I live to write. It's not wise to get in my
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][20/03/2019 - giving up. I don't have enough time to update the blog atm, let alone edit old entries!]
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!
My IMDb ep summaries
Arthur of the Britons
The Sentinel (part: seasons 2 and 3)
Swamp Thing (part: season 3)
Transformers: Cybertron (part)
Misfits of Science (four eps)
Transformers: Beast Wars (part: seasons 2 and 3)
Transformers: Beast Machines (part)
Vampire Princess Miyu
Undermind (3 eps)
Will Shakespeare (Tim Curry version)
Trigun (ep 8)
Hyperdrive (season 2 ep 3)
BBC Lion, witch and wardrobe
BBC Caspian and Dawn Treader
BBC Silver Chair
(Missing Excel Saga eps)
(Missing Haibane Renme eps)
(And possibly Marine Boy...)
"Autumnal - nothing to do with leaves. It is to do with a certain brownness at the edges
of the day...
Brown is creeping up on us, take my word for it... Russets and tangerine shades of old gold flushing the very outside
edge of the
senses... deep shining ochres, burnt umber and parchments of baked earth - reflecting on itself and through itself,
filtering the light. At
such times, perhaps, coincidentally, the leaves might fall, somewhere..."
(Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
are Dead Act
2: Tom Stoppard)
I love this time of year. I love the colours, the sharp slant of sunlight on the trees, mosaics of acid-yellow and harts-
blood, velvet and
darkness and a haze of mist-grey over the hills. I love its immanence, its mellowness, the tang of frost just around the
corner of the
Watching the little birds in the goat-willow in my garden, I realised something more.
I love this land with a fierce, possessive love, deep-rooted in two thousand years of history. From the frosted beaches
and cloud-brushing peaks of the north to the wind-haunted meanderings of the rivers of the east, from the sensuous
rolling patchworked hills of
the south to the demanding dark moors of the west, this land seeps into bone and blood and synapse, mother of
culture, individual freedoms. It can be known. It can be understood. It can be felt deep inside.
I love its effortless eccentricities, its vigour and vibrancy, its flawed perfections, its silent strength and tenacious
resilience, its hard-won tolerances and intense and variable beauty, the profound energy in its sacred mythical
Home and more-than-home, the forces that shape and protect and bind, in me, as I am in the land. Love returning love
in the stillness
for those who'll only take the time to listen...
(Joules, Autumn 2004)
All photographs taken by Joules unless otherwise specified. All photographs © Joules A Taylor or other
17.03.09 - Argent
25.07.08 - Raptor
18.12.07 - Quyn
02.12.06 - Ryme
Transformers - IDW, Prime, Animated, Rescue Bots.
Various Transformers books and graphic novels.
Currently working on:
Heart, The Poppy Tales
Currently chuffed with:
Currently miffed at:
Nestlé, Nonpres Tinyhands Fart, Toadface Farage
I've gathered some of my pages of photos together: the page of links is here. I'll be adding more as time goes
A Little Glossary of Taylorspeke
(in no particular order)
plit popints - n. Typo for 'plot points' typed on a keyboard with more than half the characters worn off...
[PING] (alt [ping]) - n. A brainwave. The text equivalent of a lightbulb going on blindingly over someone's head. Usually mine. And usually at the most inconvenient of times. [sigh]
TPTB - The Powers That Be.
wulmet - n. A person of little or no talent who somehow inveigles himself into a position where he is in power over other, far more talented people and uses his position to downplay them in order to try to make himself feel superior.
biteable - referring to an anatomical part vb, tasty.
Flatterfed - vb. 27.02.08: my typo for flattered, but since it's so cutely apt I thought it would fit nicely
here. Lutra defined it as "the lovely warm feeling of satisfaction resulting from enthusiastic reviews..." (which I've been
getting for my MB fics).
Composted - vb, 'compos mentis', mentally capable of working. Contrast with
uncomposted or non-
composted, not 'compos mentis', not capable of working, hungover...
