March 16th, 2008

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Oh, so that's what it was for!

Just about a year ago I posted about a mysterious heap of hard core that had been built beside the main A5 road. There was lots of activity as the flat-topped mound was built, then nothing. Until recently, that is...

It turns out that the huge flat-topped pyramid of hard core and the slightly smaller flat-topped pyramid of earth were actually just the raw materials for a road widening scheme. Why it took them nearly twelve months between dumping the heaps and actually starting work, I don't know. It's quite a major undertaking as it involves a new bridge across a river. It should, however, remove a nasty dangerous bend where there have been many accidents over the years. The downside is that for the past several weeks I've had to negotiate ever-varying configurations of the roadway, governed by hundreds of traffic cones and a set of traffic lights.

There are in fact lots of temporary lights on my route at the moment. My daily drive of around an hour (40 miles) takes me through exactly one set of permanent traffic lights (at the juction between the A494 and the A5)[*]. There are also two Pelican crossings in Bala. But at the moment, there are about half a dozen sets of lights round the various road works that are underway at the moment. This set is the final one just outside Dolgellau, snapped on Friday on my way home from work.

Temporary lights

I just wish they'd finish whatever it is they're doing and let me have a clear run!

[*] There is another set at the point where my route leaves the A5 to follow the A494 (the two roads become one for about a mile then part again), but as there's a slip lane for traffic turning left, I don't actually have to take any notice of those lights and merely have to watch that I don't crash into any traffic turning right.
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Everyone likes a happy ending

I've mentioned several times both here and on rasfc that I don't feel that the current WIP (A Necessary Evil) has a good enough ending. "The protagonist doesn't die but he's in prison and sentenced to serve 10 years hard labour," has never struck me as being a very satisfactory finale to a novel. Huw does go free, but he's not the main protag in book one, so him gaining his freedom helps, but isn't enough.

This morning during the Quaker meeting, the whole story sort of gelled and I might be able to make it work. If I consider it as a "man learns a lesson" story, then the ending of the first volume can be made to make sense. It will take another volume to give Mark his happy ending, but at least the ending to the first volume will now have some point to it and not just look as though the writer went, "Ooops! This is getting too long. Better stop now." :)

Other than that I haven't worked on the WIP today. There might still be time to do a few scene cards this evening, in amongst cooking the dinner and ironing some clothes for tomorrow, but that insight counts for a lot, even if it didn't produce any words. :)

In other news...

The BBC have been doing a variety of things in town over the last couple of weeks. Other then the day of Welsh classes, I haven't been to any of them, but as the fire station was right next to the Co-op, I grabbed these photos when I went shopping this afernoon.

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