ellenscult: (glima)
Thanks for all your good wishes - I've been passing them along to Jerry. We've had a quiet weekend, by and large, just letting it sink in. Friday evening we saw a couple of friends, which was lovely. Their dog, Duke, is Planck's very bestest friend in the whole wide world. The only downside is I picked up a stomach bug from somewhere and passed that along to Jerry too. Blech! Still, it seems to be one of those 24 hour bugs, but I spent most of yesterday asleep.

Crafty stuff, cut for photos: )

I'm also just starting to catch up on email - lots to reply to! Sorry for the delay; if you've emailed me or commented or sent me a message or whatever, I'm hoping to reply over the next day or two.
ellenscult: (Queen of France)

Happy Jesus Year, [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas! Happy Birthday, Kate! Belated happies to [livejournal.com profile] thirstypixel!

Running at 38rpm; the weekend; a fanvid. )
ellenscult: (balls)
So the month is almost over. My aim was to finish editing Squirrels in Space. Have I done it? Nope. Bah. But I've got a lot further with Shed World and made some writing contacts, and despite the tiredness, I haven't had complete brain fade, which is nice. I've also written a dark piece of fanfic, which has (I think) very effective misdirection in it while also sticking to plausible characterisation. So that's good. :) And I have tomorrow off work, so I may get more done.

Speaking of which - Shana Tova! I wish you all a happy and sweet 5769. May it bring you all health and prosperity and joy.

Health stuff and the weekend: )

The stats:

Exercise: 13.5 miles on the bike with .5kg weights on my ankles (don't ask) (8.5 miles today). Weight: 154-153 lbs. Alcohol: 2 bottles of wine.

Squirrels in Space edits: chapters - 2 of 10 fully edited; 4 of 10 rearranged, replotted, with complete synopsis and scene-by-scene breakdown of the new bits I have to write.

Shed World: 1 story abandoned at 2,500 words, rewritten from another POV to 2,600 words so far.

Fanfic: Desperate Measures, over on my [livejournal.com profile] the_proofreader lj, at 3,600 words, iirc. Part 2 to come some time later.
ellenscult: (chomp)
The conference was really good. I didn't run off with $DiscoStu (shudder) or $BobHoskins (a really nice guy who said to tell Jerry he's a very lucky man). I didn't disgrace myself or embarrass the company. I did go swimming in my pirate bikini. The after-dinner speaker was Dominick Holland who seemed a tad bemused by his IT audience.

I am back. Today is deadline day. The help file is nearly finished. Which means....

Real Life should be resumed shortly! By dinnertime, no less! Hurrah.

Then all I have to do is open the post, find and sign the remortgage documents (and hope the offer's still valid), clean and tidy the entire house, make medieval outfits for 4 people, charge through a slushpile, finish 2 short stories and finish editing a novel, and the weekend's a good 'un!

Well, maybe I'll save some of it for, yanno, the evenings I'll actually have free when this help file is done.
ellenscult: (sewing)
I has a sewing machine. It's a Janome MC4800 with quilting accessories, and it's all very shiny and it's sitting in the office by my desk. Now all I have to do is get it home...

You know, Chinese isn't all that difficult. Apart from the bit where 3 sets of 3 consonants sound almost identical to each other, and attempting to pronounce them gives tongue-spasm, that is.

Writing group - sillier than usual. It's good to be back! Now, off climbing.
ellenscult: (shiny)
No, really! Here, have a meme, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] o_faolain: Jukebox Meme )

Feel free to head on over to his lj and post answers - he's a lot better at this than I am! lol

Okay, when did I last post? Um. Friday? Oops. Well, here be a long and boring update: )

Today - work again, oddly enough. Oh, and I voted. If you have the chance to, go vote today. Even if you think it won't make any difference. It's important.

And [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas has ordered my wedding ring. *happy happy* So shiny! So sparkly! I will never get anything done ever again for being distracted by it. Well, I've got a month.

Oh, and we just need to plan a wedding... *shrug* Anyone have any ideas about running a Call of Cthulhu Murder Mystery?
ellenscult: (strawberry)
I drink too much red wine. And fall in love with impossibly flawed, beautiful, honourable men. And what strikes me is that the man I'm marrying would be any of those if the world demanded. Such strength, grace, tragedy - all that, and more. And I'm glad that, for all I love it, my world is more parochial than sci-fi.
ellenscult: (passed)
I have a story up on The Slant! (A sarcastic and cynical news feed.) Yay!

