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Ok, so over on the SandWish there are three short stories for Friday Fiction, including one called How Scott Handcock and Alex Vlahos Ruined My Life which is partially based on real events (I've just exaggerated them quite a lot! Heh)

In other news, we got snow today. FRELLING SNOW! I hate snow. Hate it. Grrrrrrrrrr. Snow makes me grouchy. However it does appear to have all gone now and so I'm sitting in Costa Coffee in Frodsham trying to decide if I want to go to Liverpool, go to the shipping City in Runcorn and possibly the cinema) or if I just want to go home. These are terribly important and difficult decisions!

Due to the fact that lycoris will be entertaining her OTHER friend this weekend, I am going to use the time wisely. And my wisely I mean I'm going to play World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm without feeling that I'm ignoring her or missing out of fun talking times!

You know, it's kind of funny, but when I was in York (at uni, not the recent visit) James tried to get me into WoW and I thought it was kind of fun, but not overly interesting. However I've been playing it this time and it's been so much fun and I've really been enjoying it and I'm actually invested in trying to level up my character and complete quests and stuff. Hell, I even briefly joined with a couple of other players in order to kick the shit out of a load of big ass elementals. I didn't do that last time. I didn't care enough last time really. it turns out that playing this game without James is a a lot more fun. Heh.

I'm currently playing as a part of the Horde and I have created various characters so I could try out the different races and classes. Currently the only race I don't have is the Tauren, and the only classes I have done are... I think it's the druid and... oh what's the other one? I know I can't do the death knight until at least one of my other characters reaches level 25, but I'm sure there's another one that I haven't created yet.

The only issue that I have at the moment is that I have to play this on my little Freddy (tablet/ netbook/ whatever you want to call them now) and so I'm peering at a small screen. Really what I should do is get Peter to show me how to hook Freddy up to his BIG TV and then occasionally I can play upstairs and actually be able to see everything clearly. But other than that, Freddy is great. He's faster than Henry, and the Internet seems to be more reliable too for some odd reason! I try to play Heroes of the Storm on Henry (laptop) because it does mean that I can see things better and it's easier to do certain things, but because it's slower and older, it does sometimes do silly things like lagging or randomly disconnecting when it's trying to load. Because Henry is six years old now and he's not doing well. Poor Henry.

I do have a Robert Reads for you, but I have left the book at home and I want to make sure that I spell the author's name properly, so I'll save that for when I get back. I'm finally back to reading my Discworld books as well. I know I did the Eric RR a while ago, but you might have noticed that that took some time to appear considering it's a much shorter book, and the reason for this is because I actually lent out my copy of Eric to a friend and I haven't seen him to get it back yet and I caught up sooner than I thought I would. So I thought that I would just buy the Kindle version and read it on Freddy, except then I discovered that I had a lot less money than I thought and so I couldn't actually afford the £3 whatever (or possibly less than that). Once my money went into the back I bought the book and then started reading, but because it's on Freddy I couldn't exactly read it at work like I do with my usual books, and I'm a lot slower reading things on the computer, and, of course, it being on the computer means that there are a billion and one other things that can distract me away from it.

But oh well, I'm onto Moving Pictures, which I really enjoy and that's a normal small paperback that I can shove in my bag and read on the go.

Right. I think I've made up my mind about how I'm going to use the rest of my day, so I shall try to remember to put up the Robert Reads later and then I'll be complete for the day... I think. *waves*

26th Jan, 2015

Sir Integra Wingate Hellsing
doing this really, really quickly before I go the loo and then to bed.

It's Monday, which means that it's Prompt Me Monday time! You can prompt here, over on SandWish, on Facebook or twitter. Oh so many ways! I shall do a Robert Reads tomorrow!! I kind of got distracted and left this too late!

Robert Reads and some other stuff

Sir Integra Wingate Hellsing
Title: Faust Eric
Author: Terry Pratchett
Opinion: It was a very long time before I got to first read Eric and I can't really remember what I thought of it back then. When I got to re-read it for the first time I found myself thinking that it was a bit of an odd book in the series really, and this time I still feel that it is odd compared to the rest of the Discworld books because, for a start, it is much shorter, and it's much more of a direct parody than many of the other books which will parody so many different things over the course of the book.
I also find that Rincewind is a lot easier for me to read in this book and I can actually enjoy him.
The books itself is an excellent way to bring him back into the series so he can have his own adventures again, which I'm sure he would be very unhappy to know were coming up.

and now I've forgot what else I was going to write about. ... OH YEAH!

Healthy Eating
Mum and I are currently on week 3 of our healthy eating plan and it's going really well. We're having a lot off really nice meals and there's enough leniency in the way we're doing it to allow me the odd day of eating whatever the fuck I want. I think I am doing better on the healthy eating thingy, which is good. please don't ask if I'm losing weight because I haven't weighed myself in a very, very long time so I wouldn't know even if I wanted to tell you.

Friday Fiction
I have managed to write one thing for this week's Friday Fiction, so go and check that out ^_^

I have a lycoris here at the moment, which is lovely, and I do so love having a lycoris here. Obviously I prefer THE lycoris to just any old lycoris, but this one will do ^_~

Anyway, I think that is a very brief catch up of life at the moment, see you all on Monday

Read, Write, Roleplay

I had a bad week for actually getting to bed last week so I have a lot of empty boxes in that column on my colourful calendar, but I did start my editing, so, you know, pluses and minuses!

Title: Goth Girl and the Fête worse than death (book 2 in the Goth Girl series)
Author: Chris Riddell
Opinion: I Love these books!
They seems to be aimed at children, but there are so many jokes and references that kids would have no hope of getting that I'm not sure whether they really are for kids.
Part of me wants to go online and see if there are any others available/ in the pipeline, but I'd be so disappointed if there's not that I keep putting it off.
Anyway, these books are very clever and very funny and definitely worth a read, especially if you like puns!

It's that time again, so send me your prompts!

Send me an inspiring quote, a snippet of overheard dialogue, a line of poetry, or whatever random words are floating around your head right now. Send me anything!

As usual, you can send your prompts via here, the SandWish account, my twitter or facebook, and remember to warn for Not Safe For Work content!

Oh, and if you haven't done so already, you should go and check out Friday's Fiction (which was posted on a Saturday) on SandWish. I managed three last week, I got bored in work and writing seems like a good idea at the time.

I am still working on my game for the roleplaying, but I'm also hoping on running a monthly game online for a few people because some of us just really, really miss plain old D&D.

