morning writing (a royal wedding)

Sep. 26th, 2017 08:33 am
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(continued from here and here. Do I need to actually warn for talk of mpreg?)

"Stoneclaw seems a sensible sort," she said, "which I suppose he must be, with as many bairnes as you have between you. They'll warm to him." She paused, her attention caught by something else, and took another swallow of the tea, rolling it through her mouth before swallowing. "This is different," she said, sounding pleased. "Pandaren, I assume? I like the spices, you'll have to tell me what the blend is."

It might have been nothing but a smooth aside, a minor side jaunt in the conversation, but she had only just mentioned both Ren and the cubs and the sudden segue to tea made Anduin quickly re-evaluate what was in his cup other than 'not the smokey stimulant brew' that he wanted. The result brought him up short, making him cough, and Moira raised one brow at him archly as she watched him splutter. "You've drunken it as well, so I'll assume it's not poison," she noted blandly. "And you're turning red. What in the Light's name is embarrassing about tea?"

Anduin shot her a sour look, forcibly schooling his expression and feelings into order until he was reasonably sure his complexion wasn't betraying him any more. "You didn't take the sugar and cream into account," he pointed out, which only made Moira laugh. Sighing, Anduin shook his head, putting his cup down. "Not the kitchen's fault," he acknowledged wryly. "I really only drink a few types, and all I told them was not the stimulant blend I use to stay awake."
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(and that's more or less the end of that scene, and I suppose I should write the actual wedding at some point instead of just all the pre-wedding jitters. =P)
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We have always wanted to go on a sporting holiday, as opposed to our standard expeditions, which involve a lot of self-indulgence and lying around, and then more lying around, preferably somewhere on the Miami/Las Vegas/Los Angeles axis, followed by a return home with what amounts to a costly hangover, to resume the long march to… wherever we’re going.

But what if, instead, we came back from a holiday feeling fighting fit? And instead of marching, we could sprint? Our friends Tom and Silas, a couple who do so much exercise that they look like big greyhounds, advised us to try Club La Santa on the island of Lanzarote.

They’d been twice already this year, which is quite a recommendation coming from such jaded men-of-the-world. The idea worked for us: the Canaries aren’t far away (a four-hour flight), they have reliable weather in the mid to high twenties all-year-round, and they’re in the same time zone as the UK. No jet lag and no expensive, long haul hassle.

Tom pointed out that world-class athletes often train at La Santa, in among the ordinary sports tourists and activity enthusiasts, and this made us a little apprehensive. Maybe T&S didn’t appreciate that we have the physiques of mere terriers. But a change is as good as a rest, and all that.

So we took a shot in the dark and booked. We needn’t have worried: it turned out to be one of the best weeks of our lives. As you approach Club La Santa, it looks like a whitewashed Mediterranean town sitting in the gloriously weird, black volcanic, landscape next to a lagoon. It turns out to be a sort of Shangri-la, a hidden city — of fitness and sport.

Deserts work for us, maybe because they provide plenty of room for the mind to expand. This is one of the reasons we like Vegas and Palm Springs, although it might be fair to say the former is more mind blowing than expanding. Lanzarote is dotted with the craters of extinct volcanoes, and a few that are still smouldering.

For otherworldly scenery, it’s hard to beat. In addition to two accommodation complexes and four restaurants, the CLS enclave includes a dizzying array of top-grade sports facilities: three Olympic-size swimming pools, a cycle centre (mountain, road, city, and sand bikes), a water-sport centre (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, windsurfing), numerous courts for ball sports (handball, squash, tennis, badminton, basketball, volleyball), a running track and equipment for track-and-field events.

There’s also a golf driving range and putting area, mini-golf, boxing ring, and areas for fitness classes. Plus there is a fully equipped gym (although why would you want to be indoors?).

Just in case none of those tickle your fancy, there are pools for being selfindulgent and lying beside and you can always book a massage. While the club organises marathons, it also schedules morning walks of between two and five kilometres.

One day we did a TRX circuit training class outdoors, which involved working against your body weight on straps while around us members of the Czech national team practised their pole vaulting, high jumping and sprinting. Then we learned to windsurf.

