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Phew, been nearly a month since posting here. I keep meaning to be more regular and then I'm not...anyway, on with it!

Today felt oddly productive, even though thus far I have written nothing. I finished off three books, two that had been sitting on my Kindle for Mac for ages and then mowed my way through V for Vendetta - as I was telling my housemate, I can understand why Allan Moore didn't like the film. I always thought the film was ok, but there was something...politically naive about it. Not the case with the graphic novel, and I much preferred the story arc with V and Evey in this, rather than the 'insert a romance!' thing that the film had going.

One of the books was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and I'll say this, the stories were fun, but I also really enjoyed the writing itself. Lines the this:

"As he spoke there was a tap at the door, and the boy in buttons entered to announce Miss Mary Sutherland, while the lady herself loomed behind his small black figure like a full-sailed merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat."

Are just lovely to behold.

The other book was by M. Christian, and was called 'How to Write and Sell Erotica.' Quite a useful book, though when I got to the parts about the industry and all you need to do apart from write I got a little...panicky. Sigh. Suspect that was maybe partly why I stalled writing today...though I like to think it was also the fabulous weather and it seemed a good idea to go and sit in the garden too! Feeling much better now though.

I also managed a bunch of cleaning. The cupboard under the stairs, alas, house no boy wizard, but instead a patch of mold that's crept out to the carpet, and there is a dead mouse in there somewhere...which I didn't find. That's a Friday job. The bottom of the fridge has also been scrubbed and my hair vacuumed from the bathroom floor carpet (could someone British explain *that* bit of architectural design insanity to me?) so am feeling a bit better about the place. Someone did come and look at the mold this morning and it will hopefully be dealt with soon!

Writing, as you can probably tell, is slow at the moment, but I did submit something last Tuesday and I'm glad of that. There are two things I'd like to have done by the end of the month, so Friday better be productive in those terms!

In terms of the website progress, though this was not done today, I have written up a schedule for the two themed blog posts I want to do, in the sense that I have a topic header and the weeks they will appear. Just need to get to writing some of it so I'm not writing in a flurry each night they are due! I have at last fixed the base of the website so it does what I want - loved my theme, but it wasn't allowing drop down menus - luckily, someone else re-jigged the theme and made this available, so I'm using that one, with my own alterations again.

On that, would anyone be interested in reviewing the site before it goes live? I'm a reasonably good judge of these things, but several pairs of other people's eyes would be awesome. :)

Other things have been happening, much of it good, but I'll be here all night if I write about it, so for now, goodnight.
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Well, the good news first )

then the bad )

Dancing and Newcastle )

Me at Grey's Monument, Newcastle city centre )

In other news, I'm very happy to see the daffodils up at last; they make me very happy. See new icon for the ones that have sprung up in our barrel in the back garden, and these two pictures under the cut: Daffodils from barrel )

My orchid has also completely blossomed now, and I love it to pieces (probably the purple colour, but also the fact that following my horticulturist neighbours advice has worked!)Three pictures of my orchid )

And also, if you ever wonder what happens to potatoes if you leave them in the cupboard for ages...wonder no more )

That was an interesting thing to pull out of the pantry today!


In terms of blogging stuff, I'm itching to do an update of what turned out to be a busy first three months of 2010, which I may do after I've eaten dinner which is in the oven right now. Have happily though as a result of this post deleted a few drafts I've made as a result of attempting to blog. Makes the whole journal feel a bit 'cleaner' if you will.

At any rate, I'd like to do this before heading off to Madrid to see my sister for Easter. She has the net over there so I'll hopefully update on being there whilst I'm there, though from 8-12 April I'll be visiting a friend, K, in the French Alps, where he tells me the net is rather sparse. But I think I can cope without it for a little while. ;)

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