So, this is me...  WOW!




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I don't think many people on my f-list are fellow country music fans, but I've just got to rave!

First off, I've loved Ty Herndon's music from his first album back in '95, and his duet with Stephanie Bentley on Heart Half Empty. That said, there are some tracks on albums from the late nineties onwards that I'm not so keen on, he doesn't sound as good and the songs themselves are a bit meh, the strain of his personal life showing through maybe.

Anyway, last week I managed to get hold of his most recent CD, 2016's House On Fire, and I was just blown away. I've been playing it ever since, and while some tracks stand out a bit more than others (Fighter, Blame it on the Mustang, If You, Nothing Left to Break, Just Friends, Sweet Way to Go, Stick With What I Know, and the title track) there's not a single one of the twelve tracks that I don't love. To my ears, he sounds better than ever.

There's a harder edge to some of the tracks than I'm used to from his earlier albums, heavier guitar and some interesting vocal effects, but it just works so well. I've got it playing again now. I've adopted Fighter as my personal anthem, it's such a powerful song.

Sadly a couple of Ty's CDs are still missing from my collection, country CDs are still not always easily available in the UK, not everything gets released here, so if anyone has a copy of Journey On or Lies I Told Myself that they don't want, or can get hold of a copy from somewhere, and would be willing to exchange for something from England, I'm willing to work out a trade.
So, as some of my friends already know, just over a week ago I had one of those really stupid accidents in the home that shouldn't happen but did. I was cleaning the bath, knelt funny, tried to get my weight off my stupidly painful knee and fell sideways onto the rim of the bath. Result = probable cracked rib, which hurts whenever I do pretty much anything and is preventing me from doing certain things at all, like knitting, and putting up Christmas decorations, and reorganising my room to make space for the computer desk I'm getting. It sucks. Christmas isn't looking too Christmassy right now

I had a cracked rib three years ago, that time I did it through coughing while closing a drawer. This feels the same so probably is, it might even be the same rib. Since all the doctor would say is that I probably have a cracked rib, there's no point going to see him, so I'm just trying not to put too much strain on it. Which is easier said than done =/

So if I'm not being  very cheery and festive this Christmas, this is why. Hopefully you'll all for give me if I'm grumpy and complaining. I hope you're all having a better time than I am right now.

*hugs everyone very carefully*
This post is pretty much just for me, because I got so tired of searching out some of my favourite instrumental pieces on youtube. I suddenly had the brainwave of gathering them together for my listening pleasure. They're mostly fiddle and/or guitar, with one dobro track thrown in because Jerry Douglas is awesome and I've loved this one since the first time I heard it.
Music Below... )
Hello, friends! I'm seeking beta assistance for an as yet unknown number of fics for [livejournal.com profile] torchwood_fest. So far I have one just under 2k ready for betaing, and there will be at least one more which I haven't started writing yet, but more likely two or three as I'd like to do the weekly prompts for the Fest as well.

If anyone can offer their services, basically to check I haven't made any silly mistakes or missed a typo or two, please either comment below or send a PM.

Also, please consider joining in the fun by writing for the fest. There are prompts at this post, no sign-ups necessary, as well as weekly prompts, or you can just write something else winter themed. as long as it's Torchwood, it's welcome!

Come join us!




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Next week, posting begins for the December fest at [livejournal.com profile] torchwood_fest! (I know, it's not YET December, but it's pretty close!)

We'll have plenty of fic and art for everyone to enjoy and we encourage everyone to come join us!
OMG, just found this amazing video of salmon crossing a slightly flooded road and dodging traffic. How weird is that? Not something drivers usually have to watch out for, but it's oddly mesmerising, not to mention edge-of-seat stuff when they go scurrying in front of a car!







Thank you to all of you who sent hugs, good wishes, and a lovely virtal gift, you really helped me get through today *hugs*

Well, as I already told most of you, the prep didn't go too well, I managed most of the first litre, barely slept last night, and I still felt full this morning so I only got through half a litre of the second lot. I called the hospital to discuss matters and they suggested I go in anyway and they'd see if the test could still be done.

Battled my way there (by taxi) through pouring rain and traffic jams, then found all the doctors were running late, so I was sitting around in a hospital gown and thin hospital dressing gown, in a chilly room and had to dig out my cardigan again to stay warm for an hour and a half. Oh joy. I didn't want to be there and then I had to wait. Good thing I took a book with me.

