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Joules, trusted by... dozens... to make a drama out of your crisis...
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I live to write. It's not wise to get in my way.
August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [02/09/16 - Now reached 09/10/2004]
If you come across any words you don't recognise in this blog, take a look at the Taylorspeke Glossary in the left-hand infopane, you'll usually find a definition there.
First, a recommendation. Dive over to The Jonathan Day Fiction Site and try some of the stories. I love this author's writing - it's funny, bitingly witty, dryly incisive, chilling, and deliciously subversive by turns. Absolutely well worth a look!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
[gazes forlornly after the haddock fleeing through every available exit, thumbing their noses, mooning and blowing raspberries...]
Last night was a late one - but I did enjoy the second volume of Get Backers! A lot of fun, and beautifully designed: I'd forgotten how much I like it.
Black Jack, however, I'd seen before - must have been a late night Sci-Fi Channel anime offering back when they still showed anime. OK, but not the best I've seen.
So Ken woke me at 10.30 announcing that there was someone offering a slow-cooker on Freecycle and would I like to ring them. Bwuh? Not awake. Not awake 'til after second 'feinne. By which time said slow-cooker would be gone, as I know from experience they go really quickly...
Stumbled downstairs about ten to eleven. Rang after first glass of coke. No answer. Left voicemail, just in case. Two minutes later got call back.
YAY!!Only, the Freecycler was over at Downend (which, despite its name, is actually on top of a long hill, the same one that John Cabot is on but a bit further north than the school), a two-bus ride from here. Three cheers for FirstDay tickets, say I!
Got back home about three hours after heading off - and got dropped straight into a flurry of checking print-on-demand printers/publishers. All of which require .pdf documents. So we now have Adobe Acrobat 6 Professional (unopened, unregistered) on its way to us from ebay, at a third of the price of the shop version. Mad. But necessary.
Much to our delight the block of 100 ISBN numbers that we bought when running the small press is still valid (cost £100 for 100 back then: these days, Ken tells me, it's £100 for 10. We only used about 15 of them at the time, so still have about 85 left. This is very good news). Why is this of interest? Because it's a step closer to publishing Haadri ourselves. And possibly the Alliance Chronicles too...
More as it happens.
While in ebay I thought to check on my account, because the Space Rangers DVD I bought still hasn't arrived. (I knew it was going to be late as the seller was on holiday.) To my horror the seller, phraggerfil, is no longer a registered ebay seller, leaving me out of pocket and without the DVD (and no doubt there are others in the same situation). I've started a whatdyamacallit, dispute case with PayPal: more on that as it progresses. [sigh] Nothing's ever easy 'round here.
I forgot to mention... On Wednesday, after banking, I went through the open farmers' market outside St Nick's on my way to the opticians, and was delighted to find that a large number of the regular stalls were selling organic (Soil Association certified) fruit and veg! Loose. And wrapped in brown paper bags instead of plastic and cling-film! I bought two heads of the best broccoli I've ever tasted, so fresh it could have been picked that morning. The stalls are there every Wed I think: going to start walking into town to shop at them (cheaper than Sainsbury's and the lack of unrecycleable wrappers is a big plus). I also bought a punnet of strawberries and another of raspberries, both locally grown though not organic, and packed in plastic, unfortunately, at £1.50 each. £1.50! Raspberries were £2.99 in Sainsbug's last time I checked. We had summer berries with cream for pudden...
Ken is taking Kai to the Avon Valley Railway tomorrow. I have more than enough to do here, so it'll be another busy day.
Tired now, but I haven't done anything creative today, yet...