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I've just seen, on [livejournal.com profile] ffutures LJ, that Peter O'Donnell has died. He passed away on May 3rd at the age of 90.

http://www.mi6.co.uk/news/index.php?itemid=8545&t=mi6&s=news

He was the creator of the comic strip 'Garth', which I used to read many, many, years ago, but is more famous as the creator of 'Modesty Blaise'. She first appeared in a comic strip; it was superb (approximately 4.7 billion times better than Joss Whedon's incoherent drivel, and original artist Jim Holdaway and his successor Enrique Romero were as far above Georges Jeanty as Michaelangelo was above a blind cave-dwelling neotonous gilled amphibian) but it was when he started writing the stories as novels that he reached his greatest heights.

The first novel was initially written as the script for a movie. The finished film used only one line from O'Donnell's script and it was... utterly abysmal. The novel, however, was sublime. A masterpiece of the spy caper genre - far outclassing the Bond novels. Alas the dire movie tarnished Modesty's image and, although the novels did sell millions, they failed to achieve recognition as the matchless works of genius that they were.

Towards the end of the novel series they deteriorated a little, and the villains became slightly too similar, but even the weakest of them is better than the best of any other thriller writer (except possibly Gavin Lyall at his absolute peak).

It's probably my heroine-worship of Modesty that has led me to specialise in writing stories with strong female central characters. I know none of my creations can ever match her but, if you shoot at the stars, you'll still reach a decent height even if you fall short.

Rest in piece Peter O'Donnell; if there is a Heaven I hope you are there with Modesty and Willie, Sir Gerald, Jack Fraser, Weng, Steven and Dinah Collier, Lucifer, Lady Janet, and Little Krell.
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I go away for a week tomorrow - CW and I are combining attending my daughter's Graduation ceremony with a holiday in York. There is Internet access, and I have a laptop, but whether or not I'll be on LiveJournal I don't know. I'm way behind on reading LJ anyway.

Recently my story 'Take Me To Your Leda' was nominated at the White Knight Awards
http://wka.moments-lost.org/nominees.php
Voting is now taking place - if anyone feels like voting for me I wouldn't say no.
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Belated Happy Birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] redwulf50 and [livejournal.com profile] talesofsnape

Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] married_n_mich

Finally managed to watch the first episode of ‘Being Human’; it’s very good, although much darker and less funny than I was expecting. I think I’ll wait until after the series finishes before thinking about doing any fic; there are too many things still unrevealed as yet. The night before last I accidentally saw a sitcom that I wasn’t familiar with, ‘Not Going Out’, and it had perhaps the funniest line of any show ever. Also a pun that was worthy of me. I doubt if I’ll watch it regularly but if it comes on when I’m not in bed or at work I won’t switch over.

No comments at all on the ‘Tabula Avatar’ chapter that I put up yesterday? Rather disappointing. If I wasn’t getting a steady stream of rapturous reviews for it at ‘Twisting the Hellmouth’ I’d get discouraged. As it is, however, I’ll keep writing and keep posting. I’m enjoying writing it – although the characters won’t be enjoying themselves. After sixty-odd chapters of Randy & Joan being bit-part players they finally got their chance to take centre stage, in this chapter and the last – and they won’t have liked it one little bit. Will True Love prevail and overcome all? The only way to find out is to read it. Meanwhile, in Faerûn, I’ve spent 5 chapters carefully assembling Chekhov’s Gun and establishing that it is aimed directly at Buffy, Sorkatani, and Xander; it’s a shame that I now have to work for 6 nights, and won’t be able to do any writing, because I’m rather eager to fire it...

The results of the TtH Crossover Awards should be announced today. I’m hoping for a victory for ‘Tabula Avatar’; although it is severely lacking in the Super!Xander department, a major handicap at TtH, and past form suggests it will come second in its class. [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat’s ‘Return of the Key’ also suffers from the same lack of Super!Xander, but ‘Lord of the Rings’ crossovers rarely feature Xander so it might overcome that lack. We’ll find out soon. Of course now I’ve had a sudden idea for a Super!Xander/Galadriel fic designed to win in next year’s awards...

