Azure Jane Lunatic (azurelunatic) wrote,
Azure Jane Lunatic


So a bisexual, polyfi, gaming-resistant, slightly mentally fragmented, kinky, submissive/switch, Gemini/Monkey, pagan, mostly-female, liberal/moderate, Alaskan, fannish writer/geek walks into a blog...

Hi. I'm the Lunatic. Most people call me Azz for short (not Azure). I like to get all that stuff up there out of the way up front so those who are going to get scared off by it up front get scared off quickly and painlessly.

I write. Maybe one of these days I'll write for a living. I'm not there yet, mostly because I haven't gotten published yet. This is in a large part my fault, as I'm too chicken so far to start sending out stuff. If you're so inclined, poke me now and then to get me moving on that issue. I participate, or at least attempt to participate, in nanowrimo every November. I therefore have two finished first-draft novels, a number of active plot bunnies, one ten-year-wonder of an unfinished novel that has enough material for ten separate pieces, and goodness knows how many other random fragments. I quasi-lead a local gaggle of female writers; we meet on a weekly basis for writing support and dinner. I've been keeping a journal in one form or another since the start of the Gulf War in 1991. (I was 10. It seemed like a good idea at the time.) This journal is nearly a prosthetic memory.

I occasionally write humor. Sometimes I write random funny things that get passed around. Any public post is fair game to be linked from any reasonably friendly location. But even though it's hard for me to write things that are entirely devoid of humor, this is still largely my personal natterings rather than a series of editorial essays. Every now and then I think about starting up a blog that's entirely devoted to polished public content, but then I realize that I have a life.

I work at a consumer research survey call center as an Administrative Assistant. I started out as a phone goon and worked my way up through Quality Assurance Monitor, Check-In (glorified attendance clerk and secretary), and Supervisor to where I am now. I am primarily attached to the Consumer Operations Manager, "Pink Shirt Guy", though I also answer to his Business-to-Business counterpart and the General Manager who rules us all. My primary function involves a scary little home-brew database (using Access, because that's what I had and that's what I've had 50% of my DB training in) and doing random other projects, including lots of spreadsheets so Pink Shirt Guy has time to actually manage. The technological experience in the Field department goes as follows: Halfwits < Incompetents < End-Users < Posers < Experienced Users < Snarky Lady < Me < IT < Expensive Professionals. Readers of my LJ get the questionable benefit of hearing what I have to say about my co-workers and their computer skills. I work in a happy little corner of the Training Room next to the Snarky Lady. When other people are present, I employ my Headphones of Oblivion.

Right now I'm training my backup/replacement, and am passively in search of a full-time position, in my field, with benefits. (Management wants me to stay part-time and run my database.)

I am an LJ patriot. I believe firmly that this is a good site run by decent people, and that they do have the best interests of the users at heart, even though their various ideas and ways of implementing same may be back-asswards, or appear to be for no coherent reason even though it is in response to some issues that users aren't told about. I've made strong friendships in the Support community, and like most people, I do react poorly to people bashing my friends. I know a decent amount about how the site works and do community service by answering requests on the Support board. (If you're here to ask me a question about LJ and how it works, you will probably get a better, faster answer by submitting a Support request than asking me, and I may send you there anyway, especially if I don't know you.)

As of March 12, 2007, I am the new volunteer co-maintainer of suggestions. I help out there by tagging posts, tracking comments to help avoid flaming, and helping refine suggestions into a form that the development team might be able to do something with. I'm not a Six Apart employee, even though I do know a few. My opinions on things are my opinions, rather than the Official LJ Opinion. I do have some insight into the Unofficial LJ Opinion, but that's a matter of observation and perspective rather than Secret Inside Knowledge.

In an emergency situation, every second counts.
I participate in the LJ Abuse Emergency Contact Information First Post program.
Do you? The life you save may be your own.

I live in Phoenix, AZ, USA, North America, Earth. I rent a tiny studio apartment near Metrocenter with my roommate and fellow writer hcolleen. I was born and raised in Alaska by a rocket scientist computer geek and an artist, without the questionable benefit of a television in the home, and with unrestricted access to the local library. Is it any wonder that I therefore turned out Odd?

I have a best friend. I call him Darkside in this journal, to preserve some vestige of his privacy. He's a straight, monogamous, gamer, singleton, Cancer/Goat, Christian, male, conservative, Army brat, fannish geek. We've been friends since late 2000 when we were introduced. On October 18, 2001, I made a commitment to stay in contact with him: that unlike so many of his friends, I would not just vanish quietly, and I would not let him vanish quietly. I think I've done fairly well at that. I'm courting him with all the serious intent of Miles Vorkosigan courting the lovely and talented Ekaterin, except there are no gardens and I have already failed my stealth roll. I'm sure someone's already made the popcorn. Our mutual friends probably have a betting pool. Darkside is Darkside, and not Fuzzy Modem/Shawn.

Care & Feeding of your Lunatic: Checklist for common problems causing the Lunatic to malfunction.

I have a fairly random friending policy. My reading list is near unto maxed out, so the barrier to entry is insanely high. Interaction with me is key to me getting to know you; if you want me to do more than notice that someone's added me when LJ fires off the notification, comment here and there so I get to know you on LJ, even if we interact in other contexts (like IRC).

I support behaving decently on the internet. To this end, I have disabled anonymous commenting. (Regrettably, LJ classifies OpenID comments with anonymous comments.) I will moderate comments when I feel it necessary to do so.
If you're looking for a good fight, I recommend the MMORPG of choice, or efw.

Alternate journals:
garnetdagger: my Warrior/Cleric side
azurelettuce: pun attack!
There may well also be a work-safe journal of mine floating about: stuff that my employer wouldn't mind seeing, but more specifically, stuff that I wouldn't mind my employer seeing. If you've happened across it, there's not much there, and there's not likely to be.

Against Entropy

The worm drives helically through the wood
And does not know the dust left in the bore
Once made the table integral and good;
And suddenly the crystal hits the floor.
Electrons find their paths in subtle ways,
A massless eddy in a trail of smoke;
The names of lovers, light of other days—
Perhaps you will not miss them. That’s the joke.
The universe winds down. That’s how it’s made.
But memory is everything to lose;
Although some of the colors have to fade,
Do not believe you’ll get the chance to choose.
Regret, by definition, comes too late;
Say what you mean. Bear witness. Iterate.

—John M. Ford
April 10, 1957 - September 24, 2006


(the very out-of-date)
Cast of Characters: What with the Friends List of Doom and all, it's a bit rough to keep track of everybody in my life. Here's a short run-down; I may refer the curious back to it from time to time.
Former Household: Residents of the apartment, known as the Temple. House Rules.
The new apartment is called the Asylum.
The Computers: No gamergeek household is complete without a discussion of the machines, who have personalities all their own.
Good Friends & Other close people: The people I try to keep in contact with, those outside the household and immediate family who get the most love, and the people who are around on a regular basis.
Co-Workers/Cow-Orkers: The people I interact with at work on a weekly basis.
Old Crew: People we used to know, or those who have drifted out of contact.
Assorted Families: Even though we're our own household now, we still have relatives.
School: These are the people I used to see from day to day at DeVry.
Neighbors: People who live near us. (updated 2006 09 26)

Other than that, read the journal.

Tools & Toys:
Joule, or, Who's Defriended Me Today?
Kelvin: friends-list analysis
LiveJournal Connect
My Last 50 Emotions
Amusing wastes of time

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