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★★★ SICK SNAKE NEEDS MEDICAL CARE, AND SO DOES HIS PITIFUL HUMAN SERVANT  ★★★
 
Elial's niece Shali, a young white woman with deep auburn hair, smiling, holding a ball python

NOTE: For some reason, LJ/DW is losing the plot with cut text. I'm really sorry, guys, but I've been banging my head against this for the last half-hour, and I don't have the spoons to keep at it right now. I know this is long, and I'm sorry for the scrolling! :(

I hate having to put out the hat, but I'm more than a little broke at the moment. My ball python, Zuko (shown with my niece Shali), is having shed issues that have defied several snake-obsessed friends, so it's vet time. Guess what's not cheap? Exotic vets.
 
My pain doc checked out for Dec/Jan, and won't refill my pain meds until I have an appt, at the end of the month. I've had to use alternative treatments, which aren't cheap since insurance doesn't cover non-pharmaceuticals. I also saw my new PCP today, and I have an estimated $80-100 in prescriptions for stuff like, oh, my blood pressure, thyroid, and psych medications.
 
Basically, I need money, because being without my pain regimen sucks, and going without the blood pressure and psych meds is actively dangerous to my health. Plus, Zuko, who's normally the chillest snake to ever chill, is decidedly not a happy camper right now. :(
 
If you aren't interested in Tarot, but want to donate to the Snake and Servant Wellness Fund, my PayPal is elial.shadowpine@gmail.com — and a huge huge THANK YOU in advance to anybody who contributes. That includes y'all signal boosters, too! You guys are amazing. <3
 
Why Tarot? Why not? Also, the majority of my skill-sets (like writing or editing) take a lot more time than even a long, exhausting, draining Tarot reading. Plus, folks seem to like em. :)
 
 
★ ABOUT ELIAL AS TAROT READER
 
First, The Obligatory Disclaimer: Tarot and/or Oracle card readings are for entertainment purposes only. Obligatory Disclaimer #2: No refunds.
 
I'm a self-taught Tarot reader with approximately fifteen years experience. My methodology can be unusual and whimsical, but I follow what feels right for the cards.
 
For complicated/intensive readings, I request a consult e-mail or text chat (Discord, FB Messenger, etc). There is no charge for this. The reason I ask for this is so I can get a better "feel" for my potential client. It also allows me to discover what they hope to get out of the reading, which means I can follow up with questions, and discourage unrealistic beliefs, if applicable (such as Tarot being fortune-telling or accurate divination; it is more accurate to call it a self-discovery/empowerment tool,). 
 
Overall, it provides an opportunity for both individuals to consider new ideas, make plans, and get to know one another a little better. This is also when a potential client (or me!) should bring up any potential issues or concerns.
 
I'm going to introduce the spreads I'm offering, and afterward, I'll go into how exactly this works, and answer what I imagine are some likely questions.
 
Here be the spreads!
 
 
★  THE NEW YEAR SPREAD: http://lovepayal.tumblr.com/post/168914907319/tarotforthesoul-a-spread-for-the-new-year
 
This is an excellent spread for entering the New Year, as this is about taking inventory of what affected the client badly in 2017. It focuses around how to let go of these things, moving on, embracing one's own life, and looking to make the most of the future. It will do so via sledgehammer; there are likely to be parts of your self come to the surface you don't like. That is part of the process of becoming the best you can be in the New Year — and where you are going from here on forward.
 
Consult: Optional. I can do this without, but if you'd like me to have more context for your question, I can work with that, too.
 
Time: 30-60 minutes
 
Price: $50
 
 
★ JUST FOR FUN SPREAD
 
Basically, what it says on the tin. One question, one card, my interpretation, that's it. This one is not done live, and I will e-mail you the card drawn (or by chat, if preferred) and my interpretation in relation to the asked question. If no question asked, I will instead give a brief description of what the card can commonly mean.
 
Price: $5
 
 
★ THREE CARD SPREAD: http://tarotismyreligion.tumblr.com/post/88897758459/arcanemysteries-powerful-3-card-tarot-spreads
 
"Past, Present, Future" is a standard three card reading, but this link suggest other options; feel free to choose an alternative.
 
Time: 10-20 minutes
 
Price: $10
 

★ SELF-LOVE SPREAD: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/461900505526333334/
 
I found this spread, and I happen to adore it. I see a lot of spreads about finding love, or about relationships, but it's less common to see one so very to-the-point about loving your own being. 
 
