Moving in

Sep. 15th, 2017 09:53 pm
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*Blows the dust off DreamWidth*

Okay. That went well. Hi! Life happened there for a while. I don't know who's still around, just about to go and find that out...

For those who are, an update on the State of Me )

TL;dr, life is good
galadriel1010: (Men sparkle)
Time flies when you're running around like a blue arsed fly...

So, another year gone. That's weird. I'm guessing there's no one around any more, which is sad. I miss fandom so much. But a lot has been going on in my strange little world.

Last time I posted (October 2015, wtf?), I had been working for about 4 months for a short term loan company and thought I might be being groomed for promotion, and I was in the process of buying a house. Today I'm sitting on the sofa of that house, with my two adorable kittens, waiting for the letter to come through the door confirming that I've had my second promotion. I really need to get back to blogging more frequently.

So I guess this is just a 'hey, I'm back' kind of post. I'll try to get back to updating more often, but I say that every time.
galadriel1010: (Men sparkle)
Okay, so there's been NaNo, there's been house sale stagnation and finally some good news, my bike got a death certificate instead of an MOT, and I've been singing. Far more important than any of that, though is...
We have kittens! )
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Last time I did this I'd just fallen off my bike, hadn't I? Whoops.

A couple of x-rays on my hand, over a week apart, proved thoroughly inconclusive, so they strapped it up and told me to keep it that way for about three weeks in total. Fortunately it was one of these gauntlets with an annoying metal plate up it, but with velcro fastenings so I could take it off to have a bath and the like. I worked my last two weeks on light duties, which mostly involved sitting on the reception desk and doing a bit of world building and research for NaNoWriMo and calling my old club once a night. I'm now unemployed and sending off a few desultory applications, but mostly I'm trying to get myself in gear to sort my trip to China. That's not working either.

I need to go back to my colour-coded to-do lists blue-tacked to the wall, otherwise I won't get anything done.

Right now I'm going to tick off posting my Reel_TW fic, which is very late but I sort of lost it. Sent off an unfinished version (why did I still have one, I wrote it two years ago), then had my posting day whilst I was on my jaunt around The South and got home to discover that I hadn't saved it in any sensible places. It has turned up, though, and it's been sitting on my fanfiction.net account waiting for me to get my brain in gear and format the LJ posts. I remember when this used to be something I could do in my sleep.

I think I need a routine again, and set times for writing and Not Simming. Good god that game's turned addictive again. There were months when I didn't play at all, and now I can't get enough of it. The passion is returning, hoorah! (It's just the passion for the wrong thing)
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I know I said I was going away for a while, but then I lost control of my bike on the way to work and had an argument with the tarmac. No broken bones, apparently, but my hand is going an interesting colour and is in a brace until I've had another Xray to confirm that.

Fortunately I can work, but no washing up or carrying trays. I proved that by going in to work a 4 hour shift straight after my accident, because people who are in shock make really bad decisions and the paramedics should probably have used some medical terminology to make me go "oh, this could be serious" rather than "small bones in your hand, but you can move your fingers so nothing major is broken". I just didn't want to have to call my mum from hospital.

I surrender

Sep. 5th, 2013 11:37 am
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I am now officially dropping off the face of the world. I'll still be around on Twitter and Skype and Facebook, things I can access from my phone, but I'm only getting on my computer every couple of days at the moment.

I will be back in early October, with NaNo build up (I'm an official ML for the first time this year!) and hopefully photos of kittens, but I'm going offline for my last two weeks at work and then a week's holiday. I've thrown in the towel at my bingo job because of the commute and the hours, and I need to reclaim a bit more of my time for job applications anyway.

So I guess I'll see you all on the other side.
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I've been quiet for a while, partly because this is my 500th post (I think) and I wanted it to be more than just my usual rambling, and partly because I've been sitting on a lot of nearly organised stuff and I've been waiting for it to be actually happening rather than jinx it. It's all in place now, though, so I guess I'm safe.

I'm currently in my parents' kitchen. I'm moving back in with them at the end of next month, and yesterday I finalised a transfer to a branch closer to here. York has lost almost all of its appeal recently, and with the summer holiday and the massive influx of tourists hurtling towards us I'm very glad to be getting out of there. I'll miss some people, but for the most part I'm breathing a sigh of relief. York has its pretty bits, but I've been so homesick and longing for hills and clear rivers, and every time I get back into Calderdale it's achingly beautiful. I'm also excited by the cost of living here. We really couldn't afford to live in York, and I certainly can't afford to live there on my own, but if I get fed up with my parents I can pretty easily afford to rent a place in this area.

We're renting my flat out to some friends who need a short term place to live whilst we have it on the market so that I can get out sooner. It's all a bit go, and my parents need to come and get most of my stuff before they go on holiday so that I can just bring the last of my clothes over here on the train, because they come back from holiday the day before I finish at my current club, and I start at the other the day after that. All good fun, or something like that.

