CARAVAN, OMFG.

  • Jan. 15th, 2013 at 11:08 PM
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Despite the weather and the fact that I've never been to Salford in my life, Jason and I got to the venue in one piece! We set off at about four o'clock since Jason's aunt had heard that trains into Salford would be a bit funny today, and then when we arrived at Manchester Oxford Road we were told that no trains went from that station anyway; the best way to Salford Quays was via a tram from St Peter's Square. Thankfully this was easy enough to find; simply leave the station, turn left and keep walking until you see the tram tracks.

Not long after we found the tram station and figured out which trams went to Salford Quays (MediaCityUK and Eccles), one arrived and we hopped on. It was about fifteen minutes before we got there, and when we did we had loads of time to kill and three places in which to murder said time - Frankie & Benny's, Chiquito (a Mexican place) or a pub, which turned out to be a Hungry Horse venue.

Once Jason realised it was a Hungry Horse place it was decided and I had no say in that decision. He used to go to one when he was down in Exeter and the college would give all students a fiver towards a meal on a Thursday, and the prices are brilliant; much better than Wetherspoon's. I had tomato and basil soup for a starter and a cajun chicken burger for a main and it was AMAZING. Jason had chicken wings and then steak and chips, and even after waiting for our food and then eating it, we still had about an hour to kill.

At half six we headed off to find the Lowry, which was actually very easy to find. The pub we ate at was just across from the Salford Quays tram stop; from there, you just turned left and carried on along the quay, past a Beefeater Grill and the Lowry Outlet Mall, until you reach a funky bridge that gradually changes colours. To the right of this, the big, shiny, multi-coloured building is the Lowry. It's all orange and purple and amazing! So we went in, got directions to where Caravan would be playing... and still had time to kill so we got ourselves a cup of tea. There was a Lowry employee in the bar area where we were waiting who was selling Caravan t-shirts and they had one medium left so I snapped it up. You have no idea how chuffed I am to finally be the proud owner of a Caravan t-shirt!

7.30 came and the doors were open. Jason and I were the first two into the theatre and wow! What a view we had! Our seats, Tier 2, Row A, 38 and 39, were right in the middle of the top tier with a cracking, uninterrupted view of the stage. In the meantime they were playing Frank Zappa, The Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart over the PA to keep us amused. Time ticked on, I tried and mostly failed to get my camera to take decent photos, people slowly began to fill the seats. Instruments were already out on stage; Geoffrey Richardson's violin, guitar and flute. Mark Walker's drums, emblazoned with a Caravan logo. Jan Schelhaas's ensemble of keyboards... and an acoustic guitar. I wondered if we would be treated to an acoustic number tonight. I certainly couldn't see Pye Hasting's trademark red Fender on the stage anywhere, unless he would be carrying it on with him.

Then, at 8 o;clock, when the theatre was about 2/3rds full, the lights dimmed and a silent apprehension fell amongst those gathered. Two young chaps walked onto the stage - Garron Frith, the support act, and Cliff Woodworth, who would be accompanying him on Richardson's violin...

In Which Kelza Screams About Caravan... )
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Today's been a rather productive day. I tidied up the living room, took a lot of my stuff back upstairs, brushed then hoovered the floor, and now it's looking a lot better. Like, we seem to have acquired all this magical floor space out of nowhere. Hopefully we can keep it that way.

Kelza's Tea, Swimming, More Tidying and The Riddle of the Missing Headphones... )

Oh, One Thing I Forgot To Mention...

  • Jan. 11th, 2013 at 11:05 PM
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... all those adverts wedged between my LiveJournal entries slow my computer down something wicked as well.

Dammit, LiveJournal!

  • Jan. 11th, 2013 at 11:01 PM
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As of now, I'm a member of Dreamwidth! I'll still be posting on here, I guess - all of LiveJournal's recent douchebaggery is still, apparently, not enough to drive me away for good. I hate the new friends' list though, and I really don't like how they've decided to get rid of paid accounts (didn't know about it? Apparently they only decided to inform Russian users as to this big change) and make their money by putting ugly adverts between people's entries, making the journal look like a mess.