I was not knocked out for the test as I'd expected, just sedated enough to relax me, but everyone was very nice and they let me keep my crystals with me, and... honestly, it wasn't terrible. What surprised me though was being told I'd done an excellent job with the prep, so I'm really glad I didn't chicken out and cancel. I will say it's odd being able to see your own insides on the monitor the doctor uses though...

Apparently, everything was perfectly fine, which is good news I guess, something else ruled out. Spent an hour in recovery, with water and biscuits, then had to wait half an hour for a taxi and got stuck in traffic all the way home. But then my friend, who's staying tonight, popped out and got chips, so that was a nice treat. I rarely have them =)

Not quite caught up online yet, but I got my writing done - three drabbles this morning, two more this evening - and posting is done. My streak is still unbroken!

Still things I want to get done before bed, so I'd best get on with it.
Just a quick heads up to everyone out there to let you know I might not be around tomorrow. I have a test scheduled at the hospital, assuming all goes well with the prep for it (which starts at seven this evening and continues at godawful o'clock in the morning - seriously, I'll have to get up at five in order to be awake enough to start drinking the second litre of stuff at six). My appointment is 2.35pm. That means leaving here no later than 1.30pm because I have to be there half an hour before.

I might have time to post something in the morning, if I feel up to it, or I might be able to post somehing and answer comments after I get home, but I'm not counting on that because I'll be sedated for the test and could be quite groggy after. We shall see.

Of course, if I can't drink the prep stuff for any reason, I might be here as usual, in which case please to disregard this message ;)

Anyway, wish me luck, if you're so inclined, and hopefully normal service will resume by Tuesday.

Thanks to my anxiety problems, I am, of course, terrified and would gladly cancel right now, but I suppose I should at least try *wibble*
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYBODY!

SORRY, I HAVE NO SPOOKY PICS TO OFFER - NOR ANY OTHER KIND OF PICS, BUT I HAZ CANDY AND BALLOONS AND HALLOWEEN TREATS! WOOHOO!

I'M LURKING HERE WAITING TO SEE WHO WILL DARE TO ENTER MY LAIR *EVIL CACKLE*

SOON IT WILL BE DARK AND ALL THE LITTLE MONSTERS WILL COME OUT TO PLAY.

I AM READY!




I've finally taken the plunge and my new multi-fandom drabble community is up. It's called [livejournal.com profile] drabble_weekly.

Come and check it out - there's a post for Questions and Suggestions, and one for Tag Requests, where you can ask to have tags created for any fandoms you might like to write in, and suggest any other tags you think might be useful.

The first challenge will be posted tomorrow, and as it's a new community, Challenge 1 will run for two weeks to allow members to join and participate. Challenge 2 will be posted on September 3rd.

All fandoms, original fic, and rpf are welcome, so if you like writing drabbles, this is the community for you.

Hope to see you there!
As some of my F-list know, I'm in the process of starting a new multi-fandom drabble community, with weekly prompts to inspire all those drabblers among us whose favouirite fandoms have no active drabble-specific community of their own.

I'm looking for potential co-mods and also for someone who could create a community icon once the community has a name.

So far, there are three possible names for this soon-to-be community. So, let's see if I can do this right and add a poll...






[Poll #2051128]
Hello, my wonderful F-list, I come before you seeking assistance, if any of you lovely people can spare the time.

Both my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] m_findlow and myself need betas for our latest [livejournal.com profile] torchwood_fest fics, which have to be posted to the community by the end of the month, so there's not a lot of time left. [livejournal.com profile] m_findlow's fic is around the 10,000 word mark and ready for beta. I'm still working on my fic but should have it finished in two or three days. It'll be shorter, probably no more than 3,500 words at most, but it does include something creepy crawly, so beware!

If anyone can help us out, then please either leave a comment here or PM us directly. I'm willing to offer Torchwood (or possibly other fandom) drabbles or ficlets as rewards to anyone who can help us out at such short notice. *puppy dog eyes* Pretty please?

Home Again!

Jul. 7th, 2016 04:25 pm
Home at last! Actually got home half an hour ago, but I had to do stuff before firing up my computer and sitting down.

Well, that wasn't too bad. Left here just before 1.30 for my 2pm appointment, checked in at 1.40, was told to take a seat and wait for my name to be called, but got called before I could sit, and was on my way out just before 2. The test was uncomfortable, but bearable even if I might have been walking funny when I left.