PS: TtH displays random recs when you visit the homepage. One just popped up that I have to comment on. I will never, under any circumstances, read a fic where the pairing is shown as 'Wiffy'. That's nothing to do with not liking femmeslash - it's just that that particular word conjures up an image of the pairing being Pepe Le Pew/Foul Ole Ron.
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Belated happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] bookfanatic; happy birthday (and welcome back!) to [livejournal.com profile] waywardchilde.

My daughter, who is studying History at York University, received an Amazon delivery of a book ‘Heresies in the High Middle Ages’. This led to a conversation between us about the Cathars and then about the Hussites. In discussing the Hussites she came up with the concept of a Hussite uprising amongst the Daleks.

“De-fen-est-rate! De-fen-est-rate! You will be de-fen-est-rated!”
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Belated Happy Birthday (and I hope you feel better soon) to [livejournal.com profile] confusedkayt.

What I did on my first night off

I didn’t get much writing done last night. One short ‘Tabula Avatar’ scene in which Buffy slams Talabrae up against a wall and shouts at her, a little choreography of the forthcoming bloodbath fight scene in the Dr. Horrible fic, and some preparatory work for Warren’s involuntary (and catastrophic) excursion into the ‘Tabula Avatar’ game-world. I was distracted by a new ‘Neverwinter Nights 2’ module by a builder who had previously produced a module that I greatly enjoyed. The new one is even better, with a very absorbing story, but his estimate that it would take 11 hours of playing time to complete has turned out to be a drastic underestimate. I’ve spent about 11 hours on it already and it’s obvious that I’m nowhere near the end. Sorry, dear readers, for the delay. Oh, and my back is still sore; easing off gradually but not back to normal yet.

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

From the current line of TV adverts for Lloyds TSB:

“Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make last night’s dream today’s reality? With a Lloyds TSB loan you could do exactly that. Instantly.”

Hmm. Many of my dreams involve my teeth falling out. Or interminable train journeys. Or interminable train journeys during which my teeth fall out. No, that wouldn’t be nice.

One memorable dream that I had, which has stuck in my mind even though it dates back to before I started working nights, featured me walking to work and having a flock of talking ducks come up to me and warn me that I was going to be late. I can’t see how a Lloyds TSB loan is going to be able to make that one become reality. Not without several generations of genetic engineering of waterfowl, anyway, and that wouldn’t exactly be instant.

I did have a more pleasant dream a couple of nights ago. It involved me and Ching-He Huang, the pretty Taiwanese girl who presents ‘Chinese Food Made Easy’ on BBC2, engaged in naked wrestling/massage in a bath full of cooking oil. Even leaving out the part about Ching-He Huang being simultaneously herself and Sorkatani (I suppose I can see the rationale there) I very much doubt if a Lloyds TSB loan would be much help in making that dream a reality either (and the Wombat would probably strangle me if I took out a colossal loan for that purpose anyway).
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Belated happy birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] hieispike and [livejournal.com profile] chesha03


At work yesterday morning, around 6 am, I took a call from a woman who began “My name is Mrs (Greek surname) and I’m calling from a little country in Africa that you probably haven’t heard of. Malawi.”

Of course I told her “I lived there for six years”, and, after expressing her surprise, she asked if I had known any of the (Greek name) family. I told her that I had certainly had known people of that name, and a Chris (Greek name) had been one of my close friends at school there, but it had been a very long time ago.

She said “I know Chris (Greek name)”.

I said “This was in the late 60s, so I don’t think it will be the same person; the one I knew was probably a different generation.”

She laughed. “I think not. He’s 55.”

I’m 54, and was one of the youngest in my school year, and so it almost certainly is the same person. I told her that and she revealed that he is her brother-in-law!

- - - - -


Tonight I was checking the International Money Transfers done by agents on the day shift. I often find horrible spelling mistakes on them; some of the agents can’t spell ‘bank’, despite working in one! B-A-N-C-K. There was one to a place in the USA called ‘Austin, Texes’. The prize, however, has to go to the agent who was sending an IMT to a country in the West Indies of which I hadn’t previously been aware but that certainly sounds interesting.

St. Titts and Mebis.

I think, perhaps, the agent may have made a boob.

I corrected it to St. Kitts and Nevis, of course, but before doing so I printed it out so that I could show my colleagues on the night shift and the Call Centre manager when he came in at 8 to take over from me. It cracked them up as well. I spent the rest of the night having to suppress sporadic bursts of chuckling and in thinking up a biography of St. Titts.

