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    Right now, having coffee on around 4 hours sleep...

    Found a rather nice pub last night which will soften ergh journey's back from Euston nicely...

    Discovered that some social things are not particularly welcoming if you go on your own. Speaker was great/interesting but... (this could turn into a rant! so will stop!)

    Today I will be hoicking out a load of notebooks and hacking them into some semblance of 'shape' and then I need to work out how to prop up and set to record stuff from my phone so I can rehearse/write material for a routine.

    To which end I have a scary phone call to make (to confirm first gig) in about 25 minutes...

    Phone call made and first slot is ruddy *june*. I hate it when people over promise! I know this is a 'prestigeous' venue but. By June I'd like to be well underway! Well I'm going to go do this the hard and DIY way. Recommendations for friendly open mics within c. an hour of me - which means most of london (or worth travelling to)?
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    @Glukkake drinking makes it matter less... uh, usually. Also you've confused the source of hugz - that was Trini. But you can always claim mad hugs from me, girlie, like Trini I know what that dark place looks like and hugs are a real antidote. }:>
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    Hah! Sunshine and no work! Off to the Post Office to pick up the final bit of friend's prezzie, then hunting for suitable wrapping and card. The camera is coming along for the ride. When i get back it's monitor calibration time, which could be interesting, then, if all goes well, some writing.

    @Razrangel, Glukkake and anyone else struggling with The Gloom - Hang on in there people, there will be sunshine, there will!
  2.  (10507.64)
    Currently sitting around in my underwear writing this. Had a job interview yesterday and have three more that I'm currently being considered for/waiting on interviews. They've all come during the last month of my unemployment insurance so that's good, but it'll be better when I can say that I actually bagged one or more of the jobs. I'd say the interview went well and it looks like I'll be invited for a second and will be meeting all the heads of publication.

    The day will be spent reading Stephen King's Needful Things and bothering my girlfriend as she's taken the day off work.
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012 edited
    At work, mostly happy and content, slightly miffed that all of my interactive fiction ideas grow up into huge epics, when all I need is something bite sized that could be written to beta in a week and played through in 15 minutes. Nine days to come up with an idea and not let it rise before the deadline of the competition sign-in. Well, at least I have something like half a dozen mostly thought out larger game ideas, which are just waiting for me to shoot out a creativity blocking snot plug in the form of a small finished game before the stuff starts to flow.
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    Just got back from the regular manual labour to find this in my inbox.

    [edited to add: also yup, the tech team only just got this to us.]

    Yup, I wrote a Christmas episode.

    Now, for the rest of the day: THE BOOK.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    At work, programming one of them new fangled vidja games...

    Wishing I was at home playing one instead.
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    Dealing with my son's first bout of teething. The poor guy.

    I'm excited about the new Penny Arcade Report, partly because I'm a huge fan of Ben Kuchera, but also because I like this new approach to gaming journalism. I'd like to hope that something I write at might one day get noticed for their "The Cut" feature.

    Trying to balance my job, my marriage, my son, and still fit in time to get in some entertainment and time for creative work. I've got a novel that needs attention desperately before the plot fades from my head, a videogame design pitch to write, and the aforementioned Threat Or Menace blog to maintain, among other things.

    Life is good, but MAN do I wish there were a few more hours in a day.
    • CommentAuthorarchizero
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    fighting a server anti-virus program that decided that trusted, critical backoffice applications are a security risk. implies a lot of legwork between the server and clients... and looking forward to a quiet afternoon with a book about mcluhanisms.
      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012 edited
    Starting up the Tribe of the Strange sites (Tumblr already up, to follow) with M1k3y.

    Writing paid copy for a friend's website (an A to Z of cannabis terminology, 50 Euros per definition!).

    Catching up with fanmail for my Slenderman piece.

    Waiting for my ex to come over & collect her replacement credit card (she was burgled last week).

    And at 5pm I have a meeting with the guy who offered to buy my house for a million quid.

    After that, I might have a little lie down...

    EDIT - add 'give Mac tech support to noted film critic Anne Billson' to the list...
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    Laying in bed with the the family, fighting off a cold
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    Writing! More than I have in ages. Currently working on a new short story as well as going back to some of the others I've done already this year to look into maybe extending a couple to full story length. Also working on my second attempt at a Future Shock submission for 2000AD. The first one is on it's fifth round of edits because I wrote far too much and there's deadwood to cut and burn.

    To help with my renewed efforts on the comics front I've been reading a lot of scripts including - THIS - which I love and want to own now. Also plotting out a new long form comic having just had an artist I gave a script to years ago e-mail me to say he's actually working on it(!)

    So yes, I'm feeling creative and writing whenever I get the impulse so that I don't get lazy again. Last year was a huge failure on the creative front, so I'm determined that this year WILL be my year!
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    -Still editing anthology
    -Outlining first novel
    -Banging my head against work machinery
    -Anticipating joining community center for weight room access
    -Dealing with familial health issues
    -Reading "Twilight" on a dare
    -Listening to a shitload of industrial
    -Trying to figure out lodging and transport for Dragon Con
    -Battling in vain against the Svartalfar what live in my skull and tell my brain bad, bad things
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    Planned our first metro route through the London underground. Was easier than expected. This is a false sense of security right?
    Now: Dragons. Next: plotting panels for comic(s).
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    I'm going to get ready and go to the studio, then print the final layer on my screenprint about the modeling experience I talked about last open mic.
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    Was feeling pretty rotten last night and had pretty much locked myself in my room.

    Now feeling much better. A morning reading of Neil deGrasse Tyson describing how the world will end cheered me up. Kabuki music by Ensemble Nipponia is also doing me good.
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    Currently back at work after a long weekend. Listening to an Al Jazeera program asking whether capitalism is bust.

    Meanwhile, still trying to calm down after watching a documentary about a notorious case in the Philippines which resulted in an innocent man being imprisoned and facing the death penalty despite being 350 miles away at the time the crime occurred.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    Working until 5.
    Writing a short story later.
    Helping a friend transfer files from her old hard drive to new computer after that.
    Watching The River at some point(?)
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    Enjoying a cup of coffee and talking Shadowrun with a friend. Afterwards, I've got to get on skype with a person to talk networking and then I'll get to writing some things for her so she can justify paying me money.
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    Submitting some ideas to @oldhat for the photo challenge thread. Now thinking about what I want to make for lunch.