Time: 20-30 minutes
 
Price: $30
 

★ "WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK!?": http://www.interrobangtarot.com/blog/what-the-fuck-tarot-spread
 
Personally, I love this spread. It is, however, rather to the point. It is also more complicated to work with than one might think. I often have to draw a number of clarification cards, and in a couple cases, I had to start over with a revised question.
 
This is a surprisingly informative spread designed to help identify an ongoing problem in one's life, and may bring up some harsh and painful memories and emotions. Please be aware of this in advance.
 
Consult required.
 
Time: 40-60 minutes
 
Price: $60
 
 
★  STANDARD CELTIC CROSS: https://www.biddytarot.com/how-to-read-the-celtic-cross-tarot-spread/ 
 
Okay, while the Celtic Cross is commonly one of the first spreads a new Tarot reader learns, it's actually rather complex. That's because, even more than the other spreads I have listed, the Celtic Cross does not let any card stand alone; they are all connected, and often in a quite subtle fashion. It is a spread that is easy to learn but difficult to master (I won't even claim to be a master; I've just worked with it enough to be familiar with its quirks and such, but even then, sometimes I get whammied).
 
Consult required.
 
Time: 1-1.5hrs
 
Price: $75
 
 
★ THE MIRROR SPREAD:
 
This is something I came up with while playing around. I'm sure there's someone else out there who's thought of it, too, but this is what I call my version.
 
I pick two decks that will work together (... some do NOT play nicely), and I usually use the Celtic Cross for a basis. I will draw one card from each deck for each card position in the spread. There are several reasons I do this. For one, many decks have "specializations," so to speak. Also, spreads for certain individuals can call for the duality between the two decks. Or, as I've seen a time or two before, while one deck had pinpointed part of the answer, there were still questions — and the other deck is what provided them.
 
It is, certainly, an unusual solution. Some ask why I don't simply draw two separate spreads like most would, and that's because if I do it that way, I miss the connections between the two decks in the context of that spread — which sometimes can be the exact reason that I felt called to choose a mirror deck in the first place.
 
This is one of my most advanced spreads, and thus meant to address complex questions/situations. It's also the most intensive of what I'm offering, and I price it as I do because of the complexity, the labor I put into it, and because it's the most exhausting.
 
Consult required.
 
Time: 2-3hrs
 
Price: $100
 

★ WHAT HAPPENS IF THE READING GOES OVER ESTIMATED TIME?
 
Nothing. Well, except for that I'll probably have a skull-splitting headache. Usually, if this happens, it's because the question the deck answered led to more questions, or because the situation was unexpectedly intricate and complex. It's just part and parcel of the craft. 
 
Now, if the session runs over by a fair bit, and the client is satisfied with the reading and would like to add to the PayPal tip jar? I won't complain.
 
 
★ WANT A DIFFERENT SPREAD?
 
You can either check out my Pinterest Tarot spread collection — https://www.pinterest.com/elialshadowpine/tarot-spreads/ — or if you have one in mind I haven't listed, feel free to contact me (info below!) and ask.
 

★ SO, HOW DOES ELIAL HANDLE LONG DISTANCE TAROT READINGS?
 
Currently, I don't have a private space appropriate for video chat, but I still perform the reading over text chat, of which I have several. I will throw the initial cards for the chosen spread, take pictures of the spread and individual cards and send them over text chat, and from there I will start to begin the interpretation, again, by text.
 
Questions at any point are absolutely fine. I often end up drawing more cards than the spread indicates, for clarification purposes. If there's something nagging for more detail, by all means, tell me, and I'll draw another card. As long as it doesn't get into the territory of "absolutely ridiculous," we're fine.
 
By the way, question phrasing is important; the Tarot (and Oracles) respond poorly to certain types, like "yes/no". So what's a "good" question? This post has a really good explanation and suggestions. Please read it. https://allthequeenstarot.tumblr.com/post/160301966084/questions-for-tarot-reading
 

★ WHY NO VIDEO CHAT?
 
Because of house layout, my bedroom is where I would have to hold a video conference; under less chaotic circumstances, I'd have a private area set up, but it's not possible right now. For what I hope are understandable reasons, I am less than comfortable video conferencing with perhaps total strangers in my bedroom.
 
There are two exceptions to this. Folks who know me well enough to be on a special filter here on FB / LJ / DW / etc: You know how to get in touch with me, go ahead and drop me a note. We'll see.
 
The second exception is: If you do not know me personally, but you want a video conference for a reason important to you, e-mail me (contact info below) with basic info about what you're looking for in a reading, and why video is a priority for you. Don't worry, you don't have to put together a PowerPoint or anything, just give me an idea of what's going on in your head. It could be that the reason is a common misconception, or it could be something that is definitely important.
 