Cumbles - n, cucumbers.
Kewp - how Ken says 'thank you'. We rather like Lutra's 'nanx', too...
Musekick - noun, music, without which I cannot work.
'feinne - noun, caffeine, essential for correct mental functioning, especially first thing in the morning. I
prefer mine in the
form of SodaStream Diet Coke. And on that subject...
Skoosh - verb, noun. To skoosh - to add CO2 to a sodastream bottle filled with water to make it
fizzy, prior to adding
Diet Coke syrup (or just drinking as sparkling water). A skoosh - a bottle of water that has been skooshed. Skooshy
- something that
has been skooshed, water, or that whipped cream that comes in tins you have to shake then upend and press the
Shoogle - verb. To shake gently, for example, of roast potatoes in a roasting tin to ensure they're
covered with oil. I
have vague memories of this being a real Scottish colloquialism...
Stegasaurus - n, spider of the genus tegenaria. Why? No idea. I just find it easier, that's
Edit 08.09.07: Lutra thinks that Brian is a good name for a mini-stegasaurus. From now on, any 'Brian's in the posts
may be assumed to be a tegenaria. Except where otherwise specified.
Viterals - noun, vitamins + minerals. Also a pun on victuals.
Splish - verb. A combination of slosh and splash.
Parrots - noun, paracetemol (from the old joke "Why are there no aspirin tablets in the jungle?
Because the parrots eat
Maggles - noun, magpies. As opposed to non-magical people.
Flamewings - noun. Swifts. So called because the first time we became aware of them was an early
when they were flying high, the light from the setting sun seemingly turning their wings to flames. Lovely little birds. We
summer's arrived when we hear their high-pitched squeeing.
Murfs - noun, moths.
Peasant cut - noun, roughly cut up into big chunks, e.g. vegetables chopped in a hurry for a
hearty stew or
soup. By extension, anything prepared in a hurry - haircut, material, even a first draft of a story...
Giraffe - noun, a carafe (of wine, coffee or water, for example).
Shrumps - noun, mushrooms.
Splings - noun, Kai's spelling homework: by extension, any spelling.
Tyops - noun, typos. var toyps, typso, psyto, psoyt, etc. Usual result of a dose of the
fingerials (see next
Fingerials - (pr. fin GEEE ree yalls) noun, fingers that will not type what you want
Haddock - noun, time, of which I never have enough. (Origin of this term here.)
Sleep - noun? vb? a.k.a. sheeeeeeeeep.... I used to know what this word
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Butch, my computer gremlin. Click the pic for larger version, and read his
A gift for me! Butch by the very talented Sylverthorne. Click pic
for larger image.
This is MY haddock. It was caught
exclusively for me by Talon. No, you can't have any. I need
all the haddock I can get!!
A'lestrel - a gift for me from
Another gorgeous Valkyrie gift for me - Benten the Albino
thumbnail for larger image.
Oekai by Bakayaro Onna - Radittsu at his sexiest...
The Zone Plant from
OrganicHTML (which alas no longer seems to exist...)
|[::..My Regular Reads..::]|
|:: Astronomical Pic of the Day
|:: What is Space... [>]
|:: Dark Roasted Blend [>]
|:: BLDG [>]
|:: Watchismo Times [>]
|:: Carol's Place
My GoodTwin's Homepage!
Check out the night sky where you are!
First stop for environmental matters
|:: About Bristol
The essential guide - and beautifully user-friendly too!
|:: The Forest of Avon
Our local community forest and places to visit
|:: The Guardian
Online Guardian Newspaper.
Exactly what it says
|:: World Timeserver
For checking the current time around this world
|:: Universal Currency Converter
Actually it's just a terran-global currency
converter, not universal,
but it's still useful...
|So what is it with the
haddock? Am I some kind of fish freak?|
I'll leave that to
others to decide.