On another day, we checked out bikes and rode 12km to the next town for lunch and watched the surfers. Later that afternoon we worked on our front crawl a bit and then did an outdoor core class. When you arrive at reception, a member of staff gives you a map of this mini-universe, asks you to download the CLS app, and then turns you loose.

The app gives you access to daily schedules covering all events and classes and allows you to book in to them. You can also book a court and equipment. The roster of classes is lengthy, running to about 60 a day. Instruction and general hand-holding is provided by the Green Team, a group of about 30 green-uniformed young people with technical expertise — and more energy than sense — who work around the club.

The cost of any instruction session is usually included in the initial accommodation charge. So is the cost of equipment, which can be booked at will, as long as you know what you’re doing or have had an introductory course. The accommodation falls into two classes: apartments and more luxurious suites.

The former are in a concrete structure that looks like a giant moon base, the latter are in a series of newer buildings that look like condos. We stayed in a one-bedroom apartment with a terrace overlooking the track, and loved it: the interiors are simple and beautiful, and it was a wonderful place to chill out after a day of mountain biking, working on your backstroke, killing yourself in a Body Attack class, or whatever.

There are terraces everywhere to bask in the sun. The suites provide extra space, larger terraces and — if it’s possible — better views. All come with basic kitchens, including fridges, hobs and microwaves so you can cook your own food if you want. There is a supermarket in the complex. The four restaurants on-site range from an all-you-can eat buffet, where the menu is large and the food of a very high standard, through brasseries with global menus, to a more gourmet style restaurant.

The full and halfboard deals, which are great value, turn you loose on the buffet to varying extents. This is where you’ll find the serious athletes loading up. And of course if you want something different, there are excellent restaurants in the towns nearby. Because of the healthy atmosphere of the place, we found ourselves getting to bed at a reasonable hour — and sober, so that we could be up early to enjoy the next day.

Although in some regards it is a specialist resort, Club La Santa pulls off the trick of being all things to all people. The week after we were there the resort hosted the Iron Man triathlon. Then again, we met a lady in her sixties who had been there with her husband 10 times because they loved going for gentle bike rides and long walks around the island.

The resort is also fully geared up for families: the cycle centre, for example, has sleek, high-tech racing bikes, but it also has cute little ones with training wheels for kids. If you have children, or nieces and nephews, we suggest you take them to CLS and exhaust them. They will never be happier. There is a club for toddlers but also a full agenda of events for older kids.

For instance, during our stay there was a kids’ Olympic track and-field day, where instructors took a group of young people out to try events such as shot put and long jump. (We wanted to go along!) If you go on the half-board deal, your children can eat until they burst.

There is a lot of talk these days about the spiritual dimensions of vacations. In our experience this generally consists of over-priced, over-designed pomposity and/or empty New Age marketing clichés.

There is a lot to be said for going away and simply getting physically healthier. The week in CLS was transcendent for us, in the sense that it left our bodies and souls sparking. We’ve seldom done anything that left us feeling so wonderful and at the same time was so unquestionably good.

Feel free to raise a cynical right eyebrow, but when we discovered this place it felt as if an important door had been opened for us. We can’t wait to go back. So thank you, Tom and Silas. We owe you a large plate of ribs for changing our lives. We still think we’re a better couple than you are. Oh, and soon we’ll be fitter.

Prices start from £644 for a “comfort” one-bedroom apartment for seven nights, which sleeps up to three adults and a child under 15. clublasanta.co.uk

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The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons married partner Todd Spiewak earlier this year.

The pair dated for almost 15 years before tying the knot, and now Parson has now revealed why it took the couple so long to get hitched.

Appearing on Thursday’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the 44-year-old actor revealed that he didn’t “care” about it that much.

“We just didn’t care about the act of it that much to be honest with you, and that sounds cold in a way,” he explained.

“But I finally thought, let’s have a party then for the celebration we’ll go ahead and legalise this thing. And I really thought it would kind of end at that – kind of a party feel.”

However, Parson realised that his feelings had changed quickly.

