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Researching hate

1 Nov

For just the tiniest smidgen of my novel, I needed an idea of how racist rallies work. I’ve never been to a protest of any kind (although I walked near one once; there were about five people waving placards in Southampton city centre – I think they were protesting the Iraq war) so I didn’t/don’t know how they really work. My character is hearing the protests from a distance, so that didn’t matter too much.

What I did need to know was what sort of slogan would be chanted at a protest with a racist objective. So I delved into the dark places of the internet. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did find a strong urge to vomit. I found a blog with horrible jokes about Muslim people, dehumanising and disgusting, and further posts from the same blog explaining why Muslims weren’t as good as other people and violence against them was totally justified.

Then I stopped researching for the day and went to take a shower.

It absolutely horrified me that in 2014 there are people who think some people are better than other people just because of the colour of their skin or the god(s) they worship or don’t worship. For a milder example, I would probably not get to be president of the United States because I am an atheist.

Also because I am English (and female, but I think we’re getting there on that one. Slowly).

Eventually I gave up, and it’s not something I want to research again. Sometimes it would be easier to bury my head in the sand completely.

It's a threeway! ...tie for gaming victory

Kjarl and I are quite the detectives

 

Currently reading:

Harry Potter y la Cámara Secreta by J K Rowling

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

The Magic in the Weaving by Tamora Pierce

The Story of the Jews  by Simon Schama*

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen*

Sagittarius Whorl by Julian May

A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris

Completed since 12/3/2014 (62)

Snuff by Terry Pratchett*
Persuasion by Jane Austen*
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett*
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie*
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Animorphs: The Invasion by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Visitor by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Encounter by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Message by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Predator by K A Applegate
For the Win by Cory Doctorow*
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett*
Animorphs: The Capture by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Stranger by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Alien by K A Applegate
Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J K Rowling
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Avengers Prime: Volume One by Brian Michael Bendis and Alan Davis*
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust by George R R Martin*
Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough*
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan*
Justice League of America: The Lightning Saga by Brad Meltzer and Geoff Johns*
Pawn by Aimée Carter*
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen*
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan*
A Dance With Dragons Part 2: After the Feast by George R R Martin*
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan*
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan*
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan*
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
Hounded by Kevin Hearne*
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Shirley by Charlotte Brontë*
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
Hexed by Kevin Hearne*
Hammered by Kevin Hearne*
Tricked by Kevin Hearne*
The Great Cat Massacre: A History of Britain in 100 Mistakes by Gareth Rubin*
Bridget Jones’s Diary: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding*
United We Spy by Ally Carter
The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid*
Trapped by Kevin Hearne*
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë*
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Perseus Spur by Julian May
Hunted by Kevin Hearne*
Sisters by Barbara Mortimer*
The Martian by Andy Weir*
“I tested the brackets by hitting them with rocks. This kind of sophistication is what we interplanetary scientists are known for.”

Orion Arm by Julian May
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch*
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë*

*First read

Branching out

11 Jul

In the interests of building up my copywriting portfolio, I’ve been working on starting a blog for my dad’s morris dancing side. I’ve been along to the last couple of dance evenings with my trusty notebook and less trusty phone to take some pictures and video with, and have been working on the graphics aspect of the blog – far from my specialism but an area I’m working on! Hopefully I’ll be teaching myself video editing too. Once I’m all set up, I’ll add that to my blog roll, so if any of my seven loyal readers are interested in morris dancing and folk music, you can learn something!

I am in the endgame stage of learning to drive, but I am keeping test dates and such things close to my chest to keep the pressure off myself. When I have my driving licence a fair few more jobs will be open to me – I already had one interview where I would definitely have got the job if I had my licence.

I continue to use Halo to help me on days when my anxiety is a bit out of control. It’s a little counter-intuitive – it has the opposite effect on my fiance, making him very tense – but it takes my mind off anything else and wakes up my whole brain at the same time. Eventually on multiplayer mode, though, I’ll end up getting frustrated with myself as my skills are…erratic, to say the least.

I usually have lots to enjoy and look forward to this time of year, as I get really swept up in the big sports tournaments, but this has been an AWFUL year for British sports!

That might be the least geeky thing I will ever say on this blog. But you can totally be geeky about sports – my middle brother is, though he probably wouldn’t use that word to describe himself.

