Sunday, 21 January 2018

Now Teaching: Week 20

This was a week of meetings and appointments, only Thursday was really devoid of those. Nearly missed the fact that post #400 was next on my blog (caught it thanks to last year). Failed to start creating a buffer anywhere. Succeeded in finally starting to take down holiday decorations. I feel like I should not be this mellow.
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Item counts run Sunday (Jan 14) to Saturday (Jan 20).

Step Count 2016: About 53,400.
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 62,500. 14 stars.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-Hit Post #300, did DITLife roundup, tried to fix posture issues.

SchoolMail 2016: 78 (3 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 150 New (22 sent)
Up to Day 88, I have taken 25.5 of 11 days of sick leave so far.


TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Finished with Probability Projects
 -Organized summative submissions
 -“Phantom” rehearsals after school
 -Teachers’ Council meeting
 -Finished grading set of 4U tests
 -Started grading set of 3U tests
 -“Phantom” on Sunday & Saturday

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Drew, inked, coloured comic for Jan 15
 -Edits on Virga Mysteries Case 1, posts queued
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Math meeting Monday and Minutes.
 -OAME meeting Tuesday, but brief.
 -Ultra Medical appointment Friday.
 -Back to Lotus Prince, “Downpour”.

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Medical appointment. Exams.

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR 2018:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 4 (Accel Shooter)

Saturday, 20 January 2018

400: Relative Change

Post #100 of this blog was "Time for a Superheroine" (Oct 2013). Post #200 of this blog was "No Reason" (Aug 2015). My continued efforts to write short fiction continued in #246 "Suppression" and #261 "In The Dark", based on prompts from "Web Fiction Guide". Post #300 of this blog was "A Bunny's Tale" (Jan 2017). Now here we are at Post #400 exactly one year later. These milestones creep up fast when you make weekly entries; I almost missed it.

The following is a short story I submitted to a publication last June. It did not win, but we might as well get it off the hard drive. It's definitely short - it needed to be 628 words, max. (6-28, June 28). We're back to time travel here. Enjoy!

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RELATIVE CHANGE

Lilium was used to hearing her younger brother talk to himself on occasion. The walls of their house were thin. But something about this time felt different. It took a moment before she realized that Luke’s voice was overlapping with itself.

Lilium sighed. She couldn’t very well grow up to be a member of the Chrono Patrol one day if she ignored an unauthorized temporal incursion inside her own house, could she?

She raked her fingers back through her frizzy hair, adjusted the straps of her green dress and stalked out of her own room, throwing open the door of Luke’s bedroom without so much as a knock.

Her fifteen year old brother, sitting on the bed, turned to look at her with wide eyes. So did the early twenty something version of her brother standing in the middle of the room. Yeah, had to be an older version of him, only Luke would wear such a tacky Hawaiian shirt.

“You’re both audible and visible to your prior self?” Lilium shrieked. “Are you trying to get one or both of yourselves arrested?”

“Bus-ted,” YoungLuke muttered. He shook his head. “But I’m glad you’re here, Lily. You know how I’m buying a new watch tomorrow?”

Lilium peered at her brother(s). “Yeah.”

OlderLuke broke in. “I keep telling myself that I’m here to change that event. But I’m so stubborn! Luke, why won’t you listen to me?”

Lilium put her hands on her hips. “Both of you, stop. Future Luke, have you even studied temporal theory? Did you run the quantum scenarios here?”

OlderLuke nodded. “Of course I did. That’s how I pinpointed this event.”

“And then did you run the scenarios on everyone else?” Lilium challenged. “I mean this is, what, a six year entanglement, minimum? What happens to me? To the person who sells you the watch on commission? To the lady who asks you for the time three years from now? To YOU, a week in the future?”

“Oh, uhh..."

“THINK, Luke.” She stepped forwards and flicked her fingers at OlderLuke’s forehead. Of course, her fingers passed right through the hologram, but it was more about making the point. “Rule one. History must be free to make its own decisions. If we made mistakes, well, that’s how we learn, how we grow. Change can be good, change can be bad... change cannot be taken lightly. That’s why we enter the past only to observe.”

OlderLuke glared back. “Times change too. As do regulations.”

Lilium felt a chill run up her back. Only then did she wonder why she hadn’t stopped Luke from doing this in their future. Was she even there? Was she in on it? Or was this some sort of test, by a future superior, to see if she was Patrol material? There was no way to know.

Still, she wasn’t about to change her own beliefs. It didn’t matter that this version of Luke was now older than her.

She shook her head. “Luke, you know how much your past self wants to buy that watch. Even if you could change that event, and benefit from it, you don’t truly know what that will do to the timeline around you. Do you?”

