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I just noticed I haven't posted an actual post for ages and it's all been linkspammy, probably because I've been spending most of my Expressing Myself spoons on drawing things and putting them on instagram, so I thought you'd all appreciate a little update
  • Item: I am standing in the council elections. Again. The last 2 years I got exactly 103 votes. I am hoping for a modest increase to 104 this year, because Alisdair will be able to vote for me, living in my ward as he does now.

  • Item: Mental and physical health things are more-or-less under control at the moment (she says, hoping not to jinx things).
    Mentally, I've had less than the usual hiding-under-the-duvet days since surviving The Februaries, and I'm managing to mostly stick to my exercise-away-the-mentals schedule. These things may or may not be related. I am now at the level of fitness where it is almost impossible for me to consume the number of calories I am burning, so the weight has started dropping off again. I may be able to fit into nice clothes by autumn conference, which will help with self esteem and things. We shall see.
    Physically I'm still having some debilitating pain days, but not so many, and managing to at least swim, even when I can't manage the weights because of a pain day. I am lucky that if necessary I can work from home, so it doesn't actually impact work. Speaking of which...

  • Item: Job continues to be good, and interesting. Every day is a different thing. I approve of this. A lot of what I get to do is research things so that the boss can spend 5 minutes reading my summary email, rather than three hours googling. I now know lots about various things I never even considered knowing about before. Yay learnings!

  • Item: Daughter appears to have developed some bits of executive function; she's by no means perfect, but is getting into the routine of wake - shower - breakfast -brush hair and teeth - get dressed - go to school in a morning, and come to mummy's office - do homework - go home - get changed - eat tea in an afternoon. It's only taken nearly two years...
    (Seriously, given how awful I can be with executive function, I am incredibly proud of her. At this point in my career at the same school I already had the school detention record under my belt; she's doing WAY better, and it's not entirely due to having a diagnosis).

  • Item: Doggies continue adorable. As do boys. Mum and Dad are both good...
I think that's about it, really... Hope you lot are all good. I do try to remember birthdays and stuff but I'm pretty rubbish at that.

*big hugs for everybody*

(especially you, Duffett, I know you're out there)
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miss_s_b: Captain Kathryn Janeway (Sci-fi: Janeway)
So last night [personal profile] matgb and I took Hol to see Little Shop of Horrors. She was totally unfamiliar with the story, although she'd heard me singing the odd song from it, and we've always called carnivourous plants Audreys in this house.

She loved it. She really loved it. She loved it so much she spent the interval doing this, which to say it was done with a finger on an iPhone I think is pretty impressive.

The lady who played Audrey was awesome, better than Ellen Greene in the 86 film, I'd say. She had the vocal inflection without going full-fingernails-down-blackboard, and she could sing beautifully. Also excellent were my dear friend John Murphy as Seymour - he was especially brilliant in bits where he wasn't the focus of attention, but still reacting and inhabiting his Seymourness. The gent who played Mr Mushnik, and the three chorus girls who were the literal Greek chorus and were barely off stage the entire play were also very good indeed.

The chap who played Orin the Dentist was suitably over the top and shouty, although his hair was very Paul Weller, which kept jabbing at my suspension of disbelief. And there were some techinical issues - the sound esp balance has been a problem in every production I have seen at the civic hall, so I think it's built in, but at times it was difficult to hear the vocal performers (despite them all having good enunciation and being amplified) over the musicians. It was sometimes difficult to see Two-ey over the very enthusiastic conductress of the musicians too. And whoever was operating the clock kept making little errors, but that only added to the comedy.

Those small niggles aside, it was a pretty professional production, and definitely worth the ticket price. It's still got a couple of days to run, and comes with the Jennie seal of approval, so if you're in the Calderdale area, why not make your way to Brighouse and enjoy it for yourself?
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Here is what I have put on my om nom nom form:

Best Novel

The Fifth Season - NK Jemisin
Signal to Noise - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School - Kim Newman
Unhallowed Graves - Nuzo Onoh
Veiled - Benedict Jacka

Best Novella

Witches of Lychford - Paul Cornell

Best Novelette

So Much Cooking by Naomi Kritzer (I first heard this on the Clarkesworld Podcast and Kate Baker's performance of it made me cry)

Best Short Story

Ten Things You'll Only Get if You Were a 50's Kid - Andrew Hickey

Best Graphic Story

Corpse Talk: Season 2
Tamsin and the Deep
Ms Marvel vol 4: Last Days
Judge Dredd: Dark Justice

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

Ash Vs Evil Dead (because it all came out at once it goes here and not in short form in eps)
Mad Max: Fury Road
Lego Dimensions

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

The Stone Tape - Nigel Kneale/Peter Strickland - BBC Radio 4: Fright Night
Dr Who: The Husbands of River Song

Best Professional Artist

Neill Cameron
Sarah McIntyre

Best Fancast


Best Fan Writer

@MicroSFF (O Westin) - https://twitter.com/MicroSFF

I'm not going to be adding anything else now unless there's a really compelling reason to go through the rigmarole of putting my name in wrong and fannying about with a form that's incompatible with lastpass again
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Poll #17388 Newspapers
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27

Do you buy a newspaper?

View Answers

Yes, I pay money for a paper-based newspaper
5 (19.2%)

I pick up a free paper-based newspaper
2 (7.7%)

I have a digital-only subscription
2 (7.7%)

No, I do not pay money to any written news providers, but I read their websites
17 (65.4%)

No, I do not consume written news at all
0 (0.0%)

How much longer are traditional newspapers going to be on sale?

View Answers

2 years
5 (20.8%)

7 years
5 (20.8%)

14 (58.3%)

It's almost exactly 3 years since I last asked. If you prefer Andrew's way of wording things he may well follow up his version too ;)
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