Odd weekend

Apr. 2nd, 2017 07:24 pm
lonemagpie: Jaffar (deep thought)
Odd, how normally it’s dates you remember, but sometimes it’s days instead, and then sometimes one of those gets connected to the other unexpectedly, and throws you, so you get thrown off-plan not on the one you usually expect.

Quite aside from connecting an actual date to an event I usually associate with Easter, Yesterday’s ITDOV put a thought in my head that I know is bollocks and my brain trying to fuck me up by needling, but which I could really do without. Anybody got some Retcon or a Blue Rose, or… I dunno, a mallet…?

(Let me put it this way, yesterday I was looking at Brexit stories to feel *less* down…)


Feb. 28th, 2017 10:56 pm
lonemagpie: like it says (fuck it)
Separate from the events of the convention, the weekend was interesting test of the state of my health. Not having control what's in the stuff I eat, coupled with a buggering up of routine, and random rather than programmed amounts of activity and stresses meant my blood sugar was all over the place (not into dangerous levels, but inconvenient) - so I must watch out for that any time I'm away having meals in hotels for multiple days.

I also at one point was looking for a particular person, was pointed to where he was, and, because of the colour of his jacket in a dark room with flashing coloured lights, walked straight past him because I literally couldn't see him in that colour/shade environment of a disco. Which means I think, even with the eyesight improvement, next time they ask if I want to register as partially sighted I might actually agree to do it.

I also know a lot of people who have mobility issues and lack of spoons, and was somewhat shocked, to see by direct interaction and comparison, that by Sunday evening I was as bad (with my left foot, whose heel I busted 30 years ago, as well as the blood thing). Cos I'm usually fairly... Able. I mean, I run around fencing and fighting in medieval armour, for fuck's sake...

So, I have to admit, though the panels and talks and stuff I did at the convention were great fun, health-wise that was a pretty disatrous weekend.
lonemagpie: Craig icon (007)
Ah, another of those "not a resolution, but a normal thing I've now been restored enough to get back to" that today (being Twelfth Night, and the decorations are down) is appropriate to go back to- the minimum daily word count, put ahead of hobbies and stuff, certain people (who I'm married to, especially) take note. Traditionally it was 2000 words, but has historically varied up past 5-6k when I was on a roll, albeit not for about 18 months.

So... (Well, I say that, but have surgeries again next weekend, so fuck knows how efficiently this'll work, depending on what they do then.)
lonemagpie: Jaffar (deep thought)
I've had many “Happy Birthday” wishes and now it's the Happy New Year time. And... It has been a happy birthday, in that I've had nice noms, got some DVDs and stuff, and fenced in the dark. I'm not sure that just things make me happy, though – I've a huge backlog of DVDs to watch, games to play, and books to read, so mere material things aren't what makes me properly actually happy.

Being productive does; finishing stuff does, and achieving stuff does, whether it be in a game or in work, or whatever. I had hoped to finish some bits and pieces today – A Study in Steampunk especially – but didn't manage that. Seeing that somebody's learned something I taught them does. Interacting with friends does. I wonder if part of 2016 being rubbish is because of so many people who I didn't see at all this year.

Anyway, yeah, I have some nice things to enjoy, which is good. As for 2017, Yeah, I have stuff to finish, and stuff to start, and actually get to see some of those people. Which is nice. I don't do resolutions, as I've said before, but I do occasionally need to make note of reminders. I do have a convention or two to go to this coming year; I know that now that my eyesight has recovered somewhat, I actually can restore my book reading levels; I know I've got a routine sorted out over this year that keeps my sugar stable and low, and I just need to make sure I get doing that swordy teaching and coaching stuff...

Shit, there was something else I was going to say, and I forget what it is.

2016 Score

Dec. 31st, 2016 08:50 pm
lonemagpie: Bogie! (bogie)
As in 2013 and 2015 (somehow I never did it for 2014), rather than a review of my year, I’ve assembled a playlist for the soundtrack score... So, I know what they all refer to; some of you might get what some of them refer to, but all you get is the title, composer, and thing it’s from... But if you dig out the tracks, and play them in order, you’ll get a feel for my year.

