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Good Morning, World! )

Anyway, happy extra bank holiday day to those of you here in the UK, and don't work too hard, everyone else!

Reading List )

E(again)TA: And now it's raining. Bah, humbug!
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Bit of an update... )

A plug: if you're after anything in classical or jazz music, please consider ordering through/purchasing from the Lamb CD shop on Micklegate in York. It's an independent music shop, it's struggling to stay in business, and it used to be one of the largest classical and jazz music shops in the country. If you're after a specific recording, even if it's been deleted, chances are they may have it, and it'll be available at its usual cd price rather than the 'it's deleted so we'll hike the price up to 60 quid' which Amazon have a habit of charging.

Another plug: if you have a special event coming up, need decorations for cakes or buns, consider ordering them from Anita's Sugarcraft. Anita makes all the decorations by hand, to order. She's a friend, and she's very talented.

Last plug: if you're in need of any games, dice, rpg stuff, go visit Jorvik Games. It's run by a couple of friends of mine, who will post stuff out to you, arrange to meet up with you to hand things over, or even hand-deliver items (in York, that is).

Keep the economy going! Go forth and buy stuff!
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Writing: 3.5k words of Firefly slashfic. 500 words on Shed World Another 750 words on Shed World 2.5. Same story, different protagonist... *sigh* It's going better, though. I may finally have got a handle on my story. With 1 week to deadline... Nothing on Squirrels.

Weight: 150-153lbs. Exercise: 2 4 miles on the bike. Alcohol: quite a lot, mostly red wine. 1 rum and a pint of coke. A small bottle of red wine this evening.

Fantasy Con (the BFS convention) was excellent. Guests included James Barclay, Dave McKean (who is the separated-at-birth identical twin of my friend Bob), Christopher Fowler, Ramsey Cambell, Christopher Guest, Ian Watson, Paul Barnett and others whose names I can't recall right now since the bit of paper with them on is at home. I attended panels on YA writing, film writing, writing for Doctor Who (jammy, jammy sods!), crafting short stories, publicising yourself, und so weiter. I was introduced to an editor for Harper Collins, and was touted to the commissioning editor for erotic fiction for Virgin Books, whom I must emailhave emailed. Hurrah! I met lots of lovely people, some of whom I must also email, and I realised that I really must up my game wrt short story writing. I can do so much better. So I will.

[livejournal.com profile] ravenlas and [livejournal.com profile] therighthand had colds going into the weekend, poor things. I have not (yet) and am keeping my fingers crossed for remaining healthy this week. Lots to do! Further up and further in! Next year in Nottingham!

ETA: Form letters, Heinlein-style. Books gained at FantasyCon: Robin Hobb - Shaman's Crossing. Myth-Understandings - Ian Whates (ed.). Charles de Lint - The Onion Girl. A Glimpse Into The Abyss - Virgin Books Horror Spring 2009 (excerpts). Temeraire - Naomi Novik. Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch.
ellenscult: (car at my head)
So it's gone 4pm, and I'm still in my pyjamas. This can only mean one thing - a hangover! Hurrah!

I'm not actually terribly hungover, thanks to staying in bed until past 12, but please, if anyone ever offers me raspberry vodka again, remind me to Just Say No, mkay? *grin*

Vicky's birthday party - lots of fun. Got to catch up with people, compare boobs, and talk utter bollocks (and glima). I love my friends! You guys are awesome.

The BFS pissup at the Hussar was okay. We didn't win the quiz this year, which was an [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076 special, including a round called 'Obscureotron 5000', so I don't feel too bad about it. *grin* I got some answers in earlier rounds, and totally rocked on 3 of the 5 quotes. *heh* Should've known the others, too, but meh. *shrug* I bought a book by Allison Byrd called 'Bullrunning for Girls' which looks rather good, being a collection of horror stories.

And today the postman delivered a parcel with two copies of Lavie Tidhar's Hebrew Punk from Apex Books. Really. Which made me wonder whether in fact I'd drunk far more than I thought and had missed a day and it was actually Monday. But [livejournal.com profile] palmersperry assures me they've been introducing more flexible working because people are more likely to be in if they deliver parcels on a Sunday. :) Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading Hebrew Punk because Lavie Tidhar is a truly excellent writer. And I have a spare copy to give away.