In my monthly meetings with the others we're playing Mutants and Masterminds, which is a Superhero Role play which we've set in Liverpool, but within the Marvel Universe, and then there's someone who wants to run a Call of Cuthulu game, which usually I would be really in for, but I'm just not in the mood for that at the moment. And so me and Diana have been talking about D&D and I figure that as long as we can find a way to fairly do dice rolls, I can DM a game with short quests so people can jump in and out of the game if they have to.

Prompt Me Monday and Robert Reads!

shiny things
Yep, it's Monday, and we have officially kicked off Prompt Me Monday over on thesandwish. The full details of how it works is over there, or in my previous post. Feel free to prompt on there or on here. Whichever suits you most :)

So I managed to finish another new book today, so here we go with Robert Reads as well ^_^

Title: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (book 1 of the Goth Girl series)
Author: Chris Riddell
Opinion: So I actually bought book 2 first and only realised after reading a page or two. Luckily I found book 1 before I'd read much, so I was pleased.
These books are Hilarious! They are So funny. I am assuming that they are meant for kids, but there are so many jokes that an adult would get, along with many very clever puns and parodies, that I think any adult with a sense of humour would enjoy them too.
This was a really fun and easy book to read with lots of excellent and very funny pictures which often added a couple of extra jokes, and the book itself is beautiful with shiny purple edging and shiny silver inside covers. The story itself was interesting and engaging and rather lovely, if very, very silly in places.
There was also the added bonus of an extra mini book tucked inside a pocket at the back of the book!
I am sure that I will enjoy the second book just as much (once I remember where the hell I put it....)

Eat Better, Sleep Better, Read More

Himiko determined
I'm sorry that I have been so absent from the internet of late, I have been a little... under the weather. To put it very mildly. I am hoping that this year will be a vast improvement. And that brings me to the subject of this journal entry.

I have been thinking for a while that there were certain things that I needed to do in order to make myself feel better in general, but also to help me to achieve those things that I consider to be important in my life. These are NOT New Year's Resolutions, but things that I have thought about for some time and now that the stress of birthdays and Christmas are over, and I am doing better mentally and physically, I thought that it was finally time to actually put things in place that will help do them.

So the things that I want to improve on mostly are my eating, sleeping and reading habits (and as a side part of that, writing).
Although I have been doing my Robert Reads I haven't read as much in the last few years as I used to, nowhere near. I used to be reading a book a day at least, these days I'm lucky to do a book a week.
My sleeping has always been bad and for me going to bed at one in the morning and then staying awake reading until four isn't unusual. I've never been good for sleeping, I often have bouts of insomnia, I then don't want to get up in the morning, and when I have to get up early in order to get to work being that tired really isn't good.
And eating... well, let's just say that I would eat noodles for lunch every day, have another pack when I get home, have more before I go to bed and eat various packets of crisps through the day. It's got rare for me to have enough fruit and/or veg to be considered even close to being healthy.

And all of these things, especially the eating and sleeping, are starting to really impact on my health and I'm getting colds a lot, and various other things as well. So I have created a calendar that is stuck to my wall. It's an A4 sheet of paper with the month and dates down the side and then across the top is Read, Write, Edit, Fruit Veg and Bed by 11. For each thing that I do I get to colour in a box for that day. I like getting to colour in boxes, and I like visuals so I can see straight away how I am doing. Currently it's looking rather colourful and that's pleasing.

Fruit and Veg
Me and mum are doing a healthy eating thing for 6 weeks that's meant to help boost immune system and do all sorts of other good and healthy things. It's not a diet to help us loose weight (though we almost definitely will) but for health reasons. It's quite strict, but it's got room for flexability, and there is a lot of choice in the things that we can eat for meals. So far we've been on the plan for a week since Monday and it's going well. I'm getting better at resisting eating everything in sight while I'm out as well!

Bed By 11
When I am online I talk to and then at about 11 o'clock she goes to bed, and now that's when I turn everything off and get ready for bed as well. I try to be in bed between 11:15 and 11:30 at latest. I don't read in bed, I don't watch telly. I turn EVERYTHING off, I close my eyes and I try to sleep. At the moment I'm also using music as a way to help me to sleep. This was a technique that I used to do all the time and it really worked back then and it seems to be helping now. I put in my headphones and listen to a CD, always the same one at the moment, Most of the time I'm falling asleep earlier and earlier, so clearly something is improving. I'm hoping that eventually I'll just be tired enough to not need the music, and I will be able to start going to bed slightly earlier as well.

This is specifically working on my Nano drabbles from last year, and working on the SandWish series. I may include editing my stuff for the roleplay game that I'm planning as well though.

The reason I saved this for last (along with writing) is because I have more to say about these two! Reading includes ANYTHING, including fanfiction, the newspaper, magazines. The only things that are voided is re-reading my own stuff(unless in actual book form) and little things like signs and whatever. But other than that there is no minimum or maximum for what I can read. If I want to read one page of a book, or eight chapters, that's fine, so long as I'm reading.

And to show that I'm serious about doing this...

ROBERT READS! Oh yes! It's been a long time, but we're back! Not all of these were read in 2015, but I ran out of motivation and so didn't do any write-ups at the time.

Title: Grosslumps: Tales to Irritate Your Spook Glands
Author: The Devastator
Opinion: I used to read Goosebumps books back in school, and I even owned one, so I was quite looking forward to reading a collection of parodies.
They were done pretty well in terms of matching the style of the originals, and some were actually really funny. And one in particular went in a direction that made me laugh because it's what you would EXPECT people to do rather than what people in these stories tended to.
So yeah, I enjoyed them for the most part. There were a few that were a little boring, but generally I was pleased.

Title: Oh Dear Sylvia
Author: Dawn French
Opinion: SO different from Dear Fatty and Tiny Bit Marvellous! Still similar enough to be obviously by the same person, but a very different kind of book to the others.
I do enjoy her writing and show she slowly reveals things about different characters and I Love havering each chapter given to the perspective of someone different. I also like how it's not completely linear, but that's a personal thing for me. I also love how well she captures the differences in the way they all speak and act, including the dialects, slang and accents

Title: Mockingjay (third book of the Hunger Games trilogy)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Opinion: My completely spoiler free opinion: FUCK YOU HUNGER GAMES! *sulks*

Title: Terrier (Book 1 of the Beka Cooper trilogy)
Author: Tamora Pierce
Opinion: I love this book ^_^ I have read it once before and I really enjoyed it then, so I was looking forward to a re-read. I could remember who was behind one of the two major crimes they were investigating, but couldn't remember anything, so it was mostly like reading it for the first time.
I love that there's a reason that Beka is able to remember things so well, and that there are still things she skims over. I also love the few pages that have been "wrecked" by Pounce or Beka herself, and the spelling mistakes as she gets tired are brilliant!
I love the atmosphere of the book and seeing Corus before Alanna, yet spotting familiar surnames of the nobles, and of places. Occasionally I'd spot something and be going "I'm sure this is a reference, but I can't remember it!" which makes me want to read the other books again.
I think having the introduction from George's mother's diary is also an excellent way of starting the book and it gives a real connection to Beka and the want to know how she does and what happens.

