October 19th, 2009

mole-think, writing, write, mole-write

Have created yet another community

After reading some blog posts about other people's takes on NaNoWriMo 1, I have decided to take the pressure off myself a little and do NatNoWriMos instead (Natalie's Novel Writing Months). I have also created a community by that name (i.e. natnowrimos) which I may or may not use to post stuff to - maybe that way I will not flood your friends pages with angsty, "I am a failure at writing!" posts unless you decide to add the comm!

I have not yet decided what my target will be, whether 50k or 30k or 10k. I have also taken the pressure off myself a little by calling it "… MonthS" and so do not HAVE to finish it all in one month but still may aim to. I know what I am like. If I set a definite deadline and target I will talk myself out of being able to do it. If I don't set them then I might do twice as much in half as much time! Also, this way I am less likely to just give up if I get ill.

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1 e.g. Kaz Mahoney who is doing 30k instead of 50k because she is a writer and has other deadlines.
grammar

BBC need copy editors!

There was once a time when the BBC was the source of all things that were considered to be "proper" English. These days? Not so much.

From an email from the BBC:
"This e-mail is never sent unsolicited. You have received this BBC Breaking News Alert because you subscribed to it or, someone forwarded it to you."

a) Interesting comma placement.
b) Surely if someone forwarded it to me it could be unsolicited? Maybe they meant to say "This e-mail is never sent by the BBC unsolicited. …" but an even better phrasing can surely be found.

*facepalm* *headdesk*

I feel old.
oystercatcher

Some inspirational/motivational quotes that I have collected

"I choose to start on one small imperfect step, knowing that I have plenty of time left to enjoy life."
- Unknown

"Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better."
- John Updike

"Whether you believe you can or can't, you're right!"
- Henry Ford

"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior."
Henry C Link

"Recognition is the greatest motivator."
-Gerard C Eakedale

Many of these (and a few more) I have written in a red Moleskine notebook. More can be found at Quoteland.
boxing-gloves

Just watched this interesting programme

Bodyshock - Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change - Channel 4

I watched it on Channel 4 + 1. It was interesting and contained footage of children and teens in the US who identify as transgendered - in both directions - along with their parents, and doctors, but every time that the (female sounding and female named British) narrator called the child/teen by their birth pronoun instead of their chosen/identifying pronoun it really grated on me. Why even do that when everyone else (parents, siblings, teachers and the doctors) called them by their identifying pronoun? Was it just to piss them and the viewers (like me) off? Every time she did it I wanted to throw something at the TV or scream at her to just Get It Right! Yeah, I know - she did not write the script - but she did agree to speak it!

*and, breathe…*</a>