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Busy

Last week was the worst week of the year in terms of being busy at work. I discovered that working through lunch is a bad idea - I felt terrible for ages after that. So I ended up doing a couple of hours from home in the evenings instead. Which meant I didn't have time for anything else this week. On the plus side, I haven't had to work this weekend - but then this week is going to be just as bad, except I get to start early as well.

On Saturday I went to London. I did a tour of BBC Broadcasting House, which was very interesting. Although part of it involved going to the BBC Radio Theatre, which I've already been to (when I saw The Now Show being recorded).

After all that and all the walking I did round London, and not getting home until late, I've then spent the rest of the (long) weekend lazing around recovering. Not helped by me waking up at 7am every morning for no reason.

At some point it'll calm down and I'll get to things. I have some Obscure & British prompts bookmarked, maybe some time over the summer I'll have time to write them...

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More fanfic

I suddenly look really productive, because I have posted more fanfic today. I am not quite as productive as I look (one fic I posted recently I actually wrote in March and most of it is really short, even by my short standards). Don't be fooled into thinking I'm a fast writer.

Today's fic is:
The Home Team (896 words*)
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Relationships: Ian Chesterton/Barbara Wright
Characters: Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, John Chesterton
Summary: Barbara can never quite understand her husband and son's preoccupation with football.

*But 915 words in LibreOffice

This came from the audio The Flames of Cadiz, where Ian talks about football and his father taking him to matches. He always supported the home team - Sunderland - and still does (or at least did in 1963). It seems likely that Ian would take his son to football matches and Arsenal had a ground they were likely to live near, assuming Ian and Barbara settled somewhere near Shoreditch.

I then did a whole lot of research into whether Arsenal and Sunderland were in the same league when John would have been a child (assuming he'd been born in the late 1960s). They were in 1976-77. And in the 80s. Before I realised I was reading the table wrong, I learnt that generally when they played at Sunderland, Sunderland won. Despite this, Arsenal were often near the top of the table and Sunderland near the bottom (getting relegated to the second division a few times (no premiership in those days)).

Which is more than I ever thought I'd know about football.

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Red Dwarf and fanfic

I just read today, in the TV guide of all places, that Red Dwarf has two more series! One next year, one the year after. I am very excited about that because X was good. Theoretically I have the reddwarf.co.uk news feed in my RSS reader, but it's refused to update since February. And the twitter account hasn't been updated since 2012.

Remix ([info]remixers_lounge) is happening. Well, sign-ups are happening until the end of the weekend. I like that they have the signup and request summaries visible, so you can see who you're likely to be remixing. It will only finish two months before [info]dw_remix starts, but I can't move that any later, as otherwise it ends up clashing with Yuletide.

Starting this weekend is [info]lost_spook Obscure and British commentfest. Obscure and British is what most of my fandoms are, so hopefully I will manage some fills this time round.

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I am accident prone. It's probably due to not looking where I'm going half the time. I often discover bruises and not be able to remember how I got them. The biggest trouble is the bony bits - knees, elbows and hips. They stick out, so they're more likely to get hit and hurt more when you do.

This week I've had some unexplained bits that hurt that aren't bruises. On Monday morning at work my knee randomly started hurting. I assumed it was because I'd sat funny and it would get better. But it didn't. It's better now. No idea what that was. It is a dodgy knee - I got housemaid's knee in it from too much spring clean and then found that too much walking set it off (which is why I now wear walking shoes if I'm doing a lot of walking). It wasn't the same pain though. So I probably did just sit funny, who knows.

My left elbow started off then. At work I use a mouse with my left hand because ages ago I had pain in my right wrist. Which turned out to be because I slept on it funny. I found it much easier to work with the mouse in my left hand, so I kept it like that. Going back to using it with the right has been really strange. No idea what's wrong with my elbow - it's not any of the obvious symptoms. I could have slept on it funny for all I know.