[livejournal.com profile] paul_marks is up visiting, which is nice.

I cycled out to the Balloon Tree farm shop and back to get a lot of veg, lamb and beef. It's about, ooh, a 12 mile round trip. Along busy roads. But no cars tried to kill me, though one 4x4 did try overtaking a learner on the other side of the road, thereby coming right towards me. It's a good job the road was wide enough - nowhere for me to go. Meh. Still, maybe the idiot driver will be a bit more observant next time - he got truly beeped at by other drivers.

After lunch, I cleaned out my veg drawer at the bottom of the fridge, then decided to clear out my cupboards and rearrange them. So now I have a full compost heap (bags of flour dating back 2 years, very out of date rice cakes, etc), and cupboards where I can find things (all in date), and actual space in my cupboard to put away my food processer. Go me! For dinner I did: chicken fillets on a bed of onion, celery, apple, apricots with honey, in a sauce of a little bit of chopped garlic, some mustard, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger and orange juice, with lime juice. And roast carrot, parsnip and celeriac. Sprouts with chestnuts. Mashed potatoes and swede. Yummy!

[livejournal.com profile] ravenlas came back from town with Battlestar Galactica season 1 - and a bag full of lush stuff for me. I love him! He's so thoughtful! So if you don't hear from me for a while, it's because I'm getting all prune-like in the bath. At this point, it'd be a good thing to have a second loo in the house. Oh well! *shrug* *evil cackle*
ellenscult: (chomp)
Christmas: or, How I Learned to Stick to Chanukah... )

Back in York, [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas and I went sales shopping. I bought: 3 pairs of pyjamas, 4 towels, a lamp and some monster furry slippers from BHS. And then we went to Monsoon, and I bought a pair of trousers. [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas bought me a silk skirt and a jacket, and the jacket wasn't even in the sale! He's so good to me, and I don't deserve him. We called into Game, and [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas got a computer game, and I did too, only mine was only £1.99, so I'm not expecting great things of it. Then we had dinner at Russell's Carvery, went home, came back into town, gave said monster slippers to [livejournal.com profile] a_crow for his birthday, saw his flat - v. envious as it's in one of the Georgian town houses on Micklegate, and it's a gorgeous building - and went out for a drink. Various folks were there, and I got to see Vicky's Peru photos, but all too soon we had to head home as we're at work today. Only... when I got home, I opened a bottle of wine and sat and watched Pretty Woman, which is still a darned good film. So I got to bed at 1:30am, rather squiffy, and though I could catch a later train into work, I'm still tired and a wee bit achey. Meh. That'll teach me... Oh, and I have done No Writing. At all. I will have to rectify this state of affairs.

So far today, I've done no work whatsoever. I suspect that state of affairs will continue until next week... *heh*
ellenscult: (Default)
I have my copy of Hub magazine! Well, actually I have 2 copies of it - a contributer copy, and my subscription copy. ;-) It looks gorgeous. The stories and articles are good. Especially mine, of course. *tee hee*

Work's Christmas lunch was yesterday. There was good food, booze, much nattering, and quizzes. I headed back to York on the 18:20 train and pottered round to my writing group. Which was fun. ;-) No-one seemed to mind me being a tad squiffy, and I stuck with lemonade. Home via the chippy, and I was in bed for 11pm. So not a bad day, and I didn't get a hangover. I did, however, have wheat, dairy, caffeine, coffee(!), and today I had a couple of sandwiches. So I'm horribly, horribly bloated. Meh, never mind.

Today I have mostly done not much, and wrapped a small mound of presents. I've two or three left to get, but that should be sorted tomorrow (I love late-night shopping). And I still have to finish off that picture for my twin. But she's up next Friday, so I'll give it to her then. ;-)

Anyway, no writing today, but I put in changes from Dad going through Killing God, so that's now officially ready to go out for sale. I've got to send some stuff out. Meh. See if I can't get a second fiction sale. ;-)

And now, bed.
ellenscult: (Shopping)
A successful lunchtime... I exchanged the defective handbag which I bought yesterday. Let's hope this one lasts longer! And I found yes, indeed, there's an H&M in Sheffield centre, and yes, indeed, it had a really pretty dress in for £14.99 (today only), and it was even in my size. I realize everyone else may be wearing it too, but I don't care. *happy* Add to that doughnuts (Happy Chanukah!), lunch, 100 Verbatim CDs for £11.99 in Maplins and a bunch of cards to send to family, and that's me all shopped out. Well, I would have called into Forbidden Planet too, but it was full, and I was late getting back to work.