Title: Bloodhound (book 2 of the Beka Cooper trilogy)
Author:Tamora Pierce
Opinion: Both lycoris and I are POSITIVE that I borrowed this book, but I couldn't remember a THING! Which is great in one way and utterly frustrating in another.
Again, I like the fact that Beka remembers things so well yet still skims over certain things. I think there are still some spelling mistakes which I love, though sadly no paw prints or ink sills.
The pacing, I felt, was really good and I enjoyed the tension created by the riots and threat of more. I also really liked the fact that we're kept unsure about Dale until nearly the end. I do like getting to see more of Beka's world, and it was great getting to see Beka and Goodwin working together without any of the other Dogs.

Title: Mastiff (book 3 of the Beka Cooper trilogy)
Author:Tamora Pierce
Opinion: Another one where I have to write this without spoilers.
So this was the tensest of the three books, and written so very well. I loved how the new character who was introduced to this book interacted with the characters we already know, and how he and Beka get to know each other well enough to work together.
On certain parts of the internet people often mention something that happens in the third books, but they just refer to it as The Thing. And I can now see why, and yeah, that hurt, but it was done very, very well and in a very believable way. It just hurt.
It’s really hard writing this one without giving anything away because there’s so much that I want to say, but most of it would give stuff away that I feel that should be learnt by reading the book. There is just so much in it that’s wonderful, or funny, or clever, or incredibly sad.
Reeeeeead the Beka Books!

So my plan to write something every day is one that most people would say that I wouldn’t need help with seeing as I normally do an awful lot of writing, but actually this year, and in previous years, other than writing at least a few lines of my SandWish books every day, the most writing I’ve done has been during Nano and 12days.

So now that nano and 12days have been and gone I’ve decided that it’s high time to bring back Prompt Me Monday and Friday Fiction!

For those who are new, or who don’t remember, here’s how it works; On Mondays I will ask for prompts, any prompts, from you, my lovely friends. I will pick one that I like, or that just inspires me, and then on Friday I will post a drabble, short story, fanfic, or poem inspired by that prompt.

If I don’t receive any prompts I shall choose one from one of my writing prompts books
Sometimes I will give suggestions for prompts, but these can be ignored entirely!
I may write more than one thing if I decide I really like multiple prompts
If I write fanfiction I will clearly state which fandom it’s for
For something based on a story I’m already writing I’ll either provide a brief summary of the plot and characters, or a link to where this is more information about it.
I will provide a warning and/or rating where I feel it necessary, but otherwise assume that everything is either a Universal or Parental Guidance.
I will always say who gave me the prompt(s) I use, or put the title of the book if I had to pick one myself.

Now, there are two differences to how I’d done this before. The first is that I will be doing this on my writing journal, thesandwish, rather than on here. So the fictions will be posted there rather than here.
Secondly, I will be posting (and linking to SandWish) here, there, on Twitter, Facebook and possibly Tumblr too. You can prompt me via ANY of those, though the Friday Fiction will only be on SW and then linked to from everywhere else.

My plan is to post my first Prompt Me Monday in two days’ time, probably after work, but I might decide to wait until next week if I feel that I’m not quite ready to get back into regular fiction writing yet.

Other than this my other plans for writing every day is to work on book 2 of SandWish and to get ideas from two writing prompts books that I got recently.

So now you know the plan for 2015, and this little froggy is going to hopefully report good things. I might even take a photo of my colourful calendar at the end of each month and put it online to show how it’s going. I think that would be fun.

a 12 character meme (cos)

Sir Integra Wingate Hellsing
I will do an actual update tomorrow (probably) or Sunday, but I felt like doing something a bit fun today.

12 Character meme
Instructions- Make a list of 12 characters, they can be from any fandom and do not all need to be from the same one.
Once you have your list you can look at the questions beneath the cut.
Copy the questions and your own answers into your own journal under a cut (tag people if you wish) with these rules and your list of characters.
There are bonus points for writing fic based on any of the scenarios.

1. Merlin (Merlin)
2. Ginji (GetBackers)
3. Vila (Blake's 7)
4. Xander (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
5. Sirius (Harry Potter)
6. Toby (Confessions of Dorian Gray)
7. Avon (Blake's 7)
8. Blake (Blake's 7)
9. Dorian (Confessions of Dorian Gray)
10. Ban (GetBackers)
11. Arthur (Merlin)
12. Gwaine (Merlin)

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Two songs I made up

Sir Integra Wingate Hellsing
I know I haven't written anything in a LOOOONG time, but I just wanted to leave these here. They may or may not have any significance with something that I'm planning in the "real world", but I thought if I put them here I'd be able to find them later if I lose the paper version

The Fairies' Song
Find me out in the fairy ring
Where all the hosts of fae-child sing
Laugh and dance and sing along
Until you're lost to the fairies' song

Find me out by the fairy tree
Where fae and fauna worship me
Laugh and dance and sing along
Until you're lost to the fairies' song

find me out near the fairy hole
Where the fae did hide the soul
Laugh and dance and sing along
Until you're lost of the fairies' song

Find me out in the fairy song
Lest you stay your whole life long
You'll laugh and dance and sing along
And be a slave to the fairies' song

Three Wishes (this one isn't finished and needs at least one more verse, possibly two)
Fairy queen, fairy queen
Please answer me my wishes
Send your fairies to my son
And cover him with kisses
Watch over him while he sleeps
And ensure his soul he keeps
Keep him safe
Keep him whole

Fairy queen, fairy queen
Please answer me my wishes
I cannot keep my son from hurt
Despite my love and kisses
See that he is free from harm
Bring him home to my arms
Keep him free
Keep him whole


Robert Reads and talks of Nano

Sir Integra Wingate Hellsing
So I'll talk about Nano first.

Normally when I do Nanowrimo I would be posting my daily word counts here, maybe even my caffeine/ noodle intake and occasional rants about being a moron who writes way too much. I also normally ask for challenges and punishments (or at least I have done for the last few years).