My left hand hurts at the moment because I've been playing on my iPod quite a bit this evening. So it could be related to that for all I know. I need to get better as using my iPod with my left hand - sadly I'm not very good at it with my right hand.

I just don't get injuries in normal ways. I have RSI in my right thumb - it was caused by too much cross stitch. There's all this talk of getting RSI from computer use and I have it from cross stitching and spring cleaning.

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AO3 stats meme

It turns out I did this almost exactly a year ago. Quite of a bit of it hasn't really changed... (last year's positions are in brackets)

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Fic and WIPs

I got 12 and a half hours of sleep last night. I finally don't feel tired - still a bit dizzy, but at least now if I sit down I can think.

While I was tired and dizzy I managed to write some first drafts of stuff. And today managed to finish one off - a short, silly Spooks fic, inspired by watching series 9 & 10 and noticing that Dimitri's top lip seems to be hairier at some times than others.
The MI-5 Moustache Growing Competition (308 words)
Characters: Harry Pearce, Dimitri Levendis, Ruth Evershed, Tariq Masood, Calum Reed, Erin Watts
Summary: It's November - time for Movember at MI-5.

I also put Sarah and Harry into the Unconventional Courtship Pairing Generator and the first summary it came up with was just perfect. So I know what I'm writing for [info]unconventionalcourtship next year.

And some snippets of WIPs because why not:

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Elections and Spooks

On Thursday night I stayed up for two and a half hours. By the time I went to bed the birds were singing and there were so few seats declared it was obvious nothing was going to happen for a while. Annoyingly I still woke up at 7am, despite having the day off. I could have slept all night and got up at 4am - I'd have had more sleep and seen more excitement. Still, it was exciting that we were down to the last 7 seats, near lunchtime, before there was a result. Even if it was a depressing result. To make it worse, one of my local results was all Conservative and the other was six-sevenths Conservative. But the UKIP candidates on the first all came bottom. And, for once, considering that I live in a Conservative safe seat, I actually felt like my vote counted.

I decided to go and see the Spooks film yesterday, to cheer me up. Then I realised that wouldn't work, so I went to keep myself awake and take my mind off things. It did, but it was depressing. It was good though. I liked that the main character was a 60 year old man - how many films can say that? And it had Harry being Harry, only without Ruth, even more so.

One of the things that depressed me was that they'd changed the Grid. I'd been watching series 10 to remind myself of the non-Harry and Ruth characters and in the film it has a completely different atmosphere. But then I watched some earlier series and it has a completely different atmosphere in those too. So it is very Spooks-like in that everything changes (except Harry).

I was going to say that watching older Spooks is less depressing because you can choose what to watch. So in series 10 I skipped all the Elena bits and both the deaths. And fell in love with Dimitri and watch series 9, minus the Lucas secret bits and deaths. But then I decided to go back to my favourite episode, I Spy Apocalypse. And now I'm depressed. It's such a good episode - I know it's not the end of the world, but it still feels like it.

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Election

Since the government gave me an election for my birthday, I am celebrating by staying up watching it. Well, I say staying up. I actually got back from choir when the polls closed, stayed up for ten minutes while I felt more tired, went to bed for three and a half hours and then got up. I need to go to bed before dawn, when it's harder to sleep. Usually I'd stay up until there was a result, but it really doesn't look like there'll be one. There should be one in my constituency by the time I go to bed, but I already know the result of that, I'm just waiting to find out the percentage of the vote my MP will get this time.

I voted before work, which was unexpectedly complicated. I knew I had two local elections as well as the general, but one of them involved choosing three from a reasonable selection, the other was seven from a very long list. Although I ran out of candidates who actually lived in the area and weren't Conservative or UKIP before I go to seven. The worrying part of it was the number of UKIP candidates who lived locally. I had a lot of UKIP leaflets. But they're counting the general tonight, and the locals Friday and Saturday, so it'll be a while before we have all the results.

