Love reading this chap’s blog
Originally posted on Francis Pryor - In the Long Run:
Living as I do a mere metre and a half above sea level (which at this time of year means several metres below high tide levels), I was astonished to hear that the chairman of the Environment Agency has written in the Daily Telegraph that when it comes to flooding we must decide between town and country – and this from a political party that is supposed to number rural people among its supporters (but that doesn’t include me, I hasten to add!). I cannot believe what is being said. Surely if governments do nothing else, they must protect their constituents from harm, and that doesn’t only mean terrorists. Water can kill, you know; it isn’t just for diluting your expenses-paid whisky in one of the House of Commons bars. Frankly I’m speechless. Lost for words. Dumbfounded. Incredulous.
And I hadn’t planned to write anything about flooding in this post. No, I was going to discuss This That and the Other. To be quite frank, I thought I’d start with a feeble smutty pun based around ‘The Other’, but I’m glad I didn’t have to do that. No, that brain-dead politician saved me, and you, from my usual heavy-handed innuendo. So perhaps I’ve started with a digression. Or have I? Maybe that was the main message: my heartfelt sympathy for the people of the Somerset Levels who have had to endure so much, and for so very long. I can assure you all that the people of the Fens are right behind you. So contact us, if you plan future battles with politicians (of all and any party).
So now to This and That. I spent January strawing-down sheep in the barn and working on the plot of my second Adam Cadbury novel. It’s going to be set in the Fens around Ely, this time. I’ve got a provisional title (which I won’t divulge), but all the plot, cast and timeline files are headed ‘AC Book 2’, or just ‘AC2’. Experience has taught me that titles can, and do, change. I’ve learnt a great deal from the initial sketching-out or planning process, and the most important lesson is that plots develop much better through conversation. I can sit back in a comfortable chair, crackling logs in the fireplace and glass of wine to hand, shut my eyes, determined to think constructive, plotty thoughts. And what happens? Suddenly Mylie Cyrus’s bum twerks1 its way into my mind. Other times it’s something less fruity: a sheep with fly-strike or a pimple on the side of my nose. But never the plot. Then I casually mention to Maisie that I am having trouble trying to work out how Alan can discover why the bishop was found dead in the dyke, and wearing his wife’s knickers. Then she casually suggests that they might have been at a college re-union. And all becomes clear. Sometimes we spent a full hour together working things through – and I don’t believe I’m alone in this. I bet most crime and thriller writers spend huge amounts of time discussing plots with their partners, friends and families. I’m also very lucky to have a wonderful Editor (Liz Garner) at Unbound and in a few days I’ll go to their offices in London to have a good, no-holds-barred, brainstorming session with her. After that, the plot should be in very much better shape. As she told me when we were working through the final edits to the Lifers’ Club manuscript: it’s much easier if you can do the re-arrangement before you start writing…
I really ought to do some of these!
Originally posted on Marci, Mental Health, & More:
The word nurture means to take good care of yourself, to treat yourself well. To nurture yourself adequately, it is absolutely necessary that you allow yourself to take time for yourself. When it comes to nurturing yourself, you are the expert. You know best what you like, what feels good, what is a special treat. Nurturing yourself means thinking about what you can do for yourself, not what you cannot do. Think about possibilities, not problems. Finally, remember that a nurturing experience is not necessarily a “big thing.” There are many relatively effortless, inexpensive ways to feel good.
The following list of nurturers for the body, mind, and spirit. Feel free to treat yourself to many of these suggestions often.
- Go to a museum
- Have your nails done or give yourself a manicure.
- Visit a place that is beautiful to you- a park, church, lakeside spot, etc.
- Give yourself more time than usual to do something yoou have to do.
- Expose yourself to a sound you like: classical music, “white” sounds, quiet (no sound). etc.
- Give yourself a flower.
- Send yourself a greeting card.
- Put written affirmations about yourself in a special place where you will see them often- the refrigerator, or bathroom mirror, etc.
- Get a tan in a tanning bed.
- Take a leisurely bath and stay in the tub until all the water runs out.
