The Doctor warms your heart for the holiday. He also songs Marilyn Monroe, but that’s offscreen. Plus Michael Gambon as the Doctor’s Scrooge. This should be watched by the light of a Christmas tree, eggnog optional.
Hoping to push on to 2250 words today which is what I need to do each day to finish by noon on Christmas Day.
And the total for the day....
(ps. there are two YA chapters, the second is on Paranormal romance/detectives and is already written. Otherwise I would stand no chance of fitting it all into 10k words).
The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.
Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share | Video on TED.com
There's a trick to see the most recently added pieces first: start at the bottom of the post and go up. (Charlotte's things at the end are quite lovely, even if you're not a My Little Pony fan.)
Also, do watch that post for possible markdowns, because you know how I get. The other two might even get that way too. We shall see.
Thanks, and thanks for liking the shinies!
Or, at least, the planetary gear.
Let the celebrations commence: the Kenwood Chef was dead; the Kenwood Chef lives; long live the Kenwood Chef.
A good workout creaming a pat of butter confirms the efficacy of the replacement planetary gear.
Also, rum butter achieved so we don't have to cancel Christmas.
Today is Look on the Bright Side Day. Cue Monty Python.
- Fri, 13:07: Running around getting things done before heading to Jersey.
- Fri, 13:18: So, any sign of Black outside of AT&T?
- Fri, 13:35: For your reading pleasure: my take on Microsoft's 2013. A life of surprises: http://t.co/OBw7BUwWvs
- Fri, 13:42: RT @floragraham: We Went to the Amazon to Find Out What Makes These Weird Web-Tower Things http://t.co/tlS9GD7SdZ
- Fri, 13:44: @jackschofield Cheers! You doing one too?
- Fri, 13:52: Now to drill into Project Siena. Let's see if I can build an app over the weekend...
- Fri, 14:31: So as far as I can tell, to get hits these days you need to write about (a) Apple being doomed/taking over the world or (b) Love Actually.
- Fri, 14:32: 68 Twitter followers from the magic 5000...
- Fri, 17:41: Gatwick Airport. Made it. No thanks to M25 congestion...
- Fri, 17:56: Twenty minute delay, late incoming aircraft. Yawn.
All this on top of having to wait nearly an hour to get him thanks to a couple of emergencys ('towser got into the xmas choccies', and 'yes, I'm sure your vet did say bring him here for aftercare since we do act as his overnight hospital but the message didn't reach us').
- Current Mood:pissed off at the cat
Because of how we're doing things, we'll probably be closing some other BotMo packages early during this year, so if you want to get in on an upcoming month, soon would be good. Here's the Grand Roster for Year Ten.
So, today I'm thankful for:
- A job with flexible hours that I can commute to by bus. See above.
- Home and family.
- Colleen doing better, even if only a little -- sometimes that's all it takes. She's well enough and strong enough for car trips and shopping, which is *fantastic* for her morale and my budget.
[Crossposted from mdlbear.dreamwidth.org, where it has comments. Comment wherever you prefer; anonymous comments are allowed on DW only]
- Current Location:Rainbow's End, West Seattle
- Current Mood: cheerful
[ Remember Why Women Turn To Stone by Heather Morris? It's now up on the web, and if you'd like to share the link with your friends, now is a good time: http://dailysciencefiction.com/fant
asy/fantasy/heather-morris/why-women-tur n-to-stone ]
Yes, you can comment on every DSF story at Facebook.com/dailysf. Yes you can tell your friends and enemies to subscribe at dailysciencefiction.com to get free stories in their email, so they'll know why you're staring at your screen with that far-off, cross-eyed expression of sfnal glee. Yes you can.
-Michele and Jonathan
So, I did.
I think I need a reading icon.
It's a whole cloth quilt, using a piece of fabric that I dyed and printed with my own fair hands.
I was pretty attached to that particular piece, but it seemed just right for the purpose, and I hadn't figured out an alternative use for it.
It pleased me no end to make a quilt that wasn't colour-coded either pink/blue for gender or pastel for baby.
Comment here or comment there (where there are comments).
I use the LJ notification emails to remind me to make these posts and so I apologise if I miss anyone's birthday - I likely did not get that email for whatever LJReason or you do not have your birthday in your LJ userinfo. Also, if there is more than one LJPerson with a birthday in this post they may or may not be the same RLPerson!
- Thu, 12:15: ZDNet blog post: Instrumenting the smart city, one parking space at a time http://t.co/41Wkpj2PjG #zdnet
- Thu, 12:23: Bill Gates takes part in Reddit Secret Santa, gives a Heifer International donation. Yes, Bill gives a cow. http://t.co/Q3vvIq0CBY
- Thu, 13:13: TIL that Dublin Core was Ohio, not Eire. The semantic web is not the Internet Blarney Stone.