St. Titts of Mebis; 5th century missionary who tried to bring Christianity to Wales but was martyred by suffocation between the enormous knockers of the druid priestess Gwenafra. Pope Benedict XVI is currently considering de-canonising St. Titts after historians discovered that the saint broke off from his martyrdom twice to go to the bathroom.
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Belated happy birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] jamalov29, [livejournal.com profile] sp23, and [livejournal.com profile] treiza. On time happy birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] kantayra and [livejournal.com profile] jadeleopard

I fell down on the way to work on Thursday night. I’d hurt my ankle the day before and as I was walking briskly – not running, I was in plenty of time – for the bus that ankle gave way under me. I went down like a felled tree. I skinned the palms of my hands and one knee, bruised the knee as well, and ruined the knee of the trousers that I was wearing. My favourites, even though I hate the colour; they’re the only really comfortable ones that I own. I think they’re beyond repair.

Perhaps because of the fall I’ve felt somewhat out of sorts during these days off. My intended completion of ‘Life, Resumed’ hasn’t been accomplished although I still have one night to go and it is just possible that I’ll get it done. I’ve been writing away but what I’ve produced just doesn’t seem good enough. In fact I’ve felt rather down about my writing altogether. I haven’t really been able to summon up the enthusiasm.

But now I’ve just seen something that has fired me up again. [livejournal.com profile] mythichistorian has created some delightful artwork for Tabula Avatar and it’s brought the smile back to my face. Find it HERE.
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Dear customers

If you get an e-mail telling you that if you don't click on a link and input all your password information your internet banking access will be terminated (or even that your account will be closed) DO NOT OBEY! The e-mail did not come from us. It came from an Eastern European mafia. They will steal all your money.

Frankly, my dear, we don't give a damn whether or not you use your internet banking. If you don't use it for years on end you'll probably forget your passwords but that's your problem. It's no skin off our nose.

Similarly, if you get a letter or e-mail telling you that you have won the Spanish (or British, if you're in North America) Lottery this is not genuine either. Did you enter the Spanish Lottery? No? Then how the fuck could you have won it? The Lottery makes its money through people buying tickets. Not through picking random people's addresses and/or e-mail addresses and then charging them between 8,500 and 19,500 GBP "admin fees" before sending you the millions of Euro "winnings". The letter or e-mail comes from a branch of the Ukranian Mafiya based in Toronto, Canada. They will keep your money and will not send you anything in return. Got it?

PLEASE STOP SENDING ALL YOUR MONEY AND BANK DETAILS TO THE UKRANIAN MAFIYA AND THEN CALLING US IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND EXPECTING ME TO GET THE MONEY BACK RIGHT THERE AND THEN. BECAUSE I CAN'T, OKAY? AND YOU'RE AN IDIOT.

And the widow of the late General Sani Abacha doesn't really need your help smuggling 130,000,000 dollars of purloined oil money out of Nigeria either.
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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] bookfanatic


I've been extremely quiet lately; it's because I feel so drained after the last 5 nights at work when there were only 2 of us there (full strength is 4). It was very busy as every night was a week-night, so there were no quiet weekends to relax and catch up on paperwork, and it is approaching the end of the month and the majority of our customers got paid during that time. The tooth extraction on Tuesday wasn't exactly helpful.

Consequently I haven't felt up to any writing yet on these days off. I'm just playing 'Neverwinter Nights 2' and that's about it. My energy is starting to return now, however, and I should be able to get back to normal functioning tomorrow. Pity that half my nights off have gone by non-productively.

I was going to post this on Insane Journal, and possibly stick up one of my older fics there, but I haven't been able to log on there for a couple of days. I'm just getting a 404. No idea why.

I've received so many nominations at the Fang Fetish awards that I can't even count them. Thanks to whoever nominated me. I was also nominated, for 'Angel of the Morning', in a really weird category at some awards site of which I was previously unaware but I can't find the notification e-mail now. Again with the thanks.
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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] merfilly and belated happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sistercuervo


Yay! Lewis is on pole! It's a pity that the wrong person won the Ladies' tennis, but one can't have everything.

