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: Synth pop perfection. The song that convinced Vince Clarke to go full on synthesiser. Almost - โ€ฆ

: Going to spend the weekend trying to make my Apple Watch less annoying. I exercise every day, be it โ€ฆ

: My โ€˜Doctor Who - The Collection. Season 9.โ€™ Blu-ray arrived this afternoon. ๐Ÿ“บ

: My terrier barks so ferociously at anything that passes, she drops the most noxious farts in her โ€ฆ

: Has anyone here stopped wearing an Apple Watch and gone back to a regular time telling only device? โ€ฆ

: Hey email really is beautiful, though. ๐Ÿ˜

: As much as I love Hey email, Iโ€™m not sure I can justify paying for it. Iโ€™m not a businessman and โ€ฆ

: I put on a stack of weight after the initial lockdown, like many. Realised Iโ€™ve dipped in to bad โ€ฆ

: Oh, that incessant rain.

: Further to the โ€˜procrastinationโ€™ post, Iโ€™ve been lazily refining apps while watching the footy. Iโ€™m โ€ฆ

: Iโ€™m procrastinating again, need to get back to basics.

: The longest period of procrastination. Anyway, I sowed some chillies and tomatoes today. ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ…

: As much as I love Ivory and Tapbots, Iโ€™m not sure I need Mastodon in my life at this moment in time.

: Ivory is looking lovely, I have to say.

: Currently Reading: How to Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh ๐Ÿ“š

: Shane the dog and I were the only ones up the local trail today. Thereโ€™s still snow everywhere up โ€ฆ

: Iโ€™m hoping next week will be the week where I manage to get some routine back in my life. Such a โ€ฆ

: My eldest, Dylan, turns 21 today. I feel old.

: Currently Reading: The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud ๐Ÿ“š

: โ€™The Satsuma Complexโ€™ - Bob Mortimer. Review.

: Finished reading: The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer ๐Ÿ“š

: Shane managed to escape the garden again. ๐Ÿ•

: ๐ŸŽถSailing on the Seven Seas - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

: The stickers arrived today, thank you very much. @Jean

: Made some tofu scramble for the seven days ahead. I generally make a burrito with it, which has just โ€ฆ

: Swansea 1-2 Burnley. โšฝ๏ธ

: Watching this at the moment. Iโ€™ve had the DVD for a little while but itโ€™s been sat in a drawer. โ€ฆ

: Using Epilogue, does the โ€˜2023โ€™ reading goals kickstart once Iโ€™ve finished that first book? I canโ€™t โ€ฆ

: Currently Reading: The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer ๐Ÿ“š

: Iโ€™ve registered with I hate both abbreviations โ€˜omgโ€™ and โ€˜lolโ€™, so Iโ€™m trying not to gnaw โ€ฆ

: Neu!-Lilac Angel๐ŸŽถ

: The mighty Burnley F.C. go into the New Year top of the league and fourteen points clear of third โ€ฆ

: Trying out Freeform after a few here have mentioned it. The app just crashed and lost my work, is โ€ฆ

: Things that scared Shane during our walk this morning:- a pug snorted in his face and a branch moved โ€ฆ

: Iโ€™ve come to the realisation that my dogs are incompatible for walks together. They love each other โ€ฆ

: Planning the veg patch. ๐ŸŒฑ

: Nasty old day out there.

: 2-0 Burnley. โšฝ๏ธ

: 1-0 Burnley with only 50 seconds gone. โšฝ๏ธ

: Random musing, but does anyone use Ulysses for journaling?๐Ÿ’ปโœ๏ธ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“”

: Iโ€™ve ordered some chilli seeds. I used to have the best time growing chillies, but lost focus these โ€ฆ

: As much as I love MicroBlog, as soon as someone mentions a new app I have the willpower of a dog โ€ฆ

: I think Iโ€™ve managed to block the hole in the hedge that Shane the dog has been escaping through. โ€ฆ

: Havenโ€™t had chance to properly exercise for months and Iโ€™ve been eating far too much due to stress. โ€ฆ

: I think Iโ€™m going to give Veganuary another whirl.

