Jan. 25th, 2013

  • 1:46 PM
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I have a few things to do today. I've already signed on (Job Seeker's Allowance, bleh) and done all the stuff required of me in that department - enough stuff for one day, anyway - so now I just need to tackle a ton of stuff on the creative side of things.
  1. Type six pages of my novel up
  2. Write another six pages of my novel
  3. One A3 drawing for Holly
That's easily doable. In fact, while I'm still waiting for Jason to get back, I can make a good start on typing up my novel now.

I may also need to do his mum a little favour regarding the funeral today, depending on when she wants it done. She'd like me to type up, format and print out the eulogy she's written/writing for granny. I know it doesn't sound like a hard job, but... wow. I'm actually terrified I'm going to muck it up. Like, I don't know if she wants it to look decorative or for it to be more readable (she requires glasses to read, I know that much, and I don't think she wants to be squinting on the lectern thingy in the church) or what.

I was just thinking maybe a slightly larger font (16 or 18, maybe?), 1.5 spaced so she can tell the lines apart easier and avoid stumbling. That's how I formatted my Prince's Trust Presentation Night speech so I wouldn't end up reading the same line again by accident. Maybe indent the first line of every paragraph... I dunno, maybe I'm thinking too hard about this. I just seriously do not want to mess it up.

Also, I'm amazed that she's trusting me with this. I mean, an eulogy is a very personal, sensitive thing, especially when it's for such a close member of the family. When words are brought together to make one they become immeasurably precious, I think, because of their purpose. This will be the most delicate writing task I'll have ever done. Wow.

Well, we'll see what Maria says anyway. Jason might bring the eulogy for me to sort out today, or she might need more time to work on it.

Other than that, the past few days have been pretty uneventful. I'm getting into the swing of finding a job again, and over the next week I'll be submitting my CV to a few jobsearch sites. There isn't a great deal on the Gov.uk website, to be honest, so I'm better off looking further afield as well. I've been playing a lot of Minecraft, and I've been writing a little bit as well. My novel's creeping along slowly, but slow progress is always better than no progress. It makes me feel much better to be busy!
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Hello to all of my new Dreamwidth friends, and of course to my LiveJournal friends who have put up with me over the years! I have some pictures for you...

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

  • Oct. 26th, 2012 at 9:59 PM
kelzadiddle: (OMNOMNOMNOMNOM Ten)
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...

Insomnia, Thy Name is Phone!

  • Apr. 8th, 2011 at 10:36 AM
kelzadiddle: (Toybota!!)
A very, very short entry because I'm knackered. I told Jason that I'd be able to sleep fitfully (barring insomnia) knowing that my phone was safe but a new worry took its place - without my phone, how the hell was I going to wake up on time? I barely slept.

Seriously, after this entry, I'm going back to bed.

Apparently I'd left a note last night instructing Dad to wake me up at seven. Good move, Intoxicated Kelza! *high fives self* So, I was up on time and set about immediately resuscitating myself with breakfast and a cup of tea.

Without my phone, I had no idea what time it was. Still, I got to the Job Centre on time. Jason met me there after a while and bestowed upon me my phone, which I've never been happier to see, hateful piece of technology though it is. Jason and I chatted a little while and he said he'd contact me some time next week. Mel's heading back to London on Monday so they've got to make the most of what time they've got. I hope they have an awesome time!

Anywho, Job Centre. My payment's been sorted so I'll be paid on Wednesday as usual. I start at TNG at 9:00 on Monday and it's a full time thing, but they'll be putting me on a placement - the Star, I hope, since it's what we've all agreed on. All I need to do is get the bus on Monday and find the place - it's near Cineworld, opposite a pub called the Phoenix. If I get an early enough bus I should have plenty of time to find it.

This is Sir Kelsalot the Directionally Challenged, signing out! Wish me luck!

Eccentricity in St. Helens? Twitter says AYE!

  • Dec. 16th, 2010 at 10:40 PM
kelzadiddle: (Kevin Ayers Still Life With Guitar)
I found out today that Syfy are axeing Stargate Universe. Only two seasons were filmed, and they've cut it off just as the plot was starting to get really good, heading in some kind of direction. It must have been a shock to some of the actors who only found out today via. the Internet (David Blue being one; he found out through his fans on Twitter) - and it was a shock for me as well because I thought it had the potential to go on for another two seasons at least. The plot had evolved in such a way that it would be possible.

I don't know what Syfy are playing at, but this has left a good deal of irked fans, myself included, wondering from whence this decision has come.

Anyway, tomorrow I'll be sleeping over at the lovely Holly's! Bllimey, it's been a long time since anyone's seen her. I'm hoping my Flash Gordon DVD will arrive in time for such tomfoolery because then we have something awesome to watch while we stuff our faces.

Getting there, as you know, will be a problem. Sure, it's as simple as getting a bus then getting off at the right place. My navigational skills are deplorable. It took me two hours once to find a theatre that was only five minutes away from where I was. Literally. I am the kind of girl who could get a bus from the High Street, ask for Lowton, and end up in Zimbabwe and Sweden AT THE SAME TIME.

I feel I must talk about my writing progress. 'The Chronicles of Stan', regrettably, has gone nowhere for the past couple of days. I mustn't give up, however; this is a novel that I am adamant I'll complete, and the same goes for 'The Great Couch Happening of '69'. I suppose it's just that after all the NaNo madness, my brain has gone a bit slack. It's like running a marathon and feeling afterwards like you could spend a month in bed. My brain's a bit dead.

I've decided that I'll write Book Two of the 'Chronicles' some time next year, once I've polished off 'The Great Couch Happening'. Book Three of the 'Chronicles' will be written probably some way into my second year of university, after I've had a good sampling of uni life; enough to write in such a setting. Thankfully each one of the books is fairly short as novels go, so I can easily work them in around larger, non-NaNo projects of the same scale as 'The Great Couch Happening'. And NaNo novels, in fact. One book of the 'Chronicles' takes me about seventeen days to write.

This means I'll have to start planning for Book Two - by planning, I mean come up with a 'what if' question, then a title that's of no relation whatsoever to that question, write a whole load of random crap and then make it relevant as the story goes along. And that, in a nutshell, is how I write stuff.

Now, owing to tomorrow's appointment with the lovely Job Centre people, I must go and get some kip. Thankfully I have enough money for transport and records amounting to £10. And for some reason, I am tempted to attend said appointment with one of those Christmas cracker crown things on top of my sort-of-bowler-hat-that-isn't-a-bowler-hat-but-looks-like-one-anyway. The Twitterverse seems to be agreeing with me...

On a musical note, my recent pillaging from Amazon earned me £2 of credit on the MP3 store. It might not seem much, but when you really dig deep and have a good poke around, you can find some worthy gems; albums at less than two quid. I got my mitts on Terry Riley's 'A Rainbow in Curved Air', a very influential piece from the mid-Sixties. I remember reading about it in Mike Oldfield's autobiography and thinking 'blimey! I really have to listen to that!' - so now I have it. When I've got the dosh, I'll get the CD.

That seems to be the way with my musical journey. I hear artists' names in connection with artists I've already experienced, and check them out. Mike Oldfield put me onto David Bedford and Kevin Ayers, who put me onto a whole army of bands from the Canterbury scene, who put me onto other bands because they worked with people from said bands, and so on and so forth. It seems like the Prog genre is one big family; everybody's worked with everybody. It's bloody marvellous!


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