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[profile] highfantastical has set up [profile] art_not_chance a rather fantastic literary workshopping community, which I am helping to mod. If you are interested in writing or critiquing poetry, literary fiction, literary essays &c, come over and take a look. It's a closed community, and we are hoping to maintain a high standard of participation; but it's friendly and nobody bites. Let me know if you're interested!

To Do

Oct. 19th, 2010 01:28 pm
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Today:
E-mail pianist have palmed off on clouds
Go through auditions list, update CV and send at least one e-mail
E-mail library
E-mail Deen Farm
Contact Morden Hall re: christmas busking
Double check date on Creative Partnerships application. Start application and/or write application if deadline is pressing. DEADLINE IS FRIDAY DO NOT FAIL. DID NOT FAIL YEY
E-mail local mencap and/or one of the local special schools
Go through list of local homes/day centres and send at least three more e-mails
Make list of contacts from last week &c. Get Jane's e-mail off Rebecca.
E-mail Kathryn re: christmas in hospitals


If time:
Get in touch with local Arts Development officer
Repetiore list
Register for local artists database
Sort and file a box from the study
E-mail one of the local choirs re: oratorio etc
Send Rebecca e-mail re: pHD ideas
E-mail Greenvaile
E-mail storyteller

Pomes

Oct. 8th, 2010 12:09 pm
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I posted nothing for poetry day yesterday. I had half a thought to post something of my own; but, hmm, perhaps fortunately it's all on my laptop which is not currently accessible.

So, have this random selection, instead:

Carol Anne Duffy )
Benjamin Zephaniah )
Michael Rosen )

Music!

Sep. 14th, 2010 04:23 pm
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This was recorded at the Brigantia concert in July. It's the first thing of ours we've put online. Hopefully more to come.
http://soundcloud.com/artsyhonker/shes-like-the-swallow

GNS

Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:36 am
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The Great North Swim has been... they are optimistically saying 'postponed' due to 'an excess of blue-green algae'. No, I don't quite believe it either.

They will be letting us know by Tuesday whether we'll be able to attempt it later in 2010, or have to put it off until 2011. I don't quite know what to think.

Other than... you guys are fucking amazing! £700 in 24 hours, gods thank you so much my heart swells three sizes. And I WILL damn well do it. You all know I will. Just... apparantly not this weekend.

Thank you so, so much for your support. I love you all.
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ETA: The GNS has, in fact, been postponed. Due to too much algae. No, I'm slightly disbelieving too...

They will let us know on Tuesday whether we can swim later in 2010, or we'll have to leave it til 2011. But! I will do it. Thank you so much for all your support.

So! The Great North Swim, then...

I was probably closer to ready to do this before Odyssey. Then, Odyssey, Edinburgh Fringe, and En Travesti...

I am very bad at keeping in my head the thing after the thing I am currently focussing on/panicking about...

+ I have, finally, set up sponsorship...
- ...with three days to go.
+ I have, finally, hired a wetsuit...
- ... but I have never tried it on, cannot guarentee that it will fit, and have not attempted swimming in it. Despite all the advice.

So, I am brave, stupid, determined, fitter than I could be but not as prepared as I'd like to be, terrified, [profile] oxfordgirl thinks I'm going to drown, I think hypothermia is more likely, personally. And sharks. Ohgod the sharks.

It's a mile, of open water swimming. A lake, not the ocean. And it's kinda daunting, and kinda amazing....

As long time readers of this journal know, swimming and body image and mental health are three things that have been very linked for me since I was quite young...

cut mostly for length; but there's body image talk and mention of panic attacks... )

And so I am underprepared, yes. Of course I am. You all know me. But I'm fucking good to go; so much better than I was all those months ago when I first signed up for this.

My first summer job wasn't as a lifeguard. But one day, just for the hell of it, one day I might swim the damn channel. Oh yes.

You all are amazing. [profile] oxfordgirl has promised fic to anyone who sponsors me via her lj. I was actually going to make the same offer over here, but it seems unfair on people who have already given me money. So, if you want fic, drop me a prompt. I can't promise, but I'm going to be spending a while on trains and so on over the next few days, so it's reasonably likely you'll get something.

And if you want to sponsor me, the link is here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JessieHolder
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I love my life.
It is full of wonderful people, doing wonderful things. It is queer. It is full of music and stories.
I am getting to do amazing things with amazing people. I am doing the kinds of things I always wanted to be doing. I love everything, and all you amazing people not least. I am buzzing, still. Haven't stopped in weeks. This week might have been comedown week, but ohhhhh I love the En Travesti crowd. My mind is buzzing with ideas for future projects, and I feel on top of the fucking world. I'm surrounded by people who care about the things that I care about. This, right here, this is what I was looking for; this is why Oxford, why music college. This is why. Music, and stories, and identity politics, and performance, and people.
I dreamed of this, and thought it was impossible. Here I am, now, and my eyes are wide enough open that I know it for what it is, for culmination and starting point both.
And I am thankful, and ecstatic, yes. And full of love.

