You guys. You guys. I wrote about 5000 words this week. NaNoWriMo weeks not withstanding, I am NEVER this productive, even if I’ve got a shiny, new story on the go. I am so confident with this WIP right now (weird, considering the plot bunny came to me in a dream; very rarely to I manage to flesh dream!ideas out enough to write them), and so pleased that this year is shaping up to be so much better than last year. Basically the progress I reported on Wednesday continued. I went to see the pantomime my housemate was in yesterday, and then took my laptop to the library next door to the theatre, and got an hour or so’s writing in.
I also finally managed to cast my main character today. This is something that I started doing when I did NaNoWriMo 2011, just so I had some kind of reference to look at. In my head, characters’ looks are often a bit hazy, so I cast them either as an actor I’m fond of, an actor who plays a similar character or, if all else fails, someone random found on a Google image search who matches the description I’m trying to go for. That way I have some sort of visual reference. My main character in this story, which we will call AMCF because I don’t want to refer to it by its full title just yet, was proving difficult. The Prince already had a face, but hers wasn’t coming to me too easily (the images in my head may be hazy, but they are also specific, if that makes any sense whatsoever). I was watching the latest episode of Once Upon A Time today and realised that while still not completely there, Emilie de Ravin’s face is about as close as I’m going to get without sitting down with a sketch artist or something. So that made me happy. I actually came to the realisation while sitting in church this evening and had to bite a finger to stop myself from saying something excitedly.
… It’s the small things, right?
That’s honestly all I have to say on writing for the week (might have been a bit longer had I kept it all for today, but I wanted to share on Wednesday), but I haven’t done an update on my 101 Things in 1001 Days project here in a little while. Since I was posting my most recent update on LiveJournal just this morning, I figured I would copy it over here as well. The list of 101 goals can be found by following the link at the top of this page. Today’s update was as follows:
1. Watch all the James Bond films (2/25)
I have now also watched From Russia With Love. Sadly missed Skyfall at the cinema so will have to wait for the DVD.
13. Visit the National Film and Sound Archive for my own interest and not for something that requires my presence there.
14. Go to an ARC screening at the NSFA (can be combined with #13 bus not counted as #13)
Completed both of these yesterday. We only had about half an hour to look around before the movie, but we managed to see most of the permanent exhibition space. Highlights included costumes from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which is one of my favourite movies, and an interactive sculpture… thing based on the film clip for Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” (awesome song, look it up!). The movie was a new print of the director’s cut of Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” which was… very Terry Gilliam. Interesting, but a bit weird, and not very exciting.
16. Read 75 fiction books
I read the four Winnie-the-Pooh books while I was at my parents’ place over Christmas, so they have been added to that list. Considering how long I have loved the Winnie-the-Pooh Disney cartoons (honestly since I was about 5 years old), I can’t believe it took me this long to read the books!
58. Try 25 new recipes
Over the Christmas holidays, I made gingerbread, quiche lorraine and velvet mocha flan (basically a chocolate-coffee cheesecake). These were all amazing.
63. Get my hair trimmed at least once every three months
Got my hair trimmed in December, so this one is in progress now.
70. Establish with Mum whether we are going overseas together next year (i.e. 2013), or if I’ll do a second trip with her the following year.
I’m going to consider this complete, even though we didn’t really come to a definite decision. The fact is that my mother is basically my grandmother’s carer, and any travel plans would depend on what the situation was with her. So at the moment, we’re working on the assumption that Nan will still be with us at the end of this year and that I’ll be doing that trip alone. Mum and I can do another trip in a year or so if possible.
Completed Goals: 6/101
In progress: 5/101
Now I’m off to maybe do some more writing before bed! See you all on your own check-ins! ♥