ame home late tonight to find that there was nothing on TV, as usual. Does watching the first season of Blackadder for the umpteenth time count as research?
There's the wonderful line: "Let all those who go to don armour tomorrow, remember to go before they don armour tomorrow."
Somewhere in there among all the episodes is one of my favourite lines: "Fortune vomits on my eiderdown once more."
Ah, who am I kidding? All the lines are quotable.
I feel as though I'm slacking off, yet truth be told I penned a few thousand words of dialogue between yesterday and today. All of my dialogue scenes start off the same way, as two or three talking heads in a void.
All along the margin I scribble "need tags!" and other notes like "link to later scene in Selonika" or "Arcturus makes a face here". Somehow, I can't seem to describe the characters' actions and focus on their words at the same time, though I do visualise their faces and movements as I write.
What kinds of drafting quirks does everyone else have?
Books I'm Reading and Finished Books
- Hidden by Catherine Mackenzie
- secret beta read 2
- ***Reading At Intervals***
- The Wars by Timothy Findley (reread)
- So Anyway... by John Cleese
- (Subterranean collection) John Scalzi
- Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (loved My Pretty Pony)
- What to Expect in Baby's First Year
- Baby's First Year for Dummies
- Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
- The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
- 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
- Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- The Jerusalem Bible
- ***Finished Books***
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
- But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
- Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James (short story) (1904)
- Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman (reread)
- My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
- Usborne board books
- Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
- Lila by Marilynne Robinson (so lovely)
- Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico
- secret beta read!
- The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
- HELP! Food Allergies Coming To Dinner by Kait Nolan
- This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
- The Owl Service by Alan Garner
- Two Caravans by Monica Lewycka
- Aunt Sass by P. L. Travers
- An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (actually a few pages of the story, written by John Green for the film of his novel The Fault In Our Stars)
- January Brings the Snow by Sara Coleridge (poem)
- Kissing song by Neil Gaiman (poem)
- The Mother by Nettie Palmer (poem)
- William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
- Her Ladyship's Companion by Joanna Bourne
- The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
- How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
- Mes P'tits Contes, legends of Swiss cantons
- see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
- see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
- see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
- see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
- see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
- see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
- see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
- also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
- see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
- also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
- also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html