The Blood is the Life for 16-08-2017

Aug. 16th, 2017 11:00 am
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Aug. 15th, 2017 03:24 pm
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I remember enjoying making these up as a child, so I tried a few new ones.
  • "We're going to have to dispose of the body" he said gravely.
  • "What's for pudding?" he asked sweetly.
  • "I've cut my nails too short" he said quickly.
The canonical example handed down by the ancients is:
"Get to the back of the boat" he said sternly.

alive and kickin' it

Aug. 14th, 2017 02:35 pm
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Yeah!!! Finished my Slashy Santa story and posted it. Had to change a lot of things. figured out what was making it seem flat, rewrote some bits and posted the sucker.

And not before I finished the beta I was doing on another story and sent it back to the writer. Depending on how she feels about the suggestions I made, I may not have anymore work to do on this exchange!

Feels good, I tell ya.

And I signed on for another challenge which is due SOON, so gotta start it. It's for the Silmarillion 40, to celebrate 40 years since The Silmarillion was published. I have more than a month to write a story based on a prompt that I chose from a list, so I should be able to get this done without stressing too much.

I'm also behind on 3 SWG challenges that I really, really wanted to do. One I've almost finished though.

In real life, what else happens but family drama? I must be getting used to it because the latest round didn't faze me anymore.

The thing that bothered me the most was Sean losing his glasses in the lake up at the cottage. It's his other grandmother's place in Coboconk, Ontario (yes, pronounced just like it's spelled-LOL), on the shores of Balsam Lake in the Kawarthas (that's a holiday region where there are a lot of cottages and resorts. It's very pretty.)

At least the poor kid had a spare pair of glasses at home (which his great-grandmother ran up to him amid much drama and I felt was unfair that it had to fall to her to do it-she's 80 ffs and didn't need the stress) and although they're older ones they still fit him and he can see out of them.

When school starts in 3 more weeks I'm going to apply for some of the school insurance which is really cheap (about $6.00 per year if I remember correctly but it's been a few years since I've purchased it). That will cover him for a new pair because our family insurance plan only covers new glasses every four years and he'll have to wait until January 2019 before I can get him some from that plan.

What else? My daughter is having issues. She suffers from clinical depression and it's hit her again hard because of a recent road rage incident that happened to her. I think she might move back here for awhile to calm down and bring little Jessica with her. Jess has to start kindergarten in September too, but she can go to the school Sean used to down the street from here.

Haven't heard from my son Jamie for awhile but I think that's because he owes both his dad and myself money! LOL. Whatevs.

OK gotta go. As you see, I didn't write anything exciting but that's because I'm all burned out from writing exciting fic! (LOL - no, just kidding - sort of.)

Don't bust my ladyballs. I just wanted to get back on here and write something!


Aug. 14th, 2017 01:45 pm
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I"m settling into a pattern of weeks with very little to do and very low mood, and then being very busy and mostly happier on the weekends. This is really bad for me and no fun but I don't feel able to get myself unstuck yet.

Adventures in Babysitting )

I was staying over so quickly installed myself in the spare room, with the comfy bed, the robot alarm clock and the lamp with colorful airplanes on its shade. It was pretty great.

I was there because next morning Simon and I were driving to Leeds for BiCon and it made no sense to get me home late at night just to go pick me up again the next day.

BiCon )

The Home Office at BiCon )

So I was quite glad that my plans had changed such that I could go to Brighouse that night. I was tired and a little emotionally wrung-out with one thing and another. It didn't help a lot though as after a blessed day off Twitter I was catching up on Charlottesville. I spent way too much time reading what it felt like I couldn't look away from but also couldn't fix. But I was heartened to see a lot of white people talking about how unhelpful attitudes like #ThisIsNotUs were, ignoring that this is what America has always been so we can feel better about ourselves.

Andrew came over to Brighouse too yesterday, for Sunday dinner and terrible films. It was really nice having all the best people around.

Now I'm home where all the cleaning and laundry have been neglected for quite a while even before I was away because my mental health has been so bad. I've done a load of laundry I'm about to go hang up and put another one in. It'd be nice if I could clean some things. And I have to write down volunteering admin and stuff I need to do before it all falls out of my head. Better go and do all of that, then!

Here's hoping this week is better than the last two.

Won a Crawl Sprint Game

Aug. 13th, 2017 03:00 pm
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A little light relief from the main game. Won the Ziggurat Sprint, with a Troll Fighter of Uskayaw.
Read more... )

I'm still alive!

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:48 am
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I'm back. Just finished my Slashy Santa story although it needs another read-through before I post it. I'm not that happy with it - it seemed a little flat when I read it last night - but it's done and that's the main thing. It was extremely difficult to write, partly because I have a bad writer's block right now, also the subject matter was a little cringe-y for me.

I have to catch up on EVERYTHING but mostly reading! I must find out what everyone has been up to in my absence.

