Friday, 22 August 2014

We're Not Sure How That Happened

I got some pretty good news yesterday when I went to get weighed. It's only been three weeks since I last got weighed because I wanted to be weighed just before I went on holiday rather than just after. I'm not going to splurge while I'm away, but it's pretty hard to eat healthy on holiday. There's too much eating out and it's hard to get the low fat foods I stick with when you're nowhere near a supermarket. 
Where's a Tesco when you need one?
So I went in expecting a little bit of a loss. I haven't been exercising much these past three weeks. The first two weeks I was pretty damn depressed which left me ill and unable to really get better, or make myself do things. This week I've been exercising more but I've been trying to keep it down so I can avoid having to change my clothes a lot. I've got a very limited wardrobe and most of it will be coming away with me. So imagine my surprise when I got on the scale and was told that I had lost seven pounds. 
Yes, seven.
Seven pounds in three weeks! I'm now technically a teenager again because I'm now under 20 stone at 19 stone and 10 pounds. I think I've lost about a sixth of my body weight over all, with about 55 pounds being my total weight loss. I've never had a gain and my weight has just gone down and down and down. I have to say, it really does feel pretty good. Unfortunately it's not all good though because immediately when I got home I was distracted by a stray cat. That's not bad, what happened after was. It ran away and I went after it, and I didn't notice I was walking past some nettles. I brushed my entire arm against a nettle bush. Let me tell you folks; that bloody HURT. I put some cream on it and that didn't help at all. 
I kind of overdid it on the cream too
What's the most surprising result you've ever had?

Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Story Of How I Got A Story

I was reminded recently of something that happened to me about ten years ago. It was an emotionally traumatic story so I'm not actually sure that's when it was. It was between 8 and 10 years ago maybe. I'm not sure. It was back when I was a precocious and naive young thing though. There was a time when that was the case. It's hard to believe but it's true.
Oh to be bright eyed and bushy tailed again. 
I was staying with my sister and she had to go out, and she asked me to look after her kid. There was just the one. If I remembered exactly which one it was that would help me work out when it happened. I was stupid and said that I would take care of the kid. They were about one year old and couldn't talk yet. I remember that much at least. She left me with some baby food and some nappies (diapers for you yanks) and went along on her way saying she wouldn't be long.
This is how time passed.
She was gone a lot longer than expected and got quite the sight when she came back. Both me and the kid were crying messes. The child had been crying for most of the time she was gone. I tried to feed her but she wasn't taking her bottle. I'm now pretty sure it was her second girl. Being not very old she couldn't tell me what she wanted and I was having some serious trouble calming her down. My mental state was fragile even back then so I panicked and started losing it myself. It was a fun time. Fun fun time.
Fuuuuun tiiiiiimeeees
When she got back she gave me a hug, took care of the demon baby, and then handed me a gift. I can't remember if the gift was to make up for me going insane or if it was because I did something nice for her. It might have been just because. It was a Harry Potter book. I got into Harry Potter pretty late so I think even though it had been released a few years before, it was Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. Oddly enough that's my favourite Harry Potter book despite the circumstances in which I acquired it.

Needless to say, I've never looked after a kid on my own since.

Has babysitting ever gone bad for you? Or good even, restoring my hope in children.

Monday, 18 August 2014

I'll Be Going On Holiday

Now that August is almost over, and with it the Summer, it's about time I went off on holiday. I'm not going right now though. It does seem to be a thing that I go on holiday around the last week of the holidays. Then I wonder why the weather is bad and things aren't that lively.
I'm just kidding of course. Rain is just how we do things in England.
I won't actually be leaving until Saturday, and I'll be gone for a week. I just felt like telling you now because when I wracked my brains for what I should post about, I didn't really think of much to post about. This is something I can post about, therefore it will be posted about. That's a lot of use of the word "posted" there.
For some reason porn came up when I googled "Posted". Go figure. 
So there won't be any posts next week and I probably won't be doing any reading of posts either. I'm actually in for kind of a bad week this week for reasons I can't really go into. Suffice to say that someone very important to me isn't around as much right now, and will be gone all week. Hopefully I'll get to hear from them a little bit.

Anyway, I'll let you go for now guys. Have a good week.

Have you gone away this year? Any plans to?

Friday, 15 August 2014

Taking The Day Off

Today I feel like taking the day off. I can do that. I think. I've not been sleeping too well and it's left me ill, depressed, and of course tired. I'll quite probably read blogs today but I'm not going to put up much of an effort to write them. To that end, just enjoy some comedy. It always helps me when I feel down.