BUT.
 
If I agree to a video conference, there will be an additional fee of $30 for all readings under 1hr long, and $50 for all that are longer. This is because of the additional stress, anxiety, number of things to focus on, extra exhaustion, and frankly, it's simply not my preferred method in the first place.
 
 
★ ANSWERING BEFORE IT GOES BOOM:
 
"Why are your prices so high? People on Tumblr and Twitter only charge $5 for Tarot readings, or they do them for free!"
 
My answer to that is: By all means, please take your business in that direction. I am raising funds for medical care for my poor, sick snake, and medication for myself. I'm offering a range of spreads, at varying prices, and I chose those price points based on the amount of time, effort, expertise, and raw spoons go into a given reading. If you, or your friend, or some other person, can do it for you, for less, do what's right for you. I am not the reader for everyone.
 
Seriously, if anything about my practices annoys or bugs you, please just keep scrolling. I won't be offended. Bright blessings to you.
 
Okay, if you've read through all this stuff, well, first, grab a handful of cookies from the Magic No-Allergy No-Calorie Nothing-But-Delicious-Noms Cookie Jar — and if you're interested in having a reading done by me, I can be found below!
 
 
CONTACT:
 
If you're interested, or even just curious, here's my various contact info. Please let me know that you saw this post, if you friend me on social media to send a message. That way I know you're not a fake spam account. ;) Again, any questions welcome!
 
FB Messenger  (Elial Shadowpine, if you don't have me friended)
 
E-mail: elial.shadowpine@gmail.com
 
Google Talk / Hangouts / Whatever: elial.shadowpine@gmail.com
 
Discord: Vervain#3095
 
Skype: Elial Shadowpine
 
Tumblr: aelinsilverpine (ask, message, inbox)

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So, last month, Storme lowered the amount that they had been sending me. I do not think they realized precisely how badly off this would put me. I needed to cancel the insurance for the second vehicle, because I simply couldn't afford it. As I have to have high risk insurance from the legal case last year, I will not be able to drive it. I have had to cancel essentially all recurring payments, even ones that are quite small. I kept two, but that is it (and both are actually necessary).

I have been covering the cost of our Ark: Survival Evolved servers for the past year and some. I looked at the finances, and there was just no way I could. I might have been able to, with the ones that were later in the month, but I couldn't guarantee it. So I did something I hate more than anything to do. I asked on the server FB and Discord if anybody was able to help.

We are very blessed to have amazing folks on our server. Nyx offered to cover the entirety, and I about burst out in tears. It means I do not have to worry about that. That's one less financial to drive my head in circles. We have good friends.

But...

My personal bank account is sitting at about $10. If there is any recurring payment that I missed, and it hits, it will be an overdraft. It will be repeated overdrafts. I have been there before, and it is difficult to detangle the serpent from eating its' own tail.

I am most comfortable with about $100 so that it is also not so tight that there is no "oh FUCK" money. I need to emphasize, significantly, that I am not asking any one person to send that, or even any great amount of it, or hell, or anything, truly, unless somebody honestly wishes to do so (and would not be putting themselves out by doing so! I don't want people to help me at the cost of themselves!).

If you are willing to help, and understanding that I am not going to be able to pay it back, for which I am greatly apologetic (although, I'm willing to do things like Tarot readings and ficlets, if desired), then my paypal is mistressnonny@gmail.com (and connected to my bank account.)

This should not be a permanent state of affairs. Storme was very upset when I told them how bad off I was, and they are going to see about increasing the amount by $100. If they are able to do that, it will help. It will be tight, still, but it will not be to the point that I am trying to keep from bursting literally into helpless, frustrated tears because I have looked at it from every angle and can't figure out a goddamn way to fix it.

(Before anybody asks, though, I did consider asking Mom. However, she just agreed yesterday to pay what will turn out to be around $2k in educational costs, for me to pursue tech work. So, I especially was not comfortable with the thought of asking her.)

I am so very sorry for dumping this on you all. I love you more than words can say, and that is entirely regardless of anything financial. I apologize for how -- overly emotional this is. I haven't been sleeping well. This is also, quite frankly, close to my very worst nightmare. I can think of a few worse, but....... can't everyone?

Thank you all for listening and being here for me. You are the best. <3

(I don't think this needs to be under a cut? But I truthfully cannot tell for certain at the moment.)
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C&P from FB because I wrote a post nearly as long as I would've here.

