Ugne from Bakeoff!

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This morning on the train into work SY and I totally saw Ugne from Great British Bakeoff!! She was squeezing into the Hammersmith and City line, and I felt the urge to yell out “Hey Ugne!” followed by something like, “Great baking!” I didn’t- perhaps I was too star struck? I should be prepared, honestly, after seeing Richard who nearly won Bakeoff last year just off Russell Square.  “Hey Richard yeah it’s me, great baking!” Of course they don’t know me! 😀 It does feel like you know them though.  I knew moving to London we’d start seeing famous people.  …

Things I’m looking forward to.

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What with all the forward and backward stepping with the house of late, and no time set aside for doing purely fun stuff, and the next 3 months of term looming ahead monolithically, I think it’s a good time to contemplate the positives. So, a list of things I’m looking forward to: – Seeing The Martian. I loved the book, generally love Matt Damon, and am expecting great things. – Getting my book covers done. This whole process is always very exciting, like the night before Christmas. There are still two covers in the Ruins War and one upcoming Zombie …

Cover design day 

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Today I spent many many hours working on the typography for the new Mr. Ruins cover. Hours hunting for good free fonts, then hours more tinkering with colors, font combos, spacing and placement, as well as making mini changes to the image itself. It’s amazing how long it can take to do such little things that nobody will really notice. The image is fantastic. It’s so vampiric! But also- I believe- it has the sci-fi tone. It definitely doesn’t look like vampire romance, which I believe is the dominant part of the genre. Nothing wrong with vam-ro, of course, but …

New desk!

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Its a mini pedestal desk with 7 drawers and two writing-ey bits that pop out above drawers at left and right to afford more writing surface. It is where I will do most of my writing hereon in.     Just behind the chair is my weights bench. Did weights tonight.  Corbyn won the Labour leadership election. People say it’s huge, but the next election is not til 2020, so I’m not convinced it means all that much.  Plus I can’t say I’m anti-austerity. Increase tax on rich people, yes, I’m for that, but pure socialism just seems so mushy to …

Story arc in Zombie Ocean 3

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Today I thought a lot about what Cerulean’s story arc is. I think knowing that will make the writing flow.  With Amo and Anna it was easy- they were both a kind of love story. Boy/girl, parent/daughter. The arc from beginning to end is straightforward- have someone, lose them, get them back again. That’s not Cerulean’s arc though. If anything, his is about heroism, and straining towards an ideal. So in the start- he loses sight of that ideal. Then he dpends the rest of the story trying to get it back. I’ve been tinkering with the blurb, and thinking …

Pre-story ‘set-up’ writing?

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I had some time today for writing, and I set to it with slogging perseverance. It was not especially fun, more like wrestling with a slippery goat in a vat of cold spaghetti bolognese. There were certainly mini-highs, as I stumbled upon a bit that seemed fun or pointing in the right direction, but there were quite a lot of fumbles and potential missteps. Ah, writing beginnings. They have to do so much work- . And recently, I keep on setting myself challenges to ‘set up’ the story with a pre-story, because I want to ‘situate’ the crazy changes to …

The wardrobes fit!

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We hired two guys who came round today and brute forced the wardrobes up over the banister and into the room. The banister got pretty scratched up, but paint will fix that. The wardrobes are massive, very deep, but they look great. The TV stand we bought though was damaged, crunched on the corner, so it will hopefully go back for a full refund. It’s weirdly stressful, receiving furniture- even stuff you want and are mostly happy with. I’ve never experienced it before, having never really owned anything.  Maybe it’s a bit like that feeling after you take a cast …

Wardrobe nightmare

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The wardrobes don’t fit!! The stairs prevented the delivery men from getting either of our two wardrobes up the stairs, round the bend, and into the bedroom, and poor old SY was at home to deal with it. Now they are in the dining room. To return them costs £100 a piece. But, but but but, I am holding out hope they can be handled in such a way as to get them alley-up and over the banister. I will hire men to do this work with me. It will be like 300 on those stairs. We will battle until …

Painting up a storm

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We painted the kitchen and we painted the bedroom and we painted the front room. Masking tape was our savior. Edges were our foe. Great big swathes where the skirting board was the same color as the wall and all four walls were the same color were our great friend. Here is the kitchen transformation- Wallpaper stripped. I should’ve taken a picture with the stripey blue paper up, but didn’t think. It wasn’t terrible, but I’m no fan of wallpaper, and it was cracked, peeling, and pretty poorly aligned in the first place. Here it is with white primer. Lovely …

Alas, the Internet is gone…

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More great examples of 2 steps forward one step back today, grr…  Did all shower ordering stuff (£500) plus carried 1.5 square meters of tile home, nice Weatherspoons pub lunch, then get home to start painting! I move the new modem so it won’t get painted on, and boom, goes stone cold dead. Call provider- apparently we’re not even supposed to be ‘live’ yet. Well, we were, now we’re not. Much frustration. Many venting.  I go on quest for another mobile wifi (a dongle). 5 shops and many quizzical looks later (“I don’t know what you’re talking about”, one shop …