Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Artist Interview

I was recently interviewed by a high school student concerning my art career.

The Q&A can be found at Gulf Coast Art Studio.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

12 Random Facts About Me (shared from Facebook)

1. I am the only person in my immediate family not named after another person. I was named after a paper doll my mom had as a child.
2. I was a high jumper and a very fast runner in elementary school, often winning first or second place. I also played (tackle, not flag) football in my neighborhood. I was the second youngest and the only girl.
3. I studied names (onomastics) growing up and used to be able to tell you the origin and meaning of a name off the top of my head. I had a baby name website for a few years (on geocities, ha!) until it crashed in the mid 2000s.
4. Writing is my outlet, and I've been journaling since I was a young child. Once I obtained access to the world wide web, I began blogging and haven't stopped since.
5. I made a D in art in junior high school. I was sick and struggling with my motor skills, but the teacher didn't believe me for a long time and said I was lazy. I know he didn't know any better, and I admit my art was pretty terrible.
6. As a first-year student at the Pascagoula Vocational-Technical Center, I won a silver medal in VICA (now called Skills USA) state competition in Jackson, MS in the specialty of Commercial Printing. And I did it in a skirt!
7. I had every intention of taking art classes at MGCCC's JC campus in my youth. I enrolled at age 19 and again at 22, but both times I was too ill to attend. I used to visit the Fine Arts building and walk by the drawing and design studio, look in the window, and say "I'm supposed to be in that room. I will get there somehow, someday." Nearly killed myself doing so, but I finally made it happen 10 years later.
8. Traveling is my dream, but I've never been on a plane, train, or commercial ship.
9. I've never been to Disney World even though I've been to Orlando twice. I'm a Geography/World Culture/Food fanatic, so Epcot is on my bucket list.
10. I've taken care of quite a few children over the years, from newborn to age 12, but there won't ever be any Kelli-minions running around (so let me spoil all of your babies...thanks in advance). :)
11. I didn't date anymore as a teen than I have as an adult. It's never been the life for me. I've kissed a total of three people. The last person I was with was my ex-husband a dozen years ago. No, I'm not clinging to the past. No, I'm not a nun. Yes, I am celibate. Yes, by choice. No, I am not changing my mind. No, I am not crazy. Yes, I am a deviant badass prude, but by God, I'm a trustworthy friend to all and proud of it. Carry on.
12. I am tremendously: non-partisan, anti-racist, non-denominational (although Christian), culture-embracing, introverted, sleep-deprived, empathetic, passionate, stubborn, dorky, geeky, nerdy, blah blah blah if you want to know anything else you know where to find me, folks. I'm an open book (minus a few pages). ;)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Doctor Who Class!

I've jumped on an opportunity to sign up for the very first
Mass Open Online Course dedicated to my favorite TV show.

Doctor Who in the Digital Age is a semester-long course through Syracuse University. When I heard it was being launched, I knew I had to join! There are no grades, but it is a legitimate course with lectures, discussions, tests, and more. If I'm dreaming, please do not wake me up!

Class began tonight and wow, it is jam-packed with content. We are fully immersing ourselves in Doctor Who. I sadly don't have the funds to purchase the books our professor suggested, but they're not mandatory. I have to say the discussions have been fantastic and extremely in-depth. Overwhelming. The best part is following the live chat on Twitter, as dozens and dozens of people are giving hilarious commentary as we're watching the show. It's a blast, and I look forward to the next session!

In the meantime, I have a ton of Doctor Who episodes to watch. We've started at the beginning, so we are watching the first Doctor, Susan, Ian, and Barbara in An Unearthly Child and Dalek (11 episodes). I plan to blog about each session, which you will be able to find under the label WhoClass from this point on.

If you wish to be a fly on the wall, you can also follow our public shenanigans on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #WhoClass.

I have much more to share, including some blog posts that I plan to backdate. Talk to you soon!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Kelli Nicole Bosarge, meet Sadie Nicole Bosarge!

Thank you God for letting me live to greet another precious niece into the world. Her name means princess of the victorious people, and I pray she has a healthy happy wonderful life.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Crossing one off the bucket list!

