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Jul. 25th, 2017 09:28 am

Artsy Tuesday

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:03 am
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Couple of things I've made recently.

These are placemats for Jenny's mom:


And some crafty little wooden boxes:

Music Monday

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:46 pm
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Just saw this today and found it sweet...While waiting for Green Day, the 65,000 people sang...and the camera and mics captured it all.

Write Every Day! July - Day 24

Jul. 25th, 2017 12:54 am
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Today was a good day with about 1.3k on my slavefic, which finished the draft of my next chapter, yay! I even achieved actual talking, which was all I wanted this chapter to do. \o/ It's so good when characters cooperate. Onward to kissing and shenanigans!

Tally:
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Day 20 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] ysilme, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (6 out of 10)
Day 21 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] ysilme,[personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (5 out of 10)
Day 22 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] ysilme, [personal profile] sylvanwitch,[personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] shopfront, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 23 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch,[personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (6 out of 10)


Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!

Any requests for blog posts?

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:44 pm
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I've got two blog tours coming up over the next few months - Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour and Count the Shells. I'm already drafting blog posts, and wondered if any of you lovely peeps wanted me to cover particular stuff in one of them. Bits about writing, or these stories, or my characters, or anything? 

Dragons

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:48 pm

Write Every Day! July - Day 23

Jul. 24th, 2017 01:35 am
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After yesterday's busy day I'm afraid I had an intensely lazy Sunday, although I managed to finish Dream Daddy: all Dads successfully dated, and I'm only missing out on 2 Steam achievements now. \o/ (Which means that I'm now going to wait impatiently for a leather dad expansion. Surely that's the only sensible choice for a DLC!)

I also wrote around 400 words of my slavefic where I finally got them to start talking. Now I just need them to start making sense...

Tally:
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Day 20 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] ysilme, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (6 out of 10)
Day 21 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] ysilme,[personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (5 out of 10)
Day 22 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] ysilme, [personal profile] sylvanwitch,[personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)


Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!

Thankful Sunday

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:23 pm
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I am thankful every single day for my hubby. He is the love of my life, my best friend, my sometimes caregiver, and all around good egg~!

Us a few years ago.
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Available for pre-order! The Cambridge boys are back, with a real conundrum to deal with.

“And hopefully by tomorrow we’ll be well rested, with our wits ready to tackle anything.”
“Indeed. The game, as Henry the fifth so memorably said before your ‘favourite’ detective stole the phrase, is afoot.”
Orlando, groaning at the reference to Holmes, whom he loathed, swatted his lover with a convenient newspaper, and turned his attention to the fire. Jonty, delighted at Orlando’s change of heart regarding the case, took out the cups and thermos to soak them overnight, and then headed for the stairs.
A case, a palpable case. And if they ended up finding Owens innocent, how impressive would that look?

Plenty more extracts at Rainbow Snippets FB group.

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Cloche and Dagger (Hat Shop Mystery, #1)Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was our July cozy at Cozy Mystery Once a Month Book Club(facebook) and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, especially the special little twist at the end. Scarlett Parker moves to England to help her cousin run a hat shop they inherited from their grandmother, and murder and mayhem ensues. Viv, her cousin, is missing, she doesn't know how to make hats and a posh Lady is murdered wearing only a hat that Viv designed!

The characters are likable, and the story has a nice pace. I will actually read more of this series.



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Write Every Day! July - Day 22

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:04 am
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I'd scheduled myself a full Saturday - I was seeing a matinee of Taylor Mac's Hir, all the way out in Sheperd's Bush, and I thought that afterwards I'd have enough time for an hour or two in a museum. But there was something weird going on with the District line, so all I managed to see was the Chris Ofili exhibition. And then I went to see Yank! at Charing Cross Theatre, which is a super cute, sometimes sentimental, gay soldiers in WW2 musical (without a happy ending, but it was surprisingly feel-good, and also gay tap dancing pas de deux).

Hir was... fascinating, and well acted, and despite all of that made me realize that apparently I really can't deal well with those themes on stage; it mainly felt like a vicious circle of toxic masculinity engendered emotional violence.

Writing-wise, it was an alibi sentence day for me, but hopefully I can make up for that today (if I don't succumb to Dad Dating again... :D)

Tally:
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Day 19 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (5 out of 10)
Day 20 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (6 out of 10)
Day 21 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (5 out of 10)

Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!

Life in general

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:11 pm
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Or what I'm doing on my summer vacation...

