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09:26pm 02/12/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Well, that was bit more drama than I really wanted... a lithium battery I was recharging just blew up, sending burning debri flying and filling the room with acrid smoke.

Thankfully no real damage, and no harm done. Just scared the heck out of everyone.

Need a new battery charger now though.

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Teaser #1  
01:02am 02/12/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Teaser [for Fire in the Deep] by Siliconshaman
Occurs several months after "Fire on the Mountain."
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Yup... sums it up just right.  
12:43pm 01/12/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Warning for "Colourful" language.




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mood: amusedamused
tags: fuck 2016
 
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Reparative actions. Pt2 of 3  
10:46am 29/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
"Reparative Actions" by Siliconshaman. [pt 1]
Follows on from Blight. [next day to part 6]
Story date: Tuesday week 5
Characters: Special Agent Daniel Kincaid. Officer Judith 'Judy' Lapaine. Detective Tanhauser, Dr Madhukar Bhattacharya.
Summery. Daniel gets down to work, discovers a possible way to block The Ring Mistress and has a long talk on neurochemistry.
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slow going  
12:05pm 26/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Well... I've got new meds for my vertigo which actually help, I've got some adaptive tech to turn my current set-up into a standing desk.. so I'm re-starting writing.

It's taking a bit, but I should be able to post continuations of the current story lines either next week or the week after, depending on how much speed I can pick up. New stuff to follow later of course.

Now, I just hope I can remember what the bloody hell I was going to do! It's not easy working through the brain fog.

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Happy turkey day  
02:33pm 24/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
It's Thanksgiving for my American friends... a day dedicated to saying thanks for whatever you have to be grateful for, and for eating until you pass out in the company of your family.

Personally I'm grateful I'm not American. One less high-stress holiday in the calender and if you knew what my birth-family were like, you'd understand why I have an aversion to family holidays.

Still... I hope everyone is having fun on your side of the pond..or at least it's not too awful.

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Speaking of Ashley..  
05:15pm 20/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
This is how I imagine her singing voice sounding..




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Artwork  
12:28am 19/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Just trying to keep the mental gears form rusting up altogether... have some artwork!




What Ashley looks like when she has an emotional meltdown and cuts loose with her 'main gun' power.

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Something of a realisation..  
03:17am 18/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Ok... this might be a bit fragmentary, and some of the pieces might not fit together...

Now, when I was a wee lad I read a book. [actually a lot of books, but this story stuck with me.] It was called the Mouse and His Child, which was made into an animation.

To summarise, it's story about a clockwork toy, made of two tin mice, a father and his child, who eventually end up on the city dump. In it there's a rat [not Manny..one who a works for him] who fixes up the toys. Because, and I paraphrase, some has to care about the broken things.

I find myself entirely in sympathy with this philosophy. Someone has to care about the broken things, because eventually, everything ends up worn out and broken in the end. 

Ok, it might not always be possible to fix it so it's like new... but it's always possible to fix it so it can be useful.

Although admittedly, there are times when I look at things, and think "Holy Smokes! That's a big job!".

But the first tool you always have to reach for is your imagination. Once you can 'see' what something can be, then you can work out what needs to be done.

Which was the rats secret...he was as crazy as a sh*t-house rat, literally, but he didn't lack for imagination.

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Signal boost..  
11:33am 15/11/2016
 
 
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is running Magpie Monday with a theme of "family."  I know, kinda late with the boost, see previous post for reasons. Go. Leave prompts, get ficlets! Crossposted from: http://siliconshaman.dreamwidth.org/1227680.html comment count unavailablecomments so far over there.
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Welp... that happened.  
12:17am 15/11/2016
 
 
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Saw the Doc' today, all it took was an hour and half of spamming their phone line every 30 seconds starting at 8am to get an "emergency" appointment. [the earliest pre-booked available was the 21st.. of Dec]

Walked there and back, there because I was feeling too woozy to take a bus, and back because they're on strike. [don't blame them, they're paid per shift not hour, and the company just lengthened their shifts so they're in effect working an extra day a week unpaid. Then when they objected told them they could shut up or kiss goodbye to their Christmas bonus and anyone who didn't sign the new contract by the end of the month was fired.]

So, saw the decent doctor, who did a full battery of balance and coordination tests, poked and prodded and checked..and came to the conclusion it was viral labrythitis. So, treat symptoms, and ride it out for the next 6-8 weeks.

*sigh*

Oh well, at least I got something to deal with the vertigo. Granted, It might not help, one of the listed side effects is dizziness... but I'll give it a go and see.

I guess I'm taking a break from writing over Christmas... not that I wanted to.  But I can't stay on the computer too long or I feel terrible. If it improves, I'll pick up writing again... but otherwise, I'm out for now.

