All the edits

A day spent editing for clients today, and it’s looking like most of this week will be similar. Hoping to squeeze in some of my own writing as well!

Back to running tomorrow morning, so hopefully my legs will have fully recovered from Saturday by then.

OOTD 8th April 2019
OOTD: it’s feeling a bit cold and unspringlike at the moment! Jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), dress Triumph (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), shoes 1st Position (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks – Heart Skips A Beat
The Beatles – Love Me Do
Duran Duran – Like An Angel
Post Malone – Wow
Duran Duran – Rio
Chris De Burgh – Lady In Red
Abba – Head Over Heels

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Republica – Drop Dead Gorgeous

A lazy Sunday

So I did absolutely none of my planned things today. Instead, I sat on the sofa doing bits and pieces of writing projects and looking up ukulele tablature. Legs are still a bit tender from yesterday’s run, though, so that’s my excuse.

Back to work tomorrow. I’m looking forward to a quiet week now that I’m tapering and lots of my classes have finished for the time being!

OOTD 7th April 2019
OOTD: lazy Sunday outfit. Jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Abba – The Day Before You Came
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy – Kiss Me
Charlie Puth – One Call Away
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes

A quiet Friday

I’ve spent most of today getting on with writing and practising my ukulele. It’s nice to have quieter days where I can do that.

I’ll be doing a bit of boardgaming with Geth this evening, but otherwise I’ll just be preparing for the longest long run in my training schedule tomorrow. After so much treadmill running it’ll be interesting to be back out on the roads!

OOTD 5th April 2019
OOTD: still eking out those winter jumpers! It did warm up a bit around midday though. Jumper Faber (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans Levi (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Duran Duran – White Lines
REM – Losing My Religion
Arcadia – Election Day
Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Traditional – Bonnie Ship The Diamond

On with the projects

The ukulele concert last night was great! Our ‘absolute beginners’ group were first on, and after that I was able to relax and watch all the other groups (there are seven ukulele groups in total among the Sage Gateshead adult music classes) to see what I can expect from classes in the future. Will be signing up to the ‘beginners’ group for next term later this week!

I’ve had quite a good day today – I did my last speed run of marathon training this morning (next week the taper will have started and all of my runs are meant to be at slow pace!), lost a bit at Slimming World (not as much as I would have liked but it’s going in the right direction), and got some writing done in the afternoon for various projects.

More bits and pieces of writing this evening, and hopefully another productive day tomorrow.

OOTD 4th April 2019
OOTD: I’d hoped to be putting the jumpers away soon, but it’s got cold again! Jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Blue Öyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Queen – One Vision
Wizzard – See My Baby Jive
Bananarama – Nathan Jones
Ariana Grande – Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored
Pink – Try
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
T.Rex – Get It On
Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better
Arcadia – Say The Word
Duran Duran – Serious
Slade – Mama Weer All Crazee Now
Chicory Tip – Son Of My Father
Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
Paul Brady – The Island
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

George Formby – When I’m Cleaning Windows

A creative Wednesday

I had another good day of writing and editing today, and got my book pitch sent off to a couple more agents. After this week, things will really quieten down for the month, so I’m looking forward to some quality writing time.

I’ve got the end-of-term ukulele concert tonight, so I will update you about that tomorrow!

OOTD 3rd April 2019
OOTD: ready for an evening out! Scarf Matalan (2016), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), belt unknown brand (2003), jeans Alexander Wang Denim (2018), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Duran Duran – Rio
Wham! – Freedom
Duran Duran – Winter Marches On
Oasis – Songbird
Queen – We Will Rock You
Charlie Puth – One Call Away
Arcadia – Say The Word
The Clash – White Riot

April power

I’ve got April off to a good start with a really productive Monday. Job done for a client, 1,000 words written for my Camp NaNoWriMo project, all my usual daily writing tasks done, plus I FINALLY got my book pitch sent off to an agent. Just the one, but I’ll be contacting another tomorrow, and the next day, and so on until I get through my agent shortlist. They all have different rules about submission so it’s a bit fiddly.

