December 28th, 2005

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The four things meme

From several people. This particular version was from annafdd

Four jobs I’ve had in my life: Civil Servant; Youth Hostel Warden; Software Tester/Note Writer/Advertising Copy Writer/Customer Support (aka director of our own small company); IT Lecturer teaching mature adults in FE

Four movies I could watch over and over: Tricky this because there really aren't any movies that I could stand to watch too often in quick succession, and they would have to be fairly fluffy because I couldn't stand being repeatedly harrowed, so these are in no way a list of my idea of "best" movie, but I'll go with: First part of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Fellowship of the Ring); Galaxy Quest; a couple of the feature length Man from U.N.C.L.E. films

Four places I’ve lived: Manchester; London; Norwich; and the current abode which is a very small town in Gwynedd (North Wales)

Four TV shows I have loved to watch: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; Babylon 5; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Sharpe

Four places I’ve been on vacation: The Outer Hebrides; Norway; Leeds-Liverpool Canal; Copenhagen

Four websites I visit daily: LiveJournal; Google; my college's intranet; um... That's it. I know I visit Amazon a lot, but it isn't daily. *g*

Four of my favourite foods: Toast with jam or marmalade; bacon butties; roast turkey with all the trimmings; Christmas pudding with cream

Four places I’d rather be: Right now, nowhere. I am exactly where I want to be, that is sitting in my warm and comfortable (if rather scruffy, but it's about to get a makeover) study at home. Though having said that and considering the time of year, I might consider somewhere temperate in the Southern hemisphere. A bit of warm sunshine would go down a treat right now.
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A quiet but enjoyable Christmas

Our son M and his girlfriend M were due to arrive around lunchtime, so Boxing Day began in a frenzy of tidying. Collapse )

Having done an hour's walking yesterday, I was determined to keep the momentum going so I went into town the very very long way round, which you do by setting off in completely the wrong direction, walking away from town for a little way down the old railway line before crossing the bypass and taking the old road back into the centre.

Time now to get off the computer and go and make dinner. I haven't been doing any novel revision over Christmas, though I started poking the WIR today as I was looking for examples of Before and After for the third tutorial for the fiction writing course, which is usually on Revising Your Prose. I found examples of Cutting (opening of a short story), Changing POV (opening of a different short story) and Unscrambling, Clarifying and Expanding (extract from Chapter 10 of Moving a Mountain.
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