01) Gunbarrel (Thomas Newman, SPECTRE)
02) The King's Arrival (Ramin Djawadi, Game Of Thrones season 1)
03) Dirty Martini (David Arnold, Casino Royale)
04) You Know My Name (Chris Cornell, Casino Royale)
05) Dream of Cyberia (Murray Gold, Dr Who series 7)
06) Mountain Of Power Procession (Basil Poledouris, Conan)
07) You And Me, Amy (Murray Gold, Dr Who series 5)
08) Stoick's Ship (John Powell, How To Train Your Dragon 2)
09) Upgrade In Progress (Murray Gold, Dr Who series 7)
10) The Fencing Lesson (James Horner, Mask Of Zorro)
11) Genesis Countdown (James Horner, Star Trek II)
12)This Is Berk (John Powell, How To Train Your Dragon)
13) Enterprise Clears Moorings (James Horner, Star Trek II)
14) Remember Me (Murray Gold, Dr Who Series 7)
15) Space Adventure Part 2 (Martin Slavin, Tomb of the Cybermen)
16) All In A Day's Work (David Arnold, Tomorrow Never Dies)
17) Los Muertos Vivos Estan (Thomas Newman, SPECTRE)
18) Barbarian Horde (Hans Zimmer, Gladiator)
19) Ronin (Hans Zimmer, The Last Samurai)
20) A Good Man? (Murray Gold, Dr Who series 8)
21) The Enigma Of River Song (Murray Gold, Dr Who Series 6)
22) Robo Vs ED-209 (Basil Poledouris, Robocop)
23) The War Begins (Christopher Franke, B5 In The Beginning)
24) OHMSS theme (John Barry, OHMSS)
25) Ready The Ships (John Powell, How To Train Your Dragon)
26) Bond Lookalike (John Barry, Octopussy)
27) Reign (Ramin Djawadi, Game Of Thrones season 6)
28) Hail Mary (Paul Englishby, The Musketeers season 2)
29) Red Warrior (Hans Zimmer, Last Samurai)
30) They Are Here Somewhere (Paul Englishby, The Musketeers season 2)
31) Bones Theme (Crystal Method, Bones)
32) They Walk Among Us (Murray Gold, Dr Who Series 8)
33) Rock Shop (Basil Poledouris, Robocop)
34) Musketeers Don't Die Easily (Murray Gold, The Musketeers)
35) The Medallion Calls (Klaus Badelt, POTC)
36) Breaking The Wall (Murray Gold. Dr Who series 9) This one will probably change.
37) There Is No Clara Oswald (Murray Gold, Dr Who Series 8)
38) Light Of The Seven (Ramin Djawadi, GOT season 6)
39) Blunt Instrument (David Arnold, Casino Royale)
40) Combat Drop (James Horner, Aliens)
41) Jack Sparrow (Hans Zimmer, POTC, Dead Man's Chest)
42) Training The Village (Paul Englishby, The Musketeers season 2)
43) Qui-Gon Obi-Wan And Darth Maul Continue Battle (John Williams, The Phantom Menace)
44) Escape From Swiss Bank (David Arnold, TWINE)
45) Barbossa Is Hungry (Klaus Badelt, POTC)
46) Dinner Jackets (David Arnold, Casino Royale)
47) The Flag Parade (John Williams, The Phantom Menace)
48) Whose Enigma (Murray Gold, Dr Who The Snowmen)
49) The North Remembers (Ramin Djawadi, Game Of Thrones Season 4)
50) Way Of The Sword (Hans Zimmer, Last Samurai)
51) The Brethren Court (Hans Zimmer, POTC AWE)
52) Memories Of Grey (Ben Foster, Torchwood Series 1)
53) Drebin – Hero! (Ira Newborn, The Naked Gun)
54) The Kitchen/The Orgy (Basil Poledouris, Conan The Barbarian)
55) A Secret He Will Take To His Grave? (Murray Gold, Dr Who Series 7)
56) Blood Of My Blood (Ramin Djawadi, Game Of Thrones Season 6)
57) The Majestic Tale Of An Idiot With A Box (Murray Gold, Dr Who series 8)
58) Enter Lord Vader (John Williams, Revenge Of The Sith)
59) One Day (Hans Zimmer, POTC: AWE)
60) Titanium (David Giuetta & Sia)
lonemagpie: Jaffar (deep thought)
The thing that gets me about the end of A Christmas Carol, and makes me think there ought to be a sequel that covers it, is the thing about Scrooge then keeping the spirit of Christmas - of kindness and helping and stuff - all year round, now that he feels Christmassy.

