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Below are the 17 most recent journal entries recorded in Elizabeth Counihan's LiveJournal:

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
5:06 pm
The Revenant - Exit pursued by a bear
Actually the bear exits first, its body dragged off the badly injured Trapper Glass aka Leonardo de Caprio. It has to be the scariest animal attack ever filmed.
In the frozen wastes of North America our hero is intent on killing a moose for dinner when the enraged bear charges from behind, moving like an out-of-control truck (it's got cubs you see). The sequence is horrifically realistic. Although saved from the bear Glass is very severely (and credibly - trust me, I'm a doctor) injured. The other trappers leave him in the care of his son and two other men. Bad things happen and Glass is abandoned for dead, which he nearly is.
The rest of the story is his heroic and horrific journey as he drags his appallingly damaged body back to "civilisation" and revenge. On the way he meets good and evil people, Americans, French and indigenous and,above all,the weather, implacable and uncaring, almost sentient. We see distant avalanches, huge blizzards, rain storms, even a falling meteorite as Glass struggles on.
The director adds an almost spiritual dimension as the delirious Glass sees phantomsof his dead family in the snow.
I though this was a very good, almost great film. Thoroughly recommended if you have astrong stomach!
Friday, May 8th, 2015
2:09 pm
The Horror!
Enter two witches
Ist witch
When shall we two meet again
In Scottish snow or English rain?
2nd witch
Now the battle’s truly won
We can have a bit of fun.
1st W
Double, double, we are trouble
Now we’ve really pricked their bubble.
Neck of Nick and Balls of Ed
Turns the stew to blue not red
2nd W
Spleen of Green and tongue of Farage.
Add some yellow to the porage
1st W
I can really screw the poor
2nd W
I can scream for more and more
1st W
I can wreck the NHS
2nd W
I can say that it’s your mess
1st W
So let’s drink: “First Past the Post!”
And meet again, five years at most

Current Mood: Resigned - like Clegg and Miliband
Saturday, February 7th, 2015
12:05 am
New Year-ish
Managed to shed a few Christmas pounds and write/revise some novel chapters to send on to the Montpelier Crit Group
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
10:54 pm
500 words today plus a chapter rewrite so quite a good day.

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, January 8th, 2015
5:50 pm
Today's plan foiled...
Today's plan:
Get up reasonably early. Continue novel. Go swimming. Relax

Yesterday's bombshell:
 E-mail from accountant to say lack of information about ancient and esoteric saving may incur  huge tax bill due to info ballsup.
Didn't sleep till 3.30

Today's result: Woke up 10.30 Didn't write. Didn't swim. Spent all day sorting finances. Grrrrrrr.....

Current Mood: enraged
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
12:46 am
Tax Return
Tried to get paperwork sorted for accountant Failed. I HATE PAPERWORK.

Current Mood: frustrated
Thursday, November 27th, 2014
8:28 pm
The Imitation Game
I saw this yesterday -  a somewhat sanitised version of the life of Alan Turing the WWII Enigma cracker from Bletchley Park.

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Turing with humour and empathy as an Aperger's savant - a currently trendy syndrome. He's a genius and knows it.He also fails to understand the foibles, feelings and humour of "normal" people. Needless to say, as this is cinema, our hero confronts authority at every turn (Charles Dance in familiar supercilious bossy mode) and gets in a fist fight with his unter-genius but seriously goodlooking colleagues (played by Matthew Goode and Allen Leach among others) until they all settle their differences and work together on the vital matter of cracking the German Enigma Code using a kind of proto computer.The whole project is overseen by machiavellian  MI6 agent Stewart Menzies ( a sinister Mark Strong).  Kiera Knightly supplies the female genius/pseudo-love interest for the homosexual Turing.

  In real life he did indeed become engaged to a fellow code-breaker although the enagement was broken off because of his acknowledged homosexuality. As is well known,Turing's life ended tragically when he was found dead, having apparently killed himself with cyanide after his conviction for "gross indecency".

 Turing is also well known for the "Turing Test" - a theoretical method for distinguishing a human mind from a machine. In the film he dicusses this with the policeman who interviews hime before his indictment. Is he, Turing, a true human or an imitation? For me, although well played, this sequence struck a phony note.

So - on the whole, an entertaining if not very profound telling of an important part of our history.
Saturday, November 15th, 2014
5:23 pm
nearly normal
I've sorted out my paperwork BORING but still have to send in the info to the accountant. I've hoovered the house (mostly)
The cats are out of intensive care (Cosima) and my bad books (Boadicea).
I'm due to see my hip surgeon on Monday when I hope to be okayed to drive.
So NO EXCUSES -should be back to writing tomorrow.

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, August 25th, 2014
5:39 pm
Nature Futures anthology
My story "Acting Up" has been selected for the new anthology from Nature Magazine, "Nature Futures 2.
My piece s not particularly scientific but it's quite funny (I think!).  Available from Tor, Amazon etc.

