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  • 11th Aug, 2016 at 10:11 PM
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As some of you were interested in seeing more of our windows and views, here are some more photos taken today.

Plus added cats!Collapse )

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International cat day

  • 10th Aug, 2016 at 7:09 PM
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... was probably yesterday in this time zone.

But hey, photos of all three taken since Friday here in the Oamaru midwinter.

Sebastian is unimpressed by snow
Sebastian is unimpressed by snow.

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Cool (and cold) stuff

  • 2nd Aug, 2016 at 7:35 PM
winter
We're still unpacking and trying to organise where things go in a house with half the storage. This is complicated by like things not being packed with like, or even things which were on the same desk being packed together. I've found most of my computer gear and eventually the cables, but so far the rest eludes me. And as the study is full of unpacked boxes, there's nowhere to put my desk anyway. So the decluttering continues, and I thought I'd done a good job of that before we left. Now it's extreme ruthlessness time.

The house is lovely and sunny and warm which is a good thing as the pond down the hill is frozen and they're predicting snow! SNOW! Not since I lived in Germany have I seen snow in a town. Not that it'll stay long here by the sea. Greg is nervous that the power might go off so he's laid in lots of firewood. But then, fiddling with the fire has become a favourite pastime. The cats enjoy it too.

Cool things about Oamaru
  • The local supermarket has baristas and coffee cup holders in the trolleys.
  • Excellent cafes and restaurants.
  • The local cinema is small, but has four digital screens with leather loungers and sofas - we went to see Dough and were in a room that seated maybe 20. They do 3D too PLUS they have a steampunk Millennium Falcon built of found parts in the foyer. Next time I'm taking my phone to get a photo.
  • We were in the hardware store when a friend I've known since high school rushed up to me and hugged me. Was she on holiday here? No, she moved here in April. She'd been living in Dunedin and I hadn't seen her for a few years. SO COOL! We're already planning to do some of our comedy routines at an upcoming concert.
  • There's a newcomers' group who meet for coffee at the Opera House, games evenings, book club, and walks in the park below us. Everyone's super-friendly, like everyone else here, and though most come from elsewhere in the country, there are people from the US, Hungary, and Pakistan.
  • We went to the monthly games evening last night, taking Rummikub, a favourite Israeli game. The hosts have so many games, they fill four bookcases. I thought we were a bit OTT with about 20 games. My friend came too and it was huge fun with fun people - I'm so going again.
  • The medical practice I signed on with has four doctors, two of whom are Americans. The one I saw for a checkup last week turned up at the games evening - small town! The other one I don't know but she's Dr Liberatore. :-D
That all makes up for the small library which hardly has any SF and makes me sad because I'll have to go the ebook route which could get expensive.

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In our new home...

  • 30th Jun, 2016 at 6:05 PM
nikau (NZ!)
... but surrounded by boxes and chaos. Items, whether breakable or extremely not, are wrapped in so many layers of paper, they're three times their size and unrecognisable. We were searching for the electric jug and things we thought were the same size were things like glasses. This means a very large number of boxes piled in almost every room. We slept here last night but I was awake for a while worrying about everything we have to do.

We've unpacked the kitchen stuff and have only just found the box with the electric jug and the cat biscuits - in the same box which didn't make sense as I used to keep their food in the laundry, but I was so relieved since we're picking the little guys up tomorrow morning. It doesn't feel like home yet but you know about cats and boxes.

The cats...
... arrive at Dunedin Airport tomorrow, and we'll take a day off unpacking to be with them. Ha, I was just typing here and saw a tabby approaching out of the corner of my eye and thought it was Ashley out of habit. I'd left the back door open and it was Noisel from next door!

Our old home...
... went on the market today! Doesn't it look amazing (and after all that painting and stripping back to wood etc, it should)! Of course photos always look better than reality, they know how to make rooms look huge with angles, and the staging makes the best of any place, but it really is a lovely private house and I did enjoy living there. I won't miss the humidity,  the traffic, and te ridiculous cost of living in Auckland though, and I have to say the weather here is gorgeous: blue skies and sunny and warm once the sun's up (but scarf and mitt time when it's not). I took some photos before the packers came and they're much more realistic.

