Being dynamic

I had nothing planned this weekend, so I wrote myself a to do list that would take less than a day if I did it all at once. So I got it all done and a bit more. I did enough food shopping to last a couple of weeks, cleaned the house (which was disgusting because it hadn't been cleaned for a month and a bit because I'd been too ill to do it), tidied and made all my Christmas cards. I had only planned to make a few, but I decided I had some time, so I finished the job off.

I now don't need to do anything around the house for a couple of weeks except catch up on my viewing and do writing. I am almost done with my SGA Santa fic, which is just as well because it's due in in two and a half weeks. Then I can go back to my Yuletide fic, which has yet to make it out of draft 1.

I have five things to talk about for my December talking meme, so I could fit some more in. It's the entry before this one - I can't be bothered to edit the post after I post to put the relevant link in on each site.

Mirrored from my blog.

Tags:

December Talking Meme

This looked like fun last year and all sorts of people are doing it again this year, so I'll join in.

So give me a topic* and I'll try** and waffle about it sometime in December***.

*can be as broad or specific if you like - if I can't do it I'll say and if someone else has asked for something similar on another site I'll tell you

**if not December, I will get to it sometime

***probably excluding the first week of December when it's likely to be busy

Mirrored from my blog.

Another update

It must be time for a weekly update about how I'm still dizzy. I don't feel like I'm getting better much, but I did make it to the tennis yesterday, which is on the other side of London. Trains (and the tube) are fine when it's dark and better when I'm sitting down than when I'm standing up.

The tennis was good, although the evening single's match was more exciting than the afternoon's one, but I was too tired to stay up for it. The doubles match was exciting though. The most bizarre thing was that they were allowed you to bring in full, unopened bottles of drink, but not empty bottles. I don't get that at all. Fortunately there were bars inside that would give you tap water (with ice) in a plastic glass, so we had that. And I bought another bottle from Sainsbury's at a fifth of the price they were selling bottles of water from inside the O2. And it probably tasted nicer - I think the cheaper the bottle of water the closer it is to tap water and therefore the nicer it tastes.

Friday I had a day off to recover from work before I went to the tennis. So I went into town to get some fruit & veg (having stocked up on everything else using online shopping while I was too ill to go anywhere). I stopped off in Carphone Warehouse to buy a new mobile phone. My old one was about eight years old, had a scratched screen and a very blue looking screen. I'd been waiting until the battery went to buy a new one, but having used it quite a bit while I was ill I decided it really was time for a new one - assuming I could find one at a decent price. My new one has a much nicer keyboard and was £8, which is pretty reasonable for a phone (it wasn't even the cheapest one they had - that was 99p).

Mirrored from my blog.

Update

I am still dizzy, hence the lack of updates. Some things I have been doing:

[info]dw_remix happened with 9 fantastic stories. I did read them all, although it took me a little while. I did discover it was easier to read on my iPod as then I could see less on a page. Usually that would be annoying, but at the moment the less I can see on a screen the less dizzy it makes me. I wrote And Almost Home (The Coal Hill Remix), an Ian/Barbara fic with a bit of New Who in there.

I've been needing to read books that don't require much effort and since I've recently read quite a bit of Chalet School, I've been going through my ordinary fiction collection. This mostly consists of Kate Long. I tend to only remember she exists when I'm ill and think to check if she has another book out. I discovered the last one was out when I was dizzy back in January and she hasn't written another since, so I had to content myself with reading all her other books instead.

I rewatched all of Coupling, which was funny. It's also only half an hour long episodes, which is better for my concentration. Also, since it's a sitcom, there's not much movement going on, either on screen or, more importantly, from the cameras. After I watched some extras on that I then watched Doctor Who Extra and I'm not sure Steven Moffatt has aged at all.

There is tennis on TV! Only in the day because Sky Sports have the rights, and no doubles because the BBC refuse to show doubles outside of Wimbledon (and often you don't get much of that). I am going to the first semi-final on Saturday, which I am determined to be well enough for.

Mirrored from my blog.

Dear Yuletide Writer

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for writing a story for me. The optional details are optional. I've just tried to give you some ideas of what I might like to see, but if none of them are your thing feel free to disregard them. I will love something you've enjoyed writing more than something you've struggled over to fit my specifications. I've requested characters I find particularly interesting in each fandom, so I will be happy with anything featuring them.