This year things are different as the way that I'm doing Nano is different. I'm not looking for challenges because I have set amounts that I need to reach each day and if I'm writing more than those amounts then I'm actually doing it WRONG! I Do NOT want to write more than 50,000 this year and I have planned it out so that there's going to be a lot of writing at the beginning of the month and tailing off near the end so that I get more social time. I have decided to allow myself a buffer of 200 words, as in I am allowed to write 200 extra words each day (which does not stack, so I can't write 400 extra one day and none the next!), but these need to be taken off from another day (preferably one of the ones with an already large word count.

This means that I should be able to be social with family and friends on days where I have a low count, and maybe even fit in some trips to the cinema (after hitting that day's count though, seeing as coming back from the cinema often takes me until after midnight depending on the time of the film), while being less social and stuff on days with a high count. I'll also be able to get in extra words without overdoing it, and I can have a few days where I'm not hitting MY word count (which is not the least bit like the official Nano count of 1,667) and add those on to days where I've set a low count.

It's all very complicated.

If anyone wants to choose a day and set a punishment for not reaching my count for the day (whatever I might have decided that should be), that's still welcome, though remember it must still be something legal, moral, provable and which doesn't put me at risk and (preferably) doesn't cost me money.

And the biggest difference, as far as you lot are concerned anyway, this year I shall *NOT* be putting my Nano updates on here, but on thesandwish. This is because I really do want to use that more as a writing journal and so it makes more sense to put my Nano ramblings there.

I will try to remember to provide links whenever I do so those of you who are interested but don't follow that journal, you'll be able to cross over to there just to see how the writing goes :)

I'm just impressed that I've managed to keep this up, even if I do sometimes leave it a little long after finishing a book! Today's book was a birthday present from my lovely lycoris :)

Title: Tortall and Other Lands
Author: Tamora Pierce
Opinion: I LOVED this book!!! ^_^ I really, really enjoyed the stories about the tree that became a man, and the Hidden Girl story was just wonderful! I Adored that one and how it was done. And The Dragon's Tale! OH YAY!!!!! Basically I just loved them :)
I found the last two kind of odd. The first because I was expecting something different. Because of all the references to lionesses and the Goddess, I was expecting Alanna to make a Modern Day Appearance, and the Goddess was rather different to how I'm used to seeing her in Tortall, but as a story, it was still very good and an excellent read (though how people are going to explain what happened would be... interesting), and the second one I know I only found it odd because it was not a fantasy story and I'm not used to reading non-fantasy by Tamora Pierce. I can't actually remember if I've read anything by her that isn't fantasy. It wasn't a bad story at all, but it wasn't what I'm used to and so I wasn't... as at ease as I was with the others.
Does that make sense?

Robert reads a bit more

So, after me saying this morning that e-books would could towards my reading, I then decided to read one that I downloaded today!

Title: Tom's Midnight Garden
Author: Philippa Pierce
Opinion: I remember reading this about... 20 years ago, possibly a little less (God, it sounds weird to say that I could have done something 20 years ago and still be a decade old!) in school and ever since then it's occasionally come back into my mind and sort of niggled away telling me to read it again.
So when I happened to find it quite randomly in a list of 100 Must Read Children's Books I decided that it was time I finally did read it again.
I think it works best as a book that you can read again so you can actually see how Hetty grows up with the knowledge of what's happening. I really like the whole idea of the book and the lovely descriptions of the garden. I suppose as a child who adored The Secret Garden, this book was kind of a way for me to continue that little dream myself.

Time for a little bit o' Robert Reads

Fai bored
So I've been busy recently! Going to York, turning THIRTY!!!!!, reading lots, making jewellery. I could talk for ages about all of these things, but I haven't been in the right mood for lots of chat and stuff, so instead I'm just going to talk about books :)

I'm rather tempted to start putting up books that I've read via my kindle apps on the computers and phone because they Are Still Books!!! I hadn't thought of it at first because I was mostly only reading books of characters prompts and other writing ideas, not actual stories or anything, and I don't really want to start writing about EVERYTHING I read because that would get very boring, very quickly, mostly for Me

But at the moment I'm reading a Steampunk version of Midsummer Night's Dream, a dark fantasy story about half-demons who carry one of the deadly sins in them, and I'm just starting another book on my phone, but I can't actually remember what the hell it was. heh! But yes, if I read something fictional, regardless of its medium, I shall put it into the Robert Reads list. I am still debating whether or not to include fanfiction in this list and if I do, whether that includes my own!

Anyway, for now I'm still on the physical books, and generally I'm probably always going to be reading those more than I am electronic versions.

Title: The Undead Pool (Rachel Morgan series)
Author: Kim Harrison
Opinion: This is the next to last book in the series, and the only reason that I am not currently reading the very last volume is because I don't own it yet! I put off buying it because of being so close to my birthday, and now I'm still waiting to find out what dad's got me before I can say "fuck it!" and buy it for myself!
It's really, really strange reading this book for the very first time, knowing that everything is going to come to an end soon! Things that have been hinted at in previous books are starting to niggle in the back of my head, wondering if everything is going to tie up nicely at the end, worries about certain characters and what might happen to them, and just basically being terrified that the last book is going to disappoint me!
As the penultimate book Undead Pool does very well. There's enough there that would make me want to buy the last book even if I hadn't already committed myself to getting this whole series, and there are still questions that I would like answering and hope that they will be in the next book. I was very pleased to see that a couple of things that had been mentioned in previous books have now been dealt with in this volume, though I have a feeling that at least one plot line might be left hanging, depending on how long the final book is.
There is a part of me that is incredibly tempted to go and get the first book off the shelf and re-read that (again) just to see the difference in all of the characters. Because they really have changed so much and in so many different ways, and I know I've mentioned this before, but I'm mentioning it again because it's done incredibly well to my mind.

Title: Guards! Guards!
Author: Terry Pratchett
Opinion: And so we finally get to possibly my favourite book of the series, or at least certainly the early half of the series! I think when I was younger and reading this for the first time there were a lot of jokes that I got and that made this book really fun without me needing to get all the more subtle humour, but when I did get the more subtle jokes it only added to the enjoyment.
I love the character of Captain Vimes, because it shows how a very flawed character can be a wonderful character. And he can be wrong, so very, very wrong at times, and as a reader I can still support him.
I know that I'm writing this with a lot of knowledge of later books, but Vimes is my favourite character in the Discworld series!
Interestingly, Carrot is one of my least favourite generally, but I have actually become more fond of him over the years and he's actually starting to climb his way up the ladder. I couldn't tell you exactly where I'd place him, but he's definitely no longer down at the bottom. I think I like the fact that as he progresses he so clearly grows up and grows into Ankh-Morpork (or Ankh-Morpork grows into him possibly...)