: Happy Christmas MicroBlog people.

: The elastic pants are in-situ.

: Iโ€™m still trying to get my head around the best way to use both MicroBlog and Mastodon, or even if โ€ฆ

: Watching a programme about orphaned orangutans. I donโ€™t know why I do it to myself. ๐Ÿฅน

: Desperately need to book myself in for an eye test. My eyesight is deteriorating rapidly.

: The mighty Clarets, Burnley F.C., are top of the Championship for Christmas. โšฝ๏ธ

: I love MicroBlog, but the coding and suchlike goes way over my head and trying to get plug-ins to โ€ฆ

: Currently Reading: Coraline Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman ๐Ÿ“š

: Currently Reading: The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey ๐Ÿ“š

: Finished reading: The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey ๐Ÿ“š

: Resolutions time. Refinement of my online time and apps, mostly. Cutting down on subscriptions that โ€ฆ

: Does anyone else use Readwise Reader? Seems like a decent little app.

: Scaling down on subscriptions like a frugal grinch.

: My friend Shane. ๐Ÿ•

: Need to chop down my social media and refine my writing apps. Itโ€™s on my โ€˜to doโ€™ list over the โ€ฆ

: Back using Ulysses again for my writing. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’ป

: Doggies. ๐Ÿ•

: Crappy few weeks there, but trying to get some semblance of a writing routine going again now.

: Shane side-eye.

: I did a thingumy using a wotsit for Spotify.

: NaNoWriMo. 1,113 today and 50,127 total. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฅ‡

: Decided to disable cross posting from here.

: Tidied up my writing area a little today. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“

: NaNoWriMo. 1,548 today. 49,014 total. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“š

: NaNoWriMo. 1,199 today. 47,466 total. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ป

: I need to refine my social media usage. MicroBlog, Mastodon, Twitter, Insta, FBโ€ฆ Apps Iโ€™ve โ€ฆ

: Today, technology has conspired against me. Tomorrow, I shall be its master again.

: OK techy people, I think itโ€™s my external hard-drive thatโ€™s the issue. In the age of storage clouds โ€ฆ

: My MacBook is playing up again. Oh dear, hopefully itโ€™s nothing too serious. Running diagnostics โ€ฆ

: Dude thinks heโ€™s a terrier or something. Big lummox.

: NaNoWriMo. 1,226 today and 46,267 total. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’ป

: Iโ€™m having a little tinker with Aeon Timeline 3. Had the app for a while, but didnโ€™t dive too deeply โ€ฆ

: NaNoWriMo. 1,493 today and 45,041 total. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“š

: NaNoWriMo. 1,199 today and 43,548 total. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“

: NaNoWriMo. 1,289 today and 42,349 total. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“š

: NaNoWriMoโ€”Week Three.

: NaNoWriMo. 1,607 today and 41,060 total. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

: I still think those โ€˜Magic Eyeโ€™ pictures from the โ€˜90s were a scam.

: NaNoWriMo. 1600(ish) today. 39,453 total. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“š

: Accidentally killed off the human race and welcomed humans mk II in my NaNo draft. I think I might โ€ฆ

: Went about as well as I anticipated. Scalded my paw trying to switch a nozzle.

: If anyone sees a mushroom cloud over Ireland, Iโ€™m about to fire up a steam cleaner for the first โ€ฆ

: Had a delightful breakthrough when writing just now. Total brain fart initially, then pretty much โ€ฆ

: NaNoWriMo. 1,669 today and 37,795 total. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

: Iโ€™m waiting for a delivery. Time has stopped in my little bubble.

: Iโ€™m wearing a hat with a bobble and Iโ€™m off on the school run. Wish me luck.

: NaMoWriMo. 1,511 today. 36,126 total. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“š

: Had a lazy day with NaNo, but plenty behind me and a long-day at home tomorrow.

: NaNoWriMo. 445 today and 34,616 total. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

: NaMoWriMo. 2,632 today and 34,167 total. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“š

: ๐ŸŽถWonder if you know the score, itโ€™s just the touch of your pawโ€ฆ๐ŸŽถ ๐Ÿ•

: NaMoWriMo. 1,521 today and 31,539 total. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

: Just received my first agent rejection. Am I a proper writer, now?

