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    Yesterday I took a trip to London with a friend and hauled some sofas around. Listened to a shitload of good music,, had my lunch paid for and got paid £20 for less than half-an-hour of work. It was good to get out of the house, and now I have a tiny bit of pocket money.

    Last week I received a rejection from a job I really wanted, which was disheartening to say the least. Well, this week they called me up to say that the guy they hired can't start for two more months and they really need a freelancer in the meantime. It's very well-paid work, albeit very temporary, and it'll leave me with a fair amount of cash that should tide me over until someone hires me full-time. It's also something great to add to my CV.

    It's been a long time since I last had anything to put in here.
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    No particular news to report. I replaced my dying phone with a shiny new one, which means Apple will announce mine being obsolete in the next day or too. You're welcome. I'd been holding off based on the rumors of an impending iPhone 5 since about April. It was time.

    I mostly thought I'd stop by and play nasty uncle SMYS who hugs a little too close.

    @OldHat - Congrats on the filthy lucre!
    @Rough Night - Gordon is much nicer in your head. In mine he's all "IT'S BURNT! Now piss off to the dining room and eat it."
    @Alan - Good luck with that.
    @keyofslience - Temp jobs can turn into perm. Just kick so much ass that their other hire looks like crap. Or you could always get vengeance by sneaking in early on your last day of work and hiding dead rats in all the air vents. I totally did that once, however I was working from home at the time and it didn't end well.
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011 edited
    I've not checked into Whitechapel for a while.

    Big news: new job in Blackwell's Books on Charing Cross Road in London. Come and say hello in a week or two when I've found my feet. This after six months of unemployment.
    Good news: passed the 75K mark with my novel. Only five chapters left to write.
    Sucks: Lost my wallet and the £80 in it. Losing that much money when you're unemployed is total drag...
    Book news: I'm reading Simon Morden's 'Equations of life' and loving it. Near future, noir shenanigans, with a Russian protagonist. Good fun.

    (Edited for typo)
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
    Had to go up to Birmingham via the M11 this morning, M1 was closed 'due to accident J12 to 13'. It was about 6.30 am and the light was all low and golden, i looked across to the field on my left, a small deer trotted out of the trees and started cropping the grass. A beam of sunlight lit it up and for a moment it was as if it were a figure fresh cast in bronze, brought to life by some great and strange enchantment.

    Agency work has its moments but the scenery's good.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
    I'm finally getting out of the cubefarm and into an office of my very own. Boo. Yah.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
    My workout sucked today because I was in a weird mindset BUT the one real pushup I can do is getting better. Hooray form and efficiency! Also I'm making apple pie empanadas for tonight :D Pre-emptive good thing, but I'm excited about it.
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    Working on ideas my kid gave me.

    Children's book about a ghost robot. Like one of those old b-movie style clunky looking things. Like an old wind-up toy. Possibly named Fritz. He floats around and instead of the normal ghost "BOO", he's more of a "BOOP...BEEP" it's cheesy, and silly, but, y'know, for kids.

    Also may include a zombie robot friend, who instead of moaning "brains" is looking for "more disk space" and occasionally stops, mid-attack, for buffering.

    Seriously, my kid's hysterical.
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
    we played a semi final of a battle of the bands last night and we lost!

    but we also got payed enough that we could go buy some nice beer tonight! so thats good!
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
    I went to the doctor this week past. Good news: I dropped ten pounds, due to increased veg intake. Bad news: due to stress and ill sleep, the words "heart attack" crossed my medic's lips, with the implication "you will take one if you don't chill out".

    Motivated by these two factoids, I am beginning a new exercise regimen: elliptical every day, heavy lifting every other.

    I have ten pair of 34x34 jeans and ten pair of 34x34 dress pants and I BY GOD will wear them again.
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
    Huzzah Chris hold strong and steady.
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011 edited
    Over the past two days, I have done this:

    Ahahaha. HAHAH. HAH.

    Oh gods, everything that could've gone wrong did. But I owned that beast and it feels good in my brain meats, even if my body wants to simultaneously vomit and implode all at once.

    I'll see all you NYCers at the party tomorrow night!
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
    I am no longer living with my parents.

    I am in Salt Lake for good. Classes start on monday.

    I had a lovely session of a letterpress workshop yesterday, and the teachers were impressed by my scratch film. One of them will be helping to teach my letterpress class on wednesdays. Next saturday, I'll have completed little book things.

    Got my sister hooked on Twin Peaks after only a day and a half of being roommates. We watched the whole first season today basically. I think living with her is gonna be the best.
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    sellmeyoursoul - The trick is to remember only how he talks about future food. If food hasn't been prepared yet, he's downright childlike in his enthusiasm, and the capitalized words with exclamation points come out. It's only once someone has defiled the food with imperfect cooking that he gets that "burn everything down" look in his eyes.
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011 edited
    Okay, so... been working on a few things.

    Work-related, thanks to the wonderful Allana, the first steps towards a web site for my photography will be happening soon. This is also going to lead to business cards as well. Also, The Book is almost done and when I figure out how to do it, I'll be starting up a kickstarter (or international equivilent) to help fund my Villain/Victim series.

    Personal Been feeling really crap lately in the looks and life department. To help the former stuff I'm dressing a little nicer and actually doing shit with my appearance. To help the latter I'm doing the stuff I wrote above.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    Just got the working proof of the anthology I'll be in later this year. Editor wants the authors to confirm that all of the italics in their stories are correct (I guess the program they use for layouts has a tendency to randomly reformat certain things and italics are one of them). Third book I'll be published in ever and first one for this year.
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    Ok, so we're on orders to confiscate any paraphernalia related to Santa Muerte, and I just picked up one of the most bad assed sculptures I've ever seen; made out of soap. Made out of fucking Irish Spring. When my Lt. takes a picture of it, I'll post it on here.

    The guy got locked up in Special Housing Unit for an unrelated contraband offense and I found the sculpture in his cell. It would have been thrown away if I hadn't taken it, now it'll probably go on our wall of awesome contraband.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    my lovely gorgeous friend Rebecca, Who's a crazy Canuck Gothette, returns to Iceland today after a 3 month exile (enforced upon her by the Icelandic State). this time she can stay longer as she has been accepted for a place at the University of Iceland studying English!

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    I have a unpaid internship that begins on Friday, with a government thingy. Let's just say its with the Department of Redundant Department.
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
    This was yesterday, but still.

    So we had a big lightning storm last night. I've loved storms since I was a child when I went camping during some of Ontario's biggest ones. They really comfort me. So when lightning was striking every five seconds and thunder was echoing through the sky I grabbed a beer, went out on the porch and sat back enjoying it all. So when I was feeling sleepy, I got up, thanked Thor and thanked the storm itself for showing up, raised my hand to wave goodbye and suddenly a single bolt shot down in the distance, split in to three bolts that then shot upward. It's shape was kind of like a pitchfork, but it bloomed like a flower. It's beauty nearly made me cry.

    Then, with the storm still going on, I fell asleep and it was the best sleep I've had in a very long time.
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
    I just took a drink of magnesium powder and chamomile tea.

    I feel real mellow now.

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