We're in a bad state right now. We had been getting $700/mo in rent assistance, and we abruptly found out that it was canceled. On Scott's income alone, we run $200 over budget, and that's only bills, and it doesn't count household necessities like shampoo, toilet paper, menstrual supplies... cat food and litter...
We are desperate. I don't know how to pay rent, and our housing is at risk, plus our other utilities. I am terrified, and I do not know how we are going to make it through the next few months until tax return hits and we can use that to pad things out a bit. I have made a lifelong habit of paying it forward, and if anyone is able to aid myself and my family in our time of need, I cannot put into words how grateful we would be. In addition, we have several rewards for those who might want to contribute and get a little something out of it. I've done Tarot readings for years, and I am offering multiple types. I am also offering the chance to have a minor or major Tuckerization (character named after you, or choice of name) for my forthcoming work. I am also offering personalized stories of 1k-10k words, including character names if desired, preferred tropes, and more; this will, of course, require discussion.

Scott, who has been doing chainmail for 20+ years, is offering several types of jewelry (and a wallet chain that could almost double as a weapon) in hypo-allergenic titanium. I will be posting an update with a photo of my chainmail bikini top as an example of his work. He is extremely good at what he does.
If you can help in any way, please, it would be very appreciated. Any little bit helps. If you are unable to help, please share this post; it's public, so it can be. There is also more information about our situation in the GoFundMe introduction itself.

Thank you for whatever you are able to do. We all appreciate it, no matter how small or how large. Please do not feel bad if you are unable to contribute financially; this is a tight time of year for many people financially due to holidays, and I understand that well. Signal boosts and sharing are just as important as financial contributions. Again, thank you all, and I love you. Yes, even those I don't know personally who may have seen this shared. I love you for reading this, and for whatever you may do. Blessed be.

GoFundMe link is here.

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C&P from FB because I wrote a post nearly as long as I would've here.

We're in a bad state right now. We had been getting $700/mo in rent assistance, and we abruptly found out that it was canceled. On Scott's income alone, we run $200 over budget, and that's only bills, and it doesn't count household necessities like shampoo, toilet paper, menstrual supplies... cat food and litter...
We are desperate. I don't know how to pay rent, and our housing is at risk, plus our other utilities. I am terrified, and I do not know how we are going to make it through the next few months until tax return hits and we can use that to pad things out a bit. I have made a lifelong habit of paying it forward, and if anyone is able to aid myself and my family in our time of need, I cannot put into words how grateful we would be. In addition, we have several rewards for those who might want to contribute and get a little something out of it. I've done Tarot readings for years, and I am offering multiple types. I am also offering the chance to have a minor or major Tuckerization (character named after you, or choice of name) for my forthcoming work. I am also offering personalized stories of 1k-10k words, including character names if desired, preferred tropes, and more; this will, of course, require discussion.

Scott, who has been doing chainmail for 20+ years, is offering several types of jewelry (and a wallet chain that could almost double as a weapon) in hypo-allergenic titanium. I will be posting an update with a photo of my chainmail bikini top as an example of his work. He is extremely good at what he does.
If you can help in any way, please, it would be very appreciated. Any little bit helps. If you are unable to help, please share this post; it's public, so it can be. There is also more information about our situation in the GoFundMe introduction itself.

Thank you for whatever you are able to do. We all appreciate it, no matter how small or how large. Please do not feel bad if you are unable to contribute financially; this is a tight time of year for many people financially due to holidays, and I understand that well. Signal boosts and sharing are just as important as financial contributions. Again, thank you all, and I love you. Yes, even those I don't know personally who may have seen this shared. I love you for reading this, and for whatever you may do. Blessed be.

GoFundMe link is here.
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I posted about this before, but I'm still short on money for my medication. I at this point need about $150 by the end of October. The money that my ex is sending me for medication will HAVE to be used as rent money, because my current partner only gets paid once a month, on the 15th, and because he didn't get out of training until the end of Sept, we are going to be short on money for rent in November. Thus, my med money is going to need to go to... having a place to live.

So, I put out the hat again. My PayPal address is mistressnonny@gmail.com. Any little bit is appreciated, as are signal boost. Love you guys! <3

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I posted about this before, but I'm still short on money for my medication. I at this point need about $150 by the end of October. The money that my ex is sending me for medication will HAVE to be used as rent money, because my current partner only gets paid once a month, on the 15th, and because he didn't get out of training until the end of Sept, we are going to be short on money for rent in November. Thus, my med money is going to need to go to... having a place to live.

So, I put out the hat again. My PayPal address is mistressnonny@gmail.com. Any little bit is appreciated, as are signal boost. Love you guys! <3
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So, I have raised about $220. THANK YOU EVERYONE. It turns out Morgan will be able to pay the $600 this month that I am supposed to get for medication costs, so that will... almost cover rent.

