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31 December 2013 @ 10:21 am

This post will compile a list of all the shows I see, TV/film I watch, books I read and new albums (to me) I listen to throughout this year. For the most part, reviews will remain public, apart from for live shows.

January 2013

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

Once Upon a Time: 2x10: The Cricket Game
The Mentalist: 5x11: Days of Wine & Roses
The Mentalist: 5x12: Little Red Corvette
The Mentalist: 5x13: The Red Barn (coming soon)

February 2013

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

The Woman in Black - 12/02/13

Vegas 1x01: Pilot
The Mentalist 5x14: Red in Tooth and Claw (coming soon)
Vegas 1x02: Money Plays

Les Miserables

March 2013

Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult

The Ladykillers (07/03/13)
Midnight Tango (23/03/13)
A Tailor Made Man (26/03/13)

The Mentalist 5x15: Red Lacquer Nail Polish (coming soon)
The Mentalist 5x16: There Will Be Blood (coming soon)
The Mentalist 5x17 Red, White & Blue: (coming soon)
The Mentalist 5x18: Behind the Red Curtain (coming soon)
Doctor Who 33bx01: The Bells of Saint John

Flags - Brooke Fraser

April 2013

Doctor Who 33bx02: The Rings of Akhaten
The Mentalist 5x19: Red Letter Day (coming soon)
Doctor Who 33bx03 Cold War
The Mentalist 5x20: Red Velvet Cupcakes (coming soon)
Doctor Who 33bx04 Hide
The Mentalist 5x21: Red and Itchy (coming soon)
Doctor Who 33bx05 Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

The Last Continent - Terry Pratchett

Starlight Express (20/04/13)
The Mousetrap (25/04/13)

Before I Sleep - Bo Bruce (coming soon)

May 2013

Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss

Doctor Who 33bx06: The Crimson Horror
The Mentalist 5x22: Red John's Rules
Doctor Who 33bx07: Nightmare in Silver
Doctor Who 33bx08: The Name of the Doctor

Golden - Lady Antebellum
English Rain - Gabrielle Aplin
Only Teardrops - Emmelie de Forest

Noises Off - 24/05/13

June 2013

The Rocky Horror Show - 08/06/13

Harlequin - Bernard Cornwell
American Death Songs - Jordan Harper

Bo Bruce - 22/06/13

Rose Tinted Girl - Ceris Hine
The Shocking Miss Emerald - Caro Emerald

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

July 2013

Wreck-It Ralph
Despicable Me

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World - Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman
Covenant by Dean Crawford
Gone by Michael Grant
Hunger by Michael Grant

Evita - 17/07/13

August 2013

Lies by Michael Grant
Plague by Michael Grant

Despicable Me 2

Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Maybe I'll update properly in December. It's November and therefore NaNoWriMo, after all.

But this is a thing I have done yearly for a while now so I might as well put something up. I'm not expecting anything as I have been a lousy LJ friend this year, but... still.

1. A diagnosis. Please, please, more than anything I just want a diagnosis for whatever-the-heck-is-wrong-with-me. I'm sick to death of saying chronic headache/migraine/anxiety/depression/hypermobility/muscle spasms etc etc etc. I long gave up on getting a cure for it so just a diagnosis so I can get on the right track for health care would be grand. Also then, people might take the fact I AM genuinely ill more seriously than accusing me of being lazy because I don't "look sick."

2. To become a best-selling author.
(This is something you CAN actually help with. I have a book out now. It's not a big book but it is a start. If you'd rather a paperback copy (or two or three or...), I am selling them at GBP 5.00 plus p&p. and you can buy them directly from me.)

3. In relation to the above, likes on my facebook page, reviews on goodreads and amazon for my book - provided you've read it of course - and followers on twitter, tumblr and instagram. Anything to start creating a buzz.

4. Speaking of making a buzz, start helping to promote #SlippersForShelter. Basically, 18th of December is "Slippers for Shelter" day and we need social media to help make this a viral phenomenom! And of course, if you could make a little donation (the suggested amount is GBP 2.00) that would be wonderful and mean a lot to me. I will be joining in with this too, but again, focussing on it after NaNoWriMo.

5. My whole family and friends to be healthy and happy: of course. I'm seeing so many people I love struggling with illness, whether it's depression, alcoholism, renal failure, diabetes, Down syndrome and so on and so forth. So, if you're reading this, do something for me: do something to make YOU happy. Even if it's reading a good book or taking the dog for a walk. Take some time out for you and look after yourself. This obviously includes my pets - my rabbits aren't getting any younger (woe) and Zara is still epileptic.

6. Things to help with pain relief. I love cold pads for my forehead, but they are disposable and the price stacks up. I have a wonderful aromatherapy gel from Norfolk Lavender which I am getting a bit low with, and I'm always willing to try something new to ease aching muscles/joints/head. Basically, I ache everywhere these days.

7. To have a better living arrangement than I do right now. (This all ties into health and money, can you tell?)

8. New books to read. I'm watching next to no TV (looking forward to the Mentalist coming back and that is about it) but I'm reading voraciously. My goodreads profile shows you the kind of stuff I read and have already read. Of course it's no way near complete, but if you're unsure if I've read something - just ask. I prefer physical copies of books, but I do have an Amazon Kindle, so there is that.

9. Decaf tea. I'll try any tea as long as it is decaffeinated. It's more than a weakness, it's a compulsion.

10. Dialysis to KEEP specialised commissioning status in the UK.

In all seriousness, if you wanted to cards/postcards never go amiss. I decorate my bedroom wall with postcards from folks and always like to add more. I can't promise to reply to them and/or send you one in return, but still. Thank you for taking the time to read this and sorry that I've been lousy lately.

