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And now back to your regular scheduled programming…

Hello crumpets.

Last week was a bit heavy and was also not stationery related at all, wasn’t it? I felt like… Like it was something that needed talking about, especially while the topic at hand was actually at the forefront of everyone’s minds. It’s an important topic that doesn’t get mentioned enough.

So! Back to this week.

I’ve been going a little ink sample crazy recently. There’s a couple of sellers on eBay who are located in the UK, where I am, who have a bunch of… I think it’s Diamine, Iroshizuku, Sailor and Private Reserve ink samples. This is awesome because, being in the UK, it means they arrive quickly (which is great when you’re as impatient as I am) and it also means I don’t have to worry about customs if I were to order from the Goulets. As much as I adore and thoroughly recommend those guys (in a heartbeat), I personally can’t justify buying from them much, and this really saddens me because I really love what they do, what they stand for and all the effort they put into their company, being a brilliant resource and their customer service. I’d like to be able to support that, but I’m personally not easily able to. If you can order from them, I’d recommend it.

I’m on this… Bizzare quest to find the perfect (for/to me) shade of each of the basic colours. Have I been successful in any department yet? No. Not at all. Oh, wait. I haven’t found an orange that beats Diamine’s Sunset yet, and I think I’m almost certain on the best green, but I have to test a couple more. Other than that; nope, nowhere near. But it’s a fun project, even if I do have about… I haven’t even counted… A silly amount of ink samples sitting on my desk right now. But! I’ve found that using a singular ink sample while testing out a particular pen gives you long enough to form a decent impression of the pen, while using the sample up at the same time. That works for me. I am going to need a bigger Really Useful Box to put my not-used samples in soon though. Whoops.

So that’s that. What else?

How are we nearly in September already? How?! Although that does mean that it’s my birthday next week (and I’ll probably mention that next blog post too). I’m 25. TWENTY FIVE. So, naturally, I’ve been having some sort of “what on earth am I doing with my life?!” kinda mental anguish. It’s very… It’s enough to put you down.

But I don’t want to talk or think about that very much. Anyway. Writing is going slightly better than expected, which is grand. Reading is… Not. Gaming is not, either.

Oh, wait, actually. The boyfriend and I have been playing that P.T. demo teaser thing on PS4. I’ve had to take ahold of the controller while he hides behind cushions, and he’s had to take it from me as some points. It’s terrifying, and the reveal at the end was like OHMYGOD. Also, watching some of the “let’s play” videos on YouTube has had me in stitches. I’m not going to say or spoil anything more in case anyone reading hasn’t seen it/heard of what the reveal is. I’m excited for that.

Erm. That’s about it. How are you all doing?

Until next week!

Danni

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Talk and TV.

Hello folks!

So, according to the feedback I got, you all needed my post last week. Either needed to hear it or needed to be reminded of it. I’m glad that my post came along at the right time for some of you. To be honest, I think I needed to hear/read it too, which is probably the main reason why I wrote it. I’m just glad it resonated with some of you too. That’s a writer’s dream after all – to have people, even just one person, connect with something they wrote. So thank you for your feedback on that ❤

Right. So we’re at the time of the year where all the TV shows are winding up for summer; I believe the finale of Criminal Minds is tonight. I know Supernatural is next week, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was last night and… I’m not entirely sure when Elementary is. This week? Last week? I need to check that. There’s also Game of Thrones but that’s got… Five episodes left, I think? (I’ve just checked, and the finale of Elementary is this week; Thursday evening.)

On the plus side. All of these shows have been renewed for a next season. Or at least, I’m assuming that Game of Thrones has, I haven’t actually checked, I just know the others have. In better news; Constantine was picked up and that looks so bad-ass. I’m so excited for that. It looks the same way that Supernatural used to from season 1 to season 5, because it got all… Soapy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to follow it to the end, but it’s been a bit… Saggy recently. I think it’s picked up in the last half of season 9.

I saw a new trailer for something else this morning, which is something I medically need in my life; Galavant. The trailer is here, watch it and you’ll see what I mean. I really want that to get picked up and for it to do really well.