Oamaru...
... is friendly and quirky and has great cafes and restaurants. So far I've seen three men dressed in tweed outfits complete with waistcoats and tweed flat caps, a steampunk rifle mounted in the Steam Cafe, and a woman in the bank with short, spiky magenta hair with a huge paper flower in it, and bright gypsy-style clothes. Hey, I like this place! As for the steampunk, I already have a leather jacket and pilot's helmet; I just need the goggles, a fob watch, and a raygun to be pretty much ready for the November steampunk festival.

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In Oamaru but not home yet

  • 29th Jun, 2016 at 9:55 AM
winter
We got here two nights ago, but our furniture should arrive today. In the meantime we're in the Bookbinder's Retreat, a tiny but cosy place. We spent most of yesterday cleaning the house. Empty houses are a bit sad, look smaller than they are, and show all their flaws without contents to distract. I will have to paint all the things but not right away.

The weather is like it was last August when we were down here: clear and sunny during the day so you can eat at outside cafe tables and enjoy the warmth, but almost freezing (two degrees above) at night. I will need to unpack all my woollies when our stuff gets here.

If it does, tomorrow will be madly unpacking and setting up the minimum for our comfort and the cats' welcome to their new home; we pick them up at Dunedin Airport on Friday morning. I can't wait to see them, though I'\\we've quickly made friends with Noisel* (I think that's the spelling going by how Michael says it), a magnificent and very friendly tabby who visits our garden. I hope he and our cats get on well.

* Michael said it was predictive text for "mongrel", though I'm not sure how. It doesn't seem to be a word.

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Almost halfway there

  • 26th Jun, 2016 at 3:23 PM
nikau (NZ!)
Auckland confirmed our decision to leave it when the grass by our driveway was so wet that I almost got my shoes sucked off by the mud. Then when I hit the road to Hamilton, an hour after leaving I was inching along the motorway and still in Auckland. A few years ago I'd be almost in Hamilton by that time. No wonder so many people are leaving for the regions with traffic gridlock having got so much worse in the last couple of years, and of course the expense of living there.

We spent the first night in Hamilton with my sister, then spent most of yesterday driving to Greytown to stay with friends. Today has been the first relaxing day for a couple of weeks, being able to sleep late and have a leisurely brunch in town. We then wandered round the Greytown antique, garden, and retro bike shops. I bought an art deco tray and Greg got leather bicycle clips and a coffee cup holder for his bike. One shop owner said he'd left Auckland 7 years ago and all he missed was the sea. I'll miss more than that, but there are more new things I'll enjoy. :-)

After dinner (Malaysian, I think: yay) we'll head off to Wellington and the night ferry. We disembark in the early morning and drive to Oamaru, about 7 hours not including stops. The weather is miserable and grey and wintry but I'm hoping it won't be too wet; I want to see the countryside and enjoy this road trip.

I just rang the cattery and was relieved to hear that the girls are happy and settled, and Sebastian is still very shy but is now eating. Only a few more days till we see them again when they'll get lots of consolong cuddles and attention.

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Packing up our lives

  • 22nd Jun, 2016 at 1:13 PM
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The packers are here packing up our life into big boxes. They're here tomorrow too. Soon all we'll have is our bed and the stuff we need for the trip to Oamaru. I'm not sure I'll ever move again, the way I'm feeling now. I know it'll be great once we're actually there and unpacked with cats, but the process is horrible.

The cats were picked up yesterday and taken out to the cattery in the country which Jetpets use. I almost cried when Ashley put her paws through the bars of her carry crate to touch me. I rang there this morning and she was up a cat tree, but as usual Sebastian won't eat. They're there for about 10 days so he'd better stop pining soon. He's the one who gets the most upset, also about visitors, so I do worry about him.

I got soaked going out to get a prescription refill, and according to my weather app, it's going to rain for the next week or so, all over the country apparently. So much for what could have been a fun road trip.

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New furniture and cats

  • 16th Jun, 2016 at 2:20 PM
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Yesterday we went to a shop that imports Ikea (we don't actually have Ikea here) and ordered two chests of drawers, a wardrobe, and a coffee table to arrive at the Oamaru house just after us. Houses that age don't have any built-in storage so we need somewhere for our clothes. The coffee table will match the chairs and sofa we bought a couple of months ago to replace our old, tired furniture.