Cheers for now. I'll be back. :)

The Blood is the Life for 12-08-2017

Aug. 12th, 2017 11:00 am
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Friday Five

Aug. 11th, 2017 03:35 pm
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(questions via [community profile] thefridayfive)

1) What is the most outrageous style you've ever rocked?

When I was a young 'un, there was that brief period when shell suits were incredibly fashionable, but before they had been discovered to be ridiculously dangerously flammable, and we had a non-uniform day at school. Every single other person in my class came in a shell suit. Some of them had those colour change t-shirts that showed your armpit sweat even worse than grey marl does. I wore cut-off denim hot pants, fishnet tights, an Alice Cooper t-shirt and a leather biker jacket.

I think that tells you everything you need to know about my attitude to fashion.

2) As a teen, were you an emo, goth, punk, grunger, or prep?

Um. I never could be bothered with the make-up requirements for goth, but I suspect I tended more that way in other respects, with bits of punk and grunger too. I mean, I never did do the blue stonewash jeans classic rocker look, I always wore black and purple.

3) Have you ever had a crazy hairstyle/colour?

Ever since I was 18 right up until the present. I'm normally one or more of blue, purple, or pink, but I've been other colours too. Went jet black once; didn't like it.

4) Do you think we ever really grow out of our teen selves?

I certainly haven't. But then I was quite elderly in outlook from about the age of 18 months, so... (this is possibly down to the autism, which obvs was undiagnosed when I was a young 'un.

5) Is there any fashion style you wish you could wear but maybe don't have the confidence?

It's not the confidence, it's the tolerance for pain. I wish I could wear halter neck tops, but my boobs are so heavy that they give me horrific neck ache within seconds of putting them on.

The Blood is the Life for 11-08-2017

Aug. 11th, 2017 11:00 am
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Family weirdness

Aug. 9th, 2017 03:34 pm
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Sometimes I have lunch with my father, but today there were three of us because EC has a job so we met near where he's working. It's a very strange feeling. Last night I was looking at some old photos. I looked so young when he was born. Now there's an old bloke in the mirror.

The Blood is the Life for 09-08-2017

Aug. 9th, 2017 11:00 am
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Decked Out: Senior Ladies with Style

Aug. 8th, 2017 08:47 am
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Ever since I came across Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, I have adored an eccentric older woman. I am huge fans of the fashionable ladies of Advanced Style, and my Grandma is my style guru. My Grandma adorns herself in sequins, feather headbands, a defiant red beret. She has a beautiful hat collection, and she once refused to stand for the national anthem in a society group of southern women because she was disgusted with the way the world is going. She said, "I couldn't get on my knee, but I got as close as I could." I have several recent senior ladies that have been added to my "How to Live" list.

My first new obsession is with Barbara Cartland. I had never heard of her until I was searching something random on Ebay, and I came across one of the photos in this post. I was immediately curious about this over the top character. Anyone that has portraits like this done with their dog is a friend of mine. She wrote romance novels, and he was one of the most prolific authors. She was in the Guinness Book of World Records for selling over 1,000 million books. She campaigned for the rights of gypsies to have a place to live and be educated. Her novels focused on virgins who "were only allowed to go to bed if they were married...but its all very wonderful and moonbeams." She was organic before it was cool and wrote several books on vitamins. She obviously was a fan of the color pink, and she kept a pink rug in her car for guests traveling to her home in case they got cold. (Find more about her
here or here where I took this information from) I put a biography about her on my Christmas list so I will report back with some more fun facts about her after I read that in the new year. I'm also planning ordering one of these perfect portraits of her on Ebay because I need to look on her every day for inspiration. Here is another excellent blog post on her over at Messy Nessy. Is it too much if I buy this doll of her?  I think Dame Cartland would approve considering her love of knick knacks.  



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 She kind of reminds me of this woman named Ginger (below) we met on a house tour in Natchez, Mississippi. She collects the most over the top costume jewels. Her husband works to help deck their house out every Christmas, and we took a tour of it during the holidays called The Jeweled Christmas where they display and decorate for the holidays with their collection. I highly recommend the tour. You're not supposed to take photos, but my rebel husband did snap a few. Here's one (below) to give you an idea of what you're missing out on. Even if you can't make it at Christmas, you can tour their house, and she apparently has some over the top other collections on display outside of the Christmas season. She was the first woman president of the American Quarter Horse Association


Decked out for the holidays 

 If you're looking for beauty advice, here are some wonderful tips from 76 year old Valerie Von Sobel.  My favorite quote from this Youtube video of her is, "I think real confidence definitely comes with age.  You really kind of don’t give a damn and so you are more authentic in the breadth and the width of what you want to do with yourself."

I may keep these posts with senior ladies I find inspiring once a week now or every few weeks any way.  I've got some more in mind to cover for future posts.  Speaking of weekly posts I'll also be bringing back (from my other blog), the lists of my Google Searches for the week for your perusal. I tend to use Google as a search engine, doctor, and therapist so some of these will be quite bizarre at times.  

