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Submitted by Penny Lane on Sat, 2014/02/08 - 4:06am
...Or, There and Back Again. Once upon a time, in a hole in a hill there lived a...
Oh, wait a moment. Somebody has already done that one. Where was I? Oh, yes.
My eldest son, who lives in New York, has had an accident. His girlfriend is expecting twin daughters...
In order for him to be on the birth certificates, they have to be married, so we will be flying the pond at short notice.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Sun, 2013/12/22 - 9:05am
I could be talking about Somewhere Else Entirely, but this time I'm not.
Many of you are concerned, perhaps rightly, about my welfare, so I thought I'd bring you up to date.
And I hope that, unlike Garia and Keren, I don't suffer any more unexpected shocks and surprises along the way...
Submitted by Penny Lane on Sat, 2013/11/09 - 8:59am
Unfortunately, going on my nightly experiences, that probably won't help much... but I'm going to take it easy this week-end. I've spent three days visiting hospitals last week and another rebuilding the house network. Phew!
Each time I go to a hospital it basically uses up a day. If I go to the local hospital for a blood test, it is a mile walk and then a bus ride each way; I can get other things done but you can't get a full run at anything. Going to the Renal clinic is an hour's train ride and a mile walk each end so basically we make it a day out and roam the shops, eat out, etc.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Sun, 2013/10/20 - 8:37am
The reference is to the old Chinese proverb, of course. Did I expect to settle down to a quiet life? What do you think?
Apart from the various medical issues, there are a number of other upcoming activities which have to be addressed, of which writing is, regrettably, only one.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Thu, 2013/10/03 - 7:53am
Well, I was discharged yesterday (Weds 12th), a process that took all afternoon. I'm home and attempting to pick up the pieces of life again.
I'll draw a veil over the hospital experience since a lot of you have been there and done that. I'm just glad I wasn't as badly off as some of the other poor sods on my ward.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Fri, 2013/09/27 - 4:54am
I have been given a diagnosis (such as it is ) of vasculitis. The consultant was sufficiently concerned that they wanted to admit me as an in-patient yesterday but there was no bed. I am going in this afternoon, so will be AFK for a few days.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Thu, 2013/09/12 - 11:00am
Just an update note on how my health problems are progressing.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Tue, 2013/09/10 - 4:43am
For about the past three weeks, or perhaps a little longer, I've had a mild sore throat. Symptoms: slight discomfort there, perpetual taste of old milk, intestinal bloating on account of the gunge draining down, resulting nausea and so on.
Last week I decided it had gone on long enough and went to the doctor. Cue loads of tests and a completely unexpected finding.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Sun, 2013/08/04 - 3:27am
I have just received an email via the address I use solely for BCTS. This appears to be spam and thus means that someone who knows my email addy may have been compromised.
I "viewed source" and it refers to something called Zorbia which is apparently HongKong based. I didn't look any further and I didn't open it. It went in the bit bucket.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Thu, 2013/07/04 - 4:14am
Four years and eighteen hours ago, it said when I logged on this morning.
Maker! Has it really been that long?
Submitted by Penny Lane on Sun, 2013/06/16 - 10:20am
Well, it seems I now have a Universe tag, assuming anyone else is daft enough to want to write a story set on Anmar.
I have written up some universe rules but I would rather not make them public just yet, as there could be (of necessity) spoiler material inside. If anyone wants to have a go at a story, then PM me and we'll have a conversation.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Sat, 2013/06/08 - 7:55am
It seems that Somewhere Else Entirely has turned, without me realizing it, from a simple tale to a small industry. I have helpers tabulating names and places, proof-reading and even making maps! I even have a reader who wants to write fan fiction!
This story is no longer a one-author endeavor. What could or should I do here?
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Submitted by Penny Lane on Sun, 2013/05/19 - 11:05am
After I posted SEE 84 I had some time before tea so I decided to update the server... Now I can't get in!
Submitted by Penny Lane on Sat, 2013/04/06 - 8:57am
Regrettably chapter 80 of Somewhere Else Entirely will be delayed...
