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It's been a while since I've posted an update here and I'm doing so only to put up a shameless plug. I'm currently in the process of publishing my third book (the second one being the forms manual). Omega Rising is a science fiction novella set in modern day York about a girl who takes a new job and finds herself caught up in a conflict involving alien technology. I'm self-publishing this book, which means I'm paying up front for editing, proof-reading, cover design, layout, printing, etc. So I've created a kickstarter project for it which is in need of funds.

This post is a request to take a look at the project a look at the project and give a few quid if you can. If you can't, please help make the project known among people who would be interested. I'm currently well behind target.

This is how the project is doing against target:
Codename Omega: Omega Rising -- Kicktraq Mini
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If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach." Alfred Hitchcock

If I wrote a story today, what would the readers immediately look for?
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Hmm.

I've not used screened comments before. I want to reply to a comment but it says "unscreen to reply." Does that mean that if I try to reply, it will show the comment to everyone who can view the post? 


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I just had someone turn up at my desk with a plate of sixteen little cakes. I think I'm going to be popular this afternoon.

Too bad pretty much all of my team are out of office.
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They leave a bruise in exactly the same place that my rucksack strap goes when I carry my laptop.

Still, at least I can add shotguns to the list of weapons I will be able to use when the zombie apocalypse starts.

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I've been wondering about terminology.

There was a conversation yesterday where one half of a couple mentioned that they couldn't make a particular date for a class because they were going to see her parents. The guy made a joke about maybe he ought to be going to class. A comment was made about him wanting to get out of seeing the mother-in-law.

The two of them aren't married. They show no signs of ever getting married. Therefore the term mother-in-law is incorrect, because there's no law involved.

But they've been together for over ten years. I'm not sure how long they've been living together, but they share a house and a mortgage. They are essentially married in all senses apart from the legal one. So does the term mother-in-law apply? Given the increased number of couples who are cohabiting but never getting married, is it just natural evolution of language that terms which once applied only to married couples now apply to couples living together?

There's no point to this post. I'm just pondering.
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I started thinking about some of the weird stuff that is (or has been, given that they ejected a large chunk of the TARDIS in Castrovalva) canonically in the TARDIS. 

So far, I've thought of:

The console room
Miles of corridors
At least four bedrooms (given that Turlough moves into Adric's room, there's probably not more than that close to the console rooms)
A cricket pavilion (and therefore, presumably, a cricket pitch)
A swimming pool
I'm sure there's been mention of a kitchen at some point.
A huge wardrobe

What have I forgotten?

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The guy who greeted me with, "How are you? And how's the other guy?" 

There were three people who asked me about my eye today. I may have just been paranoid, but I thought there was a note of, "Is everything alright," in the "how are you?" type greetings this morning. It's probably just me being paranoid.

When I had the guy come up to me, start talking about one of his partners, and then intrrupt himself with, "Is that a black eye?" I was very tempted to reply with, "No, it's badly-applied eye-shadow."

It's looking a lot better now. Most of the purple has faded considerably. It's no longer sore unless I do something stupid like poke it. Can someone please explain why I have the urge to prod a bruise to see if it hurts? Anyone?

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