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posted by [personal profile] arachne at 09:04pm on 06/12/2010
December 3 – Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). (Author: Ali Edwards)

Ooooooh, there could be so many! This year I've fely a whole lot more alive on the whole than I remember ever feeling, and that's made up of a whole load of moments where I've realised that yup, this here life is pretty damn good. To pick just one though...

Preamble to the moment: I'm walking to the Landrover with SD. I mention that I love off-roading in Landies, and he holds out the keys. I clarify that I mean as a passenger - I don't drive. He's still holding out the keys. I continue, telling him I haven't driven for about 15 years and probably can't remember how. He assures me that it's an automatic, and it'll be fine. I've never driven an automatic before and have no idea how they work. He's still holding out the keys, and who am I to look a gift-sparky in the mouth? I start driving, and I'm in insta-grin territory. This beast is *lovely*.

Not long after this, I'm driving around the field, and we have a long, clear way to go before the next stop. SD says "floor it." I don't have to be told twice. My foot presses the accelerator to the floor, the V8 growls into life, and I bomb across the field, grinning wider than any loon. Bouncing across the (slightly squelchy) grass, with this beautiful vehicle at my command - there probably are words for how good that felt, but I don't know them.

I really need to get my driving license...
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posted by [personal profile] arachne at 08:58pm on 06/12/2010
December 2 – Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

Amusingly, the thing that doesn't contribute to my writing kept me from writing this for a few days. Basically, since I've moved, I've been Doing Stuff. There are meets, I have friends visiting - my life is pretty full. Can I eliminate it? I probably *could*, but I sure as hell don't want to. I'm really enjoying life, and the doing things, and the seeing people, and being able to have friends to stay so no - I'm not going to eliminate that.

Also, I've found that while it doesn't contribute to my actually getting any writing done, it gives me a whole lot more to write about than if I just sat on my arse, pissing about on the internet. It all balances out, I figure.
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posted by [personal profile] arachne at 04:57pm on 01/12/2010
December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?

One word. OK, starting off on an easy one, I see.
There are so many one words that I could choose, which is a good thing, and definitely a change from previous years, where I've been stuck in a miasma of misdiagnosed and mismedicated mental illness.
With that in mind, the word for this year has to be "change". What a change it's been from the start of the year, when I was headachy from incense, getting told I was a shit photographer by drunken idiots who wouldn't know the front of a camera from the back, and being rudely awoken by my housemate/ex loudly breaking a promise and letting me know that the place I considered a home really wasn't one any more, to now, when I've moved to my very own place, in a whole new city, all on my own. I've ditched the codependency that I realised I was clinging onto, got rid of one or two incredibly toxic people from my life, met some awesome ones to fill in the gaps, and am living a lifestyle I've always wanted to, but been too scared to.

Bit of a change there then.

Possibly the undernote to all this - I no longer balk at thinking of myself as an adult, or grown-up. There's a big difference between nodding and agreeing with this, and actually *feeling* it - and now I get the difference, and I feel it. It feels pretty damn awesome.

For next year... I wouldn't object to another year of change. I still have a long way to go, but I think the changes that are ahead of me are less big. I hopefully won't move city, or even flat. I hopefully won't leave any relationships, and I very much hope I won't have to cut away any dead, rotting wood. For next year then, I nominate - and will do everything in my power to creat - growth.

Goddamn, I'm such a hippy. I'm also leaving this public, because I have no reason to hide anymore. Booya.
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posted by [personal profile] arachne at 04:47pm on 01/12/2010
I'm taking part in #reverb10 - a reflection on the year past, and looking towards the new year. I'm trying to get into the habit of writing again (which nano certainly helped with, even though I did most of it in the last 3 days), and I figure this should help. I also know I have a horrifically bad memory, so blogging about this year seems a good idea.

That said, on with the #reverb10!
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posted by [personal profile] arachne at 10:40am on 24/08/2010
I know this is a very long-shot, I can't even remember if any of you are in Athens, but I figure it's worth a try.

A friend of mine, a lovely, talented, awesome woman, has fallen on some hard times (and been treated really badly by some people) and has become homeless. She's doing everything she can to pull herself up by the bootstraps, has found a lawyer, and is getting herself back on her feet.

As part of this, she's looking for a room in Athens (to be close to her daughter). Do any of you have anything, or know of anyone who might?

If you do (and I know it's a long-shot), could you get in touch with me in the first instance, and I'll put you in touch with her?

Thanks - any help is greatly appreciated.
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posted by [personal profile] arachne at 11:39pm on 20/08/2010

IMG_2989, originally uploaded by ara.

Are done, dusted and up here.

Enjoy!

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posted by [personal profile] arachne at 10:13pm on 16/06/2010
What are your top 5 must-see films?

I'm jonesing to watch some stuff, but despite knowing there are loads of absolute classics I haven't got 'round to yet, my mind is a blank.
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posted by [personal profile] arachne at 03:13pm on 14/05/2010
Books and DVDs for the buying, please take it all, I don't want to move it, and I need to raise money fast.
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posted by [personal profile] arachne at 11:30pm on 30/04/2010
Anyone who knows me will know how difficult this is for me, but it's necessary in many ways. So, without further ado, I have the following books looking for new homes. They cost what it takes me to get to them, although donations to the moving/kiln fund* are always gratefully received.

*details soon, as soon as I figure out paypal "donate" buttons.

The Books!

Hardback:
Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk
Backwards - Rob Grant

Paperback:
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister - Gregory Maguire
The Donnie Darko Book - Richard Kelley
The Smiling School for Calvinists - Bill Duncan
The End of the Affair - Graham Greene
Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
The Edible Woman - Margaret Atwood

One for Sorrow Two for Joy - Clive Woodall
Nylon Angel - Marianne De Pierres
Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdin
The Monk - Matthew lewis
The God Of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
The Book of Loss - Judith Jedamus
In The Company of the Courtesan - Sarah Dunant
Wormwood - G.P. Taylor
Lint - Steve Aylett
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
The Wall Jumper - Peter Schneider
My Life As Emperor - Su Tong
The Turning - Paul J Newell
Slouching Towards bethlehem - joan Didion

Conditions vary, more details on request. All have been read, some come highly recommended, others not so much, but I figure take a chance on a name that catches your eye - it's not going to break the bank and you might discover a book you really like ;)
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posted by [personal profile] arachne at 04:46pm on 11/02/2010

Rings!, originally uploaded by ara.

I made these! :D

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