Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

First post on Hostgator

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

As Diane's web space on Dreamhost wasn't letting me FTP, I've moved all my sites to Hostgator, which I chose after seeing which web hosting company got the best reviews. No real complaints so far, though my 91 meg database table file took two goes to upload. I'm currently uploading a ...

Book Crossing

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I've been journaling on my computer, rather than on this blog lately. I'm concerned about privacy, and I don't want to spill my life and secrets to everyone. But while listening to the Writing Show podcast today, I found out about something that I have to share: Book Crossing. It's like ...

The Future of Reading

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

In a word: creepy.

Yes, and the Tolkien too!

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Yes, and the Tolkien too! Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. I need more Fantasy and Sci-fi titles. Still single? Does daylight scare you? Do family members talk about you in inaudible whispers while never actually talking directly to you? Do you write dark ...

By the Thames

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Call me oversensitive but the last two words I want to hear in the same sentence are the words "Crypt" and "Cafe". The thought of sitting on a recycled church pew and drinking a cappuccino six feet above desiccated corpses puts me off my lunch entirely. But I must be ...

Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill and Baker Street

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

One last photo from last weekend. Here's a squirrel eating a pistachio in St James Park. Now to this weekend. Went out to a pub called The Old Fire House on Friday night with work friends. Old is right, they have a memorial to the victims of the Great Fire of ...

Queen’s Head

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Damn, the British drink a lot. But they're generous drinkers, I'll give them that. I haven't paid for a drink since I started work at Haymarket. Whenever the sales team go out, the managers buy me gin and lemonades. It's rather a good thing when you're a skint Australian trying ...


Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I didn't bomb the interview. I've got the job! :-) Actually, I was offered 3 jobs in the end. A customer service job in Corby, a government office admin temp job and a sales job at Haymarket, the magazine publisher. I took the publishing job. I start next Wednesday. I can't ...

Going Postal

Monday, May 8th, 2006

I'm reading Going Postal by Terry Pratchett in between e-mailing referees, applying for jobs, doing phone interviews and taking calls from companies. Going Postal is terrific. It's wonderful how Pratchett can write so imaginatively and observantly, yet cram in so many bad puns at once. I'd love to write like that.

Green and pleasant land

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Took a long trip out of London, through England's green and pleasant land, to get to Corby and my job interview. There were massive problems - signal failures mostly -with nearly every line of the Tube and the trip to the National Rail station at St Pancras, which should have taken ...

Journal of the Plague Year

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Too damn sick and sore to get up. Wish my nose would stop running. I hate feeling like this. It's a beautiful, hot, sunny day outside. I want to be out and about. I'm reading Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe. Though it was written in 1664, it only ...

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Just got back from seeing the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie. Spoilers below...

Alias Grace

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

Just finished Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Whenever I read Margaret Atwood, I feel like I'm in a battle of wits with a heavily armed person. I keep trying to guess what her next move will be and that keeps me interested. Atwood's craft is so flawless it's like standing ...

Read a book

Monday, August 15th, 2005

No idea who made this, but I had to laugh...

Adrian Mole country

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

My dragonfly travel bug has popped up in a cache called M1 drive-by series, Jn 18 which is near Leicester. Adrian Mole country! :-)


Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

Chris told me about Carmilla, the first vampire novel, and gave me a link to it. For something written in 1872, it's very explicit about immortal, beautiful, lesbian vampires. No wonder Chris liked it so much! ;-) It's legal for me to reproduce the story here, so I have. Please read on!

A nice Harry Potter 6 essay

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Garland has some wonderful theories and spoilers for Harry Potter 6...

Spotted by Elaine

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Harry Potter 6 spoiler...

Finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Sunday, July 17th, 2005

Got home late last night, started reading Harry Potter 6 in bed, and before I knew it, it was getting light outside, and the birds were chirping. I finished at 8am. Click for more, contains spoilers...

Harry Potter Book 6

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Just heard from a contact in the publishing industry, Harry Potter 6 has arrived in book stores and library suppliers, shrink wrapped, with embargo warnings all over the wrapping. Everyone’s dying to open it, but they can’t until 9am Saturday morning.