What I need to raise at this point is probably about $200, because it's not quite rent, plus I have medications that will need refilled... at the beginning of the month, and they add up. This is a MUCH easier goal to reach than the full $850. Again, any little bit helps, even a $5 or $10. Seriously. It adds up.

If you're able to help, awesome; if you're not please signal boost? Here is the following altered text:

[personal profile] nonnycat is in a bit of a pickle. She now has (almost enough) money to cover rent, but not enough for medication that she needs to control a chronic pain disorder. These medications, even with insurance, come up to about $200. If anybody is able to help, her paypal address is mistressnonny@gmail.com, and it will be greatly appreciated. Signal boosts are also appreciated!

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So, I have raised about $220. THANK YOU EVERYONE. It turns out Morgan will be able to pay the $600 this month that I am supposed to get for medication costs, so that will... almost cover rent.

What I need to raise at this point is probably about $200, because it's not quite rent, plus I have medications that will need refilled... at the beginning of the month, and they add up. This is a MUCH easier goal to reach than the full $850. Again, any little bit helps, even a $5 or $10. Seriously. It adds up.

If you're able to help, awesome; if you're not please signal boost? Here is the following altered text:

[personal profile] nonnycat is in a bit of a pickle. She now has (almost enough) money to cover rent, but not enough for medication that she needs to control a chronic pain disorder. These medications, even with insurance, come up to about $200. If anybody is able to help, her paypal address is mistressnonny@gmail.com, and it will be greatly appreciated. Signal boosts are also appreciated!
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At this point, I don't think there's anyone who hasn't heard about Robin Williams's death, ostensibly from suicide. Something that does bother me, perhaps more than the assholes that make comments about suicide being the coward's way out (and if this is something lurking in the back of your head, please read this essay, which is the most excellent I have read on the topic), is that the fact that Williams had bipolar disorder is all but forgotten.

I have bipolar disorder, type 2. This is generally considered the "less severe" type. I have no idea what type Robin Williams had, and it doesn't especially matter, since suicide is a risk factor for both types. I'm not entirely sure what I'm meaning to write here, but the rest is going to go under a cut with a general trigger warning for discussion of bipolar disorder, depression, suicide, coping mechanisms, related etc )

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At this point, I don't think there's anyone who hasn't heard about Robin Williams's death, ostensibly from suicide. Something that does bother me, perhaps more than the assholes that make comments about suicide being the coward's way out (and if this is something lurking in the back of your head, please read this essay, which is the most excellent I have read on the topic), is that the fact that Williams had bipolar disorder is all but forgotten.

I have bipolar disorder, type 2. This is generally considered the "less severe" type. I have no idea what type Robin Williams had, and it doesn't especially matter, since suicide is a risk factor for both types. I'm not entirely sure what I'm meaning to write here, but the rest is going to go under a cut with a general trigger warning for discussion of bipolar disorder, depression, suicide, coping mechanisms, related etc )
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A perennial question amongst the writing community these days (particularly in post-Racefail SFF) is that of representation. It's heartening to see it as an active topic of discussion, but I think that something that gets lost sometimes is how important it is. I'm many things: pagan, polyamorous, (mostly) lesbian, mentally ill, on the Autism Spectrum, disabled, childfree, gender-questioning, among others. Let me tell you my story.

I grew up in a very Christian household, and a few years of my teen life were tarnished by my Dad getting into Christian Fundamentalism (of the "listening to rock music is signing an implicit contract with Satan for your soul" type, also "music in other languages is secretly witch spells being cast because you can't understand the language" -- let's just say my listening to Rammstein didn't go over well). I was pretty isolated as a child and teen because I was homeschooled and lucky to see another person my own age every six months. This background is important later.

more behind the cut... tw for mentions of depression and suicidal feelings )

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A perennial question amongst the writing community these days (particularly in post-Racefail SFF) is that of representation. It's heartening to see it as an active topic of discussion, but I think that something that gets lost sometimes is how important it is. I'm many things: pagan, polyamorous, (mostly) lesbian, mentally ill, on the Autism Spectrum, disabled, childfree, gender-questioning, among others. Let me tell you my story.

