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45 questions

October 28, 2009

Via Lina, because I always do what I’m told. Except when I don’t…

1. Do you like blue cheese? Yes

2. Have you ever smoked heroin? Yes

3. Do you own a gun? No

4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Starbucks? I prefer hot chocolate from Cafe Nero, and there it would be cream and chocolate sprinkles

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? I don’t have a doctor

6. What do you think of hot dogs? They should have a drink of water and lie down somewhere shady to cool off a bit

7. Favorite Christmas movie? It’s not a Christmas movie in the Bing Crosby sense, but I often watch Contact around then. Mmm, Jodie Foster…

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Strong coffee. Milk, no sugar

9. Can you do push ups? No

10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? A silver ring I made in a past life. It’s the only piece I have left with my hallmark on

11. Favorite hobby? Sleeping

12. Do you have A.D.D? No

13. What’s one trait you hate about yourself? Negativity

14. Middle name? Maya

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? Wonder if my Claim The Night idea is any good. Shall I make a drink now or later? I’m cold.

16. Name 3 things you bought yesterday? A skinny Americano coffee. Lunch. Flowers for my office.

17. Name 3 things you drink daily: Coffee, coffee, coffee

18. Current worry? Health, work

19. Current Dislike? My body. As usual

20. How did you bring in the New Year? I had a burst of creativity and stayed up writing until stupid o’clock.

21. Where would you like to go? Another planet

22. Name three people who will complete this: Probably nobody. But if anyone should, let me know in comments!

23. Do you own slippers? No

24. What shirt are you wearing? Black T-shirt

25. [Missing apparently]

26. Favorite color[s]? Black. Pink

27. Could you be a pirate? No

28. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don’t

29. Favorite food? Vegetarian

30. What’s in your pocket right now? My pockets are empty, my head is full and my heart is heavy

31. Last thing that made you laugh? Don’t remember

32. Favorite sheets? Clean white cotton

33. Worst injury you have ever had? Chipped/broke three nails in one morning

34. Do you love where you live? Sometimes

35. How many TVs do you have in your house? One, but it only picks up BBC1, BBC2 and Channel 4 so it’s not a very good TV

36. Who is your loudest friend? Jacqui B

37. How many dogs do you have? None

38. Does someone have a crush on you? I doubt that very much

39. What are your favorite book(s): So many.

40. What is your favorite candy? Chocolate, duh…

41. Favorite Sports Water: What?

42. What songs do you want played at your funeral? Don’t want a funeral or any fuss

43. What were you doing 12 AM last night? Sleeping

44. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke this morning? What’s the time?

45. Favorite place to be? Anywhere but here


Fifteen books in 15 minutes

July 29, 2009

I’ve been tagged by Marigold to do this one, and because I always do as I’m asked (except when I don’t)…

Fifteen books in 15 minutes

Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag friends.

  1. Changes by Neil Gaiman (from Smoke and Mirrors) – For such a short story, it made quite an impression on me. I wrote quite a long blog post about it here.
  2. Whipping Girl by Julia Serano – I don’t think I’m the only trans woman to have found this a hugely influential work, irrespective of its flaws and omissions. Ask me “What does ‘trans’ mean?” and this is the book I’ll throw at you.
  3. Invisible Lives – The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People by Viviane K. Namaste – Ohz noez! Not another book about gender theory! Yep – and I wrote a little about it here.
  4. Gender Politics: Citizenship, Activism and Sexual Diversity by Surya Monro – The third book about the politics of gender identity in this list. Something of a preoccupation of mine, for some reason…
  5. Locas: The Maggie and Hopey Stories by Jaime Hernandez – Books with pictures – what’s not to love? All human life is here. Pretty much…
  6. Out Of The Tunnel by Rachel North – The London bombings of 2005 affected many people in many ways. Rachel lived through it. I’m honoured to call her a friend.
  7. Microserfs by Douglas Coupland – With the passing of time I’ve come to like Generation X better, but this was quite a comfort during the early days of my first full-time IT job when I wondered what on earth had possessed me to make a career change like that.
  8. HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide by Chuck Musciano and Bill Kennedy – I’ve been tinkering with HTML and building websites for about ten years now and the Fourth Edition of this was an essential reference.
  9. A Humument by Tom Phillips – Arguably more a work of art than ‘just a book’. Fabulous.
  10. The Belonging Kind by John Shirley and William Gibson (From Burning Chrome) – William Gibson’s books have been favourites of mine since I first read Neuromancer. Although I find his recent work (particularly Idoru, Pattern Recognition and Spook Country) more to my taste these days, The Belonging Kind is one story that really resonates with me.
  11. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Great book, no question. Even though it doesn’t have the sound effects from the original radio series.
  12. The Once And Future King by T.H. White – A very visual re-telling of the Arthurian legend; apparently quite an influence on Disney’s The Sword In The Stone.
  13. Breakfast Of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut – Another “life, the universe and everything” sort of book, simultaneously playful and serious. Top-notch illustrations…
  14. The Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake – A sprawling Gothic fantasy that I first read as a sulky teenager. True confession? I had a book-crush on Fuschia Groan for weeks
  15. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll – I’ve loved this book since I was a child. I have mixed feelings about the forthcoming film version, though.

