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Kylie at the Roundhouse

This is a Post Formats trial, set as a Blogging101 task on October 1st. These images were taken on September 27th at the Roundhouse.

My ticket for the VIP section

My ticket for the VIP section

In the standby queue - not entirely sure I'd get in - but 15 minutes later I had a Guest List Pass!

In the standby queue – not entirely sure I’d get in – but 15 minutes later I had a Guest List Pass!

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Obligatory post-show selfie!

Obligatory post-show selfie!

The domed roof and supporting pillars are amazing!

The domed roof and supporting pillars are amazing!

‘Les Sex’ – I think!


The Great Divide

This should have been written on September 29th, as that day’s task for Blogging101. I managed to get really far behind with these and am in process of catching up. I’m going to complete this, though will skip the odd task, because I’ve already done something similar. But not this one, this one is about using Daily Prompts and the Daily Prompt for September 29th was:

The Great Divide: When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?

I’ll put my hands up. I can be a lazy reader, a remiss reader, a reluctant reader, a forgetful reader, an unfaithful reader, a reader who leaves such gaps between her reading that she risks being identified as a non-reader. Frankly, I prefer writing over reading… and all the above comments can be applied to my writing too!

The bulk of my reading tends to be things I need to read and that leans very heavily toward non-fiction – though that gets turned on its head if I’m reading a script of course. But what do I read for fun? That’s something that tends to be at least in part random. I have a tendency for my attention to get captured quite unpredictably. Something will catch my eye and perk my curiosity and I’ll pick it up and start reading. I might read a paragraph or two, a page or two and leave it there, or I may devour the whole thing and structure my entire existence around it until I’m done with it, or it’s done with me… and this might apply to anything – a novel, a magazine, a poetry collection, a play, a coffee-table book crammed with photographs, biography, history, philosophy, a how-to guide, whatever… and I’m really not sure just how the balance pans out between fiction and non-fiction… if it’s something from the news media the line between those categories will be pretty blurred anyway. So I think I have to plead No Preference here.

Being a Good Neighbour

Today’s blogging101 task was to comment on four blogs that I’ve not previously commented on. This proved more difficult than I expected. I spent several hours looking for blogs that inspired me to do that, I read several that interested me, but which I could think of nothing useful to write about.

The upshot of this is that I didn’t find the four I was tasked with. Just two, but I produced comments on those that I feel were worthwhile. I wasn’t in the mood for writing froth today… though there are times I can do that with the best of them!

My comments were first, on:

Well done for getting this off the ground (or would “getting this launched” be more appropriate?). There’s certainly a need for this. Were I living in London, it’s an opportunity I would make use of! I’m fortunate in that where I live now, my local leisure centre is very accommodating and my Trans status hasn’t been an issue (or even mentioned); but I’m very aware that my experience isn’t repeated everywhere and there was a time not so long ago when I wouldn’t have been confident enough to test the water on that (sorry, couldn’t resist another pun). I hope you get the numbers to justify your effort and to ensure this continues!

 and secondly, on:

Until now, I’ve only known September 10th as my eldest daughter’s birthday. Now I’ll remember it has another meaning too. Why is this of relevance to me? I have so far lost nobody close to me through suicide, though I’m part of a community that experiences suicide rates some twenty five times that of the general population. There have been a few people I’d met and not known well and heard about and wished I’d known better because perhaps I could have made a difference. And there was a guy long ago at college who took his life a couple of hours after picking an argument with me in the pub and I’d dismissed him with some scathing put downs when I might perhaps have instead realised he was needing help. So thank you for posting this.

My Dream Reader


You’re my dream reader!

You’re talented, you have a spark, you’ve overcome adversity and go forward smiling, confident, radiant.

You’re inspirational!

And that is why I want to work with you, alongside you, why I want you on board to help me to help those who really, really need inspiring to break out of restrictive thought patterns and negative feedback loops, those who can’t see their way forward, can’t see the wood for the trees; have been knocked down too many times and don’t believe it’s worthwhile standing up again; whose spirit is broken; who have disabilities that are not well understood, but who can turn even those things around if they’re shown that it’s possible; not just for others, but for them too.

Who are you? You may be among these, for example…

…or someone I’ve not added there yet…

…and if you are, or believe you are someone who belongs there, then this post is for YOU, so please get in touch!

Written as a blogging101 exercise on 18th September 2014


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