So, what have I been doing lately? Well, aside from work (geriatric nursing), I took a couple of weeks off in March to go visit my sister and her family in Ontario. Driving. Which meant two days of driving at either end. I also took the time whilst there to go visit a friend in London, ON, that I hadn’t seen in over ten years, probably closer to over fifteen years, and another friend who lives down in Detroit, MI. All in all, it was a good trip.
I also managed to finish doing the re-formatting of the Otalia Virtual Seasons (season 3) into eReader formats (ePub and PDF). That was a long time in coming. There’s still a bit of work to do on incorporating the links throughout the OVS website.
Writing. I’m working on the beginning stages of an original novel…well, I’ve got as far as the first chapter almost finished. I’ve been storyboarding other chapters. And since I managed to luck in to a 50% off sale on Scrivener writing program, I bought it, and it’s been nice to storyboard using that. An idea for a scene comes up and I just put it in an index card and work on it as the scene begins to get filled in. As it’s a pet project with no deadline, I have the unfortunate knack of procrastination…except when the characters start talking, then I have to pay a bit more attention.
Reading. Currently split between different sources. Books: Kerry Howard’s Dear Codebreaker: The Letters of Margaret Rock (Bletchley Park Code Breaker) & John Rock (Parachute & Glider Forces Pioneer), Peter Robinson’s Gallows View (the first of the DCI Banks series of books), along with various fan-fiction stories that interest me. And that is when I haven’t been spending inordinate amounts of time on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr primarily).
Watching. Most of the time I wait until a series is over and just marathon the heck out of it, particularly with British television stuff that I’ve acquired. Of North American stuff this winter/spring: Lost Girl, Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy, Republic of Doyle, The Fosters, Rizzoli & Isles. Waiting on new seasons of Warehouse 13 and Orphan Black. Of British stuff, I’ve marathoned some older stuff in preparation for the most current series of shows: Last Tango in Halifax, DCI Banks, Shetland, The Bletchley Circle, Line of Duty, Law & Order UK, Endeavour, along with some slightly older stuff, just because I found it: Single Father, Broadchurch, Call the Midwife, Doctor Who, The Escape Artist. Last night I came across a new series with some favourite actresses – Hermione Norris and Suranne Jones, in The Crimson Field about a group of British nurses on the fields in France during World War I. So far it looks very intriguing, and I’m looking forward to much more. Shows I’m looking forward to that are up-coming and returning: Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley and a new series of Scott & Bailey, an 8th series of Lewis, and various other things along the way. The RadioTimes website’s is a wonderful place to spot new and returning series, for which I write on sticky notes and attach to my calendar (or wall next to calendar).
Photography. Working on putting some of my UK 2013 travel pictures into a photo book. In organization process right now. I also need to go through some of the photos I took whilst away last month. Procrastination rears its head again. Well that and the need for food and sleep, both of which I need to get to soonish, in that order.