Had a good week. A very good week! My Genre coursework is AT LAST completed and submitted, now I can take a nice long break from unicorns and superheroes. Unfortunately I still have work to do–meh–but the big one’s done. Done! Hooray! I was beginning to think I’d never finish it.
And I’ve finished the second song to submit for Lyrics. Well, I think I have. I’m going to wait a while and have another look at the second verse, see if it does need another tweak, but I think it’s finished or at least virtually finished, which means I’m up to my quota on lyrics to submit for marking–just the critique to go, which while trickier than I anticipated is still looking to be much easier than the Genre critique was.
I also finished another song–not one I’m submitting, as it’s based on Shadow Charge and harder to appreciate without knowledge of the story. I had planned for it to be my second song for coursework, but wasn’t sure when it was finished and showed it to a third party with no knowledge of my novel, who agreed it didn’t really stand alone. But in the context of the story, I’m happy with it, so it wasn’t a waste.
Extract from ‘Leave Me Alone’:
Leave me alone! Let me go!
I can’t take the past’s torment
If bricks couldn’t talk I would be all right
But they can and they whisper through the night
Haunted by what I never wanted
I was only trying to make things right
Posting more would spoil the novel plot, so that’s all you get!
A while ago, one afternoon over coffee dregs, I drafted a couple of Trock songs, something I’d wanted to do for ages but didn’t actually plan on trying before I’d finished all my coursework. But my brain had given up on everything else and I thought, why not? Probably because my brain had given up on everything else, only one chorus is actually more than note form. I quite like it though I wish I had more than that. Still, one day …
On the subject of geeky writing, I surprised myself by making progress on two fan fictions in the last couple of afternoons that hadn’t changed a jot in months. Both Doctor Who, well, that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Still neither are at a point in which I’d feel comfortable making them public, alas, but still, progress is progress.
I know what you’re thinking, but fan fiction falls into the same category as fan songs, or anything fan-based really: only when my brain has exhausted everything else. Which is sadly why most afternoons you will find me watching the telly, too knackered to finish all the one-chapter wonders I started posting online prematurely over the last seven years (wow, has it been that long?). Which is why I’m being a lot more careful with the newer ideas, i.e. the Doctor Who ones.
I’ll stop talking geek now, not that I’m apologising for being one (never!), but just not to alienate (pun not intended) too much anyone just stumbled on this blog. I promise I don’t only write about geeky things.
I also write about … stars! I like stars. I’m still learning the constellations, I’m quite a newbie to astronomy, but loving it. And I write about other things too, can’t think of specifics off the top of my head but I do.
I’m coming close to leaving home. As in, for good as opposed to during term time. It’s a scary thought. Not in one go, I’m moving into a flat in a town near my parents, so the idea is over time I’ll gradually clear out my old bedroom so one of my brothers can have it. Might take a while, living in two places basically means having two of everything–or it does for me anyway. I’ve been lacking the energy for a real clear-out for years, but being closer to home is looking to be the time to do it.
I’m going to miss London, but I’ll still be going to Neo Writers and astronomy meets (not all of them every month). In the probably naive hope that one day I’ll be able to afford to move back there on a permanent basis. (Don’t burst my bubble, people.) And my friends had better visit or else …
Just a shortie!
Finished my N+7 poem. Got a good laugh out of it! Considering posting the rest online to make others laugh as well, but we’ll see what my tutor has to say about it. There may be some other step to take after changing all the nouns.
Finished reading the Orient Express. Shocked by the ending–not the who did it part, which I won’t spoil for anyone who doesn’t know, but what came after the fact was revealed. Quite different to the film! I can’t quite make up my mind which I prefer.
Oh, I so want to see the Mousetrap at some point. I’ve seen Christie’s other play, it was on at Dartmouth when I visited Torquay last, and it was brilliant. I downloaded half the Agatha Christies on Kindle the day before Amazon stopped doing Nectar points, and I recently got about twelve second-hand, so I won’t be short of evening reading material for a while. Not to mention still working my way through my Christmas, birthday, and about-to-stop-doing-Nectar-points DVD sets.
I’ve started knitting again. I’m still on the same scarf that I started in my first year when I was taught how, I think I made it too wide because I’m almost out of the wool and it’s a square shape. I’ve also made a mess of it, part way across the loops refuse to accommodate my needles and I have to change direction. Still, once I’ve figured out where I went wrong, I’ll have learned something …
Been scribbling notes about the Owens poem for class, now sitting here with my notes app open at the to-do lists, my calendar and my 16-page first draft of my superhero story and wondering where on earth to start. It’s astonishing how many “X”s there are in the text where I skipped inputting details like character names. Maybe I should have used the technique I used last NaNo whereby I used abbreviations, like ‘prot’ for protagonist, ‘brot’ for his brother, ‘vill’ for the villain, ‘friend one’, ‘friend two’, and so on. Oh well, too late now, once I’ve named everything I’ll just have to edit individually instead of the trusty Ctl+H.
Having the most trouble, interestingly, coming up with a name for my heroine. I’ve got her secret identity all right, it’s the only character name I’ve actually used in the draft, but can’t decide on a cool-sounding supername that hasn’t been used, or had something similar used.
At least in the meantime, I can put in location details and work out a better structure. If I can work out how to find out the approximate height, in feet, of that hotel opposite Waterstone’s Piccadilly. I don’t want to guess because I’m quite frankly useless at distance estimations, I’ll probably be way out. Otherwise I’ll have to cut an otherwise good sentence, along with the 500 or so other words.
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This is my third or fourth attempt to keep a blog, and this time I am determined to keep it properly. To that end, posts will be short, probably somewhat rambly and mostly improvised. Like the novel I drafted last November. Er, the improvised part, not the short part. The synopsis and chapter-by-chapter plan for that is starting to gather dust. I *will* perfect the second chapter … at some point …
In the meantime, I have work experience and lectures to attend, and a scrat to get out of my attic. (I call it a scrat because I’m not sure if it’s a squirrel or a rat. Either way, the blasted creature makes a lot of noise.)