February 14th, 2004

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Progressing in fits and starts

After a good start to the month (which lasted all of 3 days), there was a brief desert with no writing, before an oasis this weekend, wherein I've typed up all the hand-written stuff I've produced recently. This came to 1287 words, bringing the total MS to 29,643. I need just another 357 words to make it a satisfyingly round 30,000 and I have a small scenelet planned which will do nicely. So I'll try and fit in another writing session later today.

I'm in one of those moods where I feel quite good about the story. I feel I might really have something here. (Especially after the discussion about writing comic novels on rec.arts.sf.composition.) I mean, how much angst and despair can the reading public take? Surely they need something lighter every so often?

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Dw i wedi blino rwan/I'm tired now

I still want to try to write that extra 357 words to get the total MS to an exact 30,000, but I've tired my brain out by reading 6 pages of Harri Potter a Maen yr Athronydd (Harry Potter in Welsh).

The Catchphrase Lessons on CD while driving to work must be having an effect because it didn't take me all that long and there were occasionally whole paragraphs where I read and understood every sentence without having to look up a word and only had to glance at the original English version just to confirm that my understanding was correct.

Also my spoken Welsh must have improved too because I managed to have a conversation with a student half in Welsh half in English yesterday. I was sitting quietly in one of the computer rooms working away at a handout and lesson plan for the Italian students we have to teach PowerPoint to on Monday, when one of the agriculture students knocked on the door and asked (in Welsh) if he could use a computer. For some reason, even though my reply was shaky, he didn't shift immediately into English and so I managed to get my brain into gear and not only understand most of what he was saying but actually managed to speak some Welsh, which he seemed to understand, so it can't have been that weird.

Which does go to show that if Welsh people would only stop being so polite all the time and switching to English, we learners would improve so much faster.
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Writing progress

I did manage to put in another short writing session which produced 505 hand-written words, which I've just typed up.

So the total for today was 1792 words and this brings the MS total to date to 30,151. Whoopee! Progress. If I could only do this every day, the first draft would soon be complete.



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