: NaNoWriMo - Week Two.

: NaMoWriMo. 2,229 today and 30,018 in total. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“š

: NaNoWriMo. 1,519 today and 27,785 total. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

: NaMoWriMo. 1,265 today. 26,266 total. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“š

: NaNoWriMo. 3,318 today and 25,003 total. The half-way to 50,000 point!๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“š

: NaNoWriMo. 1,477 today and 21,683 in total. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

: My MacBook, having been fine at 1:30pm, reset to 2020 and the settings/apps I had then. It was โ€ฆ

: Hello! We are Shane Bum Cushion, are you ready to ROCK!?

: So Stephen Fry closing his Twitter account and joining Mastodon seems like quite the seismic shift.

: NaNoWriMo. 2,874 today and 20,206 total. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

: Not guilty.

: Is it appropriate to laugh at your own jokes while writing? #NaNoWriMo ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

: NaNoWriMo. 2,354 today and 17,359 in total. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

: I know Iโ€™m late to the party, but โ€˜She-Hulkโ€™ is one of the best things Iโ€™ve seen in ages. Hilarious โ€ฆ

: I know Iโ€™m late to the party, but โ€˜She-Hulkโ€™ is one of the best things Iโ€™ve seen in ages.


: NaNoWriMo Week One.

: NaNoWriMo. 1,853 today and 15,005 in total. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

: Hoping to break the 15,000 word mark on NaNo today and will try and blog about my first week.

: NaNoWriMo. 2,315 today. 13,152 total. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“š

: Iโ€™ve been socialising, like a big boy. Spent a couple of hours there until my cup of sociability โ€ฆ

: NaNoWriMo. 2,921 today. 10,839 total. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“š

: NaNoWriMo. 2,583 words today and 7,919 in total. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“š

: 5,336 words total, 2,949 words today for NaNoWriMo. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“š

: That weather. Ugh!

: Elon Musk trying to haggle with Stephen King over Kingโ€™s refusal to pay for verification is โ€ฆ

: First day of NaNoWriMo. 2383 words. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“š

: So then, Iโ€™ve just sent my childrenโ€™s story off to my first choice agent. A massive step for me, โ€ฆ

: Can anyone please tell me in simple terms what ActivityPub is and how it would effect my MicroBlog โ€ฆ

: Further to my blog post, I’ve spent the day planning scenes in Scrivener for NaNoWriMo. โ€ฆ

: NaNoWriMo.

: Iโ€™ve sent a few request on the NaNoWriMo site to those I can find from here. The search function is โ€ฆ

: 94th minute winner to stay top? Well done Burnley!

: The weather suggests that itโ€™s a day for watching the footy, doing a bit of writing and prep for โ€ฆ

: Currently Reading: Thief Of Time by Terry Pratchett ๐Ÿ“š

: Trying to get my writing space decluttered ahead of NaNoWriMo. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“

: The mighty Burnley F.C. coming back from 2-0 down at half-time to win 4-2. ๐Ÿ˜

: Iโ€™ve deleted my habit tracker, I think it does more harm than help in the long run.

: Iโ€™m in the market for a new iPad having sold my Pro last year. Does anyone have experience of the โ€ฆ

: Iโ€™m still trying to work out how I can integrate this wonderful place with my other social media โ€ฆ

: Mischief. ๐Ÿ•

: ๐ŸŽถWeโ€™re a furry family, weโ€™re a furry family, weโ€™re a furry family, me and my doggies.๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ•

: My dogs posing like a Tears For Fears album cover. ๐Ÿ•

: Shane needs a trim. ๐Ÿ•

: Drafting and drafting again. At the end of the month Iโ€™m going to send my childrenโ€™s story off to โ€ฆ

: And lovely Leela.

: My boy Shane. ๐Ÿ•

: Here I am, once again trying to consolidate all my notes and ideas into one place. I wish I was more โ€ฆ


: Hopping between Ulysses and Scrivener like an indecisive idiot. Pick one, Benjamin. Love it and โ€ฆ

: The lake was glass this morning, not a ripple. Iโ€™m back home now, but has a lovely time.

