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Well, holy shit, I haven't posted here since July.

Things have been happening. I went to Colorado for a family reunion and Rocky Mountain hiking in July, Iowa for a friend's wedding in September, presented at and attended the Hawaii Conservation Conference in August, and presented my thesis proposal to my thesis committee in September.

Yesterday I had a lovely day's outing with Forrest and ten of our friends to Pololū Valley; we got thoroughly muddy, sweaty, and mosquito-bitten hiking through a jungle for several hours, but then we got to swim under a waterfall and pick ‘ulu from the trees to cook in a fire and stuff our faces with. On the hike back we swung like Tarzan across a small gully using the viney aerial roots of a banyan tree and snacked on sprouted coconut. Later we visited Forrest's favorite coconut tree and he cut us down some fat young coconuts, and I drank the largest, sweetest coconut ever before eating the spoon-meat. It was an AWESOME day.

On the way back, the rear window of the car I was in abruptly shattered, showering me with tempered glass, but that's neither here nor there. (No one was hurt.)

So those are the highlights. Mostly I've been very bored. I don't have classes anymore, and I do poorly with large stretches of unstructured time. Boredom, depression, loss of efficiency, loss of energy, loss of creativity. Part of why I haven't had much to say here. Been feeling a little lonely, too. Miss the strong feeling of community I've had online in the past.

I'm working on addressing these things. I'm trying to make an effort to reach out to friends, start conversations, hang out as best we can when we're thousands of miles apart. And in a blast to the past, I'm planning to apply to an online fandom RP called Snowblind. RP has been a good source of community and creativity for me in the past; it's also been a distraction, but honestly I'm at peak inefficiency already so I can only go up from here. My other source of community historically was LJ comms, but all my comms have pretty much shriveled up and died. Anybody know any good ones that might be in line with my interests?

I am looking forward to [livejournal.com profile] mini_wrimo. It didn't make me any friends last year, but it was great for my writing. Y'all should join us! All the accomplishment feels of NaNoWriMo for the low, low price of a 100 word daily minimum. Look, a banner!


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I'm also job searching, uggggggggggghhh. (Very few things are more distasteful to me than the entire process of searching for jobs, applying, interviewing—if you get that far—waiting around to hear stuff, etc. Someone just give me work, plzkthx.) Looking for part-time work so I can have the moneys and a change of pace while also working on my thesis. I am making about $55-$70 a week teaching dance, which is not bad for a hobby, but I'll need a bit more if I don't want to drain my accounts. Wish me luck.

Those of you who post, I do see your posts; I'm still an unstoppable lurker. To all of you and to those of you I haven't heard from in a while—I think of you, and hope you are well.

Aloha.

Date: 2015-10-20 09:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] burned-phoenix.livejournal.com
That sounds like you had a few great adventures! :) I LOVE to hear about the trips you take, wish I could just come back and do it again. Looking out the window at grey rainy weather and concrete isn't the same as hiking through Hawaiian nature, that's for sure :D

Have fun with the mini wrimo! I would give it a show, but I won't be around for most of November, so I'm pushing it to next year :)

Job hunting sucks, I agree. I was never really good at it :D But I like your plan of looking for some part time work so you'll have enough time for everything else. If you'll be okay with less money than a full time job would give you, why do anything different? (doing the same over here)

Have a good week, hon!! *hugs* It's good to see you! :)

Date: 2015-10-21 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com
Nature is the bessssssst. The Pololū outing and yesterday's fieldwork in the native forest were exactly what my soul has been needing. Hopefully you can visit again someday... I'll certainly let you know whenever it is I finally make it to Germany!

Yeah, I'm living pretty cheaply (still at home with Mom) so I think I can afford it. If I get a full-time job I'll never ever ever finish my thesis, so.

Thanks, you too! *hugs*

Date: 2015-10-22 08:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] burned-phoenix.livejournal.com
I do hope so, and if you're even in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium or GB, you let me know!!! :D


You will find something that will work for your :) *hugs*

Date: 2015-10-21 11:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
So those are the highlights. Mostly I've been very bored. I don't have classes anymore, and I do poorly with large stretches of unstructured time. Boredom, depression, loss of efficiency, loss of energy, loss of creativity.

I hear you with that. I always look forward to summer breaks and then I quickly discover that without the prod of a regular schedule I tend to just...drift. It's very frustrating.

I hear you about the lack of community as well. I'm cobbling things together by combining AO3 and Tumblr, but it's not at all the same. Actually, and oddly, my biggest source of fannish community right now is on Fail Fandom Anon which is an anonmeme. It's one of the only places I know where conversations happen at all, even if I don't always like the anonymous style. I don't often take place, but I track threads and watch conversations unfold and chime in now and then, and it...helps, a bit? But it's not good for a sense of rooted interactions with the same people.

Date: 2015-10-21 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com
Thanks for the rec! I've never been huge into anonmemes and yeah, not really a place to create friendships, but if the steps I'm already taking don't do enough for me, maybe I'll check it out. Conversations are nice, I miss conversations.

An encouraging thing is that a bunch of people came back from Wincon going, "I MISS LJ, LET'S DO LJ AGAIN," so maybe that'll re-energize a few things. A couple of my friends posted recently that I haven't seen on LJ in a long time.

Date: 2015-10-24 08:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hardboiledbaby
LJ is quiet, but not quite dead yet :) I may be riding a flagging horse, but I'm most comfortable here, so here I stay. Yay for mini_wrimo! Although part of me is *points to icon* :D

Good luck on the job hunt! Got my fingers crossed for you.

Date: 2015-10-26 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com
That's kind of how I feel. I resist change; I get comfortable and don't want to leave (Facebook is the only place I left in disgust). I'm a slow adopter of new things. A lot of people went to Dreamwidth and I resisted. I resisted Tumblr. I resisted Twitter (but now I'm an addict). The places where people do RP has changed (from LJ with conversations and logs on AIM to DW with conversations on plurk), so now that I'm RPing again I'll probably get a plurk. But having an RP account on LJ is what led to me having a personal account here, so I won't be terribly surprised if that happens on DW.

BUT I'M NOT READY TO GIVE UP ON LJ YET. *clings* I've just got so much history here! This is where I made my first friends on the internet! Real, lasting friendships that translated into RL visits and fun!

As for mini_wrimo, YOU CAN DO IT! 100 words is totally doable, especially if you shuffle priorities around. (Last year I found myself usually writing earlier in the day to make sure I got my wordcount, whereas normally it's one of the last things I do in a day, so sometimes I'm too tired or run out of time. ...I should really do this year-round.) I'LL BE CHEERING FOR YOU!!

Thanks for the good luck job hunting wishes. I'M GONNA NEED IT, ugh I hate it so much. T_T

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