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I finished Mercedes Lackey's Closer to the Chest (which turned out to be more enjoyable than I first feared, especially given the somewhat awkward beginning), and started on Claire Frank's Assassin's Charge, which is okay but it's not really doing much for me.

Still, "okay" is better than "bad," so I'll keep reading.


I'm more amused than I probably ought to be at this site, which does fortune-telling based on the kanji in a person's name. I spent some time a while ago figuring out what my name would be in Japanese, paying attention to meaning and to the list of kanji that can be used for name, and at least according to that site, it seems like I do best when I'm allowed the space to be myself, and that I'm not one to do things by halves. Among other things. Which isn't something I didn't know, and frankly is applicable to most people, but it did amuse me to read.


I've been getting through my backlog of reviews that need to be written. If I do 2-3 a day, it shouldn't take me too long, and I'm pretty much at a manageable level right now anyway. The most annoying ones are food-based, because I can only make and eat so much during the day, so while it doesn't take me long to form an impression or write about said impression, it takes me longer to get through food reviews because I have to space them out like that.


I did some brainstorming for a few blog posts and writing projects for the rest of this month. Nothing spectacular, nothing ground-breaking, but they need to be written, and at least now I have the initial stuff out of the way. So that's something. Sometimes the hardest part of writing is figuring out what to write. Once that part's out of the way, at least the bare bones of the rest can flow easily, and can be fleshed out later if need be.
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Holy crap, it's been a while since I updated this. Not surprising, since I often start blogs and then drop them because things like Facebook make talking about my life pretty convenient. But there's still something so nice about personal blogs, so eh, may as well return to this.

Though sadly, not much has really happened in my life since I stopped updating. Still unemployed, still on Social Assistance, still doing the same old stuff I was doing before.

...This entry got boring quickly...


In the middle of reading Mercedes Lackey's Closer to the Chest. It's okay so far, about the same quality I've come to expect from her recent Valdemar novels, which is to say that the moralizing has gotten extremely unsubtle compared to her earlier works. It's always a shame to see a beloved author's books go so far downhill, though that being said, it's not like they've declined so far that I won't read them. I just don't get the same enjoyment from them that I once did, and I find the blatant moralizing to be very annoying, but I'll still read them as quick comfort reads, so I suppose that says something.


Came down with a cold yesterday. Sore throat and very inflamed sinuses today. I blame the snowstorm yesterday. I know that really isn't the cause, since whatever I caught must have had time to incubate, but lousy weather usually tips my immunity over the edge and lets things flourish where otherwise I might be able to resist, so probably the storm at least had the effect of making it worse.

Plus today there's a pervading chill that's keeping snow on the ground, and that's not helping matters.


A total of 9 items showed up for review today, which is probably the most I've ever gotten at one time. A few require only minimal testing, so I was able to get 2 reviews done tonight, and I'll probably be able to do another 2 tomorrow, too. So that's good. Really, I'll probably be able to get reviews written for them all by the end of the week.

Of course, I know there's more stuff coming, but still. I want to be able to keep somewhat on top of things, and 2 reviews a night isn't that taxing.

If only I could find a way to make money doing this. I saw somebody earlier today say she once had a reviewing gig that paid $10 per review, which doesn't sound like much, but if I got everything I received today reviewed by the end of the week, that would be $90 in my pocket, at that rate. And right now, that would be a fantastic boost to my bank account.
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Finished reading Andrew Lynch's Demi Heroes, as planned, and just a few moments ago I also finished Kyra Halland's Beneath the Canyons. It was okay, but nothing special.

I also started Robert Jordan's The Fires of Heaven, since I'm doing a massive Wheel of Time reread. Well, partially a re-read, since I think I only read to the end of the seventh book when I read them the first time, and now the series has finished and there are so many more books to it, so soon enough I'll be reaching material I haven't seen before. As it is, it's been long enough since I first read it that many of the events have been forgotten, so it's half like reading the books for the first time anyway.

And for my third trick book, I've started re-reading Ferrett Steinmetz's The Flux, since the third book in the series is being released soon and I want to catch up so that I can fully enjoy it when it's out.


My health hasn't been that great for the past few days. I've been feeling tired, run-down, and probably most of that is because I actually did far more than normal last week. 2 doctor's appointments, a visit to the hospital for bloodwork, the pharmacy for more medications, the farmer's market because there's a wonderful stall that sells sweets every Saturday, and one of the days on which I didn't do much was preceded by insomnia. Plus I don't have as much energy as most people, due to ongoing health problems, so even though that may seem like a mild week, for me it was hard, and I'm still recovering.

Unfortunately, the world doesn't stand still while I recover, which means today I have to get some groceries and mow the lawn, or else risk the wrath of my landlord if he drives by and sees it full of dandelions. And later this week I have another appointment with the doctor, for another B12 injection.

And at some point, hopefully, the people from social services will call me back and arrange an initial appointment, so there's a possibility that this week might also have that in store for me.

I'd love to spend a few days sleeping well and doing little but resting and recovering from all this running around. Who knows how likely I am to get that, though.


I love that the weather has been turning chilly at night and in the mornings lately. The days are still pretty warm, sometimes too warm when the humidity really gets going, but the nights are refreshing, and it feels good to be able to drink tea without overheating or to bury myself under comfortable blankets without sweating to death!


Toasted cheese buns for a snack, and then souvlaki in the morning. I'm already looking forward to delicious chicken on skewers!


[Edit] - Only an hour after posting this, it started raining pretty heavily, so I guess I'm not going to be mowing the lawn today after all! I'll still have to do it, but it seems a lot easier to handle, knowing I only have to do two things now instead of three.
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According to the doctor, I have a severe vitamin B12 deficiency that's serious enough to cause disability or death if left untreated. Treatment will be weekly injections, followed by monthly injections, along with oral supplements. Apparently since it takes years to get levels as low as I have, and since I'm not vegan, not a senior citizen, and haven't had parts of my digestive system removed, chances are high that the problem is with my body's ability to absorb the vitamin, which means that even if oral supplements will normalize everything, I'll still need far more than most people get in order to absorb that amount my body needs.

I can look forward to this for the rest of my life, evidently. Oh joy oh bliss.

This could go a long way to explaining many of the health problems I've experienced over the years, though, and I'm glad it was caught before symptoms grew worse than they already are. As it is, I've already started to show nerve involvement, which may or may not be reversible at this stage.

I have more blood tests scheduled for Wednesday morning, when I'll also go get the first B12 injection. I'm not really looking forward to either, but if it can reveal how far some of the damage has gone, and help me get better, then I'll definitely do it. The alternative is likely dementia, disability, and death in 10-20 years, none of which I'm a fan of.


I'm going to try to finish Andrew Lynch's Demi Heroes tonight. It's a decent book, with good humour, even if it feels a bit slogging in places. I'm enjoying the satire, at least.


A copy of Ken Liu's The Wall of Storms arrived in the mail today. This thrills me, because I loved The Grace of Kings, so I'm really excited to read its sequel.


It's a bit disappointing to see how sunrise is getting later and later each day. Just another part of the year's closing, of course, and it does mean that autumn is approaching and thus the ridiculously hot and humid weather will soon be in the past for another while, but I liked seeing the sun rise at 5 Am instead of just starting to see the beginning of pre-dawn light at 5:45.


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