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Musical Update: July 2018

Firstly, karaoke. I’m still being volunteered for karaoke at FantasyCon this year, and I was sort of settled between Dusty Springfield’s Son Of A Preacher Man and You Can’t Hurry Love by The Supremes. Then a friend jokes that she wants to sing The Phantom of the Opera, and I – not having seen the film, and not really remembering much of the song – am cheerfully egging her on.

Until she volunteers me for Christine’s part.

And I go and listen to the damn song.

*cue WTF face*

So, uh. I did some singing where not too many people can hear me and…I can (just about) hit those notes. I’d need a bucketload of courage and a few drinks beforehand, but…

Why am I even considering this?!

In other news, I’ve spent this weekend listening to a bunch of random (and I do mean random!) music. A friend at work made me a sort-of-mixtape – aka. he listed a bunch of songs – and so I’ve spent some of the weekend bouncing between Roddy Woomble (don’t ask about the name), Father John Misty, Scissor Sisters and Beck, with some added Queens of the Stone Age and Patrick Wolf thrown in. Said friend is nothing if not eclectic!

I’ve also finally listened to Frank Turner’s new album, Be More Kind – I was a bit hesitant as Frank Turner brings up a lot of memories, but I really like Be More Kind and Blackout, and I’m definitely going to get the album so I can listen to the others on repeat.

I’m also delving into Imagine Dragons, Cash Cash, The Chainsmokers, Clean Bandit, Bears Den and Walking On Cars, so it’s been a fairly random but also quite musical couple of months!

Have my current favourite upbeat tune to brighten your day 🙂

A Random Kate Update: July

Thames River viewUgh. I’ve hit the job anxiety stage, which hopefully won’t last long before it gets to the ok-I’m-doing-good stage, but is not fun while it lasts. I had my 3-month review (3 months?! HOW!) and work are still happy, which is awesome, and I’m still loving it, which is even more awesome, and I’m making friends and plotting world domination and eating cake and reading books.

It rocks!

Apart from the anxiety which is just….my daft brain. My colleague has been absolutely wonderful with it (I may have cried on him a little bit…) and it’s mostly under control, so I’m hoping it lasts!

I’ve been investigating more bits of Oxford; I ended up randomly going out for dinner with a friend earlier this week, went out for cake with some work friends yesterday, am going out again at the end of the week (yeah, this week is taking up all my social spoons!) – it’s really nice to have the energy to explore and see people.

The housing situation (aka. I can’t stay at Jo’s forever, lovely as she is) is hopefully getting sorted *fingers crossed* and I still get to walk down the river every morning for my commute, and I’ve been getting some writing done…

I’d just like the weather to be a little less hot (if only because it makes it hard to sleep, and restless + anxiety brain = nightmares) but hey, I can live with sunshine when Oxford’s a beautiful city to wander around.

So everything is still grand! I have spoons and not too much anxiety and I’m getting to read amazing books as part of my job, and life currently rocks!

A Snippet of a New Story

A random snippet from the new No Man’s series story…

“I am the Emissary of the Elven Kingdom of the Golden Sycamore.” The sylph turns her head back to Luk. “We wish you to deny Stromberg the lives. When previously informed of this situation, the Merlin was accepting of the urgency and problematic nature of this.”

“Which Merlin was this?” Elise asks, in her sweetest and most confused elderly-lady manner.

The sylph shrugs. “Human names are not memorable to me.”

“Nevertheless,” Luk puts in. “Stromberg is going to, at some uncertain point in the future, try to…what? Kill a bunch of humans? And that somehow powers their Castle?”

“Steal,” the sylph corrects. “We do not know what they do with them, only that they are taken into the Castle and Stromberg’s power is renewed. We do not want this to happen.”

“Yes, I got that. So, the million-dollar question: why should I care?”

Rachel’s sigh is strong enough to blow biscuit crumbs off the plate. Elise reaches out and carefully brushes them up, before standing to deposit them in the sink.

“The previous Merlin considered this-”

“Yes, I’m sure,” Luk says. “But I don’t care. Stromberg can’t have been kidnapping ridiculous numbers of humans, otherwise the rest of Faerie and most of the human world would have taken steps, so I don’t see why you’re trying to get me involved in something that’s obviously a power play between two Courts.”

“If they’re kidnapping people, Luk…” Rachel starts.

“People die every day. The Fae kidnapping humans is nothing new. I’ve got enough to do without getting my ass put on the line by a power that’s perfectly able to deal with it themselves if they wanted to.”

“Do young humans going missing not bother you?”

“Children?” Rachel says, giving Luk a glare. “They’re kidnapping children to somehow power their Castle?”

Luk rolls his eyes. “Go join a charity commission if you’re going to be that much of a preacher! If they’re still powerful it’s obviously not the first time they’ve done it, so there’s still no reason why I should care.”

“If you do this,” the sylph says, “then the Elven Kingdom will consider one of your debts to us paid.”

Luk pauses, and then says, “Well, that’s just fucking bollocks. I don’t think I-”

“Fickin bullcks?” a small toddler’s voice says from the doorway.