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours listening to Turkish pop music! I also went to the dentists and, frankly, the dental visit was the more pleasant of the two experiences. My musical masochism was research for Access All Areas. It is, however, highly unlikely that any of it will actually crop up in the story. I also spent ages working out what music Anna liked when she was fifteen (Alizée, if anyone is interested). Again, the chance of making use of that knowledge within the story is minimal.

I do this sort of thing all the time. Layer upon layer of detail. And then I don’t use it because the plot would be buried. Is it worth it? I have no idea. I tend to work on the principle that it’s better to have something, and not need it, than to need something and not have it. And the end results seem to be satisfactory.

I’ve been dotting around between stories in the past couple of days. A thousand words of ‘Tabula Avatar’, a thousand of ‘Dojo Hard’, and a thousand of ‘Access All Areas’. I have no idea which will appear as a complete chapter first.

Is the entire line-up for the Live 8 concert utter crap or am I just being very unlucky in when I choose to switch over to that channel?

Buffyworld.com is gone! Crap! That's going to make things more difficult for me in the future.
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Happy birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] timeofchange and [livejournal.com profile] cbtreks


My schedule called for me to post the next chapter of 'Tabula Avatar' tonight. Unfortunately, due to the cat, I'm running late.

In order to write the story I need to replay sections of the game. I have multiple saves at various stages of the game and usually it isn't a big problem to find one relevant to the chapter that I'm writing. Prior to the last chapter I played through from a suitable point in the city up to the entry into the Spellhold maze. I did a Quicksave at that point, by hitting 'Q' on the keyboard, because I already have a save not long after the Asylum exit and I didn't anticipate needing the maze entry point save for long. I then made a quick run through the maze, to regain my feel for it, prior to the run during which I would be taking careful notes for story purposes. Just as my playing version of Sorkatani emerged from the maze...

...the cat walked over the keyboard and stood on the 'Q' key. Game saved - overwriting the save to which I needed to go back. I had to retreat to the prior save, some 8 hours of game time earlier, and work my way forward again. All time during which I could have been writing. Damn cat.

Those of you who are also on [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat's F-list will know that she left for York this morning. She has arrived safely and she has on-line access there. For the next few days you'll have as much access to her as I have. I'm all alone save for... the cat.
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Thoughts on the Permanent Account sale:

I have regretted getting my Permanent Account for a long time. I feel as if I no longer matter to LiveJournalSixApart at all; I've given them my money, I can't take it back, and I don't see their stinking adverts so I'm of no value to them as someone to whom they can try to sell useless tat.

I'm not specifically urging you not to buy Permanent Accounts, but I would like to point out that Permanent Accounts on Insane Journal are only $30, plus $10 for extra Userpics - making 300! - and, most importantly, Squeaky who runs Insane Journal is a really nice guy and positively welcomes Fandom people.

Okay, Brad was a nice guy too once, before he sold out to the Minions of SatanSixApart, but even if Squeaky were to sell out too it would doubtless be a long time in the future. And if all the people who are seriously pissed off with LiveJournal voted with their feet and moved to Insane Journal it would put Insane Journal on a totally sound financial footing and make any such sell-off an even more distant possibility.

The interface is the same as LiveJournal, and although the default layout totally sucks it's quite easy to change it to a better one. YouTube embedding isn't yet active but Squeaky has promised that he's working on it. That's the only missing feature that I've noticed. Most of LJ's fancy new bells and whistles are of rather less interest to me than studies of the sedimentary deposits at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. Written in Serbo-Croat.

Someone on my F-list posted a link to an explanation of how to export your whole LiveJournal to a different Journal service. Alas, I can't find it to repost the link. ETA: see the comment by [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs below for the link.

I would no longer recommend Greatest Journal, although the interface has a couple of features that are vastly superior to the LiveJournal equivalents; the management are corporate drones with a nasty streak just like SixApart, only poorer, and my GJ is being plagued by comment spam.

Obviously I'm continuing to use my LiveJournal; I have paid for the damn thing, after all. But if I had a normal Paid account I would have let it lapse down to Basic. However I'm gradually stocking up the speakr2customrs Insane Journal with more and more content; and eventually I'll start posting new stories there before I post them here.

ETA: I've just posted a sneak preview of a scene from the next Tabula Avatar chapter at the Insane Journal version of speakr2customrs' Words in the Heroes' Tongue. If you're interested go there.
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More teeth trouble. The tooth that had partially snapped off, and which has been root filled and which the dentist was intending to crown, has now snapped all the way off. I’m having a lot of problems biting now.