I'm going to part time hours at my new club, because they only have a few shifts a week going. That might increase over time, but for the moment it'll give me a bit of breathing space to get through the journalism and TEFL courses, and to get back into my writing. I have so much stuff I want to write, which makes a nice change, but no time to do it at the moment. I seem to spend all my spare moments tidying and cleaning and getting ready to move. My CaseStory deadline is hurtling towards me, though, so I do need to sit down and do a lot of writing on Wednesday and Thursday. And then on Friday I have another motorbike session, when I will hopefully get my licence. I need to get that sorted before I move back over here, or getting to and from work will be difficult.

So it's still all go, but everything's looking a lot more certain than it has for a while. I feel pretty trapped, because I've only left Yorkshire once since January, and that was for an afternoon in Salford. I'd really like to get back to my city tripping, but that hasn't worked very well and I'm soon going to have less money. Oh well, I'll be off to Oxfordshire for a weekend in August.

Get me out of here.

There's nothing I can do about it for the moment, really, because I don't want to take holiday in my last month and a half or in my first couple, except when I really need to for festivals and the like. If I'm only doing three or four shifts a week, though, I should get plenty of chances to get out and away between work. Maybe.

There's so much I need to do, but for the moment I'm back in that 'just keep trucking' state where everything will happen tomorrow, or next week, or next month.

The really good thing to come out of the move is how many of my colleagues have said that they don't want me to go. It's lovely to have so many friends at work, and I have a sneaking suspicion that we're going to have a pretty big night out before I go to send me on my way. I will miss them all, but I can always go back and play bingo.
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So yesterday morning I was in Hay-on-Wye, doing the bakery round. This morning I was in Halifax with my parents, aunt and cousin, and this afternoon I was in Slaithwaite (Slawit) watching morris dancing. Now I am in York again, but sorting out fic has not happened as much as it should have, partly because I have yet another job interview tomorrow morning. It's all go, apart from the fic. I do have lots to post, though, which is sort of exciting.

In the last few days I have ticked off Wales and England; Hay-On-Wye, Birmingham, Leeds, Halifax, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield and finally York, and that's just the towns I've set foot in, and discounting the ones I merely passed through. Tired Fiwen is tired, and should really go to bed and have anxiety dreams to properly prepare her.

Also, I have just been presented with a white chocolate mousse.
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So because I've got 19 hours in my signing session next week, I have to sign off. But I can get Working Tax Credit.

Then the following week I can sign back on, and sign off WTC...

This is why people don't bother getting work experience through temping, because it's such a fucking stupid system. When I rule the world there will be one benefit for people who do casual work, and what they get will depend on how many hours they work, and all they'll have to do is fill in the form with their hours.

Funny thing, though. I'll get more from them as WTC than I do as Jobseeker's Allowance when I get a few hours. Just need to find out what it means for Council Tax benefits.

Right now I am annoyed, so I am going to buy food and have cake and then apply for many jobs.
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The floodwaters have receded in York - although they got a lot higher than they were when I was taking photos - and the river has given up the barge it stole. She's called Ermintrude, apparently, and she looked very sad as she emerged. The problem with the Ouse is that, even this far inland, it's tidal. So when you think it's dropped a bit, you realise that that was low tide and it's not actually dropped as far as you think, or it may even have risen a bit. Two weeks it took from starting to rise to dropping back to something approaching normal levels. I'm used to the Calder, which is incredibly flashy (that actually is the technical term) and the floodwaters can disappear overnight and leave the river crystal clear. The Ouse is nothing like that - it's always silty and slow, slow to rise and slow to fall. It's gone for now, but I'll be very surprised if that lasts the winter.

I'm still unemployed, and I've heard back from all my interviews. I have another on Monday, and I've done a bit of temping, but for the moment it's still pretty empty. The upside of this, of course, is that I have time on my hands. It's nearly NaNo, so I've been plotting and preparing, and I have also written a whole chapter of my on-hiatus monster Torchwood fanfiction. I'm going to get another couple of chapters done and get into the rhythm before I start posting, having done a chapter here and a chapter there for about two years, but I'm really hopeful this time. NaNo will kick start me.

Speaking of NaNo, one of our very good friends from the Yorkshire region has a graphic novel out with Titan. He wrote the final comic strip in the Torchwood magazine, and now has a detective noir novel called Harker out. It's pretty damn awesome, and he's a cool dude, so you should check it out. If you're going to New York Comic Con, you should go and see him, too, because he's trading York for New York for the convention. His name's Rog Gibson, and he'll be on the Titan stand, so if you're there you should go and say hi and tell him Gala and Lali sent you.

He'll probably tell you that the deathbat is coming for you, but you don't need to worry about that, we've got it covered.

And it's now quarter past eleven, and I should make Lali go to bed and rest her injured... we don't have time for that list. Too much furniture removal lately, and not enough sleep. Tomorrow will be a day of writing, if I get my way. So for now, adieu.
galadriel1010: (Puss)
So hi! I can't actually believe how long it's been since I was on LiveJournal properly. It's been a bit mad the last few months. Job applications and festivals and tidying and all sorts of busyness.

