The delights of the mail service!

Yes, today was one of those days when I realized what a blessing email is! Because if you use the standard mail service…ah well!

As regular readers will know, I’ve applied for rent benefit, due to the fact I’m not working, have got no money, and everything else! All my correspondence with the local council, including the application, have been done online, either through the required forms, or by email. Anyway, when I checked the progress of things last week, by email, I was told that they were waiting to hear back from the rent officer on the matter, given I’m a private lodger.

So fine, this morning I had a job interview. I left here just before 11.00, to go to this, leaving Eric in the house, on his own, as Dave was already out in town. What happened, was that about 5 minutes after I left, the rent officer turned up here, to do an inspection of what my living facilities, and arrangements looked like. It seemed he had sent out a letter, informing me about this, but thats where the fun begins, as it hadnt arrived here.

Anyway, shortly after that, the mail was delivered, including a letter for me. Put in my room, awaiting my return! Yes, you’ve guessed it, said letter from rent officer! Given it was dated last Thursday, I’m wondering if it was put in the post, too late for Thursday collections. Given then that we had a lengthy Bank Holiday weekend, I’m suspecting that it went nowhere, before Tuesday! Which of course, makes arrival on Thursday quite reasonable, but if this poor man thought it went out last Thursday…

Anyway, I rang the number on the letter, to be told there had been several cases of this already today, so I strongly suspect the time of sending out did play a part. She did say he might ring up and rearrange a visit, or as according to the letter, he can make a decision based on the paperwork I’ve given him. At least he’s seen the house, knows it exists, knows I exist, so hopefully I will soon get the good news, and I can get a bit of money to help with things. At this present moment, I’m 3 weeks behind on rent (£420), which I hate being, because its causing problems for others, but until they pay up…No, I’m not doing one of those ghastly loans at a million per cent interest rates, nor am I expected to. But if anyone can help, interest free, until this gets sorted…would be nice!

But yes, if like most people nowadays, he’d used email to let me know, I could have arranged it for a better time today! But he didn’t, so…

Fine, the video. A tribute to the man who finally delivered that letter today

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And words are all I have

Some of you who are up with these modern, trendy things (Yes, I’m doing my best 30’s girl impression here!) may have heard of something called Patreon. Less than world famous writers, and musicians use it as a method to support their career, by having patrons donate money on a regular basis, so they dont have to worry about earning it in other ways. Hey, one of my favourite groups, Post Modern Jukebox (now quite famous) started off down this route.

No, dont worry, I’m not going to request money to support my story writing, despite what some tell me, I’m really not in that league, and I know it! And believe me, my singing is as good as Jean Harlow’s, and thats not a good thing! And lastly, unlike CJ, I have no plans to break into the movies either at present.

But one thing I do lots of, as some will know, is story reviewing. Now me, I cant see why anyone would be prepared to pay me to produce story reviews, but it seems, there might be some. And yes, a few extra pennies would be handy, I must admit. My primary area would remain the EMCSA, but I have realised that ebook writers, looking for reviews to post on Amazon, and the like, might be prepared to pay small amounts to get a guaranteed story review?

To show how little I know about the concept, I was asked tonight how much a review would cost, for a book on Amazon, and I hadnt got a clue! Has anyone got any idea on this? I guess it depends on how many words you have to read (fee, per 1,000 words?), but I wouldnt have a clue as to how much.

Yes, I’m not sure how much this could possibly raise, anyway, but I guess that unless I add a lot of extra words to my reading week, anything is a bonus? Though in truth, unless I can raise a reasonable amount (though I have no idea just how much?), I’m not sure how much of a benefit it really would be? I suppose book publishing companies need readers, to decide how good stories are, but breaking into that field, at my age, and with only having online experience?

Anyone able to offer advice, either through here, or to my email, at robotunit8@hotmail.com would be appreciated.

Right, the video, a double delight, of the same song. Firstly, the famous group version,

Secondly, an ‘old friend’, Gary Simmons, and his Bee Gees tribute group, Jive Talkin’. I do wish he would make more solo videos, or even better, with Kirsty Marr, but anyway…

Losing The Bad Recent Memories?

Yes, I’m still here, alive, and just about kicking. Still a bit bruised at the edges, but I’m still going at present.

Fine, the good news, I’ve been firmly told I wont be needing, in the near future for somewhere else to live. Not quite sure how it all plays out, but I’m told I’m fine. Yes, I’ve put in claims for Job Seekers allowance, and rent benefit, which might help financially at least, so we will see. Oh, and yesterday, I had a job interview, one I rescued from last weeks fiasco. Irony of ironies, at the place I first worked at, up here, in 2005, who made me redundant 4 years later. Doing the job I started off doing there, not the one I was made redundant from, but anyway… I think it went OK, but I’ve thought this before, and been proved wrong, so…I will wait and see!