I hope you're all well. And now I'm going back to the grindstone.
03 July 2014 @ 02:46 pm

Hello friends,

As you may or may not know, I have been trying to become a published author in a number of ways. I have completed a couple of novels, which I am currently working on. In the meantime, I've been writing short stories.

These short stories, I have compiled into an anthology of ten short stories. There's a number of different genres covered and I hope there's something that everyone can enjoy.

But, I can't publish it on my own. Due to my health and my financial situation, I need support.

This is where you come in.

I have just launched a Kickstarter campaign for this anthology, entitled Odds & Socks. I would be honoured and hugely grateful if you were to support it. It would also be an immense help if you could spread the word, let the world know and encourage others to support this project of mine.

I have so many more stories in me. Most of them are much longer than those compiled in Odds & Socks. This anthology is just the start.

But every start needs a support.

Thank you in advance.

Tracie xxx

Click HERE to go to the Kickstarter Campaign Page!

28 December 2013 @ 02:30 pm

I have just set up an e-mail account exclusively for newsletters etc. relating to my novels and original writing. If you are interested in becoming a test reader for my novel, you need to sign up to receive these newsletters. I will also be sending exclusive short stories which are set in the same world as my novel series, so you can get to know the subsidiary characters too.

Alternatively, if you just want to receive the newsletter with no additional requirements, that would be awesome too. That way, I’ll be able to keep in direct contact with my potential readers and maybe throw a few exclusives your way too!

Please just comment with your name and e-mail address so I can add you to the mailing list. If you do not want to add your e-mail address on this post, please just message me it. After I have your e-mail address, I’ll drop you an e-mail from my new account. All you have to do is then reply with what level of subscription you are interested in receiving!

I hope you want to join me on this exciting journey.

Tracie x

19 August 2013 @ 12:18 pm
Okay, so... here's the thing. My depression hit rock bottom and the additional trigger of spoiler wars turned me completely off fandom. It meant I switched off, stopped reading fanfic, stopped writing it, stopped going on Paint It Red, stopped doing everything. I already had a backlog of fics that have been written especially for me which I am yet to read. There may also be stories that you have wanted me to read which I haven't gotten around to yet. If this admission fits any of these criteria, please - leave a link to the fic in this post and/or e-mail it directly to me! It's about time I showed you the thanks you deserve for doing these kind things for me.

In addition to this, I want to say another thank you. Thank you for your support. During this tough time, it's hard for me to pull myself out of the black hole that is depression. Things are slowly getting better, but it is hard for me to claw my way out of it. Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a little brighter. On other occasions, it is almost extinguished again. It all depends on what is happening to me, and how I am feeling on any specific day. But, knowing you are here for me, hearing your kind words of support, really really do help. It's something I need... it reminds me that I am less alone. Thank you.
05 June 2013 @ 04:43 pm
I am feeling a lot better today. Well, by a lot, I mean less nausea, I can totally tolerate sunlight and loud sounds and my head feels less painful. However, I also feel exhausted because I slept really badly. But, I think this is definitely the tail end of the migraine so I can go back to work in the morning and I won't have to listen to my boss prattle on about how difficult it is to get cover and how much they need me and how much I 'cannot' be sick with that same migraine still.

Otherwise? I am seeing Rocky Horror again at the end of this week. I'm so excited! I just want to drag out my labcoat so I can do a futile attempt at dressing up for the event. I love this musical so much! And in addition to seeing Bo Bruce for my birthday, I now also have tickets for myself, my mum and a couple of friends to go and see Evita. The only downside to it is that Marti Pellow (ugh) is in it. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of seats that were left - I managed to get the second cheapest ticket price for us, which was very good for my credit card! I thought, by now, it would have been mostly sold out to Marti Pellow fans. However, although Pellow is in it and I am no fan of his 'acting' and not all that impressed by his singing either (he should learn to warm up properly, seriously!), Evita is one of those musicals I have wanted to see for a long while and now I get to see it! Yay! This year has been a really good year for touring companies. I've only been to the West End once this year and I'm not even sure I'll be going again. (Though, I'll definitely want to make a return trip to Wicked after cast change... but cast change is in November, so it'll probably be 2014 by the time I'm back there. However, in saying that Kim was saying that she and Dad would quite like to meet me and Gary in London one weekend to see a show so hmm...)
01 June 2013 @ 08:16 pm

From little_firestar
WIP Meme:
Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous. Ask about one and I'll tell you something about it, or post a snippet, or both.

My WIPs folder:
Bed of Nails
Fall to Grace collection
No Space for Air
Red Letter Days
The Broken Road Ahead - Notes on a Journey 5
The Long Journey Home - Notes on a Journey 6
Two Roads Diverged - Notes on a Journey 4
Black Ice
Cho POW story
Lisbon blind for monthly challenge
Dancing in the Dark

01 June 2013 @ 07:12 pm
I still want to rewatch the season 5 Mentalist episodes and review them properly. However, for everything else, I need to catch up on and do some succinct reviews. I'll probably give the Bo Bruce, Gabrielle Aplin and Emmelie De Forest albums another proper listen through before commenting on them. Listening at work just doesn't quite cut it. I also have two Taylor Swift albums somewhere and the Emeli Sande album to actually listen to for the first time as well. But it'll all come in time. For now...

Doctor Who 33bx05 to 33bx08Collapse )

Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne TrussCollapse )

Golden - Lady AntebellumCollapse )

Noises Off - 24/05/13Collapse )
06 April 2013 @ 09:30 pm
There was a lot I loved about this episode.Cut for rambles and spoilersCollapse )
06 April 2013 @ 09:49 am
OKAY THEN. As there's a new episode tonight I should stop delaying my comments on this and stuff. So, here we go. Bullet point ahoy:
Spoilers!Collapse )