- Thu, 13:51: Microsoft Project Siena is the Windows 8.1 equivalent of Windows Phone App Studio. Only moreso. http://t.co/XA1BY094Om
- Thu, 14:00: Free @ournameisfun EP on @noisetrade. http://t.co/MKpgL6vHWI
- Thu, 14:21: Recent Reads: Then Will The Great Ocean Wash Deep Above. The 3rd of Ian Sales' Apollo Quartet mixes an alternate Mercury with bathyspheres.
- Thu, 16:54: TIL that they filmed Ian MacLeod's alternative Lennon story Snodgrass (from the excellent In Dreams anthology). Rock'n'roll SF.
- Thu, 17:12: Windows 8.1 apps starting to take advantage of the improved WinRT device drivers: the new Fitbit update supports the dongle as a HID.
- Thu, 17:22: RT @APImetricStats: Here's what an API with a cacheing looks like... http://t.co/mwSQ0LV87x
- Thu, 18:48: RT @BenThePCGuy: More importantly, say thanks to @HumanCompiler and @heskew who built #Rowi. They've been a huge asset to the our family. …
There may be more later.
Thanks for your patience; I'm trying to get that done tonight, in between two other things on deadline and getting the rest of the sale groupings up. Whee!
Sometimes there are things that happen unexpectedly and really quite put everything else in perspective.
In a tale stranger than fiction…..
Two weeks ago I sent an email offering to discuss representation to author Samuel Boyd Taylor for his historical fantasy novel. Several days passed with no response but there had been bad weather in his area so I wondered if perhaps he’d lost power and/or internet access. I sent a followup and shortly thereafter received an enthusiastic reply agreeing to set up a time to chat on the phone. It was during that chat that Sam revealed that the same day, just a few hours after I’d emailed my offer, his house caught fire. Six firetrucks fought the flames for over an hour but from the pictures I’ve seen, the house seems pretty much totaled. Thankfully, Sam, his family, and their pets are all safe and sound and have a warm place to sleep.
There’s that perspective I mentioned. It reminds me to appreciate my blessings.
For those of you playing along at home, Sam’s original contact to me was a traditional query. And it followed the guidelines exactly. It had a query letter with pitch, the first five pages, and a synopsis. I responded to this a week letter with a request for a partial and then eventually with a request for a full, which I ended up passing on with a very long letter of feedback (some several pages if I recall correctly) and an invitation to resubmit if he should choose to revise. Time passed. And suddenly this fall, without any warning, I was thrilled to receive a fully revised manuscript in my inbox. He did an amazing job with the revisions and I’m privileged to welcome him aboard!
Tagged: once more through the looking glass
- Wed, 15:25: No alcohol allowed at my class party, but this will definitely do.... (Weisse Alkoholfrei) http://t.co/4ZmIxoxxlh
- Wed, 17:25: I just earned the 'Lager Jack (Level 8)' badge on @untappd! http://t.co/pbzWjbjRXb
- Wed, 17:25: Lager. Goes well with the pimientos de Padron though. — Drinking an Estrella Galicia @ Yosoy — http://t.co/XJ0Ue0VivE #photo
- Wed, 18:26: RT @KariByron: I think @ToryBelleci made a pretty good Leia too. @Mythbusters @Discovery http://t.co/8XXmpvbi1J
- Wed, 18:34: Photoset: A hint as to what I did at the weekend. Video to follow when I’ve edited it. http://t.co/pc5xKk0evA
- Thu, 09:43: RT @DrEoinCl: Tory Minister just proclaimed Food Banks a Success of the Big Society. Retweet if u think Food Banks are a failure of David C…
- Wed, 12:00: Channel Island folk: is DAB available on Jersey yet? Last info I have says it was launching in 2011, but nothing newer.
- Wed, 12:06: The Essay: Let There Be Dark: Let There Be Dark http://t.co/KhgdnzRYiQ - @rupertg at his finest.
- Wed, 12:09: If you are using Spotify with Sonos, the latest changes may break search on some controllers. Just re-register Sonos with Spotify to fix.
- Wed, 12:25: Listening to the Terra Ferma mix of Art Of Trance's Praxia. Channeling J-MJ's synths hardcore :-) http://t.co/GIg10Crxwl
- Wed, 13:38: You can order your new Mac Pro tomorrow.
- Wed, 14:04: Dear world. Cars have brakes, not "breaks". Also plates break, they don't "brake", No love, me.
- Wed, 14:19: RT @cstross: New blog entry: Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire: http://t.co/RLlDQOkozU
- Wed, 14:20: RT @BlackBerryNews: .@BBM�to come preloaded on#LG�smartphones, first on the LG G Pro Lite. More:�http://t.co/NH6uFW57Gl.
- Wed, 14:26: RT @codepo8: New shiny outside the Mozilla office San Francisco - with the names of everyone involved in making us what we are https://t.co…
- Wed, 14:36: I seem to be having trouble with clousre today.