Quick! Look at the sidebar!

Quick! Look at the sidebar! Notice anything? Something about the word-count thingy-ma-jig?

Yes, wise and sharp-eyed one; you are correct. It is complete. It is done. Fini.

In truth, the word count is closer to 90,000 and I still need to print it out and do a final copy edit, but in essence, the thingy-ma-jig does not lie.

The picture above is a hint as to how I will celebrate this momentous event. Although I will not be wearing a spiffy yellow frock. Probably.

I will also be snuggling/reading/doing jigsaws with a poorly boy who is home from school. Hope you all have a super Wednesday!


Sorry for the lack of bloggage. The big rewrite is going… Well. It’s going.

After feedback from the excellent Storywonk Revision Class, I’ve re-worked my main plot. I needed to beef up the conflict between my protagonist and antagonist and to make everything a bit harder for my main character. I also had to make sure that my antagonist was taking actions that made sense for her, rather than doing stuff because I wanted/needed that stuff to happen. Sigh.

I think I’m almost there. Should be ready to print out and do a final edit next week . Eep.

In the meantime, take a look at this spiffy The End bookend.

It costs £18.95 from Bouf.

[Via Happiness Is]

Vinyl nostalgia

Take a break from your modern Monday and head to Retronaut for a gallery of ‘celebrities and their vinyl’. The black and white images include John Lennon, Audrey Hepburn, Jack Nicholson and Jimi Hendrix, and looking at them gives me a Nostalgia Stomach Ache. In a good way.

I particularly like this picture of Elvis… Might be my favourite Presley portrait.

TV: What next?

My ideal writing routine goes like this: Work on new stuff in the morning (my best time), getting down at least 1000 words. In the afternoon, tackle emails, blog posts, journalism and editing.

It also includes a proper lunch break in which I drag myself away from the computer screen to the…TV. And watch an episode from my current favourite box set.

Yes, I know that going outside for a healthy walk and an actual screen break would be better for me. Whatevs, as my daughter will no doubt soon start to say.

Having finished Angel, Firefly, The Good Wife,  and ensemble comedy, Community, I find myself at a loss as to what to try next.

Well, this isn’t strictly true. I just received Campus in the post (thank you Matthew and Fay!) so I’ve got that next, but it’s quite short so I need to plan ahead…

I’ve heard good things about the following shows. Feel free to tell me which I should watch next. Or to give me your recommendations.

Leverage. Here’s the series description:

The rich and powerful, they take what they want. We steal it back for you. And sometimes, bad guys make the best good guys. We provide… leverage.

It’s a concept that appeals to me, but the cast includes the actress that played Jane in Coupling (Gina Bellman). Now, I loved Coupling (and that particular character) but I’m a bit worried I’m not going to be able to take her seriously in a different role.

Felicity. This stars Keri Russell and I adored her in Waitress. Don’t know anything else about it,  except that Keris (I think?) recommended it.

Friday Night Lights. I know this is highly acclaimed and all, but it’s about sport. Sport!

Battlestar Galactica. Now, my nerd-status is well-known, but I don’t really remember the original series (too young!) and don’t know anything about this updated version. Except that it’s supposed to be good.

Help me out?