I have watched Keeping The Faith, and it's still just as good a film as it was the first time I saw it. And I'm watching Serenity with Joss Whedon's commentary. What an amazing man he is. And not just him, it's everyone he works with. Incredible, hugely talented people. I am full of awe and respect. Very impressed. And yes, I'm still full of squee. :)
ellenscult: (Queen of France)
I made that outfit! Go me! *cough* Ahem!

Random things again:

1. Happy Yorkshire Day to all of us in God's Own County. I know [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas says that title rightly belongs to NI, but we know better, eh? *nudge* *wink*

Today, I miss the hills of my home. There's nothing which compares to watching vast shafts of sunlight drift slowly across the tops of the moors from between towering cathedrals of clouds. Treeless, punctuated by narrow valleys where houses huddle together, even at their greenest they are still more shades of brown than there are words to describe. Standing up there, one truly is on top of the world. And the only sounds are the pummelling of the wind and the occasional birdcall. This is my home. This beautiful, bleak place where, in order to see the 'bigger picture', all you have to do is head up, up, up, until you burst onto the tops and the confines of the valleys are gone, blown away. This barren place, where life teems in the hidden spaces and rewards patient searching. This cold, harsh place, where the dark dry stone walls lie like zebra stripes and radiate heat under the summer sun.

The Vale of York is a kinder, gentler place - easier by far to live in - but it lacks the ability to stun the watcher into awe-inspired silence with its terrible beauty.

Still. It could be worse. It could be raining (as it frequently does). It could be on fire (it does that, too).

2. The [livejournal.com profile] shiny_hats Summer Ficathon is over. I wrote 5 stories: you can find them over on that community, or you can find them from the links on my [livejournal.com profile] the_proofreader account, or you can read them on Fanfiction.net. Or not. Your choice. :)

3. New userpic! Rar!

4. I have the new Richard Morgan to read and review. Woohoo! *is smug* So far? It's getting a good review. A very good review!

5. I have started tidying the house. When it's done, I will get down to writing. At which point I will be grumpy, uncommunicative, largely off LJ (or it eats my head and my time), and I will be off in my own little world. It's like being on drugs, only cheaper.

6. New moodtheme! Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] misery_chick.

7. The remortgage (afaik) completed yesterday. Hurrah!

8. Have a great weekend, y'all. I'll be at a wedding rehearsal this evening, and a wedding tomorrow, so play nice while I'm gone. And if you can't play nice, at least be good enough to post the pictures...

*grump*

Jun. 24th, 2007 10:40 pm
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Long day. Long weekend. Mostly really good. The house is extremely tidy. It unsettles me. I still can't find my antler naalbinding needle; can't remember what I've done with it since finishing Barry's socks. Meh.

People came to see the house this morning - I hope they like it enough to want to buy it. I dunno. Ted from next door hopped over the wall with a petrol strimmer and cut down the burgeoning forest, apart from the grassy knoll. Because he could hear the frogs leaping around, and didn't want to kill them. He's a good man - he likes frogs. ;-) I cut the grass, pulled up some weeds, swept the patio. All after said folks had left, since, well, they came at 10am, and there's only so much you can get done by 10am, not including breakfast.

Want to see inside my head? This is my brain on writing... )
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After the best part of a week at home, thanks to the coughing lurgy, I'm back at work. And today's commute was no better than last Monday's, making it 2 weeks in a row when I should just have stayed in bed. Last Monday, thanks to Notwork Rail's over-running engineering works, my train was cancelled at Doncaster. Then everyone from a packed 4-carriage Virgin train had to pile onto an even more packed 2-carriage Northern train. Oh, joy. This Monday, thanks to Virgin's incompetence, there weren't enough train crew, so they cancelled my train altogether. Meaning there were two train-loads packed onto the next Virgin train going south. People still fail to realise that the lack of paper tickets stuffed in the back of seats doesn't mean that there are no seat reservations. And rude, middle-aged women don't see why they should give up their (unbooked) seat to the elderly, infirm woman who actually booked it. And some guys just don't seem to realise that if you're standing in the aisle, you can actually put your bag down, rather than smacking me in the head with it every time you turn...

Big stick. Biiiig stick.

Still, I'm not really coughing. And the government information pack on the coming smoking ban arrived in the post today, making all of us (bar the director who is the only smoker in the company) cackle in glee. We're *so* looking forward to July 1st! Hah.

