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Daemon [23 Nov 2007|12:49pm]
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Alamo & Tess [20 Jan 2007|02:40pm]
I just finished the rough first draft of my novel.

It needs tidying and probably some pulling apart and putting back together, but right now I'm in happy mode and pleased with it. I think the plot's okay and all moves around at the sort of pace. I think the horror and humour are balanced okay. I love the characters.

After a few hours on a second draft I may think differently, but, like I said, right now I'm feeling really good about it.

I finished it. I really fucking finished it. It's got a climax and everything.

It's 70,000 words, which I feel is okay for a novel aimed at "young adults". It's probably too gruesome in places for the parents of the kids, but not the kids themselves. Not sure if that'll be a problem. Anyway, I'll sort it out, get a second draft completed and then see about, I dunno, an agent or something, I suppose.

...I may be getting ahead of myself.

But, anyway, to anyone who reads this old journal here, cheers!
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Wicked [29 Dec 2006|11:27am]
So, yes, we went to see Wicked last night. Reading up after the show, it seems a lot of critics have been very sniffy about it.

Well, they're wrong and I kick them in the shins.


It's a magnificent story, worked around and inside The Wizard of Oz we know and love. I've not read the book, but it's obviously been pared down, but it's been done very well indeed. Everything you need is there, with the dialogue giving exposition in the shortest, most efficient ways. It's really very good. But that's not really anything noticed at the time, just something that occurred to me afterwards.

At the time I was mostly thinking the following ten things, in no particular order -

1) These sets look bloody amazing.

2) These songs are great.

3) Shit! The Wizard's loud!

4) Poor Elphaba!

5) This is funny and making me make laughing sounds and my belly is shaking!

6) Oh! This is sad and terrible!

7) Hey, a reference! I got that! Yay!

8) Idina Menzel is just fucking, fucking amazing. The lady taking over next week has some big, big shoes to fill.

9) This is just magic.

10) Must... read... book... must... get... soundtrack...

And all the crowd loved it, too. I've never seen people get up so quickly for the standing ovation as when Glinda and Elphaba came on for their curtain call. I myself really stood up fucking fast for a fat man. I shot up out of my seat like I had a winged monkey up my butt.

Also, we took three pictures of out trip to Oz.

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Wicked [29 Dec 2006|01:03am]
The best thing I have ever seen on stage.

Either it's got much better over its run so far or most critics are idiots.

It's really fucking great.

Works especially well after seeing The Wizard of Oz last week.
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Hmm [27 Dec 2006|04:58pm]
It seems you can't get pet insurance for hamsters.

P.S. Looks like we might be getting a hamster.
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Like A Limestone Cowboy [27 Dec 2006|10:26am]
Christmas Day, 9:17am, wake up, get up, go down and open stockings, myself, P'an, my sister, my brother and a guest appearance by my uncle. Santa got me a couple of CDs and a couple of books and socks and stuff. My sister was jealous of my Amy Winehouse.

Upstairs for a bit of a lie down and then neighbours came round for drinks. Most people had normal champagne, my brother and I had radioactive champagne (i.e. Mountain Dew). P'an and I sat in a corner and survived until everyone left.

Then a spot of lunch and... presents! My beautiful wife got me some great presents including the 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime. He is awesome. Also: a truck. An awesome truck. Together, we got a Magi-Mix. It has three robots. And I think P'an was pleased with her tickets the Diana concert. She did lots of crying and kissing of me. By complete coincidence, my brother and I had also got her Star Wars backpacks for Christmas - Darth Maul from me and Yoda from my brother. Now she can choose whether to be light side or dark side when we go out.

After presents it was meal-preparation time and then the meal itself, which was both tasty and delicious. We ate too much and between courses the house almost burned down when a festive display caught alight. We dealt with it, though. And then had pudding.

Washing up, Wildboyz, Friends Scene-It DVD game, Vicar of Dibley, Little Britain, bed. Despite it being her first Christmas away from her family P'an had a good day and that was the Christmas present I wanted most of all.

Hooray for Christmas!
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What We Did Today [16 Dec 2006|09:22pm]
Walked over the Thames.

Found a biography of Hank Williams on a stall under Waterloo bridge.

Went to The London Aquarium, where P'an stroked a stingray and I kept my distance from the fish because I'm scared of them, but I liked the lookdown ones.

Had good, good food after a long queue to get into Giraffe.

Watched The Wizard of Oz at the National Fiilm Theatre, where the movie was preceeded by a quiz and presents and many people, including my wife, wore ruby slippers.
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Well, Hello [23 Jun 2006|04:24pm]
As I'm here defending my fiancée's honour (tattoos), I thought I might as well post something.


Hayfever sucks!

Will that do?
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Hmmmm [29 Jul 2005|07:12pm]
Why am I slightly embarrassed that I bought a CD by a group one of my friends is in and like it so much I've not listened to anything else all week?

Embarrassed enough to post this here and not in DJ where they'll see it, even.

You'd think I'd be jumping up and down telling them how excellent they are and how sorry I am not to have bothered tracking down any of their stuff before now, but, no, bar some [music] at the top of posts I've not said a word.

Weird, huh?
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Bah! [14 Jul 2005|02:13am]
I can't get through to DJ and I really need to right now.

Like, I was in the middle of doing stuff.

And I'm still getting comment mails, so it's obviously up, just some rude bastard of a router somewhere has decided to go tits up.

Or something.