What I like:
- Stories that explore the relationships between characters
- Scenes/fic that is like it could be (part of) an episode
- Stories with happy endings (angst on the way is fine)

What I dislike:
- Sex scenes, so nothing over PG-13 please - generally sticking to the tone and details of sex/humour/peril etc of the original
- British people using Americanisms and American people using Briticisms
- Relationships other than those in canon - but you can never go wrong with gen

Prompts:

Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Mirrored from my blog.

Tags:

Labyrinthitis, again

I've had labyrinthitis again. This is a whole new load of dizziness, unrelated to the normal dizziness (except that last time I had labyrinthitis the dizziness didn't go away properly). I'm not actually better - previous experience tells me that it takes about a month to get completely better, although being used to being dizzy might make it quicker - or this tendency towards dizziness in the first place might make it slower.

Basically, it sucks. I spent four days in bed looking at my poster of a bunny and a kitten thinking about how much I wanted a rabbit and how unsuitable my garden is for rabbits. It saps my energy and my brain power and it's worse when using a computer and watching some things on TV (a small window on my netbook isn't so bad because it's smaller) and I have the brightness turned down on every computer-like device. I have got through about a book a day, once I was well enough to read more than a few pages at a time.

Also, my neighbours wake me up at 8am on weekday mornings with their door slamming - except for this morning when someone somewhere was hammering. I don't know why anyone needs to hammer anything that early in the morning.

Mirrored from my blog.

Tags:

End of holiday

I thought I was doing well last weekend, sleeping for about nine hours, and then last night I slept for eleven hours. I didn't know I was that tired. I did have bad dreams about work, which involved the computers having been changed to TVs mounted on the walls and it was very hard to work when you had to keep looking so far up and use a remote control, rather than a keyboard. I am not looking forward to going back to work on Monday.

Since my holiday has involved quite a bit of driving I've got through one and a half Evelyn Big Finish audios and now I remember how great she was. In her first one, The Marion Conspiracy, she basically spends her time pushing the Doctor around, decides what she's going to do and doesn't listen to him and pretty much takes the idea of time travel in her stride.

Mirrored from my blog.

Holiday

I have really needed this holiday, as I thought I would. I have discovered that it is actually possible to sleep past 6.30am. Even in a hotel room in an uncomfortable bed (it dipped massively in the middle and getting up to one edge was like mountaineering, only on your side).

I have also seen a lot of Bath in the rain. Although that's mostly because it's done a lot of raining.

I haven't actually done any writing, but I did get my SGA Santa assignment. I'm more used to Yuletide-style prompts, so this is vague in comparison, but exactly the sort of thing I write. So it'll be perfect, just as soon as I can work out what to write.

Mirrored from my blog.

Holiday

As of yesterday I am on holiday. From work, I am not actually going on holiday, except for going out places. In fact today is one of the rare days when I'm not going anywhere.

So far my holiday has involved getting up early, driving for about four hours, randomly ending up at my sister's house (which was nearby and not really on the way, but did give me an opportunity to tell her I need instructions for when I'm actually supposed to be at her house), and doing something* to my back that meant I couldn't find a single position to sit, stand or lie in. And more lack of sleep. Basically some sleep would go a long way.

There is also Yuletide, which doesn't include SJA. It'll be an unusual Yuletide for me, not writing SJA treats at the end of Christmas - but by then I'll be a lot closer to my Lynda Day at the Chalet School deadline and should be working on that instead.

Talking of Yuletide, I have no idea what I'm going to request (let alone offer). I was happy with my choice of Press Gang, The House of Eliott and Wizards vs Aliens. But then people nominated The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, Chalet School, The Avengers, Counter-Measures and Big Finish audios with Evelyn and Charley.

*It was a combination of having to sit on a bench (with no seat back), slightly sideways that did it in, the gardening didn't do much for it, neither did ballet, but then the driving finished it off.

Mirrored from my blog.

Tags:

So, in a nutshell, I've been busy. Last weekend I went to a wedding. It was good to see some of my uni friends again, but I was less enthusiastic about the people in the room above me getting up at 5.30am when I hadn't gone to the bed until the DJ finished at midnight. Then I caught up on my sleep and went back to waking up at 6.30am. Until this weekend when I didn't have to get up at any time when I woke up at 5.30am yesterday and 5am this morning - although this morning it was because of the very loud engineering works on the train line.