I am currently reading a Tamora Pierce book that I got for my birthday, then I'll be onto Eric from the Discworld series and I may pick a third book to make up for not having a Kim Harrison to read!

NaNoWriMo is Coming!

Sir Integra Wingate Hellsing
Well, it's that time once again when I start thinking about the prospect of writing 50,000 words over the course of 30 days.

For some this sounds an impossible challenge, but I have found that it is possible so long as I plan my time properly, if not whatever I'm writing. Last year I may have gone a little overboard and managed to nearly kill myself by writing over 200,000 words in that same amount of time. That included a number of days where I wrote over 10,000 in a single 24 hours.

Each year I've done Nano, other than the first, I have set myself my own challenge, one year it being just to finish a story I had failed to actually write two or three times previously. It hadn't exactly been a NaNo attempt, but I needed to get past the mental block that it had created.

This year I have decided to attempt to write 500 drabbles in 30 days.

NANOWRIMO- Noun- a challenge wherein participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in the space of 30 days. Traditionally this takes place in the month of November, though version run in the summer are also popular. There is no "prize" for winning, other than the knowledge that you have managed it, and a completed, very rough, first draft of novel that might not have been written otherwise.

DRABBLE- Noun- a story consisting of exactly 100 words
- Verb- to write a story of 100 words

These drabbles will all come under certain themes.
The first 400 will be the 4 seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter, each with 100 drabbles), and the final 100 being anything and everything else I can think of ^_^

In order to complete this (insane) challenge I need prompts for each of the 500 drabbles. Now some of them I am coming up with all on my own, others I will need help with. I've decided to split the prompts into three categories- words, pictures and other media.

Words- this can literally be one word, or the title of a book or song, it could even be someone's name. For this though, I would prefer that things were kept short, maybe up to... six or seven words?
Pictures- of absolutely anything. They can be photos you took, pictures you found on a random search, a screen shot of a game, or even just a square of colour
Media- poems, videos, music, music videos, gifs, podcasts. More or less anything else

Each of these should fit with one of the themes, whether it's something that you associate with the season, something that happens during the season, or (for anything else) something that has been bugging you for the last eight weeks.

Anyone who sends me a prompt that gets used will be credited and publicly thanked. I will be making a table and putting it up on one of the livejournal accounts once I have more prompts. I know I've already mentioned this once on Livejournal already, so I apologise to all those who have seen it before, I also apologise to anyone who follows me on twitter who are about to get avalanched by all of these updates!


Discworld and the Hollows

Title: Ever After
Author: Kim Harrison
Opinion: Ok, so this marks the first of the books that I have NEVER read before! This is a big thing for me now because I'm coming into these completely fresh.
It is so interesting having gone through all of these and getting to this, watching how all of the characters have grown and changed over time, and how attitudes have changed as well. Before Rachel saw things very much in black and white, good and evil, right and wrong, but now you can see so much more that she sees a lot of grey around her, and this book especially spells that out.
It's also interesting reading this while knowing someone else who actually reads these books and hearing her opinions about one of the characters. I can totally see where she is coming from and while I probably wouldn't have considered it at all if she hadn't said I do try to keep that in mind as I'm reading because it is something that other people would pick up on as well.
My one issue with this book, and the one previously, is that either something has gone wrong during printing (which I know does happen) or the editor wasn't very good because there seem to be a lot of little mistakes, like words missing or the wrong word used, stuff like that. Also, and this is an author issue, some of the summaries of things that have happened in other books seem a little inaccurate. I can't decide if this is sloppy continuity checking, or one of those times where the author thinks that it makes total sense and is right, but because the reader isn't actually in the author's head, it doesn't actually make as much sense as it should.
Other than these little issues though, I thought it was a great book and so much set up for things that I really, really hope are going to be revealed in the next book (which I have already started of course!)

Title: Pyramids
Author: Terry Prattchet
Opinion: Alright, cards on the table- this was never one of my favourite books when I was reading them originally, although I did like spotting all of the Egyptian god parodies, and some stuff I just really didn't get at all. I think it was one of those ones that was just a little bit too clever for me, and it was mostly about subjects that I knew little to nothing about, and especially coming after Wyrd Sisters, which I adored, it always felt a bit like a let down.
Reading it this time I enjoyed it a lot more and I think there were a number of reasons for that. Firstly I was able to spot a lot more of the more subtle jokes, I understand more about philosophy and the people and things they're parodying there, and I was just able to take in a lot more.
Weirdly I think coming to this book thinking that I wasn't going to enjoy it and that it was one of my least favourites (down there with Equal Rites and Sorcery) actually helped me to enjoy it because I wasn't expecting it to wow me or to be up to the standard where I placed Wyrd Sisters. That's not to say that I now really, really like this book, it's still down there, but I at least appreciate it more than I did. That's the main thing.

Robert Reads!

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Title: Wyrd Sisters
Author: Terry Pratchett
Opinion: This is one of my favourite Discworld books, and probably the first that I really, really enjoyed. I mean, I was actually studying Macbeth around the same time that I first read this and I found it REALLY difficult to stop writing Wyrd Sisters instead of your regular old Weird Sisters. Each time I read this one I spot another reference to a film or a play that I know. it helps that I keep re-reading the annotated Pratchett which points out some of the things that I would otherwise miss and then the next time I read the book I remember a little more from that and add it to the list of things that amuse me.

Title: Pale Demon
Author: Kim Harrison
Opinion: Now it starts getting weird because these two books I actually read not long before I started doing this. So this book I found a lot harder to read this time around because there seemed to be a lot more than I realised. It's like... I knew that various things had to happen, but they sort of ALL happened in this book and it kept feeling like there couldn't be any more to come and yet there was. There's also a sense of danger that isn't in the previous books because of the extra danger of the newest demon
That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it because I really did, I just didn't realise how much longer it is in terms of action.

Title: A Perfect Blood
Author: Kim Harrison
Opinion: Now this is the last of the books in this particular series that I'm re-reading.
Now this book has a REAL sense of danger to it due the risks that Rachel takes and the choices that she makes. The fact that she is unable to use the demon magic that she's got so used to it's like the Rachel from Dead Witch Walking but with all of the knowledge and physical skills (if not the magical ones) of the older Rachel.
It's like my feelings about Merlin with no magic actually! Basically I want my talented and powerful characters to be denied access to their talents and powers somehow. I don't know why, it's just my thing! ^_^

AU 12 character meme

So I was bored and it's been years since I've done one of these, so I thought it would be fun.

