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Monday 11th September 2017 7:43 pm

I watched Strictly at the weekend. Well, judging by how long it took me to get through the episode, I actually watched less than a third of it. I can't watch all the celebrities, the same way you get to know the comedians on Taskmaster. But I'm permanently behind on TV and can't watch that much dancing without getting dizzy and/or bored. So I just watched Susan Calman, Richard Coles and Jonnie Peacock.

I found the part where they were drawing out who their partner was quite dull, because the only Pro dancer on there I've heard of is Anton Du Bec. I liked Richard Coles introducing himself because he was hilarious. Does not take himself seriously in the slightest, which I loved. I didn't intend to watch him at all, but him and Susan have been hilarious on Twitter.

I watched the Footloose dance and it ruined my night by making me dizzy. I didn't remember it being that bad, when I tried watching a dance a few years ago. I tried the dance again in the morning on my iPod and I was fine... but I looked away when they spun the camera round. I'd got complacent and forgotten I needed to do that. In future I will watch the dances on my iPod and then skip through the rest of the episode on my PVR.

But of the dance itself, I liked Richard Coles. He looked like he was enjoying himself really hamming it up. And Susan looked like she was just having a really good time. So I am really looking forward to seeing them dance.

On YouTube I found that Claudia Fragapane had been on it. Which I knew at the time and had forgotten. So I watched some of her dances. They did really use her flexibility and she did lots of lifts, because of course she has the balance* to do it. Her dancing generally was pretty good, which is what you'd expect from a gymnast. And yet I preferred Judy Murray's dancing - she might not have done much, but the dances were more fun.

The last one I watched was to Shut Up and Dance - which was the first song I did at Rock Choir. It was a great, fun song and we all loved it. We'd sing it in the breaks. At the end of term we sang through all the songs we'd done that term, and started and ended with that song.

*One of my ballet teachers once told us that lifts weren't about strength they were about balance, and as long as you have that anyone can lift anyone else.

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Yuletide reveal
Friday 1st January 2016 11:06 am

I can finally talk about what I wrote for Yuletide! Read more...

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Not all work
Saturday 6th June 2015 9:59 pm

At the moment it feels like my weekdays are spent working and my weekends are spent doing things around the house. I counted up my hours for the last week of May, which only had four working days in it, and I did six and a half days worth of hours. This week has been a bit better - I didn't do as much overtime, but it is the calm before the storm before it gets busier again next week.

Also this week, I went back to ballet. After not having been for eight months, and having a new teacher who did different things, I ended up with the muscles in my legs hurting. I have to stand on tiptoe to do a few things round the house (like closing the bathroom blind - and the only reason I can reach it at all is because I don't open it all the way) and that was painful. It made me very glad I have a step to stand on to open the garage door, otherwise I'd never have managed it.

On the writing front, I am at the stage of poking at my Remix fic in the hopes of improving it. It's just as well the deadline's still a couple of weeks away given the lack of time I have for writing. Not that that's going to stop me from signing up for [info]invisible-ficathon once I work out what I specifically want (rather than just going "I'd love something from that, but I don't know what".

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Fandom snowflake day 3
Monday 5th January 2015 6:21 pm

In your own space, talk about your creative process - from what inspires you to what motivates you to how you manage to break through blocks. Does your process change depending on the type of creating you're doing?


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December Talking Meme
Wednesday 19th November 2014 8:36 pm

This looked like fun last year and all sorts of people are doing it again this year, so I'll join in.

So give me a topic* and I'll try** and waffle about it sometime in December***.

*can be as broad or specific if you like - if I can't do it I'll say and if someone else has asked for something similar on another site I'll tell you

**if not December, I will get to it sometime

***probably excluding the first week of December when it's likely to be busy

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Another update
Sunday 16th November 2014 5:17 pm

It must be time for a weekly update about how I'm still dizzy. I don't feel like I'm getting better much, but I did make it to the tennis yesterday, which is on the other side of London. Trains (and the tube) are fine when it's dark and better when I'm sitting down than when I'm standing up.

The tennis was good, although the evening single's match was more exciting than the afternoon's one, but I was too tired to stay up for it. The doubles match was exciting though. The most bizarre thing was that they were allowed you to bring in full, unopened bottles of drink, but not empty bottles. I don't get that at all. Fortunately there were bars inside that would give you tap water (with ice) in a plastic glass, so we had that. And I bought another bottle from Sainsbury's at a fifth of the price they were selling bottles of water from inside the O2. And it probably tasted nicer - I think the cheaper the bottle of water the closer it is to tap water and therefore the nicer it tastes.

Friday I had a day off to recover from work before I went to the tennis. So I went into town to get some fruit & veg (having stocked up on everything else using online shopping while I was too ill to go anywhere). I stopped off in Carphone Warehouse to buy a new mobile phone. My old one was about eight years old, had a scratched screen and a very blue looking screen. I'd been waiting until the battery went to buy a new one, but having used it quite a bit while I was ill I decided it really was time for a new one - assuming I could find one at a decent price. My new one has a much nicer keyboard and was £8, which is pretty reasonable for a phone (it wasn't even the cheapest one they had - that was 99p).

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Sunday 9th November 2014 5:04 pm

I am still dizzy, hence the lack of updates. Some things I have been doing:

[info]dw_remix happened with 9 fantastic stories. I did read them all, although it took me a little while. I did discover it was easier to read on my iPod as then I could see less on a page. Usually that would be annoying, but at the moment the less I can see on a screen the less dizzy it makes me. I wrote And Almost Home (The Coal Hill Remix), an Ian/Barbara fic with a bit of New Who in there.

I've been needing to read books that don't require much effort and since I've recently read quite a bit of Chalet School, I've been going through my ordinary fiction collection. This mostly consists of Kate Long. I tend to only remember she exists when I'm ill and think to check if she has another book out. I discovered the last one was out when I was dizzy back in January and she hasn't written another since, so I had to content myself with reading all her other books instead.

I rewatched all of Coupling, which was funny. It's also only half an hour long episodes, which is better for my concentration. Also, since it's a sitcom, there's not much movement going on, either on screen or, more importantly, from the cameras. After I watched some extras on that I then watched Doctor Who Extra and I'm not sure Steven Moffatt has aged at all.

There is tennis on TV! Only in the day because Sky Sports have the rights, and no doubles because the BBC refuse to show doubles outside of Wimbledon (and often you don't get much of that). I am going to the first semi-final on Saturday, which I am determined to be well enough for.

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