ellenscult: (funky)
On Saturday, I got to see my godson, his shiny new sister and his parents on Saturday, which was ace, even if all the frogs and frogspawn seem mysteriously to have vanished from the pond. On Sunday, I met up with my older sister and her mum and step-dad over at Lotherton Hall and got to go round the bird garden and see an Andean condor, a hornbill and some rheas, among many other birds, then went home and played D&D. And yesterday I couldn't get my brain into gear at all, spent an out-of-focus day on the sofa with some SG-1 fanfic, and in the evening, cut for being a bit depressing )

I didn't sleep well over the long weekend, least of all last night. I'm tired and I'm shaky and I'm going to be out of touch for a while, in all probability. Hopefully I'll get my batteries charged this week and be back in the saddle again soon.
ellenscult: (bunk)
Dropping out of sight... )
ellenscult: (glima)
1 & 2 - Deaths: Michael de Larrabeiti, author of the Borribles trilogy, and Estelle Getty, best known as Sophia in The Golden Girls. The world is a smaller, sadder place without them. Sophia was who I want to grow old to be, and the Borribles trilogy has stuck in my head over the past *cough* years. :(

3 & 4 - Writing: The New Yorker turned down my story. Meh. I shall try elsewhere. Also, [livejournal.com profile] stacia_kane is running a series of how to articles on her lj, entitled 'Be A Sex Writing Strumpet'. She has some great advice. Go, read, learn.

5 - Climbing: I finally went out this lunchtime and did some bouldering on the rock by St Mary's Church. Very nice and sunny, rather warm, just the gentle intro I need to get back into it.

I know it's a few hours early, but Shabbat Shalom, folks. Be kind to each other, and be gentle with yourself.
ellenscult: (glima)
Several random things...

1. Lincoln was lovely. It was rather special to be able to camp in the grounds of the castle, and I really enjoyed bimbling around in my medieval outfit, making stuff and chatting and relaxing.

2. Must make a List for packing, and also acquire a TARDIS or a larger car. Packing is Not FunTM.

3. Nice to see folks at the Theatre Royal sale. I bought all their remaining fox furs and a couple of pieces of silk. And a blouse.

4. When running round like a loony, doing mad frantic last-minute sewing and having just written a clean, postable 32,000 word fanfic novella in 2 weeks, and being in the middle of hoiking stuff out to pack into a Fiesta to go away for my first ever reenactment event, that's the time my oomph will vanish out from under me, and I will fall into the Slough of Despond AND the Pit of Despair. I love writing, but the come-down's a bitch. Also, [livejournal.com profile] alasdair1076 is wonderful and I'm extremely glad he's my best friend.

5. [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas is a truly amazing man, and is very, very hot in a doublet and hose. *fans self* Truly I am a very lucky woman! No, I have no photos. This time. Next time, though... *grin* And he is wonderful with Aspergic kids.

6. Got a lot of work to get through this week. Posting this (and Correspondence Course over on [livejournal.com profile] the_proofreader) is not getting it done. So. I may be slow to reply to comments, emails etc.

7. RIP Audrey Chapman, a very brave and fierce woman. She had a hard life, and I hope now she has some peace. I'll miss her.

8. There is no number 8. Oh well. Tumty-tumty-something... nope. Gone. *shrug*

So I shall go too. Tea break's over. Back on my head.
ellenscult: (serenity)
Sir Arthur C. Clarke, who made me believe that space was achievable, and that surely by the time I was an adult I'd be able to go to the Moon, or at least near Earth orbit.

Thank you for so many dreams. The world is a poorer place without you.
ellenscult: (melting)
I can has goo. Ta muchly, whoever passed it along. The good news - should be fine by Saturday. If anyone wants to call off for fear of catching this yum-tastic snotty cold, I'll understand totally.

So, the weekend. )

Many happy returns of the day to Derek! Yay!
ellenscult: (Stone flower)
I heard about it on the news this morning. How very sad, for his fans, but most of all for his family and for the daughter who won't now ever get chance to know him.
ellenscult: (norns)
James Rigney, aka Robert Jordan, has lost his own great battle. He died of amyloidosis on the 16th; I only just found out.
ellenscult: (ignorance)
To those of you who promote violence and intolerance, I say you are the abominations. You hate freedom of choice, equality, the ability to live with uncertainty. A faith which isn't questioning is no faith at all. It's an evil which leads you into committing atrocities. Learn to question. Learn to use your reason instead of following your rhetoric. Learn to live with the 'other' in your midst. Learn to learn.

Oh, wait. It's about money and power, isn't it? The next time you're planning to blow someone up, I hope it's you who takes the blast. You utter, utter shits. If you won't learn, and you won't stop, I hope you burn.
ellenscult: (norns)
I don't usually post about my podcast listening, despite listening to podcasts pretty much all day, every day at work, as well as on my journey there and home, but there are some pretty fantastic shows out there, put together by amateurs and enthusiasts. Those who've chatted with me about podcasts will undoubtedly have heard about my favourite podcasting family, the Draco Vista Studios crew, headed up by Michael and Evo. So it's a bit of a shock to the system to head on over to their website and see a very unfunny April 1st message marking the loss of the much-loved Joe Murphy, to leiomyosarcoma carcinoma. It won't be the same without him.

A timely reminder: if you know someone running in the Race For Life, for Cancer Research, please sponsor them.

Farewell

Sep. 4th, 2006 10:45 am
ellenscult: (Default)
Goodbye, Steve Irwin. No more crocodile hunter. I feel very sorry for his family.

Things not to do:

Squatting with your groin a scant couple of inches from a nest of rattlesnakes.
Getting chased by monitor lizards when a single bite could mean losing a limb or dying of septicemia.
Handling stingrays in a manner which alarms them.


It's a real shame. :(

I'm back!

Aug. 1st, 2006 03:47 pm
ellenscult: (glima)
I go away to no-internet-land (as [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas's parents' house shall henceforth be known) for a few days and what busy bunnies you lot are!

The good news first:

Congratulations!


to [livejournal.com profile] ant_girl and [livejournal.com profile] grufti for getting engaged in what sounds like true romantic style, and also to [livejournal.com profile] evieb and Stuart on the birth of their second son, Andrew.

Edit: also Happy Yorkshire Day! from God's Own County. Where it's currently chucking down. Just before I have to go for my train. Who'da thunk it?

The bad news:

RIP David Gemmell, who passed away a couple of weeks after having a heart op.

The boring stuff: )
ellenscult: (melting)
Stolen from Miss Snark: Some Basic Guidelines on Writing Well )

Just watching the 5 news. It's sickening. I don't care what you think of Israel as a nation. You don't fire rockets into another country. Especially not from civilian areas. The arab states have a heck of a lot to answer for in deliberately sponsoring terrorism wherever they can. And right now, I hope to goodness that the people who are sheltering the terrorists and allowing them to operate from among civilian areas will rise up and say 'enough'. Because that's the only chance there is for any kind of peace.
ellenscult: (Default)
For all you B5 fans out there, apparently Andreas Katsulas died on Monday, after a long battle with lung cancer. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kingwamba for passing on the news.

He was absolutely fantastic, and I'm very sorry he's gone.

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