End of 2008

So, the end of a big interesting year.

Looking forward to 2009, I feel like I should make some goals so that I have stuff to work towards…..
I want to get published in 2009 so I am going to work hard on editing my works-on-progress and start submitting them hard out to publishers. I am also going to start something new in the new year, continue working on the seekrit project (which I have got behind in over the holiday madness) and work up some more short stories as well. Keep writing keep writing keep writing.

Visit my sister in Rarotonga. This is pretty achievable but I really will need to save money. I can save money if I really really try, so I’m going to make January a no-buy month where I won’t buy the random stupid stuff I usually do. I don’t need any new clothes, DVDs or books. I got so many of those at Christmas and at the sales. I will allow myself to buy food, birthday presents and the Empire magazine. Maybe photos off snapfish too if I really *have* to. Oh and I can go to the movies. But I will try not to.

Live my most awesome life. Going to see ducklings, visiting my favourite parts of Te Papa, spending quality time with Lee, having awesome times with friends, doing things for other people and generally having fun. I’m already ticketed up for three shows, I’ll see if I can get to a few more as well!

PoF: Buddha belly
CO: Finding out wordpress’s secrets.

short fiction

Writing is going well. I’m working weirdzo hours this week, so you get your writing update early. I have finished the latest draft of Kiki and I’m thinking about sending it out again. I’m considering re-sending it to the earlier publishers, because it really is a better version.

I will give it one more quick read before I do send it, then it’s on to re-drafting What’s the Worst that Could Happen? I’m quite looking forward to it actually. I also have a couple of short stories to rework and a magazine to post to.

I went to the library and got out a bunch of Judy Blume books. I haven’t read them in so long. Should be interesting!

PoF: Oscar the not-so-grouchy
Co: sleeps

Short fiction – The Other Side – Sam’s curse

Sam Depp We moved into the other world because my father was offered a job there. The existence of a Medieval fantasy world alongside our own had been discovered about 5 years earlier. Well, discovered is a nice word for it when the portal just freaking opened up in the middle of a road in Chicago. Hard to deny really. It had been long enough since official portals had been regulated (read: guards added) that there was an Earth embassy over there. The UN and some particularly enterprising, or as I like to call them, stingy corporations had moved in. The companies out sourced call centres to The Other Side, because India had got too expensive. Why bother employing humans at all when orcs and elves were dying to fin dout what it was like to answer a telephone and get paid minimum wage.

There’s your vague world view. Hope you liked it. The story I’m trying to tell is about how I had to start a whole new school. I had been against the move from the start. I had friends at my high school, my sister was settled in some sort of Barbie doll haze with a bunch of other 8 year old girls. We had a house with a double garage and wireless broadband. We were happy.

Mom and Dad were sketchy about exactly what Dad would be doing on The Other Side and I can’t say I was that interested. I just protested every way I knew how against moving at all. And I thought up a lot of ways. It didn’t work. Since when do 16 year olds get a say in their own lives? Since never. The retarded thing about it all is that they came to this new world and we had this house with a white picket fence and a yard with a rock garden and Dad planted a lawn out the front so that he could still go out and mow it on the weekend.

Like, let’s move to this whole new environment where there are actually dragons flying around and elves and shit and just change nothing about how we live our own lives. So there we are with a new two car garage and two storeys and lace curtains in the kitchen and outside people are being beheaded if they look at the King the wrong way.

Kelly and I had to go to the same school. It was an Earth style school so it was like super popular with all the non-humans. That was good because it meant it was big enough to have classes for each year level and we weren’t stuffed in the same class with the 5 year olds like some back water country school. Mom and Dad took us in when they enrolled us and the school principal was a fucking centaur. Like yeah, sure, we’ve just transferred from another dimension. I can’t get MTV here and if I misbehave in class I’m going to be sent to half a horse. Whatever. Continue reading

Woop woop

Wishing I had endless summer holidays….

In addition to advertising Twilight tshirts on Trade Me, I have finally set up and listed hand made items in my etsy shop so fingers crossed that I get some nibbles on them.\

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On the weekend I saw two brand new movies at the cinema. I saw Twilight and Australia.