I'm quite liking Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell on the Alternative Election Night. It never occurred to me before not to watch BBC1 (although in 1997 I watched the Election Night Armistice, which only went until 1.30am, but then I had school the next day).

If that's all incoherent and rambly, then it is 2.30am and my stomach has decided it's breakfast time.

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Remixing and staying at home

Today I was going to go to London for my official birthday (technically it's tomorrow, but I have work and Rotary tomorrow, plus who celebrates on a Tuesday? and I've always considered my birthday to be the May Day bank holiday anyway). I have felt crap all weekend (tired and dizzy), but I thought I was getting better and I'd go.

I walked ten minutes to find that the path to the station (that is on the other side of the train tracks from here) is closed (I know the road was closed, but not that the footpath was too). I went along to see if there was an alternative route nearby, but no. The alternatives were an hour long walk (ish) or a drive, but it would cost me £6 (in exact change, no notes) to park. I ended up needing to go towards home as I decided which and ended up going home. After a twenty minute walk I was dizzy and needed a lie down and I was just worn out from walking. Which is not normal from just a short walk. So I am staying home and resting instead.

I did sign up for Remix. Most excitingly is they've dropped the requirement for qualifying in certain fandoms - which means I can properly put SJA down :) You can put down seven fandoms you qualify to be remixed in. It only goes to show how multi-fannish I am that I had to leave some off the list. And I didn't even bother checking to see if I was eligible for New Who (I suspect I'm not). Remix being late this year means there'll be a short gap between that and [info]dw_remix but that's not the end of the world.

What I think would be fun to do is a Remix Chain - sort of like Chinese whispers with Remixes. So person A would write a story, the only person in the chain to read it would be person B, who remixes it. The only person in the chain to read B's story would be person C, who remixes that, without having seen A's story. And gso on depending on how many people you have. And at the end everyone gets to read all the stories. It would be interesting to see, at the end, how like each other any of the stories not next to each other in the chain are.

Is anyone interested in giving it a go? We'd have to agree fandoms and characters and rules (eg no minimum word count).

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Fanfic nostalgia

I woke up at 6am yesterday (so annoying, on a Saturday) and something made me think of Sarah Jane of the Chalet School. So I re-read it in bed and then made my way through the other Doctor Who/Chalet School crossover I'd written, and the one [info]hhertzof wrote. I thought it would be useful for getting me in the mood to go back to Lynda Day at the Chalet School. Which it sort of was, but then I liked the relationship between Sarah and Harry that I wrote in SJ of the CS so much that I've spent quite a bit of the weekend re-reading old Sarah & Harry fics.

Those were the days! It seemed like there was loads of it being written and it was great. Even going back and re-reading the stuff I'd written wasn't bad. There are things I'd change, if I was writing them now, but nothing massive. Which either means I wasn't too terrible when I wrote them or I haven't improved since. I don't really care which - I like them and mine's the opinion that's most important, after all.

I was moved to start a Sarah & SJA team up with Kate and UNIT fic. Although I have no idea of the plot, UNIT turn up at Sarah's house. Which then meant I had to go and watch Death of the Doctor, where UNIT turn up at Sarah's house at the start. And since I've been listening to some Jo Big Finish audios, Jo being in it was a bonus and not an excuse to watch it at all.

One day I'll finish a fic I started for a prompt-based ficathon. I currently have 7000 words of part 1, where the Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry turn up at UNIT while Martha is working there. And because a lot of fic seems to involve Harry having a crush/being in love with Sarah, this one has Sarah having a crush on Harry. (In Death of the Doctor she says she loved Harry, but I don't think she meant it in that way)

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Haven’t posted for a bit

I've been thinking about posting and then haven't. I have all sorts of things started that I haven't finished or posted. Sometime I will. I've felt like I've got this huge to do list (and it is very long) to get through and I don't have any time during the week. I have crossed most of the things off my to do list, although there are some things I ought to get round to that I haven't even put on there yet.

