Monday, July 31, 2006
Maybe I should leave it til tomorrow when I feel more rested. :S
A huge big congratulations to Michele and Blackrock Bay (aka J.B) for coming fourth yesterday at the 1 day event in Dunany. You are both stars!
(the above picture of Michele and J.B was taken in May at a Derby day in Cheval, where she also came fourth. Maybe Valerie could give me her pictures of Michele's triumphant day yesterday so I could up date it?)
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Not so much with this one, but I guess every birth is different.
Here's to another three months of labour pains!
Monday, July 17, 2006
I feel like Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window today (no, I don't have a broken leg, I am not a photographer, I don't have a block of flats across from my house and, oh yes, I'm not male) but it is really hot and someone is playing the piano and I remember from the movie some composer was always tinkering away at the ebony and ivory. It is nice. Making me feel sleepy though.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
2. Start Til the Moon Fails - completed
3. Write short story - Not started
I wrote 8,760 words this week, which is a little less than last week, but I did spend two days working on the plot of Til the Moon Fails.
I am taking the day off today. All work and no play makes Iseult a dull boy (or, I mean, girl).
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Blueberry - you look like hell
Please God - soon you'll be well!
Blueberry - you gave us a thrill
when you were fit and healthy still,
with a throaty purr
and silky fur
You deafened your enemies with a frightening roar.
Blueberry, hurry and give us a bell
and let us all know once you are well!
(This was posted as a comment by Tottie Super Rabbit, but it was so good I had to put it on the blog. Thanks Tottie!)
I remember when my mum bought this eucalyptus. I don't think I was even ten years old. Every week I would go outside with my mum and stand beside it to see how much it had grown. It started off smaller than me and then slowly reached the same height and grew and grew until it surpassed me by many metres. It is really tall now. It is still an exotic wonder to me. I almost expect to see a Koala sitting in it when I look out the window.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
If you compare these pictures with the one posted a few days ago (taken when he was fit and healthy) you can see how badly he looks. He is in a lot of pain and can't get comfortable. He wanted a lot of cuddles last night and is meowing a lot when I leave him alone. I hate to see him suffering so much. I wish I could take the pain away from him. He is on antibiotics and painkillers.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Collected Blueberry from the vet. The poor thing is still groggy from the anesthetic. He looks a little like Frankinstien's monster with the wire coming out of his chin and he can't close his mouth. I think Fudge is frightened of him.
I found a baby sparrow in my sister's house this morning (she is away on holidays and I am looking after her dog for her). The poor little thing was fluttering against a window and its parents were outside calling to it. I don't know how it got in. It was only recently fledged because it still had the yellow baby bill that garden birds have. I couldn't open the window with it fluttering against it (it was a sash window) and I was afraid I would frighten it so much it might die, but I knew I had to pick it up to save it. So I said a prayer that I would be able to release it without hurting it and picked it up. It struggled a little, but not too much. It was so small and soft. I carried it down the stairs and out into the back garden. When I opened my fingers, it flew away fast and strong. It was beautiful.
I talked to the vet a few minutes ago. They x-rayed him this morning and he has fractures on both his upper and lower jaws. They aren't too worried about the upper jaw, but they have wired the lower one. He should be able to come home this evening.
In writing related news, the morning went well and I hope the afternoon proves to be as productive!
This is a picture of our copper beech, it is my favourite tree in the garden. I like to visit it at lunch time when I am on my break. It is nice to get some fresh air and some inspiration from nature. My favourite time of the year (for the tree) is in the early spring when the leaves are new and they are really bright coppery red. They fade and darken as the summer progresses. They are quite dark now, as you can see.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
I'm not feeling very well either. I had to give up writing yesterday at 4pm and go to bed. I felt a little better this morning, but still not great.
What with feeling ill and worrying about Blueberry, I don't feel in good form for a morning's writing, and I have a lot of words to do to finish by this afternoon. Depressed doesn't begin to cover how I feel at the moment.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
2. On a slightly less important note, I started my website yesterday year.
The only downside is I have to run Charlie this evening (my sister's dog that I am looking after while she is on holidays) but I can forget about that for a few hours.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
I didn't get any writing done this morning because I took my mum in to Dundalk to do the weekly shop. She bought me these flowers for my room. Aren't they lovely? They smell nice too.
