I definitely need to spend more time checking out this blog!
Brilliant piece, and the only thing that I would add (because I’m like that) is a quote from the Bedknobs and Broomsticks Movie: “As long as I do it with a flare!”
This morning, as I was perusing my Facebook timeline, I happened upon an article that a lovely friend shared. It was entitled “24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30”, and it triggered Maximum Eye-Rolling from everyone who took the time out to read it.
Written by Kallie Provencher for RantChic.com, this “article” (I use the term loosely) highlighted things such as “leopard print”, “graphic tees”, and “short dresses” (because “By this age, women should know it’s always better to leave something to the imagination”). Kallie, it seems, has a number of opinions on what women over 30 should and shouldn’t be doing, having also penned “30 Things Women Over 30 Shouldn’t Own” and “20 Pictures Women Over 30 Need To Stop Posting Online”. (What is this magical post-30 land where women are suddenly not allowed to do or own so many things?!)
Motivated by Kallie’s “article”, I decided to…
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NaNoWriMo is very officially over. We’ve had our Thank Goodness It’s Over Lunch, at a great buffet in town. And now everyone is off resting before the big push to really finish up their novels. Those who made it to 50,000 but didn’t finish the story have more writing to do. Those who made it to 50,000 and completed their novels have further drafts to write, and editing to do. And those of us who didn’t make it to 50,000 have much work to do.
But, for right now, it’s coming into the holiday season. First I need to rest, and try to shake the persistent plagues – I’ve spent all day in bed with yet another plague. It would also be nice to catch up on some sleep; I’ve not been doing much of the sleeping over November. I have much work to do for Christmas, after I have helped my younger brother celebrate his birthday. I never decorate for Christmas before his birthday with them being in the same month. Sey’s Birthday is this weekend; next weekend is my Orphan’s Christmas dinner, and the weekend after is Christmas. I still have a handful of presents to organise. The most important of these is Bug’s. Most people are getting items that I have been sitting on all year, or some kind of food.
Feeding people is what I do. How to tell that you are important to me, is if I have fed you. Even and especially if I can’t really afford to, I’m fairly good at stretching a meal to feed however many I need it to. I have 10 people (at this stage) coming for my Orphan’s Christmas dinner, and the original menu will feed 4-6. In my fridge though I found some yams (the small, knotty British variety) that I will cook in honey; plus a few extra handfuls of rice. Meat might be a little thin on the ground, but no one will go hungry, and the food will all be up to my usual demanding standards.
In the meantime I mean to sleep as much as possible. The sleep of Champions as it were. I need to find a normal sleep pattern again. The other night I slept, for 6 hours straight – you wouldn’t believe how excited I was about that. So, if you don’t mind, I’m going to go and see if I can rack up a solid 8 hours.
These last few days I have been feeling my age more than a bit. I’m by no means old, but I have finally reached the age where I’m no longer as young as I used to be.
In fairness to myself, I have a school-aged child, and in addition to playing ML for my region, I have no other housemates to help with domestic tasks. We are reliant on public transport to go where we need to go. Running on five hours (or less) of sleep per night is taking a pretty serious toll on my body.
Right now it’s 10pm, I’ve just finished sprinting for the day, and I can barely keep my eyes open. Goodnight, and happy writing.
This is just a quick update, to let you know what is going on – and of course to remind you to get moving, NaNoWriMo is just around the corner! Get your story set up on NaNoWriMo.org and then on Nov 1 all you’ll have to do is write, and keep your word count updated.
I’ve had LARC implants put in my arm, because no more babies! So that’s super itchy right now, though Monday night and Tuesday morning it was also really sore. But the itchiness is a good sign – the skin is starting to heal. Unfortunately, being a good sign does not make it less annoying; but that will settle down soon.
I’m still seriously contemplating taking part in The Monthly Stitch, but that could be because September’s challenge in nightwear/lingerie – which would be a stellar challenge for me.
I’m also looking into some more NaNoWriMo options for my region, like some funding to cover printing and the candy that I throw about left, right, and centre. But of course we would have to be eligible first. As well as the possibility of a certain degree of collaboration with the City of Literature office, and/or another UNESCO City of Literature.
Fun fact: Did you know that there can only be one City of Literature per country? For New Zealand, Dunedin is it.
For those of you who come to the On Campus Write-ins, don’t forget to wear your best faces, as 39 Dunedin News will be back with their camera again. This year I’ll try to be organised, I don’t want to be stammering like I was last year.
Lots going on, and hopefully some progress.