See, let me explain. If you're doing all these things and getting the Christmassy vibe from the fact that doing good things does actually make you feel good, then what actually happens when the calendar hits the Christmas season?

I'll tell you what happens - it feels like something is missing, cos you know what it should feel like, but most likely it''s actually going to work out to be a day which you don't get that good feeling, cos everything's shut and you're at home....

I mean, The most Christmassy I've felt this year was at times like the aftermath of pulling that random woman from the canal, or some things that happened at times like Yule Ball.. Which means by the time we reach this weekend - and especially when one is self-employed working from home - it feels like just a day when I'm sitting at home... It feels, basically, *less* Christmassy than other times of year. If this makes any sense at all.

They need to do a sequel that covers that. And that sounds less arsey, cos I know that probably comes over as some weird comic book bollocks that Peter Parker would have a problem with.

I dunno, I should do a novel or a script themed around it. Very odd.
lonemagpie: Jaffar (deep thought)
1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?

Had laser/eye surgery. Had a flu vaccination. Heard Alestorm.

2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

As I say every year, I don't make them. The way you live your life is for life, not just New Year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Not that I recall.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Bel, the cat I've known the longest, at the age of 17 and a half, in January. Great start to the year, right there.

5. What countries did you visit?

None. Unless you count Wales.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

The usual- Contracts for paid-up-front work. Stress-free periods of time. No surgeries. (Fat chance of this – there's one next month that I already know about.) Doing some proper fencing, choreography, and self defence workshops.

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

May 24th, me and the boatman pulling a woman from the canal into a water taxi in Leeds. I've been in the right place at the right time to save nine lives over the years, but this one was from water, which for various reasons in my past makes it particularly meaningful to me.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

See the answer above- pulling a woman from the canal.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not attending any convention or teaching any fencing/choreography/self defence workshops... I dunno, really – I'm sure there are too many to choose from.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Eyesight went south in late January, bottoming out around late April/early May, but has largely recovered, to the state it was in around the end of 2015. And of course there have surgeries of one kind or another every few weeks - averages out to at least one a month, though more in the first half of the year than the second, and I managed to have December off from any.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I dunno. Really – can't think of anything specific. Something really cheap in a charity shop, probably.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Lots of people, as always... Lesley, Anne, Lynette, Cedar, Becky and Tony, Tlanti and Tyrone. Grouse. The various eye surgeons...

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Brexiters and Trumpeters.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Bills and arrears and Lesley's SCA adventures.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Nothing much. At least nothing much that actually happened.

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?

Alive by Meatloaf.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? I dunno. The same. Neither?
ii. thinner or fatter? The same.
iii. richer or poorer? The same.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Work that paid, of course. Fencing/choreography/self dence workshops teaching and coaching, as I already said. Orgies and bisexual depravity? Political assassination? Bank robbery?

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Having machines shoved down my throat and needles stuck in my eyeballs.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Same as last year- sitting at home, hoping the Dr Who special isn't shit.

21. How will you be spending New Year's?

Same as last year- sitting at home, hoping Sherlock isn't shit.

22. Did you fall in love in 2016?

Not specifically, but I fall in love with Lesley over again all the time. I think I mentioned that in previous years' answers as well.

23. How many one-night stands?

None. Ish.

24. What was your favorite TV program(s)?

Game Of Thrones, Westworld, Ripper Street, Murdoch Mysteries, The Flash, Gotham, etc.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

Various politicians I'd never heard of last year. Otherwise just the same people.

26. What was the best book you read?

Probably Stephen King's “Revival” though the end was a bit of a letdown.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?


28. What did you want and get?

Improvement in health and eyesight? I think.

29. What did you want and not get?

Good paid contracts, the workshops I like to do, an Xbox One, a tidy house....

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

I think Rogue One is the only movie I saw at the cinema this year, so...