I grew up in a very Christian household, and a few years of my teen life were tarnished by my Dad getting into Christian Fundamentalism (of the "listening to rock music is signing an implicit contract with Satan for your soul" type, also "music in other languages is secretly witch spells being cast because you can't understand the language" -- let's just say my listening to Rammstein didn't go over well). I was pretty isolated as a child and teen because I was homeschooled and lucky to see another person my own age every six months. This background is important later.

more behind the cut... tw for mentions of depression and suicidal feelings )
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I posted a version of this on FB. I figured it probably deserved to be posted here, too, because I cannot be the only one having these issues. I'm revising it a bit because, well, Facebook isn't exactly meant for long posts... you can do them, but I doubt very many people click the "see more" link, if they even see it (at least, I've missed it more than once).

I think most folks know I have a Nook. I've, er, been a little evangelistic about it in the past. >_> Morgan and I were gifted with our first Nook Color back in 2008 when the rheumatoid arthritis that we both have hit Morgan's hands hard enough that they literally could not hold up a book to read anymore. I have similar problems with my hands, although I can read YA in print (... y'know, unless it's a doorstopper like some of the Harry Potter books), but any adult romance or SFF was right out. My own Nook Color followed suit, and I bought a Nook HD+ last year, which I'm starting to regret having purchased the 3yr warranty for.

However... for the past several months, I have been having issues when trying to purchase e-books. Often, BN.com will not let me log in (I'll put my username and password into the log-in, and it just... won't log me in). That's been happening since September or so, and I was able to get around that by going to the Nook-specific page on BN.com and logging in... but even that doesn't work half the time now. Something else that started in December is that clicking the "Buy Now" button will not bring up the pop up to purchase. I have confirmed this is not an error with my computer, as it has happened under multiple OSes and multiple browsers. I have run into about five unique types of errors, and I have friends who have been experiencing the same. BN support is useless; they have no idea and try to tell me it's my computer. DX

Some months ago, B&N updated so you can use the Google Play store (at least on the Nook HD+, I cannot say for the other devices) which includes the Kindle app. (ETA : I have just been informed this was a temporary glitch and you can no longer add the Kindle App on Nook unless it is rooted. Well, fuck me if I ever have to wipe and reinstall.) I have really avoided buying books from Amazon, because they are the elephant in the living room when it comes to digital book sales. I'll admit I also have an emotional attachment to B&N. My childhood was wretched in a lot of ways but all of my family are huge readers. Monthly trips to B&N or Borders were special, because while we normally made lists of books we wanted to check out and see if the library had (considering that we usually walked out with lists of 20+ books between the 4 of us... it was kinda necessary), but we also always got to pick out one book to take home. More if we chose to spend allowance money. So, I have happy fuzzy warm feelings with B&N.

But... the way they have handled e-books is truly abysmal. I mean, the site issues that mean I can't buy except from my device directly (and even that doesn't always work; I've gotten errors there, too, and if I want more than one book, finger typing the author name and title is annoying.), which is definitely a problem. Add to that, we had a BN membership for years, but they seem to offer less and less. There's I believe a discount on print books bought in stores, and there's free shipping for books bought online, but nothing for digital books. Unless I've missed it, there's nothing to incentivise readers to go into their stores and purchase digital books in store. Some of our favorite restaurants are up by our local B&N, and if they had something like that, we'd totally go in, use the store as a showroom, and buy online. We also almost always get stuff from the Starbucks in the B&N, too. We spent a not insignificant amount of time and money in the store, that they have completely lost. I mean, I understood why they didn't have anything like that when agency pricing was a thing, but now that it's gone, they're still sticking with the same old model. *headdesk*

(Edit for people who don't know what agency pricing is: this was a collusion between the Big 5 NY publishers and Apple to price fix books to prevent Amazon from discounting. If you really want some schadenfreude, look up the case, it's... look, I couldn't write fiction like this because nobody would believe people could be so stupid. All the pubs settled, and there have been many discounts, but Amazon still has an average lower price and more frequent discounts.)

The same old model is not going to work, and it doesn't seem like their stores are doing all that well, either, what with the plans for store closures, and that they are winnowing away books bit by bit. I don't go into a bookstore to buy kitschy knick-knacks, I go in to buy books. You know. These things.

Since I haven't been able to buy books on BN.com reliably for months, I've gone over to Amazon since I can read them with the Kindle app. I was shocked to find on a regular basis that books were $2-4 cheaper. I read a lot of YA, and BN would price them at $9.99-13.99 ... Amazon, $9.99 is the highest I've seen, with exceptions for niche stuff, and often they are lower. I see discounts a lot, and I don't mean necessarily the super-low 99c or $2.99, but $3 or so off the list price. $2-4 savings on a book is a really big deal when I often buy multiple books at a go.