We're hoping the cats will take to the new house readily. They certainly do to furniture. The very first night, Sebastian claimed a chair.




"Mine," said Sebastian.

It didn"t stop there.Collapse )

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One week to go

  • 13th Jun, 2016 at 9:59 PM
nervous
Moving day is just over a week away. We're still doing the last tidying up to the house (touches of paint where needed) so it's still a bit of a mess with ladders and stuff in the kitchen and bathrooms. Sigh. It's been going on for months. The stress is wearing me down and I can't wait to get out of here even though I've loved this house. OK, there's more to do in the new-to-us place but there won't be a deadline.

First the cats are being picked up by JetPets who will board them at their cattery till they can fly down.The moving truck with all our stuff will take 4-5 days to get to Oamaru, and we'll take 3. We're driving down in Greg's car with three overnights including the cabin we've booked on the night ferry. We'll stay in the Bookbinder's Retreat right next door while we wait for our stuff then unpack it. And after that, the cats will be flown to Dunedin where we'll pick them up.

I'm half nervous about it all and half really excited. Oamaru is such a cool place, and we already have eager visitors lined up to come and see us, including fellow dam and heavy-engineering enthusiasts we can take around the area. The first guests will be my sister and brother in law who will drive my car down in July and fly back.

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Happy birthday!

  • 28th May, 2016 at 10:34 PM
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Happy birthday / feliz cumpleaños, quabazaa!


Happy birthday!

  • 24th May, 2016 at 5:10 PM
me with cat and wine
Happy birthday to sallymn!

I'm sure it's a good one!

Ashley is 8

  • 5th May, 2016 at 1:24 PM
ashley art
We're not sure when Ashley's birthday is, but we celebrate it on 1 May. She's the oldest of the three by a couple of months, though she seems the youngest, being so small (3kg), soft, playful, and kittenish.


Ashley standing on her tail on a windowsill. She's the only cat I've known who does that. She wraps her tail around herself and deliberately places first one front paw, then the other. I love the stripes between each toe.

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Trope bingo banner

  • 5th May, 2016 at 1:16 PM
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I got a banner for completing [community profile] trope_bingo!

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sherlock and john
And here's my intoabar story, which means I've met all my deadlines and can relax and do other things like posting Ashley photos because it was her birthday this week.

Title: The Case of the Time-Travelling Rebels
Prompt: Vila Restal goes into a bar and meets... Sally Donovan!
Fandoms: Blake's 7 / Sherlock (TV)
Word count: 1,799
Rating/Contents: G-rated. No warnings needed.

The Case of the Time-Travelling Rebels

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Fic: (S)elective Memory Loss

  • 30th Apr, 2016 at 4:21 PM
vila blue
My final [community profile] trope_bingo story. I had planned to write a rather angsty one that's been in my head for a while, but it was going to take too long . So here's a shorter, lighter one that was all written today because I've been offline for two days due to painters being in and everything being piled in the middle of each room making it hard to find anything, let alone my computer. Man, I hate this whole process of getting the house ready to sell. The disruption's being going on for months.
 
Title: (S)elective Memory Loss
Fandoms: Blake's 7
Trope: amnesia
Characters: Vila Restal, Soolin, Kerr Avon
Length: 1,410 words
Summary: Vila wants to forget and will pay to do so.

(S)elective Memory Loss

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Fic: Beginning Again

  • 23rd Apr, 2016 at 9:44 PM
vila b&w
[community profile] trope_bingo story number four. Just one to go now!
 
Title: Beginning Again
Fandoms: Blake's 7
Trope: trust and vows
Characters: Vila Restal, Kerr Avon, Roj Blake, Del Tarrant, Soolin, Dayna Mellanby, Deva
Length: 1,436 words
Summary: When the crew hear that Blake is alive, they change their plans.

Beginning Again

This is a sequel to Taking Charge.

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Fic: Taking Charge

  • 21st Apr, 2016 at 1:16 PM
vila really
[community profile] trope_bingo story number three. I might actually get all five written at this rate!

Title: Taking Charge
Fandoms: Blake's 7
Trope: role reversal
Characters: Vila Restal, Kerr Avon, Soolin, Dayna Mellanby, Del Tarrant
Length: 1,120 words
Summary: Vila decides that enough is enough and takes over.