Long time, no rl update. The reason is that my life is rather quiet, for the most part.

It's hot here... very hot, mid-90s and so humid that the air drips.

I spend my days playing games on Facebook, which I would leave but for my game addiction.

I also do quite a few things in the Babylon 5 fandom - an update every two weeks of fandom things like fics, art and newsishness, I mod and post at a rewatch group as well. we are over halfway through Season 4. If you're a fan, join us at either Lj or Dw. Our name is B5_revisited. Once a year, I mod a B5 fan celebration called Babylon 5 Love and we post B5 fics, art , metas... anything every day for a month, usually Feb because well, you know, love!

I am doing Sins this year (Or is it still Ardor in August?). I have the story in my head but not typed yet. Starting this week.

Signups for the Oeam Big bang close at the end of the month as well. We have several. I wish we'd get a big bunch but OEAM apparently doesn't reach far and I'm just not a Tumblr person... NO clue what one does there.

OEAM is still up and running - the self upload site that EVERYONE swore they wanted so they could post to... um, I post there and maybe one more person now and again. It's a lovely archive and I monitor it nearly every day. It doesn't show up right on Google and I can't fix it. After Tallulah, Elfscribe and Marius (and others as well) worked and worked and worked, my webhost sent me a note telling us that we were using too much band width and if we didn't cut it down, they were going to shut us down. We - well Tallulah - worked tirelessly to do all the things they suggested to no avail. SOOOO I got us a new webhost and we were never able to get the site uploaded there. We realized that we were not using what they said anyway. They were doing this in an attempt to get me to change to a $40+ a month site, which I refused to do. So as one of the fixes, we sort of got off the search engines. We are at www.ofelvesandmen.com - nothing more. That is us.

I'm still old and still mobility impaired. I work on gaming, fanning and I've taken up reading cozy mysteries and belong to a group at FB that discusses one a month. It's fun. I am trying to spend more time reading than I have in past years. I also have a new overlock sewing machine... brand new - not even out of the box yet. I have to learn how to use it now. There are lots of nice videos at Youtube (you can learn to do almost anything there). I ma making some little craftish sewing projects and hope to make a few clothes as well when I get the hang of this thing.

Larry works at home and is working lots of long hours so I'm on my own most of the time. Sometimes I think it would be nice if he had an office off the premises... but then again, he is here all the time and I kinda like that, too.

That's all I can think of... gotta grab a shower and then it'll be time for Chinese takeout and British mysteries on PBS - our Saturday night excitement. I do love my Midsomer Murders!

So what are all y'all up to this summer? (Really! I want to know!)

Write Every Day! July - Day 21

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:43 am
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I woke up to a very weird comment on a PWP I wrote a while ago which was basically a sort of smug mockery of the fic and me? So that wasn't a good start into the day at all, and I just don't get why people feel the need to do that in the comments of a fic, sigh.

But I didn't want to spend the day feeling sad, so I decided that I definitely deserved some hot dads now and bought Dream Daddy, a gay dad dating game that has suddenly been all over my twitter. And it's very cute indeed! Obviously I had to go and make a Valjean dad and see if I could make him date the most Javert-like dad. :D

It's actually a super cute game, and I've been having fun with it! I might even offer it for Yuletide.

I managed to write another 500 words of my WIP as well - which was supposed to feature a conversation but so far has been mostly kissing. /o\ Failing at communication is truly what they're best at.

Tally:
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Day 18 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 19 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (5 out of 10)
Day 20 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (6 out of 10)

Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!

Charlie's latest newsletter

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:23 pm
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A real milestone for the Cochranes this week when our youngest girl graduated from University. I have to confess that tears were shed among the smiles. Don’t tempus blooming fugit?

News

The big news is that “Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour” is now available for pre-order,  with a release date of August 14th. At present, it’s only going to be out as an e-book as it’s novella length, but here’s a question: would any of you lovely lot be interested in a print version? Please let me know, as I’m gauging interest.

I keep being asked when the first eight Cambridge Fellows books will be available again, but at present I don’t have a definite date. Books 9 through 12 are still out, from Riptide, (you can buy all four at a discount) and book one is in audio version. And don’t forget there is a pile of free Jonty & Orlando stories (among others) at my website.

If you’re in the Sussex area, and you fancy coming and annoying me, I’ll be at the Meet the Authors event on the afternoon of August 9th, at the Selsey Centre. The Deadly Dames will also be appearing at a U3A event in Selsey later in the year. No comments about how that’s the right age range for us! We’re also putting our Damely feelers out for appearances in 2018. More news when we have it.