Choose your 12 characters BEFORE looking at the questions, then look at the questions and answer each one. Bonus points awarded for writing a fic based on one of the AUs you have created
(This can work better with mixed fandoms, but using one is fine too

I ended up picking two characters from six fandoms, because I thought it would be funny. I just picked the first two characters I thought of from each.
1. Merlin (BBC's Merlin)
2. Gwaine (BBC's Merlin)
3. Dorian (Big Finish Production's Confessions of Dorian Gray)
4. Toby (Big Finish Production's Confessions of Dorian Gray)
5. Doctor (Doctor Who, the second Doctor)
6. Jamie (Doctor Who, the second Doctor's companion)
7. Avon (Blake's 7)
8. Blake (Blake's 7)
9. Ban (GetBackers)
10. Akabane (GetBackers)
11. Light (Death Note)
12. L (Death Note)

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Merlin S1 Ep8- The Beginning of the End

Eoin and Tom
Otherwise known as CREEEEEEEEEEEEEEPY LEEEEEEEEEEEEETTLE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORDRED! (if you don't say it with the extended vowels you're not doing it properly!)

I haven't done one of these in a while, but it's time for some (reasonably) sensible thoughts about Merlin episodes. When I first started doing this it was before we'd finished the final season, which means that at some point I may end up watching the first few AGAIN just to see if anything else comes to mind!

Alright, let's do some links first:
ep 1- Dragon's Call
ep 2- Valiant
ep 3- Mark of Nimueh
ep 4- Poisoned Chalice
ep 5- Lancelot
ep 6- Remedy to Cure All Ills
ep 7- The Gates of Avalon

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I've been reading quite a bit!

Title: Page (book 2 of the Protector of the Small Quartet)
Author: Tamora Pierce
Opinion: Really I shouldn't have read these all in one go because now they're all mixing together and I can't remember my opinions of each one! Heh!
So, I have worked out one of the reasons why I really like the Kel books. I like to think that if I had had a little more self-confidence, I would have been like Kel. I was terrible at standing up for, or defending, myself but if one of my friends were bullied or hurt, I would defend them even if it meant putting myself back in harm's way.
I love how Kel risks pain to protect people she doesn't even know, and then risks everything to protect those she cares about. She is the sort of person I want to be.

Title: Squire (book 3 of the Protector of the Small Quartet)
Author: Tamora Pierce
Opinion: In this I remember there being a lot of things that I have noticed in the other Tamora Pierce books, and that's a brilliant way of setting things up for the next book. I think there were some in the first and second books (more in the second), but because these books are ones I remember least of all of them I didn't pick up on them straight away while I did in Squire.
One of the things that I really love that's been done with Kel is her noticing her changes in feelings about the men in her life- Neal, Cleon, Dom- and her reactions to those. It seems more real than what I've seen in a lot of books. Crushes do come and go, like Kel's, and I think it's done very realistically in this series. Neal's over the top romances which start from book 1 are brilliant, but seeing in Kel's head and her feelings about her own just hits home really well.
I also really liked that regardless of how she felt about anyone, she was determined to continue on her course and become a knight without being burdened with other things.

Title: Lady Knight (book 4 of the Protector of the Small Quartet)
Author: Tamora Pierce
Opinion: I think the moment I started this book I started remembering bits of it, but, as I said, these were the ones I remembered least and so it really was like reading them for the first time, and having just little bits in my mind didn't spoil anything because I couldn't remember enough detail to spoil.
I love this book and I love the way that she takes up command and leads and her dedication to her people, and also people's dedication to her.
Basically I loved this whole series!

So I'm now at the point where I have to decide whether I want to get the Trickster books or the Bekka Cooper books, because when I started this I mostly wanted to get Alanna, Daine and Kel (because nostalgia), but I do like the rest of the Tortal books and probably would like to own them at some point. And then I'll have to decide whether I want the other Tamora Pierce books- the Winding Circle books for example. I mean, I like those books alright, but I was never *as* keen as I was for Tortal

Title: The Borrowers
Author: Mary Norton
Opinion: Ok, I have no idea whether this is one of mum's old books, one of mine that I've had for years or one that we've picked up from somewhere or been given, but this copy is from 1959. It's old. It's so old, in fact, that there is a moment where a character is described as looking "like a washed out Golly Wog" Old!
So I don't know how much of this book has been changed compared to the books that I would have read (if it wasn't this book in the first place).
Reading this really was like reading a new book because I remember nothing about the book, and I only remember little glimpses of the old tv show (I used to watch it all the time! I loved that show!). It's funny reading it because it's such an... odd sort of book. Because the idea is that it's all told by a old woman who's telling her granddaughter about something that happened to her brother when he was a child, but it's all told from the PoV of the Borrowers. And if you think about it really logically you realise that this doesn't actually make any fucking sense! But I still really enjoyed it, I just had to ignore the premise!
I did find it a little strange when it suddenly finished, but then the granddaughter reacted in the same way because it was a very sudden place to finish. But then again, I know that there are at least another three or four books about the Borrowers, which makes me wonder how many were originally planned.

Title: Black Magic Sanction
Author: Kim Harrison
Opinion: It's interesting rereading these books at the moment because I only fairly recently read the last two, in fact I think I have actually done a Robert Reads on them before, that's how recent it is. Black Magic Sanction really sets up a lot of what happens in the next book in a way, though it doesn't feel like a set-up book, if you know what I mean. Strangely I don't remember this as well as some of the others, and I'm trying to work out if there's a reason for it or not.
I think it's quite an exciting book, and one with a lot more tension than some of the others. This is something like the third time that Rachel Morgan has had a death threat put out on her, but I think it's the first where you could feel really anxious about it because of various things that make her far more vulnerable than in previous books.
It is really strange though, re-reading them, because I can remember the beginning far clearer and I'm remembering the Rachel from the first book, but I've also got my knowledge of Rachel from the books I've read later in the series, and the difference is rather clear.
The next book, Pale Demon, is actually the one that I thought this was going to be. I've apparently shifted the events in the books around again, but no matter. Black Magic Sanction was another break from Trent, though he does turn up a few times to be a help or a hindrance (or sometimes both)

My NaNoWriMo Idea

(Yes I know it's very, very early)

Ok, so I had this great idea for this year's Nano, only due to mood and the amount of writing I've been doing this year I don't think that idea is actually going to pan out and so I came up with an idea yesterday while I was at work that I think might work better.

Some of you may remember the Charloft 100 Drabbles of Summer Challenge that I've done a few times, well this idea would follow a similar theme except for instead of 100 drabbles in 100 days, it would be 500 drabbles in 30 days!

