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she works hard for the un-money
alright, since i updated the blog's appearance today [20 march 2017], i guess this is time for the biennial "update of the page where i tell you what you've stumbled across.

having glanced at this today, 5 february 2015, i realised that it was woefully out of date, which is why i'm going to start indicating when it was last updated right here at the top of the page. so if you're reading this in early 2015, it's probably cool. if you're reading this in 3015, you're probably living in a strange, post-apocalyptic world of robots and zombies, so this might give you an idea of how we used to think in olden times. well, how some of us used to think. how i used to think. this space is really only about me and in 3015 i plan on being dead.

i'm kate macdonald and this is my personal space. it's my little place on the internet where i can and do write about anything that strikes my fancy. as of 2017, the blog is twelve years old, which means that it's my oldest child. the other ones are feline. the blog has morphed a great deal during that time, as has the world around it.

i'm told that proper bloggers choose one topic as a focus and only occasionally deviate from it. that strikes me as terrifying, since i'm easily bored and eternally curious, which means that i'd have to maintain about seven blogs if i wanted to cover all the topics that really interest me. but it's much easier if i just put everything here and give you the thrill of sifting through it. [i have, however, provided helpful tags if you'd prefer to stick to one topic. the tags are your friends, keeping you securely on the path that led you here.]

my principal joy in life comes from writing and has since i was five years old and wrote a story about a horse named chestnut, imaginatively titled "chestnut's life". chestnut was a pretty spirited horse and eventually his owners bought him a girlfriend named radish [who was supposed to be sort of a deep reddish colour and... christ, i was five, ok?]. at the end of the story, he knocks radish up and they have a colt and he's really, really overwhelmed with how happy his life is. unfortunately, that is a lost classic.

i don't write about horses any more, but i have never stopped writing. often[ish], i will drop things i've written on here, in their rawest form. part of this is driven by the fact that i've had a few accidents that have resulted in lost writing, so i like to think that the trappings of my toil are somewhere protected from me and my literature-destroying clutches. i also figure that if i'm writing a blog that's supposed to encompass all the crap that's in my head, writing accounts for a fair bit of it.

i maintain pages [actually maintain them, not ignore them for years] with links to posts for my short stories and random fiction bits and for my poetry.

i also started writing a serial called a definable moment in time, which you can read here [part 1] and here [part 2]. the project is dormant at the moment, but that doesn't mean it's dead. it really isn't. i used to maintain a serial called a definable moment in time on this blog, but i deleted it [although not all the posts that refer to it]. i had originally intended to resurrect it on the blog, but then i realised that some things are better left out of the public eye until i'm ready to unveil the final version. [truth: there were a lot of links to the pages where the the story was hosted that had me worried it was being copied. everything on this blog is copyrighted. if you want to use posts in whole or in part, please contact me in advance.]

if you like what you read, you can always support me by buying my books. there is a collection of short stories called interference and a book that is a combination of the script for conversion and a novella called tricky. yes, i do like one-word titles, why do you ask?

in case you're wondering what "the script for conversion" means, it refers to something i originally wrote to impress my film-nut fiancé. that would be dominic, or, as i more frequently refer to him here on the blog, "dom". it's a feature film that we made together and you can view it for the low-low price of nothing at all on vimeo and on youtube. dom is also a video artist and works with a number of music acts. you can see all of his video work here. he took that picture of me at the top of this page.

i do some amateur photography and have made a few experimental short films. you can find links to posts of my visual art projects right here

i spend too much time and money on cosmetics and i write about that too.

i've a lot of opinions on politics and social issues which get spread like bird droppings through all parts of the blog. i'm particularly interested in issues to do with mental health and i write about those on mondays. as of january 2017, mental health mondays is on hiatus, but there are still hundreds of posts to explore in the archive. at the moment, i'm unable to commit to a weekly column that doesn't involve a paycheque.

in 2014, i also started a series called "world wide wednesdays", which takes a look at different groups or areas of the world that we don't hear enough about, or about which we don't get proper information. that's also on a temporary break, for the same reason as "mental health mondays", but if you're interested [and these are some of my favourite posts on the whole blog] there's an archive of articles.

i'm a huge music fan and dj under the name dj kali, which i have used for almost two decades. [it depresses me just to type that.] there are a lot of different types of music i like and have liked, a lot of which gets labeled as "non-music" on discogs. so i'm into a lot of music that isn't music. and a lot of stuff that is. i occasionally do profiles of labels or artists or movements or other musical things and i'll occasionally talk about things i'm listening to a lot at a given time, but i don't do music reviews anymore.

i'm a fan of soccer [real football, as in where you use your feet] and write about that sometimes too. i'm specifically a fan of swansea city and arsenal, which helps me keep my perpetually low blood pressure up. back in 2006, i established a tradition called "eat the cup", which combines the world cup and cooking, because cooking is sort of a thing with me too.

i'm an inveterate crazy cat lady. i currently have five feline children- three boys and two girls- and i regularly post pictures of them, because they are awesome.

since you've made it this far, perhaps i could interest you in making a donation to support the more like space cause? if that's not within your means at the moment, i'd also appreciate it if you could like the official more like space facebook page.

thanks for reading. i appreciate it. and, for once, i'm not being sarcastic.

as long as you're here, why not read more?

long division

after the united states election last year, there were the usual calls for the country to unite behind the new president. that never happens anymore, because, since george w. bush scored a victory in 2004, having launched the country into a war in iraq for no reason, the people on the losing side of a presidential election have been pretty bloody angry about it. democrats hated bush 43. republicans really hated obama. democrats really hate trump.

it didn't help that trump didn't make the typical conciliatory gestures like including a couple of members of the opposite party in his cabinet, or encouraging his party to proceed slowly with contentious legislation. barack obama arguably wasted at least two and as many as six years of his tenure as president trying to play peacemaker before he felt sufficiently safe to just say "screw you guys" and start governing around the ridiculous congress he was forced to deal with. not-giving-a-shit obama was the best president in …

making faces :: i could maybe not buy this one thing

i've been into makeup on some level for a long time- much longer than i've been writing about it, for certain. even as a young woman, i loved the feeling of i got from applying a deep-hued lipstick and some mascara. it took years for me to figure out eyeshadow, and even longer for me to appreciate blush. but at this point, i think we can agree that i'm pretty much into the whole gamut. [except liquid and super-matte lipsticks, and most very sparkly eyeshadows. but that's because they're painful for me to wear.]

the thing about spending a long time collecting and holding onto just about everything is that you accumulate quite a stash. lately, i'm trying to force myself to think about what i already have before laying down money for something new. most recently, i found myself drawn to the modern renaissance palette from anastasia. me and a lot of people. by the time i started thinking about it, it was already sold out in my local sephora and online. i signed up…

when you want a great pair

i have finally come to the realisation that i might be trying to learn too many languages at once. that's not to say that i don't want to learn all the languages that exist in written form, but spreading myself across a dozen at one time doesn't allow for a lot of progress in any of them. therefore, while i'm still "checking in" with all of them, i'm trying to focus on a couple at a time. lately, that's been swedish and norwegian, because they are both grammatically similar to english [even if the swedish accent is very tough for me], which makes things progress faster. in general, i've been trying to pair similar languages because, while it can get a bit confusing, building the skill sets of both at once strengthens each of them. if you want more bang for your linguistic buck, 'pairing' like this can be quite helpful. here's a few suggestions for ones that i'd recommend:

swedish and norwegian :: they are so similar, it's easy …