Thursday, April 29, 2004

The links group really is gone. No more book discussions. The manager has now deleted it. It's so sad. It really does feel like there is something missing. I can no longer get a hold of anyone from the group (well I could contact the manager). I bought a book yesterday that we was up for discussion before Christmas. I couldn't get a hold of a copy at the time. I've decided to do my own review on it and hang on to it incase another group does start up. I really hope so.

On the bright side I did get an email from a friend who moved to Australia. She moved over there a wee while ago and it was a surprise to hear from her again. I'm going to wait until I can sit down and write a proper reply. I'll print out her message though and put it on the notice board so that others can read it.

Another good thing is that I am possibly moving departments in work. I took a fit over mine and asked. At first I was told no but I've since been told it is under consideration. Not because of me just because we are bringing in new staff too so they want to get that sorted before they move other staff.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

I got an email from the manager later. Explaining that he was unable to keep up management of the group but that after the summer he may consider starting a new one. This one would be much smaller and would concern only books and authors although there would be a general page too. I've emailed him to keep me in mind if he does. He had only emailed a few of us who were regular on the group and I'm pretty chuffed that he thought to include me.

In saying that I now have this little void. I loved the book discussions. While I have been trying to look for a new one, non of them match up to that one. I may just hold off joining another one and hope that the manager starts up a new one later. It keeps crossing my mind that I should start up my own but I really don't have the time. I wish I did.

Studied my French yesterday and did some more writing. I realised that there is something missing from my fantasy story. While it won't make any difference to the first book and possibly the second one. It will affect the third one. I don't want to start writing properly until I have that worked out.

I have also been considering doing drawings of my characters. My drawing skills are somewhat lacking. I haven't practiced since leaving school. While I was encouraged to continue with art and told I could be good at it I had concentrated on music instead at the time. I think I could pick up those skills again though. I have ordered a learn to draw fantasy book. And I hope to order a learn to draw people book. I know my sister would kill me if she knew (Very much the artist and very much against instructional books). Anyway, there were a few other instructional books on different subjects that I have been thinking about getting but I had to remind myself that I can only concentrate on a few things at once.

Monday, April 26, 2004

My favourite groups board is closing down. The manager usually emails everyone to let us know what is going on but this time he only put the message up on the what's new page. Other than that there is no mention of it on any of the boards. I'm really disappointed. I loved that group and I enjoyed chatting with the people on it. Everyone joined in doing book reviews or joined in the book discussions. There was never any trouble and it encouraged everyone to try new books. The manager hadn't been around lately and he had warned us about that. Whatever he was working on may mean he can't be around at all now. It just seems a little out of the blue because we had book discussions set up for next month and he was going to join in one or two of them. I was joining in the next fantasy one too because it was part two of the Eric Van Lustbader series (I was reading book one when I first started this blog). I really am going to miss it. I could start up one of my own. I did that in the past though and it didn't really work out. Plus I really don't have the time. I have also looked around to see if there were any others similar but there isn't.

My writing is going well. For my fanfic I am working on character profiles. I already know my characters in my head but I wanted to get them down on paper. One of them seems to have changed drastically since started the second story. She wasn't in the first one much so people reading it wouldn't notice but she has changed a lot from what I intended her to be. That may not necessarily be a bad thing as I think I like her better this way.

I have picked up my French again. I wasn't able to touch it when I was ill. I'm still having days where I think that I can do this and days when I don't but I'm determined to keep at it. I have a huge pile of French books to buy this week which will help me. I also keep looking at the Spanish books but that isn't really a priority at the moment.

Monday, April 19, 2004

My note taking is going well and I have decided to move it up a step. I am going to go into more detailed description of each book (I have now worked out three with a possible prelude). Next I am going to go onto a chapter by chapter description of the first one and then I can begin writing it properly. As for my fanfiction, it is going well enough but I want to concentrate on my original story.

Still catching up with everything that I fell behind while I was ill.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

I have been ill all week and haven't been able to do much. Even phoned in sick to work one day. The rest of the time I would come home from work and just sleep. It feels as if that is all I have done all week. On Friday night I fell asleep at 6.30 and slept right through to the next day. By the time I got to work I felt as though I could go back to sleep again no problem. I am feeling a lot better though and my appetite is slowly coming back. Still have a horrible cough thought.