31. What did you do on your birthday?

It's next week. Don't remember what I did last year.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I've mentioned the swordy martial arts teaching thing in this already, right? Or if we go with the other meaning of “satisfying” then I've made a crack about orgies and depravity...

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?

Clothed. Occasionally with armour.

34. What kept you sane?

Who said I kept sane? You should feel the inside of my head.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I dunno, I tend to fancy people that I actually know, based on personality, and the purely visual fancying tends to be when I'm watching movies or TV that could be decades old, so who knows what they even look like now, let alone what they're actually like?

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

The EU referendum.

37. Who did you miss?

The same people as always, and also Bel.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Cedar the Barefoot Bard, and also not forgetting some other SCA types such as Kirk Poore and Master Ulrik von Matanuska. But Cedar was the one who kept us singing, and was in our pageant!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016:

Probably none of the ones I should.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

We'll roll the old chariot along, and we'll all hang on behind.
lonemagpie: robot maria (robot maria)
For those wondering, that's the fourth of the initial five double eye injections down. I'm now missing only about three letters of the entire chart from the vision test beforehand with the right eye, and six or so with the left. They did manage to hit a vein in the right eyeball, so it now looks like the bottom half of the white is filled with blood (this doesn't show from the inside, nor is there any discomfort apart from the usual in both) - I wonder how many ebola scares I'll cause in town.

On the diabetic front, they looked at the numbers, still happily in the sixes, and sent for a blood test to check the three-month score (so I didn't hear that at the time, as a different department had borrowed the machine) - the plan is now to discharge me to the GP, do six-monthly blood tests, and prescribe tablets if the numbers creep up. In short, then, my oancreas is happy to continue to work with the right diet and exercise.

Then on the way home the first bus I could have got was over 10 minutes late, and so in such a hurry that the cunt didn't bother to stop for me.
lonemagpie: Craig icon (007)
Back from diabetic appointment. They weighed me (twelve stone two in indoor clothes and shoes - rdead centre of the healthy weight for my height), saw that three-month blood sugar reading was bang in the middle of healthy normality ( 48 is diagnostic level, at the beginning of the year it was 42, and today it was 45. And now a third Consultant confirmed that my eyes went off a cliff this year because of getting that too well too quickly - though I was able to read the control-test Buffy book in my pocket while waiting, which I couldn't do three weeks ago) and remained a littl confused about how long the diabetes had been there. Given the options of a couple of decades according to my eyes versus a year or so according to my liver, they split the difference and opted to fill in some forms with "eight to ten years" because they had put something, but admitted basically "we just can't fucking tell with you" (not in those exact words, but...)

I repeated that unusual runs in the family.

Anyway, so they decided that they they reckon I've got it firmly nailed with diet and exercise (to some surprise and impressedness) so have this plan: Halve my insulin dosage for a week, because they're very very convinced I no longer need it, then talk to them next Wednesday, and if mytesting averages haven't shot up (which they say they'd be exceptionally surprised if they did), they'll then stop it entirely for a week. If all goes well and my averages still stay level, they'll sign me off as controlling it rock steady with diet and exercise (which means I'll lose my prescription charge exemption when it expires in 2020, but I feel guilty having one anyway), and if the numbers do anything a little weird they'll prescribe tablets rather than insulin.

So, there we go... Touch wood, all being well, they reckon I won't need actual treatment for the diabetes after another week or so. Though obviously I will still be getting lots of eye surgeries and injections, and they'll still want to shove a camera down me every few months.
lonemagpie: Jaffar (deep thought)
David A McIntee
3 hrs ·

So... tournaments and competition fighting.

Not my thing, traditionally. I'm not interested in playing for ranks or titles because to me the martial arts are about self-improvement. Can I get more kills on you today than I did last time I fought you? That kind of thing. It's not, for me, a sport, or about winning. That's why I'm in it for the sparring. (Well, and coaching and stuff that I do.) However...