Current Mood: A bit lethargic. Must do better!
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
6:45 pm
Twelve Years a Slave

I went to see the much lauded "Twelve Years a Slave" yesterday. I've been a fan of Chiwetal Ejiofor ever since seeing him in the BBC tv drama "The Shadow Line". The film has been praised to the skies but didn't do it for me. I just didn't see the characters as people but as archetypes - Suffering Black People, Evil Whites - a  dramatized documentary about the appalling evils  of slavery not a human story. Poor old Eiofor  hardly changed expression throughout.

Monday, September 10th, 2012
9:17 pm
A great week
I've just returned from the York Writers' Festival - a weekend for all kinds of writers and writing and an opportunity to meet and impress agents and publishers.

Friend and fellow writer Debby Lush discovered the event on Twitter and she did all the driving so I think I owe her a drink! 
We both had a very successful time and made some important contacts which may bear fruit. (This sounds like a fortune telling from Eva Petulengro)
One thing is clear - you gotta tweet, you gotta blog and you probably gotta do e-publishing. Sigh!

Anyway - got back to Brighton and found PS have done a brilliant job on the cover illo for my novella and it's now at the printers.
It should be out for the Brighton Fantasy con at the end of the month.

Even if I never publish another thing I'll feel pretty good!

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
11:43 am
Brazil and stuff
Came back from two weeks in Brazil last week. This was a family beach-type holiday with son Alex and his wife Gardenia plus grandson Raphael. We stayed at Gardenia's parents' house in Sao Paulo for a couple of days before driving through thunderstorms to one of the miles and miles of beaches south of Rio. They really do have the best beaches here - yellow sand, blue sea and breakers if you like surfing - brilliant for kids. Raphael swam and rushed around with his young cousins. The downside - rather too many mosquitoes and sand flies for my likeing. I did manage a bit of stumbling Portuguese and understood quite a lot.
I still want to visit the north of Brazil especially Salvador. It is such a HUGE country and has everything except really big mountains.
Now I'm back to earth and have the edits of  "Forests of Eden" to check.
Trying not to scratch mozzy bites.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
6:00 pm
weekend fun
Peter Lavery, now retired from editing at Macmillan, has moved to Brighton just down the road from me. Very nice flat with fancy kitchen he doesn't yet know his way around.
Neal Asher and wife Caroline were there for the weekend and Peter asked me and Deirdre over for a drink (or two). Nice to catch up with Neal who is a very successful full time writer. He has a place on Crete as well as his Essex home. It's great to see an "old" Scheherazade writer doing so well.
We all went round to an Italian eatery and then back to Peter's for more chat and red wine. It's been very cold all weekend Brrrrrrr....

Inspired by Neal, I've got on with the novel. Nearly finished the current chapter and I've drafted a short-short to try on "Nature".  I'll review at and, I hope, submit it later this week

Current Mood: creative
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
12:00 pm
Seagulls and Magpies
Took the opportunity of a spare ticket to go to the Saturday cup tie against Newcastle who are high flyers in the premier league. The new Amex stadium is a wonderful venue - especially when Brighton win - which we did 1:nil.
Chants of "We are Brighton, super Brighton" etc.
Looking at the replay on tv there was a blatant handball from one of ours which should have given Newcastle a penalty but it didn't so we won. Good for us!
Monday, January 16th, 2012
12:39 pm
something actually done
Well, I've sent in the revised version of my novella which will, I hope, be out with PS Publishing later this year. It was only a matter of a few name changes to highlight the Corsican background of some of the characters.

Most enjoyable Jomsthing meeting on Saturday thanks to great company and wonderful food. We discussed the books of American writer Wen Spencer who wasn't someone I knew of. I'm still about 3/4 way through "Tinker". Good points: some amusing SF/fantasy ideas in which Pittsburgh has been transported to Elfholme- yes, pointy ears and all! Bad points: a rather standard kick-ass biker girl protagonist (with big boots) Spencer certainly fizzes with ideas but her characters don't do it for me though I will finish reading "Tinker". 

Current Mood: determined
Monday, November 29th, 2010
3:38 pm

Just looking at the entries of two of my writing friends I see just how often they blog...
Now I have to think of something to say.

So let's see; last week we had a meeting of our Montpelier Writers Group including a review of the long story of mine that was critted at Milford. It was originally intended for Realms of Fantasy now defunct.

But is it?

Strange reports that it may rise again from the dead - or not. Does any one out there actually know?

Pleasant meeting at the Tin Drum on Friday. This event is becoming regular now that the Mitre meetings have folded. Chris Butler, Carl Rafaelo and Gareth Owens seem to be the instigators. Nice venue but they don't really do beer so I drank the (passable) cider.  Debby Lush came along this time so maybe more of us will turn up in the future.

Christmas Aaaargh!

Current Mood: hassled
Friday, May 21st, 2010
10:16 pm
Gareth's article
I just got my first copy of "Mallorn" since joining the Tolkein Society. Excellent short piece by Gareth on allegory (or not) in Tolken's work.
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