I wish I could do a traceroute, but for some reason they never get past my router.
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Police Breakthrough [12 Jul 2005|07:10pm]
Fucking suicide bombers. Cowards.

You're not very fucking brave if you're not prepared to live with the consequences of your actions, are you? It's like ringing a doorbell and running away to hide in the bushes. Though, despite what you were hoping, there won't be any bush for you.

It's at times like this that I really wish there was an afterlife, so you could see how fucking wrong you were.
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Bomb Posts [11 Jul 2005|07:50pm]
Due to historical significance and whatnot I thought I'd paste in here all the bomb posts I made over in DJ.

London [07 Jul 2005|10:23am]



This could be bad, but we'll have to wait and see, I guess.

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Simplistic Analysis Which Feels Good Right Now [07 Jul 2005|06:41pm]

So how many of them caused this thing? Four, one for each bomb? Maybe fewer if the bombs were planted in advance? A few more, to help out but not be anywhere near the explosions? At any rate, a handful. A mere handful of damaged, deluded creatures.

And how many hundreds or thousands of people were at their best today? The emergency services dealing with a series of terrible events with no notice. Hundreds of men and women trying to help and save others. Doctors and nurses in the hospitals. Random strangers, helping people out of tube stations, reassuring each other, passing round bottled water.

Everything from trying to save a life by the side of the road to lending a stranger a mobile phone. A sudden reflex tightening of the bonds of humanity.

And that's what you're up against, you fuckers. You're up against humanity. And there are billions of us.

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Bah! [05 Jun 2005|07:58pm]
I've not been able to get through to DJ for hours.


I've got a few comments, so there's obviously something stupid going on somewhere on the Internet between us. Some router's blown up and stolen my journal away from me, or something.

I do hope this won't be one of Telewest's excellent 'do nothing for weeks and weeks' deals, because DJ is one site I don't want to be without for that long.

I'm getting the shakes already.
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Bored! [27 May 2005|08:15pm]

There's nobody around and I'm bored.

So bored I'm posting in LJ. LJ! My arch nemesis!

Not typing very fast, mind. I'm holding the underside of my laptop with one hand, which - as maths fans will know - only leaves me one hand to type with.

Fucking ER. It shouldn't go all relationshippy (yes, that is a real word, stupid red spellchecker line) when I'm missing my girlfriend so much. She's all bestever and stuff, it's difficult when she's not around. But those are the circumstances and I'm still happiest when doing the missing thing. Oh dear god. They're doing a running-through-downpour-and-traffic-jam-to-loved-one scene. Fuckers.

Of course, she reads this, probably, so sorry for referring to you like you're not here, honey. And sorry to everyone who's not her for making you read my mushiness.

Hmm. I've put Deep Space Nine on, but it's not one of the greatest episodes. Maybe I'll see what else TiVo has for me.
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My Strip Club [01 Feb 2005|06:48am]
Stolen from dolores.

Your LJ Strip Club by ScreamingDolai
The type of joint you run
Your club is calledT & A 4 $
Sleazy managerpollynichols
Scary bouncerneverireven
Most frequent customerhekki
Highest paid strippersweet_kisses
Can do really acrobatic pole trickstasha27
Just doing this to pay for med schoolmysecretshame
Had to get "enhancements" to make more moneyrougeforever
Quiz created with MemeGen!
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Mohh [19 Feb 2004|06:37am]
I've just been mortally offended by someone describing this journal as abandoned.

Sure, okay, I've not posted here for... um... a while... but it's not abandoned just... sleepy.


Today I opened a can of Diet Coke and was shocked when it hit my tastebuds and it turned out to be Lemon Diet Coke, as I was expecting just regular Diet Coke. Shocka!
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Blue Arrows [29 Dec 2002|03:42pm]
I have many blue arrows.

Not much of a surprise as I never write or read here, I suppose.
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Bah [21 Nov 2002|02:49pm]
Stupid online tests.

I don't need to be killed.

I'm not annoying.
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I'm Boring [03 Aug 2002|11:48am]

-- Click Here To Take The Test --

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Sittin' Around [02 Aug 2002|10:41am]
Busy doing nothing. Almost fuck all, in fact. I mean, I am reading Are You Dave Gorman? and MTV UK is flashing away on the TV and I am looking up when I get the new email noise and I'm enjoying having my windows open and getting some fresh air in here, or what passes for fresh air in Maidstone and I am trying ignore how hungry I am...

*pause to get breath back*

...but what I'm mainly doing is waiting until half eleven so I can turn my fridge on for the first time. I'll check the light works. Then I'll wait for four hours and hope it's cooled down. Between the two I guess I'll go out, see if anywhere in Maidstone has the Cathal Coughlan album and buy some food. That sort of thing.

And worry that when I get back I'll have loads of work emails that need to be dealt with, despite me having a day off.

It's going to be good to have a fridge, I reckon. I've always taken the ability to keep food and drink cold pretty much for granted. I mean, for a good proportion of my childhood we didn't have a TV, but we always had a fridge. And everywhere I've lived before has had a fridge. So to suddenly realise all the things you can't do if you don't have a fridge has come as a bit of a surprise.

I mean, my Diet Coke consumption has been cut down drastically, as though it's second only to Diet Mountain Dew as the greatest non-alcoholic drink ever, it's really not so nice at room temperature. And no sandwiches for me, because Flora has to be kept in a fridge. As does cheese.

You see? You see how hellish my life has been for the last, er, two weeks?

Now let us never talk of it again.
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