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I'm enjoying learning ASL.

I've only had 3 classes so far, but it's been a lot of fun. The classes are "voice-off" which is a cool experience, because you find that your communication immediately changes - which is the point. Some people still mouth words while they sign, and I seriously thought I'd do so too, but I don't. Like, it doesn't even enter my brain to do so, and I also instinctively become more expressive in my facial features. We're told that grammatically you have to raise your eyebrows to ask a yes or no question, but I think even if I weren't told that, I'd have done it anyway, because it happens without me even having to think about it. Same with lowering my eyebrows when I'm asking a more complicated question.

Anyway, it's super fun. I still have to do my homework for this week, mind you, but just because my procrastination habits bleed over into things I enjoy, and not just cleaning the house, isn't a mark of how much I'm enjoying something or not. I enjoy writing, but it's like trying to draw water from stone to get me to sit down and write for any length of time these days.

Okay, that's an exaggeration, but I'm still not writing as much as I should be.

Did I tell you about the self-help/personal-improvement-whatever-the-heck-thing weekend that work is paying me to go on? I can't remember. Anyway, yeah... supposedly they're supposed to solve problems like this, but I've SO got a bad attitude when it comes to that kind of self-help/change-your-life-in-a-weekend stuff.  But, work is paying for it, so I'm going - because I like free things. Well, not entirely free, as I had to pay $33 and also it takes away a whole weekend... and in response, I'm taking the Monday and Tuesday off work, because screw you work, I need my weekends! But, since I'm on contract, that means that it's actually costing me two days worth of work... BUT, whatever, still "free" in some senses?

And who knows, maybe I'll momentarily feel like I'm a capable adult and I'll get some stuff done in the weeks that follow, before I revert back to old habits as we all do.

Speaking of writing:

I'm finally getting to the climax of the next (and final?) installment of the demented'verse... so, that's just a couple chapters away from being done, and then I can get it betaed and posted.

Epic Fantasy Novel is going okay, but just okay. I realized that I got bogged down in world-building and gender-politics, rather than what I originally wanted the novel to be about - which, like most fantasy novels, is the concept of good and evil and how it impacts our society. BUT, that being said, I'm getting closer to the climax of it as well, which means that I'm about 2/3rds done, which is something. It needs a second draft like a fish needs water though, so it's going to be a long-while before it's in any state to show anyone. But the first draft is just about getting the plot down, the second draft will be about making sure I get my descriptions and themes in there.

What else... what else... nah, that's basically it. I should probably actually go write something.  

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supernutjapan
May. 29th, 2017 03:32 am (UTC)
Gah, I know what you mean about writing procrastination. Even though I get into it once I start, it's so damn hard to start LOL! I went on a signing time binge after your post and am using it a lot more again in my classes.
hells_half_acre
May. 29th, 2017 04:57 am (UTC)
Cool!

Yeah, getting started (with anything) is the hardest part. Case and point, I still haven't started. :P Instead I struck up a conversation with my friend and then made dinner.... but, before I go to bed, I'll definitely write something, I promise. :P
metallidean_grl
May. 29th, 2017 11:07 pm (UTC)
Cool about the ASL. Trying to speak a different way I can see that that would create some funnier moments. Is this a college course you're taking or through something else. I can't remember if you stated as such.

I wouldn't care for having to go to a seminar for work over the weekend. That would suck. But, give a chance, you never know you might get some helpful advice from what you learn there.
hells_half_acre
May. 30th, 2017 01:06 am (UTC)
It's through a local organization called Queer ASL. MUCH cheaper than taking it at a college.

Yeah, I figure the seminar will hopefully be worth it if I come away with some advice (if I don't, then I'll just be doubly-pissed off about it.)

On top of that, I made things worse by agreeing to go to an optional introduction thing for it with a coworker, even though I don't need to. So, that's 3 hours of tomorrow evening wasted too. Sometimes I'm too nice and/or too honest. I should have just said I was busy. SIGH.

metallidean_grl
May. 30th, 2017 02:06 am (UTC)
Yea, you are too nice and honest. My nights are mine and I am always hesitant to make plans that will take me away from my evening at home. I hope it will be fun and worth your time. At least you are doing something nice for your co-worker, so there is that.
sw0rdy
May. 30th, 2017 09:43 am (UTC)
Congrats on starting ASL! It'd be great if they saw an increase in people wanting to learn because of SPN. You're absolutely right about it being better learning voice off. I refer to it as 'sign or die.' :) When I did my BSL level one about nine years ago we were taught by a tutor who was partially deaf. At the time, I was happy with that because it's less being thrown out of your comfort zone but I'd heard other people say that you're better learning off someone who is full BSL first language. No disrespect to her, but the entire year was taught orally and only when I went on to do my level 2 with a different tutor, I realised how much more it pushes you when there is no other option for communication.

I'm part way through my level 3, which is a massive jump from level 2 because it's all the linguistics as well as just developing your signing, or as it feels like, 'forget everything you learned on levels 1 and 2 because this is how deaf people really communicate'. I love it though and I'm totally with you on the homework because I'm always scrabbling around doing it at the last minute. I work with deaf kids though, so I can reassure myself that I'm at least getting some practice then! Good luck with your course! :)
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