I now have two back-up journals; an Insane Journal to add to the Greatest Journal that I created back at the time of the last mass exodus. I’m not wild about the Insane Journal interface but the management seem friendly. I’ve just posted a re-written version of my 2004 Harmony-centric fic Pyromania at both those Journals.

I’ve had several Award nominations recently – so many, in fact, that I can’t keep track of them. The latest is ‘Savage Beauty’ at the Shades of Grey Awards. [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat has been nagging me to finish it anyway and this nomination is another push towards that. I certainly will get on with it in the relatively near future, but for the moment ‘Tabula Avatar’ is my top priority. I’m only two or three chapters away from the shattering revelation to which I’ve been looking forward for months. Or perhaps ‘looking forward’ is the wrong phrase; I don’t enjoy inflicting pain on the characters and there is a great deal of pain and suffering to come.

But at least they (at least the survivors) will still have all their own teeth.
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Don’t be fooled by the humorous ficlets that I’ve been putting up recently. The last few days have not been a fun time for me.

A couple of weeks back a tooth snapped off at the gum line. It had been heavily filled previously and didn’t cause me any significant pain. Inconvenient rather than anything worse. I had an extra tooth inserted into my existing set of false teeth to fill the gap and on Thursday I was to get the stump root-filled. That shouldn’t have been too bad.

And then on Tuesday the matching tooth on the other side of my mouth did almost the same thing. It didn’t quite snap at gum level; a viciously pointed Spike that looked like a scale model of a great white shark’s tooth remained as a hazard for my tongue.

As a result my Thursday dental appointment was something of a marathon. Following a ten-hour night shift I arrived at the dentist and spent an hour and a half having root canal work (without anaesthetic) and also having the Spike smoothed and rebuilt. Something of an ordeal but it did leave my mouth in much better shape.

Until yesterday my lower palate snapped in half as I slept and I woke up in the evening with two pieces of sharp-edged plastic loose in my mouth. I don’t know how I didn’t choke – probably it was the palate snapping that woke me, although it was time for me to get up anyway.

This morning I phoned the dentist, who does have a surgery on Saturday mornings – but not today. Closed. And the probable reason for being closed on what would normally be a working day? It’s a Bank Holiday in the British Isles on Monday and he will be taking a long weekend. So I won’t be able to do anything about getting something done about the teeth until Tuesday. It’s only back teeth that are missing on my bottom jaw, and I can talk and bite perfectly well – but my chewing is severely impaired and it’s not very comfortable. Things like that always happen at the start of Bank Holiday weekends. And I work Bank Holidays anyway, if they fall during my scheduled nights, despite the fact that I work in a bank!



I have heard that there is a kerfuffle just coming to an end. I haven’t directly encountered it – the person at the centre is someone whose fic I wouldn’t read except perhaps at gunpoint (and it would have to be a fairly large calibre gun) – but it does seem to have upset some of my F-list. Luckily it seems to be dying down now.

I’ve taken more of an interest in the Fanlib affair. I received an invite ages ago and really took little notice. I looked at it, thought ‘scam’, and immediately marked it as Junk Mail and told Thunderbird to trash it and any follow-ups. It seems that it wasn’t a scam, at least not in the sense that I first thought, although I wouldn’t exactly call it legitimate either.

I’ve always accepted that I’m not going to earn money for my fan-fiction. I turned down an offer from Amazon to put one of their click-through links on my site because I felt that it could be held to be me profiting from the fic. But if anybody ever did profit from my fics it had damn well better be me and not some corporate sleazeballs who remind me very much of the slimy ‘80s Guy in the Futurama episode ‘Future Shock’ (only without the sharp suit and the obsession with ‘Safety Dance’).

Fandom has, of course, turned on them like a school of dolphins ramming sharks. Very commendable and to be expected (although it wouldn’t surprise me if one particular BNF-in-exile signed up to Fanlib in the vain hope that she could make some money from it). One aspect of the condemnation has, however, slightly perturbed me.

They are being criticised for being men and therefore alien to fandom.

Please. Criticise them for being vultures, parasites, looters, idiots, morons with all the ethical sense of a starving hyena, completely clueless losers, whatever; but please leave their gender out of it.