The weather’s taken a turn for the miserable (as expected – we had quite a nice March, so it goes without saying that April will be cold and wet!), so Geth’s decided to stay in instead of going boardgaming tonight. As such, I’ve got some pleasant-ish videogame sounds in the background while I’m getting on with my evening tasks (he’s playing The Banner Saga, so it’s all Viking grunts rather than nice JRPG music, but it’s still fairly relaxing).

More running and driving tomorrow, with a bit of writing squeezed around the edges.

OOTD 1st April 2019
OOTD: Geth wanted an ‘industrial’ background today. Scarf Marks & Spencer (2017), hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Stella Stanley for Beauty Of Gemina (2014), jeans Vivid (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – White Lines
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Fire
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Arcadia – Say The Word
Charlie Puth – One Call Away
Ed Sheeran – Happier
Pink – Walk Me Home

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder – Together In Electric Dreams

Really feeling that missing hour

I had a whole day free to get on with stuff today, but because of the clocks going forward it’s felt like I’ve had slightly less of a whole day. Going to try and get an early night in order to adjust.

I’ve spent most of the day planning out my notes for April’s writing projects – I’m really quite excited about being able to get back into those. Most of my weeks will be nice and quiet so I’ll have the time to write.

Starting tomorrow as I mean to go on! No time for April Fools – it’ll just be me and my laptop.

OOTD 31st March 2019
OOTD: smart but comfy. Dress Tammy (1997), tights Primark (2017), shoes New Look (2014).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Prodigy – Omen
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
Stevie Nicks – Rooms On Fire
Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up

Behind the wheel

I went out driving this morning, using the car club membership I’ve been neglecting since November. It’s been a good fifteen months since I last drove, but it all comes back to you. I’ll be buying a car soon, so I wanted to get used to it again before I go test driving.

I spent the rest of the day doing research and admin. Really looking forward to getting back to writing next week! I’ll be taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo during April, which is not quite as intensive as the November version but should encourage me to get more done every day. That pitch will be going out early next week as well – I’m done with letting everything else get in the way of it.

In the meantime, I’ll be concentrating on running over the weekend.

OOTD 29th March 2019
OOTD: sun is glorious right now! Scarf Matalan (2016), hoodie Sonar (2006), vest top Batman (2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Pretenders – I’ll Stand By You
Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl?
Duran Duran – Come Undone
Tchaikovsky – Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
REM – Bad Day
Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Queen – One Vision
Queen – I Want It All
Lewis Capaldi – Grace
Depeche Mode – Behind The Wheel

A quiet Tuesday

I did my Tuesday recovery run this morning (which is starting to feel NOT AT ALL like a ‘recovery run’ now that it’s two hours long!). I’ve tried to keep the rest of the day quiet, so I’ve just been getting on with admin and housework. Evening plans involve ukulele practice and doing a bit of boardgaming with Geth.

I’ve set aside tomorrow for sorting out my long-delayed book pitch, so hopefully – hopefully – I will be able to say that’s done soon!

OOTD 26th March 2019
OOTD: selfie on the sofa for a post-run Tuesday afternoon. Jumper Ellend (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Oasis – Songbird
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Queen – We Will Rock You
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
The Clash – White Riot
NSG and Tion Wayne – Options
Bastille – Good Grief
Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok

Losing myself in other worlds

Another quiet day in the house. I’m finished with the Sunday cleanup, have done my daily writing and am looking forward to spending the rest of the day videogaming.

Back to work tomorrow!

OOTD 24th March 2019
OOTD: comfy Sunday outfit, ideal for sitting on the sofa with my 3DS! Hoodie Intrenacionale (2000), dress unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), shoes Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Arcadia – Say The Word
Barenaked Ladies – Be My Yoko Ono
The Beatles – Come Together
Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Duran Duran – Late Bar