What do you do when you don't feel like doing much of anything? 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Making "Iced" Coffee

I don't know about you guys but, especially during the summer (but even during the winter actually) I'm very fond of ice cold drinks. Especially iced tea and iced coffee. They're tastier than energy drinks and as far as coffee is concerned, possibly more stimulating. Frankly I'm not entirely sure and don't want to make a claim that I can't back up. Case in point; iced coffee is pretty awesome.
Look at it. It's magnificent. 
I've tried making iced tea before and I never did very well at it. I think I just wasn't it set long enough or something. No matter what I tried it would just never be enough. Which very much sucks. Most of it was still edible but so it wasn't a terrible waste. It just didn't taste very well. I tried making iced coffee and it went pretty well. Now I'm going to tell you how to do it;

1. Make coffee
2. Let it cool naturally, which takes 30 to 60 minutes
3. Put it in the fridge for a few hours.
yay for custom made cups.


It's actually that simple. It helps to let it cool down properly. My first batch turned out better than my second because I cooled it properly. I put the "iced" in quotation marks because when I told a friend what I had done, she disagreed with the semantics and said it was just very cold coffee and it needs ice cubes to be iced coffee. It's a technicality I can live with. It's odd though that I don't like cold coffee. But I do like refrigerated coffee. Eh. I'm just weird like that I guess.

What are your favourite ways to cool off in summer? Ever tried to make an iced drink yourself?

Monday, 11 August 2014

And The Lucky Winner Is...

In "Talent Show" levels of holding things off, I'd actually like to say a few things before I announce the winner of the giveaway. Nah I'm just kidding. The talking can wait. Although I'm going to attach the widget here again anyway so you might already know who won by now. That winner is...

Now THAT'S a drumroll
Bryan Pedas of A Beer For The Shower . Bryan and Brandon share the account but Bryan was the one who actually entered. So he wins. Luckily for me he also has my email address so Bryan, just drop me an email with where I can send the book to, and I'll send it on it's way when it gets here. One downside of Createspace is how long it can take a book to reach you.
A much more effective delivery system
Now there is a little bit more before I let you go just yet. Unless you've already stopped caring. This giveaway didn't really get the response I was hoping for. It means that when the time comes to promote Immortal Space, I don't think I'll be able to do another giveaway. I just don't have the readership I used to. I'd have to build that back up. Luckily though I know people who are way more successful than me (such as the aforementioned contest winner Bryan) who would be more than happy to let me whore myself out on their blogs.

I hope.

Congratulations once again to Bryan. In the interest of increasing my readership, do you have any good blog recommendations? It's an almost unspoken rule that bloggers trade comments and reads.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 8 August 2014

Well That Was A Strange Day

I actually did something a few days ago. Things actually happened too. It's funny how that works. You go on forever thinking that nothing ever happens and most of the time it's because you're not really doing anything. At least, that's what it seems to me. Stuff happens if you actually do....well, stuff.
Or don't keep calm. I won't tell you what to do.
But back to my day. So I woke up on Monday and I felt pretty good. I had the giveaway going on, I actually ate breakfast for once, and I said to myself "You know what? I'm going to go to the gym." and so I packed up my bags and I walked to the gym. Walking to the gym is a great warm up. It was one of the secrets of my success. I would get picked up on the way back but that's because I was half dead and exhausted by the time I was done, and boy was I.
Nawwwww
On the way to the gym I saw an ambulance turn on it's siren and speed off. That alone is pretty cool if you've never seen. Especially when it's in a traffic jam and all the other cars are like "oh shit we gotta get out of the way". Then I saw an old man who nearly needed an ambulance as he ran out into the road when the traffic calmed down instead of waiting for the traffic light, little realising that the reason the traffic was calm was because the light was changing and the car he just ran in front of got the green light to go. Luckily for him the driver was a decent guy. Then while at the gym I saw the one thing every guy who goes to a gym doesn't like to see; old man penis. Don't worry I won't put a picture of that up. We're SFW here at The Rambling Person. I saw two naked old men. I think the gym was just making it up to me because I hadn't been there in a while. One the way back I saw someone else run in front of a car. This time it was a woman who had not one, but two kids with her in a buggy. Classy move lady. It's worse because it was my dad's car she ran in front of and he didn't see her because he was turning into a corner. Luckily I saw her move and told him to stop.

DON'T RUN OUT INTO THE ROAD.

Strange, strange day.

You ever had a day that made you wonder what was happening to people? Also, if you're a girl, and you go to the gym, do you get the reverse of what happens to guys and you occasionally see a naked old woman? I'm just curious if the same thing happens to women. Thank God for private showers. 

