March 23rd, 2011


From Twitter 03-22-2011

  • 08:13:17: #wakingup and, yet again, I forgot to log when I went to bed.
  • 09:05:27: It seems that I went to bed at about 2230 and was asleep almost instantly. 9 hours sleep or so!
  • 09:05:53: The moral of the story seems to be that if I go out during the day (we popped down to Brighton) then, even if I nap, I sleep all night!
  • 09:06:27: Then again, I can only do that every few days, not every day. It takes a few days to recoup spoons.
  • 19:29:40: Did some #wiifitplus and have played some #WoW as well as #knitting quite a bit and installing a new-to-me printer.
  • 19:30:15: Sudden #paincount=8 #headache though so #nap and #cocodamol
  • 19:35:40: Weighed cats on #wiifitplus too. Pixel = 11 lbs and Smudge = 7 lbs.

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"Plague diary"

"Patient will begin trying to call in personal favors at this point, requesting of anyone who calls to ask if she needs anything, that she be shot in the face at the earliest possible convenience. There might be bargaining, pleading, bribery, name-calling, and all manner of emotional blackmail, however ballistic trepannation has not been proven to improve matters significantly, and could well merely piss the Shoggoth army off. Ergo, the management does not recommend shooting the patient in the face, however much she may beg."

Quoted With Permission (QWP), source: Just a Baker Street Muse - Plague diary

Just how I feel/felt when I get/had sinusitis/bronchitis!

Publishing and ePublishing

I am reading some articles about book publishing, eBook publishing, pricing of novels and so on and thought that some of you might find the links of interest. These blog posts / articles offer differing and often opposing views and so I invite you to read them, if you are interested, with open minds.

One Art, Please. I Have 99 cents. by catvalente (Catherynne M Valente).

99 Cent Books by Kevin Kelly (linked from novelr).

What Price, E-Art? - Getting value for work done. by alexandraerin (Alexandra Erin). This is where my reading and link-surfing started.

What Price, E-Art? - Vulgar money questions. by alexandraerin (Alexandra Erin).

My comment on one of these:

But 'people who lack the upper body strength to read a standard-sized novel' is a kind of specialized market.

… but there are a lot of us out there. In my case my reading-disability is not upper body strength but manual pain (hands/wrists/fingers) and I can manage to hold my Sony Reader Pocket (small like the new kindles) for a while or lean it on my pillow (or read on my mac) but can only hold a paperback for a minute or two and a hardback? Never.

So, for me personally, eBooks and web-fiction enable me to read fiction. At all. As someone who used to devour more than one paperback per day as a kid (and usually adult/non-kids' fiction at that) I finally feel like I am coming home.

As to price, as someone who is an undischarged bankrupt on benefits and DLA (the UK equivalent of unemployment and disability/SSI/SSDI etc.) free would be great but I know you authors need to eat and so I tip (crowdfunding FTW) when I can and buy as many eBooks as I can.

Just my 2p.

Writer's Block: Friends of old

Do you have a childhood friend that you still think about and miss? What happened to him or her?

All of them. Childhood, university and adult life. I now only have one truly close "best" friend and that is hubby. I have had many friends over the years. Usually one "best" friend as I do not do as well in larger groups but sometimes a small group of very good friends. Recently I have got in touch with some of them via and so on. These were my best friends over the years:

Cl* & Ca* when I was 5-7 and lived in Buckinghamshire. I have recently got in touch with Cl* via FriendsReunited and it was good to touch base.

I had a pretty close friend when I went to kindergarten in Euless, TX. I think her name was Page or Paige but I cannot remember and did not seem to write about her in my diary while I was there (PDF download).

My best friends when I moved to Horsham at the age of seven were S* (who I have had contact with via FR), A* and J* but especially S* who was my best friend for years, even for some of the first year of senior school when we were in different classes/forms.

I did not have many friends during senior school. There was M* for a while and N* at different times (N* and I both played alto saxophone). I spent a lot of time alone either reading, writing or playing music in the practice rooms.

During 6th Form (ages 16-18) I became very close friends with B*. B* and I stayed close all the way through university as well but I am useless at keeping in touch so we have drifted apart over the years. She is now a well known (in those circles) consultant paediatrician in (I think) Birmingham, has married her boyfriend from back at 6th Form and had their first child (which she let me know by a card). I made a buggy blanket for her and sent it off but have not heard from her since.

Then there is E* who I became very close to over the years after we met when I was coaching her at trampolining. She eventually qualified as a coach herself and ran the club I used to help run for a while. I last saw her at her wedding and took a few photos but, sadly, almost none of them turned out for toffee and we have not been in contact since.

I am just so bad at keeping in touch. Apparently my dad used to be the same as well where as my mum is still in touch with people she went to school with and even a woman that was on the same ward when she had me. (Or was it my brother? I was sure I was born at home.)

So, I like to spend time on my own and suck at keeping in touch with people from my past. I do remember most of them, though, and often wonder how they are doing. I did meet up with another friend from 6th Form recently, though, who happens to run the games shop that hubby goes to - it is indeed a tiny, tiny universe!