Saturday, October 27, 2018

On Track ... Almost

Am I going to make the new revised deadline of end of October?  Well, the move from British Summer Time back to good old Greenwich Mean Time has fallen fortuitously, and I have one whole extra hour ...  

detail from Abrogio Lorenzetti's 
Allegory of Good Government (1338)

Saturday, October 20, 2018

A Softness of Deadlines

I can't remember exactly when I first heard the term "soft deadline" but, irritating as it is when unilaterally applied from without to something YOU thought was absolutely and irrevocably a HARD deadline, it does have its uses.  For example, when you set yourself a deadline in a spirit of enthusiasm and optimism and mild stupidity.  For example, my deadline for this rewriting of the work-in-progress being completed by tomorrow.  

Did I say tomorrow?  What I MEANT was the end of the month.*  Softly does it.

*This is not as generous as it sounds.  I'm out of the house every day next week, RLF Fellowing at Dundee, a Walking Mountain event in Forfar, a workshop on YA fiction for Creative Writing students, an RLF event in Edinburgh.  So when I say the end of the month, I'm sure I mean every word ... 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Whole New Worlds

Anything to do with space is big at my house, but I would I love this video of Aladdin History of Exoplanets by A Capella Science any way, just because.  Have a listen and you'll see what I mean!  

(Other favourite musical science nerd videos include Science Wars, All About the Bass (No Acid), and a Christmas one that it's too early in the year to link to just yet.)

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Perthshire in October 2

Perthshire in October 1