Read more... )
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It's been a while. Over a month since my last update, in fact. I've finished all my uni work, thank goodness, and I'm now waiting for my results to find out how I've done. The last few, dissertation, exam and two reports, were all due in within a fortnight of each other, but we got an extension on one of them. It's all done, though.

I've got a conference, a festival, a couple of trips, Eleventh Hour and God only knows what else coming up. All the while I'm starting to apply for jobs, waiting to hear back from the job I really, really want, and generally starting to get Real Life (tm) going again. Need housework and sleep and food. I'll do a proper update soon, once I've got a better handle on what's going on.

But, thing is, I've been away for ages and there is no way I can catch up on my flist, so what is your news? Pull up a seat, grab a cup of tea and a slice of cake if you so wish and let's catch up :) (Suggestions of offline catch-ups are most welcome, but I can't really do anything about them until July at the earliest. Unless you're doing 11th Hour, in which case [livejournal.com profile] laligin and I will see you there.

State of me

Mar. 8th, 2012 12:07 pm
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Hiya. Still alive. In two months and three days I will have finished my course. Bloody hell.

So yeah, there might still be a distinct lack of Me around for the next two months and... a bit. I'm just about ready to start pulling my dissertation together, my other modules are going well although I'm not getting much out of lectures for either of them, Lali goes to her new job on Monday and we get afternoons back, I'm gleeing all over Sherlock fandom like you wouldn't believe...

Yeah, I think that's about it. I'm alive, happy, working hard, can see the end of the tunnel at last.

Two months. Bloody hell

State of me

Feb. 5th, 2012 11:35 am
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I'm a bit out of it at the moment. Don't cope well with the cold, as you probably know by now, but I've been getting out more than I usually do because I've been going to see [livejournal.com profile] laligin. I only have two days at uni this year, which means starting at 9 on Tuesdays and finishing at 6.30 with a three hour gap in the middle, but also means that my motivation on the other days is negligible.

Even fic isn't really picking me up. I'm head over heels for Mycroft/Lestrade at the moment, and I have loads of stories I want to write, but it just seems... I dunno, I just can't actually make myself do it. Pen to paper is going better than fingers to keyboard, but it's still not really happening. I'm really, really glad I decided to go on hiatus, because the last thing I need is any pressure on that front.

Do need pressure on the university front, though. For my dissertation, I've got about half the responses I need on my survey, and I need to get more discussion going but I don't know what I want to talk about. I also need to start bringing my lit review together, but I need to see my tutor before I can start that so I can sort out the framework. As always, if you're a Torchwood fan and have ever considered going to Cardiff, please pop over to [livejournal.com profile] tw_tourists and tell me about it, tell your friends about it, etc. The latest entry is and I'm asking for your memories of your trips to Cardiff.
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I had plans, I had all sorts of things I was going to do, and then things got in the way. But I'm still going!
This could get rambly )

In my head

Jun. 21st, 2011 02:10 pm
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You may be aware, or you may not, but I have a somewhat odd relationship with my beliefs. I'm a pelagianist christian (I have a word for it now!), which is a school of belief which was popular in the Celtic Church prior to the Synod of Whitby, and basically means that I don't believe in original sin or predestination, but that Jesus came to offer us atonement for our sins and to show us the right way of living. Since Pelagianism was condemned in 418, I'm not 100% sure where they stood on individual rules, so I have done a bit of making it up as I go along and go along with the general principal of "if it's hurting someone else, it's bad. If it's got the potential to hrut someone else it's not good. If it's not hurting anyone else or likely to hurt anyone else then it's fine, and if it's beneficial to someone else then it's something to aim for".

I feel like I'm being called, actually. This is not what this post was going to be about. This post was going to be about my occasional suicidal thoughts, but this is really fucking weird and needs to be talked about. God wants me to be a vicar. Me, really? I'm a walking schism!

I can't describe this at all. It is the strangest, most terrifying feeling. Somewhere between standing on the edge of a cliff and hearing the back of your mind telling you to jump, and waiting for exam results to come out, but nothing like either of those.

Confused now.

So... Hi

Jun. 8th, 2011 09:06 pm
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I think I'm back on with writing. Hopefully. I've been putting off doing the Queensland Flood auction fic because I've been writing utter crap lately and I didn't want to write more utter crap for that one. Once I got into the rhythm with the Timelord!Ianto stuff I thought it was safe to try it, and I'm happy with how it came out. Fingers crossed this really is me back on the path I was on in the last months of last year, but less destructively this time (remember me sinking into a depressive and exhausted funk? I do not want to go there again.)

Going to complain about my mother )

I'm home

May. 23rd, 2011 08:23 pm
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I have entertaining stories about stewarding in the rain and our tent breaking, and some music recs and stuff. I also have Timelord!Ianto to be posting. But right now I want to sleep for a week, so I might go and do that.

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