curiouswombat: (notes from a small island)
posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 10:35pm on 16/03/2014 under , , ,
I don't seem to have written much about life in general here for a little while.

It has been proceeding. I wrote about my day on Wednesday in [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday here - it was a fairly ordinary day.

I have written about 6,000 words for my Back to Middle Earth Month story - but I can't post it here yet (or any of the other places I post stories), as it hasn't been revealed on the community yet. It has slowed down the next chapter of The Valinor Trail, but that is under way now, and the B2ME story is a Returnverse tale as well.

Yesterday D-d and I went up to Mum's and took her for lunch for the first time in a couple of months, as her arthritis and gout have been playing up so badly she hasn't felt like coming out. Then we took her for an optician's appointment. Fortunately the disabled parking space outside the opticians was available, and she had her rollator, so this went fairly smoothly.

The optician is, however, very worried about the blind spot that has developed in the middle of Mum's right eye (which was why she made the appointment), so she is asking Mum's GP to refer her to the ophthalmologist. It is one of the vagaries of our local services that the consultant ophthalmologist will only take referrals from doctors, not opticians.

My sister told me today that Slightly-goth niece has just been told she is to be made redundant later this year, a month or so before her wedding.

Brits who have been hearing so much stuff on the news about whether Big Banks will stay, or not stay, in Scotland if it becomes independent, will be somewhat amused, or possibly bemused, by the fact that this is because 'Barclays Wealth and Investment Management' are transferring her entire department's work to Glasgow.

Also - I've just been at our fortnightly on-line meeting to organise WriterConUK's event this year.

And people, friends of mine, if you didn't already know that this year's event will be in Coventry in September - then you do now - just GO HERE and sign up!

You get to see me! And these wonderful people - we are a really friendly bunch - why not just go for it? :)
Mood:: 'busy' busy
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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 05:52pm on 17/08/2013 under ,
I got home last night, and it feels as though I've been away for months rather than just over a week. And, at the moment, the most noticeable thing I did on my holiday was caught a cold! So I am feeling rather ropey.

Mind you I seem to have arrived home to winter, anyway, so a cold seems reasonable.

Honestly - the sun was shining when I got home last night - but it now so dark, wet, and gloomy that, at 4.15 in the afternoon, I have the light beside me on.

Anyway - back to the trip, and back to last weekend in Coventry.

Read more... )

Many farewells said, the numbers slowly dwindled - and, leaving my husband to make his own way home next morning, I set off for the station to head to London for a few days - of which there will be more in the next couple of days!
Mood:: 'blah' blah
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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 03:53pm on 12/08/2013 under , , ,
Just checking in, to say that I had an excellent time with some excellent people at Writerconuk in Coventry, and am now having a few days with D-d in London.

We are staying close to the Natural History Museum, in a rather nice hotel. Last night, as I'd just travelled down from Coventry and D-d had been at a wedding on Saturday, flown in on Sunday morning and met up with her friend from uni before coming to the hotel, we ate in the hotel - and were truly stuffed.

This morning we had a light breakfast and then walked over to Kensington Palace - we had free tickets from our hotel - and it was excellent. Apart from the usual exhibits there was a special one of clothes belonging to The Queen, Princess Margaret, and Dead Di. There will be pictures....

D-d decided to explore Kensington Gardens - I decided to spend a little time in the Natural History Museum, especially to see the portrait of Alfred Russell Wallace who is now given his rightful place beside Darwin. But there was almost a 1 hour queue to get in - so I'm afraid I didn't bother!

We are going to have afternoon tea in a few minutes and then pause, briefly, before walking to the Royal Albert Hall to see 2 proms - prom number 39, Holst, Nishat Khan, and Vaughn Williams, and then prom 40 - the Six Music prom, featuring Cerys Matthews, Laura Marling, and The Stranglers.

I'll report back.... but it might not be until Wednesday, as tomorrow's plan looks to be The Churchill Rooms, The Banqueting House (where Charles First was beheaded) - and we are going to the theatre to see Matilde.
Mood:: 'busy' busy
curiouswombat: (Writerconicon)
I seem to have been too busy to post much - and I have some rather nice pictures for my occasional 'country churches of the island' series ready to go. Maybe tomorrow.

I've been busy with on-line meetings to finalise stuff for the meet-up in Coventry this weekend, and then doing my bit towards making attendee badges, and a few interesting items for goody-bags. The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch has done the goody bags for years, but last year she felt she done enough and handed it on. I totally appreciate, now if not then, just how much work she did!

Sadly there are so few coming this time that it may be the last such event - there is little energy to organise if no-one really wants it, and anyway there need to be enough people to make hiring the meeting rooms and so on viable.

I think it will be the major talking point at the usual Sunday morning AGM.

Still - if it is the last one, I want to do my bit to try to keep the organisation, and the goody bags, up to the high standard of previous years - so best get on with it!

