Stuff for sale! (June 2012)

My favorite emote from LINE. It epitomizes how I feel most of the time.

I’m cleaning up (and going digital), so I’m selling a bunch of my old books, CDs, and games. Everything must go!

You can view the list of stuff here: Luna’s stuff for sale

Want to buy something? Order here: Order form

Thanks, and I hope you find something you like!

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Book reviews through chance encounters

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In Jo’s Coffee, Austin, TX
Reading William Gibson’s Spook Country

A man came up to me and said, “How do you like the book?”

“It’s all right,” I said. “I’m not done yet. I really liked Neuromancer; this one is just okay.”

“Everyone likes Neuromancer,” he replied. “I’ve found that I’ve liked every new book of his half as much as the previous one. What was the one before this?”

Pattern Recognition?”

“Yeah, I didn’t really like that one.”

He left.

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In Peet’s Coffee, Redwood City, CA
Reading Richard Morgan’s Broken Angels

“Excuse me,” said a man who walked up to my table. “But you’re the first person I’ve ever seen reading one of his books.”

“Really?” I said. “I just started this, just now, here. Have you read the first one, Altered Carbon?”

“Oh, I’ve read them all!” he said. “Including Market Forces.”

“I really loved Altered Carbon. That one was so exciting! This one seems pretty slow, though.”

“It takes a while,” he assured me. “Anyway, it’s nice to meet someone else who’s reading him.”

He left.

It looks like I need to choose my third book very carefully.

T-4 Days

Firefly (bigger cast photo)

Similar to July, the month of August has been a flurry of activity! (But flurri-er.)

  • My blog is suddenly extremely popular in Iloilo. One blog post made me an online correspondent overnight. It is a strange and humbling feeling.
  • I dressed up as Kaywinnit Lee Frye from Firefly, and tricked all my other friends to dress up as well. Laugh all you want, but it was helluva fun!
  • I finished my game design class early, and had to forcibly stop two groups of students arguing on GDD presentation day. I swear, it could have ended in a fistfight. “Your game is too easy to make – anybody could do it!” “Well, I don’t see why yours is so special!”
  • I filed my taxes as an individual (aka not through a company), since I’m a virtual office worker. I’ve been meaning to write a tutorial on how to do it, because apparently nobody knows. It’s a pain in the– yeah.
  • I watched Pixar’s Up. I sobbed through most of it, and cheered loudly when Ronnie del Carmen‘s name came out in the credits. Amazing job, again, Ronnie!
  • I read Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon, which soared its way into my top 5 books of all time. It is fan-tas-tic. My first hardboiled SF book. And also the first SF book to make me cry. Hahaha! What a sap.
  • Lastly, I’m speaking at the IGDA Leadership Forum in San Francisco, in November. They’ve put my name and pic up on their speakers page. This fills me with great terror.

I have four days left to finish all my errands before I fly. Wish me luck!

A lifestyle change

The neurologist cleared me today; she said I am now well. The words “now” and “well” must be used in conjunction, however, as the neck injury will recur every time I am stressed. In fact, it’s the first thing that will react to stress. So, aside from not lifting heavy things, I am to avoid being stressed.

For those of you who know me at all, and how I multitask and overwork myself, you must think that a stress-free Moongirl is a miracle. But I don’t mind this lifestyle change, not one bit. Stress-free doesn’t mean I do nothing all day – it just means I listen to my body more, and care more about my health than usual.

It also means I must find and maintain balance in my life, which is something I am excited to do. The two books I’m currently reading are all about that. Ricardo Semler’s The Seven-Day Weekend is about balancing work and play – when your job is built on your terms that it stops being a job and starts being something you enjoy in life. Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love is about coming to terms with who you are and forgiving yourself for things past, so you can joyfully discover what lies ahead. I am enjoying both books immensely and am also simultaneously in the last 20% of both.

All in all, May is turning out to be an interesting month, and June should be even better 😉