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2020-12-05 03:55 am

My fiction

Can now be found in one, easy to use, LJ community: [ profile] roswrites. There is a handy master list with links to everything.
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2009-05-09 05:29 pm

Not actually here

Just in case anyone is reading me here, you should probably know that I am not currently crossposting. Normal service is continuing on LJ only and is likely to do so for the foreseeable future. In the meantime I am contemplating using this account for something different, though I am not precisely sure what yet, which is why I've hardly befriended anyone on DW yet.
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2009-05-01 10:43 am
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Poet Laureate

This is the only Carol Ann Duffy poem that comes to mind, but I am looking forward to reading more:


Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding ring,
if you like.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

-- Carol Ann Duffy
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2009-05-01 08:13 am


So, I just got my invite code. But it's also the start of round 4 of Sock Madness so there's no time to do anything with this today. I'll still be over at my LJ, if anyone needs me...
girlyswot: (Silent majority)
2009-05-01 07:32 am

Shameless appeal

Anyone have a DW invite code going spare?

ETA: Not to worry, I just got sent one on the basis of my Open ID signup.
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2009-04-30 05:32 pm
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Because it feels like a while since I've done a meme, even though it probably isn't.

More than you ever wanted to know about how I feel about books )

Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!
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2009-04-29 12:04 pm
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I like mine somewhere between 'Milky' and 'Classic British'.

Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!
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2009-04-28 08:25 pm
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Pink is for girls

So, I like pink. You may have noticed. I always have, though for a while I pretended I didn't because it wasn't cool.

Anyway, despite my predilection for the colour, I do not believe that absolutely everything must always be produced in pink. Least of all, books. So although I very much approved of most of Jacqueline Wilson's choices of top children's books, I was somewhat shocked by the amount of pink and sparkly.

My editions of her choices are:

Ballet Shoes: paperback, sort of beige, I think
A Little Princess: paperback, nasty mustard yellow and black
Little Women: hardback, red
The Railway Children: paperback, orange with photo on the front
The Family from One End Street: salmon pink (this one looks quite similar to the current edition)
What Katy Did: hardback, red
Mary Poppins: hardback, green

Many of these were passed down from my mother. None were chosen by me in a bookshop, as far as I remember. All were (and still are) very much loved. I recently lent my copy of Mary Poppins to a friend who is seven and just starting to enjoy reading 'proper' books. She didn't seem to mind that it wasn't pink either. Because, after all, it's what's inside that counts.

Adopt one today!Adopt one today!
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2009-04-16 08:20 pm

It's my birthday!

And that means...

Crack!fic from [ profile] stmargarets: Love, Absurdly, Lucius/Narcissa, Bellatrix/Rodolphus, Charlie/Mary Sue, St Mags/Glenlivet all with guaranteed fluff!

Apparently it also means that I have to go on a blind date with Chris Dane Owens. This cannot end well... Please come and play! I need more people to protect me from [ profile] moonette1's schemes celebrate with.

In real life, I have celebrated by visiting two garden centres (actually, one was a proper nursery) with my mother and coming away with:
One rambling rose (Albertine)
One wisteria
Two clematis (one spring flowering, one summer/autumn flowering)
One honeysuckle
Two lavender (one white, one purple)
Three pots of snowdrops at half price
One aquilegia
One large pot of hellebores at half price
Two hostas
Some delphiniums, asters, and periwinkles.

I also bought a few things at the farmers market last week including a pretty rosemary, some thyme, feverfew and campanulas.

Tomorrow I shall be gardening.

And look! My pink and green dragon has the same birthday as me. :)
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2009-04-12 07:52 pm

A weekend of accomplishment

2 chair cushions recovered to match curtains.
2 pairs of curtains taken apart and remade into one pair of curtains that actually fits the windows properly.
Another pair of curtains hemmed.
Possible source of extra fabric for the now-bare window found on internet.
Headboard for bed covered.
White bedlinen dyed cream and king-size duvet cover cut down to fit single duvet.
3 chairs extracted from tractor shed and washed.

Still hoping to get done sometime this week:
Quilted throw for sofa (top is pieced; need to buy batting, backing and binding and do the quilting).
Rug for bedroom (this is unlikely to get finished this week, but I want to start making some more progress on it).
Possible mural for bedroom wall, though I'm wondering if I should wait until bookshelves have been put up.
Mock up of dress for my brother's wedding.
I'm also expecting round 3 of Sock Madness to start towards the end of the week.
Start planting up the garden (I bought a few things at the farmers' market on Saturday but I'm going with my mum to a local nursery and garden centre on Thursday to see what else we can find. There isn't yet any topsoil in most of the garden, though my brother has promised to bring some soon.)

