Saturday, 18 January 2014

Concerning Hobbits

My wrist has gone extremely painful again, so I won't type much... On the other hand I got a letter from the hospital saying I actually have an appointment with them, and the biggest shock is it's this month. I would love to be able to use my hand for basic tasks again some day.

Apparently writing too much of anything is bad for me, even by computer: I think my wrist really got bad because along with writing stuff for my work, I've done a surprising amount of editing: since January Concrete Faery has grown 6,000 words, and that's with stuff I've been deleting as well. So that's a net increase... The actual amount I've typed must be more as I have removed some lines here and there.

I've read the whole of The Hobbit, and moved onto The Lord of the Rings, although I'm still determinedly struggling through the history of the Shire and other miscellaneous stuff that comes before the novel actually starts. I sort of want to read it properly because it's been many years and as much as I watch the films I probably should read the books at least once a decade to stop me becoming some sort of dreaded fan of just the media. Of course I hope a lot of people agree if nothing else that structurally the films make a lot more sense, even if it's only the case that it's much better to to cut back and forth between the main characters, not abandoning Frodo for a clear half of the second two books. Even as one volume the amount of time between seeing the characters again is way way too long. Hardcore fans can argue about all the other edits and cuts in the film as much as they like, but they have to give me that... :P

Thursday, 2 January 2014

An actual full-length entry!

Having sufficiently bumped down the really lengthy posts on the front page of my blog it now sort of looks like a new year! I'm not making any resolutions or anything because I'm terrible at them but I do feel pretty much constant guilt (a slight exaggeration) about not constantly updating my blog. Perhaps I should just start using Twitter properly (last tweeted in September... I think?) or I don't know what. I'm not made for the new face of the internet. I'm not even that fond of Facebook. Tumblr unnerves me, and it's possibly just a big hive of fangirls (nongender-specific term) and I'm probably a huge fangirl about a lot of stuff. Maybe I'm just worried that I shouldn't let sites like that encourage me...

Anywho. Been working on the edits for Concrete Faery for the last couple of days. I really do like trying to make a good start of the year, but if 2013 is anything to go by, however well it started I sunk down into a big puddle of lazy goo by the end of the year and trying to claw myself back out of it is going to take more than just saying "I'm going to be a bit less rubbish now!"... None the less, I suppose one thing blogging more often will do is encourage me to write or work on something because I like being able to report I've done that, and radio silence is as often me feeling like I have nothing to report as me actually being too busy to sit down for 10 minutes to type something to my imaginary followers/future self/current self in need of defragmenting my hard drive.

Incidentally my dad said today he still regularly defrags his computer and was met with a blank stare from me and a "you really don't need to do that any more!" from Simon. I'd literally forgot that existed, so... Well, I've rediscovered a useful turn of phrase which is going to mean next to nothing to anyone much younger than me who never ever has to defrag their computers, probably because they don't actually use a computer, rather a fancy tablet or something.

I've also had Cloud People seriously stuck in my head lately: I'm noticing clouds again a lot more and just... trying to get a better feel for all the missing history and relationships between the elf characters. And just now as I typed elf I wonder if it's because I like the elves from The Hobbit 2 so much and have seen it 3 times already in the last couple of weeks. And I'm wondering about my own characters' missing time because you do only see this little glimpse into the every day life in Mirkwood and oh my god I am just going to end up writing fan fiction if I take another stab at Cloud People any time before the Hobbit 3 is old news. Pah.

Smaug is freakin' awesome though.

New year's resolution: start hoarding treasure in an attempt to attract my own dragon.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy new year, blog!

Let's try and make it a good one :)