Currently reading

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen*

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
‘“You know the undersecretary,” Mr Mosckowitz was saying to Anna Fetterman as we danced past, “is really directly under…the secretary. So really I’m just like the secretary, but…”
“Under?” Anna guessed’

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan*

A Dance With Dragons Part 2: After the Feast by George R R Martin*

Mort by Terry Pratchett

Completed since 12/3/2014 (24)

Snuff by Terry Pratchett*
Persuasion by Jane Austen*
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett*
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie*
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Animorphs: The Invasion by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Visitor by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Encounter by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Message by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Predator by K A Applegate
For the Win by Cory Doctorow*
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett*
Animorphs: The Capture by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Stranger by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Alien by K A Applegate
Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J K Rowling
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Avengers Prime: Volume One by Brian Michael Bendis and Alan Davis*
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust by George R R Martin*
Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough*
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan*
Justice League of America: The Lightning Saga by Brad Meltzer and Geoff Johns*
Pawn by Aimée Carter*

*First read

Timetabled Writing

19 May

In the last couple of weeks, my friend Nemmie has been coming round on Wednesday afternoons for a scheduled writing session. It’s actually been really productive for me – the first week I wrote the entire first draft of the story from my last post, and the second week I wrote the second and final thousand words for A Grave Situation, the story I wrote about in ‘Bitten by the Writing Bug’. Nemmie is becoming better at producing more words as well.

Hopefully we’ll be able to keep it up. It’s my fiance’s birthday this Wednesday, so rather than writing with Nemmie I shall be entertaining said fiance’s parents while lamenting not having the money to buy him a present or take him out somewhere nice.

Not to worry though, because in two weeks, courtesy of our amazing friends, we’re off to the Isle of Wight on holiday. This is very exciting, and I’m sure I shall chronicle the adventures of Six People and a Dog when I come back.

In the meantime, however, I’m working on the second draft of A Grave Situation, which is taking shape quite nicely as I transfer it from my notebook to my laptop. This is usually the stage where I try and add some detail, cut out the adverbs, and laugh at the spelling mistakes spawned by not paying attention.

For today though, I must focus on preparing for yet another job interview tomorrow.

Currently reading

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust by George R R Martin

Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J K Rowling

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce

Animorphs: The Capture by K A Applegate

Completed since 12/3/2014

Snuff by Terry Pratchett
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Animorphs: The Invasion by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Visitor by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Encounter by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Message by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Predator by K A Applegate

Lazy Farmers

8 May Carcasonne

Sunday saw another gathering of my friends for the purpose of playing games. It started out as a plan to play tennis on Monday and somehow became a plan to play board games on Sunday. We made plans with just over an hour to spare, so commenced a spree of showering and getting dressed. My friends are like-minded, hence three of us being in pajamas at 1.30 in the afternoon.

We kicked the afternoon off with cookies, crisps, and a game of Shadows Over Camelot. Shadows is a nifty game because you play together against the game itself. This was only our second game, so we’re still taking it pretty easy on ourselves – we tell each other what cards we’ve got, and we haven’t introduced a traitor into the mix yet.

It took us maybe 20 minutes to go back over the rules. The first time we played it took about 45 minutes to read the rules, and we were still a little confused, so make sure you leave plenty of time the first time you play.

It’s an excellent game – we found the Holy Grail, retrieved Excalibur from Avalon, did…something with Lancelot’s armour, got defeated by the Black Knight, and kicked some Pict butt, all the while fighting the siege engines gathering around the walls of Camelot.

Shadows Over Camelot

Shadows Over Camelot

We then moved on to playing Carcassonne, which is a game where you build the board as you play. On your turn you place a tile, and then use little wooden people, called ‘Meeple’ to collect points.

Knights stand on cities, robbers stand on roads, and Meeple become farmers by lying down in fields. Because that’s what farmers do.

To quote Kjarl, after one of his Meeple fell down: “Can’t stand! Too lazy! Must…become…farmer!”

There’s an odd sort of psychology to how people keep their playing pieces when not in use:

meeple

 

Carcasonne

A very tidy game of Carcasonne

Our first game resulted in a very tidy map, and I won! It was very exciting. I like to win. A little more than I’m proud of.

Pride comes before a fall, as they say, and my fall was in our second game of Carcasonne, where I dramatically came last. Fairlake took the lead by one or two spaces, with Kjarl and Orphen right behind, and Fairy and I way, way back.

We moved onto playing Settlers of Catan, and the game was pretty even most of the way through, then all of a sudden Fairy had a bunch of cities. We carried on battling for some time, but then Fairy built a road, took the longest road card, gained two victory points, and won.

The thing is, she wasn’t actually just trying for the longest road. In her own words: “I want to make it long but also have something come out of it.”