I was talking to Mike Prendergast on Saturday night, who, understanding all of this, and understanding why I haven't fought competition for, er, nearly 20 years, recommended that I do enter tournaments. He said that what I get out of it is something that I would get better out of tournaments, because everyone (self included) is doing their best there, not playing per se, which means my sense of how well I'm doing will be more accurate feedback than from normal and relaxed sparring. And, thinking about this, he's totally right, of course. Sometimes I've found in sparring (be it SCA, HEMA, or traditional martial arts like Taekwondo) that you sometimes find both yourself and your opponent laughing too much to do it properly. And that's fun, and I love it, cos this is a hobby, but it does affect the feedback.

He also reassured me that the judging and suchlike has changed a lot in the past 20 years (Look, I'm 47, I started before the name HEMA really existed!) And some stuff that happened back then was the main reason I stopped fighting competition, so... Even the SCA tournament I went in at Yule, after getting out of the hospital, has reassured me on that ... issue.

So I guess I'm saying that, while I still have no aim to win tournaments, nor acquire prizes, I will go back to entering tounaments, to test myself. For the most part we were talking HEMA here, but it will be a while for the reason that I need to get up to speed, train myself back out of SCA style, and fund new gear (cos anything I have left from back in the day no longer fits – I'm a lot slimmer now than then.), but, yeah. I'm not looking to win, because let's face it, my aim is internal, and I'm 47 now (and competition fighting is a youngster's game), but I will fight tournament again.

In the meantime, I guess I'll do more SCA fencing tournaments, for the same reason: Testing myself when we're being more serious. So, I have Master Cernac to thank or blame.

As for SCA Heavy... Watching Lesley do Coronet, I'm thinking every fighter should fight Coronet at least once. More importantly... How can I put this? Over the past year almost everything I give a shit about has been been being taken away from me, and after that bleeding to death thing, I just... I just can't think of a more appropirate “fuck you” and finger-flip to the Reaper, or whatever powers that be which have tried to get me so many times lately. That which does not kill me makes me very pissed off with it. So, yeah, I will do that, as and when appropriate, depending on getting authed and feeling confident that I have what it takes to do so. Which will not be until at least November 2017, whatever happens, because I'd also need to get some bits of armour sorted, and even if I was miraculously up for it in February, I have other commitments next February. But yes, I will get authed, get good, and fight Coronet sometime after Autumn 2017, if nobody minds...

No, I won't be taking up Taekwondo competitive fighting though! Everybody will think I'm an idiot about to be slaughtered everywhere anyway, so one has to draw a line somewhere....
lonemagpie: guy from the cover of sanctuary (Default)
Ah, OK, I finally managed to actually miss a hosptial appoinment (one to chat and decide whether I need to stay on insulin, reduce it, switch to pills, or rely on diet and exercise) due to unexpected life getting in the way... But at the time I should have been getting on the bus for Harrogate from Leeds (where I'd been at the Armouries), I was actually, along with the boatman, pulling a young woman out of he Leeds canal and into the boat that I was a passenger in. And then, obviously, giving her my coat and looking after her while having to wait for cops and ambulance to arrive.

So now I just hope Harrogate's diabetic clinic are understanding and don't bounce me back to the GP or make me wait three months or anything.

Oh, well, I guess I missed it for the best of reasons, I was where I was needed to be, rather than where I needed be... And now I need a drink cos I'm a little bit "eep" about the women in water connection.
lonemagpie: gojira patronus (gojira)
Monitoring how my eyes are going, I fee; they somewhat bottomed out about three or four weeks ago, in terms of cobwebbing and interference with resolving text. The cobwebbing has reduced by around 60% from its worst since starting the tablets, and my reading-vision (if that's the right term) is better this week than it was a week to two weeks ago, though still worse than it was a month ago, (I'm comparing against the same book every few days, so I know I'm not being led astray by different types or fonts). So, that's somewhat reassuring, and I'm hoping the various treatments will continue to recover things.
lonemagpie: gojira patronus (gojira)
Interesting... I

almost don't want to think my reading vision has slightly improved this week, because part of thinks that if I think that, then on Friday the opthalmic consultant will tell me "no, they're worse now, but maybe your brain has adjusted" or something like that, but.... I realised when watching that last Game of thrones dual-wielding video I posted (sans glasses) that I could read the subtitles in the fight scene even though they were smaller than stuff I'd been having trouble with. So, I went and got from my coat pocket the book I'd been carrying around, which, last week, I truly just could not resolve the text in enough to read, which I had been able to a couple of weeks before. And tonight, even though normally my reading vision declines with the lateness of the hour, I - not as easily as a couple of weeks ago - *can*.

