shinytoaster: (It's wheely good!)
Outside the flat on a cold November morning, looking west towards the park and Dollis Hill. The big tower in the distance is a pumping station, and it's actually rather beautiful.

I think my photos might become more and more abstract this month, since I don't exactly have the money to go gallivanting around interesting places taking photos of things. I planned to whip it out and start shooting on the train ... the camera, I mean ... but the Jubilee Line was screwed beyond all recognition when I got there, so my train was packed, and then so was the Metropolitan Line train that I had to change to, and there's something faintly embarrassing about whipping it out in a crowded carriage. Maybe tomorrow I will get some room to myself.

It already occurs to me that if I used the camera on my mobile phone nobody would pay me a second glance.

November morning
Originally uploaded by titanic_days.

Now I'm off to watch Jason Isaacs playing the British ambassador to the US in a new political drama that the critics are already comparing to The West Wing. From this I infer that it will be nothing like the West Wing, since all British critics have The West Wing on the brain, and see the entire lavish spectrum of television only in terms of The West Wing whether the show in question is Spooks, Torchwood, Inspector Morse ... Pride and Prejudice. Wasn't that episode where Mr Darcy brokered a peace deal in the Middle East just super? No wonder President Bartlett chose him as his running mate...
shinytoaster: (Jubilee Line)
I first tried doing NaNoWriMo in, gosh, 2002, when I wrote a 15,000 word epic involving dragons and lots of hot teenaged boys discovering their sexuality together in a generally groovy and enlightened way. And then in mid-November I got distracted by looming essay deadlines and ditched the whole enterprise, which was a shame because I'd been doing rather well.

Then I tried again in 2003. At about this time my tastes in fannish things were wending away from dragons and boarding schools and towards giant Japanese robots. This one was about giant robots and it even had a title, it was called A Very English Manga and I got about 500 words into it before I realised what a ridiculous conceit the whole thing was and, once again, ditched it before you could say deus ex machina. Then I went back to worrying about how crap my job was, and as you all know I've been pretty stumped for ideas ever since.

Then I picked this one up off [ profile] quiet_lucidity, who has spotted a rather intriguing thinger called NaBloPoMo, whereby us lesser mortals who would quite like to think we're authors but can never get it together to actually write fiction update our blogs every day throughout November. I feel that for me this is an eminently achievable target. So while you smug NaNoWriMo mob are off slaving over your hot novels, I get to play in the shallow end of the literary pool with the floats and the giant inflatable crocodile. No boring lengths for me! Someone switch on the wave machine!

To make it a bit more interesting I'm copycatting Fran and am going to carry my camera around for a month and try to do a photo a day. So to kick us off as we move into winter - and by gum it was cold in London today - here's a picture of some nice winter warmers that I took this afternoon.

Bottles of whisky
Originally uploaded by titanic_days.

I've only just set up a Flickr account, so I haven't figured out how to get it to post to LJ looking nice and all. So I may go back to Photobucket, or even try using that insane LJ picture thinger again.

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