alee_grrl: From Fantasia, Artemis with her moon-bow shooting a star arrow. (fantasia artemis with moon bow and star)
As my Lyme treatment progresses I am slowly regaining a tolerance and ability for exercise and physical activity. Because of the exercise intolerance caused by Lyme and the treatment side effects I have lost a great deal of upper body strength and flexibility. I would like to very slowly start incorporating stretching and strength training exercises into my week. I know many of my friends here have had similar issues and may have some ideas or resources. I would like to maybe integrate some very basic yoga exercises into my weekly routine. But right now I need things to be very bite sized and simple.

If you know of some good bit sized videos or exercise explanations particularly aimed at those recovering from long term illness, please feel free to share in the comments.
alee_grrl: Dot from Animaniacs looking confused (qua?)
This past semester I wrote an article on asexuality. It is both an academic research paper and a deeply personal essay. There are not many articles like it available and I think it would be helpful and interesting to others and would like to share it. I've been seriously struggling with the best way to share it though.

It contains enough legal analysis that I could submit it to a law review journal, like Tulane's Law and Sexuality Journal, or another academic journal focusing on similar research topics. Being published by an academic journal shows that the work has achieved some measure of peer review and provides some standing, but it also severely limits the audience. Many journals are only available through libraries, or subscription based archives (e.g. JSTOR, Hein Online).

My other thought is to self-publish and make the article available online in pdf and/or e-book formats. This would make the article available to a wider audience, but might affect the credibility.

I am more than a little nervous about publishing this paper regardless of publication format. I include a lot of personal reflection and history, which, as my professor pointed out, makes the paper more powerful and compelling. It is more than a trifle frightening to put such frank and honest discussion of personal issues out there under my own name, and yet I feel that it should be published under my own name and not a pseudonym. One of the main points of the paper is the importance of visibility, and using a pseudonym to publish the paper takes a bit of power out of that argument. I also have to decide if I want to promote the paper via this blog and other dreamwidth communities like [community profile] asexuality. I already have an established presence and circle, many of whom have expressed interest in the paper. However, that would very clearly tie my real world identity to my blog. To be honest, the two are not all that disconnected or blurred, but it is a bit scary to give up that last little illusion of anonymity.

The paper was twice reviewed for content, grammar and structure by my professor, and there are a few small edits that I would like to do before publishing. However I would not mind some additional betaing and feedback. You do not need to be familiar with Bluebook citations (standard US legal citation format) as I am less worried about the citation formats than the overall content and spelling/grammar.

If you are interested in providing general feedback (general thoughts on content, flow, etc), editorial feedback (more specific feedback regarding grammar/spelling), or cheerleading purposes (feedback on whether or not it should be published) please PM me with an email address so that I can send you a .pdf of the article (or an alternate format like .doc).

Also please feel free to comment with your thought/suggestions regarding publication options.
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I was reminded today that I will need to find a new Primary Care Provider/General Practitioner when I move. My Lyme doc is willing to still manage that aspect of my care, but I will need to have someone to see for acute non-Lyme problems and non-Lyme prescription management. I need someone who is not going to give me a lot of grief about the Lyme treatment, or try to overhaul my treatment plan unnecessarily. I'm willing to listen to suggested changes, but I want my Doc to be willing to listen to me too. So if you have any suggestions I would be very appreciative of them.

Thank you!
alee_grrl: Eddie Izzard pointing at his head.  Text: In my Mind. (eddie izzard)
So I am taking a course on law and popular culture this semester. We are allowed to write an essay on a topic of our choice. I am considering the intersection of science fiction and legal popular culture, but haven't narrowed the topic down any yet. I thought I'd start with social research first.

Anyone know of any good scifi that includes elements of legal culture (doesn't need to be about lawyers per se, can include info about crime, investigation, contracts, and other broader legal concerns)? Materials are not limited to novels. Short stories, novella, comic books/graphic novels, movies, short films, video games, hell even music if you can find any, all are great mediums for popular culture. My goal is to select two or three items and use them as the focus of my essay.



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