1.  Can you become addicted to smelling essential oils?
2.  Why do I break out so badly in the summer? 
3.  Eat something super sweet and mouth tingles
4.  Alaffia Coconut Toner


Aug. 8th, 2017 06:32 pm
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Might be at BiCon on the Saturday after all! Not certain yet, but would love to see people I know who will be there.

ETA: Hurrah, looks like BiCon plan is going ahead!

The Blood is the Life for 08-08-2017

Aug. 8th, 2017 11:00 am
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Good weekend, sorely needed

Aug. 7th, 2017 04:42 pm
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I texted James on Friday to say the day that would work for me to visit this weekend was Saturday and was that okay with him. He said yes, and that there was the free wine-tasting at Czerwik's.

So I turned up, after a horrible journey comprised not only of rail-replacement buses but of absolutely no information about anything anywhere, very ready for a glass of wine. We listened to some cricket first and managed to turn up at Czerwik's just as the other customers and the guy who works there were wandering off upstairs or to do other things, leaving for a while just me and Jennie and James in the wine cellar, sitting on the cool floor demolishing the rest of the available cheese and an amount of wine that probably would've been shameful for people who had any shame. It was awesome.

But as if that wasn't enough, we'd walked past a new place advertising itself as doing cocktails and food, right next to Czerwik's, called Villain. They weren't open then but we peered through the windows of this place with the black exterior and shiny purple letters, to see an interior that was also black and shiny purple, and from what Jennie could tell a decent selection of gin.

By the time we left Czerwik's it was open. We thought we had to test it out.

Jennie and I had color-change gin, which starts out bright blue in the bottle, turns purple when you add the tonic, and then turns pink. In case this black-and-purple villain-themed place (with posters on the wall of different Jokers and That Guy From Breaking Bad and similar) wasn't Jennie enough, it also features gin in all the colors I have ever seen her hair be.

It also seems like the most bisexual thing ever. I mean: gin that's all the colors of our flag?!

Because Andrew had kindly said I didn't have to brave a worse public-transport nightmare on the way back, I stayed over which meant I got to eat mincemeat-with-cheese vol-au-vents (that might've been an idea we thought of once we started drinking eating the nice cheddar...) and watch game shows. And then Black Books, a delight for me because I know it so well it's so easy to watch. And then an early bedtime, by which point I was almost sober again.

In the morning I still had a similarly horrible journey to face, but at least I had more sleep before I did it. It wasn't too bad, though even abled people were still complaining at the lack of information (Brighouse is an unstaffed station and there was no indication of when or where the rail replacement bus would arrive; I'm seriously tempted to find out who to complain to because I've never had such an inaccessible journey. Even to the point where when the bus got to Huddersfield, the driver stopped at what I thought was an intersection, instead he opened the door and got off the bus and I was like..."oh, we'" It took a while for anyone to get off the bus so I don't think it was just Blindy McBlindface here who wasn't sure what was going on.)

However in Huddersfield the staff got a lot better...a bit suffocating, really, but at least they made sure I got on the right rail-replacement bus for the next bit and made sure Stalybridge knew to expect me and to help me get to the right platform where I got an actual train the rest of the way to Manchester.

Nothing like losing the express route across the Pennines to make you appreciate it. It's fifteen minutes on the train, it took 45 minutes on the bus. It's a very pretty area and would be nice to live in or go to. But when it's just in the way, and you're worried about getting home in time for a thing, it's just stress-inducing.

I got home just in time to shower and go out again, to the Women in Science walk that went along with the talk my WI had last month. It was done by one of our members who volunteers with Manchester Girl Geeks who have done a walking tour of the city centre focusing on women who've had some connection to Manchester. What she was doing for us lot, on her own, was a smaller version of the same thing. About twelve of us showed up and everyone really enjoyed it.

We learned about Kathleen Drew-Baker, a phycologist whose work inadvertently saved Japan's supply of nori after it was nearly wiped out, Margaret Beckett who was a metallurgist before going into politics, Beatrice Shilling, engineer and motorbike racer, Cicely Popplewell and Mary Lee Woods, early computer scientists, and then Margaret Murray and Professor Rosalie David, pioneering and current experts on mummies. I liked that for all the historical scientists the last one is a currently-working woman.

It was nice to end up in Manchester Museum too, where I haven't been for ages, probably since the course I did two summers ago because it was one of the heritage sites that was part of it; some of my coursemates volunteered there afterwards just like I did at MOSI. And actually the MOSI person who oversaw that course is now working at Manchester Museum and asked me last week if I'd be interested in helping one of the conservators there who wants to make an exhibit accessible for for people with visual impairments. So I'm going to a meeting about that later this week and I'm pretty excited about that.

I know I just gave up one volunteering thing, but I'm not committing myself to anything yet by going to a meeting, and it sounds like it might be more satisfying/a better use of my time. We'll see, anyway.

The Blood is the Life for 07-08-2017

Aug. 7th, 2017 11:00 am
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Aug. 6th, 2017 11:00 am
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The Blood is the Life for 05-08-2017

Aug. 5th, 2017 11:00 am
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