Taking Charge

There's going to be a sequel to this using another trope because more Blake is always a good thing.

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Fic: Other Customs

  • 17th Apr, 2016 at 12:07 PM
blake
A second [community profile] trope_bingo story. Not the one I had planned, but I wanted to write something especially for Blake, and of all tropes, I got an idea for this one.
 
Title: Other Customs
Fandoms: Blake's 7
Trope: marriage
Characters: Roj Blake, Kerr Avon
Length: 1,385 words
Summary: Blake and Avon run afoul of local customs.

Other Customs

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Happy birthday

  • 16th Apr, 2016 at 6:39 PM
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to imhilien!



I hope you had a great day with family and friends - and lots of chocolate!

Fic: Impulse Purchase

  • 14th Apr, 2016 at 2:28 PM
avon blue
I finally got the first trope-bingo story for this round written, though it became a lot longer than I'd planned.
 
Title: Impulse Purchase
Fandoms: Blake's 7
Trope: slave fic
Characters: Kerr Avon, Servalan, Dayna Mallanby, Vila Restal, Del Tarrant, Soolin, Nebrox, Benos, Verlis, Cancer, Piri
Length: 2,804 words
Summary: Avon gets sold twice, three slaves get freed, and some get what they deserve. Why yes, the trope being "slave fic", this one's an Assassin AU.
 

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All clear

  • 6th Apr, 2016 at 2:00 PM
tea
Excellent

I went to see the surgeon yesterday for a follow-up appointment and what they took out was completely OK. So, yes, they didn't have to do the surgery, but it was the only way to find out.

I can't go back to the gym for another couple of months but apparently Pilates is OK. I'll have to look for somewhere around here.

Basically I feel pretty much back to normal except for the scars and muscles needing to heal completely. As for the move, we're making plans at last. We've contacted a guy to do the floors before we move (pull up all the tired old carpets, sand, and treat the wooden floors. I wanted to use oil but if there's any evidence of borer due to the age of the house (1928), it'll have to be polyurethane. We also need to get the kitchen completely gutted and a new one put in, and for that I'll probably go down for a week or so and stay next door at the Bookbinders Retreat - yes, Michael really is one. Our property is to the left of that with an equally lovely and extensive garden and views.

Bloody annoying

I am so pissed off with our bastard neighbour. A couple of years ago he cut the lovely high hedge by the shared driveway down to about knee-height exposing the ugly garages of the college flats next door. We asked him to let them grow and maybe let us look after them because of the huge effect on property values (including his) and I really thought that would get to him as he's a mercenary bugger. But no, the hedges were cut right back again yesterday. He will no longer get to use our garden bags or our big flexi-bag rubbish thingy bought for the declutter. If he says we said he could, I shall reply that as he ignored our wishes, we'll ignore his. Also, no more computer help, you swine. Roll on Oamaru where we won't have to share any driveways or access with annoying neighbours. BTW he's the one with the wife I will run to avoid because she tries to sell stuff from her weird pyramid scheme whose name I can't remember. Ugh.

Eep

In other news, I have about three weeks to write 5 trope bingo stories. I could actually do a whole line of 5 tropes in one fic but that doesn't count unless you've already done 5 fics. Damn. I'm still shilly-shallying about which line to pick.

And that baby blanket. Good: the colours are perfect. Bad: With one (very long) round to go, then the I-cord bind off, I ran out of both colours and had to order more.

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Update

  • 22nd Mar, 2016 at 5:07 PM
lazy
I should have posted before this but I haven't been online much at all.

The op went well on Thursday, being keyhole to my relief. I spent the rest of the day and night in the high-dependency unit as my blood pressure was so low, then was moved to my room on Friday. These days they get you eating and out of bed almost right away, and walking bigger distances around the hallways each day. I was so much better by Sunday morning, they sent me home. I knew all that weight training would pay off!

The food was delicious, all cooked to order, but why do hospitals serve margarine to spread on toast? I refuse to eat that ghastly artificial crap. That's my only reservation though. The nurses were just lovely, all from different places like China, Ireland, the Philippines, Denmark, India...

