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posted by [personal profile] panik at 08:04pm on 21/12/2009 under
sloe gin inside (me). Having nowhere else to go, I find both equally agreeable.
location: Withnell
Music:: Allegri's Miserere on BBC4
Mood:: 'content' content
panik: (DW - Oh)

So.

posted by [personal profile] panik at 10:44am on 03/12/2009 under ,
I was just about to head off to the PO to post a shiny set of new subs to agencies when I see our pale cream curtains are COVERED (and I do not exaggerate) in oily black stripes - seems Mark filled the coal bucket this morning then decided to draw the curtains without bothering to wash his hands.

Took them down, in fairly evil mood it has to be said, stropped off to wash them, opened the washing machine and gallons of smelly black water cascaded out like bleedin' Niagara Falls.

Got rid of Basement the neighbour's cat anyway, resting his bones by the Aga, he was, when the water descended. Gosh he can move when he needs to. ::smiles sweetly::

We've just been mopping up, that took a while. :o) Rassillon knows what's happened or whether it's damaged the bloody machine - there's always been a problem with the drains here, so now we have the plumbers to deal with on top of the coalman and I can't wash the curtains and my day has descended into its accustomed chaos and it's all a bit of a mess, really.

So, how's your day been so far my darling, delicious love-kittens? ::flutter of eyelashes, saintly expression::
Mood:: 'pissed off' pissed off
location: Withnell
Music:: The spin cycle.
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posted by [personal profile] panik at 12:41pm on 24/11/2009 under ,
Have I really just wasted almost an hour reading the batshit comment on this article (warning! Contains Sarah Palin)? Almost worth it to read this from an old, wise soul who dubs him/herself Anduin:

Don't you love the sock puppet invasion that took place as soon as this was published?

::chortle::

Ah me oh my. But I must leave off such passive pleasures and press on with my day for there is a synopsis to write, submissions to post, sloes to be gathered and a blood test to be gone through - oh, the excitement, it burns.

Or maybe not. How about the excitement 'toasts lightly'? Has been waved briefly across a candle flame? Was brought within sniffing distance of a neighbour's brazier?

Sadly, probably not even the last. ::twists toe, looks slightly sad::
Mood:: 'amused' amused
location: Withnell
panik: (Entanglement2)
Only I don't, not very much these days. Alas, the life of the gilly is a rather dreary and uneventful place of late and it seems a waste of everyone's time to be posting nonsense about nothing. I haven't even twittered in an age.

I still live, is, I suppose, the message of this pointless post, that and my old friend prevarication...

I'm still (yeah) waiting for news on the novel from th'Agent. I sent him a terribly gently worded prod a few weeks ago to which he responded that he still hadn't had time to finish it. It's getting on for 10 weeks since I sent him the full ms and I've run out of patience so I'm sending it off to some more agencies, which means I now have to produce a proper submission including the dread 'one page synopsis'.

Boiling a 548 page novel down to a single page is something of a bugger. I currently have it at 19 pages - hence this post. Anything (anything!!!) rather than go back to the ceremonial brain-boiling that is that bloody (bloody!) synopsis.

But such is life.

I'm working on a second novel at the moment, should anyone give a monkeys, a sequel to the last. I've prevaricated nicely on that one, too (see the shiny icon!) - and there's fic, too. [livejournal.com profile] fluterbev and I have been communing, work is ongoing, we're working to finish Decimated by Christmas but life may well get in the way of our well-crafted plans so I can promise nothing.

Urm. I think that's it, really. It's awfully dark and dreary outside. My coffee's going cold. I should get back to work. I hope life is being a perfect poppet for you all. ::making the kissy face:: XXX
Music:: rain on roof
location: Withnell
Mood:: 'frustrated' frustrated
panik: (TS - What?)
posted by [personal profile] panik at 03:09pm on 03/11/2009 under ,
So I'm watching 'Life' while I eats me lunch and spot Amber and Naomi; almost made me spurt soup. Gave me quite the warm glow of nostalgia.

Arr but tis a dark and gloomy day today,shipmates. Stay warm and dry.

Mood:: 'surprised' surprised
Music:: Rain
location: In the dark
panik: (Boosh - OUTRAGE!)
posted by [personal profile] panik at 10:39pm on 01/11/2009 under , ,
...winding down, thinking about going up to bed, watching that Fleetwood Mac thing on BBC2 and thinking about Tony Harrison's bold demand:

"Tusk," in its entirety, with the pauses as Lindsay Buckingham intended! Watch the room crumble at the aura of the H-Man!