On December 12-14, I was given the opportunity to attend the first annual Geekonomicon in Biloxi, Mississippi. Thankfully handicap-friendly, Indy 500 the rolling walker and I made our way to the Coliseum to participate. Guinness was on site to count Steampunk cosplayers, and I couldn't resist joining the fun. I was a Steampunk Londoner, and it was my first time cosplaying. We won the count and our names are now in the Guinness Book of World Records! Is that cool or what?

Of course, the TARDIS was also there. :-)

And a Dalek, and many other awesome characters.

It was exhausting, but a really neat thing to be a part of!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Resolutions Review

It's that time again. Hard to believe 2014 is over (and can I just say, THANK GOD).

My 2014 Goals

* Get settled in a new place of my own, or at least be on a reliable waiting list.

On a few long waiting lists. I really hope one of them calls me soon.

* Either utilize my possessions, or sell/give away. This of course does not include anything of sentimental value, just stuff with a useful purpose.

I made a great deal of progress on this. I gave a ton of stuff away, sold a little bit, and I am more organized than I have been over the last several years. I still have work to do.

* Take updated photos of all art, complete everything in progress, and market my work.

I took a few updated photos, and I had an unexpected art exhibition in Moss Point that was lovely. My work is not currently on the market, but it will be soon.

* Have at least one short story from NaNoWriMo published, even if I have to publish it myself.

Done! One short story is out there and has had not quite 100 readers. It's not for everybody, being Psychology-based, but it's for somebody and I appreciate the positive feedback I've received. No regrets whatsoever in sharing Felix's story. http://felixvalentine.blogspot.com

Much more coming in the future, as I am 50% finished with the first drafts of two Historical-based novellas.

* Clean, backup, and reorganize my computer hard drives.

Oh boy. Had to reformat Bessie the Macbook, as my readers are probably aware. My readers are also probably aware that I name everything. :-)

Bessie now has a busted keyboard, and I've been working hard to retrieve my files and get them uploaded onto a tablet (which is now full) and online storage drives (which have been a lifesaver). I uploaded thousands of photos to Facebook in December alone, just so they'll be in a safe place before I take Bessie back to the Apple store for repair this year. So I guess you can say this is near-complete, and very much in progress.

* Build or renovate all blogs and webpages until they are what I want them to be.

No no no no no. So much no. Fail city. I have to make this a priority somehow. I'll be adding this to my 2015 goals (if I make a list...I'm sure I will when I feel like thinking about it).

I feel like I accomplished more than I planned, in spite of how horrible my year was emotionally and physically. Much more to do, though, so I expect the upcoming year to be just as busy.

I hope 2015 is the greatest year of your life, dear friends. Talk to you soon.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Grace, Illness, What Lies Behind, and What Lies Ahead

I'm bringing in the new year quite ill, but thankful to be in a warm room surrounded by blankets and pillows made by family and friends. This has been a tough year, and I have to believe that the next will be better. Even if I'm not feeling it at the moment (I'm not), I know happier days lie ahead.

I've been talking to God all day. He's heard everything from "thank you, I know how lucky I am" to "I can't believe this is my life, thanks for nothing". The grace of God is that he loves me no less in my waves of grief and self-loathing than he does when I'm delightful (which isn't often). I'm glad to also have people in my life who accept me in the bad times and believe in me even when I don't believe in myself. You would be surprised how many have walked away - people who by definition of who they were should have never given up on me. I'm crushed, but I don't accept defeat, and when someday I do fall down for the last time, you know it won't be without a fight. I'm a stubborn woman, and nobody, not even those who abandon me, will ever be able to say I didn't try.

2014 brought many changes, and 2015 will bring even more. I have been blogging for over a dozen years now, and I have always written a long entry dedicated to reviewing my goals for the year and making new goals for the year ahead. I haven't given it a single thought today. As of right now, I just don't care. Right now, my only wish for myself is to survive 2015 with my sanity intact. Right now, I simply want to see tomorrow. Right now, that's enough.

