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Sep 30, 2009

Well, that was an interesting couple of months. Sophie is now finally back at school after a ten week summer holiday, which means I can actually get some work done again. That’s not quite fair on the by-now very frazzled Mrs H who has done a sterling job as taxi driver, painting and crafts supervisor, games inventor, reading coach, cake baker, etc, as well as organizing the innumerable Fun Club and  ... Read more

Jun 21, 2009

Some things are so weird they simply become wonderful.

We took the kids to the Rutland agricultural show the other weekend, itself a jolly experience in English eccentricity set in the grounds of Burley House where farmers and all their support companies show off the best they have now and the best they used to have. As we walked round looking at prize bulls, the dentist’s stall, the harrier simulator, the goats’ tent, and  ... Read more

Feb 17, 2009

Welcome to the Rutlander hypochondriac blog, entry 758 and counting.

So... kidney stones. Apparently the worst pain it’s possible for a human to experience. I can vouch for that. Mrs H disputes it, of course, especially the bit when I tell her it’s worse than childbirth. As she pointed out: it was a male doctor who said that to you, wasn’t it? Yes dear. But I kid you not, it was quite horrific. Especially the bit when I went back to the Big City hospital (see previous medical-themed blog entry). This time they  ... Read more

Dec 20, 2008

To be honest, not much happening here. Well, I’m not doing much other than writing and jogging and starting into the Christmas party routine. However, I can look out of the shed window and see plenty of other people hard at work building the new kitchen. That’s a small understatement and implies that we’re just fitting a few new cupboards and a sink or something along those lines, whereas we’re actually building a new room on the back of the house to put a new kitchen into. And it’s still  ... Read more

Oct 18, 2008

Nothing like publication day to guilt me into writing a blog piece. So I expect you want to know that Evolutionary Void is proceeding apace, and will be in months ahead of schedule. I’d like to know that too. It certainly proceeds ... Read more

Jul 5, 2008

There are levels of reassurance.

Under the circumstances, being told "that's completely average" was something of a relief. But then I was lying on the floor where I'd collapsed, with an oxygen mask clamped on to try and calm my breathing while the paramedic crew were giving me an intravenous anti-nausea ... Read more

May 19, 2008

So here we are again, back at work. After spending a year writing Temporal Void looking out of the shed window at my garden thinking about all the mowing, pruning, digging, planting, and so on that I'd like to be doing; two weeks of actually being out there doing the digging mowing etc and I'm rather glad to be back behind the computer screen. Both sets of editorial notes for Temporal Void are in, and thankfully nothing major wrong with it ... according to the ... Read more

Mar 1, 2008

Okay, world's quickest written blog coming up.

I'm on the second to last chapter of Temporal Void, and still not sure if I'm going to make it before I have to pack up my word processor and head for the USA. I should have been finished by now, but life happens, as they say. Boring writerly bit alert. Had a bad  ... Read more

Dec 20, 2007

Season's greetings to you all. Though perhaps not my electric utility company who chose the week before Christmas to send me a massive bill; nor indeed the UK Vehicle Agency who decided to fine me for not renewing my late father's car tax (complicated story - won't bore you). That aside, the wind up (slippery slope down?) to the day itself has been going well. Most presents bought, food collected, nativity plays attended, etc etc. Lots of people  ... Read more

Nov 7, 2007

Today is Getting Things Done day. I hate that. It's not getting writing done, it's dealing with the paperwork that piles up and up and up that I keep putting off. So I've spent my time chasing up the Driving Agency, Tax office, bank, insurance - a long boring list. Like anyone who works for themselves, I'm always horrified by how complicated everyone else (companies, government) make such simple things. Throw in the anti-money laundering laws  ... Read more

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