The extra wide worktop that divides the kitchen from the living area has proved to be a most useful space for cutting and pinning fabric. It's higher than a normal table which means much less bending and stretching.

There are sheep with baby lambs in the field behind the garden at the moment. I wish I was going to be here in a few weeks time when the bluebells will be out in the woods.
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2009-04-11 11:09 pm
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He is risen indeed

Fabulous article from the Times by Tom Wright* on Easter:

For at least 200 years the West has lived on the dream that we can bring justice and beauty to the world all by ourselves...

*He is currently the Bishop of Durham, but I remember him vividly from his time as chaplain of Worcester College, Oxford. He gave a series of four hour-long talks on Isaiah 40-55 which were absolutely life-changing for me and still inspire me in the task of being a Christian theologian.

ETA: somewhat appropriately, an egg: Adopt one today!. And look! It's pink and green. ;)
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2009-04-11 04:43 pm
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By this gospel you are saved...

...that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

This is one of the most wonderful things I've read in years. A.N.Wilson rediscovering his Christian faith this Easter.
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2009-04-10 06:59 pm
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Icons meme; Archers; A14 quiz

From [ profile] oursin:

# Reply to this post with 'Icons!', and I will pick five of your icons.

# Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.

# Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.

# This will - allegedly - create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

Here are the ones she chose for me to talk about: )

In other news: Grundys at Grange Farm again! I will admit to shedding a tear.

Also, today as I was driving up the A14 I was struck by the number of familiar names on the roadsigns. So, a quiz! Drabbles for anyone who can identify the people (real or imaginary) I associate with these road signs:

1. Hemingford Grey
2. Barham
3. Molesworth
4. Titchmarsh
5. Cranford
girlyswot: (imaginary men)
2009-04-08 07:48 pm

Casting Heyer

[ profile] callmemadam wonders why Georgette Heyer novels have not made it to the silver screen here. In point of strict fact, I feel obliged to note that The Reluctant Widow was apparently filmed in 1950 but sank without trace (Has anyone seen it? Is it as awful as it is made out to be? The IMDB entry suggests it bore little resemblance to the book.) Still, the field appears to be wide open and since TV and film producers aren't getting round to it, I feel that it is time for my trusty flist to spring into action.

Which Heyers would you most like to see filmed? And what would be your ideal cast?
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2009-04-07 10:19 pm
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Tongue firmly in cheek

I have just downloaded this free Harlequin eBook:

From the blurb: Cutter Smith — code name: Slash — was told to keep the beautiful blonde in his sights. But as his interest in her veered from the professional to the intensely personal, Cutter knew the cost of falling in love would be high indeed. And he would have to pay the price….

Oh, joy unbounded. Though from the looks of the cover, poor old Cutter Slash hasn't so much had a falling out with a knife as a terrible, lifethreatening Photoshop accident.

ETA: On page 13 we read this helpful piece of dialogue and exposition:
“Uncle Nick will explain all, Slash.”
Gillian had assumed Cutter’s code designation was a play on his first name. He hadn’t disabused her.

So, um, is this not going where I expect it to be going? What else could Slash stand for? Answers on a postcard, please.
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2009-04-06 07:53 pm
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The survey said:

Everyone in the UK except [ profile] frankie_ecap pronounces it 'neeshe'. Those in the Commonwealth also tend to use this pronunciation.

US respondents were much more divided, with a preference for 'nitch' but with quite a lot of discussion in comments about using both pronunciations or not really being sure how to pronounce the word.

So, I will assume that the Radio 4 continuity announcer who prompted this poll was simply having a bad moment when he came out with 'nish'.
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2009-04-06 06:53 pm
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I'm not sure we actually need another Austen adaptation...

...but given that we're apparently getting one, I'm quite excited that Romola Garai is going to be Emma, and very excited indeed that Jonny Lee Miller is going to be Mr Knightley.
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2009-04-04 11:32 am
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In which Ros follows a strategy so convoluted as to be worthy of a daytime TV quiz show

So, 8 people signed up for the BAFAB draw. I included [ profile] callmemadam who sneaked in after the deadline. ;)

At first I thought I would just use a random number generator in good old-fashioned Pioneer Woman style. But the thing is, she always has thousands of entries, doesn't know any of them, and is more self-controlled than me. I found I just kept clicking the button thinking, 'Ooh, look, it's randomly chosen X. And now Y.' And then it wasn't random at all.

So, I exercised some further cunning and got the random number generator to give me a random sequence of numbers from 1 to 8. It came up with: 2 1 3 7 8 5 6 4. Then I did the random number thing again, this time without being able to instantly tell who the numbers related to. And I got 4. The 4th number in the sequence was 7. And the 7th commenter was...

Imagine the sound of a drumroll, please )