Feb. 2nd, 2008 11:12 am
Last night I went to see the worst horror film that I've seen for about 25 years. The plot was non-existence, the script laughable - and we did, a lot - the acting was abysmal, and the direction... words fail me.

The worst thing though, the very worst thing, was that they had the audacity to name one of the characters Dallas!! Grrrrr!

In short, the kind of horror film that makes you afraid of being murdered on your way home, simply because everyone will then know that watching this film was the last thing you did before you died.
Oops, just realised: Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] caerleon and [livejournal.com profile] st_lemur.

[Considering how often I manage to miss people's birthdays you should feel priveleged. :)) ]

Hope it isn't too cold over in the Welsh hills and that you both have a good one. :)
Hmm, I've just been invited to a party on the 23rd February.

Unfortunately it's in Oakland, California. :(

So, anyone want to give the money for a plane ticket?

I have a headache again. I haven't had a headache for more than ten days (despite all the alcohol). I've been back at work for three hours and my head aches so much that my eyes hurt.

I wonder if it's stress or if there's something in the lab, like the air-conditioning or the lighting, that's causing it.

The lights do seem to be very bright today. Is it possible to become allergic to light? :)
Someone has nicked my lab coat! I am not happy!

It wouldn't be a problem if it didn't have my dosimeter on it, but on Friday they'll be coming around to change them and they'll want to know where it is.

Plus I can't find the combs for the gels so I can't do any work anyway. Why can't people put things back where they're supposed to go?!

I'm back from my week in Cornwall, with a 95% complete second draft of Rising Angels and a desperate desire to rob a bank and buy the house we saw on sale down there, just for the views and location.

The draft is only 95% complete because it still has a few issues, namely:

several areas that require a bit of research;
a few areas that have POV issues that need to be solved;
a couple of places where I've mentioned someone or something and then they've never been mentioned again, which isn't good.

I also have to cut the number of words by around 20k, as 117k is a little too long for this kind of story, but we'll have to see how that goes. Taking out one of the two sex scenes that are left might help (porn is so good for Nanowrimo as it really increases word count but is normally unnecessary for the finished story) but one of them tells us such a lot about two of the characters and I love the other one because it parallels the first so perfectly.

Ho-hum. I'll leave it in the drawer until Nanoedmo I think and concentrate on something else for a while. It's always a good idea to take a complete break. Gives you a fresh perspective.
Bleurgh! Anyone know where I can buy a new set of sinuses from?

In other news, I seem to have accumulated 109 notifications on my Facebook account, 90% of which are from the same 3 people!

Ho-hum. Wonder if I can do a mass delete on them all...

Oh, and sniglet, wrap up warm honey! You really don't want Scott's nasty cold to bring you down in time for Cornwall do you? :)

Right that enough time-wasting for one day. Time to head homewards I think.


Dec. 31st, 2007 09:32 pm
So I'm completely bunged up and feeling miserable, which is never good, but I suppose I shouldn't complain as it's the first cold I've had in about six months.

On the plus side though, this has all been written using dvorak, which means that I'm finally making some progress with it, although it's still very slow going.

Also, I've managed to print out the first draft of Rising Angels, Falling Apes and am about to put it in a binder ready for editing.

Must get back into writing as I've signed up to do 300k for NaNoWriYe which begins tomorrow. I've hacked out all the worst crap from the unfinished Uberviolence* so that I can make a start on completing that.

Roll on 2008!

Oh, and in case I forget, Happy Birthday for tomorrow to [livejournal.com profile] supermouse and [livejournal.com profile] murkee

*Name suggested by the irrepressible [livejournal.com profile] snigl3t and as such completely inappropriate, but what the hell! [G]
Urgh, it's no good. My brain seems to have shut down for the christmas break already! Not good when you still have so much work to do!

I sat in the house and did nothing but watch Dr Who and knit yesterday. Watched the whole of the CE series, which was great, and my Jayne hat is now half done. Might be able to get it finished this evening, although I have lots to do tonight so proabably not.

Think I'll go and get some coffee to wake myself up a bit...
I just found a dead hedgehog in the garden. It was curled up in a pile of leaves. I thought for a while that it might have been hibernating, but it was cold and wet and, when I moved it, completely flat on its under side, so it had obviously been dead for a while.

It was really sad, I think it must have been too young and too underweight and just tried to curl up and hibernate in the first pile of leaves it found when the weather turned cold. It's a shame. I would have fed it and offered it a home in the shed if I'd known.

I've never noticed how large their paws are before. They were huge compared to the rest of it.