“It was so much more meaningful in the moment to me than I predicted and it’s been resonantly more meaningful to me afterward than I saw coming,” he said.

The actor, who is serving as executive producer on upcoming Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon, spoke on his feelings about marriage.

“You know, I had been an adult gay person for so long at a time where that wasn’t possible – that life was ‘fine’ in so many ways. You know what I mean? Like, I got along fine and our relationship did.”

When asked if the couple’s marriage changed their relationship in any way, Parsons stated there’s a “little buzz of something” but he sometimes forgets Spiwak is his husband, and has to remind himself of it.

You can watch Jim Parsons’ full interview with Todd Spiewak below:

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Aaron Carter checks into rehab

Sep. 26th, 2017 08:00 am
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Singer Aaron Carter checked into rehab last week after neighbours allegedly called the police due to his “erratic” behaviour.

The 29-year-old, who came out as bisexual earlier this year, looked “very ill” and “close to death” and was evaluated by authorities under the Baker Act. Shortly after the incident, Carter made the decision to enter rehab.

He has now written a note to fans which was shared on Twitter, revealing that he’ll be “disappearing for a while”.

He wrote: “I would love to tell all of you that I will be disappearing for a while to work on myself.”

He also teased the release of a new single from his upcoming album, LøVë, before stating that the year has been “crazy” and he needs some time off.

“Going to get strong. And deal with my stress conditions and get better,” he adds.

The singer previously stated that he wasn’t “interested” in dating men following his break up with ex-girlfriend Madison Parker just days before Carter came out.

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Write Every Day, Day 26

Sep. 26th, 2017 12:56 pm
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I am on the mend but definitely still woozy, so a) thank you to everyone for the well wishes, but also b) if I mucked you up on the tally anywhere over the last few days in my woozy state please feel totally free to correct me, haha.

Didn't end up feeling well enough to write at all yesterday, woe, but I've made up for it today but turning my femslashex zero draft into a full first draft in one go. It's rough, and will need a bit more shaping before it's ready for a proper going over and edit, but I think I have a good handle on it and I quite like the direction it took. So yay for that.

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Horizon, by Fran Wilde

Sep. 26th, 2017 07:03 am
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Review copy provided by Tor Books. Also the author is a personal friend and all-around nifty person.

This is the culmination of the trilogy that started with Updraft. If you're the sort of person who needs to know that something has a definite-and-for-sure ending before you buy that thing: here you are, here is the ending, it is a really-truly ending that ends. (I really want to encourage people not to do that, because it's a good way to make sure people don't get to have their endings published--especially people like Fran who have given you nice volume endings in addition to the larger series ending. But I know that such people exist, so! Here is the information you were looking for: ending!)

I don't recommend starting with Horizon. This is clearly a culmination, and there are only two books before it to give you the plot and character arcs Fran is weaving together here; it's not like you have to read twelve bugcrushers to get to what she's doing here. Kirit and Nat and their friends and relations--and grudging allies, and adversaries--are back and struggling for survival--trying to figure out, from page one, what shape their survival can even take.

For that reason, it's hard to review Horizon in very concrete terms, because there's so much that it's doing that depends on the previous books. It's exciting from the first page, it's all engineering and all social and all heart, all at once. Fran's weaving threads and perspectives together in ways that she didn't in previous books--rather than resting on previous successes, she's doing this book in a new way, and it works. It's the way this book would have to work, but I love to see that in a first series, rather than copying the structure of a first book that's had as much success as Updraft has, I love to see an author following the story and doing what it needs even if the structure isn't the same. The previous volumes didn't pull punches, and neither does Horizon, but it does that in its own way.

The ending is satisfying without being overly tidy, without being one-size-fits-all for characters who have spent this whole trilogy coming in different sizes. And...I really appreciate the way people with common goals don't always trust each other, don't always like each other--and are sometimes very grumpy at the compromises they have to make with each other. The world is like that; the world of fiction too often finds it difficult to be both satisfying and realistic, but I think Horizon manages both. With lots of astonishing creatures and feats of derring-do in between.

Please consider using our link to buy Horizon from Amazon.

