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The Almighty Critic has forgiven me & the Ipod oracle

April 20, 2008

It seems that the Almighty Critic has forgiven me. Or maybe he/she had a second read of my writing and decided it wasn’t so bad after all.I found the missing 844 words. The words were hiding in a notepad file entitled ‘rescued document’ with loads of question marks and the missing words. I came across it accidently last night when I was creating my google base feed for the Chickollage store. So now I have to compare those the two versions of the scene.

I’ve been churning out the words with regular word sprints. I’m hanging in there on writing 100 words a day and often surprise myself as to my productivity, especially on work days.

Beyond Happily Ever After is now up to 64,821 words. I’ve extended the word count goal as the story expands, but I truly think I will cross the finish line of Beyond Happily Ever After in around 2.5k words. I’ve already written the final part of the story. I just need to write the 2 scenes that get me to that point.

Once I’ve finished Beyond Happily Ever After, I will start preparing the first three chapters of both that and I’m with the Band for a competition coming up in June. Which mean synopsis writing. Not one of my most favoured aspects of writing.

I want to dedicate May to polishing one manuscript for submission (which means – gulp – more synopsis writing but reducing a 5 page double spaced synopsis to a single page single paced synopsis. More gulping).

And then in June, a bunch of RWA writing buddies and I are doing our down under version of Nano. We’ve dubbed it 50ks in 30 days and we’re taking advantage of our winter and the need to hibernate to work on our novels. I have no idea what I will be writing, although I may resurrect Hold the Anchovies, my novel about working as a pizza delivery girl.

So, it’s full on and there’s lots of work to do!

I thought it was time for another MP3 oracle. This time it will be an oracle by the divine Ipod because I’ve moved up in the world. I love my Ipod. I love that this it makes a random selection from all the songs on my computer – and I cannot promise I will know all the songs (or artists) it plays today.

Set the Ipod on shuffle, and then hit play to answer the first question. Hit next to answer each subsequent question.

So here goes:

1.How are you feeling today?
I guess that’s why they call it the blues – Elton John(um, no I’m feeling good today. Tomorrow when I get to work may be a different story.)

2.Will you get far in life?
Wild Star – Transvision Vamp (you don’t cruise,you just ride on by)

3. How do your friends see you?
Before too long – Paul Kelly (he who is nothing will suddenly come into view)

4.Will you get married?

Alimony Blues – Chris Wilson (so I guess that’s a no)

5. What is your best friend’s theme song?

Fall to pieces – bluehouse

6. What is the story of your life?
The Angel and the Madman – Moving Pictures (Hmm but who is the angel and who is the madman?)

Moving Pictures have certainly provided the soundtrack to my life.


7. What was high school like?
Don’t tell me the time – the Motels (This is probably right, I have never liked living my life to a schedule but it is part of adult life)

8. How can you get ahead in life?

In this little town – Dave Stewart & the Spiritual Cowboys (well, yes, I am living in a little town and I have never been more productive)

9.What is the best thing about your friends?
The Trouble with Andre – Shakespear’s Sister (hang on, I don’t even have a friend named Andre, maybe that’s a good thing.)

10. What is in store for this weekend?
Would I lie to you? – Eurythmics (guess I’m not telling)

11. To describe your grandparents?
Mexican Moon – Concrete Blonde (huh?????)

-“thinking of you underneath the mexican moonlight”

12. How is your life going?
“working through the rooms in my head I came across your image”

I Don’t Care – Shakespear’s Sister.

“whenever I fall, I land on my feet”

13. What song will they play at your funeral?
Never Can Say Goodbye – Gloria Gaynor (cool!)

Does this mean that I will come back to life?

14. How does the world see you?
Another Stupid Love Song – Amiel

15. Will you have a happy life?
When you Smile – Concrete Blonde (ok, so I need to smile more)

16. What do your friends really think of you?
The Power – Vanessa Amarosi

17. Do people secretly lust after you?
I Think I’m Paranoid – Garbage

18. How can I make myself happy?
Blue Black – Heather Nova (really not sure how to interpret this one)

19. What should you do with your life?
Wreckage – Chris Wilson

‘We’re wreckage but I love you just the same.”

20. Will you ever have children?
Island – Heather Nova

21. What song would you strip to?
Hymn – Chris Wilson (definitely not! – this is an instrumental with a heartbeat)

22. If a man in a van offered you candy, what would you do?
I’ve got to fight – ???????

23. What does your mum think of you?
Heaven and Earth – Tania Bowra.

Ah, the dichotomy!

24. What is your deep dark secret?
Reckless – Australian Crawl

25. What is your mortal enemy’s theme song?
Mustang Sally – the commitments

26. What’s your personality like?

People Like Me – Chris Wilson

“people like me – we’d rather live on nothing than slowly die to live”

27. Which song will be played at your wedding?

Don’t Change a Thing -INXS
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