I would have to do around 16-17 a day to keep on track, which I think I can probably do, if I use my time wisely, and it means that it's impossible to kill myself like I did last year because I won't be able to go over the 50,000 words due to there only being prompts for 500 drabbles, no more, no less.

And that brings me onto why I'm actually making this post.

In order to do this idea I need 500 prompts; 400 covering each of the seasons (100 for spring, 100 for summer, etc) and then the final 100 being ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING!!!

In each 100 I'm thinking that 20 should be picture prompts, and maybe 10 could be other media (music, youtube videos, gifs, whatever else takes people's fancy), which leaves 70 as words and phrases.


PLEAAAAASE!!! send me prompts. Anything you like; a word, a feeling, a colour, a song, a title, a quote, anything, and let me know which category its meant to be for. Basically just send me something that looks like this:
Summer: PROMPT!
LINK (pic)

Spring: LINK (vid) (NSFW)

Anything: PROMPT!

Obviously it doesn't all have to be in caps or have exclamations or anything (though adding NSFW for anything that I wouldn't want my co-workers or my AUNT to see when I'm browsing on my phone would be really, really appreciated!)

I will probably use more or less anything that I get sent and I will credit the people who sent the prompts, whatever they may be. If two or more people send me the same prompt I'll credit both people, if two or more people send me the same prompt in different forms (eg- the word RED and a picture of the colour red) I will probably only use and credit one. If, however, one of them inspires me in a different way then I will use both and credit both separately.

Is that all clear? Anyway, yes, that's the idea. Give Me Your Prompts, People!!!!


Robert Reads times! ^_^

Ok, two books today.

Title: White Witch, Black Curse (Rachel Morgan series)
Author: Kim Harrison
Opinion: Ok, so I have long admitted that I like these books and they're a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I know that they have their flaws and some of them have caused some people to really dislike the books, but I honestly enjoy them despite of their flaws. On rereading, with new knowledge that I didn't have when I first read them, I can see some flaws more clearly than I could back then, but I get a lovely nostalgic feeling from the first one, and then there are all these wonderful memories of reading some of them in York, and that makes me happy, and then others I read when I was still with Jamie (in fact she bought me two of them), and again that makes me happy. I have no bad memories connected to these books and so long as the last books in the series (two of which are sitting in my cupboard, waiting to be read!) don't disappoint me, I will love them always, regardless of the things that could possibly be better!
So, now I've said all of that, I really loved re-reading this one. It's an interesting one actually, because it's another one that I couldn't really remember and yet so much of it is so very important to just about everything that happens in the next books (certainly the next few that I've read anyway). I kind of like that this one doesn't have a lot of Trent in it because, firstly, it makes sense considering things that happened in the previous book, and in the next, but also it gives a much needed break and a chance to see Rachel in her element- dealing with things in her way, which sometimes includes doing really stupid things without thinking! :)

Title: Sorcery (Discworld series)
Author: Terry Pratchett
Opinion: Ok, I have to admit, I don't really like this book. Now, I will admit that I am bias even before picking it up because it's a Rincewind books and I don't actually enjoy the Rincewind books as much as a lot of other people do. And there's part of me that knows that I should enjoy them more than I do, but I just don't. And I don't even know what it is I don't like about them really.
Anyway, on a re-read there are parts of it that I like a little more than I did the first time I read it (and this is only the... third time I've read this book), but it still down there with Equal Rites as books in this series which I just did not take to. Sorry, Pterry.

Right, now, I want an opinion on something that I've been thinking about today at work.

I don't know if you will remember this, but a while ago I was asking about whether I should resurrect my prompt me Mondays and Friday fiction (which I will do soon, once I've finished the editing I'm working on). My thought at the moment is... what if I made a writing community based on those things.

So on Monday people can post prompts and then everyone can pick a prompt they like the look/ sound of and then they have a week to write something. Then everyone can post something on Friday (though I'm thinking the rest of the weekend is allowed for posting as well, because I'm nice like that), and maybe there could even be regular votes on which we like best. People could even post art based on the prompts, and then someone could write a story based on the art (I haven't really thought that bit through, but I like the idea of keeping it open to all kinds of creation and stuff)

Would anyone be interested in this sort of thing and if you are, do you have any suggestions other than what I've already put. I mean, I was half-thinking that maybe the rest of the week (Tuesday-Thursday) people can post questions and stuff about writing and if people know the answers they can give them, or we have those days as when we can post resource sites or helpful advice or something? I don't know. Let me know what you think.

Robert Reads and Watches and Marches!

learning to fly

Title: First Test (Book 1 of the Protector of the Small quartet)
Author: Tamora Pierce
Opinion: I have really been looking forward to re-reading this series because I think it might actually be my favourite. I don't remember it as fully as the Alanna books, though I remember specific bits, and as I'm reading my brain is starting to remember other little bits, but nothing that is going to get in the way of fully enjoying these books.
I think one of the reasons that I like the Kel books so much is because she's just a regular girl- she doesn't have magic like Alanna or Daine- and she's able to prove that a girl really is as good as any boy. And she really has to try with a lot of things. Yes, she has had training with the Yamanis and so is able to do certain things better, or in a different way, but she's not perfect and has a lot to learn.
She feels a lot more real in many ways, especially when she first encounters Joren and his bullying ways. That is pretty much what I would have done as well at age ten.
I can't wait until the next book arrives, though due to the fact that it's coming from the US while the other books are from the UK, I have a feeling that I might be waiting a while :(

Title: Service of All the Dead (Inspector Morse)
Author: Colin Dexter
Opinion: I was kind of looking forward to reading this one, not because I especially like the episode, though I do remember it quite clearly, but lycoris had been talking about it recently and when I discovered that I still had this one waiting to be read I thought that it would be fitting to do so now.
I think the proper way to read any Morse book is to read the book first and then watch the episode after because if you have the episode too clearly in your head then you will NOT be able to follow the events in the books properly. A lot of things have been changed, and generally it is very obvious WHY they have been changed- there are certain lines that Morse says in the books that you absolutely cannot imagine John Thaw saying, and other things where I just don't think people would have liked him as much. And then there are a lot of bits in the books where they just wouldn't work in the move from page to screen.
There are things that you can get away with in print that you can't on film, either because of ratings, time, cost or physical limitations! (there are other things that get in the way too, but these are the ones that seem to come up a lot)
I think with the Morse books the cuts and changes that are made make the stories a lot easier to follow- Colin Dexter is a very clever man and he proves this time and time again in the books, and that's all well and good, but if you're not very intelligent it gets quite annoying when he's there filling in crossword clues and using Latin and never actually explaining their meaning or why they're important. he does it a lot less in 'Service' than in some of the other books, but there were still moments where I was reading the same line over and over again trying to work out the significance.
I think it ended well, though felt a little drawn out with the overly long statement, and then the Except of the court transcript and then the final chapter. Yeah, that just felt a little too much really.


