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20 November 2016 @ 01:18 am
I'm doing it.

Or...well, trying to.

But, I'm soooooo behind!

Added 30th November @ 11.59pm
Yay! I did it! *yawn*

Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: panic!
Current Music: Carmina Burana/Doomy Choral Shrieking
I'm...quite stunned at this.
I feel like I'm in an alternate universe or a parallel dimension.

I'd like to comment...but feelings across the Pond seem so high, I feel that if I stick my nose in from over here in the UK, I'll get savaged.

Maybe when things are calmer, I'll add my 2 cents.
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: confused, stunned
Current Music: inception trailer music
19 September 2016 @ 09:40 pm
'Tis too long since I made an entry on my LJ. Too Long.
So, what better day to break the ice, than International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Pirate Lore!
How did the concept of talking like a pirate on September 19th spread?
Via this article by prizewinning journalist in 2002 Dave Barry, here:
And... The wonderful Cap'n Slappy, and Ol' Chumbucket, who came up with the whole thing, are waiting to amuse you here: http://talklikeapirate.com/wordpress/

Avast!Me Hearties!
Every September 19th is ITLAPD, a joyous day of fake Dorset accents- courtesy of Robert Newton who played Long John Silver in the film 'Treasure Island'.
Newton gave us the 'Aaarrs!' 'Yaarrs!' and squint-eyed menace that we know and love, and the cuddly villainy of double and triple crossing the hero.

ITLAPD is also the day you can break out the dreadful puns, double entendres, cheesy jokes, and hammily altered quotes and phrases that we know and love. The ridiculousness spreads good cheer. Grown ups should always take some time off now and again, to be silly.

We could all do with a little more harmless fun and laughter, in our lives.
So...Here are some to Shiver Yer Timbers!

Q. What is most Pirates favourite car?

Q. What do Pirates who are into Descartes say?
A. We think, therefore we AAARRR!!!

Q. What rating do Pirate Movies tend to get?
(Wait for it)

Q.What is most Pirates favourite Christmas carol?
A We Three Kings of Orient AAARRR!!!!

Avast me Hearties!
As Shakespeare,the great Pirate playwright said:


Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Haul Away Joe, and Pirates of the Caribbean
27 December 2015 @ 12:58 am
Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, the year's end, whatever you celebrate....Its that time of the year again.
Let us all remember the people who are not with us any more (Dad,I miss you) and cherish the people who still are.

To all those wonderful LJers out there, who've been on LiveJournal since way back, I give a shout out.
And to my fellow citizens of the world, I send you a virtual hug of friendship.
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: masters in this hall, gaudete
01 December 2015 @ 12:14 am

Did it!


Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
Current Music: Salsa!
03 November 2015 @ 09:23 pm

Slow and steady start...

Anyone else out there doing it? Lets encourage and help each other.
I'm going to try and write a bit every day, instead of my usual forgetting the frist 3-4 days that its actually happening, then panicking, then writing in spurts..
I've got one of those fantastic daily word count/tracker thingies that Erik Benson created way back in 2004, and which thousands of NaNoers have used every year since. It adds up your total, encourages you to rate morale, tells you after each day what date you'd finish if you produced that amount of words each day, does a graph...its incredible.
If you're reading this, and want to use it, follow this url, download and update it (most recent one is 2011) its an excel worksheet format:
(2007 version. you can update the date column easily)

You can keep updating the year, and if you want a word count other than 50000 as your writing goal, do a CTRL+H to replace 50000 with whatever word count you want.
To find most recent one, google 'erik benson nanowrimo report card excel spreadsheet', or variations thereon, as other have kept updating it.

Another great spreadsheet wordcunt producer is here:
beautifully illustrated steampunk, pirate, fanatsy etc versions

Other writing tools, look here on Stephanie A Cain's site:

And here, on Tracy Lucas' site:

So, are you ready?
Lets Write!!!!
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: back in the day hip hop
01 November 2015 @ 06:01 pm
That time of year, again!

Well, I've taken the first step: Load up the widget, counter thingy.
Now, I just need to decide what I'm doing-
Which project
Which genre
Basically, everything

No pressure.
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: nervousnervous
Current Music: 'Papa Chunks' by Roaring Lion (a soca tune from a veteran calypsonian)
19 October 2015 @ 11:44 am
Its been a difficult year.
Lost a job I didnt care about...but then the one that I did care about, the institution ran into unexpected (licence) difficulties and lost a lot of money, so I'm on hiatus from there.

Still haven't truly mourned Dad's passing. Am kind of frozen at the 'not ready to accept it stage'. Not having a grave to visit-he died abroad and was cremated- doesn't help. I'm trying to at least get a picture of where his ashes are buried.

The 'Son and Heir' has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis unexpectedly despite being only in his 20s, and the treatment for it is brutal.

I'm at a crossroads as to what to do -- career wise, financially, socially...


I've decided to a) try to build/rebuild contacts, relationships with friends and family. Let them know they're appreciated as it can't be taken for granted that they'll always be there. b) take a mini-sabbatical -6 months?- to get things in order, emotionally, healthwise, financially. Make a will, clear debts, repair my house etc. c) revive my creative writing. I've joined two writers groups and am starting slowly to write new stuff. Also, to publish via ebooks both previously published (poetry) stuff from back in the day, AND new work, in the form of short stories and novellas in the scifi,fantasy and urban fantasy field.

Thats...quite a list, huh?

Also, the most personal I've ever been on LJ.
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: none,yet
24 December 2014 @ 09:04 pm
My first Christmas without Dad. Not sure how its going to be, but I want to reach out to all the people who I've followed on LJ for years, and any who might glance at my LJ here. Thanks for your wonderful writing :D. And for people who drop by here, or my Friends page- thank you, I'm going to be more active this coming year, not just lurk around LJ and AO3 reading fanfic. I'll write and blog. In fact, I hope to put out a tiny ebook over the hols, either a couple of short stories or a Caribbean cookbook!

I do hope to spend the holidays getting in touch by phone or Skype with friends or family I haven't been in contact with as regularly as I should have, or people I haven't been in contact with for years. Death has a way of making you realize that you cant take for granted people will always be around.

It will be my first Christmas for 24 years without my son, as he's going to spend it with his girlfriend, in a small town outside London. My wonderful Canadian friend Joyce is coming over and we're going to do a mashup of Chinese duck (which she went to collect today) English turkey leg/joint and traditional veg brussel sprouts and parsnips (which I got) Caribbean fish,rice and peas, and our version of macaroni cheese pie,(which I'll cook) Canadian desert... YUMM!

seasons greetings

Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, the year's end, whatever you celebrate I send you a virtual hug of friendship.
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: none,yet
26 November 2014 @ 11:42 pm
Today's my birthday. First one without my Dad.
The day hasn't been too bad, considering.

Lovely,lovely treatment at work.
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: None