Dammit LiveJournal, I missed the days when you were good and you listened to the users! I don't know what the hell you're thinking but you're only driving people away towards rival services. Maybe they'll realise their mistake and bring paid accounts back, therefore fixing plus journals such as my own, but... eh, this is LJ, and to be honest I haven't got much faith in them after their dodgy succession of largely unpopular updates.

It bloody sucks because it feels like I'm being pushed away from you guys. I've been on LiveJournal nearly seven years now and met some lovely people on here... and as much as I want to pack the whole LJ thing in because their site updates are terrible, I have all that history here, and you guys. Bloody hell.

So I will grudgingly stay on here, and crosspost to DW and LJ. But if anyone else wants any other means of keeping in touch, like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or E-mail or whatever, give me a shout!

Also, forgive the terrible DW layout. One downside of the site is that good layouts that appeal to me aren't exactly forthcoming and I don't think LJ ones are compatible...
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I was actually working on an entry during the week but it seems to have been eaten somehow. I don't think I actually finished it off and it got deleted when I shut my laptop down or something. Oops! Also, I've only just noticed that LiveJournal has lovingly stuck adverts inbetween every single one of my entries... Not cool, LJ. Seriously not cool.

Anyway, I've been in a good mood for the past five days or so! Being with Jason has cheered me right up and now, even though he's back at his, I still feel good. So I'm going to hold on to this feeling over the weekend. Also, I'm down to 12st 11lbs (YAY) and my final paycheck from Next was a lot bigger than I expected. I was expecting like £50 because I only did a short week, but I actually got £112. Not bad, eh? It must have been a sale period bonus or something. But it means I have a bit to tide me over until my first JSA payment... which incidentally I have yet to sort out.

So, since my last entry I have played a lot of Minecraft, typed a fair bit of my novel up, spent a lot of time with Jason and procured him a free double mattress! Sian revealed when I was at hers last Friday that she was getting a new one on Monday, and immediately I realised that I had a golden opportunity here. Since Jason gave his mattress to his Mum (prior to her stroke she was on the couch and now needs a proper bed more than ever) he's been sleeping on the floor, because his lovely generous brothers have taken up the two couches. Jason shows all the symptoms - minus the cardiac issues - relating to Marfan syndrome, so obviously sleeping on the floor with all his joint troubles wasn't ideal. It was starting to do him in.

The Epic Tale of the Third-Hand Mattress, and Other Stories )

How Do I 2013?

  • Jan. 4th, 2013 at 4:09 PM
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Turns out that I'm bloody terrible at 2013ing, as well. That bucket list? I realised the other day that I've made a fatal mistake. In focusing really hard on keeping expensive goals down, I gave myself an overabundance of cheap, but time-consuming, daily goals.

Er. Oops. So the bucket list is going to be more of a guide for me; something to consult when I'm bored perhaps, or in need of motivation. I guess it's going to be a little like NaNo 2012; happiness comes from trying more than succeeding.

Mighty Knitting Adventures and Some Freaking Out Over Caravan )

Hasta La Vista, 2012!

  • Jan. 1st, 2013 at 11:16 AM
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Right now, Jason, Nathan and Ashley are still in bed, Dad and I are the only ones up, and Thelma is bruxing and boggling at me from her cage. The New Year's celebrations last night were short-lived and rather peaceful. Obviously there were fireworks, but the bulk of them only lasted about fifteen minutes.

Yesterday was one of those days which started out pretty poorly but ended on a high note... )

HAPPY NEW YAAAARRRR

  • Jan. 1st, 2013 at 12:57 AM
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AW YISS 2013 BRING IT ON YOU BITCH

Hope you guys have a great new year!

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Kelza's Super Amazing 2013 Bucket List

  • Dec. 30th, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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So, it's getting to be that time of year again where people make resolutions. They want to turn over a new leaf in the new year, lose weight, spend less money, finish those projects they always wanted to do, become better people. I never used to see the point in New Year's resolutions because of how many people make them and then break them a week later, and also because - well, you can have a fresh start any time you want to; you just need to get off your arse and do something about the stuff that's bothering you.