What really struck me today though was Amazon's also-bought. I have heard good things about it from indie authors but I haven't really used it as a reader, not since I was a teen looking for new SFF. I went to pick up one book... and ended up picking up seven or eight, multiple by indie authors, because they popped up on the also-boughts (all steampunk, with the exception of a gothic romance set in Victorian England, which is close enough). BN's also-bought is... well. Flipping awful. I've had their also-bought pop up with books that aren't even in the same genre. (And I don't mean science fiction instead of fantasy, I mean stuff like religious non fiction when the book I was looking at was an urban fantasy demon hunter novel. WTF??)

I feel almost like I'm doing something "wrong" by "betraying" BN, but I know that's ridiculous. I've stuck with it a long way, probably longer than most people, and... well, WTF am I supposed to do if their site is so screwed up that I can't actually buy the book. I'm not going rah-rah Amazon, because I do have concerns about monopolies, but at the same time, their customer experience is a hell of a lot better than I can say for B&N right now. And I save money on books, which means I can buy... more books... wait, what is this "savings account" that you speak of? >_>

Much <3 to anyone who managed to read through this novel of a post... lol (and yeah, I know, I know, it took me this long to figure it out...)

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I posted a version of this on FB. I figured it probably deserved to be posted here, too, because I cannot be the only one having these issues. I'm revising it a bit because, well, Facebook isn't exactly meant for long posts... you can do them, but I doubt very many people click the "see more" link, if they even see it (at least, I've missed it more than once).

I think most folks know I have a Nook. I've, er, been a little evangelistic about it in the past. >_> Morgan and I were gifted with our first Nook Color back in 2008 when the rheumatoid arthritis that we both have hit Morgan's hands hard enough that they literally could not hold up a book to read anymore. I have similar problems with my hands, although I can read YA in print (... y'know, unless it's a doorstopper like some of the Harry Potter books), but any adult romance or SFF was right out. My own Nook Color followed suit, and I bought a Nook HD+ last year, which I'm starting to regret having purchased the 3yr warranty for.

However... for the past several months, I have been having issues when trying to purchase e-books. Often, BN.com will not let me log in (I'll put my username and password into the log-in, and it just... won't log me in). That's been happening since September or so, and I was able to get around that by going to the Nook-specific page on BN.com and logging in... but even that doesn't work half the time now. Something else that started in December is that clicking the "Buy Now" button will not bring up the pop up to purchase. I have confirmed this is not an error with my computer, as it has happened under multiple OSes and multiple browsers. I have run into about five unique types of errors, and I have friends who have been experiencing the same. BN support is useless; they have no idea and try to tell me it's my computer. DX

Some months ago, B&N updated so you can use the Google Play store (at least on the Nook HD+, I cannot say for the other devices) which includes the Kindle app. (ETA : I have just been informed this was a temporary glitch and you can no longer add the Kindle App on Nook unless it is rooted. Well, fuck me if I ever have to wipe and reinstall.) I have really avoided buying books from Amazon, because they are the elephant in the living room when it comes to digital book sales. I'll admit I also have an emotional attachment to B&N. My childhood was wretched in a lot of ways but all of my family are huge readers. Monthly trips to B&N or Borders were special, because while we normally made lists of books we wanted to check out and see if the library had (considering that we usually walked out with lists of 20+ books between the 4 of us... it was kinda necessary), but we also always got to pick out one book to take home. More if we chose to spend allowance money. So, I have happy fuzzy warm feelings with B&N.

But... the way they have handled e-books is truly abysmal. I mean, the site issues that mean I can't buy except from my device directly (and even that doesn't always work; I've gotten errors there, too, and if I want more than one book, finger typing the author name and title is annoying.), which is definitely a problem. Add to that, we had a BN membership for years, but they seem to offer less and less. There's I believe a discount on print books bought in stores, and there's free shipping for books bought online, but nothing for digital books. Unless I've missed it, there's nothing to incentivise readers to go into their stores and purchase digital books in store. Some of our favorite restaurants are up by our local B&N, and if they had something like that, we'd totally go in, use the store as a showroom, and buy online. We also almost always get stuff from the Starbucks in the B&N, too. We spent a not insignificant amount of time and money in the store, that they have completely lost. I mean, I understood why they didn't have anything like that when agency pricing was a thing, but now that it's gone, they're still sticking with the same old model. *headdesk*

(Edit for people who don't know what agency pricing is: this was a collusion between the Big 5 NY publishers and Apple to price fix books to prevent Amazon from discounting. If you really want some schadenfreude, look up the case, it's... look, I couldn't write fiction like this because nobody would believe people could be so stupid. All the pubs settled, and there have been many discounts, but Amazon still has an average lower price and more frequent discounts.)

