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Friday, 4 November 2011

Day 4 (morning). Words remaining: 46,389

After a slow start the words flowed reasonably well last night, resulting in around 1400 words.  Still below quota for the day, but getting better.  Tonight I'd better be able to get 2k words or more because I can't see a lot coming out over the weekend.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Day 3 (morning). Words remaining: 47,886

More words written yesterday than day 1, so that's a positive.  Scene 1 is done, now back to the office.  Body count: 3 flunkies + 1 main character.  No exploding sharks so far.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Day 2 (morning). Words remaining: 49,178

So I made a start last night, getting just over 900 words down.  That's under the target of 1667, but better than nothing.  I'm going to just pound out as many words as I can come up with for the first week and see where that gets me.  Saturday is going to be a write-off (see what I did there?), with sport and parties, but I expected that. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Day 1 (morning) Words Remaining: 50,000

And so it begins, the mad manic run towards the end of November and 50,000 words.  Time to dive into the world of Albert/Alfred/Pyotr/whateverhisnameis and the eerie underworld of a spy.  Good luck...

Monday, 31 October 2011

October 31 - and that means...

Two things, really.  Firstly, Halloween.  In Australia this isn't a big tradition like it is in the States, but it seems to be growing.  The kids are certainly excited, mostly about the dressing up and lollies.  Trick or treating is certainly not done in the manner of the USA, but occasionally a few other people get into the swing of it.

The second thing is that there are now less that 24 hours to go before the 2011 edition of NanoWriMo kicks off.  30 days, 50,000 words.  I'm going to give it another go, and this year I won't have to worry about study for exams.  The only other time I've "won" in the last 4 years was when I had taken a year of from study, so I'm hopeful that I'll get over the line.  Of course, my planning has been virtually non-existent again, but I'm hoping to get there!  I'll be chasing Alex this year, so let the word battle commence!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Time marches on

As it has a nasty tendency to do.  Exams have started here, and for the first time in a very, very long time I have none to sit.  Glee!

Of course, being June exams, it reminds me of the time a couple of years ago when a girl tried to park her car in my office.  I was ceremonially late in order to properly remember the occasion.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Been a bit

Busy/lazy, you know the drill.

My reading theory was somewhat delayed by losing my book somewhere in the dining room.  Luckily enough I found it on the weekend during a cleanup, so I can get back into it again.  It's a bit of an interesting read, in that it is set in the 15th century but also written in a style that is much older than our current, more conversational type.  It takes a bit of getting used to and getting into, but I'm getting there.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

That took a while

I finally finished "Man and Boy".  It took me a surprisingly long time considering it is a relatively short book that is a pretty easy read.  I just took ages to get into it until I decided to sit down the other night and finish off the last fifty pages.  An interesting story of a bloke who stuffs up his marriage and the fallout from that.

Next up is "Princes of Sandastre" by by Antony Swithin, a semi-historical novel set around 1405.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Marching On

Terrible way to start the new month, sorry about that.

The floggings at the ICC World Cup continue.  I was hoping that the Netherlands would put up more of a fight, after their game against England, but the Windies gave them a right flogging.  As did Zimbabwe over Canada.  42 games in the preliminary stage to get down to the final eight, and I think everyone can already pick at least seven out of those eight already.  This is going to be monumentally dull outside of the games that feature two of the test playing nations.

February disappeared without me writing anything creative at all.  Not that Jan was a particularly eloquent month, but at least I wrote a couple of sentences.  I'm going to have to pick things up dramatically if I want to going again creatively.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

A Long Engagement

For some unknown reason (well, actually, probably a well known reason, known as money), the ICC Cricket World Cup has only scheduled a single game per day at the start of the round games.  With two pools of 7 teams you are looking at a total of 49 games or so before you get to the final eight.  It's going to take forever, and when you have teams rolled for 70 or chasing down 370 it really makes you wonder whether some teams are just there to make up the numbers.  Perhaps the ICC have realised that as well, since the next World Cup will have only 10 teams rather than 14.

Monday, 14 February 2011


I realised the other day that Babylon 5 first went to air in 1994.  Considering the leap that special effects have taken in the intervening years the series still holds up well.  Why?  The narrative is driven by plot and characterisation, not the flash-bang effects.  It's the story that engrosses, the diversity of the characters and the lack of the ST:TNG Everyone Loves Everyone (Mostly) syndrome.  I'm working my way from Season 1 through, though I need to track down the pilot ep and the movies that go with it.  Well worth it.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

My first shower in three days

The lad and I have just come back from a weekend camping trip to West Kunderang.  We had a great time, even if we had to dodge a storm and persistent rain on Saturday afternoon.  The shower tonight was much appreciated, I must admit!

I finished "Forever Peace", the last of my 'read it already' books for the time being.  It's quite good, a number of interesting ideas pushed together and set in the near future.

I've now started "Man and Boy", by Tony Parsons.  It's sat unread for nearly 10 years, which is a bit embarrassing.  The story follows a bloke turning 30 (my age when it was given to me) who throws away everything in his life except his son after a one night stand.  Should be an interesting read.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Roughing it

The Lad and I are off camping this weekend down at West Kunderang with the other blokes from Chapel..  Should be a good weekend of doing very little and catching up with the other guys.  They'll be things like canooing, bush walking and a bonfire, but it's all at whatever pace you want to take.  Considering I'm recovering from a strained quad at the moment the pace will be quite relaxed I think.  Time to take a book or two and continue my reading adventures for the year.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


Some time ago I read an article about a group of people who decided to de-clutter their lives.  Not by merely having a garage sale to get rid of a few unwanted items, but to get rid of virtually everything they owned, leaving them with the absolute bare essentials.  Having spent some time lately reorganising things in the house I can well understand why you would want to do that - it is so easy in our society to fill up the house with stuff, even without trying.  It's a bit like your computer - sometimes you just need to format the hard drive and start again from scratch.  Unfortunately the OS included with the house didn't come with a "format c:\" command.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Back into the swing - maybe

A great number of people spend their time at the end of December coming up with a series of New Year resolutions, such as "lose weight", "get fit", "stop using apostrophies in the wrong place's", that sort of thing.  Generally they last until Jan 3 at the best, at which time the whole concept is forgotten about until the next December rolls around. 

I hadn't bothered at all, mostly as I find it rather pointless.  However, come the end of January, I figured out a resolution that is well worth keeping, particularly now that I don't have to spend all evening studying.  I've decided to work my way through all the books we have at home that I've simply never bothered to read.  Some I've been given and just stuck on the shelf, some were Ang's that now form part of our joint collection.  Some Ang picked up when part of the local book review club.  In any case, it's time to get into them and get them read, forcing me to read genres that I've simply not bothered with in the past.

So, what have I read so far?  Well, I've taken the soft option at the beginning, with a couple of books that I've read, but not for ages, followed by one that I think I've read, but can't recall.  So here they are so far:

The Forever War (Joe Haldeman)
Forever Free (Joe Haldeman)

Forever Peace (Joe Haldeman)

After that, I'll grab something off the shelf and see how I go.

As for the first two read, I would highly recommend them.  More so the first over the second, but both are very good.  The Forever War has won multiple awards, include the Hugo Award.  Good sci-fi about a war that spans centuries.  Grab it if you can.