: Some more photos from Kylemore Abbey, Connemara.

: Finished reading: Midnight (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 11) by Derek Landy ๐Ÿ“š

: As bedroom views go, itโ€™s not bad is it? Love this part of the world, such a lovely break.

: Finished Reading: Resurrection (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 10) by Derek Landy ๐Ÿ“š

: I was being grumpy in the kitchen and my Google Hub Max remarked โ€˜Good Morning Sunshine!โ€™ Less sass, โ€ฆ

: Going to spend an hour or so today decluttering apps.

: Waiting desperately for the rain and thunder to come in so my brain gets rid of this fuzziness.

: Anyway, the mighty Burnley F.C. kick-off at 8pm on telly - so Iโ€™ll have a few alcohol-free beers and โ€ฆ

: The quest to hone my productivity apps to the fewest possible is never-ending. Another pretty app โ€ฆ

: Last night I learned that just because a boy dog has been neutered doesnโ€™t mean they have no โ€ฆ

: Seeing as Iโ€™m back; our new doggie, Shane the lurcher, is settling in well after a few dodgy weeks. โ€ฆ

: Iโ€™ve been having a โ€˜social-media breakโ€™ and, unsurprisingly, have found that Iโ€™ve not missed โ€ฆ

: I have a pocket-full of doggy treats and Iโ€™m ready to kick some bottom. ๐Ÿ•

: Iโ€™ve been paying a sub for this wonderful place for ages and not actually using it. Hope everyone is โ€ฆ

: Had a bit of a crisis of confidence with my writing of late, but received word that Iโ€™ve been โ€ฆ

: More of Leela and I after our run this morning. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป

: A few photos of Lady Leela Doggington after our run. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•

: Trying to get some kind of routine going again for writing, running, gardening and - quite basically โ€ฆ

: I, unashamedly, adore this song. Better Best Forgotten - Steps

: What a song! Donโ€™t Worry Baby

: Oh, ABBA. Brilliant new songs. ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽถ

: Waiting patiently on the ABBA announcement. ๐ŸŽถ

: Oh, procrastination is kicking my arse at the moment. ๐Ÿ“

: Iโ€™ve been teetotal for around seven years now. This is my first time trying this, and it really does โ€ฆ

: Still dipping my toe into Obsidian, may well go for a nice paddle next week. Although it still โ€ฆ

: Another run up the mountain with my best friend. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป

: Leonard Cohen does synth-pop. Leonard Cohen - First we Take Manhattan

: I think Iโ€™m going to spend a few hours decluttering all the productivity apps I have on all my โ€ฆ

: Hereโ€™s me looking like a proper writer, with moody setting in the background.

: I had a bit of time away on a writerโ€™s retreat in beautiful Connemara this weekend. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“ท

: I forgot to have a nap today.

: 20 years married today. Iโ€™m a lucky man.

: I sat on my reading glasses yesterday. Might be time for that bit of rope that keeps it around my โ€ฆ

: The โ€˜Freedom Dayโ€™ footage of maskless people jammed shoulder to shoulder in clubs is absolutely โ€ฆ

: Am I too late to mention how warm it is?

: A gorgeous synthy song. Heaven Opened

: Obsidian mobile has been officially released. I was put off by how complicated it seems, but will โ€ฆ

: Had an incredibly soggy run with my dog this morning. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป

: Iโ€™ve been eating terribly this week and my stomach is in bits. Even a vegetarian diet can be โ€ฆ

: Decided not to renew Hey email. Iโ€™ve actually found it a pretty decent app to use and love what they โ€ฆ

: Iโ€™m going through some subscriptions and cancelling them to save money, like a real grown up.

