WD TV – a whole new world

WD TV media playerI am loving my early Christmas present from the missus – a Western Digital TV HD 1080P Media Player.

If you, like me, are an avid film fan and prefer the illusion of a minimalist lifestyle (that is, hiding the sheer volume of things that you own, by turning your DVDs into ripped versions that you keep on external storage – and thus freeing up your shelf space) this gadget may very well be the perfect device for you.

There’s nothing better than being able to visually browse your entire media collection from your own couch, via the handy remote, rather than standing around in front of your shelves for hours working out what to watch… as I do. Yes I know, I’m sadder than a sad thing on a moody day… but I often while away the time thinking about what to watch, when I get a free moment, rather than actually watching it!

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52k and still going

Winner's badge Yes, for me Nanowrimo should be over. After all, I completed the 50k challenge days ago. However, despite [insane] work demands I have managed to knock out 2,000 words more. The only problem is that I still have a few words (2.5k at least) to knock out before I can consider this rough and ropey 1st draft complete.

Apparently you get a free voucher for a proof copy on Create Space as part of the deal. So even if I don’t share my dodgy novel, I will have a physical reminder of my effort; a manifestation of my blood sweat and tears.

50k today! Wahey!!!!

I have hit 50K a week early! Nanowrimo is not over, although I have already completed the challenge. I still have to finish my novel, but the pressure is off to compete with others on getting to the magic marker. I am only competing against myself now! and I have one and a half chapters left to write.

Not bad for someone who had failed to even start the actual challenge, the last two years running, due to work getting in the way. It just goes to show what can be achieved if you plan properly and stick with it. Something that I am not always know for, when it comes to writing.

Of course the real issue is will it be worth reading? ;0)

Unfortunately I am back at work tomorrow, so my daily word count will be considerably reduced. Ah well….

45k – so close I can feel it

Yes, I just hit 45,064 words for Nanowrimo! I am so close to the 50k mark I can really taste it. I was tempted to just see if I could go all night, but I haven’t slept properly in the last three days and I am shattered now, without doing an all-nighter and really messing myself up.

Sexy killer posterLast night I watched SEXY KILLER – (View the Trailer) a bonkers Spanish serial killer zombie flick; about a girl looking for the perfect plastic surgeon boyfriend at a medical university and eventually settles for the new assistant coroner who autopsies her victims and invents the device that accidentally reanimates the dead. The film begins with a promising college shower scene spoof of SCREAM, complete with bare nubile flesh and the mask wearing killer – and then turns the tables, in a completely obvious and disappointingly implausible costume twist. Luckily the deaths and characters are reasonably inventive enough to keep you watching; and there was genuine chemistry between the lead actors and style in the execution (pun intended).

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If ever there was a reason not to eat a Kebab….

Doner kebab The traditional late night UK post drinking snack often tends to be the Kebab. But this repulsive (sorry to all who eat them, but they are) snack now has an additional reason for you not to eat them – and that is, do you know where the meat came from?

Take for instance this news article from SKY NEWS  about three Moscow tramps who killed and ate their victim, before selling him to a local Pie and Kebab shop: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20091115/tod-man-butchered-and-eaten-by-three-tra-870a197.html

It was not clear from the statement if the kiosk had cooked any of the man’s flesh and sold it to customers.

I only ever attempted to eat one of these on three occasions – from separate venues – and each time I was violently ill. And that is without the thought of them containing such alien flesh…. It’s a shame as back in Germany the Gyros is a proper restaurant quality meal. But I always had to sustain myself with the traditional cheeseburger or some other form of take out, until I became a Vegetarian. But even the smell of a kebab is enough to make me feel sick, let alone the thought of what they may now contain.

40k and climbing – not procrastinating… no not me ;0)

I am procrastinating, putting off writing another 2k for nanowrimo – having already reached the 40k mark yesterday. Motivation is hard, when all you want to do is…. well something else. lol But I am so close now to completing this insane challenge, that it would be rude and pointless to do so.

Are you ready? For the war?

But I am having fun – listening to great tunes, such as INVADERS MUST DIE and a back catalogue of Killing Joke tunes. I do find music is helping me block out the immediate outside world and get into a flow. It doesn’t always work, but times like now my fingers love dancing across the keys to the speed of the music; rapid fire thoughts beget rapid digit-ry. Rapid tunes properly evoke the world in which my characters dwell; catapulting me back to a simpler time when the artificial stimulus was all that mattered. When the ‘could be’ was better than the ‘is’.

Show your colours, bring your colours to the floor.

So why am I procrastinating?

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35K! – Did it.. Only 15k to go… only!

After a difficult last ditch effort I have made it to my self-imposed milestone of 35k! Nice. At the moment there is too much character and not enough horror. But that I think I can fix. Later.

I am still in a relative limbo. I am unsure where my novel is heading – don’t get me wrong, I know the ending and I have a plot. Only it has holes in it, holes that I was unable to shore up before starting this insane race. But not only am I in uncharted plot territory, I am also in uncharted novel writing territory, having ever attempted anything like this before. My passion is absent at the moment, instead replaced by a natural desire to compete. Let’s hope it is enough.

32k – can I get to 35k? Tonight?

It’s hard work this novel writing lark; especially when trying to do it as part of a month long writing gig. Rather than writing when the fever takes you and when you are inspired, like normal. I am finding it especially hard to write when I am not in the mood. Like right now. I am not actually inspired by the fact that I have come so far so soon. I should be. But such is the fickle muse. You’re always jonesing for more and counting the seconds till she appears again and graces you with her presence.

The weird thing is that I am not at work right now. I took a week off, to use up some leave, take a break and reconnect with my writing and I have found it difficult to do. Perhaps I am too used to writing in a rush on the morning and evening train now, to actually write in a comfy chair, with a selection of good tunes to accompany me etc – as was my usual method. If it gets bad you may find me with a one-day travel card lurking on the train from London to Brighton, just going back and forth….

25k and still going!

Yes folks, 25,048 words and I’m only halfway through the 3rd of my 7 badly designed chapters! I am pleasantly surprised that their appears to be life in the novel yet, and that I do not feel that I have even scraped the surface yet. It would be nice if this brief spell of positivity continues.

The little accidents of invention are definitely worth the effort and the emotional pain of stumbling through this new creative world. Let’s hope I can stay on track tomorrow and keep producing.

In other news I have finally treated myself to a 32″ LCD TV, after 8 years of thinking about it…. yes I am not know for much financial spontaneity… but it is a thing of beauty… ;0) Anyway, the point is that I deserve a reward for an epic day of effort. I am going to watch DRAG ME TO HELL.

I hope, if any of you are reading this,that your own creative endeavours are also going as well.

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