I also am still trying to get to grips with my new toys - I posted pics here in Photoscavenger and an explanation as to why a shiny new smart phone, and a shiny new tablet, were posted in response to the challenge 'Oh dear!'. They have got to get me through the trip to Coventry and a further few days in London - but I think I'm getting there...
Mood:: 'busy' busy
curiouswombat: (Writerconicon)
It is now 3 months before WriterConUK. And I would so love to see some more friends there.

It is a weekend get-together for fandom types - be you writers, artists, readers, vidders... The icon shows two of the fandoms that usually have a person or two there - but there are also Dr Who fans, Buffy fans, Sherlock fans, Supernatural fans, not to mention the fans of Forgotten Realms, Avengers, Merlin, Stargate, Vampire diaries, 'anything Danish' (Hmm - Carlsberg and bacon butties seems a reasonable fandom to me, but I have a feeling it is not quite what she meant!).

We chat, hold a quiz, chat, eat stuff, drink at the bar, gossip for a change, have talks on fandom related stuff, chat, eat Danish pastries (AHA! something Danish for Ningloreth!!), discuss cocktails as a change from fandoms, have a few more talks about fandom things, have a geeks' raffle (fandom related prizes - you bring one, you take one home - rather than winning your own geek...), chat about what we've won, eat more stuff... It is just a really fun weekend. I always learn something new, meet someone new, and laugh so much it hurts.

So - if there is any chance of getting to Coventry between the evening of 9th August and lunchtime on Sunday 11th, please, please, come and join in! There is always an offer from our chairgeek [livejournal.com profile] gillo, on the Sunday afternoon, to show anyone who would like her to either central Coventry or Kenilworth Castle. (The castle is fascinating and, as it is almost in her back garden, she does excellent guided tours.)

If you are already a member of the LJ Community then the sign up post, with the details, is here (it's FLocked as we ask for a few details about you - like your fandoms, and any dietary requirements).

if you aren't a member the details are all in this post.

If you don't have either a Live Journal or a Dreamwidth one, you can read that second post and, if you want to come, just e-mail me, send me a PM, whatever. There is no problem with you coming at all.

And don't worry that you won't know anyone - you'll know me!. And you will soon feel as if you have known others for ages too.
Mood:: 'hopeful' hopeful
curiouswombat: (writerconicon)
It is now 3 months before WriterConUK. And I would so love to see some more friends there.

It is a weekend get-together for fandom types - be you writers, artists, readers, vidders... The icon shows two of the fandoms that usually have a person or two there - but there are also Dr Who fans, Buffy fans, Sherlock fans, Supernatural fans, not to mention the fans of Forgotten Realms, Avengers, Merlin, Stargate, Vampire diaries, 'anything Danish' (Hmm - Carlsberg and bacon butties seems a reasonable fandom to me, but I have a feeling it is not quite what she meant!).

We chat, hold a quiz, chat, eat stuff, drink at the bar, gossip for a change, have talks on fandom related stuff, chat, eat Danish pastries (AHA! something Danish for Ningloreth!!), discuss cocktails as a change from fandoms, have a geeks' raffle (fandom related prizes - you bring one, you take one home - rather than winning your own geek...), chat about what we've won, eat more stuff... It is just a really fun weekend. I always learn something new, meet someone new, and laugh so much it hurts.

So - if there is any chance of getting to Coventry between the evening of 9th August and lunchtime on Sunday 11th, please, please, come and join in! There is always an offer from our chairgeek [personal profile] gillo, on the Sunday afternoon, to show anyone who would like her to either central Coventry or Kenilworth Castle. (The castle is fascinating and, as it is almost in her back garden, she does excellent guided tours.)

If you are already a member of the Community then the sign up post, with the details, is here (it's FLocked as we ask for a few details about you - like your fandoms, and any dietary requirements).

if you aren't a member the details are all in this post.

If you don't have either a Live Journal or a Dreamwidth one, you can read that second post and, if you want to come, just e-mail me, send me a PM, whatever. There is no problem with you coming at all.

And don't worry that you won't know anyone - you'll know me!. And you will soon feel as if you have known others for ages too.
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[livejournal.com profile] gillo has just posted to let us know that the Writercon UK Event this summer is now fixed for the second weekend in August, at the Ramada Hotel, Coventry, from Friday 9th August to Sunday 11th August.

The hotel is booked and, as [livejournal.com profile] gillo says, there will be fun, frolics, cocktails, silliness and all sorts of things you will enjoy and may even learn from*.

Reserve the date and collect up your pennies**; come along to the UK's nicest multifandom event of the year.

I will be posting on [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk soon with all the financial details and a PayPal button for you to sign up with - everyone is welcome, be they fic writers, artists of any sort, or simply all round fans of almost anything- if you see what I mean (If you don't see, ask, and I will try harder...).

Come on, join in, you know you want to!

Feel free to pimp this widely. All welcome - we all become friends, but we don't do cliques.

*We actually find time for interesting and entertaining talks as well!