I've written 5,000 words so far and just realized that I have put the cart before the, er, dranakh.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Fri, 2012/12/28 - 5:27am
This is typical of what seems to happen to me over the winter holiday period. I have an eeeeeeevil cold and I'm reduced to coughing, hacking and dripping everywhere. Needless to say, I can't write while I'm in this condition.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Tue, 2012/07/24 - 1:29pm
Contrary to what we have been receiving here in the UK for far too long, somebody switched the monsoon off this week. We now have days of hotter, hotter, HOTTER.
Unfortunately, the room I do my scribblings in is the one with the cupboard full of computers. It's too hot. As I write it's 33 centigrade in the cupboard, and I'm having to turn almost everything off to stop it dying on its own. This means that my time at the keyboard is limited to whenever I can get myself out of bed and ready in the mornings, before it all heats up.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Thu, 2012/06/07 - 8:12am
It's been a while, I know. Unfortunately, that's how life has been for far too long now. I have about 6,000 words written of the next chapter and the rest planned out ages ago. So why is it not up yet?
Submitted by Penny Lane on Fri, 2012/04/20 - 10:57am
Meh. I had originally intended, and openly written about, calling chapter 49 of Somewhere Else Entirely "A Day of Ceremonies". Fool! I ought to have known better! Some of my minor characters had other ideas...
So, everything suddenly exploded on me, as unintended consequences frequently do.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Mon, 2012/04/09 - 3:27am
This one caught my eye this morning.
Cat being a cat
Of course, we're all used to the phenomenon of cats walking across keyboards and generating *perfect* passwords, this just takes it to the logical next step!
Submitted by Penny Lane on Wed, 2012/03/28 - 4:39am
Dont' you just hate it when that happens? I'm ploughing my steady way through Somewhere Else Entirely, the next chapter lined up ready in my head, when... wham! along comes a complete story in a different vein. One that just won't let go.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Tue, 2012/02/07 - 4:58am
Why does everything always happen at the same time? I've had this cold for well over a week now, and it's so bad I can cough in my sleep, often without waking. It's also worked it's way down into my chest, and up into my sinuses...
So the bad weather happens just about now as well, and to top it all I just accidentally trashed one of my servers... twice.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Sat, 2011/11/26 - 10:11am
I'm sure you'll all have noticed that it has been far too long since the previous chapter of Somewhere Else Entirely was posted. I've finally managed to get the next one up... I ought to be back to a reasonable schedule now, although these days you never know.
I thought I'd explain why there's been such a long delay. Oh, all right, this is a grovelling apology combined with specious excuses why I haven't been writing. Satisfied now?
Submitted by Penny Lane on Mon, 2011/09/26 - 8:25am
I am continually surprised by the number of readers who seem to thirst for the next chapter of Somewhere Else Entirely. That being the case, I thought I'd jot down a few notes about the story - without giving anything away, I hope - so that readers know what to expect.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Fri, 2011/07/22 - 2:27am
I'm doomed. I'm convinced that this is destined never to get fixed. What else can possibly go wrong?
Submitted by Penny Lane on Thu, 2011/07/21 - 9:37am
Why does it always happen to me? Someone, somewhere, must know a plumber who actually turns up when he says he will, but I've never met one.
For some time now, we've had a damp patch on the (concrete) kitchen floor. Just occasional seepage from somewhere. Not very much, and no smell so I'm guessing it's mains water rather than sewage. Just recently the stains started to get larger and I reluctantly decided that we would have to get the problem fixed.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Thu, 2011/05/19 - 8:57am
...but you all knew that, right? No Somewhere Else Entirely this week, due to forces beyond my control. The chapter's about half written, and my muse is anxious for me to continue, but...
Submitted by Penny Lane on Tue, 2011/04/26 - 12:50pm
I'm suffering a chest infection and I'm feeling totally crap, so there will be no Somewhere Else Entirely this week.
Submitted by Penny Lane on Wed, 2011/03/16 - 11:24am
Once more I have to admit defeat. There will be no story chapter posted at all this week. Remember that thing about not operating machinery? It applies to doing anything much creative and that includes downloading my brain into a website at the moment.