My 30th is approaching rapidly, every time I look it seems like the month is just slipping away; and one day I’ll wake up to be smacked in the face with the realisation that I’m suddenly 30. I’m sure I’ll be sitting there wondering how that happened.
I’m off now, lots to do. But never fear, I’ll be back soon.
Aka: My life.
I have got a pile of journals sitting around that need to be covered and given to their various new owners, my birthday/unbirthday festival, the constant job applications, general housework, and a kid. Not to mention that I run the local NaNoWriMo group, and am about to take on a leadership position in another social group.
So of course, right now sounds like a great time to take on a sewing challenge! I’m sorely tempted by The Monthly Stitch, and I have plenty of fabric lying around. Very tempted indeed.
I’m starting to get tired again, but this time I know that it’s just from having so much to do. NaNo Season has already started for me, and we have secured our Write-in space at the local public library. I spent most of the day Saturday, getting my birthday party invitations put together (my wonderful sister-in-law’s mother [yes, I know that’s getting complicated] made the fantastic invitations by hand), and ready to send/hand deliver.
The problem with me is that I want to do all the things! I love sewing, I just very often can’t afford it. But if I were to work with my current stash, I could take part in The Monthly Stitch… And say goodbye to all the time I need to do all the things I’m already supposed to be doing.
I guess what I’m saying is that I haven’t reached a suitable decision yet. And knowing me, probably will bite off more than I can chew – I usually do, in one way or another.
I’m turning 30 this month!
I’m super excited!
20 days until my birthday – 21 days if you’re way behind us here in NZ.
I have so many birthday events planned!
In fact I’ve already started.
A friend of mine has her birthday in early August, so we split the difference and had an UnBirthday together on Wednesday (31-04-16). We are only turning 30 once so we went all out; we got all prettied up, and went out to a restaurant that we would normally consider to be well out of our price range. We went to Pier 24 in Saint Clair, Dunedin, NZ. It’s part of Hotel St Clair. Shasha and I had high hopes for the meal, even knowing that the portions would be exquisitely small. Well, I don’t think I have ever had such fantastic service in a restaurant before – and I’ve had some very good service. The waiter/barman (it was midweek and there were only two other tables occupied) was cheerful, happy to help, and last but not least a dashing piece of eye candy, plus he carded us. What better way to endear yourself to two young ladies who are turning 30 than to tell them that they look 25 or under (the drinking age here is 18). The food was utterly divine, we briefly contemplated kidnapping the chef.
To say that our UnBirthday was more perfect than we could have possibly planned for is a whopping understatement. Nothing could have been improved upon.
As a further UnBirthday celebration my books on Smashwords are half price for the month of September. Just use the coupon codes. I Trust You 50% off coupon: EP57R
From the Ground, Up 50%off coupon: GL88M
Until next time…
A very Happy UnBirthday to You!
A lot of things come to mind when I think of the word, ’empty’. Foremost however are the most telling… about me.
In case it hasn’t been obvious in the past year and a half, I’m a proud Geek and self-confessed Book Nerd. So the first thing that comes to mind is The Empty Child, an episode of Doctor Who with the Tenth Doctor, Rose, and it’s the first time we meet Captain Jack Harkness. The child is empty, after a fashion — I don’t do spoilers, you either know exactly how, or you need to go and watch it — But so too is Jack, and the ‘Mauve and dangerous’ space junk.
Empty is also me, perhaps not in the more literal sense, but my recent unwellness has left me feeling empty. Though if you read my previous post you will see that my life is in no way empty.
Just to get philosophical with you for a moment… The old is the glass half empty or half full debate… an empty glass to me is not pessimistic, but in need of refilling…
I am okay.
I need to work my oversized toosh off studying for exams. But, and this is important…
I am okay.
My lecturer has us do a blog post (inside the closed university [Blackboard] teaching thing… for want of a better word) in his papers, mine is very late (see Academic Anxiety). But in an attempt to redeem myself I am trying to catch up on the work. Following is my blog post:
My research for my essay is focusing on intertextuality in Angela Cater’s “The Tiger’s Bride”. I really enjoyed Mary Kaiser’s article, as it was like a guided tour of some of the various instances of intertexuality in Carter’s collection The Bloody Chamber. Since reading it, I have realised that I am going to have to use “The Courtship of Mr Lyon” as a comparison piece -to show my working so to speak- in my essay. As Carter said in an interview, she sees all fairy tales as “inherently sexual” and as such she uses her reimaginings as social commentary regarding patriarchal dominance in society. This type of intertextuality is the main focus of Mary Kaiser’s article. Intertextuality and sexuality in AC.