The tale (or tail if you prefer) harks back
to October 2000, when my GoodTwin and I, ably assisted by Sue,
ran the first UK Professionals convention...
knowledge that I never have enough time, and I was determined
not to bewail the fact that weekend: hence I promised not to use the
Of course, that didn't really work (if nothing else I
had to let the trainees know what times things were supposed to be
happening!) so we decided a substitute word would be employed
instead. There were several suggestions. Banana came very close to
being chosen. However, I eventually decided that 'haddock' fitted
the bill nicely. Ever since, haddock=time. Hence the title of my forthcoming
My Half-Life in the Haddock
Normally I wouldn't, but these
were just irresistible...
were adopted from
Page (which appears to have disappeared, alas...)
Fabulous anime figures
A huge selection... evil popups
Anime still needed to complete series' I'm collecting...
Many thanks to everyone who has helped me acquire the collection!
|Ai no Kusabi|
Dj: June Special
|Cyber City Oedo 808|
All 3 eps on Video, dubbed
Dj: Cyberage 1-3
Illustrated Book 2 (Benten's) in Japanese
|From Eroica with Love|
Manga Vols 1, 9, 11
|Mirage of Blaze|
DVD Vol 1 (eps 1-4)
English Manga: Vol 1
Japanese Manga: Vol 1-7 complete
Anime Vol 1-12: complete
|Under the Glass Moon|
Manga Vol 1, 2
Vol 3 needed
|Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust|
Vampire Hunter D Book 1
|New Vampire Miyu|
(Studio Ironcat) Manga Vols 1 -5 (complete)
|Yami no Matsuei|
Viz Manga: English translation, Vols 1 - 11 (complete: I believe vol 12 is only available online)
Japanese 3-DVD set
Central Park Media: Descendants of Darkness Vol. 1, English/Japanese subbed.
... this is Terra? How the hell'd I end up here...?
(Thanks, Lutra, for the quote!)
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Friday, June 21, 2019
Summer Solstice Cheers!
And Happy Birthday Wendy (and Peter for Monday).
Quick update bespangled with photos...
Ken enjoyed his birthday. He and Kai bussed to Trowbridge: enjoyed the jaunt. We ordered Chinese takeaway for dinner (Ken's choice!) which was very nice - even if the Shanghai Garden's computer system wouldn't let me register and I had to order over the phone instead (nothing's ever easy 'round 'ere...) Many thanks for his cards, folks!
The finale to Years and Years was just outstanding. I was thinking I'd not buy the boxed set as it was truly depressing (FAR too close to reality to be the least bit comfortable, especially Viv Rook as a UK Trumpesque figure was very nicely done. Viciously intelligent though, unlike the orange abomination. Then again, only a vegetative coma victim could be less intelligent than that loser...)
My next (and hopefully final) gastroscopy is Fri 28th June. Can't say I'm looking forward to it but fingers crossed the ulcers have completely gone and I can stop the omeprazole. Life is slowly growing less stressful (though no less busy) for me so that should help.
Kai constructed an arch frame for the wisteria sprouts we have coming up, out of an old branch we had in the garden. It works beautifully and the plant is happily growing up it.
I made the stupid mistake of weeding the front garden yesterday. All of it. Without a break. Hurt at the time and today I can barely bend over - can't move without everything hurting. But it looks SO much better! Even the side with too much grass is pretty good.
Must remember to do this sort of thing in little stages with a rest between them in future.
Meanwhile, indoors, I found some pretties for our room - hummingbirds at half price at Dunelm...
They fit beautifully in that corner, and the invisible fishing line holding them up is invisible under daylight.
My original orchid definitely has a flower spike!
More photos when it blooms.
Oh, and I got a letter today advising me my request to have 'disabled' lines on the road across our drive has been approved, so that should be done sometime within the next 8 weeks.
As usual lots more happened - it's been busy again - but most of it is either the usual stuff or I can't remember it... In the meantime...