So, what did I get up to on my week off? Well, apart from sleeping and coughing, I went to my writing group and rewrote The Gallery of Frost a couple of times. I knitted 3 socks. I went to my dressmaking class and got my invisible zip sample done, and I handed in my podcasting article to Hub. I created my own podcast, and I potted up some plants. I did some laundry. I went and sat in the steam room at the gym a couple of times, which helped with the not-coughing. And I went to VJs and to [livejournal.com profile] clotilde's and saw people and that was lovely. I drank lots of tea, and read half of Alastair Reynolds' 'Pushing Ice'. And that's about it.
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Clash of the Tightest, from [livejournal.com profile] matociquala. *tee hee*

Ju-jitsu didn't kill me yesterday, and I didn't break anyone else. *heh* [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas got spotted for having done it before very quickly: not surprising, as he outranks the instructor, and was an instructor himself for several years. So far, it looks like fun! Today I'm going climbing at lunchtime. Tomorrow, I may not be able to walk...

My latest pair of socks are almost finished. Yay! Must get more sock yarn for making pirate socks.

Btw, read Bella Pollen's book, 'Midnight Cactus'. It's very good.
ellenscult: (marker)
Jasper Fforde's books duly bought and signed (4 copies) - I missed getting the number 1 spot by a guy who had been there since 10.30. Because his girlfriend made him. She beat me (just) to the number 1 spot last year. Next year, I swear I'm taking a morning off work! *shakes fist* Anyway, this year there are 2 different postcards. He suggested I swipe them all; I didn't think I could get away with it. *grin*

There's The Redrafting of the First Standard: In the Beginning... Very funny, too true.

And Talebones needs more subscribers if it's to survive. I get paid Friday; I'll be subscribing then. What's your excuse?
ellenscult: (girl writing)
Audiobooks and Ebooks in a huge giveaway at http://worldebookfair.com/Mp3eBooks.htm until August 4th. Go, browse, download! Shoo!

Oh, and Jasper Fforde is doing a signing this lunchtime in Waterstones, Orchard Square, Sheffield. I'll be there... *heh*
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Happy belated birthday, [livejournal.com profile] paul_marks and [livejournal.com profile] ant_girl!



Gaming, POTC II and Tewkesbury )

So all in all, a good weekend. I hope [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas gets better soon and doesn't give me his lurgy.

Writing: Pages edited -
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
69 / 310
(22.3%)

Edits on computer -
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
33 / 310
(10.6%)

Book query

Jul. 6th, 2006 02:49 pm
ellenscult: (girl writing)
Does anyone remember a young adult book (with at least 1 sequel) about a girl who is late coming into her powers in a community where everyone has some power (telepathy, etc). There has been a cataclysm, and people have retreated into small communities in domes (sort of thing). She picks up messages from someone in another community and there's an expedition to find them. Far from being the enlightened community she's grown up in, she finds a place where people are enslaved. There's a song in it based around the Lord of the Dance, about the overseer's whip cracking, etc. Does anyone know what I'm on about, or am I doomed to Google in vain?

Le weekend

Feb. 13th, 2006 11:52 am
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dressmaking, sewing, visitors & flat tyres: )

Oh, and Steve, if you're reading, I finished Magic Street, and it's brilliant, so I must get that back to you. And I probably owe you lots of lottery cash. And do you want to get together some time?

Plus, if anyone is interested, [livejournal.com profile] st3v3 and I and maybe [livejournal.com profile] cfw and others will be gathering in Borders Starbucks on Thursday at 19:30 for a craft / sewing / knitting group. All welcome!
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  • Very funny cartoons

  • Chicken sh!t not so dumb after all

  • For added bottle security...

  • Densa. How thick are you? Take the test! I'm 'normal but distracted'. Which is true for the second part, but not so much for the first... ;-)


  • I got a signed copy of Jasper Fforde's latest book, 'The Big Over Easy', today. He's lovely! And he writes great books. Actually, I got 2; one for a friend. And postcards. Apparently they're quite collectible on ebay.
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ant_girl!

Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] paul_marks, for yesterday.

Jasper Fforde (The Eyre Affair, etc) has a new book out - The Big Over Easy. He's doing a signing tour, but not coming to York this time. He will, however, be signing at Sheffield, so if anyone wishes me to get them a signed copy and will reimburse me at some later date, let me know.

The signing is next Wednesday (the 13th) at 1pm, in Waterstones in Orchard Square.

Browsing Mr Fforde's website, I see that there is to be a Fforde Ffestival on the 16th and 17th of September in Swindon. Of course. It looks like it'll be very bizarre and lots of fun. Anyone fancy going?

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