Review

AC/DC and Sherlock Holmes


The E.I.C. and myself managed to get to Wellington this weekend. Thanks be to the grandparents babysitting, and friend who provided accommodation and tickets to AC/DC.

We had a great time, and not only got to go to AC/DC, but we also managed to go to the movies. ūüôā

In the afternoon we went to Sherlock Holmes. From what I have read I would agree that this version is the closest to the books. We both thought it was very Steampunk in its visual imagery, which really worked. Definitely one to add to the DVD collection, and if done well, could run to a number of sequels.  

AC/DC rocked! For a bunch of geriatric¬†rockers they certainly know how to put on a show, and while we didn’t get into the mosh¬†pit, we were right by the secondary stage in the middle of the grounds, where Brian and Angus came out too. What really got us though were the young children in the audience, with the youngest being four! Now while the crowd was good, well behaved, and good natured, the concert was not child friendly.¬†There was an ample supply of beer, lots of pot smoke and during The Jake lots of flashing being shown on the big screen!¬†

Ruminations

2010 Blogosphere Book Circle Reading List


With all this adventure¬†going on in our lives, and since I am making a concerted effort to write, I thought I would extend myself by reading stuff I don’t normally read. I have always been a vigorous reader, but I confess to being mainly a genre reader, concentrating my efforts solely on those genres in fiction I have always had a passion for.

So I have decided to be daring a join an Internet book club. Facilitated by Penny one of my co-writers at The Room Of Infinite Diligence on her blog called Walking Upside Down, we shall each look to read and review the book of the month from the list below.

February: The Bolter / Frances Osborne
March: Access Road / Maurice Gee
April: Replenishing the Earth / James Belich
May: Bad Science / Ben Goldacre
June: The Graveyard Book / Neil Gaiman
July: Wolf Hall / Hilary Mantel
August: Novel About My Wife / Emily Perkins
September: The Lacuna / Barbara Kingsolver 
October: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies / Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
November: The Road / Cormac McCarthy
December: March / Geraldine Brooks
January 2011: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress / Dai Sijie, Ina Rilke (trans.)

Now nearly all of those titles are ones I would normally look at and¬†think either “interesting and not for me” or “Boring and not for me”. So it will be an interesting 12 months to see how many I finish and like. [I have committed to reviewing at least 6] ūüôā The two I am most looking forward to reading are Wolf Hall and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

I have the first one, The Bolter,¬†out now, and so far it has been quit interesting. I am already thinking it will be one I finish and review…

Writing

Being An Organised Writer


I am fast approaching the 20,000 mark in my book, now that I am starting to get back into the flow after the Christmas break. ūüôā

The story then has got¬†to the point where I am starting to have keep track of who’s where and what names I have given¬†people. I started an excel¬†spreadsheet to keep track, but that¬†wasn’t working, and I looked at a novel writing¬†software package, but decided to not use it as I just wanted to write and fiddling¬†around with the various options you could used¬†looked to be¬†distracting. So I need to create a new document to keep track, but I confess I am not very enthused.

But I better anyway, otherwise I will be so busy scrolling back through the story that I won’t get anything done, and my memory is just not that¬†good to keep track of it that way alone ūüė¶

 

Building · Humour

More Indoor Outdoor Flow


We did some more demo work, taking down the chimney for the lounge fire today ūüôā So we had even more indor/outdoor flow!
The TBT using the old hearth as a construction site
A lounge with a view
A big hole in the house
Patching the hole with old doors

We have no idea what or who G. O. W. is but the date is 30/01/1951

Outside view of patch job
Wood from under house and removed fires
Humour · Information

The Art of Manliness and How to Give Flowers Like a Victorian Gentleman


A great new book came through the library the other day, which I have brought home. It’s called The Art of Manliness by Brett and Kate McKay. With a title like that how can you go past it ūüôā

It’s got lots of neat little bits and pieces¬†of advice on how to be a manly man. There is even more info at their website.

One of the bits I really liked was their guide to giving flowers like a Victorian gentleman.