Australia was very Baz Luhrmann which may turn some people off. It really felt like watching an old movie, like Gone With the Wind because it is very long and epic and overwrought. It’s gorgeous, you can really tell that they filmed it all in the middle of the real outback. Nic and Hugh are both awesome, balancing the silliness with the drama and the emotion very well and making you believe it all. It’s not for everyone by any stretch, but it was fun for me.

Twilight was hilarious. It was better than I thought it would be, which isn’t saying very much. I think that if they’d kept out some of the ridiculousness from the books it could have been a good movie. I thought Kristen and RPattz did the best they could, given that they had to say lines like “So the lion fell in love with the lamb” “Stupid lamb” “Sick, masochistic lion”. The film is very prettily shot and the secondary characters were pretty good. I especially liked Alice, Carlisle and Charlie and would happily watch a movie just about them.

It wasn’t supposed to be hilarious. It was supposed to be deadly serious and romantic. It didn’t manage that for me, but I enjoyed it all the same.

Also I joined Twitter, because that seems to be the new cutting edge and I was curious. It hasn’t won me over yet I have to say. I’m here in case you want to start following me. I’m not sure that encouraging me to constantly update with my thoughts is necessarily a good thing.

I’m seriously considering trying out a new blog on wordpress, they look like pretty much everything I want in a blog. I’ll probably try it out as a trial and then decide to move or not. Since I can import my archives off here to there it looks like a pretty good option.

PoF: wonder woman
CO: change!

A glut of materialism

Christmas presents were pretty awesome this year, plus boxing day sales goodness. I am metaphorically rolling around in the excess of newness.

Awesome presents included: Fraggles board game, which I totally had as a child and didn’t remember until I saw the playing pieces. (Thanks Steve!) Chocolates, dried strawberries, neat designer notepad and magnets and lots of Lush stuff. Mmmmm Lush.
New DVDs acquired: House season 4, because we loves the House and the Wilson and the Chase. Well, I do. Lee loves Cameron ;p

Veronica Mars season 2. So so good. Lee’s little brother finally got around to watching season 1 so this was immediately lent to him so he can get up to date on it. I love season 2 because it has some wicked awesome Logan stuff. Ah Logan…

I know I already mentioned The Planet Earth but I thought I should point out why I am so happy with this. Nature documentaries are love, I mean, cute baby animals, silly birds doing mating dances, pretty landscapes and footage of predators doing their thing….it’s all pretty breathtaking. I also look on this series a little bit as an entire encyclopedia of wildlife and also a snapshot of how the world is. For all I know the Earth won’t resemble this at all in thirty years so…

The boxing day sales yielded The Little Mermaid, Gossip Girl season one, Dirty Sexy Money and a film called Valley of Gwangi about cowboys who wrangle dinosaurs instead of cows. Oh yeah.
Lee bought a digital Trivial Pursuit game with his Christmas vouchers and is busily downloading questions to it now. Should be fun?

PoF: Layers, it’s colder than it looks outside
CO: should I move to a more customisable, less finicky blog provider? One that won’t eat people’s comments? One with better image functionality? Is blogspot any good?

Summer reading

I’m in the middle of a fantastic collection of essays by female authors recounting how Judy Blume influenced them/helped them grow up/gave them self esteem/generally affected their lives. Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume has essays from Meg Cabot and heaps of others and is kind of like potted psychology lessons centered around awkward pre-teenage girls and Judy Blume. I’m loving it and it’s making me really want to read Judy Blume books again, especially Deenie, Just as Long as We’re Together, Forever… and Are you there God, it’s me Margaret?. Might have to check out the relevant sections in the library next time I’m there.

I finished reading Watchmen by the way. It was wicked awesome.

Got hold of a copy of the new Michelle Paver book about Torak with a Christmas Gift voucher. It’s called Oath Breaker. I’m thinking I might need to re-read the others first though, since I can’t really remember what happened in which order.

I was given a copy of The 10pm Question by Kate de Goldi which has been reviewed very well and looks like a good crossover book.