Yesterday was the St George's Day celebration, so I helped on the Rotary stall. Theoretically for two hours, but I actually did four (with a break in the middle for lunch and looking around at what else there). And most of that was standing up. So that knocked me out yesterday (although did mean that since I spent the evening lying on the sofa, I did catch up on TV - there being a lot of election comedy stuff means you do have to keep up with it before it's really out of date).

And I somehow managed to finish my Spike/Lynda Unconventional Courtship fic: Aggressive Aggrandizement - titled with the aid of the most useful book for titling fics: the thesaurus.

Given that I've just finished a Chalet School book and a Press Gang fic now would be a good time to go back to Lynda Day at the Chalet School. But we'll see.

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What I am reading Wednesday

What I Just Finished Reading
Last Chorus by Humphrey Lyttelton. It was long and a lot of it was about jazz. It was interesting hearing how he got into it, how he taught himself to play the trumpet and what happened on various tours in Europe. There were some of his diaries in there and in the mid to late 70s he kept saying how I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue was unlikely to go on for another series!

He had some other interests as well, which I had no idea about. He was into bird watching and baking (seemed to be mostly bread) and italic handwriting and he was a cartoonist for a while and a food critic for a while and he was on other panel shows and TV & radio interviews and things.

What I'm Currently Reading
Champion of the Chalet School by Adrianne Fitzpatrick. It's set in the English era, which I've found to be a bit in-between and forgettable, and features Betsy Lucy, who's never featured as much as some of her sisters (the author says this is why she featured her). I am enjoying it, but I can't remember any mention of the events and most of the characters in it I can't remember at all!

What I'm Reading Next
The Lady's Maid by Rosina Harrison. I don't really know anything about this, beyond the title and what's written on the back. It's one of Mum's books that she thought I'd like, so I have borrowed it.

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Living in the country is good, but strange

My car went in for its MOT and service today (it passed) and since it was done by in the morning I went and picked it up at lunchtime. It was a 35 minute walk to the garage, the first five minutes were throw a field. Or rather around a field the long way since it was bordered by a stream and ploughed in the middle. Towards the end I crossed the river, which was also pretty. It was a lovely day - hot but with a breeze that kept it cool (and threatened to blow my hat off my head as I crossed the bridge). It's just about early enough in spring that it didn't set my hayfever off.

It's been a while since I walked that far to get anywhere and I miss it. I much preferred my fifteen minute walk to work to my twenty minute (in term time, fifteen minute in school holidays) drive - although not so much when it was raining.

On my way home I went the back way, which is prettier. But mainly I did it because they've closed a road, which causes queues which mean my journey home from work takes three times as long as usual. And it's especially annoying when it's hot because when you're not moving you just get hotter. The back way is quite narrow, but wide enough to get two cars past each other (there are some single track roads around, but aside from the one leading to our office, I don't go down those if I don't have to).

I saw the second strangest thing I've seen on that road: a woman on a mobility scooter on the other side of the road. Going down like cars would. What was the strangest, you might ask. That was a woman standing in the middle of the road. For no reason. And she didn't move at the approach of cars. I had to sit and wait until she decided to get out of the middle of the road.

The scariest thing have been coaches coming the other way. The road isn't actually wide enough, so some of the coach is on my side of the road. That's not what you want to see coming round a bend. The most annoying was being behind a tractor, which was going up a hill and around a bend, so there was no way anyone was passing. I was doing 8mph.

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Fic and work and drilling

My posting date for [info]dw_guestfest was today, so I managed to finish my story yesterday. I probably could have finished it sooner if I hadn't spent so much time putting off adding description. I declared it finished partly because I was sick of reading it. And I'd run out of description-adding ability. It features Kate Stewart and Counter-Measures - it's the first story on AO3 with Ian Gilmore and the second with Rachel and Allison (I wrote the other one). Here it is on AO3: Time Team. (Posting it really wasn't helped by LJ logging me out every time I tried to preview it)

I was thinking I'd get it more finished this week, but they suddenly started making people redundant at work. My job is fine, but we now have fewer people in the department, so we're busy and lacking in motivation. It didn't help my motivation for getting anything done until last night when I could put work to the back of my mind for a bit.

