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Okay, so basically i teach once a year, which is pretty demanding, but it's manageable hours (like 45-50/week, depending on the class), but I decided to 1) put together a proposal for a study abroad class, complete with a syllabus (which usually takes me weeks to do a new course syllabus and i did it in a weekend), 2) i agreed to give a big campus-wide speech (on monday) 3) I put together another abstract and paper for a conference presentation, (also with a deadline that happened monday) 4)  I wanted to use the access I had here for video editing suites, a recording room, and technical support to finish a film project I've been working on, taking on a student to help as an independent study-- this meant all sorts of filming and editing deadlines. 5) grading, omfg grading.

So really it was more that I got really ambitious and wanted to take advantage of too many opportunities and running myself into the ground moreso than in the past where my employer is driving me into the ground.

It's all done now tho.  Mostly.  Well not exactly.  Long story.

Ok I slept. Will rejoin humanity next week

So how many years is now we have been telling you to find a job that actively doesn't try to kill you?
Anyways sleep more work less.
I didn't want to be the one to say this, but I thought this to myself ;D

This time it was my own fault

Ok I slept. Will rejoin humanity next week

I'm so tired

If you want a real mystery watch some of the YouTube celebrities that young people are into. I find the enjoyment value more puzzling than the Teletubbies.  Seriously it's baffling.

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: October 03, 2018, 06:33:02 AM »
Welcome to the forum, @Jenny HJ !

Things might move slower here than on fb, but it means you can get really involved in discussions - feel free to post anywhere, even very old threads!

I see you already entered the monthly writing competition, well done!

Welcome @Anhaga and @Jenny HJ -- good luck in the writing competition! Last I recall, @ScarletBea very recently started digging though Mazatlan as well.

[JUL + AUG 2018] Games / Re: [Jul+Aug 2018] - Games - Voting Thread
« on: October 03, 2018, 06:23:13 AM »
Congrats @Alex Hormann

And thanks @Jake Baelish  and @Lady Ty for voting for me despite my grotesque abuse of the English language (apparently thou'st isn't a word... I really shoulda re-done those poems)

My first vote went right back to you, Jake.  I loved the clever backstory to the war in the form of a harmless prank.  Sort of reminds me of kids I knew in high school, and you managed to convey both the wizard's crotchety voice and the voice of your three MC.  I was impressed.

I also voted for @Carter -- dude yours was really great!!! I'm a sucker for the deal-with-the-Devil trope. I struggled to puzzle out the ending.

My third vote went to @JMack -- that guy was so *evil*!!!!  I guess it's another devil in sheep's clothing, though your devil was far more sinister than even Carter's

If I had a fourth vote, it would have gone to Gem-- your story was very exciting.

[JUL + AUG 2018] Games / Re: [Jul+Aug 2018] - Games - Voting Thread
« on: October 01, 2018, 08:19:52 PM »
14, and the current result is looking very interesting...

Interesting? Was there a 14-way tie? Did Russian hackers influence the outcome?

Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Bristol Con
« on: September 30, 2018, 03:38:19 AM »
Oct 27 2018 Tickets currently £25


They don't appear to understand web security but at least the website is logical this year and you can find the info you need.
I was without sleep for 30 odd hours last year but it was a good meet up of authors and  fans and overall was a good convention.

BTW this is on my birthday!

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: September 29, 2018, 07:50:17 AM »
It's a distraction tactic to push through awful legislation while the press is fixated on a god-awful nominee who will still likely be confirmed.

Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Master Class with Bradley
« on: September 28, 2018, 02:33:44 AM »
hahah I was like "I don't remember teaching a masterclass..."

@Grey  Thanks for the compliment!  I wish I was good at gaming photography to quit my day job...

Yeah I'm pretty sure the sweetroll atronach is probably a mod!!!

They are technically nonfiction, if you're reading Wade Davis

RPG - Fantasy Faction Style / Re: Port Quinta de la Rosa
« on: September 25, 2018, 10:21:49 AM »
"The Meg Statham?" The barkeep shook his head.  "He's still doing a press tour. You might convince him to head home early, for the right price."
"Money is no option," JayMack said confidently.
"I think his fee is 35 million."
"On second thought, what's your cheapest option?"
"10 dollars."
"We'll take that one!"
The barkeep pulled out a lanky, acney-faced smiling youth in a maroon sweatervest.  His metal braces glittered in the candlelight. "I present you: High School Thespian Statham!"


"Hey my shoe!"
Henry fired the footwear at the beast's uvula, and another violent shudder rocked the boat. Henry was finding it increasingly difficult to find rocks on his boat inside the mouth of a giant fish.  He eyes wandered, searching.
"Perhaps i could be of assistance..." Olfred the Officious offered.
"Could I borrow your shoe Olfred?"
Olfred crossed his arms frowning.  "To fire at the beast's uvula? It seems to be working! What about a maltov cocktail?"
Henry was aghast.  "Why would someone waste a perfectly good cocktail?"

Not here that I know of, there is a tacit agreement to keep 'violent' stuff separate and behind closed doors

Probably different views and different settings in various countries, ahah. As Bradley said, every single gym in Malaysia had at least a sandbag, and even in the gym back in Czech Republic that I used to go they had a boxing sandbag. 

Also for the question, I do muaythai, somewhat.

@S. K. Inkslinger I did a mix of Mauy Thai and boxing for a while, and Kung Fu too!

You folks remember that whole Romania business? A Romanian fantasy magazine published the first chapter in my first space opera novel, which stands on its own as a short story.

That very wonderful Romanian dude contacted me with the news that a French magazine is now considering that same story.

I'm going to stay cautiously optimistic here, but maybe, just MAYBE getting the short published in France will be the first step in getting the rest published there as well.

This is really exciting Eli!!!! and super random.  How did you come across that Romanian guy again?

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