All the same, if you believe Kanye West (and I’m not convinced I do), I’m not the worst off person around. But yes, his $53 million, is probably about the same as me getting $5,300, so if Mark Zuckerberg is listening, I’m a bargain in comparison lol! Yes, it amused me that someone has started a ‘Fund Me’ account for Mr West, for the full amount, of which it has raised $35, when I saw the post about it. Fine, I’d probably struggle to raise $35 if I started one, but anyway… If anyone wants me to (especially wealthy men, with plenty of money to spare), then shout!

Starting off on a serious note, if anyone wants to offer me work, of any legal kind, try me! I mean, from a practical point of view, call centres, data inputting, customer service, and the like, are the best bets, but I have got retail skills too. Oh, and if anyone wants to offer me something totally out of left field, then I’d love to hear it! Relocate? Absolutely, though I would then require some form of living space to be provided, unless you’re turning me into a robot, in which case, a charging station will do!

Oh, and if any man, or woman out there fancies taking me on, as a partner, servant, or submissive, then feel free to let me know. I’m sure no one is that daft, to want me, but no harm in mentioning it. It probably would take some tampering of the mind to get me interested in sex, but…I’d enjoy the tampering, at least! Yes, fine, living as a robot would be wonderful, but being practical…I guess hypnosis could do it? But hey, being a vanilla partner/wife, might be fun, if anyone feels the urge!

Oh, and right, all those scientists out there, looking for a guinea pig for their interesting experiments, yes please, very available! 😉 Mind control, brainwashing, robotics, neural interface, or anything less exciting, feel free to let me know, I’d love every minute of it!

So as I say, make me an offer, and providing its legal, I might well say yes! Just saying…? 😉

Right, the video. This group is remembered for 1 song, and this isnt it! Yes, wow, a song you may not know, impressive! Shall we say, that if I was brainwashed, or mind controlled, then you could say I was suffering from this?

Equality in Hollywood

Yes, I know, movies arent made in Hollywood any more, or not to the same degree as they were in the “good old days” at least. Besides which, so much of the stuff nowadays is done by computer graphics, and special effects, that it wouldnt feel the same as it did for Harlow, Gable, Loy, Powell and others back in the 30’s if I made one now, anyway. But yes, all the same, the chance to tread in Jean’s footsteps would be heaven.

I must admit, as a none too avid watcher of modern movies, until April, I had no idea how male dominated the whole movie industry is. No, it doesnt surprise me really, but its disappointing all the same. Ah yes, that last evening of my holiday in Hollywood, I sold my talents to Hollywood. Alright, fine, I didnt, but I was privileged to meet a good gathering of people who work under the banner of ‘Women In Media’, to arrange opportunities for those seeking work in the industry, and to provide an entertaining evening once a month. And yes, I went up, mentioned my writing skills, mentioned that I could work well as a Harlow lookalike, then left it to the professionals to do their piece. I’m glad to say that I met some wonderful people (not only women) that night, and if I do get back in October, hopefully I can meet at least some of them again.

One wonderful gentleman either wanted to meet up with for coffee, or maybe it was lunch? I cant remember, it was over 3 months ago, and I am blonde, so…? But I’m told, jokingly I trust, that actually having that meet 6 months later wouldnt be that extraordinary! I’m only hoping one of the group leaders of Women In Media know who it was, or maybe he will shout out himself, who knows?

Anyway, in the last few days, they’ve started a new group on Twitter, and Facebook, called WomenOccupyHollywood. Yes, no gaps, probably because on Twitter, you need every character you can get! They are also on Facebook too, under the same name, go search them out.

Yes, we might all be termed feminists, but only in the true sense, that we want the chance of equality, not superiority. Alright, there might be some who’d like us to go all Dominatrix on them, but anyway… Just to say that whether I work in Hollywood as an actress, a screen writer, or anything else, I dont expect things to be biased in my favour, I just want a fair chance, and women arent getting that in Hollywood at present.

OK, fine, I might have enjoyed it if they had been a Femme Domme society, that brainwashed me into being a man hating lesbian, but they were nothing of the sort. As I say, all types, men very welcome too, and I had a wonderful time. But yes, if anyone in charge in Hollywood should read this, just give women the chance we deserve!

The video? Pretty much what this will hopefully lead to women doing. Just audio tonight, as it wasnt a Dire Straits single

Oh, and lastly, for the last time, given its only got 3 days to go, my fundraising campaign, to help pay for my forthcoming name change. If you have a few pounds, dollars, or euros to spare, please consider me. Yes, I know, you’ll have to calculate the money in sterling, I could only set it up for 1 currency. That link https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/e10ypc/ab/c2hJdb

Follow up to latest book?

