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In the last two months we have not been up to much. At the start of February we joined [personal profile] wordplay and [personal profile] shewalksonroses for Theatrebinge 2011 and over the course of three nights were variously blown away by Clybourne Park, amused by Season's Greetings, and deeply disappointed in Frankenstein.

C has better thoughts on this theatrical travesty than I have yet managed to articulate so those who care should read her reviews. I feel I got a lovely view of Benedict Cumberbatch's cock and had an idea for a crossover fanfic that I may actually write.

Talking of writing, I started and failed at NaNoWriMo last November, but I do now have about 15,000 words of a comic fantasy in seven parts entitled Vin's Seven, which was conceived a couple of years ago in the Hong Kong Diner over bubble tea with a crowd of recovering Harry Potter fans. It is, incidentally, the furthest I have ever got with a genuinely original book, so we'll see how that goes.

Work continues much as ever, but with some improvements. I've finally got that raise and have been sort-of unofficially bumped up to a web-centric editorial position. I have responsibility for bloggers and am doing some commissioning now, as well as maintaining two different Twitter feeds and doing various forms of social media outreach as needed. I may also be doing podcasts soon.

This is, of course, on top of the writing element, but I long ago figured out I don't have the head to be a proper hard-nosed investigative reporter and with the way journalism is going these days the web skills are more relevant and important than ever. Web is definitely the side I want to be on anyway.

This week we have booked a trip to Amsterdam in July. We've got a canal-view room at a little family-run hotel in one of those big old gabled merchant houses, nicely central and five minutes or so from the Anne Frank house. I've not been to Amsterdam since 1982, and in 1982 I wasn't in any position to appreciate it.

There's also a trip to the Canaries planned in September, but we're putting off the big Australia/New Zealand holiday for a year or so as the schedule is tight. We've worked out there are, what, maybe three or four weeks this year that we can both have off at the same time.

Today I had my first dental check-up since, I think, December 2000 and it wasn't a complete disaster, and we now have BUPA through L's work so it didn't cost anything either, which is a nice bonus.

So all I need doing is a small filling in a back tooth, which is still a milk tooth. I asked if this was normal and got told that my x-rays showed there was nothing behind it waiting to come down, so I'm going to have it forever. I have named it McGillicuddy.

Yes, yes, I know I should be going to the dentist every six months, I just don't have the money to go private and NHS dentists not only charge, but are almost impossible to find, so I just never got round to it.
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