Monday, 11 February 2013

What I Tweeted - Week to Feb 9th

Couldn't keep up with all of my tweets last week? Here they all are for your perusal. Is this a good idea?

Sahara Sandscapes, Egypt on Vimeo 

'The idea we live in a simulation isn't science fiction' - opinion-18 December 2012-New Scientist 

"But that's-" Donna spluttered.The Doctor narrowed his eyes. "River Song. I know." My fanfic, chapter 3 - 

 Grizzly meets washing machine on a frozen lake in Canada. Clever ad! 

 Orchestra Flash Mob - Ode an die Freude ( Ode to Joy ) Beethoven Symphony No.9 classical music-YouTube 

Auckland's wetlands - new to me, must visit when I can walk again - Travel-NZ Herald News 

Auckland seen from space on Friday 8th Feb by @Cmdr_Hadfield: 

 Stupefying Stories: JUST RELEASED: The 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology - FREE Kindle/Epub! 80 SFF stories.

 See, we do have snow down June! Train plowing through deep snow Arthurs Pass - YouTube 

 First world problems read by third world people - brilliant! (video) 

 The Lost Scribes: Falls the Shadow now available per request! Awesome steampunk novel, email for free PDF :) 

 "A cry split the night...The Doctor tensed and whipped out his screwdriver. He aimed it ahead and activated a pulse. " 

 Landfill Harmonic - Instruments from garbage | Juliana Penaranda-Loftus & Alejandra Nash on Vimeo 

 Is All of It Worth the Prize? Diane Graham on what sells books and what are we aiming at? | The New Authors Fellowship 

 Simple online timer to get things done w. the Pomodoro technique - 25min work, 5min break, & list your accomplishments. 

 "The smile melted off the Doctor's face as he gripped a handle until his knuckles whitened. He flung the lever down..." 

 Health risks of too much chick lit - Life & Style-NZ Herald News

 FedEx airplane mechanic humour 

 Scripturient: possessing a violent desire to write. - Blog by Mary Ruth Pursselley 

 Writer Beware ® Blogs!: Christian Writers Guild Publishing: Pay to Play from Jerry B. Jenkins 

 The Way Publishers Create Marketing Copy is Stranger Than Fiction

  "The Doctor and Donna sat on comfy camp chairs pulled up to the open doors of the TARDIS..." My new foray into fanfic! 

 A bird ballet | Music Video on Vimeo 

 Ten mistakes I’ve made with my writing career that you can avoid 

Create a 3D Book Animation with CSS 

Free Fiction Monday: Renn and The Little Men 

 gallery hijack - how to be art by DougAnd Mikael 

 Paris law bans pants for women - Life & Style-NZ Herald News 

 OpenDyslexic - Font for Dyslexia

 Neil Gaiman on making good art 

 8 Daily Habits that Will Make You Stronger 

Colorful Photographs of Tulip Fields As Seen From an Airplane 

 Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 Trailer by TheDoctorwhoisepic 

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Writing the 10th Doctor with Donna and River

Well, I went ahead and did it. Not much else was done on this beautiful Waitangi Day when I couldn't even get out of my room. The sea was a beautiful colour, from what I could see between the trees, and despite the aching rip in my leg and the general frustration, I was more or less inspired.

You can see the results of that inspiration at this link:

If you're a member of (easy - do it with Facebook) - you can sign up to receive notice when I post a new "chapter". Also you can post comments. Alternatively you can come back and do that here, but I may not remember to cross-link every single time.

Things are about to get interesting when the Doctor and Donna step out of the TARDIS into the New Zealand bush... and find that River Song is already there!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Zumba's Revenge

I had planned to get fit. You know, doing lots of stuff, walking and going to the gym. Well, so much for that - for the next month or so at least.

It was yesterday at 6pm. My first ever Zumba class. I've always been fascinated by the idea and wanted for a long time to give it a go. So I did. 

It was the freaking warm-up song. It was not hard or fast; just step to this side, then the other. Easy peasy. Then - bam.

I stepped back, leaned against the wall, and clutched at my right calf. It was just like one of those nighttime leg cramps I get sometimes if I don't eat enough bananas. You know the kind.

Except it didn't go away.

I finished out the class on one foot and just doing the arm movements. Called Mum for a lift home (my car is still not going), ascended to my room with great difficulty and attempted to settle down for the night. Half an hour later I was sobbing into my sleeves with the pain, which still has not changed in the slightest since it happened.

So I called Mum again and off we went to the after-hours doctor. Probably torn, she said, but you need an ultrasound to be certain, and they were already closed. Ultrasound today showed a 2-inch tear on the inside of the leg, just above the sock line.

I'm not to put weight on it for 3 weeks, maybe 4. I'm a total klutz with the crutches and totally immobile without them. Going downstairs involves sliding on my rear and coming up involves crawling. 

Thank goodness for Mum - she's helped me set up my room so I can manage. It's going to be an interesting few weeks mostly stuck in here.

I have a massive to-do list, but a good deal of it is going to have to wait. At least I can do my desk work, in bed, sort of...