Bonus sixteenth book:

  • Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua – I’m getting ahead of myself with this one as I’ve only just started reading it. It’s a collection of essays and poems drawing on Anzaldua’s experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, and an activist. It’s about borders and boundaries, how they move and change – and how they can be moved and changed. As bfp (to whom I’m grateful for recommending it) says:

    And yet–for Gloria–the solution–the strategy for change– was shifting and flexibility and undoing and weakening borders.

    The question wasn’t how can we build ourselves into a safe space–but how can we undo an unsafe space?

    How can we learn to take up more and more and more space?

And that’s about it. “Tag friends” you say? Well now, that’s tricky as I seem to be about the last person on the interwebs to do this particular meme. But if anyone does fancy having a go at it, leave a link in comments when you’re done.

BBC Book Challenge

July 23, 2009

Caroline tagged me with this over at Facebook, but because I’m so rubbish with FB, I can’t figure out how to put it in my Notes. So I brought it over here instead…

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How many have you read?

How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.

Tag other book nerds

1 Pride and Prejudice
2 The Lord of the Rings X
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee X
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte X
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell X
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy X
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller X
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare:
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurie
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien X
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger X
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger X
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaet Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams X
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck X
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll X
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame X
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis X
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis X
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell X
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding X
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley X
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck X
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac X
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy X
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding X
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson X
75 Ulysses – James Joyce X
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome X
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad X
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery X
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks X
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute X
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables — Victor Hugo

30. I’m such an illiterate :)

Also – who to tag? …*thinks*…

50 things meme

July 20, 2009

IMG00114-2cropTagged by Caroline; tagging Weasel, Natalia and Beth and anyone else who wants to play.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
6 o’clock

2. How do you like your steak?
I don’t

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
What’s a cinema?

4. What is your favorite TV show?
C4 News

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Somewhere with scenery. And clear night skies.

6. What did you have for breakfast?

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Not bothered. Is vegetarian a cuisine?

8. What foods do you dislike?
Dead animals

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
At home

10. Favorite dressing?
No preference

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
I don’t

12. What are your favorite clothes?
Clothes that don’t shrink in the wash.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
1/2 empty. *Very* pessimistic recently.

15. Where would you want to retire?
Retire? If I’m lucky, I’ll be working until I drop in my tracks.

16. Favorite time of day?
3 or 4 in the morning (on the rare occasions I stay up so late). I like the stillness.

17. Where were you born?
Hedgerley, Bucks

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?

19. Who do you think will not tag you back?
Everyone will do this meme because I’m so-o-o popular and everybody wuvs me

20. Person you expect to tag you back first?
I don’t even know who I’ll tag yet

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this?
As 20

22. Bird watcher?
Not in any twitchery way – but I’ve noticed a definite increase in the numbers of those noisy green things in the past year

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?

24. Do you have any pets?
No. I’d like a Bengal kitteh but it’s not possible

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share?
Nope, sorry.

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
I’ve never been ambitious

27. What is your best childhood memory?
None. Hated it.

28. Are you a cat or dog person?

29. Are you married?

30. Always wear your seat belt?
Oh yes, especially on my walk to the Tube station

31. Been in a car accident?

32. Any pet peeves?
Transphobic bigots

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Quattro formaggio

34. Favorite Flower?

35. Favorite ice cream?

36. Favorite fast food restaurant?

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test?
Passed first time

38. From whom did you get your last email?

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Credit cards are the work of Satan

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Don’t be silly

41. Like your job?
Job yes-ish, cow-irkers no

42. Broccoli?
What about it?

43. What was your favorite vacation?
Thailand in 2007. Not that I saw much of the place…

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
I’m more of a lunch person

45. What are you listening to right now?
TV’s on but I’m not really listening to it

46. What is your favorite color?
Pink. And black

47. How many tattoos do you have?

48. How many are you tagging for this quiz?
Two or three

49. What time did you finish this quiz?

50. Coffee Drinker?

Binary meme

June 7, 2009

6 June 2009Because it’s been a while since I did a meme, also because it’s only 9.30am on a Sunday morning and I’m already in dire need of distraction and entertainment.