Also don't forget to enter my giveaway for a signed copy of Tulips and Other Stories here;
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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Reading My Own Work

This might be something I've blogged about before but heck, I'm going to do it again. That's just the kind of person I am. Besides, after 900 posts, things tend to get repeated or just become very similar. I could always keep up with current events and blog about that but if I've read something myself, I tend to not see the point in repeating it to others. Again, it's just the way I am.
Although apparently this handsome bastard punched Justin Bieber, that's something worth repeating.
When it comes to writing there are two things that I'm not very good at. The first is taking negative criticism. It's something I should really work on. Though to be honest I've not received any in a while. Perhaps I am in a better place to take it, and simply don't know. Who knows? The other is that I'm not particularly good at reading my own work. At all. This is one reason that I'm a bad editor. I have trouble going back through things I've written. I'm not even entirely sure why it is. I think part of it is that I don't want to think I'm not as good as I used to be, but that can't be all of it or I wouldn't have trouble editing. Editing and revising your own work is one way to make yourself better.
I wonder if J.K has ever gone through Harry Potter as a reader
I really do want to change that though because I've written some fabulous stories. I want to go back to them and read them. It's been so long even I've forgotten some of the smaller details and I'll probably be able to go through them as a reader. It would definitely make me feel like I've degraded though. Which is probably a fair assessment. I haven't written enough to do as well as I used to. It was why I wrote all those short stories way back when. Those were mostly writing practice. Reading my own work will also help me get a feel for how I write and could help. I won't know unless I try. Seriously, God only knows where most of my worries, fears, and doubts come from. The majority of them have to be completely unfounded.

Have you ever gone back and read your own work? Whether it be stories or even just blog posts. 
Also don't forget to enter my giveaway for a copy of Tulips And Other Stories, signed by me!
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Monday, 4 August 2014

I'm Just Giving It Away

Well folks it happened. I signed up with Createspace a few weeks ago now I think, and I got everything set up with them. I had my own proof copy made up and sent out to me, and I finally got it. I looked it over and thought that everything seemed to be in order.
This is the completely redesigned cover
So what am I doing in celebration of this ostentatious occasion? I'm holding a giveaway of course! It's only a very small one because I'm saving a much bigger one for when I finally get Immortal Space published. For those of you wondering, I did finally add more to it. Hopefully that giveaway will occur sometime this year, or at least early next year. For now though I have this giveaway for you. It's for a signed copy of Tulips. There are also only two ways to enter. One is to tweet about the book, and the other is to like it's rather dwindling fan page on Facebook. Each thing will get you five entries, and you can also tweet once a day for another five entries.

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Please allow for a few weeks for delivery as I have to wait for another copy to arrive before I can sign it and send it out. Check back next week to see if you won! 

And of course if you'd just like to buy a physical copy, you can do it here; http://goo.gl/O0fwF5

Friday, 1 August 2014

I Think I Saw A Homeless Person

I'll warn you now that this post could get a little preachy and may not end up being that entertaining. It happened when I was out for my walk on Monday. I've taken to walking for longer for more exercise, and one of the ways I achieve that is to walk down roads to local landmarks and back. I say local landmarks, and there's actually very few of those. By that I mean the leisure centre, the church, and the local football ground which I visited on Tuesday.
I'd show you something local but I don't want to be tracked down
Walking down to the church and then around it can add a good five minutes to my walk, and that was what I did. It was as I was walking around the church that I saw someone on the side opposite the road. They were sleeping on a backpack. At least I hope they were homeless and they were sleeping and I didn't accidentally stumble onto a dead body. I walked quietly past them and kept on my way so I didn't disturb them, but it was the first time that I've actually seen someone sleeping rough. As I kept walking and walked down the path to the road, I saw someone else walking the way I'd just came. I was tempted to ask them if they knew the girl, but I'm not actually that sociable. I don't know if you could tell. I just left them in peace, and kept walking on my way. Plus unfortunately I wasn't in any position to help them. It's not like I had any money, or directions to the nearest homeless shelter. I don't even think there is one near me.
I don't want to think there are people like this
Homelessness is something I feel pretty strongly about. I don't think that anyone should be allowed to end up in that situation. I represented how I feel in one of my short stories actually. A character in one of my stories employed homeless people and gave them a place to live and work. That would be something great to do, but first I guess I have to be rich and successful first. It's a shame that the people who are in a position to help rarely do. There are plenty of homeless shelters out there and there are some great stories, but there's still a lot of bad things going on. I'm not even sure where I'm trying to take this. The original idea I had is completely gone now. I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you see a homeless person, then try and do some good for them. Try and help them if you can. The same also applies to homeless animals. I guess it's much easier to take in a homeless cat or dog than a homeless person though...that's not that recommended. Anyway, I'll shut up now and let you be on your way. I've completely lost my train of thought. 

What are your own personal thoughts regarding homelessness? Have you ever seen/helped someone personally? 

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