So now I'm up and out of bed just about all day, taking mild painkillers when needed. For some reason I have a sore lower back, maybe because I'm using different muscles for support. I have to say, every day I feel better than the last. Not that my appetite's come back properly yet.

imhilien, thanks so much for the cute card with a knitted Gromit on it! OK, I know according to the card he's called Boofle, but he's Gromit to me!

I've read several books and done a bit more on the baby blanket, but so far no writing as I'm just taking it very easy. Re the books, if you like fantasy, do check out Brian McClellan's Powder Mage trilogy which I am sad to have finished. It's a well-thought-out world with characters I really cared about and was sorry to say goodbye to.

Thanks to all of you for your good wishes!

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16th Mar, 2016

  • 6:55 PM
avon and zen
I finished my current job yesterday, and, typically, they decided to have me put all my redesign suggestions into the website this week. [rolls eyes] But it's much better: nice and simple, just top-level menu items, and clear, elegant pages.

No more meetings! No more technically challenged people! Well, maybe. I'll do some consulting to them in future but charge enough that they don't take advantage.

Speaking of websites, I moved mine, Breaking Orbit, to Weebly so that I can make quick and easy updates. In fact now that I don't have to use obsolete software on a virtual old OS to change anything, it's all up-to-date! Yay! Redoing all the pages manually was a nice distraction at the time - and I finally got round to reformatting Vila Restal's Emails so that I could also post them to AO3.

The op is tomorrow; here's hoping it will all go smoothly and I'll be home in 3 days or so. It's at a private hospital where the food (they have menus online) actually looks palatable, and I have my own room with en suite and TV. Not that I watch much live TV. Anyway, I'm all set with my Kindle and some cool digital art phone apps plus a huge library book (the third of Brian McClellan's superb Powder Mage trilogy).  I will not have my laptop despite the free wifi as I'm just going to relax and take it easy.

So, until next week! When I will once again sign up for [community profile] intoabar and try to write my outstanding trope bingos. Also posted on Dreamwidth, with comment count unavailable comments.

Huge info dump

  • 8th Mar, 2016 at 9:23 PM
nervous
I know I said I'd post more often but I've been putting it off because of Things. Lots of Things. These ones.

The house
We're moving to Oamaru this year (sometime after April) and are finally doing all the things to the house I wanted done for years. YEARS. We have a new kitchen benchtop and have painted our old grey tongue-and-groove cupboards and put new handles on so they look almost new and very smart. Next up is replacing the tiles (the previous owners never even bothered to tile behind their oven and we have a smaller one). We now have new carpet in two rooms and on the landings to replace the crappy old dark brown stuff. Still to do are the bathrooms (new basins and taps, reline one shower). A lot of this I've had to do look after myself because Greg's been away for a funeral, a wedding, a conference in Seattle, and this week another funeral; more on that below.

And oh joy, it'll start all over again in Oamaru as I plan to rip up all the carpet and oil the lovely wooden floors under them, completely replace the ancient kitchen, and add a small en suite. Plus paint various walls at some point.

The visitor
When we went down to look at houses (and buy one) we stayed at a B&B and got to know the owner well. He's a retired guy who does painting and other handyman stuff so Greg got him up to paint our house because even paying for flights, he's a lot cheaper than Auckland tradespeople. The only thing is, he only eats the plainest food and all the meals I'd planned I couldn't serve. Oy. He didn't even like the wholegrain bread we use. He also has plain taste in TV so he and Greg are watching a doco about trains right now and I'm in here biting the posting bullet. So there you go.

Through no fault of Doug's, Sebastian the wimp cat is scared of him (and the plumber and carpet layers etc etc) but at least he's starting to venture inside so that's a relief.

Greg's family
Greg's mother has dementia and the family get rung several times a week because she's: 1) wandering; 2) reporting her car stolen (she doesn't have one); 3) trying to get her house, now demolished after the Christchurch earthquakes, moved to a new area; 4) complaining that she has to live in someone else's house (it's hers); 5) telling the police "the boys haven't come home"; 6) telling the police her daughters have been in and wrecked the house (nothing has ever happened, it's always tidy); and so on. And now she has been diagnosed with cancer, having smoked for most of her life. This week she's been put into respite care. Not that Greg's brother, the one with power of attorney, bothered to tell anyone so everyone else was frantic last night thinking she'd wandered off and got lost or injured.