Aside from that all I've done is work and sort out a lot of stuff that needs sorting. I do have a week and a day off from Friday! I am not going on holiday, but am managing to be out more than I'm in. But after that things calm down a bit and I have at least one day every weekend this year free. Not so much the evenings - this week is the week I go out three nights in a row.

I have managed to write some fic. Some very short fic, set after last week's Doctor Who episode, The Caretaker. Mine has Ian and Barbara and no Eleventh Doctor or Clara: The Alien in the School.

Mirrored from my blog.

Tags:

Been busy

I haven't posted for a while mainly due to work being really busy. It completely sapped my energy this week, although I did go on a first aid course on Thursday. Friday afternoon was suddenly quiet for a little while and I had to do someone else's work because without that to distract I realised just how tired I was. I could really do with another day on this weekend, but I at least have a three day weekend next week - although I am going to a wedding, so I won't be good for anything on Sunday.

Last weekend was busy. On the Saturday I went to Big Finish Day 6. It was really easy to get to, but really hard to park. I went all round the hotel's tiny car park to find there were no spaces - and you couldn't get out without a token from the hotel. Fortunately the person behind me at the barrier knew the code. I drove around Slough a lot looking for a nearby place to park before I ended up back at the hotel, went to ask them where to park and it turned out that it was ok to park where it say "no unauthorized parking" and threatened you with clamping. The actual thing was all right. I was excited about meeting Peter Purves and he was lovely.

After last weekend when I didn't get much chance to rest, I did this weekend. I have managed to write most of the first draft of my [info]dw_remix fic. And I finished off a Press Gang drabble.

I have been watching a lot of Stargate Atlantis, in order to decide whether to sign up for [info]sga_santa. I have come to the conclusion that I really like Elizabeth and don't really care about watching episodes that she's not in. Which shouldn't have come as a surprise because she was my favourite character, I just had to get used to her not being in the last two seasons when it was on.

Mirrored from my blog.

Ficathons

Sign ups are open on [info]dw_remix! Come and write a remix, you know you want to (you only need to write 500 words). The post looks like it's empty, but people have signed up - it's just screened so people can give their email addresses.

For Yuletide I think the three fandoms I'm going to nominate are Press Gang, House of Elliot and Wizards vs Aliens. I haven't changed my mind on this for a while, so I might well not change it come nominating time. Handily, assignments go out around the time [info]dw_remix is due, so they don't overlap too much.

I am considering signing up for [info]sga-santa. I need more ficathons at this time of year like a hole in the head, but I had a look at the sign ups and got all nostalgic. I'd have to rewatch quite a bit (what a hardship!) as I only vaguely remember some bits. But the sign ups don't close until [info]dw_remix assignments go out, so I am waiting to see what I'm going to write for that before I commit to this. And it does have two months writing time, which sounds more do-able.

And then there's Lynda Day at the Chalet School, which is ongoing over all of this. I haven't actually written anything on it since Wednesday because I've had other things to do with the time that I'm in the house, but I do have about 2600 words. I'm just about in the (apt) troublesome middle where I don't know what I'm doing, beyond trying to get to the vague idea I have for an ending. I probably need to watch more Press Gang and read more Chalet School (another hardship).

Mirrored from my blog.

A few things

Work is really crazy at the moment - 9 hours days are normal (and that's 9 hours of full on working hard too). It really takes it out of you - I nearly cried at 5.15 (we finish at 5.30) when I thought someone was telling me they'd changed something on a project that meant doing a lot of work. It turned out to be not a lot of work when I calmed down a bit and understood what they were telling me.

I got my hair cut at the weekend because it was getting long and annoying me (this is how I know when it needs cutting), but it ended up shorter than I really wanted. Which is fine because it means I don't have to go back for a while, but doesn't look that good, so I've been taking to wearing it up at the moment. So it's just as well that it's warm. It looked fine in the hairdressers, but of course it was damp then, so less curly.

I have been writing Lynda Day at the Chalet School in bits and pieces, generally 200-300 at a time and I've managed to accrue 1600, which is over a tenth of the way there, based on the minimum word count for Small Fandoms Big Bang. I am liking Written? Kitten, partly because I get a kitten for doing writing and partly because it has a fairly small box for writing in, so I'm not faced with a lot of blank screen. Although it is annoyingly buggy and by the time I think I've written more than 100 words I have to refresh it in order to get a kitten when I get to the next 100. So far in the story I have Lynda, Julie, Sarah, Kenny, Daphne Bettany and Geoff Maynard.

Mirrored from my blog.

