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hutch0
Date: 2008-11-27 23:21
Subject: mindless maunderings
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I'm quite good at my job. (That's a lie, actually; after almost a quarter of a century I can do this job with my eyes shut. And quite often do) I'm actually quite good at a lot of jobs, which is why, when other members of staff go on holiday, I wind up covering for them. This tends to limit the periods when I can have a holiday. What with the recent builder-based frolics, this hasn't been such a bad thing because it's left me with tons of time off in hand to take days off at short notice to deal with things. On the other hand, it's meant that for the last four or five years I've got to December without taking my full holiday entitlement and I've lost it.
This appears to be changing. An email went round last week exhorting those of us with holiday still to take to damn well take it before mid-December. So as of tomorrow evening I will be on holiday for a fortnight.
Now, before you all ask me where I'm going, I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to spend a large percentage of the time asleep rather than dragging my weary arse up and down on London Transport. I am going to sort out The Little Room With All The Boxes finally. I will play with the cats. I will finally catch up on my DVDs. I may not leave the house for days at a time, except to buy cigarettes. I may well write. You never know. It will, my very good friends, be bliss unconfined.
The glad tidings, of course, have a sting in their tail in that I've had to cover all the stuff I'm responsible for over the next two weeks, which has meant an insane amount of writing at work this week. On Monday I didn't see any way I could get it all done without handing work over to other people to deal with, which I don't like to do, but I got the worst of it out of the way today and I may well leave work tomorrow with a clear conscience. Well, apart from the usual stuff.

This evening I popped over to Forbidden Planet for Neal Asher's signing of his new book, partly to say hi and partly to get him to sign my limited edition signed contributor copy of Subterfuge which we both, along with our very own altariel and many other excellent writers, appear in. Our very own danacea was there, and it struck me how few of you, whose company I cherish, I've actually met in the flesh. altariel and I shared the platform at NewCon, Thog and pds_lit I know well. I first met camies longer ago than we'd probably like to remember, and brisingamen and peake, for their sins, are actually my oldest friends in the southeast of England. Of course, I've known the (still sadly-LJless) OJM since the wild days of 1981, when we were young and foolish. I thought about that, and then I thought about the qnotku, who I'll never meet now, and I got a bit blue.

Anyway, this was my first venture into the West End for quite a while, and the lure of Zaavi proved too much, although I thought I demonstrated admirable restraint and only bought a copy of Dave Gilmour's concert in Gdansk and two albums by an Austin band called VAST, to whose work I was introduced a while ago by a commentor over at Lili's place and which I have become somewhat partial to.
It has been a very busy week, but against expectations I've managed to hit my marks, I've done what I planned to do and I managed to score some excellent albums. And after tomorrow I don't have to catch the fucking train for another fortnight.
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pds_lit: Arthur
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-11-28 01:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Arthur
Ha! Now that yo have time off you could come visit Thog and his babe. :)
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-11-28 15:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
yo?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-11-28 23:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have the time, but not the money, sadly.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2008-11-28 01:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Little Room With All The Boxes . . . now I'm scared. Come to think of it, you could very well be in that two to three percentile we we discussing earlier. I mean, what do I really know about you, Hutch? Or Thog, or Pam, for that matter?

Uh oh. Three of you. It would be my luck that I got those three-out-of-every-one-hundred-people-are-sociopaths for LJ friends.

I've heard things about you writer types, weird things. Then there's the issue of props, and mirrors . . .

Do you really live in the fringes of North London?
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-11-28 04:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

You're right, Jster! My middle name is "Sociopath" -- but don't worry: Pam's worse.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-11-28 22:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wouldn't worry. I haven't killed anyone for a couple of years now, and that was an accident.
Yes, we live on the fringes of North London. The real North London. Almost in Hertfordshire.
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Kat: happy dance
User: artykat
Date: 2008-11-28 01:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:happy dance
Hutch, I am so glad that you are having some well-deserved time off! It will go all to quickly, but do enjoy it. I wish we could meet in person one day! You're a dear friend. I don't know why you ever meandered to my journal but I am oh so glad that you did.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-11-28 22:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm glad I did, too. Not least because if I hadn't I would never have seen that totally excellent sig. Outstanding!
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-11-28 04:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

"Thog and pds_lit "

Wait a cottonpickin' minute! That couldn't be realthog you're talking about, could it?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-11-28 22:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, it's someone else.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-11-28 05:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good for you {{{{hutch0}}}}! Hope you have a glorious time--and that circumstances permit you to meet lots more of your LJ friends very soon. Who knows, I may NEED to visit England in 2010. Hugs and grins, Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-11-28 22:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hope I do get to meet some of you guys in the not-too-distant future.
You and Greg would be most welcome to stay with us any time. By dint of an insane amount of work last week, the place is actually habitable for guests now for the first time in more than two years.
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User: neal_asher
Date: 2008-11-28 20:52 (UTC)
Subject: Multitude
Hey Hutch, I very much enjoyed your story in Subterfuge. 'Multitude' grabbed from the start and read wonderfully well.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-11-28 22:27 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Multitude
Hey, Neal! Thank you, you're very kind; I'm glad you liked it. I enjoyed `Rhine's World' very much, too; kind of like one of your novels but without all the slow bits. ;-)
Welcome to the villages, by the way. Pull up a pew and grab a beer.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-11-29 04:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Leave me out of this. I'm still young and have never been foolish. OK, so I've decided to tell people that I'm 63 -- I'd look absolutely fabulous for 63.

Enjoy your time off. Do something different, like write a story with a happy ending. Enough with the directives. You never take my advice anyway.

-the other Jean-Marie
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