The Rules:

1. I can ONLY answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in the post

2. I am NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments and asks — and, believe me, the temptation to explain some of these will be overwhelming. Nothing is exactly as it seems.

Kissed any one of your LiveJournal friends? — no
Been arrested? — no
Slept in until 5 PM? — yes
Fallen asleep at work/school? — yes
Held a snake? — yes
Ran a red light? — yes
Been suspended from school? — no
Experienced love at first sight? — no
Totaled your car in an accident? — no
Been fired from a job? — yes
Fired somebody? — no
Sung karaoke? — no
Pointed a gun at someone? — no
Did something you told yourself you wouldn’t? — yes
Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? — yes
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? — yes
Kissed in the rain? — yes
Had a close brush with death (your own)? — yes
Saw someone die? — no
Played Spin-the-Bottle? — yes
Smoked a cigar? — yes
Sat on a rooftop? — yes
Smuggled something into another country? — no
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes? — no
Broken a bone? — no
Skipped school? — yes
Eaten a bug? — no
Sleepwalked? — yes
Walked on a moonlit beach? — yes
Ridden a motorcycle? — yes
Dumped someone? — yes
Forgotten your anniversary? — yes
Lied to avoid a ticket? — no
Ridden in a helicopter? — no
Shaved your head? — no
Blacked out from drinking? — yes
Played a prank on someone? — yes
Hit a home run? — no
Felt like killing someone? — yes
Cross-dressed? — yes
Been falling-down drunk? — yes
Made your girlfriend/boyfriend cry? — yes
Eaten snake? — no
Marched/Protested? — yes
Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? — no
Puked on an amusement ride? — no
Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? — yes
Been in a band? — yes
Knitted? — no
Been on TV? — no
Shot a gun? — yes
Skinny-dipped? — yes
Given someone stitches? — no
Eaten a whole habenero pepper? — no
Ridden a surfboard? — no
Drunk straight from a liquor bottle? — yes
Had surgery? — yes
Streaked? — yes
Been taken by ambulance to a hospital? — no
Tripped on mushrooms? — yes
Passed out when NOT drinking? — yes
Peed on a bush? — yes
Donated Blood? — no
Grabbed electric fence? — yes
Eaten alligator meat? – no
Eaten cheesecake? — yes
Eaten your kids’ Halloween candy? — no
Killed an animal when not hunting? — yes
Peed your pants in public? — no
Snuck into a movie without paying? – no
Written graffiti? — no
Still love someone you shouldn’t? — yes
Think about the future? — yes
Been in handcuffs? — no
Believe in love? — no
Sleep on a certain side of the bed? — yes

Ganked from Lauredhel


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Not quite Sunday Facebook meme (another one): old skool iPod stylee

March 7, 2009

If Microsoft made iPodsAgainst my better judgement, I seem to be slowly getting into these things – to the extent that I even have two Tweeps in mind to tag: @depresso and @msmoss for this Tweet particularly, which put the idea in my mind to do Ye Olde iPodde Meme, too. Suggestable Helen is suggestable… Of course, if anyone else feels like having a go at it, well, be my guest.

Instructions: Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle. Say the following questions aloud, and press play. Use the song title as the answer to the question. NO CHEATING.

How does the world see you?
Jesus Doesn’t Love Me – Dragonette

Will I have a happy life?
Who Knows Where The Time Goes? – Eva Cassidy

What do my friends really think of me?
Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long – Mary Coughlan

What do people secretly think of me?
Persian Love – Holger Czukay

How can I be happy?
Extra Classic – Gregory Isaacs

What should I do with my life?
Many Are Called (But Few Get Up) – Man

Will I ever have children?
Boheme (Dreadzone Mix) – Deep Forest

What is some good advice for me?
La Maja De Goya – John Williams

How will I be remembered?
Blood Makes Noise – Suzanne Vega

What is my signature dancing song?
Blinder By The Hour – The Triffids

What do I think my current theme song is?
Ghost Dance – Patti Smith Group

What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
Don’t Want To Know About Evil (Wm Orbit Rumble Mix) – Spill

What song will play at my funeral?
Heliosphan – Aphex Twin

What type of men/women do you like?
What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? – The Be Good Tanyas

What is my day going to be like?
Obsidian – Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia

