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Jul. 27th, 2017 09:11 am
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Anybody reading this a fan of the Great British Bakeoff?

Boxing lesson 2 today!

Jul. 27th, 2017 07:16 am
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Boxing lesson 2 today after work. Not too sore, which is good. I'm looking forward to pushing my body more. SO cool to be doing this.

In other news, the work day was a bit crazy, but got through it relatively well. I had to write checks by hand for paying a few bills because the accountant is in Quickbooks and I'm not allowed to be in Quickbooks until she finishes. I have to say that this is a major inconvenience, because it seems to take them a long time to get done whatever they're doing.

The accountant said I'd changed something in the April books, which I hadn't, so I have no idea what the problem is, but I don't think it's me. I only changed things in May and June, as those were the months I was working with, and then of course in July, because that was the current month.

Considering that they were upset I was in as an Administrator, I think that their "restore" was faulty. But I'm saying nothing and just letting them fix whatever is wrong.

In other news, Pat and I have been watching baseball. I have to say that it's a completely different experience than watching hockey. While hockey jacks me up, baseball is relaxing. But then, hockey is fast and baseball is leisurely. I wouldn't want it as my only sport, but I like that I can watch it and not get tense.

Books Meme + Update

Jul. 26th, 2017 04:35 pm
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Tomorrow my husband has an appointment to see someone who isn't his doctor because his doctor is on vacation. He's feeling worse rather than better. Maybe he needs a different antibiotic. We'll see.

I'm tired and distracted. I'm thinking about defaulting on my kidlit exchange. I can't focus on writing.


Books I finished:

Jane's Warlord by Angela Knight. This is yet another time-travel romance. The time-travel plot is silly but when isn't it? The serial killer plot is even worse but that's not why you're reading this book. The romance is standard fare. Warrior Boy from the future travels back in time to save newspaper girl, they have the best sex like ever, and girl returns with boy to his own time (and planet--did I mention he's not from Earth?) and they live happily ever after. She gets to take her cat, too. Luckily, the universe doesn't break from the strain. If you like your heroes to be hyper-masculine, super-human sex machines and enjoy sex scenes featuring bondage without safe-words between total strangers, this might be just what you're looking for. How do I even rate something like this? One star because it was a quick read, especially since I skimmed the sex scenes.

Time and Again by Jack Finney. It's an illustrated novel from 1970. Spoilers ) I thought the premise of the book was intriguing enough to keep reading but the execution left something to be desired. I solved the big mystery at the center of the novel by the end of the paragraph in which it was introduced. The romance fell flat. The ending was a complete dud. The style was serviceable Two lukewarm stars.

Books I abandoned:

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. I checked this out because of the Amazon series, which I can't watch. A consolation prize? I know it's a classic but dammit, the book is boring. I didn't care about the characters. The plot seemed inconsequential, which given the premise, is pathetic. Maybe the series is better written. Anyway, after 67 pages, I'm done with it.

The Peppered Moth by Margaret Drabble. You should know that I have read and enjoyed a number of Drabble's books. This was not one of them. It was about genetics and the English class system. I didn't get through an entire chapter of this turkey. Books about unpleasant characters leading unpleasant lives need a hook and she didn't provide one.

Books in the pipeline:

The third and final book in the kid-lit series I'm reviewing for my kid-lit book exchange. Title withheld.

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Jul. 27th, 2017 03:16 am
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Oh okay I figured out why I'm having such a persistent and repetitive YOU'RE A FUCKING FRAUD soundtrack at the moment; the proofs being ready means I have to gear up for the marketing push and trying to convince people that I'm A Real Writer Mom and this runs the risk of rejection implicit or explicit (much like trying to chat people up) and therefore I'm getting a pre-emptive kicking from my own psyche.

Unrelatedly I dreamed that Maud was getting increasingly pissed off with me for using lipstick as highlight/blush (which I do IRL when I can be bothered to draw on my face, because I have grey matte lipstick and it makes for great Sallow Cheeked Death Face); I do not think that is particularly realistic, subconscious?

(Also I'm still EMOTIONAL about cutting up my nice golden London Map wrapping paper for Lindsay's presents but I have to learn to stop hoarding things).

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Jul. 26th, 2017 11:30 pm
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Anyway I watched "Against the Law", which I'm not 100% was worth it, but 15-year-old me needed to, so I did, and there we are. Asked Abigail (runs a second hand book finding business) to keep an eye out for the book for me. AND THEN I WAS MAUDLIN (I've had a doughnut now, over which I will probably self-flagellate).

Read more... )

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Jul. 26th, 2017 12:02 pm
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Yay! Got my end of the month $$ to last me till I get paid Tuesday!


Jul. 26th, 2017 07:26 am
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BOXING LESSONS! Took my first one and it was great. I suck at many things. Like jumping rope. I haven't jumped rope in years, and I've never been particularly good at rhythmic movement things, and man, do I suck at jumping rope.

