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My fellow narrators on the Colony will understand my elation at finally mastering a chapter that meets ACX requirements. Now, I've got to do it 37 more times!
One thing no one ever tells you about being an adult, is how much time you spend debating with yourself about keeping a cardboard box because it’s, like, a really good box.
Penguin is looking for writers from under-represented communities, including working class writers. It starts with 1,000 words. Apply by Sunday 31 May - WriteNow
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Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Darn it. Too white, too middle class, too straight. Would being old and poor count?
E G Logan
E G Logan
NB. one and all. Deadline extended!

"We know that many people might be feeling overwhelmed at having to take the time to apply to WriteNow during the current protests against racial injustice which are unfolding in the US, the UK and around the world. As a result, we’ve extended the deadline for WriteNow to midnight on Tuesday 2nd June to give writers a little more time to prepare their applications."
E G Logan
E G Logan
OK, that IS today, I know. But it's not midnight yet.
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An item left in your eBay shopping basket may be discounted by the seller. In the lockdown, Power Sellers are offering discounts for items in your Watch List.
I put a watch on a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 at a Buy it now price of £49.99.
Yesterday, the seller offered me a £10 off voucher – which has to be used by tonight. I’m tempted!
Coming up on this Sunday's Pop-Up Submissions... "Ongtep's Heart" - fantasy by Christopher James; "Don't Say That You Love Me" - romance by Kelli Bonadio; "Broken Twigs (Farewell to Faerie Forest)" - MG fantasy fiction by Charlotte Taylor; "The War of the Gods" - historical fiction by Suzana Pavšek and "The Unchosen" - fantasy by Matthew "Doc" Varga. Join us LIVE at 5pm UK!
Working on building my author website (should have done it years ago). Got up to stick a pizza in the oven, but husband helps himself to the computer. So now I'm twiddling my thumbs waiting for him to get off. I might burn his pizza in revenge.
A second teacher from the local lycée has phoned to asked whether they could base next year's English curriculum on my book!!! Of course, with my luck the school may never open again thanks to a certain virus. ;)
We moved into this house in July 2003. The washing machine we'd brought with us was finally plumbed in that November. Until then I did all the laundry in the bath tub. Hot water to the kitchen was finally installed 8 months later (so July 2004). Yesterday, during lock down 2020, my kids, tired of seeing doing the dishes, bought me a dishwasher and my husband installed it. I don't know myself! I have time to do stuff.
Just had a text to say there's a bottle of bubbly arriving this afternoon! No idea who sent it, the kind donor will be revealed later, I hope - but I know what I'll be drinking at LitFest today! See you later!
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Emily
Emily
I’ll have to up my game from “herbal tea” to something stronger, I see...
Barbara
Barbara
Remember to give the bottle a good old shake before you open it in front of everyone. Let's have a guessing game of who sent it. (I'm nosy.) @Emily, does your choc / hazelnut cake not have any booze in it???
Emily
Emily
No, but the bottle of vino I’ve just rescued from marauding adult children has plenty ;) ;)
Himself: What on earth are you doing?
Me: Decorating a toilet roll.
Himself: Why??
Me: Oh, it's for the Litfest.
Himself: Should you be doing that, considering these things are scares at the mo?
Me: Yes.
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Emily
Emily
I had the same conversation with several offspring: outrage I might use up a Sacred Loo Roll. My assurances that this one will be reasonably unscathed (no glue still!!) and we have another 47,2876,386 rolls in the loft hasn't eased the hysteria.
Barbara
Barbara
No glue? Good, you can still use if afterwards … I was tempted to be lazy and simply take the inside carton, then cut it once from top to bottom then wrap it around a wine glass. But technically it would make a glass decoration not a toilet roll decoration.
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Emily
Emily
Could be very interesting!!
Running a data recovery app in the terminal, I was puzzled what multiple copies of C62 meant. Scouting around for definitions, I saw that C62 is medical code for testicular cancer! Me or the laptop?!
CageSage
CageSage
It's a stack overflow. DB/DD not set up right.
Paul Whybrow
Paul Whybrow
Thanks for that, Cage. I searched for an hour and found nothing helpful. There were one hundred C62s listed, by the time I went to bed, and I suspect it would have carried on accumulating for eternity.
Frustrated that our only source of income (me working on street markets) had gone up the spout. The French government are giving payments of up to a max of 1500€. They will replace what your earned last March. Sadly, because of the Yellow Jackets, last March was terrible and I only earned 150€. It is hardly worth filling out the paper work.
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
That doesn't exist in France. I've looked into the French social security situation but we need to be officially resident. They will only grant us residency after all this time (17 years) if we earn enough and don't need benefits. The problem is the same If we return to the UK. We couldn't access benefits for 6 months. So either way we're screwed unless I can write a best-seller :D
Hannah F
Hannah F
Fill out the paperwork. Every penny is a penny. If you don't you'll be a penny short on something you need and wish you had.
Steve C
Steve C
We were refunded our last electricity bill the other day by way of support. I spent it on beer because the Gov is talking of a ban on all alcohol sales over the upcoming Thai New Year celebrations which have in any case been banned.
Confinement tidying... Going through the family archive, discovered that on 28 October 1974 my dad had been nominated for the Publisher of the Year Award. Who knew? Not me. Woops.
Back from the supermarket, where customers were queuing 6 feet apart outside, waiting to be allowed in. I assumed one of them was a motorcyclist, as he wore a full-face helmet with a face mask beneath, leather gauntlets & boots, which were gaffer-taped to his trousers. No sign of a bike. He'd dressed like a robber to do his shopping!
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Leonora
Leonora
The supermarket is becoming a strange, alien place.
Steve C
Steve C
Went to Chayaphum town yesterday to renew my visa in case immigration decides to close shop. The town was quiet so lot's of people staying home despite no strict orders to do so. 95% of faces masked, people are taking their own decisions. Every shop that was open had someone at the door with a handheld thermometer to point at foreheads + a bottle of handwash. The only English bar in town was closed :(
Robinne Weiss
Robinne Weiss
We walked to the local petrol station yesterday to pick up our mail (they're the post office, too), and they made us use hand sanitiser at the door and sign in, too (to facilitate contact tracing if it's necessary later, I assume).
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