But today I did some drilling! I tried it a couple of months ago for putting a front door curtain up, but didn't achieve much other than drilling through the masking tape. This time I was putting up a towel rail, which was easier because I could stand on the floor, but harder because you really had to get it the holes in the right place and couldn't draw through anything. But the instructions were great - they even told me what size drill bit to use.

I tried the first hole, didn't get anywhere, changed a few settings (the drill has so many settings) and finally managed to do more than make a dent in the wall. It looks so easy when other people do it, but in reality the drill is heavy and you have to push hard and I ended up with an aching wrist, even though I was holding the drill with both hands. I thought I'd do the other hole anyway, to get it out of the way. And I discovered (partly) why the old towel rail had not been terribly secure - half the wall is hollow. One minute I was drilling hard, the next there was no resistance.

So I'm not sure how long/well this one will stay up. It's also not quite straight, due to me not drilling the whole straight. But had I drilled the hole straight they'd have been slightly too far apart. So it's pretty much cobbled together, but considering it's the first drilling I've ever done, it's not bad. I can certainly live with it.

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What I am reading Wednesday

What I Just Finished Reading
The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. It wasn't the last book I finished, but once I had finished it I got a cold, felt crap and read some books that don't require a brain that I don't have anything to say about.

Every book I've read in the Long Earth series I've not been able to decide if I like or not. This one is no different. Once I got into it I read it quite fast, but when I finished it I thought that if there weren't any more I'd be quite happy. And then I found that there is another one out this year, but I will read that one.

What I'm Currently Reading
Last Chorus by Humphrey Lyttelton. I went looking for things to read, the library catalogue was down, but the ebook catalogue was up. They don't have much in the science fiction & fantasy section, but they do have a lot of books in the biography section. And a wish list, so I have ten on there.

I'm not a quarter of the way through this yet, but it is interesting. Humph's family sound a bit crazy and he was clearly always into music. I was surprised to find he can't read music - he does point out that jazz is all about improvisation.

What I'm Reading Next
Champion of the Chalet School by Adrianne Fitzpatrick. I went onto the GGB website recently and discovered they had a new one, so I bought it. I like the Chalet School books written by other people and published by GGB. They are written a lot like the original EB-D books and the most interesting bit is at the end where the author talks about the assumptions they've made and what other titbits in the books they've got them from.

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The cooker saga

I bought a new cooker, but nothing is ever simple. I say it was a cooker, but technically it was a separate hob and oven because they are built in. Which makes everything more expensive, but the only way to put a free standing cooker in my kitchen would be with a new kitchen and if it's reached that point it'd probably be simpler to buy a different house.

I went to Currys and chose a (gas) hob, which was relatively simple because I mostly based it on it being easy to clean. And not dirt cheap or really expensive. (Electric) ovens were harder because they were pretty much all the same. I chose one that was small and didn't have very many functions. The oven was in stock, the hob would take a week and I was told they'd ring me when it was in to arrange delivery and installation.

So I got a text a few days later to tell me they were installing it on Monday. I had to ring to find out that was between 8am and 8pm. So I had to pick a day that I wasn't going out in the evening (and could work from home during the day). They told me you could pick a time when you bought it - which was never mentioned at any point. It was particularly annoying because you'd get a four hour time slot, but not until after 10pm the previous evening.

The day comes and two men turned up, asking me if Currys knew I had gas. I told them they did, as I'd mentioned I was changing like for like. But their paperwork said that my new hob was electric and they weren't qualified to install gas. Or do anything with gas. So they arranged for it to be installed on another day and in the meantime stick the oven and hob in my lounge - my kitchen is tiny and they'd have taken up all the available space in the kitchen.

