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 [livejournal.com 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.
shinytoaster: (Whisky)
I actually cooked tonight. Four pans, every burner on the stove going ... whoseyerdaddy...

I poached a rainbow trout fillet in milk, boiled up some Charlotte potatoes and broccoli so that it was just on the edible side of crunchy, and then I did a creamy buttery sauce with chives, parsley and basil. I don't know if I curdled the cream - although I expect it would be obvious if I had done - but any tips on how to whip up a cream sauce would be appreciated for future reference. Anyway, it was the best food I've cooked by my own hand in a very long time.

Then I had a dram of my Highland Park and watched Wife Swap USA. I've remarked frequently how much better the American version is, but this one was truly fantastic. All four of them were without exception thoroughly unpleasant gobshites, and when the couples 'discussed the experience' at the end there was an actual fight, which predictably ended with the redneck punching the liberal in the gob*, and an altercation with the local sheriff's office ensued. Wife Swap may be cruel, but it's a fantastic bloodsport that doesn't harm any foxes, and ... you know ... I have limited sympathy for people who voluntarily go in for reality TV, so I found it hard to whip up much internal guilt.

Payday tomorrow.

* Which he thoroughly deserved.

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