But, considering the whole of 2012 has been pretty tough for me, the start of a new year has a new significance for me. I really do not want 2013 to be the dive that its predecessor was. I want to be busy, and use my time well; learn stuff, create stuff and do good things that make me feel like I have a purpose in life. And I know I've done these before with little success, but to mark the start of 2013 I am compiling a bucket list. I'm trying to be reasonable about it, with goals that aren't too expensive (okay, there are a few expensive ones, but I'm trying to minimise the costly ones nonetheless), and goals that are realistic. Here we go...

Kelza's Super Amazing 2013 Bucket List is Under the Cut )

Sale T-Shirts! Yay!

  • Dec. 24th, 2012 at 10:47 PM
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I'm feeling much better today. Surprisingly, the one thing I was dreading was the thing that actually lifted my mood considerably: work. I guess I just thrive on being busy.

Today has been such a busy day. Obviously it's Christmas Eve, so not only did we have a huge influx of customers doing their last minute Christmas shopping, we also had to set up for the sales. And boy, was it strenuous. We had to set up sale points of display (those signs you see saying 'SALE! EVERYTHING HALF PRICE!' etc), move every item in the shop into its designated sale area, arranged by product type - like, all men's trousers together, all women's jumpers together etc - and then we had to comb through the whole shop, removing items that weren't meant for the sale, and tagging and correctly labelling those that were.

My shift was down as 'flexi' today, which meant that home time depended on whenever we were finished. Sam (one of the staff there - I dunno if she's a manager or what but she's definitely got some authority) pushed us to try and get everything done by five o'clock... and we were done at six. Kidswear, where I was working, was an absolute nightmare. I'm amazed we didn't end up staying longer to be honest!

So I wrote a bit while waiting for the train, and got home, and then relaxed. I watched an episode of Bones while we had tea, and then started working on a character profile for Lazuli, the main character in 'The Great Couch Happening of '69'. I need to establish what my characters are like on paper, because if I rely on my head there'll be all kinds of weird errors and inconsistencies. I need detailed biographies of all my characters so that when I edit my novel I'll be able to fact check and verify stuff effectively. Plus it helps to know my characters as though they're real people.

I've done the unthinkable... and joined Facebook. Le sigh. I have to, because I'm the Production Artist for Holly's latest project, and all the information regarding pre-production and filming, like deadlines and stuff, will be put on there. I have so much to do this time - she's after about thirty pieces off me this time, and with NaNoWriMo and then my job and my depression rearing its head a couple of times I've only managed a few concept sketches. I plan to make a proper start on some artwork for her soon, though. If I get started now, I'll have plenty of time to get some good quality work done. I think filming is in March so we've a bit of time yet.

Anyway, I'm heading to bed because I'm knackered after work today. I have no work tomorrow because it's Christmas Day, which is pretty much the only present I'm getting this year, and on Boxing Day, I have the worst shift ever... 6am - 10am. No trains are even running on Boxing Day, let alone at 6am, so Dad's going to have to drive me into work and back. On the plus side, I can come straight home and go to bed, and Jason should be coming round later that day, so it's not all bad. And I got a nifty sale t-shirt to wear as well!

Ugh.

  • Dec. 23rd, 2012 at 10:59 PM
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I'm really sorry, guys; I feel as though all I do on here now is rant about how shitty I'm feeling. The truth is that I've been having a couple of really bad days; days where I absolutely loathe myself for no reason, and consequently doubt why anyone would give a crap about me or anything I have to say. Deep down I know there's little logic or reason behind how I'm feeling, but depression sucks and has no need for reasons so... yeah. I feel like shit right now.

Trigger warning: talk about depression, suicide etc )

For those who haven't yet clicked the cut, don't worry, I'm not going to commit suicide. Considering I'm a coward, and that I have friends, family, a fiance and a novel to write, suicide would be pretty illogical for me.

I Need To Rant.

