debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)
I am not in Chicago, but I still have to agree with Harry Dresden and The Archive ... Sea Otters are too, toooooooooooooooooo cute

debris4spike: (Spike - face + body + my name)
As all of you probably know by now we had a terrorist related incident in London, and as ever random people walking through the city are injured or have lost their lives.  It seems small compared with other atrocities, but no doubt is meant to scare people away from the city.

No way - terrorists are not going to run my life ... or my country!

Anyway, enough of politics (etc) not something I usually even mention on LJ.

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I keep saying I am back and then disappear!  Last time I picked up a tummy bug (I think the kid who sat in front of me at Church the previous day was ill), and sadly my Chronic Fatigue set back in ... so I somehow lost a week.  I managed to work for 2 days, but that was all.

So, I need to focus, and get back on track.  There is no way I can skim back through your news, and I must yet again apologise that I have been a bad friend (I should get that sentence in the pc memory and that way just fill that line in each time! ).

So what I need to do is do a catch-up post incase any of you remember who I am, and want to know where I am and what I am doing!It's all about me - )

I do hope that you are all well ... any news, please let me know.
*group hugs*
debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)

Motorists have been confronted with a giant triceratops blocking the main road through Godshill, Isle of Wight.

ITV Meridian reports ‘It’s thought alcohol may have had a part to play in the prank, after the dinosaur was moved from its regular home in the garden of a fossil and gem shop.’

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According to local media it belongs to Martin Simpson of Island Gems, who said:

“It must have taken five hefty lads to move it. It’s great people are talking about it, but I wouldn’t want to encourage anybody to cause a hazard for traffic.”

The dinosaur has since been moved back, but not before a picture was snapped of it standing proudly in the road to the amusement of many motorists.


Story forwarded by a friend from The Poke
debris4spike: (M&D wedding)
I am sorry I haven't been around, and although life is as busy as ever, I can't think of any reason for the MIA.

Dad and I have been getting on with the gardening ... and have now just about cleared this area. We are going to wait a few weeks and see what happens to the remaining ivy, etc. The plan is to lay stones where the grass/earth is so that it is easier to maintain from now on.

Dad & I busy at work )

Of course, it helped as we had our supervisor around to make sure we behaved ourselves ....Jiffy in his kingdom )

We did manage to see the sun turn moon-shaped ... but then the clouds came and we never saw it recover! It was very cold, especially as it was only 9.30am, the day hadn't actually warmed up before it got cold again -

A partial eclipse )

The weekend was memorable - Mum and Dad's 63rd wedding anniversary. Not that they did anything, but great to see that they both remembered the date, and talked of memories of that day.

Then 2 days later it was Tim & Claire's silver wedding. They had a day together, and sent me this photo -
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One of the reasons I have been busy is because it is the family celebration on Saturday, which I am organising, with Brenda's help.

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Well other than that I can honestly say that I am mostly in a good place. The caring, etc, although hard work is now an organised routine. So, when things go wrong, at least I have my basic week planned to know what's happening.

Sadly I know that James is coming to Newcastle and I can't get to see him. I did say a couple of years ago I didn't think I would get to see him again, and it seems I am being proved correct. Still, there is good news in that he has been cast in the pilot of The Devil you know, so hopefully I will get to see him in that.

He is also recording "Ghost Story" by Jim Butcher, so that is something to look forward to ... I had tried to listen to the other version, but I just couldn't get into the characters without hearing James' version of the characters.

Well I must get on - although I am in Exeter, I have brought washing from Dad, and now need to iron to take it back tomorrow.

Hope all is well with you all.
*hugs*
debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)
It's called "Peace Talks" ...... and I just can't wait.

I have just re-read Changes, Ghost Story and Cold Days .... and now am listening to Skin Game, having read it when it was first published.

It is a great story (and, yes, the narrator helped me to get into the story), but I enjoy how the characters have gradually developed, and how the stories are individual, but building to one overall epic.

So what do I want to find out about ..... under cut in case you aren't as up to date as me )

Only Me Popping In

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 08:13 pm
debris4spike: (Boo)
Hi

How are you all?

Glad you enjoyed my photos round Exeter - it was fun to spend the day, and I was happy to be able to share with my friends. I shall get round to answering comments in a moment.

On Saturday I drove Mum, Dad & Jiffy to Nick & family ... normally a 2 hour journey, but the roads were hectic, so it took longer. In the afternoon Jiffy took Brenda and myself for a good walk ... so a nice day overall.

On Sunday, Jiffy needed to recover ... as you can see here -

Poor over-worked boy )

I was glad the photos came out, as my camera was mucking up ... so I have sent it off today for repair ... and am now panicking that I wont get it back in a moth's time ready for my London trip.