OlderLuke stared at her. Then he slumped, shaking his head. “No. You’re right.” He gave her a sad smile. “Thank you, Lily. As usual, you’re the only one able to change my mind.”

Moments later, he had faded from view. Lilium let out a sigh of relief.

“Lily!” her brother gasped. “What are you doing in my room? What... what’s been going on for the last ten minutes?”

Lilium blinked. “I’m not sure. But I wouldn’t worry about it,” she said, turning to leave. “I don’t think anything’s changed.”



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  What do you think, was I able to capture enough in such a short word count? Is there anything I should be working on with my writing?

  Note that I've also been contributing columns to the Time Travel Nexus about the "Back to the Future" comic book series, if you want to read more. I also went though some of my favourite time travel TV shows as an Author Aside on my serial site. Virga Mysteries will begin there tomorrow.

  Thanks for your interest!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Now Teaching: Week 19

Decided not to sign back up for yoga. Snow shovelling seems to get my days over 10k for steps, plus I’m feeling like I’m in a state of almost being perpetually caught up. Crazy thaw and snow led to another postponing of seeing my aunt, along with a “no bus” day for reworking my January schedule. (Also took down outdoor XMas lights.) I am having comic motivation issues, trying to see a path forwards.
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Item counts run Sunday (Jan 7) to Saturday (Jan 13).

Step Count 2016: About 53,000.
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 70,400. 14 stars.
Seriously, only Wed and Sat weren’t over 10k.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-My physical health was questionable (arm tingles). I walked more.

SchoolMail 2016: 50 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 107 New (16 sent)
Up to Day 83, I have taken 24.833 of 11 days of sick leave so far.



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -“Phantom” rehearsals on Monday & Thursday
 -Feedback on rough draft summatives
 -Staff meeting, though that was brief
 -Set exam for both math courses
 -Plugging away again at Probability Projects
 -Saturday “Phantom” rehearsal after brunch

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Scans and final edits on “Untold Tales” TTNexus post
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Sunday “Star Wars: Last Jedi” with family
 -Sunday dinner with relatives
 -Friday NAC Play “887”

 -Saturday brunch with friends
 -Contrasting Lotus Prince with Eric van Wilderman.

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Math meeting. Teachers Council. Doctor’s Apt.

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR 2018:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 3 (Divine Buster Extension)

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Now Teaching: Week 18

How do I even describe this week? Flurry of activity Sunday and Monday, Tuesday evening through Wednesday I was mostly sick (again!), and Anne-Lise was getting there too, including pink eye, to the point we went for an appointment. The outside temperatures were insane (today’s high was -21 C) though maybe on the plus side, no snow shovelling while I was away (and only minimal since). Then Thursday and Friday I was mostly moping about my creative stuff, only to return to flurry of activity by Saturday. So yeah.
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Item counts run Sunday (Dec 31) to Saturday (Jan 6).

Step Count 2016: About 52,000.
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 56,300. 14 stars.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-Roundup posts, finally started tackling item backlog post-writing.

SchoolMail 2016: 5 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 17 New (2 sent)
Still at Day 78, I have taken 23.166 of 11 days of sick leave so far.


TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -NOPE. (Unless starting to read a math book counts.)

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Wrote “Epsilon” summary and statistics post
 -Drew, inked new 2018 banner for comic
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat
 -Wrote a post about various educational comics
 -Drew, inked comic for Jan 8

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Sunday new years’ eve with relatives
 -Monday afternoon with relatives
 -Long Drive Monday
 -Monday new years’ with relatives
 -Medical appointment Thursday
 -Bought drywall screws, put up spoon racks
 -Saturday dinner with relatives
 -More Lotus Prince (Fatal Frame 4 done).

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -I only just bought an agenda. x.x School. NAC Play. Visiting aunt.

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR 2018:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 3 (Divine Buster Extension)

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Now Teaching: Week 17

Never a dull moment. On the one hand, maybe I’ll relax next week. On the other hand, it’s not like I’ve been stressed either. Chalk that up to the pills, I think. (My dad’s also on pills after abdominal pains and a visit to the hospital.) It occurs to me that I’m not supposed to mix them with alcohol, but I drink so sparingly that I tend to forget with the holidays. Sidebar, the only TV I’ve been keeping up with (aside from the Doctor Who special) is “The Librarians”, and even then I missed one. At any rate, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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Item counts run Sunday (Dec 24) to Saturday (Dec 30).

Step Count 2016: About 36,000.
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 55,400. 19 stars.
Can’t step without stars, since that’s when I’m out of the house. Unless it’s snow removal.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-I was also sick then, and pleased by all my writing of 2016.