Title: Guardians of the Galaxy
Opinion: Well, I decided that I was going to see this because a few month ago I realised that it was now my goal to see EVERY SINGLE MARVEL FILM EVER!! Preferably in order if I can get my hands on the earlier ones and watch them all. otherwise it'll just be a case of watching them as I get my hands on them. So, to this end I went to see Guardians on the night it came out.
When I went I basically knew two things- 1. There was a raccoon who could talk, wears clothes, has a machine gun and builds a bomb and is going to put it in a box. 2. There is a talking tree played by Vin Diesel. I had also learnt from reading part of a review in Empire Magazine that the main character is abducted by aliens and that the little group consists of a thief and an assassin and a bounty hunter and someone in jail, and a tree.
Literally that was all I knew about this film!
I enjoyed the film so much and laughed so hard and it was glorious and wonderful and there were even sad moments and I cared about the characters (especially Groot and Rocket) and I just adored the whole thing! I want to see much, much more!!
(Also, apparently my older brother was in it, so that was cool)

Title: Midsummer Night's Dream (Recorded at the Globe Theatre)
Opinion: MND is pretty much my favourite Shakespeare play ever, and possibly my favourite play of all time! (not including musicals, which I don't count as plays!) so when I saw on the Cineworld site that this was going to be coming I made sure that I could go!
I am SO glad that I did. I don't think I have laughed so hard in such a long time. There were a lot of sight gags, so that even if you weren't quite following the Shakespearian English, there were still a lot of laughs.
At first I wasn't too sure about Puck- I didn't particularly like the way that he spoke (he sounded sort of drunk), but as it went on I got more and more fond of him and I ended up really liking him. And Oberon was AMAZINGLY STRONG!!!! I mean, he picks up Puck with one arm, he does this amazing crouched handstand, he's climbing up the pillars on stage and at one point picks Puck up again, snogs him and then holds him upside-down, again with One Arm!!!
Not that the snog made me like either of them more... no... had no effect on me at all *grin*
And the way that they changed the costumes for our young Athenians lost in the woods was wonderful and when... Demitrius does fucking BACKFLIPS for Helena. Literally!!! He Did Fucking Backflips when he saw her after his eyes had been doused!!! That was brilliant! There were a lot of excellent moments like that actually.
Oh! The play-within-a-play! The rude mechanicals! Oh My God!!! Guys! Seriously, you have to get this and watch it because it was wonderful! I was laughing so hard that I ended up having to use my inhaler at the cinema!!!!!


This account was written while on the bus home and so most things were still fresh in my mind
Liverpool Pride 2014
Got up, showered, cut and painted my fairy Godmother wand, got dressed, glued the ribbons to the wand, put on my make up, put on my jewellery, checked my bag and left.

I was leaving earlier than I really needed to because I needed to puck up the tickets I won the other night, and that was going to mean walking down to the pick up and then all the way back to the other side of town to get to the march starting point.

My tickets in my basket I headed for St George's Hall where it was all kicking off.

I stood on the steps for a while, looking out for my friends, but lost my little spot as more and more people arrived, so I went to join the St Bride's group ready for the march.

Ben (who I'd arranged to meet) and his friend arrived just as we were about to start marching and we set off.

Now, there are 2 things I have missed from this account:
1. I had a little basket (actually one of those plastic peg bags with handles) and I'd filled it with loads of pots of glitter in various colours- fairy dust for granting gay wishes ("Gay as in happy, and gay and in gay!"), plus the tickets and colourful feathers
2. It was raining. A lot. It basically rained on and off the whole day, some times much harder than others!

During the march I often left the crowd in order to approach mostly children to ask if they would like some fairy dust to make their wishes come true. I also approached giggly teenagers and some adults.

People Like glitter.

One parent actually asked if they could have a photo of me with their daughter after I gave them glitter! I was so pleased.

My shoes- a pair of sandals mum had suggest I wear with my dress- actually broke part of the way up Bolt Street, so I marched the rest of the way Bare Foot!

When we got down the the docks we hung around for a bit, Ben and friend got a drink from one of the bars and then we went to find a cash point for me and Ben, and a shoe shop! I left Ben and friend because I'd realised that we were close to the Costa where our writing group normally meet and I thought I'd go to say hello, and I knew there was a shoe shop nearby where I could get replacement footware.

So I said hello to my fellow writing geeks, explained about the lack of shoes, talked about my dress and my jewellery, and then head off to the shop and got some new sandals. they aren't as pretty as mums, but much more comfortable!

I'd told the boys that I'd meet up with them later so I ambled around Stanley Street and watched a rather amazing drag act (they were dressed as Maleficent, did a perfect lip sync to some of the lines from the film and then did a couple of songs), and then walked back to the pier head for more music and the stalls.

My gold ticket got me up close to the stage so when I saw Samantha Fox perform (OHMYGOD!) it was beautiful and amazing!!

There was a new tent this year, specifically aimed at Trans information and events, so I was there for a great Q+A session, the latter half of a makeover for this gorgeous trans-woman, and then an all female comedy spot which was really good, especially the last one! She was AMAZING!!!

Now, I mentioned the rain before, and that was important because people often expect rain to put people off from attending outdoor events like Pride, and sometimes they're right, but sometimes it just doesn't matter, and this was one of those times.

Yes, sometimes the rain was horrible and it was probably a big part of why my shoes broke, but there's something about being in a big crowd like that where everyone is cheering and so happy and you get so swept up in the feeling that it doesn't even matter that the weather is awful.

Maybe there were less people this year, and whether that was because of the weather or the fact that we had to pay this year, I don't know, but that too didn't matter! Everyone was having fun, the music was great, the stalls were good (I bought a ring ^_^) and the atmosphere was excellent, especially in the paid areas.

For me at least it was reassuring to know that I was surrounded by people who had paid to get in and therefore probably really wanted to be there, and even more so in the golden ticket areas where the tickets would have cost £20 (unless they won theirs), and so the people in those areas must have really wanted to be there and it was unlikely that any of them were about to cause problems for anyone else.

I enjoyed myself to much and a few people commented on my dress- two people even asked me to make jewellery for them!! However, I'm tired and bored of carrying things. One year I'm going to plan ahead, get a hotel room or something, then stow my stuff in the room before heading back for dancing and late night fun!

maybe next year.

Maybe I'll even go somewhere else to a Pride event and do it!