It's no longer Summer here in Australia. That's right - for the next few months, you won't hear me complaining about spending forty degree (104°F) days in a house with no air-conditioner. Instead, I'll be moaning on about rain and hail and thunderstorms and being caught in a combination of all three whilst waiting for a bus. You might hear me talk wistfully of spending cold days sitting by an open fire, reading books as a child. I may even throw in a mention of our lovely central heating system for no extra cost.
The reason for this lesson in Seasons of the Southern Hemisphere is all pretty much related to my previous layout
, which featured a lovely beach and the words "Summer" and "sun". And since I'm sitting here, surrounded by "Autumn" and "misty rain", I'm sure you can imagine that this image of sunny bliss was getting on my nerves, rather.
So I changed it. It took a while to find the right image, but find it I did. In fact, in an act of unprecented good luck, I found two matching images. Not only were they perfect for my header, the finished result in which I smooshed them both together keeps inspiring me to write stories, whereas my old layout had a habit of making me want to go to the beach and leave my shoes on a stretch of pure white sand.
If you feel like having a look and giving me any feedback that comes to mind, simply click on this link.
Speaking of writing - I've been doing some. It all started with that mini LJ outage the other day. There I was, stuck at work with no LJ to muck about on, when I suddenly thought of dropping by FictionPress
in the hopes of finding something to read. I realised some of the links on my profile page
were out of date, so I did a little updating there and inadvertently began reminding myself of how much fun FP used to be. FictionPress used to be my main reason for being on the internet, before I discovered LJ... as a direct result of FP.
To cut a long and rambling story mercifully short, I have decided to write a sort of serial to put up on FictionPress. It will be written for fun and for something to do during the long, boring days at work. In fact, I've already written the first instalment, giving me a May word count of a bit over two thousand words. It's so much fun to write something purely for the enjoyment of it. I've actually stolen some characters from an old story and they're flourishing in their (slightly) new environment.
All in all, I feel very productive.