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I was going to do some marking... Even did some today.

But what with mucking about with website designs and the stick-piccies for SBI -- when we finally get it sorted -- I didn't really do much useful stuff this weekend. And unfortunately my back hurts cos of too much sitting.

Oh well... I guess I needed not to do anything too productive for a bit...

Eventually, I might even catch up with my reading of lj and updating of diary and lj. But not tonight.

P.S. Got some emithering on "Bad Idea" done. :-)
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While I monopolise the internet connection and phoneline in our house, the Marquis often plays a computer game called Diablo, which is a sort of 'Buffy goes to the Hellmouth to give the demons some trouble'+ D&D type of game. He's been playing this rogue character called Xenatu for the last several weeks, but today decided to start a new character. A warrior in fact. I suggested he call him Fred, and the Marquis called him Fred. And I am absurdly pleased again, which is -- as Polly remarked -- something one should be more often.

Na'Lon's Sunday )
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So I didn't get much at all of what I had intended done today, but the Marquis and I went foodshopping and spent lots of money at the second-hand bookshop which is MUCH bigger than I'd realised. It has catacombs full of sheet music amongst other things.

Did lots of emithering with Pellegrina -- we are sort of nearing an end of 'Midnight snack', where 'sort of' is the operative word. But hey, we're having fun.

There was also summat else un-related to Pellegrina's and my writing that I had to write and send off today to meet a deadline. I managed to cobble something okay together, but it's not one of my most sparkley offerings.

Oh yes, and Pellegrina and I did our weekly stint on the phone to each other. It's so nice to talk about such varied topics and ideas. I almost always feel invigorated by our chats, except when we're both of us mopey, when it just feels nice to know that someone else cares, too.

The Marquis and I had the last bottle of the Norman cidre we bought at the food fair at Easter tonight. It was very nice and very bubbly -- nearly uncorked itself. Pity we will miss the next food fair, as we'll have moved to Wolves by then...
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Okay, so it's about 20 to eleven, and I have wet hair and so need to stay up a little longer if I want to avoid the evil hair-dryer (which make my hair frizzy), but I am tired.

What I really want to do is sit down and start writing the beginning of Ch. 3 of GoN-WiP, 'cos I finally had an idea about how to get it started, but since I am also tired and want to updat my lj, I'll start with that.

Today, then... today's been one of those days for me as well as [livejournal.com profile] pellegrina although in different ways )
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I have finally this evening started my yoghurt making endeavour. I have had my yoghurt maker since before we moved house in August 2002. I have also bought many cartons of UHT milk and live yoghurt, to actually try making some. A few weeks ago I finally bought the thermometer to go with the whole mess. Because if you heat the milk to more than 45 degrees C, the heat kills of the bacteria in the yoghurt... By bedtime i should know whether tonight's attempt was successful.

Apart from yoghurt making and more laundry, I have been in creative writing land all day. This in principle should have been a good thing, but I am not making much headway. TK is difficult -- got a space action scene to write anf that's tough. The emither started yesterday is shaping up to be quite grim and tough. An old idea has re-impinged itself on my brain: will have to decide what to do about that. Oh, and it's my turn to draft the next section of GoN-WiP.

On the positive side... Pellegrina and I wrapped up Chapter 2 today, and the Marquis has read it and seems to have enjoyed it :-). Now we just need to get our website sorted out...
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It turns out you can train Cuban crocodiles much in the same way you can train a dog. The dragon in me is pleased with this discovery. But crocs are probably a bit more dangerous than dogs nevertheless.

In other news )
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... marking, my friends. I so don't like this part of my job. It is depressing. Especially the bit where I marked a paper yesterday that appears to be plagiarised well and truly. I have ordered the book I think the stuff comes from from the library in Lancaster. Hopefully I'll receive it by Thursday for the unhappy task of trying to identify each instance of plagiarism. This is so sad.

Apart from that, my neck is very sore -- I think I have an irritated possible even inflamed nerve. Don't know what to do about it. Tried ice-pack and ibuprofen gel yesterday, but may need to try and make an appointment with the doctor. Painful neck and marking do not go well together...

But not all is glum. I went to the library today with an armful of books I'd cunningly forgotten to renew last Friday and they didn't charge me for the fine! Yay!

I finally let the Marquis read some of my creative writing scribblings of the last couple of weeks, while I emithered the next installment for Eudesia ('The Private Room').
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This is just what it says on the box...

Na'Lon's Saturday )
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This is just what it says on the box...

Na'Lon's Saturday )
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In the current emither, that is.

Had an enormous long chat with Pellegrina and now we have sort of agreed on a way ahead, I think it might turn into another good one.
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In the current emither, that is.

Had an enormous long chat with Pellegrina and now we have sort of agreed on a way ahead, I think it might turn into another good one.
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Another exceedingly frustrating Friday at work. Had to prepare the stuff for my peer observation on Tuesday and it took all day. As a result I didn't get the lecture for Monday written. And the library didn't close at 7pm like I thought but at 5pm. So I may have to go into work tomorrow again.

I also discovered that Dipsy rewrote the content for the course I am teaching on Mondays without paying attention to the validated course content. The good thing about this is that I don't have to do a lecture on risk taking and adolescence. I think I'll do one on the development of identity instead.

The Marquis fetched me home at about 9pm, which was very nice of him: that way I could load the heavy books on the bike...

Watched Thursdays Six Feet Under which was good and grim as usual.

Emither )
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Another exceedingly frustrating Friday at work. Had to prepare the stuff for my peer observation on Tuesday and it took all day. As a result I didn't get the lecture for Monday written. And the library didn't close at 7pm like I thought but at 5pm. So I may have to go into work tomorrow again.