I suspect this is most likely down to the tablets I've been taking since Thursday, as they're meant to encourage my eyes to reabsorb cellular material that has leaked it but shouldn't be hanging around in there, and it is definitely the case that over the past week or so (I also had more laser treatment last Tuesday, of course) the sort of faint cobwebby thing I'd been getting in the right eye has been reducing considerably in opacity..,

And I'm most genuinely surprised that I've noticed this past midnight - usually they're clearer in the morning.... I mean, I'm not suddenly going to be singing "I Can See Clearly Now" anytime soon - it's a tiny improvement in a very bad situation.... but it *is* an *improvement.*

Hell, I'm actually not leaning as close to the creen to type this as I was at the weekend. My face is maybe eight inches from the screen, instead of aout five.

Oh, yeah, I hadn't been swimming for a while cos the swimming shorts I had got some years ago were now far too baggy and would naver have stayed on, but since us diabetic types are supposed to stay active (as if the martial arts, fencing, armoured combat, and walking everywhere weren't activity) I finally got a new pair today. Huzzah. So since our local pool's weekday general swims have slots that finish 15 minutes before Lesley finishes work, I foresee a regular schedule of doing that before going to meet her....
lonemagpie: robot maria (robot maria)
Back from hospital and doped to the eyeballs. They did decide to install a few more upgrades, so I, based on last time, will doubtless be woozy for the rest of the weekend. Throat and gullet don't feel quite as raw as last time, so I guess theyve worked on a different bit of it.

On the upside, the gap till next time, they said, will be a whole six weeks - the longest gap yet.

If I'm being assimilated/Cyber-converted by stealth, I at least want to be Cyberleader and have the black handlebars.

For extra fun, my blood sugar before the op was down to 4.3, but at least that meant I got a couple of biscuits out of them afterwards...

Um, yeah, holding my head up to type is wearing after about five minutes. I wish I could get some of the sedative for home use - it'd be handy when Lesley snores. Guess I'll try to veg out to a DVD, but the chance of crashing to bed like last time is reasonably high.

What a romantic Valentine's weekend.
lonemagpie: Craig icon (007)
Well whatever demon was gunning for me last year can’t take a hint - spinach in the cheese tart… (the cook running over going “go easy on the cheese tart, it’s got spinach i- Oh fuck.”

Fortunately an immediate massive antihistamine shot from a fellow allergic at the table stopped the cramps and pains just as they were starting to burn, brought down the heart rate (no, I don’t like arrhythmia at 180 bpm), and so far prevented any swellings beyond a bit round the right eye, which has since gone down. (the nearest hospital was 20 minutes away, which, a doctor on site told us, was too long if the antihistamine overdose hadn’t worked and I went into full anaphylactic shock.)…

The paint smell thing has started though. I guess from here on in i'm carrying a fuckload of the strongest antihistamines i can find whenever i'm going to be eating out

And, making properly sure that the first full week of 2016 ends in the same vein as my 2015 was, we got home to find an appointment for an Endo surgery next saturday morning. whoop de fucking do.

Otherwise, the weekend was Coronation - Too many Courts, which isn’t my thing, but there was fencing. I sucked at the tournament, but killed Baron Antonio repeatedly in his prize play (which is what I went to Coronation for - the torunament was just warm up sparring and I wasn’t really in the mood after the week I’d had), and was amused by the irony that the first thing he said to me was “it’s nice to see you vertical” and the last thing in his all-comers prize play section was me killing him with a dagger while horizontal… So I guess he’ll still prefer me vertical!
lonemagpie: Jaffar (deep thought)
I feel a bit weird about seeing a different year on the calendar - I mean, same shit different day and all that, but it gives me shivers. The phrase "demon gunning for you last year" got used last night, and, yeah.... Two near-misses with spinach, one anaphylactic hit, and one full-on autodestruct later... It's weird. I've been damn near killed off before, but that was in the first half of the relevant year, and it's amazing how one forgets how weird it can feel afterward. Brains are strange things.