In other news, I've finally started my christmas shopping. Would have done a bit more but I went into town today and gave up after only two minutes - too many people. It makes my fists itch. Gah! I'll go back one morning during the week when it's quieter.

I did pick up some wool though and am going to make myself a Jayne hat. I couldn't get any orange wool though so I have to make do with red (which I prefer anyway )

Also need to finish spell checking Rising Angels, then I can print it out ready for editing.

Now...soup! :-)
Huh. My boss is on the front page of the cambridge university web site.

At least we now know why he's going to India next month. :)
That's odd. My left hand has started tingling. First it was my little finger, now it's spread to the centre of the back of my hand. Weird.

OU stuff

Dec. 13th, 2007 03:18 pm
Hmm, that's interesting. I've just received a Grade 2 pass for my Planetary Sciences course - despite the fact that neither my exam grade nor my continuous assessment grade were above 70%, which is the cut off point for Grade 2.

I'm not going to mention it to anyone just in case they say, "Oh yeah..." and reduce me to a Grade 3... :)

Still haven't decided whether to drop M366 yet...
Well that'll teach me not to look at LJ for a while. I've just found out the news about TP along with the rest of the country. It's a complete bugger, especially for someone who is such a master of language and reasoning.

Let's just hope that he's one of the 20-year group rather than the 5-year and that they make some real breakthroughs in the next few years.

In the meantime, I hope he concentrates on having as much fun as possible. :-)
So I've finally come down from my Nano high and am having to cope with the realities of housework, cooking and christmas shopping once again. Yuck!

In order to cheer myself up I've signed up to do NaNoWriYe next year and fully intend to reach the 300k goal that I've set myself. If I don't keep you informed about it, feel free to hassle me! ;-)

On another, um, 'good' note, I somehow managed to win the Cambridge region's Worst Sex Scene Competition. Still not sure how I did it, and the fact that I organise the competition means that I have to present myself with the prize, which feels a little odd to say the least. :-)

My Dad seems to be going from strength to strength, and is right back to how he was before October, which is great.

The only downside of the past few months is that due to my Dad being ill all the way through October, and my commitments to Nano during November, I have had no time whatsoever to get any work done for my OU course. As a result I've written to my tutor and told him that I will not be submitting the first assignment tomorrow. I spent an hour on the course forum last week reading through all the complaints about the course from some of the other students and to be honest, I'm now 90% sure that I'm just going to drop out of this course completely and sign up again either next autumn or the year after. I always knew that taking a course in its first year of presentation was going to be hard (I've done it once before), but this one is particularly bad in my opinion. I'll step back and allow them to sort out of the errors and then come back to it.

Besides which, I haven't had a break from studying since I finished my MSc in 2002 and I could really do with getting away from it for a while. It's not as if I don't have anything else to fill my spare time with after all. :-)

I'll wait until January to make a final decision though. I am talking about losing nearly £400 after all.

The End...

Dec. 2nd, 2007 01:07 am
loriba: (sandman)
NaNoWriMo is over for another year. I am devastated! :-(

But ... I have a complete first draft out of it, and the first three chapters of another story which looks like it could be interesting, and uses the image of the sobbing woman in the mirror that I mentioned a few months ago.

Now, to finally get some proper sleep for the first time in a month. :-)

Oh, and in case anyone is interested, my final word count was 160,056.

(My right wrist aches)

Next challenge: learning and switching to Dvorak! :-)
My Dad went back to work today, woohoo!

Oh and my current word count is 7592 words.
Happy Berfdei to [livejournal.com profile] tiggerbrasilf

Hope you have a good 'un. :-)
So I took your advice (Thanks everyone who commented on my last post) and went down to the police station to report the incident. Turns out that they can't do anything at all unless it happens another two times. The only thing the desk bod could suggest I do was to make lots of notes about exactly what happened, and do the same if it ever happened again. Then he gave me a phone number to ring once it had happened three times. At which point, they can then send someone round to see her and 'have a word'.

In the meantime, they can't even keep a record of it, mainly because she didn't actually break any laws - just pissed a lot of people off by driving down a main road at 3mph and shouting at me!

I'm left feeling rather sorry for her. I'm assuming that the whole thing won't happen again (at least not with me) and therefore, won't ever actually get to the '3 times equals harrassment' stage that would mean that someone in some kind of position of authority would then intervene and get her the help she so obviously needs.
So, interesting trip into work this morning.

Read more... )

I'm still in two minds about whether to tell the police about it at the moment. On the one hand it will be good for them to have a record of it in case it happens again, but I'm hoping that the stupid woman has calmed down and realised what a complete prat she was being. I'll take a slightly longer route to and from work for the next couple of weeks, so in theory I should never see her again.
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