Here is the view outside my window today. It is really hot today. 26 degress celcius according to the women in Superquinn!
And this is a flower I can see from my window, I think it is really beautiful, I love the splash of vivid colour concealed among all the glossy greens. Your eye wanders over the verdent shrubs and then is shocked by the sudden bloom of red - but it is a pleasant shock.
I went for a walk on Blackrock beach this morning. It was so warm and sunny and the birds were calling and the little worms under the sand were spraying water out of their homes. It was awesome.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
1. William Hartnell
2. Patrick Troughton
3. Jon Pertwee
4. Tom Baker
5. Peter Davison
6. Colin Baker
7. Sylvester McCoy
8. Paul McGann
9. Christopher Eccleston
10. David Tennant
11. Peter Cushing (he did star in two Dr Who movies, but he is always being left out)
So does this mean that Dr Who has only one regeneration left? I would be happy to expunge the awful Paul McGann movie from the Dr's lore (wouldn't it be great to have the Master back?) but it would still leave 10 regenerations. I hope David Tennant doesn't leave anytime soon, because I don't want to see the last of the Dr just yet!
Anyway, my musing led me on to James Bond (who I loathe by the way) and you know, I think he is a rogue time lord. He is doing better than the Dr as regards his regenerations go: -
1. Sean Connery
2. George Lazenby
3. Roger Moore
4. Timothy Dalton
5. Pierce Brosnan
6. Daniel Craig
7. (for some fun) Bob Holness
I think James Bond is a time lord who uses his special powers of time and space to sleep with lots of women and play with gadgets - and do some spying too. Not quite as evil as the Master (who was power hungry) and not anywhere as good as the Dr (who is very interested in other species) 007 falls somewhere in between. Selfish, egotistical and using his powers to his own end, he will reluctantly help humans occasionally. Maybe one day we will see Jimmy pull out his TARDIS and fly off for some adventure on another planet. I'm sure if you think about it, you will see it makes sense.
Anyway, this has got me thinking of another fact about Time Lords - don't they seem to be getting younger with each regeneration? Reminds me of the Orkons (you know, Mork from planet Ork?) they were born old and got younger as they went - so maybe the Dr's next regeneration (seeing as it is his last) he should be a teenager or perhaps even younger?
Back to writing now. Hoping to bump up my word count and getting nearer to my goal of finishing my book.
Message to Leppie: - No, you are not in the room at the moment (as I am sure you know) but I will bring you up tomorrow. I thought you would get bored, but I suppose you could hang out the window and try to catch some birds.
Message to the Leopard: - I wish I was driving in you today! Oh, what fun times we could have! Unfortunately, I don't think there will be any photos of you in my writing room. I don't know how we could get you up all those stairs...
This is the best job in the world!
Monday, July 03, 2006
Roll on tomorrow!
Now, back to writing. Where did I leave it... oh, yes.
I should really go back to writing with pen and paper. I think I am intelligent enough to just about manage that.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Mungo seems abit depressed at the moment. I think he has got a touch of failurism. Never thought I would live to see the day. He could of course be faking, just to get loads of attention!
I can't wait to start writing tomorrow. I feel like jumping with joy at the thought. What a brilliant thing to wake up tomorrow morning and have a day full of writing ahead of me, followed by another and another and another!
More good news, Valinora Troy (a fellow Nodpot and excellent writer) has joined the internet community with her own website (check out the link at the side). It is still under construction, but I am sure it will be up and running in no time. Also, check out her informative and highly amusing blog (also linked at the side). A must for all sufferers of failurism, or for those who have recovered, or for those who have not yet realised they could be infected.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
In my teens I had my first taste of success with my writing and was placed in (and won) several short story and poetry competitions. My writing continued to take a back seat for a few years, but through thick and thin it was the one creative pursuit that I continued to dabble in. In the last three or four years I have started writing seriously again and I have learned my craft as I have struggled with it.
I have always dreamed of writing for a living - doing what I love so much, enjoy, and getting paid for it! Thanks to the generosity of my sister, Valerie, I am now taking the first step into making that dream a reality. I have six months to complete my trilogy, the Moonwolf Chronicles, and to get some short stories written and hopefully, please God, get published.