Lets see how good the memories of some of my readers is, and more importantly, the state of their wallet! Recently, I posted my first new book for a while, giving it a try on Amazon unlimited, to see if that improved sales, though the effect seems to have been minimal.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z6Z4NLQ?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Feel free to give it a try, us poor out of work authors need all the love we can get. if you prefer Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords, it will be on sale in those places from September, but anyway…Better still, go have a look here

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/e10ypc/ab/c2hJdb

Donate anything over £5, let me know an email address, and I’ll send you a free copy, with grateful thanks. Hows that? I’ll even attach a photograph of the cover as well.

Anyway, at the end of that story, our heroine makes a big decision, and sets out on her new life, as…? Well now, I’m writing a new piece, taking her life on a year or so, and though it will stand up on its own (I think?), it might be better if you know the first story, so…

Someone gets to spice up her life, indirectly, though secretly, its fair to say she’ll enjoy every moment of it… maybe? Especially as I’m pretty sure she’ll be restored to her natural self before the story is over. Oh yes, and fine, its fun for me, as its fair to say that she is very special to me, in a past life sort of way.

Its something I’m writing for a challenge at the Garden, but I’m pretty sure that in time, it will get exposed to a wider audience. Given she is definitely going to get mind controlled at some point, it might even hit the Archive at some point, or I might just sell it, and see.

At least I’m (finally) getting something positive done while not working! Mind, I’d rather be working, but anyway…

OK, the video. I guess its the fact this is mainly filmed in black and white that makes me think of vintage movies. Plus what the two ‘actors’ look like. Besides that, its a much under rated song

The Hive Mind scenario

You know how you read in fiction stories about the hive mind, where many people all think the same controlled thoughts? Or indeed, for those who love their Star Trek, you have the beloved Borg, who like to assimilate people to all think just as they do? Well yes, up to now, its pure fiction, but we may be taking the first steps towards making it a reality!

Mind, of course, at the moment the Mind Meld being planned is more to see if many minds can work together, to see if they can get things done, but how long before its the minds being controlled? Or those powerful linked minds, controlling the minds of others? Not going to happen, well read this!

http://www.livescience.com/51496-animal-brains-linked-into-networks.html

Agreed, this is at a very basic stage, and has only been tested on animals so far, but give it time…human tests must happen at some point! And yes, you’re right, I’d love to be part of that. And yes, is it so far fetched that in the future, a group of powerful minds might just be used to control the thoughts of others?

Mind, once you’re part of the all encompassing mind, will you know, or care?

OK, the other amusing piece of mind controlling amusement I had today, was in an email. I’ve got an assessment thing on Tuesday for a job, and I got an email from ‘System Integration’ telling me I had to report to them on arrival! Could I really be that lucky, getting my mind integrated into their system? Oh please, but I’m sure that sadly, its not going to happen. But a girl can dream.

Right the video. I remember this song still, though it must be nearly 50 years ago that I heard it for the first time, if not more. Amazingly, for a song that old, I found a live show performance

OK, lastly, 2 more things. On Thursday night, I went to a charity fashion show, and the wonderful photographer took a picture of me, after my hair had been styled, and here it is

Me in lacy dress

And very lastly, and I promise, the last request until just before it closes, the fund raiser to help me pay for my name change. Just imagine being able to read the blogs of Stephanie Harlean Carpenter, and give, however small.

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/e10ypc/ab/c2hJdb

Not a model, but hopefully looking good

OK, before we get to the bit in the title, lets do the begging bit!

So fine, I have decided (in a moment of craziness) to actually launch a fund raising campaign, to at least partly (and hopefully more) pay for the costs of formally changing my name to Miss Stephanie Harlean Carpenter. Has a nice ring to it, doesnt it? Works all ways around, as those who know me as Steph can still call me that, but I can also legitimately use the name Harlean, as and when I want to. Lets face it, how many people use their middle name anyway? 😉

No, this campaign doesnt involve donating large sums of money, at a quick costing (allowing for fees, and things), £120 should be enough, though if it goes slightly over, it would be good. Fine, I know it wont, but no harm in hoping. Indeed, anything beyond what one wonderful friend has already donated would be quite something!

Fine, the link https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/e10ypc/ab/c2hJdb Even a couple of pounds will help, so please be kind, though more would be wonderful. But given that most reading this only know me through the blog, ah well…

Right, begging over, well in terms of giving to me at least.

Tomorrow night, I’m off to a fashion show. Its for a charitable cause in Leeds to sort of launch the studio for the people who I had my 2 photo shoot sessions with. Why sort of? Because its to launch the new studio, even if it has been operational for a while, this is the formal launch. No, I’m not modelling, just part of the audience, but it should be fun. The link, even though I know most readers of this arent local to me, is https://www.facebook.com/events/1608781949397731/ (apologies if you dont have Facebook, but its the only link I can find). Please check tickets remain before just turning up, just saying…

Yes, I will be there, using my old name, though if anyone calls me Harlean, I probably wont blink!

Lastly, the video. This is a Kraftwerk song, but this is definitely not their version! It is in German, but I’m sure you can cope, I prefer it that way anyway.