  • Dec. 10th, 2012 at 9:27 AM
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I don't know how I'm going to face my fiancé's brother today without exploding, ugh. He's such a selfish manchild. Found out today that his mum only went to the hospital on Wednesday after her stroke Tuesday - and he brought someone round while she was suffering the effects; I.e. speech impairment and weakened left side. Oh, and they stayed the night, too. And he came to the fucking pub quiz and made merry while his mum was in hospital. I am so fucking furious at him right now; and I was pissed off at him already for basically being a total sponge, not giving his mum any free time and letting her do everything for him.

This guy is 30 YEARS OLD. And he has his OWN FUCKING HOUSE. And he stays with his mum every day now, despite complaining about having no free time when she had no choice but to live with him, lets her do his washing, cooking, cleaning etc, generates massive fucking piles of dishes for her to do and expects her to get him up for college. Oh, did I mention he expects her to sleep on the small couch while he takes the big one because the small one "makes him ache"? She even admitted that he was stressing her out and I'll bet that he was a massive factor in her stroke.

I am livid. And I plan on having words with him. I'll be diplomatic, but as soon as he pulls any of his defensive I-have-the-right-to-be-here-it's-not-my-fault-I'm-the-victim bullshit, I'm gonna pull out the big guns. And I'm beyond the point now of caring what he thinks of me afterwards. I was worried that saying anything would have him brand me "the bitch my brother is going to marry" but to be honest he's driving me, Jason and his mum crazy, and I've learned all too well that what upsets you must be dealt with. I'm gonna tell him to pack up all his stuff and get out of the house.

Also, my inactivity this past month was due to NaNoWriMo. I managed 66k! Woo! My novel is currently 580 pages long and a grand total of 174000 words approximately. I'm planning to have it first-drafted and typed up by the end of April, and in the other 2013 NaNo events (Camp NaNoWriMo in June and August, and NaNoWriMo itself) I will be finishing 'The Chronicles of Stan' and shifting a hefty chunk of 'You Know You Got (No) Soul'.

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NaNo '12's Coming Up And I'm Braindead...

  • Oct. 26th, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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Good news! Two months, three letters and about five million phone calls since I first made my claim for Job Seeker's Allowance, they have finally confirmed that the required letter from university was received. Now I just need to wait to see how and when they will reopen my claim - they said I might have to fill in another application form, but hopefully that won't be necessary. It's not my bloody fault that the letter was sent off late, and it certainly isn't my fault that the Job Centre took so long to actually realise it had arrived!

Oh, and apparently my money will be backdated, new form or not. Phew. That means I can get some better-fitting clothes for an interview and/or work, and I can set up some pet insurance for the ratties and get them registered with a vet. That will put me at ease because I worry constantly about their health.

Speaking of which, I don't think Boffin and Barnaby are well. In the last fortnight they've both been showing symptoms of a respiratory infection. I'm hoping it's not Mycoplasmosis, which requires lifelong care with expensive medication - though if it is, I'm more than willing to work out a budget that allows for their treatment. In the meantime, while I can't get said medication, I'm keeping them warm and well fed with fresh fruit and veggies, as well as a mixture of green tea with lemon and honey which is supposed to do them good and encourage them to drink more. Oh, and I'm cleaning their cage obsessively - a wipe down every day with a wet cloth and full on disinfection every two or three days with boiling water, white vinegar and a rat-friendly disinfectant. So far their symptoms seem to be getting a bit better. Hopefully by the time I get paid they won't be any worse.

I'm preparing to put around £200 aside for their check-up and treatment. Maybe a bit more, depending on what vet I can find. The rest I'll set aside for an emergency. I've learned all too well this last year how crappy things can get if you don't put any cash away for an emergency.

