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2nd-Oct-2016 10:05 pm - The End of an Era
I should have done it ages ago but this weekend I finally cut my ties to the LMB mailing list.

For a long time it hasn't been the place it used to be and with Lois vastly reducing her writing, its lost its focus.

I stuck around because there are lots of interesting people with excellent things to say but now I'm done.
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30th-Mar-2016 10:28 pm - I hear voices in my head
I got bitten by my muse a few years ago and went through a brief but productive period of writing some fan fic. Something I hadn't done before, and once I got it out of my system,something I expected not to do again.

But then I discovered Longmire, and after absorbing all three seasons and during the long wait for S4, I went looking for some fanfic to help fill the void. And there is some good stuff out there.

But I started getting flashes of story appearing in my head, and if I gave it time and space they started turning into stories. And the pressure to write them to get them out on paper was undeniable. So about a year ago I started writing a story out in longhand and I am now on my ninth story having written around 80,000 words - yes folks eighty thousand words!

Sometimes a line in a song will trigger a flash, or sometimes a scene will just pop into my head. Annoyingly I seem to get the end of the story and have to fill in the blanks which is challenging. Sometimes my muse goes away, sometimes I have to turn her away because I really should be studying. So far she is coming back.

Is this how real writers exist? with a whole other world of people and places in their heads, plotting out scenes, working through dialogue, trying to figure out what to do next?

Its a special form of insanity, Im quite certain of it. I hear voices in my head, and I'm OK with that :)
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Finally after 30 years I got old enough that they stopped expecting me to change my mind about not having kids and took me seriously and I have been accepted by the public system to have surgery and it appears I am severe enough to do it fairly quickly.

Good news is I have 8 weeks sick leave up my sleeve and doing it in Dec means I also get to relax over Xmas and Jan which is traditionally a very quiet month, and I will take ALL the time I need to feel 100% before going back to work cos I can, dammit!

Understandably not looking forward to the recovery period (have had two laps before so I have a fair idea of the unpleasantness and this will be 10x worse than those Im sure for the first week or so)

Cant drive for 4 weeks, but we have online supermarket deliveries and im stocking up on Ready to Eat meals so I wont starve.

THANK FUCKING GOD - I have a few years grace between now and menopause to actually enjoy life for a change!
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30th-Sep-2015 03:38 pm - More fun with Photoshop
I continue to spend most of my spare time on my computer, playing with photoshop and studying my photoshop courses. I like to think it is paying off, I can certainly do LOTS more with it now than I could at Xmas time when I first started studying. I am home sick today with a cold and realised its been a while since my last update :)

One pic to tempt you and the rest under the cut

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This was a composite of background, dancer image, elements, some texture layers and brushes and a LOT OF FAFFING ABOUT :)

This is classwork for Session 6 of my Awake course - Im not sure if its as done as it needs to be but after 3 hrs of work yesterday its as done as it can be right now :)

The Lady In The Lamp

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I was good today and sat down and ruthlessly edited the files in my Tasmania folder - got it down from around 1900 to 1662 and then processed all the images for my Tessellated Pavement blog post - this was an amazing natural feature and I was incredibly lucky to get there at low tide with no planning on my behalf - I didn't realise it was right on the shore. Much fun was had with long exposures and ultra wide lenses and all the details with many more pix is here - Lensaddiction Blog

This now accounts for about half of Day 6 of my Great Tasmanian Roadtrip being processed and accounted for - a couple more posts for this day and then on to the next one!

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A dear friend moved SEVEN HOURS DRIVE away to the stunningly gorgeous Lake Te Anau. I don't really mind because now it gives me an excuse to go visit even if it will probably only be once a year or so. Last weekend drove down on the Friday and back on the Monday - took another friend who is mates with her husband and it was nice to share the driving.

The weather for the first two days was awful, cold overcast and raining a bit but the second two days were glorious! One pic to whet your appetite and the rest under the cut - if you thought the LOTR movie scenery was amazing then check these out - I was in the area :)

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5th-Aug-2015 08:57 pm - Shit happens sometimes, all at once!
Its been an expensive couple of weeks, I had to pay $2300 for my CPIT course last week, and then my car needed a service at $335 and then ants needed to be killed at $325.

And my ipod died, I was going to get a refurb unit but through a series of fuckups I ended up getting a new one but got it for a slightly cheaper price than new and its all slurped its music over except for the stuff on my HD thats missing the original files and I have all the CD so I need to copy them over and then all will be good.

Im going away in a couple of weeks and have had to find a cheaper cat management options than the luxury cattery they usually go to but there is a pet sitter service for $19 a visit and once a day should be OK.

Please Universe, have mercy!
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A new women’s photography digital magazine has been started by a friend in Melbourne and she asked me to contribute and so I have an article in it! Mine is on being in the great outdoors ALONE!

The magazine was published yesterday and my article and photos are in it – its $5 AUD should you be really interested

Dynamic Range Magazine

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