Fortifying Friday – A Tiny Bit of Breathing Room


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If you asked me last week, I would have said it was doubtful I would finish my online French hours in time. I finished my last two hours tonight! The oral exam is this Monday. The written exam is next Monday.


Now I can focus on grading Nidan for iaido. I need to reduce how long it’s taking me to do etiquette. It needs to be crisper too. And I need to run through my kata several times, perhaps by picking out numbers from a hat. I don’t know what kata they are going to give me. I’m worried I’ll forget the numbers and then do the wrong ones and fail.


I can finally work on The Blood Waitress Club. This story now features witch/vampire/insect demons that play roller derby. I’m collecting ideas for who they may play against. Some of my research includes rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer as I’m looking for different kinds of demons. I want a ragtag bunch of misfits. I haven’t decided who should win, only what the stakes (or steaks, depending on whose perspective) are. I haven’t quite decided if this will be erotica, though I’m leaning toward it. I think I’ll let the story take me where it will 😉


I also have some time to clean my house (it’s a disaster!)… I’ll be glad when December is here because I don’t have a whole lot of people to buy gifts for and mostly my family wants movies or TV shows.



I’m hoping I’m not putting anything too spoilery, but it’s possible my lines of thought may give something away.




Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I’ve seen it! I enjoyed it. There were some funny bits that may be for an older audience. It was on the dark side. There is a death that may be hard to explain to young children, but may also provide an opportunity for real dialogue with them about how the world isn’t always fair and things don’t always turn out OK.

Yes, as some of the reviews suggest, we don’t get A LOT of character depth in this first movie, but I believe this is on purpose. As a writer, I see the value of doing this. Is it the wisest thing for endearment, perhaps not. We’ll have to see what the box office numbers show. I enjoyed the action, and I got enough from the characters that I’m dying to know more. I don’t care that it’s set outside of London. I think that is wonderful! I love seeing more of the world of magic beyond Hogwarts. I still love Hogwarts, but it’s nice to see how other countries might handle something like magical persons and animals.

I have one burning question: If muggles in America, sorry “No-Majs”, are not allowed to know anything about the wizards and wizards can’t date them… What happens when a magical child is born to a No-Maj couple? Do they take the magical child away from its parents? I hope we’ll find out in the years to come 🙂

Anyway, I’m off to make supper and write about demon bug things that play roller derby!


4 thoughts on “Fortifying Friday – A Tiny Bit of Breathing Room

  1. I found your blog/site when looking for some others’ thoughts on Iaido, and seeing you were sort of localish (in a way, Ontario at least), I poked around a bit.

    I was in Etobicoke on Saturday testing for ikkyu, and I had the same thought in my head about forgetting which waza to do; so the entire time I was up there I kept chanting “six, eight, nine, ten, twelve” over and over in my head – I tested standing, so none of the others for me. Oddly, I knew I’d pass based on how I’ve been doing in the dojo, but I still felt nervous and screwy – I hate public performance, I hate being stared at. But I did it. I passed.

    Did you test for Nidan on Saturday? I’m actually fairly certain I saw you there. Your face is very familiar to me, so I’m sure I’ve seen you at events at some point.

    Who’s your Sensei? I study Muso Shinden Ryu in Hamilton with Ron Mattie who’s under Cruise Sensei in Etobicoke.


    • I was there challenging Nidan. Unfortunately, my performance anxiety won. Had I performed like I’ve been at the dojo, I would’ve passed. I’ll get it next time.

      I’ve been to most of the seminars this past year, so I probably have seen you. Are you in the ladies Iaido group on Facebook? Feminiai is the name of it.

      My Sensei is David Green of Ottawa. We’re MJER style.

      Congratulations on passing 🙂


  2. I’m so sorry to hear you didn’t pass. My friend didn’t pass his Nidan either, and he should have, but similar things happened to him that happened to you I think, and his feet stuck to the floor. Next time we’re bringing baby powder to put on our feet. 🙂

    I didn’t know about the ladies group. I’ll check that out.

    And thank you. 🙂


    • I’ve been told Nidan is one of the hardest levels to pass. I know a few that didn’t pass their Nidan grading who have since been successful with Sandan. It’ll happen.


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