Greg's aunt, who has had cancer for years, died today, a couple of months after an old family friend went. It just goes on.

My job
I resigned effective the end of this month and am training a replacement who seems to take ages grasping the various processes and paying proper attention to detail. I am happy to Skype and share screens with her which has been a good way to teach the marketing person how to do website updates, but her home connection is so crap and slow, I have to go into the office every morning to train her in person. We're both meant to be working from home and I was enjoying being able to do that. Seriously, having to get properly dressed and show up every morning is NOT FUN. Plus it's really hot in the office with no aircon or fan. Blecch.

My health
The biggie. Remember when I tripped and cut my head open last August? I had to go to hospital to get stitches and they kept me in overnight for observation, an MRI, and X-ray, all of which were fine. However the blood tests showed I was anaemic so they had a look to see why a couple of months later and took two bits out. One was fine; the other wasn't. So I have to have a larger bit out next week, and if that's fine, ll's all good; if it's not, then it will be "mild" chemo. What scares me though is the long list of potential complications of the surgery which are only 5% likely, but still. I have to keep telling myself that there's a 95% probability they'll do a keyhole and I'll be home in a couple of days.

Actually, tripping over, the doctor tells me, very likely saved my life. So that's good.

So yeah, lots of stress.

I did plan to write my trope bingo stories while Doug's here but yeah, I'm just reading and knitting, both of which help me relax and forget about next week.

What am I knitting, you ask? (Or probably not.) My very first baby blanket for 2-month-old Quinn, the latest addition to my own extended family. My blanket (this pattern) is charcoal and white - no pastels for me or Quinn who was wearing black-and-white striped cotton overalls when I met him.

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Happy birthday!

  • 10th Feb, 2016 at 9:31 PM
me with cat and wine
... to 2 Ks: kernezelda and katriona_s!

Wishing you a great day, and many more of them!

Star Wars Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

  • 31st Jan, 2016 at 11:14 AM
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This sounded good so I went on the waiting list for it at a the library. I picked it up yesterday.

SO DISAPPOINTED.

Crap style. Seriously bad writer. Short sentences. Choppy and disconnected. Many with no verbs. Present tense is OK for good writers. But not bad ones.

Did this guy have an editor? I ask myself.

Can't cope. Giving up.

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Trope Bingo card

  • 5th Jan, 2016 at 10:08 AM
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I signed up for [community profile] trope_bingo again because I need to get back to writing and fandom because that will also mean more posts. (I've come to the conclusion that only posting about real life means hardly any.)

My card:

EPISTOLARY SLAVE FIC LOCKED IN ROAD TRIP IN VINO VERITAS/

DRUNK FIC
CROSSOVER AMNESIA MIND CONTROL HAPPY ENDING MATCHMAKER
TWENTY-FOUR

HOURS TO LIVE
TRUST AND VOWS FREE SPACE IN ANOTHER

PERSON'S SHOES
UNEXPECTED

FRIENDSHIP
META FICTION MARRIAGE COMING OUT

(OF THE CLOSET)
FLUFF BODY SWAP
WING FIC ROLE REVERSAL REUNION SOUL BOUNDING/

SOULMATES
FUTURE FIC


What amuses me is how many tropes I've already written in these challenges. This card contains nine. However it also has several I've never had a go at, and I think the right two columns look good, each having three new tropes. Or the third row with four new ones. Let's see what ideas pop up before I decide.

Unless you have any thoughts. :-)

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The return of my Sherlock speculation

  • 2nd Jan, 2016 at 10:41 PM
sherlock and john
We just watched the Sherlock special and it was as superb as I expected. Excellent stuff!

And it's led me to reanimate an old idea.

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Not that I'll know till 2017 apparently. But I'd love to know what others think (so comments may well be spoilery).

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Happy new year!

  • 1st Jan, 2016 at 2:35 PM
xmas, party
It's already the afternoon of the 1st here, but for most of you it'll be much earlier. So I wish you all a great 2016!



The champagne is cooling in the fridge for tonight - we didn't have it last night as Greg had to go to Christchurch yesterday for a family friend's funeral and got back very late.

Happy birthday!

  • 22nd Dec, 2015 at 6:50 PM
me with cat and wine
To aralias and jaxomsride!



Have a good one! I hope you get both birthday and Christmas presents. :-)

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