Christmas – the secret to not overeating

I didn’t overeat this year on Christmas Day. I overate on Christmas Eve. I’ve found the secret to the stomach bloat of the holidays! It’s the snacks.

On Christmas Eve I baked for three hours straight so that there would be plenty of cookies and cupcakes for people. Then I ate a whole lot of them, chips and dip, chocolates, brownies, nuts…..when it came to dinner time I wanted dinner because I knew that I *should* have real food but I wasn’t really that hungry. And I felt pretty ill later in the evening.

On Christmas Day I skipped breakfast, only having a Lindor hazelnut chocolate truflle (nom!) and some cherries and strawberries when we got to my sister’s. This meant that when it came time to sit down for all the delicious lunch food I was hungry and could eat a little of everything. Pacing myself meant I didn’t gorge from excitement at the choices and I was even able to have seconds of those things I enjoyed the most. (Ham, green salad, pasta salad, potato and egg salad).

Unluckily we had to go from my sister’s before I got to eat brandy snaps, but then it was on to Lee’s parents place where they had put out chippies and pistachios. Tempting! Too tempting, I had some chips. But only a couple. I was strong. I was steadfast. I ate two of the Roses chocolates that we were given and they were *awesome*!

Then at dinner I was careful to only take portions of the things that I really wanted (turkey, crayfish, green salad, bread, potato and bacon salad) and it was delicious! Even though I wanted to I refrained from having seconds, except for some scrappits of cray meat because I had seen the homemade chocolate eclairs for dessert! Nom! I had seconds of dessert. Besides the eclairs Lee’s sister had made warm, squooshy brownie and I had a pile of fresh berries and cherries as well.

My lebkuchen with lemon icing went down very well and I gave my father in law a tupperware full of afghans. If he gets diabetes it will totally be my fault.

So, that’s what I’ve learned and what I ate. Hopefully it will be of some use to you at the next gorge-yourself-gathering you go to.

Now tell me, what delicious things did you eat this holiday season?

PoF: robey
CO: boxing day sales!!!!!!

Christmas

A very merry Christmas to all of my gentle readers. And the not-so-gentle ones too 🙂

Is it gauche to wear my personalised Mickey Mouse ears to Christmas family gatherings? I already wore them on Christmas Eve with all my friends. Maybe if I wear them long enough everyone will forget that they’re *not part of my body*.

I got the full Planet Earth BBC series on DVD from my beloved. I know what I’m going to be doing for the next seven days!

To Do List updated and chocolate angst

* Grocery shopping for more chocolate melts, gladware, lemon, orange, candy canes. While out also go to Gordon Harris for more silver sparkly fabric paint, as ‘Team Edward’ shirts are popular and I’ve now run out.
* Make chocolates**** See below., cookies (Lebkuchen dough made yesterday, bake it up tomorrow.) Afghans, spice crisps.
* Finish Giffy’s Christmas present. Eh, near enough.
* Take photo of self in surgerised t-shirts for putting on Trade Me
* Scrub down bathroom….funsies.
* Figure out what to wear on Christmas day.

So yesterday I made a batch of delicious chocolates from the Mindfood magazine where you just blender a packet of digestives, add orange juice and ground almonds and melted chocolate, form balls out of the stuff, fridge them and then cover them in chocolate. These are superb. Then I made a batch of oreo truffles and I guess I was high from my earlier success, but I used a whole tub of cream cheese with the packet of oreos and the mixture tasted very much like….cream cheese. I covered ’em with chocolate anyway because maybe the chocolate will offset the cream cheese right?

But then I was too scared to try one in case they’re awful. I gave one to Lee who said “very rich!” and then “I like the other ones more” and then when I asked if it was too much cream cheese he said ominously “You can definitely tell there’s cream cheese in them.”

I’m trying to figure out what to do with them now. People like chocolate and oreos and cream cheese. Maybe I should advertise them as cream cheese truffles? I am in agony of indecision. I kind of just want to bin them all and make another batch of digestive chocolates but it is such a waste to throw them out and that seems Wrong and Bad. Any suggestions from blogland?

PoF: Batgirl
CO: seeing Giffy and E this afternoon!