Also, left/right alternation is not my strong suit.

I knew this, but it's really pointed out in the boxing lessons. I am amused.

But the coaches (there are two) were great and supportive and I loved every minute of it. I'm working hard and it's exhausting and I'm sore today in new places, but I can't wait to go back and do it again.

So yes, at 63 I am taking up boxing. Don't let anyone tell you you're too old to do something.

In other news, payroll went smoothly. The accounting issue is getting straightened out, though I will have to manually put back in what I've done for the last week and a half. (I'll survive.) Apparently when I did a "restore" of the back-up file they sent me, and the system demanded that I make a password, it locked them out. Which I find kind of hysterical. So they will send me a new password as they set up the restore. Hey, I did what the system asked. And from the way the accountant talked, I think it was mostly a problem on their side.

Such is life.

Oh, and the boss took me out to lunch. It was SO good. We went to Mi Appa which is a Cuban restaurant. I love me some Cuban food.

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Jul. 25th, 2017 10:38 pm
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Among other things (nah there are no other things I'm too fucking tired), I got my proof back from one of the proof-readers today (Ros, as opposed to Rose, yes, that is confusing) and now have to start thinking about finding a pig head to photograph. Also I have to deal with various writing-related things and editing-related things while my brain helpfully prances around flinging rose petals and screaming I FEEL LIKE A FRAUD in my ear?

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Jul. 25th, 2017 10:21 am
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Yayy! I lost four pounds this week! I've got to keep swimming!

I'm still sore...

Jul. 25th, 2017 06:56 am
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But I'm starting boxing training anyway. My mouth guard is ready. I have my workout clothes. I will do this.

Though I expect to be thoroughly exhausted tonight.

Also, it's payroll day. (sigh)

Yesterday I did not have to go to the Board meeting. I'm not sure why, but the boss decided I should attend the one in September which is at ACORN. I am find with that.

It was a busy day, but we got everything ready for the board. That's all I needed to do.

Pat is going cycling this morning, but we got up at 6, which is only 15 minutes earlier than my regular time. So I'm far less grumpy about it.
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Jul. 25th, 2017 02:44 am
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Anyway what the shit: https://www.instagram.com/p/BW3Co6qFeJ8/ i look pretty good there i think

(Amy & I got banned from messaging each other on FB because we did it so much that FB thought we were spammers? Dude we were just talking about Spider-man. Leave us alone).

Today I have FINALLY MANAGED TO SLEEP, done some fucking unnecessary chores, carried entirely too many bottles, been to the goddamn gym, become obsessed with a Big Muscle Boy ™ who was buying JUST FROZEN CHICKEN BREASTS, BROCCOLI, AND SAVERS PORRIDGE OATS at the supermarket (he is COMMITTED), drank literally all the caffeine, found immediate problems with my outline, got melancholy about the Gordon Riots, and drawn the Tyburn Tree on my hand for some reason.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 02:16 pm
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I'd like to swim laps every day but I have to spin my wheels now because they haven't cleaned the pool yet.

Challenge No 3: 99 words

Jul. 24th, 2017 06:33 pm
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Debriswoman recommended You have breath for no more than 99 words.  What would they be? collected by Liz Gray, and suggested this as a writing challenge.  So this month I have been writing 99 words for some of my characters.

It quickly became apparent the characters I would write had to be those for who I have written series, so that I could really get inside their heads.  I frequently write say, John Watson, both in BBC Sherlock and ACD Sherlock Holmes, but each time there may be subtle differences.  Whereas taking the Watson in Sussex Retirement I had a far greater idea of how he would think.  This also served to narrow down the characters I would choose.

I had decided to include the gang from the Marylebone Monthly Illustrated really as a bit of light relief.  Only when I came to write the first of them, the Ocelot, I came across the Editor with very strong views, and found myself writing one of the most dour of the entries.

None of the characters explicitely contradict my own views.  This might be a fault in a writer, but I think if I'm investing the time in a character to write a series then I want to be in agreement with them.  This is, after all, a hobby rather than a career.

The last chapter, which I have just posted, is my own 99 words, for I felt it was appropriate to leave a little bit of myself there too.

It's been a fascinating challenge, nothing like I expected when I started, and totally worthwhile doing, so thank you Debriswoman

99 words

quick update

Jul. 24th, 2017 08:29 am
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am working on Vividcon plans. we just spent 4 days trying to trap an injured feral cat on our property (we were successful. or rather all the people who did the work were. I was cheerleading and getting sunburned) so we've fallen waaaaay behind.  and today we are off to see a specialist that we've been trying to see for 10 months (he travels doing medical research). and [personal profile] xlorp is in the midst of emergency coverage for 2 co-workers who are out on family leave/vacation. and....


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