The same old model is not going to work, and it doesn't seem like their stores are doing all that well, either, what with the plans for store closures, and that they are winnowing away books bit by bit. I don't go into a bookstore to buy kitschy knick-knacks, I go in to buy books. You know. These things.

Since I haven't been able to buy books on BN.com reliably for months, I've gone over to Amazon since I can read them with the Kindle app. I was shocked to find on a regular basis that books were $2-4 cheaper. I read a lot of YA, and BN would price them at $9.99-13.99 ... Amazon, $9.99 is the highest I've seen, with exceptions for niche stuff, and often they are lower. I see discounts a lot, and I don't mean necessarily the super-low 99c or $2.99, but $3 or so off the list price. $2-4 savings on a book is a really big deal when I often buy multiple books at a go.

What really struck me today though was Amazon's also-bought. I have heard good things about it from indie authors but I haven't really used it as a reader, not since I was a teen looking for new SFF. I went to pick up one book... and ended up picking up seven or eight, multiple by indie authors, because they popped up on the also-boughts (all steampunk, with the exception of a gothic romance set in Victorian England, which is close enough). BN's also-bought is... well. Flipping awful. I've had their also-bought pop up with books that aren't even in the same genre. (And I don't mean science fiction instead of fantasy, I mean stuff like religious non fiction when the book I was looking at was an urban fantasy demon hunter novel. WTF??)

I feel almost like I'm doing something "wrong" by "betraying" BN, but I know that's ridiculous. I've stuck with it a long way, probably longer than most people, and... well, WTF am I supposed to do if their site is so screwed up that I can't actually buy the book. I'm not going rah-rah Amazon, because I do have concerns about monopolies, but at the same time, their customer experience is a hell of a lot better than I can say for B&N right now. And I save money on books, which means I can buy... more books... wait, what is this "savings account" that you speak of? >_>

Much <3 to anyone who managed to read through this novel of a post... lol (and yeah, I know, I know, it took me this long to figure it out...)
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So, the local salon I go to had a 20% off sale for anything done as a celebration for the snowstorm from hell being over. Since I had been meaning to get my hair done anyway, I went ahead and did it. My hair was supposed to come out fire engine red, which it did not, but my hair does weird things with color, and I love this color anyway so it's not a huge deal.

THERE BE PHOTOS INCOMING.

Also: Bonus picture of husband-creature, who finally got around to dying his hair blue like he has been wanting for the past ten years or so. Woot!

Drake helped me out with the photos, which were taken on his Motorola Xoom tablet. I'm rather impressed, as they grabbed better pictures than my camera (which is admittedly ancient) and also, he managed to get the pictures at the exact angle I like. I've had very skilled photographers not be able to do this correctly. Also, I normally get 1-2 usable pictures out of a batch, and I have about a dozen here.

I don't think he has realized how dangerous this is, because now every time I want to do pictures, I will be yoinking him. >_>

PHOTO SPAM )
elialshadowpine: (Default)
So, the local salon I go to had a 20% off sale for anything done as a celebration for the snowstorm from hell being over. Since I had been meaning to get my hair done anyway, I went ahead and did it. My hair was supposed to come out fire engine red, which it did not, but my hair does weird things with color, and I love this color anyway so it's not a huge deal.

THERE BE PHOTOS INCOMING.

Also: Bonus picture of husband-creature, who finally got around to dying his hair blue like he has been wanting for the past ten years or so. Woot!

Drake helped me out with the photos, which were taken on his Motorola Xoom tablet. I'm rather impressed, as they grabbed better pictures than my camera (which is admittedly ancient) and also, he managed to get the pictures at the exact angle I like. I've had very skilled photographers not be able to do this correctly. Also, I normally get 1-2 usable pictures out of a batch, and I have about a dozen here.

I don't think he has realized how dangerous this is, because now every time I want to do pictures, I will be yoinking him. >_>

PHOTO SPAM )
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I broke up with Grace today.

I don't really know what to say. Things have not been right for awhile. Things were fine when we were friends and first involved, but the more time we spent together, the rougher things got. And after Emma got involved, everything just went to hell. The way she has been treating me, and the way that she has been treating Emma, has been verbally/emotionally abusive and codependent.

And she's come to be aware of it, and wants to work on it, and get better... but I can't be there as anything more than her friend. I have been down this road too many times. I hope that she can get better. I would like to believe she can, and I will help her as much as I am able. But I have literally been in this place too many times, and I can't go through it again. I can't.

I don't know if I will go into more detail or not, but I wanted to get this out here right now. I'm hurting pretty bad. I know Grace is too. It sucks all around. :(

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