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Welp. Tigger's foot is still healing. She's still doing well, but keeping a close eye on things because burns are nasty business.

A friend helped me move some stuff to storage as I attempt to make room/clean up at the house. One week to make the second move in six weeks.

Trying to figure out the utility situation as Husbad has decided not to pay the bills.

Making cheap nachos for dinner and taking a long nap because it's hard to breathe right now.

Oof. It's been a week.

First counseling appointment. Then one of the ninja babies gave me quite a scare by sticking on of her feet in a pot of boiling water which required taking time off work for so I could take her to the vet. [She's much better this morning but I was super-stressed about it because her whole leg was swollen and had evidence of burns.]

Going to try and move some stuff this weekend. And nap.

Be kind to yourselves, folks, even if no one else is.

Morning, Shop.

Seems like the meds are starting to kick in. Wrote not one, but two, FB posts addressing allies who don't want to do the work, after a "friend" was exceedingly dismissive of my private warning that someone who was showing up in his comments had called me a liar when I first started talking about Husband's abuse.

They may have been all rambly nonsense [especially the second one which was realllllly long] but at least my brain is getting the urge to word again.

Happy Sunday!

So. Today was better than yesterday. Still exhausted, but knowing I'm taking steps to seek healing helps.

And, had a breakthrough in realizing why I was so panicked/distressed about the stuff in court. Doesn't fix the fear or resolve the underlying problem but at least I know what I was reacting to.

May the rest of the week be restful for us. Be kind to yourselves and each other.

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From Birbsite:

I wrote a little thread about the current housing and financial situation.

[Note that finances are stable right now, but very tight due to taking certain legal steps.]

twitter.com/Aggy_C/status/1106

Totally forgot to get pie yesterday.

Guess I'll just have to do a belated Pi Day pie while I segue into St. Patrick's Day, and eating my weight in corned beef.

[Thank you,
people of Jewish heritage for introducing my immigrant ancestors to the wonders of salty brisket.]

And, I'll be spending my birthday in fucking court because of Husband's bad behavior and narcissistic tendencies.

Fan-fucking-tastic.

I had a wild day in court (but overall good for me and Monkey). And I got a small hourly raise this morning that starts in two weeks.

So, in celebration, have some ninja baby snuggles.

Still trying to balance good options with knee-jerk reactions. But living in this cluttered home where 90% of the stuff belongs to Husbad... It's bad for my mental health.]

So, spending the weekend on setting up my own place, plus culling stuff I don't need. Writing lists, setting dates.

I hate organizing, but in this case it will help, not hurt.

Also realizing that my personal sanity is more dependent on me taking concrete steps rather than ensuring "safety". [Will still take steps to be safe, but obsessing over not being found is hurting me in a lot of ways. Confidence VS fear, I'd say.

But the former is HARD. Even when I know I'm making better choices.

Hoping to be settling into the new place by Valentine's Day. [Because Happy Fucking Take Care of Your Own Needs Day.] But focusing on the safety and prep of the move.

I really want to be able to take Monkey "home" and not have things still be in limbo, so there's some planning and coordination needed before we're completely settled it.

[Am getting a bunk bed from my Dad to convert to a loft so I don't have to keep sharing my immediate sleeping space but we can still fit in a loft apartment.]

Hello, Shop.

This has been another rollercoaster of a week. [Have I mentioned how much I hate RL drama?]

But. I did a thing. And Monkey placed third in the "zone" spelling bee - which means he'll advance to the District Spelling Bee and he got a spiffy medal. Electricity is on at the new place, and I am going shopping with family friends to deal with some of the immediate needs tomorrow. Will also be culling and packing, moving small loads over the next week.

And moving out of the current location is going to take a fair amount of sorting and digging for the stuff that is mine, not Husband's.

But, steps are being taken. Hopefully.

Morning, shop.

Friday is here. Got some of the car repairs made, have to return and find the correct part on one. Also need to order a different part for newly diagnosed issue. [One which is familiar and explains the wobble in the front end.]

Hoping to make an initial deposit on new housing today. Full move won't happen until next month and/or lunchtime visits are stopped because of safety issues. But having a place to get to if necessary would be a plus.

Morning, shop.

This has been a mother-fucker of a week. [Drama with Husband which has included talking to the police on two separate occasions. Also, maybe finding housing, but still negotiating. And pressure from manager's manager to cut all production time on our food tickets in half which is... a little unreasonable.]

But it's Thursday. I'm still here. Still working. Still writing. [Sent rejected novelette out to F&SF yesterday.]

Wishing y'all the best. Be kind to yourself. 😃

Folks have been very generous and I am not currently panicked about finances, but the legal thing is going to drag on for a while so continued or ongoing support is very much welcome.

Happy Saturday, folks.

Had hoped to sleep in, but the animals had other ideas.

I've got housework to do, errands to run, and a dinner date with a girlfriend tonight. [Working, single mama needs a little adult time.]

Took some big steps this week, but that also means It's time to remind folks that I'm still raising money for housing and legal fees.

If you can, join my Patreon [patreon.com/AggyCarpenter]

Or give me a hand via Paypal [paypal.me/annagracecarpenter]

Morning, shop.

Been an up and down week. New shift has been going well, but Monkey's sick today so had to call out for the morning so I can take him to the doctor. And, he came home yesterday with Husband's phone number written on his hand and a post-it note hidden in a book he received. So, having to call the court and the school today about that.

Also, it's trash day so going to throw some stuff out since I have a couple of extra hours this morning before we leave the house.

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