Feels like autumn

It feels like the end of summer with the schools having gone back, so the roads are busier (and yet so far it's taken me less time to get to work than usual, no idea why). It's getting darker early (even when it's not cloudy). And choir started back this week. It was good to be back - even though I'd been feeling worn out from work before I went, I felt better once I was there. I was starting to get bored at home - it wasn't as if I got much done with all my time in over summer.

On the other hand, now that term has started again, it's got warmer. A couple of weeks ago it was cold enough in the house for me to get my fingerless gloves out, now I'm back to opening the windows - and although it's pretty dark out it's still too warm upstairs to close them.

Mirrored from my blog.

Tags:

Ficathons

This year's round of [info]dw_remix has officially started, with sign ups for people willing to have their fics remixed. Sign ups for people wanting to write a remix open next week.

And today I signed up for Small Fandoms Big Bang. I now have until the end of January to write Lynda Day at the Chalet School. And work out the plot past the beginning. I've been thinking about it all summer and haven't got anywhere, but maybe the time pressure will help...

Mirrored from my blog.

Digital Revolution

Yesterday I went to London to the Digital Revolution, which is an interactive exhibition. I'd seen it on TV, where they'd gone through the cool bits. What I found when I got there is that they had shown all the cool bits. It was still cool to see in person, though.

Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Mirrored from my blog.

Tags:

I wrote fic (that no one will read)

In another chapter of I write a fic in a fandom of one*, I wrote a Wizards vs Aliens fic: The First Night Again, set after The Last Day (last story of series 1) and will not make any sense without having seen series 1. This comes after having re-watched both series recently when I was tired and children's TV was just the thing. I want to nominate it for Yuletide, but I did that last year and no one else requested or offered it, so it would be a bit of a waste.

*OK, so there are about 10 fics for this on ff.net and a couple on AO3, but they're all either Tom/Lexi or Benny slash. None of them have Michael as the main character, and yet he's the most interesting character in it.

In other fic-related news, I reckon [info]dw_remix has enough interested people to run another round this year. I just need to stop playing Doctor Who Legacy on my iPod long enough to sort out the FAQ and timings.

Mirrored from my blog.

Long weekend

I was just going to do a catch-up on the past couple of weeks (summary: really busy at work, plus Worldcon, but I am feeling better at least) but couldn't muster up the energy, so I won't. I'll summarise this weekend instead:

Gardening. I have filled up the garden waste bin and another six bin bags. Given that the bin takes about three bin bags worth, it'll take six weeks to get rid of all of it, unless I go down the tip. But I have mostly pruned everything that grew over the spring and summer, I just have the things that are currently flowering to go, once they stop flowering.

Doctor Who. Still mumbling. I tried without subtitles, but kept turning the volume up, until I was deafened by the music during an action scene, and I was still having to rewind bits because I was missing entire conversations. I didn't get used to Peter Capaldi being the Doctor. Time will tell if I will, but I have never got used to Peter Davison as the Doctor - looking that young he's just Tristan to me.

Doctor Who Remix. I have a poll up to see if anyone is interested in a round this autumn. I worked out a more prompt-based like idea to make it different from Remix and also because I am burnt out on exchange based ficathons.

Mirrored from my blog.

Ugh

This week I have been appreciating how [info]lost_spook feels all the time. I didn't get enough sleep while it was hot, then work got busy and we ran out of Commonwealth Games. So now I've spent a week lying around, unable to watch anything that isn't simple and can't be watched in half hour chunks, and I can only read two chapters of Chalet School books at a time because any more than that requires too much effort. Putting effort into being up and doing things makes me dizzy. Oh, and work's got busy after a quiet July, not helped by an imminent bank holiday, before which everything must be live or the world will end.

Mirrored from my blog.

Tags:

This week I have…

... not been sleeping enough due to the heat.

... watching the Commonwealth Games. I've been enjoying the swimming the most and it's reminded me that I should go when I can and see how it affects my dizziness. I've also seen some triathlon, athletics, bowls, judo, squash and rhythmic gymnastics. And listening to it at work, although swimming is definitely not the same over the radio because part of the appeal for me is seeing the actual swimming.

... uploading my stories to AO3. I have now done pretty much all the Doctor Who related and Stargate related non-drabbles and more rare stuff (mostly also non-drabbles).

Mirrored from my blog.