** It is remarkably good value - so you won't need to mortgage your kids, or even the dog.
Mood:: 'ecstatic' ecstatic
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My icon wombat is worn out - so am I. I have been busy for two evenings trying to put together a 'photo-album' online, to be printed as a gift to a family who are leaving church to move to Scotland. I tried it via Photobucket last night, as a lot of the pictures were there - I took about 3 hours and then discovered that it would be printed in the USA and the postage would cost $40.00! So I abandoned that and started again on Snapfish this evening.

It took me a couple of hours on Snapfish, as I had to re-upload some of the pictures from my originals to get better quality - but I am actually a lot happier with how it looks anyway - and total cost, including postage, is £11.98 - so about $18 or so. I'm sure it will be worth the effort though!

But it does mean that I didn't make the post here I meant to last night.

Firstly Where I Live Day - a long time ago a conversation on LJ began about how much we were learning about the realities of where other people lived - whether it was a city in our own country that we had never visited, or one on the other side of the world - and the idea came that it would be nice to have a Where I live Day when we posted pictures of... where we lived. The still missed Frimfram and I set up a community where people could post the pictures and so see places that others were willing to share even if not on each other's friends list. It is, however, a members' locked community so that the pictures were/are only on 'open display' if people choose to post them on their own journal, or anywhere else.

That first day was a great success - so much so that we have done it again a few times over the years, as some of the original members have moved on, and others of us have new friends who might like to take part. But one day seemed a bit restrictive... however the Comm has such a good name based on the original acronym - so [livejournal.com profile] wild_photos will be open for business for a whole week - July 28th - August 4th. Come and join the comm, you can browse the pictures already there, and post your own any time that week. Everywhere is of interest - everyone loves to see the realities of life in other places.

And it is so much easier to post pics now than it was back in 2005!

And the second 'pimp' is for the examples of really bad writing! we did for fun at the WriterConUK Event in Coventry a few weeks ago. The Bad! Romance! has sadly gone missing - crumbs! But the Bad!Sex!Scene! and the Bad!Death!Scene! are both there for your amusement.
Mood:: 'tired' tired
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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 09:20pm on 18/06/2012 under ,
WriterConUK got its name from the big WriterCon event in the USA; however our, smaller, UK group is certainly not specifically for writers. You are also very welcome if you are involved in the art side of fandom, or you beta, or just enjoy reading fanfic/looking at fanart and hanging out with other people who think that all the above are a perfectly reasonable way to spend your time.

If any of that sounds like you, you think you might like to come to the annual WriterConUK event in Coventry next year, and would like some say in just when it will be, go to the poll and join in the democratic date deciding process!
Mood:: procrastinating!
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S2C and I actually arrived in Coventry the day before the event started - as a committee member I really need to be there from when people begin to arrive, but it takes us leaving home at 7.45 am to get there at 4pm. Our trip on Thursday was, however, positively pleasant - and whilst S2C worked on his talk, I sat in [livejournal.com profile] gillo's garden enjoying catching up, cold cider, and eventually pizza and Dave's company, too, as the warm evening turned through dusk - and using her WiFi to find a couple of... interesting... illustrations for my talk on Saturday.

I have written all about the Friday evening, and Saturday, here in the community.

The hotel fed us well on Saturday evening - and then reserved the TV end of the bar for our use as we sat and giggled and heckled all through Eurovision - sadly we missed the first few minutes and so we didn't get to see Engelbert - but the rest most certainly kept us entertained. The male presenter was scary - he smiled all the time - as if his top lip had been glued to his teeth. [livejournal.com profile] kazzy_cee could be heard first muttering and then, eventually, yelling "Don't Smile! STOP smiling!" at him by the end of the show. Fortunately she valued her cocktail too much to throw her glass at the screen!

I mention the Bad!Elf!Porn! in my report. I won it in the raffle. It has a long history, starting in the early 1990s when [livejournal.com profile] rahira acquired it at a Convention in the USA. It remained in the back of a drawer in her house for many years until she put it up as a prize for a quiz on her journal a few months ago.

[livejournal.com profile] quinara won it, even though she was trying not to - and [livejournal.com profile] rahira posted it off to the UK. I hope Quinara did not try to read it before she did anything academically important as it would probably have made her brain trickle out of her nostrils - it really is that bad. Quinara donated it to the Event raffle. I actually tried to read some of it. I passed it to other people to try to read some of it; and we all agreed we were worried about our brains melting at the absolute awfulness of it. I think I will need to add my signature to the wrapper and take it back next year to become one of those annual booby prizes.

I have also posted my talk on the community - but I will say more about that in my next post here.

In other news it is TT Practice week and I am busy baking cake to be sold to the spectators in aid of church funds. Currently my tally is 16 chunks of chocolate chip flapjack (British not American), 16 pieces of chocolate fudge cake, 12 pieces of carrot cake, with 12 more ready to go, and 24 pieces of gingerbread ready to go.
Mood:: 'busy' busy
location: near the TT course.

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