(But you know what they say- That which does not kill me.... just made a big fucking mistake.)

No, in the vein of start as you mean to go on, what bit of new writing or pitch shall I start today, I wonder...


Dec. 30th, 2015 10:17 pm
lonemagpie: like it says (fuck it)
I don't get moody about age or anything like that come birthday time, but I do find myself worn down by - as with the lead-in to Xmas - the issue of "what do you want for Xmas/birthday? You must want something..."

Honestly, whatI really *really* do want is all shit I won't get, at least without time travel or shit. What I'd have wanted? Restoration of that nearly 20 year long friendship tosomething resembling the normality of geeking out there always was- well that's unlikely as I've no way to contact them. No surgeries in the coming year, well that's fucked cos there's already one rescheduled from last month to next year, and another appointment on January 18th to decide whether I need TIPSS surgery. A nice advance-paying book contract, well that's possible, but not over the seasonal period when all the publishers are shut (In my experience, spring and autumn have always been the top times for that.)

So, good luck finding any of that shit in a shop.

II also, being a writer and all, want to take pleasure in giving pleasure, and help make people happy Another one you can't find in a shop.

So, fuck it... I'd say I just want the year put down, and a new one started, but then I have to start trying to see prospects in it, and I always have troubles doing that.
lonemagpie: b7 finale (b7)
Everybody will be doing reviews to the year over the next of days,but mine is, again, in the form of a soundtrack tracklist...If you're a soundtrack collector,you might well be able to assemble the following playlist (as I've done) and hear my year...

I'm giving track title, composer/performer, and album, but, as always, no conext. Some things you can figure outeasily enough. Others really will only be significant to me..

2015 Soundtrack listing:

1) Main Title/Attack On Jakku (John Williams, The Force Awakens)
2) Future Of The Sons Of Mithras (Bear Mcreary, Da Vinci's Demons)
3) Thief Of Bagdad theme – Miklos Rosza
4) Lucretia Donati (Bear McCreary, Da Vinci's Demons)
5) Knight's March (Hans Zimmer, King Arthur)
6) Lucretia And Leonardo (Bear McReary, Da Vinci's Demons season 2)
7) Conan theme – Basil Poledouris (Conan The Destroyer)
8) Betrayed (X Ray Dog, A Breed Apart)
9) The Grey Havens (Howard Shore, Return Of The King)
10) Duel Of The Fates (John Williams, The Phantom Menace)
11) The Lannisters Send Their Regards (Ramin Djawadi, GoT season 3)
12) Visions Of Lucretia (Bear McReary, Da Vinci's Demons season 2)
13) The Enterprise (Jerry Goldsmith, ST-TMP)
14) Prey Overture – Jeremy Soule (Prey)
15) Returns A King – Tyler Bates (300)
16) Narrow Escape (X Ray Dog, A Breed Apart)
17) The German Battlefield – Hans Zimmer (Gladiator)
18) Hero's Return (X Ray Dog, A Breed Apart)
19) Inseguemento – Ennio Morricone (The Good The Bad And The Ugly)
20) It's A Droid (Jerry Goldsmith, Alien)
21) UNIT theme – (Don Harper, Dr Who The Invasion)
22) Trenzalore/The Long Song – Murray Gold (Time Of The Doctor)
23) Qui-Gon's Funeral (John Williams, The Phantom Menace)
24) Never Tell Me The Rules – Murray Gold (Time Of The Doctor)
25) Recovery (Basil Poledouris, Conan The Barbarian)
26) The Fuse (Bear McCreary, Da Vinci's Demons season 2)
27) Ode To Joy (Michael Kamen, Die Hard)
28) Battle Of The Heroes (John Williams, Revenge Of The Sith)
29) Flight OfThe Columbina (Bear McReary, Da Vinci's Demons season 2)
30) Confrontation With Dooku/Finale (John Williams, Attack Of The Clones)
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And remember, folks, Night Furies are for life, not just for Xmas. (and I am so wearing him on my shoulder at SCA events)
lonemagpie: Bogie & Bacall (Bogie & Bacall)
Gave my love to five of the seven I mentioned re the end of year meme. Wish I could make it six. Three online, one to her face, and to a picture of the one who died.


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