There may have been some giggling. Some very mature giggling.

So, here are the scores on the doors:

Kjarl needs to up his game

Kjarl needs to up his game

The next time I post will be a short story I’ve written with a picture prompt; I’ll link back and stuff at the bottom.

Currently reading

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust by George R R Martin

Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J K Rowling

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Animorphs: The Encounter by K A Applegate

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce

Completed since 12/3/2014

Snuff by Terry Pratchett
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Animorphs: The Invasion by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Visitor by K A Applegate

Information Overload

3 May

The past few weeks, as I barrel towards six months of being unemployed, have been very difficult, as I’ve been hit by a spot of depression and weird sleeping habits. We also interred the ashes of my sister in law a week ago, which was very difficult for my fiance and his family and me.

As searching for work has become painfully routine, I’ve found that my head constantly wants to be learning new things. This week I’ve memorised the locations of all 50 US states and made a start on learning the locations of all the European countries. I’ve also got times tables memorised up to about 12 x 24.

I’ve been working on social media marketing for my mum’s jewellery, and the combination of this and the memorising stuff sort of lead to a HEADSPLOSION that really stopped me from sleeping earlier this week.

I’ve managed to knock out another few hundred words of my short story, and have made a start on my copywriting portfolio. I attended an interview in Bournemouth on Monday, which seemed to go okay, although I was a little spacey.

Basically, so many things floating around in my head that my head is not in a happy place.

I have made progress on reading things though!

Currently reading

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust by George R R Martin

Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J K Rowling

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Animorphs: The Encounter by K A Applegate

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
‘Rincewind had been generally reckoned by his tutors to be a natural wizard in the same way that fish are natural mountaineers’ 

Completed since 12/3/2014

Snuff by Terry Pratchett
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Animorphs: The Invasion by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Visitor by K A Applegate
‘Love is pretty important. It’s like wearing a suit of armor. It makes you strong.’

Bitten by the Writing Bug

24 Apr
Greyfriars Bobby by Kirsty Hall on Flickr

My new short story revolves around a grave. Not actually Greyfriars Bobby’s grave though. My dead person is human.

For the last few weeks I’ve been struggling to get myself to even try to go to sleep. I’ve had a pretty set routine since I lost my job back in November, and on week nights I go to bed at 10 and turn the lights out at 11. But at the moment I’m struggling to get myself to turn the light out before midnight, and twice this week I’ve been awake after 2 am. It’s not ideal, as the structured bedtime allows me to get up at a reasonable time and get lots of stuff done.

Last night I meant to go to sleep at 11 but since I only went up to bed at 11.15 that plan was scuppered. So I read Castle fanfiction for a bit (shut up) and then tried to persuade myself to turn the light out, failed, and carried on reading. At about 12.15 I was almost ready to go to sleep, but suddenly got hit with a burst of inspiration for a short story.

I was conflicted. I did want to sleep, but would the story wait? I put a little note on my phone, but I didn’t think I could capture everything in my head from a one sentence note. After about two minutes staring at my phone and dithering, I got up, grabbed my writing notebook from downstairs, and took it to bed with me.

So I ended up writing 800 words, and deducting it from my ‘working’ time today so I could have a lie in. I’m pretty sure I can finish and polish it pretty quickly, so I need to be on the lookout for the right place to publish it when I’m done.

It’s kind of a murder mystery. I’m not sure who the killer is yet. I’m sure I’ll be surprised when I figure it out.

Sometimes I wonder if mystery writers always know who the killer is when they start, or do they let the characters speak for themselves in the first draft and add in the foreshadowing and things later?

In my novel, I’m not entirely sure what the bad guys are and how the good guys are going to win, or even if they are. I have my whole world laid out and my characters are real people in my head, but I just have no idea how it’s going to end. I have no idea if this is a normal creative process or not. Anyone have any thoughts?

Currently reading

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust by George R R Martin

Terrier by Tamora Pierce

Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J K Rowling

Animorphs: The Invasion by K A Applegate

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Completed since 12/3/2014

Snuff by Terry Pratchett

Persuasion by Jane Austen

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie

Catchup and What I’m Reading 6.0

12 May

Howdy folks. It’s been a hectic few months but I figured I was well overdue for an update – I actually went through a phase of getting a lot of writing done, and now I’m going through a phase of getting none done. I’m also going through a phase of not remembering how to spell phase even though I’ve written it four times in two sentences.

