Warmth, and a desk

In January, I bought a desk from ebay and picked it up from Cheltenham, mainly because it was there. I also have a friend nearby who I welcome any excuse to visit.

I meant to write about it at the time but I was thinking about all of the people who might have my old address(es), and a 90th birthday cake, and other things.

The above is it currently, pending additional storage and maybe a chair.

Due to reasons, we haven't had any heating all winter, which was difficult. So we moved a few weeks ago to a house with heating and a wood burner that is nicer in many other ways too.

Then I took some photos for people who live far away. Kitchen, which I am rather fond of, close up of my favourite corner, lounge with strangely glowing television wall.

11 March 2014 Leave a comment

Endings and beginnings

I've just finished two little stories. One is for children, titled 'Scout and the Invisible Cat who used to be a knight.' The other is a spooky short called 'One October Evening.' I don't think they reach 1000 words between them; that's why they took so long.

I miss being around wordy, writing-y people. Who understand that writing is harder for writers, not easier. Who've heard of Slaughterhouse-5 and Love in the Time of Cholera and Catch-22. And Neil Gaiman and Jasper Fforde.

Last, last weekend I went to Cheltenham to see a friend and to see Neil Gaiman. I hitched a ride to Newport with my in-laws who'd just been to visit, got the train to Gloucester and the bus to Cheltenham and arrived just in time. He was lovely, of course, and we did queue in the rain, and of course it was worth it. I wanted to talk to him for hours but all I managed to say was my name.

We did get a wee reference in his blog: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2013/10/a-perfect-week.html

I went to Cheltenham, and talked and signed at the literary festival there: 400 people queued up afterwards, most of them in the rain, and I felt very guilty indeed.

He shouldn't feel too guilty. I mean, we were there because we wanted to see him. He was just there because he's nice or something.

I missed Jasper Fforde in Penarth / Newport, and the MCM Expo London Comic Con, which saddened me. On the up side, I now have a job! Hooray! Huzzah! Hoorah!

30 October 2013 1 Comment

In which I wish I could do more to support libraries

It was worst back when I was in uni, the libraries, with a swath of cuts being proposed country-wide, but I suspect it had been happening quietly for some time before then. This from the same folks who think the youth of the nation spend too much time playing video games and being influenced in the ways of violence (having also told them they can't play outside - but I'll not go there just now).

Then we said no way and so they still closed a bunch, although it was far less. They also said no to the 75% (seventy five!) cuts proposed in Herefordshire, and you can see the wonderful results of that here: you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-herefordshire-s-libraries

The Library Campaign unites groups, users and petitions under one banner - and that banner has an owl in it. They are a registered charity running on donations and membership fees. Because it's still happening. Even Kensal Rise, opened by Mark Twain in 1900, isn't safe. For the full list, including things we can actually do to stop this madness, go here: www.librarycampaign.com/campaigns

Speak up for Libraries is also on the case and has a conference coming up on 23rd November (in London) where, judging by the speakers, they look to be having some very interesting chats: www.speakupforlibraries.org/speakers.asp

The ever wonderful Neil Gaiman has plenty to say about the matter, and just did so in Reading in fact: www.thebookseller.com/news/gaiman-closing-libraries-stopping-vaccinations.html. I'm hoping they'll put some more of this up somewhere soon; if they do, I'll pop it below.

Meanwhile, the kitten has stolen my H key and it, the key, is nowhere to be found; Darryl is a minion (www.onceuponatee.net/all-products/daryl-mixon), as is my sister's birthday cake (twitter.com/jenbeeuk/status/390088132449673216/photo/1); and my friend's husband got his spot in the MCM London Comic Con Comic Village, which is total awesome socks (www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/attractions/comic-village* - scroll down to find EvilHairDay), and here's his main site: www.evilhairday.co.uk.

*As has Widdershins, see bottom and here: www.widdershinscomic.com/wdshn/sleight-of-hand-cover

Extracts! readingagency.org.uk/news/media/neil-gaiman-delivers-our-second-annual-lecture.html

15 October 2013 Leave a comment

Custom Google +1 button for Blogger

I've spent the last couple of mornings working on those little brown social media buttons now that used to be the following social media buttons of which I am currently just using one at the bottom of each post. I found over-long codes, over-complicated codes, Wordpress-only codes and broken codes. The Google +1 button was the worst as soon as you added 'customise' to your search.

Therefore, in this aside from my usual blogsubject area, I wanted to share my eventual solution (using multiple sources, and some vague coding knowledge), which I can guarantee has definitely worked once.

First make sure you back up your HTML template, or at least keep a clean copy somewhere, just in case.


<div class='post-footer'>

Hit enter and insert:

<div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-0'>

Here is the Google +1 button. Add your own image and edit the size if needed. Post it on the next line down from the above code.

<a expr:href='&quot;https://plus.google.com/share?url=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' rel='external nofollow' target='_blank'><img alt='Google +1' height='22' src='IMAGE' width='22'/></a>

There are a few (9) good alternative images here at Freedesignfile.com, where I found mine. For all other sites, there are hundreds of free downloads.

Here's the code for other social media sites, which can be placed before or after the above.

When you're done, remember to end with</div>


<a expr:href='&quot;http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;t=&quot; + data:post.title' rel='external nofollow' target='_blank'><img alt='Facebook' height='22' src='IMAGE' width='22'/></a>


<a expr:href='&quot;https://twitter.com/share?url=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'><img alt='Twitter' height='22' src='IMAGE' width='22'/></a>


<a expr:href='&quot;http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' rel='external nofollow' target='_blank'><img alt='Stumble' height='22' src='IMAGE' width='22'/></a>


<a expr:href='&quot;http://technorati.com/faves?add=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title= &quot; + data:post.title' rel='external nofollow' target='_blank' title='Share on Technorati'><img alt='Technorati' height='22' src='IMAGE' width='22'/></a>

Hope this helps. If it does (or doesn't), leave a comment below. Thanks.

Sites used:
The Link Medic For the initial code. There were a few errors, and the Technorati and Twitter links didn't work.
BloggerStop.Net For the correct Technorati and Twitter links.
Notes of Genius For, in the end, just the Google +1 link.
Webtreats etc. For the gorgeous icons.
Freedesignfile.com For the slightly miss-matched Google +1 icon.

xomisse For the new new Twitter link and help re-understanding.

19 September 2012 6 Comments

Edible Book Day 2012




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