A few days later the gas installation men turn up. Their paperwork tells them it's a free standing cooker. Since installation is quicker for that, they were a bit annoyed. I was just amazed they'd delivered the right hob and oven.

They did get it installed - and found a copy of the Daily Star from when the house was built behind the old oven. The new cooker is good, although I keep burning things in the oven because it cooks so much quicker (the old oven had two settings, one took longer to cook the food, the other set off the smoke alarm). And I never knew it was possible for a gas hob to be so clean. I'm still amazed that when I press the ignition it lights first time every time.

I have a thing with Currys that I got when I bought it that means they'll come round every year and deep clean it. So I am looking forward to them screwing that up.

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Doctor Who anniversary aka Australia

Today is the 10th anniversary of New Who. Or for me, it tells me it was ten years ago that I went to Australia (where did the time go?). The fact that there's been no way I could get on a plane for the past six years that makes it more poignant.

I left on Maundy Thursday and arrived early on Easter Saturday, after travelling for about 24 hours. I spent Saturday trying to stay awake, playing with my aunt's dog and marvelling at how quiet the city centre was on a Saturday (Adelaide is a small city). So I was asleep (just about - the unfamiliar dawn chorus was hard to sleep through) on Sunday morning when Doctor Who was on, on the other side of the world. When I spoke to my parents in the evening they told me it was funny and they'd keep watching.

I was in Australia for three weeks, so I had four episodes to watch by the time I got home.

I want to go back one day, but I get travel sick on planes at the best of times, so I don't know. However, some investigation of the Eurostar website tells me that I can get to most of Western Europe in the same time I can get to Scotland by train. From here, Paris and Brussels are only about three hours away, and Munich (where I have two friends living) involves changing twice (not including London) and only takes about seven hours. Which ok, is a long time to be travelling, but if you have to change trains, you might as well stop off.

The Eurostar website gives you train times to France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. They included non-Eurostar trains, so even from there you could change and go somewhere else. Plus being able to get on a train and get off in another country is a novelty when you live on an island.

My passport runs out this year, having not been used for nearly six and a half years. But it turns out there are reasons to renew it.

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Various things

I am feeling better, if not actually completely better. I can smell things, though, which is a start. If only I could breathe that would be even better.

After worrying about how little I'd written, how close deadlines were getting, and how I had no idea what I was going to write, on Monday I managed to finish the first draft of my [info]dw-guestfest fic! I have two and a half weeks to actually finish it off now.

While researching for it, I watched a clip from the 50th anniversary episode, where Kate has the TARDIS helicoptered into Trafalgar Square. The Doctor's comment of "Would it have killed you to knock?" sounded a lot like something someone in Press Gang would say (although I think that was more a recurring theme of "Would it have killed you to be more specific").

I have re-watched the whole of Ugly Betty in about a month. It has been a month of being tired, recovering, and then getting a cold, so I've had lots of time and no brain. It was a very good thing to watch with no brain. I was slightly worried about the last episode because I remembered them ruining it by getting Daniel and Betty together. But then I watched it last night and that didn't happen. So I am glad.

I kept recognising actors and looking them up to discover I recognised them from Ugly Betty. But Kelly's mother from Make it or Break it was in one episode, and Eli from Stargate Universe was in another. I don't remember whether I recognised him from Ugly Betty when I saw Stargate Universe.

Thanks to Stargazing Live I have spent a few minutes in my back garden on clear nights looking up at the sky. I have an app which shows you what you can see in the sky, although it keeps re-setting itself and I have to tell it that actually I am looking South. Annoyingly, it only seems to put the constellation lines in for some of the constellations, but I am working on recognising more than just Orion and the Plough. And justifying to myself that I want some more powerful binoculars than the cheap ones I have, so I can see things in a bit more detail.

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Lurgy

I haven't been posting because I am lurgified - I have the cold that's going round and it's knocked me out a bit. Annoyingly it seems to have different symptoms at different times, although for me I've had really bad asthma. I felt better on Tuesday, went out to Rotary, and the cold and the fog didn't do me any good. I have managed an impressive array of coughs over the days.

