" I asked.
"No, no , I was just askin'," he said, as though cookies were topics for idle conversation like the weather.

I think I'll make cookies before he strains something with his hinting.
Sep. 14th, 2017 11:26 am

More lists! Sketch Fest is tomorrow!

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It's been a productive, busy week so far, and I'm loving it. It feels good to be (mostly) back up to speed.



MORE LISTS!

Today:

~Write 500 words
~Work on color logo for client
~Try another sketch for anthology
~Print part of the Patreon physical reward
~catbox/dishes/vacuum
~25 emails cleaned up.
~drop off work at Connie's
~Coloristas catchup
~Apple crisp


My reward for finishing will be painting mini-totes! I am out of Agents of Shield. :(


This week:

~Return library books
~Get email down to 100. (at 120!!)
~Start poking on potential project - poking initiated!
~Post rest of the articles at Torn World (3/4 posted)
~Finish color logo for client
~Finish anthology illustration
~Finish anthology revisions
~Write a total of 2500 words. (at 2252)
~Mail physical Patreon rewards.
~Finish and deliver Patreon reward story.
~Catch up on Coloristas
~Clean downstairs desk
~Update Woven Sylver!

All for now!
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Sep. 12th, 2017 09:40 am

More listses

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Yesterday's list helped me focus greatly. So today gets one, too!

Today:

~Write 500 words
~Work on color logo for client
~Try another sketch for anthology
~Print part of the Patreon physical reward
~catbox/dishes/vacuum
~grocery shopping
~farm pickup
~75 emails cleaned up.
~Colorista files


My reward for finishing will be painting mini-totes and watching Agents of Shield. Woo!


This week:

~Return library books

~Get email down to 100. (at 145!!)
~Start poking on potential project - poking initiated! 
~Post rest of the articles at Torn World (3/4 posted)
~Finish color logo for client
~Finish anthology illustration
~Finish anthology revisions
~Write a total of 2500 words. (at 2252)
~Mail physical Patreon rewards.
~Finish and deliver Patreon reward story.
~Catch up on Coloristas
~Clean downstairs desk
~Update Woven Sylver!

All for now!
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Sep. 11th, 2017 08:41 pm

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The last weeks have been rather intense.

First, two of my mother’s younger siblings visited for a couple of days. The routine – as usual - had been, that they would be visiting their old hounds and remaining relatives in the area, taking mum with them. I never knew when they would return – but was expected to show up at mum’s flat as soon as they had. One evening they wanted to have dinner at our place, but they couldn’t tell me which evening would be convenient, for that would depend on when they would be able to leave the place of whichever relative they were visiting …
So I had decided on serving a plate of regional specialties, which I would sample from a farm outlet shop as soon as I got the call that they would be coming over to our place.
Seeing them again was nice, but the waiting and not knowing when they would show up, was not.

The day after they left, I went to a family gathering with cousins from my father’s side of the family. We attended church to pray for the members of our family that have already passed away, and then after church we gathered at a restaurant, had a nice meal and chatted the afternoon away. That was nice.

The next Sunday I went on the most extensive hiking tour, I’ve done so far. More than 8 hours walking time, more than 20km and 1200 m difference in altitude. And a quite difficult terrain - well, difficult for me.



On our way back down we knew we would pass a small pilgrimage church, and we had intended to rest there. Just at the moment we arrived at the church, my mobile rang. My nephew, being of the same age as me and living in another part of the country, called me. I thought he might be in the area visiting his parents … but he had to inform me that his mother, my oldest half-sister had, died rather unexpectedly.

My 3 siblings (children my father had in previous relationships) all were adults at the time I was born, had their own families and, in case of my oldest sister, already children of her own – and were living in different cities than the one we lived in. Basically, I grew up not *with* my siblings, but in the knowledge that I had siblings, which I would see once or twice a year. I have to confess, I do have cousins I have closer emotional connections to.

Nonetheless I’m deeply affected by my sister’s death, which made me realise just how short life is.

My nephew interviewed me on who would have to be contacted on father’s side of the family, for my sister didn’t really have much contact with anyone, beside my mum and me. So I told him the addresses of the two remaining uncles, and offered to inform my other two siblings of his mother's death.

Now my other two siblings do not only share the same father, but also have the same mother – but had had a severe falling out over the inheritance of their mothe, and haven’t spoken a word to each other ever since her death more than 18 years ago. *Sigh*
It truly surprised me that my brother offered to come to the funeral rather instantly. On the other hand, it didn’t surprise me at all that my remaining sister didn’t. She does have health problems, and her husband isn’t the most considerate of men and wouldn’t want to driver he, so that was that.

I would have wished to see that part of the family under happier circumstances – but we all vowed to be getting together more regularly from now on, maybe in the manner of the gathering with the cousins a couple of days previous.

And parallel to all that, I had been assisting Larva with her hunt for a small flat in the city she has chosen to go to university to. We’ve been looking at quite a few flats, and have been dismissing most of them. But finally – incidentally right after my sister’s funeral – we found one that would be perfect.
On Thursday, we will get the keys, and then we will start with the cleaning, painting and furnishing. That, at least, are going to be good times.

Sep. 11th, 2017 10:05 am

List for today...

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I feel so behind! The last six weeks or so have felt like one setback after another, and lots of little things have gotten shoved aside. Time for a list!

Today I'd like to:

~Write 500 words. (1000 would be better)
~Get through 100 emails. (My inbox was up over 700 this weekend. I beat it back to 560.)
~Post next article at Torn World
~Shopping
~Catbox/dishes/vacuum
~Work on color logo for client
~Sketch for possible anthology illustration
~Next Patreon reward out (Sketch Tarot)
~Fold laundry (2 loads)
~Bellydance


This week:

~Get email down to 100.
~Start poking on potential project
~Post rest of the articles at Torn World
~Finish color logo for client
~Finish anthology illustration
~Write a total of 2500 words.
~Mail physical Patreon rewards.
~Finish and deliver Patreon reward story.



Guppy and I went cranberry picking on Saturday, and took a long walk in the autumn woods on Sunday. My purpose on the walk was to get her some exercise, and it wasn't very far before it hit me that this was my first time walking these paths without Norway, which was very hard. Guppy was effervescent and energetic, which really took the edge off, and the forest is gorgeous, going all gold and rust. In all, it was a lovely walk.



Nose to the grindstone now.
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Sep. 10th, 2017 05:15 pm

Somehow

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I became the mother to an adult male

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/yanniconny/will9-10-17_zpsqcc9ztia.jpg
Thanks be to Thoth or whoever
He's starting university in January-
Can you see the relief on my face?
If only I could get him to study law instead of comic books we would be set, but there you go.

In other news I am starting a job on the 28th and am trying my damnedest to finish my editing of book three "The Bees Made Honey in the Rich Man's Skull" before it starts so I can get my next three books done, a history of the Comanches based on oral history, a play about my great great grandparents Weckeah Old Bear and Quanah Parker, and the next Polycorpus Singularia book, which features uncolonized steampunk Natives.

Of course having to work a second job is frustrating when all I want to do is write, and I have been considering a patreon account but will that really help or will it simply mean I will have even less time to write?

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