How very disconcerting…

Sunday, and another Facebook meme

March 1, 2009

Have you ever made out in a bathroom? Yes

Do you think the last person you kissed is nice? Yes

Who was the last person to call you? Holly

What is the last non-alcoholic beverage you had? Coffee

When is the last time you cried? Last week

Are you scared of spiders? Yes

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance? Yes

What are your plans for this weekend? Laser hair removal appointment later

Ever been swimming in a lake or river? Yes

Last person you drove with in a car? Don’t remember

What did you last buy? Sunday paper & a carton of semi-skimmed milk

What’s irritating you right now? Not having shaved for two days

What radio station(s) do you listen to? Radio 4

Are you afraid of the dark? Not usually

Are you listening to music right now? No

Do you like Chinese food? Yes

What is the last movie you saw in theaters? Don’t remember

Is there anyone you wish was still in your life? Yes

Do you get distracted easily? Ooh shiny things.. Sorry, what were you saying?.

First time you kissed the last person you kissed? Months ago

Was this the best year of your life? Too soon to say

Who are your best friends? Everybody… Yehrite

What was going through your mind during your last kiss? Not much. It was more of a goodbye peck-on-the-cheek than Proper Snogging.

Is it easier to forgive or forget? Forgive

Are you jealous of someone? No

What last made you laugh the hardest? Don’t remember

Do you flirt a lot? No

Would you live with someone without marrying them? Yes

Have you ever had a dream about people you love dying? Yes

Who was the last person you cried in front of? Everybody. I’m very weepy lately.

Have you ever changed clothes in a vehicle? Yes

Who was the last person that made you feel safe, why? Don’t remember

Have you ever liked someone so much that it hurts? Oh yes

Have you ever broken someone’s heart? I doubt it

Do you believe that you are a good boyfriend or girlfriend? Don’t know, haven’t got a S.O.

What did you do yesterday? Wrote a 2500 word blog post

Have you ever dated Someone Older Than You? No

What time did you go to bed at and when did you awake? After midnight. Around 7.30 this morning

Do you believe everyone deserves a second chance? No

No tags because I’m rubbish at tagging, but feel free to help yourself.

single word meme

February 22, 2009

Windsor Station 21 February 2009Found at Caroline’s LJ.

I’m not usually a big fan of meme-ology but the terseness of this appeals :)

USING ONLY ONE WORD! It’s not as easy as you might think! Copy and change the answers to suit you and pass it on. It’s really hard to only use one word answers.

1. Where is your cell phone? kitchen
2. Your significant other? none
3. Your hair? tangled
4. Your mother? manchester
5. Your father? manchester
6. Your favorite thing? internet
7. Your dream last night? forgotten
8. Your favorite drink? coffee
9. Your dream/goal? several
10. What room you are in? bed
11. Your hobby? none
12. Your fear? health
13. Regrets? some
14. Where were you last night? here
16. Muffins? blueberry
17. Wish list item? girlfriend
18. Where you grew up? buckinghamshire
19. Last thing you did? drank
20. What are you wearing? knickers
21. Your TV? off
22. Your pets? none
23. Friends? online
24. Your life? privileged
25. Your mood? lonely
26. Missing someone? yes
27. Car? no
28. Something you’re not wearing? clothes
29. Your favorite store? apple
30. Your favorite color? pink
33. When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
34. Last time you cried? yesterday
35. Who will resend this? unknown
36. One place that you go to over and over? work
37. One person who emails me regularly? emmy
38. My favorite place to eat? home
39. Why you participated in this survey? distraction
40. What are you doing tonight? sleeping

Ohz noez! Not *another* 2008 roundup…

December 31, 2008

Bird of Paradox logoBeen a funny old year, one way or another. The online trans community is, by definition, not only global, but also far-flung to the point of attenuation. As such it’s an almost impossible task to pick out the traditional 10 best posts, so I’ll totally cop out of that and instead, point you in the direction of my blogroll and suggest you go straight to the source(s).

Having decided to break with the ’10 best posts’ tradition, I thought it might be interesting (for me, at least) to browse through some of the comprehensive collection of facts’n’ figures in the BoP blog stats vaults. I’ve been quite pleasantly surprised – and you know how much I like to share!

19012ETA, 10.30pm: My usually irritating attention to detail meant that I couldn’t log out of BoP for the night without one last obsessive glance at the stats page… And… ZOMFGWTFLULZ!!!1!!!1!! In the last hours of the last day of the year, BoP has passed the 19,000 hits mark! How amazing is that – 19,012 unique views! Yay all my bloggy visitors and yay Bird of Paradox!


