Category Archives: Blogging

The Legion of 70,000

I just reached 70,000 views on this blog. Yes, the thing is 4 years old and I go ages without posting. But that’s still pretty crazy.

Not sure what to do with this. Maybe start an army. An army who will sort my database. 

Future New Blog (and why I haven’t been blogging)

I’ve been rubbish at posting. When I decided to stop blogging predominately about my life, I had grand plans of giving the site a make-over. Informational posts only. Kind of a publishing journalism sort of thing. As you can see that never happened.

Although, I do have my excuses. Here they are:

*Edinburgh Book Fest (AMAZING!)
*Spending nearly two weeks getting caught up with everything that I had to let slide during the Book Fest and following up on contacts made in Edinburgh
*Two weeks holiday (A few days at home, then ten days in Turkey with HP)
*Prep for Frankfurt Book Fest
*Frankfurt Book Fest next week

Oh, and doing the Dundee-to-Glasgow-commuter-relationship with HP, takes up more time than you’d think.

So, new plan. Once I’m back from Germany I’ll give NFTI the big ‘ol make-over it deserves. I promise.

Non-Bathtub Blogroll: The Swollen Edition

Due to the Olympics, I became homesick for living near London and got totally sucked into the games, which made me think that I could be all sporty, and I tried to be sporty, but instead I fell flat on my face and sprained my ankle.

Now my foot and the bottom part of my leg looks like it’s wearing a water-wing. I’m all bandaged and black and blue.

But, having a bunged up ankle isn’t really the problem, because I’m working from home so I don’t have to maneuver the stairs out of the flat. Plus, HarryPotter’s been coming around quite a lot – we was around all weekend. The problem is that the Edinburgh Book Fest is nearly here and I was finally going to go. I was sooooo psyched. Oh, plus, it will be my birthday during the Festival so I had plans to act like a drunken literary fuckwit the night of my birthday after the readings, which is totally hard to do when hobbling around on crutches. I’m still going no matter what state of mobility I am in, but it won’t be as good. Edinburgh has lots of stairs.

Anyway, here I am talking about my personal life. Which I said I wouldn’t do. Which is also why I try not to visit the blog more than once a week, for fear that I’ll get hooked again.

So, some really cool links that you may like:

Funny woman Pamela Ribon’s website totally recommened by JudiSunshine.

9 Foreign Words the English Language Desperately Needs: I’ve decided that I’m going to start slipping some of these words into everyday conversations.

TeleRead: I’m like the last person in the industry to discover this site, but nonetheless I did eventually find it. It’s basically a newspaper all about books. Super cool.

Okay, this one isn’t something cool, this something I want to STOP. The Secret to Humor is Surprise Facebook page sucks. Please stop putting these pictures on your wall. They aren’t funny. A picture of a child or a small animal with a relatively bitchy saying is not funny. This is the sort of thing my mum would find funny. It’s the same sort of funny as the middle-aged woman who walks into a shop and puts on the giant sunglasses in a fit of ‘whimsy’. ‘Oh look how “crazy” I am trying on Elton John sunglasses and a festival hat. Oh no I’m not going to buy anything shopkeeper, I’m just laughing at your merchandise.’ Yeah, these pictures are that sort of funny. So, please stop putting them on your Facebook wall, or I’m going to have to block you.

Right. I think I’m going to have to get off the blog now. The swelling in my foot seems to have reached my brain and I am unable to filter. So, yeah. I’d better go before someone accuses me of being a Kaelling.

They’re making me blog

The first half of today was much more difficult than yesterday. Well, not really difficult, but definitely not as fun. A full day of just reading emails, documents, manuscripts, synopsis, contracts and so forth — hoping to magically understand the Agency and know it inside and out — is problematic. Continue reading

Those Crafty Spammers

Blogs get spam in the comments just like email, and if you’re on a good blog-ish-thingy (I don’t know what the term is for sites that host blogs like WordPress and Blogger) they’ll catch the spam and put it in a spam folder. Just like email. Usually the spam is some poorly written ramble in which they try to sell you Ug boots. Also, just like legit comments, they link back to another site, but spam comments link to a website that will refinance your house and sell you Viagra. Continue reading

All is right with the blogging-world

Obviously, haven’t had time lately to check the bloggesphere, but had a bit of a wait today so I’ve wandered over to the internet cafe planning to fire off a quick email home. Instead, ended up checking out my old haunts—you know, all my favourite blogs, the ones I used to check daily. (Emofalltrades, Another Day Another Face, Barbie Ruined My Life, Let Me Just Say It, Alitareads and that blog that makes me feel like someone’s taken my DNA and cloned me as a Mancunian au pair in Paris, LeftBancManc. Oh, and so don’t get mad if your blog isn’t listed, but I’m just running out of time here.) Continue reading

Quick Blogroll Additions

I found these four websites that budding writers might find useful: Continue reading