I also discovered that Dipsy rewrote the content for the course I am teaching on Mondays without paying attention to the validated course content. The good thing about this is that I don't have to do a lecture on risk taking and adolescence. I think I'll do one on the development of identity instead.

The Marquis fetched me home at about 9pm, which was very nice of him: that way I could load the heavy books on the bike...

Watched Thursdays Six Feet Under which was good and grim as usual.

Emither )
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Prompted in part by [livejournal.com profile] pellegrina's comments on the last one ('Connected') that we did. I agree with her that we've become quite adept at our literary 'rolling with the punches' -- it's amazing what I have been getting out of it. I think I am beginning to prefer emithering to RP, because you can go back to it and show it off to other people, too. And it's easier to stay in character.

I spent lots of today feeling pleased as I trudged up and down the hill in Lancaster before and after teaching, with the ending to our last effort. Also been thinking about how to get started on the next emither and casting about for a title (something I quite enjoy doing).

The really good thing about the mithering euphoria was that it also gave me some ideas about what to do with my story (which still hasn't got a title, despite the fact that I am currently writing chapter 13.) In fact -- this update to lj is probably going to stay quite short, because I want to get back to the story, to get the scene I am in the middle of writing out of my head and onto paper.

Anyway... back to story...
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Prompted in part by [livejournal.com profile] pellegrina's comments on the last one ('Connected') that we did. I agree with her that we've become quite adept at our literary 'rolling with the punches' -- it's amazing what I have been getting out of it. I think I am beginning to prefer emithering to RP, because you can go back to it and show it off to other people, too. And it's easier to stay in character.

I spent lots of today feeling pleased as I trudged up and down the hill in Lancaster before and after teaching, with the ending to our last effort. Also been thinking about how to get started on the next emither and casting about for a title (something I quite enjoy doing).

The really good thing about the mithering euphoria was that it also gave me some ideas about what to do with my story (which still hasn't got a title, despite the fact that I am currently writing chapter 13.) In fact -- this update to lj is probably going to stay quite short, because I want to get back to the story, to get the scene I am in the middle of writing out of my head and onto paper.

Anyway... back to story...
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Spent most of today at work to get tomorrow's lecture finished. But as I have mentioned before, I don't like working at weekends. So I feel a little bit cheated.

On the plus side, I have decided to take my story with me tomorrow and spend all time not actively engaged in standing in front of the students by working on Ch.13 ([livejournal.com profile] jane_somebody have you had a chance to read Ch.1 yet?)

The really good thing about today was, however, that [livejournal.com profile] pellegrina and I have nearly completed 'Connected'... a little more tinkering to do and that should be it [big sense of satisfaction here]. This emither has been something really special, and I feel that both Pellegrina and myself have come such a long way in our emithering capabilities. I look forward to the next one already.

[livejournal.com profile] the_marquis made rice and mozzarella (with tomato sauce) for me tonight -- that was very nice. And yesterday he got me Affirmation by Savage Garden, which I have wanted for ages because of the song of the same title (he got it cheap). He's been very nice to me all weekend, actually.
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Spent most of today at work to get tomorrow's lecture finished. But as I have mentioned before, I don't like working at weekends. So I feel a little bit cheated.

On the plus side, I have decided to take my story with me tomorrow and spend all time not actively engaged in standing in front of the students by working on Ch.13 ([livejournal.com profile] jane_somebody have you had a chance to read Ch.1 yet?)

The really good thing about today was, however, that [livejournal.com profile] pellegrina and I have nearly completed 'Connected'... a little more tinkering to do and that should be it [big sense of satisfaction here]. This emither has been something really special, and I feel that both Pellegrina and myself have come such a long way in our emithering capabilities. I look forward to the next one already.

[livejournal.com profile] the_marquis made rice and mozzarella (with tomato sauce) for me tonight -- that was very nice. And yesterday he got me Affirmation by Savage Garden, which I have wanted for ages because of the song of the same title (he got it cheap). He's been very nice to me all weekend, actually.
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Didn't get the work I originally intended to do today done, because I was too tired and didn't feel in the mood.

Today went past in a laundry filled blur and with some good emithering, and even some actual work on my story. That said I am semi-stuck again. I know what I want to use the current scene for but am in danger of it turning into info dump. Hm. I know there's going to be a way around it. I'll just have to leave it for the moment and hope that inspiration strikes when I next look at it.

(There -- you happier now, TK?)

( Yes, thank you kindly. -- TK )
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Didn't get the work I originally intended to do today done, because I was too tired and didn't feel in the mood.

Today went past in a laundry filled blur and with some good emithering, and even some actual work on my story. That said I am semi-stuck again. I know what I want to use the current scene for but am in danger of it turning into info dump. Hm. I know there's going to be a way around it. I'll just have to leave it for the moment and hope that inspiration strikes when I next look at it.

(There -- you happier now, TK?)

( Yes, thank you kindly. -- TK )

Powerless

Jan. 26th, 2004 09:21 pm
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There was another powercut tonight, just as I tried to send the next emither installment to Pellegrina. Anyway, it should now be on its way. Luckily the power came back in time for University Challenge!

Teaching in Lancaster was mostly okay, even if the topic wasn't exactly cheerful (Depression, Schizophrenia and Suicide in Adolescence...). Couple of students complained about the grades I'd given them for their assignments. They both felt hard done by, because they'd done psychology before. However, I am pretty sure the reason they got low grades from me was because they didn't give enough detail to explain what was going on, and they both failed to answer the question I actually set them. Sorry, gals. I asked them to bring in their scripts next week and we'll have a look and if they don't like my reasoning then, they can have it second-marked...

If I can make myself, I want to spend some time tonight drafting the covering letters for a couple of jobs I want to apply for. CV needs updating, too.

Anyway, too tired tonight to say much more...

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