Where was I? Oh yes: so, without further ado, BoP loudly presents the first and final blog stats update for 2008…


  • Total views: 19,012
  • Busiest month: November – 5,085 views
  • Busiest day: Friday, 3 October – 717 views
  • Views per day (overall average) – 78 views

Top Posts for all days ending 2008-12-31 (Summarized)

Search Terms for all days ending 2008-12-31 (Summarized)

  • bird of paradox – 84 views
  • kellie telesford – 37 views
  • angie zapata – 25 views
  • pregnant man – 18 views
  • julie bindel – 16 views
  • transgender day of remembrance 2008 – 16 views
  • lgbtory – 15 views
  • angie zapata murder – 14 views
  • thomas beatie – 13 views
  • ken zucker – 11 views

tg_black-on_pink_100x107My favourite search terms would have to be transsexual neck, wizard medical and smultron female – but I think I like this one the best: ordinary middle aged transgender women… Yep, I know that feeling!

A big hand for the spam monster: “Akismet has protected your site from 936 spam comments already, but there’s nothing in your spam queue at the moment”. Just as well, really, I still take it unnecessarily personally when some idiot spambot decides I need to remortgage my p3n15. “Too late!”, I rage futilely at the screen…

20081225-240x389And, last but not least, a big thank you for all the support and encouragement I’ve had from the huge number of people who’ve visited the site. Friends, bloggers, friendly bloggers, everyone – and no, I’m not naming names, you know who you are :)

When I took this blog out of cold storage in May and started to post more regularly, I didn’t for one minute imagine it would ever be as well-supported as it has been, so to have received nearly 19,000 views in such a short time is as confidence-boosting as it’s humbling.

May the coming year bring you everything you wish for yourselves.


Six Random Things About Me meme

October 29, 2008

So, Debs tagged me to do this ‘Six Random Things About Me’ meme. It’s quite exciting – I’ve not been meme-tagged before – but even so, it’s still taken me nearly a week to do because, well, see my Random Thing #6!

Six Random Things About Me:

  1. In case there was any doubt ;) I’m trans. I have to start with this, have to. Being a woman who was born male-bodied is a pretty random thing anyway – and as for everything that follows from that, all the changes, well – just how much random does a girl need in one life, exactly?
  2. I have two guitars within easy reach but haven’t played for over ten years now – since my muse abandoned me somewhere between London and Manchester.

    “Manchester, so much to answer for”

  3. I have more friends online than I do in real life.
    Geek girl is well geeky.
  4. I get stressed out too easily, too much and too often. I think it’s because I take life far too seriously and don’t know how to relax/lighten up/chill/etc.
  5. I have an inappropriate – and alarmingly big – bloggy crush on… someone… ;)
  6. I’m an expert procrastinator. Frinstance, this has taken me so long to do simply because I’ve been busy mooning over Random Thing #5. That was after I got distracted watching vids
    It’s not that I don’t want to do these things – quite the opposite – but…
    Anyone want a coffee?
  7. Free bonus random: I got some pink highlights put in when I got my hair extensions topped up last week.
    Verrrry random!

Okay. I haven’t got the faintest idea who to tag, though… Let me think about that a minute and get back to you. Meanwhile, here are the rules while you’re waiting…

  1. Link to the person who tagged you.
  2. Post the rules on your blog.
  3. Write six random things about yourself.
  4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
  5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
  6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Hmm… Still don’t know who to tag. Any volunteers? – Let me know in the comments.

Meanwhile, here’s some music – loosely inspired by Random Thing #2…

The Smiths – Ask

Shyness is nice and
Shyness can stop you
From doing all the things in life
You’d like to

Shyness is nice and
Shyness can stop you
From doing all the things in life
You’d like to

So, if there’s something you’d like to try
If there’s something you’d like to try
Ask me, I won’t say no, how could I?

Coyness is nice, and
Coyness can stop you
From saying all the things in
Life you’d like to

So, if there’s something you’d like to try
If there’s something you’d like to try
Ask me, I won’t say no, how could I?

Spending warm summer days indoors
Writing frightening verse
To a bucktoothed girl in Luxembourg

Ask me, ask me, ask me
Ask me, ask me, ask me

Because if it’s not love
Then it’s the bomb, the bomb, the bomb,
The bomb, the bomb, the bomb, the bomb
That will bring us together

Nature is a language – can’t you read ?
Nature is a language – can’t you read ?

So, ask me, ask me, ask me,
Ask me, ask me, ask me

Because if it’s not love
Then it’s the bomb, the bomb, the bomb,
The bomb, the bomb, the bomb, the bomb
That will bring us together

If it’s not love
Then it’s the bomb
Then it’s the bomb
That will bring us together

So, ask me, ask me, ask me,
Ask me, ask me, ask me
Oh, la la la…

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