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Trust a New Yorker to flip Trump the bird!  
07:58pm 12/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
From the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo's face book:

The state of New York has a proud legacy as the progressive capital of the nation, and that is more important today than ever before.

As New Yorkers, we have fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out in his campaign.

So let me be absolutely clear: If anyone feels that they are under attack, I want them to know that the state of New York – the state that has the Statue of Liberty in its harbor – is their refuge.

Whether you are gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people in the state of New York.

It's the very core of what we believe and who we are. But it's not just what we say, we passed laws that reflect it, and we will continue to do so, no matter what happens nationally. We won’t allow a federal government that attacks immigrants to do so in our state.

We are a state of immigrants.

We are the state that raised the minimum wage to $15.

We are the state that passed Paid Family Leave.

We are the state that passed marriage equality.

We are New York, and we will stand up for you. And on that, I will never compromise.

Count on it.

My thoughts:
Good on him! I hope he sticks to his guns and tells Trump and the Right-wingers what to do with their policies of hate and spite. But it occurs to me that Trump has a long, looong history of not taking defiance well, and the Rethuglican wing-nuts are no better. [and for the love all that's good and holy, if you're NOT one of those sorts of Republicans, please don't assume I include you among their number...although it would be nice if you'd consider repudiating the right wing of your party, who seem determined to ride it down in flames.]

In face of this intransigence, it occurs to me that Trump may well bring the Federal hammer down on New York, trying to force them to kowtow. Which would be bad, very, very bad.

Trump, for all his rhetoric is actually fairly mainstream for the New Republican Party, at least in his views. He has the support of most of his party, to a greater or lesser degree...and Republican party attracts the sort of personality type that will go along with authority figures, even if they personally disagree.

But Hillary got 64% of popular vote..and that's not taking into account that a lot of people might not agree with Trump but didn't vote for her either.

So, you have a Federal government controlled by a minority of hard-headed fanatics, who are for the most part on the wrong side of history. And on the otherside, you ahve the majority of people who feel disenfranchised and ignored by their government, and perceive them as a threat on personal level. [and frankly, they're not wrong. People have died because of Republican policies, and it's only set to get worse.]

Now, add open defiance by at first individual cities, and possibly States later..and you have the conditions ripe for civil war. And that's only within the first week!

Granted, it might never happen... it might just remain as is or settle down into a sort of mexican stand-off... but it's a powder keg already, and it can only get tenser. At some point, it'll only take a spark to ignite.

But for now, New York remains free and a safe haven for Liberty.

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A small symbol, and a promise  
08:31pm 11/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
In times of trouble, if you can, wear a safety pin.
Stand against hate.




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Barest thread of a silver lining...  
11:57am 10/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Alright, so the mad f**kers went and did it. They elected Trump. [kind of...]

A man who boasts of having no experience of office, who's never held any kind of government post whatsoever.
Which, as bad as the next four years might be, does open a door for anyone else to run for office, never having been part of government before.

So, I'm calling it now:

Robert Downy Jnr for President in 2020.


Hey, he's said he'd run if asked. So let's ask! Pretty sure we could set up a kickstarter or gofundme for campaign funds and tell both parties to go f**k themselves. I bet if we tried we might even talk Chris Evans into being V.P.



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Coincidence?  
11:53am 09/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
The Cubs won the world series.
Trump elected President.
Snowing before December here.

It all may or may not be connected, but I wouldn't mind having the ice-skate franchise in Hell right now..

Either way... Good luck to my American friends. [you'll need it]. Sit down, buckle up, and remember where the exits are in case of emergency.  And if all else fails remember this....

Trump in Yorkshire dialect means fart.

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poetry fishbowl  
11:59pm 08/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Antidote to the election madness... Ysabet is holding her usual poetry fishbowl here.

The theme this time is "Family of choice" which is, as she says is; friends, work partners, relatives, lovers, zucchini, acefolk, polyfolk, other sex/romance orientations, nemeses, problem-solvers, troubled relationships, high-conflict personalities, supervillains, superheroes, peacemakers, loving each other, finding family, leaving family, picking on people, finding flaws, creating new traditions, discussing what it means to be family, adding people to a family of choice, homes, sharehouses, intentional communities, businesses, parks, romantic locations, other places where people hang out, nonsexual intimacies, commitment, adoption, estrangement, nonmarriage bonding ceremonies, family skills, skin hunger,


Go, suggest something, feed the fishes.
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Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult...  
05:05pm 08/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Ok, so it's official, as of today we now own an entire house and the land it sits on.

YIKES!!!!!

I think saying ok, yes go ahead, over the phone when the lawyers called asking if we were fine to proceed yesterday, is probably the most adult thing I've ever done. And I was still wearing my sleeping clothes.

