Zoë Sumra

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About Zoë Sumra

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    Vive la France!
  • Birthday 05/10/1980

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    London, England
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    Writing, reading, gaming, fencing, music, football, cricket

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  1. That's why my jumpers are in my bed divan drawer... except the cardis I rotate each day. No room for another one in the bedroom. "Buy another house" is not an option! When I tried this I had a tiny number of "give away" (which I did, indeed, give away) and couldn't get further with the "don't know" pile. Getting rid on usage grounds is just as tricky in a way. I don't do a winter wardrobe/summer wardrobe swap, so my summer work clothes are all still stuck in there not having been worn much since 2014 (summer 2015: too pregnant to wear the more fitted things after mid July. Summer 2016: not working). I'll look at the psychological methods you mention. The "don't know" just needs some work.
  2. I own three shirts and two skirts that need regular ironing. I don't wear any of them and am considering donating the skirts at least to a charity shop. This is after giving away both my linen shirts the other year because they were too much trouble to iron properly... There isn't enough room in my wardrobe for all my clothes so I rely on things staying in the laundry basket for long enough to rotate (plus jumpers dumped on my bedroom chair). We just washed too many clothes and they won't all fit. I need fewer clothes, but I can't decide what to get rid of. Any advice?
  3. So... I'm engaged now.

  4. Football: fixture congestion

    Congratulations to Leicester City Reserves on beating Derby County Reserves in the FA Cup replay...
  5. Do you have more irons in the fire? I have a cold and haven't left the house since Saturday. My boss expects me back in the office tomorrow so we can chat about cover for a colleague's upcoming three-week-holiday. I can't say more than two words in succession at the moment due to wheezing. I intend to take paper and pen so I can write my responses...
  6. Sick of Being Unhealthy

    *hugs* Do you have access to an SAD light? A friend who recently moved to London from Seattle swears by hers... she sits in front of it for five or six hours a day to make up for the winter sunlight to which she's accustomed. I always think January new workout regimes etc. are a nasty trick to play. Motivation and energy are rare in winter. Focus on surviving to spring first...
  7. Eastercon 2017, Birmingham

    M, S and I are going.
  8. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    "Hard Brexit" means retiring later, Britons warned Not that that is in any way concerning. On the plus side for the national finances, the impending lack of healthcare will mean that we all stop living long enough to retire...
  9. Something Strange in the post. Flowers Solved.

    Agreed. This is absolutely unacceptable - so sorry, Pebble...
  10. The Penderel's Oak is generally less busy than the Montague Pyke, but is that bit further out, in Holborn...
  11. Yes. Maybe hubby and baby as well depending on timing (I am working until 3pm on 28th and will be able to come straight to the pub afterwards: hubby is not working but his attendance therefore depends on baby's nap times).
  12. I could do from 3.30ish on either the 28th or 29th if we are going for an afternoon. Sam, will you be OK to do something after the HP tour? If there's any concern about your tour length it might be better to suggest 28th if we are doing an afternoon.
  13. I can do any of those dates. Samantha, when are you going to be in the theatre? We wouldn't want to cause a scheduling clash.
  14. Working, with small children

    Thank you, all. Deedles, I've been factoring the childcare cost into my salary instead of both because if one of us didn't work, it would definitely be me. This isn't for immediate sensible reasons - I earn a little more than he does - but because he, the extravert in our marriage, has a need for adult company daily that I lack entirely (plus the factor of putting me back to two full time jobs and a part time job without factoring in parenting. Not that I'd get to do much parenting midweek as I'd be leaving at 7.30am and getting home at 6.30pm). He contributes financially and in terms of parenting, and if I did go back we would split the nursery fee cost. Pebble, working from home isn't an option as, in order to be permitted to do it on other than an emergency basis, I would have to prove that the baby is in nursery, which defeats the objects of spending more time with her and less ££ on childcare. Part time is indeed a serious option. Unless I resign in the next couple of days I'm going to put in a request to work four days a week. (Zabzie, I have a specialist admin job - print procurement - rather than lawyer, accountant etc.) Going to less than four days would involve a job share arrangement. Calculations would also be required regarding monthly or annual travelcard versus pay-as-you-go for shorter weeks - I haven't figured out where the cut-off lies yet. There's always the option of trying it and then giving up if it's driving me totally up the wall...?! The nursery we've pencilled in only wants a one month notice, same as work. I may feel differently after restarting work depending on how quickly I can type my second draft, as the book work from that point will be a lot less intense till I'm at early draft stage in a future book. I dislocated a finger the other week and while I can type with it, it's stiffer than normal and will slow me down.
  15. Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Having requests for fulls is always a good sign. Even if those agents refuse the manuscript you then know it's got legs, or the full wouldn't have been requested. I hope your energy comes back... Ooh, good luck. I finished my first draft of The Next Book yesterday. Title for The Next Book is currently under discussion due to all the possibles being the same title as something else, so we're working on selecting the best option - its working title is The Wages of Sin. I'm currently staring at chapter 2 and wondering how I can do better with some pacing/character introduction aspects.