And finally, en route to the graduation, we stopped in Sidmouth. Stunning flowers!

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Write Every Day! July - Day 20

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:21 am
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So umm, because I have never heard of moderation I actually went back to the National to see the first part of Angels in America again, live in the audience as they broadcast it (which was a fun experience with all these giant cameras around us, fortunately I sat in the second row so no audience reaction shots, phew). :D I have a ticket to see the second part at the NT as well when they film it next week, but damn it, I'll never see this play done so well again in my lifetime, and also I very much prefer paying £15 for a seat here to $100 on Broadway.

I came back home completely starved and barely managed to post the next chapter of my slavefic, which I finished editing before I left for the theatre. I also wrote a few paragraphs of chapter 51, so all in all a very good day. I'm still happy about the 50 chapters milestone, even if I still have no idea how many more it'll take - there aren't that many plot points left, but quite some emotional development, so hopefully I'll get to finish this year...

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Day 17 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] tinx_r, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (8 out of 10)
Day 18 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 19 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (5 out of 10)

Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!

Write Every Day! July - Day 19

Jul. 20th, 2017 02:34 am
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I have no idea how it got so late, but at least I managed to do an entire first edit pass through my next WIP chapter today, and even wrote an additional 500 words of the next chapter. Bed time for me now!

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Day 16 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 17 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] tinx_r, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (8 out of 10)
Day 18 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)

Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!

Dragons

Jul. 19th, 2017 04:52 pm

A new Cambridge Fellows story!

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:42 pm
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I'm delighted to announce that Jonty and Orlando have started to talk to their official biographer (me) once more, having been annoyingly silent these past couple of years. And, in their loquacious manner, they've told me one entirely new story and are bending my ear with another. These will, I hope, be the start of a series of novella length mysteries.

The first Cambridge Fellows Mystery short is 'Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour' and it's available for pre-order now with an August 14th release date. I'll be blethering on about it between now and then but for the moment here's the blurb:

Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith like nothing more than being given a mystery to solve. But what happens when you have to defend your greatest enemy on a charge of murder?

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Write Every Day! July - Day 18

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:50 am
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My Tuesday was incredible and exhausting - at last it was time for my two show day at the National to see the current production of Angels in America and it was GLORIOUS and everything I'd hoped it would be! I've never spent an entire day at the National before - I was there literally from noon to midnight, and spent 8 hours in my seat, but it was so worth it.

This felt like a defining production, I don't think I'll ever see this play again done so well in my lifetime. I know that 8 hours in a theatre sounds like a lot, but this truly went by much more quickly than some 2 hour plays I've seen. And the experience of getting to spend an entire day delving deeply into these characters and this story is indescribable.

After the show I made adorable stage door friends - Russell Tovey was just so so impressive in Bent, and then this, I just had to tell him how impressed I was, and he was so happy to hear that I'd come to see Bent especially. Andrew Garfield really impressed me as well - I don't know how you can go through eight hours of emotional upheaval on stage like that, again and again, it was so stunning! And I sat center front so I got to see every single tear and drop of sweat (and uhh Russell Tovey's balls for his full nudity scene /o\).

So, writing-wise, as I should probably have expected, I didn't get much done. We had a two hour break between part 1 and 2, and I'd brought my tablet, but I was just way too emotionally wrapped up in the play to write. I think I managed to edit a sentence or two before I gave up. But I don't regret a single bit of this day! (And I have a theatre-free day today, so hopefully I can catch up now.)

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Day 14 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora , [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 15 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 16 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 17 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] shopfront , [personal profile] tinx_r, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (8 out of 10)

Let me know if I missed you or you wrote something, but haven't checked-in yet! Likewise, feel free to join in at any time!

Write Every Day! July - Day 17

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:44 am
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Today the booking for Fun Home in London opened, which I'm super excited about after seeing it twice in NYC. I've already booked two tickets for next summer today, and I'm sure those will multiply... :D

That was the most exciting part of today really, but at least in addition I also managed to write another 600 words of my slavefic, which means that the draft for this week's chapter is finished! Now all that's left is to edit it in time for Thursday (and get started on chapter 51, of course...)

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Day 13 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor , [livejournal.com profile] trobadora , [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud and me (8 out of 10)
Day 14 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] miss_morland , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora , [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 15 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)
Day 16 (LJ|DW): [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] tinx_r , [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [personal profile] auroracloud and me (7 out of 10)

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