sesquepadalia: (Alex)
I have decided, today is "Do Nice Things for Your Partner Day"



Previously rejected titles include:

Clean All The Things Day

Dirt Inspection Day

Stop Putting off the Housework Alex, You Lazy Slattern, Day

Doom Of Dust Day

Shiny New Microwave Requires Shiny Kitchen Day

Let's Pretend to Our Friends that The Apartment is Always Like This Even Though They've Been Here When It Isn't Day

No Clean Mugs and I Require Tea Day

Conforming to Societally Mandated Gender Roles Day

Sick of Not Being Able to Find Anything Day

Darling if You Ask Me to Wash Your Work Shirts For You Before Going Out It's Best That You Make Sure They're In The Washing Basket And Not in The Giant Heap On the Floor So That When I Do The Laundry They Actually Get Put In The Wash And Not Left There Because I Haven't Got Round To Tidying The Bedroom Yet And I Didn't Spot Them And So Assumed You Meant Work Jumper Which Was In The Basket Only To Find Out Later That There Are Three Dirty Shirts in The Huge Pile So You're Evidently On Your Last One And The Wash Is Already On Day

Forgot The Orange Juice At Tesco Day

Man, I Really Ought To Have Given Isabel That Christmas Present By Now Day

Finding Things In Unexpected Places Day

Enjoying This Day-Naming Too Much Day

Raiders of the Lost Carpet

Cleaning The House Because You Don't Want To Admit You're Scared Of Finishing Your PGCE Application And Submitting Your Novel Manuscript To More Agents Day

Cleaning The House Because You Don't Want To Admit That The Reason For the Latter is Because You're Scared of Setting Up Your New Printer Day...
sesquepadalia: (Satire)
Am I the only person who gets annoyed by the use of "Man Cards" and "Man Points"? 

Men do not have a monopoly on being useful and awesome. Nor should being awesome be something out of the ordinary for men but expected for women, or vis versa. 

I approve of the idea of "Adult Points" for people doing something Like An Adult (or Like A Boss, as I've also heard).
I also approve of the idea of "Brownie Points" for going above and beyond the call of duty in being shiny and awesome.

The idea of giving and deducting Man Cards for conforming to gender stereotypes can fuck right off. 

Anyone with me?
sesquepadalia: (Default)
A lot of things can happen in a week.

You can grow up, fall in love, lose yourself, find yourself again, break a cycle, make a decision or slay some demons.

I think, this last week, I've done a few of those. I've also turned 25 and finished writing a novel. Which, co-incidentally, takes place over the course of one week in September, and completely changes the protagonist's life. 

When I say "finished" - I realise I'll probably have to go back and re-draft a few more bits a few more times, but this draft is the first one I can honestly say feels "complete." The plot is there, the structure is there and unlikely to undergo any substantial changes, the characters feel properly developed, and events are hooking together and linking back to make a cohesive whole. 
I'm feeling fairly positive. 

The bigger question is "what now"? 
Well, First thing is I'm entering it in the Mslexia novel competition. Have done, I should say. 
Then I'm going to start working out all the business shit, like how to write a synopsis and cover letter and all that jazz. 
Then, if I don't hear anything from Mslexia, I'm going to start sending out to agents and publishers. 

I'm also going to take five minutes to wibble in a corner, because this shit just got real

If anyone actually knows any agents or publishers, especially those interested in the field of Speculative Fiction (SF/Fantasy), then I would be most interested to hear from them... 
sesquepadalia: (Mr Sniffly)
I detest exercise. I get just about none - I don't go to the gym, play any sports or, quite frankly, walk anywhere particularly far.*
My husband [livejournal.com profile] vevaphonics is forcing me - forcing me -to do the 200-situps challenge. I am attempting to skiive off as much of this as humanly possible.
I cannot do a single press up, and have no desire to be able to do so.
My knee is borked and I don't even do my physio exercises to sort it out.

I am not on a diet. I fail diets forever. I love chocolate, and have no intention of quitting. I refuse to drink diet coke, eat diet mayonaise, or anything reduced fat, low fat or "lite". And we eat too many takeaways, and rich food but man are they yummy.**

The house is a mess, and I don't clean or hoover as often as I should.***

I made no New Years Resolutions this year, and I don't feel guilty about that in the slightest.****

I refuse to be "like an adult" - I like my life, and if I die young, at least I die happy. And probably fat.

I don't know how [livejournal.com profile] vevaphonics puts up with me...





Adultish adenda:
* When we move, we might get a Puppy and eventually fix this problem.
** Ok, we need to cut down on the takeaways. But at least we do get plenty of veg, and quite decent food, even if the portions are a bit big. We're not bad when it comes to cooking!
*** Though, actually, I am planning to do some spring cleaning... whether or not this actually happens... well, we'll see.
**** Except for giving up the cigarettes. Again.


DISCLAIMER: I have no problem with anyone who is trying to be Like An Adult. This is not at all a comment on them - I think it's a great thing, and I wish them the best. I'm just not up to the task myself right now, and I'm sick and tired of feeling guilty for failing at it.

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