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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

there's always someone, somewhere with a big nose, who knows.


I feel a little bit like I have been neglecting you all of late. At the very least, I've not really been giving you the attention that you deserve. Well, there's only a few days more of this madness and then NaNoWriMo 2005 will be officially over, and I can slump into a crumpled heap and try to rediscover my life again.... Or I might just hang around here.

I'm 42,380 words in now, and I want to get up past 43,000 tonight. It feels like the end is finally in sight, even if I haven't thought up a decent ending yet. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. At the moment it's all about the word count.

If you are exceptionally unlucky, I'll put another extract up here sometime.

Anyway. Enough about that. I have four other things to say, and then I must away to my novel.

1) You still have time to submit your handwriting samples. My plan is to pack them up and ship them off to the NumNum for analysis towards the tail-end of the week. If you are still planning on getting an entry in --- le flash, mark, jenni --- then get your skates on. Depending on how the numnum gets on, hopefully I'll be able to pop the whole lot up next week.

2) I had my eye-check up on Saturday, and my eyes are "too flat" to be lasered. It's nothing to do with my preseciption, apparently, and something to do with needing a certain amount of curvature to get the right kind of 'grip' to enable them to make sure everything is steady before they zap you. Sounds horrific, doesn't it? I'm not far out, and their parameters may change, but a fraction of a diopter is as good as a mile, eh? I'm not really disappointed by this. I was far from having my heart set on it anyway. Now I know.

3) I went to see Harry Potter last night. I enjoyed it, and I thought it actually worked better as a film than it did as a book. I thought that "The Goblet of Fire" was the book where J.K. Rowling's publishers stopped editing her, and it could easily have been at least 100 pages shorter. By necessity, the film had to trim the flab - and it was still nearly three hours long. Ralph Fiennes was magnificent, and even the kids seem to be improving, although Daniel Radcliffe appears to be turning into some kind of bird... he's all peery eyes, long nose and pointy face. The next one should be interesting: I thought "The Order of the Phoenix" was by far the weakest of the books so far....

4) I'm listening to "The Queen Is Dead", and it's a damn fine album.

Thank you and goodnight.


  • At 10:28 pm, Blogger Alecya G said…

    Wow, so many topics.And wish I had a scanner. Dang.

    Well, loved potter. It was great. Hermione was glowing, and I agree about Dan. And if Ron gets any bigger, he's giong to look like Hagrid next to everyone else.

    Are you havign a Thank Hell Its Over party for NaNo? My municipal leason and I are, at least. lots of whisky invoved, I am sure. You can break 50K *cheers on*

    And did you ever figure out what a wonderwall is? I love that song, and never knew. I was a bit young when it came out though, so maybe I just missed that generations slang, or something...

  • At 10:35 pm, Blogger swisslet said…

    hey Alecya - nice to see you round these parts. You don't need a scanner to enter the competition (I haven't got one). You just need a digital camera. Come on girl!

    As for a Wonderwall - I don't think Noel Gallagher knows. He nicked it from George Harrison.....

    Party? Hmm. I may be too tired.


  • At 10:44 pm, Blogger adem said…

    You're almost there with the word count ST.
    As for the ending....leave it open so you can pen a sequel!

  • At 8:39 am, Blogger Di Gallagher said…

    RE 2 - Yes, now you know. It's better to know and know that it's not possible than to always wonder and just dwell on the unknown.

  • At 2:12 pm, Blogger Alecya G said…

    Hey yourself! I lurk a lot. I do come over pretty often. I also linked you to my site, Ihope you don't mind. I got tired of havnig to go to someone else's site to get to your blog ;)

    I'll go hunting for a digi cam as fast as possible then.

    Oh, and if it makes youfeel better, I am blind as a bat too. I have to special order my contacts. The "extra thin" lenses on my glasses are still about 1/4" thick. It kills me.

  • At 5:28 pm, Blogger Jenni said…

    No handwriting from me, I'm afraid. With my dad's surgery, I forgot to fo it before I left town, and now I'm at my parents house with a digital camera, but no docking station...so barring some sort of Thanksgiving miracle, I won't be able to join in the fun. Sorry. :(

  • At 6:36 pm, Blogger red one said…

    Write on, as they say. Or something like that. Anyway, you are nearly there ST.



  • At 7:09 pm, Blogger the urban fox said…

    1 - Super smashing marvellous. Lovely. Smashing. Super.

    2 - Not having lasers blasted into your eye is OK, like you say.

    3 - They digitally removed his nose, frame by frame! How great is that? *delighted*

  • At 7:10 pm, Blogger the urban fox said…

    Oops, I forgot:

    4 - Some dizzy whore, 1804.

  • At 3:40 am, Blogger HistoryGeek said…

    The end is in sight. Hang in there.

  • At 2:54 pm, Blogger Jenni said…

    Have just discovered that my laptop has a slot for my memory card, so I may be able to get you a piccie after all. I'll try to do it today, when I need to escape from all the Thanksgiving family fun.

  • At 9:26 pm, Blogger Flash said…

    1. Did you get it this time?
    2. ....
    3. best Potty Harry film yet (Oh how The Boy hates it when I say Potty harry, tee hee)
    4.With a sponge & a rusty spanner?
    5. Today's verification word is Fedni, which you'll surely find in the feminine hygeine section of any good pharmacy.

  • At 6:29 pm, Blogger Mark said…

    thats nothing, you should hear me play piana...


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