Nice touch though, the mortgage lenders Nationwide sent us a 'welcome to your new home' hamper, full of the things someone moving in would need.  Not really necessary in our case, but I can see how stuff like cleaning gear, tea bags, biscuits and energy drinks would be welcome.

Things didn't go so well with the doctors though.. basically he agreed it was probably a dental abscess, and told me to hie myself to a dentist.. no they don't do dental referrals, and no he wouldn't give me any antibiotics because the dentist would have to do that. Although I did get prescription for the vertigo... which I have to go and collect. On the bus. Which I can't do without throwing up, and which was why I was talking to him over the phone.

*facepalm*

I did try to explain that finding a dentist would be somewhat impossible, since it would have to be an NHS one because I could afford to pay for private care... but it was pretty much a case of  'not my problem mate, sucks to be you'.  Which is what happens when GP's have budgets and restrictions on what they can do.

So. Now I have all the 'fun' of trying to wrest some sort of care from the system which largely doesn't give a shit. Hopefully before this gets any worse.

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Election day...  
01:32am 08/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Well, as we've been reminded [ad nausium] it's started...

Whatever your political stripe, I wish you luck.
And may the odds be ever in your favour!

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plus and minus...  
11:10pm 07/11/2016
 
 
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Plus:
I've now got all the bits together to build a solar powered lighting system for the workshop... or at least, I will when the orders arrive from amazon. The workshop itself is now weather proof [or at least as much as an open-sided structure is going to be.] I have plans to add more solid side walls and close off the end with the forge, and glaze the front so the sun still come sin.

Minus:
I've found one of the things that's pretty much certain to trigger my vertigo, is sitting in front of my computer monitor for more than a few minutes.
Which makes writing impossible...even if I could get my head to focus enough to write. I do not feel happy about that at all.

However, I do have doctors appointment tomorrow... kind of. I have a phone consultation to determine if I'm sick enough to warrant a doctor coming out to see me... so I have an appointment to determine if I need an appointment.
*sigh*

Such is the process nowadays...

Ok.. going offline now... just posting to say I ain'nt ded.

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Remember, remember...  
02:25pm 05/11/2016
 
 
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and this:

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Procrastinating, kinda..  
05:27pm 02/11/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Vertigo makes it hard to focus enough to write, so it's slow going...

However, did manage to do a little artwork. Ashley's idea of Halloween make-up.


Back-up link to image
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Aw crap...  
08:22pm 27/10/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
So, I've just had another tooth crack clean in two and a chunk broke off. Both pre-molars, next to each other, and jammed together from the back by a malformed wisdom tooth.  So, not relaly a surprise after the first one went.

Chipping and filing down the sharp/rough edge wasn't fun. Didn't hurt, just felt... weird.

I foresee a dentists visit when we can afford it.

Technically, dental care is covered by the NHS... IF you can find a dentist who'll take NHS cases. I think the nearest is a 3 hour bus ride away. I'll have to check...either way, not happening soon. If I want soon and local, I have to pay..and that's not on the cards either. I just hope I can avoid a dental abscess. [although, if it looks like it's heading that way, then it's an emergency and hospital. so, kinda maybe not so bad in a way.]

I just need to be a successful author, with enough in the bank I don't have to worry about being poor.
Except, that feels like it'll never happen, because I'm too busy surviving day to day.

*sigh*

FML...

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OooooOOOoo!  
11:00am 26/10/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
So, I have an ear infection. Which honestly isn't that bad, it doesn't hurt and seems minor, EXCEPT, my inner ear or vestibular system keeps BSOD on me and then the room spins so badly I can't even see straight. [literally, my eyes keep trying to compensate for movement that isn't there.]

Rather glad it didn't do it earlier though. I was 10ft up a tree on a lashed together platform repairing a leak in the workshop roof. With no good options on what to land on if I fell.

I foresee a certain amount of downtime in my near future... because if it's bad lying very still on one side and holding onto the bed so as not to feel like I'm about to fall off is about as much as I can manage.  [and yes, I shall hie me to a doctors. For all the good that'll do.]

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Bed, in use.  
03:54am 19/10/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Cat for scale.. [trust me, he's a big ol' puddy tat!]
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Not quite finished, decorative gold paint to be added, as are the finals.

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Blight, part 6 [complete]  
01:02pm 17/10/2016
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
"Blight" by siliconshaman [parts; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.]
Follows on from "Surprise"
Story date; start of  week 5
Characters: Ashley, Adalina, Perez, "Saint" James [an old blind Blues man], Haruko.
Cameos: Henderson a lawyer, Tinzi, Gideon [a baker and sidewalk cafe owner]

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