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And did I mention the degree is finally done? (hurrah! Results in mid July! Hoping to pull off a 2:1 overall)  And with that clear from my brain, and the drain that is holiday cover for the family business also done with, I'm finally getting my head around everything that's been put on hold.

Most notably, the writing of fiction stuff.  It feels like a small age since I last wrote anything fictional (a quick check suggests the last was just before the last degree module started up, which makes sense) and the little writing cells, they be so rusty.  So I went digging through my old writing to get back in the groove and discovered things I'd completely forgotten I'd written.  Most of which are unpublishable, but teenage/early twenties me did have some surprisingly interesting ideas! (Also some truly terrible and slightly problematic ones, but, we evolve...)  And there's a ton of unfinished shorts from the last couple of years that need sorting out.

And there's new fiction things I've been noodling over the last few months - after sitting down and plotting out things, have discovered that novel-wise I've got 3 secondary world/portal fantasies, 2 urban fantasies, a paranormal romance, a horror, 2 historic fantasies, 2 SF and a supernatural crime thing all begging attention. And that's before we get to the short fiction.  Do not even get me started on the short fiction. It's a looooooong list.

And then there's non fiction - there's a ton of blog posts I need to write so there may be the vague chance of weekly blog posts at some point (don't faint!), plus I want to get back to the short fiction reviewing again.

Am also plotting future anthologies, o'course, because I do love doing the anthologies and hope at some point to eventually edit one that pays pro rates to our lovely authors.  Though where and with who is going to take a bit of creativity.  Possibly a kickstarter may happen next year.  Watch this space.... :-)
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So, yessssssssss... meme finale day!

Day 10 - One person you can trust
1 - My mum. To the surprise of no-one who's ever met me. :-)

pattie bw

The meme post things:
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust
jen_qoe: (akima_san Croft)

Climbing slowly out of the mire... mostly due to this current and last OU module being the most challenging I've done yet so occupying alllll of my brain since October.  Fortunately I've only got two more assignments left then the course is done, the degree is done, et voila a happy dancing Jen.

Meanwhile, fings wot have happened so far this year -

I had a review of King's The Dark Tower up on the fabulous King for a Year project site thing.  As King is one of my go to genre comfort reads, I was dead chuffed to be involved.  They're doing King books all through the year so go check them out here!

In January I was also a Friday Fiver over at Pornokitsch talking about my five favourite wicked women in comics.  Theme not uncoincidentally tieing in with our fabulous Wicked Women anthology. ;-)  (Wicked Women and Urban Mythic #2 and the stories within are eligible for alll the awards... hint hint nudge nudge... Or just buy yourself a copy or two! Each book comes with awesome stories and bonus epic love from the editors... Who can resist a deal like that?)

And on the Fox Spirit front, at some point this year I've shorts coming out in Fox Pockets Volumes 6, 7 & 8....'In Darkness Dreaming' in Fox Pockets Vol. 6: Things in the Dark, 'The Strongest Conjuration' in Fox Pockets Vol. 7: In an Unknown Country and ' Dead Women's Tales' in Fox Pockets Vol. 8: Piercing the Vale. (Give or take publication schedules...) All three stories are set in the same world and roughly connected both to each other, and to my stories in the earlier Piracy and Shapeshifters Fox Pockets - with the mermaid pirates from Piracy dropping by in two and the fox shifter from Shapeshifters turning up also in two.  With bonus ghost towns, underwater ruins, sea monsters and genderfluid parenting...

Oh! And! Eastercon! I'll be mooching around there this year.  I'll also be around the fabulous Nine Worlds Geekfest and Fantasycon (the original UK one, not that rampant pretender that's emerged in the States ;-)....)   So say hello if you see me!  x

Oh! And! Also! If you tumblr, I'm on tumblr here if you're so inclined.  It's where I indulge my fannish tendencies so that's what you'll be getting there... :-P

Meme Day 9

Mar. 18th, 2015 01:59 pm
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Rolling along nicely....

Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do

1 - Teleport!  This would solve so many problems, and I could do so many things.  Including seeing allllll the places.  (And I'd save so much money when it came to hotel bills!)

