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Iz cold...

Long day at work today, and the building renovations go on. Men in hard hats and fluorescent jackets have been ripping out windows and putting new ones in all day (accompanied by horrifically chilly drafts) and now the building refuses to get warm. I've also just used up the last of my milk in a rather strong cup of coffee, so now I'll have to wait until I get home to have another one. (I don't really like instant coffee without milk.)
I'm regretting not putting a pair of gloves in my coat this morning as I could really do with a pair about now.

Lots of people are gearing up for NaNoWriMo in preparation for next month. I'm going to be doing it again - even though I probably won't be in a position to upload anything as it's doubtful I'll be near an internet anything for the last week. (But, you know, I may surpass 50k in the first 3 weeks so that won't be a problem, right? ::rolls_eyes::) No idea what I'll be working on, although I may re-draft the outline to a novella and start again. The secondary story was shoehorned into the original projected length so  a litlle re-working should place it more comfortably without things feeling rushed and crammed into too few words. Hmmm. That would work, actually.

No afternoon off this week (meetings, meetings) but that means I get to save some more hours to be used later, so I may actually have Christmas Eve off instead of having to work it.

Speaking of Christmas Eve, in a roundabout way, does anyone else follow the tradition of listening to / watching / reading aloud ghost stories before bed? Chum #1's family have always done this (usually M.R. James' stories) and she's continued this and I just wondered if anyone else did it too? If you do, what ghost stories? Or do you make up your own?

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desperance
Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Christmas Eve, in a roundabout way, does anyone else follow the tradition of listening to / watching / reading aloud ghost stories before bed? Chum #1's family have always done this (usually M.R. James' stories) and she's continued this and I just wondered if anyone else did it too? If you do, what ghost stories? Or do you make up your own?

Hee. This is what made me an impresario. Every Christmas, I organise some of my favourite local writers (oh, all right, and me) to write new ghost stories, which we read to an audience in a Victorian lecture theatre at the Lit & Phil (a private library in Newcastle); then we publish the stories in a lovely hardback book, with (sometimes) CDs of the live reading included.

Okay, promo over - but just think, Christmas is coming, you need that perfect gift and this is it. It's called Phantoms at the Phil, and all the details are here.
feed_your_muse
Oct. 24th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
Are you going to be doing it again this year then? Is it easy to get tickets to the event, or does it get booked up quickly? I keep meaning to visit the Lit&Phil when I go up to Newcastle and never get round to it, so I shall have to make an effort next time!
Thankee for the plug, (that's another Christmas present sorted!)
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