12:04 pm August 29th, 2006
Care & Feeding of the [Lyn]…
Painting with broad strokes, it’s generally a good idea to not tell me things unless I ask for information. I’m a bright girl; I know a lot of common knowledge things and am good about asking for information when I don’t know something. I get irritated when I’m told things that a moment’s thinking should suggest I already know.
But, worse that that… ye gods, don’t ever tell me what I’m thinking, what I want, what I’m feeling. Not to put too fine a point on it, but you don’t know. Yo’re not in here, and assuming you know what I want/feel/think more than I do is an onforgivable arrogance.
Feel free to suggest that my words and my actions don’t seem to be in line, of course (“You said you liked him, and then you spit in his coffee. That doesn’t seem to make any sense” but not “Bah, you don’t like him!”)
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I know I’ve covered this before, but…
Phrasing is really, really important when dealing with a Lyn, especially a stressed/sick/tired one. (Which all of the above I am, right now).
Thus: should is a bad word. Unless you are directly trying to instill a sense of obligation in me (there are situations in which this is okay), please do not use it. It will stress me the fuck out, because I do not have room for that many more obligations right now. Why don’t you… is almost as bad.
I would like it if is a nice phrasing. That’s a gentle one, that doesn’t make me feel battered upon.
Have you considered/thought about… is nice, too.
This will make it easier for me to deal with you, and cause me less stress in the long run.
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I am feeling particularly touchy right now about
your protagonists are evil and your setting is evil and this story is evil.
For the next 24 to 48 hours, I will block with impunity people who want to engage in that conversation with me.
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Weight and Health:
- Lose 36 lbs over [48/36] weeks. Fit comfortably in [my smallest jeans/a size 6].
- Be active a little every day, a good amount (1/2 hour+ once a week, a lot (2+ hours, a hike) once a month)
- Get rid of encroaching flab under arms; have a stomach I don’t mind being seen in a swimsuit.
- Eat more vegetables: at least half the plate at least 3x/week
- Be able to handle the stairs at any of the given local parts without panting.
- Have Rin/Girey finished and ready to Kickstart by April at latest (this allows for working on it in JaNoWriMo and MaNoWriMo)
- Submit at least one story a month for publication
- Get Addergoole E-books available
- Work on B-sides and have at least
10 5 available before the end of the Addergoole Year
- Go to at least three social events this year
- Make at least one friend I feel comfortable hanging out with for, say, coffee once in a while
- Set boundaries. Tell people when they’re making me uncomfortable.
- Language: learn how to speak in un-ambiguous language and ask for clarification when I think someone else is being ambiguous
- Find an
marginalization organization plan that works and stick with it. (so far ToDoist seems to be working very nicely.
How about you?
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I’m going to put this behind a cut because it’s coming off a bit cranky. Read at your own risk.
I don’t do well with setting boundaries; I don’t do well with enforcing them.
I do really well with learning other people’s and trying to respect that (Wyst says I am too good at trying to respect other people’s boundaries, actually), and I tend to expect other people will do the same for me, which would be a lot more reasonable if I was more clear on those boundaries, yes.
But I’m beginning to at least learn where they are. Generally by realizing when I’m really, really angry and stopping to take a look.
Here’s some new ones.
This one’s a deal-breaker, too:
It feels like there ought to be more, but that’s what I’ve got so far today
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Please don’t make definitive statements about who/how I am. You’re probably wrong, and, in the meantime, you’ll upset me.
I’m talking about “you like to do this. You’re this sort of person.” Not “You’re tall.”
Modifiers are your friend. “It seems like; it looks like…” those things make me really happy. “It seems like you like this?”