This week, Monday 6th January 2014

No More Christmas

Merly BooSo I must return to work tomorrow. This brings a sadness upon me. I haven’t done a huge amount with my fortnight off, but I suppose that was the idea. I’m not sure I’m ready to deal with other people- to talk to them, look at them… It sounds frightful. I’ve had a very restful break – a break not just from work but from all the stuff that happened before Christmas. It’s always hard to tell if we’re genuinely rested – I tend to sleep abominably in the run up to going back to work but with luck I’ll knock myself out on a cat or something. I have seen most of my family for at least a little while and have had much time with just my other half and our adorable cat.

Also, the joy of ‘lounge pants’ has been conferred upon me. They are Superman-styled and fuzzy; it’s like wearing an inside-out cat. They also attract Merly, so I have a furry purry lap. She’s been quite exhausted by the amount of lying down, sitting and stroking she’s received this Christmas – we have had a grand time.

There are no Christian superstitions that matter to me one jot, so it’s always disappointing to be taking down the festive decorations at the beginning of January. Thankfully it is now clear that our winter Lego diorama is a seasonal rather than Christmas setting, so that can stay. I usually keep at least one set of fairy lights through the year too. I like the pretty sparkles.

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This Week

It is going to be a rather hectic week, so it’s possible I won’t even notice being back at work! Monday night is an evening of peace (and probably more Boardwalk Empire), but on Tuesday I see my improv for confidence client again (time to check on homework), Wednesday is Pub Poetry Nottingham, Thursday is Gorilla Burger, Friday is Pub Poetry Burton and on Saturday it’s a good friend’s birthday. That’s the way to do a first week back at work!

Somewhere in all of that I hope to squeeze some writing time… I’ve almost (finally) finished the next chapter of The Desert Crystals which has had a shameful absence these past few months. I’ve also photographed my Christmas Lego fun and just need to add some wordses and pictures and make them available to the loving eyes of the internet.

♥ Last Week’s Scribbles

Film Review: Frozen (2013) – I loved it, despite my fears about the awful trailer.

Lego Blog: Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 – a good, if a bit repetitive advent calendar made up for by the minifigs.

TV: The Mentalist 

The catching up has continued and we watched all the episodes of The Mentalist that we’d missed in one exciting rush. That’s brought us to the mid-season finale (?) where (*spoilers*) Patrick Jane finally slays Red John. It was all rather satisfying, showing us Jane’s characteristic arrogance, good cheer and shockingly manipulative behaviour in full effect. It seemed a bit odd that the rest of the main cast were sidelined for most of the last two episodes, handcuffed in a car.

I’m also very much hoping they haven’t really killed off Bret Stiles, the charismatic cult leader of Visualise. It’s been a great recurring role for Malcolm McDowell as well as a fun jab at the Scientologists and other loons. I’m not sure where the show has left to go now that Red John is (apparently) dead… but this is only the halfway mark of the season, and I’m pretty sure there’s a season 6 after this too. Yay?

Books

The Fat Years by Chan Koonchung

I’ve managed to get halfway through this thriller that was banned in China, but I’ve abandoned it. It’s very rare that I give up on a book but this one just feels as if it has nothing going for it. In principle it should be thrilling – lies and deception in China, government secrets and cover ups – a whole missing month and a change to the entire country’s mindset. But somehow it’s slow and tedious and it’s a genuine effort to get through a page of boring naive characters.

It may just be me, or maybe the translation but it feels leaden and completely lacks tension or intrigue – the things almost every review I can find of it tells me I should expect. I was reluctant to give up, but I needed to read something that would grip me. Maybe I’ll continue it one day.

Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindquist

This was what I picked up to read after giving up on The Fat Years and in terms of tension, writing and interest is its polar opposite. I’m cheerfully plowing through pages of horrible characters, killers in the woods and really really creepy children. It seems like a winner to me. I haven’t seen the film, and though I’ve heard it’s good (the original at any rate) the book is certainly excellent.

Events and Excitement

Wednesday 8th January 2014

Pub Poetry – Open Mic Comic Lit

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An evening of poetry karaoke – bring your stories, poems and songs just so long as they’re funny.

The Canalhouse
Canal Street
Nottingham
8.00pm – FREE

https://www.facebook.com/events/333865666752917/

Thursday 9th January 2014

Gorilla Burger: improv comedy carnage

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Jam show – a chance for anyone to get on stage, and a superb opportunity to get an idea of what Nottingham improv is all about.
The Corner
8 Stoney Street
(off Broad Street)
Nottingham
7.30pm – £4

https://www.facebook.com/events/780799861945613/

Friday 10th January 2014

Pub Poetry – Open Mic Comic Lit

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An evening of poetry karaoke – bring your stories, poems and songs just so long as they’re funny.

The Old Cottage Tavern
Byrkley Street
Burton on Trent
7.30pm – FREE

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