Currently…

w/c 27th June 2016

Holy shitballs, its been TWO YEARS since I updated this page O.o

Reading

Eighth Day Genesis (edited by Sabrina Klein)

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice, but I love to write. This book as listed as “a worldbuilding codex for writers and creatives” and features worldbuilding advice from 21 authors. Great to delve into at random if you’re struggling with creating a system of magic or weather, etc. for a story you’re writing.

5/5 (so far)

Listening

Bombay Dub Orchestra – Bombay Dub Orchestra (Spotify link)

When the weather gets warmer, this is the kind of stuff I turn to. Soft, summery laziness that’s perfect for lounging on a beach or lifting you up on a walk home from work.

Making

Nothing at the moment, I’m afraid. I’m not sure if my creative period in SL (as in: making stuff to sell) has drawn silently to a close, but I’ve had little-to-no inspiration for making anything much of late :-/

Wearing

Rocker, the 2016 version. A lot. Dayum, this outfit is hawt. Heh!

Wishing

For my RL social media followers to CALM THE FUCK DOWN. I’ve done more muting and unfollowing in the wake of this whole Brexit referendum than I’ve done in the past ten years, total. Christ, people are being killed for who they love out there, and all I’m seeing on social media is that the world is ending because the UK (or parts of it) will be leaving the European Union. Leaving a restrictive trading bloc is not “losing your future”, kids. Being murdered because you love someone of the same gender? THAT is losing your fucking future.

w/c: 23rd June 2014

Reading

William Davis MD – Wheat Belly

This is a fascinating (and honestly damned frightening) book about how wheat production has changed in recent years. It contains a lot of scientific data, and explains how wheat is actually now an addiction for many people, and just why that is. (If you’ve ever tried to give up wheat, just recall how long it took before you were craving a bit of toast, for example). It also explains the adverse affects this new genetically-modified wheat has been discovered to cause: everything from migraines and autoimmune problems to, yes, saggy guts and fuzzy-headedness.

It’s insightful stuff, and as I’m reading it I’m doing quite a bit of jaw-dropping and seriously considering going gluten-free, especially as I know I eat far too much of the stuff at the moment, and I suffer from several autoimmune problems, so it has to be worth a try. I know there are a lot of “X is bad for you” books out there right now (sugar being the other Big Bad Guy of the moment) but this is backed up by sound scientific data and a hell of a lot of varied case studies. Very eye-opening.

5/5 (so far)

Listening

Jimi Hendrix – Miami Pop Festival (Spotify web player link; free account needed to listen)

I wish I could embed a YouTube of this album for you, but sadly it’s not out there yet so all I can give you is a Spotify link (accounts are free to create, if you want to listen; free accounts just have to hear a short advert after every five or six songs). This is a pristine, incredible audio quality recording of the 1968 appearance of the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Miami Pop Festival. Gorgeous stuff, especially Red House, which has Jimi on absolutely astounding form.

5/5

Making

Lots of new stuff at GB City in Second Life! Daros and I are hard at work creating something very special there, and while it’s going to take a while to pull it all together, hopefully you’re going to love it by the time we’re done ;-)

Wearing

Currently wearing a lot of dark gothy stuff, but have also been wandering around in a romantic Heathcliff kind of historical getup on occasion. Downtime usually involves not shaving these days (as if we even have to in SL anyway!)

Wishing

My summer vacation from work would hurry up and get here. Four more weeks to go, and no I’m not counting down the days. Not at all :p

Past weeks

w/c: 31st March 2014

Reading

Mike Pannett – Now Then Lad…: Tales of a Country Bobby

Thoroughly enjoying this memoir so far. It’s one in a series of books written by a copper who left the Met (London’s Metropolitan Police) and moved to rural Yorkshire. If you read the preview at the link you’ll see why this one appealed to me. His writing style is wonderful; chatty and typical copper. I’m only a couple of chapters into it, but it’s a great read.

4/5 (so far)

Listening

Birdy – Fire Within

Birdy came to the world’s attention a couple of years ago as a slight young girl who sang and wrote the most amazing songs. You may recall seeing her on multiple chat shows, singing Unskinny Love. This new album is lush and glorious. At times she sounds like a young Florence Welch, and her songwriting is absolutely exquisite. Standout tracks for me are: No Angel, Standing In the Way of the Light (if I’m not careful, this one turns me into a sobbing mess), andShine.

5/5 (I’d give more, if I could. Seriously, this album is breathtaking.)

Making

Nothing at the moment. RL is kicking my arse with a massive workload, and I’m only logging into SL to be with Daros when he’s on.

Wearing

Whatever I happened to have on the last time I logged in! Seriously, I don’t have the mental energy to put together an outfit, so I’m currently in jeans and a leather jacket, with short hair and a lot of scruff on my chin ;-)

Wishing

That my workload would ease. It should lighten up a smidge by Tuesday April 8th, but then I’ll only get four days of respite before it ramps up again for a week. Then, finally, I have a vacation from work. After that? Who knows.

w/c: 3rd March 2014

Reading

Lisa Lynch – The C-Word

An hilariously-written, foul-mouthed, warts-and-all account of breast cancer. For all the hilarity, it pulls no punches and is devastating at times to read, but nonetheless I’d recommend this book to anyone. Lisa Lynch diarised much of her cancer fight on her blog – Alright Tit – but the book contains only extracts from the blog, with a great deal more surrounding text explaining the posts and her various treatments, from the horrors of chemotherapy to the cold cap (her ‘twat hat’, because it made her look ‘a right twat’) that she wore in a vain attempt to keep her hair. Sadly, Lisa didn’t win her battle, but her humour and love for life and all those around her is infectious and heartwarming.

5/5

Listening

OceanLab – Sirens of the Sea

Chilled trance, uplifting at times, soothing at others. This is an old favourite of mine that I come back to whenever I feel frazzled, especially the tracks Just Listen  and Miracle.

Making

More ‘Basics’ skyboxes. The originals Basics series are three prims each, but I plan to remake those (and am making new ones)  in mesh, that are just a single prim.

Wearing

Rockstar chic (shitloads of leather, studs, and Aviators).

Wishing

I’d eaten more healthily this week. I’ve been too tired to cook much, and the crap that I’ve subsequently eaten has made me even more tired. Vicious circle :-/