Anyway, what have I been up to? Nothing much. I've divided my time between reading (1Q84 Book Three by Haruki Murakami), playing Minecraft (the Adventure Update came out on the Xbox! Yay!), being with Jason, looking after Boffin and Barnaby and planning my NaNo '12 novel! I can't remember if I've written about this before but I'm taking the notecards approach this time round - cutting up A4 paper into 8 pieces, each of which I will write random plot ideas as well as my established plot points, before arranging it all into some kind of order. This way, I feel I have the direction of a plan guiding me, without the restrictions of, say, just writing a synopsis down in a notepad. If I have a spontaneous idea while writing, I can just throw it in there without upsetting the whole thing. my NaNo 2009 went swimmingly using the very same methods.

The only issue I'm having is a slight creative drought. I have all my main plot points written down now; I just need a whole load of crazy random stuff to chuck in now; the stuff that makes my novel the freewheeling load of nonsense that it is. Maybe I should sit down tomorrow and read through the whole thing to see if there are any plot threads I can pick up...

I have to do well this year. I haven't actually written anything properly since NaNoWriMo last year. If I can make NaNo 2012 a success, it would be a massive step towards kicking this infernal depression and taking my life back. Plus, it would be a big help for my novel; this is the one I want to finish first, and NaNo 2012 could be the big boost towards completion it needs. Maybe I'll even be able to continue with it through to completion this time. I hope so. And then I can begin rewriting. And rewriting again. And rewriting again.

Tomorrow Jason and I are going to a Halloween movie night at Mike's, and then on Monday we're heading off to Southport again, back to the Scarisbrick Hotel! This is where we celebrated our first anniversary back in April, and this time we're going to celebrate the 13th anniversary of Caroline and Alan, some of Jason's family's friends. I'm really looking forward to it; it's going to be a much-needed break, and a great workout too. Going away means we'll be doing a ton of walking around, and this time we'll be making full use of the hotel's pool and spa facilities. I can't wait to see how many calories I'll burn! I'll be bringing my novel plan and a few pages as well, because NaNoWriMo will actually begin on our last night there! It would be great to get a few pages done in the hotel before bed (after midnight, of course!) and some on the car ride home.

But first, however, I need to plan...

'1Q84' - Haruki Murakami

  • Oct. 13th, 2012 at 8:26 PM
kelzadiddle: (keep calm and read Wodehouse)

Current read. I bought it a week or so ago when I realised I’d be waiting over an hour for an appointment I’d been given the wrong time for. I absolutely adore the surrealism of Murakami’s work; he’s like a literary Salvador Dali only not quite as crazy - he uses a style, like Dali, that’s quite detailed, realistic and figurative, and applies it to a subject matter that twists the world in a brilliant and engaging way.

And my fiancé is convinced that he’s a ninja.

Guest starring me and my stupid hair :)
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... because the Job Centre is full of bloody idiotic douchecanoes. Seriously. Sit down kids, it's Angry Kelza's Story Time™!

After the royal fuck-up that was dropping out of university, I decided to sign on to the dole for the second time. So, on August 18th, nearly two months ago, I filled out their confusing and tedious application form, sent it off, got an appointment a few days later for an interview and went. All of that stuff went without a hitch.

Two weeks later, I signed on for the first time. No biggie. I looked forward to being able to support myself when my first payment would come through in three working days' time.

Only... my bank account remained empty.

Oh! Here's why! A lovely letter from Job Centre Plus - turns out they required a letter from the QUB School of English to confirm that I'd withdrawn. So I got in touch with someone at the school and asked them to send me a letter out. They said they would. So I waited. And waited. And waited. And I signed on again, two weeks after my first, and I still didn't get paid, and the whole having no money thing was getting fucking ridiculous.

I got back in touch with university to kindly ask what was with the hold up. FINALLY, they sent me an e-mail copy and a postal copy came through a few days later. Well, I was on cloud nine. I popped it in a freepost envelope the Job Centre had provided for this very letter and sent it off.

And I waited. And waited. And waited.

And I still didn't get paid. A few days ago, after signing on for the FOURTH time and seeing not a penny, I went to my local Job Centre and explained the situation.

The bastards 'hadn't received my letter' and they'd closed my claim down two days ago.

