Monday, May 21, 2018

Storms within storms. Patreon subscribers, sales, and shares still very much needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved.

Storms within storms, and still no real rain. We've had maybe two dozen drops, although there is a very fine dusting of snow on one of the distant peaks, a product of what just passed over it. It remains to be seen whether all the black clouds on all sides, all the sound and fury of the wind, add up to anything more than noise. We are fast becoming screwed for the year if we don't get real rain soon.

I am way, WAY behind on everything right now. EVERYTHING. Three nights ago, I woke up several times with bad episodes, my breathing having repeatedly stopped (yes, that's a thing, and no, it's not sleep apnea, at least the way you're thinking; it's related directly to whatever still-nameless thing this is, and it's definitively not that). The upshot is that I've been sleeping with O2 on constantly, which means very little sleep at all. Add in the tree pollen and also whatever it is that I did to my right shoulder and neck along with my left hip, and my pain levels are through the roof (which also means no sleep). In actuality, I may not have "done" anything; it may just be a progression in my autoimmune disease, in which case I'm screwed if it's not something that will go back into remission. So focus is hard come by these days, along with time and other resources. Storms within storms on these fronts, too, and they're still not making it rain.

So, as I've said, the underlying dynamics remain unchanged, including my health issues and the correlating stresses. Sales and Patreon subscribers keep us going (and keep me paying down this massive medical debt load). Speaking of my Patreon, I uploaded a new subscribers-only post two nights ago, here. I've got several more new ones in the works, but what I said up there about time? It's a thing. On another but related front, my first goal is reached: I got that last subscriber (thank you, thank you!) at the $10/month level to hit my minimum goal. In actuality, of course, that's only on paper; I really need about $100 more in subscriptions, because at the $1,000 level, I lose about $100 in fees. So I'm adding in a request for folks please to continue to share the links:
  • My new Patreon, The Interstices (Writing Between Worlds);
  • Wings's site, for sales, with new items posted;
  • Wings's direct PayPal link;
  • A way to buy me coffee (which actually goes to all of our medical bills, which continue to mount; something over $300 for Wings last week, to say nothing of all my own);
  • Amazon wishlist, which mostly consists of supplies for half-feral puppies;
  • Partial registry #1, from Bed, Bath and Beyond. There are new kitchen-y things on it now, stuff that I didn't realize we'd need to replace (either because the RV ruined it or because we gave it away when we had to downsize).
As always, I have more writing, more editing, and more general work to do, and I have to get back on it (at the moment, again, that which falls into the "general work" category has to come first). Thank you to everyone. I know I owe replies to a bunch of you, and other stuff, too. This week is not starting off auspiciously for getting caught up, but I'm doing my best.




All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Monday Photo Meditation: Green Is Hope

Photo copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's a photo meditation for a Monday in which, forecast notwithstanding, the rain seems as elusive as ever. It's a reflection, too, on the fact that even without our usual water levels, the indigenous trees remain stubbornly in full leaf, reminding us that green is hope.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. As always, his photos are available for purchase in any of the usual three formats; simply inquire via the site's Contact form. Also as always, sales are very much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Wings and Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A welcome storm, if it hits. Other storms are still here, of course. Patreon subscribers, sales, and shares all still very much needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved.

This is what's hovering just southeast of us, only much, much bigger now. I'll still be surprised if we get any rain out of it, but it would be a welcome storm. The earth here is so deathly dry it feels like ash; there's no planting until we get some moisture.

For the moment, things are steady, if overloaded as always. Never enough hours in the day, and a task list that grows by the hour, but Raven is healing nicely, and so are the Trickster Twins. River is here working today, which is a tremendous help to Wings, and that leaves me free to get some things done in indoors for a bit.

