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Jul. 19th, 2017 03:03 pm
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I've been so busy, and so focused on spending my free-time-to-write on original projects, that I feel like I want to talk to people on Dreamwidth but don't really have anything to write a post about.

So let's start with the essentials, which is two friends who are currently in need of a bit of help.

[personal profile] kuwdora, who makes amazing vids, is taking vid commissions to help pay for a career development opportunity.

...and it seems the other friend has reached their financial goal for the thing they needed, which I saw halfway through writing this entry, so. Please consider helping out kuwdora!

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I'm busy planning London things (when I'm not busy doing other things). I've bought contact lenses for the first time in my life (putting them in and out is AWFUL but having them in is pretty wonderful). I finished watching "The Handmaid's Tale" and the "Game of Thrones" premiere and feel weirdly similarly about both.

Sunday was picking up my contacts and hunting for a birthday gift for a friend and getting stuff from the pharmacy and overall I got home from work around 8:30pm. Monday was pilates at 5pm, followed by my roommate's friends coming over at 9pm for Game of Thrones. Tuesday was going to buy new walking shoes (mine have holes in them and I need something for London), and because I needed a specialized store I yet again came home at like 9pm.

Today is going to be swimming (because my pilates class was canceled), followed by an optometrist appointment.

Basically just really, really long days. I've mostly been spending my weekends doing fuck all because of it, lol.

Anyway, I'm looking for ideas for what to do in London. So far I have the staples (places I've been and can always happily spend time in):
- british museum
- V & A

Potentially interesting but also maybe kind of boring (I have a friend who'd LOVE both of these but for me they're kind of "oh ok" sort of options):
- tour of parliament
- tour of buckingham palace

plays (I have to pick one):
- Matilda in the west end
- Much Ado About Nothing at the globe
- Queen Anne at heymarket (I do love Romola Garai)

Other than that I have: walking around various parks. LOL.

There's definitely loads more to do in London, but I feel like I've done the more obvious touristy stuff (Sherlock Holmes house, the eye, transport museum (LOL I know this is less obviously touristy, but I liked it)) and the less obvious stuff I'm not familiar with?

(I've always wanted to do the loo tour, ever since meeting the owner/tourguide at a party, but it seems every time I'm in London the times don't work out ;_;)

Anyway, suggestions for stuff to do are very welcome!

London hangouts?

Jul. 9th, 2017 02:32 pm
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I know I've posted about this before, but now that we're closer to August and the convention, I want to mention it again.

I will be in London August 1st-8th.

August 1-2nd, I'm totally free and currently have no plans. So if you want to meet up (during the day or in the evening), let me know! I'm open to doing touristy stuff together like museums or palaces or things, or just meeting up for a quick coffee or dinner or something.

August 3rd (Thursday) - I'll have the day free, and in the evening I plan to be at Nine Worlds (there's various social hang outs?). But these plans are flexible!

August 4-5th (Friday-Saturday) - I plan to be at Nine Worlds pretty much all day. If you're going to be at Nine Worlds as well:

On Friday I'm going to do a talk about Women, War and SFF at 5pm.

On Saturday I'm on two panels:

* Non-anglophone fanworks, fans and canon, at 10am.

* Screenwriting & scripting the fantastical, at 3:15pm. (Please note this panel will also be attended by Mike Carey who created Lucifer, wrote Hellblazer for several years and wrote the book and script of The Girl With All The Gifts. Not that I'm a bit *__________* about being on a panel with him or anything!!)

So, if you're going to be at the con, talk to me! I've never been to this kind of con before, where a lot of people are living on the premises, but in theory I'm also cool with hanging out with non-con-going friends in the evening. Talk to me and we can figure something out?

August 5th (Sunday) - I'll be at Nine Worlds until the afternoon, probably? And then am free to meet up. (If no other plans materialize I'm planning to stay at the con and do the Sunday night stuff.)

August 7-8th (Monday-Tuesday) - I'm free again! These days might (or might not?) be a bit busier since a fandom(?) friend from Nigeria who'll also be at Nine Worlds will have these days free, so hopefully we can do things together? But I'll also have lots of free time I assume/lots of time to meet up with other people.

I feel weird because every time I've come to London I've felt beforehand like "omg I have like 1 friend in London, and they have a job, so like I'll just be alone the whole time and not do anything basically" and then somehow I'm IN London and suddenly there's too many people to see and too little time.

Anyway, whether we've met before or don't know each other at all, if you're fannish/are reading this post I'd love to try and meet up! One of my favorite people is actually someone I met in London during a 12 hour layover like 6 years ago, we'd never spoken online, and she just popped up on one entry like "so hey you'll be in London? Let's meet up!"

I've since traveled to visit her in Delhi, we've spent a week in Prague together. I LIKE HER A LOT. So you know. I'm up for meeting people!

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