So, I'm alright. You alright?



Music:: The Chain
location: By the fire, watching telly
Mood:: 'calm' calm
panik: (Reality)
I don't seem to do that very often these days but, good people, I honestly have nothing to say!

Re Entanglement: I'm still waiting on the first agent, I'm told that nothing happens during Frankfurt so I'm giving him another week before I'll proffer up a gentle email prod. I am firmly of the opinion that waiting on decisions entirely out of your control is, to paraphrase the immortal Baldrick, a horrid thing.

While I wait, I've started work on a new story - I had 2 going for ages but finally settled on the Entanglement sequel (sorry [personal profile] mrs_tilford !) because the voices told me I had to various blogs seem to be firmly of the opinion that being able to offer sequels greatly ups your chances of publishing and who am I to argue with various blogs?

Anyway, that's all up and running and a very dark tale it's shaping up to be. Very dark indeed (cue the obligatory evil laugh). I actually did some solid, concerted work on that today - progress has been seen to be made. I am not displeased.

Fannish life - is non existent, really. There's nothing new and the old has lost its shine and that part of my life languishes in dusty, cobwebbed neglect. LJ likewise seems quiet as an old, forgotten grave. I don't know if everyone's lost their mojo too, or if you're all lurking in New Fannish Lands in the parts of LJ where I never tread but it's been dead as a rusty shovel round here lately. I've had to turn to Twiter for kicks, people, that can't be right.

I shall throw out some spangled, golden kisses and chocolate-coated delights anyway, for old time's sake. Use them wisely, I shall be testing you on them later. XXX

Music:: Mark in the kitchen, baking
location: Withnell
Mood:: 'okay' okay
panik: (Withnell & I)
posted by [personal profile] panik at 02:01pm on 14/10/2009 under ,

Remember we had a power cut last week?

This is why.


In other news: 2 day's old cold curry; ambrosial! So much nicer than the freshly made item!

Mood:: 'giggly' giggly
location: Withnell
panik: (LOM - Don't Feed)
posted by [personal profile] panik at 06:56pm on 10/10/2009 under ,
...and not noticed? First a lengthy power cut in Thurlstone a few days ago and now we're in the midst of one in Withnell.

Did something happen and no one told me?

So, we're sitting here by candlelight, eating baked potatoes, sipping fine wines*, at least I have t'internet till my battery or the UPS dies, listening to Loose Ends and there was nowt on TV to miss. At least we have an Aga, we can has tea. It could be worse.

*Aldi's 'Australian Red', from a box.
location: In the dark
Music:: The very annoying beeping of the UPS
Mood:: 'calm' calm
panik: (Cuba - Al combate)
posted by [personal profile] panik at 02:46pm on 09/10/2009 under , , , , ,
We are home! 

The sun is shining, but it's October so it's on the nippy side and we've lit the stove which means oven baked potatoes for supper! I have a mug of hot Ribena, skies are blue, the woods are looking gorgeous, life is good.

Mark has been streaming Radio Rebelde in the car, live from Cuba via the iphone which was - squeeful and exciting for about fifteen minutes; live news on parade-preps from Santiago and Santa Clara did lose novelty value rather quickly. With Cuban Radio in general (and Rebelde in particular) enough really is quite as good as a feast, rather more than enough to be entirely honest, but a happy Che-Day to you all, should you be celebrating today. *g*

Hamish update: wee doggie is still not himself but very much on the mend, though blood tests have shown a slightly reduced liver capacity. The new diet is on hold and he's condemned to eat chicken and (Tilda organic Basmati) rice for the next several days by order of the vet, poor lamb. Thanks so much for all your good wishes which I'll endeavour to answer asap.

Such a year for sloes! I picked a pound in no time at all yesterday, got scratched to pieces but there will be sloe gin again this Christmas, oh yes indeedy! It's been 3 years since we had a decent sloe harvest and I've missed my gin, deed I have.

Yesterday was my sister's birthday. Amongst other things we gave her the Help! DVD, fine wines and even finer chocs and was pleased to see her so delighted. She's a bugger of a time of it lately, she doesn't deserve it. I hope Dad gives her some peace this weekend so she can enjoy her various delights.

Also happy birthday John Lennon. You would have been 69 today, bless your heart.

And Barak Obama, WTF?!
Mood:: 'content' content
location: Withnell

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