Anyway, as I said I have done nothing all week except sleep and this includes my writing. Today though for the first time I have the urge to pick up my pen again. So I am going to go downstairs (I have the house to myself) and do some writing. The fact that I want to do this means that I am definitely on the mend. I have lots of ideas for my story and I have some ideas for my fanfiction. I have been writing some notes for that and I may actually get that story I started a while back finished.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

I was writing in my paper journal about what a good mood I am in and I couldn't not write it here too. I just feel so energised this morning because I got so much done. That and I know what I am doing. This morning I studied some French. I then did some writing and I wrote out a couple of book reviews.

the French I'm a little rusty with to be honest but I am optimistic that if I keep up the studying I'll get there in time for my course starting in 9 months. I have something to aim for so I am not put off by it. I have my French CD's which I will tape onto mini disc and listen to on the bus into work. I bought a French teaching book which I have been studying from and I plan to get through a chapter a wee. I am going to spend most of my days off on it. I am eventually going to by an untranslated French book so that I can practice my reading. I am hoping to eventually get a French penpal so that I can practice my writing. This will be in the future though as I'm nowhere near good enough yet to do this. I have ordered the books recommended for the French course. The following month I am going to do the same for Spanish. I don't need to go as mad with the Spanish as it is for beginners. But still I would like to have some knowledge before I start.

As I said I did some writing this morning and I am pleased with the way my notes are going. I have moved notebooks so that this story has it's own one. Today I did some character backgrounds to my main characters. From this alone I have managed to come up with an idea for a possible prelude. I think that sticking with the note taking was one of the best ideas I've had. I can really see my characters. The more notes I write on them the clearer they become. I could actually have spent all day writing my notes. I really didn't want to stop. It really doesn't take much to get it flowing.

Only one thing has annoyed me today and that is something that is out of my control. The round robin is beginning to get on my nerves. One of the participants still hasn't sent hers on and has said it will take another few weeks. The person who is to receive it has been asking what is going on even though I have emailed her about it and it is obvious who was to send to her from the address list. Anyway, I think I'm just being easily irritated by this. These are nice people and postponing it for a month won't be any hassle.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

I'm in reader mode just now. I finished Curious Incident of the Dog this morning after only starting it last night. It was just so easy to read. I didn't stay up all night to finish it either. A friend in work didn't like it and I find it hard to see why she didn't. It was so moving and funny. It would have been hard not to like it and I can see why it is the Whitbread book of the year. I'm now reading Sabriel by Garth Nix. Another friend in work recommended it although I probably would have read it anyway. I love the cover, it's the kind that really catches my eye. Anyway, it is a children's fantasy novel so it is a little lighter than what I have been reading. I'm off now to do some book reviews.

Friday, April 02, 2004

I finished reading Microserfs by Douglas Coupland which was amazing. A little different from the other two I read. At first the characters seem a little dull but it is amazing how quickly they grow on you. You soon start to care for them. It's very funny but in a subtle way. I found myself laughing out loud a number of times. And in the end it was also very touching and it actually brought a tear to my eye. I would definitely recommend this. I am now going to start The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time by Mark Haddon. It came out on paperback yesterday and I have been looking forward to it. Actually quite a few of us in work have. It has been highly recommended by a number of people in work who read it while it was out in hardback.

I have been watching Blakes 7 on DVD which I bought last week. I've almost finished it and I am so annoyed. Not by the DVD's, those were just as good as I hoped but by the videos. My parents bought a few Blakes 7 videos when I was little. I used to watch them over and over again. However, since watching the DVD's I now know that those videos were actually just pieces of episodes mushed together to make it seem like extra long episodes. I honestly believed that those episodes on the video were actually the original. In a way its been good because I have been enjoying season 1 all the more but it is still frustrating. I'm going to have to look out the old videos to see if it mentions this on them.

My writing as I said last time is still going well. I am still continuing with the note taking. The more notes I take the more the ideas come. Eventually I hope I will have a sound structure to begin writing the book for real.

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