To-read Pile
Just an update of the books in the house that I plan on reading soon! Feel free to give thoughts, but no spoilers.

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. This was a present from last Christmas. I'm that far behind on my reading. I'm also not really keen on starting this as Terry never appealed to me and I read American Gods by Neil which I found a bit thin on character development. But Sandman was incredible so...

The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August - Claire North. I read the first chapter of this in the back of another book, you know the way they do that to grab your attention? And my attention was grabbed.

The Girl In The Spider's Web - David Lagercrantz. Sequel to The Millenium Trilogy written after the original author died. We'll see how that goes.

Wild Swans - Jung Chang. This has been in the house for more than two years I think. I really want to read it, but it's huge so I never seem to feel ready for it.

Maus - Art Spiegelman. I've wanted to read it for ages and got it for Christmas. Will probably read soon.

Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson. Got it for Christmas and again, will probably read soon. Highly recommended by friends.

Shadow Of Night - Deborah Harkness. I read part one of this series a couple of years ago and enjoyed, saw this in a second hand shop in December.

Go Set A Watchman - Harper Lee. I've had this for about a year. I keep forgetting I have it as it's not in my bookshelf [hardback so it won't fit]. Slightly apprehensive.

Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger. Sounds interesting, from the author of The Time Traveller's Wife.

Pet Sematary - Stephen King. Got it as a present last week. Neil wants to read a book 'together' [starting at the same time] and he thought I would be more likely to do that if it was a King!

Mr. Mercedes [and Finders Keepers] - Stephen King. I always like to have an SK in the house when I don't feel like anything else.

Game Of Thrones: ASOIAF - George R. R. Martin. Borrowed it from someone over a year ago and have never started it because the series seems like such a huge undertaking. I would like to though!

The Twelve - Justin Cronin. I read part 1 in this series a few months ago and enjoyed it so much that I'm saving this for when I need to read something amazing.

Currently reading The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes and I've ordered Lies by Michael Grant [part of the Gone series] from the library.

Murals 1
I remember some of you were curious to see the results of some photo walks I was going to take, based around the murals. Well, here's the result of the first one! This was mainly around the Donegall Pass, Donegall Road and Sandy Row areas of Belfast, close to the City Centre and Belfast City Hospital. Most murals in these areas will have been painted by the Protestant community. Most murals are - by their very definition - paintings. But I noticed a new trend, a trend for... not commemorative plaques, as such but what I would almost describe as plexiglass placed on a wall. Reasons for this seem to be that it lasts longer than a mural, and that it contains more information: they seem to be used when lots of information needs to be given so there are large chunks of writing. I won't put all of these down here, but I'll throw in a few, for variety!

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Oh, and a final explanation. The Red Hand is the ancient emblem of the province of Ulster, taken from this story. It originally hadn't anything to do with any one side but was propogated by the Protestant community as, well, it's a strong, defiant image. I hope to do some photowalks in Catholic areas soon.

Only Stephen King Fans Will Really Care
So I got bored, and I can't remember the exact situation. I think I was watching a quiz show and one of the questions mentioned Wordsworth's 'I wandered lonely as a cloud' poem, so I started reimaginging 'cloud' as 'clown' and then with the word 'float' in the second line I was gone. I created this pointless little piece.

Pennywise's Paean

I wandered hungry as a clown
That floats [we all float!] o'er dales
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host, of golden-haired and tasty
Kids; beside the Barrens here
Singing and hiding in the trees

Continuous as the rats that line
My sewers where I wend my way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the sunset of the day:
Ten thousand saw I as I drooled
Tossing their heads, the innocent fools.

The rain around them fell; but they
Did wear their yellow macs in glee:
A gourmand could not but be gay,
In such delicious company:
I grazed--and grazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when in my pipe I lie
In craving or in greedy mood,
I flash upon his little arm
Which as a keepsake is embalmed;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
I ate until I'd had my fill.

Forgot this one!
Icy Rose - vulnerability
These things were everywhere. They even had their own shop.

This Is Not About Poetry
Alice sings - performance
Do you remember when I said I wouldn't talk about poetry at all for two and a half weeks? Yes, it turns out I actually have nothing else to talk about except poetry and depression, and I imagine you would rather hear about poetry. So here's the aforementioned audiorecording that I managed to record while drugged up to the eyeballs on 15mgs of Mirtazapine as the next day was the deadline. It's included in this playlist of Northern Irish poets for International Women's Day. I'm Elizabeth, in case you weren't sure. Have a listen to the others too, it'll give you a clearer idea of what an NI accent is like! Except Chelley is English.


#yesallwomen video
Alice sings - performance
I'm being annoying and posting videos these days, mainly because I have a few that are half-decent and worth posting. Or, I assume they are? I just watched the start and end of this so David [who edited it] could have edited in a massive fart sound in the middle, and I wouldn't know. I'll share it anyway. You can share if you like, if you think people would like to hear.

And yes, I did post this in a blog last year for International Women's Day [which is tomorrow, 8th March], so you might have already read it. If you have, you absolutely don't have listen if you don't want to. But the option is totally there! It does contain non-graphic mention of sexual assault though.

Elizabeth McGeown - Yes All Women from David Braziel on Vimeo.


'By the way, you ain't funny'
curious, Cat - questioning
I just want to state that I'm not frightened or upset. I guess I'm quite indignant. I wanted to reply, and realised that's what people like this want.

So, I got my first insulting YouTube comments. Actually, my first ever any category YouTube comments. I don't think it's a particularly great poem, but it was written to be humorous, and hopefully it is. It was the first poem I wrote in six years, so I was out of practice!

What does unnerve me slightly is the completely unnecessary mention of the word 'rape'. Instead of saying I was acting like someone had kidnapped my cat, or keyed my car, he says I was acting like I'd been raped. Really? Would he have said that if the poet was male? Yes, I know that such acts can be carried out by any gender on any gender, but does the commenter know this? It seemed like an easy insult, one you use on girls. And is that how I was acting? Are you perhaps overstating how I was acting, or understating the devastation caused by this act?

To clarify, I really like U2! I just wrote it as a joke.

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curious, Cat - questioning
I just deleted my Facebook account, as I just couldn't take it anymore. I'm sure this will come as no surprise to any of you.

I would like to start over with no past statuses and no people, but apparently if you delete your Facebook then go back you're stuck with the old profile. Unless you start a brand new one, then you've got two. So I would have to go through and delete every single thing I've written [I can only imagine how emotionally damaging that would be]. So the fact that it's still there, like I left it, is getting to me. As far as I know though, no-one can see it or post on it.

Knowing me though, I'll only be able to stick it for about two days before I'm back, grovelling. I need a break though. I really need a break. It wasn't healthy.

My only contact with the outside world! Gone!

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curious, Cat - questioning
Apparently three weeks of getting Lemsipped up, going to work, going to gigs and generally not looking after myself when I was sick has resulted in me getting really sick. I keep falling asleep without warning.

I'm away to watch Scrooged, I actually can't sit up at the computer any longer than this.

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curious, Cat - questioning
I have absolutely no time to do anything. I don't know whether to be relieved or stressed. Time will tell.

And I have funny stories! And no time to tell them!



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