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Me: Today's agenda is weekly shopping, some writing, socialising, good stuff.

My body: Today's agenda is sneezing. No time for anything else.

The more beautiful the notebook, the harder it is to ever use.

Part of me is shaking my head that it's taken me this long to discover German rock that isn't Rammstein. Blutengel and Oomph! are exactly what I need right now.

But this wouldn't have been possible without Duolingo rekindling my interest in learning German, and the amazing amount of foreign-language music and films that are now so readily available. It's never been so easy or fun to learn another language.

UK pol, GE, register to vote! (no negative replies plz) 

I'm having a bit of a clear out. Exactly how many first drafts (or second and third drafts) of already-published novels is it reasonable to keep?

Today I got the chance to go to Asylum in Lincoln. Amazing costume after amazing costume. Here are a few of my hauls, from Doctor Geoff's stall.


I rather enjoyed Survivors by G. X. Todd:

The post-apocalyptic genre can be a bit samey, so it's good to read something that changes the setup as well as featuring interesting characters.

I started watching The Great Hack, but I can't figure out when it will get past the slow ominous music and the build-up to the parts that I don't already know about the Cambridge Analytica story.

The only good thing in the world today is that I learned about "banana pose" which is just something seals do when they feel safe and content.
Just happy seal things.

I'm reading Bea Johnson's Zero Waste Home, which is on offer at the moment at £1.99. I don't consider myself new to trying to cut down on waste and plastic, but Bea is astonishingly thorough and I'm picking up tips that will help me reduce waste even further. She's tried many things, from making shampoo to her own glue, and figured out what is practical and what is too extreme for most people to be able to keep doing.

publishing the ingredients for my marinara, that's right, im going open sauce

Lincolnshire Police have released an update of properties affected by the flooding.

East Lindsey District Council also have a page of advice and contacts for those affected:

I live in quite a cute part of the world. This SSSI is only 7 miles out of Louth:

An incredibly detailed lifesize octopus cut from one sheet of paper by artist Masayo Fukuda - "At first glance, the beautiful artwork looks as though it was rendered using fine-tipped pens, but Fukuda carefully cut every detail from one sheet of paper."

Cri du coeur (bad mental health wobble) 

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