I loved "Skin Game" ... I have loved the whole series of books, but will admit this was one I found hard to put down. I must hurry up and listen to my back CD's so that I can listen to this one as well. As ever, a great story, lovely part of the Dresden epic ... and now I can't wait for the next book to be written!

Hope life is OK with you all.

Happy Monday!

You Have Been Warned!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 06:33 pm
debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)
No work today ... so Christine (my friend from Church) came up to Exeter (she is a classroom assistant) and rather than go somewhere, we stayed here and went sight-seeing ... so loads of pictures to follow.

The weather wasn't great, but it didn't really rain, and considering what was forecast, we were really lucky.

While in Exeter I did buy one item ... Yay, bought "Skin Game", the next in the Harry Dresden story ... so that will certainly be the essential reading!  LOL, I also saw this image ... so, couldn't resist taking the photo and putting it here!

Witches in Exeter ... as well as Chicago )
debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)
I don't often say that, but having read Cold Days, and now listening to James read it, I can't wait for the next part of the story ...

I do have a couple of wishes -

Cut for spoilers .... )


Anyway - I shall have to wait, and wonder ... but that is part of what makes this such a brilliant story.


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debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)
I went into town this morning (pay day) to pay bills, and do some grocery shopping ... and guess what I also bought -

COLD DAYS .... the next Harry Dresden story.

Harry Dresden

Monday, October 1st, 2012 10:26 am
debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)
I really can't wait for the next book in this series ... due in November, and even better to know that James has read it ... so one more book for the car.  (Harry & James keep me company as I drive!)

Some people don't know the series and wonder how people can get hooked.  Well, it's a great storyline, with each book being both stand-alone, as well as part of the big picture.  I like it that so many of the minor characters have great back-stories, just just the major ones ... and then you get sections like this ....  (It is up on the FaceBook page at present ... and is just both so true, and so well written, I had to share)


‎"We still hadn't learned, though, that growing up is all about getting hurt. And then getting over it. You hurt. You recover. You move on. Odds are pretty good you're just going to get hurt again. But each time, you learn something.

Each time, you come out of it a little stronger, and at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There's the little empty pain of leaving something behind - gradutaing, taking the next step forward, walking out of something familiar and safe into the unknown. There's the big, whirling pain of life upending all of your plans and expecations. There's the sharp little pains of failure, and the more obscure aches of successes that didn't give you what you thought they would. There are the vicious, stabbing pains of hopes being torn up. The sweet little pains of finding others, giving them your love, and taking joy in their life they grow and learn. There's the steady pain of empathy that you shrug off so you can stand beside a wounded friend and help them bear their burdens.

And if you're very, very lucky, there are a very few blazing hot little pains you feel when you realized that you are standing in a moment of utter perfection, an instant of triumph, or happiness, or mirth which at the same time cannot possibly last - and yet will remain with you for life.

Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don't feel it.

Pain is a part of life. Sometimes it's a big part, and sometimes it isn't, but either way, it's a part of the big puzzle, the deep music, the great game. Pain does two things: It teaches you, tells you that you're alive. Then it passes away and leaves you changed. It leaves you wiser, sometimes. Sometimes it leaves you stronger. Either way, pain leaves its mark, and everything important that will ever happen to you in life is going to involve it in one degree or another.”

Jim Butcher (White Knight)



Role on November!

Harry Dresden

Monday, October 1st, 2012 10:26 am
debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)
I really can't wait for the next book in this series ... due in November, and even better to know that James has read it ... so one more book for the car.  (Harry & James keep me company as I drive!)

Some people don't know the series and wonder how people can get hooked.  Well, it's a great storyline, with each book being both stand-alone, as well as part of the big picture.  I like it that so many of the minor characters have great back-stories, just just the major ones ... and then you get sections like this ....  (It is up on the FaceBook page at present ... and is just both so true, and so well written, I had to share)


‎"We still hadn't learned, though, that growing up is all about getting hurt. And then getting over it. You hurt. You recover. You move on. Odds are pretty good you're just going to get hurt again. But each time, you learn something.

Each time, you come out of it a little stronger, and at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There's the little empty pain of leaving something behind - gradutaing, taking the next step forward, walking out of something familiar and safe into the unknown. There's the big, whirling pain of life upending all of your plans and expecations. There's the sharp little pains of failure, and the more obscure aches of successes that didn't give you what you thought they would. There are the vicious, stabbing pains of hopes being torn up. The sweet little pains of finding others, giving them your love, and taking joy in their life they grow and learn. There's the steady pain of empathy that you shrug off so you can stand beside a wounded friend and help them bear their burdens.