Concert

Jul. 6th, 2010 01:41 pm
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I've left posting this last minte, as per usual. Organisation being such a strong point of mine.

I am singing in a concert, this Sunday, 11th of July, at 7.30, at St John on Bethnal Green, right by Bethnal Green tube.

My trio, the Brigantia Consort presents With Merry Glee, an eclectic programme of psalmody, folk music and improvisation, with an early music twist. Tickets £5 (£4 concs). Would love to see some of you there!

Maelstrom

Jun. 3rd, 2010 02:39 pm
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On the minus side:
I can't find most of my make-up.
A communication failure means my armour may not make site.
My roll mat has gone walk about.

On the plus side:
I still feel really fucking positive :D
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Pushups:
14, 18, 14, 14, (>20)21

Squats:
19, 24, 19, 19, (>27)41
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Did the exhaustion test to restart this, cos I need to start getting back to moving and using my body, now I can turn my head both ways :D

Managed 26; which means I've not actually lost hardly any ground on where I was when I stopped, and I'll start again in column three week three on Sunday.
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Really, really should have done this a couple of days ago.

From [personal profile] opportunemoment: Vicky, a dear WP friend of mine, has just had a terrible family tragedy. She just sent me this email (and gave me the OK to pass it on):

"Hi everyone

Normally I would never, ever make a request for donations to a charity that benefited a member of my family, but desperate times call for desperate measures...

http://www.justgiving.com/Casa-Alianza-Emergency

This is my cousin Dan, gorgeous, funny, slightly weird Dan who has spent the last few years working with street children in South America. He came home occasionally with tales of being smuggled in car boots across country borders because a drugs gang wanted to kill him after he took some of their child-workers away to a school. He made a difference, a real difference, and my family is so very proud of him. Stupidly, stupidly, he dived into a shallow jungle river in Guatemala on New Year's Day and broke his neck in three places. He has come out of the coma but he can only blink. He is not expected to improve. He has indicated to my aunt, who has flown to be with him in hospital in Bogota, that he is prepared to spend a year like this, and then go to Switzerland to die.

We want Dan home. He is not insured, so we have to find £90,000 to fly him back. Because he cannot breathe for himself, he requires a rare kind of air ambulance that has closely regulated cabin pressure so it won't interfere with his ventilator.

If he dies before we can bring him home, all the money will go to the street children charity for whom he worked. Coffins are so much cheaper to bring back.

I am so sorry to ask you something like this, it goes against all my principles, and I won't be remotely offended if you prefer not to make a donation. But I have to ask everyone I know, do you see?

Vicky


PS. If you want to know more about Dan and are on Facebook, go to HELP DAN for a page of messages from friends and family, plus lots of photos and good memories."


I'd like anyone reading this to think about helping out - I would also be eternally grateful if some of my flist reposted this message and boosted the signal for her.

Thank you.

(This is a real life person who I know and trust absolutely. It's a bit sad that I feel I need to say that right up front, but... I've seen these things turn bad before, both with people who aren't really in need and people who are.)
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I have been pissing around on AO3.

The first fic posted in the football rpf category? Is David Beckham / Victoria Beckham HET.

I am mildly peturbed, and couldn't quite tell you why....

Yuletide!

Dec. 22nd, 2009 12:48 am
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[community profile] yuletide successfully uploaded with an hour and fifteen minutes to spare. I'm trying to work out if that's the closest to the wire I've ever pushed it. I think it might be. An appropriate thing to be doing as solstice ticked over, I feel. *nodnod*

It's not quite the story I meant to write, but I am really quite fond of it nonetheless.

Also, OMG Archive Of Our Own squeee! Really liking it so far. Upload interface completely intuitive.
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Gareth Thomas becomes rugby union's first out gay player

Oh, this made me sniffle, a little. Partly, cos the reactions are so postive, and he'll be such a useful role model for some people. And partly because it's been more than a fucking decade since I first started writing about gay footballers in the premier league - it's been about thirteen years, in fact - and if you'd asked me back then, I'd have said, a decade on and there'd be someone out in the top flight of professional football. I wouldn't have believed I'd be in a position to marry my partner; but I'd have told you it couldn't possibly take more than a decade for professional football to have a mainstream gay role model....

whut?

Dec. 18th, 2009 12:12 am
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No, seriously, you guys. It is snowing. Like really a lot. Like, it must be a good few inches deep already and it's still coming down really thickly! And the flakes are HUGE, and the electricity was being unreliable earlier but seems to have settled, and it's SNOWING. Like, seriously big time fucking snowing.
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Maelstrom fic. AUish, based on a gtalk conversation from earlier this afternoon. I'm choosing to blame [profile] oxfordgirl. FOIPish, if you know what you're looking for.


things fall apart )

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