The joy of research

As Weaving Words is winding down – I got another 900 words written yesterday, so there’s max 2k to go – I started looking properly at Fracture, my NaNoWriMo attempt.

I wrote about 300 words on it last week, to try to get a feel of what Thalia would be like and found out she’s fairly noir. Bit of a surprise, LOL I’ve also started research. I know that you’re supposed to do all your research before hand, but I’m a ‘planster’ or whatever the corruption of plotter and panster is. I plot loosely then discover the real detail when I write, hence I can’t really research. I’m already at a ‘hunt through books and Google’ point, but I have to be careful not to get sidetracked as I’m an information magpie.

Last week I found a study by the University of Liverpool that women with shorter forefingers than ring fingers are somewhat less likely to get breast cancer at a young age. GPs are expected to start using it as a diagnostic technique in the future. Interesting, and comforting, as I stared at my shorter finger…but not helpful with looking for close combat fighting. (See how I can be sidetracked?)

Then I fall into the fanfic trap, which always has the gravitational pull of a black hole for me.

Yesterday, I was on the hunt for evil spirits. I stayed on target for a change. I think I found enough to move onto the end of the scene and create Thalia’s background as a fraudulent psychic investigator.

And now the hobbits are killing each other upstairs. I’ll get them dressed and as The Ent is off today, he’s taking them to the park. Hopefully, I’ll get some writing done when the house is quiet for an hour.

Back… and shattered

We went on Saturday to a friend’s baby’s christening in Ealing Abbey. The Hobbits got excited about going to London, had a wild time getting lost in the Abbey – yes, we had a complete panic, LOL – and went to bed late. We ordered room service for a late-night dinner. Samwise wondered where the food would come from as the room had no kitchen. The Ent and I told them the food faeries would bring it. *snort*

The poor waiter who brought it was greeted with a chorus of ‘It’s the food faerie! It’s the food faerie!’ Not sure he appreciated it, LOL

Then this morning we left the hotel with Samwise wondering whether there would be breakfast faeries and drove down to the Embankmant. We spotted some of our favourite buildings: Battersea Powerstation and the new MI6 building (I know, odd taste in architecture, but we like them, LOL)

Then we crossed Lambeth Bridge and took this picture from a speeding car, LOL:

and then we crossed again at Westminster Bridge. This is the less idyllic view:

Then I managed to get a pic of one of my favourite buildings, the Gerkin as be crossed Tower Bridge:

We got back about 8pm and I’m flagging now it’s 10pm. I think it might be time for bed…

OMG, it actually worked…

Blogger was being a bit of a bugger a few weeks back, so I left the attempt to upload my Blogger posts to WordPress. Today I popped back, and there it was saying import whatever you want. Woot!

So here I am, everything uploaded in one place.

I really have gone to the dark side… A Mac and WordPress. *snort

Oh and I’ve also had a play about with my Myspace Page. It looks better… hopefully LOL

Ahh the joys of a website

My website decided to have a freak yesterday. Paragraphs were a thing of the past as were some of the links. I have a WYSIWYG web tool called Goldfish. It’s very good for somethings, but generally hates text in clumps of more than a 100 words. Which is a bugger when I have excerpts *sigh*

I spent 12 hours on it. Then had to walk away before I through something at the screen. I sorted out a long term bug over one picture which came to me literally at the 11th hour. So very pleased about that.

I also have some news over at my other blog:

which is rather nice *grin*

It’s away. Time for the panicking to start.

I just posted DARK HOST into the unknown… Well, not exactly unknown. It zapped off to the editor overseeing the On The Prowl anthology for Samhain. Hopefully, this will be third time lucky on an anthology submission. So fingers crossed.

Oh and the cover is the inside of the Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai. It’s the main inspiration for the Pagidion, the neural-ship on which DARK HOST is set *grin*