I’m not a big TV watcher, nor am I a big movie watcher (which reminds me, I’m going to see Godzilla next week – I am excited for that) except maybe for anything Marvel offers up and, big monster movies. Pacific Rim was absolute perfection. I never used to be a “monsters and machine movie” kinda girl but… You live, you learn, you grow. Then again, five or six years ago I wouldn’t’ve pegged myself as a comic book movie fan either. So, anyway… I don’t watch a lot of TV as it airs – I do use a lot of catch up services and what not though; I’m pretty much in love with Netflix, and to an extent; itv player and 4OD. Not the BBCiPlayer – that’s a bit rubbish, really. I listen to a lot of podcasts and watch a lot of YouTube videos though. I’m working through House at the moment which I’m enjoying and I’ve dipped into Grimm which is… It’s okay. I’m always looking for more shows though. Or life documentaries; I love those.

Sometimes I think I should read more, but I keep these shows and stuff on as background noise while I write, and I spend a lot of time doing that. I suppose it makes sense really. I should look into audiobooks, shouldn’t I? If anyone has any hints/tips/advice on that, I’d be appreciative.

Anyway. I don’t have a lot else to say this week. I hope you’re all well, and I’ll see you next week!

Danni

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A Catch Up Post.

Hi guys!

I hope you’re all well. I’m not doing too bad.

So, today is he last day of July. Where on earth has the year gone?! I don’t understand. I mean, it’s the 1st of August tomorrow, and my birthday at the end of the month. Ugh. (I’m still in the “twenty something” age group though, so at least that’s something I suppose.) Although sometimes I can’t honestly say that I remember exactly how old I am. That’s terrible. I can’t really say that I’m looking forward to my birthday either. I haven’t really, properly looked forward to my birthday since I was about… 19? Maybe? I don’t know. Never mind.

I don’t have very much to say this week really. Writing is going… Not too badly. It’s going. Some days are a real struggle but that’s always more my fault than anything else – mostly because I’m tired or feeling particularly distracted that day. It’s no-one’s fault.

Reading is… Slow. I’m still doing a little bit here and there, so y’know, it’s going. I’d always much rather be writing or doing something else than reading. I can’t help that. I always manage to find something else/better/more interesting to do instead of reading. Or, what’s worse, is that sometimes when I sit to read, I get called away to be forced into something else, or something distracts me.

I’ve been dabbling in The Sims 3 again though. I un-installed every single game (to put this into perspective, the only one I don’t have is the newly released Island Paradise expansion). That took a little while. I then re-installed only about half of the games (I left out a couple of expansions and most of the stuff packs) in the hope that it might make the game run faster/better. I think it’s worked. Possibly. And I don’t miss the stuff from the games that I didn’t install. At least I don’t think I do. I’m honestly not sure. Either way, the most important thing is that it runs a lot better, which means that I’m more likely to play it again. So that’s always good.

In other news… I feel like I need to reorganise my notebooks again. They’re all over the place. But the notebooks FIT where they currently are and I can guarantee that if I were to move them around, they wouldn’t fit anywhere any more. And then, I’ll be annoyed, so yeah. I don’t really know.

Umm, what else? I don’t know. I don’t think that there is anything else. Reading is slow, writing is going, I’m still being a bit crafty. Over all I’m not doing too badly.

How about you guys?

Until next week!

Danni

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Ooooh.

Hi guys!

Oooh, look at the date; 12/12/12. I however, will not be posting this at 12:12 because I’m not that organised. Anyway. Ooohh, spooky!

I’m kidding, of course.

How’re we all doing today? I hope everyone’s well. Are you all excited for Christmas? More to the point; are we all ready for Christmas?

That is, if you celebrate it; I should really be saying ‘is everyone ready for the holiday/wintery season?’ I do apologise if I’ve offended anyone, ’cause it really wasn’t my intention.

Me? I’m almost ready. I have to wait for one thing to arrive, if it’s going to arrive before Christmas at all, then I have to wrap that. Other than that, I just have one card to write and I’m done. Woo. I think.