Today I am either feeling a bit better or am excited by the solar eclipse we had this morning. I got lucky, as I was working from home and at the point where it was as total as it was going to get here (about 85% or something like that) the clouds cleared a bit and I got to see it. And take photos (which it turns out my smartphone could only manage with clouds in front of the sun). I was looking forward to seeing it get darker and the birds to go quiet, but neither of those things happened. Not least because it was so cloudy it was not that bright to begin with, and at the point where most of the sun was covered it started getting less cloudy, so it just got brighter and brighter, until it turned into a lovely day. What with the asthma I did end up standing outside dressed for the middle of winter.

Hopefully I will be de-lurgified soon and will have some energy again.

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Various things

I finally posted The Librarians sword fighting fic I've been working on for ages: The Swashbucklers.

I have failed to start on my [info]unconventionalcourtship and my [info]dw_guestfest fics. Which is partly why I ended up not signing up for Rare Women.

Since it's March it's Back to Middle-earth Month. For me this is going to be a reading year. Or it will be - so far I've read the stories posted on the 1st March and the rest are sitting around waiting to be read. I will get to them eventually.

My neighbours moved out this weekend. The house isn't for sale or rent though, so presumably the landlord and landlady are doing something privately. It is very quiet without the back door and back gate slamming. I wait and see what the next people will be like (I've had three sets of neighbours on that side in the three and a half years I've lived here).

Tennis! It was long and exciting and tiring. I'm glad I didn't go to Rotary Conference because I got to watch it (and also because it was just too soon after Redemption). And we beat USA. So now we wait with baited breath to see whether July's match against France is going to be in England or Scotland (I'd like to go and watch it, but not so much that I'm willing to go a long way).

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What I am reading Wednesday

What I Just Finished Reading
Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon. This is the second time I've read it and I was dreading the ending, but it wasn't as bad the second time. It is the perfect ending for the book, but it's just so sad, even though the main character is happy.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Long Mars by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett. I stopped to read some other things (only partly because I didn't want to take a hardback book to Redemption). I have only just gone back to it, but it was recent enough that I stopped that I still remember the bits I read.

What I'm Reading Next
No idea. I think I need to go to the library.

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Gen prompt bingo

About a week and a half ago I finally managed to get a line on my [info]genprompt-bingo card from a year a bit ago. Mostly because I am very good at getting random squares that don't make a line with any of the other random squares I've got:

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Redemption

Last weekend I went to Redemption (convention). I think I've just about recovered. It didn't help that my body hates me and won't let me sleep past 8am, no matter what time I go to bed, and I stayed up until 2am at the disco on the Saturday night and 2am at the Dead Dog Party on the Sunday night. Although the latter was only because were playing games (Munchkin, Witch Trial and four player Spaceteam). Otherwise I was struggling to stay awake at 8pm.

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Sarah and Harry fic

Still not reading, but am getting on a train this weekend (actually three trains and a replacement bus) so I will be forced to read. Which might be a good thing.

I have written fic, though - and with Sarah and Harry, who I haven't written about for a while. They were much easier to write than anything else I've written recently.

This was for [info]onlyonebed, the premise of which is to have two characters forced to share a bed. I wrote The Love Hotel (link goes to AO3).

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Sewing

I have made a pinafore all on my own, with only the aid of various websites and my new sewing machine.

Pinafore

I am wearing for my dark!Alice in Wonderland costume at Redemption, so I have finished it just in time. It doesn't look quite like the one she wears, but then neither does the 'dress' I'm wearing.

In making it I have learnt lots of things not to do (like run out of thread on the bobbin and not notice until you get to the end and find half the seam isn't sewn). But mostly I have learnt that black is really hard to see what you're doing. It's not the most perfectly made thing ever, but as long as it holds up long enough to wear for a day, that'll do me.

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