I really like this idea, with the coded messages that people can have in their bouquet of flowers. We will need a list each for when flowers are exchanged and for when choosing plants to go in our new gardens at Enfarm.

Here are some of my favourites

  • Arbutus –¬†Thee Only Do I Love
  • Camellia (Red) –¬†You’re a Flame in My Heart
  • Carnation (Red) –¬†My Heart Aches For You, Admiration
  • Chrysanthemum (General) –¬†You’re a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest.
  • Daffodil –¬†Regard, Unrequited Love, You’re the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I’m with You
  • Forget-Me-Not –¬†True Love, Memories
  • Ivy –¬†Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection
  • Lily Of The Valley –¬†Sweetness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Return to Happiness, Humility, You’ve Made My Life Complete
  • Rose (Red) –¬†Love, I Love You
  • Tulip (General) –¬†Perfect Lover, Frame, Flower Emblem of Holland¬†

I also wonder if there is similar meanings for our native flowers…

If you want to know meanings for flowers this site has a list. I am sure their are others out there ūüôā ¬†

Writing

Social Media And Writing


As a wannabe writer, a bit of a technophile, a librarian and someone interested in society, the whole interaction between writer and reader via the Internet has an interest beyond the advertising potential. The various ways and ease of communication is fascinating to watch, with a myriad of issues springing up to consume the little grey cells.

For instance just how much information does one share in their writing project? And if one becomes successful as a writer how much does one want readers to link back to their blog. One of the reasons I started writing this blog was to prompt my writing, and it has been successful in that. But then if I finish my story, record it for podiobooks and then sell it, will I want this place to be the place people go to find information about me and my writing. I am beginning to suspect not.

And how much to¬†share? One writer I read and follow¬†has one of those experiences lately. Laurell K Hamilton who writes the Anita Blake series, blogs and twitters, and while writing the latest Anita story has come to a point where she thinks she has shared to much. When writing a scene where one of her major characters dies, she twittered about how emotional it was to kill off a character even though she didn’t really want to. Now she is unsure how to continue her normal blogging and twittering without giving away the secret of who she has killed off. In this case the immediacy and ease of communication with the fans, may have back fired.

It certainly gives me something to think about.  

Building

History


One of the things that both myself and the E.I.C. have been asked¬†when discussing¬†our mad house move to the country is “why this house?” The questioner usually quite reasonably points out that yes it may have been simpler to built new, but¬†the costs would have been more. Or maybe purchase¬†another relocate?

There are a couple of answers to that. The first being we like and know this house, and have already invested resources in it. So there is less to do when we get out there.

The other is history. There has been a couple of things this week that reinforce that sense of history.

Firstly, while pulling down the chimney we got to the concrete¬†base, and etched into that base is 1951, the year it was poured. Poured by the E.I.C’s grandfather (known to all as Mate) when he built the house for himself and Gran. So this house has a lot of family history in it, and now is occupied¬†by the E.I.C. who is not going anywhere.

Also we remembered that Mate had stored a bit of wood under the house when he built it. So we figured we would head under and see if there¬†was enough there to help with the patching of the sides of the house after chimney demo. We haven’t removed a third of the wood and we already have enough of the weatherboards¬†to replace one whole side of the house! And enough¬†floor boards to mend the floor. All perfectly dry after being stored under¬†the house for sixty years.

So we can repair the house with original Matai weather board and floor. Mate once told me that when he built the house he went out to the forest with the boys, pointed at a couple of Matai trees and said I’ll have that one, and that one, and that one. How could you leave that to be pulled up by someone who wouldn’t understand the history of the house.

So yeah, probably the biggest reason for moving this house to the land we want is the history.

Ruminations

New Look To Blog


Yep, I have changed the look of the blog. A new theme came through which I really liked the look off. ūüôā

I like the colour scheme. Also interesting to see that each post has a minimum size, which means short posts have a lot of white space under them..

As you can obviously tell I am somewhat fliberty jiberty and get bored with the look easily ūüôā I will probably change again in three months ūüėÜ