Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Bits and Bobs.

Hullo luvs!

Friday has rocked and rolled itself around again. I'm nearly at the 50,000 word mark with the NaNoWriMo, (yes, that old thing), and should get there in a couple of days. Not that it's entirely relevant any more, because I'm going to keep writing The Nov* after that. I'm not even halfway through the damned story. I'm trying to keep the momentum of not only the writing, but the other bits of life also.

Thusly, here's some weekend linky bits for you all.

I'd already seen In America (by Jim Sheridan) when it came out 12 years ago or so, and thought it was a cracker little film. But I watched it again the other night with my Moon girl, and it's not only stood the test of time, but the Moon adored every minute of it. It does have an M rating, and I can see why, but I'm glad I made the call to let my mature nearly-13 year old see it. Such a lovely film. The little Bolger sisters are an absolute delight to watch. Here's the trailer.   

It's not really knitting weather here, (I wish). I still can't help but drool over these knitted goodies by Tiny Owl Knits. They are scrumptious. You can buy the patterns on their website. I love The Dragon Watcher's Hood, and the Woodland Hoodlet. But there are lots of lovely things here.

Image by Tiny Owl Knits. From here
I know I've recently mentioned the new Lamb album Backspace Unwind, but I'm quite obsessed. It's great to write to, and I love this track 'As Satellites Go By'. Here's the acoustic version (not on the album). Beautiful.

The glorious Ursula Le Guin has been awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguised Contribution to American Letters. A great writer, and she gives a wonderful speech. Worth a listen here.  

Something funny: the Bad Gaiman Challenge
My favourite is the second to last story...heheh.

I've been an admirer of BrenĂ© Brown's work on vulnerability for some time. This talk titled 'Why Your Critics Aren't the Ones Who Count', feels especially personal. What she says at around the 8m50s mark is particularly spot-on. 

What if Baba Yaga was an Agony Aunt? What if you could Ask Baba Yaga?

Oooh! Lots of lovely, shiny skulls! Good idea for my garden. Might scare the 'possums away? Image from here. 

I've just finished reading Margo Lanagan's Sea Hearts, which is a tale about selkies, and a fantastic piece of writing. I recommend. And I've just started on Margaret Atwood's new book, a collection of stories called Stone Mattress. I do love Atwood. And it's the perfect book to read in the bath, avec wine. 

Well that's it for now, m'hearties. I wish you a very happy weekend, with lots of pleasures and time spent doing something you love. xx

*I refer to it as The Nov, rather than "I'm writing a novel". It sounds more like a naughty elf than a Grand Idea, which is fine by me. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Plots, Plans, & Making It All Happen.

I've had all sorts of ideas for things I'd like to write here on my blog, and much to do in the garden too, but I find that I have disappeared down a rabbit hole. Or perhaps it's a fox hole. Or a bat cave.

It seems that I've quite lost track of the weeks, getting into all manner of absurd conversations with myself and, um, imaginary people.

My Work-Work has wound down for the year, but my Other Work has taken off to such a degree that I'm just holding on as tightly as I can. And I'm making plans. As Tolkien said,

"It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him".

So I'm making plans for the dragon. It's all about the dragon. What this means is that I'm heading overseas for a bit of a research trip, because I've got over 40,000 words of my book written, (ok, ok - it's only a first draft), and it's looking to be at least twice that again. At least. And, well, the dragon is breathing fire and I'm not going to second-guess its intentions.

Not dragons above, I realise. Not even sleeping dragons - just sleepy cats. Although I do believe Merlin bears a striking physical (and behavioural) resemblance to Toothless of How to Train Your Dragon fame. 

Anyway, I'm planning to be away for some of the (Moste Dreaded and Foule) Australian Summer. I really do need to go and visit some places that are in my book, and thusly, I shall have to get on't plane and fly there. Because my own dragon doesn't have wings yet. It's a baby dragon with a propensity to singe your hair whilst perched on your shoulder. 

I need to renew the passport though. That's important. It runs out next year, and they're very particular about that sort of thing. 

Anyway, I have to run and get the Moon from school now, but just thought I'd pop in and say hello. And tell you my news. And...well, I'd love to know what you're up to.