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27 May 2016 @ 05:35 pm
Here in the US, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Appropriately, and coincidentally, I’m reading Mishell Baker’s Borderline, a novel set in our world but containing mythical and fairy tale creatures, which is told from the point of view of a character who’s been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Some of the points the character makes, about handling the condition, resonate with things my therapist taught me during the two and a half years of therapy I took to treat depression. Also, the author writes about mental health on her blog. I believe she knows whereof she speaks. The writing’s good too. I’m just shy of 100 pages in, and it’s a great read so far.
Dragon's Phoenix
27 May 2016 @ 05:11 pm
A whole new take on Giles getting lost in the library.
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23 May 2016 @ 01:26 am
Dragon's Phoenix
“Actually he’s about to go on holiday. Kill him when he gets back. Let’s not be unreasonable.” - quote from Dr. Who, Series 7, episode where people’s minds are being drawn into the Internet

Avtec (company’s out of business so I don’t mind mentioning it by name) started out as a great job. There were always different things to do, challenging but not out of my reach. Toward the end, after the company had started failing financially, it became went seriously dysfunctional.

So, my manager, Dan, was due do go on vacation with his wife and kids. The owner had planned to lay off Dan the day before Dan left for vacation but Chris, who worked offsite and didn’t come into the main office that day, was schedule to be laid off with Dan. So, instead of laying them off separately, they waited until Dan got back from vacation and then laid the both of them off.

I could never decide which was worse, to lay him off before and mess up his vacation or to lay him off after, once he’d spent all that money on vacation. Sucks either way.
Dragon's Phoenix
17 May 2016 @ 12:51 am
"Poetry led me by the hand out of madness." - Anne Sexton