- Enjoy something by candlelight.
- Burn your favorite fragrance of potpourri, candle, or incense.
- Take your dog for a walk.
- Rub lotion all over your body.
- Go to a department store and try on clothes or shoes.
- Browse in a bookstore or card counter.
- Go to the airport and watch the planes and/or people (this isn’t feasible around here because of security anymore)
- Rent a video of your favorite movie.
- Have a “white elephant” party where everyone brings something they no longer use and everyone exchanges gifts.
- Have a candlelight dinner for yourself.
- Ask for a hug from three people.
- Create a fantasy about how you would spend an ideal day and/or night.
- Go to the zoo or into a pet shop.
- Read your favorite poems.
- Eat junk food for lunch.
- Recall pleasant memories. (look through an old photo album or scrapbook)
- Lie in the sun.
- Go dancing.
- Get involved in your favorite hobby.
- Give yourself an extra therapy session.
- Exchange houses with someone else for a weekend.
- Free associate.
- Bake your favorite bread, cookies, pie, or cake.
- Go to the flea market.
- Wash your car.
- Have your hair done.
- Go for a drive on a fall or spring day and observe the signs of the season.
- Go to a quiet place.
- Look at your favorite pictures, slides, photographs, cookbook pictures, etc.
- Read greeting cards to yourself
- Write yourself a love letter.
- Read your favorite book aloud.
- Sleep late on purpose.
- Get a massage partner and exchange massages.
- Pet your pet.
- Rock a teddy bear in a rocking chair.
- Get a make-over.
- Take a 10 minute brisk walk.
- Buy a tape of background noise- birds singing, wind blowing in the trees, etc and listen to it.
- Call a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile
- Fix yourself your favorite thing to eat or drink.
- Take a “mental health day” off from work.
- Fantasize about what you would do if you won the lottery.
- Take a nap.
- Take a different route home.
- Go to the dollar movie. (Matinee here or Red Box if you’re at home)
- Ride a bike
- Put on your favorite music and dance, alone or with someone else.
- Get something fixed you’ve been putting off getting fixed.
- Barter babysitting with someone.
- Pay to have your house cleaned.
- Go to the library and read a joke book.
- Dig in the dirt.
- Take care of a growing plant.
- Swing on a swing.
- Color in a coloring book.
- Paint a picture or a house.
- Squish, squeeze, and mold play dough, clay, or yeast dough.
- Finger paint.
- Bounce a ball or jump rope.
- Go fishing.
- Build or refinish something.
- Do needlework (knit, crochet, cross stitch, etc.)
- Look at a flower or leaf- really look at it.
- Watch an ant colony.
- See how many formations you can identify while looking at clouds.
- Shampoo your hair in the rain… especially in a really good cloudbust.
- Add your own.
Here a good mate defended me…..
Of course there is favouritism… SwinNude is a personal buddy of of of the Mods.. so It stays…
My Posts get ripped out all the time and so on… until their Sky stops working etc, then its all “sweetness and pie”…
Desa… If it pisses you off so much to remove all the bollox and drivel that Jeremy posts, then Why do you do it?? Why not just log out and stay out?
You dont get paid for this so there must some gratitude somewhere for you…
I would hate to be a moderator because then even more people would hate me, if that’s at all possible!
As for the swim nude thread… As far as I could see it was a TT oldtimer looking for a cheap thill and sex… If was just a “thrill of swimming naked” offer, then why was a “date” made and why didnt they just go into town and swim naked with loads of other Hermans?
Well we have a thread which stzarted out jovially:
under a pseudonym.
Now I have posted number 67 on that thread:
questioning the rules that allow different usernames.
Indeed in the TT rules:
The operation of two or more forum user IDs by one individual is strongly discouraged.
Occasionally a member may need a second ID in order to post something anonymously. This is permitted but only if there are reasonable grounds for doing so. For example, posting about a private medical problem, or making a complaint about an employer.
Duplicate IDs for the sake of posting a joke or a troll are not permitted.
How many pets and animals were frightened by this?