My subjective opinion is that fanfic is nowhere near as predominantly female as is claimed. Fanfic on LiveJournal is certainly overwhelmingly female, and women may well predominate on the Internet as a whole, but my experiences of fanfic on Usenet seemed to show quite the reverse. And of course there is the Super!Xander sub-culture of male fic writers, locked away in their underground bunkers, writing stories in which Xander dressed as the Navy Seals’ unarmed combat champion/top sniper/fastest draw/explosives expert at Halloween and retained all the memories. Okay, their stories are absolutely interchangeable, and devoid of anything remotely of interest to anyone who can’t disassemble a Desert Eagle with their toes in the dark, but there are quite a few of them.

Just because they don’t show up on your radar doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.

(Random thought; if the Fanlib people really wanted to prove they were part of fandom one of them would fake his own death – after a few despairing posts from the hospital, and even the operating theatre, of course.)

And finally; it hasn’t all been bad. 2 of my stories have been nominated in the Shades of Grey Awards (I must remember to tell them that I accept the nominations!) and another 2 are in the ‘Best of the Best’ round at Fang Fetish. And Lewis Hamilton has qualified second on the grid for Monaco – and I’m off work tomorrow and will be able to watch the race.
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Joy to the world! The Liar is going at last. In an ideal world he would be hanged from a lamp-post, as is traditional for deposed Fascist dictators, but at least it's a start.

We're watching the Eurovision semi-finals tonight as I will be working when the main event is on. Fantastic songs from Bulgaria and from Georgia; a lot of crap from most of the others so far. Not that anything could possibly be as bad as the British entry (ETA: the Danes and Poles seem determined to prove me wrong) (ETAA: the presenters have just revealed that the bloody awful Polish male singer is in fact British, which I suppose explains a lot).

FIC ANNOUNCEMENT! Chapter Twelve of the [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat/[livejournal.com profile] speakr2customrs co-production Access All Areas (Rated R) has just gone up on her journal. Contains fight scenes!

And Life, Resumed has been nominated as Best WIP at the Rogue Poet Awards. Thanks to whoever nominated me!
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I've hardly been on LiveJournal at all for the past few days. I'm obsessively playing Neverwinter Nights and, I must confess, feeling that it cries out for fanfic. I will restrain myself, however, at least until all my current projects are finished. I have been doing a little writing but it'll be a couple of days before I have anything to post.

Healthwise I'm feeling much better. The second blood tests were much improved and the nights when I felt really ill were actually probably because of the ultra-strong antibiotics that I was on; I felt much better as soon as I finished the course. However I have a hospital appointment for different tests (which the doctor has warned me will not be fun) on 10th October, and I have to go back to have more blood tests done in a couple of months.

I've been trying to reply to all the birthday greetings to me that are on LJ today but it's playing up; for some reason I can't reply to comments or view other Journals directly as opposed to through my Friends page. Thanks to all of you; I'll reply once LJ starts working properly again.

Belated happy birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] magic_wanderer, [livejournal.com profile] magarett, and [livejournal.com profile] hesadevil



Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] magista and to [livejournal.com profile] missmurchison

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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] peabodyblue


and

Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] magista for the autographed Larry Niven book!

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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] iberalla


I have a new banner! For the first time ever it is one that I have created myself, using my mediocre image manipulation skills and software that came free with the printer/scanner, and relying on a 'conveniently placed' pillar to hide the join. Please don't mock me too cruelly.
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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] diachrony


and to [livejournal.com profile] melisabot


The birthday notification feature on Greatest Journal actually works! Why can't LiveJournal manage it? Too busy hunting for nipples on default icons and designing features that we don't want to do something really useful, I suppose.

Good luck to Germany in the football; I’ve got more German Friends than Italian, and the Azzurri are so bloody negative that they’re a pain to watch. The final will be much more interesting without the Italians in it. Although they have the best National Anthem.

Happy Fourth of July to the Americans. Two hundred and thirty years ago you successfully rose up against an autocratic and rather stupid ruler and set off on the road that led to...

Plus ça change
Plus c'est la même chose


Anyone know what's happened to [livejournal.com profile] xionin?
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No other comment about the England match; I have no words that wouldn't be potentially libellous.

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