And if you're very, very lucky, there are a very few blazing hot little pains you feel when you realized that you are standing in a moment of utter perfection, an instant of triumph, or happiness, or mirth which at the same time cannot possibly last - and yet will remain with you for life.

Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don't feel it.

Pain is a part of life. Sometimes it's a big part, and sometimes it isn't, but either way, it's a part of the big puzzle, the deep music, the great game. Pain does two things: It teaches you, tells you that you're alive. Then it passes away and leaves you changed. It leaves you wiser, sometimes. Sometimes it leaves you stronger. Either way, pain leaves its mark, and everything important that will ever happen to you in life is going to involve it in one degree or another.”

Jim Butcher (White Knight)



Role on November!

debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)
According to James FaceBook page -

"James has completed recording the narration of COLD DAYS, the 14th in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. It is scheduled for a US release on November 27, 2012."

That is great news - both in that we get more story (I will admit I was slightly dissapointed with Ghost Story) .... but also that we get the real voice of Harry back. It was James voice that brought me into the series, so good to know he is back where he belongs!

I have a few hopes about the new story, but after the shock twists in "Changes", which I truly loved, I think I will leave it to see what Jim Butcher comes up with!

debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)
According to James FaceBook page -

"James has completed recording the narration of COLD DAYS, the 14th in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. It is scheduled for a US release on November 27, 2012."

That is great news - both in that we get more story (I will admit I was slightly dissapointed with Ghost Story) .... but also that we get the real voice of Harry back. It was James voice that brought me into the series, so good to know he is back where he belongs!

I have a few hopes about the new story, but after the shock twists in "Changes", which I truly loved, I think I will leave it to see what Jim Butcher comes up with!

debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)
Just re-listened to "Changes" this week.

I love that book - my favourite of the series (so far) ... but the last chapter made me realise .....

A question )

Put behind a cut for those who haven't read that far ... but it's a great book.
debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)
Just re-listened to "Changes" this week.

I love that book - my favourite of the series (so far) ... but the last chapter made me realise .....

A question )

Put behind a cut for those who haven't read that far ... but it's a great book.

2011 - Day 208

Friday, July 29th, 2011 07:06 pm
debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)

Wednesday was a great day in that I worked on a late ... no setting the alarm clock for 5.30am! I dropped Dad off at the doctor’s then went to Newton Abbot to buy something – only to find the Medieval Church Tower was open to the public ... free of charge. I went with camera, hoping for a view of the town, but did get to see all the 8 bells instead!

2011 - 208

2011 - 208

And – before heading to work I went to the bookshop ... Yay! Jim Butcher’s Ghost Story (and half price) – so I bought my essential item.

2011 - Day 208

Friday, July 29th, 2011 07:06 pm
debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)

Wednesday was a great day in that I worked on a late ... no setting the alarm clock for 5.30am! I dropped Dad off at the doctor’s then went to Newton Abbot to buy something – only to find the Medieval Church Tower was open to the public ... free of charge. I went with camera, hoping for a view of the town, but did get to see all the 8 bells instead!

2011 - 208

2011 - 208

And – before heading to work I went to the bookshop ... Yay! Jim Butcher’s Ghost Story (and half price) – so I bought my essential item.

Dresden Files News

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 06:58 pm
debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)

Double reason to be happy - This was posted on James' FaceBook today -

Good news, Dresden Files fans: James will be returning to the studio soon to record GHOST STORY, the 13th in Jim Butcher’s series. The audiobook is scheduled for release on July 26, 2011.

Which means that the book is well on it's way ... and we get to hear James again ... squeee.

Much awaited for by many, I know ... in fact anyone who read or heard "Changes"!!!

Dresden Files News

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 06:58 pm
debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)

Double reason to be happy - This was posted on James' FaceBook today -

Good news, Dresden Files fans: James will be returning to the studio soon to record GHOST STORY, the 13th in Jim Butcher’s series. The audiobook is scheduled for release on July 26, 2011.

Which means that the book is well on it's way ... and we get to hear James again ... squeee.

Much awaited for by many, I know ... in fact anyone who read or heard "Changes"!!!

debris4spike: (Harry Dresden)

Well if you are suffering from Harry Dresden withdrawel, and can't wait for "Ghost Story" then here are 2 short stories written by [livejournal.com profile] larabeckinsale ... written after the end of "Changes" ... so if you don't want already know how that ends, then these are huge spoilers.

The first one, chronologically, is a three part story, starting  here

The second one, chronologically is a 4 part short story, starting here

Please take the time to read them - I got her to unlock her f-list especially ... they are only short, but are both a great read.


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