I’m not sure that I’m a huge fan of Christmas. It’s just so… Huge. So many to buy for all at once. Birthdays are easier because they’re all more… Spread out. I guess once everything’s purchased it’s not too bad, because then you just have to wrap it and wait.

I like to think that I’m pretty good at the whole ‘gift giving’ thing. I feel like I always get it right. I don’t know. I think so. People always seem happy with what I get them.

Aside from Christmas… Yeah, I guess I’m alright. I suppose I can’t complain – it could always be much, much worse. All my issues are those “first world problems” after all, so who am I to complain?

Next year, I’m thinking about taking part in another writing challenge (or two) I’ve stumbled upon recently. One is 100k in 100 days, which sounds easy enough.

Here’s some information and the “rules” copied from the Facebook page (it’s a closed group so I don’t know if you’ll be able to see it):

This is my more leisurely version of NaNoWriMo, where you have from 1st January 2013 until 10th April 2013 in which to write 100k words. That’s just 1000 words a day. There are some, not very strict rules.

What you CAN count towards your 100k
~ Novels
~ Short stories
~ Poetry
~ Prose
~ Plays (either stage, screen or radio)
~ Creative non-fiction (i.e. self-help books, humour, histories, biographies etc)
~ Articles
~ You can also include notes for any creative piece you write, or exercises from creative writing courses.

And for this year, after complaints last year, I’m letting people include blog posts. But they must be of the creative variety (i.e. writing related or related to some other interest, incl. pets, children, flowers, photography or your life as an ex-pat) and not just what you had for breakfast that morning. Unless you’re Jamie Oliver and what you had for breakfast is very interesting (so recipe blogs are fine to include).

What you CANNOT count towards your 100k
~ Twitter status updates
~ Facebook status updates
~ emails
~ letters to the editor
~ notes to the milkman
~ letters in general
~ memos or reports at work though I will allow contributions to in-house magazines or newsletters.

I imagine some might complain about what they cannot do, but I have to draw a line somewhere. The idea of this challenge is that at the end of 100 days you have a substantial file full of creative writing. If I let people include anything they jot down on a piece of paper, then it’s hardly worth bothering because it’s not encouraging people to be creative. On the other hand, I’m not going to be standing over everyone’s shoulder, so I won’t really know what you’re counting towards your total and if half a dozen words asking the milkman to leave you an extra pint makes you feel creative, who am I to argue?

I don’t have all the fancy gizmos that NaNoWriMo has, and I don’t have any logos or anything, and there’s nothing to actually ‘sign up’ to. It’s just a simple challenge where we cheer each other on.

If there’s enough interest, I’ll set up a Facebook group, and we’ll use the hashtag #100k100days on Twitter. There is also a Yahoo group, which I’ll put the link to nearer to the time.

Note: you are allowed to spread this word count across several projects, if you want to. You are also allowed to add to existing projects. You don’t have to start anything new.

That sounds pretty good to me. I will have to knock up another spreadsheet word count chart thing though. Maybe. We’ll see. It won’t be hard, just… A long chart. Ahaha.

I am actually reading a little bit more. I’m currently reading a book based on the TV show Supernatural, that I’ve gotten into in a big way. It’s awesome. So yeah, I’m reading “John Winchester’s Journal” written by Alex Irvine. It’s quite good actually. Of course, there’s a handful of other books based on the show that I also want to get my hands on. But hey, at least I’m reading!

What else, what else, what else? Ah. I’m still working on my NaNoWriMo story. Just much slower now. And yes, I’m still handwriting. I’m only working on it slowly because I might have burnt myself out a bit over the last two or three days of November, so now I’m trying to restock my “creative fuel” again, whilst still trying to use it a bit. But trying not to use all of it.

Reading that makes my head hurt, but hopefully it makes sense to you guys.

Erm… Ah yes. Another reminder that next week is our last week before we all take a break for Christmas. We’ll be back to regular the blogging schedule the week starting the 7th of January, so Lil will resume on Tuesday the 8th of January 2013.

That’s it for this week really.

Until next week!

Danni x

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