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Short, Sweet and Starry

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I’m still chewing over some names, for my Conturbus and Not Alone series. I’ve named a place in Crossfire, The Locked Market, but still trying to come up with something original to refer to the magical characters. Like the opposite of a Muggle. Still no inspiration for the Milky Way–going to have to look at some more photos to help with that. Not that I need an excuse to look at space photographs.

Very Bad, Then Very Good

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Well, it’s been an interesting day. Delays on both the Tube and National Rail mean I never made it to the charity event I was supposed to be helping to run. I left Waterloo feeling pretty stressed, but after an hour’s nap and a couple of hours listening to a CD of piano hymms, I feel nice and soothed. Plus the PJs and plum tea help.

Also, strangely, after the awful morning I had I wasn’t expecting anything to come of it, but I decided to take a quick look at my ekphrastic poem notes before settling down to watch Hustle all afternoon, just in case there was any spark left in my brain that could do something. My brain surprised me enormously by not only being able to cope with putting the notes into a first draft, but came up with, and started writing, two song ideas as well! Now that is one heck of an achievement for me. Maybe my brain is improving, or maybe it’s a fluke, but at least I’m nearly settled for my tutorial next week now. Thank goodness. Now all I need to do is schedule my glasses appointment and pack for the NSPKU conference, which crept up on me!

I’m not going to think about the rest of my coursework. That’s Saturday’s problem.

300px-Rosette_nebula_LanoueOh look, it’s February 14th. I did know that, I just kind of forgot in the hassle of the day. My take on Valentine’s Day? Like Christmas, a good thing that’s been smothered by consumerism. Not saying I don’t mind roses and hearts–I am a romantic at heart–but would rather receive something more personal for Valentine’s Day than the same as what everyone else gets. I read a very good Doctor Who fanfiction a few months ago where the Doctor takes Rose to see the Rosette Nebula for Valentine’s Day. That’s a tough standard to beat. But I’m sure someone who knows me very well will be able to come up with something.

As a point of interest, that fic was what started me Google imaging nebulas, which gave life to my then-vague interest in astronomy. I fell in love with the beauty of the universe.

Baby Steps, Not Monster Changes

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I don’t do resolutions much any more, because more often than not they just bring up feelings of failure when they don’t happen, either through my own fault or extenuating circumstances (or a mixture of both). So from now on I’m just going to do one a year, something quite simple to maximise chances of actually doing it, and something that will be useful if I succeed but not the end of the world if I don’t. So this year I’m going to take steps to improve my blog.

I think I’m doing pretty well on the posting regularly front, especially considering my track record with past blogs, diaries, fan fiction and, well, everything. But I’ve read blog posts about writing the best blogs, and the words ‘multi media’, or words to that effect I can’t remember precisely now, have been mentioned.

Well, I’m not going to jump in and immediately start uploading pics and videos and podcasts and virtual hopscotch and goodness knows what else. One step at a time. I’ve recently started using Pinterest, so I’ll put a good pin on here now and again. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll move onto other things. (But not likely the virtual hopscotch. Sorry if you got excited when I wrote that. I’m sure you can find it on the internet somewhere.)

So my Pic Of The (insert period of time here) is …