SchoolMail 2016: 0 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 17 New (2 sent)
Still at Day 78, I have taken 23.166 of 11 days of sick leave so far.


TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -Finished marking the 3U tests

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Finished the “Epsilon Project” serial entry
 -Final sketches for Secret Santa Art
 -Created triangles to go with Parody Song
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat
 -Wrote “Untold Tales 1” post for TTNexus
 -Wrote recap part of “Untold Tales 2”
 -Wrote recap part of “Untold Tales 3”

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Sunday Christmas
 -Lunch/Dinner with family Monday
 -Long Drive Tuesday
 -Wednesday Christmas
 -“Darkest Hour” movie with parents Thurs
 -Lunch with Mark in Georgetown Sat
 -More Lotus Prince (Fatal Frame 3).

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Two sets of New Years, separated by a long drive.

STUFF THAT NEVER HAPPENED IN 2017:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk

RH Stress Level: 4 (Accel Shooter)

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Now Teaching: Week 16

This week hit like a truck. Rear engine splash guard fell off my car driving in after my Doctor’s appointment Tuesday, had to get that fixed (after retrieving it). Got sick Tuesday night which lasted into Friday, went through three boxes of tissues. My snowman outside didn’t survive the brief thaw, the wire in my mouth was coming loose at the dentist’s, and I fell behind in non-school things. But I did manage to sing math at the assembly, and a parent said they liked it plus a student said they’d keep the lyrics, so there’s that.
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Item counts run Sunday (Dec 17) to Saturday (Dec 23).

Step Count 2016: About 46,500.
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 70,900. 14 stars.
All weekdays were over 9k. While I was sick, yeah.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-I was meeting deadlines amid chaos.

SchoolMail 2016: 54 (1 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 134 New (23 sent)
At Day 78 (derp, missed updating that), I have taken 23.166 of 11 days of sick leave so far. (That .166 is part of a period, it’s stuck to me now.)
Work: End of 2017.

TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -“Phantom” on Monday (including portable 3)
 -Marked 3U tasks
 -Marked 4U tests
 -Groceries trip for Hamper
 -Started marking 3U tests
 -Pins: none (theme week, Hawaiian shirt was popular)

WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat
 -Research and initial sketches for Secret Santa Art
 -Started the “Epsilon Project” serial entry

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Family dinner Sunday.
 -Doctor visit Tuesday.
 -Tuesday Yoga class.
 -Dentist on Wednesday.
 -Medical trip Thurs morning.
 -Haircut Friday.
 -Family dinner Friday.
 -Put up wreaths, decorations and shovelled snow.
 -XMas Shopping.
 -More Lotus Prince (Fatal Frame 2 completed).

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Two sets of Christmas, separated by a long drive.

STUFF THAT WILL NOW NEVER HAPPEN IN 2017:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 5 (ACS Standby)

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Now Teaching: Week 15

I feel like I’ve been getting a bit too complacent lately. Not sure if it’s the drugs, or simply there’s too much to do in December with the damn holidays coming up, so I grasp for relax time when I can, instead of being productive. Oh well. I now have a new phone, that being Anne-Lise’s old phone, for at least a few more days. I’m vaguely learning things. Including that the top will pop off a cold fast food soda when you carry it in very cold weather, but that’s unrelated.
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Item counts run Sunday (Dec 10) to Saturday (Dec 16).

Step Count 2016: About 58,600.
STEP COUNT 2017: Over 67,000. 14 stars.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:
-Groaned about holidays breaking routine, tried to get ahead.

SchoolMail 2016: 59 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2017: 98 New (18 sent)
At Day 63, I have taken 21.333 of 11 days of sick leave so far.



TEACHING RELATED ITEMS:
 -“Phantom” on Monday/Tues
 -Miscellaneous marking (eg quizzes)
 -Prepped test evaluations
 -School XMas concert Thurs
 -Staff holiday gathering Fri
 -Cappies Discussion Mentor on Saturday
 -Pins: Avanna, Maika, WhoMe, Miku, AC3


WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -Wrote Holiday Math Song Parody

OTHER ITEMS:
 -COMA Monday dinner.
 -Tuesday Yoga class.
 -Wednesday trip to Craft Show.
 -Finished Lotus Prince’s Lollipop Chainsaw, etc.

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -Dinner Sun, Doctor Tues, Dentist Wed, Medical Thurs, Hamper Fri, Assembly.

STUFF THAT WILL NOW NEVER HAPPEN IN 2017:
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 4 (Accel Shooter)