: So then? Will this be the week when I finally get that writing routine in place? No school runs, โ€ฆ

: If anyone wants me, Iโ€™ll be rehydrating a coir block. ๐ŸŒฑ

: Well, I got up early and did some yoga. Blimey, Iโ€™m stiff and crackly again; but, it has to be said, โ€ฆ

: I think Iโ€™m going to start up my yoga practice again next week. Havenโ€™t done it for ages and can โ€ฆ

: Went out for a first proper โ€˜take-out/sit-outsideโ€™ coffee in months and it was an abysmal cup of โ€ฆ

: Iโ€™ve fallen out with my dog. Weโ€™ve had a cuddle and kiss, but thereโ€™s still an uneasy atmosphere. โ€ฆ

: To be honest, eating snacks and having an early night is pretty much my default setting.

: My wife is away for the night on a well-earned beak with friends. Iโ€™m planning on eating snacks and โ€ฆ

: Trying to get my fitness levels back up to speed again. Another lovely run with Leela the dog up the โ€ฆ

: Iโ€™ve had my running gear on all day, but I have not run.

: Had a little wander in the garden today, seeing as itโ€™s a nice day. As with every year, the garden โ€ฆ

: We have a lot of work going on in the house and grounds at the moment, itโ€™s been incredibly noisy so โ€ฆ

: Second vaccination done and, aside from a sore arm, I feel grand.

: Time to make the most of the weather and do a bit of work in the overgrown veg patch. ๐ŸŒฑ

: This unpredictable weather is incredibly predictable. Every spring it knocks me for six, summery โ€ฆ

: Gary Numan nails it again. Great to hear him crafting confident and great sounding material again. โ€ฆ

: Iโ€™ve got an oil diffuser on the go and have just demolished a vegan pizza. I am a happy hippy. ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ•

: One canโ€™t be glum while listening to Sparks.…

: โ€˜Thereโ€™s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.โ€™ However I am NOT going out in that.

: Gorgeous day in which I ran with my dog, did some gardening, and ate a doughnut. ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป

: Leela was in mischievous form during our 5km this morning. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•

: Currently Reading: Diggers (The Bromeliad Trilogy) by Terry Pratchett ๐Ÿ“š I listened to the audiobook โ€ฆ

: Finished reading: The Last Bear by Hannah Gold ๐Ÿ“š

: Haircut day!

: Finished reading: The Hitchhikers’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams ๐Ÿ“š I’ve read โ€ฆ

: Made an incredibly tasty vegan keema aloo, recipe by Bosh!๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿฅ˜

: Most productive run with my dog for months. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป

: Currently reading: The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams ๐Ÿ“š Re-reading the โ€ฆ

: Battling Procrastination and Fear.๐Ÿ“

: Absolutely soaked to the skin. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป

: I need to desperately declutter my living space, my writing space and my digital apps. Everything is โ€ฆ

: Sunโ€™s out, but itโ€™s nippy. Loads of gardening to do, but content in procrastination at the moment.

: Passed the business end of the horrid cold and have done some gardening.

: Iโ€™ve got a rotten cold and am craving something spicy.

: I have a rotten cold.

: I had washing on the line, it started raining, so I ran out to retrieve the washing and now itโ€™s โ€ฆ

: Took my dog for her yearly vaccination and was told sheโ€™s a lovely, well-behaved, girl. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ˜

: A great run/walk with my dog to start the day, a superb Burnley performance to lift my mood higher, โ€ฆ

: Sunday up the Mountain.

: Maincrop spuds in. ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฅ”

: The garden beckons. Potatoes to plant, seeds to sow, weeds to eradicate, dreams to dream. ๐ŸŒฑ

: Shoes and dog. ๐Ÿ•

: Trying a new (to me) alcohol free wine. Probably the closest to proper wine Iโ€™ve drank - which is a โ€ฆ

: The brighter days donโ€™t half make me happy.

: Loving the Ulysses integration.

: The Four Squirrels of Procrastination.๐Ÿ“

: Slowly building our fitness levels. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿƒ

: I was, apparently, making a sound like a startled sloth as I slept last night.

: About to go for another 5km run with Leela the dog.

: Battled with a backed-up septic tank, put clean sheets on the bed and ate a vegan pizza. Iโ€™m a โ€ฆ

: Leela the Dog.