2 -  Remember things quickly.  My short term memory is rubbish, my long term memory is even worse.  I live by lists and spreadsheets because that's the easiest way to retrieve things I probably have stored in my brain but would otherwise be vague and noodling around for ages trying to follow the mental links to find what I'm after.


The meme post things:
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Meme Day 8

Mar. 17th, 2015 09:02 am
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Hooray, an easy one today...

Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without

1 - Awesome!  You're all awesome, and so am I! ;-)

2 - So.  The perfect word for starting sentences with...

3 - Like.  Yes, I like, use it to, like, punctuate.  Innit.  :-)



The meme post things:
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Meme Day 7

Mar. 16th, 2015 01:40 pm
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Day 7 of ze meme!

Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Erm, right then. Given that I've got a terrible memory generally, let's give this a go then....

1 - When I was five or six I had this really intense nightmare about vulture monster-men stalking through the house trying to kill people and if you were really still and didn't breathe they wouldn't know you were alive when they bent over the bed to suck the life out of you.  This then segued into them hunting me around some place after a coach had gone off with all the rest of people... and I woke up just as one found me hiding in a garagey place.  A few years later I saw The Dark Crystal and it took a while to realise that the Skeksis were very similar to the original vulture monster-men, though which came first I'm still not sure.

2 - my parents ran a video rental service back in the day.  This was before video rental shops were a thing so we had shelves of videos in our lounge and people coming around to hire stuff.  (We also had some chancer break into our garage cos apparently they thought that's where the stock was kept)  I remember the videos in the posh looking brown library cases, and mum picking films for us to watch.  Well just me, probably, as this would be either just before or just after baby sis was born.  Legend has it that as family businesses went, this one did quite well - at least until one of the suppliers got busted for supplying pirate videos then everybody he sold to got visits from the cops and their stock hauled off as evidence. Mum has forever been bitter that they took the posh cases she'd brought as well as the actual tapes...

3 - Sunrise over the crossing between Ibiza and Formentera when I was about 12 or 13.  I don't remember which way across we were going though it was probably Formentera to Ibiza to catch the plane home.  Anyhoo, it was a tiddly ferry with maybe two dozen tourists crammed in, and I remember it going from dark to a mess of colours bleeding through the sky and part of my brain desperately trying to remember what colours and in what order for later writerly purposes.  The sound went weird too, with the crowd noise going that kind of distant echoey you get when it snows.  These days work means I'm up regularly pre-dawn to see the light change, but nothing yet beats the sight of sunrise over the ocean.

4 - when I first met m' good friend and co-editor Jan, she terrified me.  I was 19ish, it was my first convention, a late 90's Fantasycon in Birmingham, and I'd volunteered to gopher as a way to get past the usual social anxiety and general shyness issues.  Jan and Pete were, I believe, the chairs of that one, doing their last organising before they let some other mug take over, with Jan in charge of general ops stuff.  I think Jan may have been chair of the BFS at that point as well.  So yes, Jan was the boss of everything, fear her wrath!  Stuffing bags I could totally do, raffle-runner was a new one,but doable, ordering drinks from the bar not so much.  And I was a young looking 19 and always getting carded so the barman was reluctant to serve me, which I had to then go back and tell the reg desk crew.  Mortified is not the half of it. (Seriously, you do not go back to Fcon peeps without drinks, it's an executionable offence!) This left me generally feeling like a useless wassock and I hid for a bit.   Fortunately things got better after that. :-)


The meme post things:
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Meme Day 6

Mar. 14th, 2015 03:14 pm
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Daaaaaaay 6 of the meme!

Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without

1 - my kindle.  I ran out of space to store books long ago and I do have this teeeeeny book buying habit.  So now I'm ebook whenever possible so I can have alllllll the books and cart them around wherever, and it's sooooo much easier to find the older books when I reread.  I love my kindle.

2 - My laptop & an internet connection.   Just about everything I do is digital, from studying (the OU is moving to a lot of online content these days) and note taking, to day-job work, to writing and editing and generally bouncing around the internet finding out stuff and reading fanfic and online mags and daring to talk to people across social media... laptop & internet connection is essential.