There's  no taxi rank outside the treatment centre though, so then I had to walk all the way around to the hospital's main entrance, where the taxis live. Got one right away and had the driver drop me off near the shops because I wanted to get some fruit. He dropped me further up the road than I usually ask to be dropped because there was a convenient space, and because of that, I walked past a shop I've never seen before - must be pretty new. All sorts of ethnic stuff, incence and wiccan things, and best of all, crystals! So I spent too much money in there, but managed to have enough left over for fruit.

This is the first time in years I've been able to sort through crystals and handle then before buying. Such a treat, I'll definitely go in there again. Popped round the corner from there and got locally grown strawberries, nectarines, cherries, and some more rhubarb to cook, then walked home, about a fifteen minute walk. Thankfully it didn't rain on me, but I was hot and tired when I got back so I indulged in an ice cream from the freezer. They've been in there since we had a hot spell in May, I've been too cold since then to feel like eating them.

So now I intend to look at my new crystals, and then slob around for the rest of the day. I'm tired and I ache from walking and carrying heavy fruit, doesn't take much to set the aches and pains off. Doesn't matter though. I'm home, just got to check with the doctor in a week for the results. Not a bad day, all things considered.

I'm Back!

Jun. 27th, 2016 09:47 pm
Im back from my hospital test, things went much better (and quicker) than last time, I was home by about half past eight, but I'm still woozy from the sedatives so everything I do is very slow. Parts of my brain have yet to wake up, I think. They did give me two chocolate chip cookies before they let me leave, so that was nice. Now I just have to wait a couple of weeks for the test resuts.

At least that's the worst thing out of the way. Hopefully I won't need another gastroscopy any time soon.

Thanks to all my friends for sending good thoughts and luck, I'm sure that helped a great deal =D
I just watched Stargate SG-1 episode Window of Opportunity on TV (the one with the time loop), changed channels when it ended, and discovered that the news was stuck in a time loop with one news story repeating over and over! Every time they tried to go to the weather, it looped back to the middle of some story about a large gem found in Botswana...

Life really does imitate art! LOL!
Question: How do you know when you're buying too many CDs?

Answer: When 23 arrive in the post on one day!

*headdesk* I have no idea where to put them all. ebay has a lot to answer for. Where else can you get 8 CDs for just over £10? I'm listening to a LOT of music these days.

I should probably cut down on the buying, but I bought another 5 just before the post arrived. in my defence, it was buy 4 get 1 free, so technically I only bought 4... Until today I didn't even know Corbin-Hanner had done a live album, I thought there were just the two studio albums. Of course I had to get it!
Leaving in a few minutes for my hospital appointment to have a tube shoved down my throat. Needless to say, I'm dreading it so wish me luck and think of me please!

Don't know if I'll be back online again today or not. The 'procedure' is at 6.40, then I'll need some recovery time, but if all goes well and there are no complications, I might get to come home. Here's hoping. *wibbles*



So, I saw this meme thingy on a friend's journal and it looked like it could be fun.

Comment with a number, and a pairing/two or more characters, and I'll try to write you a ficlet or drabble.

Pick a number, any number... )

Surprise!

Apr. 12th, 2016 02:52 pm
A week or so ago, I spotted a blue and white plush Totoro up for auction on ebay, so being a big Totoro fan, I bid on it, and won.

Yesterday, my package arrived. Imagine my surprise when I opened it and found this...


See picture here... )
Got my card, what d'you think?

Cherished

Different
Festivals and Celebrations

A Quiet Celebration
Mind and Body

[FAKE]

An Internal Battle
Fate

[FAKE]

Meant To Be
Gore

Restless Spirits
Crack Treated Seriously

Coat Life

Autumn

The Park In Autumn
Tragedy

A Merciful End
Mutation / Transformation

Transformed
Team Mates

Team Disharmony
Relaxation

[FAKE]

Relaxing Vacation
Journeys and Quests

[FAKE]

Cleveland Or Bust
Wild Card - Explorer

Bus Station Arrival
Indefatiguable

Tireless
Hero

[FAKE]

Deserved Honors
Trust

Out Of Cardiff
Original characters

An Important Task
I Walk through the Valley of Death

In The Valley Of Death
On the Balcony

[FAKE]

Moments Of Honesty
A Battle / Fight / Confrontation

[TW-DW]

Setting The Doctor Straight
Shoes

[FAKE]

Shoes By The Door
Crossover: TV shows and movies

[TW/Sanctuary]

Alley Encounter
Sirocco

Storm Season
Character Death

The Worst Best Day
Sun and Stars

[BtVS]

The Prodigal's Return


A few I'm not sure of (Sirocco anyone?) but on the whole I'm reasonably happy.

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