Still, the underlying dynamics remain unchanged, including my health issues and the correlating stresses. Sales and Patreon subscribers keep us going (and keep me paying down this massive medical debt load). Speaking of my Patreon, I uploaded a new subscribers-only post last night, here. I'm planning on trying to post another one tonight, but my free time is very iffy at the moment. On another but related front, my first goal is reached: I got that last subscriber (thank you, thank you!) at the $10/month level to hit my minimum goal. In actuality, of course, that's only on paper; I really need about $100 more in subscriptions, because at the $1,000 level, I lose about $100 in fees. So I'm adding in a request for folks please to continue to share the links:
  • My new Patreon, The Interstices (Writing Between Worlds);
  • Wings's site, for sales, with new items posted;
  • Wings's direct PayPal link;
  • A way to buy me coffee (which actually goes to all of our medical bills, which continue to mount; something over $300 for Wings last week, to say nothing of all my own);
  • Amazon wishlist, which mostly consists of supplies for half-feral puppies;
  • Partial registry #1, from Bed, Bath and Beyond. There are new kitchen-y things on it now, stuff that I didn't realize we'd need to replace (either because the RV ruined it or because we gave it away when we had to downsize).
As always, I have more writing, more editing, and more general work to do, and I have to get back on it (at the moment, that which falls into the "general work" category has to come first. Thank you to everyone. I know I owe replies to a bunch of you, and other stuff, too, and I'm hoping that next week I'll be able to focus better and get some of this stuff caught up properly.




All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

To Heal the Land Is to Heal Ourselves

Photo copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's one of Wings's newest works, just completed a few days ago. It's one, too, that links indigenous cultures the world over, with motifs and materials that teach us, as we pursue liberation, that to heal the land is to heal ourselves.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are very much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Slow[er] days and dragons. Patreon subscriptions, sales, and shares still needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved.

Have a dragon. Or something.

Finally, a [sortakinda] quiet day. Meaning that we're doing all our usual work, but not a lot added on, and no one coming over and disrupting things. Even River couldn't make it, because his Mom needed his help today (she's undergoing chemo). Still, I'm so far behind now that there's no hope of, you know, catching up today or anything. Just a chance not to be pulled in twelve directions every single second.

So everything I said yesterday still applies: Tomorrow, I need to be able to spend some time at work on the writing. All weekend, actually. I haven't been able to do anything the last couple of weeks, on that or anything else, and that has to change. In the meantime, we still need sales, of course; on top of all of the medical bills, we still have to pay the ordinary bills, put gas in the truck, put food on the table, etc. Sales and Patreon subscribers keep us going (and keep me paying down this massive medical debt load). Speaking of my Patreon, on another but related front, my first goal is reached: I got that last subscriber (thank you, thank you!) at the $10/month level to hit my minimum goal. In actuality, of course, that's only on paper; I really need about $100 more in subscriptions, because at the $1,000 level, I lose about $100 in fees. So before I put myself back on my oxygen for the evening (which I have to do momentarily), I'm adding in a request for folks please to continue to share the links:
  • My new Patreon, The Interstices (Writing Between Worlds);
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Wings's direct PayPal link;
  • A way to buy me coffee (which actually goes to all of our medical bills, which continue to mount; something over $300 for Wings this week, to say nothing of all my own);
  • Amazon wishlist, which mostly consists of supplies for half-feral puppies;
  • Partial registry #1, from Bed, Bath and Beyond. There are new kitchen-y things on it now, stuff that I didn't realize we'd need to replace (either because the RV ruined it or because we gave it away when we had to downsize).
As always, I have more writing, more editing, and more general work to do, and I have to get back on it. Thank you to everyone. I know I owe replies to a bunch of you, and other stuff, too, and I'm hoping that next week I'll be able to focus better and get some of this stuff caught up properly.




All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Forging Flowers for Life

Photo copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved.

Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's one of Wings's newest works, and a piece that fits the feel and spirit of this day. It's a symbol of harmony, of grace, of hearts, of rain-like abundance, a reminder that when we love, we are forging flowers for life.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are very much needed (especially now), so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Bleeding dogs and other headaches. Subscribers, sales, and shares always needed.

Photo copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved.

Raven in happier times. IOW, a month ago.

Good lord, what a day. My began in the middle of the night, with a monster migraine thanks to . . . something I did to my right shoulder yesterday. No, I have no idea what. But back, shoulder, neck, head, all a complete mess today. A dear friend sent me one of those thermal heating pads last winter, the kind with the massage element, and I have it on my shoulders right this moment.