My fiancé Chris was found to be too ill to work full-time about five weeks ago, which sucked. He got lowered a couple of pay bands and moved to a part-time position. It did, however, open the door to us having a dog! My life never feels complete without a dog, so we were super-duper excited. We went to the Dogs Trust in Salisbury and over the next two weeks, we became owners of the lovely Puffin.

Not The Best Picture Ever

Puffin is loving, funny, sweet, and beautiful. Unfortunately, due to some insurmountable problems, we had to take him back to the shelter on Thursday after three weeks, so I’m pretty heartbroken right now.

We’re back to the dog hunt, so if anyone sees any medium-large mixed breed dogs available in Hampshire (England) please let me know!

So, that’s where I’ve been.

Anyway, I’ll do my reading in a few separate posts I think.

Finished books as of 26/2/12:

Edge of Victory II: Rebirth
Tortall and Other Lands
Star by Star
Little Brother
Lies
Want to Play?
Star by Star
Heist Society
Dark Journey
Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream
Live Bait
Dead Run
Snow Blind
Play to Kill
Over Sea, Under Stone
Mastiff
The Dark is Rising
Dead Until Dark
Moon Child
Looking for Alaska
Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
Traitor
Destiny’s Way
Force Heretic I: Remnant
Force Heretic II: Refugee
Plague
The Fellowship of the Ring
Catalyst
Dragon’s Time
Emma
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World
Force Heretic III: Reunion
War Horse
The Two Towers
The Final Prophecy
Dead as a Doornail
The Secret Life of Bees

Star Wars books to start with, methinks.

Dark Nest I: The Joiner King by Troy Denning – Truth to tell, I didn’t much like this trilogy the first time around, but on the second read I’m quite enjoying the humour of it. All the young Jedi who were on the mission to Myrkr where Anakin Solo died feel a mental summons, calling them to a colony of sentient insects who are having trouble with their neighbours, the Chiss. Back on the Myrkr mission, one of the Jedi, Raynar Thul, had been kidnapped by some Dark Jedi who were being held captive by the Yuuzhan Vong. Now it turns out he has been hideously scarred by the crash of the ship he was on when kidnapped, and healed by the Killiks, the bug people, and he’s kind of their king. It gets quite complicated. There’s also the issue of whether or not the Dark Jedi who were with Raynar at the time of the crash are still alive.

Some of the young Jedi start to become absorbed by the nest, and become mentally entwined with the Killiks, including Jaina Solo and her friend Zekk, and more sinisterly (shut up spell check, I know it’s not a real word), Alema Rar. There’s a lot of weird touching and people not being able to tell where they end and their friends begin. The best bits in the book come from a scene where Jaina and Zekk are flirting with Jaina’s old boyfriend Jag.

This trilogy is confusing.

Ok, the bits I’ve missed are that Alema falls under the influence of the Dark Nest, the Gorogs, who are under the sway of the two Dark Jedi, Lomi Plo and Welk, and falls to the Dark Side. Leia almost dies in a fight with Alema, and decides that it is time to become a proper Jedi, so starts training with the Barabel Jedi master, Saba Sebatyne.

Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen by Troy Denning – More of the above. lots of confusingness and some good humour. The most important thing that happens in this book is that Jacen Solo travels to the Hapes Consortium with his little cousin Ben Skywalker, where he discovers that as a result of a night with his old friend Tenel Ka in the previous book, he now has a baby daughter. This leads to some shaky and dangerous decisions by Jacen, and it really becomes clear that Jacen is redefining morality to suit himself. He leads his friends in an attack on the Chiss in order to provoke them into destroying the Killiks, who he feels will drag the galaxy into a never-ending war. He tells lies in order to get his friends to do this, and when they find out that he lied, his sister Jaina swears never to fly with him again. Jaina and Zekk also catch him wiping the memory of little Ben so he doesn’t remember going to Hapes.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne – This was not an easy read. This isn’t to say that the writing was difficult; it wasn’t. The writing generally is like that of a young reader’s book – it was simple and clear, and I actually thought this was a children’s book. Written from the perspective of an innocent nine-year-old boy called Bruno in Nazi Germany, it charts the move of Bruno’s family from Berlin to an unknown location in the countryside that Bruno calls Out-With that is actually Auschwitz. Bruno is homesick and misses his friends and grandparents, and is endlessly curious about the people who live on the other side of the barbed wire fence and only ever wear striped pajamas. One day he goes for a long walk and meets a little boy on the other side of the fence. Shmuel is serious and thin and always hungry, and he tells stories that Bruno doesn’t quite believe, until one day, Bruno crawls under the fence.

