Wednesday, 17 November 2010

One thing leads to another

Someone on Writer's Talkback yesterday, made a post about running out of milk. 
People got talking about substitutes and how they liked to have their tea or coffee. This lead onto a 'discussion' on who loves hot milk, who hates Marmite and who dunks toast in coffee. Funny how one thing leads to another.

Today I have made pasta bake and there's rather a lot left over. I wondered if the person who had ran out milk yesterday could suggest anything, rather than throwing it out.The suggestions ranged from passing it their way to freezing it. So I have searched out a plastic pot that has a reasonably fitting lid (funnily enough -  see another blog on plastic containers) I have then looked in the freezer and found a number of tubs and plastic bags containing unidentifiable concoctions. Possibly one of these was once pasta bake in another era.
So these have been removed to the bin and the new pasta bake installed. No doubt in the future it will be replaced by another tub of something.
 I have found some rhubarb though, which is well due for making into a crumble or pudding but I have run out of flour so it will have to wait. Perhaps someone could suggest a substitute for flour ? Goodness knows what a discussion that could lead to ... 

Sunday, 14 November 2010


Police officers are being ordered to send text messages instead of speaking on their radios. The police communications network, Airwave Solutions, is becoming too expensive to use and texting is apparently much cheaper. 
Great. I can just see it now - PC PLOD HERE. I AM OK BUT M8 IS DED. PLS FONE 999 !
A sign of the times, maybe. I'm all for cutting costs for the tax payer.

Reminded me of something I wrote a good few years back, published in TES. So am indulging myself by posting the link here :

Enjoy !

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Lost and Found

I thought I'd lost it forever. But today I have found it and the best thing about it is I can't remember writing a lot of it, so it's like reading something that someone else has written. And you know something -  I'm quite impressed.

What am I on about ? 5,200 and odd words of a novel I am writing that went AWOL about a year and a half ago. It wasn't actually the text that went absent, rather that compartment of my memory that was incorrectly labelled and badly filed. So it's been a bit exciting reading and editing my own stuff. It's also given me a boost to think that maybe there's all sorts of other literary masterpieces of mine hidden away on my computer's hard drive and probably on my own too. Thanks NaNo WriMo. I might not have got far with  a new novel, but I'm happy I found the old one.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Know thyself ... and start on the second day.

I have found myself the ultimate "get yourself moving and write" site. Well, I thought I had yesterday. 
This year's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has begun. The theory : begin writing on November 1st with a goal to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.        Simples.  

Or rather, not at simple as I thought.

I had all good intentions this morning. Even knowing that I had "other"  things to do, I was certain that I would have a good few hundred words written. I ought to know myself better. Of course, the site itself has been working so slow that I haven't even managed to upload the novel title yet (I 'm sure it does have a title) and of course I had to write this blog and chat about writing on other forums first. I have also had to read how other people are getting on with their own NaNoWriMo entries, find out who my buddies are and make supportive comments and the like. 

So there we have it. I shall be participating in NaNoWriMo 2010. I will finish by 30th November. And I will begin on the second day ...