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It has been a couple of weeks since I last posted and a few things have happened in that time... ***

Last Sunday I ran the Bristol 10K with some 9000 other people and had a great time. The atmosphere was brilliant, the organisation excellent and it was all thoroughly enjoyable. Having only run twice in the preceding 3 weeks I found it a little harder than expected and was a little wobbly at the end after my 'sprint' finish.

I was really pleased to come in under an hour (59:25) and equally pleased with EF's time (1:04:41), a superb effort considering she has only been running for 9 weeks. Ramon came in at 1:21, another superb result and Matt in 1:11.

Oh, yes, the medal is very perdy, and the finisher's t-shirt design is awesome.


On that running note, my training programme for the Loch Ness Marathon kicks off this week (week 6 of the Big One training plan found here). I am both looking forward to it, and dreading it. I ran 15.5 miles non-stop a few weeks ago, so I know I have it in me to do this. It is, as ever, just going to take lots of dedication and hard work.

Anyway, onwards.


What social networks do you belong to?

Stretching the term slightly to include networks/sites with social networking features, I belong to, and am active on; Twitter, Facebook, friendfeed, Goodreads, Flickr, posterous, tumblr, and Runkeeper.

Flippin' hell.


I am writing this in the living room whilst listening to/watching one of the numerous music video channels that inhabit my cable service. I like doing this because I come across new stuff, and it is an odd mix of the very new and the old masquerading as new, and the old just being what it always was.

The Top 20 Power Ballads of All Time was too much for me though.


Last week I went to see the immeasurably talented China Mieville at the equally wonderful Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath, for their themed event on Corruption. Agreat evening, with fab food, great music from the Bookshop Band (I was humming the tune to 'Wordkeeper' all the next day) and discussions on corruption, literature, writing and related recommendations.

And congratulations to Mr B's for winning Independent Bookshop of the Year 2011! Hugely deserved.


I have seen Iain M Banks, Joe Abercrombie and China Mieville at various events recently. Interestingly, they all write big complicated stories  and they seem to write them in the same way, planning the plots tightly and comprehensively well before embarking on the actual process of throwing the words down.

This is at odds with the way I have been writing, and I haven't been too successful (or at all) at completing what I set out to write. So, if my paradigm ain't working, time to change the paradigm. Let's see where this takes us.


I have become addicted to taking photos of book and record covers of late (see previous post). I have always had a thing for them but it seems to have taken a turn towards the acute. Photos to come later in the week, when I have time to process them.


On that note, and with reference to the fact that I turned 39 last week, this rather brilliant present from EF:

Look at that cover! Look at it! Fantastic! And a fab story and book all rolled into one.


umami - #wwb february picture story

book covers