Ducks

Yesterday afternoon I went for a walk to post a letter and decided to come back the long way, via the lake. It's only about five minutes from my house. It was lovely just standing on the boardwalk, looking out at the ducks and geese swimming around and hoping I was going to feed them, especially when I got my camera out. I'm glad I don't live closer, though, because the geese can get really noisy sometimes.

While I was there I happened upon a mother and her three baby ducks. The ducklings were just out of the fluffy yellow stage, but still just as sweet.

Duck and ducklings

Mirrored from my blog.

Tags:

Babies

You know how when someone has a baby other women get broody and want one? Someone at work announced she was pregnant and it reminded me that I really want some rabbits. Mind you, someone else had a baby a few weeks ago and they were telling me all about their sleep deprivation. I just can't see the appeal of something that does nothing but scream and shit and deprive you of sleep. You might as well have a kitten - it might wake you up in the night, but at least it's more self-sufficient.

I am definitely not a baby person. There was a programme on TV a couple of months ago called The Secret Life of Babies. They said something about people finding babies cute and it's all inbuilt or something along those lines. Then they showed a few babies. None of whom I would say are cute - but they weren't ugly, so I imagine other people would think they are. They also showed a programme the same week called The Secret Life of Cats. Now, the kittens in that, once they'd opened their eyes and weren't quite so newborn, they were cute.

Mirrored from my blog.

Tags:

What I wrote

Despite not signing up for Not Prime Time, I wrote a fic as I found a request that looked interesting. This fic in fact:


Friday Night Jealousy
(1427 words)
Fandom: Doctor Who
Relationships: Ian Chesterton/Barbara Wright
Characters: Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright
Summary: Despite the gossip, Ian and Barbara are just friends.

I wrote this two months ago and posted it a month ago, coming up with a title at the last minute (as per usual). When the archive opened I went into it and thought I'd see what other Doctor Who stories were in there. I wasn't logged in at the time and I thought someone else had also written an Ian/Barbara story and worried about why mine wasn't there. Then I looked at the summary and realised it sounded familiar. This is one of the reasons why I especially don't like anonymous ficathons.

After the first few months of this year I realised I had posted something every month, so I wanted to try and keep that up. It'll get harder towards the end of the year, but this was July's fic. The rest of the ones I have for this year are:

Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Mirrored from my blog.

Smartphones

It's not quite a Smartphone, but I do now own an iPod Touch. It's red. If it hadn't come in red I would probably have thought longer about whether I wanted one. I have been holding out for an Ubuntu Phone but it always seems to be coming in a few months. There have been a few occasions something similar would have been handy - either to use the WiFi when I don't have much money on my phone to call Dad with, when I've forgotten my book on a train at night when there's nothing to look out the window at, and when I've forgotten my camera at Rotary events. I got a bonus from work, so I've used a bit of that money to buy it with (the rest is going to savings and charity, as soon as I can decide on the charity(ies)).

So far I've googled how to do lots of things, as Apple make the hardest to use operating systems I have ever used in my life, installed Fruit Ninja and been unable to type my own name first time (I have a pen in the post). I now don't get to use it except while sitting down while I wait for the indestructible case (red) to arrive.

Mirrored from my blog.

Tags:

What I am reading Wednesday

What I Just Finished Reading
Mystery at the Chalet School and Robin Heeds the Call. Mystery at the Chalet School is a short story set in the English era. My spreadsheet of which Chalet School books I've got and read is out of date, so although I think I've read them all, I'm not certain I've read this one. But I have now. It was standard stuff really.

Robin Heeds the Call was interesting and its inclusion did make the book short, rather than really short.

What I'm Currently Reading
Lost Cause by JL Simpson entirely on the basis that she's my aunt. And it has bright pink on the cover, but since it's only available as an eBook, that is somewhat lost. I really hate that it's in American (my aunt is English, but emigrated to Australia when I was little and it's set in England but ss published by an American company). Well, except for doughnut. But the pants thing does get confusing and I've had to concentrate to work out what it is that Daisy's actually wearing. It's currently one of these annoying books where I can't decide if I like it or not, but the characters are growing on me.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably the next book in the Serrano series. I've finished the first three and bought the rest, since the library can only manage three out of the seven books. Despite having read three and generally enjoying them (although the third one got a bit too horsey too) I can't get excited about reading more of them for some reason. I do know that at least two of the books don't focus on Heris, but a new character who was briefly in book three. I think I might enjoy some new characters in this universe.

Mirrored from my blog.