Monthly Archives: January 2015

Friday Fiction (Fanfiction)

There is a theory that there has been fanfiction about just about everything, and I intend to prove it. Herewith, a short piece I wrote based on Milton’s Paradise Lost.


The Way To Hell


from sence of injur’d merit,
That with the mightiest rais’d me to contend,
And to the fierce contention brought along
Innumerable force of Spirits arm’d
That durst dislike his reign…
/the Tyranny of Heav’n

And did he believe these words, Satan? Did he beilieve the sentiments that took him crashing from Angel to Devil; the Fallen Angel who fell furthest, fastest? Or was he seduced by his own rhetoric, made dizzy by the effect his speeches had on his fellows? Was it the heady taste of power which brought about his downfall?

Power – corruption – pride – greed.

He accused God of his own failings, as mortal man so often does in his stead, preferring to fault another rather than examine his own conscience. And others flocked to his banner, persuaded by their own vices – jealousy, anger, covetousness. And he chose to challenge that greatest of authorities, the Almighty Lord, because his pride would not allow subservience.

But once – once, surely, he believed in what he said; before his ideas became twisted and perverted by his untrammelled ambition. Once, he was an Angel of all things good.

Truly the way to Hell is paved with good intentions.

Wednesday Word of the Week

Delope – to fire in the air in a duel


“There was a flash of fire, but Alexander realised the moment he shot that his opponent had deloped.”


This word came up on ‘Call My Bluff’ once, much to my amazement. I knew exactly what it meant, thanks to years of reading Georgette Heyer novels and the like. Again, beautifully specific in meaning – if you were obliged to duel with someone but you had no wish to hurt them, you could delope. I’ve never had the chance to delope, strangely enough – and I imagine you haven’t, either. But it is a splendid word (and I’m particularly fond of it because it has the same last five letters as my name: I also like antelope and elope for similar reasons!). It also sounds like something you might do if you had intended to elope with someone but then changed your mind at the last moment.


Satisfied Saturday Six

The SSS celebrates six things that have gone well, or at least okay, in the past week. It is the creation of Terry Egan, who is all things wonderful.

1. I have submitted my article to Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, and agreed the next one I’m going to write for them – about mistresses.

2. My boys have been safely packed off to the airport for a good holiday (I hope!)

3. And talking of the boys, Child got his report for the Autumn term yesterday, and he’s exceeding expectations in all sorts of things (including attendance… that one, however, is about to go down as he’s off school this week).

4. My health has been fairly dire for a few months, but I’ve got a couple of referrals to specialist units so I’m hoping I’m going to get some support, and – who knows? – maybe things will get a bit better.

5. Ooh, ooh, I went to the local charity shop on Thursday and bought myself a little bit of light reading. (Um, which might translate to ’37 books’…)

6. I’m generally feeling much more cheerful than I have done for months – and it clearly shows:  my partner and my Mum have commented on it independently. Apparently I’ve remembered how to smile. (Now I just need to remember how to talk – I’ve had no voice for several days, and hardly any for the last couple! However, I’ve got a week by myself so it’s not so vital, though I have to admit I talk to myself and the cats quite a lot usually!)

Wednesday Word of the Week


Meaning- Easily ignited and capable of burning rapidly. Inflammable means “combustible,” and has the same meaning as the word flammable

“Caution: this material is flammable.”

Flammable and inflammable make my list because they make no sense. What is the point of having two words which sound like they should be the opposite of each other but in fact mean precisely the same thing? It’s bizarre. And is there a word meaning not flammable? No! You have to say “not flammable”. I am considerably unimpressed.

Satisfied Saturday Six

The SSS celebrates six things that have gone well, or at least okay, in the past week. It is the creation of Terry Egan, who is all things wonderful.

1. I took some time to think about the good things which happened in 2014. Have to admit, it wasn’t the best year (understatement!) but just as the SSS helps me remember the good things in bad weeks, it was good to think about the good things in a bad year.

2. I confess to having an unkind glee about Chelsea FC losing to Tottenham Hotspur in the football the other day!

3. I currently don’t have any voice (bloody annoying, actually) but usefully my mother has taken Child out for a while so he doesn’t have to cope with a very sub-par mama all day.

4. I just need to chase down a couple of quotations and then my Jane Austen article (looking at what diagnoses some of Jane Austen’s characters might get in modern medicine) will be finished.

5. I had to cancel a holiday abroad (this isn’t the good bit) because of bad health (not the throat, my longer term battle with ME/CFIDS) but was really touched by the support I got from other people and the offers of hospitality from them. I think I just want to sleep for a week, but  I do feel very lucky to have people who like me enough to want to look after me ❤

6. Child and I made pizzas from scratch yesterday, and they were TASTY.