I don't like garden gnomes - but this one was almost irresistible and Ken said to get it - so I did...
Labels: birthdays, British drama, busyness, garden, gardening, nothing's ever easy 'round here...
Sunday, June 09, 2019
Forgot to post this...
How to sleep on the desk without stopping your human from working...(Ken, of course, not me!)
He's a GOOD boi!
Friday, June 07, 2019
Whoa! Only a week!
Just a quick update this time. Forgot to say - Ken's paperback version of Celestial Geometry has a FIVE STAR review in the June 2019 Sky at Night magazine! (we're trying to get permission to post the scanned review on the site, but no reply just yet.) This is terrific!
Plumber arrived on Monday at 8am and replaced the pipe - there were two holes, one further up, so the front panel that was hiding the pipework is now awaiting something to replace it. Aiming to get a pine plank, but may have to get out to B&Q (Cribbs Causeway) to get one wide enough...
Decided to get the soffits and guttering replaced - mainly because the black mould growing on them outside the bathroom and our bedroom is making its way into the ceiling of those rooms and black mould is a DEFINITE no-no for Kai's compromised immune system (and not great for my mild respiratory problems either). Not particularly cheap, as we're pretty sure the soffits are asbestos: will need to have that checked first - and are probably going to be using Anglian for the job. Need the downpipe replaced first though, so my next job is to get hold of WeCare and Repair to check the status of that job.
We've now finished Designated Survivor season 2, and although it started off well it began to push the bounds of plausibility a few eps in. Didn't quite jump the shark, but came close, and ended in a major cliffhanger. We will get season 3 when it's available, but we're not in a hurry.
In the meantime, Kai and I have started watching 24. I have the complete collection (8 boxed sets of 24 eps each plus the London-based 12 hour season and the film) so even at 3 - 4 eps a day it'll take a while. Kai's quite enjoying it so far though, and it's fun to watch it again.
The WIP is coming along slowly but fairly satisfactorily. My research for it is coming along apace.
Monday night I was browsing ebay - there are a couple of Starscreams appeared that I don't have, but one of them is far too expensive so I've been keeping an eye out for a cheaper one that would break the bank with added import tax, p&p etc - and found one for sale in the UK, at £100 less than the Chinese and Australian (it's Starscream disguised as Optimus Prime from the completely bonkers G1 ep where Megatron came up with the less-than-brilliant idea of having his Decepticons disguise themselves as Autobots in order to sow discord in the ranks, and confuse the humans), so clicked add to watchlist. I expected a request that I login (I was browsing without logging in in case I didn't find anything) so when a little login box appeared on the screen I clicked it without checking first. And somehow ended up making another ebay account (with a random name, and using my alternate email addie). But no password!
No, I have no idea how I did it. But I had to 'change the password' in order to get a password to login and try to delete/close the new account. Aaaaand it wouldn't let me (apparently it had somehow linked to my original account, where I recently bought Stranger Things, as I was told that as a payment was going through I couldn't delete it for 30 days. [headdeskheaddesk]
So I rang them. Ever had to explain a surreal situation to someone who's English isn't the best? Oh boy. Wat fun!!
Anyway, did eventually manage to get him to close the erroneous account, although I had to make a new password for my original account - which I needed as Ken said to grab the cheaper Starscream OP while it was available. Photos when it arrives!
FINALLY getting my hair cut on Monday!
The little bud on my purple orchid (I should give them names) IS a flower spike, which I'm very happy about.
Had a go at making homemade doriyaki (scotch pancakes with sweet azuki bean paste, served with ice cream). It was pronounced a great success (Kai prefers them to the bought ones) so I shall be making them regularly for a dessert.
Finally - food porn for Lutra. Completely homegrown salad: watercress, mizuna, mini-munch cucumber, three different radishes and a garnish of indoor broccoli spouts, and Tesco's hoisin duck spring roll. Delicious!
Labels: books, food porn for Lutra, household matters, nothing's ever easy 'round here...