3 - Dropbox.  I've had that many computers die on me that cloud storage is also essential and makes the inevitable annual computer recovery/reinstall relatively quick and painless...and the shared folders are brilliant both for the dayjob and for the writing and editing as it makes it so much easier for sharing files between publishers and crit buddies and so forth.

4 - iPhone.  Which is bizarre, as I hate phones generally. But! Apps!  iPhone with the dropbox app means I can access my home stuff outside the house, and there's convention program apps!  And map apps! (which given how easily I get lost, even when i've got a paper map to hand...) and m'kindle app and games and run-tracker apps... all on a teeny sized phone!  I love my gadgets small and portable.  Now if they could just make them with longer lasting batteries...

5 - iPad.  For those times when a laptop is just a wee bit too big and the iPhone too small!  And fantastic for conventions and other trips away!   Er, this was a bit of a tech obsessed things I can't live without thing wasn't it!  :-P



The meme post things:
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Meme Day 5

Mar. 11th, 2015 12:44 pm
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Annnnnd, it's day 5 of the meme!

Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to

With the proviso that this is this week's list, and addictions are subject to change...
1 - Radioactive by Pentatonix & Lindsey Stirling - a funky electro-classic cover of the Imagine Dragons song
2 - Roundtable Rival by Lindsey Stirling - which is a fabulous violin thingy with a fantastic steampunk western video
3 - Dark Horses by Switchfoot - found on a Merlin fanvid.  Um.  Yes, hands up, fanvids may be where I find a lot of new music.  :-)
4 - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) by Fall Out Boy
5 - Lovers on the Sun by David Guetta (featuring Sam Martin)
6 - Silver Lining by Hurts.  Possibly another find via Merlin fanvids. :-)



The meme post things:
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Meme Day 4

Mar. 10th, 2015 05:43 pm
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Annnnd, today's meme post!

Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias

1 - crowds. I may have undersold how anxious the noisy crowds in small rooms thing makes me in the last meme post.
2 - related to, having to eat around those big round 10 person table things (and also massive group meals in restaurants).  So con banquets and the Heathrow Rennaisance hotel pile-em-in to eat breakfast are trying.  It's a bit like the torment that was school dinners, with all the angst of finding a place to sit, then awkwardly attempting to eat among strangers. It's probably not so bad if you're wandering around with a buddy to sit next to and talk to, but doing cons on my own means plonking my socially inept self down next to nice but unknown people who I'd probably like talking to if I could only work out what to say. Or not be so anxious about butting in on other people's conversations, because how do you know if it's welcome or not?  I never know!  And that's before you get to the basic food judgeyness. I have weird tastes. I'm picky and there's not much that I actually like eating - at least on the standard menus in public venues.  This gets commented on by everybody all the time.
3 - also related, new people. Strange people wot I don't know, or people I sorta know from the internet, doesn't matter.  I do not understand this making conversation with people thing at all.  I like it when nice people start talking despite my general inability to give any sort or answer, especially if they keep going and ignore the deer in headlights look that inevitably follows when someone asks me things.  Chatty new people are lovely though.
4 - also related, being asked things live and in person.  My brain freezes up, and what I know vanishes completely.  Also I tend to have slow reactions so don't usually think of answers until at least 10 minutes after the conversation has moved on.
5 - driving in town/city centres. Motorways and country lanes and suburby places I'm fine with, there's plenty of time to work things out and it's not terrible if you take a wrong turn.  Town/city centres are a freaking nightmare and far to fast.  Again with the slow reactions.
6 - London. It always tries to kill me. Apparently I don't cross the road fast enough.  (And yet again with the slow reactions!)
7 - posting on the internet.  Partly the hair trigger mob dropping on your head thing, which happens terrifyingly fast these days, and partly having had people on twitter and facebook sniping and picking at random comments both online and IRL.  Tumblr's much more relaxing, though I rarely do more than reblogs there.  Mind I've only got 10 followers there so no-one knows I exist, which is also nice.  :-)


The meme post things:
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Meme Day 3

Mar. 9th, 2015 10:22 am
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Er, yes, bit late with this one.  Avalanche on the work mountain, so it was...

Sooooooooo...............

Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you

1 - noisy crowded rooms.  This makes the bar and launches at conventions, and similar, extremely trying. I like space and quiet and being able to hear what people are saying.
2 - drunken people who are possibly being insulting/rude on purpose or just accidentally booze gabby and don't mean it but how can you tell?  I can never tell.  And then I spend months over analysing and getting anxious about it afterwards.
3 - the general habit of pissing on any genre thought to be associated with da wimmins.  Especially urban fantasy. But see also romance and YA.
4 - linked to the above, when a perfectly lovely and talented chap writes a book in the aforementioned genre then the publicity/reviews are all at pains to say loudly and often how it's not like all those other icky [insert genre] books.
5 - the Exceptional Woman character who is surrounded by nothing but menfolks.  Don't get me wrong, I love a kickass lead woman as much as the next person but where are the other women in the story?  Friends, relations, random walk ons.... [livejournal.com profile] kateelliott did an excellent post on Tor.com recently that goes into this, go read!
6 - people who insist ebooks aren't proper books
7 - practical jokes
8 - having brainfog days. There's stuff needs doing! Haven't got time for brainfog days!

The meme post things:
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Meme Day 2

Mar. 1st, 2015 09:57 am
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Goooood morning! Meme day 2 it is then!

The meme post things:
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust


Nine Things You Do Everyday
1 - Check Tumblr
2 - Catch up on alll the blogs on my feedreader & LJ friendslist
3 - Shower
4 - Do the invoices for the previous days work for the family biz
5 - Get in to a lengthy passive aggressive battle with two of the cats over who sits where
6 - Read fiction
7 - Attempt a bit more OU work
8 - Glance briefly at FB & twitter and decide Tumblr's less annoying and/or stressful for the time being
9 - Spend an hour or so noodling over story lines and character stuff without writing it down while I can remember

Meme Day 1

Feb. 28th, 2015 02:06 pm
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Crikey, have not blogged for an age.  In my defence, this last module for the degree is a bit of a mare so I'm in hyper-focus mode until June when it will all be over.  (Hurrah!)

But! Until then! Am tiptoeing gently back to blogging with a meme thing nicked from the ever fabulous [livejournal.com profile] la_marquise_de_

The meme post things:
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

So! Ten random facts about yours truly...
1 - At age (about-ish) 10 I became a published poet as a teacher at school submitted a poem I wrote about the mail strike to a Berkshire Young Poets competition thing.  Which got me publication in an anthology, my picture in the paper, and me and a dozen other of the prize winners had to read our poems out at a posh do at the Council buildings.  At which I wore the shortest skirt imaginable and spent the whole evening tugging it down...
2 - When I was 9 I broke both my arms by falling off a lo-lo ball but no one realised until a week later when my occassional complaining was getting annoying. My mum, a trained St Johns ambulance bod, could see no swelling or signs of injury and thought I was just making a bit of fuss, and the GP was clueless and thought it might possibly be sprains.  It was only on going to A&E that anyone realised one arm was broken bad enough that I need to be knocked out so they could rebreak it and the other was just a green-stick fracture. The next year when I broke an arm roller skating I was down to A&E within the hour.
3 - I was utterly convinced for a very long time that space fighter pilot was a viable career option.  For this I blame the original Battlestar Galactica.
4 - Given the time and money I would take every course imaginable and do umpteen degrees just for the fun of learning new things.
5 - I have always wanted to speak multiple languages fluently.  I've got a GCSE in Spanish and a few words in French, Italian, Greek and Japanese.  Though I always tend to do the French and Italian in a Spanish accent and get easily confused on simliar words across the different languages.
6 - I'd also like to be able to fluently understand every ancient language in existence.  Alas, my brain has not managed to retain the Ancient Greek I tried learning a couple of years ago. Still, never give up, never surrender!
7 - Given the time and money and vaguely reliable health, I would visit every ancient site in the world.
8 - I've always wanted to have/ride a motorbike - but I've seen my driving and that's just asking for trouble...
9 - I've had a milder form of M.E. since I was a teenager but generally try to ignore it except for spoon budgeting.
10 - I can read music and play drums, keyboard and guitar to varying degrees though it's been a while so I'm rusty on all.  My attempts at playing saxophone were doomed to failure as I couldn't manage the right kind of puff to get a single note out of it.

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