Chag Sameach!

May your days be full of latkes and sufganiyot, doughnuts and anything else deep-fried you can find. And may the increasing light day by day show you a happy year to come and be an inspiration for you through dark days.


Dec. 5th, 2006 11:28 am
ellenscult: (girl writing)
I got a few hundred words written on Thunder Moon last night, and some today on the train. I reckon I'm about up to speed. Hurray! So maybe I'll have the first draft knocked out by Christmas. We'll see...

I made it to the gym today, but my gym buddy wasn't there. I can't complain, as I've not been there for the past 2 weeks. I can run with less effort, but I really have to do more exercise, as I suspect the weight's coming back...

The bad: the heavens opening just as I got to Allied Carpets, on Foss Islands Road. On my bike. I didn't have to wait more than a few seconds for the lights to change. Just long enough to think, 'oh, when I get through the lights and round the corner (a distance of around 50 yards, if anyone's interested. Maybe 100 at a stretch) I'll stop and put my waterproofs on. And then, 'never mind, too late' as I cycled through the junction with the rain beating down on me, and my jeans already soaked through and sticking to my knees.

And it was raining in Sheffield when I got off the train, and was too windy to put up my umbrella for very long.

3.5 hours after that first deluge, my jeans are still damp around the knees and shins, and my coat is still drying on the radiator.

The good: getting some writing done; sorting out which agent I really want to send Squirrels off to first; typing this on the roll-up keyboard which [livejournal.com profile] ravenlas got me. *big grin*

The action on it is a little weird. It feels, well, rubbery. No surprise there. The keys are raised more than I thought they would be, so it actually takes a little more effort to type on. The keys are also spaced what feels like a tad further apart, although comparing it with my standard Dell keyboard, it's the same size and spacing. Weird, huh? Anyway, it wouldn't be any good for typing on my knee with, as it needs to be laid out on a solid surface. But it's fine for typing on a desk with, and it washable. So all the crud that fall onto it from my lunch won't get the chance to fester. Bwa ha ha!

I suppose I should go and do some work, now...
ellenscult: (Shopping)
I brought healthy yummy lunch stuff to work, and some apples, a pear and a banana. So why I *had* to pick up a mint aero and a dark chocolate twix after popping out to the bank this lunchtime, I don't know. The aero was very tasty, though...

Weekend adventures; no Torchwood spoilers, but far too long. )
ellenscult: (Default)
Cut for being far too long, and having far too many boring details in it. Really. Home again, home again, jiggety-jig )

Anyway, that's an essay and a half... I'm off to bed, having stayed up too late once again. Meh. Hope you guys all had a great week too.
ellenscult: (snort)
There's a very funny video of and Islam v Christianity debate. And they do find some common ground. Really.

Alright, it made me laugh like a cackling thing, but I can see how some people might be offended. If you're feeling that way out, don't watch it. Otherwise, it's hilarious. Promise!
ellenscult: (moon)
Many and varied things lie herein: the weekend, friends, my proselytism, Disney Land, dressmaking, yada yada yada *deep breath* ) And of course, the most important thing is that I've finally used YouTube for its rightful purpose. Which is watching Depeche Mode videos. I may never get any work done again! lol
ellenscult: (strawberry)
The Pistonheads appeal for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, for saving Richard Hammond's life, is down 50k. That one 50k donation was declined - don't know any more than that - so they need more donors to help reach that 500k target in order to buy Hammy's Heli. It'll be stationed in South Yorkshire, and will mean that more lives can be saved. So if you have a spare tenner, or even a fiver, please go and donate and don't forget to check the gift aid box.

Speaking of saving lives, if any of you superheroes are in need of costuming or other supplies, head on over to Brooklyn Superhero Supplies. *heh*

And from [livejournal.com profile] ayrton_nix, One Day In History is calling for people to blog an ordinary day in the UK. October 17th is the date chosen; head on over and read up, then get blogging.

I took a day off yesterday and caught up on some sleep. Then I cycled out to Fletcher's Fabrics in Acomb and picked out some material for my dressmaking course. I'm going to be making this coat (the yellow one on the packet). In shocking pink gaberdine, with a shiny-blue-with-flowers oriental-style fabric for the lining. Bwa ha ha! You'll certainly be able to see me coming! lol
ellenscult: (boats)
You know it's raining hard outside when the buses leave a wake behind them... *heh* Maybe I should invest in an umbrella!


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