On writing

Jul. 9th, 2008 07:45 am
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The bout of insane creativity continues - that's 5 sets of lyrics in 10 days. (See previous LJ entries if you don't believe me)

Part of it is definitely down to having the Moleskine, and carrying it with me everywhere - being able to scribble down ideas, snippets whenever I can is really helping. I'm also sure that the quality of said little notebook helps - it's nice having something that looks and feels good to work in. And [livejournal.com profile] telynor is dead right about a fountain pen too. :) Having picked up a black Lamy Safari at Rymans yesterday, I've discovered two things:
  • it makes me write slower and neater, because
  • writing becomes a joy, above and beyond just a means of getting words down on paper. I find myself writing things down more!
I haven't owned a fountain pen since senior school (barring a few calligraphy pens at university), and I'd forgotten how tactile and pleasant the act of laying ink down on paper with a nib is compared to using a biro or even a gel or fibre tip.
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This one is for [livejournal.com profile] bardling. who asked if I'd thought about writing it after she read the words to the first Dr. Who inspired song I wrote today.

I hadn't.


More spoilers for 'Journey's End' )
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After I wrote my post on songwriting, I thought I might try and chronicle the creation of a song at some point.

I wasn't expecting Waiting In The Deep quite so soon, but since it's fresh in my mind, I'll see what I can do. Basically, I'm reconstructing this from memory and the crossings out in my Moleskine!

So here goes... ).
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Moleskine + transport = win, be it plane (This Is My Land), train (The Miller's Tale) or car* Waiting In The Deep )

[*] Relax, [livejournal.com profile] bardling was driving!
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Since several folks asked, I will be putting up an MP3 of Three Days Away from my Duckon set (recorded by [livejournal.com profile] phillip2637, to whom many thanks) just as SOON as I can get it off the MacBook!

[Edit] ... or from Philip. Here you go.
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Following on from parts 1 & 2...

Contata )

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] redaxe, [livejournal.com profile] dvtune and [livejournal.com profile] gorgeousgary for loan of guitars, and to [livejournal.com profile] ladymondegreen for letting me have a concert set! I had a BALL!

Next time, though? Bringing my own guitar!
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And off we go: heres part 2. Part 1 is here.


Next? Contata.
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So, Yahoo! UK kindly agreed to let me go attend YAPC::NA, a Perl conference at IIT in Chicago.

A quick peek at the US SF convention calendar revealed Duckon in Chicago the weekend before, and Contata the weekend after, and a little negotiation with my boss got me the vacation to do it, so....

Without further ado, and with the unwitting (at least in part) sponsorship of Yahoo! UK Ltd, here is... Mike's US Tour 2008 )
Duckon in summary? Had a ball. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] janmagic for letting me have a set, and everyone (including the folks I forgot to namecheck) for making me feel welcome.
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Well, here I am in work in Clapham.

Took the usual train in with [livejournal.com profile] djbp: there were at most two or three people fewer in our carriage, if that. Certainly I didn't miss any faces I recognise.

King's Cross Underground station is closed except for the Met line, so [livejournal.com profile] djbp and I walked to Euston, and took the very slightly emptier than usual Victoria line train (my usual) from there instead: he got off at Green Park, to walk to Hyde Park Corner and pick up the bit of the Piccadilly Line that was running. Me, I got into Victoria about 8 mins later than I usually do, and was in the office before 8:15.

Pretty much an ordinary Monday: I've certainly had more disrupted journeys due to overrunning engineering works.

So: how'd the rest of you who commute in to London manage this morning? Post it in your LJ and lets see how much fear, terror and disruption there is burning the length and breadth of Britain, shall we? :)

Friday five

Jul. 8th, 2005 07:59 pm
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1. How did you learn about yesterday's bombings in London?

Via Fiona at work, who phoned in just after I got to the office to let us know there was a major security alert at Liverpool Street, and she might be late: thence to http://news.bbc.co.uk/ and http://www.skynews.co.uk/

2. Do you have any personal connections to the area?

My morning commute takes me across the middle of London.

3. Do you use public transportation?

Every day I work in London :)

4. Have you ever let threats of terrorism change the way that you live each day?

Hell no. Not from choice, anyway. If terrorism-inspired law/regulation changes force me to, then yes.

5. If you could say something directly to the person or group responsible for this tragedy, what would you say?

I don't think I have anything to say that wouldn't be profoundly un-Christian. In such cases, silence is no bad weapon.
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Home at last.

It appears I didn't cause Euston station to be closed at 3.20, which is a relief. I was walking off the Victoria line train, only to notice, hanging off one of the stanchions that used to hold litter bins, a blue carrier bag, which appeared to be full of rubbish. Now, it's 99% likely that's exactly what it was full of, but just in case, I nabbed the two policemen at the top of the escalator by the ticket barrier and drew their attention to it.

Uneventful journey back, apart from that.


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