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Sep. 26th, 2017 11:17 am
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Name: Lucy
Age: 38
Location: Wales, UK

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I'm Lucy, I'm a 38-year old woman who is trying to figure out this whole 'life' thing. I'm bisexual and poly, living in Wales with my partners. I'm a home maker, love to bake and cook, and am a huge sci-fi fan. I really enjoy playing board games, I'm learning to knit, trying to learn German and I'm also a little obsessed with journals/planners right now.

Top 5 fandoms: OK as of right now? Doctor Who, Stargate, Marvel/DC, MacGyver and Lucifer. There's loads more and I will happily chat your ears off about the things I love :)

I mostly post about: My family, mental health, movies/tv and just... life in general

I rarely post about: I always try not to post about politics and religion. I was always taught never to discuss them.

My three last posts were about: Star Trek Discovery, moving house, a random compliment from one of my partners.

How often do you post? Usually a couple of times a week but I've been absent recently due to moving house

How about commenting? Probably about 75% of the time, if I've got something to say, I'll say it :)
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I have to decide whether to sign up for next year's German class. Realistically, I am going to sign up for next year's German class*, but no thanks to the information about it, which makes it sound astronomically boring. This is an adult evening class, by definition going to be taken by people who are not of school/student** age and considering their exciting future career in Germany***. So why on earth does the proposed programme involve quite so much job-related stuff??? There are many interesting things in German-speaking nations, it would be nice to talk about some of them instead of time management. Here is the thrilling prospect:

It is long, so I will cut it )

Meanwhile in other language news, a much worse crisis: when I accepted Firefox's invitation to speed it up by "refreshing" it (which has indeed worked), it didn't mention that this would include getting rid of Adblocker and my add-on for pretending to be in Norway so I can watch the skiing when it is not at a convenient time on Eurosport (or I need more skiing). This would be a minor annoyance were it not that the new version of Firefox is incompatible with said widget. Aargh! Apparently there is something similar I can do with Chrome so I will try that, but I do feel that "By the way, you will lose everything you customised to make it work for you" was something they could have mentioned.

*At least once I had done the Deutsche Welle test myself to check I'm at the required level, because I'm not sure I believe it really.

**Students get much cheaper classes through the university. I could do them too, except I can't because they are when I am at work.

***There were a couple of people last year who might potentially work in Germany or Austria one day, but they would be doing so in English.

To Boldly Go...

Sep. 26th, 2017 01:30 pm
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One of the reasons to be glad my sister is visiting is that she gave me her Netflix password so that I could watch the first two episodes of the shiny new Star Trek.

Discovery )

AU meme: Zoe / Isobel

Sep. 26th, 2017 12:25 pm
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No-one asked me for a Zoë / Isobel drabble set, but I wrote one for my own amusement.

Teen, probably )

Interesting Links for 26-09-2017

Sep. 26th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Former Strictly Come Dancing star James Jordan has reiterated his opposition to same-sex dance couples on the BBC One show.

Jordan, known for his outspoken views, was previously accused of homophobia after a row with Austin Armacost, and has repeatedly opposed same-sex dancing couples.

Now, Jordan has slammed the idea of same-sex couples on Strictly, claiming it’s “insulting to his profession.”

Speaking to the Daily Star, Jordan said: “No, there definitely shouldn’t be same-sex couples on ‘Strictly.'”

“Ballroom and Latin dance is about masculinity and femininity. It’s not about sexual orientation. It’s not a dating show. Why can’t a gay man dance with a woman?”

He continued: “It’s actually insulting that you’re trying to change our profession with people saying same-sex couples should definitely be on there when it doesn’t need to be.”

Jordan’s comments come after  openly gay comedian Susan Calman was criticised on social media for agreeing to dance with a man on the show.

James Jordan joins former Strictly stars Will Young who opposed the idea of same-sex dancing couples and Judge Rinder who defended contestants who agreed to dance with opposite-sex partners. Meanwhile, Strictly judge Craig Revel-Horwood has backed the call for same-sex couples on the show.

Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One.

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Sep. 26th, 2017 06:21 am
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