Early morning, because the window techs were coming to fix the weather-stripping problem with the windows. That got done, and fortunately went pretty smoothly What did not go smoothly was the problem of every fricking male dog in a mile radius finding its way here because of the Trickster Twins. Yes, they're obviously still emitting pheromones. No, no one can get at them in the enclosed dog run we built for them from stuff on hand (ProPanels and pallets and leftover chicken wire and a tarp for shade), but that doesn't stop them trying. And when I got up this morning (late; cf. migraine above), there was a new dog out there. Not "new" new; he's from somewhere not too far away, because when he was a puppy he used to come over and sit at a distance, wanting to play with She-Wolf and Raven but too afraid to come close.

Welp, he's not afraid anymore. Now, he's a full-sized pit-bull/boxer mix with something big like Lab or more likely Dane, fully as large as Raven, unneutered and younger and therefore stronger. Raven went out to chase him off this morning, but he kept coming back. Eventually, I got free of window people and everything else and went upstairs to try to work, and got interrupted by whimpering. I go downstairs and no raven; the front door's wide open, and Wings is out there in the field roaring at all the male dogs packed up on each other. When Raven came back, his left upper lip appeared to be in shreds, spouting huge gouts of blood in a spurting-artery waterfall. I say "appeared to be" because it all turned out to have come from a single puncture wound, a bite on the right cheek above the mouth, He got out of very, very lucky; I have no idea what happened to the other two primarily involved, but given that neither came back, I'm guessing they're worse off than Raven. (They're also not welcome here, and will be run off immediately; the main offender, the boxer/pit mix, had already hid under the sawhorses and leapt out at Wings, trying to bite him.) Anyway, it took us more than half an hour to stabilize the bleeding enough to take him to the vet, who was out for lunch, so we had a forty-minute wait, with Raven periodically breaking the clot and bleeding everywhere. He's an abuse survivor, which makes him 1) fear-aggressive, and 2) susceptible to major ordinary stress plus PTSD, and his BP was so high it was literally pushing the blood out.

Anyway, vet shows up, gives us antibiotics for him, uses tissue glue to close the wound, and offered to keep him until 5:30 if we didn't want to keep him confined at home the next few hours, but we took him home anyway. Leash walks only for now, and he's being remarkably cooperative, given that he's always been terrified of being leashed. He's wiped out, sound asleep on his dog bed. All this in addition to having to bury a grosbeak that whacked the window from an odd side angle (instantaneous), and yesterday having to treat a wire cut on Miskwaki's left hind. So, yeah, a day.

Tomorrow, I need to be able to spend some time at work on the writing. All weekend, actually. I haven't been able to do anything the last couple of weeks, on that or anything else, and that has to change. In the meantime, we still need sales, of course; on top of all of the medical bills, we still have to pay the ordinary bills, put gas in the truck, put food on the table, etc. Sales and Patreon subscribers keep us going (and keep me paying down this massive medical debt load). Speaking of my Patreon, on another but related front, my first goal is reached: I got that last subscriber (thank you, thank you!) at the $10/month level to hit my minimum goal. In actuality, of course, that's only on paper; I really need about $100 more in subscriptions, because at the $1,000 level, I lose about $100 in fees. So before I put myself back on my oxygen for the evening (which I have to do momentarily), I'm adding in a request for folks please to continue to share the links:
  • My new Patreon, The Interstices (Writing Between Worlds);
  • Wings's site, for sales;
  • Wings's direct PayPal link;
  • A way to buy me coffee (which actually goes to all of our medical bills, which continue to mount; something over $300 for Wings this week, to say nothing of all my own);
  • Amazon wishlist, which mostly consists of supplies for half-feral puppies;
  • Partial registry #1, from Bed, Bath and Beyond. There are new kitchen-y things on it now, stuff that I didn't realize we'd need to replace (either because the RV ruined it or because we gave it away when we had to downsize).
As always, I have more writing, more editing, and more general work to do, and I have to get back on it. Thank you to everyone. I know I owe replies to a bunch of you, and other stuff, too, and I'm hoping that next week I'll be able to focus better and get some of this stuff caught up properly.




All content, including photos and text, are copyright Aji, 2018; all rights reserved. Nothing herein may used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the owner.