Know that I love and appreciate all who have stuck with me. I am thankful to have such thoughtful people in my life. You are truly a treasure, and I hope 2015 gives you everything you hope for and more.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas, Courage, & A New Year

I want to thank my family and friends for the cards, gifts, thoughts, prayers, and simply your presence (which is much more important than your presents) this Christmas. I apologize for my inadequacy where returning the favor is concerned. This is not my favorite holiday nor my favorite time of year - everybody who knows me well knows this - but I always hope to make the best of it or at least get through it in one piece. It is usually a relief when it's over, because that means the new year is coming up and my silly brain usually registers New Year's Day as a clean slate and a new start. I'm not sure how I will be feeling about it this time. 2014 has been a year of grief and many changes, but one thing is certain - I will try.

I'm a chronic trier to the point of my own detriment at times with no intention of giving up even when my mind and body and circumstances and people insist that I do so. I would like to believe I have purpose in the world in spite of my brokenness...perhaps even because of it. So even though I never wanted to be a fighter, I put on my mask and I fight. Anyone you talk to who is faced with serious illness and/or deep loss will tell you that they carry on not because they are doing well or because they are feeling better or because they want to, but because they have to. Because it's the only reasonable option. Because they know the alternative. Because even in the darkest of times, it is the right thing to do.

I've read that courage is not the absence of fear - it is choosing to rise to the challenge in the midst of that fear. So I pray for courage as I end this year and begin a new one. I am a realist and I know this stubborn illness, the frustration, the difficult pain, the grief, and the seemingly impossible circumstances will still be there. But I also know I'm equally impossible, difficult, and stubborn, therefore I will strive to face it all with my heart, mind, and stupid sense of humor intact.

Because I have to.

May 2014 end as well as possible, and 2015 be better.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bessie Mac is down again, but Merry Christmas anyhow.

My poor Macbook Pro. She's quite sick again. A college purchase from years ago, the 'ol girl has tried to hang in there. Sadly, the screen won't even come on at the moment. My files are safe, thankfully, as a friend is going to retrieve them for me and put them on my external drive. For now, I'm back on the borrowed Acer tablet. Grateful to have it.

I have so much to share, but I doubt I'll have time to do so before Christmas so I wanted to just say hello for now. I'm currently waiting for a phone call about my niece who is expected to arrive this week. She will be early, like Zoey was, and we're hoping and praying she won't end up in NICU. I'm getting laundry and last minute Christmas stuff done so I can pack and be ready for the carpool to Louisiana when the time comes, which could very well be tomorrow.

I will catch up on everything, and I have a TON of photos to share. Loads of them. Talk to you as soon as possible, and I hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever you celebrate.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Sometimes, I manage to kick Muscular Dystrophy's butt.

But sometimes, it kicks mine.

I'm not worried about the brown dish since I bought it, but I would like to replace my late MawMaw's 1980s turquoise clear-bottomed nesting bowl if anyone happens to run across vintage Pyrex online. Email ugottafriend4life@gmail.com with "MawMaw's bowl" in the subject line.

Thanks...  :(

Edit Note 12/23: Someone has graciously replaced the bowl. It's the exact same one, which makes me very happy. I have such thoughtful friends...thanks so much.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Christmas Rant

I spontaneously recorded my first podcast.
It's the worst possible quality you can imagine.
I've never done it before, and I wasn't shown how.
I didn't prepare at all. I winged it...completely.
It didn't start out bad, but the end is a wreck.
That said, it was sort of fun even though I ranted a bit.
And I do mean RANT. Listen at your own risk.

I have an exciting weekend coming up.
Talk to you then.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

One Thing

If I could only have one purpose on this Earth, one life goal, one daily motto, one publication, one website banner, one profile picture, or one piece of advice to anyone, everywhere, it is this.

What I do with the dash between my date of birth and date of death will never be enough, but the question I know I will ask in my last breath is "did I make a difference". I hope and pray the answer will be a humble affirmative. I'd even settle for a "probably" if it would mean my existence isn't in vain.

I may not have much or be much, but may God help me, in spite of myself, to give it my all.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Local Sleep Consultation

I finally finally (did I mention FINALLY) met with a pulmonary sleep physician a few days ago. He was great. We discussed my history and my condition (he knew it had to do with potassium, but didn't realize the primary form involved a myopathy or that the MDA was involved). He said he'll read up on it, and I offered to give him more information when I see him again.