The only real problem I have with this book is that there is just no way a nine-year-old child in Nazi Germany would be THAT innocent – Bruno knows nothing about the war, or Jews, or why Jews are Bad. His father is the Commandant of Auschwitz, but Bruno knows nothing of Nazi philosophy. There was extensive propaganda in place aimed at children to make sure that this wouldn’t happen, so I did find this quite a stretch.

I cried myself to sleep after reading this book, but there are some things you should read even though they hurt, and this is one of them.

‘What exactly was the difference? he wondered to himself. And who decided which people wore the striped pajamas and which people wore the uniforms?’

All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris sees Sookie accompanying Sophie-Anne, the queen of Louisiana, to Rhodes in order to attend a summit of vampires. Sookie’s still seeing her boyfriend Quinn, whose company is doing a lot of the organising for the summit, so he’s there too. Also present are ex-boyfriends Bill and Eric. Always fun to have all your guys in one basket. This is possibly one of my favourite of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, as it has so much action, humour, and character development. Also? Lots and lots of bombs. Big badaboom! It’s hard to separate out the bad guys and the good guys, and what makes you which. something interesting that this book does is make the fictional universe run truly parallel to ours – although vampires have been out of the coffin for a couple of years, Hurricane Katrina has just happened, vampires are missing, and Louisiana finds itself in a much weaker stance than it would have been had the summit happened before Katrina.

k, I’m going to stop there, because my back hurts. I’ll do a 6.1 soon!

Phase One Complete – Prepare for Phase Two!

22 Feb

Before I begin, I feel the need to question teh Interwebz – HOW is it that most viewers of this blog find it by searching for a variation of ‘sick lolcat’ on Google?! My friend Jenni and I just spent around 20 minutes trying to find my blog by searching using various terms for humourous felines in ill health, but found nothing. Maybe these people are seriously dedicated to finding funny but unhealthy kitties, and are willing to search beyond the first ten pages to do so.

So, anyway, my novel is split into four distinct parts with a different narrator for each section, and the first part of the first draft is COMPLETE! Yippee!

See how I tempt in more readers with lolcats?

So I am enormously pleased with myself. 23600 words in, pretty damn high  body count, and a man with his hands buried in the sand waiting for the sun to return.

My whole novel is based on a short story I wrote for my fifth assignment in the creative writing course I did a couple a years ago towards my degree, and now I’m actually moving towards the section in the narrative that the short story actually covered, which is quite exciting. The Unknown was my favourite of the pieces I wrote for the course, and probably the most publishable as a short story, but I really didn’t want to leave it as one – it only really created one rounded character and didn’t give me a chance to develop him much. I have my four that link up, and I plan to write them as well as I can. The real challenge will be separating them from each other in terms of style.

So. Eek. I’ve gotten so used to my little squad of soldiers, and now I don’t get to write them any more for a while. Military HQ it is, for the next 25000 words or so!

Unrelated News (or ‘A Series of Unfortunate Excuses’ for why I’m not writing faster)

Work is hard
I is poor penniless writer
I’m directing a play! Well, co-directing. It’s a fun little one-act comedy called Curses! Foiled Again (not ‘oiled again’, which I just wrote and sounds like porn) by Evelyn Hood, and we’re having a blast with it so far

Also, today I wrote a riddle so that I could tell a colleague who played a practical joke on her without actually telling her who played a practical joke on her – it doesn’t count if she has to work it out for herself! She now thinks I should write case notes in riddles, which would a) not be very easy to do while on the phone to customers, and b) drive at least one of my colleagues completely up the wall. The practical joke involved a flying pig. Good times were had by all, especially the pig who now has a better view.

I stole this picture from a distinctly unpleasant right wing blog. At least that blog is good for something.

Pigs Fly in customer services department

Panto’s Over!

1 Feb

Ok, so that’s that! Posting will resume with hopefully more frequency than normal come the weekend.

If you’re interested, here’s a highlights video from the panto (Hansel and Gretel) – I’m one of the people in the chorus, wearing a bright yellow skirt that makes my bum look ENORMOUS)

Chameleons – Hansel and Gretel

Life’s on hold

7 Jan

My theatre group are doing a panto at the end of January, amd my life is a big mess of rehearsals right now. This is the schedule for the next week:

Sunday – set building
Monday – singing rehearsal
Tuesday – full rehearsal
Thursday – full rehearsal
Saturday – set building
Sunday – dress rehearsal

Writing is not happening, blogging is not happening, frankly life is not happening. Will see y’all in February!