Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Onion skin blues

My analogy of the trial of life is the humble onion. 'tis my belief that every experience we have, every day that goes by, adds another layer to the skin ... until you are such a big bastard onion, you keel over and peg it. OK, so ignore the bit about the big bastard onion, and keeling over.

My point, as I sit here writing, is that I've accumulated too many layers of (onion)skin. I need to lose a vast number of them and get back to the cute little spring onion I once was.... Hmm, too many years of appallingly bad behaviour and habits might make this seem, to those who know me, impossible. However, with due diligence, and a fair wind, I'm sure I can succeed! ;) *coughs from laughing too much*

Oh well, and how was your day?

Thursday, 18 January 2007

Seraph Chapter 8

I've just finished the first edit revisions of chapter 8, and have sent it back to K, my wonderful editor. This chapter, out of all so far, has caused major grief. It takes place in one setting and continuity is a nightmare. The characters are either standing or sitting, and obviously they can't 'sit down' if they already are sitting down - and visa versa. Simple, you'd think. But no. Finally it's done and sent away to be red-penned.

Wednesday, 10 January 2007

Umputers & Ubuntu

I've been thinking of changing to linux on and off for ... well forever. Tried it once, but the multi boot set up drove me insane. Now I've lost the white jacket (it's so awkward to tie your sleeves behind your back) I'm thinking of having another go.

The best reason in the world is attached. It's free. Well, ok, that's the second best reason. the first would be it's very solid, unlike every flavour of windows.

So which variety of linux? I'm going to try Ubuntu.
It does everything I need ... and provided I can find suitable music applications, I'm gonna wave goodbye to Bill G forever! Yay.

Ubuntu? What does this silly name mean???

Ubuntu is an African concept of "humanity towards others". It's "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity". The same ideas are central to the way the Ubuntu community collaborates. Members of the Ubuntu community need to work together effectively, and this code of conduct lays down the "ground rules" for our cooperation.

Desmond Tutu described ubuntu in the following way: "A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole."

So there you have it. Ubuntu.

Seraph chapter seven - 'The Bunker' is now back from the menders, and is available. I've also written a short for Valentines entitled 'The Card'.

Erm, that's about it for now - Oh! My adsl is back on the 15th. Double yay, and a 'thank fuck for that'.

Thursday, 4 January 2007

Writing and stuff

Seraph chapter six has been posted, and seven and eight are with Kitty, as I'm finishing nine - which leaves three chapters to go. Then ... I'm going to read it!

I'm working on a short called 'Around And Around We Go' of which I won't say more just yet, except I think it could be good ... but then I said the same thing about 'Barnaby' a completed short that - luckily - I was persuaded was ludicrous. I just re-read it, and it is. So thank you wise advice giving personage. ;)

Then there is 'King Of The Marsh'. I'm wondering if people will like Rabby, Raith, Scootch, Breezer and Bloat.

I think perhaps I need to win the lottery, so I can write on a beach in the Caribbean. Heh, delusions of grandeur methinks.

Tuesday, 2 January 2007

Happy 2007!

I would have posted this earlier, but the cat wasn't bothered.

So what does this next blip in time hold in store? Honestly I have not the vaguest, except I really have got to get off my arse and achieve something. Then I say that at the beginning of every year ... but this year I mean it - yep, really.

Jaded I am, but not beaten.

Onwards and upwards (hopefully).

Oh yeah, gotta get some work. Hmm.