A bit of back history on me: I had two sleep studies at age 20. I was found to have restless legs and borderline sleep apnea. It wasn't enough to officially diagnose me with sleep apnea, but they said I was holding my breath for no reason and asked me why. It annoyed me because it's not like I do it on purpose or something...hello. At any rate, they were sleep psychiatrists and wanted to talk psychiatry and give me klonopin, both of which I declined. The hospital eventually shut down, and my records were lost (probably in Hurricane Katrina, if nothing else).

I would have been willing to see a sleep psychiatrist again, but I'm happy that he ended up being a sleep pulmonologist instead. With my breathing issues and muscle disease, that is the right place to be in my opinion.

The doctor was very confident that my condition has worsened since age 20, and diagnosed me with obstructive sleep apnea. He wants to confirm it via sleep studies, of course, which is what I was expecting. Their schedule is incredibly backed up, so I'll return for study one on January 30th. The second will take place a week later.

He said he has no doubt I am not breathing well at night, considering that I choke and occasionally snore. He also diagnosed me with sleep deprivation (glad that's finally documented) and said he hopes he'll be able to help me with that via oxygen. The studies will tell him what kind I need. I already have a CPAP machine at home in the closet that was donated to me, I just couldn't get it calibrated without the studies, so here I am. He is hoping that the CPAP will be the right thing for me so I don't run into any trouble with getting other equipment (financially speaking).

Overall, it was a solid consultation. He was very nice, eager to answer any questions, and seemed positive and helpful. We'll see what happens come January. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, November 17, 2014

I'm a busy bee!

...or is that a butterfly?

A friend and I had a craft booth at a local church fundraiser. It was a blast. She painted faces, and I sold a few goodies:

My sketch journals were a conversation starter. Loved meeting a few Whovians on the Mississippi Coast! I also made my chocolates, as I often do during the holidays. They turned out pretty darn wonderful.


I was on my walker and could have never done any of this without assistance from friends. We didn't make a ton of money, but we sure laughed a lot, as we usually do. I went straight home afterwards and crashed. I've pretty much been down with muscle weakness ever since. I'll hopefully see some improvement in spite of the extreme weather fluctuations we're getting at the moment:

It was 73 at 2:00 this morning. It will be 27 tonight.
Small fluctuations are noticeable. Large ones are detrimental.
May God have mercy on all of us with systemic disease.

Last week, a friend and former Bob Ross student invited me to The Melting Pot for dinner. Folks, it was one of the most incredible dinners I have ever experienced:

Everything was amazing. I loved every minute.

The weekend prior, I carpooled with my family to Louisiana. You'll never guess why. In fact, I cannot believe I haven't blogged about this yet. I've been living in a fog since Mom died and I've forgotten to share so much here. At any rate, here is the good news:

My little Zoey Boo Boo is going to be a BIG SISTER!

We are so excited to have another princess in the family! And what a special honor that they're naming her after me. It makes me cry if I think about it too much. I can't wait to meet her!!!

The baby shower was nice, and I was glad to see my nieces:


I'm thankful that I could go to Louisiana to spend time with everyone, and I hope and pray I am able to return when the new baby arrives in less than two months! Squeeeeee!

I haven't forgotten about National Novel Writing Month. In fact, I have been a writing fool and I'm on track to reach 50K at the end of the month. I've met with nearly 20 other writers around the gulf coast over the last 2.5 weeks, which has been great. I hope we can keep in touch after NaNoWriMo ends.

I've answered over 500 questions on Ask.fm. It's been a fun distraction. Thanks (and feel free to keep throwing questions at me)!

I ranted and raved over the Doctor Who finale. Wow, what a ride Season 8 was! I'm planning a long recap on the blog, so heads up on that. I hope to post it in December before the Christmas special airs.

As I said earlier, my body is pretty fed up with me being so active, so I'm down for the count at the moment. I had to bring out the emergency potassium and magnesium in an attempt to get my condition under some sort of control. It's been a rocky couple of days, but I'm doing my best.

Thanks for hanging in there with me, readers. I hope everybody is doing great.