So, I phoned up the main centre in Birkenhead, and they promised they'd get their tracers to find the document and give me a call by 4.30pm. So I waited, and waited, and waited... and the jerks didn't even call. The next day, yesterday, I went back to my local centre, who said they'd fax off a copy of the letter that I'd printed off, along with a note explaining the situation and requesting for my claim to be reopened, and they told me I'd get a phone call later that day.

Ladies and gentlemen, I did not receive a phone call from those incompetent, lying bastards! And now my food is running out and my Dad can barely support me. Fucking marvellous.

You know what, if I was someone who just sat on my ass all day not even looking for jobs, spending all my money on alcohol and drugs, sod me, I wouldn't deserve the money. But I've applied for god knows how many jobs now since I made my claim; I don't want to be on Job Seeker's until I get back into university again - I want a bloody job so I can support myself and start saving for the future. I just need Job Seeker's Allowance so I can support myself in the meantime. Blah.

So on Monday, I'm probably going to have to go back and find out whether everything's been sorted and if not, why. They'd better have faxed that letter off.

Oct. 8th, 2012

  • 3:11 PM
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Argh, mood swings :(

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Oh My God... I Swam!

  • Oct. 8th, 2012 at 9:10 AM
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It's too early. Jason stayed at mine last night but we had to get up early since he has another work placement, this time transporting medical records around Warrington Hospital. I am le tired, but I'm terrible at going back to bed once I'm awake. I'll just lie there, tired, but totally unable to sleep. Later on, I'm going to his to stay over.

Anyway, yesterday was one of those days where I accidentally and unintentionally got in way more exercise than I had to. First off, swimming. If I go alone, I usually get out after about seventy minutes. But my younger brother Ashley decided he wanted to come along, and time flew much quicker since I had company. I ended up staying in the pool a full ninety minutes, only getting out because I was tired. Then, it takes me an hour to walk to the pool and back, so that was two hours and a half of exercise already. Then, Jason and I went to Sian's later on to watch a couple of films. Dad drove us there but we walked back, which took 30 minutes.

At the end of the day I was so knackered that I actually don't remember getting into bed last night. It usually takes me a full hour to get to sleep but I was out as soon as my head hit the pillow. I'm sleeping much better now that I'm more active.

So, swimming. I wasn't allowed to borrow a float but I'm actually kind of glad I didn't, because I did my usual thing of holding onto the side and swimming with the rest of me, and I noticed a definite improvement - as in, I could keep myself afloat much better, and I wasn't gripping the side as much as skimming my hand along it in case I needed to grab on to steady myself. I just did my usual laps back and forth along the side, from the shallow end to 1.25m (the limit for non-swimmers) and back again, practicing a half-breaststroke with each arm in alternation. I'm getting faster at swimming as well.

And guess what? I swam unaided as well! It was only for about three strokes, but I managed it! So in three sessions, I've managed to swim by myself a little bit. Hopefully I can manage to get a little bit further each time I go.

So, yesterday I managed to burn off 1683 calories. I had to eat 2237 to make sure I actually netted some. Which was easy; I made up for the calories I'd burned at Sian's place later, with all the food I brought to accompany our film. We watched Troll 2, which is so awful it would take me forever to review, and then a DVD of one of Sian's favourite childhood films, based on Through the Looking Glass.

I'm thinking of starting to plan for NaNoWriMo today, and I think it shall just be a continuation of The Great Couch Happening of '69. I need to plan, otherwise the novel will just fizzle out, but at the same time I need a plan which allows for some of the spontaneous craziness that makes my novel what it is. And I believe the best way to do that would be to plan in the form of notecards. I did this a couple of years ago when doing my NaNo '09, Crimson Dawn, which actually turned out quite well - I had a lot of fun writing it.

Maybe I should use notecards for my other project too... I want to revive the fantasy-romance novel that I started working on when I was thirteen - I have the storyline set out quite well in my head - and I've tried to plan it a few times just by typing out a synopsis, to no avail - when I try to write it down in plan form it just gets overly detailed and tedious. If I tried to just write it from my mind, it would just fizzle out. I need to have the plot written in some form before me, like a roadmap. Put it this way, you'd never travel to somewhere you'd never gone before without a map. My novel's the place, the plan is the map. I've never written my novel before, so I need some form of a plan to make sure I don't get lost and give up a couple of chapters in.

Right, so now I just need to find some plain paper, cut it up into eighths and get to work.
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I think I'm coming down with a cold - my throat feels all rough and dry this morning. I hope not. Colds suck :(

Anyway, I'm going swimming again today, and I'm seriously nervous about it. Basically, without a float, I'm horrible at swimming, and apparently the huge pile of floats my local pool has just sat by the changing room door is 'not for public use'. I think they belong to the swimming clubs that use the place or something. The life guard last Sunday was kind enough to let me borrow one - but only after I'd gotten into the pool and proved just how awful I was. I'm hoping with every fibre of my being that whoever's on duty when I go today will be just as kind.

Next week should be okay, since I plan on buying my own but can only do so on Monday. But if they turn around and tell me I 'can't bring my own float' then I'll just end them with it. They shouldn't do though, because I see kids there wearing what are quite obviously their own armbands. So if they're allowed to bring their own swimming aids, then so can I.

To illustrate just how bad I am at swimming... without a float, I have to hold on to the side with one hand and sort of 'swim' along with the rest of me, and it looks embarrassing. I just can't trust the water. In primary school and right up to Year 9 of high school (that's about age 13 for those of you with different educational systems) I had swimming lessons pretty much once a week for a term every year, but I never picked it up. My confidence in general was a mess thanks to bullying and whatnot, and I think this is pretty much why I never learned how to swim; because I was too self-conscious around my douchey classmates.

I'm going to ask about adult swimming classes today as well. I hope they have some going, because I seriously need them. I want to know how to swim! I don't want to be an Olympic swimmer with perfect form, I just want to be able to plod along without floats, without holding the side, and without worrying that as soon as I let go of something I'm going to fall over and drown. Plus being able to swim confidently would be a bonus in a situation like a sinking ferry, or a flash flood, or a pool party apocalypse.

Guess what we finally got yesterday, after almost a decade of coveting it? Sonic Adventure 2: Battle! It went up for sale on the XBox Live Marketplace a couple of days ago and we all agreed that it had to be ours. Me, Nathan and Ashley are huge Sonic fans, and Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast is one of my favourite games of all time. Put it this way, we played it for years, almost every day we were on it. Between playing that and Soul Calibur, we actually played our Dreamcast to the point where it no longer works, and those things are sturdy little machines. Sonic Adventure has everything, good graphics for its time, fluent gameplay, a good mix of challenging and easy levels that are excellently designed and memorable, the characters are well animated, the Adventure Field (free roam! Yay!) and Chao Garden are both genius ideas and the music... oh man, I love the music.

So, Sonic Adventure 2 downloaded, we gave it a play...

... oh dear. )

I'm Back! ... Again!

  • Oct. 3rd, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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Well then! It's been a while! Everybody should thank [livejournal.com profile] darkspirited1 for dragging me back. I've been thinking about LiveJournal for a while now, wondering whether it was appropriate to return for the five quintillionth time, and whether or not there'd be a digital angry mob with pixel torches and electronic pitchforks waiting to skewer me for my negligence. As it is there's only a keyboard awaiting me, and Semagic.

What have I been doing these past three months, you ask? After the horrible ol' business that was - er, is - 2012, I've just been recovering, trying to get over my depression, and getting my life back on track. I did keep a non-Internet diary for a little while, which I will probably type up and post here backdated to fill in the gaps, and I have a Tumblr for when I really needed to rant or post cute pictures of my rats... but after nearly six years of LiveJournal, I guess Tumblr and my diary weren't enough.

Summary of my last three months under the cut for your convenience... )

And... that's pretty much it. I think. These three months have been pretty uneventful otherwise; I've just been going to pub quizzes, chilling out with Jason, playing the XBox and having moodswings. Hopefully I can get more active on here again, because I love my LJ too much to let it fade away. And I love you guys, of course. The time I've been away I've missed you all a lot <3

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